The Pentagon has announced a temporary halt to drone strikes against militants in Afghanistan, saying they are not effective and pose a threat to the Afghan security forces.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters Friday that the Pentagon has decided to halt the drone strikes because the drone technology that has been developed and deployed in Afghanistan is “not yet ready for the battlefield.”
The Pentagon announced the drone moratorium after it was reported that the U.S. killed two senior Taliban commanders in Afghanistan.
“We’ve been unable to get the capabilities to execute those strikes effectively in the field,” Carter said.
The Pentagon also says that drone strikes are “not effective” because of their small-scale and limited use in the battlefield.
Carter said the drone campaign is limited to “targeted killing” of Taliban fighters, but the U