RT.COM. “The US military will increase the number of drone flights from the current 61 a day to as many as 90 by 2019 while expanding lethal strike capabilities. The expanded drone program allows for broadened surveillance from Ukraine and North Africa to Iraq and the South China Sea, according to RT.com.
“We’ve seen a steady demand signal from all of our geographic combatant commanders to have more of this capability, ” Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters at Pentagon.
More than 5,000 people have been killed by US drone strikes since 2004, according to estimates by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.