Algeria not allow U.S. drones to fly over airspace to counter Libyan arm traffickers   2011-12-11 01:26:06            

ALGIERS, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Algeria has refused to allow the U. S. and French drones to fly over its southernmost desert areas to counter smuggling of weapons from Libya, the local El Khabar newspaper reported Saturday.

The North African nation also decided to step up air surveillance operations by reconnaissance drones, the report quoted a security source as saying.

A unit of French and U.S. reconnaissance aircrafts, based in a secret spot in Libya's southern desert with a mission to track down former senior official of the toppled regime of Muammar Gaddafi, has been tasked with controlling some areas suspected of being the main routes used by Libyan arm traffickers, the source said.

The border areas between Libya and Algeria, Niger as well as other North African countries witnessed constant scouting flights of the U.S. and French reconnaissance aircrafts, according to the report.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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