Air Force Pulls Data on Drone Strikes From Website

'Air Force Times' says numbers were removed last month

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 9, 2013 11:25 AM CST

(Newser) – With all this talk of drones lately, it might be interesting to know just how many airstrikes the military is unleashing with them in Afghanistan. The Air Force Times would love to tell you, and it should be able to tell you, because the Air Force makes the info public on its website. Or at least it did: The newspaper has discovered that the military not only failed to put up numbers this week, it went back and "scrubbed" previous data from the site in mid-February. A Pentagon spokesman professes ignorance, and the Air Force has not responded to the newspaper's query yet.

A Predator drone lands at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.
A Predator drone lands at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
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