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Armed Drones Used by Islamic State Posing New Threat in Iraq

  • Defense Department seeks $20 million to respond in new request
  • Drones cited by Pentagon as threat to U.S. and Iraqi forces

Islamic State fighters are posing a growing threat to U.S. and Iraqi forces by deploying small commercial drones armed with improvised explosives devices or spy cameras that can evade detection, according to the Pentagon.

The threat led the Defense Department office charged with monitoring and countering improvised explosive devices to ask that Congress approve shifting $20 million to provide seed money for a counter-drone effort.