UAVs over Sadr City
November 9, 2008 11:31 AM Subscribe
A sanitized look at the use of UAVs 1.9 miles above Sadr City, Iraq.
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60 Minutes is granted access to information about the use of Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) over Sadr City as part of Ray Odierno's
counterinsurgency strategy. The video includes footage from both unarmed and armed drones used to provide so-called "persistent surveillance" of the city and to execute direct attacks on groups identified and tracked over hours or days.
Other parts of the strategy include a nearly two-mile long concrete wall separating the city
"It seals off about a quarter of Sadr City and it's been beautified, with local artists painting murals of peaceful, happy scenes, that have to be approved by the U.S. Army. To get from one side of the wall to the other, the locals have to go through "entry points" and are checked when going back and forth."
Awakening Councils Concerned Local Citizens Sons of Iraq
], another component in the strategy, have had their salaries reduced
from $300 per day the U.S. was paying, to about $250 to be paid by the current Iraqi government. 2008 per-capita income is approximately $1,200