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Air Force on guard for terrorist plots against domestic drone bases.

Taliban and al-Qaida militants targeted by U.S. unmanned aircraft may attempt to retaliate against bases in Nevada and Arizona where the pilots remotely control the drones, said an Air Force official.

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 innovations, said those being targeted by unmanned aircraft have already struck back at the bases in the theaters of operation where the drones land and takeoff. This usually comes in the form of mortar attacks.

But officials also fear that militants may seek revenge on U.S. forces by making direct attacks on bases located in the United States, where the operators fly the unmanned aerial vehicles

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The following is a list of Unmanned aerial vehicles developed and operated by various countries around the world. Listed with primary mission(s) and year of first flight.
 and launch the missiles that kill militants.

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 in the states and trying to attack our bases for just that reason," Eggers said at an Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference.

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"We have defensive postures just for that reason," he added. The Air Force remotely flies UAVs such as the Predator B from Creech Air Force Base Creech Air Force Base (IATA: INS, ICAO: KINS) is a United States Air Force base in Indian Springs, Nevada, about 35 miles north of Las Vegas.

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It's wrong to assume those who operate unpiloted drones are safe from retaliation, Eggers argued. "The crews are not necessarily safe right now. We are flying them in theater, [and] launching them from bases in theater that are getting rocket attacks, mortar attacks. And people on the bases are being hit," he said.
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Date:Oct 1, 2009
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