Pakistan says U.S. leaving drone base won’t have big impact on air war.

Drone MQ-9 Reaper; Image: U.S. Air Force The U.S. decision…

Drone MQ-9 Reaper; Image: U.S. Air Force

The U.S. decision to vacate a remote base used for staging drone flights directed at militants will have little impact on the American air campaign, a senior Pakistani military source said on Monday, but the move is a big political win for Pakistan.

U.S. personnel completed their departure from Shamsi Airfield, 320 km (200 miles) southwest of Quetta in the wild Baluchistan province. The operation began on about Dec 5, after a NATO cross-border strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

That strike enraged Pakistan, allowing it push through a longstanding demand that the Americans leave Shamsi.

Source: Faisal Aziz for Reuters.

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