Questions linger over control of Pakistan airfield (AP) – 1629th Edition

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2010, file photo, Pakistani villagers carry the shrouded casket of a person reportedly killed by a US drone attack in Pakistani tribal area of Mir Ali along the Afghanistan border, during his funeral in Bannu, Pakistan. The Shamsi airfield in southwest Pakistan has become the centre of a political storm about Pakistan surrendering its sovereignty, as the airfield is suspected of housing U.S. drones used in missile strikes in Pakistan, but is actually under the control of the United Arab Emirates, although a UAE official has denied that the Gulf state has any operational role. (AP Photo/Ijaz Muhammad, file)AP – During a recent, rare briefing to parliament, a top Pakistani air force commander made a surprising claim: a remote southwestern airfield long suspected of housing U.S. drones used in missile strikes was actually under the control of the United Arab Emirates.

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