The US has been reported to be flying surveillance drones over Syria only days after President Obama authorized their use, according to a senior US official to Fox News this past weekend.
The Associated Press reported that the flights had begun Tuesday, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militants based in northern Syria. On Monday, the Syrian regime demanded that the US seek permission before launching any airstrikes on its territory against IS targets.
A senior US official confirmed to Fox News that Obama authorized the use of drone surveillance over Syria for the first time this weekend. The authorization was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.