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How the ­.s. Stumbled Into the Drone Era

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MQ-9 Predator B drone

U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel check an unarmed MQ-9 Predator B drone before a surveillance flight near the Mexican border, March 7, 2013, Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Credit: Getty Images

On Sept. 7, 2000, in the waning days of the Clinton administration, a U.S. Predator drone flew over Afghanistan for the first time.

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