The U.S. military is expanding its drone fleet in Syria to include surveillance flights.
The U.N. and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have also signed a deal to train Syrians on the use of drones.
But the U.K. is still working to deploy its own fleet of spy drones.
The Pentagon has been testing the use, and is moving forward with, drones to support surveillance missions in Syria and elsewhere.
A U. S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jet flies over the Syrian city of Raqqa in this photo taken by a U. N. aerial surveillance drone in March.
A U. R.S.-led coalition has been conducting air raids in Syria since August 2016.
But in recent months, U.R.S., U.C.
S, and coalition forces have moved closer to the border of Raqqa, a city that is home to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra.
The White House has been reluctant to discuss the drone program and said last month that it had not yet been given a formal request to expand its operations there.
The Pentagon has also said that it would be “unwise to make any statements about any specific mission until we know exactly what the mission will be.”
The Pentagon said it was reviewing the request to extend its surveillance mission, and the White House said it has not yet made a decision on that request.