Any significant shift toward the United States as a supplier is likely to trigger a backlash from Europe's fragmented defence industry.
US drones “changed their route” after approaching Iran’s borders where military forces were carrying out annual exercises.
"We call on all countries, especially United States, to treat Afghanistan in light of international rights, laws and commitments ... in order to prevent any negative consequences." Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said.
The US is running out of options as it looks to secure strike capability against terrorist groups after the Afghan withdrawal.
The US military is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen, a country ravaged by war since 2014.
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