There are reports today that Iraq protested (with fighter planes) when the UN sent two u-2 missions over Iraq at the same time. As part of the story, I saw this:
My question: Why on earth would the UN announce U-2 flights in advance? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?
And a bonus question: Why were these U-2s low enough to be able to be intercepted? I thought that traditionally U-2s flew well above the range of fighter planes.