The Associated Press reports that United States drones are currently flying over Libya, looking for the terrorists responsible for the attacks on the United States consulate in Benghazi.
Those drones, however, are not armed according to the report.
Even a strike that happens with permission could prove problematic, especially in Libya or Mali, where al-Qaida supporters are currently based. Both countries have fragile, interim governments that could lose popular support if they are seen allowing the U.S. unfettered access to hunt al-Qaida. The Libyan government is so wary of the U.S. investigation expanding into unilateral action that it refused requests to arm the drones now being flown over Libya.