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Several vials labeled as "smallpox" were discovered at a Merck & Co. vaccine research facility near Philadelphia, prompting the FBI and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to open investigations, according to the Department of Homeland Security. 

According to the unclassified "For Official Use Only" alert – obtained by several media outlets – sent by the Department of Homeland Security, there were a total of 15 "questionable vials," five of which were labeled as “smallpox” while the other 10 were labeled as "vaccinia." The vials were immediately secured upon discovery, and a lockdown of the facility has since been lifted. 

"There is no indication that anyone has been exposed to the small number of frozen vials," the CDC said in a statement. "The frozen vials labeled 'smallpox' were incidentally discovered by a laboratory worker while cleaning out a freezer in a facility that conducts vaccine research in Pennsylvania. CDC, its Administration partners, and law enforcement are investigating the matter and the vials' contents appear intact.

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Today, technically, anyone could have their own air force with drones. And that's becoming a serious problem to security experts. 

Last Sunday, three drones armed with explosives were used in a failed assassination plot on Iraq's prime minister. 

Analysts say they resembled drones linked to Iranian-backed militias, which have targeted American troops in a spate of attacks in Iraq. Another flurry of drones descended on U.S. forces last month in Syria -- and they’re also thought to show Iran's hand. 

"Iran has been building drones for decades, but in the last few years it's really realized that drones are an easy machine that you can kind of disassemble, move across borders, teach proxies and terrorist groups how to use them and basically encourage those groups then to attack Americans or other U.S. allies," "Drone Wars" author Seth Frantzman said. "And then it's very hard to blame Iran itself because all Iran can say is, 'Well, yeah, but you found a bunch of pieces of a machine. There's no evidence that we did it.'"

Frantzman says Iran often uses so-called "kamikaze drones" for one-way suicide missions. They might even be as large as a person, but little is truly known about Iran's drone program. 

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