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Official confirms US carries out drone strikes

Official confirms US carries out drone strikes

White House counterterrorism official John Brennan has publicly acknowledged the covert practice of drone strikes against al-Qaida targets, the first time the Obama administration has described the widely known practice.
Brennan, speaking in Washington on Monday, says President Barack Obama wants to be more open with the American public a year after a raid by Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden.
Brennan says targets are chosen by weighing whether there is a way to capture the person against how much of a threat the person presents to Americans.
He says the strikes are precise but acknowledges that civilians have been killed.
Brennan says in most cases, drone strikes are carried out with the cooperation of a host government.


Updated : 2021-03-06 02:00 GMT+08:00