CIA Drones

US President Donald Trump is seeking to loosen some Obama-era limits on drone attacks and ground raids outside conventional warzones, US media reports have said. The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Thursday that Trump’s top national security advisers have proposed relaxing two rules from the administration of Barack Obama, the former US president. […]

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President Donald Trump is set to water down limits imposed by his predecessor Barack Obama on drone strikes and commando raids abroad, allowing special forces and the CIA to take out jihadis outside designated conflict zones. The new strategy would make possible raids against radical Islamists outside countries where the U.S. is already operating, such as […]

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US President Donald Trump is seeking to loosen some Obama-era limits on drone strikes and ground raids outside conventional war-zones, US media reports have said. The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported on Thursday that Trump’s top national security advisers have proposed relaxing two rules from administration of Barack Obama, the former US president. The […]

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The policy, while containing significant changes, also preserves a key structure of President Barack Obama’s approach to counterterrorism: dividing the world into war zones and places where higher protections for civilians apply. The elements of continuity suggest that as the war on terrorism drifts toward its 17th year, political, legal, diplomatic and practical hurdles constrain […]

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Josh Kroese / DreamstimePresident Donald Trump’s administration, specifically the CIA, may soon be unleashing armed drones in airstrikes in foreign countries with much less oversight. Thank President Barack Obama for that. Obama installed a system of using armed drones to kill foreign targets in the war on terror. Many of these strikes happened in countries […]

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Early after taking office, President trump visited CIA headquarters, and among the topics discussed was the global drone war. President Trump came out of the tour, as he has so many tours, “impressed” with what he saw and wanting more of that. In this case, Trump told CIA Director Mike Pompeo and other officials he wants […]

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Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA/NewscomIn his first address to the United Nations, President Trump displayed both his show business chops and the contradictions inherent in his foreign policy choices. Many of those choices are far more mainstream than Trump’s rhetoric, or the commentary on it, suggests. Trump says he wants a July 4 military parade that mirrors […]

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Early after taking office, President trump visited CIA headquarters, and among the topics discussed was the global drone war. President Trump came out of the tour, as he has so many tours, “impressed” with what he saw and wanting more of that. In this case, Trump told CIA Director Mike Pompeo and other officials that […]

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Up until Monday, the CIA had never publicly released the full name of its legendary spy. Even former director George Tenet couldn’t completely identify him for his 2007 bestselling memoir, “At the Center of the Storm,” which reveals only his first name and last initial: Greg V. Within the halls of Langley and in the […]

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It’s not only “the generals” that President Trump defers to when it comes to war overseas. He’s also planning to defer to Mike Pompeo and the CIA when it comes to operating killer drones in the “theaters” of military operations. Where President Obama toward the end of his term was phasing out the CIA drone […]

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WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump visited CIA headquarters in the first weeks of his presidency, he toured the secure floor where agency officers direct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, current and former U.S. officials told NBC News. Impressed by what he saw, Trump conveyed to incoming CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the assembled agency […]

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In the war against terrorism, U.S. diplomacy, defense and intelligence all work together, in what can be an impressive integration of capabilities across the national security enterprise. But balance is key, and recent reports that the CIA wants to expand its combat role, with greater authority to conduct drone strikes, raise questions about who should […]

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