CIA Expands Its Drone Campaign against Al-Qaeda

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The CIA has reportedly used unmanned drones for the first time to target commanders of Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia, a move coinciding with the announcement of America’s new counterterrorism strategy shifting the campaign against extremism from costly battlegrounds toward expanded secret operations. The attacks in Somalia, which apparently wounded two commanders of the al-Shabab group last week, bring the number of states where drone aircrafts have been deployed to six: Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and now the restive East African country which US officials see as a key terror base following Bin Laden’s assassination in Pakistan.

 

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