Military to be given control of drone strikes
President Barack Obama during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.Photo: Image by Photo Credit: CNN
WASHINGTON (AP) - Under some new guidance on the use of drones by the U.S. government, the military has control of drone strikes outside of Pakistan and Yemen.
It's a policy that reflects what is already common practice, according to a pair of U.S. officials who've been briefed on the guidance.
The use of drones is expected to be among the topics of President Barack Obama's speech today at the National Defense University, as Obama talks about the continuing threats to American security. Officials say he'll discuss the administration's expanded use of unmanned spy drones to kill hundreds of people in Pakistan, Yemen and other places where terrorists have taken refuge.
The military and the CIA currently work side-by-side in Yemen, with the CIA flying drones from a base in Saudi Arabia and the military sending drones from Djibouti.
On the eve of the speech, the administration revealed for the first time that four Americans, in all, have been killed in drone strikes. The killings of three of them had been widely known earlier.
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