US Tightens Drone Rules

According to the Wall Street Journal, the CIA has recently made a series of secret concessions in its drone campaign to include greater cooperation with the State Department, after military and diplomatic officials complained they were hurting the relationship with Pakistan. They argue for most selective ‘personality’ strikes, and less group or ‘signature strikes’. The review of drone strikes comes after a summer investigation by the White House. The CIA still ultimately calls the shots under new guidelines, but there is an attempt to include more people in the decision making process. “Among the changes: The State Department won greater sway in strike decisions; Pakistani leaders got advance notice about more operations; and the CIA agreed to suspend operations when Pakistani officials visit the U.S”. Critics now question whether drone strikes are still needed, given that senior al Qaeda leaders have been killed.

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