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Obama administration considering another drone attack on U.S. citizen

The U.S. government is interested in launching an attack against an American citizen who is actively working with al-Qaida.

Published Mon, Feb 10 2014 7:46 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The Obama administration is having a difficult time internally battling whether or not to launch a coordinated air strike against a U.S. citizen reportedly planning attacks as an active al-Qaida member. The CIA has the unnamed citizen under surveillance, but the Justice Department still hasn't built a strong enough case for the strike.

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"An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year," an official told Associated Press.

However, the target is reportedly located in a well-guarded, remote region, so manned missions to capture him are unlikely.

The use of drone strikes continues to be a controversial topic, with officials in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other nations publicly voicing displeasure over UAV attacks. To complicate matters further, many U.S. citizens don't like the idea of targeting U.S. citizens for immediate execution without arrest and trial.

NEWS SOURCE:npr.org

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