US military to take over control of most terror drone strikes from CIA

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s administration is looking at easing the secrecy around the drone war against al Qaeda by shifting control for some air strikes from the CIA to the US military, officials say.

But the move would likely not apply to drone attacks in Pakistan, where most of the bombing raids take place.

And even if the policy change is carried out, Obama has no intention of abandoning a tactic that his advisers say has decimated the al Qaeda network.

Faced with growing calls in Congress for more oversight around the drone war, the administration is weighing the change partly to allay concerns from lawmakers and to put the air campaign on a more permanent legal footing, analysts said.

“There is serious consideration being given to moving some of these activities to” military control, a US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

The administration believes the strikes are legal and effective but the change is “about transparency and the perceived legitimacy of the operations,” the official said.

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