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Obama Institutes Guidelines for Drones

May 23 2013 4:24PM
Predator drone

US President Barack Obama laid out strict guidelines Thursday for the use of drones outside war zones, for the first time giving the public a window on workings of the secretive anti-terrorist programme.

In his most extensive comments to date on US drone programme, Obama defended the legality of the strikes under US and international law.

In a broad national security speech, he said that the US would take steps to prevent civilian casualties while limiting strikes to terrorists posing imminent threats. He said his administration was considering further options, such as the possibility of a court to review such strikes.

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