Drone attack flurry appropriate
Pursuing al Qaeda and family of terrorists is an appropriate mission for CIA’s paramilitary and US military. The USA is well equipped with advanced technology and should use everything at its disposal to hit and wipe out terrorist leaders and their forces.
The fact that they may reside in neighborhoods with local tribe people is irrelevant because it is those local communities that harbor and provide cover. Civilian casualties are regrettable, but the lesson is, it is best to cooperate with government authorities to eliminate safe havens.
“CIA steps up drone attacks in Pakistan amid fear of al-Qaeda terror in Europe
By Greg Miller
Wednesday, September 29, 2010; 3:06 AM
A sharply escalated campaign of CIA drone strikes in Pakistan is aimed in part at al-Qaeda units suspected of planning terrorist attacks on targets in Europe, a threat that U.S. officials described as "credible but not specific" enough to allow authorities to anticipate precisely where or when a strike might occur.
The intensified bombing of targets in North and South Waziristan represents an expansion of the secret drone program from its origins as a weapon used in a selective hunt for high-ranking operatives to one now delivering a barrage of strikes in the hopes of disrupting a still-murky plot.
A U.S. official said that President Obama and congressional leaders have been briefed extensively on the European threat in recent weeks and that the warnings are considered ominous enough to warrant preemptive strikes.
American intelligence agencies have had "to work backwards, with your starting point being individuals you believe are involved in plotting, even when you don't have the full outlines of the plot itself," the U.S. official said. "That's why we have been striking - with precision - people and facilities that are part of these conspiracies."
U.S. officials said that intelligence about potential pending attacks has not indicated that the plots are aimed at targets in the United States. Still, officials alluded to significant security precautions.
A senior administration official said that the president "has held multiple sessions with his CT [counterterrorism] and homeland teams in recent weeks to review this and other threat reporting and to make sure that all appropriate steps were being taken to protect the American people."”
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