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WASHINGTON: White House counter-terror chief John Brennan has seized the lead in guiding the debate on which terror leaders will be targeted for drone attacks or raids, establishing a new procedure to vet both military and CIA targets.
The move concentrates power over the use of lethal US force outside war zones at the White House
In describing Brennan’s arrangement to The Associated Press, the officials provided the first detailed description of the military’s previous review process that set a schedule for killing or capturing terror leaders around the Arab world and beyond.
But some of the officials carrying out the policy are equally leery of “how easy it has become to kill someone,” one said.
The US is targeting al Qaeda operatives for reasons such as being heard in an intercepted conversation plotting to attack a US ambassador overseas, the official said. Stateside, that conversation could trigger an investigation by the Secret Service or FBI