Sunday, October 1, 2017

Trump Prepares to Roll Back Drone Strike Rules Against Jihadist 'Foot-Soldiers’

Former President Barack Obama required overseas Predator MQ-1 and Reaper MQ-9 attacks on terrorist elements to adhere to a pre-approved plan demonstrating that “the individual’s activities pose a continuing, imminent threat to US persons,” according to a once-top secret presidential policy guidance document released July 1, 2016.

The man who told voters in February 2016 "I would bring back waterboarding … And I would bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding” in order to extract intelligence from captured terrorists — referring to a tactic widely discredited as a method for obtaining true information — is poised to roll back rules on unmanned aerial systems and special forces missions, unnamed White House officials told the New York Times Thursday.

The result of the policy would allow the CIA and other US military forces in the Middle East and around the globe to mow down suspected jihadists regardless of whether they contribute unique skills to or take leadership roles within organizations such as Daesh and al-Qaeda.

The proposal opens the door for US forces to target terrorists in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Libya with drone strikes or commando raids with greater frequency, NYT reports.

The pending policy change is considered likely in light of US President Donald Trump’s vows to eliminate restrictions for killing terrorists.
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