1. Controversial

    Rare U.S. Remarks on Drone Strikes

    FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo, a U.S. Predator drone flies over the moon above Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan. Drone aircraft unleashed two missile attacks in a lawless tribal region on the Afghan border Tuesday, making September the most intense period of U.S. strikes in Pakistan since they began in 2004, intelligence officials said. The stepped-up campaign is focused on a small area of farming villages and mountainous, thickly forested terrain controlled by the Haqqani network, a ruthless American foe in Afghanistan, U.S. officials say. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

    Kirsty Wigglesworth, File / AP Photo

    A White House official revealed Monday that remotely-piloted drones are used to kill suspected terrorists, while acknowledging for the first time that these strikes occasionally kill civilians. Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the deaths of innocent people by drones are “exceedingly rare,” though a Washington think tank revealed Monday that as many as 300 civilians deaths have been linked to drones since President Obama took office. Brennan said the U.S. “conducts targeted strikes against specific al Qaeda terrorists” using drones.

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