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Controversial Official Reveals Drone Strikes Kirsty Wigglesworth, File / AP Photo

Rare U.S. Remarks on Drone Strikes

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.

April 30, 2012 11:31 PM