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    CIA Seeks to Expand Drone Fleet

    FILE - This Nov. 8, 2011 file photo shows a Predator B unmanned aircraft taxis at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. The White House has no intentions to end CIA drone strikes against militant targets on Pakistani soil, setting the two countries up for diplomatic blows after Pakistani's parliament unanimously approved new guidelines for the country in its troubled relationship with the US, US and Pakistani officials say. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

    Eric Gay, File / AP Photo

    Officials said on Friday that the CIA is asking the White House for a significant expansion to its fleet of armed drones. If approved, the increase could add up to 10 drones to a force currently numbered at 30 to 35 and would enhance the ability of the CIA to carry out lethal strikes in the Middle East. The move, needless to say, is eliciting concerns that the CIA is moving away from its roots in intelligence toward a more paramilitary identity.

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