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    CIA Ran Secret Base in Saudi Arabia

    FILE - In this June 13, 2010, file photo a U.S. Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport in Afghanistan. Hunting al-Qaida targets from Pakistan to Afghanistan, Yemen to Somalia, the fleet of U.S. armed Predator and Reaper drones that killed two American members of al-Qaida in Yemen Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, are the night stalkers of the expanded U.S. war on terrorists.  (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini, Pool, File)

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    The CIA has been hitting al Qaeda militants in Yemen with clandestine drone stikes from a base in Saudi Arabia for over a year, according to an investigative New York Times report published Tuesday night. The base was first used to kill U.S.-born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011. The program has been controversial, with some saying it has exacerbated anti-American sentiment. The architect of the drone strikes program, John Brennan, will face the Senate on Thursday for a confirmation hearing to become CIA director.

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