Obama To Announce Limits On Drones In Major Counterterrorism Speech

AP

President Barack Obama on Thursday will outline his administration’s counterterrorism policy in a major speech to be given at National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Obama will use the speech to announce new restrictions on unmanned drones, an announcement that comes on the heels of the U.S. government’s admission that it has killed four American citizens with drone strikes. 

According to the New York Times, the policy changes signed by Obama include a reduction of the “instances when unmanned aircraft can be used to attack in places that are not overt war zones, countries like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.” The new rules will also establish “the same standard for strikes on foreign enemies now used only for American citizens deemed to be terrorists,” the Times reported.

Obama will deliver the speech at 2:00 p.m. ET. 

 

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