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New Biden counterterrorism strategy puts limits on armed drone use


WASHINGTON –

US President Joe Biden on Friday officially issued new guidance restricting the use of armed drones outside of war zones as part of a new counterterrorism strategy that places a greater priority on the protect the lives of civilians.

The new policies require the president’s approval before a suspected terrorist is added to the US government’s list of targets for lethal actions, including cyberattacks. drones and special operations raids, according to a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the classified memo.

The new guidance puts U.S. policies back where they were at the end of the Obama administration, and it reverses former President Donald Trump’s more permissive rules that allowed lower-ranking officials to lose money. more time when launching deadly attacks.

Biden has issued temporary restrictions on the US military and intelligence community that require the president to sign off on lethal actions outside of a war zone when he takes office. The new policies and strategies, the result of a review that began shortly after Inauguration Day last year, formalize the directive. The strategy would require a next president to find a way to reverse the new action to rescind Biden’s directive.

White House Homeland Security Adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall said: “President Biden’s official counterterrorism guidance directs his administration to be smart and agile in protecting Americans from challenges. growing global terrorism”.

The President’s Guidelines for the Use of Killing Actions and Capturing Operations Outside Hostile Activity Areas “requires that U.S. counterterrorism operations meet the highest standards.” accuracy and rigor, including identifying appropriate targets and minimizing civilian casualties,” she said.

The guidance comes a day after US forces killed three senior leaders of the Islamic State in two separate military operations in Syria on Thursday, including a rare airstrike in part of the country. northeast is controlled by the Syrian regime, US officials said. However, under Biden’s guidance, Syria is considered an area of ​​conflict where specific presidential approval is not required.

The attacks in Afghanistan, where the US in August killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri at the direction of Biden, will require the president’s approval.

The policy change was first reported by The New York Times.

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