Monday, March 13, 2017
Trump gives CIA power to launch drone strikes: report
The CIA has reportedly been given the power by President Trump to launch drone strikes against suspected terrorists.
The new authority is a change in drone policy from the Obama administration, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday citing U.S. officials.
Under the Obama administration, the CIA used drones to find suspected terrorists. But the military then launched the strikes.
That policy lent itself to more transparency, because the Pentagon is required to publicly report most airstrikes.
The CIA's new authority, which was reportedly provided by Trump shortly after his inauguration, was used in February in a strike against a senior al Qaeda leader in Syria, Abu al-Khayr al-Masri.