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Biden’s new counterterrorism strategy limits drone use

President Joe Biden returns a salute as he departs Air Force One at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, October 7, 2022. VOA News

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden officially released new guidelines Friday limiting the use of armed drones outside of war zones as part of a new counterterrorism strategy that places a higher priority on protecting civilian lives.

The new policies require presidential approval before a suspected terrorist will be added to the US government’s list of targets for potential lethal action, including drone strikes and special ops raids, according to a senior U.S. official. the administration who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the classified memoranda.

The new guidelines bring US policies back to where they were at the end of the Obama administration, and they overturn former President Donald Trump’s more permissive rules that gave lower-level officials more leeway when launching deadly strikes. .

Biden had issued temporary restrictions on the US military and intelligence community requiring presidential approval for deadly actions outside of war zones when he took office. The new policies and strategy, which resulted from a review that began shortly after Inauguration Day last year, formalize the directive. The strategy would require a subsequent president to seek to reverse the new action to overturn Biden’s directive.

“President Biden’s official counterterrorism guidance directs his administration to exercise good judgment and agility in protecting Americans from evolving global terrorist challenges,” the Homeland Security Advisor said. White House Liz Sherwood-Randall in a statement.

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