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Obama confirms drone strikes in Pakistan

U.S. President Barack Obama has defended the use of drone strikes in Pakistan, which U.S. officials have never before publicly acknowledged, Voice of America said. Speaking during an online town hall discussion Monday, Obama said the drone attacks have been used to target al-Qaida and its affiliates, and that many of the strikes have been in Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. The president said the operations are used for “very precise, precision strikes,” and he said the United States does not authorize the attacks “willy-nilly.” He said it is a targeted, focused effort against “active terrorists” in difficult-to-reach locations.

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