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White House Official Acknowledges Drone Strikes

White House counterterrorism official John Brennan has publicly acknowledged the covert practice of drone strikes against al-Qaida targets. It's the first time the Obama administration has described the widely known practice in detail.
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After Bin Laden, Al-Qaida Still Present As Movement

A year after the Navy SEAL operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Osama bin Laden, the CIA is stepping up drone attacks in Yemen and has broadened its targeting of al-Qaida's arm there. It is clear that al-Qaida isn't dead yet, and counterterrorism officials say the group is diminished. But its ideology, a kind of al-Qaida-ism, will take longer to die.
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The Current U.S.-China Standoff Has A Precedent

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is believed to be under U.S. protection in Beijing. It's not the first time China and the U.S. have faced this kind of delicate question. Something similar happened in 1989, and it took a year for the two countries to resolve it.
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White House Defends Drone Program

The White House's chief counterterrorism adviser offered a detailed defense on Monday of America's use of drones against al-Qaida terrorists, including the targeted killings of U.S. citizens. John Brennan's comments come on the eve of the anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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