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Obama administration: 4 Americans killed since 2009 in drone strikes

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The Obama administration acknowledges for the first time that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen since 2009.

Three cases were already well-known, including the targeted killing of radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. The fourth, previously undisclosed, involved an American accused of planning to attack the Marine base at Quantico, Va., but who fled to Pakistan and was killed in an unrelated drone strike.

The disclosure is made to Congress on the eve of a major national security speech by President Obama in which he plans to pledge more transparency to the administration's counterterrorism policy.

 

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