Despite curbs on target killings, CIA to get free hand in Pakistan
The Obama administration is finalising a rule book for target killings but these restrictions will not apply to Pakistan where the CIA will be free to direct drone strikes in Fata.
The classified manual, called a counter-terrorism “playbook”, sets out stringent rules for targeted killings and details the process of adding names to the so-called “kill list”.
But it “leaves open a major exemption for the CIA’s campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan”, The Washington Post reported yesterday.
The CIA would have this freedom for “less than two years but more than one” because its drone strategy had been very effective in weakening pro-Taliban militants, the Post reported.
The CIA is expected to give the US ambassador to Pakistan advance notice on strikes. But in practice, the agency exercises near complete control over the names on its target list and decisions on strikes.
But once the CIA achieved its targets in Fata, the rule book would also be applied to Pakistan, the Post reported.
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