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John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, publicly acknowledged on Monday that the U.S. has conducted targeted airstrikes against terrorists, also known as drone attacks.
U.S. officials have been loath to acknowledge the secret drone strikes, even though they are widely reported as American operations.
In a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, Mr. Brennan said the strikes are legal under U.S. and international law, adding that they are ethical and wise since they result in fewer civilian casualties and less U.S. military involvement.
“We are a nation of laws, and we will always act within the law,” he said.
“It would be a mistake to believe this threat has passed,” he said.
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