Drone strike campaign in Yemen shows U.S. standards are elastic

August 18, 2013 6:11 AM

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Drone strike campaign in Yemen shows U.S. standards are elastic

The wave of attacks highlights Obama's willingness to accelerate airstrikes even if intelligence on a terrorist plot is imprecise, analysts and ex-officials say.

WASHINGTON — A surge of U.S. drone missile strikes that has killed about 40 suspected militants in Yemen over the last three weeks may appear inconsistent with President Obama's pledge in May to use drone aircraft to target and kill only individual terrorists who pose a continuing and imminent threa...

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