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Friday, May 24, 2013

Barack Obama l 'The use of drones will be limited to an imminent threat'


"The use by U.S. aircraft drones will be limited to when there is an imminent threat, "he said in his speech hoped Barack Obama counterterrorism strategy. He explained that "before attacking with these aircraft will have to be certain that no civilians in the vicinity". However, he made ​​clear that end "the task of defeating al Qaeda and its associated forces," the beginning of his speech at the National Defense University. The debate on the use of these aircraft has intensified after confirmation on Wednesday by the White House that its drones had killed four U.S. citizens since 2009 in Yemen and Pakistan. The revelation was contained in a letter addressed to Congress by Attorney General Eric Holder. Three of the four killed in drone attacks in Yemen killed. The first two are the Islamists Samir Khan and Anwar al Aulaki, killed in September 2011.The third is the teenage son of Al Aulaki, born in Denver and died by mistake a few days later. In the same letter Attorney General Eric Holder and hinted that the government may restrict the use of unmanned aircraft "strict rules and procedures" for operations to combat terrorism abroad.

Close Guantanamo

Obama reiterates its commitment to close the Guantanamo prison and announces measures to break the deadlock which is the military prison.One is the lifting of the moratorium on the transfer of detainees to Yemen from jail. He also warned that examine the files of prisoners "case by case". Obama's inability to enforce the promise of his 2008 campaign to close the Guantanamo prison, has sparked a hunger strike of 103 of the 166 detainees there, 32 of which are force fed. The White House will discuss the "closure" of the prison , while outlining a comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy to deal with terrorist threats that have changed since the September 11, 2001.

Condemns the attack in London

The U.S. president also took the opportunity to strongly condemn the "heinous" attack on the British soldier killed with an ax in a London street last Wednesday. Obama expressed "strong support" to the UK in the fight against any extremist act . "The United States supports resolved to UK, our ally and friend, violent extremism and terrorism," he said in a statement about an event that has rocked the British population and unleashed terror alarms David Cameron government. "There can be no justification for an act of this type" , said Obama, who said that during his next trip to Northern Ireland to take part in the G8 summit organized by Cameron. Will address the issue of "major security challenges" facing both countries. The president also wanted to stress their support for freedom of the press due to recent criticisms of the last few weeks.

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