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In Terror Shift, Obama Took a Long Path
www.nytimes.com-May 28, 2013
The pivot in counterterrorism policy that President Obama announced last week was nearly two years in the making, but perhaps the most critical moment came last spring during a White House meeting as he talked about the future of the nation’s long-running terrorism war. Underlying the discussion was a simple fact: It was an election year. And Mr. Obama might lose.
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Pivoting From a War Footing, Obama Acts to Curtail Drones
www.nytimes.com-May 24, 2013
Nearly a dozen years after the hijackings that transformed America, President Obama said Thursday that it was time to narrow the scope of the grinding battle against terrorists and begin the transition to a day when the country will no longer be on a war footing.
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Obama: U.S. at ‘crossroads’ in fight against terrorism
www.washingtonpost.com-May 24, 2013
President Obama said Thursday that the United States has reached a “crossroads” in its fight against terrorism and that it is time to redefine and recalibrate a war that eventually will end.
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U.S. acknowledges killing of four U.S. citizens in counterterrorism operations
www.washingtonpost.com-May 23, 2013
The Obama administration acknowledged Wednesday that it has killed four Americans in overseas counterterrorism operations since 2009, the first time it has publicly taken responsibility for the deaths.
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Obama Restarts Bid to Close Guantanamo
www.online.wsj.com-May 23, 2013
he Obama administration is set to restart transfers of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.S. officials said, kick-starting a long-stalled drive to close the prison.
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Obama, in a Shift, to Limit Targets of Drone Strikes
www.nytimes.com-May 23, 2013
President Obama plans to open a new phase in the nation’s long struggle with terrorism on Thursday by restricting the use of unmanned drone strikes that have been at the heart of his national security strategy and shifting control of them away from the C.I.A. to the military.
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Administration debates stretching 9/11 law to go after new al-Qaeda offshoots
www.washingtonpost.com-March 07, 2013
A new generation of al-Qaeda offshoots is forcing the Obama administration to examine whether the legal basis for its targeted killing program can be extended to militant groups with little or no connection to the organization responsible for the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. officials said.
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U.S. counterterrorism efforts in Africa defined by a decade of missteps
www.washingtonpost.com-February 05, 2013
The U.S. military was closely tracking a one-eyed bandit across the Sahara in 2003 when it confronted a hard choice that is still reverberating a decade later. Should it try to kill or capture the target, an Algerian jihadist named Mokhtar Belmokhtar, or let him go?
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Navy wants commando ‘mothership’ in Middle East
www.washingtonpost.com-January 28, 2012
The Pentagon is rushing to send a large floating base for commando teams to the Middle East as tensions rise with Iran, al-Qaeda in Yemen and Somali pirates, among other threats.
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More Than Luck
www.nationaljournal.com-October 29, 2011
In a string of successful operations this year, U.S. counterterrorism forces have drawn a bead on the top tier of the terrorist hierarchy. They killed Qaida chief Osama bin Laden last May, and then Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, two top leaders in al-Qaida’s dangerous franchise in Yemen. Ten years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, U.S. officials seem to be accurately “connecting the dots” from terrorism plots back to the masterminds who hatched them. National Journal Senior Correspondent James Kitfield spoke recently with David Shedd, an intelligence veteran who is now deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, about what the recent successes say about post-9/11 intelligence reforms. Edited excerpts from the interview follow.
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