Obama to give Pentagon control over armed drone program

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President Obama has decided to split armed drone operations between the CIA and Pentagon in a major policy shift that paves the way for complete Defense Department control of those counterterrorism missions.

Under the White House plan, U.S. military commanders will take over armed drone missions against terror targets in Yemen, while the CIA will retain command of drone strikes in Pakistan, according to reports.

The president could announce the plan as soon as Thursday during a speech on the administration’s war on al Qaeda and other militant groups at the National Defense University in Washington.

Administration officials opted to hand over Yemen operations to the Pentagon, since American troops are already working with Sana’a on joint training and counterterrorism missions there, sources tell Reuters.

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