US releases redacted drone strike 'playbook'

Pakistani residents look at vehicle hit by a drone strike in the remote town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan, in May 2016The US government has released a once-secret policy document dubbed “the playbook” that shows how officials select drone targets in areas outside war zones and the key role the president has in the process. The 18-page Presidential Policy Guidance (PPG), published Saturday by the American Civil Liberties Union, provides more details than the government had previously revealed on how drone strikes are approved. President Barack Obama typically must personally sign off on plans to strike terror suspects who are located outside war zones in which America is officially fighting.

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