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CIA may target Syrian extremists with drones: Report

Published on Mar 16, 2013 11:54 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The US Central Intelligence Agency is collecting information on Islamic radicals in Syria for possible lethal drone strikes against them at a later stage, The Los Angeles Times reported late Friday.

Citing unnamed current and former US officials, the newspaper said President Barack Obama had not authorised any drone missile strikes in Syria yet, and none were under consideration.

However CIA's Counterterrorism Centre, which runs drone programmes targeting militants in Pakistan and Yemen, had recently shifted several targeting officers to improve intelligence gathering on militants in Syria.

The targeting officers have formed a unit with colleagues who were tracking Al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq.

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