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Obama defends drone strikes but says no cure-all



Published: Thu, May 23, 2013 @ 3:18 p.m.

Obama defends drone strikes but says no cure-all

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama today defended America’s controversial drone attacks as legal, effective and a necessary linchpin in an evolving U.S. counterterrorism policy. But he acknowledged the targeted strikes are no “cure-all” and said he is haunted by the civilians unintentionally killed. The president also announced a renewed push to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, including lifting a moratorium on prisoner transfers to Yemen. However, shutting the prison will still require help from Republicans reluctant to back Obama’s call to move some detainees to U.S. prisons and try them in civilian courts.


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