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Reuters: Pentagon to Take Some Drone Program Responsibilities From CIA

DroneLaunchCarrierThe White House is transferring control over some drone operations for overseas anti-terrorism missions from the CIA to the Defense Department, Reuters reported Monday.

Tabassum Zakaria and Mark Hosenball write President Barack Obama will put the U.S. armed forces in charge of drone programs in Yemen while the CIA will retain control over drone strikes in Pakistan.

Obama intends to increase transparency in some counterterrorism programs while keeping the Pakistan drone strikes concealed, according to Reuters.

Zakaria and Hosenball report the Pentagon will take over these drone programs in phases.

Reuters reports Obama will speak at the National Defense University in Washington Thursday to discuss drone usage for counterterrorism programs.

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