In the early years of the President Barack Obama administration, the U.S. placed militarized drone attacks under the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). However, the CIA led a bloodshed campaign from the skies against terror groups – predominantly in Afghanistan and Pakistan – with many civilian casualties.
In the late stages of his presidency, President Obama moved to put a stop to the CIA manning the drones attack and placed it under the care of the US military. A move that was said to bring more transparency to the attacks.
However, since January this year, it is reported that the CIA has been installing a new drone airbase in North Africa in secret. That is according to a report published by the New York Times. A move seen as a return to aggressive use of power by the US in its counter-terrorism effort, but this time in North Africa.
The former US administration scaled back on the use of drones’ airstrike against militia groups following a backlash from the innocent civilian casualties. The current US administration seems to be restoring those drones’ attacks and handing it …read more