Washington, March 14 (QNA) – CIA can now kill potential terror suspects with drone strikes after being granted new powers by U.S. President Donald Trump, unnamed officials told the Wall Street Journal.

The new authority, said to have been granted shortly after Trump’s inauguration, takes drone strikes out of the sole control of the military, sparking fears about accountability.

Under the drone policy of the Obama administration, the CIA could find a suspect, but the armed forces would carry out the actual strike.

Unlike the Pentagon, the CIA does not need to disclose drone strikes or any resulting civilian casualties.

Under the intelligence agency’s new powers, a high-level al-Qaeda leader in Syria was killed in Syria in February, the unnamed officials said, adding that the CIA’s new powers could likely be used outside of Syria as well.

The CIA, the White House, and the U.S. Department of Defense did not immediately respond to requests for comment, WSJ reported. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency

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