Former CIA leader defends drone strikes, torture

FILE - In this April 2, 2014, file photo, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Intelligence Committee. The former CIA official says in a new book that President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of CIA drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years, a former CIA leader says in a new memoir that broadly defends the targeted killing of terrorists.


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