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Obama: Rising U.S. drone strikes ‘troubled me’

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President Obama defended his policy of dramatically increasing drone strikes against suspected terrorists during his tenure even though he said his growing reliance on them ‘”troubled him,” and said he considered taking Osama bin Laden out with a missile but decided against it.

Obama, in a wide-ranging interview with New York Magazine released Monday morning, said the U.S. had the “less risky option” of taking out bin Laden by “just firing a missile into that compound.”

But after further thought, Obama decided that it was “important” that U.S. authorities would be able to both identify bin Laden and protect several “innocent lives,” such as his wives and others who lived there, “depending on how you define innocents.” – READ MORE

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