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US seeks to expand assassination drone

attacks to Syria: Report

strikes to Syria, former and current American officials say. The officials said the
Counterterrorism Center, which
runs CIA’s drone operations in
Pakistan and Yemen, has
recently tasked some of its
agents to collect further intelligence on the situation in
Syria, the Los Angeles Times
reported on Friday. The targeting officers, who are
based at CIA headquarters in
Langley, have formed a unit
with US intelligence agents in
Iraq, to examine purported
threats against “the US’ interests in Syria,” the report
said. The unit is closely working with
Saudi, Jordanian and other
regional spy services, according
to the report. The CIA and the White House
have declined to comment on
the issue. According to the London-based
Bureau of Investigative
Journalism, between 2,627 and
3,457 people have been killed
by US drones in Pakistan alone
since 2004. Some former CIA officials
expressed skepticism about
the nature of Washington’s
new contingency plan, saying
no evidence substantiates
existential threats against the US’ interests in Syria. The news comes on the same
day as the summit of EU
leaders in Brussels failed to
reach an agreement on lifting
the body’s arms embargo on
Syria to facilitate the flow of weapons to militants. Although the US publicly claims
that its role in Syria is merely
limited to providing food and
medical supplies to the anti-
government militants, Croatian
newspaper Jutarnji List revealed on March 7 that the US
has coordinated weapons
shipments from Croatia to the
militants in Syria. According to the report, 3,000
tons of weapons in 75
planeloads have been
transfered from Zagreb to the
militants in Syria via Jordan
and Turkey. The weapons were reportedly paid for by Saudi
Arabia at the request of the US.

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