White House unveils retooled plan to hunt Al Qaeda

WASHINGTON - More special operations raids, targeted drone strikes and fewer land wars can be expected in the U.S. fight against al-Qaida, with surgical action replacing the Bush administration’s all-out efforts to combat terrorism.

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Published: Thu 30 Jun 2011, 1:59 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 10:45 PM

That is according to White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan, who unveiled a new Obama administration counterterror strategy Wednesday. Two years in the making, the written policy outlines what Brennan calls laser-focused action against specific terror groups, especially against al-Qaida’s leadership in Pakistan and Yemen. He said the White House will resist al-Qaida attempts to draw it into more costly wars such as in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Brennan says the strategy is also the first to focus primarily on al-Qaida attempts to recruit and attack inside the United States. Brennan was speaking at a Washington think tank.

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