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Obama confirms drone strikes on Pakistan militants

US President Barack Obama has confirmed that unmanned drones regularly strike suspected militants in Pakistan's tribal areas.

Mr Obama called the strikes a "targeted focussed effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists".

The US does not routinely speak publicly about drone operations.

Mr Obama made his comments during an hour-long video "hangout" on Google's social network, Google+, which was also streamed live on YouTube.

  • 31 Jan 2012
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