John Bellinger, Council on Foreign Relations | October 5, 2011
The recent killing of al-Qaeda cleric and US citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki raises questions about the legality of using drone strikes. ++ Drone strikes have increased dramatically under the Obama administration as a weapon against terror groups, but their legal standing under US and international law is uncertain. ++ US allies and human rights groups are now having their attention drawn to this policy. ++ The Obama administration must clearly explain its policy justification to avoid having it conflated with previous blunders like Guantanamo Bay.