The program, one time the backbone of President Obama’s counter terrorism strategy is being closed due to new realities in the region.
At that place was not a US drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal areas since December.
The targeted killing program in Pakistan relies on drones flown from, and intelligence gathered in, US bases in Afghanistan that would then be shut down.
Various elements are driving the change, US officials say. Many of the senior al Qaeda figures in Pakistan have been wiped out. Those who remain are much harder to target because they are avoiding mobile phones and traveling with children.