'Washington Post': US has secret drone base in Saudi Arabia

February 6, 2013 21:26

The CIA established a secret drone base two years ago in Saudi Arabia in order to hunt members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

The setup of the base followed negotiations with Riyadh over the location of the base, which is still being withheld from publication so as not to damage counter-terror cooperation with Saudi Arabia, according to US media reports.

US media kept the existence of the base secret for two years. The first drone mission launched from the base was responsible for killing Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric affiliated with al-Qaida.

The Washington Post reported on a white paper released by the US Justice Department that concluded the US can lawfully kill its own citizens overseas if it decides that the person is a key leader of al-Qaida or deemed to be an imminent threat.

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