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US needs to keep up drone war against Qaeda: Panetta

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The United States will have to keep up an open-ended drone war against Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan and elsewhere to prevent another terror attack on America, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. 

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (right) is interviewed by AFP reporters Jerome Cartillier (left) and Dan De Luce (back to camera) on February 1, 2013 inside Panetta's private office at the Pentagon. The United States will have to keep up an open-ended drone war against Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan and elsewhere to prevent another terror attack on America, Panetta said.

The assassination of Al-Qaeda figures in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia with unmanned, robotic aircraft has provoked widespread criticism from human rights groups and some US allies, but Panetta said the US campaign has been effective.

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