January 31, 2012
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama confirmed that US drone aircraft have struck Taliban and Al-Qaeda targets within Pakistan — operations that until now had not been officially acknowledged.
When asked about the use of drones by his administration in a chat with web users on Google+ and YouTube, Obama said “a lot of these strikes have been in the FATA” — Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
“For the most part, they’ve been very precise precision strikes against Al-Qaeda and their affiliates, and we’re very careful in terms of how it’s been applied,” Obama said.
“This is a targeted focused effort at people who are on a list of active terrorists, who are trying to go in and harm Americans, hit American facilities, American bases, and so on.”