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Leaked CIA document reveals setbacks of targeted killings

The US government’s program to capture and kill insurgent leaders can backfire, a leaked CIA report said Thursday, citing “limited” results in Afghanistan in particular.The July 2009 document released by WikiLeaks tackles the pros and cons of “high value targeting”  operations conducted “against specific individuals or networks.”The 18-page report was made under former CIA director Leon Panetta just months before President Barack Obama ordered a “surge” of troops in a bid to reverse the Taliban insurgency, defeat Al-Qaeda and quicken an end to the war in Afghanistan.The report categorized the program’s contribution to counterinsurgency success in Afghan as “limited.”
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