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Criticism in reaction to Obama’s speech

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday announced new restraints on targeted killings and narrowed the scope of the long struggle with terrorists as part of a transition to a day he envisions when the nation will no longer be on the war footing it has been on since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

In a widely anticipated speech at the National Defense University, Obama offered his most expansive defense of the drone war he has waged since taking office, but he signaled that he planned to wind down the strikes, which have stirred controversy at home and abroad. He imposed a higher standard on authorizing such aerial attacks and shift responsibility more from the CIA to the military, and he suggested the creation of a secret court that would have to sign off on strikes in the future.

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