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Obama recasts war on terrorism

WASHINGTON — Nearly a dozen years after the hijackings that transformed America, President Obama said Thursday that it was time to narrow the scope of the grinding battle against terrorists and begin the transition to a day when the country will no longer be on a war footing.

Declaring that ‘‘America is at a crossroads,’’ the president called for redefining what has been a global war into a more targeted assault on terrorist groups threatening the United States. As part of a realignment of counterterrorism policy, he said, he would curtail the use of drones, recommit to closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and seek new limits on his own war power.

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