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The United States is weighing changes in policy that would lift some of the secretary enveloping its use of drone strikes, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

U.S. drone strikes aren't a secret but are still considered classified. Unauthorized disclosures of details on individual missions could constitute a felony, the WSJ reports.

The policy changes could include specifying which extremist groups associated with al-Qaida can be targeted for attacks, according to U.S. officials. But many officials also believe the U.S. needs to re-evaluate its secrecy policies regarding the targeted-killing program, saying more openness could deflect some criticism of the practice.

Drone strikes on terrorist suspects began after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. While they were rarely used at first, under the Obama administration the use of drones by the CIA and military have become increasingly common, the paper reports.

Changes considered most likely to be adopted would allow greater openness about the military drone program, but would keep classified most or all details of CIA strikes, U.S. officials said.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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