CIA plan to assassinate Qaeda leaders

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/14/us/14intel.html?hp
    C.I.A. Had Plan to Assassinate Qaeda Leaders

    By MARK MAZZETTI and SCOTT SHANE
    Published: July 13, 2009
    WASHINGTON — Since 2001, the Central Intelligence Agency has developed plans to dispatch small teams overseas to kill senior Qaeda terrorists, according to current and former government officials.

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    The plans remained vague and were never carried out, the officials said, and Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director, canceled the program last month.

    Officials at the spy agency over the years ran into myriad logistical, legal and diplomatic obstacles. How could the role of the United States be masked? Should allies be informed and might they block the access of the C.I.A. teams to their targets? What if American officers or their foreign surrogates were caught in the midst of an operation? Would such activities violate international law or American restrictions on assassinations overseas?
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