The Legal Argument Behind Drone Strikes

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In the years since 9/11, drone strikes have emerged as a pillar of the United States’ counterterrorism strategy. The Cipher Brief spoke with Bobby Chesney, Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Texas Law School about the legal basis for U.S. drone strikes abroad. According to Chesney, while the U.S. has asserted its right to use force against al Qaeda and its affiliates wherever they may be located, “that no-geographic-limits claim has drawn lots of criticism, especially overseas.”

The Cipher Brief: What is the legal justification that U.S. policymakers use for conducting drones strikes against terrorist targets abroad?

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