Ya think the extremists might shoot at our drones with the weapons that Kerry has provided them?
WASHINGTON — The CIA is secretly targeting Islamic extremists in Syria for possible lethal drone strikes as part of a contingency plan to protect the United States and its allies in the event the turmoil there worsens, current and former U.S. officials say.
President Obama has not authorized drone missile strikes in Syria, and none are under consideration.
But the CIA effort, which involves assembling detailed dossiers on key militants, gives the White House both lethal and nonlethal options if it concludes that Syria’s 2-year-old civil war — which already has caused 70,000 deaths, according to United Nations estimates — is creating a new haven for terrorists. The intelligence files also could be used to help moderate opposition figures prevail over extremists.