WASHINGTON—Military counterterrorism officials are seeking more
capability to pursue extremist groups in Africa and elsewhere that they
believe threaten the U.S., and the Obama administration is considering
asking Congress to approve expanded authority to do it.
The move, according to administration and congressional officials,
would be aimed at allowing U.S. military operations in Mali, Nigeria,
Libya and possibly other countries where militants have loose or
nonexistent ties to al Qaeda's Pakistan headquarters. Depending on the
request, congressional authorization could cover the use of armed drones
and special operations teams across a region larger than Iraq and
Afghanistan combined, the officials said.
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