In this June 13, 2010 file photo a US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile. AFP PHOTO/MASSOUD HOSSAINI / FILES
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The U.S. government has released a once-secret policy document once dubbed "the Playbook" that shows how officials select drone targets in areas outside war zones and the key role the president has in the process. The 18-page Presidential Policy Guidance, published Saturday by the American Civil Liberties Union, provides more details than the government had previously revealed on how drone strikes are approved.The policy document says that "absent extraordinary circumstances," a drone strike on a high-value target will only be taken if there is "near certainty" no civilians will be killed, and says the United States should respect another nation's sovereignty in weighing drone strikes.The partially redacted document was released as a result of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, which has long sparred with the government over the United States' secretive drone program.
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