President Obama is personally overseeing a top-secret process for determining which Al-Qaeda suspects should be placed on a "kill list," the New York Times reports.
This "kill list" comes as part of a stepped-up fight against Al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Pakistan and Yemen.
"He is determined that he will make these decisions about how far and wide these operations will go," The Times quotes National Security Adviser Thomas Donilon as saying. "His view is that he's responsible for the position of the United States in the world... He's determined to keep the tether pretty short."
The US president insisted on approving every new name on an expanding "kill list", it reported, citing dozens of senior officials. In interviews with The New York Times, three dozen of his current and former advisers described Obama's evolution since taking on the role, without precedent in presidential history, of personally overseeing the shadow war with al-Qaeda.
President Obama must personally approves the killing of top suspects.