CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

2015

September - December

Materials presented chronologically.

Miller, Greg. "U.S. Launches Secret Drone Campaign to Hunt Islamic State Leaders in Syria." Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2015. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to U.S. officials, "[t]he CIA and U.S. special operations forces have launched a secret campaign to hunt terrorism suspects in Syria as part of a targeted killing program that is run separately from the broader U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State." The CIA and JSOC "are both flying armed drones over Syria in a collaboration responsible for several recent strikes against senior Islamic State operatives.... The clandestine program represents a significant escalation of the CIA's involvement in the war in Syria."

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Press Release. "CIA Releases Roughly 2,500 Declassified President’s Daily Briefs." 16 Sep. 2015. [https://www.cia.gov/news-information/press-releases-statements/2015-press-releases-statements/cia-releases-declassified-presidents-daily-briefs.html]

On 16 September 2015, CIA released "roughly 2,500 previously classified President's Daily Briefs (PDB) from the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations at a public symposium at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, TX, entitled The President’s Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to the First Customer. The declassified documents are posted at http://www.foia.cia.gov along with a 40-page color booklet describing the documents and the PDB process during this period."

Dilanian, Ken. "Rare US Success in Syria, Iraq: Finding Senior Militants.'" Associated Press, 28 Sep. 2015. [http://bigstory.ap.org]

According to U.S. officials, a manhunt by the CIA, NSA, and JSOC "has been methodically finding and killing senior militants in Syria and Iraq.... In an effort that ramped up over the last year, intelligence analysts and special operators have harnessed an array of satellites, sensors, drones and other technology to track and kill elusive militants across a vast, rugged area of Syria and Iraq."

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