The top Senate Democrat on defense issues said on Tuesday that he would like to see an expansion of the U.S. military’s controversial drone-strike operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, told a group of reporters that he favors targeting the militant insurgent group, the Haqqani network, through drone strikes — something that U.S. forces don’t currently do.
“As a matter of fact, I think we have to include on the list other threats to the Afghan mission,” Levin said, during a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. “We have to have, I believe, we should have on our list the headquarters of the Haqqani network. We know where they are. We know where that headquarters is… I don’t think they should be off-limits to those strikes. They directly threaten the Afghan mission.”
“I think we have got to have them on a list of targets, absolutely,” he added, after the breakfast. “I don’t see any reason why they are not on a target list and I won’t be surprised if they are. So I’m not gonna go beyond that.”