18 April 2012
The targets would be chosen based on intelligence reports indicating suspicious behavior, such as images of militants unloading explosives or gathering at al-Qaeda compounds.
If President Barack Obama's administration gives the CIA permission for the strikes, it could represent a politically dangerous escalation of US military activity in Yemen, the Post said.
There have been at least eight US airstrikes in Yemen in the past four months, the Post reported.
The Obama administration has tried until now to limit its drone operations in Yemen to avoid being drawn into internal conflicts that could turn local militants into al-Qaeda recruits, the Post reported.
The Post quoted an unnamed Obama administration official saying that "there is still a very firm emphasis on being surgical and targeting only those who have a direct interest in attacking the United States."
However, disputes have arisen over the number of civilian deaths from drone
The CIA proposal for the
"signature strikes" is awaiting a decision by the National Security Council, the
Post quoted unnamed US officials as saying.
The agency has been
building networks of informants in Yemen to assemble intelligence reports that
could guide the signature strikes, similar to its drone attacks against al-Qaeda
in Pakistan, the Post reported.