| GEO World|
| U.S. plans new drone attacks: report|
| Updated at: 1057 PST, Thursday, March 26, 2009|
WASHINGTON: U.S. intelligence officials are drawing up a fresh list of terrorist targets for Predator drone strikes along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, part of a U.S. review of the drone program, according to officials involved.
According to Wall Street Journal report, Pakistani officials are seeking to broaden the scope of the program to target extremists who have carried out attacks against Pakistanis.
The US administration considers the program a success, and the program isn't expected to be significantly curtailed. But officials familiar with the review say it could change the pace and size of the program, and make some technical refinements in an effort to hit targets faster. The review seeks to determine under what circumstances drones should be used, the officials say.
The broader reassessment could be announced as soon as Friday, according to people familiar with the matter. The review is believed to address plans for increasing troops and combating drug trafficking in Afghanistan, as well as strategies for strengthening institutions of civil government and building the economies in both countries.