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Date: Mar 5, 2012

Assailants waving the battle flag of al-Qaida gunned down 25 policemen Monday in a brazen and well-orchestrated challenge to government control over a strategic town fraught with Iraq war symbolism.  The attack replicated tactics used by Sunni insurgents during the war and appeared aimed at reasserting al-Qaida’s grip now that the Iraqis can no longer rely on American help.

The attackers drove through the town of Haditha claiming to be government officials and methodically executed guards and commanders.  After half an hour they escaped into the desert, leaving a terrified populace demanding protection.  Local authorities imposed a curfew and deployed troops.  The choice of target was significant in several ways.  Haditha is just 65 miles (105 kilometers) from the border with Syria, where rebels fighting the regime are allegedly gaining recruits from Iraq.  Iraqi officials described Monday’s attack as a systematic plot to kill policemen.  The attackers came at 2 a.m. in cars painted as Iraqi Interior Ministry vehicles and brandished false arrest warrants for city police officials. 

Read more: Washington Post - AP

The Obama administration on Monday plans to outline how U.S. laws empower the government to kill Americans overseas who engage in terrorism against their home country, a source familiar with the matter said, months after a drone strike killed a U.S.-born cleric who plotted attacks from Yemen.  Civil liberties groups have been pressuring the administration to offer justification for what has been described as a top-secret "targeted kill" program in which Americans who have joined al Qaeda or other militants are deemed legitimate targets to be killed overseas.

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to address the issue and the underpinning legal principles for using lethal force during remarks at Northwestern University School of Law on Monday afternoon in Chicago, the source said Sunday on condition of anonymity.

Read more: Reuters