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Evolution of the drone strike

Pilotless planes, first used for surveillance, now a potential killing weapon

Last Updated: Feb. 6, 2013

This week the world learned more about the U.S. government's use of drones for targeted killings of its opponents.

U.S. news reports disclosed the existence of a remote base in Saudi Arabia that is used to conduct drone attacks in Yemen, something they had known for some time.

NBC News obtained and published a confidential Obama administration memo that argues it has the right to carry out the extrajudicial killing of American citizens.

Use the interactive below to learn more about the history of drone strikes.

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