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US drone attacks 'may breach international law'

A UN human rights investigator has warned the United States that its use of unmanned aerial drones to kill suspected Taliban militants may be in breach of international law.

In a report to the UN General Assembly, Philip Alston says the targeted executions could be perceived as indiscriminate killing.

He says he has become increasingly concerned about the dramatic increase in such attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan over recent months.

Mr Alston also says the US attitude that the killings are not a matter for the UN General Assembly "is simply untenable".

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