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The "unmanned aerial vehicles" to which the document refers are popularly known as "drones" and have already proved their usefulness in killing, among others Abdulrahman al-Awlaki in Yemen.
The dead friend was Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a 16-year-old born in Denver, Colorado, the third American killed in as many weeks by suspected CIA drone strikes in Yemen.
The absence of official accountability for the demise of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, a Denver native and the son of an al-Qaida member, deepens the legal and ethical murkiness of the Obama administration's campaign to kill alleged enemies of the state outside of traditional war zones.
Two U.S. officials, again speaking on the condition of anonymity, suggested in the days after the strike that Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was in his 20s, calling him a "military-age male."
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