POLITICS
05/24/2010 11:42 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Petraeus Signed Order To Expand, Institutionalize Secret Military Action

WASHINGTON -- The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.

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While the Bush administration had approved some clandestine military activities far from designated war zones, the new order is intended to make such efforts more systematic and long term, officials said.

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