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In an exclusive interview with France24, while on an official visit, President Uhuru Kenyatta has denied reports that the U.S. military sought authorisation to carry out drone strikes inside Kenya. He stressed that if such a request were made, he would refuse. It’s the first time the government is officially responding to claims first reported by the New York Times in September. The U.S. has also been accused by rights groups of killing civilians not linked to terror merchants. According to the New York Times report, senior U.S. officials said the U.S. military’s Africa Command is seeking authority to carry out armed drone strikes targeting Al Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab fighters in Kenya.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta.