There is little practical difference between the apparent Russian hit on three Chechen militants in Turkey and the US killing later the same month of militant Islamic preacher Anwar Al-Awlaki and Inspire editor Samir Khan in Yemen by firing a missile from an airborne drone.
Similarly, we might add to the mix the murder of alleged Hamas quartermaster Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, suffocated in a hotel in Dubai January 19, 2010, by a team of assassins apparently working for the Israeli Intelligence Service, Mossad.
And just this week we have heard news of a plot to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador in Washington DC, allegedly hatched by the Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Murder and assassination as an instrument of state policy seems to be making a comeback, and the US adoption of drone strikes as an almost reflex response to potential terrorist threats is helping empower other states around the world to use lethal force against enemies overseas.
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