U.S. military officials are pushing for the ability to publicly defend the practice of American drone strikes from critics in the United States and across the globe, according to defense officials.

The Wall Street Journal reports that in coming days, a proposal calling for more transparency is to be presented to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. The issue has reportedly arisen after the military concluded that secrecy surrounding drone operation has bolstered support for Al Qaeda in parts of the Middle East.

If Defense Secretary Hagel approved the proposal, it would then be sent to the National Security Council for consideration.

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