WASHINGTON (Agencies) - The US military, fighting Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, treat the terrorist safe havens in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) as part of the war theatre with Islamabad giving tacit nod for CIA-operated drones to strike terror targets within 81 km inside the countrys territory, Zee News quoted a report published in The Washington Post. Al-Qaeda and Taliban havens in Pakistans Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the border are considered part of the Afghanistan war theatre, The Washington Post quoted senior Obama administration and military officials as saying. The Pakistani government tacitly permits CIA-operated unmanned aircraft to target terrorist sites and militants nearly 81km inside the country, it said. Under an executive order first signed by Bush and continued in force under Obama, the CIA does not have to seek higher administration authority before striking, the report said. Outside the established war zones, senior administration and military officials said, how an operation is conducted and whether its goal is killing or capturing depend on where it is taking place and in which US agency is involved. Drones have reportedly eliminated one man from the US list of most-wanted people, Baitullah Mehsud, who carried a USD 5 million bounty on his head. The report noted that over the past year, US President Barack Obama has escalated US attacks on the leadership of Al-Qaeda and its allies around the globe. The result has been dozens of targeted killings and no reports of high-value detentions. Although senior administration officials said that no policy determination has been made to emphasise kills over captures, several factors appear to have tipped the balance in that direction. The Obama administration has authorised such attacks more frequently than the George W Bush administration did in its final years, including in countries where US ground operations are officially unwelcome or especially dangerous. Improvements in electronic surveillance and precision targeting have made killing from a distance much more of a sure thing. At the same time, options for where to keep US captives have dwindled, the report said.