CIA’s ‘Dark Prince’ tapped to lead charge against Iran – Al Jazeera

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has appointed a senior counterterrorism officer with a strong background in the Middle East to lead the US administration’s handling of Iran, signalling a new hardline approach to Tehran, sources tell Al Jazeera.

Known as the “Dark Prince”, “Ayatollah Mike”, and the “Undertaker” within the halls of the CIA, Michael D’Andrea ran the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center between 2006 and 2015. He also oversaw its covert programmes to hunt and kill “terrorist” suspects around the world with drones, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

One former CIA official, who spoke to Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorised to talk to the press, said the appointment of D’Andrea is the first signal that the Trump administration is mapping out an aggressive strategy to deal with Iran.

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