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Heckler diverts Obama in terror policy speech

US President Barack Obama speaks about his administration's drone and counterterrorism policies, May 23, 2013
US President Barack Obama speaks about his administration's drone and counterterrorism policies, as well as the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, May 23, 2013. An anti-war heckler repeatedly interrupt

An anti-war heckler repeatedly interrupted President Barack Obama in a major speech on reframing US counter-terrorism policy Thursday, prompting him to depart from his prepared remarks.

"The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to -- obviously I don't agree with much of what she said," Obama said, after repeatedly asking the woman to sit down.

"She wasn't listening to me, in what I said -- but these are tough issues and the suggestion that we can gloss over them is wrong," Obama said, in a speech dealing with US drone strikes and closing Guantanamo Bay.

An AFP photographer identified the protester as Medea Benjamin, leader of the Code Pink anti-war group, who frequently disrupts speeches by top US officials and congressional hearings.

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