Trump loosens limits on drone strikes and raids

(Reprieve) – The Trump administration is set to dismantle Obama-era restrictions on drone strikes and ground raids outside traditional warzones, it’s emerged.

International human rights organization Reprieve has found that since Trump took office, at least 30 civilians have been killed in ground raids and drone strikes in Yemen, where the US is not formally at war. The number includes women and children.

Earlier this year, a judge in DC, ruling on the case of Yemeni drone victim, said that Congressional oversight of the drone program and related military activities was “a joke.”

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Commenting, Maya Foa – Director of Reprieve said:

“This proposal is a foreign policy disaster. The US has the right to defend itself against imminent attack, but as our recent investigation in Yemen shows, the drone program has already moved far from that – selecting targets on the basis of shaky intelligence, and killing hundreds of people, including children. Loosening the already poor safeguards in place will cause more innocents to die, stoke the flames of extremism, and do nothing to make Americans safer.”