Trump cancels "Obama decree" on Drones victims

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2019-03-07 | Since 2 Month

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday canceled a decree that required the CIA to give information on civilian casualties in its world-wide jet strikes.

Trump canceled a decision by his predecessor, Barack Obama, when he circulated the use of aircraft in anti-terrorism operations by both the US military and the CIA, Sky News reported.

Trump's decision annuls the July 1, 2016 decree, and the director of intelligence requests an annual report on the number of civilian casualties of airstrikes that bombard "terrorist targets" outside war zones.

The Trump resolution does not include strikes by Pentagon-affiliated agencies, which will continue to publish their annual reports.

Human rights organizations objected to Trump's decision immediately, saying it violated the transparency of drone strikes, which have become one of the main weapons of the United States against terrorism since the September 11 attacks.

"Trump's action is not necessary and represents a serious decline in transparency and responsibility during the use of force and for the civilian victims who fall as a result," said Rita Simeon of Human Rights First.

The CIA has played a key role in counterterrorism operations since 2001, using drones to hit al Qaeda and other extremist groups in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

Reports of civilian casualties have risen, prompting Obama to impose in 2016 tougher measures to reduce the risk of collateral casualty and increase reliance on military personnel in this type of operation.

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