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Biden Administration Releases Documents on Trump’s 2017 Drone Order

HeadlineMay 03, 2021

The Biden administration has revealed portions of President Trump’s 2017 secret order rolling back limits on drone strikes and commando raids outside of U.S. combat zones. The partially redacted document reveals Trump rolled back a requirement that U.S. attacks would have a “near certainty” of avoiding civilian deaths and injuries — to a lower standard of “reasonable certainty.” In a statement, the ACLU responded, “Secretive and unaccountable use of lethal force is unacceptable in a rights-respecting democracy, and this program is a cornerstone of the 'forever wars' President Biden has pledged to end. He needs to do so.”

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