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U.S. Releases Official Casualty Numbers and New Executive Order on “Targeted Killing”


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U.S. Releases Official Casualty Numbers and New Executive Order on “Targeted Killing”

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration today released statistics revealing how many people it believes it has killed since 2009 in drone and other airstrikes “away from areas of active hostilities,” including the number of civilians. It also issued an Executive Order providing for the regular disclosure of similar information in the future.

The release estimates that drone strikes in these areas have killed between 64 and 116 non-combatants.

Hina Shamsi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project, had this reaction:

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