Donald Trump revokes Obama-era order on reporting civilian casualties in the US

Washington: President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked an Obama-era requirement for reporting civilian casualties that resulted from US intelligence operations in non-combat areas across the globe.

Trump struck a section of an executive order issued by former President Barack Obama that required both the Pentagon and the intelligence agencies to report on civilian casualties that occurred during their operations. There are other provisions that still require the Pentagon to report on civilian casualties caused by military operations outside of combat areas.

“This decision will hide from the public the government’s own tally of the total number of deaths it causes every year in its lethal force program,” Shamsi said.

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