A new report by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies found that since President Donald Trump took office, the monthly rate of U.S. drone strikes has increased by almost four times former President Barack Obama’s average.
The report also found that the U.S. government has only acknowledged 20 percent of its total reported drone strikes. Moreover, the U.S. admitted to killing between 2,867 and 3,138 people in strikes conducted in countries like Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
“The U.S. government’s secretive and expanding use of ‘targeted killings’ and drone strikes since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 is highly controversial,” the report stated.
“For many years, such killings were carried out as part of counter-terrorism operations and in near complete secrecy by the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, and the U.S. Military’s Joint Special Operations Command,