Time to Lift the Lid on Britain’s Secret Military Drone Strikes

This article first appeared on the Just Security site.

The use of armed drones by the United States, both within the conflict zones of Iraq and Syria and further afield in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen, continues to be characterized by minimal public transparency, as the recent report, “ Out of the Shadows,” released by Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic and the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, makes clear.

While a limited amount of information was finally disclosed at the very end of the Obama administration, the legal and policy rules governing the program remain opaque.

Detail on individual strikes and casualty figures is lacking, internal CIA decision-making remains highly secretive, and the coverage of accountability procedures in place to respond to unlawful strikes is patchy at best.

The report

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