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Grading Progress on U.S. Drone Policy report cited in Haaretz on Drone’s and Civilians Killed

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Up to 116 civilians may have been killed in U.S. drone strikes outside of war zones, an assessment by U.S. intelligence officials said Friday.

Between 64 and 116 civilians were killed in counterterrorism strikes outside of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, the Director of National Intelligence said in a closely watched report expected to shed light on the United States’ often secretive use of drones to target terrorists overseas.

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The U.S. has made heavy use of drones in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere, and Obama first promised greater transparency in a speech admitting the use of drones in 2013. An analysis by the Stimson Center think tank earlier this year gave the administration poor marks on actually reforming its drone policy.

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