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U.N. Calls on U.S. to Reveal True Drone Casualty Count

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MQ-1L Predator UAV armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The United Nations has called on the United States to reveal civilian casualties caused by its assassination drone strikes.

A UN investigation, conducted by Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson and reported on Friday, accused the US of defying international legal norms by using lethal force outside war zones.

The investigation found that US drone strikes have killed more than 450 civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen over the past decade.

The report added that the US is obliged to probe reported civilian casualties and explain its legal justifications for the deadly strikes.

Launched in January, the investigation offers a review of the legality of terror drone strikes.

 Emmerson’s investigation reported that 2,200 people, including 400 civilians, have died in the US drone strikes in Pakistan during the past decade.


Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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