However it is achieved… the United States has now embraced extrajudicial executions on foreign soil. Successive administrations have implemented this momentous change with little public discussion….
The Bush administration launched the assassination program in October 2001 in Afghanistan, expanded it in 2002 to Yemen and went from there. Under Obama, with an actual White House “kill list,” the use of drones has again expanded, this time nine-fold, with growing numbers of attacks in Pakistan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia, as well as in the Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian war zones….
Such killings – at least when they take place outside a declared war zone – are almost certainly illegal. That is, they are murders, plain and simple.
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