WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to disclose as early as Friday the number of civilians killed in U.S. military and CIA drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Africa since he took office.
Activists and other individuals familiar with the report say Obama also will issue an executive order that makes protecting civilians a more integral part of planning U.S. military operations.
The White House is to disclose the casualties with a range of numbers indicating that roughly 100 civilians have been inadvertently killed by 500 drone strikes since 2009. The estimate is said to cover drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. It does not cover those in Afghanistan, Iraq or Syria.
The individuals spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to disclose the information.