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White House will not disclose data on civilian casualties

Report finds disparities in civilian deaths from U.S.-led ISIS bombing campaign

White House will not disclose data on civilian casualties

Administration may revise Barack Obama’s order

The US administration may revise the executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2016, refusing to disclose data on civilian casualties and the number of militants killed during military operations.

A report containing these numbers was due to go to Congress on Tuesday, May 1.

“An executive order to disclose civilian casualties is pending and could be” modified, “an administration official told The Washington Post..

Barack Obama first announced new rules for drone strikes in 2013, stating that he would only authorize them if the military can “with a high degree of probability” avoid civilian casualties..

These rules do not apply to regions where US troops are involved in hostilities, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria..

Beginning in 2016, the Pentagon was required to submit to Congress a report on all operations that resulted in civilian casualties by May 1.

The first such report, released in July 2016, indicated that 116 civilians had died as a result of drone airstrikes over the past 7 years..

Another report a year later claimed that such attacks killed one civilian and 441 terrorist militants during 2017..

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