Global Rights Groups Call On Biden to End Drone Usage
In a collective letter, 113 human rights groups demanded US president Joe Biden the immediate end of drone attack usage in order to chart a new respectful and secure path forward.
113 international human rights organizations in the United States and other countries have called on US President Joe Biden to end airstrikes outside recognized battlefields and the use of drone attacks.
In a letter to Biden, the organizations described the attacks as unlawful and "a centerpiece of the United States' forever wars," stressing that the time has come to "chart a new path forward that promotes and respects our collective human security."
The letter denoted how consecutive US presidents "have now claimed the unilateral power to authorize secretive extrajudicial killing outside any recognized battlefield, with no meaningful accountability for wrongful deaths and civilian lives lost and injured."
Furthermore, the rights groups mentioned how these drone attacks have "exacted an appalling toll on Muslim, Brown and Black communities in multiple parts of the world."
The United States carries out raids on its targets with drones, which led to the outbreak of wars and violent conflicts and hundreds of thousands of deaths, including heavy civilian casualties and the displacement of large numbers of people.
The "Voice of America" website noted that Biden, like other American presidents, adopted the use of armed drones to reduce the possibility of American losses.
The Latest Declared Drone Attack
Monday at dawn, the Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigades announced the martyrdom of 4 members of the 14th Brigade on the border strip between Iraq and Syria, following an American raid targeting a site for the Popular Mobilization Forces in the Al-Qaim area inside Iraqi territory.
In an official statement, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby declared that the airstrikes, directed by President Joe Biden, targeted operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq.
In February, the Pentagon announced a raid on eastern Syria that Biden had authorized.