Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Obama loosens strict standards on civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq

Amid reports of women and children killed in US air offensive, official says the 'near certainty' policy doesn’t apply. Because Obama.
(Yahoo News) The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.

A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria's Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.