Trump Could Take Obama’s Drone War Further Into the Shadows

The new president has inherited his predecessor’s drone program but might ditch the rules that kept it in check.


Afghan Insurgents Use Drones in Fight Against U.S.

Something that’s already happening on the battlefields in Iraq and Syria.

UNSPECIFIED, UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 07:  A U.S. Air Force pilot (L), and a censor operator (R), prepare to launch a MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), from a ground control station at a secret air base in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. The U.S. military and coalition forces use the base, located in an undisclosed location, to launch drone airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, as well as transport cargo and troops supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Predators at the base are operated and maintained by the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, currently attached to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Can Trump Unravel Obama’s Rules of War?

The codification of the use of legal force against terrorist targets has been a pillar of the Obama administration. Walking a new tough line might not be so easy.

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