Biden had suspended the Trump-era rules on his first day in office and adopted a new policy requiring the White House to sign off on proposed strikes outside of war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria
* Joe Biden’s administration on Friday unsealed a set of rules for counterterrorism operations secretly issued by Donald Trump in 2017
* The rules are under review by the White House to see if they should be tightened
* The 11-page document revealed Trump gave commanders authority to launch attacks if they fit under a broad set of operating principles
* Those principles included a requirement of ‘near certainty’ no harm would come to civilians
* The rules were flexible when it came to exceptions, stipulating that ‘variations’ could be made ‘where necessary’
* Trump’s policy marked a dramatic departure from the bureaucratic approach adopted by his predecessor Barack Obama
* Obama had introduced strict controls following criticism over the frequency and secrecy of attacks during his first term
Donald Trump relaxed rules for counterterrorism operations outside war zones and gave more control to commanders on the ground when he took over the White House.
Joe Biden’s administration on Friday unsealed a set of rules secretly issued by his predecessor in 2017 which are now being reviewed by the White House to see if they should be tightened.
The 11-page document revealed how Trump gave commanders the authority to launch attacks – such as drone strikes and commando raids – if they fit under a broad set of operating principles, including a requirement of ‘near certainty’ that no harm would come to civilians.
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WNU Editor: It looks like the Biden administration is laying the groundwork to reverse all of these policies.