A bicameral group of Democratic lawmakers urged President Joe Biden Thursday to overhaul U.S. counterterrorism policy, including drone targeting criteria.
The policy should center on human rights, the protection of civilians, align with U.S. and international law, prioritize non-lethal tools, and only allow the use of force as a last resort, lawmakers wrote in a letter.
The New York Times this week published a declassified video of a deadly botched Aug. 29 drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan that led to 10 civilian deaths.
Eleven U.S. senators and 39 House representatives penned the letter.
This included a wide swath of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders.