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June 23, 2014 Washington, DC – Human Rights First today noted that the redacted 2010 Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) memo detailing the rationale behind the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American...
May 28, 2014 Washington, D.C. – President Obama’s West Point commencement address detailed a vision of American leadership that is not only consistent with our nation’s values and ideals, but also recognizes that...
May 20, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First welcomes  today’s announcement by the Obama Administration that it will comply with a federal appeals court ruling and publicly release the legal...
May 16, 2014 “From our own difficult experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, we know that turning the tide of an insurgency requires more than force.” These were the words of the State Department’s Ambassador Robert...
April 22, 2014 Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First praises yesterday’s decision by a federal appeals court to release portions of the Justice Department memo that provided the legal justification that underpinned...
April 21, 2014 Several news outlets are reporting "massive" and ongoing joint U.S./Yemeni lethal operations against suspected Al Qaeda militants in Yemen. CNN is reporting that at least 65...
April 04, 2014 This week, BuzzFeed reported that a bipartisan group of senators has been meeting to discuss the utility of the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), the law passed in the days after 9...

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Factsheet | October 30, 2017
Download The recent deaths of 4 U.S. service members in Niger have prompted members of Congress to give renewed attention to the scope of war authorities that govern U.S. counterterrorism military...
Letter | June 01, 2017
June 1, 2017   Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Jr., USA Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500...
Letter | March 10, 2017
March 10, 2017  The Honorable James Mattis  Secretary of Defense  Department of Defense  1000 Defense Pentagon  Washington, DC 20301-1000   ...
Issue Brief | February 06, 2017
In the fight against terrorism, minimizing and addressing civilian harm resulting from U.S. strikes is one of our most powerful weapons for successfully defeating terrorist organizations. In...

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