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Report: U.S. acknowledges 20% of strikes outside active battlefields

Hani Mohammed / AP

The "U.S. government has acknowledged just 20% of the more than 700 strikes carried out since 2002" in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia, according to a Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and Sana'a Center for Strategic Studies investigation.

Why it matters: Those countries are not active battlefields for the U.S., but the U.S. has allegedly been launching strikes nonetheless and hitting civilians. "It's important there are constraints" holding a country accountable on striking civilians, one of the co-authors of the study, Alex Moorehead, told Axios, because otherwise — right now — the U.S. "lowers the threshold for their use of force," which other countries could start doing, too.