Outgoing President Barack Obama ordered at least 526 drone strikes during his presidency, killing as many as 117 civilians, according to a new report by US intelligence agencies.
The number of drone strikes during the Obama administration was 10 times more than the number carried out during the presidency of President George W. Bush, according to the intelligence community’s report released Thursday.
The annual report was required by Obama’s executive order signed last year, and comes just hours before the end of his term.
US official said the White House called intelligence agencies Thursday to push out the report, saying if it wasn’t released now it may never be under Incoming US President Donald Trump.
The report says as many as 117 civilians have been killed in American drone and other counter-terror attacks in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and elsewhere.
Those numbers were greeted skeptically by human rights organizations, which estimated 380 to…