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The Obama administration is reportedly planning to shift control of the targeted killing campaign to the military, which officials said could bring greater transparency and accountability (with a notable exception for strikes in Pakistan, which the CIA will continue to handle.) Brennan has also said recently the U.S. "should acknowledge it publicly" when civilians were killed.
The pace of drone strikes has dropped off drastically in recent months, with just two reported in Pakistan in the past month. How civilian deaths will be handled in a more transparent future remains to be seen.
"The U.S. could open up the ability to make these payments in any theater," said Keenan, of Civilians in Conflict. "But in order to do it effectively, the U.S. has to engage on the ground. The whole point is acknowledging the harm."
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