White House to reveal death toll of US drone strikes for first time

From the Guardian:

A senior White House aide has pledged to release how many terrorism suspects and civilian casualties the US has killed in its drone strikes since 2009, the first-ever disclosure surrounding the US’s most controversial lethal operations.…
The long-desired disclosure will cover strikes in undeclared US battlefields, such as Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and elsewhere, rather than the active war theaters of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

What world is this where the White House murders “suspects” and civilians and only grudgingly deigns to release figures on the numbers it admits to killing? What does it mean that Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia are “undeclared US battlefields”? What differentiates an “undeclared US battlefield” from an “active war theater” like Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria?

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