A United Nations investigation into the impact of drone strikes and targeted killings on civilians was launched in London on January 24. Ben Emmerson, the UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights, said there was a need "for accountability" when strikes went wrong. Emmerson, a British lawyer who is heading up the inquiry, said the huge expansion in the technology used in drones required a new legal framework to be put in place. The probe will focus on 25 case studies of attacks in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and the Palestinian Territories and will report to the UN General Assembly before the end of the year.
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