US to disclose casualty count from counterterrorism strikes

The Obama administration plans to disclose how many people have been killed by U.S. drones and counterterrorism strikes since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

White House counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco says the U.S. will release its assessment "in the coming weeks" covering casualties of both combatants and civilians. The assessment won't cover areas deemed to have "active hostilities," like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Outside of those major conflict areas, the U.S. in recent years has conducted counterterrorism strikes in Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia, among other places.

Monaco says in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations that the figured will be disclosed annually in the future. She's casting it as part of an effort to show transparency and maintain legitimacy for U.S. counterterrorism actions.