A Predator drone in Kandahar, Afghanistan. For more than a decade now, the U.S. and its European allies have pioneered the use of drones to target and kill suspected terrorists far from traditional battlefields. Those drone strikes have killed thousands of innocent civilians far outside combat zones -- in places like Yemen and Pakistan where, thanks to the drone program, many people's first and only engagement with the West is when a missile lands on their doorstep.

A Predator drone in Kandahar, Afghanistan. For more than a decade now, the U.S. and its European allies have pioneered the use of drones to target and kill suspected terrorists far from traditional battlefields. Those drone strikes have killed thousands of innocent civilians far outside combat zones -- in places like Yemen and Pakistan where, thanks to the drone program, many people's first and only engagement with the West is when a missile lands on their doorstep. (Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

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