Trump to allow use of landmines, reversing Obama-era policy

The US will end its moratorium on the production and deployment of landmines, in another reversal of Obama-era policies and a further breach with western allies.

…Rob Berschinski, who was in charge of US landmine policy in the Obama White House said that the weapons were not only a humanitarian threat but also militarily obsolete.

“The main point is that they’re not only massively harmful to civilians after war’s end, but they’re also of very negligible military utility,” Berschinski, now at Human Rights First, said on Twitter. “In fact, [defence department]-commissioned studies have shown that during the Gulf war they mainly served to limit US ground forces’ maneuver capability.”

Trump to reportedly allow use of landmines, reversing Obama-era policy | US news | The Guardian



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