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Biden administration to reverse Trump-era rules on landmines


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(Washington Post) The Biden administration will ban the use of land mines by the United States across most of the globe, in a decision that reverses Trump-era rules allowing greater employment of the weapons that are blamed for killing thousands of civilians a year — the majority of them children.

The move, which the White House is expected to announce Tuesday, caps an extended internal review of a policy enacted in early 2020 that empowered military commanders to use the mines globally in certain situations. It allows the United States to use the weapons along ally South Korea’s border with North Korea, though mines are not currently placed there.

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Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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