Here is a link to an important article from the Intercept on drone attacks and targeted killings of 'enemies.' It was posted in the antiwar.com and reads: "From 2011 to 2013, the most elite forces in the U.S. military, supported by the CIA and other elements of the intelligence community, set out to destroy the Taliban and al Qaeda forces that remained hidden among the soaring peaks and plunging valleys of the Hindu Kush, along Afghanistan’s northeastern border with Pakistan. Dubbed Operation Haymaker, the campaign has been described as a potential model for the future of American warfare: special operations units, partnered with embedded intelligence elements running a network of informants, pinpointing members of violent organizations, then drawing up plans to eliminate those targets from the battlefield, either by capturing or killing them."
In the complex world of remote killing in remote locations, labeling the dead as “enemies” until proven otherwise is commonplace, said an intelligence community source with experience working on high-value targeting missions in Afghanistan, who provided the documents on the Haymaker campaign.
You can read the alphabet of assassination - A guide to the acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms used in The Drone Papers - by clicking here.
A visual glossary of the Drone Papers can be viewed by clicking here.
You can also read the story of a targeted assassination of a British Muslim by clicking here.