Trump Administration Loosens Obama-Era Restrictions On Land Mine Use

Smoke rises after South Korean soldiers set a blast to remove land mines in the Demilitarized Zone in 2002. The Korean Peninsula had been the last region the U.S. military was allowed to use the weapon — until Friday, when the Trump administration lifted the Obama-era restriction.

The White House says it’s lifting a ban on the weapon’s use outside the Korean Peninsula. The administration calls it an “important tool,” though statistics show it is most dangerous to civilians.

(Image credit: Yun Jai-Hyoung/AP)