Decrying the United States\u0026#039; \u0022forever wars\u0022 and their deadly consequences, a group of over 110 advocacy groups from around the world on Wednesday published an open letter imploring President Joe Biden to end airstrikes \u0022outside any recognized battlefield\u0022 and \u0022abandon this war-based approach and chart a new path forward that promotes and respects our collective human security.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe letter demands \u0022an end to the unlawful program of lethal strikes outside any recognized battlefield, including through the use of drones,\u0022 that are \u0022a centerpiece\u0022 of the so-called War on Terror and have \u0022exacted an appalling toll on Muslim, Brown, and Black communities in multiple parts of the world.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe letter continues:\r\n\r\n\r\nSuccessive presidents have now claimed the unilateral power to authorize secretive extrajudicial killing outside any recognized battlefield, with no meaningful accountability for wrongful deaths and civilian lives lost and injured. This lethal strikes program is a cornerstone of the broader U.S. war-based approach, which has led to wars and other violent conflicts; hundreds of thousands dead, including significant civilian casualties; massive human displacement; and indefinite military detention and torture.\r\n\r\nIt has caused lasting psychological trauma and deprived families of beloved members, as well as means of survival. In the United States, this approach has contributed to further militarized and violent approaches to domestic policing; bias-based racial, ethnic, and religious profiling in investigations, prosecutions, and watchlisting; warrantless surveillance; and epidemic rates of addiction and suicide among veterans, among other harms.\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022It is past time to change course and start repairing the damage done,\u0022 the letter\u0026#039;s authors write. \u0022Disavowing and ending the lethal strikes program is both a human rights and racial justice imperative in meeting these commitments.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Twenty years into a war-based approach that has undermined and violated fundamental rights, we urge you to abandon it and embrace an approach that advances our collective human security,\u0022 the letter concludes. \u0022That approach should be rooted in promoting human rights, justice, equality, dignity, peace-building, diplomacy, and accountability, in action as well as words.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nGarett Reppenhagen, executive director of letter signatory Veterans for Peace, said in a statement that \u0022our nation has been involved in seemingly endless war for nearly two decades. We are tired of our country using military force as a tool of first resort and the enormous physical and psychological toll this has caused for service members, as well as civilians harmed by our country\u0026#039;s actions abroad.\r\n\r\n\u0022An entire generation of veterans and lost civilian lives later, it\u0026#039;s past time for a new way forward,\u0022 he added.\r\n\r\nRadhya al-Mutawakel, chair of the Yemen-based group Mwatana for Human Rights—which also signed the letter—said that \u0022the U.S. has been killing people for nearly 20 years in Yemen, but to this day it has not adequately investigated civilian deaths and injuries, or clearly recognized the severe harm caused to families and communities.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Twenty years into a war-based approach that has undermined and violated fundamental rights, we urge you to abandon it and embrace an approach that advances our collective human security.\u0022\r\n—Letter signers to President Biden\r\n\r\n\u0022The Biden administration should break with these damaging practices, and ensure thorough investigation and accountability for harms that have occurred,\u0022 al-Mutawakel added.\r\n\r\nThe groups\u0026#039; letter comes two days after officials in Iraq condemned new U.S. airstrikes targeting facilities the Pentagon claimed were used by Iran-backed militias as a \u0022blatant and unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe strikes—which also hit Syria, reportedly killing a child—prompted fresh demands for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces from the region, with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) blasting the \u0022constant cycle of violence and retribution\u0022 as \u0022a failed policy\u0022 that \u0022will not make any of us safer.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe letter also comes less than two weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq. This authorization was cited not only by the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations to invade and occupy Iraq, but also by Obama to wage war against Islamic State and former President Donald Trump to assassinate Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.\r\n\r\nLee called the House vote \u0022an important step\u0022 toward repealing the 2001 AUMF on which the so-called War on Terror has been waged for nearly 20 years. Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against the measure.\r\n\r\nOn Tuesday, the House voted to end AUMFs from 1957 and 1991 that authorized U.S. military action against the perceived threat of communism in the Middle East and the first Gulf War, respectively.\r\n\r\nMembers of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are expected to vote next month on bills repealing the 1991 and 2002 AUMFs for Iraq, with more opposition to the measures anticipated than in the House.