In the early days of his presidency, President Donald Trump made sure to use military drones as a tool for public relations.
Now, he’s used them as a weapon against his enemies, with one major exception: The president was not using them for military purposes.
According to a report published by the New York Times, the U.S. military has used the drones to conduct surveillance of a number of military facilities in South Sudan, a country that has been rocked by fighting for years.
The Times says that while the drone footage was taken from a drone that flew over the capital Juba, the Pentagon’s Joint Surveillance Targeting Intelligence Center, or JSTIC, was used to watch the demonstration.
The JSTC, which is operated by the CIA, is also tasked with identifying potential threats and conducting “counter-insurgency” missions in other countries, including Pakistan and Somalia.
According the Times, one drone was deployed on June 17 to monitor the “Kony 2012” protest, which was held in Konya, a city in the central Sudanese city of Gulu.
The protesters, who are suspected of killing hundreds of people in the last three years, have been demanding the release of a former President Kiir, a leader accused of crimes against humanity during his time in power.
Kiir is in custody on corruption charges and is wanted for possible war crimes.
In an interview with The Associated Press last month, Trump said he used the drone to “disrupt” the demonstrations, according to the Times.
The president told the AP that his actions were intended to “bring peace” to the country.
The Pentagon said in a statement to the AP on Thursday that the drones were not “operational.”
The U.N. has also condemned the use of drones in South Africa, which has been grappling with the aftermath of a brutal war in which more than 6,000 people have been killed.
Security Council on Wednesday called on the South African government to “immediately cease the use” of drones to kill civilians and to “remove all obstacles to civilian control of unmanned aerial vehicles.”
The council also urged the government to take “all necessary steps” to stop drone use, and said it would hold the country to account if the UAVs were used against civilians.
The drones, however, have continued to be used against the country’s political opposition, even as the UPDN, the countrys opposition party, has demanded that they be banned.