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Karzai Condemns Airstrike Over ‘Civilian Casualties’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned a U.S. airstrike in an eastern border province that allegedly killed a woman and two of her children.

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AP/Gerald Herbert

Former Police Officers Get Jail Time for Post-Katrina Shootings

Five ex-officers from the New Orleans Police Department found themselves on the other side of the law Wednesday, as they were sentenced to jail for their respective roles in the shootings of six unarmed civilians in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005.

Posted on Apr 4, 2012 READ MORE


Popularity Setbacks in Afghanistan

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AP / DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File

Bales Charged With 17 Counts of Murder

On Friday, the U.S. military took a significant step in the case of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of killing 17 civilians in Afghanistan on March 11, by formally charging him with 17 counts of murder, along with other alleged crimes.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Syrian Army Unleashes Heavy Attack on Homs

Two days after Russia and China blocked a U.N. resolution calling for Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down, violence in Homs stepped up a big notch, with near-constant shelling rocking the volatile Syrian city.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Gregory Bull

Marine Pleads Guilty in Haditha Massacre Case

The Iraq War may be “over,” but the unfinished business from years of American occupation still lingers. And a particularly grim chapter from that time, reaching all the way back to 2005, was revisited Monday in the trial of Sgt. Frank Wuterich, who entered a guilty plea on dereliction of duty in association with the killing of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Haditha.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Muzaffar Salman

Arab League Lands in Syria

Delegates from the Arab League arrived in Syria on Monday in yet another attempt to resolve the crisis that’s only intensified since the Syrian government made the evidently hollow gesture last week of agreeing to stop military-enabled assaults on its own people and allow observation from outside its borders.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Shaam News Network, via APTN

Dozens of Deaths Reported in Syrian Clashes

The bloody battles between the Syrian government and its own people took a turn for the worse early this week, with reports of mass civilian and military casualties emerging Tuesday despite the ongoing ban on foreign media within Syria’s borders, according to the BBC.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Karim Kadim

A Day Late and $3 Trillion Short

The New York Times ran a story Wednesday, the day before U.S. and Iraqi leaders marked the official end of the Iraq War, about a shocking find in an Iraqi junkyard: secret interviews from U.S. soldiers talking about the 2005 massacre of civilians in Haditha. But this kind of account, as The Washington Spectator’s Hamilton Fish noted Thursday, has been passed over by the mainstream press for years.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / U.S. Army

The ‘Kill Team’ Story Gets Worse

The recent crop of shocking stories about the group of American soldiers—now known widely as the “Kill Team”—who formed a death squad to deliberately slaughter Afghan civilians has been topped by a new Rolling Stone exposé that makes matters ...

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / U.S. Army

U.S. Soldier Pleads Guilty to Murdering 3 Afghan Civilians

After working out a plea bargain that shortened his time in prison from a life sentence to 24 years, Spc. Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty Thursday to deliberately killing Afghan civilians last year and agreed to talk about his alleged Army accomplices.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


Obama to Gadhafi: ‘All Attacks Against Civilians Must Stop’

In this speech from the White House on Friday, President Obama laid out what Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi must do in order to avoid “consequences,” thus far in the form of a no-fly zone, from the international community. Obama also spelled out what the U.S. would not ...

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Wants to Put Federal Workers’ Wages on Ice

In his latest bid to chip away at our nation’s trillion-dollar deficit, President Obama announced a new proposal Monday to freeze civilian federal employees’ salaries for the next two years, pointing to the need for all Americans to “sacrifice” ...

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE


Afghanistan: A Costly and Brutal Anniversary

Here’s a sobering reminder, from the vigilant filmmakers at Brave New Films, about exactly what has been lost (thousands of Afghan civilians, more than 1,200 U.S. soldiers, over $1 trillion) in the last decade of the war in Afghanistan. Ten years—and at least someone is counting.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE


The Killer Cops of New Orleans

A shocking spate of killings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina still haunts New Orleans and shakes the locals’ sense of security, owing to the fact that the five people who died within the span of one week were civilians, four were unarmed ... (continued)

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AP / May Alleruzzo

Contractors Move Into the Gap in Iraq

With the last American combat brigade pulling out of Iraq this week, the U.S. is turning much of the security effort there over to a small army of civilian contractors under the State Department. 

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE


Afghan mourners
AP / Rahmat Gul

Afghan Civilian Deaths Up in 2010

Afghanistan’s human rights commission announced Sunday that civilian deaths so far in 2010 had risen by 6 percent, a fact construed as negative unless you’re The Associated Press, which seems to think “the modest increase suggested that U.S. and NATO efforts to hold down civilian casualties were having some success.”

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Soldier Facing Criminal Charges for Leaking to WikiLeaks (Update)

He’s been hailed as a hero for allegedly publicizing classified video of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack that killed 12 civilians in Iraq, but now Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is catching heat from the military for the WikiLeaks exposé.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE


Baghdad bomb site
AP / Karim Kadim

Baghdad Bomb Attacks Kill 50

A string of at least seven bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday killed 50 people, the latest in a series of attacks that have claimed about 120 lives in the Iraqi capital over the last five days, sparking concern that the level of violence and sectarian unrest will rival the bloody months before the surge of 2007.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


McChrystal
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McChrystal Apologizes for Afghan Civilian Deaths

America’s top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, took to the Afghan airwaves Tuesday to apologize for the deaths of 27 civilians in an airstrike led by U.S. forces last week, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / UK in Afghanistan

‘Very Challenging Year’ for Afghanistan

According to NATO’s newly appointed chief civilian representative, 2010 in Afghanistan will see more violence and casualties, but will also mark a turning point in the fight against the Taliban.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE


Blackwater helicopter
Wikimedia Commons / jamesdale10

Federal Judge Dismisses Charges in Blackwater Shooting Case

A federal judge let five Blackwater Worldwide security contractors off the hook Thursday, dropping all charges against them in a 2007 case in which 14 Iraqi civilians were killed and 20 wounded during a Baghdad shooting. The Justice Department wasn’t thrilled with this outcome, and a DoJ spokesman told The Washington Post that his colleagues are “still in the process of reviewing the opinion and considering our options.”

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Karzai: Afghan Schoolchildren Killed in Military Operation

Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office released a statement in which he said he “strongly condemns” a military operation involving “international forces”—one in a series that reportedly occurred over the weekend—in which at least eight Afghan schoolchildren were said to be among the civilian casualties.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE


Over 30 Civilians Killed in Philippines Massacre

More than 40 people were kidnapped and at least 30 killed Monday in the Philippines in what authorities consider to be a politically motivated massacre, according to the Los Angeles Times. The group of civilians, which included several journalists, was overcome ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


Baghdad bomb
AP / Hadi Mizban

Another Deadly Day in Baghdad

On Tuesday, eight people were killed and many more wounded in a series of blasts in Baghdad’s Ameen neighborhood—just a day after 52 died and 250 were injured in explosions set off by al-Qaida, according to Iraqi officials.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 READ MORE


Afghan protest
AP photo / Musadeq Sadeq

Civilians Pay the Price of War From Above

Of course there will be an inquiry. And in the meantime, we shall be told that all the dead Afghan civilians were being used as “human shields” by the Taliban and we shall say that we “deeply regret” innocent lives that were lost.

Posted on May 10, 2009 READ MORE


Settlement Extremists Threaten Israel’s Moral Substance

The steady expansion of nominally illegal colonies into the Palestinian territories has gone on to the point where the political parties are now incapable of disengaging from the settlement enterprise.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE


Over 30 Killed in Baghdad Bombings

A spate of bombings around Baghdad on Sunday killed 34 people, including at least four Iraqi policemen, three soldiers and several civilians shopping in local markets and preparing to break their fasts to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 READ MORE


Azizabad mourners
AP photo / Fraidoon Pooyaa

Footage of Slain Afghan Civilians Revives Inquiry Into U.S. Raid

Cell-phone footage shot by a doctor in a makeshift morgue in Azizabad, Afghanistan, showing rows of dead Afghan civilians, including several children, has led to a renewed inquiry into an American-led airstrike that occurred on Aug. 22. American officials had previously insisted that only seven civilians had been killed in the attack, but they’re now having to face the possibility that the actual figure could be as high as 90.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


Maria Lauterbach
marinecorpstimes.com

Sexual Assault in the Military: A DoD Cover-Up?

There was quite a struggle in Congress this week [July 27-Aug. 2]. The Department of Defense refused to allow the senior civilian in charge of its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office to testify in Thursday’s hearing on sexual assault in the military. Above, Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who reported being raped in 2007 and whose body was found buried in a backyard in 2008.

Posted on Aug 1, 2008 READ MORE


Inquiry Finds U.S. Strike Killed Wedding Party

Imagine this happening in the U.S.: Forty-seven people, including the bride, are killed on their way to a wedding after an airstrike on “militants” goes off course. Of course, this happened not in the U.S. but in Afghanistan, and, of course, the attack’s civilian toll was initially denied by the U.S. military.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE


Kabul bombing
AP photos / Pajhwok News Agency

Pakistani Militants Suspected in Kabul Bombing

Details have emerged about Monday’s deadly blast at the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, raising suspicion that the bombing was done by Pakistani militants associated with the Taliban. The fact that the Indian Embassy was targeted is one substantial indication, considering the long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan. The blast killed 41 and injured over 130.

Posted on Jul 7, 2008 READ MORE


Cluster Bombs Feet
lemonodor.com

U.S. Truant as Cluster Bomb Treaty Is Signed

One hundred eleven countries have signed a comprehensive ban on the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster bombs, concluding a 12-day meeting on the issue in Dublin. Notably absent from the list of signatories was the U.S.—the largest cluster bomb manufacturer in the world—as well as military heavyweights Israel, Russia, China, India and Pakistan.

Posted on May 30, 2008 READ MORE


Iraq’s Mosul a ‘Ghost City’

Mosul looks like a city of the dead. American and Iraqi troops have launched an attack aimed at crushing the last bastion of al-Qa’ida in Iraq and in doing so have turned the country’s northern capital into a ghost town.

Posted on May 14, 2008 READ MORE


wounded boy
AP photo / Karim Kadim

Iraq Death Toll Spikes in April

April was the cruelest month in seven months in terms of the numbers of both civilians and U.S. troops who lost their lives in Iraq. A spate of deadly bombings on Wednesday killed four U.S. soldiers, bringing the monthlong total of American dead to 50, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s crackdown on Shiite followers of Moqtada al-Sadr made for more intense violence, particularly in Basra and Sadr City, which contributed to a reported 969 Iraqi civilian deaths.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


Petraeus
Staff Sgt D. Myles Cullen, U.S. Air Force

Petraeus: ‘There Are Risks Beyond Iraq’

Gen. David Petraeus tells NBC‘s Brian Williams that if ordered by the president to get out of Iraq, he could: “Absolutely. ... I firmly believe whoever it is that is elected in the fall will sit down and look at the various interests, try to figure out the competing risks, because there are risks beyond Iraq.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Kidnappers Free Baghdad Security Spokesman

Iraq’s civilian spokesman for Baghdad security was released from captivity Monday. Professor Tahseen al-Sheikhli, who was kidnapped a few days ago, was found unharmed, except for his ego.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Gaza violence
AP photo / Adel Hana

Scores Killed in Israeli Attacks on Gaza

Attacks by Israeli forces killed more than 70 Palestinians on Saturday as fighting intensified in northern Gaza, prompting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to call the incursion “more than a holocaust.” Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded, the Israeli military reported. Updated.

Posted on Mar 1, 2008 READ MORE


Musharraf
time.com

Musharraf the Civilian

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has heeded strong hints from his concerned friends in the U.S. government by announcing that he’ll give up his post as his country’s army chief this week—but he’ll remain “supreme commander” of Pakistan’s armed forces.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq to Scrutinize Private Security Firms

The Iraqi government is taking a close look at all private security firms still involved in the ongoing conflict there following Sunday’s shootout in Baghdad, after which several contractors from Blackwater USA were accused of killing innocent bystanders while guarding U.S. officials.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


Blackwater
change-links.org

Iraq Bans Blackwater, Launches Investigation

The Iraqi government has ordered employees of the North Carolina-based security firm Blackwater USA to leave the country and is opening a criminal investigation following Sunday’s deadly shootout in Baghdad, during which a group of Blackwater contractors escorting a convoy of U.S. officials opened fire on nearby civilians.

Posted on Sep 17, 2007 READ MORE


Carnage From the Air

Civilian deaths as a result of ground operations (see Haditha) often evoke cries of barbarism from the media, but the killing of innocents in airstrikes is routinely characterized as “collateral damage” and a cold fact of modern warfare. Tom Engelhardt of Tomdispatch proposes that we start to speak honestly about the devastation American military operations have rained down on Afghanistan and Iraq and see “collateral damage” for what it really is: carnage.

Posted on Jul 9, 2007 READ MORE


Afghan Civilian Death Crisis

A tragic milestone has been marked in Afghanistan:  The number of civilian deaths attributed to American- and NATO-led forces in the last half-year has outstripped the number caused by insurgents.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


Karzai Slams Western Allies’ Battle Tactics

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai angrily accused American- and NATO-led forces in his country of becoming increasingly reckless with their combat strategies, killing innocent civilians and straining relations with Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 23, 2007 READ MORE


Afghan President Plays Down Taliban Threat

The Taliban, once a powerful and oppressive presence in Afghanistan, does not “have the guts” to face down the government, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the BBC.  The real problem that needs attention in his country, Karzai said, is the ever-rising civilian death toll.

Posted on Jun 21, 2007 READ MORE


Tragic Mistake in Afghanistan

An airstrike by U.S.-led forces near the eastern border of Afghanistan killed seven children Sunday night—a tragic error that coalition forces attributed to al-Qaida operatives who had used “human shields” as cover, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Jun 18, 2007 READ MORE


What Price Slaughter?

In New York and Jalalabad, human life is valued differently by the U.S. government.  A loved one lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack was worth about $1.8 million, according to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.  The life of a 16-year-old Afghan girl is set, by tragic contrast, at $2,000.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


bushlincoln
AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Mission Impossible

Four years ago, President Bush delivered his now-infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard the carrier Abraham Lincoln, declaring that military aggression was a successful and appropriate response to the alleged threats posed by Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime.  Judging by the current situation, Bush might do well to pick a new slogan about the war in Iraq.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


Afghan Civilian Death Toll Climbs

Human Rights Watch issued the sobering news Monday that 2006 was the deadliest year in terms of civilian casualties in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban.  Almost 700 deaths are linked to insurgent groups—and of that number about two-thirds resulted from suicide bombings—while 230 more have been chalked up to NATO-led troops.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


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