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Afghan Civilians

It's Long Past Time to Admit: The Military Solution in Afghanistan Has Failed

Robert Greenwald | Posted 12.05.2012 | World
Robert Greenwald

Co-authored by John Amick Sunday, October 7, marks the 11th anniversary of the Afghanistan war, now the longest war in U.S. history. This date provide...

Ten Investments to Defuse the Afghan Demographic Time Bomb After 2014

Jorrit Kamminga | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Jorrit Kamminga

Before the end of the security transition in 2014, a serious discussion should be started on how the international community can best serve the needs of the youth, and use its civilian power to turn them into our greatest asset and hope for long-term security and stability.

PHOTOS: Afghanistan's Untold Stories

Posted 05.14.2012 | World

The war in Afghanistan is far from over, though one might forget as much given the Western media's waning interest in the conflict. As the longest war...

Nine Boys And A War

The New Yorker | Amy Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Ten boys went out to gather firewood in a valley in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Only one came home; his name is Hemad, and this is what he had to say, as ...

Petraeus Apologizes For Deaths Of Afghan Children

The Wall Street Journal | DION NISSENBAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL--U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, the coalition's commander in Afghanistan, issued a rare apology Wednesday for a helicopter strike that killed nine ch...

Amanda Terkel

Afghan Civilian Deaths Hit Record Levels In 2010

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- At least 2,421 civilians were killed in Afghanistan last year, a record high since the U.S. invasion in 2001, according to a new report....

Afghan Public Opinion Turns Sharply Against US Forces

GlobalPost | Jean MacKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

First the good news: U.S. forces are still more popular in Afghanistan than Osama bin Laden. Fully 6 percent of respondents in a new poll expressed a ...

Afghan Families Speak Of Loved Ones Killed By U.S. Soldiers

nytimes.com | TAIMOOR SHAH and ALISSA J. RUBIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For Mullah Allah Dad, a poppy farmer and the mullah of a hamlet of just 15 homes in Kandahar Province, the end came quickly. He was sipping tea when h...

Afghans Claim Abuse At Secret U.S. Military Prison

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Prisoners are being abused at a "secret jail" in the main American military base in Afghanistan, according to a report from a US policy think tank. E...

U.S. Soldiers Allegedly Killed Afghan Civilians, Kept Body Parts As Trophies

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A dozen U.S. soldiers are charged with organizing a secret "kill team" which allegedly murdered Afghan civilians at random and cut fingers and other b...

IEDs Kill 75% More Afghan Civilians Than In 2009

The Huffington Post | Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's Af-Pak round-up: IEDs kill 75% more Afghan civilians than in 2009. Improvised explosive devices deployed by the Taliban have killed 1,859 A...

Petraeus Reviews Directive Meant To Limit Afghan Civilian Deaths

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

To the U.S. soldiers getting pounded with thunderous mortar rounds in their combat outpost near Kandahar, it seemed like a legitimate request: allow t...

Gen. Petraeus's Review of Tactics Must Focus on Night Raids and Civilian Protection

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

General McChrystal knew that you stop insurgent threats through good intelligence and trust among the community. It only takes one night raid to undermine years of tactical restraint and goodwill-building measures.

PR Win for the Military. But What About the Victims?

Martin Luz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Martin Luz

CNN has been airing a story about how Marines are trained to avoid civilian casualties in densely populated areas. Back in my PR days, this kind of "hit" would have been cause for celebration.

Now Zad: Are Afghans Happier Than Americans?

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Mills

Are Afghans happier than Americans? Would you be happy if your native land had been torn to bits by warfare for thirty years? And yet...

Do Civilians Count? Vietnam and AfPak

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The latest twist in our dubious 'war on terror' is that we aren't killing enough civilians. This is the conclusion of several analyses that find restrictions on military operations hobbling our mission.

Bad Math in Afghanistan: Deaths vs. Compensation

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

Nobody's manning the calculator at NATO. War never delivers clean numbers, but no matter how you look at these, something doesn't add up.

President Obama: Afghanistan Needs More Than a Military Solution

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

The news media has an annoying tendency to focus on the symptoms, not the disease.

Afghan Suicide Bomber Kills Civilian Family Of At Least 6 Near Bagram

Quqnoos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At least six civilians were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a civilian vehicle in Bagram on Tuesday, officials said. The civilians, including t...

Afghan Villagers Get Reparation Payments For Killed Civilians

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A government commission concluded that 140 civilians died, more than twice the figure cited by the United States....

US Refutes 147 Afghan Civilian Death Toll

Associated Press | Fisnik Abrashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Fisnik Abrashi, Associated Press The US military says reports that as many as 147 civilians died in fighting involving American forces and the Tal...

US Afghan Airstrike Spurs Protests

Quqnoos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Hundreds of locals in a protest rally criticised the US-led fatal air-bombing in which locals claim at least 200 casualties...

NATO High Commander: Kill Afghan Drug Producers

SPIEGEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A dispute has emerged among NATO High Command in Afghanistan regarding the conditions under which alliance troops can use deadly violence against thos...

Deadly US Afghan Raid Disputed By Village Elders

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A claim by US forces in Afghanistan that they killed 15 Taliban fighters in the eastern province of Laghman, has been disputed by village elders. A...