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Civilian Casualties

Fugue Of Civilian Death With Iraq, Syria, ISIS, Drones

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.26.2016 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

Even when CENTCOM finally responds, numbers are likely to diverge significantly: by August 2015, the SOHR estimated that 181 civilians were killed in coalition airstrikes while US-CENTCOM reported the death of only two.

Syrian Opposition Calls For Suspension Of U.S.-Led Airstrikes After Dozens Of Civilians Reportedly Killed

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.21.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of the opposition Syrian National Coalition called for a suspension of the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State in ...

Suspected U.S. Airstrikes Reportedly Kill Scores Of Civilians In ISIS-Held City

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.19.2016 | World

BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 56 civilians were killed on Tuesday in air strikes north of the besieged Islamic State-held city of Manbij in northern Syr...

Airstrike Transparency We Can't Believe In

Letta Tayler | Posted 07.08.2016 | World
Letta Tayler

The White House release on July 1 of casualty figures for airstrikes outside conventional war zones since 2009 should have shed light on how many civilians were killed in attacks such as the one in Al-Majalah. How many of the civilian deaths were unlawful?

Numbers In Obama's Drone Deaths Report Just Don't Add Up

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

More than three years after President Barack Obama pledged to be transparent about the United States' lethal drone program, his administration has finally come forward with an accounting of the numbers of civilian deaths that resulted from drone strikes between Jan. 20, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2015.

Defending Israel's Attacks on Civilians -- A Harbinger for Clinton's Presidency?

Stephen Zunes | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

A fight is brewing as Democrats prepare to debate U.S. policy on Israel at their national convention in July. Bernie Sanders' appointees to the platform committee Cornel West and James Zogby plan to challenge the party establishment's uncritical support for Israel.

Fear For Civilians As Islamic State Halts Iraqi Army At Gates Of Fallujah

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 05.31.2016 | World

CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters halted an Iraqi army assault on the city of Fallujah with a counter-attack at its southern gates o...

Fighting Terrorism Without Violating Human Rights

Lydia Canaan | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Lydia Canaan

Unlike some cultural aspects that are relative, violations of innocent people's physical integrity - such as dropping bombs on them - is universally deviant.

Who Is the U.S. Killing With Drones?

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 03.12.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

As the news broke on March 7, 2016, that U.S. drone strikes had killed 150 people in Somalia, the White House announced it will reveal, for the first time, the number of people killed by drones and manned airstrikes "outside areas of active hostilities" since 2009. This is a critical first step toward much-needed transparency. But it will not go far enough.

Should Israel Flatten Beirut -- Again?

Halim Shebaya | Posted 02.29.2016 | World
Halim Shebaya

Flattening Beirut has been done before. Flattening Gaza has been done before. And both may be done again if Israel's license to kill with impunity is left unchecked.

'Cessation Of Hostilities' In Syria Lets Russia Keep Bombing

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.12.2016 | World

MUNICH, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria to begin in a week, doing nothing in the meantime to...

Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With U.S. Bombs

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The air strikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights Watch charges that these bombings "have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians."

Ted Cruz's Stone-Age Brain and Yours

Rick Shenkman | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Rick Shenkman

While many factors can affect a candidate's polling numbers, one uncomfortable conclusion can't be overlooked when it comes to reactions to Cruz's "carpet-bombing" comments: by and large, Americans don't think or care much about the real-world consequences of the unleashing of American air power.

Republican Candidates Defend Killing Civilians to Fight Terrorism -- and so do Democrats

Stephen Zunes | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

For a number of years now, prominent Democrats have also been advocating very dangerous ideas, with Democratic leaders also defending the large-scale killing of civilians in the name of "fighting terrorism."

U.N. Blames Saudi-Led Coalition For Most Attacks On Yemeni Civilians

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.22.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 (Reuters) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that a Saudi-led co...

Donald Trump Says He Would 'Take Out' Families Of Terrorists

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.02.2015 | World

Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump said the U.S. ought to "take out" the families of terrorists in the fight against...

A Thought Experiment in Taking Out Wedding Parties

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Try to imagine the reaction here if multiple wedding parties were being wiped out repetitively, always in more or less the same way.

The New York Times and Washington Post Are Ignoring Civilians Killed by U.S. Drone Strikes

The Conversation US | Posted 10.22.2015 | Media
The Conversation US

Both papers have substantially underrepresented the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, failed to correct the public record when evidence emerged that their reporting was wrong and ignored the importance of international law.

Cruising the Skies of the Greater Middle East Blasting Away at Civilians

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

To this day, it remains difficult to take in the degree to which the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq destabilized the Greater Middle East. Those two invasions also loosed another deeply destabilizing phenomenon: 24/7 counterinsurgency from the air.

How to Confront ISIS

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

The people of the region opposing and ready to fight ISIS and their allies, including the United States, must demonstrate a clear and consistent moral basis in all of their acts. We cannot fight ISIS while routinely killing civilians in the process.

Sophia Jones

U.S. Airstrikes In Syria 'Have Killed So Many People. We Want Them To Stop'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.22.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- The U.S. military's admission this week that an airstrike against extremists last year in Syria killed two children is too little and too ...

Israel's Threat to Kill Lebanese Civilians

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 05.20.2016 | World
Jonathan Marshall

It's a rare and remarkable event when a government broadcasts ahead of time its intent to commit war crimes. Yet that's just what senior Israeli military officials recently did in the pages of The New York Times.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Two Children Killed In U.S. Airstrike In Syria, Pentagon Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State and other militants in Syria killed two young girls in November, the military confirmed Th...

Why We Need Persistent Questioning About Civilian Deaths By Drones

Priya Satia | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Priya Satia

Before Nepal and Baltimore seized headlines, news that a CIA drone strike mistakenly killed an innocent American hostage in January momentarily energized our meager debate on drones. It is time for us, as Americans, to exercise our responsibility as citizens and take control of the debate.

Challenging American Exceptionalism

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

American exceptionalism reflects the belief that Americans are somehow better than everyone else. This view reared its head after the 2013 leak of a Department of Justice White Paper that describes circumstances under which the President can order the targeted killing of U.S. citizens.