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Civilian Casualties

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.

Terrorist Attacks Spike In Pakistan, Afghanistan

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — An increase in terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan triggered a spike in the number of civilians killed or wounded there l...

War Crimes Then and Now

Phyllis Bennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phyllis Bennis

WAR CRIMES THEN AND NOW by Phyllis Bennis 13 April 2010 In an earlier era, in an earlier war, the recent exposés from Iraq and Afghanistan - with t...

How Many Soldiers Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The vie...

Keeping a Piece of McChrystal in Afghanistan

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

No matter his diplomatic wrongs, there is one piece of him we need to keep in Afghanistan: his emphasis on civilian protection.

Nothing to See Here, Folks: Covering Up a Massacre in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

What does it mean for McChrystal's people to apologize for killing innocent people and lying about it, only to have them turn around and keep repeating the same behavior? Why should we be moved or lend credulity to such apologies?

Our Afghan Victims Have Faces

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

I spoke with a man who lost a cousin and a future daughter-in-law during that awful special forces night raid. Hearing the story from a person who was there really drives home the necessity of ending this brutal, costly war.

Khost Shooting: NATO Admits Young Victims Were Not 'Known Insurgents'

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NATO's acknowledgment Wednesday that the unarmed young men shot to death two days earlier in Khost province were not "known insurgents," as previously...

Begging for Security in Pakistan

Taha Gaya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taha Gaya

As Albert Einstein famously remarked, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Last week, the UN humanita...

Kids Shouldn't Be Collateral Damage in a Combat Zone: They Should be Treated

Jon Heavey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jon Heavey

Last week, front line combat footage from an Apache helicopter was released to the public. After watching the clips, I sat wishing I had been surprised by what I saw. But I wasn't.

Shhh... Listen... It's a quiet revolution for war victims

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

Humanitarians have for decades picked up the pieces of what's been broken in war. What if the warring parties themselves started taking some responsibility?

Five Years After Marla Ruzicka's Death, Are Iraqis Being Cared For?

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

On April 16, 2005, a hero to many Iraqis and Americans alike lost her life on Airport Road. The death of Marla Ruzicka by suicide bomb marked a parti...

Afghan Civilians Attacked By NATO Troops: Four Killed, 18 Wounded In Kandahar

AP | KATHY GANNON and NOOR KHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Afghans burned tires and chanted "Death to America" after U.S. troops fired on a civilian bus near Kandahar, killing fou...

Afghanistan: What Happens When Our Allies 'Do More'

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

The military is well aware that it's failing big time in Afghanistan. So rather than admitting our COIN strategy is a flaming wreck, look for the blame to fall on our allies.

"Enough Is Enough": Brave New Foundation, TrueMajority/USAction up the Ante in Fight to End Afghanistan War

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

The same day that Afghanistan became the longest war in U.S. history, NATO had its worst day for casualties this year, and we learned U.S. taxpayer dollars are ending up in the hands of the Taliban.

Caught in the Crosshairs: Legal Uncertainty over Drone Strikes Puts Civilians at Risk

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

The question most consequential for civilians is who drones can kill. While civilian casualty figures attract media, little attention is paid to who counts as a "civilian" or non-combatant.

Wikileaks Blows Whistle; Most Miss the Point

Barrett Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barrett Brown

Wikileaks serves a singularly crucial role in keeping humanity informed about the doings of its institutions. It deserves far more attention that it has received.

It's Always a Bad Year to Get Out of Afghanistan

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

2010-06-06-soldier.jpg After 104 months of war, the last 12 of which saw the U.S. triple the number of troops in Afghanistan, attempted terror attacks against our country are at an all-time high.

U.S. and Allied Forces: We Killed Those Pregnant Afghan Women After All

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

These are not errors of "cultural understanding," as NATO spokespeople are claiming. They are intentional lies meant to allow someone to escape responsibility for killing three women, two of them pregnant.

Preparing the American Invasion of Pakistan

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

Even as withdrawal from Iraq becomes conventional wisdom, and we continue to force Congress to end the war in Afghanistan, it's still not over. 104 months into the outrageous War on Terror, it appears we're just getting started.

The Inhumanity of War

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Bandow

Obama should be withdrawing U.S. troops, not expanding America's force presence in Afghanistan. When considering war, officials should bear in mind the Hippocratic Oath: first do no harm. We are failing to meet that obligation in Afghanistan.

Are Drone Strikes Legal? Koh Offers Assurances, Not Answers

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Following years of official silence, State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh's statements on the legality of drone strikes last week were welcomed by many. But Koh failed to address serious concerns over the U.S.'s use of drones to kill al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.

NATO Tries To Silence Journalist Jerome Starkey Over Afghan Slayings (VIDEO)

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Last week, I spoke with Afghanistan-based journalist Jerome Starkey about his reporting on special forces raids that killed civilians and NATOs surpri...

Election 2010: Media Marching Orders on Afghanistan

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Mull

Congratulations media, you've had a very successful couple of weeks. Your control over the public discourse is strong. So don't blow the whole operation and have everybody actually engaged in civics -- Western Civilization would collapse.

Civilian Casualties Ignored in Pakistan

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

In Pakistan, there are no official figures on civilian casualties, and very little is known about how fighting between government forces and Taliban militants harm civilians. All available indications are that civilian casualties are significant.