iOS app Android app

Civilian Casualties

Is WikiLeaks' Release of the War Logs Afghanistan's Cronkite Moment?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

There comes a time when you have to recognize when something isn't working. It's not just the War Logs, but how they crystallize lessons we have been learning over the last year in Afghanistan.

What's Missing From the Wikileaks Afghanistan Logs

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

Addressing civilian harm is now one of ISAF's key counterinsurgency tools, but with the level of accumulated mistrust over the lack of disclosure illustrated by these war logs, it may be coming 9 years too late.

Afghanistan: We're Here Because We're Here Because...

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.26.2011 | World
Doug Sarro

Even if we achieved the goal we are apparently trying to achieve in Afghanistan--victory over the Taliban--it wouldn't put an end to international terrorism&mdash. It likely wouldn't even put a dent in it.

Wikileaks Document Dump Supports New Rules of Engagement and Need for Responsible Transition

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

When the firestorm over the latest Wikileaks document dump dies down, let's hope that a responsible transition strategy remains standing.

Afghan Government: NATO Rocket Killed 52 Civilians

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government has said that 52 civilians, including women and children, died when a NATO rocket struck a village in...

Rethink Afghanistan (VIDEO): What Does it Mean to Be Less Safe?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

We have around 100,000 soldiers in Afghanistan. We've given them an impossible task (Here's some cash and a machine gun, now go make a state), and every time we have a raid like the one in our video, their job gets harder.

General McChrystal Has No Idea What's Going On In Afghanistan

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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 view...

How Many Times Have You Seen This Headline?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

"Afghan lawmaker says relative killed after U.S. soldiers raided her home." After nine years in which such headlines have appeared with unceasing regularity, I could have written the rest of it myself while on vacation.

Atrocities Against Civilians in Afghanistan: A Troubling Timetable

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

Arguments in favor of a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan should include readiness to examine disturbing patterns of misinformation regarding U.S./NATO attacks against Afghan civilians.

Drones Use Smaller Bombs But Still Raise Big Concerns for Civilians

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Efforts to minimize civilian casualties by any warring party are welcome. But we must not make the mistake of thinking technology is a substitute for transparency and accountability.

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.

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.

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?

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.