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Civilian Casualties

Fox News Analyst, Retired General Robert Scales, Wants US To REDUCE Protections For Civilians Caught In Afghan War

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Maj. Gen. Robert Scales (Ret.) went on FOX News and called for the loosening of rules of engagement meant to protect civilians, which he called "overl...

U.S. Forces Kill Children, Other Civilians in Marjah, Afghanistan, with "Precision" Weapons

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The hype surrounding "precision guided munitions" is one of the reasons Americans feel so free to go to war in civilian areas, and it's one of the most pernicious pieces of misinformation spread by the pro-war crowd.

Data Bombshell Crushes Congolese Death Reports

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

A bunker-busting academic data bomb has just been dropped on the long suffering Congolese people after the release of a report by the Human Security Report Project at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

Contemplation of Drone Strikes in Quetta Belies Obama's Claim of Just War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

The US is rattling a saber about killing people in Quetta, despite all the inevitable civilian death and mass outrage. Such a move would show the shallowness of the "just war" talk in Obama's disgraceful Nobel paean to Mars.

Shot in the Back: Insurgent Attacks and Afghan Disillusionment with Population Protection

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

A UN report concludes that insurgents killed three times as many Afghanis as the international forces did in 2009. Yet protesters in Jalalabad last week chanted "Death to America," not "Death to the Taliban." Why?

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.

Is The Military Fudging Civilian Casualities To Avoid Pentagon Oversight?

Megan Carpentier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Megan Carpentier

On Monday, an anonymous blogger noticed something interesting: all the U.S. and NATO airstrikes in Afghanistan seemingly kill exactly 30 people every time. How can that be?

Push Into Helmand Triggered Severe Spike in Civilian Death Rate, Failed its Objectives

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

More troops are not the answer in Afghanistan. We need to lower the overall level of military conflict as quickly as possible, and the only way to do that is to sharply reduce the number of U.S. troops.

NATO Airstrike Kills Another Three Civilians in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Expect more civilian casualties in Afghanistan as President Obama's latest escalation sends more troops into Kandahar.

Uganda Heads Toward Humanity in Security Council

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

Uganda reminded us that the distinction between lawful and unlawful harm shouldn't give warring parties an excuse to walk away from civilian suffering.

Part Exposé, Part Cover-Up: 1968's My Lai Massacre Photos Have Big Lessons For Citizen Journalists

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Quigg

Citizen journalists must not give in to the urge to un-take a photo, to click delete and banish the evidence for the parts of a story that shame them, their cause, their friends, their country, their species.

Snake Eyes in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

None of the credible options in Afghanistan offer real chances for rolling back the insurgent reaction to our presence or reducing terrorism against the United States.

ISAF's New Afghanistan Counterinsurgency Strategy: Attacking Medical Clinics??

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

Last Wednesday evening at 2pm, international forces raided a health clinic in Wardak province run by one of the largest NGOs in Afghanistan. This raises serious concerns under international law.

A Fast For Human Rights In Gaza

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David A. Love

There are many opinions on the Mideast conflict, but one thing is certain: the situation in Gaza is a humanitarian and human rights disaster, and it cannot continue.

Has Kandahar Already Fallen?

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

With Taliban control present in large swaths of Afghanistan, the question is less where is this situation going, but where has it already gone? And the critical follow-up: Is there a way to turn it around?

Security Dilemmas and Roadside Bombs in Afghanistan

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

Some say that the use of IEDs in populated areas might be reduced if elders respected by the Taliban spoke out against these tactics. However, given the personal risk entailed, it's easy to see why they don't.

Three Dead Afghan Children

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

BBC reports that U.S. forces piloting helicopters killed three children last night in the Arghandab district of Afghanistan.

A Multiple Choice Test for the State Department

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

In light of the reports that July was the deadliest month for U.S. and allied forces, in Afghanistan, I've come up with a multiple choice exam for the State Department.

Fussing Over Numbers: Body Counts and Accountability

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Gaston

Civilian casualty counts boil a thousand stories of loss into impersonal statistics, and obscure the real tragedy of these incidents.

UN Report Confirms Troop Increases Fail to Reduce Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan have increased every year since 2001. In every year since systematic civilian casualty data collection started, civilian casualties caused by pro-government have increased.

New UN Report: More Than 1,000 Civilians Killed in 2009

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

Numbers of Afghans killed by insurgent attacks are way up (59% of casualties). It's not just the number of those killed; the overall number of IEDs and suicide attacks has jumped.

The New Taliban Code of Conduct: A Kinder, Gentler Taliban?

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

A new Taliban code of conduct declares: "The utmost effort should be made to avoid civilian casualties." This follows an edict ordering commanders not to carry out any more beheadings.

Pro-War Caucus Running the Democratic Party Ditches the Masks

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Crowe

Recent actions by the DCCC and House Democratic leadership reveal that electing more Democrats and defeating Republican incumbents has taken a back seat to a radical, pro-war agenda.

Helping Afghan Refugees as US Bombs Continue to Fall

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

Instead of thinking of alternatives to a dangerously flawed military strategy, US commanders are trying to control the narrative about civilian casualties.

Afghan Civilian Casualties Threaten Airstrike Support For Troops: Pentagon

US News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Rising anger over Afghan civilians accidentally killed in U.S. military bombing campaigns has prompted some U.S. officers to issue a stark warning to ...