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Civilian Casualties

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...

Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers Civilian Treatment Sparks Concern (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the civil war in Sri Lanka between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebel group rages on -- with the army refusing the Tigers' proposed ceasefire...

Duped by CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC

Doon Baqi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Doon Baqi

The media has an august responsibility to make us aware of every angle of what is going on, and not just one side that fits their own agendas.

Killing Civilians

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In Afghanistan, civilian deaths are inseparable from this war while the killing of soldiers might be thought of as collateral activity.

Tamil Tigers Use Civilian Shields For Sri Lankan Army Shelling

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

100,000 civilians held hostage by Tamil Tiger rebels on a stretch of land just twice the size of New York's Central Park have come under repeated indiscriminate shelling by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

Most Civilian Deaths In Iraq Were From Kidnapping-Executions: Report

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The most common cause of death for civilians in the first five years of the Iraq war was execution after being kidnapped, according to a report publis...

More Troops Alone Will Not Win Back Afghans' Confidence

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

For a true strategic rethink, we'll have to do more than dust up around the margins. More troops alone will not win back Afghans' trust.

Losing the People: The Cost and Consequences of Civilian Suffering in Afghanistan

Erica Gaston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Erica Gaston

For the last year, I have been living in Afghanistan interviewing civilians harmed in the conflict for the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict.

Diary From an Oxfam Aid Worker -- Civilians in the Midst of War

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

Left wing Israeli people told me they didn't like what was happening to civilians in Gaza. They said they could hear the explosions and feel the ground shake.

US pays $40,000 after 15 Afghans die in raid

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TAGAB VALLEY, Afghanistan — U.S. commanders on Tuesday traveled to a poor Afghan village and distributed $40,000 to relatives of 15 people kille...

Memo to Israel -- Why Not Try Carrots in Place of Sticks

James Heffernan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Heffernan

Let's have a reality check here. Whatever Hamas says, it can no more annihilate Israel than a mouse can crush a tiger.

"Accidental Shooting in Palestine"

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iris Erlingsdottir

By Icelandic Poet Kristjan Einarsson fra Djupalaek (1916-1994) From In the Vineyard, a collection of poems (1966) ...

What Was Israel Supposed to Do?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cenk Uygur

Every day now, I hear someone saying, "What was Israel supposed to do? Hamas keeps firing rockets into their country." So, here is a quick list of the things they were supposed to do.

Israel, Hamas, Gaza: Plenty of Us in America Just Need to Shut Up

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Quigg

Something labeled "Subject: Fwd: Some Differences Between Hamas and the Nazi Party" showed up in my inbox Monday night.

Hamas Is Responsible for the Civilian Casualties in Gaza

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mitchell Bard

By choosing tactical advantages over the safety of its citizens, the terrorist organization chose its military goals over the safety of its fellow Palestinians in Gaza.

Did Israel Use Disproportionate Force?

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lionel Beehner

The tide of public opinion seems to invariably side with the underdog, regardless of who's to blame. Hence, Israel now finds itself in the awkward yet familiar position of defending its actions.

The Loss of Superman

Doon Baqi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doon Baqi

I was an officer in the U.S. Army. I know the rules of engagement. Soldiers respect civilians, for the most part (admittedly there are exceptions).

On Anniversary Of Bombing Afghanistan, We Need A Surge In Diplomacy

Kelly Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kelly Campbell

If we want to help build a stable and democratic Afghanistan, we should drastically revamp our humanitarian aid to assure that it goes to projects identified by Afghans as crucial and supports the local economy by employing local workers, not high-priced foreign contractors.

Pakistan Premier Joins Army Chief In Rebuke Of US Army, Further Straining Alliance

AP | NAHAL TOOSI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan's prime minister on Thursday backed a harsh rebuke of the U.S. by the Muslim nation's military chief, a sign of a...

7 Years Later: Could Civilians Be Key to Winning the War on Terror?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

More and more people around the world are disavowing violence against civilians, and support for terrorism is drying up.

Afghan Children Killed In US-Led Raid Appear On New Video (WATCH)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Associated Press reports that two videos have surfaced which feature the aftermath of the botched US-led airstrikes in early August that, accordin...

Civilian Deaths In US Raid Will Not Go Unpunished, Afghan President Says

AP | FISNIK ABRASHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan president said a deadly raid on a village by American and Afghan commandos has put new strain on relations with ...

Afghanistan September 2008: Karzai Under Pressure Amid Rising Civilian Casualities & Calls for Troops Withdrawal

Shoaib Harris | Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics
Shoaib Harris

Local newspapers have called the increasing civilian casualties, "huge crisis" as Afghans began dawn-to-dusk fasting on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.

UN: US-Led Airstrike Killed At Least 90 Afghan Civilians, Most Of Them Children

Washington Post | Candace Rondeaux and Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 26 -- United Nations officials in Afghanistan said Tuesday that there was "convincing evidence" at least 90 civilians -- two...

UN Accuses US-Led Troops Of Killing Afghan Civilians

AP | FISNIK ABRASHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

KABUL, Afghanistan — In a stark warning to U.S. forces, the Afghan government said it will try to regulate the presence of U.S. troops and their...