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Civilian Casualties

Israel's Military Plan in Gaza, and the Strengthening of Hamas

Taghreed El-Khodary | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Taghreed El-Khodary

Israel believes if it squeezes hard it will win. Israel's intention is clear: weaken Hamas and never give them the credit of ending the siege. To pursue this goal, Israel is killing more children, women, and elderly, completely destroying whole parts of Gaza and its infrastructure.

Negotiating With Terrorists: Lessons From South Africa

Sam Hamer | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Sam Hamer

When peace is at stake, no one is too good for talking.

How Netanyahu Would Answer His Critics

James Heffernan | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
James Heffernan

Israel has been sharply criticized for civilian casualties in Gaza, so I imagined how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would address the issue if ask...

The Meaning Of Terror

Jerome Karabel | Posted 08.01.2014 | World
Jerome Karabel

The world has become accustomed to fighting between Israel and the Palestinians, and there has been a cumulative desensitization to the human suffering caused by the current conflict. The magnitude of the humanitarian disaster now unfolding is immense. Gaza has fewer than 1.8 million inhabitants, and over 1,400 of them are now dead. Were a similar catastrophe to occur in the United States, a nation of 316 million people, the equivalent number of deaths would be over 240,000. Faced with the unending possibility of attack, Israel is understandably concerned about its security. But its actions in the current conflict suggest that in the end its greatest threat may be to its soul.

A Lament for Peace

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Whether the blood spilled is Israeli or Palestinian, it is red. Responsibility for spilling that blood is on the hands of both Israel and Hamas. Perhaps sometimes war can be just, but there is nothing holy or just about Hamas targeting Israeli civilians or the death of Palestinian children caused by Israeli bombardment.

U.S. Officers Shoot And Kill Armed Yemeni Civilians Who Tried To Kidnap Them

The New York Times | Posted 05.09.2014 | World

WASHINGTON — A United States Special Operations commando and a Central Intelligence Agency officer in Yemen shot and killed two armed Yemeni civilia...

Ryan Grim

Elizabeth Warren Delivers Major National Security Speech

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) delivered a major foreign policy and national security address Wednesday evening, positioning herself in...

A Bug on the Windshield

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Chicago, Chicago! My kind of town, but not this. Young black men in Chicago have to know their legal rights; that's simply the way it works. These guys obviously did.

Counting the Dead in the War on Terror

Jason Steidl | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Jason Steidl

People of faith must remember the suffering of those affected by American policy abroad. While the U.S. Congress refuses to count the dead, we can raise our voices on behalf of those who have been unjustly silenced.

Probe Of Civilian Deaths Abandoned In Afghanistan

Reuters | Hamid Shalizi and Dylan Welch | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

KABUL, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's intelligence service has abandoned its investigation into the murder of a group of civilians after being ref...

Transplanting the Face of a Dead Congolese Woman

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

The image of the face of the Congolese woman resting on the pink and blue blanket is grafted onto the frontal lobe of my brain -- the repository of my...

Sgt. Bales and the Myth of Military Justice

John Sifton | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
John Sifton

It is a good outcome that Bales has been held accountable for his deadly attacks on Afghan civilians. But his crimes are not the only heinous incidents involving U.S. personnel to have occurred in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

The Whole of National Sacrifice

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Democratizing service and sacrifice would revitalize the meaning of citizenship, regenerate the civil-military relationship, and introduce an inclusiveness to help us find a more common basis of strength in our dangerously divided nation.

Rights Groups, Senate Demand Answers on Drones

Chris Rogers | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Chris Rogers

How many people have been killed and wounded as a result of drone strikes and how many civilians? What are the existing processes to prevent and mitigate harm to civilians?

Glass Houses in the Middle East

John Tirman | Posted 04.09.2013 | World
John Tirman

The numbers of civilians killed in Syria is appalling. But the contrast to another war is striking. The U.S. invasion of Iraq prompted a civil war that took the lives of civilians by the hundreds of thousands. Our concern for these civilians was noticeably less generous than it is for the Syrians.

How the U.S. Brings 'Security' to the Planet

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

U.S. troops are gone from Iraq, but the violence our invasion and occupation set loose has never ended. We bear genuine responsibility for this, but no longer care a whit.

'So Many People Died'

Nick Turse | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Over these last years, I've interviewed hundreds of war victims like Pham Thang, and he's right: I'll probably never come close to knowing what life was like for those whose worlds were upended by America's foreign wars.

Mourning the Children, Here and There

John Tirman | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
John Tirman

As the father of a child, I find the Newtown massacre deeply disturbing and I hope it moves Obama to stand up to the NRA bullies. But the president has shown no such reluctance to pursue practices that result in the killing of innocent children in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

I Am Going to Pakistan Because Too Many Questions Remain About U.S. Drone Strikes

Robert Greenwald | Posted 01.14.2013 | World
Robert Greenwald

I'm going to Pakistan to investigate what life is like for those living under drones. Critical questions must be asked. Do these drone strikes make the United States any safer, or are they a prime recruitment tool resulting in more militancy?

"AfPak" Anniversary: 11 Years Gone, 128,000 Dead, Millions Displaced

Neta C. Crawford | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Neta C. Crawford

Our media focus on the U.S. and allied soldiers who continue to die in Afghanistan. Indeed, more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers, 1,000 NATO ISAF allied troops, and 1,250 U.S. contractors have been killed. But the picture is much worse for the Afghans and Pakistanis.

On the Killing of 8 Afghan Women

John Dear | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
John Dear

What is our response to our nation's massacre of eight women -- and the hundreds of other women and children we've killed in Afghanistan? Think of their lives. Think of their poverty. Think of them walking in the dark before dawn.

'Targeted' Drones Strikes and Magical Thinking

Neta C. Crawford | Posted 11.23.2012 | World
Neta C. Crawford

It took years for the U.S. to acknowledge that civilian casualties were hurting the U.S. war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is time that the U.S. apply these lessons to the not-so-secret, not-so-legal, and probably not-so-precise drone war.

Joshua Hersh

In Afghanistan, Civilian Casualties Lost In Transition

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 07.17.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- In May, after an errant NATO airstrike on a remote village in eastern Afghanistan killed a family of eight civilians in their ho...

WATCH: Stewart Loses It Over News Leaks

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 08.14.2012 | Comedy

In recent weeks, it's come to the media's attention that the number of civilian deaths from drone strikes during the Obama administration is in the si...

NATO Airstrike Killed 18 Civilians, Afghan Leader Says

AP | HEIDI VOGT | Posted 08.06.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's president said Thursday that 18 people killed in a NATO airstrike in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday were a...