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Civilian Casualties

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.

Israeli Drones Killed Gaza Civilians: HRW

AP | JOSEPH MARKS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Human Rights Watch charged Tuesday that Israeli pilots failed to verify targets of drone aircraft at least six times during the Gaza...

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.

McChrystal Really Gets It... Now Has to Deliver

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

The incoming US and Allied Forces Commander in Afghanistan has rightly put the "Afghan people" front and center.

This Video Will Piss You Off and Break Your Heart

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

Well-reasoned foreign policy results in more housing, jobs and education. When that policy consists of applying a military solution to a political problem it results in death, destruction, and suffering.

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 ...

Robert Greenwald Talks Afghan Civilian Casualties on MSNBC's 'The Ed Show'

Rethink Afghanistan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rethink Afghanistan

It's so crucial for more people to see this exclusive footage because it puts a human face on the war, US military airstrikes and indiscriminate bombing.

U.S. Too Quick To Justify Afghan Deaths

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

American forces finally have good rules in place to minimize civilian deaths, but didn't stick to them when they counted the most, in the heat of battle. So why are US officials still blaming the Taliban?

Afghanistan Bombing That Killed Civilians Violated US Military Guidelines

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — American troops made substantial errors and did not strictly follow rules for avoiding casualties during an air assault on Taliban ...

Afghan Suicide Bomber Kills Civilian Family Of At Least 6 Near Bagram

Quqnoos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At least six civilians were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a civilian vehicle in Bagram on Tuesday, officials said. The civilians, including t...

US Drone Strikes and Civilian Casualties in Pakistan: "It's Not Moral"

Carne Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carne Ross

There are no journalists in Waziristan or the other areas of western Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, so there are therefore no authoritative reports from the ground on the effects of these strikes.

Sri Lanka Shelling: Doctors Flee From Last Hospital

AP | KRISHAN FRANCIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Thousands of civilians waded across a vast lagoon under a hail of rebel gunfire Thursday, breaking out of Sri Lanka's war z...

Sri Lankan Civilians Now Able To Flee Safely, Government Says

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At least 1,500 civilians who had been trapped in Sri Lanka's shrinking war zone managed to flee on Thursday, the country's military said, as its force...

Sri Lanka Hospital Attack Kills Over 50 Civilians

AP | RAVI NESSMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Artillery shells tore through a hospital packed with wounded civilians in Sri Lanka's war zone for a second day Wednesday, ...

Afghani Officials: Suicide Bomb Kills 7, Wounds 21 At US Base

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ and HEIDI VOGT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A suicide car bomber killed seven people and wounded 21 others Wednesday outside a U.S. military base in the same part of eastern Afghan...

Time for the Military PR Folks to Come Up With a New Spin

Philip Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Slater

A little more honesty from the PR folks might be appropriate. Something like: "Look, folks, we're the military. Our job is to kill folks. If you're going to get picky about who, send someone else."

Afghan Villagers Get Reparation Payments For Killed Civilians

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A government commission concluded that 140 civilians died, more than twice the figure cited by the United States....

Sri Lanka Safe Zone Attack: '1,000 Civilians Killed'

Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Doctor reports hundreds of bodies being brought to hospital as UN says feared bloodbath has now become reality...

US Refutes 147 Afghan Civilian Death Toll

Associated Press | Fisnik Abrashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Fisnik Abrashi, Associated Press The US military says reports that as many as 147 civilians died in fighting involving American forces and the Tal...

Time to Call Off the Predators?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

No single issue that has fueled the flames of anti-Americanism in Pakistan more than the bombings of their country by our Predator drones.

US Soldiers Kill Iraqi Boy, 12, After Thrown Grenade

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

American soldiers shot and killed two people in the northern city of Mosul, including a 12-year-old boy the military said had thrown a hand grenade at...

Will Israel Help Gaza's Victims?

Sarah Holewinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Holewinski

So while the investigators press on and the applicable laws are figured out in the Gaza aftermath, here's an idea: help these people.

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...