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Tag: Civilian Casualties
  • Soldiers still dying in the Peace Prize winner’s war

    More depressing news out of Afghanistan as Afghans continue to kill each other with American weapons. In the same weekend, an Afghan police officer guns down 10 of his fellow officers and 6 civilians died in a roadside bomb attack, including women and children:  “Women and children were among the victims,” Helmand police spokesman Farid …

  • America’s legacy in Iraq: Violence, death, and another monster to destroy

    Despite President Barack Obama’s announcement of the Third End of War in Iraq, the people of Iraq continue to suffer under unrelenting violence all the while the toll from civilian deaths continues to climb. While America was celebrating Independence Day on July 4 with colorful explosion of fireworks, Iraqis were treated to non-celebratory explosions of …

  • A Real Cost of War

    The major assumptions underlying the US wars of aggression in the Middle East often go unchallenged by our political and media establishments.  And even more inexcusably, we, the people, are conditioned by these very establishments into accepting the State’s wars as efforts to “fight terrorism” or “spread Democracy,” neither of which is the case. War is …

  • America’s Convenient Military Scapegoats

    No one really knows what possessed Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales to go out into that cold Afghanistan night and — as he is accused of allegedly doing — kill 17 innocent Afghan civilians, more than half of them children. However, we do know that the military acted swiftly and within days had detained, transported, and …

  • What is War without Limbless Children?

    Britain unites with smaller countries to block the United States’ bid to legalize civilian-maiming cluster bombs: A coalition of countries including Britain on Friday defeated an attempt by the US, Russia, China and Israel to get an international agreement approving the continued use of cluster bombs. The weapons, which have been used in Iraq, Afghanistan …

  • Disturbing Trends Continue for NATO Airstrikes

    At least 14 civilians have been pronounced dead, including eight children, in yet another round of NATO airstrikes in the Khost Province of Afghanistan this week.  This incident follows a similar event on Tuesday, where as many as 11 civilian deaths were attributed to NATO strikes.  For a president who received the Nobel Peace Prize, …

  • Casualties of Intervention

    See more statistics on the human costs of the American government’s interventionism in the Middle East here. (Via)

  • Arab soldiers doing what’s right

    Amidst the protesting that is currently occurring across the entire Middle East, Libyan pilots received an order to fire on protesters from their aircraft.  At least a few pilots did not follow that order — the two colonels instead flew their jets to Malta.  The LA Times reports: The pilots of two Libyan military jets …

  • Drone attacks in Pakistan kill few high ranking militants

    Newly published research indicates that US drone attacks are killing very few valuable targets in Pakistan.  Considering the amount of blowback against the United States caused by these very attacks, this data should seriously call into question whether these attacks should be continued. The Washington Post reports: CIA drone attacks in Pakistan killed at least …

  • 50 for 1

    This is horrifying: [D]uring the Bush Administration, if a bombing strike was expected to kill more than 29 innocent men, women and children, the White House had to approve it…. In the case of The Obama Administration, the acceptable “collateral damage” kill number has, apparently, been increased to 50 innocent civilians. On the bright side, …