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by Daniel L. Bynum

July 14, 2009 —

Killing terrorist leaders is difficult, is often ineffective, and can easily backfire. Yet it is one of the United States’ few options for managing the threat posed by al Qaeda from its base in tribal Pakistan. By some accounts, U.S. drone activity in Pakistan has killed dozens of lower-ranking and at least 10 mid- and high-ranking leaders from al Qaeda and the Taliban. (more…)

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By Anna Husarska

Friday, July 10, 2009

KABUL — The new commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, announced: “The Afghan people are at the center of our mission. In reality, they are the mission.” The four-star general was wearing military fatigues, but his wording sounded civilian. Indeed, when President Obama explained in March how the United States plans “to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” he ordered a “civilian surge” in Afghanistan. But make no mistake: The civilian part of the coalition operations here is subservient to the military arm, and the two are known together as an “integrated approach.” (more…)

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Public Statement

AI Index: MDE 14/017/2009

Date: 23 June 2009

Iraq: Amnesty International strongly condemns recent spate of civilian killings (more…)

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Reality of war worth seeing
Washington Post
Helen Thomas

WASHINGTON -Some readers resented The Washington Post for publishing an Associated Press photograph of a critically wounded Iraqi child being lifted from the rubble of his home in Baghdad’s Sadr City “after a U.S. airstrike.”

Two-year-old Ali Hussein later died in a hospital.

As the saying goes, the picture was worth a thousand words because it showed the true horrors of this war.
Neither side is immune from killing of Iraqi civilians. But Americans should be aware of their own responsibility for inflicting death and pain on the innocent. (more…)

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