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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty | Shaheen Buneri | June 28, 2011

MINGORA, Pakistan — The worn-out burqa covering her from head to toe fails to conceal Rekhmina’s sense of loss and uncertainty.
This mother of four has come to the Khpal Kor Foundation, an orphanage located in Swat District’s largest city, Mingora, in the belief that it offers the best chance of keeping her children off the streets.

To gain admission for her three daughters and one son, however, she must answer the very question she has spent months trying to answer herself: “Where is your husband?”

Muhammad Ali, principal of the Khpal Kor Foundation, poses the question. The orphanage, supported by local philanthropists and organizations, has become a lifeline for hundreds of children orphaned or separated from their parents when the Pakistani government launched a massive military operation in Swat Valley in the spring of 2009.

The operation was intended to sweep militants loyal to Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Fazlullah from the scenic but restive region of northwest Pakistan. But as Ali notes, there were many innocent victims. (more…)

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Syed Danish Hussain | May 27, 2011

ISLAMABAD – In average, 10 incidents of armed conflicts and 39 consequent deaths were reported in three main South Asian states – Afghanistan, India and Pakistan – on every day of last month.
Every fourth victim of violence was a civilian. Afghanistan continued to be worst hit state by violence in the region as about half of the incidents as well as resultant deaths were reported in the country. (more…)

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The Economist

April 14, 2011

SRI LANKA’S government has got its retaliation in first. On April 12th a panel of experts delivered a report to the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, assessing whether war crimes were committed when the nation’s army bloodily won a long-running civil war against Tamil Tiger rebels early in 2009. The report has not yet been made public, but the government is furious that an independent inquiry took place at all. The report, it says, is “fundamentally flawed” and biased. (more…)

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http://gulftoday.ae/portal/9da2eb28-c5e8-4e37-87a4-6ddc770e5bb5.aspx
March 23, 2011

KHOST (Afghanistan): An Afghan child was shot and killed by international forces targeting insurgents in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, police said, triggering a Nato investigation. (more…)

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Salon, March 23, 2011

The big focus of the Obama administration in the last week has been, in President Obama’s words, “to stop the violence against civilians.” That’s in Libya, of course, where Moammar Gadhafi was threatening to quell a rebellion based in Benghazi. (more…)

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ACLU, March 22, 2011
NEW YORK – The Department of Defense (DOD) has confirmed that it does not compile statistics about the total number of civilians that have been killed by its unmanned drone aircraft. The DOD disclosed this information in a letter in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union demanding that the government disclose the legal basis for its use of unmanned drones to conduct targeted killings overseas. (more…)

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New York Times, March, 21, 2011
KABUL, Afghanistan — The release of explicit photographs of American soldiers engaged in atrocities against Afghan civilians threatens to ignite tensions between the Afghan and American governments and provide fodder for the Taliban’s efforts to persuade ordinary Afghans that the foreign troops fighting here are a malevolent force. (more…)

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