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By: Relief Web

Source: Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission; Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC); Human Rights Watch (HRW); Oxfam

WHAT: A coalition of NGOs including the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Oxfam International sent an open letter today to Heads of State and Government attending this week’s NATO Summit in Europe.

The Summit, to be held in France and Germany April 3 – 4, 2009, will center on the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) strategy in Afghanistan.

The letter calls for the immediate creation of a uniform, coordinated system of condolence payments for civilian death, injury and property loss resulting from the actions of international forces.
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By Army Pfc. Evan Loyd
Special to American Forces Press Service

COMBAT OUTPOST MEADE, Iraq, March 9, 2009 – Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers presented 14 new tractors to local sheiks from the Lutifiyah Nahia area during a ceremony here March 5.

Each Arma Trac 602 tractor can help to cultivate an area of more than 25 million square feet.

Soldiers with the 1st Armored Division’s Task Force 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, used funds from the Commander’s Emergency Response Program to purchase the tractors.

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By Mark Townsend, The Guardian

Guards employed by Hampshire-based company are accused of opening fire on unarmed civilians and driving off, leaving them with severe injuries

One of Britain’s largest private security firms is being sued over allegations that its men opened fire on unarmed civilians and then drove away, leaving an Iraqi brother and sister fighting for their lives.

The case, the first of its kind brought by British lawyers against a private security contractor in Iraq, claims employees of Hampshire-based Erinys fired from a 4×4 vehicle at an approaching taxi in north Iraq. Documents relating to the claim describe how a 26-year-old man was shot in his right eye and his sister, 24, lost consciousness during the incident 15 months ago. Also hit was another passenger in the taxi, Iraqi journalist Sangar Mawloud Mohamed, 30, who lost part of his left ear and remains partly deaf. (more…)

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by AFP

KABUL (AFP) — Up to 3,200 civilians have been killed in NATO and US action in Afghanistan since 2005 but compensation payouts have been far lower than in other global cases, according to research by a US professor. (more…)

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