Posts Tagged ‘innocent civilians’

AP|Riaz Kahn|September 13 2011

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Taliban gunmen attacked a school van in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing four children and the driver in an assault they said was carried out to punish local tribesman for resisting the insurgent movement.

At least 14 other children and two female teachers were wounded in the attack in Matani on the outskirts of the main northwestern city of Peshawar, said police officer Ejaz Khan.

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Euronews, May 4, 2011

As Syria intensifies its clampdown on anti-government protesters, international pressure on the regime is being stepped up.

It comes as new amateur video, the authenticity of which cannot be verified, purports to show mass arrests in Deraa.

The US has described Syria’s reported tactics – using tanks and arbitrary arrests – as “barbaric measures” against “innocent civilians”. France has called on the EU to impose sanctions on Syrian leaders. (more…)

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By: Malalai Joya

April 10, 2011

The disgusting and heartbreaking photos published in March by the media are finally bringing the grisly truth about the war in Afghanistan to a wider public.

All the PR about this war being about democracy and human rights melts into thin air with these pictures of US soldiers posing with the dead and mutilated bodies of innocent Afghan civilians.

I must report that Afghans do not believe this be a story of a few rogue soldiers. We that is part and parcel of the entire military occupation. (more…)

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By: Thom Shanker and Charlie Savage

March 31, 2011

WASHINGTON — Members of the NATO alliance have sternly warned the rebels in Libya not to attack civilians as they push against the regime of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, according to senior military and government officials.

As NATO takes over control of airstrikes in Libya and the Obama administration considers new steps to tip the balance of power there, the coalition has told the rebels that the fog of war will not shield them from possible bombardment by NATO planes and missiles, just as the regime’s forces have been punished. (more…)

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For Immediate Release

KABUL, Afghanistan (March 16) – The International Security Assistance Force has launched an investigation into an operation in Kunar province Monday which may have resulted in two Afghan children being mistakenly killed. (more…)

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While insurgent-caused casualties are up, US-caused civilian casualties are down. Still, it only takes a couple of high profile incidents to negatively turn public opinion.

Christian Science Monitor
By Tom A. Peter, Correspondent
March 9, 2011
Kabul, Afghanistan – Violence against civilians in Afghanistan has climbed to the highest level since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, says a report released Wednesday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The number of civilians killed as a result of fighting in this war-torn nation rose by 15 percent in 2010 as compared with 2009, according to the report, which comes after a coalition air strike killed nine boys in Kunar province, sparking several demonstrations in Kabul. Despite the growing outrage over NATO-caused civilian deaths, however, the UNAMA report shows that the number of civilian deaths caused by Afghan and international forces dropped by 26 percent last year. (more…)

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By the CNN Wire Staff
March 3, 2011 — Updated 1646 GMT (0046 HKT)

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A NATO commander called the military’s killing of nine eastern Afghan boys thought to be insurgents “a terrible mistake” and promised disciplinary action if warranted.

In a video message on Thursday, Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez apologized for the deaths and said an investigation is ongoing into the Tuesday incident in the Darah-Ye Pech district of Afghanistan’s Kunar province.

Civilian casualties during warfare in Afghanistan have hurt NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, and Rodriguez’s video statement reflects the high priority coalition leaders place on avoiding such accidents.

He said insurgents in mountains above a coalition base launched a rocket attack that wounded a U.S. civilian. Troops returned fire, and insurgents later shot another rocket at the troops. (more…)

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