Posts Tagged ‘war victims’

The Telegraph|September 8 2011

Baha Mousa, an innocent civilian, welcomed the British forces who occupied his hometown of Basra in April 2003, because their arrival signalled the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.

But less than half a year later the 26 year-old father-of-two had suffered a brutal, humiliating death at the hands of a small number of British soldiers he saw as liberators.

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ACLU | Jonathan Manes | July 19, 2011

For well over a year now, the ACLU has been urging the government to level with the public about the number of civilians that are being killed in its drone strike/targeted killing operations. The government has been tight-lipped — refusing even to confirm or deny the existence of any records relating to civilian casualties in CIA drone strikes. Last month, however, John Brennan, the White House’s top counterterrorism advisor broke this silence, telling reporters that “in the last year ‘there hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities that we’ve been able to develop.'” (more…)

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March 30, 2011

Transitional Justice Coordination Group (TJCG) is planning to unite war victims in Afghanistan to seek their rights and with a vision for eternal peace in the country.

A conference was held by the Transitional Justice Coordination Group in Kabul on Wednesday focused on human rights situation, war victims’ rights, introduction of war victims’ international movements and their pivotal role in peace in their countries.

“They should be united so that nobody could ever divide them based on lingual and ethnic issues,” Yunus Akhtar, a member of TJCG, said. (more…)

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Tarok Kalache, a hamlet of mud-brick compounds and pomegranate groves northwest of Kandahar city, was razed five months ago amid fierce combat between Taliban fighters and U.S. and Afghan forces.

Los Angeles Times
By Laura King
March 5, 2011
Tarok Kalache, Afghanistan

When the fighting finally ended, the Taliban insurgents were gone from this farming village in southern Afghanistan.

But the village was gone too.

Tarok Kalache, a hamlet of mud-brick compounds and pomegranate groves northwest of Kandahar city, was razed five months ago amid fierce combat between Taliban fighters and U.S. and Afghan forces. Its three dozen farm families were scattered, its mosque flattened, its orchards reduced to rows of blackened ghost-trees, its irrigation canals choked with debris. (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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Published: March 2, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan — Nine boys collecting firewood to heat their homes in the eastern Afghanistan mountains were killed by NATO helicopter gunners who mistook them for insurgents, according to a statement on Wednesday by NATO, which apologized for the mistake. (more…)

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Legal expert tackles dilemmas of asymmetrical wars.

By Philip Spiegel | February 11, 2011patch

The modern era of warfare has borne rise to profound and challenging new questions, forcing leaders, civilians and warriors to take a long look in the ethical mirror.

“We’ve moved from an era of collective guilt and collective punishment to an era where human rights really matter,” said David Luban in concluding his lecture, “Asymmetrical Wars: The Three Hardest Questions,” at Annenberg Auditorium Thursday afternoon. This talk was part of the yearlong “Ethics and War” series at Stanford. (more…)

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