Tag Archives: Civilians

Amnesty International: Drone strikes may amount to war crimes

Hot on the heels of two UN reports, Amnesty International has released a report on drone strikes in Pakistan, entitled “Will I Be Next?”. The study is not comprehensive, but rather a “qualitative assessment based on detailed field research into … Continue reading

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Evidence suggests civilian drone deaths far higher than official figures

Gareth Porter reports on the mismatch between the widely-cited statistics on drone casualties reported by the New America Foundation, and those reports from eye-witness accounts by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and family statements signed under affadivit. Combining the data on the … Continue reading

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Rescuers targeted in drone strikes

As the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported back in February, “the CIA’s drone campaign in Pakistan has killed dozens of civilians who had gone to help rescue victims or were attending funerals.” Specifically: “at least 50 civilians were killed in follow-up strikes … Continue reading

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Death Squads in Afghanistan

A chilling report by the NYT on the widespread influence of the Haqqani Network inside Afghanistan. The insurgent group, whose leader was a favorite of the US-backed mujahideen, is responsible for numerous assassinations in broad daylight, especially in villages close … Continue reading

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Drone wars blur the line between military and civilian combatants

A report in Foreign Policy in Focus looks at the blurring distinctions between civilian and combatant in America’s drone wars. Article 48, the ‘Basic Rule’ of Part IV of the 1977 Geneva Conventions states that  “In order to ensure respect for and … Continue reading

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CIA’s count of civilian deaths ‘untrue’

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports on the real civilian costs of the US-led ‘secret’ bombing campaign in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan. John Brenan, President Obama’s cheif counter-terrorism adviser, claimed that ‘there hasn’t been a single collateral [civilian] … Continue reading

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First 6 months of 2011 deadliest for Afghan civilians

A UN report found that the first six months of 2011 were the deadliest since the war began in 2001. 1,462 innocent civilians died between January and June, a 15 pecent increase over the same period the year before. While … Continue reading

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