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  • Obama acknowledges civilian deaths by US drones

    04/01/2016 3:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 1, 2016 6:40 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is acknowledging that “civilians have been killed that shouldn’t have been” in past U.S. drone strikes, but says the administration is now “very cautious” about taking strikes where women or children are present. […] He says the U.S. has to take responsibility when it is not acting appropriately. …
  • Army To Recruiters: Avoid Civilians Who Volunteer To Guard, Report Them

    07/24/2015 3:17:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies ^ | July 24, 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    On July 20, a policy letter from the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) instructed recruiters to avoid contact and/or conversation with armed “law-abiding” civilians who volunteer to guard recruitment centers and to report said volunteers to law enforcement “if the recruiter feels threatened.” Stars and Stripes responded to the letter with a July 22 headline that read, “Army To Recruiters: Treat Armed Citizens As Security Threat.”
  • With ISIS in Cross Hairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians

    05/26/2015 6:20:06 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies ^ | MAY 26, 2015 | ERIC SCHMITT
    American intelligence analysts have identified seven buildings in downtown Raqqa in eastern Syria as the main headquarters of the Islamic State. But the buildings have gone untouched during the 10-month allied air campaign. And just last week, convoys of heavily armed Islamic State fighters paraded triumphantly through the streets of the provincial capital Ramadi in western Iraq after forcing Iraqi troops to flee. They rolled on unscathed by coalition fighter-bombers. American and allied warplanes are equipped with the most precise aerial arsenal ever fielded. But American officials say they are not striking significant — and obvious — Islamic State targets...
  • Face It: You Can’t Stop Genocide Without Killing Civilians

    10/13/2014 1:45:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 10/13/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    By the time World War II was over entire cities had been devastated and hundreds of thousands of civilians had been killed by the Allies in one of the last wars whose virtue we were all able to agree on. The civilians were not limited to enemy German and Japanese civilians, but included French civilians in occupied territory, Jewish prisoners and numerous others who were caught in the war zone. To the professional pacifist these numbers appear to disprove the morality of war, any war, but they were the blood price that had to be paid to stop two war...
  • U.S. airstrikes on ISIS 'killed Syrian civilians after mistaking grain silo for jihadist base'

    09/30/2014 8:55:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | 09/30/2014 | By JACK CRONE and LUCY CROSSLEY
    * British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, gather information from sources in Syria * They say missile set grain silo ablaze in ISIS town of Manbij, northern Syria * Claim two civilians killed including 'workers who provide food for people' * IS fighters 'also died in a strike on a building on the town's outskirts' * US says there is 'no evidence' any civilians were killed in the strike * Group count at least 19 civilians killed so far in coalition airstrikes * US-led coalition has been targeting ISIS-controlled towns in Syria since last week At least two civilian workers...
  • Hamas wants civilian casualties and the media love them

    08/08/2014 2:28:33 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 8, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Hamas, et al, have done a splendid job of helping Western media to blame Israel for noncombatant casualties in Gaza. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.I see only what I want to see. Although accused of intentionally causing "civilian" casualties in Gaza, Israel has done more than any other nation at war to prevent casualties among enemy noncombatants. The first five videos provided immediately below show the efforts of Hamas, et al, to put Gazan noncombatants in harm's way by using civilian facilities in Gaza as rocket launching points, Israel's efforts to reduce noncombatant casualties to the extent possible and to provide medical treat...
  • ‘We Don’t Target Israeli Civilians’, Claims Hamas

    08/03/2014 10:49:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 8/4/2014, 4:47 AM | Dalit Halevi
    Hamas is claiming that, when its terrorists fire rockets towards Israel, they try to avoid hurting Israeli civilians. In a statement on Sunday, the group’s “military wing”, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, threatened to fire rockets at all the cities in Israel that are within the ranges of its rockets. At the same time, the statement claimed, Hamas is not trying to harm Israelis with its rocket attacks, only military personnel and installations. …
  • Hamas: We Have Never Fired Rockets at Civilians

    08/03/2014 3:52:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/14
    In yet one more attempt to present a revisionist history of events as part of its propaganda campaign, Hamas has declared that it never has fired rockets at Israeli civilians. The Al-Qassam Brigade, Hamas's military wing, has again cautioned Israel against continuing its attempts to harm the population in Gaza, threatening to fire long-range rockets at all Israeli cities, as "there is nothing so precious to us as the lives of our people." Hamas also iterated that it had done all in its power to avoid causing harm to Israeli civilians. "During our campaign, we have taken great pains to...
  • ‘Sooner or later Kiev’s army, Right Sector will attack civilians’

    05/02/2014 12:06:07 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 05-02-2014 | Pepe Escobar
    People in eastern Ukraine are not pro-Russian, they want a united and federalized Ukraine, a Finlandized Ukraine that is equally distant from the EU, NATO and Russia, and they are being confronted by guns, investigative journalist Pepe Escobar told RT. RT: We're now seeing Kiev deploying the military against its own people. Do you think the situation requires that? Pepe Escobar: No, of course not. Flashback, it’s very important. A few days ago John Brennan, head of the CIA, goes to Kiev, they launch an anti-terrorist operation. It’s a huge failure. A few days later US Vice-President Joe Biden goes...
  • US officials say Iran can play helpful role on Syria

    01/06/2014 8:13:07 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    BRUSSELS - Iran could improve its chances of playing a role on the sidelines of Syria peace talks this month by working with Damascus to stop the bombardment of civilians and improve humanitarian access, US officials said on Monday. "There are ... steps that Iran could take to show the international community that they are serious about playing a positive role," one of the officials said in Brussels. "Those include calling for an end to the bombardment by the Syrian regime of their own people. It includes calling for and encouraging humanitarian access." Another official made clear that the comment...
  • White House admits killing civilians with drone strikes, denies breaking law (NOT Obamacare)

    10/22/2013 4:22:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/21/13 | Mark Schone
    Two leading human rights groups released detailed reports on U.S. drone strikes Tuesday that accuse the government of killing civilians and violating international law. The White House admitted killing civilians, but denied breaking the law, saying the strikes were "precise" and "lawful." Amnesty International, which studied 45 drone strikes in Pakistan in 2012 and 2013, said the U.S. violated the internationally recognized “right to life” and may have committed war crimes. “There are real threats to the U.S. in the region,” said Naureen Shah, Amnesty’s advocacy adviser, “but it is hard to imagine that a 68-year-old grandmother or a 14-year-old...
  • Pentagon: Most Furloughed Civilians Ordered Back

    10/05/2013 11:25:04 AM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 5, 2013 | ROBERT BURNS /AP
    The Pentagon is ordering most of its approximately 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work. The decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is based on a Pentagon legal interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act. That measure was passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama shortly before the partial government shutdown began Tuesday. The law ensured that members of the military, who have remained at work throughout the shutdown, would be paid on time. It also left room for the Pentagon to keep on the job those civilians who provide support to the military.
  • Al-Qaeda militants kill 24 civilians near Ras al-Ain

    09/03/2013 3:08:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Syria have beheaded all 24 Syrian passengers traveling from Tartus to Ras al-Ain in northeast of Syria, among them a mother and a 40-days old infant. Gunmen from the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant stopped the bus on the road in Talkalakh and killed everyone before setting the bus on fire. According to media reports, the attack was carried out because the passengers who were from three different villages in Ras al-Ain, supported anti-terrorist Kurdish groups which were formed recently to defend Kurdish population against anti-Syria terrorists. Bodies of a mother and her 40-days...
  • Hagel orders 20 percent cut in Pentagon top brass, senior civilians

    07/16/2013 6:32:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/16/13 | Craig Whitlock
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that he has ordered a 20 percent cut in the number of top brass and senior civilians at the Pentagon by 2019, the latest attempt to shrink the military bureaucracy after years of heady growth. Hagel’s directive could force the Pentagon and military command staffs to shed an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 jobs. That’s a tiny percentage of the Defense Department’s 2.1 million active-duty troops and civilian employees, but analysts said it would be a symbolically important trimming of the upper branches of the bureaucracy, which has proved to be resistant to past
  • DHS Denies Ammo Purchases Aimed at Civilians

    04/25/2013 2:09:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    US News ^ | 4/25/13 | Elizabeth Flock
    Officials at the Department of Homeland Security denied Thursday that its large-scale ammunition purchases were an effort keep bullets out of the hands of private citizens. At a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, top DHS training officer Humberto Medina said he could "say categorically that was not a factor at all" in the purchases. He also noted that ammunition DHS purchased would be used for both operations and training purchases. The Associated Press reported in February that DHS was planning to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds over the next five years, a number that sparked fears of government stockpiling...
  • Insurgent Attack Injures Afghan Civilians in Paktiya

    07/08/2011 2:46:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    PAKTIYA, Afghanistan (July 8, 2011)– An insurgent mortar attack landed in a civilian populated area injuring eight Afghan civilians in Dand Patan district, July 3. At least 3 mortar rounds fired by insurgents resulted in severe injuries requiring medical evacuation. Coalition Special Forces operating near the incident provided first aid and called for a medical evacuation. Four young male children, a female child under the age of 2, one female adult, and two male adults were medically evacuated from the scene by coalition forces to a U.S. military hospital for treatment. The injured had severe shrapnel wounds to the head,...
  • Video Documentation of Syrian Brutality

    06/04/2011 8:39:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/6/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Human Rights Watch video has posted a video documenting Syrian brutality against peaceful protesters as Syrian President Bashar Assad escalates force, using helicopters to bomb the city of Hama. WARNING: The video includes scenes that are not suitable for young children. Video Friday’s protests were dedicated to the children of the uprising, and The Local Coordinating Committees in Syria reported that more than 72 children have been killed by security forces. “This week, at least seven children died at the hands of the security forces,” the Committees stated, including a 10-year-old who died after her school bus was shelled in...
  • Video: Syrian Soldier’s Testimony on Shooting of Civilians

    05/03/2011 4:01:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/5/11 | Tzvi ben Gedalyahu
    A video from Syria shows the testimony of a soldier who said Assad’s forces shot at him when he defected after refusing to kill unarmed civilians in the Damascus area. Meanwhile, Syrian secret police and soldiers have arrested 1,000 people in the past two days and have surrounded the city of Banyas.
  • Roadside Bomb Kills Civilians in Afghanistan

    01/20/2011 2:45:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 – Three Afghan civilians were killed by an insurgent attack in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province today as Afghan and international forces increased efforts to squelch enemy fighters, military officials reported. Three Afghan civilians, including a child, were killed and four others were wounded by a roadside bomb in the province’s Kandahar district. Afghan police responded to evacuate the wounded to Mirwais hospital and investigate the blast. Also today, Afghan and coalition troops discovered several weapons and drug caches during separate clearing operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan. In Helmand province’s Sangin district, Kandahar’s Nad-e Ali district and...
  • Revealed: How even German civilians took part in killing concentration camp survivors

    01/17/2011 2:18:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 141 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/17/11 | Allan Hall
    A new book about the closing days of WW2 chronicles how German civilians murdered many concentration camp survivors as they moved through their towns and villages on infamous 'death marches' back into the shrinking Reich. The violence shows how even with their nation in ruins, the Allies advancing on all fronts and the war hopeless, ordinary people were so indoctrinated with Nazi hate they were prepared to kill defenceless people in cold blood.
  • Twelve U.S. soldiers face trial after Afghan civilians 'were killed for sport....'

    09/10/2010 11:53:13 AM PDT · by jagusafr · 113 replies · 2+ views ^ | Last updated at 8:43 AM on 10th September 2010
    12 US Soldiers are facing trial in the deaths of Afghan civilians - being described as cold-blooded murder.
  • Five Fort Lewis Soldiers Now Charged in Afghan Deaths

    06/16/2010 1:48:11 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies · 574+ views ^ | 6/16/10 | AP
    The Army says four more soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state have been charged with premeditated murder in the killing of three Afghan civilians earlier this year. In all, five soldiers have been charged. All are assigned to the 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.
  • Forces Capture Militants, Evacuate Civilians, Seize Weapons

    04/16/2010 4:21:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 217+ views
    KABUL, April 16, 2010 – Afghan and international forces captured several insurgents, evacuated civilians after an explosion, and seized enemy weapons stockpiles in recent operations, military officials in Afghanistan reported. -- A combined Afghan-international security force detained several suspected militants in a rural area of northeaster Marja in Helmand province this morning. -- In the Tarini Kot district of Uruzgan province this morning, a combined force found a 105 mm artillery round, a grenade and four mortar rounds. -- In Kandahar City last night, the International Security Assistance Force helped Afghan forces in evacuating and treating wounded civilians after a...
  • Afghan Civilians Killed in Bus Incident

    04/12/2010 4:41:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 144+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2010 – NATO’s International Assistance Security Force in Afghanistan is expressing regret over civilian casualties that occurred today after a bus was driven toward a patrol of international troops, military officials said. ISAF officials released a statement that says ISAF “deeply regrets the tragic loss of life” in the Zhari district of Kandahar province early this morning after troops fired at a bus in which the driver ignored warnings and tried to speed into the patrol. Four civilians were killed, five others were treated for injuries at the scene, and 13 people checked themselves into medical facilities...
  • Nato strike kills a number of Afghan civilians

    02/21/2010 11:34:22 PM PST · by Cardhu · 39 replies · 1,393+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 22 February 2010 | Staff
    Nato has confirmed a number of civilians were killed in an air strike in southern Afghanistan on Sunday. Afghan officials say at least 21 civilians died in the attack in Uruzgan province, which is next to Helmand. Nato said it used airborne weapons to engage a convoy of suspected insurgents believed to be en route to an attack. After the strike, ground forces arrived to find "a number of individuals killed and wounded", including women and children, a Nato statement said. Uruzgan province is where the Dutch mission to Afghanistan has been based since 2006, with nearly 2,000 service personnel....
  • Defense Civilians Prepare For Overseas Deployment

    02/18/2010 3:37:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 267+ views
    CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, EDINBURGH, Ind., Feb. 18, 2010 – The Civilian Expeditionary Workforce, introduced in January 2009, is up and running at full speed. A range safety official shows Julia Schoenfeld her results after she fired an M-9 pistol. Schoenfeld is with the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce, which trains and equips Department of Defense civiliansto deploy oversees in support of worldwide military missions. She was among the first CEW students who graduated Feb. 3, 2010. U.S. Army photo by T.D. Jackson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. After an intense 10-day course held from Jan. 25 through Feb....
  • Afghanistan missile that killed civilians 'hit target'

    02/16/2010 12:17:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 592+ views
    BBC News ^ | 2/16/10 | BBC
    A missile that struck an Afghan house killing 12 people hit its intended target, the commander of British forces in the country's south says. Maj Gen Nick Carter said the rocket had not malfunctioned, adding that the system responsible for firing the US missile was back in use. Officials have said three Taliban, as well as civilians were in the house. US forces have faced some resistance around the Taliban haven of Marjah as Operation Moshtarak continues. The progress of US troops has been hampered by sniper fire and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in some areas. British and Afghan troops...
  • Civilians Harmed During Joint Force Operation

    01/31/2010 9:02:31 AM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 230+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan
    KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 31) - An Afghan-international security force conducted an operation targeting insurgents in Uruzgan province Saturday night. When the unit approached the compound, they received enemy gunfire from several different locations. After returning fire, the gunfire subsided and the joint force conducted damage assessment. Four insurgents were killed. The joint force protected the women and children in the compound, however afterwards one woman with minor wounds and a baby who suffered fatal injuries were found. "We regret this tragic loss of innocent life," said Army Col. Wayne Shanks, an ISAF spokesman. "Our condolences and prayers are with the...
  • General Condemns Taliban Attack on Civilians

    01/07/2010 3:20:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 295+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2010 – The commander of day-to-day military operations in Afghanistan condemned a bombing attack on Gardez Bazaar in Afghanistan’s Paktia province today that killed at least four civilians and wounded several others. "The Taliban-led enemy has again demonstrated an absolute disregard for the Afghan people and their lives," said Army Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command. "[The command] is monitoring the situation and stands ready to assist our Afghan partners." In other news, military officials said today they’re aware of protests in the streets in Nangarhar province this morning over an...
  • Civilians Provide Holiday Cheer to Troops, Families

    12/24/2009 11:58:02 AM PST · by SandRat · 204+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 24, 2009 – Servicemembers and their families continue to enjoy tremendous support from American civilians, but at no time of the year is that support greater than during the holidays. “We learn of citizens’ efforts to support our troops every year, but this year there seems to be a real outpouring of support from not only citizens and nonprofit organizations, but also businesses,” said Adrien Starks, chief of the community relations civic outreach team for the office of the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. “I don’t think people have any idea about the amount of support...
  • In Indiana, practice for "civilian surge" in Afghanistan

    11/22/2009 6:48:06 PM PST · by kralcmot · 7 replies · 427+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 21, 2009 | Karen DeYoung
    In Indiana, practice for 'civilian surge' in Afghanistan State Dept. enlists Afghans to help prepare Americans for mission CAMP ATTERBURY, IND. -- Outside a scruffy, two-story building, armed and flak-jacketed U.S. soldiers stood watch under a sagging Afghan flag. Inside, the provincial governor, a Hamid Karzai look-alike in a striped robe and Karakul cap, pleaded with two tribal elders to get along. Only the Taliban would benefit from their dispute, the governor's aide said with a nervous click of his worry beads. An American at the table asked to speak. If they couldn't settle their differences over landownership, he gently...
  • Artillery Commander: I Don't Feel Like a War Criminal(Viva La Israel)

    10/17/2009 11:09:20 PM PDT · by bogusname · 11 replies · 960+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/17/09 | Gil Ronen
    ( Col. Shai Malka, who headed the IDF's Pillar of Fire artillery group, is leaving the unit to become Commander of Artillery in the Northern Command. Malka is unfazed by international condemnation of the IDF's attack on Gaza in the Cast Lead counter-terror operation. He says the IDF's artillery did not bring even half of its firepower to bear...
  • Marines Help Civilians Prepare for Afghanistan Mission

    10/08/2009 4:16:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 311+ views
    BUTLERVILLE, Ind., Oct. 8, 2009 – Civilians from a U.S. State Department provincial reconstruction team readied for an assignment in Afghanistan with help from a Marine unit at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center here. A Marine with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit secures the perimeter while his comrades interact with “locals” during urban training at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Ind., Sept. 28, 2009. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alex C. Guerra  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The provincial reconstruction team course teaches civilian employees from the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for...
  • Combined Forces Protect Civilians, Seize Weapons

    08/28/2009 4:14:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 227+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2009 – Afghan forces and troops of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force protected civilians from insurgent attacks, seized an enemy weapons stockpile and detained two suspected militants in recent operations in Afghanistan. Afghan and ISAF forces protected civilians in Nuristan province’s Barge Matal district yesterday after militants launched a series of attacks targeting civilians, a girls’ school and buildings near the district center. The combined forces maneuvered to engage the militants and requested close-air support during the eight-hour battle. Two Afghan soldiers and an Afghan police officer died in the battle. One civilian was wounded by...
  • UN: Civilian deaths up 24 percent in Afghanistan

    07/31/2009 5:04:47 AM PDT · by Slapshot68 · 3 replies · 255+ views
    The United Nations said Friday the number of civilians killed in conflict in Afghanistan has jumped 24 percent so far this year, with bombings by insurgent and airstrikes by international forces the biggest single killers. In a grim assessment of the first half of 2009, the U.N. assistance mission in Afghanistan said the Taliban and other anti-government militants have become more deadly by shifting from ambush attacks to suicide bombings, roadside explosives and targeted assassinations. It warned that more civilians would likely be killed as insurgents try to battle a troop increase by the administration of President Barack Obama, and...
  • Protecting Civilians Leads New Afghanistan Strategy

    07/08/2009 5:04:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 242+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2009 – Combat operations some 4,000 Marines began last week in southern Afghanistan and an influx of additional forces represent a big step toward carrying out a more comprehensive U.S. strategy there, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C., July 8, 2009. Mullen discussed and took questions from the audience on a multitude of subjects including the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the fiscal year 2010 budget request and ongoing care for wounded warriors...
  • Directive Re-emphasizes Protecting Afghan Civilians

    07/06/2009 5:17:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 325+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 6, 2009 – A new tactical directive for coalition forces serving in Afghanistan re-emphasizes the importance of preventing civilian casualties. Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, released the directive July 2. It builds on previous tactics and is much clearer about use of close-air support, searching Afghan houses and protecting Afghan cultural and religious sensitivities. All coalition forces in Afghanistan must follow the directive. Taliban fighters use a tactic of engaging coalition forces from positions that expose Afghan civilians to danger. Close-air support of coalition and Afghan personnel...
  • U.S. troops told to stop Taliban pursuit if civilians are at risk

    07/02/2009 11:07:35 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 66 replies · 2,276+ views
    Miami Herald/AP ^ | 7-2-09 | Nancy Youssef
    Beginning Thursday, American soldiers in Afghanistan will be under orders to back down when they're chasing Taliban fighters whenever they think that civilians might be at risk. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, will issue the directive as part of an effort to cut down on civilian casualties, which have enraged the Afghan government and residents. Instead of calling in air support or firing into civilian homes where Taliban fighters have sought refuge, commanders will be instructed to reach out to tribal elders or undertake other efforts to dislodge the fighters. The order is consistent with what...
  • Taliban Increasingly Target Civilians in Eastern Afghanistan, Commander Says

    06/02/2009 4:46:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 208+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 2, 2009 – Conditions in eastern Afghanistan have been challenging, but coalition efforts have paid off with improved security and development, the commander of Regional Command – East said today. One major challenge that remains is the Taliban targeting innocent civilians, Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser said during a videoconference with reporters at the Pentagon. While there is a growing realization among the Afghan people that the Taliban deliberately target civilians, it still doesn’t elicit the outrage as when coalition forces accidentally kill civilians, he noted. Schloesser, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force 101, turns over command...
  • The REAL Difference Between Israel And Her Enemies

    03/22/2009 9:14:05 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 2 replies · 236+ views
    Yidwithlid ^ | 3/22/09 | Yidwithlid
    On Friday, Israel version of the NY Times (in all the BAD ways), Ha'aretz, wrote an article about supposed abuses by IDF soldiers. They gave two examples, both of which had no proof and the person behind the stories said they were rumors. This is not to say they didn't happen, just that Ha'retz reported on rumors not facts. Despite the weakness of the information, many in Israel are outraged at the possibility of such abuses happening and the IDF has announced that they will be conducting a full investigation. Now compare that to this story of Palestinian abuse. On...
  • Joint Forces Target Foreign Fighters in Afghanistan

    01/11/2009 1:39:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 399+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2009 – Afghan and coalition forces detained eight suspected militants, including two wanted men, during operations in Afghanistan’s Khost and Kandahar provinces Jan. 9, U.S. military officials in Afghanistan reported. Afghan National Police and coalition forces detained three militants in the first operation, including a wanted Haqqani militant. In Sabari district, about 140 miles southeast of Kabul City, the combined force targeted the Haqqani foreign fighter network netting a militant known to coordinate and facilitate the movement of Arab fighters into the region. The militant also is believed to be in contact with senior Haqqani leaders, planning...
  • Forces Target Bomb Networks in Afghanistan

    01/06/2009 2:56:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 263+ views
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 6, 2009 – Afghan National Police and coalition forces seized four suspected militants yesterday during operations targeting the Haqqani and Taliban terrorist networks in Afghanistan’s Khowst and Zabol provinces. Forces targeted a suspected Haqqani commander in the Nadir Shah Kot district, southeast of here. The suspect is believed to be responsible for suicide and bombing attacks against civilians and Afghan and coalition forces throughout Khowst province. During the operation, forces searched several compounds without incident and detained a suspected militant. In Zabol province, coalition forces targeted a suspected Taliban militant believed to be in contact with Taliban...
  • Iraqi Civilians Lead Coalition to Dismantle Bombs, Seize Weapons (Iraqis now Get It)

    12/31/2008 3:31:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 415+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2008 – The “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group led coalition troops to their biggest operations in recent days – disarming a bomb at a security checkpoint and finding one of their largest weapons caches to date, military officials reported. Coalition forces responded to a Sons of Iraq checkpoint to disarm a roadside bomb Dec. 29 in Baghdad's Rashid district. An explosive ordnance disposal unit disarmed the bomb. Tips from Sons of Iraq members in the Tikrit area led soldiers to several large weapons caches Dec. 29, one of which is the largest discovered since 25th Infantry...
  • Combined Forces Kill Insurgents, Save Civilians in Afghanistan

    11/21/2008 3:27:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 262+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2008 – Afghan army commandos and their coalition partners killed four militants while simultaneously protecting nearly 90 civilians in an early morning operation today in western Afghanistan, military officials reported. The combined forces were conducting a raid on a compound, targeting a Taliban commander in Farah province’s Dowlatabad village when they received fire from several enemy fighting positions. The combined forces quickly returned fire and also established a security perimeter to protect the civilians, who included 30 children, officials said. The exchange of fire resulted in the deaths of four enemy fighters who local residents confirmed were...
  • Training Turns Afghan Civilians into Soldiers

    11/19/2008 4:08:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 241+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2008 – Afghan civilians are transformed into soldiers on a daily basis at the Kabul Military Training Center. The center, located just outside the Afghan capital, provides initial training to recruits and advanced training for noncommissioned and commissioned officers. Classes include basic training, advanced combat training, officer candidate school and noncommissioned officer academy. American, French, British, Romanian and Polish mentors from the Combined Training Assistance Group -- part of Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan -- offer the Afghan instructors who run the school feedback on lesson plans and operations. “An Afghan instructor giving his own experience and...
  • Officials Denounce 'Cowardly' Terrorist Attacks in Iraq

    11/11/2008 3:00:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 149+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2008 – Coalition officials denounced three “cowardly” terrorist attacks in Iraq that left five Iraqis dead and 70 injured over the past two days. Two explosions occurred today in northern Baghdad at approximately 6 a.m. The attack left 18 Iraqis, including three Iraqi Police injured. All casualties were taken to local hospitals. Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment, helped secured the site and are investigating the scene with an explosive ordnance disposal team. “It is with a heavy heart to witness these attacks on innocent civilians who...
  • Editorial: Stop using SWAT teams on civilians

    08/13/2008 3:09:59 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 253 replies · 378+ views
    Examiner ^ | 8/13/08
    WASHINGTON (Map, News) - The violent assault on Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo’s home late last month was certainly not the first bungled raid by a government SWAT team, but the bad publicity it generated should make it the last time these trigger-happy squads target innocent civilians. Tracking a 32-pound package of marijuana that had been addressed to Calvo’s wife, Trinity Tomsic, Prince George’s sheriff’s deputies forcibly entered the mayor’s home on July 29 and killed his two dogs before handcuffing him and his mother-in-law. But like so many other SWAT team raids across the country, this one turned out...
  • Civilians were only targets left as Russia kept bombing

    08/12/2008 4:53:36 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 44 replies · 297+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Tuesday, August 12, 2008 | Tom Lasseter
    GORI, Georgia — On the day that Russia declared an end to its war in Georgia, Jumberi, a taxi driver who gave only his first name, took a long drag on a Marlboro Red cigarette and said that after the first bomb hit, all he saw was body parts. He motioned to the shattered windshield of his Toyota Corolla and the bloody handprints on the side of the car — left there when the wounded and dying collapsed as they begged him to take them to the hospital. "I heard the sound of the jets, but I did not see...
  • US-led coalition fire kills civilians (North Waziristan, Pakistan - Afghan border)

    03/13/2008 1:08:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 511+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/13/08 | Hasbumallah Khan and Stephen Graham - ap
    TANGRAI, Pakistan - U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan fired across the border into Pakistan in a strike targeting Taliban militants, and the Pakistani army said Thursday that civilians were killed. The attack illustrates Washington's concern the Taliban and al-Qaida are using Pakistan's lawless frontier as a base for attacks in Afghanistan. But anger at civilian deaths could lead to a review by the incoming Pakistani government of the country's counterterrorism strategy and its U.S.-backed policy of using military force to root out militants. A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said troops used "precision-guided munitions" to strike a compound about...
  • Barack Obama Kills Civilians in Afghanistan … or something like that.

    03/01/2008 8:50:43 AM PST · by jdm · 3 replies · 138+ views
    Red State ^ | March 01, 2008 | Staff
    If you know someone who isn't a blog reader, have I got a scoop for you. The media, playing zealous advocate for the candidacy of Barack Hussein Obama (and yes, I used his middle name. Get used to it. Daring to do so makes all the right people irrationally mad), has totally ignored his lack of foreign policy experience. About the only thing anyone knows is that Obama favors invading Pakistan — apparently he doesn't realize Pakistan is a nuclear power. One of the areas that Obama is more and more showing his cluelessness on is Afghanistan. In August of...