Posts Tagged ‘ war crimes ’

West Bank: Israeli troops “mistakenly” kill Arab teen in car

June 21, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Israeli troops shot and killed a 14-year-old Palestinian boy early on Tuesday and wounded four others, a Palestinian official said. Wajih Ahmad, head of the Beit Ur al-Tahta local council in the West Bank, said the teen, Mahmoud Badran, was killed when the car he was traveling in was fired upon by an Israeli military patrol. The hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah said another person was moderately wounded and three others were lightly wounded. Israeli's military and media said the shooting was aimed at rioters at the scene of a rock-hurling incident toward Israeli vehicles on a busy road." (06/21/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/israeli-troops-mistakenly-kill-palestinian-teen-car-west-bank/  

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Iraq: Regime probes war crimes in Falluja offensive

June 14, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Iraq said Monday it had launched an investigation into possible human rights abuses against civilians fleeing the Islamic State-held city of Fallujah as a senior U.N. official said more than 7,300 people had left the city in the last two days. Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said some fighters suspected of violating human rights during the three-week-old operation to retake the city have been arrested over the past few days and are under investigation." (06/13/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/aid-group-4000-flee-held-city-fallujah-iraq-39809949  

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Portugal: CIA agent awaits extradition to Italy

June 9, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A former CIA agent has said that she expects to be extradited imminently from Portugal to jail in Italy for her alleged role in the 2003 abduction of a terror suspect in Milan. Sabrina de Sousa says she lost an appeal against extradition last week. She is one of 26 Americans convicted in their absence for the abduction of Egyptian cleric Abu Omar. He was allegedly flown to Egypt from Italy and tortured as part of the US extraordinary renditions programme. Ms de Sousa said she was waiting to be informed when she will be transferred to Italy, where she has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail." (06/08/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36481863  

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Sources: Saudi regime, allies threatened to cut off UN for noticing Yemen war crimes

June 8, 2016
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Reuters    

"Muslim allies of Saudi Arabia piled pressure on U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon over the blacklisting of a Saudi-led coalition for killing children in Yemen, with Riyadh threatening to cut Palestinian aid and funds to other U.N. programs, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday. The United Nations announced on Monday it had removed the coalition from a child rights blacklist -- released last week -- pending a joint review by the world body and the coalition of cases of child deaths and injuries during the war in Yemen. That removal prompted angry reactions from human rights groups, which accused Ban of caving in to pressure from powerful countries. ... The source said there was also a threat of 'clerics in Riyadh meeting to issue a fatwa against the U.N., declaring it anti-Muslim, which would mean no contacts of OIC members, no relations, contributions, support, to any U.N. projects, programs.'" (06/07/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/yemen-security-saudi-un-idINKCN0YT2VL  

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The latest attempt to whitewash the Saudi-led coalition’s crimes in Yemen

June 7, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Last week, the U.N. added the Saudi-led coalition to a blacklist that includes states and groups (including the Houthis) that violate the rights of children in conflicts around the world. The listing of the coalition was based on the fact that it has been responsible for more than half of child deaths and injuries in the conflict since last March. ... The Saudis and their allies are eager to keep their war in Yemen from receiving too much public scrutiny and criticism. Now they have used their influence at the U.N. to get the organization to start an absurd 'joint review' of the charges in the report. This is the same as having the suspect of a crime involved in investigating himself. As appalling as that is, the Saudis' gambit may have backfired on them in this case. The sudden reversal by the U.N. reeks so strongly of blatant political interference on behalf of the coalition that it has drawn that much more attention to the report's findings." (06/07/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-latest-attempt-to-whitewash-the-saudi-led-coalitions-crimes-in-yemen/  

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Pentagon investigates itself, finds no war crimes committed in MSF bombing

May 2, 2016
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"After all these months of investigation, CENTCOM concluded 'this tragic incident was caused by a combination of human errors, compounded by process and equipment failures.' This is the same thing the Pentagon said after their initial investigation in November. And nearly seven months after the attack on the hospital in Kunduz, the official narrative still 'rests on the idea that the attacking warplane had taken off without [access to] a no-strike list, then had to dodge a non-existent missile, never corrected its targeting systems, and when ordered to attack a target at empty coordinates, chose to attack the 'closest large building' even though it was out of view of the troops who claimed to be under attack.'" [text, Flash audio or MP3] (05/01/16)

http://fpp.cc/pentagon-investigates-itself-finds-no-war-crimes-committed-in-msf-bombing/  

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The joke of US justice and “accountability” when they bomb a hospital

May 1, 2016
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"Ever since the U.S. last October bombed a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the U.S. vehemently denied guilt while acting exactly like a guilty party would. First, it changed its story repeatedly. Then, it blocked every effort -- including repeated demands from MSF -- to have an independent investigation determine what really happened. ... the U.S. military is about to release a report that, so predictably, exonerates itself from all guilt; it was, of course, all just a terribly tragic mistake." (04/39/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/29/the-joke-of-u-s-justice-and-accountability-when-they-bomb-a-hospital/  

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Syria: At least 14 Doctors Without Borders staff, patients killed in Aleppo airstrikes

April 29, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"A wave of nighttime airstrikes hit a hospital in Syria supported by Doctors Without Borders and nearby buildings in the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo, killing as many as 27 people, including 14 doctors and patients -- among them children and one of the last pediatricians in war-torn Syria, the international medical aid group reported. The strikes, blamed on the embattled government in Damascus, came shortly before midnight Wednesday and hit the well-known al-Quds field hospital in the rebel-held district of Sukkari in Aleppo, according to opposition activists and rescue workers." (04/28/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/04/28/at-least-27-killed-as-wave-airstrikes-hit-near-hospital-in-contested-syrian-city.html  

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Afghanistan: Rise in civilian casualties at hands of regime forces

April 18, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"An increasing number of Afghan civilians are killed and injured at the hands of government forces fighting extremist groups, according to the UN. A report released on Sunday, documenting the first three months of 2016, shows a 70% rise in civilian casualties caused by pro-government forces, with 127 killed and 242 wounded. A total of 600 civilians were killed and 1,343 injured during that period, a 2% increase in total casualties but a 13% drop in fatalities. A growing proportion of those civilians are women and children. This year, one-third of civilian casualties have been children, a 29% jump from last year." (04/17/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/17/rise-in-afghan-civilian-casualties-caused-by-pro-government-forces-taliban  

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Yemen: Saudi coalition used US bombs in obliterating market

April 7, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"A Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen used U.S.-supplied bombs in an airstrike last month on a market that killed at least 119 people, a human rights group said Thursday, further highlighting American involvement in the conflict. The March 15 bombing targeting the northwestern town of Mastaba marked the second-deadliest airstrike of the year-long Saudi-helmed campaign -- and the results were horrific." (04/07/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/report-saudi-coalition-us-bomb-yemen-market-strike-38213615  

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The Hague: UN judges acquit radical Serb leader of war crimes

March 31, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

UN war crimes judges Thursday acquitted radical Serb leader Vojislav Seselj on all nine charges of committing atrocities in the 1990s Balkans wars, in a surprise judgement which was swiftly denounced by Croatia. 'The chamber by majority holds that the prosecution has not provided sufficient evidence to establish that the crimes were committed' by Seselj, Judge Jean-Claude Antonetti said at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). ... Prosecutors had alleged [Seselj] was behind the murder of many Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb civilians, as well as the forced deportation of 'tens of thousands' from large areas of Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia and Serbia." (03/31/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/un-judges-deliver-verdict-absent-radical-serb-leader-031150492.html  

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Do they hate Belgium for its freedom and values?

March 24, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"ISIS now becomes a new official enemy, replacing al Qaeda, the organization consisting of former extremist Muslims who the U.S. national-security state was partnering with in Afghanistan when it was the Soviets doing the occupying of that country. We're now told that ISIS is the greatest threat to 'national security' ever. ... So, they keep killing and killing and killing, this time in the name of killing ISIS, the latest new official enemy. ISIS then responds with a terrorist attack on people in France, another colonialist power who won't leave people in the Middle East alone, especially in the former French colony of Syria. Belgium arrests one of the terrorists who committed the attacks in France. ISIS bombs innocent people in Belgium. Belgian, French, and U.S. officials exclaim, 'They just hate us all for our freedom and values,' acting as though the ongoing U.S. death machine in the Middle East has nothing to do with this never-ending, perpetual cycle of death and destruction." (03/23/16)

http://fff.org/2016/03/23/hate-belgium-freedom-values/  

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The Hague: Congo politician convicted in first ICC trial to focus on rape as a war crime

March 21, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"The former Congolese vice-president, Jean-Pierre Bemba, has been found guilty in the first trial at the international criminal court to focus on the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. The 53-year-old warlord commanded a militia that committed mass murder, rape and pillage in the neighbouring Central African Republic, the court ruled at the end of his trial in The Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity. More than 5,000 victims were granted the right to participate in the hearings -- the highest number in any of the cases before the court." (03/21/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/21/icc-finds-ex-congolese-vice-president-jean-pierre-bemba-guilty-of-war-crimes  

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Gaza: Israeli forces murder young brother and sister

March 13, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"Two Palestinian children, a brother and sister, were killed in Gaza on Saturday when shrapnel from an Israeli airstrike hit their home, medical officials said. The strike was targeting four training camps for Hamas militants and came in response to the firing of four missiles from Gaza into open areas of southern Israel late Friday, according to a statement from the Israeli military. Residents of Beit Lahiya, in the north of the Gaza Strip, said 10-year-old Yassin Abu Khoussa died when shrapnel hit his family home, situated near a militant training camp. His 6-year-old sister, Isra, was seriously wounded in the strike and later died at a hospital." (03/12/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-gaza-airstrike-20160312-story.html  

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Trump vows to “strengthen” laws to allow torture

March 6, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"Republican front-runner Donald Trump said he would 'strengthen' laws to allow for the use of torture if he were elected president. ... Trump discounted the argument that if the U.S. military used waterboarding, captured American soldiers and hostages could be subjected to worse treatment." (03/05/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-vows-to-strengthen-laws-to-allow-torture-waterboarding-election-2016/  

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Syria: Blasts kill 46 in Homs as Kerry pushes ceasefire

February 22, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"A double bombing killed at least 46 people in Syria's Homs on Sunday, as US Secretary of State John Kerry said a provisional deal had been reached on the terms of a ceasefire. World powers have been pushing for a break in fighting that was meant to go into effect by Friday, but have struggled to agree how to implement it. ... Homs city has regularly been targeted in bomb attacks, including last month when a double bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 22 people in Al-Zahraa neighbourhood. The district's residents are mostly Alawites, the minority sect of Syria's ruling clan, including President Bashar al-Assad." (02/21/16)

http://news.yahoo.com/double-bomb-attack-kills-14-syrias-homs-075829593.html  

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Syria: US airstrikes reportedly kill 38 civilians over 48 hours

February 18, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"As reported Tuesday, an early morning US airstrike against the city of Shadadi killed 15 civilians outside a bakery. This incident was the start of a flurry of US airstrikes in Syria's northeast which, over the past 48 hours, have left at least 38 civilians dead, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights." [editor's note: Usual grain of salt warning about the "Observatory" -- I do not necessarily consider its claims reliable - TLK] (02/18/16)

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/02/18/us-airstrikes-kill-38-syrian-civilians-over-48-hours/  

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Syria: Two hospitals hit by airstrikes

February 15, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Two hospitals in Syria were hit by airstrikes Monday causing a number of deaths, according to media reports. Doctors Without Borders said a hospital it funds in the town of Marat Al Numan, in Idlib province in the north of the country, was hit by four rockets in at least two attacks, leaving at least eight staff members missing. It didn't say who carried out the strikes. In a separate incident Monday, at least 14 people died when locations including a children's hospital and a school in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border, were struck by missiles, Reuters reported, citing a medic and two residents." (02/15/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/02/15/doctors-without-borders-supported-clinic-hit-airstrikes/80394268/  

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GOP candidates compete over who will commit most war crimes once elected

February 9, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain and Dan Froomkin  

"The spectacle of one Republican presidential candidate being identified by another as a 'pussy' for failing to sufficiently endorse an archetypal form of torture exemplifies the moral state of the current race for the GOP nomination. The Republican candidates have seemingly been competing with one another over who would commit the gravest war crimes if elected. In recent months, one or another has promised to waterboard, do a 'helluva lot worse than waterboarding,' repopulate Guantanamo, engage in wars of aggression, kill families of suspected terrorists and 'carpet bomb' Middle Eastern countries until we find out if 'sand can glow in the dark.'" (02/09/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/09/gop-candidates-compete-over-who-will-commit-most-war-crimes-once-elected/  

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Yemen: Doctors Without Borders hospital hit, killing four

January 11, 2016
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Time    

"The aid group Doctors Without Borders says a projectile from an unknown source has hit a hospital it supports in Yemen's northern Saada province, killing four and injuring 10. The group, known as MSF, says in a statement that the Sunday attack in the Razeh district led to 'the collapse of several buildings of the medical facility.' Of those injured at the Shiara Hospital, three are MSF staff, and two are in critical condition, it said. All staff and patients have been moved to another hospital also supported by MSF." (01/10/16)

http://time.com/4174491/msf-doctors-without-borders-yemen/  

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US should stop supporting likely Saudi war crimes

January 3, 2016
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"The United Nations top official on human rights recently told the U.N. Security Council that the U.S.-supported, Saudi Arabian-led coalition of Sunni nations fighting Shi'ite Houthi rebels [sic] in Yemen bore a disproportionate responsibility for attacks on civilians. Since the civil war in Yemen began in March 2015, more than 2,700 civilians have been killed and dozens of hospitals and schools have been attacked, leading the United Nations to warn of violations of international law." (12/31/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8635  

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Trump calls for murder of Islamic State fighters’ families

December 4, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Wednesday his plan for combating Islamic State militants involves targeting not just the group's fighters but also their families. 'When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families,' Trump said on Fox News. 'They care about their lives, don't kid yourselves.'" [editor's note: Disgusting, but nothing new. Early in the Iraq debacle, US forces abducted the families of suspected resistance members, holding them hostage in an attempt to extort surrenders. Not only did they not bother to hide that particular war crime, they put out press releases about it - TLK] (12/02/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/12/02/us-usa-election-trump-islamic-state-idUSMTZSAPEBC2QXBWO120151202  

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Doctors Without Borders: US gunship shot victims fleeing hospital

November 6, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"A U.S. warplane shot people trying to flee a burning hospital destroyed in airstrikes last month, according to the charity that ran the facility. 'Thirty of our patients and medical staff died [in the bombing],' Doctors Without Borders General Director Christopher Stokes said during a speech in Kabul unveiling a report on the incident. 'Some of them lost their limbs and were decapitated in the explosions. Others were shot by the circling gunship while fleeing the burning building.' ... After the U.S. gave shifting explanations for the incident -- which Doctors Without Borders has called a war crime -- President Barack Obama apologized to the charity. The U.S. and Afghan governments have launched three separate investigations but the charity, which is also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), is calling for an international inquiry." (11/05/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-plane-shot-victims-fleeing-doctors-without-borders-hospital-n457871  

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Afghanistan echoes Vietnam again, as the “credibility gap” looms

November 5, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall  

"Recent reports make it clear that the U.S. military knew that the Doctors Without Borders facility in Kunduz, Afghanistan was, in fact, a functioning hospital but thought that it was under Taliban control. What is not clear is the extent to which the U.S. military has covered up the truth in this case. General John F. Campbell, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, has finally called for a high-level investigation into the tragedy. That is a positive step, but it comes only after the military has been forced to change its story multiple times. Even worse, this episode is not an isolated incident." (11/05/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/afghanistan-echoes-vietnam-again-credibility-gap-looms  

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Yemen: Saudi war criminals imitate American mentors, bomb MSF hospital

October 28, 2015
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday denounced strikes that he said were conducted by Saudi-led warplanes on a hospital in Yemen operated by international charity Doctors Without Borders. ... The hospital in the rebel [sic] stronghold of Saada was hit repeatedly, said the medical aid group, which posted pictures on its Twitter account showing a collapsed roof and rubble. The building 'was hit by several air strikes' on Monday night 'with patients & staff inside the facility,' the Paris-based MSF tweeted." (10/27/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/yemen-msf-says-hospital-hit-air-raid-no-142636127.html  

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