Posts Tagged ‘ war crimes ’

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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Obama apologizes for Kunduz attack; MSF demands independent probe

October 8, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologized to Medecins Sans Frontieres for the deadly bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, while the medical charity pressed its demand for an international commission to investigate what it calls a war crime. MSF said that an independent humanitarian commission created under the Geneva Conventions in 1991 should be activated for the first time to handle the inquiry. Three investigations have already begun into Saturday's air strike that killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff." (10/07/15)

http://reut.rs/1Zdwl4Y  

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The US bombed a hospital, whoops

October 8, 2015
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"It helps when defenders of US policy can act like the aggrieved party in these incidents. Rutgers political science professor Ross K. Baker demonstrates this sycophantic attitude in a recent USA Today piece about the deeply offensive, somehow vaguely anti-semitic audacity of MSF doctors in calling the attack on their hospital 'a war crime.' You can argue the accuracy of that term, and whether the attack is likely to constitute such a thing based on precedent and legal interpretation. But Baker has gone so far beyond that kind of pragmatic questioning. A war crime, he suggests, is something that Hitler or at least someone in the SS does. It is not something the US does." (10/08/15)

http://bit.ly/1Ze0nWi  

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Yemen: Saudi invaders bomb second wedding, killing 15

October 8, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Two airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least 15 civilians and wounded 25 others in Yemen on Wednesday, witnesses and independent security officials said, as the UN announced Houthi rebels [sic] had accepted a resolution to stop fighting. With pressure increasing on the Houthis, the UN announced on Wednesday that the rebels [sic] had accepted a security council resolution calling for an end to the fighting. The UN special envoy was on his way to the region to see how [the former regime, now serving as Saudi puppets] would respond." (10/07/15)

http://bit.ly/1LiWrh1  

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We have committed a war crime: “Patients were burning in their beds”

October 8, 2015
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Salon
by Ben Norton  

"The U.S. story about the bombing of Doctors Without Borders is contradictory, ever-changing and possibly criminal." (10/07/15)

http://bit.ly/1OmZ1oI  

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Yemen as laboratory: Why is the west so silent about this savage war?

September 23, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Martha Munday  

"For six months there has been a blockade of food and fuel, and management of aid (even that through the UN) as part of war strategy, bombing of civilian, historical, educational, religious and medical targets, destruction of infrastructure from roads to electricity and water, and use of prohibited weapons. All of this occurs in a country of over twenty million persons, which has no effective air defences -- a country as open to aerial bombardment as Gaza. Yet as an Israeli Foreign Ministry official has pointed out, the principles of international humanitarian law systematically violated in Yemen are those invoked by UN bodies, governments, the Western media, and civil organisations when they charge Israel with the commission of war crimes in Gaza. In other words, by its silence and support for Coalition bombing in Yemen, the international community completes the erasure of legal reference in war." (09/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pe9aqf6  

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The Hague: Ntaganda pleads not guilty at ICC trial

September 2, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda has pleaded not guilty to all charges at the start of his war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. The 18 charges include murder, rape and the recruitment of child soldiers. Evidence has been gathered from more than 2,000 alleged victims, including former child soldiers. Nicknamed 'The Terminator,' Gen Ntaganda's trial is the biggest and most complex case in the ICC's history. He fought for different rebel groups as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo's army." (09/02/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-34122613  

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Syria: Islamic State thugs behead leading antiquities scholar

August 19, 2015
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Irish Times [Ireland]    

"Islamic State (IS) fighters have beheaded an 82-year old archaeologist in the ancient city of Palmyra and displayed his body on a column in the main square of of the Graeco-Roman ruins. Syrian antiquities director Maamoun Abdulkarim said the family of Khaled al-Asaad had informed him that the scholar, who had worked for half a century as the head of antiquities in Palmyra, was executed on Tuesday after being detained and interrogated for more than a month. IS accused Mr Asaad of preserving 'idols,' attending 'infidel' conferences, and contacting officials following the jihadi takeover." (08/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxxcsrm  

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How to celebrate war crimes: A four-point guide

August 12, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Jason Harrington  

"Last week, Croatia gave the world an instructive lesson in how to celebrate war crimes. The occasion was the twentieth-anniversary commemoration of 'Operation Storm,' the 1995 military offensive that expelled around 200,000 Serbs from the Krajina region of Croatia, killing about 2,000 of them in the process. Here I distil Croatia's lesson into a handy four-point guide for states wishing to give themselves a hearty pat on the back for past atrocities. Serbian politicians should take note. Serbia has been getting this wrong for years, which perhaps explains why Croatia has been welcomed as a member of the EU and NATO while Serbia has not." (08/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qzw9vhc  

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