Posts Tagged ‘ war crimes ’

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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Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and My Lai were war crimes

August 4, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"How were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki different from Calley's massacre of civilians in Vietnam? They weren't different at all. Calley targeted innocent civilians at My Lai. Truman and his bombers targeted innocent civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And the fact that Calley was an Army infantryman while the bombers were Air Force personnel is a distinction without a difference when it comes to war crimes. Did the atomic bombings save the lives of U.S. soldiers by shortening the war? Undoubtedly (although many historians have persuasively shown that Japan was ready to surrender anyway), but that still does not operate as a legal or moral justification for targeting innocent civilians." (08/03/15)

http://fff.org/2015/08/03/hiroshima-nagasaki-lai-war-crimes/  

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Have millions of deaths from America’s “war on terror” been concealed?

July 1, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jack Balkwill  

"The mass media in the US have covered up the most important fact in America's ongoing wars: the number of people slaughtered. Even before the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the mainstream media served as cheerleaders for the bloodshed, spreading the major lies that led us to war. As a combat vet still shocked by what I saw almost 50 years ago in Vietnam, where we earlier slaughtered millions in another war based on lies, I decided to look into what is happening in the current wars. I discovered that as many as seven million innocents may have been slaughtered in Afghanistan and Iraq." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oz6ztal  

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The Hague: Palestinian minister hands war crimes files to ICC

June 26, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki handed International Criminal Court prosecutors a file Thursday detailing possible Israeli war crimes in Gaza and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The file, based on findings by a Palestinian commission of inquiry and information from non-government groups, feeds into a preliminary investigation by ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda into possible crimes on Palestinian territory. ... The move comes just days after a separate investigation by the U.N. Human Rights Council accused both sides of committing possible war crimes in last summer's Gaza War. The council's report is also being studied by investigators at the ICC." (06/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owrordb  

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South Africa: Report accuses Zuma, security ministers of helping al-Bashir flee

June 19, 2015
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Times-Live [South Africa]    

"President Jacob Zuma and his key security ministers connived to ensure Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's escaped [sic] the jaws of justice and flew out of South Africa, disobeying a court order and international convention, according to a report. ... The High Court in Pretoria had ordered the government to 'keep' al-Bashir within the borders of South Africa pending the court making a final decision on whether to arrest him based on an ICC warrant." (06/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oajxep2  

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Marine convicted of murder in retrial of Iraqi civilian’s killing

June 18, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"A military jury has found a Marine sergeant guilty of murder in the retrial of a major Iraq war-crimes case involving the 2006 killing of a retired Iraqi policeman. The jury of three enlisted men and three military officers deliberated for over three hours Wednesday before reaching a verdict in the case of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III. The defense argued the military inquiry was shoddy and did not support the allegations that Hutchins and his squad killed 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad from the village of Hamdania, and then planted an AK-47 rifle next to his bullet-riddled body to make it look like he was an insurgent." (06/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/okjy5af  

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Syria: Family with five children “killed in US-led airstrikes”

June 9, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"A couple and their five children were killed overnight in Syria's northern Aleppo province in strikes by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, a monitor said on Monday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group, said the deaths raised to 148 the number of civilians killed in US-led strikes in Syria since they began in September." [editor's note: As always, grain of salt on reports from the "Observatory," which is a pro-rebel propaganda mill in London, not a news reportage organization in Syria - TLK] (06/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oyhwkez  

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Pakistan: US drone terrorists kill four

June 1, 2015
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New Kerala [India]    

"A US pilotless aircraft fired two missiles on a car believed to be carrying suspected militants in North Waziristan, a semi-autonomous region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Xinhua reported, citing Geo TV. Identities of the dead insurgents have not been determined yet. The drone kept on hovering over the area before and after the strike, causing panic among local residents." (06/01/15)

http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-67298.html  

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The vocabulary of war criminals

May 31, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Rev. William E. Alberts  

"In the land of American exceptionalism, bipartisan political leaders make 'mistakes' in foreign policy; they do not commit war crimes. The invasion of Iraq offers a much needed case study; and the brother of the president who launched the invasion sets the stage." (05/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oou7k8d  

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Amnesty International: Hamas guilty of torture, summary executions

May 27, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The human rights group Amnesty International charged Wednesday that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist militant organization that controls the Gaza Strip, used the cover of last summer's war with Israel to abduct, torture and carry out extrajudicial executions with impunity. ... Amnesty International said the killing of Palestinians alleged to have collaborated with Israel constituted war crimes. The group also extended blame beyond Hamas to include the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, saying it failed to stop or investigate the executions." (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8lulh3  

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NYT trumpets US restraint against ISIS, ignores hundreds of civilian deaths

May 26, 2015
posted by

Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"The New York Times this morning has an extraordinary front-page article claiming that the U.S. is being hampered in its war against ISIS because of its extreme -- even excessive -- concern for civilians. 'American officials say they are not striking significant -- and obvious -- Islamic State targets out of fear that the attacks will accidentally kill civilians,' reporter Eric Schmitt says. ... But there's one rather glaring omission in this article: the many hundreds of civilian deaths likely caused by the U.S.-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria." (05/26/15)

http://bit.ly/1cXGheS  

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