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A recounting of three horrific US/ISAF civilian massacres, the procedures implemented to prevent such events from happening again—and why those procedures were inadequate.

Soldiers in Afghanistan

Coalition forces sometimes pay compensation to civilian victims and survivors of the suffering we have inflicted—but ISAF keeps no comprehensive records, and the US military denies all responsibility.

A boy injured in an airstrike

Even among staunchly antiwar politicians and pundits, few bother to mention the cost of the war to civilians.

Grave of a victim of an air strike

If you want stats from the government, you better be prepared to pay.

Hydra

Gen. Stanley McChrystal himself put it best: “Because of civilian casualties, I think we have just about eroded our credibility here.”

Afghans protesting killing of civilians in raid by US/ISAF forces

Despite rules of engagement to the contrary, such targeting pervades the entire chain of command—up to the Oval Office.

Marla Ruzicka

This incredibly gutsy woman gave her life aiding the victims of America's wars.

Refugee voucher program

The views of refugees in Jordan are shaped by their individual experiences of war and their collective expatriation from home. 

Zaatari refugee camp

For Syrian refugees in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, arguments about international law ring hollow.

Blogs

Democrats and Republicans warn of the perils of imagining there is a military "fix."

July 3, 2014

Instead of ignoring what the neo-cons have to say about the present crisis in Iraq, maybe we should do this...

June 24, 2014

US media are (finally) facing criticism for relying on the same horribly wrong sources that led us to war in Iraq in 2003.

June 22, 2014

Hint: not by bombing it.

June 17, 2014

Beset by infighting among militias and rampant arms trafficking, Libya in 2014 illustrates the dangers of Western military intervention.

June 10, 2014

The consequences of the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 continue to play out.

June 10, 2014

Putting Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on trial could put the entire, crazy war itself in the dock.

June 9, 2014

But, it turns out, Clinton sided with the hawks on trading for Bergdahl’s release.

June 4, 2014

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle want to see an Obama nominee’s legal analyses on targeted strikes before they vote.

May 13, 2014

Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are holding the US government accountable for innocent victims on all sides of the fighting.

April 16, 2014