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America's Afghan Victims

An in-depth look at the civilian toll of America’s longest war.

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.

Blogs

More than two-dozen groups are calling on lawmakers to address serious gaps and inconsistencies in the president’s strategy.

September 16, 2014

US military officials outlined several scenarios ground troops could end up fighting in Iraq and said Obama hasn’t closed the door.

September 16, 2014

Appearing on Democracy Now! Monday morning, Lee Fang discussed "Who's Paying the Pro-War Pundits?"—his latest for The Nation.

September 15, 2014

The Obama administration’s legal justification for expanding military action in Iraq and Syria is hypocritical and based on tenuous logic.

September 11, 2014

Congress has a constitutional duty to debate and vote on Obama’s plan to expand the US role in Iraq and Syria.

September 10, 2014

Candidate Seth Moulton is in “the long tradition of men and women who served and then used their public positions to speak out against war…”

September 10, 2014

The orthodox American policy is that if challenged, the US must go to war to prove itself, to show the world it is still Superman and willing to shed blood and treasure to defend that franchise.

September 4, 2014

The Cheney family takes a break from their busy lives (of being generally horrible) to answer some questions.

September 2, 2014

How the Israel lobby is pushing us to war with Iran.

September 2, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on The Washington Post's call for war. 

August 28, 2014