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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.

Susan Rice

There are some hopeful signs, including his recent speech at the National Defense University and a new, less hawkish foreign policy team.

drone

Since the dawn of air power, supporters have advanced fantasies that, again and again, have failed to pan out—while civilians die in often staggering numbers.

Chlorine plant Iraq

Our self-righteous country has a history of justifying conflicts that were based on lies.

Muslim students

A new report by civil liberties groups reveals self-censorship and decreased participation in community groups as a result of police hounding.

Blogs

For Jeremy Scahill, the killing of Osama bin Laden is an occasion not for celebration but rather for reflection on the hundreds of thousands of people who have died in the past ten years.

May 4, 2011

The former vice president made a mess after 9/11 by aligning the US with Pakistan and betting on a flawed approach to intelligence-gathering. Now he's trying to claim some credit for Osama's capture.

May 4, 2011

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree launches a petition to push for an exit from Afghanistan.

May 3, 2011

The White House has long used Flickr, the photo-sharing website, to publish images from behind the scenes of government. The new pictures of the bin Laden operation are sure to captivate audiences around the world.

May 3, 2011

Closure. That was the word on people’s lips last night after President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed in a firefight with US forces in Pakistan.

May 2, 2011

Some call them “Murder, Incorporated.” Others say they're America's counterterrorism ”ace in the hole.” JSOC is the elite Special Ops force that has been at the tip of the spear from Bush to Obama.

May 2, 2011

With Osama bin Laden's death, let us not forget that much remains to be said and done in the name of peace and stability the world over.

May 2, 2011

The Palestinian Islamist group condemned the killing by US forces of Osama bin Laden and mourned him as an “Arab holy warrior.”

May 2, 2011

US says Pakistan was not informed in advance of the raid on Bin Laden's compound.

May 2, 2011

Just after midnight, a senior US official describes the operation that eliminated Al Qaeda's leader.

May 2, 2011