Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed by United States and NATO military forces since 2001, but, according to Amnesty International, there have been only six cases in which the US military has “criminally prosecuted” officers for “unlawfully killing civilians.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 11, 2014 11:05 am|
|By: Tom Engelhardt Thursday January 16, 2014 7:08 pm|
These days, when I check out the latest news on Washington’s global war-making, I regularly find at least one story that fits a new category in my mind that I call: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday January 15, 2014 4:48 pm|
There are only a few details currently, but what is known suggests that forces led by the United States in Afghanistan mounted a night raid to hunt down militants in a residential area. When they were fired upon by insurgents, the forces decided to call in an airstrike to attack a compound. That led to the deaths of up to eight civilians.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday February 26, 2013 9:15 am|
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai ordered United States special forces to leave the Maidan Wardak province after reports of units engaging in the torture and disappearing of Afghan civilians.The order came on February 24 and was immediately followed by the US military rejecting the allegations.
Leaders in the province issued the order in response to Afghans working with US special forces who were allegedly responsible for the “disappearance of at least nine men and the murder of an Afghan university student.” But, on February 25, NATO spokesman German Gen. Gunter Katz said the “International Security Assistance Force found no evidence showing foreign forces were involved in abuses. Katz “did not comment on the Afghans allegedly linked to the Americans.” He added, ”We could not find evidence that would support these allegations.”
|By: David Dayen Monday March 19, 2012 7:00 am|
It appears that the US is negotiating with two heads of state. There’s the Hamid Karzai who publicly lambasted the Americans as “demons,” accuses them of “Satanic acts,” and equates the presence of US forces with the Taliban. Then there’s the Karzai who, behind the scenes, pliantly offers permanent bases to the Americans.
|By: David Dayen Monday March 12, 2012 6:30 am|
The President has delivered condolences, both in a public statement and in a private call to Afghan President Hamid Karzai. But these may ring hollow to an Afghan public weary of war and occupation. The biggest near-term consequence is a delay to the strategic partnership agreement with the Afghans, which appeared on track after a Friday agreement on transferring prisoners from Bagram Air Base into Afghan custody. Both the American public and Afghans have long since turned against the war.
|By: David Dayen Friday March 9, 2012 11:30 am|
The United States and Afghanistan have signed a deal to transfer all prisoners in the military-run prisons at Bagram Air Force Base to the control of the Afghans, a move that paves the way for a long-term security arrangement.
The Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Washington and Kabul have been discussing for over a year, will be the framework for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the last foreign combat troops are due to leave Afghanistan.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday March 7, 2012 10:01 am|
Lindsey Graham said he’d “pull the plug” on continued US troops in Afghanistan unless President Karzai agrees to US demands for maintaining control of detainees and continuing night raids on suspected Taliban houses, claiming we can’t “win” without that authority. Last year he criticized Obama for getting most troops out of Iraq even though the Iraqis refused to grant immunity for crimes committed there.
|By: Jim White Wednesday May 18, 2011 8:03 am|
David Petraeus’ favorite tool for cowing populations into quiescence, the night raid, has led yet again to deaths NATO characterizes as insurgents but Afghans say are civilians. In this case, four were killed in an overnight raid Tuesday night, two men and two women. A crowd of two to three thousand took to the streets in Taloqan and there were multiple deaths when police opened fire on the crowd.
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 18, 2010 1:15 pm|
At the same time that the US and NATO are explicitly setting the end date in Afghanistan later and later into the decade, a new poll from Quinnipiac shows that public support for the war has completely collapsed. A majority of Americans now opposed continued involvement in Afghanistan. The ideological lines on this issue are interesting. . . .