Afghans Somber but Not Surprised as U.S. Calls Drone Strike a ‘Tragic Mistake’

Afghans expressed a familiar anger at the Pentagon’s admission that an attack killing 10 civilians was a mistake, one of many such errors during the 20-year war.

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In Rural Afghanistan, War Remnants Everywhere, but no Shooting or Checkpoints

Since the Taliban takeover, much of Afghanistan’s countryside has seen a big drop in violence after 20 years of fighting. “It has been a long time now since a bullet hit our homes.”

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Pentagon Defends Deadly Drone Strike in Kabul

A New York Times investigation, with video analysis and interviews at the site, has cast doubt on the U.S. military’s account.

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In U.S. Drone Strike, Evidence Suggests No ISIS Bomb

U.S. officials said a Reaper drone followed a car for hours and then fired based on evidence it was carrying explosives. But in-depth video analysis and interviews at the site cast doubt on that account.

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Military Analysis Raises Questions About Deadly Drone Strike in Kabul

A preliminary analysis said that it was “possible to probable” that explosives were in the car and that drone operators took only a cursory scan of the courtyard before launching an attack.

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How the U.S. Made War Humane and Endless

The withdrawal from Afghanistan is a final step in the transformation of American warfare into something sanitized and edited out of view.

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Joe Biden’s Critics Lost Afghanistan

Our stumbling withdrawal was bad. The decades of waste and quagmire were much worse. 

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Afghan Family Accuses U.S. of Killing 10, Including 7 Children, in Errant Missile Attack

Relatives, friends and colleagues of Zemari Ahmadi angrily dismissed any suggestion he had ties to ISIS-K. The U.S. military is investigating.

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98 Countries Pledge to Accept Afghans After US Military Departs

A joint statement from the United States and other countries said that they had “received assurances from the Taliban” that people with travel documents showing they were clear to enter any of those countries could safely depart.

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U.S. Conducts Drone Strike in Kabul and Winds Down Airlift as Deadline Nears

The strike eliminated what U.S. officials called an imminent terrorist threat. With the military evacuation of Afghans over, the United States and others say they will still get people out.

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98 Countries Pledge to Accept Afghans After U.S. Military Departs

A joint statement from the United States and other countries said that they had “received assurances from the Taliban” that people with travel documents showing they were clear to enter any of those countries could safely depart.

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Evacuations From Kabul Wind Down as U.S. Prepares to Pull Last Troops

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans are still thought to be seeking to flee the country, but President Biden and other global leaders have acknowledged that many will not get out before the deadline.

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Afghanistan Collapse and Strikes in Somalia Raise Snags for Drone Warfare Rules

But the Biden administration is close to finishing a new playbook for counterterrorism strikes outside conventional war zones.

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What Is ISIS-K, the Islamic State Khorasan?

Founded in 2015, the Afghan splinter group from ISIS counts as its foes U.S. forces and the Taliban.

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Biden Faces a Tragedy He Worked to Avoid

The president said the evacuation of U.S. citizens and allies from Afghanistan would continue, even after an attack that killed at least 13 American troops and dozens of civilians.

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After Decades of War in Afghanistan, ISIS and Al Qaeda Can Still Wreak Havoc

The U.S. and its allies waged war for 20 years to try to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan. A double-suicide bombing demonstrated that they remain a threat.

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Transcript of Biden’s Speech After Kabul Airport Attack

The president mourned the U.S. service members and others killed and addressed those responsible: “We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

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At Least 12 U.S. Troops Among Masses of Dead in Kabul Suicide Attack

Bombers struck a huge crowd outside the airport, killing dozens of civilians in the waning days of the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan.

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Our ‘Broken Windows’ World

The end of Pax Americana is an invitation to chaos. 

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Did the War in Afghanistan Have to Happen?

In 2001, when the Taliban were weak and ready to surrender, the U.S. passed on a deal. Nearly 20 years later, the Taliban hold all the cards.

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Vietnam War Victims Seek Answers on Massacre from South Korea

South Korean troops were the largest foreign contingent fighting alongside American soldiers during the Vietnam War. They have long been dogged by allegations of brutality.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #civilian-casualties, #hanoi-vietnam, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #south-korea, #vietnam, #vietnam-war, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Taliban Promise Peace, but Doubt and Fear Persist

In their first statement since taking control, the Taliban hinted at a rule unlike their brutal regime a generation ago, trying to placate skeptics.

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Taliban Try to Polish Their Image as They Push for Victory

The insurgents are trying to rebrand as effective governors as they capture new territory. But there is more evidence that they are unreformed.

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As Afghanistan Forces Crumble, an Air of Unreality Grips the Capital

With the Taliban advancing and U.S. troops leaving, President Ashraf Ghani and his aides have become increasingly insular, and Kabul is slipping into shock.

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Biden Says Afghans Must ‘Decide Their Future’ as U.S. Troops Withdraw

Mr. Biden told President Ashraf Ghani that the United States would still offer security assistance, as well as diplomatic and humanitarian aid.

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Dozens Killed in Market Airstrike in Ethiopia, Witnesses Say

The attack hit a busy market in Tigray, where there has been fierce fighting as Ethiopian forces pursue the region’s former leaders.

#civilian-casualties, #ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front

Dreams in the Rubble: An Israeli Airstrike and the 22 Lives Lost

The bombing of a Gaza apartment building has become a focus of debate over civilian casualties in the Hamas-Israel war. For the people who lived there, it was much more than that.

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Elite Afghan Forces Suffer Horrific Casualties as Taliban Advance

At least 24 commandos were killed in one battle in the Afghan north, and that kind of stark loss is playing out across the country: “We mourn. The Taliban celebrate. And it hurts too much.”

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A Path of Forgiveness After Unimaginable Loss in Iraq

An engineer’s wife, daughter and other family members were killed in a misguided airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition. But Basim Razzo would rather sow understanding than hatred.

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More than 100 People Killed in Attack in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s government said that about 100 people were killed by armed assailants in the north of the country Friday night, in one the deadliest attacks in year.

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Attackers Kill Civilians in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s government said that about 100 people were killed in the attack by armed assailants in the north of the country Friday night.

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Gaza Militant Group Says 17-Year-Old Killed by Airstrike Was a Member

The teenager, Khaled al-Qanou, was one of 67 children killed in Gaza during the latest war between Israel and militants. It is against international law to recruit children to fight.

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An Israeli Death and the Tangled Conflict Left Behind

A Palestinian rocket from Gaza strikes an Israeli apartment building, killing a resident. A Palestinian work crew from the West Bank cleans up the mess.

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U.N. Rights Council Orders Inquiry Into Israel After Gaza Strife

Acting in the aftermath of the fighting in Gaza, a United Nations panel in Geneva approved a far-ranging inquiry into Israel’s actions.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Makes First Court Appearance Since Coup

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, 75, is facing a raft of charges after being detained by Myanmar’s military. If she is found guilty, she could be imprisoned for the rest of her life.

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A Look Inside Israel’s ‘Fortress of Zion’ Military Command Beneath Tel Aviv

The country’s military and intelligence commanded the recent assault on Hamas in Gaza from an underground bunker made for high-tech air wars.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #israel, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Conflict Strengthens Netanyahu, but the Price is High

The battle with Hamas may benefit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel politically in the short term, but it leaves his underlying problems unresolved.

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After the Cease-Fire, Gaza Wakes to a Sea of Rubble

In addition to relief, some residents felt a sense of déjà vu, having survived several recent wars with Israel. After each war, it takes years for Gaza to recover.

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After Hundreds Killed in Gaza Conflict, Israelis Ask: Who Won?

Israel’s military says its airstrikes killed dozens of senior Hamas operatives and destroyed critical military infrastructure. But victory is hard to measure.

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Nine Days in Gaza

A conversation with a resident about what life has been like during the conflict with Israel.

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Gaza War Deepens a Long-Running Humanitarian Crisis

The Palestinian enclave was already in a dire state. The war with Israel has made it worse, damaging the health and sewage systems, closing schools and displacing tens of thousands.

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Israel and Hamas: What We Know About the Violence

As the fighting enters its second week, it is being defined by civilian casualties, undiminished rocket fire and airstrikes, and by historical tensions erupting into unrest.

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Israel and Hamas Fighting Raises Questions about War Crimes

The deaths raise urgent questions about which military actions are legal, what war crimes are being committed and who, if anyone, will be held to account.

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Afghan War Casualty Report: May 2021

At least 287 pro-government forces and 204 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan so far this month.

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Gaza Rocket Finds a Rare Gap in Israeli Armor, and a 5-Year-Old Boy Is Killed

When a rocket struck an Israeli border town, Ido Avigal, 5, was sheltering in a fortified safe room. But shrapnel still managed to puncture the thick window, killing him.

#civilian-casualties, #gaza-strip, #israel, #palestinians, #sderot-israel

In Gaza, Airstrikes End in Civilian Casualties

A barber, a laundry worker and a family seeking safety were all caught up in the bloodshed of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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In Gaza, an Ordinary Street, and Extraordinary Horror, as Missiles Thunder In

A barber, a laundry worker and a family seeking safety were all caught up in the bloodshed of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #gaza-strip, #israel

Should U.S. Condition Aid to Israel on Reducing Conflict?

American taxpayers don’t have much influence over Hamas, but they do have influence over Israel. 

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A US Envoy is Heading to the Middle East to Urge Calm Between Israel and Palestinians

American officials voice support for Israel, but the secretary of state says it “has an extra burden” to prevent civilian deaths.

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Colombia Protests: Police Force, Built for War, Finds a New One

Police spent decades fighting left-wing guerrillas and paramilitaries. Now, they’re cracking down on protesters, and igniting a wider demonstration movement in response.

#civilian-casualties, #colombia, #deaths-fatalities, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform