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NATO airstrike kills 5 civilians in Afghanistan

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Afghan men carry the coffin of a civilian, killed in a NATO air strike, on the outskirts of Jalalabad in Nangarhar province on October 5, 2013. Five civilians, three of whom were children, were killed in an overnight airstrike in eastern Afghanistan, local police said on Saturday. NATO has said it does not know anything about the victims. The civilians ... Read More »

US led drone strike kills 12 Afghan civilians

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A US-led airstrike has killed at least 16 Afghans, including eight women and children, in the eastern province of Kunar, officials say. According to the provincial governor, 16 people – 12 of them civilians – lost their lives in the strike. Among the victims are four children and four women. The latest deadly US-led drone attack occurred in the Watapur ... Read More »

Pakistani court declares US drone strikes illegal and a war crime

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A Pakistani court has declared that US drone strikes in the country’s tribal belt are illegal and has directed the government to move a resolution against the attacks in the United Nations. In what activists said was an historic decision, the Peshawar High Court issued the verdict against the strikes by CIA-operated spy planes in response to four petitions that ... Read More »

Israel used depleted uranium in airstrike on Syria

Israel attacks Syria with depleted uranium

A senior Syrian official says Israel has used depleted uranium in its recent airstrike against the Jamraya Research Center in the outskirts of Damascus. The official, who was present near the attack site on Sunday morning, told Russia Today that Israel used “a new type of weapon” during the airstrike. “When the explosion happened, it felt like an earthquake,” the ... Read More »

Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq

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Plans to exploit Iraq’s oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world’s largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show. The papers, revealed here for the first time, raise new questions over Britain’s involvement in the war, which had divided Tony Blair’s cabinet and was voted through only after ... Read More »

Australian soldiers ‘shot dead two children tending cattle’ in Afghanistan

Australian soldiers shoot 2 kids in Afghanistan

Australian soldiers in southern Afghanistan shot dead two children tending cattle, local officials said on Saturday as the international coalition launched an inquiry into the incident. Civilian casualties caused by NATO-led troops have been one of the most contentious issues in the campaign against Taliban insurgents, fuelling public anger and often triggering criticism from President Hamid Karzai. The two children, ... Read More »

Israel violated laws of war targeting media, civilians in Gaza – Human Rights Watch

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Israeli army attacks on journalists and media centers in Gaza during last month’s military operation violated the laws of war, Human Rights Watch has said. Two Palestinian cameramen were killed and at least 10 media personnel were wounded during the conflict. Four media facilities and four private companies were also damaged, and a two-year-old boy who lived across the street ... Read More »

UK soldiers accused of gunning down Afghan boys drinking tea

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The UK government has been asked to launch a probe into the death of four Afghan boys allegedly shot dead by UK soldiers. The MoD claimed the boys were ‘Taliban targets,’ while witnesses said they were shot in their home while drinking tea. The UK Ministry of Defense confirmed it received a letter from a law firm writing on behalf ... Read More »

NATO strike kills 8 women and girls gathering firewood

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A NATO airstrike killed eight women and girls in eastern Afghanistan, local officials reported. The alliance said the strike targeted 45 armed insurgents but admitted some civilians may have been killed. The women were gathering firewood when they were killed by the strike, spokesperson for the Laghman provincial government Sarhadi Zewak said. Several women were also injured during the NATO ... Read More »