Tag: Civilian Casualties

Trump Is Making Syria, and the Middle East, More Dangerous

The roughly 1,000 American troops stationed in Syria find themselves in an impossible situation, by order of their commander in chief. They are now caught between the Syrian forces of President Bashar al-Assad, an unrepentant war criminal who has used poison gas against his own people, and the Turkish military — a NATO ally — […]

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Hundreds of ISIS Supporters Flee Detention Amid Turkish Airstrikes

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Hundreds of relatives of Islamic State fighters fled a Kurdish-run detention camp on Sunday morning after Turkish airstrikes hit the surrounding area, an aid group said, deepening the crisis prompted by the Turkish-led invasion of northern Syria. The escapes raised fears that the attempts to contain affiliates of the militant group were […]

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12 Hours. 4 Syrian Hospitals Bombed. One Culprit: Russia.

The Russian Air Force has repeatedly bombed hospitals in Syria in order to crush the last pockets of resistance to President Bashar al-Assad, according to an investigation by The New York Times. An analysis of previously unpublished Russian Air Force radio recordings, plane spotter logs and witness accounts allowed The Times to trace bombings of […]

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How Times Reporters Proved Russia Bombed Syrian Hospitals

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. “Srabota,” the Russian pilot said. The Russian phrase, which directly translates as “it’s worked,” was confirmation that he had released his weapon on a target in Syria: Nabad al Hayat Surgical Hospital near the town […]

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Turkish-Led Troops Invade Strategic Syrian Town

AKCAKALE, Turkey — Turkish-led troops made the first significant strategic breakthrough of their invasion of Kurdish-held region of Syria on Saturday morning, entering a border town that had been the focus of a ground war between Turkey and Kurdish fighters since Wednesday. The Turkish Defense Ministry announced that its forces had taken part of the […]

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Turmoil Spreads in Kurdish-Held Syria as Turkish Invasion Enters 3rd Day

AKCAKALE, Turkey — A mounting sense of turmoil spread across Kurdish-held territory in northern Syria as a Turkish-led incursion of the region entered its third day on Friday, with tens of thousands of civilians fleeing the bombardment, the abandonment of a major hospital on the front line and warnings of an imminent revival of the […]

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U.S. Disputes Finding That Airstrikes on Afghan Drug Labs Killed 30 Civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least 30 civilians were killed by American airstrikes that targeted drug labs in western Afghanistan this spring, according to a United Nations report released on Wednesday, a figure that the United States-led mission in the country quickly disputed. The strikes, on May 5, targeted more than 60 sites in Farah Province […]

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The Graves of Afghanistan Speak

In Deh Naw — my parents’ home village in Logar Province of Afghanistan — makeshift graves and markers for the dead lay scattered amid orchards, in between fields, or atop hills, a testament to the decades of war. Sometimes, the graves are marked by small slabs of stone with a name or a prayer carved […]

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Trump Must Restart the Taliban Talks

KABUL — President Trump calling off the talks with Taliban insurgents on Sept. 7 has, at least for now, quashed hopes of imminent agreement between the United States and the Taliban. The two sides had appeared to be on the brink of a deal that might have paved the way for talks among the insurgents, […]

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For Afghans Scarred by War, ‘Peace Can’t Bring My Love Back’

KABUL, Afghanistan — After nearly two decades of bloody fighting, the United States and the Taliban were on the verge of a provisional agreement that could help end the long war — then President Trump pulled the plug on negotiations. Many Afghans, who express an urgent need for ending the bloodshed, have remained skeptical of […]

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Saudi-Led Airstrikes in Yemen Kill More Than 60 in Prison, Rebels Say

SANA, Yemen — Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen hit a university used as a detention center in a southwestern province on Sunday, killing at least 60 people, officials and the rebels’ health ministry said. A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross said the death toll could be […]

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Dear Tech Workers, U.S. Service Members Need Your Help

Last year, more than 4,600 Google employees signed a petition urging the company to commit to refusing to build weapons technology. A response to Google’s work with the military on an artificial intelligence-based targeting system, the petition made a powerful and seemingly simple moral statement: “We believe that Google should not be in the business […]

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Syrian Forces Move Into Strategic Town, Tightening Grip on Rebels

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian government troops are pushing into a strategic town in the country’s last rebel-held region, local witnesses and monitors said Tuesday, another milestone in a military campaign that has trapped about three million civilians in the area. After Russian warplanes pounded it for hours overnight, Syrian government troops and allied militias appeared […]

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Defiant Former Blackwater Contractor Again Sentenced to Life

WASHINGTON — Shortly before a federal judge sentenced him to life in prison on Wednesday for his role in the deadly 2007 shooting of dozens of unarmed Iraqis in Baghdad, Nicholas A. Slatten, a former Blackwater security contractor, stood in a tan jumpsuit and defiantly proclaimed that he was an innocent victim of Justice Department […]

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Car Bomb Kills 3 U.N. Staff Members Outside a Benghazi Mall

BENGHAZI, Libya — At least three United Nations staff members were killed in Libya after a bomb-laden vehicle exploded this weekend outside a shopping mall in the eastern city of Benghazi, a spokesman for the international body said. The attack on Saturday occurred even as the country’s warring sides said they had accepted a cease-fire […]

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U.N. Sounds Alarm Over Killings in Idlib as Syria Cease-Fire Collapses

GENEVA — A week after Syria’s government agreed to a cease-fire with rebel groups affecting the northwestern province of Idlib, air force jets hit multiple targets on Friday, humanitarian workers said, fueling international fears for millions of civilians crammed into the area. By early afternoon, aid workers on the ground had counted airstrikes on 13 […]

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‘It’s Like a Nightmare’: For Bombing Survivors, Anguish That Won’t Stop

GHAZNI, Afghanistan — Every night, Hamdullah Hemat gulps down a 500-milligram prescription sleeping pill. He is 15 years old, a ninth grader. Last month, he saw his best friend die in a suicide bombing at their school. Mary Alimi, a 30-year-old mother of three, suffered a head injury in the same bombing. She can no […]

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34 Afghan Civilians Killed as Bus Hits Roadside Bomb

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A civilian bus in western Afghanistan hit a roadside bomb early Wednesday, leaving at least 34 passengers dead and more than a dozen injured, Afghan officials said. The attack, in the Balaboluk district of restive Farah Province, was the latest involving mass civilian casualties in a spiraling war that the United Nations […]

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Afghan and U.S. Forces Blamed for Killing More Civilians This Year Than Taliban Have

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan security forces and their American-led international allies have killed more civilians so far this year than the Taliban have, the United Nations said in a report on Tuesday, once again raising alarm that ordinary Afghans are bearing the brunt of an increasingly deadly 18-year war. In the first six months of […]

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Attack Outside Funeral in Nigeria Leaves at Least 65 Dead

An attack on villagers leaving a funeral in Nigeria over the weekend left at least 65 people dead, the local news media reported, as an official blamed the violence on the militant group Boko Haram. The official, Muhammad Bulama, said on Sunday that the attack had occurred around midday Saturday and that 10 people were […]

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