Gen. Campbell addresses the Senate Armed Services Committee
06 Oct 2015

U.S. Commander Claims Forces ‘Would Never Intentionally Target Protected Medical Facility’

The United States commander of military forces in Afghanistan appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee and addressed the U.S. airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz. He claimed the Doctors Without Border hospital was “mistakenly struck,” and the U.S. “would never intentionally target a protected medical facility.” General John F.

Fires burn in the MSF emergency trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after it was hit and partially destroyed by aerial attacks on October 3, 2015. (Photo by Doctors Without Borders (MSF))
05 Oct 2015

Doctors Without Borders: ‘Reality Is U.S. Dropped Those Bombs’

The general director for Doctors Without Borders responded to Pentagon claims that Afghan military forces are responsible for bombs, which hit their hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and staff, including three children. “Their description of the attack keeps changing—from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting

U.S. Marines assigned to the female engagement team (FET) of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) conduct a patrol alongside a poppy field while visiting Afghan settlements in Boldak, Afghanistan, April 5, 2010.  (DoD / Cpl. Lindsay L. Sayres, U.S. Marine Corps)
23 Sep 2015

Rumors Persist That The CIA Helps Export Opium From Afghanistan

Despite billions spent to eradicate opium crops in Afghanistan, the crop is more popular than ever there, leading many to wonder whether some U.S. forces may actually be encouraging its growth and the heroin it later becomes.

File: An armed U.S. soldier stands guard over Iraqi residents as his platoon searches their house on January 28, 2008. (Flickr / U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Jason T. Bailey)
19 Aug 2015

4 Million Muslims Killed In Western Wars: Should We Call It Genocide?

It may never be possible to know the true death toll of the modern Western wars on the Middle East, but that figure could be 4 million or higher. Since the vast majority of those killed were of Arab descent, and mostly Muslim, when would it be fair to accuse the United States and its allies of genocide?

A U.S. Sailor assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion stands watch over a cell block at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while detainees look through magazines and books March 30, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joshua Nistas/Released)
18 Aug 2015

Attorneys for Guantanamo ‘Forever Prisoner’ Urge Review Board to Approve Release

Attorneys for Guantanamo Bay prisoner Mohammed Kamin asked the Periodic Review Board during a hearing to approve his release. Kamin is an Afghan who has been detained at the military prison for over eleven years. He is currently not charged with any crime, however, he is one of a number of forever prisoners, who President Barack Obama’s administration has designated for indefinite detention. In April 2008, Kamin was charged with “material support for terrorism.” A convening authority subsequently withdrew the charge against him 2009, and a federal court later ruled “material support” was not a valid offense triable by a military commission.

A U.S. Army soldier patrols near the village of Tarok Kolache where reconstruction efforts were underway, on Friday, April 1, 2011, in the Arghandab River Valley of Afghanistan. A new report on corruption in U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan shows widespread mismanagement of millions. (Flickr / ISAF Regional Command-South / Ensign Haraz Ghanbari)
05 Aug 2015

Special Investigator’s Report Details US Corruption In Afghanistan

Late last month, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a blistering report detailing millions of dollars of waste, fraud, and abuse in the US and coalition reconstruction effort in Afghanistan. The report, issued to Congress on July 30th, presents the results of a series of investigations conducted by SIGAR that revealed $37.4 million in “questionable costs” in the last quarter of the year — those costs lead to a total of $279.5 million in questionable costs identified by SIGAR to date.

A U.S. Army Soldier from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team kicks in the door of a building during a cordon and search in Buhriz, Iraq, March 14, 2007.  (Flickr / U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Stacy L. Pearsall)
03 Aug 2015

Do The Math: Global War On Terror Has Killed 4 Million Muslims Or More

A study released earlier this year revealed the shocking death toll of the United States’s “War on Terror” since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but the true body count could be even higher. Published in March by Physicians for Social Responsibility, the study, conducted by a team that included some Nobel Prize winners, determined that at least 1.3 million people have died as a result of war since Sept.11, 2001, but the real figure might be as high as two million.