By David Walsh, 25 May 2012
Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Academy Award for directing The Hurt Locker, met with Pentagon and CIA officials in 2011 and was offered access to the Navy Seal team that executed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
By David Walsh, 19 April 2012
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times published horrific photographs of American troops in Afghanistan posing with dead and dismembered insurgents.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 March 2012
The US government Friday officially charged Staff Sergeant Robert Bales in connection with the March 11 massacre of Afghan civilians, most of them children.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2012
Robert Bales, massacre, Afghanistan, PTSD, war, occupation
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2012
President Karzai denounced the US military in connection with last Sunday’s massacre of 16 civilians, but Washington dismissed his demand that it speed up the transfer of security to Afghan forces.
By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2012
Sunday’s mass murder by an Army staff sergeant demonstrates both the brutality and the deepening crisis of American imperialism’s war in Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2012
A new report documents gruesome violations of human rights under the new regime established by the US-NATO war.
By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2012
An investigation by British and Pakistani journalists found that the CIA followed up drone missile strikes with further attacks that targeted rescue workers and funerals.
By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2012
The murder of Omar Brebesh follows a series of reports by human rights groups on torture in the prisons of the new “democratic” Libya.
By Naomi Spencer, 25 January 2012
As part of a plea deal, Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich, leader of a Marine squad responsible for the 2005 slaughter of 24 Iraqi civilians, received no prison time.
By Barry Grey, 23 January 2012
A report released last week by Middle East human rights groups presents extensive evidence of war crimes carried out in Libya by the United States, NATO and their proxy “rebel” forces.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2012
There is strong evidence that NATO carried out war crimes in its eight-month war for regime-change in Libya, according to a report released Thursday by Middle East human rights groups.
By Paul Mitchell, 17 January 2012
The prosecution case against intelligence officers accused of complicity in the torture of detainee Binyam Mohamed has been dropped.
By James Cogan, 13 January 2012
A video published yesterday shows four US marines in Afghanistan urinating on the heads of three Afghan dead, joking among themselves as they desecrate the corpses.
By James Cogan, 10 January 2012
The puppet government of President Hamid Karzai has accused the American military of torture and arbitrary detention at the largest US-run prison in the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2012
Today’s opening of the trial of a US Marine in connection with the 2005 massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha casts a spotlight on the criminal character of the nine-year war and occupation carried out under the Bush and Obama administrations.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2012
Jose Vasquez, a US Army veteran and executive director of Iraq Veterans Against the War, spoke with the WSWS Wednesday on the Haditha massacre.
By Fred Mazelis, 21 December 2011
Unreported details of the internal investigation of the notorious Haditha massacre in Iraq were revealed in a special report in the New York Times.
By Naomi Spencer, 19 December 2011
Workers must oppose the persecution of military whistleblower Bradley Manning as part of a defense of democratic rights.
By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2011
Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs is the highest-ranking soldier convicted of the murder of three Afghan civilians and cutting off body parts as trophies.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2011
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton solemnly announced Sunday that Washington “strongly supports” an independent investigation into the barbaric murder of Libya’s deposed head of state Muammar Gaddafi.
By Richard Phillips, 22 October 2011
David Hicks talks about his illegal detention in Guantanamo and his ongoing demonisation by the Australian media
By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2011
Libya’s NATO-backed National Transitional Council is set to announce the supposed completion of the country’s “liberation” this weekend following the gruesome lynching of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 October 2011
The savage killing Thursday of deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi served to underscore the criminal character of the war that has been prosecuted by the US and NATO over the past eight months.
By Patrick O’Connor, 19 October 2011
The atrocities now being committed in Sirte arise directly out of the nature and aims of the neo-colonial intervention itself.
By Barry Grey, 12 October 2011
A report released Monday by the United Nations documents what it calls "systematic" torture at Afghan government prisons of suspected insurgents captured by US, NATO and Afghan authorities.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2011
In a speech before a military audience Friday, President Obama boasted of the role of the CIA and US special operations units in the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a New Mexico-born Muslim cleric and US citizen.
By Harvey Thompson, 16 September 2011
NATO admitted last week that a US soldier shot dead BBC journalist Ahmed Omaid Khpalwak in Afghanistan in July.
By Chris Marsden, 13 September 2011
The official inquiry into the death of hotel worker Baha Mousa continues efforts to minimise and apologise for abuses by UK troops in Iraq.
By Alex Lantier, 6 September 2011
A US State Department cable recently published by WikiLeaks supports reports of a 2006 US massacre of civilians, including women and small children, in Iraq’s Ishaqi district.
By Patrick Martin, 3 September 2011
A joint congressional investigation has confirmed that US corporations raked in as much as $60 billion from waste and fraud in military contracts.
By Patrick Martin, 29 August 2011
There are numerous reports from journalists in Tripoli of summary executions and torture by the NATO-backed forces that have seized power in Libya.
By Stephen Alexander, 12 August 2011
A secret interrogation policy document obtained by the Guardian is the latest in a growing body of evidence attesting to the war crimes of the previous Labour government.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 June 2011
The US-led NATO command in Afghanistan brushed aside President Hamid Karzai’s demand for a halt to air strikes and night raids on Afghan homes after an attack that killed 14 civilians.
By Chris Marsden and Markus Salzmann, 1 June 2011
The former chief of staff of the Bosnian Serb Army in the Republica Srpska during the 1992-95 civil war was extradited to the Netherlands on Tuesday, where he will stand trial at the Hague for war crimes.
By Patrick O’Connor, 30 May 2011
The incident, one of several involving civilian deaths recently, is yet another atrocity committed by the US-NATO forces.
By Richard Phillips, 19 May 2011
Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks has written a valuable exposure of the barbarities perpetrated against him by the US military and Canberra’s role in his illegal detention.
By Sybille Fuchs, 18 May 2011
Last week, a court in Munich handed down a relatively mild sentence to Ukrainian-born John Demjanjuk on charges of accessory to murder involving 28,000 Jews at the Sobibor concentration camp in occupied Poland.
By Patrick O’Connor, 17 May 2011
In proceeding as it has against Gaddafi, the International Criminal Court has revealed itself to be a pliant tool of US and European imperialism.
By Barry Grey, 3 May 2011
US and NATO officials have brushed aside charges by the Libyan government that the air strike Saturday night that killed the youngest son and three grandchildren of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was a targeted assassination intended to murder Gaddafi.
By Patrick Martin, 26 April 2011
WikiLeaks has released new evidence of wrongful imprisonment and torture by the US military and intelligence agencies.
By Naomi Spencer, 13 April 2011
The Obama administration has blocked the UN special rapporteur on torture from visiting Bradley Manning, who is being held in solitary confinement at a military prison.
By Naomi Spencer, 8 April 2011
An Army investigation into officers in charge of the brigade involved in killing Afghan civilians for sport concluded that its commander had no responsibility for the atrocities.
By Naomi Spencer, 6 April 2011
The British government indicated Tuesday it would press the US to moderate its inhumane treatment of Army Private Bradley Manning, who is being held on charges he leaked evidence of war crimes to WikiLeaks.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2011
US-NATO air strikes on Tripoli have claimed growing numbers of civilian victims, according to the Vatican’s top representative in the Libyan capital.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 March 2011
The gruesome “kill team” photos released by Rolling Stone reveal that the murder of innocent civilians as part of the US occupation of Afghanistan was commonplace, widely known about, and celebrated.
By Naomi Spencer, 25 March 2011
Army soldier Jeremy Morlock was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in prison for the murder of unarmed civilians in Afghanistan.
By Jerry White, 22 March 2011
The German news magazine Der Spiegel published three photographs on Monday depicting atrocities carried out by members of a US Army unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2011
The ACLU is one of many groups to protest the treatment of Manning, the alleged source of documents on US war crimes published by WikiLeaks.
New US drone attack kills dozens
By Ali Ismail, 18 March 2011
One day after Pakistani authorities released CIA agent Raymond Davis, the US carried out a fresh atrocity in Pakistan killing more than three dozen people.
By Ali Ismail, 5 March 2011
Potentially explosive allegations concerning the covert activities of Raymond Davis, the CIA operative who gunned down two Pakistani youth in a Lahore market in late January, continue to emerge.
By Joseph Kishore, 4 March 2011
The latest atrocity in the northeastern Kunar Province prompted protests of hundreds of Afghans, who denounced the US occupation and the Karzai regime.
By Tom Eley, 10 February 2011
The publication of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s memoirs has provided occasion for the American media to whitewash the career of a war criminal and falsify the history of the US war on Iraq.
By Wolfgang Weber, 8 February 2011
Germany’s greatest post-World War II war crime has been comprehensively documented and exhibited by the two journalists who won the trust of the victims’ bereaved relatives.
By Chris Marsden, 27 January 2011
The former British prime minister’s second appearance before the Chilcot inquiry last week again branded him as a war criminal.
By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2011
Military documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union provide important new evidence of American war crimes.
By Tom Eley, 15 January 2011
The lawyer representing Private Bradley Manning, who is accused of turning over classified military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, has demanded his release from a military prison, where he is being held in solitary confinement.
By Paul Mitchell, 4 January 2011
John Pilger’s The War You Don’t See examines the media’s role in wartime and asks whether it has become part of the propaganda machine of the state.
By Tony Robson, 29 December 2010
The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) has been implicated in war crimes involving torture and the illicit trade in human organs removed from Serb civilians taken captive and killed during and after NATO’s 1999 war against Yugoslavia.
By Barry Grey, 20 December 2010
Secret cables published in recent days by WikiLeaks reveal the efforts of the United States to thwart the exposure by the Council of Europe and the International Criminal Court (ICC) of human rights violations by the US and its allies.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2010
A series of CIA drone missile attacks Friday killed at least 54 people in the Khyber tribal region near the Afghanistan border.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 December 2010
Army Private Bradley Manning, accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has been held in solitary confinement by the military for more than seven months.
By James Cogan, 13 December 2010
The killings point again to the murderous character of the operations being conducted by the Special Forces units scouring Afghanistan.
By Naomi Spencer, 22 November 2010
Hearings continued this week into atrocities committed on Afghan civilians by US Army soldiers in Kandahar.
By Robert Stevens, 17 November 2010
Further allegations of British war crimes in Iraq emerged in the High Court in London last week.
By Naomi Spencer, 12 November 2010
Hearings continued Tuesday into charges of murder and other atrocities committed against Afghan civilians by a group of US soldiers stationed in Kandahar.
By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2010
The former president defended every crime committed by his administration, from the illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the use of torture, to the abandonment of New Orleans and the Gulf coast during Hurricane Katrina.
By Chris Marsden, 3 November 2010
Britain’s armed forces stand accused of torture and murder in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Interview with WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson
By Jerry White, 2 November 2010
The WSWS recently spoke with WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson about the organization’s release of nearly 400,000 documents related to the Iraq War.
By Keith Jones, 30 October 2010
The Canadian government has aided and abetted the prosecution and persecution of child soldier Omar Khadr, from the time that it first learned of the detention of a Canadian citizen at Guantanamo Bay through this week’s plea-bargain.
By Paul Mitchell, 28 October 2010
The Guardian newspaper has obtained documents that reveal that British soldiers have been trained in torture techniques and have put these practices to use in Iraq.
By Tom Eley, 27 October 2010
US military documents released by WikiLeaks on Friday reveal previously unknown cases of private military contractors killing Iraqi civilians with impunity.
By Joseph Kishore, 26 October 2010
The nearly 400,000 documents released by WikiLeaks give some indication of the barbaric reality of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.
By Barry Grey, 25 October 2010
The response of the New York Times to WikiLeaks’ posting of classified American military documents exposing US war crimes in Iraq is to downplay the atrocities and portray WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as the criminal party.
By Patrick Martin, 25 October 2010
The secret US army files made public Friday by the WikiLeaks web site provide massive documentation of the criminal character of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.
By Kate Randall, 23 October 2010
The US Justice Department will not seek charges against a Blackwater military contractor accused of a December 2006 murder in Iraq.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 October 2010
A federal judge in Manhattan barred testimony from the government’s star witness in the trial of accused African embassy bomber Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani because the evidence was derived through torture.
By Naomi Spencer, 9 October 2010
The Army officer overseeing the first pre-trial hearing on soldiers charged with murder and dismemberment of civilians in Afghanistan has recommended a court martial.
By Naomi Spencer, 4 October 2010
The deaths of at least seven civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq have been attributed to members of an Army platoon presently facing military pre-trial hearings for murder.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 September 2010
Pre-trial hearings began Monday into atrocities committed by US Army soldiers over the past year near Kandahar.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2010
The US military’s transfer of some 10,000 detainees to an Iraqi regime known to carry out systematic torture is a war crime that continues and deepens the atrocities of Abu Ghraib.
By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2010
The case is the worst such atrocity yet revealed in Afghanistan and underscores that the US is engaged in a brutal colonial war directed against the entire population of the country.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 September 2010
A federal appeals court’s dismissal Wednesday of a lawsuit on behalf of victims of the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program represents a victory for the Obama administration’s defense of torture and dictatorial executive powers.
10 September 2010
All 12 are from B Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington. The brigade recently returned to base after a year-long deployment near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.
By Markus Salzmann, 25 August 2010
No one is to be held accountable for the single biggest massacre carried out by German soldiers since the Second World War.
By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2010
The rape charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, announced and then withdrawn by Swedish prosecutors, bear all the hallmarks of a US-inspired provocation against the Internet-based organization for its exposure of US war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2010
The US media has launched a full-scale effort to suppress growing popular opposition to the war in Afghanistan, using one-sided propaganda about Taliban atrocities to conceal the murderous character of the American intervention.
By Tom Eley, 10 August 2010
The military commissions trial for Omar Khadr, the Canadian citizen seized by US Special Forces in Afghanistan in 2002 when he was 15 years old, is set to start today at Guantánamo Bay.
By Patrick Martin, 7 August 2010
Like a criminal publicly demanding the handover of all the evidence of his guilt, the Pentagon has demanded that the whistleblower web site WikiLeaks return more than 100,000 records of U.S. military actions in Afghanistan.
By Patrick Martin, 5 August 2010
All sections of the US political establishment—Democrats and Republicans, the “liberal” and right-wing media—have joined in an effort to criminalize WikiLeaks and suppress its revelations of US atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By Johannes Stern, 3 August 2010
It is increasingly clear that the Bundeswehr (armed forces) has cast off practically all the restrictions that were imposed upon it when it was first established in the aftermath of World War II.
By Alex Lantier, 2 August 2010
US government and media accusations that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his sources have “blood on their hands” for revealing information on US military operations and informants in Afghanistan are contemptible slanders.
By David Walsh, 31 July 2010
American liberalism and the “left” have responded to the WikiLeaks revelations as an element of the establishment, suggesting alterations in policy, but rejecting an independent struggle against war based on a break with the Democratic Party.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 July 2010
In response to the WikiLeaks posting of tens of thousands of secret documents on the Afghanistan war, the Pentagon has launched a manhunt within the military and called in the FBI for possible prosecution of the actual source of the leak.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2010
The utter indifference of the US media and the political establishment as a whole to the WikiLeaks documents’ exposure of massive violence against the people of Afghanistan poses the critical need for a new strategy in the struggle against war.
By Julie Hyland, 28 July 2010
Britain’s political elite are attempting to play down the so-called Afghan War Diary—the 92,000 documents published by WikiLeaks, details of which are being serialised in the Guardian newspaper.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 July 2010
The posting by WikiLeaks of some 92,000 secret documents on the Afghanistan war has sparked comparisons with the leaking nearly 40 years ago of the Pentagon Papers, which provided a devastating exposure of US policy in the Vietnam War.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 July 2010
The tens of thousands of documents posted online by WikiLeaks have provided a detailed, documentary portrait of the criminal war being waged by the Obama administration.
By Brian Smith, 12 July 2010
A recent report by a group of NGOs alleges that an oil consortium led by Swedish firm Lundin Petroleum may have been complicit in “war crimes and crimes against humanity” in Sudan.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 July 2010
In assuming command of the US-led war in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus reiterated his statements that the military will alter its rules of engagement, signaling an escalation in civilian casualties from air strikes and heavy weapons.