War Crimes

Following exposure of military massacre in Iraq

The New York Times fingers whistleblower WikiLeaks

By David Walsh, 8 April 2010

The release of video footage Monday showing cold-blooded murder committed by US military forces on the streets of eastern Baghdad in July 2007 has evoked widespread outrage.

US Special Forces covered up massacre of Afghans

Preparations advance for assault on Kandahar

By Tom Eley, 6 April 2010

A NATO military statement issued Sunday admitted that US Special Forces carried out the execution-style killings of three women and two men in a February 12 night raid in southeastern Afghanistan.


Former IAEA chief: Iraq war killed “a million innocent civilians”

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2010

The former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohammed ElBaradei, said in an interview this week that those who launched the war in Iraq were guilty of killing a million innocent people and violating international law.

The conviction of ex-Nazi Boere and Washington’s war crimes

By Bill Van Auken, 26 March 2010

On March 23, a German court sentenced former Nazi death squad member Heinrich Boere to life imprisonment. While Boere committed his heinous crimes 65 years ago, similar acts continue today, with those responsible enjoying complete impunity.

US military created private spy and murder squad in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2010

A long-time US military official used Pentagon funding to establish a private intelligence and assassination network in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a report Monday in the New York Times.

Spain: Fascist Falange allowed to join prosecution of Judge Baltasar Garzón

By Vicky Short, 1 March 2010

The Spanish Supreme Court has allowed the fascist party, the Falange, to join a private prosecution brought against Judge Baltazar Garzón because of his attempts to investigate the crimes of the Franco dictatorship.

US airstrike kills Afghan civilians

By Bill Van Auken, 23 February 2010

A US air strike killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan’s central Uruzgan Province, while to the south a US ground offensive in Marjah ground through its second week, producing growing casualties and the threat of a humanitarian disaster.

Obama’s preventive war and the end of Nuremberg

By Richard Hoffman, 20 February 2010

The first in a two-part series examining the significance of US President Obama’s Nobel Prize speech and his repudiation of Nuremberg principles, in the context of the history and development of international law.

Obama’s preventive war and the end of Nuremberg—Part 2

By Richard Hoffman, 19 February 2010

The second in a two-part series examining the significance of US President Obama’s Nobel Prize speech and his repudiation of Nuremberg principles, in the context of the history and development of international law.

Obama’s preventive war and the end of Nuremberg—Part 1

By Richard Hoffman, 18 February 2010

The first in a two-part series examining the significance of US President Obama’s Nobel Prize speech and his repudiation of Nuremberg principles, in the context of the history and development of international law.

German army given green light to kill civilians in Afghanistan

By Peter Schwarz, 16 February 2010

The German government has now reclassified its military mission in Afghanistan as intervening in a civil war or, as they say in legal jargon, a “non-international armed conflict.” The recasting of the mission has far-reaching legal consequences.

Israel’s crisis deepens over Gaza war crimes report

By Chris Marsden, 6 February 2010

The UN general secretary threw a lifeline to Israel yesterday, stating that there was not yet enough evidence to say whether Israel or the Palestinians are complying with UN demands to investigate allegations of war crimes during the 22-day assault on Gaza.

New details on Kunduz massacre disprove German government claims

By Ulrich Rippert, 5 February 2010

New details about the massacre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, at the beginning of September last year, which costs the lives of 142 people, disprove the statements and declarations made by the German government.

Obama’s surge: killing spree on both sides of AfPak border

By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2010

CIA drone missiles attacks claimed the lives of 123 civilians last month alone in Pakistan, while on the other side of the border, US Special Forces have launched an assassination campaign against alleged leaders of Afghanistan’s Taliban movement.

US exonerates authors of Bush torture memos

By Kate Randall, 2 February 2010

The Obama Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility has concluded that Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who penned the infamous memos justifying torture under the Bush administration will not be subject to disciplinary action.

US frame-up of Aafia Siddiqui begins to unravel

Pakistani victim of rendition and torture

By Ali Ismail, 1 February 2010

The case against Aafia Siddiqui, charged with the attempted murder of US personnel in Afghanistan, is rapidly unraveling. Her trial in New York is aimed at covering up the torture and rendition to which she and her children were subjected.

Harper’s Magazine exposes Guantánamo cover-up

By Fred Mazelis, 26 January 2010

The forthcoming issue of Harper’s Magazine contains a devastating exposure of the alleged suicides of three Guantánamo Bay detainees in June 2006.

Israeli government supports continued prosecution of filmmaker Mohammed Bakri

By Danny Richardson, 23 January 2010

Israel’s attorney general has announced that the government will support the efforts of reservist soldiers to appeal the decision of a lower court that rejected their claim for libel against Mohammed Bakri, whose film Jenin, Jenin depicted atrocities committed against Palestinians in a West Bank refugee camp.

Afghans shot down while protesting US occupation

By Jerry White, 14 January 2010

At least eight protesters were killed and 13 wounded in the southern Afghanistan town of Garmsir Wednesday when security forces fired on a demonstration of several thousand people protesting against the US military. Protesters blamed the deaths on Afghan intelligence agents, backed up by US soldiers.

Diane Sawyer and ABC News pay tribute to remote control drone killings

By David Walsh, 14 January 2010

On Tuesday night’s ABC evening news, Diane Sawyer and two colleagues, David Muir and Bill Weir, devoted an extended segment to extolling the merits of the US Air Force’s Predator drones and their deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

British government promises Israel it will end war crimes arrest warrants

By Paul Mitchell, 13 January 2010

The British government is attempting to curb arrest warrants for war crimes.

Children’s deaths spark anti-US outrage in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2010

Thousands of people demonstrated in eastern Afghanistan following an explosion that claimed the lives of four children. Despite NATO denials, Afghans blamed the deaths on US occupation troops, burning Obama in effigy.

CIA takes revenge with missile strikes in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2010

In an apparent campaign of revenge, at least 20 people have died in drone missile attacks in Pakistan since the December 30 suicide bombing that killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian intelligence agent.

US drone missiles slaughtered 700 Pakistani civilians in 2009

By Bill Van Auken, 5 January 2010

US drone missile attacks have claimed the lives of over 700 Pakistani civilians since Barack Obama took office a year ago, according to figures released this week by officials in Islamabad.

Charges dropped against Blackwater mercenaries in 2007 Baghdad massacre

By Kate Randall, 4 January 2010

A federal judge dropped charges Thursday against five former Blackwater security contractors in connection with the September 2007 shooting deaths of unarmed Iraqis in Baghdad.

US military kills ten civilians in Afghanistan raid

By Tom Eley, 29 December 2009

On Saturday a US military operation killed at least ten Afghan civilians, among them eight children, in Kunar province.

Tony Blair, the Iraq war and the international league of war criminals

By Chris Marsden, 22 December 2009

The British government’s near-hysterical reaction to a war crimes warrant against former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni coincided with a damning BBC interview given by former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Kunduz: Is the German army empowered to carry out targeted killings?

By Peter Schwarz, 17 December 2009

Following new revelations about the criminal character of the German army attack in Kunduz, German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has gone on the offensive.

Kunduz massacre: What is the German government hiding?

By Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2009

Ten weeks after the Kunduz massacre, the German government is still conducting a systematic cover-up Details of the deadliest attack committed by German soldiers since the end of World War II only reach the public piecemeal, revealing ever-new contradictions.

Mercenaries and assassins: The real face of Obama’s “good war”

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2009

Reports that mercenaries employed by the notorious Blackwater-Xe military contracting firm participated in CIA assassinations in Iraq and Afghanistan have further exposed the real character of so-called “good war” that is being escalated by the Obama administration.

Afghanistan massacre on eve of Obama’s surge

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2009

With the first elements of 30,000 additional US troops set to arrive in Afghanistan next week, the massacre of as many as 15 civilians in a US raid has heightened fears that Obama’s escalation will spell a dramatic rise in bloodletting.

How many Afghans will die in Obama’s war?

By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2009

In the media coverage of Barack Obama’s decision to escalate the war in Afghanistan, one question goes unasked and unanswered: how many thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians will die as a result of US military aggression?

Trial against John Demjanjuk opens in Munich

By Dietmar Henning, 4 December 2009

The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of helping to murder at least 27,900 Jews at the extermination camp Sobibor in the Second World War, began in Munich on Monday.

Canada’s Conservatives respond to Afghan torture charges with lies and slurs

By Guy Charron and Keith Jones, 2 December 2009

Canada’s Conservative government has responded to testimony by a high-level diplomat implicating it and the Canadian military in the torture of Afghan detainees with a campaign of lies, slander, and half-truths.

Torture continues at US prisons in Afghanistan

By Tom Eley, 1 December 2009

Recent reports reveal that the US military continues to carry on torture and illegal detention in Afghanistan at a dungeon known to inmates as “the black prison.”

Sharp rise in birth defects in Iraqi city destroyed by US military

By David Walsh, 17 November 2009

As a likely result of the weaponry unleashed on the Iraqi city of Fallujah by the US military in 2004, doctors are discovering a horrifying increase in birth defects and deformities.

Israel, the United States and international law

By Jean Shaoul, 28 October 2009

Israel has responded to accusations of war crimes during its assault on Gaza by denouncing the United Nations and seeking to overturn existing international law.

Obama joins Netanyahu in shielding Israel from war crimes charges

By Jean Shaoul, 19 October 2009

The United Nations Human Rights Council has endorsed a report into Israel’s 22-day assault on Gaza in December and January, accusing Israel of war crimes.

Israeli cabinet minister cancels visit to Britain

By Jean Shaoul, 12 October 2009

Last week, Israel’s vice-prime minister and minister for strategic affairs, Moshe Yaalon, cancelled a visit to Britain after being warned that he could face arrest for war crimes.

Obama comes to aid of Israel over UN war crimes charges

By Jean Shaoul, 26 September 2009

An authoritative and highly critical United Nations inquiry released last week concluded that Israel “committed actions amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity” during its three-week offensive against Gaza in December last year.

Video evidence of Sri Lankan government war crimes

By Sarath Kumara, 29 August 2009

A grisly video of Sri Lankan soldiers executing naked, bound and blindfolded men in cold blood provides further first-hand evidence of the war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government and military.

Former Wehrmacht officer condemned as war criminal

Italian civilians massacred in June 1944

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 24 August 2009

The Munich regional court has convicted the Wehrmacht (German army) officer Josef Scheungraber to life imprisonment for the murder of 10 Italian civilians and the attempted murder of others in June 1944 in Falzano di Cortona in Tuscany.

UNESCO Report on Babylon

US occupation caused “major damage” to historic site in Iraq

By Sandy English, 11 August 2009

UNESCO, the United Nations cultural organization, has issued a report outlining the extensive damage caused by US occupation forces in Iraq to the archeological site of ancient Babylon.

Sri Lankan government coerces detained doctors to recant war casualty figures

By Nanda Wickremasinghe, 16 July 2009

Sri Lankan government brought five detained doctors to a press conference to recant their previous eye-witness accounts of the military’s shelling and killing of Tamil civilians.

New York Times on Northern Alliance war crime

A cover-up of US massacre at Mazar-i-Sharif

By Barry Grey, 13 July 2009

The New York Times on July 11 published a lengthy front-page article recalling the murder of hundreds of captured Taliban fighters by the US-allied Northern Alliance at the end of November, 2001, during the final days of the American-led invasion that toppled the Taliban regime.

Sri Lankan all-party forum joins hands with Rajapakse regime

By K. Ratnayake, 8 July 2009

All the Sri Lankan parliamentary parties attended a meeting called by President Mahinda Rajapakse to form an “All Party Committee on Development and Reconciliation”.

Robert S. McNamara, 1916-2009

Pentagon chief during Vietnam War escalation dead at 93

By Patrick Martin, 8 July 2009

Robert S. McNamara, one of the principal architects of the US war in Vietnam, died Monday morning at the age of 93.