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US 'war on terror' has killed 500,000 people: study

Washington - About half a million people have died violently in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan due to the US "war on terror" that was launched following the September 11 attacks in 2001, according to a study released Thursday.

Afghan civilians increasingly targeted in 2017: UN

Kabul - More and more Afghan civilians are being deliberately targeted by militant attacks and suicide blasts, new UN figures published Thursday show, as the Taliban and the Islamic State group ramp up their assaults on urban areas.

Amtrak train derailed leaves one car dangling from overpass

An Amtrak passenger train derailed Monday southwest of Seattle and landed on Interstate 5 on the first day of service on the route. Multiple injuries and fatalities were reported.

Afghan airstrikes 'kill 13 civilians', officials say

Herat - Afghan authorities said on Tuesday the country's air force had killed up to 13 civilians including women and children in airstrikes targeting a Taliban base in the western province of Herat.

Why civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria are increasing

Washington - Reports of civilian deaths from US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria have soared in recent months, raising questions about whether President Donald Trump's order to "annihilate" the Islamic State group is fueling the increase.

US probe finds more than 100 civilians killed in Mosul air strike

Washington - A Pentagon investigation has concluded that at least 105 civilians died in an anti-IS strike in the Iraqi city of Mosul in March, officials said Thursday, but they blamed the toll on a secondary explosion of jihadist munitions.

No increase in civilian deaths under Trump: US general

Ak - A top US Air Force official on Wednesday denied claims that civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria are soaring under President Donald Trump, who has given greater leeway to battlefield commanders.

Misdirected coalition strike kills 18 partner forces in Syria

Washington - A coalition air strike accidentally killed 18 members of a US-backed Arab-Kurdish alliance fighting the Islamic State group near a key town in northern Syria, the US-led coalition said Thursday.

Afghan child casualties soar as urban warfare escalates: UN

Kabul - Child casualties have soared in Afghanistan this year as the Taliban stepped up attacks in urban areas, the United Nations said Sunday, branding the figures "appalling".

Russia's Syrian air strikes 'have killed more than 1,000'

Washington - Russian air strikes in Syria likely killed more than 1,000 civilians in the war-torn country during the last quarter of 2015, the Airwars monitoring group said Tuesday.

U.S. intervention is worsening Syria's conflict and helping ISIS Special

Damascus - U.S. President Barack Obama has called for more forceful intervention in the Syrian conflict — but groups on the ground say that America's misguided actions aren't just not helping — they're making things worse.

Civilians killed in Philippines anti-terror raid

Cotabato - An eight-year-old girl and three men -- one with his hands bound -- were among those killed in a botched anti-terror police operation in the Philippines last weekend, a local official said Saturday.

Five dead in Paris supermarket hostage siege: security source

Paris - Five people were killed, including the gunman, and four were left critically wounded after a hostage drama in eastern Paris ended with a police assault on Friday.

Yemen pays $1 million to families of U.S. drone victims

Sanaa - The Yemeni government has paid out more than $1 million U.S. to relatives of victims of a U.S. drone strike. Documents verifying the payments show that there was evidence that many casualties were civilians with no Al Qaeda connections.

Thirteen troops killed in 24 hours in east Ukraine clashes: army

Kiev - Fighting with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has left 13 troops dead in the last 24 hours, Ukraine's military said Saturday.

Shutdown stops death benefit payments to US veterans

Americans are being reminded that the war in Afghanistan is still going on as families of US soldiers killed there are being denied death benefits.

Op-Ed: Afghanistan — Soldiers and civilians die, the US rents a warlord

Washington - As the war in Afghanistan winds down there are more questions than answers relating to the accomplishments in more than a decade of war. Politicians want a positive spin, to tout success, but recent revelations of corruption tell a different story.

Op-Ed: Pakistan's alliance with the US and the Afghanistan war

Islamabad - Afghan Security Forces, for the most part, have taken the lead in taking the fight to the Taliban. NATO provides cover with air support and financial support. A US residual force to retain influence in the region is planned after NATO withdraws in 2014.

Op-Ed: NATO withdrawal and the ability of the Afghan National Army

Washington - As NATO prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014, politicians and military leaders highlight the positive in an attempt to convince the public that the war yielded positive results. The Taliban is targeting Afghan forces in its spring offensive.

Afghanistan: Mounting casualties and Karzai's demands

This has been a particularly violent week in Afghanistan. While only one US soldier was killed in action this week and 14 wounded, the targeting of Afghan Security Forces by insurgents is on the rise and this week nine Afghan Police members were killed.

Op-Ed: Afghanistan: Casualties and the future of NATO post 2014

Washington - NATO Defense ministers met in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, taking stock on the progress in Afghanistan. DOD reports indicate that there were no US soldiers killed in Afghanistan this week, however one NATO soldier was killed on Friday.

Afghanistan: US military records second week without KIAs

Washington - The second week has passed without any US or NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan. 15 soldiers, however were wounded in action (WIA) this week. The low casualties may be due to the break in the fighting season.

DOD: US Military Casualties in Afghanistan as of 25 January 2013

Washington - As the war winds down in Afghanistan, so does the number of NATO casualties. This week one US soldier was killed in action (KIA) and 14 were injured. A Polish NATO soldier was also killed. The US soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device.

Roadside bomb kills 5 civilians on bus in Afghanistan

Ghazni - A bus has been hit by a bomb on Sunday morning in Afghanistan's Ghanzi province. Five people were killed and eleven were injured.

Bangkok clashes result in 21 deaths among army and protesters

Bangkok - A violent clash between army and protesters last night left 4 army personnel dead and 17 red-shirt demonstrators. Finally, the army was forced to retreat and even left several tanks behind in the streets of the old city.

14 Americans Killed in Helicopter Mishaps

One helicopter was shot down and two collided in midair in Afghanistan overnight leaving fourteen Americans, eleven military personnel and 3 civilians, dead.

U.S. soldier casualities rise sharply in Iraq

U.S. troops based in Iraq faced an increase in the amount of casualties in May. This is the biggest surge in numbers since September 2008.

Nine American Soldiers Killed in Latest Attack on US Base in Afganistan

Reportedly the deadliest attack in three years, nine US soldiers are killed and fifteen wounded in this latest attack in Afganistan.

Op-Ed: 4,000 U.S. dead in Iraq, and the media's role in war reporting

The BBC has done an article, “Iraq shows limits of US power”. It’s by an editor/ correspondent who’s been in Iraq since the invasion. As a military analysis, it’s fairer than most. It also highlights the media’s role in Iraq as a global issue.
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