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US will block International Court from investigating US soldiers

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of possible war crimes by the US, Taliban, and others in Afghanistan undermines the peace deal signed February 29 with the Taliban.

Op-Ed: James 'Mad Dog' Mattis, war criminal

On March 31, 2004, four guards from the private security company Blackwater USA made the fatal mistake of entering a part of Fallujah, Iraq controlled by fighters resisting the US-led occupation.

U.S. commander apologizes for bombing Afghan hospital, killing 42

Kunduz - The new commander of US and NATO military forces in Afghanistan apologized on Tuesday to victims of an October 2015 aerial attack on a charity hospital that killed 42 patients and staff and wounded dozens more.

Remembering the Haditha massacre 10 years later

On November 19, 2005, 24 Iraqi men, women and children, from an infant to elderly grandparents, were killed in cold blood by US Marines in Haditha. Eight Marines faced charges in connection with the murders; none of them ever spent a minute behind bars.

Doctors Without Borders: U.S. strike targeted fleeing doctors

The international medical aid group Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released an internal report on the deadly October 3 American bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

U.S. general admits no direct danger to troops when hospital hit

Kunduz - The commander of United States forces in Afghanistan has admitted that the military incorrectly reported that its troops were under direct threat when an American warplane attacked a charity hospital in Kunduz, killing at least 22 innocent civilians.

Amnesty details U.S. murder, torture, war crimes under Obama

A scathing new report from Amnesty International details how the U.S. military has systematically ignored and covered up the torture and killing of innocent civilians committed by its forces in Afghanistan.

10 years after Abu Ghraib, no justice for torturers, tortured

"You can't spell abuse without Abu," said one US Army medic to another, Sgt. Andrew Duffy, after throwing a seriously injured and handcuffed Iraqi prison to the ground, face-first, upon his arrival at Abu Ghraib.

Lithuania orders probe of CIA torture

Vilnius - A Lithuanian court has ordered an investigation of the torture of a Saudi Arabian terrorism suspect by Central Intelligence Agency operatives at a secret prison in the small Baltic nation.

Op-Ed: The debate with a Guantánamo prosecutor I wish I hadn't won

I recently got into an intense, yet respectful, Facebook debate with a US military attorney who has prosecuted Guantánamo Bay terrorism suspects. He also happens to be an old high school classmate.

US general who opened Guantánamo prison says it should be closed

Detroit - The Marine Corps general who opened the infamous US military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba has written an op-ed piece calling for its closure.

Op-Ed: US government refuses to cooperate in US war crime investigation

Kabul - The Afghan intelligence service has abandoned its investigation into the killing of a group of civilians in Wardak province of Afghanistan after being refused access to the US Special Forces soldiers who are suspected of being involved.

Amnesty: US drone strikes in Pakistan may be war crimes

Two of the world's leading human rights groups have released scathing reports detailing how US drone strikes are killing innocent civilians in Pakistan and Yemen.

New evidence CIA drone strikes targeted Pakistan first responders

A field investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered fresh evidence that the CIA briefly resumed targeting first responders to drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas with 'double-tap' attacks.

Iraq war vet's suicide letter alleges 'war crimes,' abandonment

Phoenix - A US Army veteran who killed himself last month penned a poignant suicide letter in which he agonized over 'war crimes' he was a part of in Iraq, as well as what he calls his 'abandonment' by the government that forced him to commit them.

Op-Ed: Nothing proud about SF Pride's shameful Bradley Manning reversal

San Francisco - Shame, not pride, is what the San Francisco Pride Board should be feeling after reversing a decision to honor Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning as an honorary grand marshal in June's SF Pride parade.

Army will seek death penalty for Afghan massacre suspect

The US Army has announced it will seek the death penalty for a soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a March massacre.

European Court of Human Rights: CIA tortured, sodomized German

Strasbourg - Europe's highest human rights court has found that American and Macedonian agents tortured an innocent German citizen who was mistaken for an al-Qaeda operative.

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