How the U.S. Quietly Lost the IED War in Afghanistan

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Gareth Porter: The bigger reality is that the U.S. troop surge could not reverse the very steep increase in IED attacks and attendant casualties that the Taliban began in 2009 and which continued through 2011.

Night Raids Killed over 1,500 Afghan Civilians

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Gareth Porter: U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) killed well over 1,500 civilians in night raids in less than 10 months in 2010 and early 2011, analysis of official statistics on the raids released by the U.S.-NATO command reveals.

U.N. Tally Excluded Most Afghan Civilian Deaths in Night Raids

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Gareth Porter: A July United Nations report asserting that only 30 civilians died in targeted raids in Afghanistan during the first six months of 2011 reflected only a very small fraction of night raids in which civilians were killed.

U.S. Policy in Iraq Urged Indiscriminate Shooting of Civilians, Say Three Former Soldiers

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Sherwood Ross: Three former U.S. soldiers involved in the infamous “Collateral Murder” helicopter gunship attack on Baghdad civilians in July 2007, say that attack was nothing out of the ordinary.

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