War Crimes

Democrats, Republicans criticize leaks, not drone murders

By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2012

House and Senate intelligence committee leaders of both parties demanded an investigation into leaks about US drone missile attacks and other covert actions.

NATO air strike kills Afghan family of eight

By Patrick Martin, 28 May 2012

Six children are among those killed in the eastern Afghanistan province of Paktia.

Filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow offered access to US military death squad

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.

Photos of US troops defiling corpses expose Afghan war’s savagery

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.

US charges soldier with 17 counts of murder in Afghan massacre

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.

Afghanistan massacre: The product of a criminal war

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2012

Robert Bales, massacre, Afghanistan, PTSD, war, occupation

In wake of Afghan massacre, tensions mount between US and its puppet Karzai

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.

Afghanistan’s My Lai

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.

Amnesty International details torture and murder in Libya

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.

CIA drones target rescue workers, mourners

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.

Former Gaddafi official tortured to death in Libya

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.

No prison time for Marine charged in Haditha massacre

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.

US-NATO war crimes in Libya

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.

Human rights groups charge NATO with war crimes in Libya

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.

Torture charges dropped against UK intelligence officers

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.

US marines desecrate Afghan dead

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.

Afghan government accuses US of torture and false imprisonment

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.

Military trial begins for Marine charged in Iraq massacre

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.

Iraq Veterans Against the War director speaks on Haditha massacre

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.

New revelations on 2005 Haditha massacre in Iraq

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.

Bradley Manning and the attack on democratic rights

By Naomi Spencer, 19 December 2011

Workers must oppose the persecution of military whistleblower Bradley Manning as part of a defense of democratic rights.

Army sergeant convicted as ringleader of Afghan war crimes

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.

The US and Gaddafi: The murderer calls for an investigation of the crime

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.

Former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks speaks with the World Socialist Web Site

By Richard Phillips, 22 October 2011

David Hicks talks about his illegal detention in Guantanamo and his ongoing demonisation by the Australian media

The “liberation” of Libya

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.

US and NATO murder 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.

The destruction of Sirte

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.

UN report documents systematic torture of Afghan detainees

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.

Obama boasts of assassinating American citizen in Yemen

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.

NATO admits killing BBC journalist in Afghanistan

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.

Gage Inquiry into Mousa death whitewashes British Army once again

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.

WikiLeaks cable confirms reports of US massacre of Iraqi civilians

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.

Report details corporate plundering in Iraq, Afghanistan

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.

Evidence mounts of atrocities by Libyan “rebels”

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.

Secret interrogation policy confirms UK government’s complicity in war crimes

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.

After latest massacre, NATO to continue attacks on Afghan civilians

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.

Mladic extradited to the Hague

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.

Twelve children killed in another US massacre in Afghanistan

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.

Book Review

Guantanamo: My Journey—David Hicks exposes torture and government criminality

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.

Demjanjuk Nazi war crimes trial ends in Munich

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.

ICC prosecutor demands arrest warrant against Gaddafi

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.

US, NATO defend air strike that murdered Gaddafi family members

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.

Guantanamo documents reveal US brutality and lawlessness

By Patrick Martin, 26 April 2011

WikiLeaks has released new evidence of wrongful imprisonment and torture by the US military and intelligence agencies.

US blocks UN torture investigator from seeing Bradley Manning

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.

US Army clears “kill team” brigade commander of responsibility

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.

British government presses US over treatment of Bradley Manning

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.

US-NATO bombings kill civilians in Tripoli

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.

Rolling Stone publishes photos of US war crimes in Afghanistan

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.

Afghan “kill team” soldier sentenced to 24 years in prison for murder

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.

Photos released of atrocities by US “kill team” 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.

Mounting criticism of US torture of Private Bradley Manning

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.

CIA killer Raymond Davis released by Pakistani authorities

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.

Pakistan: US spy Raymond Davis allegedly tied to Islamicist groups

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.

Another war crime in Afghanistan: US massacres nine children in air strike

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.

Donald Rumsfeld publishes memoirs of an unrepentant war criminal

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.

Munich exhibition documents German army atrocity in Afghanistan

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.

Tony Blair’s testimony before Iraq inquiry: One war criminal amongst many

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.

More evidence of US war crimes

By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2011

Military documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union provide important new evidence of American war crimes.

Lawyer protests brutal treatment of Bradley Manning

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.

John Pilger’s The War You Don’t See: An indictment of news reporting as state propaganda

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.

US, Europe concealed organ trafficking by Kosovo Liberation Army

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.

Cables expose Washington’s contempt for international law, democratic rights

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.

US drones slaughter 54 in Pakistan

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.

Accused WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning held in solitary confinement

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.

Another massacre of civilians in Afghanistan

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.

More details emerge in US Army kill team case

By Naomi Spencer, 22 November 2010

Hearings continued this week into atrocities committed on Afghan civilians by US Army soldiers in Kandahar.

Mounting evidence of British war crimes in Iraq

By Robert Stevens, 17 November 2010

Further allegations of British war crimes in Iraq emerged in the High Court in London last week.

US Army “kill team” hearing continues

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.

Bush on NBC: Rehabilitating a war criminal

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.

Mounting evidence of British war crimes

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

“The Iraq documents give a picture of the war that has been hidden until now”

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.

Canada’s role in the persecution of child soldier Omar Khadr

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.

Revelations of “systemic” torture by British military

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.

WikiLeaks reveals private security contractors killed Iraqis with impunity

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.

The WikiLeaks documents and the rape of Iraq

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.

New York Times tries character assassination against WikiLeaks founder Assange

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.

WikiLeaks releases documents exposing US war crimes in Iraq

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.

US Justice Department abandons murder case against Blackwater contractor

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.

Judge bars torture evidence in ex-Guantánamo detainee trial

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.

US Army court martial recommended over Afghan civilian killings

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.

More revelations into US military atrocities in Afghanistan

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.

Military hearings on Afghanistan “kill team” begin

By Naomi Spencer, 29 September 2010

Pre-trial hearings began Monday into atrocities committed by US Army soldiers over the past year near Kandahar.

US transfer of Iraqi prisoners: an ongoing war crime

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.

US soldiers killed Afghan civilians and kept fingers, skull as trophies

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.

Obama’s victory for torturers

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.

The twelve soldiers charged in atrocity and cover-up

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.

German army abandons investigation of officer who ordered Kunduz massacre

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.

New provocation against WikiLeaks

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.

The “humanitarian” campaign for the war in Afghanistan

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.

Guantánamo trial begins for Omar Khadr, abducted at 15

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.

Pentagon demands return of WikiLeaks data on Afghanistan war crimes

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.

US war criminals threaten WikiLeaks, Private Manning

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.

WikiLeaks: The German Armed Forces and the policy of targeted killings in 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.

Blood on whose hands in Afghanistan?

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.

The American left and the WikiLeaks documents

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.

Pentagon retaliates against WikiLeaks, Pvt. Manning

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.

The Afghanistan documents and the struggle against war

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.

British politicians and media dismiss WikiLeaks details of Afghanistan war crimes

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.

The New York Times and the Afghan documents

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.

A record of war crimes

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.