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The United Nations finds a tiny glimmer of good news in Afghanistan in a new report out Wednesday, saying that violence against civilians fell in the first half of the year.

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Commander apologizes for civilian deaths in Afghan airstrikeupdated: Sat Jun 09 2012 13:55:00

The coalition commander in Afghanistan went to the site of a recent airstrike and apologized for civilian deaths, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said Friday.

Bombers kill dozens in Afghanistanupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 08:57:00

CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports on the suicide bombings that killed dozens of people in Afghanistan.

Afghan leader condemns NATO airstrike; U.S. defense secretary visits Kabulupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 08:57:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned a NATO airstrike this week that a provincial official says killed women and children, in a statement that came just as U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived Thursday in Kabul for talks.

Karzai calls civilian casualties 'unacceptable'updated: Tue May 08 2012 03:01:00

A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai expressed dismay Monday over four airstrikes in recent days by international forces in which dozens of civilian casualties have been reported.

Obama: al Qaeda defeat within reachupdated: Wed May 02 2012 20:13:00

President Obama speaks to the nation from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, describing the new treaty with the country.

Obama signals Afghan war's next chapter updated: Wed May 02 2012 20:13:00

President Barack Obama marked the first anniversary of the death of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden with an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, signing a long-awaited strategic partnership agreement meant to set the conditions of an American withdrawal from the war-torn nation.

No U.S. access to sites of Afghan killings, officials sayupdated: Thu Mar 29 2012 12:46:00

U.S. military officials have yet to gain access to the sites where 17 Afghans were killed in Kandahar, an obstacle that could make it more difficult to prosecute the American soldier accused of the multiple homicides.

U.N. body urges Sri Lanka to probe alleged war crimesupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 14:21:00

The United Nations Human Rights Council urged Sri Lanka Thursday to thoroughly investigate allegations of atrocities committed during the island nation's long and brutal civil war.

How can troubled troops be helped?updated: Tue Mar 13 2012 11:31:00

A U.S. soldier is accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians. A clinical psychologist discusses how this could happen.

Alleged Afghan shooter a trained sniperupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 19:31:00

Barbara Starr reports the alleged Afghan shooter had suffered from a traumatic brain injury and was a trained sniper.

Washington base back in spotlight after Afghan shootingsupdated: Mon Mar 12 2012 19:31:00

For the second time in five months, a U.S. soldier from a Washington military base is accused of committing atrocities against civilians in Afghanistan.

Taliban link Afghan attack to Quran burningupdated: Mon Mar 05 2012 11:11:00

A suicide bomber blew himself up at an entrance to Afghanistan's Bagram Airfield on Monday, an attack the Taliban called revenge for the burning of Qurans by U.S. troops there last month.

Dozens killed in wave of attacks across Iraqupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 13:19:00

A series of explosions and shootings killed 44 people and injured more than 200 in Baghdad and elsewhere Thursday morning, Iraqi police said.

Iraqi VP predicts return to violenceupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 13:19:00

Iraq's fugitive vice president rips the U.S., Iraq's prime minister and Iran in an exclusive interview with CNN.

8 Afghan youths mistaken for attackers, coalition saysupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 12:20:00

Eight Afghan youths killed in a coalition airstrike last week were mistaken for potential attackers, the International Security Assistance Force said Wednesday.

Children trained for suicide attacksupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 12:20:00

Two children have been rearrested in Afghanistan for being prospective suicide bombers, CNN's Barbara Starr reports.

NATO investigates report of Afghan civilian deaths updated: Fri Feb 10 2012 08:57:00

NATO is investigating a report by Afghan authorities that an airstrike by coalition forces killed eight children in Kapisa province this week, it said Friday.

Conflict-related civilian deaths rise in Afghanistanupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 16:10:00

A United Nations report blaming a record loss of Afghan civilian lives last year on insurgents and the Taliban was dismissed as "untrue" by a Taliban spokesman Saturday.

Biden calls Iraqi leaders as bloodshed worsensupdated: Sun Jan 29 2012 09:17:00

As recent bloodshed raises fears of renewed sectarian violence in Iraq, U.S. Vice President Biden has been calling Iraqi leaders in an apparent attempt to soothe political tensions, the White House said Saturday.

'Not a pretty scenario' in Iraq, analyst saysupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 12:30:00

A suicide car bomber targeting a Shiite funeral procession in Baghdad killed dozens Friday, the latest attack in a country engulfed by political crisis and an uptick in violence.

New fears of Iraq violenceupdated: Fri Jan 27 2012 12:30:00

CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports on how political infighting could lead to sectarian strife in Iraq.

Afghanistan investigates NATO bombingupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 11:27:00

The Afghan government will investigate reports of civilian casualties in a recent NATO bombing, the office of President Hamid Karzai said Thursday.

Website says 4,000-plus Iraqi civilians killed in 2011updated: Mon Jan 02 2012 17:40:00

Iraq's civilian death toll lingered at more than 4,000 for the third straight year in 2011, a sign of the country's "persistent low-level conflict," according to a public online database.

UN: 5,000-plus Syrian civilians killedupdated: Tue Dec 13 2011 14:35:00

The UN says a government crackdown has lead to 5,000 Syrian civilian deaths.

U.S. admiral endorses expanding number of armed Afghans paid to protect villagesupdated: Sun Dec 11 2011 12:45:00

The head of America's special operations troops has endorsed a likely controversial plan to boost the numbers of armed Afghans paid by NATO to protect their villages under a plan once described as "a community watch with AK-47s."

4 civilians killed in northern Afghanistan blastupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 03:23:00

An explosion in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province Tuesday killed four civilians, police said.

Sergeant denies killing Afghan civilians, admits to cutting off fingersupdated: Thu Nov 10 2011 22:35:00

An Army staff sergeant accused of leading a rogue "kill squad" charged with murdering three Afghan civilians took the stand Friday during his court martial and denied carrying out the killings. Yet he admitted to cutting off body parts as part of what prosecutors called a gruesome practice of keeping battlefield "trophies."

The scary prospect of global drone warfareupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 14:26:00

Drone technology is spreading rapidly. As many as 50 countries are developing or purchasing these systems, including China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Iran.

U.N., NATO at odds over Afghanistan securityupdated: Wed Sep 28 2011 12:48:00

NATO's International Security Assistance Force took issue Wednesday with a new United Nations report that says violence in Afghanistan has jumped in the past year.

Authorities investigate Afghan blast that injured 77 U.S. troopsupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 02:06:00

Authorities believe a truck carrying more than 1,500 pounds of explosives caused a massive blast outside a combat outpost that injured 77 U.S. troops and killed at least two Afghan civilians over the weekend, a U.S. military official said.

Attack hits NATO base on 9/11 anniversaryupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 02:06:00

A suicide bombing at a NATO base in Afghanistan kills two and injures many more. CNN's Suzanne Malveaux reports.

Study: Suicide bomb attacks kill more than 12,000 Iraqisupdated: Sun Sep 04 2011 06:09:00

Suicide bombers are responsible for killing more than 12,000 Iraqi civilians and wounding more than 30,000 since the war began, according to study released by the British medical journal Lancet.

Report: Hundreds killed in drone strikesupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 15:16:00

A Pakistani lawyer discusses a new report claming U.S. drone attacks have killed hundreds of civilians.

U.S. denies report alleging drone strikes kill 160 kids in Pakistanupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 15:16:00

A senior U.S. official is dismissing a report that says covert American drone strikes in Pakistan have killed 385 civilians, nearly half of them children, saying the findings by the London-based Bureau for Investigative Journalism are faulty and uncorroborated.

Libyan rebels report progress advancing toward Tripoliupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 22:42:00

Rebels pushed Thursday northward on three fronts toward the coastal cities of al-Zawiya, Aziziya and Sorman, with their ultimate goal being Tripoli, rebel field commander Adel Al-Zintani told CNN.

Blackouts leave Tripoli darkupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 22:42:00

Tripoli suffers from widespread blackouts and fuel shortages as NATO airstrikes continue. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

Soldier gets 3 years for part he played in deaths of Afghan civiliansupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 22:44:00

A military judge sentenced a soldier accused of being part of a rogue Army "kill squad" that murdered civilians in Afghanistan to three years in military prison and to receive a bad-conduct discharge Friday.

4 Afghans gunned down in anti-NATO demonstrationupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 15:26:00

Four people were shot dead Friday in an anti-NATO demonstration in southern Afghanistan during an exchange of gunfire that took place amid a protest over civilian casualties, police said.

3 Afghan civilians killed in shooting by French soldier, officials sayupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 17:03:00

Three Afghan civilians were killed and four were wounded when at least one French soldier opened fire on their vehicle in northeastern Afghanistan late Tuesday evening, officials said.

New hearing begins for sergeant charged in deaths of Afghan civiliansupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 21:33:00

"Sgt. Gibbs asked if we were OK to go ahead and shoot this guy. We said 'yeah,'" Army Pvt. Jeremy Morlock testified Thursday in a hearing for one of a group of U.S. soldiers accused of forming a rogue "kill squad" while fighting in Afghanistan.

Man dressed in Afghan army uniform kills NATO soldierupdated: Sat Jul 16 2011 22:02:00

NATO says it is investigating a Saturday attack by a man wearing an Afghan army uniform who opened fire on International Security Assistance Forces in southern Afghanistan, killing one.

ISAF investigating raid amid claims of civilian casualtiesupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 03:52:00

The NATO-led command in Afghanistan is investigating a raid that led to the deaths of six Afghans and claims of civilian casualties.

Report: War-related civilian deaths up in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Jul 15 2011 00:47:00

The use of powerful improvised explosive devices -- IEDs -- by militants in Afghanistan has caused a "dramatic" hike in "conflict-related civilian deaths" in the first half of the year, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a report Thursday.

Afghan officials: Up to 16 civilians killed in NATO strikeupdated: Tue Jul 12 2011 06:03:00

Afghan officials say a NATO airstrike in Logar province Monday killed at least nine and up to 16 people.

Activist group: Dozens of Yemeni civilians killedupdated: Sat Jul 09 2011 07:40:00

Dozens of civilians may have been killed by Yemeni forces since May while fighting an armed Islamist group in Abyan province, the activist group Human Rights Watch said in a report released Saturday. But a spokesman for Yemen's ruling party disputed the findings.

Court: Britain obligated to probe civilian deaths in Iraqupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 13:37:00

In a landmark judgment, Europe's highest court ruled Thursday that Britain was an occupying force in southern Iraq but failed to adequately investigate the deaths of Iraqi civilians.

Official: 11 Afghan civilians killed in NATO-led strikeupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 09:16:00

Eight children and three women died in eastern Afghanistan when NATO-led forces bombarded houses, a provincial official told CNN Thursday.

Jury selection begins for soldier accused in Afghan shootingsupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 03:45:00

Jury selection begins Thursday for an Army sergeant charged in what military authorities say was a conspiracy by a group of soldiers to kill Afghan civilians for sport and then cover it up.

7 civilians killed from roadside mines in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 07:22:00

Seven civilians were killed Monday from two separate roadside mines in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province, the Ministry of Interior said.

Karzai: 'The Afghan people need peace'updated: Sun Jun 26 2011 20:39:00

Support from the United States, Pakistan and other Afghan allies is crucial to the success of reconciliation talks with the Taliban, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria that aired Sunday.

Libya says NATO strikes kill 15 civilians; alliance denies reportupdated: Sat Jun 25 2011 18:04:00

NATO airstrikes hit a bakery and a restaurant in the Libyan city of al-Brega Saturday, killing 15 civilians, a Libyan government official told CNN, though the alliance countered that claim.

Karzai discusses U.S. troop withdrawalsupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 15:16:00

CNN's Fareed Zakaria talks to Afghan President Hamid Karzai about the pace of U.S. troop withdrawal.

Karzai welcomes U.S. troop withdrawalupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 15:16:00

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's plans for a U.S. troops drawdown and said it's a sign that Afghanistan is ready to take control of security in the war-torn nation.

NATO: Airstrike targeted high-level Gadhafi command siteupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 16:34:00

NATO said Monday that a residential building west of Tripoli was targeted early Monday in an airstrike that the Libyan government alleges killed 15 people, including three children.

NATO acknowledges strike in Tripoli may have killed civiliansupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 00:28:00

NATO acknowledged Sunday that an errant airstrike in Tripoli may have caused "a number of civilian casualties."

Libyan rebels ill-equippedupdated: Mon Jun 20 2011 00:28:00

CNN's Ben Wedeman reports on fighting in Libya, where rebels have little or no training and only light weapons.

U.S. aid in Afghanistan questionedupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 10:08:00

CNN's Jill Dougherty looks at a report critical of the effectiveness of U.S. aid projects in Afghanistan.

U.N.: 368 civilians die in Afghanistan in Mayupdated: Sat Jun 11 2011 10:08:00

The number of civilians killed in attacks and other war-related violence hit 368 in May, making it the deadliest month for Afghans since 2007, the United Nations said Saturday.

Twin suicide bombings in Afghanistan target foreign workersupdated: Mon May 30 2011 07:33:00

Suicide bombers targeted security forces and foreign civil affairs workers in separate blasts Monday in the western Afghanistan city of Herat, killing at least five people and wounding 33, a police official told CNN.

7 dead in Afghanistan suicide attackupdated: Sun May 29 2011 22:19:00

Seven people were killed in a suicide attack in northern Afghanistan aimed at high-level Afghan and coalition officials.

NATO apologizes for Afghan airstrike that it says killed 9 civiliansupdated: Sun May 29 2011 22:19:00

A coalition commander offered his alliance's "sincere apologies" Sunday for an airstrike that he said killed nine civilians in southern Afghanistan.

Afghan hospital assaulted amid fears of 'high-profile attacks'updated: Sat May 21 2011 14:54:00

A suicide bombing ripped through a military hospital in Kabul on Saturday as a warning surfaced from the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan of increased "high-profile attacks" over the summer.

Petraeus warns of increased attacks on coalition forcesupdated: Sat May 21 2011 06:44:00

The commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan is warning troops of increased high-profile attacks over the summer, calling on NATO-led forces to balance its tactical needs with those of the civilian population.

Taliban announces spring offensive as NATO readies for greater fightupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 14:10:00

The Taliban said Saturday it is launching a new offensive against foreign troops and Afghan security forces in what it calls the tenth year of "sacred Jihad against all foreign invaders."

Witnesses: Libyan government forces shelling civilian areas of Misrataupdated: Mon Apr 25 2011 18:33:00

Libyan government forces directed their assault Monday on civilian areas of Misrata, resulting in a number of civilian casualties, witnesses said.

Gadhafi forces shell Misrata; leaders say he must 'go for good'updated: Thu Apr 14 2011 21:12:00

Moammar Gadhafi's forces Thursday pounded the strategic port of Misrata, his sole daughter defied the coalition and the three leaders of that alliance declared the Libyan leader "must go and go for good."

Is NATO doing enough in Libya?updated: Thu Apr 14 2011 21:12:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper takes a closer look at whether NATO is doing enough to protect civilians in Libya.

Rebels gain ground as airstrikes continue in Libyaupdated: Sun Mar 27 2011 22:41:00

Libyan opposition fighters marched west Sunday, seizing control of two key cities, CNN observed, and gaining ground as coalition airstrikes continued to pound the North African nation.

Libyan rebels claim key gainsupdated: Sun Mar 27 2011 22:41:00

CNN's Arwa Damon reports rebels say they've seized the oil port of Brega, crediting coalition airstrikes with the gain.

NATO says civilians 'accidentally killed' in Afghanistan airstrikeupdated: Sat Mar 26 2011 05:15:00

Civilians were accidentally killed during a NATO airstrike in Afghanistan, the organization's International Security Assistance Force said in a statement Saturday.

Preparing for battle in Libyaupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 22:33:00

CNN's Arwa Damon talks with the military commander of the Libyan opposition.

Coalition airstrikes continue Thursday in Tripoliupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 22:33:00

The coalition air effort to halt the Libyan government's attacks on civilians continued into Thursday for a sixth day, with an airstrike in the Tripoli suburb of Tajura, a government official said.

Soldier pleads guilty in Afghan killing caseupdated: Wed Mar 23 2011 13:11:00

A soldier accused of killing Afghan citizens for sport pleaded guilty Wednesday at the outset of a court martial proceeding at an Army base in Washington.

Moscow calls for cease-fire in Libya as Gates visitsupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 10:37:00

Tensions between the United States and Russia over coalition airstrikes in Libya broke back into the open Tuesday, with Moscow calling for an immediate cease-fire to protect civilians and Washington saying that the claims of Libyan casualties were Gadhafi lies.

Mullen: We will cut Libyan supply linesupdated: Sun Mar 20 2011 21:01:00

Adm. Mike Mullen lays out the plan of action for military operations against Libya.

Mullen: No-fly zone effectively in place in Libyaupdated: Sun Mar 20 2011 21:01:00

A U.S.-led military mission in Libya has effectively imposed a no-fly zone and blasted some of Moammar Gadhafi's ground forces outside the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday.

Gates: I'm sorry for civilian casualtiesupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 14:45:00

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates apologizes for the civilian casualties in Kunar, Afghanistan, over the weekend.

Gates apologizes for latest civilian deaths in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 14:45:00

Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday offered his personal apology to Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for the killings of nine Afghan boys last week in a NATO-led helicopter attack targeting insurgents, saying the incident "breaks our hearts."

Karzai to Petraeus: Apologies are not enoughupdated: Mon Mar 07 2011 06:59:00

Apologies are not sufficient when it comes to civilian casualties, Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the NATO commander Sunday, days after a NATO airstrike killed nine Afghan boys.

Roadside bomb strikes bus, civilians killedupdated: Sun Mar 06 2011 12:08:00

Seven civilians were killed and 14 others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded by a bus carrying passengers in al-Maaqal district in northern Basra Sunday morning, police told CNN.

Petraeus apologizes after international forces kill 9 Afghan civiliansupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 11:02:00

The commander of U.S. and NATO-led forces in Afghanistan apologized Wednesday after an investigation concluded that coalition troops accidentally killed nine civilians -- including some children -- in a strike Tuesday.

More civilian casualties reported in northeastern Afghanistanupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 09:09:00

Just days after the governor of an northeastern Afghanistan province claimed dozens of civilians were killed in a NATO-led mission targeting insurgents, new allegations of civilian casualties surfaced in a nearby province Thursday.

Blast kills 9 civilians in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Jan 16 2011 07:24:00

Nine civilians were killed in a road mine explosion in Afghanistan's Baghlan province, a spokesman for the province's governor said Sunday.

Suicide attack kills 3 in Afghanistanupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 02:58:00

Three Afghans were killed in a suicide attack in Kandahar province on Monday, the Afghan government said.

2011 will be a turning point for U.S. military in Iraqupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 09:09:00

Next year at this time, the United States is to withdraw all of its troops from Iraq, the scheduled end of a turbulent chapter in U.S. and Iraqi military history.

Civilian Casualties Rise in Afghanistanupdated: Sun Dec 26 2010 01:07:00

A UN Report states a rise in civilian casualties. CNN's Arwa Damon reports.

Taliban dispute U.N. report on Afghan casualtiesupdated: Sun Dec 26 2010 01:07:00

The Taliban movement is disputing a U.N. report that asserts the number of civilians slain by insurgents has risen but those killed by the coalition has dropped.

Violence up in Afghanistan, U.N. warnsupdated: Fri Dec 24 2010 23:34:00

Afghanistan is seeing higher levels of violence this year than last year at this time, with 20% more civilians killed and the number of "security incidents" up by 66%, the United Nations says in a new report.

2010: Afghan war civilian deaths up 20%updated: Fri Dec 24 2010 23:34:00

A U.N. report issued this week reveals surprising statistics. CNN's Arwa Damon reports from Kabul.

5 civilians killed, 32 injured in recent Iraq violenceupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 05:45:00

A series of attacks in less than a day has killed five civilians and injured dozens more in Iraq, police told CNN.

Did U.S. downplay Iraqi civilian deaths?updated: Tue Oct 26 2010 10:20:00

Leaked military documents suggest that more Iraqi civilians were killed between 2004 and 2009 than had been reported.

WikiLeak founder speaksupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 13:32:00

WikiLeak's founder speaks at a press conference about the Iraq War documents recently released.

Group: Investigate reports of torture in Iraq WikiLeaks documentsupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 13:32:00

Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged the Iraqi and U.S. governments to launch investigations into reports of torture and detainee abuse after the WikiLeaks website published thousands of classified military documents detailing the war in Iraq.

WikiLeaks website publishes classified military documents from Iraqupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 13:24:00

The whistle-blower website WikiLeaks published nearly 400,000 classified military documents from the Iraq war on Friday, calling it the largest classified military leak in history.

5 dead in airstrike as claims of Afghan civilian deaths probedupdated: Fri Oct 08 2010 05:50:00

NATO forces killed five armed men in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, and the command is investigating allegations of civilian casualties, the International Security Assistance Force said.

Hundreds of civilians killed in Iraqi violence in Augustupdated: Wed Sep 01 2010 06:40:00

Violence killed hundreds of Iraqi civilians in August, authorities said Wednesday, a day after President Barack Obama marked the end of the U.S. combat mission in the country.

NATO probes possible civilian deaths in Afghan raidupdated: Sun Aug 29 2010 13:49:00

NATO forces are investigating whether a raid on Taliban positions in northern Afghanistan left civilians dead after complaints from provincial leaders, an allied general announced Sunday.

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