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  • Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

    This multi-part print and online investigation, including an extensive, interactive database of incidents involving the deaths of Afghan civilians at the hands of U.S and allied forces, provides the first comprehensive look into collateral damage in the war in Afghanistan over the years 2001 through 2013.* Approximately 30,000 words in all, the package of articles uncovers faulty and profoundly inadequate efforts to count the dead and to keep track of civilian casualties, the gaps and missteps involved in efforts by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and its office for protection of civilians to account for civilian casualties, serious flaws in the U.S. military’s (classified) database called the Civilian Casualty Tracking Cell (and parallel units), and the lack of any serious effort by the Pentagon to create an Office of Civilian Protection for “lessons learned.” The package examines the practice of lethal profiling of so-called “military age males” throughout the U.S. chain of command and exposes its pernicious effect on American rules of engagement in Afghanistan. It also reports on studies, including those performed by the U.S. military itself, on the measurable and quantifiable effect of civilian casualties in “creating insurgents.” In additional features published online, we report on the haphazard record-keeping and lack of a coherent policy when it comes to payment of reparations for civilians killed in Afghanistan. And we closely examine three mass-casualty incidents involving Afghan civilians, tracing how they resulted from changes in the Pentagon’s own commander directives and guidelines to the troops in the field. *The interactive database concludes at the end of 2012, the last year for which a full data set was available at the time of publication.
  • Rules of Engagement

    The investigation examined the incident that came to be know as the Haditha Massacre, in which a number of Iraqi civilians were killed by U.S. Marines after an IED attack that killed a man in their convoy. The initial reports incorporated accounts of execution-style killings of 24 unarmed men, women and children in a rampage that media often compared to the My Lai massacre. However, the investigation found that the convoy had come under fire from the direction of the four houses, one of the houses contained weapons and forensic and ballistic evidence provided support for the Marines' accounts of what happened that day.
  • Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War

    An in depth report of the "...elite Army platoon that killed hundreds of unarmed civilians during the Vietnam War, and a military officer who substantiated the war crimes- only to see his investigation covered up by the Pentagon."
  • Line of Fire

    This story investigates the fate of four members of an embedded British ITN TV news crew who wandered onto an Iraqi battlefield and wound up caught in the crossfire between Iraqi fighters and US Marines. The author's reporting, observations at the scene and photographs helped establish that the Marines were involved in the incident, contrary to US military claims.
  • Memories of a Massacre

    60 Minutes II told the story of a secret military operation in Thanh Phong led by former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey. Kerrey, who originally went public with the story in the New York Times magazine, said he and his men accidentally massacred women and children in this Vietnamese hamlet after they were fired upon. Subsequent interviews by 60 Minutes II reveal that "the killings may not have been accidental and may in fact have been the result of a planned an deliberate operation... Eyewitnesses said there was no Viet Cong fire."