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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2010 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Among the photographs displayed at the funeral for Army Staff Sgt. Conrad Mora was one showing him receiving a commendation from Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mora was honored last year for dashing into a minefield to rescue Afghan civilians injured when a roadside bomb exploded. To his friends, family and fellow soldiers, Mora's bravery and leadership that day were not a surprise. "There are three kinds of soldiers: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened," said 1st Sgt. Cesar Zertuche.
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NATIONAL
March 26, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
In her first media interview, Karilyn Bales - wife of the Army staff sergeant accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians - says it's hard for her to believe her husband could have committed the killings. She also says she didn't notice behavior indicating that he could be suffering from post-traumatic  stress disorder. “This is not him. It's not him,” she told NBC's "Today" show in an interview near her home in Washington state. She described the 38-year-old soldier as a man who loved children and who wanted to avoid further combat deployments in order to spend more time with his own two kids.
WORLD
April 29, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Pointing up the dangers faced by Afghan civilians as insurgents take aim at Western troops, a minibus in eastern Afghanistan hit a roadside bomb Wednesday, killing 12 passengers, provincial officials said. Taliban fighters and other insurgents have made roadside bombs their weapon of choice. Although buried bombs are the No. 1 killer of Western troops, they kill and maim far larger numbers of Afghan civilians. Many of the devices are planted on roads known to be used by military convoys, but civilian vehicles travel them as well, often with deadly results.
WORLD
August 19, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Hashmat Baktash, Los Angeles Times
A roadside bomb killed 22 people, many of them women and children, crammed into a minivan in western Afghanistan on Thursday, a grim reminder of the toll that the 10-year war against Taliban insurgents takes on civilians. The blast was one of two that struck civilians in the Owbeh district of the western province of Herat on Thursday morning. A separate roadside bomb killed an Afghan woman and injured seven people in a small Mazda truck, said Mohayuddin Noory, a spokesman for the Herat governor's office.
OPINION
September 16, 2008
Re "Does killing Afghan civilians keep us safe?," Opinion, Sept. 12 Intentional killing of civilians is a war crime and should be condemned as such. Any act that knowingly targets civilians degrades our nation, the cause of justice and our freedoms. William DuBay Costa Mesa Though Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann are obviously kinder, gentler people, I fail to comprehend what it is, exactly, they would like to change about the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Apparently, invading an entire country by force and deposing its government, then mercilessly bombing its population for seven years while allowing the vast majority of the country's territory to be overrun by religious fundamentalists and drug lords, all ostensibly motivated by the fruitless pursuit of one man, is OK by them.
OPINION
December 6, 2001
Re "Letting the Anger Seep Out," Dec. 3: In the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy there have been many emotions expressed by the people of this country: grief, frustration, fear and anger. In times like these, we as Americans should unite and help each other through this grieving process. This is not the first time that our country has been victim to terrorism, whether it was the Unabomber, the Oklahoma City bombing or innocent civilians in an abortion clinic. We need to be careful about where our emotions lead us because we should not create more victims.
OPINION
December 16, 2001 | DAVID CORN, David Corn, Washington editor of The Nation, is author of the novel "Deep Background."
"We mourn every civilian death," Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said at a recent Pentagon briefing, responding to news reports that scores of Afghan civilians were killed by U.S. bombs in villages near Tora Bora. Rumsfeld then discounted those reports as mere "Taliban accusations," even though they had been based on the accounts of local anti-Taliban officials (who were working with American forces), civilian eyewitnesses and actual victims. U.S. regret met U.S. denial. In the end, even if that regret is sincere, what use is it to those who have lost family members, limbs or homes to U.S. bombs?
WORLD
March 14, 2008 | M. Karim Faiez and Laura King, Special to The Times
U.S. forces on Thursday acknowledged carrying out a cross-border missile strike that reportedly killed four civilians in Pakistan, and six Afghan civilians were killed by a suicide bomber targeting American troops. The civilian deaths on both sides of the border came days before a new Pakistani government is to be sworn in, one that may prove a less pliant ally in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic militants than President Pervez Musharraf has been.
WORLD
July 28, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A bomb blast tore through a crowded passenger bus on a desert highway in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 25 of those on board and injuring about 20 others, some seriously, government officials said. All were described as civilians. Afghan and Western officials denounced the insurgency for the planting of homemade bombs along roads heavily used by civilians. So-called improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, are usually aimed at Afghan and NATO forces, but often wind up maiming and killing noncombatants instead.
WORLD
May 1, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
On the first day of the Taliban's self-declared spring offensive, insurgents attacked in two Afghan provinces, killing more than half a dozen people, including a district council leader, and wounding another 20, officials said. Early Sunday, a 12-year-old suicide bomber struck at a bazaar in the Barmal district of eastern Paktika province, killing four people, including a woman and the chairman of the district council, Shir Nawaz Khan, according to Mohibullah Samim, the provincial governor.
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