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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.
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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.
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
November 16, 2012 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A minivan crammed with Afghan civilians on their way to a wedding party in western Afghanistan struck a roadside bomb Friday, killing 17 people, including nine women and at least one child. Gen. Aqqa Noor Kemtooz, chief of police for Farah province, accused Taliban insurgents of planting the explosives. Bombs intended for NATO and Afghan troops are often triggered by passing motorists or pedestrians. A United Nations report on civilian casualties, issued in August, estimated that insurgents were responsible for 80% of civilian deaths in the first half of this year.
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.
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
August 12, 2009 | Laura King
Taliban militants killed three American troops in volatile southern Afghanistan, U.S. military authorities said today, part of a recent wave of violence that could complicate next week's Afghan elections. The latest U.S. deaths brought to at least 18 the number of American soldiers who have died in August in Afghanistan, and pushed fatalities among foreign troops for the month to 27, according to the independent website icasualties.org. The burgeoning violence also claimed the lives of at least nine Afghan civilians and two Afghan soldiers, according to Afghan officials.
WORLD
July 29, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
A bomb blast tore through a crowded passenger bus Wednesday on a desert highway in southern Afghanistan, killing 25 of those on board and injuring about 20 others, some seriously, government officials said. All were said to be civilians. Afghan and Western officials quickly denounced the insurgency for the planting of homemade bombs along roads heavily used by noncombatants. So-called improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, are usually aimed at Afghan and NATO forces, but often wind up maiming and killing civilians 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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