March 20, 2011 |
It was to be a human shield, a massive gathering of Moammar Kadafi's supporters at his Bab Azizia compound, and the Libyan leader was to give a late-night speech of defiance against the international forces arrayed against him. They would stand by their beloved Brother Leader at the same compound destroyed by President Reagan's airstrikes in 1986. Even if the bombs came sailing down. Even if the entire place went up in flames. "I'm here to support Moammar Kadafi and to oppose the threats of the West," said Ghazal Muftah, a 52-year-old grandmother in a camouflage army jacket and hijab , or head scarf, among about 400 or so gathered around the ruler's vast and well-protected residence.
March 12, 2010 |
Two Israeli soldiers involved in the Gaza Strip offensive a year ago used a 9-year-old Palestinian boy as a human shield to open packages they believed were booby-trapped with explosives, the Israeli army charged Thursday. The soldiers, whose names were not released, have been indicted in military court for "unauthorized conduct" and "exceeding their authority in a manner that endangered life or health," the army said. The boy, whose case was forwarded to the Israel Defense Forces by the United Nations, was unharmed.
May 10, 2009 |
A joint U.S.-Afghan investigation confirmed that an unspecified number of civilians were killed in a southern Afghan battle, but the initial findings released Saturday appeared to blame Taliban militants who allegedly used villagers as "human shields." Officials in Farah province say dozens of civilians were killed in U.S. airstrikes. The U.S.-Afghan joint statement Saturday said troops called in airstrikes on militant positions during heavy fighting in two villages in Farah Monday and Tuesday.
April 25, 2009 |
Hundreds who fled intense fighting in Sri Lanka's war zone awaited evacuation from a tiny coastal village as the U.N. reported that nearly 6,500 ethnic Tamil civilians had been killed in the last three months. Speaking to journalists on a rare visit to the edge of the war zone, civilians said Tamil Tiger rebels used them as human shields. Conditions "were terrible as we did not have anything to eat. We thought, it's better to flee," said Rajeshwarai, 40, who gave only her first name.
October 22, 2007 |
Taliban militants used Afghan civilians as human shields during a battle with U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan that left 20 militants and one civilian dead and 11 wounded, officials said. Afghanistan's Defense Ministry said the Afghan-North Atlantic Treaty Organization operation was launched in the Korengal Valley in Kunar province, near the border with Pakistan, with artillery fire and airstrikes. Kunar Gov.
September 20, 2007 |
Taliban fighters used children as human shields in southern Afghanistan, forcing U.S.-led coalition soldiers to hold their fire for a time, the coalition said. The soldiers did fight the insurgents when they tried to flee their compound, and more than a dozen suspected militants were killed, the coalition said. The report, which was impossible to verify independently, did not list any casualties among troops or civilians.