Stories categorized “Iraq and Afghanistan”:

US turns a blind eye to torture and murder in Iraq

Published October 2010.

Unedited version of story published by the Guardian October 23 2010 American authorities in Iraq have failed to investigate hundreds of reports of detainees being abused, tortured, raped and even murdered by soldiers and police working with coalition forces. The leaked Iraqi war logs disclose hundreds of grim reports, often supported by medical evidence, describing […]

War logs disclose systemic torture in Iraq

Published October 2010.

The Guardian October 23 2010 A prisoner was kneeling on the ground, blindfolded and handcuffed, when an Iraqi soldier walked over to him and kicked him in the neck. A US marine sergeant was watching and reported the incident, which was duly recorded and judged to be valid. The outcome: “No investigation required.” That was […]

Assange and the sex charges – the missing facts

Published August 2010.

The Guardian August 24 2010 with Marie Louise Sjolie Swedish prosecutors say they hope to announce today  whether they will pursue two cases of alleged sexual assault involving Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. Prosecutors say they are considering a complaint of sexual molestation from Ms A, who has previously been an active supporter of […]

Leaked – the Afghan War Logs

Published August 2010.

The Guardian July 26 2010 A huge cache of secret US military files today provides a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and Nato commanders fear neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are fuelling the insurgency. The disclosures come from more […]

Secret unit that kills for a living

Published August 2010.

The Guardian July 26 2010 Behind a screen of misinformation, the Nato coalition in Afghanistan have been using an undisclosed ‘black’ unit of special forces, Task Force 373, to hunt down targets for death or detention without trial. Details of more than 2,000 senior figures from the Taliban and al Qaeda are held on a […]

How the Afghan war logs came to be published

Published August 2010.

The Guardian July 26 2010 The Americans have known for weeks that they have suffered a haemorrhage of secret information on a scale which makes even the leaking of the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam war look small by comparison. The Afghan war logs, from which the Guardian reports today, consist of 92,000 internal records […]

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