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Why We Need an International Treaty on Private Military Contractors

Private military contractors are poised to take an increasingly large role in Iraq, but serious questions remain about how they will be held responsible for their actions. One obvious answer is an international convention.

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Researchers: At Least 137,000 Civilians Dead In Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan

A new estimate by researchers at Brown University claims that at least 137,000 civilians have died during tens years of war in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. This likely under-counts the true human cost of war.

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Violence at Camp Ashraf in Iraq

Camp Ashraf is an Iranian refugee camp in Iraq. In January 2009, responsibility for security of the camp was turned over from Americans to Iraqi forces. Since then, it has experienced several violent raids by Iraqi military forces.

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A New Iraq War Study Offers Potential Lessons About Reducing Killing of Civilians

Last week King’s College researchers in London published a study looking into the gory details of how people were killed during the Iraq War. Based on this research, they offer some incite about how civilian casualties might be reduced in future combat.

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A Very Bloody Week in Iraq. And It’s Only Thursday.

Violence is sinking to new lows in Iraq, where a string of suicide bombings this week have killed scores of people.

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Iraq’s Invisible Refugees

The tragic flight of minorities from central Iraq to the north has not only been a larger crisis than anyone anticipated. It has also created a new, secondary crisis for host communities that governments, donors, and aid agencies are only beginning to figure out how to address.

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