US Week in Review – March 11

MOST RECENT OIR CIVCAS REPORT (February 28): In the month of January, CJTF-OIR carried over 182 open reports from previous months and received 22 new reports, five of them were previously closed, but the CIVCAS cell reopened them due to new information. The assessment of 63 civilian casualty allegation reports has been completed. Out of…

US Week in Review – March 4

Coalition forces carried out 186 strikes in Syria and 25 strikes in Iraq between February 10 and 23. MOST RECENT OIR CIVCAS REPORT (February 28): In the month of January, CJTF-OIR carried over 182 open reports from previous months and received 22 new reports, five of them were previously closed, but the CIVCAS cell reopened…

Twenty Years of Prioritizing the Protection of Civilians: February 1999 – UN Security Council Convenes First-Ever Meeting Focused on Protecting Civilians in Conflict

This is the first piece in a series that CIVIC will publish throughout 2019 to mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council taking up the protection of civilians on its agenda. Follow along here, on Facebook, and on Twitter with #POC20 as we reflect on the status of the protection of civilians during this important…

US Week in Review – February 11

On Friday, the Department of Defense released a report on its civilian casualty policy, as required by the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. MOST RECENT OIR CIVCAS REPORT (January 31): In the month of December, CJTF-OIR carried over 184 open reports from previous months and received 10 new reports. The assessment of 12 civilian…

In Coalition Ops, Civilian Protections Are Only As Strong as the Weakest Link

By: Dan Mahanty and Annie Shiel Multinational coalitions have become an enduring feature of American wars, from standing alliances like NATO to the ad-hoc coalitions fighting Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria. Yet, for the frequency with which the US turns to coalitions as a preferred mode of fighting, remarkably little has been done to examine the relationship between…