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…

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…

US Week in Review – January 28

YEMEN Residents in Hodeida have reported continued clashes between Houthis and Saudi-led coalition forces, and security officials said there was heavy fighting last week with both sides using heavy weapons and bringing in reinforcements. The clashes and the failure of both sides to pull out troops from Hodeida as agreed by last month’s ceasefire have…

US Week in Review – January 21

ARMS SALES AND SECURITY ASSISTANCE Croatia has formally canceled a $500 million deal to buy 12 used fighter jets from Israel after it collapsed due to US objections. A report by Journalists for Justice claims that top officials in the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) the Ministries of Defense and Immigration are involved in a smuggling…

US Week in Review – January 14

ARMS SALES AND SECURITY ASSISTANCE In a report to Congress, the Pentagon said that it has found no evidence of detainee abuse by US allies in Yemen, contradicting an AP report last year that found evidence of forced disappearances and torture at secret prisons across southern Yemen run by UAE-backed forces. The Pentagon said that…