War Crimes

James P. Cannon on the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “An unspeakable atrocity”

7 August 2020

The founder of American Trotskyism warned in August 1945 that the atomic bombs dropped on Japan placed before humanity the alternative of “socialism or annihilation.”

Why Canada’s media is fawning over the war criminal John Bolton

By Roger Jordan, 4 July 2020

Canada’s ruling elite wants a more stable and strategic-minded partner in the White House, who can more effectively employ intrigue, intimidation and war in pursuing their common imperialist agenda.

Financier of 1994 Rwandan genocide Félicien Kabuga arrested in Paris

By Jacques Valentin, 20 June 2020

Kabuga, who financed and helped equip the genocidal Interahamwe militias, had been located by police in 2007 but was still living quietly in the Paris suburbs.

Service Prosecuting Authority drops all but one investigation into British war crimes in Iraq

By Jean Shaoul, 13 June 2020

The British government is serving notice that it has no intention of honouring domestic or international law outlawing abuse, torture and murder by its military and security forces.

More Australian war crimes exposed in Afghanistan

By Jason Quill, 6 June 2020

The exposure of Ziauddin’s killing highlights the years of coverups by successive Australian governments, both Liberal-National and Labor, of military abuses in the Middle East.

Trudeau government exploits pandemic to renew $14 billion arms deal with despotic Saudi regime

By Laurent Lafrance, 2 June 2020

With the attention of most Canadians focused on preventing COVID-19 from infecting their family and friends, Canada’s Liberal government saw the opportunity to resume issuing permits for the export of armoured vehicles to the Saudi absolutist regime.

“Four Corners” program exposes Australian war crimes in Afghanistan

By John Harris, 23 March 2020

The actions revealed in the program, including the execution of unarmed civilians, have doubtless been known by successive governments, Labor and Coalition alike.

International court approves probe of US war crimes in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 March 2020

The ICC’s decision, following a protracted delay, came in defiance of Washington’s threats and bullying.

Psychologist responsible for devising torture methods testifies at Guantanamo Bay hearing

By Adam Mclean, 30 January 2020

James Mitchell, an Air Force veteran and psychologist who was a leading architect of torture methods used at US “black sites” testified that he threatened to cut the throat of the son of detainee Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

As millions march in Tehran, US steps up military build-up against Iran

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2020

As millions in Iran mourn the murder of General Qassem Suleimani, President Trump is assembling the forces for much greater crimes.

The US propaganda machine justifies the assassination of Qassem Suleimani

By Andre Damon and David North, 7 January 2020

To present with any degree of honesty the life of Major General Qassem Suleimani would require acknowledging the criminal role the United States has played in subverting the interests of the people of Iran and the entire Middle East for upwards of 70 years.

US assassination of Suleimani staggers Turkish government

By Ulas Atesci, 7 January 2020

The Turkish government took 10 hours to react to this illegal act of war carried out by its decades-long NATO ally.

International Criminal Court to investigate Israeli war crimes

By Jean Shaoul, 4 January 2020

Human rights groups have told the UN Human Rights Council, which is investigating Israel’s use of lethal fire against protestors, that no evidence exists of a single protester killed in Gaza border protests being armed.

Edward Gallagher, Donald Trump and America’s criminal wars

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2019

A new report documents the gruesome record of the Navy Seal commander Trump has praised and pardoned.

Australia: Lauded military veteran subject of second police investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 21 December 2019

The special forces were used for some of the most brutal aspects of the war, particularly hunting down and capturing or killing alleged Taliban resistance fighters.

The “Afghanistan papers”: The criminality and disaster of a war based upon lies

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2019

The documents published by the Washington Post constitute a damning indictment of both major parties as well as the media for lying to the American people for two decades.

Seeking to cultivate fascistic base, Trump pardons two war criminals and promotes a third

By Evan Blake, 16 November 2019

Trump’s unprecedented pardoning of war criminals highlights the authoritarian character of his administration.

In Berlin Wall speech, Pompeo advances crusade against Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 11 November 2019

In a hypocritical address invoking a worldwide crusade for “freedom,” Pompeo escalated US threats of global war.

UN rapporteur Nils Melzer warns: Julian Assange may die in a British prison

By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2019

Melzer’s statements confirm that the British government, acting on behalf of the US administration of President Donald Trump, is seeking nothing less than Assange’s psychological and physical destruction.

Australian troops accused of war crimes in Afghanistan

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 September 2019

Anonymous soldiers interviewed by “60 Minutes” alleged that Ben Roberts-Smith, who is widely presented as a “war hero,” kicked a handcuffed Afghan civilian off a cliff in 2012.

Government minister, journalists challenged on Australian TV over persecution of Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 24 September 2019

A WikiLeaks supporter denounced the “media blackout about Julian Assange” and declared that journalists could no longer deny that he was being held as a “political prisoner.”

Trump breaks off talks on end to US war in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 9 September 2019

The US president announced that he had called off plans for a secret Camp David meeting with the Taliban and the Afghan president to conclude a peace deal.

Australian government boosts Special Forces despite war crimes charges

By Mike Head, 16 August 2019

The move is part of the preparation for war, as well as for the suppression of domestic dissent.

War threats mount as Iran exceeds limit on enriched uranium stockpile

By Bill Van Auken, 2 July 2019

Israel carried out one of its most intense raids in Syria Monday amid speculation that Tel Aviv is preparing to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.

EU powers build joint “Future Combat Air System”

European Union rearms for World War III

By Johannes Stern, 21 June 2019

At the Le Bourget air show the defence ministers of Germany, France and Spain signed major agreements to develop a joint European air combat system.

Germany: Protest vigil in Dusseldorf demands release of Julian Assange

By our reporters, 17 June 2019

“Assange’s surrender to the US would mean that war crimes, spying on the population, or government intrigues and conspiracies would no longer be reported.”

Trump issues full pardon to former lieutenant who executed prisoner in Iraq

By Jessica Goldstein, 9 May 2019

The act of clemency for a war criminal was a calculated gesture to ultra-right and fascistic elements inside and outside the US military.

New study documents over 1,600 killed in US siege of Raqqa, Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2019

The killings in Raqqa, like those in Mosul, Iraq, constituted massive war crimes committed in the so-called war against ISIS.

Macron moves to prosecute journalists who revealed French arms sales in Yemen war

By Will Morrow, 26 April 2019

French security services have summoned Disclose journalists for questioning over their April 15 report documenting French arms supplies to Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

Guatemala and El Salvador discuss amnesty for war criminals

By Andrea Lobo, 9 April 2019

The ruling class is calling for forgiving and forgetting the mass murder, torture and other crimes carried out by US-backed dictatorships.

Unsealed documents shed light on state conspiracy against Chelsea Manning

By Kevin Reed, 22 March 2019

The unsealed documents shine a light on the desperate measures to which the US government has resorted in pursuing a legal pretext to prosecute Julian Assange.

Trump administration threatens sanctions against International Criminal Court

By Patrick Martin, 11 September 2018

National Security Advisor John Bolton threatened jurists and prosecutors of the ICC with financial and legal sanctions, including even arrest and imprisonment, if they sought to bring charges against Americans.

Mistrial in case of formerly convicted Blackwater mercenary

By Jacob Crosse, 8 September 2018

Key testimony of the Nisour Square Massacre was called into question due to a brain injury sustained by an eyewitness.

The siege of Hodeidah, Washington’s war crime in Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 15 June 2018

The near genocidal war against the impoverished people of Yemen represents one of the greatest war crimes since the end of World War II.

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Navy SEAL accused of war crimes in Afghanistan

By Shelley Connor, 26 May 2018

On Thursday, President Trump bestowed the Medal of Honor on former Navy SEAL Britt Slabinski, who has admitted to ordering the killing of unarmed Afghan men.

Whistleblower and former political prisoner Chelsea Manning speaks to WSWS

By Norisa Diaz, 2 May 2018

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to Chelsea Manning, known around the world for her courageous leaks of documents exposing US government war crimes and her subsequent arrest.

US involvement in enslavement and rape of Afghan children

By Kayla Costa, 29 January 2018

Between 2010 and 2016 alone, there were nearly 6,000 accusations of child sexual abuse reported by American military personnel, with no actions taken in response.

UN says 27 dying each day in US-led siege of Raqqa

By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2017

The mass killing in the Syrian city of Raqqa is part of an arc of US slaughter, stretching from the Horn of Africa through the Middle East and into South Asia.

The “liberation” of Mosul: Washington’s latest war crime in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 12 July 2017

The crimes carried out against the people of Mosul are on a Hitlerian scale, with tens of thousands killed or wounded and close to one million people driven from their homes.

US forces accused of firing white phosphorus into Mosul and Raqqa

By James Cogan, 12 June 2017

An estimated 200,000 civilians are trapped in the Islamic State-held areas of both cities.

US-backed Iraqi forces carry out “annihilation tactics” in Mosul

By James Cogan, 30 May 2017

Secretary of Defense Mattis implied that the “tactics” included the extra-judicial execution of wounded or captured alleged ISIS militants, which would constitute a war crime.

Washington invokes the language of war against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 14 January 2017

Over the past several weeks, top Democratic and Republican officials have denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “war criminal,” following a script used before every previous act of military aggression.

Guantánamo Diary author released after 14 years in illegal detention

By Zaida Green, 19 October 2016

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, now 45, has never been charged with a crime.

Australian parliamentarian calls for Iraqi war crimes trial

By James Cogan, 9 July 2016

Andrew Wilkie declared that he would like to see an international court to hear the “pretty compelling case” against George Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard for war crimes.

UK: Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn refuses to call Tony Blair a war criminal

By Chris Marsden, 8 July 2016

Corbyn’s silence is his response to the efforts by 80 percent of Labour MPs, led by the Blairite wing of the party, to remove him as party leader.

The Chilcot verdict on Iraq: A war crime by British and US imperialism

By Julie Hyland, 7 July 2016

The Chilcot report provides conclusive proof that those responsible for the war have the blood of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, on their hands.

Fallujah: A symbol of US war crimes

By James Cogan, 8 June 2016

The humanitarian disaster that is unfolding in Fallujah is the product of the US-led invasion in 2003 and Washington’s deliberate stoking of sectarian conflict in the face of determined Iraqi resistance.

Obama, Pentagon outline latest plan to close Guantanamo, move prisoners to US

By E.P. Bannon, 24 February 2016

The maneuver is a cynical ploy aimed at assuaging opposition to the horrific crimes committed in the name of the "war on terror," which have continued unabated under Obama.

UK and Swedish governments continue their persecution of Julian Assange

By Robert Stevens, 6 February 2016

London and Stockholm have rejected the UN’s verdict that Assange has been arbitrarily detained.

Pentagon report whitewashes bombing of Doctors Without Borders hospital

By Thomas Gaist, 26 November 2015

While the actual report remains secret, the US military offered a summary of its internal findings on the destruction of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan by US forces last month.

US-backed Saudi war coalition shows “complete disregard” for civilian lives, MSF says

Saudi strikes destroy Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen

By Thomas Gaist, 29 October 2015

The US-backed Saudi war coalition has laid waste to civilian infrastructure across Yemen since launching “Operation Decisive Storm” in March

NSSP leader backs US cover-up of Sri Lankan war crimes

By K. Ratnayake, 29 October 2015

At every point, the NSSP has followed in the footsteps of US imperialism, justifying Washington’s actions and giving credence to its bogus “human rights” posturing.

New evidence that US Army deliberately targeted hospital in Kunduz

By Joseph Kishore, 27 October 2015

Aided by the media, the US military and the Obama administration are continuing their efforts to cover up and whitewash a war crime.

The Afghan hospital bombing: An imperialist war crime

By Joseph Kishore, 17 October 2015

In the wake of the October 3 massacre at the Doctors Without Borders hospital, details have emerged exposing a war crime for which the entire political establishment is responsible.

Hospital bombing in Afghanistan was premeditated, AP reports

By Evan Blake, 16 October 2015

US special operations analysts had been gathering intelligence on the Doctors Without Borders hospital days before it was destroyed, a flagrant war crime.

Amnesty report: US-backed Kurdish militias forcibly displaced thousands in northern Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 15 October 2015

American-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) committed war crimes, including forced displacement and collective punishment, against more than a dozen villages in northern Syria, a new Amnesty International report shows

Washington’s war crime in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2015

Fourteen years after the US invaded Afghanistan on the pretext of destroying Al Qaeda, the US military continues slaughtering Afghans to keep a corrupt puppet regime in power.

Yemen: A war crime made in America

By Niles Williamson, 21 September 2015

The six-month reign of death and destruction spearheaded by Saudi Arabia in Yemen would not be possible without the backing of American imperialism, which is seeking to assert its hegemony over the entire Middle East.

Poll finds mass opposition in Europe to war drive vs. Russia over Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 11 June 2015

The US and NATO are pressing a confrontation with Russia that threatens to provoke a war in the face of broad opposition within the European population.

Obama gave CIA free rein for drone assassinations in Pakistan

By Bill Van Auken, 28 April 2015

Rules supposedly imposed elsewhere to reduce the killing and maiming of civilians were secretly waived for CIA operations in Pakistan.

UK joins US, Poland in sending military trainers to Ukraine

By Jean Shaoul, 26 February 2015

London is joining the US and Polish governments in arming the Kiev regime, risking outright war with Russia.

US presses for military action against Russia

By Joseph Kishore, 9 February 2015

The United States is ratcheting up pressure for military escalation in Ukraine, and thus risking a war with Russia.

Munich Security Conference: Threats and provocations against Russia over Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 9 February 2015

The 51st Munich Security Conference was dominated by the escalation of war threats against Russia by the imperialist powers.

US official admits to UK role in rendition to Diego Garcia

By Jean Shaoul, 9 February 2015

Britain colluded in the use of the British overseas territory of Diego Garcia by the US for its criminal activities.

Ukraine premier’s pro-Nazi version of World War II: USSR invaded Ukraine, Germany

By Lena Sokoll, 19 January 2015

On Germany’s public television channel ARD, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the USSR was the aggressor against Ukraine and Germany in World War II.

US drone strike against Somalia

By Bill Van Auken, 31 December 2014

The attempted assassination of a Somali Islamist militia leader is part of a global escalation of the Obama administration’s illegal drone killing program.

Amnesty International documents war crimes by pro-Kiev militia

By Julie Hyland, 11 September 2014

A report from Amnesty International confirms the Ukrainian government is using extreme-right militias to suppress political opposition.

UK referred to International Criminal Court for war crimes in Iraq

By Jean Shaoul, 3 June 2014

This is the first time the International Criminal Court in The Hague has opened an enquiry into a Western state.

Spanish government abolishes prosecutions under universal jurisdiction laws

By Alejandro López, 13 March 2014

As the result of a new Spanish law, dozens of investigations will be dropped into crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide and torture.

Iraqi military bombs Fallujah ahead of ground assault

By Will Morrow, 4 February 2014

The government has delivered an ultimatum to anyone still inside the city to leave or be treated as a supporter of Al Qaeda-linked militias.

Ex-UK minister of defence and former army chief of staff named in Iraq war crimes case

By Jean Shaoul, 21 January 2014

Investigators have charged that the abuse of Iraqis was systematic.

Sharon’s funeral pays homage to war criminal

By Mike Head, 14 January 2014

The whitewashing of Sharon’s record is bound up with the fact that the criminal methods he employed have been openly adopted by Washington and its allies.

Report finds US-backed Syrian opposition responsible for sectarian atrocity

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2013

In an offensive near Lattakia in early August, US-backed Syrian opposition forces slaughtered hundreds of civilians in a sectarian-based massacre.

Obama offers tortured defense of targeted killings

By Joseph Kishore, 24 May 2013

Obama defended drone killings, while essentially acknowledging their illegality and the illegality of much of what the US government has done over the past decade.

Video shows US-backed opposition fighter cannibalizing Syrian soldier

By Alex Lantier, 16 May 2013

The video makes clear the barbaric character of the Islamic fundamentalist forces the US has mobilized in its proxy war against Syria.

San Francisco International Film Festival 2013—Part one

The Kill Team: The murderous reality of the US war in Afghanistan

By Joanne Laurier, 16 May 2013

The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival recently concluded. The event this year screened 158 films from 51 countries, including 67 fiction features, 28 documentary features and 63 short films.

UN says US-backed opposition, not Syrian regime, used poison gas

By Alex Lantier, 7 May 2013

UN investigator Carla del Ponte’s statements explode the propaganda lie that the US is preparing to attack Syria to defend its people from chemical weapons.

UK base carrying out Afghan drone strikes

By Robert Stevens, 30 April 2013

A specially created mission base in Lincolnshire, England is directing drone strikes on Afghanistan.

Reports detail CIA war crimes in Pakistan

By Tom Carter, 20 April 2013

A series of recent articles by journalist Mark Mazzetti published in the New York Times have shed further light on the criminal activities of the US Central Intelligence Agency in Pakistan.

Moscow calls Obama’s human rights bluff

By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2013

If ever there was a case of the pot calling the kettle black, the Obama administration’s indicting of Moscow for human rights violations is it.

Government witnesses to testify anonymously at Bradley Manning trial

By Naomi Spencer, 12 April 2013

A military judge ruled Wednesday that the government can call witnesses to testify in secret in the court martial against accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.

Dying US army veteran denounces “illegal” Iraq War

By David Walsh, 22 March 2013

Iraq War veteran Tomas Young, currently under hospice care at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, has written a “last letter,” addressed to former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

New report on CIA: Rendition and torture on a global scale

By Jeff Lincoln, 20 March 2013

The US has utilized a global network of secret prisons, foreign intelligence agents, and interrogation and torture centers to send detainees to without any legal protections.

The Iraq War ten years on: A turning point for US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 19 March 2013

This was a war of staggering criminality in both its planning and execution. It was a premeditated act of aggression launched on the basis of lies.

The New York Times’ Bill Keller smears Bradley Manning

By Naomi Spencer, 18 March 2013

Attempting to justify the Times’ unprincipled role in the events leading up to Manning’s arrest, the newspaper’s former executive editor wrote a column on March 10, “Bradley Manning’s Confidant.”

UN says US drone war in Pakistan violates international law

By Alex Lantier, 16 March 2013

According to the UN, the strikes launched by unmanned US drone aircraft in Pakistan are illegal.

Guardian/BBC report lays out US policy of torture, murder in Iraq

By Naomi Spencer, 12 March 2013

David Petraeus and other top US officials were involved in developing “El Salvador-style” death squads that tortured and murdered thousands in US-occupied Iraq.

Sri Lankan army report denies war crime accusations

By Sarath Kumara, 8 February 2013

The report is a bid by the military for a greater political role as social and economic tensions on the island sharpen.

The police state implications of Obama’s assassination program

By Joseph Kishore, 7 February 2013

The Obama administration’s “white paper” on the assassination of US citizens must be taken as a dire warning to the working class. The American ruling class, steeped in lawlessness and violence, is moving toward dictatorship.

Obama and Al Qaeda

By Bill Van Auken, 5 December 2012

As the US threatens to intervene in Syria on the pretext of countering chemical weapons, a sinister alliance between Washington and Al Qaeda comes ever more clearly into focus.

Army pre-trial hearing into March 2012 Afghan massacre concludes

By Naomi Spencer, 15 November 2012

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers, could face the death penalty if the Army recommends a court-martial.

Survivors describe bloodbath in Afghan atrocity

By Naomi Spencer, 15 November 2012

In testimony from Afghanistan, witnesses to the March 11 massacre described scenes of terror and grief.

UK High Court hears Pakistan drone killing case

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2012

Noor Khan, whose father was killed by a drone missile strike, is calling on the High Court to look into whether UK intelligence officials provided assistance and if they are liable for prosecution.

Four Afghan children killed in US raid

By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2012

The killing of Afghan children in a US raid and the disappearance and murder of civilians at the hands of occupation troops have provoked growing anger and protests.

No prosecution of US troops for defiling Afghan corpses, burning Korans

By Bill Van Auken, 29 August 2012

Three US Marines and six soldiers escaped criminal charges in connection with the videotaped urination on the corpses of slain Afghans and the burning of copies of the Koran, incidents that provoked bloody unrest earlier this year.

Obama administration to respond to lawsuit challenging assassination program

By Tom Carter, 20 August 2012

The Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta lawsuit highlights the extent to which democratic rights and the rule of law have been eroded under the Obama administration.

The New York Times makes the “moral case” for drones

By David Walsh, 19 July 2012

”The Moral Case for Drones,” published in the New York Times on July 14, seeks to justify the assassination program run out of the Obama White House.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung confirms: Houla massacre committed by Syrian “rebels”

By Clara Weiss, 16 June 2012

Journalist Rainer Hermann has confirmed his report in the June 7 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung refuting the official version of the Houla massacre.

Democrats, Republicans criticize leaks, not drone murders

By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2012

House and Senate intelligence committee leaders of both parties demanded an investigation into leaks about US drone missile attacks and other covert actions.

NATO air strike kills Afghan family of eight

By Patrick Martin, 28 May 2012

Six children are among those killed in the eastern Afghanistan province of Paktia.