Saturday, December 13, 2003

Cluster Bombs, Air Strikes Killed Hundreds in Iraq, by Jim Lobe: "Hundreds of civilians were killed by Coalition cluster bombs and air strikes designed to 'decapitate' the Iraqi leadership, according to a new report by New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), which said the high cost in civilian casualties caused by the two tactics may have violated the laws of war.

"The report, which found that U.S.-led Coalition forces in Iraq generally tried to comply with international humanitarian law, nonetheless concluded that U.S. ground forces were too eager to use cluster munitions in populated areas, and that 50 'decapitation' attacks failed to hit a single one of their targets, but caused dozens of civilian deaths and injuries... "The decapitation strategy was an utter failure on military grounds, since it didn't kill a single Iraqi in 50 attempts," said Roth."

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