After a recent NATO air strike killed five rebel fighters in Libya, opposition fighters have reportedly begun painting the roofs of their vehicles bright pink as a message to NATO bombers: “we’re on your side, do not kill us.” (via Danger Room)
[Video Link] Editor’s note: Alison Criado-Perez, a nurse with Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) shares this first-person account of evacuating war-wounded people out of Misrata. Ali is a nurse working for MSF in Libya and Tunisia. She has previously worked in Nigeria, Colombia, Uganda and Central African Republic. The video embedded in… Read More »
Over at Wired Danger Room blog, Noah Shachtman reports on former US Congressman Curt Weldon, who traveled repeatedly to Libya over the last decade and ended up so cozy with the Gadhafi regime that the firm Weldon worked for once floated the idea of selling arms to Tripoli. “Now that Gadhafi is under assault from… Read More »
Supporters of Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh stand on pillars during a rally to show their support, in Sanaa April 1, 2011. Embattled Saleh told a huge rally of supporters on Friday that he would sacrifice everything for his country, suggesting he has no plans to step down yet. (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah)
(Bullet holes are seen on the windshield of a car used by insurgents after an attack at Camp Phoenix in Kabul. Ahmad Masood / Reuters) The Guardian invited me to write a quick opinion piece on the explosion of new sources of graphic online conflict videos, and what that sudden availability of explicit, violent material… Read More »
“NBC White House reporter Savannah Guthrie told her viewers that sources had heard the president label the military action in Libya a ‘turd sandwich’ in a closed-door meeting.” (abc.net.au, via Sean Bonner)
Online today at Rolling Stone, and in the current print issue on newsstands: “The Kill Team,” Mark Boal’s feature on a group of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan who are accused of murdering innocent civilians, mutilating their corpses, and taking “trophy photos” of the bodies. How and why did their officers fail to stop them? Includes… Read More »
Illustration for WIRED by Goñi Montes Noah Shachtman has an epic, 11,000 word piece in the current issue of Wired Magazine on the biggest case in FBI history. It’s a long read, but an amazing one. Here’s an intro to the story, from Noah: For years, FBI agents insisted that they knew exactly who launched… Read More »
On NPR’s All Things Considered, Andy Carvin remembers “Mo” Nabbous, a webcaster based in Libya who was killed this weekend while reporting what Moammar Gadhafi’s forces were doing to the people of Libya.
The US Army today apologized for the actions of soldiers shown posing by the dead bodies of civilian villagers in Afghanistan. In the photos, the soldiers pose as one might with slain game on a hunting expedition. Der Spiegel published the photos here.