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April 18, 2011
In her op-ed, Laila El-Haddad ("Palestinians betrayed by Judge Goldstone," April 18) displays the mind-set of someone who believes that the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, is blameless in its purposeful attacks on Israeli civilians. While Judge Goldstone recently noted "that civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy by Israel," he cannot say the same for Hamas. He states, "That the crimes allegedly committed by Hamas were intentional goes without saying — its rockets were purposefully and indiscriminately aimed at civilian targets.
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August 12, 2014
I notice that, in this most recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, there are widespread calls for Israel to "limit civilian casualties. " President Barack Obama, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and many other leaders of the free world repeat this over and over, without knowing exactly what they are asking for. They call for limits on civilian casualties? Israel has done more than any other nation in the history of the world to do so. They fire warning shots, give citizens ample time to evacuate and call cell phones in advance!
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February 7, 2010
The Hamas government in Gaza backtracked Saturday on its apology earlier in the week in which it expressed regret for harming Israeli civilians in rocket attacks. The apology had signaled a rare deviation from Hamas' violent ideology, and the subsequent zigzag reflects the Islamic militants' conflicting objectives. Hamas, which seized Gaza by force in 2007, is trying to reach out to the West in hopes of winning recognition and getting Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza. However, Hamas is also reluctant to discard its violent ideology for fear of losing credibility at home.
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August 8, 2014
After months of hesitation, President Barack Obama has authorized the use of U.S. military force, including limited airstrikes, against Islamic militants in Iraq who in recent months have overrun large parts of the country and now threaten the northern city of Erbil as well as tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians trapped atop a barren mountain where they sought refuge after fleeing their homes. Up to now Mr. Obama has gone out of his way to avoid American involvement in the multiple conflicts roiling the region, including the bitter civil war in Syria that has claimed more than 140,000 lives and given rise to a radical extremist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, that now controls large swaths of territory on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border.
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January 23, 2012
The Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center and the University of Delaware have entered into a cooperative research and development agreement to collaborate on an orthopedic rehabilitation project that will improve rehabilitative care for wounded warriors and civilians. Entitled "Enhanced Locomotion for Limb Salvage Patients: Optimal Dorsiflexion Resistance Ankle-Foot Orthoses," the joint project will generate personalized rehabilitation devices (orthopedic braces) for wounded warriors who receive treatment at Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs medical treatment facilities, as well as civilians.
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By Stephen Biddle and Michael O'Hanlon | April 4, 2011
How is it really going in Afghanistan? In his recent testimony before Congress, Gen. David Petraeus reported substantial if fragile progress and conveyed a can-do attitude reflecting confidence about our prospects. Yet press reports and other organizations and individuals on the ground seem to grow more dispirited by the month. Are they looking at the same war? They are. But they apply very different standards, and so they reach very different conclusions. Soldiers are trained and equipped to fight.
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By Los Angeles Times | June 23, 2007
KABUL, Afghanistan -- NATO forces said yesterday that they were investigating reports that 25 Afghan civilians were killed in overnight airstrikes in southern Afghanistan. The mounting civilian casualty toll in Afghanistan is eroding public support for the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai. After the report of the latest deaths, Karzai told the BBC that accidental killings and injuries of civilians at the hands of coalition forces are "difficult for us to accept or understand."
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By Richard H. P. Sia and Richard H. P. Sia,Washington Bureau of The Sun | October 23, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon has enlarged its ever-swelling roster of Desert Storm heroes by more than 4,000 civilians -- and potentially many more than that.The list includes comedians Jay Leno, Steve Martin and Bob Hope, and even Pentagon spokesman Pete Williams.According to an announcement yesterday, medals will be awarded to thousands of civilians for supporting the Persian Gulf war effort. They include entertainers and others who supported troops through the United Service Organizations, Red Cross and civil reserve air fleet, and Defense Department civilians who spent "any time" in the Persian Gulf through April 11.Officials said this includes Mr. Williams, who toured the region four times with his boss, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, but otherwise spent the war fighting reporters at the Pentagon.
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By N.Y. TIMES NEWS SERVICE | December 25, 1999
MOSCOW -- After weeks of trying to persuade civilians to flee Grozny, Russian officials said yesterday that residents had missed their chance to leave and should hide in their shelters until Russian forces have secured the Chechen capital. Yesterday's warning was a fresh indication that the climactic battle for the city is finally at hand. It was also a somber reminder that Russian forces are determined to quickly subdue Grozny even if it means fighting in a city still occupied by tens of thousands of civilians.
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By Staff report | July 23, 1992
Army officials at Fort Meade say they will lay off about 40 permanent employees and 10 temporary workers late this year because of restructuring and budget cuts.The layoffs will be part of an overall force reduction that will cut 136 civilian Army positions at the base. In addition to the layoffs, the other jobs will be eliminated by moving workers to new positions or leaving vacancies unfilled, Fort Meade spokesman Don McClow said.The cuts are expected to save approximately $7 million a year.
NEWS
August 7, 2014
In the commentary ( "Israel's unjust war, http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-palestine-20140803%2C0%2C4657761.story Aug. 4), Adil Shamoo he keeps referring to Israel as an occupying power and says the purpose of the Gaza invasion is to prolong the occupation and confiscation of Palestinian land. Would he please define his terms, particularly "occupation of Palestinian land? If this refers to the existence of the State of Israel, then the only solution that would satisfy Mr Shamoo is the elimination of the state of Israel.
NEWS
August 5, 2014
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who chairs the U.S. Senate's Appropriations Committee, on Friday issued a statement on that body's approval of $225 million in aid to Israel. In part, Senator Mikulski wrote, "It's crucial that Israel has the opportunity to defend itself while others are working on cease fires or political solutions. " She further wrote that these tax funds will save the lives of Israeli civilians. My question to Senator Mikulski is simple: Is it her position that the lives of Israeli civilians are more valuable than the lives of Palestinian civilians?
NEWS
August 1, 2014
Letter writer Judy Chernak eloquently addresses the realities of fighting a war against a terrorist organization that has enmeshed itself in a civilian population ( "Hamas must give up its rockets before talks can proceed," July 29). Every Palestinian child who dies is considered by Hamas to be a martyr and a worthwhile sacrifice. Their belief system values death over life. Those who sacrifice their lives receive many riches and their families are honored. At the same time, Hamas astutely recognizes that the rest of the world values life over death, and they also realize that the media focus on the civilians who are killed and that grieving families benefits their cause.
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By Justin Fenton and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday that she has asked her senior team to explore giving Baltimore's police civilian review board a "more impactful" role in the police disciplinary process. "In order for us to be consistent across the board when we're talking about civic engagement, we have to make sure the ways in which we touch the public are impactful," she said. "I don't have answers on what, if any changes there will be. That's definitely something I am looking at. " The Police Department recently asked the civilian review board to review major "use of force" cases such as officer-involved shootings.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
One year after city officials pledged to reinvigorate Baltimore's police civilian review board, members say their work feels insignificant and they are still seeking more authority. The Police Department recently said it would ask the volunteer citizen panel to look at police-involved shootings and other major use-of-force cases. The reviews, however, would occur after the cases have been closed — a role that seems perfunctory, members say. "We want to know: What are we really going to do?"
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Baltimore's police civilian review board has concerns that a new effort to garner input from the board is not meaningful, an official told a City Council committee on Wednesday night.  After years of neglect, the department has been making strides to make the board more relevant, and recently announced that it would refer major use of force investigations, such as police-involved shootings and in-custody deaths, to the board after they were completed....
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 11, 2007
HERAT, Afghanistan -- The number of civilians killed in bombing by foreign forces Tuesday night was much higher than the official figure of 21 and might rise as high as 80, residents reached by telephone said yesterday. The residents' tally differed from that given by Ezatullah, a government administrator of the Sangin region who uses one name. He said he had spent four to five hours in the village of Sarwan Qala yesterday and that the civilian death toll remained 21. The U.S. military has stood by its original statement, in which it said it called in the airstrikes on Taliban insurgents after a 16-hour battle and destroyed three militant compounds.
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By Young Chang and Young Chang,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | March 12, 1999
The Baltimore City Police Department honored 42 officers and civilians yesterday for acts of heroism, leadership and civic-mindedness in a ceremony at police headquarters.Administrators gave the Medal of Honor to Sgt. Frederick J. Dillon. On Nov. 19, 1992, he wrestled a gun from a suspect who was pointing the weapon at his partner's head. Dillon was shot twice."This is the highest award and it's something I cherish," said Dillon, a veteran of 27 years who still receives treatment for his wounds.
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By Cal Thomas | June 21, 2014
George W. Bush never claimed to be prescient, but here he is in 2007, warning us what would happen if the United States prematurely pulled its troops out of Iraq before Iraqi forces were sufficiently trained, equipped and motivated to defend the country we gave back to them after the ouster of Saddam Hussein: "To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we're ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States....
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
The Baltimore Police Department says it will begin to post a log of its investigations into serious use of force by officers online, and for the first time will ask the city's civilian review board to look at shootings involving its officers and deaths of people in custody. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts said the move was the latest in a series intended to improve transparency and accountability. "We have a responsibility to be as forthright and transparent as the law allows us to be, especially when it comes to our use of force," Batts told reporters Tuesday.
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