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how u.s. drones won a battle against isis for the first time in libya


the air war was conducted remotely without a single civilian casualty reported.         






how u.s. drones helped win a battle against isis for first time in libya


the air war was conducted remotely without a single civilian casualty reported.         






pentagon confirms airstrike that allegedly killed more than 100 civilians


baghdad — an initial review of airstrikes over the past days indicates that the u.s.-led coalition has struck fighters and equipment of the islamic state group west of the northern city of mosul at the request of iraqi security forces, where there were allegations of civilian casualties, the pentagon said saturday.the coalition said in a statement that the airstrike was conducted on march 17. reports have indicated that the airstrikes have allegedly killed more than 100 civilians in western mosul where u.s.-backed government troops are fighting is.the coalition said it takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously and a formal civilian casualty credibility assessment has been opened to determine the facts surrounding this strike and the validity of the allegation of civilian cas..






us command: mosul airstrike occured at the request of iraq forces


the u.s-led coalition in iraq said saturday that one of its airstrikes struck fighters and equipment of the isis terror group in west mosul on march 17 at the location where there were reports of more than 100 civilian casualties.the airstrike was carried out at the request of iraqi forces, the coalition said in a statement.the coalition came up with the date after an initial review of airstrike data for the week ending march 23.reports have indicated that the airstrike may have allegedly killed more than 100 civilians in western mosul where u.s.-backed government troops are battling isis extremists in fierce fighting.the coalition said that it takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously and a formal civilian casualty credibility assessment has been opened “to determine the fa..






airstrike monitoring group overwhelmed by claims of u.s.-caused civilian casualt


smoke rises after an apparent us-led coalition airstrike on minaze village near kobane, syria (epa/tolga bozoglu)a non-profit organization that tracks civilian casualties caused by airstrikes in the middle east said it has shifted nearly all of its resources to track a surge of claims regarding u.s.-led strikes in syria and iraq.the group, called airwars.org, had been tracking deaths caused by both russian and u.s. airstrikes but said in a statement friday that it was scaling back its work on “alleged russian actions in syria — so as best to focus our limited resources on continuing to properly monitor and assess reported casualties from the u.s. and its allies.airwars director chris woods said the organization will “continue to track russian civilian casualty allegations on a ...






airstrike monitoring group overwhelmed by claims of u.s.-caused civilian casualt


smoke rises after an apparent us-led coalition airstrike on minaze village near kobane, syria (epa/tolga bozoglu)a non-profit organization that tracks civilian casualties caused by airstrikes in the middle east said it has shifted nearly all of its resources to track a surge of claims regarding u.s.-led strikes in syria and iraq.the group, called airwars.org, had been tracking deaths caused by both russian and u.s. airstrikes but said in a statement friday that it was scaling back its work on “alleged russian actions in syria — so as best to focus our limited resources on continuing to properly monitor and assess reported casualties from the u.s. and its allies.airwars director chris woods said the organization will “continue to track russian civilian casualty allegations on a ...






nagaland encounter: 3 terrorists, army officer, civilian killed


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: june 7, 2017 12:14 pm this development comes close on the heels of the recent announcement by the government about a sharp decline in violence, extortion and attacks on security forces in the northeast.related newsat least three cadres of the national socialist council of nagaland (nscn-k) and an assam rifles (ar) officer were killed in an encounter with the security forces in nagaland’s mon district on wednesday. there has been one civilian casualty, as per ani reports, while three more ar jawans have been injured. meanwhile, the encounter is still underway with a combined group of ulfa & nscn(k) terrorists in lapa lempong and oting near mon.assam rifles personnel raided lappa at around 11 pm following inputs that nscn(k) cadres were mov...






nagaland encounter: 3 terrorists, army officer, civilian killed


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: june 7, 2017 9:56 am this development comes close on the heels of the recent announcement by the government about a sharp decline in violence, extortion and attacks on security forces in the northeast.related newsat least three cadres of the national socialist council of nagaland (nscn-k) and an assam rifles (ar) officer were killed in an encounter with the security forces in nagaland’s mon district on wednesday. there has been one civilian casualty, as per ani reports, while three more ar jawans have been injured. meanwhile, the encounter is still underway with a combined group of ulfa & nscn(k) terrorists in lapa lempong and oting near mon.assam rifles personnel raided lappa at around 11 pm following inputs that nscn(k) cadres were movi...






u.s. finds that march airstrike that struck building described as mosque was leg


picture of building destroyed in the march 16 al-jinah, syria airstrike (photo courtesy of pentagon)a u.s. military investigation has found that a march airstrike in syria that rights groups had said killed dozens of civilians and partially destroyed a mosque was legal and caused only one civilian casualty.u.s. army brig. gen. paul bontrager told reporters wednesday that the investigation found no evidence of negligence by the special operations task force that ordered the march 16 strike in al-jinah village in syria’s aleppo province.“this investigation found that the strike complied with operational and legal requirements,” bontrager said. “we are confident this was a meeting of al-qaeda members and leaders; this was not a meeting of civilians.” [mounting claims of civilian ...






officer, civilian injured after sunday morning pursuit


a houston police officer crashed into a civilian's car and a fence as he was driving east on bellaire boulevard early sunday.the condition of the officer and civilian driver are not known, assistant chief james jones said at the scene. at about 5:05 a.m., the officer was driving east on bellaire boulevard with his lights and siren flashing, jones said. he struck the rear end of a dodge pickup truck and then lost control of a vehicle, hitting a fence.both the officer and the civilian were hospitalized, jones said. 






s. korea oks civilian contact with north korea over malaria


the announcement is a sign that new president moon jae-in's government is trying to restart stalled civilian aid and exchange programs.         






uk parliament terror attack: no indian casualty, says sushma swaraj


new delhi: there is no report of any indian casualty so far in the terror attack near the uk parliament, external affairs minister sushma swaraj said tonight. india has condemned the attack in london in which three people were killed and more than 20 injured. london's metropolitan police said a man mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and stabbed a police officer with a knife outside the british parliament before being shot dead. "i am in constant touch with indian high commission in london. there is no indian casualty reported so far. #londonattack @hci_london (sic)," she wrote on twitter. "indian high commission is there to help all indian nationals in london. please note the telephone nos: 020 8629 5950 & 020 7632 3035 (sic)," swaraj wrote. also read: uk parliament terror attack: dea...






fdny creates ems units for mass casualty situations


the fdny has beefed up its preparedness for mass casualty incidents by creating special ems units equipped to enter “hot zones” and triage victims on the spot — even if police haven’t yet secured the area, the daily news has learned. the 25-member task force units came about as a result of the nov. 13, 2015 atrocities in paris, the fire department said. armed terrorists in combined attacks around paris killed 130 people — including 89 inside a nightclub as shooters engaged in an hours-long standoff. fire commissioner daniel nigro said that tragedy — combined with the june 12 massacre of 49 people in an orlando nightclub by lone shooter omar mateen — changed the way the department thought about mass casualty incidents.firefighters aid colleague battling 9/11-r...






air traffic control - use of "tally-ho" with atc, specifically in the uk


i have never heard "tally ho" used in civilian aviation and it not a recognised phrase so should not be used. a civilian atco would not think positively about anyone using that phrase.it used to be used in military comms in combat. it's usage arose during ww1 when the royal flying corps (and later the royal air force) drew its' crews mostly from the "officer classes" who in general, were also fox hunters or supporters of the same."tally ho" is the cry shouted out by a huntsman when the fox is spotted and the hunt is on. i served in the raf from 1976 to 1986 then as a civilian in the military until 1993 and in that time, never heard the phrase. i suspect that it has died out since it is not standard phraseology and perpetuates stereotypes which have no place in modern, professional organisa






army foils infiltration bid, two militants killed


there was no casualty on the indian side and that a possible tragedy was averted by the army and the jammu and kashmir policesrinagar: security forces on sunday foiled an infiltration attempt by the pakistani border action team (bat) near the line of control (loc) in kashmir’s uri sector, killing two militants, an official said.director general of police (dgp) s p vaid said there was no casualty on the indian side and that a possible tragedy was averted by the army and the jammu and kashmir police (jkp).“bat action bid foiled by army and jkp. two terrorists killed in dulanja uri. no casualty on our side. possible tragedy averted,” vaid tweeted.the dgp did not share any further details.the force foiled a major infiltration attempt by the militants on the intermittent night of november...






us denies changing rules for civilian deaths after iraq atrocity


baghdad — u.s. airstrikes probably played a role in the deaths of dozens of civilians in mosul earlier this month, u.s. and iraqi military officials acknowledged tuesday, but they denied the rules for avoiding civilian casualties have been loosened despite a recent spike in civilian casualties. speaking from baghdad to reporters at the pentagon, the top commander of u.s. forces in iraq said an ongoing investigation may reveal a more complicated explanation for the march 17 explosion that residents say killed at least 100 people, including the possibility that islamic state militants rigged the building with explosives after forcing civilians inside. army lt. gen. stephen townsend said a recent spate of civilian casualties in mosul was "fairly predictable" given the densely...






us airstrike allegedly kills 100-plus civilians in iraq


reutersreutersreutersreutersreutersadup nextaaron hernandez trial a he-said, he-said after bombshell text reveal 0:0 a text message sent from the star witness in the... 5view slideshowbackcontinuebaghdad — the u.s.-led coalition fighting the islamic state group says it is investigating reports of an airstrike in a western mosul neighborhood that allegedly left more than 100 civilians dead.residents of the iraqi city’s neighborhood known as mosul jidideh told an associated press team at the scene that scores of residents are believed to have been killed by a pair of airstrikes that hit a cluster of homes in the area earlier this month.the coalition says it has “opened a formal civilian casualty credibility assessment on this allegation,” according to a statement given t...






man injured in pulwama crossfire


by: express news service | srinagar | published:june 20, 2017 3:41 am an indian soldiers on guard near line of control (express photo by shuaib masoodi/representational)top newsa civilian was injured when the army opened fire on villagers in south kashmir’s pulwama town. police, however, said the civilian was injured in crossfire between forces and militants. locals said that the army opened fire on civilians on monday evening at drubgam village in which a civilian altaf ahmad zarger was injured. police spokesman, however, said that the militants fired upon the patrolling party near firdousabad drabgam pulwama, which retaliated.“‘in this incident, one civilian, altaf ahmad zargar, was injured. he has been referred to srinagar for specialised treatment,” police said.meanwhile, ...






knifeman holds several people hostage at job centre in northeast england, no inj


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: june 9, 2017 4:21 pmrelated newsa knife-wielding man has held several people hostage at a job centre in northeast england, news agency afp quoted the police as saying. there is no news of any civilian casualty or injury as of now.this is a developing story.here are the updates:3:02 pm: police officers told bbc that there have been suggestions on social media and by some people at the crime scene about ‘stabbing’ but said this was not the case.2:52 pm: the police also said that at this time they have no information or intelligence to suggest it is a terrorist incident.2:40 pm: meanwhile, a police statement, as quoted by bbc, reads: “police are aware that there are a number of concerns about the ongoing situation in byker following recen...






manipur: militant, civilian killed in tamenglong encounter


by: pti | imphal | updated: february 23, 2017 1:31 pma militant and a civilian were killed during an encounter between suspected ultras and the army in manipur’s tamenglong district on thursday, police said. the army was conducting a search operation at khouphum chingthak area in tamenglong district when the suspected militants fired at them at around 3.30 am.the army returned fire and in the ensuing encounter, a militant and a civilian were killed, a police officer said. the civilian, identified as 50-year-old a rongmei, was killed in the crossfire, the officer said. two days back, a security personnel was injured when suspected militants fired at a police party deployed for the visit of deputy chief minister gaikhangam in tamenglong district.






j-k: suspected terrorists open fire in pulwama, one civilian injured


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: april 30, 2017 11:19 pm according to reports, the injured civilian has been shifted to a nearby hospital. (representational)suspected terrorists opened fire in pulwama district in jammu and kashmir on sunday. one civilian is reported to be injured in the incident. according to news agency ani, the injured civilian has been shifted to a nearby hospital.the situation in the valley has remained tense over the last few days with three indian army personnel losing their lives after terrorists attacked an army camp in pangzam area of kupwara district on thursday. at least two attackers were killed in the retaliatory firing by the military forces in the region.more details are awaited on the incident.for all the latest india news, download indian e...






srinagar: one killed in grenade attack outside police station


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: april 30, 2017 8:32 pmone civilian was killed and five others, including four police personnel, were injured in a grenade attack outside khanyar police station in srinagar on sunday evening. the injured police personnel and civilian have been shifted to the hospital.a police official said the grenade exploded on the roadside, resulting in injuries to the policemen and the civilian.for all the latest india news, download indian express app now© ie online media services pvt ltd






j-k: three army jawans, 1 civilian killed after terrorists attack patrolling par


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: february 23, 2017 9:51 amthree army jawans and a civilian have been killed after a patrolling party in shopian district of jammu and kashmir was ambushed by terrorists on thursday. four people, including two jawans, have been injured in the attack. the army unit was returning from a search operation in kungoo village when the ambush occurred.watch video | 3 jawans, 1 civilian killed after terrorists attack patrolling party in jammu & kashmir’s shopian districtthe civilian killed was a woman, officials confirmed. though the army retaliated to the firing, the militants have reportedly managed to escape.we will update this story as we get more information.© the indian express online media pvt ltd






biggest casualty of war of words between fm and rbi is india inc


by andy mukherjeefirst they conveniently lost their voice; then they miraculously got it back. but now that the pundits of india's economic establishment are talking again, all investors hear is discord. the biggest casualty of the war of words between the finance ministry in new delhi and the central bank in mumbai is india inc. without clarity on where policymakers want the cost of capital to be, reasons for highly indebted companies to restart work on mothballed projects, or dream up new ones, are being drowned by doubts about profitability. the battle of the mandarins has its origin in the nov. 8 demonetization. the ban on 500- and 1,000-rupee notes removed 86 percent of the currency in circulation from a cash-dependent economy. it also made officials wary of doing or saying anything .






shopian: one civilian injured as suspected militants hurl grenade at crpf, sog c


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: may 24, 2017 8:27 pmat least one civilian was injured when suspected militants lobbed grenades on crpf and sog camp in shopian on wednesday evening, news agency pti reported. the greanade was hurled towards the camp at imam sahib in shopian. according to police officials, the explosive missed the intended target and exploded on the roadside.the injured civilian has been identified as ishfaq rashid. he has been taken to a local hospital for treatment.more details awaited.for all the latest india news, download indian express app now






bbc drama bosses claim bisexual representation 'hasn't been quite right' in 'eas


bbc drama boss oliver kent and ‘eastenders’ scriptwriter pete lawson have admitted the corporation can do better when it comes to representing bisexual characters on screen. oliver, who oversees work on ‘eastenders’, ‘casualty’ and ‘holby city’, said that while strides have been made in portraying gay and lesbian characters, there is still a lot to be done with bisexual representation. bbc eastenders' sonia fowler has been in relationships with men and womenspeaking at an lgbt+ themed royal television society (via digital spy), he said: “i think that something we could be better at exploring is bisexual characters. i don’t think we’ve quite got that right yet as often as we could.“you don’t want the sexuality to be the story, and yet if you hide it too mu...






australia 'will fully support' investigation into civilian death claims after ai


australia is helping with an investigation into claims that a coalition airstrike against islamic state militants killed at least dozens of civilians in the iraqi city of mosul.defence told fairfax media in a statement there were no specific allegations against australian aircraft regarding the incident in which, according to international reports, at least two houses were destroyed around the time coalition forces struck islamic state targets.merkel boost in saarland electionvideo duration01:11previous slidenext slidevideo duration01:27us general: coalition takes iraq civilian ...us general: coalition takes iraq civilian deaths allegations seriouslythe us led coalition fighting islamic state in iraq has taken every measure to protect civilians and will investigate reports of civilian deat






jammu and kashmir: civilian injured in firing as suspected militants attack itbp


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: june 10, 2017 12:38 pm jammu and kashmir’s qazigund area where suspected militants fired at security forces’ convoy. (source: google maps)related newsone civilian was hurt in firing as suspected militants on saturday attacked an indo tibetan border police (itbp) convoy in anantnag’s qazigund in jammu and kashmir, as per ani reports. the civilian was reportedly in his car at the time of the incident.the injured civilian is admitted to the nearby hospital. ammunition has also been recovered from the location.on june 3, two army jawans were killed and four others injured after militants attacked an army convoy in south kashmir’s qazigund area on the srinagar-jammu national highway. the militants targeted the convoy near hillar village o...






afghan official: 2 people killed by roadside bombs


by: ap | kabul | published:september 30, 2017 2:36 pm in a separate incident, farhad said a civilian motorcycle hit a roadside bomb, killing one civilian and wounding another in the shindand district. (representational)top newsan afghan official says at least two people including a police officer have been killed by roadside bombs in western herat province.gelani farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor, said saturday another officer was wounded when a police vehicle triggered the explosive in the adraskan district.in a separate incident, farhad said a civilian motorcycle hit a roadside bomb, killing one civilian and wounding another in the shindand district.in yet another report from northern kapisa province, at least nine civilians were wounded when a bicycle bomb exploded in a...






this marine told families when a loved one was killed. it was harder than combat


gerald merna served 22 years in the marine corps.and his last job was probably the toughest.it wasn’t his time as a platoon sergeant during the bitter, muddy and bloody battle for outpost vegas during the korea war. and it wasn’t his 13 months of combat duty at phu bai in vietnam.nope. it was the year he was at joint base andrews, serving as one of five casualty notification officers (cnos) — the guys who knocked on your door with the bad news.it’s an art, really, knowing the right thing to say as the bearer of the worst possible news.the procedures for the army casualty program of 2015 reminds the officers they cannot be too personal and they cannot give out too much information.they need to remember to leave their script in the car and turn their cellphones off. they shouldn’t ...






this marine notified families when a loved one was killed. his advice: use commo


gerald merna served 22 years in the marine corps.and his last job was probably the toughest.it wasn’t his time as a platoon sergeant during the bitter, muddy and bloody battle for outpost vegas during the korea war. and it wasn’t his 13 months of combat duty at phu bai in vietnam.nope. it was the year he was at joint base andrews, serving as one of five casualty notification officers (cnos) — the guys who knocked on your door with the bad news.it’s an art, really, knowing the right thing to say as the bearer of the worst possible news.the procedures for the army casualty program of 2015 reminds the officers they cannot be too personal and they cannot give out too much information.they need to remember to leave their script in the car and turn their cellphones off. they shouldn’t ...






security forces conduct massive operation to flush out militants from shopian di


by: express web desk | new delhi | updated: may 4, 2017 4:17 pm representational image. (express photo by shuaib masoodi)in a massive joint operation that began in the early hours of thursday near srinagar, the army, police and crpf swept kashmir’s shopian district to flush out hiding militants. the operation, considered the biggest in over a decade, targeted militants who have been attacking security forces in the valley, news agency pti quoted army sources. over 4,000 troops were deployed to comb several villages in the districts, while helicopters and drones circled the air. there are no casualties reported.“we do not wish to have any civilian casualty and the measure was therefore required,” a senior army official told pti. villagers were made to assemble outside their house...






us-led fight on isis has killed 352 civilians since 2014: pentagon


by: reuters | washington | published:may 1, 2017 8:18 am the military’s official tally is far below those of other outside groups. representational image. (source: ap photo/file)at least 352 civilians have been killed in us-led strikes against islamic state targets in iraq and syria since the operation began in 2014, the us military said in a statement on sunday. the combined joint task force, in its monthly assessment of civilian casualties from the us coalition’s operations against the militant group, said it was still assessing 42 reports of civilian deaths.it added that 45 civilians were killed between november 2016 and march 2017. it reported 80 civilian deaths from august 2014 to the present that had not previously been announced. the report included 26 deaths from three sep...






marawi city: civilian toll seen to rise as security forces gain access to more a


large number of civilians remain unaccounted for after 51 days of fighting in the southern philippines’ citymanila: military officials expect the civilian death toll to rise as government forces gain access to more areas in marawi city where militant resistance was heavy.“we could see a spike in the number of civilian fatalities once we gain access to more areas,” armed forces spokesman brig. gen. restituto padilla said during the televised daily press briefing on the situation in marawi city.padilla said his basis for saying that was because a huge number of civilian have remained unaccounted for 51 days after the fighting in the southern philippines’ city broke out.“three hundred civilians have remained unaccounted for,” he said adding: “we may get the surprise of our lives...






maharashtra: earthquake hits koyna region


by: pti | sangli | updated: june 5, 2017 9:04 am source: google mapstop newsan earthquake measuring 4.8 on richter scale jolted areas near koyna dam in maharashtra late last night. however, no casualty or damage to property was reported. tremors were felt in parts of sangli and kolhapur districts yesterday at around 11.44 pm, an official of the earthquake department of koyna dam said sunday.the depth of the earthquake was 10 kms below the ground and the tremors were felt in a radius of 120 kms from the epicentre, he said. some people in sangli felt the tremors for eight to 15 seconds, but no injury or casualty was reported, sources said.more top newsfor all the latest india news, download indian express app






us-led airstrikes hit isis in area where civilian deaths were alleged


by: ani | london | published:march 26, 2017 8:43 am image for representational purposes. (ap photo/file)the us military conducted airstrikes at a location in western mosul more than a week ago where there were allegations of civilian casualties, us central command has said.the military said it determined that warplanes struck isis fighters and equipment on march 17, but it’s also investigating whether civilian casualties occurred, cnn quoted the pentagon as saying.meanwhile, col. laith al-nuaimi, spokesman for the iraqi defense ministry, said an initial investigation of the recent airstrike (march 22-23) found it was conducted by the us-led coalition at the request of iraqi security forces.the us central command report, however, doesn’t mention strikes on march 22-23.the us and ir...






club nomadic hits snag days before super bowl li taylor swift, bruno mars shows


p o: steve gonzales, houston chronicle image 1of/24captioncloseimage 1 of 24a special preview event to provide the media with a walk-through of club nomadic, the world's premier traveling nightclub, and epicenter for world-cl entertainment thursday, jan. 26, 2017, in houston. this 62,500-square foot venue will play host to 9,000 guests each night of super week while featuring star-studded performances by the world's test acts, february 2-4. lessa special preview event to provide the media with a walk-through of club nomadic, the world's premier traveling nightclub, and epicenter for world-cl entertainment thursday, jan. 26, 2017, in houston. this ... more p o: steve gonzales, houston chronicle image 2 of 24a special preview event to provide the media with a walk-through of club nomadic, t