Torture & War Crimes

A smiling Bashar al-Assad faces a crowd of journalists with microphones.

Biden’s Inaction on Syria Risks Normalizing Assad—and His Crimes

The world is gradually accepting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad back into the fold.

CIA black site prison near Kabul and Ahmed Rabbani

Nothing but Pitch Black Darkness

Ahmed Rabbani’s journey through the U.S. dark prison system to Guantánamo.

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic awaits the final verdict on the appeal against his genocide conviction over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre at a tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, on June 8.

In Bosnia, Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

The terrible truth is decades after the Bosnian War, the world has become too accustomed to war crimes.

Protesters hold photos of detained Belarusian journalists

Forced Confessions Are the Propaganda of Terror

Belarus’s Lukashenko doesn’t want to be believed—he wants to be feared.

A woman is held by an assistant at a safe house for survivors of sexual assault in Mekele, the capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray region, on Feb. 27.

In Tigray, Sexual Violence Has Become a Weapon of War

The world must step in now and call the assaults what they are: a war crime.

An elderly Korean woman weeps at a press conference.

South Korean Conservatives Fueled Apologism for Japan’s Sexual Slavery

Misleading narratives about so-called “comfort women” were created in the 2000s.

Eliot Higgins, the founder and executive director of Bellingcat, speaks during the world’s biggest tech festival, Campus Party, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on May 27, 2016.

The Mice Who Caught the Cat—and Rattled the Kremlin

“We Are Bellingcat” charts the rise of the digital sleuths who have used open-source investigations to foil Russia’s intelligence agencies.

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel waits for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 9. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Torture, Morality at Heart of Senate Hearing on Trump’s Pick to Head CIA

Gina Haspel dodges questions but appears headed toward narrow confirmation.

Then-Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel speaks at the Office of Strategic Services Society's annual William J. Donovan Award Dinner in 2017. (YouTube/The OSS Society)

A Torturer to Critics, a Consummate Professional to Colleagues

Trump's CIA pick could break the agency's glass ceiling — if she can answer tough questions on interrogation methods.

Flowers mark the location where Sayfullo Saipov crashed into cyclists along a Manhattan bike path on Oct. 31 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Next Phase in the War on Terror Is Here

But talk of Guantánamo, “extreme vetting,” and ending the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is just a distraction from the real threat.

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Top Threat Facing U.S. Is Cyber, Says Outgoing CIA Lawyer

Caroline Krass talked about cyber threats, enhanced interrogation, and future challenges for the new administration.

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Guards and Detainees Alike Left in Limbo at Trump’s Guantánamo

Under orders for years to shut the prison down, commanders at Gitmo are now bracing for the new president’s “bad dudes.”

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Trump Finalizes Executive Order to Put ISIS Detainees in Guantánamo

The draft directive backtracks on torture and black sites — but the shift in counterterrorism strategy carries new risks.

An Iraqi boy, whose family fled the violence due to the ongoing operation by Iraqi forces against jihadists of the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul, eats while waiting on November 3, 2016 at a Kurdish checkpoint, some 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Mosul.
Some civilians were leaving Gogjali and others the eastern Mosul neighbourhood of Samah, in what may be a rare breach for civilians trapped inside the city. More than 21,000 people have fled to government-held areas since October 17, while thousands more may have been seized by IS for use as human shields, according to the United Nations.

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The Kurdish Government Is Torturing Boys

Boys as young as 11, accused of fighting for the Islamic State, are being detained and brutally tortured in prisons.

GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - OCTOBER 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been reviewed by the U.S. Military prior to transmission.)   Razor wire lines the fence of the "Gitmo" maximum security detention center on October 22, 2016 at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The U.S. military's Joint Task Force Guantanamo is still holding 60 detainees at the prison, down from a previous total of 780. On his second day in office in 2008 President Obama issued an executive order to close the prison, which has failed because of political opposition in the U.S.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SitRep: POTUS Says Torture “Works;” DoD and CIA Chiefs Blindsided by Executive Order; Safe Zone in Syria

Secret White House Budget in the Works; North Korea Teetering; Trump’s Unsecure Phone; And Lots More

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a visit to the Department of Homeland Security January 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. While at the department, Trump signed two executive orders related to internal security and to begin the process of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Drafts of Trump Orders on Gitmo and Interrogation Spark Fear of Return to 9/11-Era Mindset

The new president is reportedly considering moves to declare Guantanamo open for business and consider a return to “black sites” and enhanced interrogation for new detainees.

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Obama Makes Last-Minute Move to Get Detainees Out of Gitmo

The Obama White House transfers its last detainees from Guantánamo in a dramatic midnight-hour move before President Trump throws away the key.