A Tale of Two Cities: an investigation into the use of explosive weapons in Basra and Fallujah, Iraq

A new report launched today shows that the US military’s use of explosive weapons in Fallujah during 2004 disproportionately affected Iraqi civilians when compared to the British use of similar weapons in the battle for Basra in 2003. In A Tale of Two Cities, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) investigated the conduct of British forces in […]

A Tale of Two Cities: US Operations in Fallujah (2004)

AOAV’s report A Tale of Two Cities explores the use of explosive weapons by UK and US forces in Basra and Fallujah respectively, 2003-04. It has been divided into chapters in this series. This chapter focuses on the US deployment of explosive weapons during two operations in Fallujah in 2004. To read the full report […]

A Tale of Two Cities: The Iraq war and the relationship between rules of engagement and explosive weapon use

AOAV’s report A Tale of Two Cities explores the use of explosive weapons by UK and US forces in Basra and Fallujah respectively, 2003-04. It has been divided into chapters in this series. To read the full report see here. Introduction: Iraq and explosive weapons In the midst of international controversy and condemnation, on 20 […]

US explosive weapons used ‘disproportionately’ in Iraq compared to British Army – AOAV in Russia Today

This article was originally published in Russia Today on 5 February 2015 The US Army’s use of explosive weapons in Fallujah, Iraq, had a disproportionally higher effect on Iraqi civilians than British military strategy in Basra, a new study into the effects of the coalition occupation has revealed. US forces were found to be responsible […]

State of emergency: Iraq slips deeper into chaos

Mosul has fallen. Reports from the second-biggest city in Iraq confirm that militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have taken control after clashes began on 6 June and ended when Iraqi Security Forces left the city three days later. More than 500,000 people have already fled, leaving behind a […]

Wild shelling of Fallujah: Civilians caught in the crossfire

Seven civilians were killed during shelling yesterday across the city of Fallujah. Their deaths are the latest to result from a “massive indiscriminate bombardment” carried out by Iraqi government forces and allied tribal groups since the start of 2014. As evidence emerges that the military has even resorted to the use of barrel bombs in […]

Explosive Alert: Issue Three (22-27 January 2014)

Every day civilians are killed and injured by explosive weapons, either the rockets and air-dropped bombs of a conventional military, or an improvised explosive device (IED). Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records the incidents of explosive violence as they happen around the world. Using English-language media sources, AOAV collects data on attacks, including on the […]

AOAV warns Iraqi government not to use explosive weapons in Fallujah

Ahead of an apparently-imminent Iraqi army assault on the city of Fallujah, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) calls upon government forces to refrain from using explosive weapons with wide-area effects in populated areas. After Fallujah came under the control of militants last week, the Iraqi army began to shell areas of the city with mortars […]

Teresa Bo

Teresa Bo is a Latin America correspondent for Al Jazeera English. A native Argentinian, she investigates the underside of Argentinian politics and has reported on political corruption and ballot stuffing. She has also carried out major investigations into the ‘war on drugs’ from Colombia, Bolivia and Peru. Before joining Al Jazeera, Bo was based in […]

Scott Peterson

Scott Peterson is Istanbul bureau chief for the Christian Science Monitor, and covers the Middle East from Istanbul, Turkey. Peterson joined The Monitor in 1996 as the Moscow bureau chief, during which time he covered events from Algiers to Beirut to Tehran, as well as Russia and Central Asia. In 1999, he travelled with the […]