For All Was Lost: comparing UK & US military deaths in the War on Terror

Over the past two decades, service personnel from the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) have been deployed in operations overseas in at least 80 countries in the so-called ‘War on Terror’. Deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, launched in response to the 9/11 attacks, were by far the most substantial. The lethal cost […]

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: Lessons learned and Conclusions from Iraq

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 what lessons have and should be learned from these operations over a decade ago. To read the full report […]

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 battle of Basra (2003)

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 UK’s deployment of explosive weapons during the Battle for Basra (March-April 2003). 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 […]

AOAV urges caution as US bombs Iraq

The US has today launched an airstrike in Iraq. American officials say that 500-lb laser-guided bombs were dropped on mobile artillery used by Islamic militants in the north of the country. The decision to authorise air strikes was announced by President Obama on Thursday. The UK has welcomed the US decision but is ruling out […]

Nir Rosen

Nir Rosen is an American journalist, photographer and filmmaker who specialises in US foreign policy in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. Rosen has reported from numerous conflict zones including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Somalia, but is particularly known for his in-depth reports chronicling the 2003 Iraq war. He is a fellow at the New York […]