18 killed and 28 injured in Russian missile strike on shopping centre in central Ukraine, Monday 27 June.

On Monday 27 June, at around 3.50pm, a Russian air-launched Kh-22 cruise missile struck a shopping centre in the town of Kremenchuk. At the latest count, 18 people were killed, 59 injured, and 36 are still missing.

“The coalition started to think about civilian casualties as a strategic problem” – Dr Thomas Gregory on how civilian casualties informed warfare

Dr Thomas Gregory talks with Professor Mike Spagat about his article, Calibrating violence: Body counts as a weapon of war (European Journal of International Security).

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 […]

‘Friends of Syria’ strongly condemn Assad’s escalating indiscriminate attacks

The Friends of Syria group or ‘London 11’ – including Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Italy, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States – issued a communique today, strongly condemning the regime’s escalating indiscriminate attacks, including use of sarin, SCUD missiles, air and artillery strikes and brutality on the ground. The full communique states:  […]

In focus: Doug Weir, Toxic Remnants of War Project

Doug Weir is the International Coordinator of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons and Project Manager of the Toxic Remnants of War Project. AOAV: What’s the problem with toxic remnants of war? Doug Weir: At the moment there is a huge disparity between protection of health from toxic materials in peace time and consumer goods, versus […]

Shooting the messengers

The life of a war correspondent has never been cheaper. Travel, equipment… even the pay cheque is lighter. But the rules of engagement are different in today’s street-level combat zones, where the press corps’ blue flak jacket offers little protection against conflicts and more journalists than ever are paying the ultimate price for the scoop. […]

Top 100: The most influential journalists covering armed violence

From besieged cities in Syria to American street-corners, and countless other places in between, armed violence continues to take the lives of hundreds of thousands of people a year. It fundamentally reshapes the world we live in. Yet for a vast number of people, violence and conflict are abstractions far removed from their daily realities. […]

Beyond the Dirty Dozen: the other killing tools of Syria’s civil war

AOAV’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ lists some of the explosive weapons causing so much harm in Syria. But for all the suffering caused by those explosive weapons in the civil war, they are hardly the only culprits. Here, we take a summary overview of some of the other tools of violence in use by the belligerents – […]

Stephen Farrell

Stephen Farrell is a Metro reporter for the New York Times. After covering the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War, he joined Times’s Baghdad bureau, where he set up and ran the Baghdad Bureau blog from the field. In 2009, he helped launch and run the Baghdad Bureau’s successor At War blog, […]

Seymour M. Hersh

Seymour M. Hersh is a regular contributor for The New Yorker magazine. During his long career he has written extensively on security and military matters. Hersh established himself as a prominent investigative journalist thirty-five years ago when he broke the news of the 1968 massacre at My Lai, Vietnam. His reporting on the massacre won […]

Nic Robertson

Nic Robertson is CNN Senior International Correspondent who is based in the London bureau. Robertson joined CNN in 1990, and has since been covering conflict zones in Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia, Pakistan, and throughout the Middle East. In 2001, Robertson was one of the only Western journalists to report on Taliban-held Afghanistan and provided in-depth and […]

Marc Marginedas

Marc Marginedas is a Spanish journalist who is currently a special correspondent in Syria for El Periodico de Catalunya, a Barcelona-based newspaper. Marc has been a correspondent for El Periodico for twenty years, starting his career covering the Algerian civil war. He previously worked as a foreign correspondent in Moscow, where he reported on the […]