Chris Woods

Chris Woods set up the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s award-winning Drones Project in 2011, and is the author of Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars. He now runs Airwars, which monitors international airstrikes and civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 9:15am
For Obama's Secret Wars, the Public Record Suggests a Far Worse Reality
Targeted killings or assassinations beyond the battlefield remain a highly charged subject. Most controversial of all is the number of civilians killed in US covert and clandestine drone strikes since 2002. The new White House data relates only to Obama’s first seven years in office – during which...
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Friday, September 4, 2015 - 8:00am
CENTCOM Document Reveals Coalition's Hidden Civilian Carnage in Syria and Iraq
A newly-declassified CENTCOM document – published by Airwars and international media partners for the first time on Thursday – reveals that by early May of this year, the anti-ISIL Coalition had already internally investigated dozens of events involving at least 325 possible civilian deaths from...
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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 8:30am
Hundreds of Civilians Credibly Reported Killed in First Year of Coalition Airstrikes, Airwars Study Finds
A six-month investigation into alleged civilian and ‘friendly fire’ deaths from Coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria has identified more than 120 incidents of concern to June 30th according to an Airwars report published today – three times more problem events than the Coalition itself was aware...
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Friday, September 7, 2012 - 7:41am
Who Is Held to Account for Civilian Deaths by Drone in Yemen?
When news flashed of an air strike on a vehicle in the Yemeni city of Radaa on Sunday afternoon, early claims that al-Qaida militants had died soon gave way to a more grisly reality.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 10:51am
CNN Expert’s Civilian Drone Death Numbers Don’t Add Up
Following recent revelations by the New York Times that all military-aged males in Waziristan are considered fair game by the CIA in its drone strikes, many US journalists have been reassessing how they report on deaths in the attacks.
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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 7:02am
Why We Must Name All Drone Attack Victims
Sunday’s death of Fahd al-Quso in a CIA drone strike was a significant US success. The admitted al Qaeda bomber had long been sought for his role in the deadly attack on the US navy ship the USS Cole back in 2000.
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