Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology

The War Against Civilians

Victims of the “War on Terror” in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Authors: Badalič, Vasja

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  • Draws on the conversations and extensive fieldwork collected over 8 years by an ex-journalist
  • Offers a critical examination of the “forgotten” war in Afghanistan and Pakistan which is ongoing
  • Includes interviews with civilian victims of war, Afghan and Pakistani officials, human-rights activists and members of the insurgency
  • Speaks to those interested in criminology and victims, law and human rights, and political science
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About this book

This book provides a critical analysis of how the “war on terror” affected the civilian population in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This “forgotten war,” which started in 2001 with the US-led invasion of Afghanistan, has seen more than 212,000 people killed in war-related incidents. Whilst most of the news media shifted their attention to other conflict zones, this war rages on. Badalič has amassed a vast amount of data on the civilian victims of war from both sides of the Durand line, the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He conducted interviews in Peshawar, Quetta, Islamabad, Kabul, Jalalabad, and many other cities and villages from 2008 to 2017. His data is mostly drawn from those extensive conversations held with civilian victims of war, Afghan and Pakistani officials, human-rights activists and members of the insurgency.

The book is divided into three parts. The first examines the impact the US-led coalition, Afghan security forces and paramilitary groups had on civilians, with methods of combat such as drone strikes and kill-or-capture missions. The second part focuses on civilian victims of abuses of power by Pakistani security forces, including arbitrary detentions and forced disappearances. In the final part, Badalič explores the impact of unlawful practices used by the armed insurgency – the Afghan Taliban. Overall, the book seeks to tell the story of the civilian victims of the “War on Terror".

About the authors

Vasja Badalič is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His primary fields of research are contemporary imperialism and migration. He has published many peer-reviewed articles in academic journals and monographs, including in Drones & Unmanned Aerial Systems (2016).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: Creating a Reign of Terror

    Badalič, Vasja

    Pages 1-20

  • Inherently Imprecise Killings: Civilian Victims in U.S. Drone Strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    Badalič, Vasja

    Pages 23-45

  • Death Comes at Night: Civilian Victims in U.S. Kill-or-Capture Missions in Afghanistan

    Badalič, Vasja

    Pages 47-67

  • The War on Due Process: Civilian Victims of the U.S. Arbitrary Detention Program in Afghanistan

    Badalič, Vasja

    Pages 69-89

  • Systemic Torture, the New Normal: Civilian Victims of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” in Afghan Detention Facilities

    Badalič, Vasja

    Pages 91-108

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-12406-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-12405-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The War Against Civilians
Book Subtitle
Victims of the “War on Terror” in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-12406-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-12406-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-12405-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 280
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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