2000-2009 | Iraq | Torture

Iraqi hotel receptionist tortured to death by British troops in Basra

15 September 2003 On 15 September 2003, Baha Mousa, a hotel receptionist, was kicked, beaten and tortured to death by British troops in the Iraqi city of Basra.  He was one of a group of ten innocent civilians, who were subjected to appalling brutality. Their agony was witnessed by other soldiers, a medic, officers and…

1860-1899 | Burning crops | Burning villages | Churchill's crimes | Collective punishments | Punitive operations | Starvation campaigns

Winston Churchill participates in a punitive operation, destroying an entire valley of villages

15 September 1897 On 15 September 1897, Lieutenant Winston S. Churchill, who was temporarily freelancing as a war correspondent, joined a punitive British military expedition, under Major General Sir Bindon Blood, as it began to move against the Mamunds of the Watelai Valley on India’s North West Frontier. The provocation had been an attack the…