Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Somalia: Al-Shabab claims car bomb attack near parliament

November 7, 2016
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Reuters    

"Two Somali soldiers died and five others were injured when a car bomb claimed by Islamist group al Shabaab exploded on Saturday near the parliament in the capital Mogadishu, police said. Al Shabaab has stepped up its campaign of bombings and gun assaults in Mogadishu in recent months ahead of parliamentary elections which are expected to take place within weeks. Col. Abdiqadir Hussein, a police officer, told Reuters the explosion had occurred near the parliament building, while another police officer, Major Hussein Nur, said the car bomb hit a military vehicle at a junction checkpoint." (11/06/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-somalia-war-idUSKBN1300MO  

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Iraq: Suicide bombers in ambulances kill 25

November 7, 2016
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Suicide bombers driving ambulances packed with explosives detonated their vehicles at a checkpoint and a car park for Shiite pilgrims in two Iraqi cities Sunday, killing at least 25 people and wounding dozens, officials said. The twin attacks took place in Tikrit and Samarra, as Iraqi troops and security forces battled to retake the northern city of Mosul from Daesh (ISIS) militants who have controlled it for more than two years. They appeared to be part of a series of diversionary attacks by the extremists, who have struck the Kurdish-controlled city of Kirkuk, the capital Baghdad and a western desert town during the three-week Mosul campaign." (11/06/16)

https://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2016/Nov-07/379975-suicide-bombers-in-ambulances-kill-25-people-in-iraq.ashx  

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Mali: UN trooper, two civilians killed

November 6, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Authorities say Islamic militants have launched attacks on both a U.N. peacekeeping convoy and a Malian military camp in the country's north, killing at least three people. Radhia Achouri with the U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA, said a Togolese peacekeeper was killed Sunday morning along with two civilians when the convoy was attacked in Gourma. Seven other peacekeepers were wounded, three of them seriously, Achouri said." (11/06/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/peacekeeper-killed-wounded-north-mali-convoy-attack-43345343  

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Iraq: Regime, Islamic State forces battle on streets of Mosul

November 3, 2016
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CNN CNN    

Iraqi forces have entered ISIS-held Mosul for the first time in more than two years and are battling ISIS militants on the front line, defense officials told CNN. Iraqi Ministry of Defense spokesman Brig. Gen. Tahsin Ibrahim told CNN that units of the 9th Armored Division had entered the city on Thursday, adding that troops had stormed the neighborhood of al Intisar in the east. ... Officials had warned that entering Mosul would likely trigger the fiercest fighting yet, and that the battle is expected to be fought 'street to street,' or even 'house to house.'" (11/03/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/03/middleeast/mosul-offensive-iraq-troops-in/  

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Afghanistan: Two occupation troops killed

November 3, 2016
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Toledo Blade    

"Two U.S. service members were killed today battling Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan alongside local troops, NATO said, rare combat deaths for American forces who largely handed over securing the war-torn nation to Afghan troops some two years ago. Local officials later said they were investigating claims that civilians also were killed in the fighting, possibly in a retaliatory airstrike. NATO described the Americans killed and two other Americans wounded in the assault as being part of 'a train, advise and assist mission' in Afghanistan's Kunduz province." (11/03/16)

http://www.toledoblade.com/World/2016/11/03/NATO-says-2-US-service-members-killed-in-Afghanistan.html  

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India-Pakistan border firing kills 19 people amid rising tensions over Kashmir

November 1, 2016
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Sky News [UK]    

"At least 19 people have been killed in recent firing between India and Pakistan across the disputed border in Kashmir. The two nuclear-armed powers have been ratcheting up shelling and small-arms fire for weeks, with each accusing the other of violating a 2003 ceasefire. ... Two of the three wars between India and Pakistan since partition and independence from Britain in 1947 have been fought over Kashmir." (11/01/16)

http://news.sky.com/story/india-pakistan-border-firing-kills-19-people-amid-rising-tensions-over-kashmir-10640542  

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Afghanistan: Regime claims it thwarted attack on Indian consulate

October 26, 2016
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Reuters    

"Afghan authorities have arrested two men who were planning to attack the Indian consulate in the city of Jalalabad and seized bomb-making equipment, the National Directorate for Security said on Wednesday. The arrests come at a time of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan over Kashmir and after an attack on a police academy in the Pakistani city of Quetta this week in which around 60 people were killed." (10/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-india-attack-idUSKCN12Q1X7  

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Spain: Regime under pressure from “allies” to refuse refuel of Russian warships

October 26, 2016
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Daily Star Lebanon    

"Spain was under pressure Wednesday from its allies to refuse permission for Russian warships headed for the Syrian coast to refuel at one of its ports. Russia's request to allow its ships to stop on Spanish territory 'are under review' while Spain weighs input from its allies and Russian authorities, the foreign ministry said in an e-mail. The ministry said Russian ships have for years made stops in Spanish ports and that permission is granted on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the safety of local residents and the environment. ... NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern that the flotilla could take part in Syria air strikes." [editor's note: Has anyone called it to Stoltenberg's attention that HIS ships are taking part in Syria air strikes? - TLK] (10/26/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Oct-26/378257-spain-under-pressure-to-refuse-refuel-of-russian-warships.ashx  

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Afghanistan: Taliban use drone to film suicide attack

October 26, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"The Afghan Taliban have released aerial footage of a suicide car bombing in southern Helmand province, marking the first time the media-savvy militant group has used a drone to record an attack. The 23-minute video shows a suicide bomber ramming a Humvee into a military base in volatile Nawa district, triggering a mushroom cloud of flames and smoke and razing the entire compound. With pro-Taliban poems playing in the background, the video reported Tuesday by the US-based SITE Intelligence group shows a turban-clad bomber in front of a Humvee, hugging fellow fighters before he departs." (10/25/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/afghan-taliban-drone-film-suicide-attack-105846912.html  

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Pakistan: Quetta police academy attacked, 200 cadets rescued

October 25, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A Pakistani police training academy in Quetta was attacked Monday and an unknown number of cadets were taken hostage, according to officials. About 500 cadets live in a hostel at the academy. Five or six 'terrorists entered the training school and (went) straight to the hostel where they took cadets hostage,' the Pakistani army said in a statement. It was unclear how many students were being held. 'The military has been deployed to the location,' the army said. Two hundred cadets were rescued Monday night, according to Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister of Balochistan province." (10/24/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/24/world/pakistan-police-academy-attack/  

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Syria: In renewed Aleppo attacks, regime troops capture high ground

October 24, 2016
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Woodland Park Record    

"Syrian government forces and their allies on Monday captured strategic high ground in embattled Aleppo as Russia -- a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad -- said it was not planning more 'humanitarian pauses' in the fighting in the city's eastern, rebel-held districts. Fighting resumed in Aleppo over the weekend, following a days-long lull announced by Moscow that was meant to allow rebels and civilians to leave the eastern districts. The rebels rejected the Russian offer and none of the civilians left. Government troops launched a fresh offensive and on Monday took the hilltop of Bazo on the southern edge of Aleppo, near military bases, and shelled the rebel neighborhoods, according to opposition activists." (10/24/16)

http://www.northjersey.com/news/in-renewed-aleppo-attacks-syrian-troops-capture-high-ground-1.1681976  

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Iraq: Islamic State forces attack Kirkuk

October 21, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"ISIS militants attacked several security buildings in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials said, even as Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the terror group for control of the second-largest city of Mosul. Dozens of militants targeted four police stations and Kurdish security offices in Kirkuk, spreading themselves out through several residential neighborhoods. The clashes were ongoing in the southern part of the city as of Friday morning, security officials said. A number of people were killed and wounded, but officials could not provide an exact figure." (10/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/21/middleeast/iraq-kirkuk-attacks/  

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UN: Ban pushes for rare General Assembly session on Syria

October 21, 2016
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Indian Express [India]    

"United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pushed on Thursday for the 193-member General Assembly to hold a rare emergency special session on Syria since a deadlocked Security Council has failed to take action to end the nearly six-year war. Under a 1950 resolution, an emergency special session can be called for the General Assembly to consider a matter 'with a view to making appropriate recommendations to members for collective measures' if the Security Council fails to act." (10/21/16)

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/un-chief-ban-ki-moon-pushes-for-rare-general-assembly-session-on-syria-3094283/  

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Syria: Turkish air raids kill up to 200 Kurdish fighters

October 20, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A Turkish air raid killed as many as 200 Kurdish militia members north of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, according to the Turkish military. Turkish military officials say they hit 18 targets with 26 airstrikes in the areas under the control of Kurdish militia, destroying their headquarters, ammunition dumps and shelters. ... In recent months, much of Turkey's firepower has been directed at the Kurdish separatist PKK in southeastern Turkey and across the border in northern Iraq. It has also occasionally shelled ISIS positions in northern Syria, but its last-known airstrikes against ISIS were in November last year." (10/20/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/20/middleeast/turkey-syria-air-raid/  

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Afghanistan: Occupation troop, civilian contractor killed in attack on base

October 20, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Two Americans were killed and another three were ­injured in a rare attack on foreign troops in the Afghan capital Wednesday, U.S. and Afghan ­officials said. A gunman fired on international advisers at an ammunition depot near Camp Morehead, a training site for Afghan commandos, about six miles south of Kabul. The attack, which took place near the entrance of the base, killed one U.S. service member and injured another. One U.S. ­civilian was also killed, and two more were wounded in the ­assault, a statement from the ­NATO-led coalition said." (10/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/two-americans-killed-in-attack-on-base-in-afghanistan/2016/10/19/bcb4680c-9605-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html  

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Somalia: Regime troops battle al-Shabab fighters in Afgoye

October 18, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Intense battles between Somali troops and al-Shabab fighters have broken out in Afgoye, a city about 30km northwest of the capital Mogadishu, according to security sources and witnesses. Local authorities told Reuters news agency that at least four police officers were killed on Tuesday when a suicide attacker rammed a bomb-laden car into a police station, and then fighters stormed the area. ... Al-Shabab, which has been carrying out a series of deadly bombings throughout Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement, the armed group said it had recaptured the town, which it evacuated in May 2012 after coming under attack from the Somali army and African Union peacekeepers." (10/18/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/somalia-fierce-fighting-erupts-afgoye-161018150717137.html  

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Iraq: “Heavy losses” for Islamic State in battle for Mosul, regime forces say

October 18, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Iraqi security forces on Monday said the Islamic State has had 'heavy' losses of militants and equipment as the long-awaited battle for Mosul wages. ... Mosul is considered one of the most important battles in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq, as it is considered the militant Islamist group's last major stronghold in the country." (10/17/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/10/17/Heavy-losses-for-Islamic-State-in-battle-for-Mosul-Iraqi-forces-say/1871476706804/  

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The horror of endless interventionism

October 18, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"When the U.S. government invaded Iraq in 2003, I wonder how many U.S. officials contemplated the possibility that the cycle of death and destruction that they were initiating would be continuing 13 years later. And yet, here we are -- more than a decade after Operation Iraqi Freedom was launched -- and U.S. and Iraqi soldiers are, once again, battling over control of Mosul. The battle for Mosul is being met with considerable indifference or nonchalance among many Americans. After all, there are so many more important things to talk about, such as sex scandals. But the fact that U.S. troops are still fighting, killing, and dying in Iraq 13 years after the U.S. invasion of the country (and 26 years after the U.S. government's Persian Gulf intervention) is truly remarkable." (10/17/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/10/17/horror-endless-interventionism/  

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Iraq: Regime launches Mosul offensive to drive out Islamic State

October 17, 2016
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Cyprus Mail [Cyprus]    

"Iraqi government forces, with air and ground support from the US-led coalition, launched an offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, the militants' last major stronghold in the country. Helicopters released flares overhead and explosions could be heard on the city’s eastern front, where Kurdish fighters moved forward to take outlying villages, a Reuters correspondent said. The United States predicted Islamic State would suffer 'a lasting defeat' as Iraqi forces mounted their biggest operation since the US withdrew its own troops in 2011. Some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, Kurdish Peshmerga militia and Sunni tribal fighters were expected to take part in the offensive to drive an estimated 4,000 to 8,000 Islamic State militants from Mosul, a city of 1.5 million people." (10/16/16)

http://cyprus-mail.com/2016/10/17/iraq-launches-mosul-offensive-drive-islamic-state/  

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US Army to deploy 1st Infantry Division troops to Iraq

October 16, 2016
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Military.com    

"The U.S. Army announced Friday it will deploy about 500 soldiers from the Big Red One to Iraq this fall. The 1st Infantry Division Headquarters troops will assume the role of Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an Oct. 14 Army press release. The Fort Riley, Kansas, unit will replace soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), providing command and control of coalition troops training, advising and assisting Iraqi Security Forces." (10/14/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/10/14/army-deploy-1st-infantry-division-soldiers-iraq.html?ESRC=todayinmil.sm  

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Syria: ISIS suffers major symbolic defeat with loss of Dabiq

October 16, 2016
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"The Islamic State has been dealt a major symbolic blow in the battle for its existence. Turkish-backed rebels, reportedly supported by United States special forces, seized the Syrian town of Dabiq Sunday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. According to Islamic prophecies central to the Islamic State's radical message, Dabiq is the site of an end-of-days battle that ushers in the apocalypse. Now, having lost control of the town, the Islamic State must scramble to change a narrative that has been a core part of its appeal." (10/16/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2016/1016/ISIS-suffers-major-symbolic-defeat-with-loss-of-Dabiq  

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US Navy pushes more “Houthis are shooting missiles at us” stories

October 16, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"The U.S. Navy on Sunday began investigating a possible overnight missile attack from Yemen on a group of American warships in the Red Sea amid uncertainty about what transpired. The Red Sea and the nearby strategic Bab el-Mandeb strait, a crucial chokepoint for international shipping and crude oil, has been the scene of what the U.S. describes as at least two missile attacks from rebel [sic]-held territory in Yemen. American forces have fired back once with Tomahawk missiles, destroying mobile radar positions in the first shots fired by the U.S. in anger in the stalemated conflict." [editor's note: Probably didn't happen; if it did happen it probably wasn't Houthi forces - TLK] (10/16/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-yemen-missiles-united-states-warship-20161016-story.html  

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Iran deploys warships off Yemen after US attack on radar sites

October 14, 2016
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Fox News    

"Iran deployed two warships off Yemen threatening to further escalate tensions after the U.S. fired Tomahawk cruise missiles destroying three coastal radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory, a U.S. official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday. Iran sent the ships to the Gulf of Aden, one of the world's most vital shipping routes, 'to protect trade vessels from piracy,' Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported."

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/10/13/us-missiles-destroy-houthi-controlled-radar-sites-on-yemen-coast.html  

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Do western nations care about Yemeni lives or Saudi blood money?

October 13, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Medea Benjamin  

"How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen since March 2015, or to the Saudi's western backers, particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons, military training, logistical support and diplomatic cover for its dirty interventionist war." (10/13/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/mbenjamin/2016/10/12/western-nations-care-yemeni-lives-saudi-blood-money/  

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Yemen: US strikes hit radar sites after Tonkin-style propaganda run-up

October 13, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Three US strikes hit radar sites in Yemen early Thursday, hours after missiles targeted a US warship in the Red Sea, the Pentagon said. The strikes were carried out in 'self defense,' the Pentagon said. They came after missiles [allegedly] targeted the USS Mason off the coast of Yemen on Sunday and again Wednesday -- but missed it and hit the water instead. ... The missiles were fired from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen, according to Davis. The Houthis are a minority Shia group that has taken control of much of Yemen, including the capital. Houthi rebels [sic] denied that their forces targeted the US warship in both incidents." [editor's note: Who wants more direct US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen? The Houthis don't. So the question is whether the Saudi "coalition" fired these missiles or whether the US regime is just making the whole thing up. It's almost certainly one or the other - TLK] (10/13/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/12/politics/pentagon-us-strikes-hit-radar-sites-in-yemen  

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