Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Fueling the war on Yemen

October 12, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"It would be difficult to see how fueling the planes that conduct the bombing campaign couldn't be considered aiding and abetting of any crimes committed by them. This goes to the heart of what is wrong with U.S. involvement in the war: in the absence of this U.S. support, the coalition's ability to carry out its bombing campaign would be severely limited if not eliminated all together. The administration pretends that it isn't a party to the conflict, but the coalition's air war depends heavily on the assistance that our government provides." (10/12/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/fueling-the-war-on-yemen/  

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Turkey: Regime says its troops will stay in Iraq until Islamic State cleared from Mosul

October 12, 2016
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Reuters    

"A planned U.S.-backed operation to drive Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul could cause 'blood and fire' in the region if not carefully handled, Turkey warned on Wednesday, saying it would keep troops nearby despite Baghdad's opposition. President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey, locked in an escalating row with Iraq over who should take part in the planned Mosul assault, would do all it could to prevent the operation from deepening sectarian conflict on its borders. ... Soldiers from Turkey, a regional power with the second largest armed forces in NATO, have been training Sunni Muslim and Kurdish Peshmerga units at the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq and want them to take part in the expected battle for Mosul." (10/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-turkey-idUSKCN12C0KF  

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Afghanistan: Gunman kills 14 at Shiite shrine in Kabul

October 12, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A gunman opened fire in a Shiite shrine in Kabul on Tuesday morning, killing 14 people before Afghan security forces killed him, reported Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs. The attack happened about 7:50 a.m. at the Karte Sakhi shrine. A police officer and a child were killed and 36 people were wounded, including 19 women, Sediqqi said. After a two-hour gunbattle, security forces killed the gunman. No group has claimed responsibility yet." (10/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/11/middleeast/kabul-shrine-shooting/  

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Afghanistan: Enduring occupation

October 11, 2016
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Voltaire Network
by Manlio Dinucci  

"The fifteenth anniversary of 11 September was featured in the front pages for days. This contrasts with the media blackout for the fifteenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, launched on 7 October 2001 through operation Enduring Freedom. The official justification: hunting down Osama bin Laden, the lead organizer of the September 11 attacks, hidden in an Afghan cavern under the protection of the Taliban. In actual fact, we will later find out that a plan for the operation had already been laid out on President Bush's table prior to September 11. What the strategic objectives might be emerged clearly from the report, Quadrennial Defense Review, published by the Pentagon on 30 September 2001, a week before the beginning of the war in Afghanistan." (10/11/16)

http://www.voltairenet.org/article193627.html  

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France: Regime seeks war crimes probe of Russian, but not French actions, in Syria

October 11, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"France's foreign minister is calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate Russia for possible war crimes in Syria. Jean-Marc Ayrault told France-Inter radio Monday that 'France intends to get in touch with the prosecutor to find out how the probe can be launched.' Ayrault says France disagrees with Russia's 'bombarding' of Aleppo and 'is committed as never before to saving the population.'" (10/10/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/france-seeks-war-crimes-probe-of-russian-actions-in-syria/  

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Yemen: Missiles target US warship, Pentagon says

October 11, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Two missiles targeted a US warship off the coast of Yemen on Sunday but missed the vessel and hit the water instead, a Pentagon spokesman said. The missiles were fired at the USS Mason from Houthi-controlled territory in war-torn Yemen, Capt. Jeff Davis said, adding that the guided-missile destroyer deployed 'onboard defensive measures' and was undamaged. But the Houthis -- a minority Shia group that has taken control of much of Yemen, including the capital -- denied Monday that its forces had targeted the warship." (10/10/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/10/politics/yemen-us-navy-targeted/  

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Turkey: Car bomb kills 18

October 10, 2016
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Boston Globe    

"Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb Sunday outside a military checkpoint in southeast Turkey, killing 10 soldiers and eight civilians, the prime minister said. Turkey immediately launched a military operation against the rebels in response. ... the attackers first opened fire on the soldiers at the checkpoint to distract them before driving up a minivan containing about 5 tons of explosives and detonating it. The explosion produced a crater 50 feet wide and 23 feet deep. An infantry station located behind the checkpoint also suffered heavy damage." (10/09/16)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/10/09/killed-car-bomb-southeast-turkey/XYzFvGhs42Eu1GEtZFcXtJ/story.html  

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Afghanistan: At least seven killed in helicopter crash

October 10, 2016
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Business Insider    

"An Afghan air force helicopter crashed in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least seven people on board, said Afghan Defence Ministry officials who described the crash as an accident. Four crew members and three soldiers were among the those killed in the crash of the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter, said Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri. 'An Afghan army helicopter crashed in northern Baghlan province due to some technical problem,' he said. 'An investigation is under way.' Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid however claimed the Islamist group's fighters had shot down the helicopter ..." (10/09/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/helicopter-crash-in-northern-afghanistan-2016-10  

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Syria: Islamic State bomb kills rebels at Turkey border crossing

October 6, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"At least 29 people, most of them rebel fighters, have been killed in a bombing near Syria's border with Turkey, activists say. The attack reportedly occurred during a change of guard at the rebel-controlled Atmeh crossing, in Idlib province. It was not immediately clear whether the blast was caused by a suicide bomber or a remote-controlled device. A news agency linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) said a suicide car bombing had targeted a rebel convoy." (10/06/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37572169  

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Afghan: Regime forces regain control of Kunduz after Taliban raid

October 4, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Afghan forces have regained control of the center of the strategically important northern city of Kunduz from Taliban fighters, Afghan police said Tuesday. Mahfoz Akhbari, spokesman for the chief of Kunduz police, said battles continued in and around the city where Taliban fighters were using civilian homes to launch attacks. Forty Taliban fighters have been killed, he added. On Monday, the Taliban launched a pre-dawn raid on the city, which it had briefly captured in September 2015." (10/04/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/03/middleeast/taliban-afghanistan-kunduz/  

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Syria: Nusra Front says senior leader killed in drone attack

October 4, 2016
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New York Times    

"A leading figure in Al Qaeda who became a prominent member of its Syrian offshoot, the Nusra Front, was killed in a drone attack on Monday, according to the group. Abu Faraj al-Masri, who spent years in prison in his native Egypt on charges of plotting with fundamentalist Islamist groups and later left for Afghanistan, reportedly died when the vehicle in which he was traveling was hit in rebel-held Idlib in Syria's northwest. The United States Defense Department said in a statement that Mr. Masri had been the target of an American airstrike near Idlib on Monday." (10/04/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/04/world/middleeast/syria-nusra-front-masri.html  

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Obama regime sends 600 more troops to Iraq

September 30, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"U.S Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the U.S. has agreed to send an additional 600 troops to Iraq, in anticipation of the major upcoming operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. These additional troops 'will increase the number of U.S. forces in Iraq to around 5,000,' NPR's Tom Bowman told our Newscast unit. American troop levels in Iraq peaked at 170,000 in November 2007." (09/28/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/28/495808708/the-u-s-is-sending-600-more-troops-to-iraq  

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Ryabkov: “[D]e facto support of terrorists from the US and the current administration”

September 29, 2016
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Newsweek    

"Russia's rift with the U.S. over Syria is growing after Moscow accused Washington of 'de facto support for terrorists.' Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Ryabkov reacted angrily to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's threat Wednesday to end discussions between the two countries if Russia did not end its current operations in Aleppo and uphold the ceasefire. Kerry also said that the Russian indiscriminate attacks in Syria, in support of the Assad regime, would merely allow radical groups to increase their influence and plot attacks 'against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities.' But Ryabkov accused the U.S. of effectively siding with the radicals." (09/29/16)

http://europe.newsweek.com/russia-accuses-us-de-facto-support-terrorists-504154  

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Amnesty says Sudan regime used deadly chemical weapons in Darfur conflict

September 29, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The Sudanese government has been accused of using chemical weapons against the people of Darfur, according to a report released by Amnesty International on Thursday. The attacks targeted civilians and may constitute a war crime, the report said. The Sudanese government has denied the allegations, calling them 'rumors.' Amnesty says it has new evidence abuses persist in a war that has been described as one of the world's worst humanitarian conflicts by the United Nations." (09/29/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/29/africa/sudan-chemical-weapon-darfur/  

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Pakistan: Indian army claims “surgical strikes” on militants

September 29, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Indian military said it carried out 'surgical strikes' Thursday to stop planned attacks by suspected militants in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. The Pakistani military said two of its soldiers were killed and nine were wounded. It denied there had been any 'surgical strikes.' ... 'There had been cross border fire initiated and conducted by India which is (an) existential phenomenon. Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing,' the Pakistani military said in a statement. 'The notion of surgical strike linked to alleged terrorists' bases is an illusion being deliberately generated by India to create false effects,' it said. The incident comes after an attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir on Sept. 18 killed 18 soldiers. India blames Pakistan." (09/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/09/29/indian-army-claims-surgical-strikes-militants/91258062/  

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Iraq: Blasts kill at least 17 in Baghdad

September 27, 2016
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Reuters    

"Three blasts killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 50 in predominantly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said. A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in a commercial street in the eastern Baghdad al-Jadida area of the Iraqi capital, killing nine people and wounding more than 30, they said. Another suicide attack hit a commercial street of Bayaa in western Baghdad, killing six and wounding 22, the sources added. A roadside bomb exploded near a gathering of cattle herders and merchants in al-Radhwaniya, also in western Baghdad, killing two people, they said." (09/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-blast-idUSKCN11X0PW  

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Syria: Air strikes pound rebel-held Aleppo districts

September 26, 2016
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Reuters    

"Dozens of air strikes hit rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo overnight, a monitor and defense worker said, continuing a fierce air campaign by Syrian government and allied forces since a ceasefire broke down almost a week ago. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said dozens of air strikes hit the rebel-held half of the divided city, the target of a fresh offensive announced by the Syrian army on Thursday. Aleppo has become the main battle ground of a conflict now in its sixth year. Capturing rebel districts of Syria's largest city, where more than 250,000 civilians are trapped, would mark the biggest victory of the civil war for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces." (09/26/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aleppo-idUSKCN11W0QZ  

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Yemen: Saudi raids kill nine

September 26, 2016
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Reuters    

"Arab coalition air strikes killed nine people in Houthi-controlled Ibb city in central Yemen late on Saturday, medical sources and residents in the area told Reuters. Nine people were also wounded in the attack on several areas of the city and its outskirts, they said, adding the nine dead included three children and their parents." (09/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-idUSKCN11V04U  

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Syria: Four killed in airstrike on aid group

September 21, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Four aid workers were killed and one was critically injured Wednesday after an airstrike hit a medical clinic in northern Syria. The aid workers were part of International Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, a Paris-based humanitarian group that operates in territory held by rebels near the besieged city of Aleppo. There were no reports of who carried out the strike. The latest incident came as Washington blamed Moscow for an attack on an aid convoy near Aleppo on Monday that killed at least 20 people. Russia said it was not involved." (09/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/09/21/us-points-finger-russia-aid-convoy-attack/90771448/  

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Syria: UN suspends aid convoys after bombing

September 21, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The United Nations announced Tuesday that it was suspending all aid convoys to Syria after one of its aid shipments was bombed outside the besieged city of Aleppo. The announcement, echoed by fellow aid provider the International Committee of the Red Cross, comes as a seven-day cease-fire brokered by the U.S. and Russia ended and further attempts to contain the fighting in Syria are falling apart." (09/20/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/end-of-syria-cease-fire-marked-by-new-offensive-and-bombing-of-aid-convoy/2016/09/20/92aead0c-7eb7-11e6-ad0e-ab0d12c779b1_story.html  

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Afghanistan: At least eight regime police killed in US air strikes

September 19, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"An Afghan official says at least eight Afghan police officers have been killed in two U.S. airstrikes in southern Uruzgan province in what was apparently a friendly-fire incident. Rahimullah Khan, a provincial operational commander, says the first airstrike killed one policeman at a security outpost outside the provincial capital of Tirin Kot, while the second, which struck the same area, killed seven others." (09/19/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3796425/Afghan-official-US-airstrikes-kill-8-policemen-south.html  

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Syria: Air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Aleppo, monitors say

September 19, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Four air strikes have hit rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Aleppo, activists say, the first raids there since a ceasefire began last Monday. Several people were injured, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, but it did not say who carried out the strikes. Russia has said the future of the truce is in doubt after the US-led coalition struck the Syrian army in Deir al-Zour." (09/18/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37401586  

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India: Seventeen regime troops killed in attack on Kashmir base

September 18, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Seventeen Indian soldiers were killed Sunday morning in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir in the deadliest militant attack in the restive area in years. The Indian army said in a statement that a group of 'heavily armed terrorists' attacked a base in Uri in the early hours of the morning, and that four of them had been killed. It didn’t provide any more details on the attackers or the number of soldiers injured." (09/18/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-18/seventeen-indian-soldiers-killed-in-attack-on-kashmir-army-base?cmpid=google  

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Pakistan: Three regime troops gunned down in Peshawar attack

September 18, 2016
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The Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"Three army men were gunned down on Sunday in the outskirts of Peshawar in what appeared to be a targeted attack. 'Three soldiers have been shot dead in Landy Sarak in Khazana area,' SP Shaukat Khan told The Express Tribune. 'The men, believed to be working at a mess, were travelling in a white Suzuki Bolan when they were targeted by armed motorcyclists,' he said." (09/18/16)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1183704/three-soldiers-gunned-peshawar-attack/  

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Syria, Russia: US-led invaders’ airstrike kills regime forces

September 18, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Hours after US-led coalition airstrikes reportedly killed dozens of Syrian troops, the US and Russian ambassadors to the United Nations chastised each other outside an emergency Security Council meeting. The strike occurred Saturday in an eastern part of Syria that is not a part of a delicate and nearly week-old ceasefire. The US military said it was targeting ISIS militants and if it hit Syrian troops, it was an accident. Russia and Syria said the strikes prove Washington and its allies are sympathetic to ISIS." (09/18/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/18/middleeast/syria-claims-coalition-airstrike-hit-regime-forces/  

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