Tag Archives: war

Our inept Iran hawks

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"TAC and other antiwar conservatives and libertarians were warning about removing a bulwark to Iranian power in the region before the invasion, and we continued pointing out the gains Iran had made in the years that followed. The process of 'handing over' the country to Iran’s orbit was already happening while the U.S. was occupying Iraq with more than 150,000 troops, so it is hardly a new development and it would not have been prevented or undone by keeping 10,000 soldiers there. The prospect of Iranian power wasn’t our principal objection to the war, nor was it the most important, but opponents of the Iraq war could see very clearly before and after it happened that overthrowing Saddam Hussein would benefit Iran’s government. Supporters of the invasion deluded themselves (or lied) when they argued that toppling the Iraqi government would undermine other authoritarian regimes in the region, including Iran’s, and they failed to anticipate one of the most easily foreseeable results of the war they backed." (07/17/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/our-inept-iran-hawks/

France: Macron urges resumption of Israel-Arab peace talks

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

"French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a resumption of long-stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestine based on a two-state solution. Macron said on Sunday that France was ready to apply diplomatic levers towards renewed negotiations, but gave no specifics. He did not indicate any eagerness for France to spearhead such negotiations after a fruitless French diplomatic effort early this year." (07/16/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/france-urges-resumption-israel-palestine-peace-talks-170716144833879.html

Kashmir: Four soldiers drown in river after Indian attack

Source: Washington Post

"Pakistan’s army says four of its soldiers have drowned in a river in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir after their vehicle was hit by Indian gunfire and plunged into the river Neelum. A military statement Sunday says the military vehicle was hit near Athmuqam by unprovoked Indian fire from across the Line of Control, the effective frontier between the two nuclear armed south Asian neighbors." (07/16/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-army-4-soldiers-drown-in-river-after-indian-attack/2017/07/16/9c458bfe-6a31-11e7-abbc-a53480672286_story.html

Counting the dead in Mosul

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

"'There were very few Daesh [Isis fighters] in our neighbourhood, but they dropped a lot of bombs on them,' says Qais, 47, a resident of the al-Jadida district of Mosul. 'We reckon that the airstrikes here killed between 600 and 1,000 people.' He shows pictures on his phone of a house that had stood beside his own before it was hit by a bomb or missile that had reduced it to a heap of smashed-up bricks. 'There were no Daesh in the house,' says Qais. But there were seven members of the Abu Imad family living there, of whom five were killed along with two passers-by." (07/13/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/13/counting-the-dead-in-mosul/

Kashmir: Seven Hindu pilgrims killed in attack

Source: Reuters

"Seven Hindu pilgrims, most of them women, were killed in a gunbattle that erupted in Indian Kashmir on Monday following two militant attacks on police, stoking outrage and protests nationwide. The pilgrims were on their way back from the Amarnath shrine deep in the Himalayas when their bus got caught up in the crossfire near the town of Anantnag, police said. Twelve pilgrims were wounded in the fighting triggered after the militants attacked a police bunker and another police party at a checkpoint. The attack has stirred the ire of hardline Hindu groups tied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party who have long sought tough action against militants fighting Indian rule in Muslim-majority Kashmir." (07/11/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-kashmir-idUSKBN19V271

Philippines: Regime says beheaded civilians found in rebel-held town

Source: New York Daily News

"Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel 'atrocities' could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. The discovery of the five victims among 17 bodies retrieved would be the first evidence that civilians trapped in besieged Marawi City have been decapitated during the five-week stand by militants loyal to the Islamic State group, as some who escaped the city have previously reported. Some 71 security forces and 299 militants have been killed and 246,000 people displaced in the conflict, which erupted after a failed attempt on May 23 to arrest a Filipino militant commander backed by Islamic State's leadership." (06/28/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/national/philippines-beheaded-civilians-found-rebel-held-town-article-1.3284378

Iraq: Islamic State counterattacks in retaken parts of Mosul stall regime push

Source: ABC News

"Counterattacks by Islamic State militants on the western edge of Mosul have stalled Iraqi forces' push in the Old City, the last IS stronghold in the battle, an Iraqi officer said Tuesday. The attacks forced Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition to pull some assets away from the Old City to again clear the Yarmouk and Tanak neighborhoods, which were declared liberated of IS in May. The assaults underscore the Sunni extremist group's resilience in the city, Iraq's third-largest, despite months of heavy fighting with Iraqi forces backed by U.S. air power." (06/27/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/counterattacks-retaken-parts-mosul-stall-iraq-push-48298643

Trump regime tries to distract from Hersh story on past non-existent chemical attack by claiming possible future chemical attack

Source: Fox News

"The Trump administration said late Monday that it had discovered evidence that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad could be planning another chemical weapons attack. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement that 'The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.'" [editor's note: Not likely coincidental, given last weekend's story by Seymour Hersh claiming that Trump launched cruise missiles on Syrian targets even after receiving intelligence that the "chemical attack" he was using as an excuse wasn't a "chemical attack" at all – TLK] (06/27/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/27/syria-could-be-planning-chemical-attack-white-house-says.html

Trump's red line

Source: Die Welt
by Seymour Hersh

"On April 6, United States President Donald Trump authorized an early morning Tomahawk missile strike on Shayrat Air Base in central Syria in retaliation for what he said was a deadly nerve agent attack carried out by the Syrian government two days earlier in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon. … Some American military and intelligence officials were especially distressed by the president's determination to ignore the evidence. 'None of this makes any sense,' one officer told colleagues upon learning of the decision to bomb. 'We KNOW that there was no chemical attack … the Russians are furious. Claiming we have the real intel and know the truth … I guess it didn't matter whether we elected Clinton or Trump.'" (06/25/17)

https://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article165905578/Trump-s-Red-Line.html

The danger of mission creep in Syria

Source: Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford

"On Sunday, a U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down one of Bashar al-Assad’s warplanes attacking U.S.-allied Syrian forces, drawing the United States deeper into that conflict. Raising tensions with Russia and potentially placing American troops in danger, this action was just another in a long line of tactical decisions which increase U.S. involvement in Syria without any viable long-term strategy for resolving or exiting the civil war. Much of the criticism has focused on President Donald Trump’s impulsive and pugnacious personality. While Trump has accelerated this process, he is not wholly to blame for the slippery slope that the United States is now sliding down in Syria. The Obama administration resisted large-scale escalation, but their choices nonetheless contributed directly to today’s haphazard Syria strategy. The Trump administration needs to decide what it wants to achieve in Syria now, or the inevitable logic of mission creep may rob them of the ability to choose." (06/26/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/danger-mission-creep-syria