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Tillerson vows Trump regime will continue lawless Syria invasion/occupation

Source: Yahoo! News

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged patience in waiting out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying there’s no place for him in the war-torn country’s future while vowing that the U.S. military will remain to counter Islamic State, al-Qaeda and Iran. In remarks prepared for a policy speech Wednesday on the Syrian war, Tillerson called for closer cooperation with Russia to avoid conflict in ‘de-escalation zones.’ He also offered financial aid and diplomatic assistance to help rebuild areas shattered by almost seven years of civil war and said Assad’s eventual departure is inevitable.” (01/18/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tillerson-vows-u-military-stay-193714572.html

Iraq: Dozens dead in Baghdad suicide attacks

Source: CBS News

“Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a busy street market in central Baghdad on Monday, in back-to-back explosions that killed at least 38 people, Iraqi health and police officials said. The attackers struck during rush hour in the city’s Tayran Square, which is usually crowded by laborers seeking work. The twin explosions also wounded at least 105 people, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media. … No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but it bore all the hallmarks of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has claimed many such attacks in the past.” (01/15/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/double-suicide-bombing-baghdad-deadly-toll/

Russian, Turkish regimes condemn US regime’s plans for escalation of Syria invasion

Source: Washington Post

“Russia, Turkey and the Syrian government on Monday denounced the U.S.-led coalition plans to form a Kurdish-led border force to secure the areas along Syria’s international border to the north with Turkey and to the east, with Iraq. The coalition told The Associated Press Monday that 230 new cadets have already been recruited to the force, which is anticipated to reach 30,000 troops in the next several years. According to the coalition, the core of the force is to be made up of fighters from the existing Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, the coalition’s main ally in the fight against Islamic State militants. The SDF currently controls nearly 25 percent of Syrian territory in the north and east.” (01/15/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/us-coalition-230-cadets-recruited-for-syria-border-force/2018/01/15/092bea6a-f9d4-11e7-9b5d-bbf0da31214d_story.html

Yemen proves US needs to get a handle on war-making powers

Jason Ditz

Source: Antiwar.com
by Jason Ditz

“With the Yemen War fast approaching its third anniversary, Afghanistan well into its 17th year, Iraq and Syria seemingly permanent US wars, and escalations ongoing across Africa, the US has seemingly more wars than ever going on. President Trump has been giving the military increasing autonomy in those wars, and the feeling of loss of control is palpable. It’s been years since Congress has willingly asserted its authority on war-making in any serious way, and the president too is now delegating much to the generals. The American public’s ability to give meaningful input on America’s wars is far more limited.” (01/10/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/jason/2018/01/09/yemen-proves-us-needs-get-handle-war-making-powers/

Syria: Regime accuses Israelis of targeting Damascus military outposts with missiles

Source: Belfast Telegraph [Ireland]

“Syria’s military has accused Israel of launching missiles at its outposts near Damascus in a wave of three pre-dawn attacks, and claimed the Syrian air force hit one of the Israeli jets and shot down several missiles. The army said the Syrian air defence confronted the attacks on military outposts in the area of Qutayfeh in the Damascus countryside. Several missiles were launched from Lebanese air space at 2.40am, followed by two ground-to-ground missiles at 3.04am launched from the occupied Golan Heights, and four missiles at 4.14am, launched from the Tiberias area, or the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, the Syrian statement said. The Syrian army said the attacks caused material damage. The Israeli military declined to comment on the matter.” (01/09/18)

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/syria-accuses-israel-of-targeting-damascus-military-outposts-with-missiles-36472011.html

Syria: Explosion and air strikes in rebel-held Idlib “kill 40”

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least 40 people have reportedly been killed in an explosion and a series of air strikes across the rebel-held north Syrian province of Idlib. The blast, on Sunday night outside the headquarters of the Islamist rebel faction Ajnad al-Qawqaz in the city of Idlib, left 25 people dead. The cause was not clear but many believed a car bomb was responsible. Activists say another 15 people were killed in Syrian government and Russian air strikes elsewhere on Sunday.” (01/08/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42599696

Afghanistan: Kabul protest hit by deadly bomb attack

Source: Guardian [UK]

“A suicide attacker blew himself up near a crowd of police and protesters in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 25 others, in the latest deadly violence to bring carnage to the Afghan capital. … A security source who spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity said 20 people had been killed and 20 wounded in the attack, but the higher death toll could not be immediately confirmed. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which happened during a protest following the death of a shopkeeper during a police operation targeting alcohol and bootleggers, an unnamed official said.” (01/04/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/04/kabul-at-least-11-killed-in-latest-islamic-state-suicide-bombing

Egypt: Islamic State declares war on rival Hamas with video execution

Source: Washington Post

“The extremist Islamic State group’s branch in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has taken a simmering dispute with the Palestinian Hamas group based in nearby Gaza to new levels, releasing a 22-minute video in which it calls on its followers to attack the group and shows the execution of a man it said was a collaborator. Analysts say the escalation has the potential to destabilize an already fragile security situation in Gaza, the Palestinian enclave that Hamas has controlled for the past decade. … The confrontation between the two militant groups has been building for more than a year, as Hamas has cracked down on Islamic State supporters in Gaza and hardened its border with the Sinai region in an attempt to repair relations with Egypt.” (01/04/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/01/04/islamic-state-throws-down-gauntlet-to-rival-hamas-with-video-execution/

Shadow armies: The unseen, but real US war in Africa

Source: Antiwar.com
by Ramzy Baroud

“There is a real — but largely concealed — war which is taking place throughout the African continent. It involves the United States, an invigorated Russia and a rising China. The outcome of the war is likely to define the future of the continent and its global outlook. It is easy to pin the blame on US President Donald Trump, his erratic agenda and impulsive statements. But the truth is, the current US military expansion in Africa is just another step in the wrong direction. It is part of a strategy that had been implemented a decade ago, during the administration of President George W. Bush, and actively pursued by President Barack Obama.”: (01/03/18)

http://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2018/01/02/shadow-armies-unseen-real-us-war-africa/

Pentagon identifies Afghanistan occupation troop killed in likely Islamic State firefight

Source: CBS News

“The U.S. military has identified an American soldier killed fighting likely ISIS militants on New Year’s Day in eastern Afghanistan. In a statement released Wednesday, the Pentagon said Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was killed, ‘after being engaged by enemy small arms fire while on a dismounted patrol.’ Golin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), based at Fort Carson, Colorado, the statement said. … The United States formally concluded its combat mission in Afghanistan at the end of 2014 but still carries out operations against the Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) affiliate, known as ISIS Khorasan.” [editor’s note: In other words, “formally concluded” means “lied about concluding” – TLK] (01/03/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-soldier-mihail-golin-killed-afghanistan-isis-nangarhar-achin-district/