Tag Archives: war

Iraq: Iconic mosque where Islamic State leader declared caliphate destroyed

Source: CBS News

“The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) destroyed Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures Wednesday night, Iraq’s Ministry of Defense said. The mosque — also known as Mosul’s Great Mosque — is where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a so-called Islamic caliphate in 2014 shortly after the city was overrun by the militants and was seen as a key symbolic prize in the fight for Iraq’s second largest city. The minaret that leaned like Italy’s Tower of Pisa stood for more than 840 years. In a statement posted online after the Ministry of Defense statement, ISIS claimed an airstrike carried out by the United States destroyed the mosque and minaret.” (06/21/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/iconic-al-nuri-mosque-mosul-destroyed/

Afghanistan: 29 dead, 50 injured in suicide car bombing outside Kabul bank

Source: Firstpost [India]

“A local police chief in Afghanistan says a suicide car bombing targeted Afghan soldiers lining up outside a bank in southern Helmand province, killing at least 29 people. Omar Zwak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said more than 50 have been wounded, including members of the police and army, civilians and staff of the New Kabul Bank branch where the attack took place. Provincial police chief general Agha Noor Kentoz says the attacker struck on Thursday in Lashkargah, the provincial capital. People likely had gathered there to collect salaries ahead of the upcoming holiday of Eid al-Fitr.” (06/22/17)

http://www.firstpost.com/world/afghanistan-blast-20-dead-50-injured-in-suicide-car-bombing-outside-kabul-bank-3734277.html

Afghanistan: War without end

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“The news came ungarlanded. No under-the-duvet tweets, no White House fanfare, no self-aggrandising from The Donald. But there it was. Confirmed in a standard news release. Just months after the date when the former US president, Barack Obama, had pledged to pull the last American soldier out of Afghanistan after 16 years of fighting, the US is to send between 3,000 and 5,000 extra troops to Afghanistan to join the 13,000 NATO troops (over 8,400 from the US) already stationed there. A war that was meant to be over is still being waged with, if anything, increasing intensity. It’s a predictably thoughtless, seemingly unprincipled move from the Trump administration.” (06/22/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/afghanistan-war-without-end/

Resist this: the United States is at war with Syria

Source: CounterPunch
by Jim Kavanagh

“The United States is at war with Syria. Though few Americans wanted to face it, this has been the case implicitly since the Obama administration began building bases and sending Special Ops, really-not-there, American troops, and it has been the case explicitly since August 3, 2015, when the Obama administration announced that it would ‘allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.’ With the U.S. Air Force — under Trump, following Obama’s declared policy — shooting down a Syrian plane in Syrian airspace, this is now undeniable. The United States is overtly engaged in another aggression against a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. This is an act of war. As an act of war, this is unconstitutional, and would demand a congressional declaration. Will Trump ask for this? Will any Democratic or Republican congresscritter demand it? Is the Pope a Hindu?” (06/21/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/21/resist-this-the-united-states-is-at-war-with-syria/

Our rush to war in Syria

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Looking at the ultimate defeat of ISIS as a foregone conclusion, all the regional powers with proxy forces in Syria are seeking to dominate the country once the Caliphate is consigned to history’s dustbin. The Syrian government, along with their Russian and Iranian allies, look to the restoration of control by Damascus over the entire territory of Syria. The Saudis look to their jihadist outfits to establish an Islamic state after Assad is deposed. The Qataris are backing their own jihadists, notably al-Nusra, and the Turks have their proxies among the Islamist groups in the northern part of the country, as well as the Turkmen militias, which they hope will block the Kurds from establishing a Kurdish state on the Syrian-Turkish border. Stuck in the midst of this four-sided civil war is the United States, with no real policy, and with its military strategy ceded to commanders on the ground — who are pursuing the same course set by the previous administration, i.e. canoodling with radical Islamists bent on regime change in Damascus.” (06/21/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/06/20/rush-war-syria/

Philippines: Regime forces step up bombing operations in Marawi

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer

“Military aircraft bombed rebel positions and ground troops launched a renewed push against Islamic State (IS)-inspired terrorists holed up in this city on Tuesday, and a military spokesperson said the aim was to wrap up the fighting as soon as possible. The offensive came amid worry that terrorist reinforcements could arrive after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Fighting in Marawi has entered a fifth week, and nearly 350 people have been killed, according to the military count.” (06/20/17)

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/907272/afp-steps-up-bombing-operations-in-marawi

Australia: Regime halts Syria air strikes after Russian warning

Source: ABC News

“Australia’s military said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by US forces. The decision came amid increasing tension between the US and Russia, which warned it would track coalition aircraft in Syria as potential ‘targets’ and halted a military hotline with Washington over the incident. … Russia made clear it was changing its military posture in response to the US downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday, which, according to Damascus, is the first such incident since the start of the conflict in 2011.” (06/20/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/australia-suspends-air-operation-syria-170620074009807.html

Syria: US invasion forces shoot down regime drone

Source: ABC News

“An armed pro-Syrian regime drone was shot down late Monday night by a U.S. Air Force F15E fighter after the drone was detected approaching U.S. military forces in southeastern Syria. It is the second downing of a pro-regime drone in the area and comes amid heightened tensions in the region following the U.S. shootdown of a Syrian fighter jet on Sunday. … Sunday’s downing of a Syrian fighter jet led Russia’s defense ministry to declare that it would track any American or coalition aircraft that flew west of the Euphrates River. After the warning the coalition announced that it would re-position its aircraft flying over Syria as a prudent measure.” (06/20/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/syrian-drone-shot-us-fighter-jet/story?id=48154826

Breaking: Russian regime warns US regime after downing of Syrian regime jet

Source: Washington Post

“Russia’s defense ministry says it will treat U.S.-led coalition planes in Syria, west of the Euphrates River, as targets after the U.S. military shot down a Syrian Air Force jet on Sunday. Moscow has condemned the U.S. downing of the Syrian government fighter jet after it dropped bombs nears U.S. partner forces. The Russian defense ministry says in a statement that, starting Monday, it will track all jets and drones of the U.S.-led coalition west of the Euphrates and treat them as targets.” (06/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-russia-suspends-coordination-with-us-in-syria/2017/06/19/9e7a840e-54e4-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html

Iran: Regime troops fire missiles at Islamic State positions in eastern Syria

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it has fired several missiles at ISIL positions in Syria’s Deir Az Zor province in retaliation for two deadly attacks in Tehran earlier this month that were claimed by the armed group. ‘Medium-range missiles were fired from the (western) provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed,’ the Guard said in a statement published on its Sepahnews website on Sunday. … The firing of the missiles, the first in 30 years outside Iran’s own territory, came hours after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a statement on his website, vowed Iran would ‘slap its enemies’ in honour of the victims’ families, including those killed in Syria and Iraq.” (06/18/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/iran-fires-missiles-isil-positions-eastern-syria-170618193251349.html