Tag Archives: war

Pentagon probes Afghanistan occupation troop deaths as possible "friendly fire" incident

Source: The Hill

"The Defense Department is looking into whether two U.S. Army Rangers who died Wednesday may have been killed by friendly fire, according to a Pentagon spokesman. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Friday that the deaths of Sgts. Joshua Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Ill., and Cameron Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, occurred during a raid on ISIS militants in Afghanistan. He said that 'some of the initial indications' suggest friendly fire is to blame for the casualties. Davis added that there is 'no indication' of any intentional attacks by Afghanistan soldiers on American troops." (04/28/17)


Afghanistan: Two US troops killed, one wounded

Source: Military Times

"Two American troops were killed and a third was wounded while battling Islamic State loyalists overnight in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking the latest in a series of violent developments as the Trump administration contemplates whether to escalate the 15-year war. The troops' identities were not immediately disclosed, pending family notifications. The wounded service member did not require medical evacuation, a U.S. military spokesman in Kabul, Navy Capt. William Salvin, told Military Times." (04/27/17)


Syria: Overnight explosion rocks Damascus; regime blames Israel

Source: ABC News

"An large overnight explosion on Thursday rocked Syria's capital, the country's state media and opposition activists said. The explosion occurred at a military installation near the Damascus airport, according to both SANA state TV and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring organization with on the ground contacts in Syria. State television blamed the explosion on Israel, saying it had attacked the location with several missiles from inside the occupied Golan Heights, which Israel controls. In an interview with Israel's Army Radio, Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz stopped short of saying Israel was behind the attack, but said 'the incident in Syria is absolutely in line with Israeli policy to act to prevent advanced weapons from Syria going to Hezbollah in Lebanon with the help of Iran.'" (04/27/16)


France: Regime says Syrian chemical attack bears Assad's signature

Source: Los Angeles Times

"France’s foreign ministry says deadly sarin gas used in a chemical attack in Syria earlier this month that killed 87 people 'bears the signature' of President Bashar Assad’s government. A six-page report by French intelligence services claims the nerve agent came from hidden stockpiles of chemical weapons that Damascus was supposed to have destroyed under an U.S- and Russia-brokered deal in 2013. The chemicals in the gas matched those from samples taken following a sarin attack in Syria in 2013 carried out by government helicopters." [editor's note: Who knows for sure, but the claim that 2013 attack was carried out by anti-Assad rebels using sarin from Turkey, not by Assad's forces, seems plausible; combined with the report's actual language, which merely claims that the sarin is "typical" of that produced by the regime's labs (is there some "atypical" form of sarin produced elsewhere?), I'd say skepticism is still warranted – TLK] (04/26/17)


Turkish forces attack Kurds in Iraq, Syria

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

"Turkish warplanes have carried out airstrikes on Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants near Iraq's Sinjar mountains and in northeastern Syria, a statement from the military said on Tuesday. The statement said the strikes were aimed at preventing the outlawed group from sending weapons, explosives and fighters for attacks inside Turkey. … In Iraq, Kurdish sources said that six Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed by accident during a Turkish strike on a nearby PKK position. In a statement, Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region said the Turkish airstrikes on the peshmerga were 'unacceptable,' but that the apparent accident should be blamed on the PKK, whose affiliates were the target of the strikes." (04/25/17)


India: Maoist rebels kill 25 regime troops in ambush

Source: The Hindu [India]

"In one of the deadliest attacks on security forces, Maoists killed 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and injured seven in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh on Monday. In retaliatory fire, 10 to 12 Maoists were shot dead. The attack took place when a team of around 100 men, belonging to the 74th battalion of the CRPF, based at the Burkapal camp on the Dornapal-Jagargunda road in south Sukma, was out to provide protection for road construction work in the area." (04/24/17)


CEO resigns after firm admits paying armed groups in Syria

Source: CNN Money

"The chief executive of the world's largest cement maker will resign after the firm admitted to making payments to armed groups in Syria. Eric Olsen will step down as CEO of LafargeHolcim in July after an internal investigation found that managers at the company's plant in Syria made indirect payments to armed groups in 2013 and 2014 in order to keep the facility open. … The Swiss-French firm opened its plant in Syria in May 2010, before political unrest and civil war consumed the country. LafargeHolcim suffered resource shortages and its staff were harassed by armed groups as the conflict intensified. It said the payments — made via middlemen — were initiated by plant managers who believed they were acting in the firm's best interests." [editor's note: Nearly every company around the world does exactly the same thing, of course. It's called "paying taxes" – TLK] (04/24/17)


Afghanistan: Mattis arrives in Kabul as regime's defense minister, army chief of staff resign

Source: Washington Post

"Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis arrived for a surprise visit to Afghanistan Monday as the Trump administration considers boosting U.S. military support for a conflict that commanders say has degenerated into a stalemate. The visit, Mattis’s first as secretary of defense, comes just days after a devastating Taliban attack on one of Afghanistan’s largest and most secure bases killed nearly 200 soldiers — leading to Monday’s resignation of the country’s army chief and defense minister. … The Taliban has pledged that the attack is just the beginning of its annual spring offensive, however, since U.S. combat troops mostly withdrew in 2014, the pace of Taliban attacks has remained consistent across the country year-round." (04/24/17)


Nick Mottern on The Scott Horton Show

Source: Libertarian Institute

"Nick Mottern, the founder and coordinator of Knowdrones.com, discusses his organization’s use of targeted advertising to educate military drone operators and the general public that these deadly strikes are illegal, kill innocent civilians, and are not about fighting terrorism." [various formats] (04/19/17)


Luhansk People's Republic: American paramedic killed by mine

Source: Reuters

"An American paramedic working for European security watchdog OSCE's monitoring mission in [the Luhansk People's Republic, which seceded in 2014 from] Ukraine was killed and two others were injured on Sunday when their vehicle struck a mine, triggering a U.S. call for a transparent, timely investigation. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the killing was the first death of one of its members while on patrol in [the seceded state], where more than 700 international observers help report on a [Ukrainian invasion] that has deeply strained relations between Russia and the West. A 2015 ceasefire between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in [areas seceded from the] country is regularly violated, and Washington cites the conflict as a key obstacle to improved relations between Russia and the United States." (04/23/17)