Tag Archives: war crimes

Lie after lie: What Colin Powell knew about Iraq 15 years ago, and what he told the UN

Source: The Intercept
by Jon Schwarz

“Colin Powell delivered his presentation making the case for war with Iraq at the United Nations fifteen years ago, on February 5, 2003. As much criticism as Powell received for this — he’s called it ‘painful’ and something that will ‘always be a part of my record’ — it hasn’t been close to what’s justified. Powell was much more than just horribly mistaken: He fabricated ‘evidence’ and ignored repeated warnings that what he was saying was false.” (02/06/18)


Germany: Former Auschwitz guard Groning’s clemency bid fails

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Oskar Groning’s bid to avoid a four-year prison sentence for his role as a guard at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz was rejected by German authorities on Wednesday. ‘The clemency request has been denied,’ Wiebke Bethke, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors’ office in Luneburg told news agency epd. She did not provide further details. Although his legal options are running thin, Groning could still appeal his clemency request to the Justice Ministry of Lower Saxony, the northern state where Luneburg is located. The 96-year-old was convicted of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 people during his time as a guard and bookkeeper at Auschwitz and was sentenced to four years in prison.” (01/17/18)


Mosul battle: Iraqi regime and US coalition troops killed ten times more civilians than they claim

Source: Newsweek

“The number of civilians killed by the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was almost ten times higher than the coalition claims, a new investigation has found. According to an Associated Press count, which cited the reports of grave diggers, morgue workers and volunteers, between 9,000 and 11,000 Mosul residents were killed in the nine-month battle to liberate the city that ISIS held for three years. Of those killed, Iraqi or coalition forces were responsible for at least 3,200 civilian deaths in airstrikes or ground fire conducted from the beginning of the offensive in October 2016 to July 2017. The coalition says it is responsible for only 326 of the deaths, but also claims that it does not have adequate resources on the ground to investigate the total number of deaths.” (12/20/17)


Argentina: Court sentences 48 in “dirty war” trial

Source: Yahoo! News

“An Argentine court sentenced 48 former military personnel to prison on Wednesday for involvement in so-called ‘death flights’ and other crimes committed at a notorious torture center when a junta ruled the country. The trial is part of an effort to probe torture and crimes against humanity committed at the ESMA Naval Mechanics School. Only a fraction of an estimated 5,000 opponents of the regime, which ruled from 1976-1983, survived being sent there. … Among those who received life [sentences] were Mario Daniel Arru and Alejandro Domingo D’Agostino, two ex-pilots convicted of involvement in ‘death flights’ in which people were killed by being thrown out of airplanes into the Rio de la Plata or the sea.” (11/30/17)


The Hague: War crimes defendant commits suicide during court hearing

Source: New York Daily News

“A convicted Bosnian Croat war criminal declared his innocence — and then imposed his own death penalty. Ex-general Slobodan Praljak slugged down a fatal dose of poison Wednesday in a Netherlands international court where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder and other crimes during the early ’90s civil war. ‘I reject your verdict!’ the 72-year-old Praljak declared before draining the lethal liquid from a small bottle during a live feed of the sentencing. ‘I am not a war criminal!’ Gasps filled the United Nations court in The Hague, Netherlands, with Praljak declaring the bottle held poison and Judge Carmel Agius quickly suspending the hearing. Praljak died a short time later at a nearby hospital in The Hague, shortly after Agius confirmed his sentence of 20 years for war crimes.” (11/29/17)


West Bank: Israeli occupation troops murder Arab driver, wound his sister

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“Israeli soldiers on Tuesday shot and killed a Palestinian driver who the military said attempted to run over them near a West Bank settlement. The Palestinian driver, 26-year-old Muhammad Abdallah Mussa from the West Bank village of Deir Ballut, was seriously wounded and taken to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, after receiving initial medical treatment on the scene. He later died of his wounds. Mussa’s sister, Latifa Abdullah, 33, who was also in the car, was wounded by the gunfire. Israeli medical sources said she was evacuated by car to Ramallah. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said that Israeli forces prevented them from treating her.” (10/30/17)


Russia: Defense Ministry likens US bombing of Raqqa to Word War Two Dresden

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Russia on Sunday accused the US-led coalition in Syria of having flattened Raqa with a Dresden-like bombing campaign and masking the destruction with a rush of humanitarian aid. In a statement, the defence ministry said that Raqa — the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed caliphate — ‘inherited the fate of Dresden in 1945, razed to the ground by Anglo-American bombings.’ US-backed Kurdish-led forces last week recaptured Raqa, the capital of IS’s self-proclaimed caliphate and its last major stronghold in Syria. US officials hailed the event, led by President Donald Trump who, using another acronym for IS, said ‘the end of the ISIS caliphate is in sight.'” (10/22/17)


UN commission finds Syria regime at fault for April chemical attack

Source: Christian Science Monitor

“United Nations-mandated investigators said Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air force conducted a sarin-gas attack in the spring that killed at least 83 civilians and sparked a retaliatory US strike. The investigators also appealed to the US-led coalition to better protect civilians as it strikes at Islamic State militants in the east. … Syrian government officials have denied responsibility, and said last month that they would allow in UN teams to investigate.” (09/06/17)


Syria: US-led invaders say they may ignore surrender agreement, murder evacuees

Source: Washington Post

“The U.S.-led coalition said Wednesday it may strike a convoy of IS militants that evacuated the Lebanon border headed toward eastern Syria under a controversial agreement brokered by Hezbollah. Coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon told The Associated Press the coalition has already struck a small bridge and punched a crater in a road to keep them from moving further east toward the border with Iraq. ‘We are monitoring their location in real time,’ he said, adding that the coalition ‘will not rule out strikes against IS fighters being moved.’ … The IS militants were allowed to evacuate the area in buses following a Hezbollah-negotiated deal that allows them to go to IS-held territory near the Iraqi border. Dillon said ‘we are not party to any agreements that were made by the Lebanese Hezbollah and ISIS or the (Syrian) regime.'” (08/30/17)


Syria: US, allied strikes allegedly kill 170 civilians in a week

Source: CBS News

“Syrian state media, opposition activists and an outside monitoring group say U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on the northern city of Raqqa have killed dozens of civilians. U.S.-backed Syrian opposition fighters have been trying to capture the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) since June 6, and have been marching under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) now hold more than half of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS.” (08/22/17)