Tag Archives: war

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)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2017/0906/UN-commission-finds-Syria-at-fault-for-April-gas-attack

Restating the obvious, briefly

Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

"I recently read still another piece by a well-known 'antiwar' writer bemoaning the fact that U.S. policy in Afghanistan has been a miserable failure. Not only that: it's been a miserable failure for 16 years! (The particular article and the specific writer are of no consequence, but I'll probably address a few aspects of this category of analysis in the next few weeks, using that and other examples.) To call U.S. policy in Afghanistan a failure is, of course, unutterably wrong. Whenever you hear someone peddling this line, you can quickly and safely move along to find an analyst who actually knows what he's talking about." [editor's note: "Failure" v. "success" assumes purpose. And claiming that Afghanistan is all one or all the other unduly assumes only one possible purpose – TLK] (09/01/17)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2017/09/restating-obvious-briefly.html

Mattis begins Afghanistan occupation "surge"

Source: Washington Post

"The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump’s new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor’s approach of supporting the Afghans’ fight against the Taliban rather than doing the fighting for them, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. 'Yes, I’ve signed orders, but it’s not complete,' Mattis told reporters in an impromptu news conference at the Pentagon. He would not say how many additional troops are deploying or what their exact roles will be. … Other officials have said the U.S. will send about 3,900 additional troops." (08/31/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mattis-begins-sending-additional-troops-to-afghanistan/2017/08/31/ee42149a-8e71-11e7-9c53-6a169beb0953_story.html

Review — Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan

Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

"After 16 years of writing about it, I thought I knew a lot about the war in Afghanistan, but Scott Horton’s new book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, showed me how much I didn’t know — and that’s quite a bit." (08/31/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/08/30/fools-errand-time-end-war-afghanistan/

Iran, again

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Philip Giraldi

"Israel has two strong motives to begin a war with Iran, one political and the other ostensibly linked to national security. Ironically, however, it also knows, and has even admitted, that Iran does not actually pose any threat against a nuclear armed Israel that has complete air superiority over any or even all of its neighbors. The often-cited land bridge threat is also a bit of a chimera, as whether it could potentially exist or not depends on effective interaction with Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, all of which have their own political dynamics and are somewhat wary of Iranian involvement. If there is any actual threat against Israel it comes from Hezbollah in Lebanon, which is an independent player even though it has strong ties to Tehran, but even in that case the threat is not as serious as fear-mongering government leaders have claimed." (08/30/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/08/phil-giraldi/next-ginned-war-aggression/

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)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/us-blasts-deal-that-removed-is-from-lebanon-syria-border/2017/08/30/e1ce882e-8d68-11e7-9c53-6a169beb0953_story.html

Trump won't tell Americans how many troops he is risking

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"In his speech unveiling his plan for Afghanistan, Trump declared, 'We will not talk about numbers of troops or our plans for further military activities. Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on.' As John M. Donnelly observed, 'In framing the issue this way, Trump conflated three things that are distinctly different: disclosing military plans; announcing deadlines for withdrawal; and informing Americans how many of their family members will be sent into harm’s way.' The public deserves to know how many Americans will be sent into harm’s way. Troop deployments should always be part of ongoing debate in a representative democracy." (08/29/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/trump-wont-tell-americans-how-many-troops-he-is-risking/538299/

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber hits Kabul bank ahead of holiday rush, killing five

Source: Washington Post

"A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at a bank not far from the U.S. embassy in Kabul, killing five people on Tuesday, as government employees lined up to withdraw salaries ahead of the holiday. An airstrike meant for a Taliban command post north of the capital in Herat also killed at least 13 civilians, according to local officials. The Taliban insurgent group said one of its suicide bombers blew himself up at the Nawe Kabul bank to kill security forces waiting to withdraw cash ahead the Eid al-Adha holiday, the holiest day of the Muslim calendar." (08/29/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/suicide-bomber-hits-kabul-bank-ahead-of-holiday-rush-killing-5/2017/08/29/582e5e7a-8ca3-11e7-91d5-ab4e4bb76a3a_story.html

Iraq: Car bombing at busy Baghdad market kills 12

Source: ABC News

"A car bomb ripped through a busy market area in eastern Baghdad on Monday morning, killing at least 12 people, Iraqi officials said. The explosives-laden car went off at the wholesale Jamila market in Baghdad's Shiite district of Sadr City, a police officer said. The explosion also wounded 28 other people, he added, saying the death toll was expected to rise further. A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. … The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility in an online statement on its media arms, the Aamaq news agency." (08/28/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraq-car-bombing-busy-baghdad-market-kills-49462798

The war that time forgot

Source: CounterPunch
by Jeffrey St. Clair

"Most Americans have no idea why we are in Afghanistan; it’s the longest running Fake War in American history. Some, as many as 20 percent according to a Gallup Poll, have no idea that we are still in Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden and Mullah Omar are both long dead. The shattered remnants of Al Qaeda have fled to Pakistan and parts unknown. Hamid Karzai has come and gone. For the last six months, the US hasn’t even troubled itself to send an ambassador to Kabul. A kind of convenient cultural amnesia has set in, abetted by a compliant press corps that has largely decamped from the Hindu Kush and now treats Afghanistan as if it is some kind of interstellar region, where photographers are occasionally dispatched to snap eerie debris clouds from the detonation of MOAB bombs." (08/25/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/08/25/the-war-that-time-forgot/