Tag Archives: war

Who is destroying Syria?

Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“The United Nations Charter, to which all member states are signatories and which prevails over all other treaties and agreements, states that the organization is obligated to ‘determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression’ and to take military and nonmilitary action to ‘restore international peace and security.’ The justices at the Nuremberg trials in 1946 concluded that ‘to initiate a war of aggression … is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.’ The U.S. Constitution’s Article I states that only Congress has the authority to declare war … So how is it that on April 6 the United States attacked a fellow member state in the United Nations that has an internationally recognized sovereign government? That member state posed no imminent threat, had not attacked the United States, and was not at war with Washington.” (05/03/17)


Afghanistan: NATO convoy targeted in Kabul suicide bombing, at least eight dead

Source: Fox News

“At least eight civilians were killed early Wednesday in a suicide attack against a military convoy, which was near the U.S. embassy and NATO compound in Kabul, Afghanistan. U.S. Navy Capt. William K. Salvin, spokesman for the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, said a coalition convoy was targeted by an improvised explosive device at about 8 a.m. local time. Three U.S. Army soldiers sustained non-life threatening wounds, and at least 22 civilians suffered injuries.” (05/03/17)


The war on Yemen and the delusional Saudis

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The Saudi-led war on Yemen has wrecked the country’s infrastructure, destroyed its economy, and brought millions to the brink of famine, but it has failed to achieve any of the coalition’s stated goals for over two years. The Saudis have persisted in their indefensible war as long as they have in part because the reputation of both the king and his son are bound to its outcome, and they are unable or unwilling to admit that they recklessly plunged into a war they couldn’t win for no good reason. Like any hawkish dead-ender, the prince doesn’t have a clue how to win the war he started but won’t concede defeat, and so the senseless war drags on.” (05/02/17)


Syria: At least 21 reported killed in Islamic State attack

Source: ABC News

“Islamic State militants staged a surprise attack early Tuesday in northeastern Syria, killing at least 21 people, many of them civilians who had fled fighting in areas of Syria and Iraq held by the extremist group, a Kurdish spokesman and Syrian activists said. The attack took place after militants sneaked into the village of Rajm Sleibi, a front line that separates the Kurdish-controlled Hassakeh province and IS-held areas further south. The village, near the Iraqi border, houses a temporary camp for displaced people fleeing IS-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq.” (05/02/17)


Afghanistan: Pentagon plans to send more occupation troops

Source: Antiwar.com

“Across the world, America’s wars are raging, and as with every new president to take office, President Trump wanted a list of options from the Pentagon on how to proceed with these conflicts. Everywhere and always, the plans have been to escalate. But perhaps none so much as Afghanistan, where 16 years in, the US is already sending troops back into combat situations to try to slow the Taliban’s gains, and reports are that all of the Pentagon’s ‘options’ being presented include a minimum of 3,000 more troops being sent.” (05/01/17)


UN rights chief warns against Saudi-led attack on Yemen port

Source: Reuters

“The United Nations is continuing to receive signals that [Saudi invaders] in Yemen could attack the key port of Hodeidah, causing humanitarian suffering and loss of life, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein said on Monday. A Saudi-led military coalition [invading Yemen and conducting war] against the Houthi rebels [sic] has been preparing an assault on Hodeidah.” (05/01/17)


Iraq: US troop killed near Mosul

Source: Military Times

“[A] U.S. service member was killed in an explosive device blast outside of Mosul, Iraq, on Saturday, according to a release from Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. The Pentagon on Saturday did not provide any further details, stating further information would be released as appropriate. Saturday’s incident marks the second American military fatality since the start of the Mosul operation against the Islamic State group more than six months ago.” (04/29/17)


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)