Tag Archives: war

Kurdistan: Invading Iraqi forces gain first foothold at frontier with Turkey

Source: Reuters

“Iraqi troops deployed on Tuesday at one of the main land crossings with Turkey, gaining a foothold at the Kurdish-held frontier for the first time in decades and imposing one of Baghdad’s central demands on the Kurds. Iraq’s [sic] entire land border with Turkey is located inside the Kurdish autonomous region, and has been controlled by the Kurds since before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. But since the Kurds staged a referendum on independence last month that Baghdad considers illegal, the central government has demanded a presence at all border crossing points.” (10/31/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-turkey/iraqi-authorities-gain-first-foothold-at-kurdish-frontier-with-turkey-idUSKBN1D00SQ?il=0

Is Iraq coming to the end of 40 years of war?

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“The streets of the capital are packed with people shopping and eating in restaurants far into the night. Looking out my hotel window, I can see people for the first time in many years building things which are not military fortifications. There are no sinister smudges of black smoke on the horizon marking where bombs have gone off. Most importantly, there is a popular feeling that the twin victories of the Iraqi security forces in recapturing Mosul in July and Kirkuk on 16 October have permanently shifted the balance of power back towards stability. The Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, once criticised as weak and vacillating, is today almost universally praised for being calm, determined and successful in battling Isis and confronting the Kurds.” (10/30/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/30/is-iraq-coming-to-the-end-of-forty-years-of-war/

I fought a war against Iran — and it ended badly

Source: The American Conservative
by Harry J Kazianis

“So let’s say Tehran and Washington do exchange blows at some future date. What would that look like? Take it from me: a war with Iran is not going to be anything like recent conflicts in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq again, Libya, Syria, and so on. Oh no. Iran, you see, has a formidable military that could impose some serious losses on U.S. forces. Back in 2013, a group of my colleagues did a series of wargames on what would happen if Iran and America ended up in a conflict. Held at a secret location in think-tank land here in D.C., we sketched out the various possible pathways to conflict, what each side’s war aims and strategy would be, and how such a conflict could end.” (10/26/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/i-fought-a-war-against-iran-and-it-ended-badly/

Philippines: Regime declares end to five-month militant siege in Marawi

Source: National Post [Canada]

“The Philippine government declared the end Monday to the militant siege of a southern city that lasted five months, left more than 1,100 people dead and sparked fears of the Islamic State group gaining a foothold in Southeast Asia. Speaking at an annual meeting of the region’s defence ministers, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters that combat operations in Marawi were ending after troops recovered 42 bodies of the last group of militants. … Hundreds of militants, many waving Islamic State group-style black flags, launched the siege on May 23 in Marawi, a bastion of Islamic faith in the south of the largely Roman Catholic Philippines, by seizing the lakeside city’s central business district and outlying communities. They ransacked banks and shops, including gun stores, looted houses and smashed statues in a Roman Catholic cathedral, according to the military. The fighting has left at least 1,131 people dead, including 919 militants and 165 soldiers and police.” (10/23/17)

http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/filipino-troops-battling-final-30-is-linked-gunmen

Asleep at the Constitution

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Are we at war in Niger, too? Do our ‘representatives’ in Congress know? The answer to the first question is, obviously, yes. The answer to the second is, admittedly, no. Yesterday, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked hawkish Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) what the four U.S. soldiers ambushed and killed weeks ago were doing in Niger. ‘I can say this to the families,’ Sen. Graham offered, ‘they were there to defend America,’ before conceding that, ‘[W]e don’t know exactly where we’re at in the world militarily and what we’re doing.’ Oh.” (10/23/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/10/23/asleep-at-the-constitution/

Afghanistan: Taliban kill four police; rockets hit Kabul

Source: Washington Post

“An Afghan official says a Taliban attack has killed four policemen in southern Ghazni province. In Kabul, two rockets fired from the east of the Afghan capital hit inside the city but caused no casualties. In Ghazni, police chief Mohammad Zaman says the insurgents targeted a security post in the district of Waghaz early on Monday. He says along with the four killed, two policemen were wounded in the attack.” (10/23/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghan-officials-taliban-kill-4-police-rockets-hit-kabul/2017/10/23/465fbd30-b7cb-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html

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)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-5005481/Russia-likens-US-coalition-bombing-Raqa-WWII-Dresden.html

Afghanistan: Taliban storm army base with suicide car bombs, killing 43 regime troops

Source: Washington Post

“Taliban forces nearly wiped out an entire Afghan army post, killing 43 soldiers, when they stormed a base with suicide bombers in the strife-torn southern province of Kandahar. The attack took place Wednesday night after two Humvees packed with explosives were driven into the Afghan National Army base in Kandahar’s Maiwand district, where 60 soldiers were stationed. Taliban fighters then assaulted the facility, setting off several hours of fighting that killed nearly every Afghan soldier there and wounded nine. The battle ended with a U.S. airstrike that killed nine Taliban fighters, according to local reports.” (10/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/taliban-storm-base-with-suicide-car-bombs-killing-43-afghan-soldiers/2017/10/19/05a062eb-ecdc-4e71-b063-19db3c6dd5b1_story.html

Syria: US-backed fighters say Raqqa liberated from Islamic State

Source: The Hill

“The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday declared that Raqqa had been liberated and fighting has ended. The group, a U.S.-backed mix of Kurdish and Arab fighters, has been slowly taking back the city from ISIS over the past four months. [US Army Colonel Ryan] Dillon, who spoke to reporters at the Pentagon from Baghdad via video feed, said ISIS was on the ‘verge of a devastating defeat’ and more than 90 percent of the city has been cleared, but U.S.-led forces are continuing to oust the fighters.” (10/17/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/355906-us-backed-fighters-say-raqqa-liberated-from-isis

Afghanistan: At least 15 killed in Taliban attack on police compound

Source: Washington Post

“Taliban forces stormed a police compound south of Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 15 people, including a local police chief, in a gun battle that lasted hours, officials said. The commando-style raid in Gardez, about 80 miles south of Kabul, also injured about 100 people after two car bombs exploded outside a facility that serves as a command center for local police and a main training site for police recruits. It was the latest in a surge of Taliban attacks that included a suicide bombing last month that killed five people near a Shiite mosque in Kabul.” (10/17/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/taliban-attack-on-afghan-police-compound-at-least-15-including-local-police-chief/2017/10/17/d0d1798f-3e2e-4b12-80de-41e7b3e250f6_story.html