Gawronski War Information
The US is building a military airfield in northern Syria as part of its ongoing campaign against Daesh, a representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces command told Sputnik on condition of anonymity.
Oh, THIS move is going to ratchet down tensions here; and from this THIRD illegally constructed military base between Sheddadi and Al-Hasakah, it is obvious that the Obama Administration believes that Syria has utterly no territorial integrity whatsoever.
Theresa May has been accused of wanting to cover up war crimes committed by British soldiers by a world-leading human rights lawyer.
In her speech to the Conservative party conference, the Prime Minister pledged to rapturous applause that “we will never again in any future conflict let those activist left-wing human rights lawyers harangue and harass the bravest of the brave, the men and women of our Armed Forces”.
Under Government proposals, British soldiers would be exempt from action under European Court of Human Rights law. However, they would still be subject to International Humanitarian law, including the Geneva conventions and UK criminal law.
Geoffrey Robertson QC, a former United Nations’ appeals judge, wrote in an email to The Independent that Ms May’s rhetoric was becoming « increasingly ignorant ».
Prime Minister May is going down a really morally slippery slope with these proposals: I wish she would reconsider.
But what this telegraphs to me, almost in red letters, is that the UK is considering some more military adventurism in the near future which may involve torture, and and the murder of civilians by UK military troops.
The White House on Wednesday escalated criticism voiced by the State Department in Washington against a decision to advance a plan to establish a new settlement in the West Bank.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the decision constitutes a violation of a commitment undertaken by the Israeli government to the U.S. administration and said this isn’t how friends behave.
« We had public assurances from the Israeli government that contradict this new announcement – so when you talk about how friends treat each other – this is also a source of concern. There is a lot of disappointment and great concern here at the White House, » he said.
Israel has rejected the American accusations, saying that the planned construction does not constitute a new settlement.
A memo to Josh Earnest: Netanyahu has never, ever been a friend of this country.
He’s there for what he can take, like Obama’s 38 billion dollar aid package, and military assistance, but will never bend a finger to actually do anything the US government would like to see happen.
What he has done, with the creation of this new settlement, is, in diplospeak, the equivalent of relieving oneself on someone else’s face, and telling them that « it’s raining ».
That is precisely what Netanyahu has done to the Obama Administration with this move, and Mr. Earnest, no amount of « …disappointment and great concern » is going to change that.
When it comes to the US government’s alleged support for a « two state solution », Prime Minister Netanyahu has just made this administration look foolish and impotent.
Netanyahu wants territory for Israel, and will take it by any means necessary, including displacement of Arab families who have lived in the West Bank or East Jerusalem for centuries; brisk annexations of the West Bank; and outright serial genocide against Palestinians.
Endless US wars mean endless sales for well-positioned US arms makers, but military officials today are detailing a growing effort within the Pentagon to fund not just the weapons they intend to actually buy, but also weapons they figure other people might want to buy in the future.
The Pentagon’s Special Defense Acquisition Fund (SDAF) is meant for exactly that, with officials saying it allows them to “prime the pump” and placing advanced orders for weapons from arms makers “so we can stockpile things when we know there’s going to be an immediate rush or demand.”
In practice a lot of this money is being thrown at the ISIS war, with the expectation that all the nations that have gotten sucked into participating in the US-led coalition airstrikes against ISIS are going to need to buy a bunch of American bombs to drop on ISIS.
I sure as hell wish most of that money was going to take better care of our Veterans at the US’s VA medical system!!
The problems President Obama swore to « get fixed » still haven’t been; and as much as I detest war as a way of the US government resolving its geopolitical issues, I want to see our Vets get the same tier of care as does Dick Cheney: they have earned it!!.
According to Jane’s Defence Weekly, quoting documents released by the U.S. Government’s Federal Business Opportunities (FBO), the US –as part of its “counterterrorism campaign”– has provided Syrian rebels [aka moderate Al Qaeda] with large amounts of weapons and ammunition.
The US and its allies (including Turkey and Saudi Arabia) have relied on the illicit trade in light weaponry produced in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, China, etc. for delivery to rebel groups inside Syria, including ISIS-Daesh and Al Nusra. In turn, operating out of the occupied Golan Heights, Israel’s IDF has provided weapons, ammunition, logistical support to Al Qaeda rebels operating in Southern Syria.
While Washington’s Middle East allies undertake shady transactions in a buoyant market for light weapons, a significant part of these illicit weapons shipments is nonetheless directly commissioned by the US government.
For several days, Israel has been able to contain some of the fallout from the flotilla massacre by withholding information about the dead and injured. The object of this exercise has clearly been to slow the flow of information in the hope that by the time the most damning facts become known, the international media’s attention will have turned elsewhere.
But the dead now have names and faces and one turns out to be a nineteen-year-old American: Furkan Dogan.
Dogan is alleged to have been shot with five bullets, four in the head.
Pakistan’s military on Wednesday accused India of another « unprovoked » attack in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, saying it « befittingly » responded by returning fire, a sign of increasing tension between the two nuclear-armed archrivals.
In a statement, the military said Pakistani and Indian troops were still exchanging fire in Kashmir.
An Indian army officer said Pakistani troops fired small arms and mortars at Indian military positions at three places along the Line of Control. The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the reporters, said Indian soldiers « befittingly responded to unprovoked cease-fire violations. »
No casualties were reported.
The latest fighting took place as Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended a joint sitting of the Senate and the National Assembly convened to discuss the Kashmir situation.
Sharif is sounding reasonable here; I hope the Indian Prime Minister Modi responds in kind.
But I am fearful that unless the Indian government does the right thing, and offers Kashmir the long-promised, never delivered referendum on staying as Indian territory; becoming independent, or joining Pakistan, these old wounds of identity will continue to fester here, and result in more bloodshed.
And in light of the fact that President Obama is AWOL from doing the job the American people hired him to do in 2012, in his shameless shilling for Hillary, I am hoping and praying that both Russia’s President Putin and his Secretary of State Lavrov, are working the phones just as hard as they can to ratchet down the tensions here.
Iraq has requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the presence of Turkish troops on its territory as a dispute with Ankara escalates.
Turkey’s parliament voted last week to extend the deployment of an estimated 2,000 troops across northern Iraq by a year to combat “terrorist organizations” – a likely reference to Kurdish rebels as well as Islamic State.
Iraq condemned the vote, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned Turkey risked triggering a regional war. On Wednesday, Ankara and Baghdad each summoned the other’s ambassador in protest at remarks from the other camp.
“The Iraqi foreign ministry has presented a request for an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss the Turkish violation of Iraq’s territory and interference in its internal affairs,” said a statement on the ministry’s website.
This may turn nasty, quickly, and could definitely prevent any quick resolution to clearing out the rebels in the city of Mosul.
Only time will tell if the UN Security Council will actually convene such a meeting at Iraq’s request.
An overnight airstrike destroyed a building occupied by pro-government Iraqi Sunni tribal fighters, killing at least 21 of them, near the city of Qayara, which is the staging area for the upcoming Iraqi invasion of the ISIS city of Mosul.
There is considerable uncertainty about the strike, and particularly who launched it, as Iraqi officials said they were unsure if the strike was conducted by the Iraqi Air Force or by the US-led coalition. One Canadian official did, however, confirm that the coalition was conducting airstrikes in the area “after midnight,” and the incident was around 1 am.
Officials say they believe the incident was likely a coalition strike, and the Pentagon has confirmed a “joint investigation” into the incident, though adding that they take extraordinary precautions not to kill civilians or allies.
Reading this gave me a palm to forehead moment, at warp speed!
Killing 21 Pro-Government fighters in a botched Coalition airstrike?!?
How is this even possible?!?
The world’s biggest beer festival has recorded its lowest turnout for 15 years amid heightened security fears, while at the same time experiencing an increase in reported sex crimes.