Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Articles Posted in the " DoD " Category

  • Examining the Power of Aerial Surveillance – Part I

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    This is Part I of a series covering aerial surveillance in America.

    MINNEAPOLIS (NSP) – Americans by now are now familiar with concepts of domestic militarization and the growth of the surveillance state at least in a general sense. What is often lacking is specific, detailed information (sometimes by design) that helps the country visualize and deeply understand the issues at hand.

    Without precise knowledge of how these systems and programs are being used, We the People are not able to have a proper, informed and accurate debate on the use of advancements such as aerial


  • UK Denies Involvement in Alleged Civilan Casualty Events in Iraq

    A dozen 2,000lb joint direct attack munitions ready for dispatch to US forces, Qatar Dec. 17th 2015 photo by USAF/ Tech Sgt James Hodgman

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    IRAQ — The Royal Air Force has denied any involvement in eight incidents from December 2015 in Ramadi and Mosul that led to civilian deaths, according to Britain’s Defense Secretary.

    Scottish media and British politicians began raising concerns in early January after independent watchdog groups, such as AirWars, cross-referenced civilian casualty events with UK airstrikes in Iraq.

    RAF planes had been reported in the areas where the incidents allegedly took place, sparking


  • US Admits to additional Civilian Casualties in Air Campaign Against ISIL

    Photo courtesy of AirWars.org

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    IRAQ & SYRIA — The United States military has admitted to five new civilian casualty events caused by the air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria but many independent organizations believe the number to be higher.

    AirWars.org, an independent group of journalists and more, has estimated an additional 803 to 1,127 civilians have been killed in airstrikes preformed as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

    “The latest US admission is particularly welcome,” said Chris Woods, director of AirWars in a press release.

    “Three of the five casualty events disclosed by CENTCOM today


  • UPDATED: CENTCOM FOIA Denial Reveals US may Seek Legal Action in Hospital Bombing

    The FOIA denial letter from United States Central Command.

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    Update

    The Pentagon is planning on seeking legal action against United States Special Forces and others involved in the bombing of a Doctor’s Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan last year, according to information obtained by Foreign Policy.

    Earlier this month, a Freedom of Information Act request denial letter sent to the North Star Post from the United States Central Command revealed United States officials might be seeking legal action.

    An unnamed source told Foreign Policy that staffers with CENTCOM in Fla. will be combing through a


  • North Korea claims to detonate H-Bomb, U.S. skeptical of claims

    Ranges of North Korea’s Hwasong and Nodong missile systems. Photo courtesy of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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    WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefed the press Wednesday afternoon after an alleged test of a Hydrogen bomb by North Korea Tuesday and disputed the regime’s claims.

    Earnest stated the United States believes the results are “not consistent with a hydrogen bomb,” adding that they will continue to monitor and access the situation.

    “We are going to continue to look at this,” Earnest said, once again adding, “Initial analysis is not consistent with the regime’s claims.”


  • Coalition and Russian Airstrikes allegedly killed up to 600 civilians in November

    Syria’s White Helmets were frequently called out following alleged Russian airstrikes – as here at Al Bab on November 21st. Photo courtesy of AirWars.org.

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    IRAQ and SYRIA — A report released by the independent monitoring group AirWars.org claims Russian and Coalition airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria allegedly killed between 464 and 653 civilians in November.

    Airstrikes in Syria have been on the upswing since the tragic attacks in Paris on November 13. Since then, Britain and France have extended their air campaigns in the region and Russia has entered the fight as well.

    The


  • Britain begins bombardment of ISIL targets in Syria

    A U.S. seaman directs an E/A-18G Growler to the catapult on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations, May 28, 2015. The Theodore Roosevelt is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, which includes strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed. Photo courtesy of DoD

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    WASHINGTON — British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and Defense Secretary Ash Carter held a joint press conference Friday to speak about the recent vote by the British House of Commons to participate in airstrikes in Syria.

    The United Kingdom has been involved


  • “We are at war,” says Secretary of Defense on anti-ISIL strategy

    Defense Secretary Ash Carter, foreground, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the House Armed Services Committee about U.S. strategy for Syria and Iraq in Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2015. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz.

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    WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spoke before the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday and elaborated on the Department of Defense’s Middle East strategy.

    “We are at war,” Carter said before the committee when describing the number of American troops dedicated to Operation Inherent Resolve


  • U.S. says “Human Error” to blame in deadly hospital bombing in Kudunz

    A C130 similar to the one that bombed the hospital in Kunduz, on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Oct. 30, 2015. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Barry Loo.

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    WASHINGTON — An initial United States investigation into an airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that left 30 dead, was caused by “human error” and “technical failures,” according to a Department of Defense statement.

    Army Gen. John F. Campbell, the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan spoke via teleconference about the investigation Friday.

    “This was a tragic, but avoidable