Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Articles Posted in the " Middle East " Category

  • 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


  • Doctors Without Borders Hospital Bombed in Yemen, 4 Dead

    Courtney of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières.

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    SANA’A, YEMEN — A Doctors Without Borders supported hospital in Northern Yemen was destroyed after being struck with a projectile Sunday morning, killing four and wounding 10 others, according to a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières press release.

    Three MSF staff members were injured in the attack and two of them are in critical condition, according to the MSF press release by Tim Shenk.

    At approximately 9:20 a.m. local time, the Shiara Hospital was struck and planes could be seen flying over the facility at the time, according to


  • 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


  • 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




  • ICYMI #5 – Kirk Wiebe: NSA, Whistle Blowing & ThinThread / Trailblazer

    Jerod and Sam speak with NSA whistle blower J. Kirk Wiebe. He helped create a program along with other NSA whistle-blowers that could have prevented 9/11 but was dropped in favor of mass surveillance. Mr. Wiebe’s decision to push for an investigation into fraud, waste and abuse at the NSA through the Office of the Inspector General of the DoD lead to a 7 hour raid by the FBI.

    This riveting conversation includes optimistic solutions, critical analysis of the mainstream media and so much more!

    Find them on Twitter: Kirk, Jerod, Sam.