Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Articles Posted in the " World " Category

  • Report Details Dangers of “Non-Lethal” Weapons Used Against Protesters

    A protester flees from tear gas fired a protesters in Hong Kong in 2014. Photo by Pasu Au Yeung via Flickr

    A report by Physicians for Human Rights and the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations detailed the health risks associated with crowd control weapons (CCWs) used by police around the world and issued recommendations for their proper use.

    The report, titled “Lethal in Disguise,” discusses the use of kinetic projectiles, chemical irritants, water cannons, disorientation devices, acoustic weapons and directed energy weapons with information obtained from medical reports and news reports on injuries sustained by these weapons at protests


  • 1,000 Civilians Estimated Killed in Air Campaign Against ISIL

    An EA-18G Growler launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf, Oct. 28, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense.

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    IRAQ & SYRIA — The air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria has reached a grim milestone with estimates now putting the civilian death toll at 1,000. This estimate is fifty times greater than the number of civilian deaths the US led coalition has admitted to in it’s 18 month campaign against ISIL.

    Researchers with the non-profit group AirWars have identified 352 “reported civilian casualty events” in which coalition


  • 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


  • 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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    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