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16.10.2021 - 05:57 [ Westpoint.edu ]

Assassination in the Law of War

In 1977, following revelations of U.S. lethal targeting operations and ensuing Church (Senate) and the Pike (House) Committee hearings, President Gerald Ford issued Executive Order 11,905. The order prohibited Executive Branch personnel from engaging in, or conspiring to engage in, political assassination. Subsequent administrations continued the ban. Four years later, President Regan issued Executive Order 12,333, which, as amended, remains in effect today. It contains the same prohibition, although it limits application to individuals “acting on behalf of” the U.S. government.

22.09.2021 - 20:46 [ France24 ]

Libya’s Haftar says suspends military role, ahead of polls

„The international community expects Libyan officials in Tripoli and the rest of the country to work for presidential and legislative elections to take place as scheduled on December 24,“ German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said as he co-chaired a high-level meeting on Libya at the UN.

03.09.2021 - 12:21 [ theDrive.com ]

The Story Of The Mysterious White 727 That Appeared In Kabul After The Bombing Of Abbey Gate

While all-white airframes aren’t supposed to attract much attention, that paint scheme is also synonymous with clandestine operations, including „whitewashed“ aircraft often used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for low-profile operations abroad. With that reality in mind, keen observers keeping an eye on traffic at Hamid Karzai International rightfully started thinking this may be some CIA asset that was slipping in on a unique mission. It turns out, that wasn’t necessarily the case.

23.08.2021 - 10:59 [ BBC ]

Afghan killed in Kabul airport gun battle

It’s not clear who started the fighting and German officials said the three Afghans were hurt by „unknown attackers“.

The Afghan forces are thought to be part of an army contingent who have been helping international forces, having refused to surrender to the Taliban.

23.08.2021 - 09:03 [ theHill.com ]

Biden emphasizes that Afghan refugees will be vetted before entering US

Biden outlined how Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants who assisted the U.S. military are being transported from Kabul to transit centers in Qatar, Germany, Kuwait, and Spain so they can complete their paperwork and undergo background checks.

18.08.2021 - 10:00 [ CNN ]

US nearing deal with Qatar to house thousands of Afghans who helped military, as situation worsens in Afghanistan

(14.08.2021)

The Biden administration has been considering using third countries to process the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and on Thursday the Pentagon announced it would send around 1,000 troops to Qatar in the coming days to facilitate the processing. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also spoke with his Qatari counterpart on Thursday and the State Department said he thanked Qatar for supporting „U.S. efforts to provide safety and security to Afghan nationals.“

17.08.2021 - 15:00 [ associated press - apnews.com ]

Billions spent on Afghan army ultimately benefited Taliban

(today)

The Taliban captured an array of modern military equipment when they overran Afghan forces who failed to defend district centers. Bigger gains followed, including combat aircraft, when the Taliban rolled up provincial capitals and military bases with stunning speed, topped by capturing the biggest prize, Kabul, over the weekend.

A U.S. defense official on Monday confirmed the Taliban’s sudden accumulation of U.S.-supplied Afghan equipment is enormous.

17.08.2021 - 14:54 [ TaskAndPurpose.com ]

The US still can’t effectively track weapons and vehicles given to Afghan security forces

(Jul 14, 2020)

In the meantime, a 2016 analysis found that the Pentagon funneled some 1.45 million firearms to various security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq since the start of the Global War on Terror. It is not known how many of those ended up in local weapons armories — and how many have simply gone missing since.

17.08.2021 - 14:43 [ Washington Post ]

U.S. failed to keep proper track of more than $1 billion in weapons and equipment in Iraq

(May 24, 2017)

The arms and equipment transfers were apart of the Iraq Train and Equip Fund, a program that initially appropriated $1.6 billion under the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act to help Iraqi forces combat the rise of the Islamic State.

17.08.2021 - 13:44 [ CNN ]

Audit reveals Army’s trillion-dollar accounting gaffes

(August 23, 2016)

The audit, conducted by the Defense Department’s Office of Inspector General, found that the Army erroneously made $2.8 trillion in adjustments in the third quarter of 2015 to its Army general fund – one of the main accounts used to fund the service. The error amount skyrocketed to $6.5 trillion for all of last year, the report said.

The June report, first disclosed by Reuters on Friday, found „unreliable“ data was used to prepare the financial statements, leading to the possibility that the Army’s finances were „materially misstated.“

17.08.2021 - 13:36 [ theFiscalTimes.com ]

Pentagon’s Sloppy Bookkeeping Means $6.5 Trillion Can’t Pass an Audit

(July 31, 2016)

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service, the behemoth Indianapolis-based agency that provides finance and accounting services for the Pentagon’s civilian and military members, could not provide adequate documentation for $6.5 trillion worth of year-end adjustments to Army general fund transactions and data.

(…)

A further mystery is what happened to thousands of documents that should be on file but aren’t. The IG study found that DFAS “did not document or support why the Defense Departmental Reporting System . . . removed at least 16,513 of 1.3 million records during Q3 FY 2015.

17.08.2021 - 13:33 [ Salon.com ]

The Pentagon’s dark money: Billions of federal dollars are vanishing into thin air

(May 28, 2016)

Don’t for a moment imagine that the Pentagon’s growing list of secret programs and evasive budgetary maneuvers is accidental or simply a matter of sloppy bookkeeping. Much of it is remarkably purposeful. By keeping us in the dark about how it spends our money, the Pentagon has made it virtually impossible for anyone to hold it accountable for just about anything. An entrenched bureaucracy is determined not to provide information that might be used to bring its sprawling budget — and so the institution itself — under control.

17.08.2021 - 13:28 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen

(March 17, 2015)

The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

(…)

In recent weeks, members of Congress have held closed-door meetings with U.S. military officials to press for an accounting of the arms and equipment. Pentagon officials have said that they have little information to go on and that there is little they can do at this point to prevent the weapons and gear from falling into the wrong hands.

17.08.2021 - 12:53 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Homeland Security Digital Library at NPS ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

(June 22, 2010)

To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

17.08.2021 - 12:10 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(Sept 9, 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military com-manders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies. Financing armed, alternative power structures fulfills security needs in the short-term at the cost of consolidating government authority in the long-term.

(…)

Drug trafficking and other criminal activities in which commanders may be involved – and for which their militias provide security – is a lucrative source of illegal revenue that can then be used to bribe government officials and strengthen shadow structures of authority. Illicit taxation of PSPs escorting convoys and other scams on private transport and security are also an important source of funding for corrupt police and insurgents. The Kandak Amnianti Uruzgan, for example, secures protection “by paying a hefty toll to the policeman in charge of the road.” Although it is transportation and construction companies, both international and national, who are the main source of “protection” revenue, private security escorts also pay Taliban not to be attacked. According to an Afghan intelligence official, there are examples of PSPs paying as much as 60 percent of their gross profits for convoy security to the Taliban and other insurgent-cum-criminal groups for “protection.

17.08.2021 - 11:31 [ CNN ]

Thousands of guns U.S. sent to Afghanistan are missing

(February 12, 2009)

The U.S. military failed to „maintain complete inventory records for an estimated 87,000 weapons — or about 36 percent — of the 242,000 weapons that the United States procured and shipped to Afghanistan from December 2004 through June 2008,“ a U.S. Government Accountability Office report states. (…)

The military also failed to properly account for an additional 135,000 weapons it obtained for the Afghan forces from 21 other countries. (…)

The military is unable to provide serial numbers for 46,000 of the missing 87,000 weapons, the report concludes. No records have been maintained for the location or disposition for the other 41,000 weapons.

16.08.2021 - 10:59 [ Husain Haqqani / Twitter ]

According to this report, Taliban bought out local Afghan army commanders. Where did the massive cash come from & how did U.S. intel miss info about its flows?

16.08.2021 - 10:50 [ Washington Post ]

Afghanistan’s military collapse: Illicit deals and mass desertions

(15.08.2021)

The deals, initially offered early last year, were often described by Afghan officials as cease-fires, but Taliban leaders were in fact offering money in exchange for government forces to hand over their weapons, according to an Afghan officer and a U.S. official.

Over the next year and a half, the meetings advanced to the district level and then rapidly on to provincial capitals, culminating in a breathtaking series of negotiated surrenders by government forces, according to interviews with more than a dozen Afghan officers, police, special operations troops and other soldiers.

15.08.2021 - 15:02 [ Statista.com ]

UK military and civilian fatalities in Afghanistan 2001-2020

Published by D. Clark, Sep 21, 2020
Between UK October 2001 to March 2020 there have been 454 fatalities of military and civilians for the United Kingdom in Afghanistan under Operation Herrick. The years with the most fatalities were 2009 and 2010, with both years seeing more than a hundred deaths.

15.08.2021 - 13:17 [ apnews.com ]

Costs of the Afghanistan war, in lives and dollars

American service members killed in Afghanistan through April: 2,448.

U.S. contractors: 3,846.

Afghan national military and police: 66,000.

Other allied service members, including from other NATO member states: 1,144.

15.08.2021 - 12:46 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Escape from Kabul: Diplomats flee US Embassy in Chinook helicopters as Taliban fighters storm Afghan capital – in stark echoes of the Fall of Saigon

– Helicopter – believed to be US Air Force Chinook – seen flying over Kabul today from the US Embassy in Kabul
– It comes as Taliban closes in on the Afghan capital with shots heard on outskirts before fighters stormed city
– Around 3,000 US troops have been sent into city to aid with US evacuation, while British troops also deployed
– It is believed around 500 British staff needed to be evacuated and by Saturday the number was in ‚the tens‘

15.08.2021 - 12:26 [ NPR.org ]

Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul As Helicopters Land At U.S. Embassy

Taliban fighters entered the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Sunday and said they were awaiting a „peaceful transfer“ of the city after promising not to take it by force, but panicked residents raced to the leave, with workers fleeing government offices and helicopters landing at the U.S. Embassy.

14.08.2021 - 15:45 [ Bloomberg ]

Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Sued Over Afghanistan Dead

(05.08.2021(

The banks and two money transmitters functioned as “laundromats,” allowing terrorist financiers to secretly move money and evade detection, according to the lawsuit. Transactions involving syndicate agents, operatives and fronts in countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia and the United Arab Emirates raised red flags that they were dealing with terrorist money, the suit claims.

14.08.2021 - 09:57 [ RadioExe.co.uk ]

Afghanistan: First British troops begin deploying to help evacuate remaining UK nationals

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: „Protecting British nationals and ensuring their safety as they leave Afghanistan is our top priority.

„Over the next few weeks, we shall all do our very best to support the Afghan government and those that have worked with us over 20 years.“

14.08.2021 - 09:37 [ USA Today ]

Reports: US Embassy in Kabul directs staff to destroy sensitive documents as many diplomats prepare for evacuation

The memo to U.S. Embassy staff urged diplomats to destroy computers and other sensitive documents before they leave, as well as items featuring the American flag, embassy logos and other articles that „could be misused in propaganda efforts,“ according to CNN.

A State Department spokesperson said the notice was part of its „standard operating procedure“ for embassy drawdowns.

14.08.2021 - 09:17 [ theHill,com ]

US pushing to relocate thousands of Afghans in Qatar: report

“We are evaluating all available options. We have no announcements to make on third country relocation sites for Afghan SIV applicants,” a State Department spokesperson told The Hill in a statement, referring to special immigrant visas.

The Biden administration said Thursday there would be 1,000 U.S. troops going to Qatar to help process applications from Afghans already in the country. The Afghans are seeking visas to the U.S. for assisting the U.S. during the war.

14.08.2021 - 08:53 [ Pentagon - Defense.gov ]

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing on Afghanistan

MR. KIRBY: What I’d say, Mike — what I’d say to that, Mike, is what I’ve been saying for the last few days, that the Afghan forces have advantages, they have capability to protect their territory and their people, they have the capacity to do that.

What — what I think the Afghan people want to see and what they deserve to see is the leadership and the will to use those advantages to their benefit.

Thanks, everybody, going to have to go now.

(CROSSTALK)

Q: … can you clarify the numbers one more time, so I have no mistakes? 3,000 going into the airport, 1,000 first going to Qatar and then to Afghanistan to help with SIVs, or staying in Qatar?

MR. KIRBY: No — no, I said the — the 1,000 enablers will go to Qatar for right now. I can’t predict whether there’ll be onward movement from there. Right now, they’re going to Qatar …

Q: And the 3,500 …

MR. KIRBY: … again, for helping process, and then 3,000 to the airport in the next few days and then there’ll be a reserve force out of Bragg that will — that will stage out of Kuwait, and that’s roughly 3,500 to 4,000.

Q: And all of that’s in addition to the 650 who are there …

MR. KIRBY: That is correct.

14.08.2021 - 08:44 [ Washington Post ]

Mass Afghan government surrenders as Taliban fighters overrun three key cities in sweeping territorial gains

(13.08.2021)

In the western city of Herat, an entire Afghan army corps crumbled, with hundreds of troops handing over their weapons to the Taliban and others fleeing, according to local officials. The surrender deal was brokered, they said, by a group of Taliban leaders who met with Afghan government and security forces at the military base where they were holed up after the city was overrun Thursday.

14.08.2021 - 08:39 [ New York Times ]

A Wave of Afghan Surrenders to the Taliban Picks Up Speed

(May 27, 2021
Updated July 7, 2021)

Since May 1, at least 26 outposts and bases in just four provinces — Laghman, Baghlan, Wardak and Ghazni — have surrendered after such negotiations, according to village elders and government officials.

13.08.2021 - 20:45 [ Wikipedia ]

Inter-Services Intelligence activities in Afghanistan

The Taliban were largely founded by Pakistan’s Interior Ministry under Naseerullah Babar and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in 1994.[25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32] In 1999, Naseerullah Babar who was the minister of the interior under Bhutto during the Taliban’s ascent to power admitted, „we created the Taliban“.[33]

William Maley, Professor at the Australian National University and Director of the Asia-Pacific College, writes on the emergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan:

„In 1994, with the failure of [Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s alliance] attempt to oust [the Afghan] Rabbani [administration], Pakistan found itself in an awkward position. Hekmatyar had proved incapable of seizing and controlling defended territory: in this respect he was a bitter disappointment to his patrons. … In October 1994, [Pakistani interior minister] Babar [took] a group of Western ambassadors (including the US Ambassador to Pakistan John C. Monjo) to Kandahar, without even bothering to inform the Kabul government, even though it manned an embassy in Islamabad. … On 29 October 1994, a convoy of trucks, including a notorious ISI officer, Sultan Amir … and two figures who were later to become prominent Taliban leaders, entered Afghanistan.“[22]

05.08.2021 - 07:09 [ obamawhitehouse.archives.gov ]

Remarks by the President at the National Defense University

(May 23, 2013)

So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.

05.08.2021 - 07:02 [ ABC News ]

Obama: ‚This War, Like All Wars, Must End‘

(23. Mai 2013)

Now, the speech:

The president who dramatically expanded the CIA secret drone war, ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan and aggressively prosecuted leakers made a forceful defense of his actions and an even more forceful case for winding down the war on terrorism.

The key line: „This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.“

22.07.2021 - 18:48 [ Democracy Now! ]

Four Colombian Mercenaries Tied to Moïse Assassination Were Trained at Fort Benning in U.S.

The Pentagon has confirmed four of the Colombian mercenaries accused of assassinating Haitian President Jovenel Moïse once received U.S. military training at Fort Benning in Georgia while they were members of the Colombian armed forces.

19.07.2021 - 16:05 [ Jacobin ]

Were Haiti’s Capitalists Behind the Assassination of President Moïse?

(09.07.2021)

Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated this week by alleged mercenaries. In an interview with Jacobin, the English language editor of Haiti Liberté says he suspects that some of Haiti’s richest families hired the attackers to preempt a potential revolution — and possibly even trigger US military intervention.

13.07.2021 - 13:21 [ CNN ]

Several tied to Haiti assassination plot were previously US law enforcement informants

Haitian President Jovenel Moise was killed last Wednesday in an operation that Haitian authorities say involved at least 28 people, many of them Colombian mercenaries hired through a Florida-based security company.

At least one of the men arrested in connection to the assassination by Haitian authorities previously worked as an informant for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA said in a statement in response to CNN.

12.07.2021 - 16:53 [ Washington Post ]

Mystery surrounds suspected mastermind of Haiti presidential assassination plot

Sanon, who reportedly has lived on-and-off in Florida for about two decades, landed in Haiti on a private plane in early June with “political objectives,” Haiti’s police chief, Léon Charles, told reporters Sunday. He recruited the team through a Venezuelan security firm based in the United States, but its mission changed when one member was presented with an arrest warrant for Moïse.

12.07.2021 - 16:47 [ New York Times ]

Live Updates: Haitian Officials Say U.S.-Based Suspect in President’s Killing Was Seeking Power

The national police chief indicated that he believes a Florida-based doctor, Christian Emmanuel Sanon, was plotting to assume the presidency. The U.S. dispatched a team to assist in the investigation.

10.07.2021 - 07:28 [ Antiwar.com ]

Hands Off Haiti!

Nonetheless, the American political and media establishments seem to blithely assume that Haiti’s internal affairs are very much America’s business. State Department spokesman Ned Price says “It is still the view of the United States that elections this year should proceed.” An “electoral timetable” proposed by Moïse was “backed by the Biden administration, though it rejected plans to hold a constitutional referendum.”

10.07.2021 - 07:23 [ teleSUR ]

Haiti Govt Asks US, UN To Send Troops In

The US State Department and Pentagon both confirmed receiving a request for „security and investigative assistance“ and said officials remain in contact with Port-au-Prince, but did not specify whether military troops would be deployed.

The UN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

09.07.2021 - 08:18 [ NPR.org ]

2 Americans Are Among Those Arrested In The Assassination Of Haiti’s President

Two men believed to be Haitian Americans — one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince — have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s president, a senior Haitian official said Thursday.

09.07.2021 - 08:14 [ .theGuardian.com ]

Haiti police say 26 Colombians, two US-Haitians took part in Jovenel Moïse assassination

A heavily armed commando unit that assassinated Haiti’s president, Jovenel Moïse, was composed of 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans, authorities have said, as the hunt goes on for the masterminds of the killing.

Moïse, 53, was fatally shot early on Wednesday at his home by what officials said was a group of foreign, trained killers, pitching the poorest country in the Americas deeper into turmoil amid political divisions, hunger and widespread gang violence.

07.07.2021 - 20:33 [ Common Dreams ]

Assassins of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse Reportedly Posed as US Agents

In an appearance on Democracy Now! Wednesday morning, Haiti Liberté journalist Kim Ives said that while it is not yet clear who was behind the killing, „clearly this was a fairly sophisticated operation.“

03.07.2021 - 09:08 [ Euronews.com ]

Belarus says it has dismantled ‚terrorist sleeper cells‘ with ties to West

He added that the cells‘ activities were coordinated via a Telegram channel dubbed „Self-defence regiments of Belarus“ which had 2,500 subscribers and belonged to a German citizen.

The cells recently tried to detonate a Russian naval communication centre located in the Belarusian town of Vileika, about 100 kilometres northwest of Minsk, according to the Belarusian leader.

08.06.2021 - 08:53 [ New York Times ]

C.I.A. Scrambles for New Approach in Afghanistan

Two decades of war in Afghanistan have helped transform the spy agency into a paramilitary organization: It carries out hundreds of drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan, trains Afghan commando units and maintains a large presence of C.I.A. officers in a string of bases along the border with Pakistan. At one point during President Barack Obama’s first term, the agency had several hundred officers in Afghanistan, its largest surge of personnel to a country since the Vietnam War.

03.05.2021 - 23:51 [ BBC ]

Hillary Clinton warns of ‚huge consequences‘ in Afghan US troop withdrawal

Mrs Clinton said it was also important to protect the „many thousands of Afghans“ who had worked with the US and Nato during the conflict, and said a large visa programme should be set up to provide for any refugees.

03.05.2021 - 03:39 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(9.September 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military commanders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies.

03.05.2021 - 02:38 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Washington Post ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

June 22, 2010
To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt
Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

24.04.2021 - 20:15 [ The Hill ]

US begins moving equipment out of Afghanistan, sends bombers in

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin earlier on Friday approved keeping the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier in the region “for a period of time,” as well as sending several B-52 long-range bombers to the region, press secretary John Kirby told reporters.

20.04.2021 - 19:26 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Why the World Won’t Criticize Chad

(April 14, 2021)

Today, Chad is a key player in the G5 Sahel Joint Force, an alliance with Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger that enjoys international support, not only from France but from the United States and European Union too.

20.04.2021 - 19:02 [ New York Times ]

President of Chad Is Killed as Soldiers Clash With Rebels

But in 2019, when Chad asked the French force in the Sahel for help in dealing with another incursion, Paris was less discreet about the support, and obliged by launching a series of airstrikes on the rebels.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French foreign minister, told Parliament at the time, “France intervened militarily to prevent a coup d’état.”

20.04.2021 - 18:52 [ YakimaHerald.com ]

Military says that Chad’s president killed on battlefield

In this Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 file photo, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, left, poses with France’s President Emmanuel Macron, right, prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France.

20.04.2021 - 15:44 [ BBC ]

Chad’s President Idriss Déby dies after ‚clashes with rebels‘

A military council led by Mr Déby’s son, a 37-year-old four star general, will govern for the next 18 months.

16.04.2021 - 16:17 [ Norman Solomon / Antiwar.com ]

Contrary to What Biden Said, US Warfare in Afghanistan Is Set To Continue

But in March 2020, the Trump administration abruptly stopped publishing US Airpower Summaries, and the Biden administration has so far not published any either.“

16.03.2021 - 00:27 [ teleSUR ]

Brazilians Demand Justice for Marielle Franco’s Murder

One day before her killing, Franco spoke out against extrajudicial killings by police and paramilitaries. „Three years later, there is still impunity,“ Cipriano condemned.

12.03.2021 - 11:09 [ Courage Foundation ]

Statement of Concern: The OPCW investigation of alleged chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria

Signatories in Support of the Statement of Concern:

José Bustani, Ambassador of Brazil, first Director General of the OPCW and former Ambassador to the United Kingdom and France.

Professor Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor U. of Arizona and Institute Professor (em), MIT.

Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor, Harper’s Magazine.

Daniel Ellsberg, PERI Distinguished Research Fellow, UMass Amherst. Former Defense and State Department official. Former official of Defense Department (GS-18) and State Department (FSR-1).

Professor Richard Falk, Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University.

Tulsi Gabbard, former Presidential candidate and Member of the US House of Representatives (2013-2021).

Professor Dr. Ulrich Gottstein, on behalf of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW-Germany).

Katharine Gun, former GCHQ (UKGOV), whistleblower.

Denis J. Halliday, UN Assistant Secretary-General (1994-98).

Professor Pervez Houdbhoy, Quaid-e-Azam University and ex Pugwash.

Kristinn Hrafnnson, Editor in Chief, Wikileaks.

Dr. Sabine Krüger, Analytical Chemist, Former OPCW Inspector 1997-2009.

Ray McGovern, ex-CIA Presidential Briefer; co-founder, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

Elizabeth Murray, former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Near East, National Intelligence (rtd); member, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence.

Professor Götz Neuneck, Pugwash Council and German Pugwash Chair.

Dirk van Niekerk, former OPCW Inspection Team Leader, Head of OPCW Special Mission to Iraq

John Pilger, Emmy and Bafta winning journalist and film maker.

Professor Theodore A. Postol, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Antonius Roof, former OPCW Inspection Team Leader and Head Industry Inspections.

Professor John Avery Scales, Professor, Pugwash Council and Danish Pugwash Chair.

Hans von Sponeck, former UN Assistant Secretary General and UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator (Iraq).

Alan Steadman, Chemical Weapons Munitions Specialist, Former OPCW Inspection Team Leader and UNSCOM Inspector.

Jonathan Steele, journalist and author.

Roger Waters, Musician and Activist.

Lord West of Spithead, First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff 2002-06.

Oliver Stone, Film Director, Producer and Writer.

Colonel (ret.) Lawrence B. Wilkerson, U.S. Army, Visiting Professor at William and Mary College and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.

12.03.2021 - 11:05 [ Courage Foundation ]

Additional Background Information Regarding the OPCW FFM Investigation of the Alleged Chemical Attack in Douma, April 7, 2018

The following points summarize key procedural and scientific flaws that have been identified and which are now in the public domain regarding the OPCW FFM Investigation of the Alleged Chemical Attack in Douma, April 7, 2018.

27.02.2021 - 08:03 [ Commondreams.org ]

‚It Should Be Easier to Raise Minimum Wage Than to Drop Bombs on Syria‘: Progressives Fume at Biden

„We assassinate people by drone strike and have a literal prison colony in Guantanamo but where we draw the line is ignoring the Senate parliamentarian when [she] says no to a minimum wage hike.“

26.02.2021 - 20:51 [ Antiwar.com ]

VP Harris, Biden’s Press Secretary Slammed as Hypocrites for Tweets on Trump’s Syria Airstrikes

After President Biden ordered airstrikes in eastern Syria against an Iraqi militia on Thursday, comments from Vice President Kamala Harris and Press Secretary Jen Psaki on the Trump administration’s Syria airstrikes surfaced on Twitter.

26.02.2021 - 17:15 [ The People’s Party / Twitter ]

#PeoplesParty stands in opposition to the airstrike carried out today by U.S. forces in #Syria. Read our statement below:

26.02.2021 - 16:50 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

US Bombs Syria And Ridiculously Claims Self Defense

The US is just taking it as a given that it has de facto jurisdiction over the nations of Syria, Iraq, and Iran, and that any attempt to interfere in its authority in the region is an unprovoked attack which must be defended against. This is completely backwards and illegitimate. Only through the most perversely warped American supremacist reality tunnels can it look valid to dictate the affairs of sovereign nations on the other side of the planet and respond with violence if anyone in those nations tries to eject them.

26.02.2021 - 16:35 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

How anyone can believe the US is hostile to Assad because he’s a “brutal dictator” — while at the same time embracing regimes in Saudi Arabia, Egypt & UAE, to say nothing of their beloved dictators over decades — is one of those enduring mysteries: a testament to US propaganda.

26.02.2021 - 15:58 [ Daniel Larison / Twitter ]

To sum up, we have to bomb targets in Syria without authorization to protect the troops that are in Iraq without authorization in order to pursue an unauthorized anti-ISIS mission that is really just an excuse to keep troops in the country for anti-Iranian reasons.

26.02.2021 - 15:54 [ Jordan Weissmann / Twitter ]

Wait, why the fuck are we bombing Syria?

26.02.2021 - 15:49 [ Richard Medhurst / Twitter ]

Thanks for bombing my country @JoeBiden

26.02.2021 - 15:39 [ theHill.com ]

Biden orders US strikes on Iranian-backed militia facilities in Syria

“The operation sends an unambiguous message: President Biden will act to protect American and coalition personnel,” Kirby said. “At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern Syria and Iraq.”

The U.S. strike comes after three rocket attacks since last week targeted U.S. personnel and other interests in Iraq.

17.02.2021 - 08:48 [ Washington Post ]

Decision on Airstrike in Afghanistan Was Based Largely on Sole Informant’s Assessment

(September 6, 2009)

McChrystal’s advisers allowed a Washington Post reporter to travel with a NATO fact-finding team and attend its otherwise closed-door meetings with German troops and Afghan officials. Portions of this account are based on those discussions.

17.02.2021 - 08:41 [ theGuardian.com ]

Victims‘ families tell their stories following Nato airstrike in Afghanistan

(12.09.2009)

‚I took some flesh home and called it my son.‘ The Guardian interviews 11 villagers

23.12.2020 - 18:19 [ theGuardian.com ]

Trump pardons Blackwater contractors jailed for massacre of Iraq civilians

Also quoted in the memorandum was David Boslego, a retired US army colonel, who said the massacre was “a grossly excessive use of force” and “grossly inappropriate for an entity whose only job was to provide personal protection to somebody in an armoured vehicle”.

19.12.2020 - 11:07 [ theIntercept.com ]

The CIA’s Afghan Death Squads

While CIA officers run the operations, most of the ground support during strike force unit missions, including the control of air power, is provided by fighters loaned out by Joint Special Operations Command. Variations on this arrangement have been used by the CIA since the Church Committee clamped down on agency excesses at home and abroad in 1975. Originally dubbed “Omega” in Afghanistan, the program temporarily strips special forces of their regular military designation — a process known as “sheep-dipping”— and places them under CIA command. This enables the CIA to circumvent the restrictions placed on fighters who ordinarily operate under regular wartime Title 10 authority, placing them instead under the agency’s Title 50 authority for covert actions.

16.12.2020 - 18:38 [ theGuardian.com ]

Victims‘ families tell their stories following Nato airstrike in Afghanistan

(September 12, 2009)

‚I took some flesh home and called it my son.‘ The Guardian interviews 11 villagers

16.12.2020 - 18:29 [ Washington Post ]

Decision on Airstrike in Afghanistan Was Based Largely on Sole Informant’s Assessment

(September 6, 2009)

McChrystal’s advisers allowed a Washington Post reporter to travel with a NATO fact-finding team and attend its otherwise closed-door meetings with German troops and Afghan officials. Portions of this account are based on those discussions.

07.12.2020 - 04:00 [ theGrayzone.com ]

How Israel deployed an intelligence deception to justify killing scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

The CIA never revealed who spirited the documents out of Iran or how. However, former senior German Foreign Office official Karsten Voigt explained to this reporter in 2013 that the German intelligence agency, the BND, had been furnished with the collection by an occasional source whom the intel chiefs considered less than credible.

And who was this source? According to Voigt, he belonged to the Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK), the exile Iranian cult which had fought for Saddam’s Iraqi forces against Iran during the eight-year war and by the early 1990s was passing information and propaganda that Mossad did not want to have attributed to itself.

24.11.2020 - 20:53 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

After Jake Sullivan chirped to his boss about Al Qaeda being „on our side in Syria,“ he advocated for more covert arms shipments to the Syrian insurgency the jihadist group was leading. Expect more wise moves like this in the months and years to come.

24.11.2020 - 20:49 [ Wikileaks / Twitter ]

„[al-Quada] is on our side in Syria“–email from policy advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Feb 2012)

(12.04.2017)

24.11.2020 - 20:45 [ CBS News ]

Biden to appoint Jake Sullivan as national security adviser

Sullivan has been advising Mr. Biden on domestic policy, but has an extensive foreign policy background. He served as Mr. Biden’s national security adviser during President Barack Obama’s second term and was a head of policy planning and deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.

24.11.2020 - 20:38 [ Erik Sperling ? #YemenCantWait / Twitter ]

Tony Blinken, in Riyadh, April 2015: “Saudi Arabia is sending a strong message […] we have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination planning cell in the Saudi operation centre”

16.10.2020 - 00:40 [ The Balochistan Post ]

14 killed in a convoy attack in Ormara, BRAS claims responsibility

The convoy of the state-run Oil and Gas Development Authority was reportedly travelling from Gwadar to Karachi when it was attacked on the way.

11.10.2020 - 19:39 [ Yahoo.com ]

Iraqi militias say they have halted anti-U.S. attacks

The U.S. warning caused alarm in Iraq, where it was seen as a step towards air strikes, potentially turning Iraq into a battleground in a proxy war between the United States and Iran. A broad array of politicians called on the militia to stop provoking the Americans.

10.10.2020 - 13:26 [ theHill.com ]

FBI says it foiled plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

(08.10.2020)

„Several members talked about murdering ‚tyrants‘ or ‚taking‘ a sitting governor,“ an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit. „The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.“

07.10.2020 - 03:28 [ The Times of Israel ]

Moment of truth in trial of members of Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn

In total, 68 members of the party have been on trial, including Michaloliakos and more than a dozen other former MPs like him who were elected in 2012 as the openly xenophobic group capitalized on anger over joblessness and migration.

28.09.2020 - 13:21 [ 168.am ]

Azerbaijan hired jihadist terrorists, militants from Syria to attack Artsakh – names released

The Syrian militants have arrived to Azerbaijan through Turkish territory.

Below is a list of the divisions and losses.

1) al-Sharqiya rebel group – 19 militants

2) Hamza Division – 4 militants

3) 51-rd Division – 9 militants

4) Jaysh al-Nukhba group – 11 militants

5) Levant Front – 22 militants

6) Al Furqan Brigade – 33 militants

7) Al-Mutasim Division – 6 militants

21.09.2020 - 09:09 [ AlMasdarnews.com ]

Militants planning to stage chemical weapon attacks in Syria’s Idlib – Russian Military

The Russian armed forces have received notice that militants from the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham group (formerly known as the Nusra Front, banned in Russia), are planning the provocative attacks.

“In the coming days, terrorists plan to stage attacks in the settlements of Ariha and Basames in order to accuse the Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians. According to the available information, activists of the White Helmets pseudo-human rights organization are directly involved in the preparation of the sites for the attacks, including staging for capturing video,” Rear Adm. Grinkevich remarked.

21.09.2020 - 09:02 [ AlMasdarNews.com ]

Syrian, Russian warplanes destroy jihadist command center in Idlib

The Syrian and Russian air forces carried out a large number of airstrikes over the Idlib Governorate on Sunday, as their warplanes heavily targeted the positions of the the Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras Al-Deen group.

21.09.2020 - 01:42 [ Al Arabiya ]

Russian jets bomb opposition-held bastion in Syria

Witnesses said the warplanes struck the western outskirts of Idlib city and that there was heavy artillery shelling in the mountainous Jabal al Zawya region in southern Idlib from nearby Syrian army outposts. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

13.09.2020 - 14:18 [ PressTV ]

Four major tribes strike non-aggression agreement with Ansarullah fighters in Yemen’s Ma’rib

Major Yemeni tribes, previously sponsored by Saudi Arabia waging a devastating war on the impoverished Arab country, have signed a non-aggression agreement with fighters from the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement in the strategic central province of Ma’rib.

13.09.2020 - 12:19 [ teleSUR ]

Venezuela: US Ex-Marine Caught Spying on Oil Refineries

“He was captured with heavy weapons, specialty weapons. He was captured with a great amount of cash in dollars and with other elements which we have sent directly to the public ministry, the prosecutor’s office.”

27.08.2020 - 22:36 [ Cenk Uygur / Twitter ]

Anyone defending Kyle Rittenhouse by saying it’s self-defense to go into middle of protest with a weapon & start shooting be careful about your standards. Is the left-wing also allowed to do that? Walk into a Bundy protest with weapons and start shooting & claim self-defense?

27.08.2020 - 22:07 [ Christiaan Triebert / Twitter ]

At 23:19, Rittenhouse is seen in this YouTube livestream. He’s being chased into a parking lot. While he is being pursued, an unknown gunman fires the first shot into the air.

Rittenhouse turns toward the sound of the gunfire as another pursuer lunges toward him. He then fires four times with his assault rifle, and appears to shoot the man in the head.

The muzzle flash of the first shot by the unknown gunman and the smoke rising from the handgun can be seen in this video capturing the first shooting from a different angle.

27.08.2020 - 22:04 [ New York Tines ]

Tracking the Suspect in the Fatal Kenosha Shootings

Footage appears to show a teenager shooting three people during protests in Wisconsin. We tracked his movements that night.

26.08.2020 - 15:41 [ Tariq Nasheed / Twitter ]

After alleged mass shooter Kyle Rittenhouse shot several people in Kenosha, he casually walked towards police and gave them what appears to be a pre-planned hand signal. And the police didn’t lay a finger on him.

The police are working hand and hand with these terrorists groups

26.08.2020 - 15:24 [ Brendan Gutenschwager / Twitter ]

(Warning, Graphic/Violent) A crowd chases a suspected shooter down in Kenosha. He trips and falls, then turns with the gun and fires several times. Shots can be heard fired elsewhere as well, corroborating reports of multiple shooters tonight

#Kenosha #KenoshaRiots

26.08.2020 - 11:42 [ teleSUR ]

Colombia: Organizations Denounce Another Social Leader Killed

CIJP also stressed that the paramilitary group Autodefensas Gaitanista de Colombia (AGC), also known as Clan del Golfo, controls el Choco department in complicity with the army and local police forces.

22.08.2020 - 05:15 [ Richard Medhurst / Twitter ]

Turkey has cut water to 1 million people in Hasakah. Meanwhile the Kurdish SDF are helping US steal our oil, Gulf & Turkish-backed jihadists are running Idlib; UK, US, FR troops running around… All of these countries occupying Syria are like a fucking virus that won’t go away.

21.08.2020 - 14:08 [ Baltimore Sun ]

When a wave of torture and murder staggered a small U.S. ally, truth was a casualty.

(Jun 11, 1995)

* The CIA was instrumental in training and equipping Battalion 316. Members were flown to a secret location in the United States for training in surveillance and interrogation, and later were given CIA training at Honduran bases.

* Starting in 1981, the United States secretly provided funds for Argentine counterinsurgency experts to train anti-Communist forces in Honduras. By that time, Argentina was notorious for its own „Dirty War,“ which had left at least 10,000 dead or „disappeared“ in the 1970s. Argentine and CIA instructors worked side by side training Battalion 316 members at a camp in Lepaterique, a town about 16 miles west of Tegucigalpa.

* Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, who as chief of the Honduran armed forces personally directed Battalion 316, received strong U.S. support – even after he told a U.S. ambassador that he intended to use the Argentine method of eliminating subversives.

* By 1983, when Alvarez’s oppressive methods were well known to the U.S. Embassy, the Reagan administration awarded him the Legion of Merit for „encouraging the success of democratic processes in Honduras.“ His friendship with Donald Winters, the CIA station chief in Honduras, was so close that when Winters adopted a child, he asked Alvarez to be the girl’s godfather.

21.08.2020 - 13:53 [ theHill.com ]

Negroponte endorses Biden: He beats Trump on ‚character, compassion and life experience‘

John Negroponte, who served as director of national intelligence under former President George W. Bush, endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in his race against President Trump on Thursday in an interview with the Daily Beast.

“All roads lead to Trump in a way,” Negroponte told the website. “I’m just not sure the country can withstand another four years of the presidency with a man who has shown such disregard to the office.”

11.08.2020 - 08:25 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Contractor Knew of Explosive Material in Beirut Since at Least 2016

It is not clear when he conveyed the information; however, several current and former American officials who have worked in the Middle East say that the consultant would normally have conveyed his findings immediately to the American officials who oversaw the contract, in this case the embassy, State Department or Pentagon.

26.07.2020 - 18:08 [ USA Today ]

Live updates from weekend protests: Man shot to death in Austin, Seattle police declare riot, armed militia in Louisville

Protests against racial injustice continued around the nation Saturday with tense situations unfolding in cities including Austin, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, Seattle, Washington, Aurora, Colorado, Oakland, California, and Chicago, Illinois.

In Louisville two opposing, heavily armed militia groups came within a few dozen yards of each of other, but avoided violence.

18.07.2020 - 03:28 [ The Hill ]

Oregon lawmakers call for DOJ, DHS inspectors general to investigate law enforcement presence in Portland

Sens. Jeff Merkley (D) and Ron Wyden (D) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D) and Suzanne Bonamici (D) said they are making the request after federal officers shot a demonstrator in the head and reports emerged of unmarked federal agents detaining protesters and taking them to unmarked minivans.

18.07.2020 - 03:13 [ The Hill ]

ACLU files lawsuit over federal agents in Portland

“DHS and DOJ are engaged in acts that are horrific and outrageous in our constitutional democratic republic,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) said. “First, they are deploying paramilitary forces with no identification indicating who they are or who they work for. Second, these agents are snatching people off the street with no underlying justification.

18.06.2020 - 11:29 [ law360.com ]

Willkie Sues Defense Agencies For Info On Taliban Payments

(yesterday)

International law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has sued U.S. defense agencies for records of protection payments that government contractors in Afghanistan allegedly made to the Taliban, saying the agencies have failed to hand over the requested documents.

In five separate lawsuits filed in a D.C. federal court Tuesday, Willkie accuses the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Defense Contract Management Agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency of failing to fulfill the firm’s Freedom Of Information Act requests for documents that allegedly show eight Afghanistan reconstruction companies paid the …

13.06.2020 - 13:51 [ Haaretz ]

Assassinations, Terror Attacks and Even Castration – the Hidden Actions of Israel’s Pre-state Militia

Such operations continued right up to the establishment of the state. At the end of March 1947, Mordechai Berger, who worked in the Mandatory police’s traffic division, was murdered in the street after being suspected of divulging information about the Haganah to the British. “The assailants gagged him and hit him over the head with clubs. Berger fell bleeding,” wrote Prof. Yehuda Lapidot, an Irgun member who later researched the history of Mandatory Palestine.

“None of the organizations emerges with clean hands from this dark matter,” Haskin wrote. He added that the fingers of right-wing organization members were lighter on the trigger, but emphasized the role of Haganah members in assassinating Jews.

09.06.2020 - 22:20 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel expressed concern about the escalation of hostilities in Libya and emphasised that a speedy ceasefire and launch of intra-Libyan negotiations under the auspices of the UN were essential. The Russian side gave a positive assessment of Egypt’s mediation efforts to peacefully settle the Libyan crisis, following on from the decisions of the Berlin International Conference held on January 19 of this year.

Key aspects of developments in Syria, including those related to the humanitarian needs of the population of the republic, were also discussed.

08.06.2020 - 03:28 [ teleSUR ]

Indigenous Ecuadorean Organization Wins UN 2020 Equator Prize

The organization has been accompanying significant legal victories against extractivist companies and for the survival of original nations in Ecuador, including the triumph last year of the Waorani in a historical trial against oil firms.

“Amazon means life for our world. For us, as Indigenous peoples, it is our home,” the organization said.

30.05.2020 - 21:13 [ San Francisco Chronicle ]

Homeland Security contract officer shot and killed in Oakland, a second injured

The federal building was in the area of violent protests Friday night over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. FBI officials did not immediately say whether the shooting and protests are related.

25.05.2020 - 15:34 [ Malta Today ]

Suspected mercenaries were released from arrest after two days

A group of 20 men evacuated from Benghazi, Libya and suspected of having been contracted to lend support to General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, were held under arrest in Malta for two days before being released without charge. 

Multiple law enforcement sources speaking to this newspaper say the police are still investigating the incident, almost a year on since the arrival of the men on two RHIBs (rigid-hull inflatable boats) at the Valletta seaport in June 2019. 

25.05.2020 - 15:29 [ New York Times ]

By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. But the Plan Went South.

The abortive mercenary expedition last summer was organized and financed by a network of secretive companies in the United Arab Emirates, according to a confidential report submitted to the United Nations Security Council in February. The companies are controlled or part-owned by Christiaan Durrant, an Australian businessman and former fighter pilot who is a close associate of Erik Prince, America’s most famous mercenary entrepreneur.

25.05.2020 - 15:12 [ Bloomberg ]

Western Team Went to Help Moscow’s Man in Libya, UN Finds

Opus and Lancaster 6 financed and directed an operation to provide Haftar’s forces with helicopters, drones and cyber capabilities through a complex web of shell companies, according to two diplomats who briefed Bloomberg on the contents of the UN Panel of Experts report shared with the Security Council’s sanctions committee in February. The diplomats also shared excerpts of the report with Bloomberg.

17.05.2020 - 14:36 [ teleSUR ]

Venezuelan Army Captures Another Member of Operation Gedeon

The Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEOFANB) reported that the arrest was made by the Operational Defense Comprehensive Zone (ZODI) of northern Aragua state.

13.05.2020 - 14:26 [ MediaMonitors.net ]

Sorting Through the Lies of the Racak Massacre and other Myths of Kosovo

(February 15, 2001)

There was the ethnic cleansing. The atrocities. The refugees chased out of Kosovo by the Serb army. The mass graves. The heaps of bodies tossed into vats of sulphuric acid at the Trepca mines.

NATO spokesman Jamie Shea said there were 100,000 Kosovars unaccounted for.

Remember?

If you’re like most people, you have at least a vague recollection of something that seemed to approach a modern-day Holocaust.

Problem is, none of it happened.

13.05.2020 - 14:20 [ WSWS.org ]

What really has happened in Kosovo

(14 May 1999)

In the US-NATO assault on Yugoslavia, accusations of genocide in Kosovo play the same role in the propaganda war as cruise missiles and cluster bombs in the air war. The claims that Serbian troops and paramilitary forces are slaughtering thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of Kosovar Albanians, the comparisons of Slobodan Milosevic to Adolf Hitler, the invocation of the Holocaust–all these serve as weapons, if not to convince, at least to intimidate public opinion.

The purpose of this propaganda, whose tone has been set by the White House, is to block any critical thought or even serious reflection on the part of the American people about the mushrooming conflict in the Balkans.

13.05.2020 - 01:17 [ teleSUR ]

Mercenary Ratifies US Govt. Link With Failed Raid in Venezuela

Venezuela’s Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez Tuesday presented a video with the confession of Antonio Sequea, a terrorist who confirmed that Colombia’s government, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and international drug traffickers act in complicity to attack this South American nation through armed groups operating near its border.

11.05.2020 - 23:21 [ The Hill ]

Venezuelan opposition adviser resigns after failed incursion

A top advisor to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó resigned Monday, following his reported involvement in an armed incursion that failed to capture strongman Nicolás Maduro.
(…)
The attempted capture of Maduro, for whom the U.S. Department of Justice is offering $15 million, was foiled by Venezuelan and Cuban security forces, and resulted in the capture of two other former Green Berets now held in Venezuela.

10.05.2020 - 20:42 [ teleSUR ]

Iran Slams Failed US Incursion to Overthrow Venezuelan Leader

Iran’s Foreign Ministry called on Washington to stop meddling in the internal affairs of sovereign nations, now and forever, while also ending their inhuman blockade of these countries.

„The terrible report on the failed U.S.-led terrorist plot reminds us of how the American regime is shamefully but naively trapped in its twentieth-century mindset,“ said the tweet from the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

08.05.2020 - 03:28 [ teleSUR ]

Venezuelan President Maduro: „Mike Pompeo Stop Your Arrogance“

President Maduro spoke about the contract that began the armed incursion and that has the signature of the former U.S. military and Silvercorp director, Jordan Goudreau, as well as the opposition political consultant Juan José (JJ) Rendón, and opposition lawmakers Sergio Vergara and Juan Guaidó.

05.05.2020 - 12:55 [ The Telegraph / Youtube ]

Venezuela arrests two Americans in ‚attempted coup invasion‘

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday that authorities have captured 13 ‚terrorists‘, including two US citizens he described as mercenaries, over allegations that they were involved in a failed plot to invade the country and oust him.

05.05.2020 - 12:42 [ Washington Post ]

Venezuela’s Maduro says two Americans captured in failed invasion attempt

Goudreau, in an interview with The Washington Post, confirmed that two Americans in what he says was a force of about 60 men were captured Monday along with six Venezuelans. He identified the Americans as Airan Berry and Luke Denman. Also captured was one of the operation’s leaders, former Capt. Antonio Sequea.

The Americans, Goudreau said, were fellow former Special Forces members he had known for years who had joined the operation as “supervisors.” He said he has engaged a lawyer in Venezuela and was reaching out to the State Department to try to secure their release.

02.05.2020 - 12:33 [ UpperMichigansSource.com ]

Michigan House and Senate will not extend emergency declaration

The step came as hundreds of conservative activists, including some who were openly carrying rifles, returned to the Capitol to denounce her stay-at-home order.

Whitmer wanted lawmakers to extend her emergency declaration by 28 days. It expires late Thursday.

02.05.2020 - 12:27 [ Mr. Jones / Twitter ]

Wow…protestors make it INTO the Michigan Statehouse Think little miss Hitler wanna-be gets the message yet?

02.05.2020 - 12:23 [ BlackChristianNews.com ]

Members of the Michigan Liberty Militia stand guard with weapons and tactical gear in an angry protest before the Michigan statehouse

The “American Patriot Rally” started on the statehouse steps, where members of the Michigan Liberty Militia stood guard with weapons and tactical gear, their faces partially covered. They later moved inside the Capitol along with several hundred protesters, who demanded to be let onto the House floor, which is prohibited. Some protesters with guns — which are allowed in the statehouse — went to the Senate gallery, where a senator said some armed men shouted at her, and some senators wore bulletproof vests.

02.05.2020 - 10:45 [ Archives.gov ]

Guide to House Records: Chapter 22: 1910-1946 Nazi and Other Propaganda

22.87 The committee was frequently referred to as the McCormack-Dickstein Committee in reference to its chairman and vice chairman, John W. McCormack of Massachusetts and Samuel Dickstein of New York. It conducted public and executive hearings intermittently between April 26 and December 29, 1934, in Washington, DC; New York; Chicago; Los Angeles; Newark; and Asheville, NC, examining hundreds of witnesses and accumulating more than 4,300 pages of testimony. The committee accumulated evidence regarding individuals and organizations who worked to establish in the United States policies followed by the Nazis in Germany, the Fascists in Italy, and the Communists in Russia. The committee gave particular attention to the organization and activities of Friends of New Germany and Silver Shirts of America. The committee submitted its report on February 15, 1935 (H. Rept. 153, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Serial 9890).

02.05.2020 - 10:31 [ BBC ]

The Whitehouse Coup

(23. July 2007)

Document uncovers details of a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by right-wing American businessmen

The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression.

02.05.2020 - 10:28 [ Counterpunch.org ]

Wall Street’s Failed 1934 Coup

(2. December 2011)

Not a one of them was ever called to testify or was charged with Treason. Virtually all of them were founding members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

The League was headed by the DuPont and J.P Morgan cartels and had major support from Andrew Mellon Associates, Pew (Sun Oil), Rockefeller Associates, E.F. Hutton Associates, U.S. Steel, General Motors, Chase, Standard Oil and Goodyear Tires.

22.04.2020 - 18:22 [ Haaretz ]

What if People Rise Up Against Coronavirus Lockdowns? Israel Has a Plan

Another suggestion is setting up “community emergency squads,” groups of volunteers with basic emergency training, based on the format used in communities along the Gaza border. The same kinds of groups could operate in cities, where they would be assigned a building or a street, says the document.. The authors also propose that the military work on an awareness campaign to reduce public unrest.

25.03.2020 - 08:31 [ teleSUR ]

Colombia: Two More Indigenous Leaders Murdered Amid Quarantine

„The two murdered Indigenous leaders and the two wounded belong to the same family and were at home following the quarantine order,“ the ONIC tweeted.

23.03.2020 - 16:35 [ ABC News ]

Former member of Israel-backed militia killed in Lebanon

The Lebanese-American man, Amer Fakhoury, had been jailed in Lebanon since September and charged with murder and torture of prisoners at the same SLA-run prison — charges he denied. A Lebanese judge ordered him released last week, saying more than 10 years had passed since the alleged crimes.

U.S. officials confirmed Fakhoury was aboard a U.S. Marine V-22 Osprey seen taking off from the U.S. Embassy compound northeast of Beirut on Thursday.

18.03.2020 - 08:16 [ Xinhua ]

Turkey, Germany, France, UK discuss Syria’s Idlib, coronavirus via teleconference

The leaders of Turkey, Germany, France, and Britain discussed issues, including the latest situation in Syria’s northern province of Idlib and the COVID-19 outbreak, at a televised meeting on Tuesday.

13.03.2020 - 09:41 [ CNN ]

US conducts airstrikes against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq

The strikes come one day after the US assessed an Iranian-backed group was responsible for a rocket attack on a base where coalition forces are located, killing two American service members and one British service member. Fox News was first to report on the strike.

09.03.2020 - 07:24 [ Voice of America - voanews.com ]

EU Announces Syria Donors Conference for June

(06.03.2020)

Announcement of the June 29-30 donors conference came during an EU foreign ministers meeting in Zagreb that addressed two related refugee crises. The first involved the roughly 1 million Syrians hoping to cross Turkey’s now-closed borders to safety, following an uptick in fighting in Idlib.

08.03.2020 - 15:37 [ The Chronicle Herald ]

U.S. creates new envoy position to counter rising terrorism in Sahel

The U.S. currently has around 6,000 military personnel in Africa. Although some experts say a repositioning of forces is overdue, many U.S. officials share French concerns about relieving pressure on militants in Africa.

07.03.2020 - 20:39 [ New York Times ]

Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups

(today)

One of the former spies, an ex-MI6 officer named Richard Seddon, helped run a 2017 operation to copy files and record conversations in a Michigan office of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers’ unions in the nation. Mr. Seddon directed an undercover operative to secretly tape the union’s local leaders and try to gather information that could be made public to damage the organization, documents show.

07.03.2020 - 16:25 [ Yourmedia Agency / Twitter ]

Es mehren sich die Anzeichen, dass die Türkei versucht, militärisch in Nordaleppo (Tell Rifaat), al-Bab und Ain Issa Boden gut zu machen. Sozusagen bis es in Idlib wieder losgeht.

07.03.2020 - 13:24 [ theNational.ae ]

Syria: German Foreign Minister calls for humanitarian zone to be established in Idlib

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said the ceasefire needs to be strengthened by adding a no-fly zone over the province to stop further bombings of hospitals.

“It would be wise to add a no-fly zone,” he told reporters as he arrived for a meeting with EU counterparts in Zagreb.

07.03.2020 - 12:41 [ wbfo.org ]

In Syria, The U.S. Fight To Protect Oil Fields

BOWMAN: Right. The U.S. and Europe actually want Bashar al-Assad removed. He killed hundreds of thousands of his own people in a civil war. And they don’t want Assad to gain more strength by having access to millions of dollars from the oil. And Russia is Syria’s main ally. The U.S. ally in this ongoing ISIS fight, the Kurds, are using proceeds from the oil to continue their operations. And to make this even more politically convoluted, the Kurds are selling the oil to the Syrian government.

07.03.2020 - 12:27 [ H.K / Twitter ]

Former #ISIS commander Ahmad Hassoun is now a field commander in the #Turkish backed SNA in northern #Aleppo.

01.03.2020 - 15:16 [ Grayzone ]

Syrian journalist corrects the record on mainstream media’s absurd Idlib coverage

Bashari criticizes international media’s coverage of the Syrian military’s efforts to retake Idlib province, the last territory in the country controlled by al-Qaeda affiliated extremist groups. He also discusses the intensification of the US-led economic war on Syria, and its devastating impact on the lives of average Syrians.

29.02.2020 - 18:49 [ vanessa beeley / Twitter ]

These are „Syrians“ Erdogan rushed to preserve & reinforce in #Idlib. FOREIGN mercenaries affiliated with Al-Qaeda ( Uzbek, Uighurs , Albanian, Turkistan, Chechen, French, Saudi, Moroccan) who threaten lives of Syrians , legitimate owners of territory. #EveryInch

27.02.2020 - 15:40 [ vanessa beeley / Twitter ]

#maaratalnuman #Idlib yet again #WhiteHelmets Centres next to #Nusra_front military/weapons HQ (Photo not shown) and in midst of terrorist-occupied buildings. Full article to follow.

How much more evidence needed? #IndependentEnquiry.

26.02.2020 - 16:03 [ Jacobin Magazine ]

Turkey’s War in Syria Is a War for Fascism

(16.10.2019)

Turkey’s military invasion isn’t just about wiping out the Kurds in Syria — it’s a bid to bolster the far right in Turkey. We must oppose this unconscionable act.

26.02.2020 - 15:45 [ The'Nimr'Tiger / Twitter ]

Foreign terrorist Ahmad Al Qa’qaa in Idlib, #SYRIA Watch him give a speech to children (most of them foreigners) He tells them: „You only die once, so might as well die in the path of jihad“ He’s recruiting fighters on behalf of Turkey’s Erdogan as FSA/HTS suffer huge losses

24.02.2020 - 21:17 [ Ben Norton / Twitter ]

The CIA has for decades armed right-wing death squads and trained them „to kidnap, assassinate, blackmail and dupe civilians.“ (Even The Washington Post itself admitted this.) The CIA should be abolished. It would be a huge step toward actual world peace.

24.02.2020 - 20:34 [ Politico.com ]

Sanders once urged abolishing CIA

(22.02.2016)

The CIA is “a dangerous institution that has got to go,” Sanders told an audience in Vermont in October 1974. He described the agency as a tool of American corporate interests that repeatedly toppled democratically elected leaders — including, he said, Mosaddegh. The agency was accountable to no one, he fumed, “except right-wing lunatics who use it to prop up fascist dictatorships.”

At the time, the 33-year-old socialist was running for U.S. Senate on the ticket of the Liberty Union Party, an anti-war group that likened the draft to “a modern form of slavery” and called for reducing the U.S. military in favor of local militias and the Coast Guard.

22.02.2020 - 18:53 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Turkey, US protect Al Qaeda in Idlib and worsen Syria’s suffering

Idlib is facing a humanitarian disaster as hundreds of thousands flee a Syrian and Russian military campaign to retake the province from militant rule. Overlooked in Western coverage of the crisis is that Idlib is mostly controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a rebranded affiliate of Al-Qaeda — and that Turkey, with U.S. backing, has intervened to keep the extremist group in place.

Guest: Scott Ritter, former UN Weapons Inspector and Marine Corps Intelligence Officer.

22.02.2020 - 18:47 [ theIntercept.com ]

Intercepted Bonus: Inside the Secretive Court at Guantanamo Bay as CIA Torture Architect Testifies

During this hearing, the architect of the CIA’s torture program, Dr. James Mitchell, was brought to the war court as a witness. This was the first time that Mitchell appeared in open court. Williams describes her reporting trip, Mitchell’s testimony, and how the legacy of CIA torture has impacted the 9/11 case for nearly eight years.

20.02.2020 - 16:38 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

Reiterating the call for an end to conflict in Syria

I would like to also echo what my German and American colleagues said about Turkey. We need the attacks on Turkey to stop. Turkey has made efforts to seek a peaceful solution in Idlib. And we are concerned that the impact of the escalation on Turkey, whose already borne the burden of hosting over 3.5 million refugees forced to flee from Syria. So I look forward to what the Turkish representative has to say later.

I join others in calling on Russia to end its support for this murderous campaign and the barbaric Syrian government. I join the Secretary-General in calling for an immediate, genuine and lasting ceasefire in Idlib and for a lasting solution to the situation there. We once more call on Syria and Russia and Iran to observe their obligations under international humanitarian law and to give us an answer on what they are doing to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

20.02.2020 - 16:22 [ Vereinte Nationen - UN.org ]

Crisis in Syria Likely to Turn Catastrophic Unless Global Community Mobilizes to Conflict, Senior United Nations Officials Warn Security Council

Concurring, the United Kingdom’s representative noted that, while 13 or 14 Council members are willing to act, the Russian Federation uses its veto power to prevent action. She called upon that country to end its support for the Syrian Government while expressing disappointment over the current impasse within the Constitutional Committee.

France’s representative said the Syrian regime is responsible for the current impasse, adding that the intention of its attacks in Idlib is clear — to take the governorate by force, without negotiations, no matter the cost. He called upon the Special Envoy to inform the Council when he can no longer move the Constitutional Committee process forward, emphasizing that France supports efforts to end impunity in Syria.

Germany’s representative described the situation as the biggest humanitarian horror of the twenty-first century. The Astana formula no longer works, he said, echoing the representative of the United States, adding that it is time for the Secretary-General to “step up to the plate”.

20.02.2020 - 16:07 [ Daily Sabah ]

US, UK, Germany call for end to regime attacks on Turkey’s observation posts in Syria’s Idlib

Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, Syrian regime forces have been fighting since the start of the year to recapture the Aleppo countryside and parts of neighboring Idlib, the last opposition stronghold in the country.

The advances have sent hundreds of thousands of Syrian civilians fleeing toward the border with Turkey in the biggest single displacement of the nine-year war.

20.02.2020 - 15:51 [ The'Nimr'Tiger / Twitter ]

As done previously; Erdogan artillery once again provides support to Al-Qaeda (HTS) and other internationally designated terrorist groups in Idlib It’s important the entire world knows the truth

20.02.2020 - 12:55 [ Leith Abou Phadel / Twitter ]

You really can’t make this up. The Turkish military and it rebel allies are striking the SDF and YPG in northern Syria, despite the fact they have lost nearly 2,000 square kilometers of territory to the Syrian army.

(17.02.2020)

20.02.2020 - 12:32 [ The'Nimr'Tiger / Twitter ]

FSA leaders told Erdogan if he supports them with airforce & battleships & supplies & weapons & intelligence & 200,000 Turkish soldiers then they think they might be able to retake some villages in southern Idlib and hold them for more than 35 minutes Erdogan chose negotiations.

(17.02.2020)

18.02.2020 - 17:06 [ Ukrinform.net ]

Ukraine to raise issue of Russian attack in Donbas at UNSC meeting

According to him, the Ukrainian delegation will be headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergiy Kyslytsya.

The meeting will start at 22:00 Kyiv time.

In addition, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said he would also raise this issue at the UN Security Council meeting.

18.02.2020 - 16:59 [ Unian.info ]

Zelensky: Enemy offensive in Donbas attempt to disrupt peace process

He also recalled that today, in connection with events in the country’s east, a meeting of the NSDC has been scheduled.

„We will discuss and decide on further steps. Our course towards ending the war and adherence to international agreements remains unchanged – as does our determination to repulse any manifestations of armed aggression against Ukraine,“ Zelensky concluded.

17.02.2020 - 10:12 [ The'Nimr'Tiger / Twitter ]

Al-Qaeda offensive on Kafr Aleppo today started with Turkush artillery on Syrian Army positions. Followed by HTS (AQ) sending suicide bomber Wtf! And some say Turkish Army and HTS are not working together Btw this is widely reported on both pro Erdogan and pro jihadi accounts

(16.02.2020)

17.02.2020 - 10:08 [ Hala Jaber / Twitter ]

Eight years on & #Aleppo, #Syria’s second largest city, in its entirety is freed following the expulsion of jihadists & their proxy rebels from the western suburbs.

14.02.2020 - 13:36 [ Time.com ]

‘Our Hearts Are Dead.’ After 9 Years of Civil War, Libyans Are Tired of Being Pawns in a Geopolitical Game of Chess

Though Libyans shaped the ebb and flow of battle, they were hardly alone, even then: circling high above were foreign warplanes from the NATO-led coalition that kept at bay fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. And contrary to some official denials, there were also “boots on the ground” in the form of foreign special operations forces and intelligence personnel, from France, Britain, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, who discretely channeled weapons and training to fractious anti-Gaddafi groups. In such meddling, there were already signs of a proxy rivalry that would explode into open warfare years later.

11.02.2020 - 12:11 [ The'Nimr'Tiger / Twitter ]

Turkey informed Russia of all its military deployment and movements within Syria and you have jihadi fanboys talking about a ground operation. Wow!

(10.02.2020)

11.02.2020 - 12:03 [ air plus news (english) / Twitter ]

Mi-17 utility helicopter of Syria Arab Air Force was shot-down over Al-Nayrab, Syria. ▫️ AlQaeda affiliated & Turkish backed militias are trying to take responsibility, but it is certainly known that Turkey targeted this helicopter.

08.02.2020 - 18:48 [ teleSUR ]

Colombia: Paramilitary Black Eagles Threaten Social Activists

In the last few hours, in the capital of the country, a threatening pamphlet by the self-styled ‚Black Eagles‘ began to circulate threatening the promoters and defenders of the marches supporting the national strike.

07.02.2020 - 16:13 [ Le Monde ]

Washington and Tehran’s dance over Iraq: Iraqis want both countries out

Choreographed sword fights, such as those traditionally performed in Gulf Arab countries, may look like clashes between deadly enemies but in fact require close coordination between the participants.Many Arabs believe the conflict between the US and Iran in Iraq is similar.

26.01.2020 - 05:10 [ Matti@eGutenberg / Twitter ]

US forces step up Islamic State operations in Syria | January 26, 2020 – „The tempo is coming back,“ General Kenneth „Frank“ McKenzie jnr, who heads US Central Command,

24.01.2020 - 22:59 [ NPR.org ]

CIA Used Prisoner As ‚Training Prop‘ For Torture, Psychologist Testifies

She said six to eight CIA employees took part in al-Baluchi’s interrogation session.

One employee „explained his role as a student doing on-the job training.“ Another said that before al-Baluchi’s interrogation, he had felt he was falling behind „because he needed to practice interrogation techniques.“ Others said they were „trying to learn what they were doing and how to apply coercion.“ That’s according to a classified CIA report, portions of which defense attorneys were permitted by the government to read in open court.

22.01.2020 - 06:11 [ New York Times ]

Architect of C.I.A. Interrogation Program Testifies at Guantánamo Bay

Dr. Mitchell, a former contract psychologist for the C.I.A., expressed no regrets or contrition, tearfully saying he did it for the American people at a time when President George W. Bush’s administration feared a follow-on attack by airplane or nuclear bomb to the Sept. 11 hijackings that killed 2,976 people.

“I’d get up today and do it again,” he said.

16.01.2020 - 06:28 [ Al-Monitor.com ]

Abdul Mahdi urges Kurds to help rid Iraq of US troops

A source close to the Iraqi government told Al-Monitor, “Abdul Mahdi has told Kurdish officials the Kurdistan region is part of the Iraqi federal state, thus they must abide by the Iraqi parliament’s decision to eject US forces from Iraqi soil once the decision is put into practice.“

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, added, “Abdul Mahdi also told the Kurds his government soon will try to reach an agreement with the US on how to implement the Iraqi parliament’s decision. Kurds should cooperate with Baghdad in this regard. No foreign forces are allowed to stay in Iraq under any pretexts.“

03.01.2020 - 10:36 [ Alex Mello, regional security analyst at an energy consultancy ‏/ Twitter ]

I still can’t believe Hajji Qassem and Muhandis were riding in the same convoy within a couple hundred meters of a major US facility, with a huge US ISR stack overhead days after airstrikes killed two dozen KH guys.

Incredible overconfidence and sloppiness.

03.01.2020 - 01:41 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Iran-backed militia leader reported dead after strike at Baghdad airport

Later, security sources told local media a strike hit two vehicles, killing Mohammed Redha, a senior member of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units — an umbrella group that includes Iran-backed Shiite militias with close ties to Iran and other militias that have fought the Islamic State group since 2014.

31.12.2019 - 21:32 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

US Conducts Record Number of Strikes in Somalia in 2019

Three US airstrikes against Somalia on Sunday have brought the number of attacks in that country in 2019 to 63, the most ever by US forces in Somalia, and a substantial increase from the 47 in 2018.

31.12.2019 - 20:41 [ Elizabeth Warren, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Trump’s reckless decisions to walk away from the Iran Deal and now to launch airstrikes in Iraq without Iraqi government consent have brought us closer to war and endangered U.S. troops and diplomats. We should end the forever wars, not start new ones.

31.12.2019 - 20:24 [ Fox News / Youtube ]

Col. Macgregor: US airstrikes look like an attempt to drag us into a war

Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor reacts to U.S. airstrikes on Iran-backed militia.

31.12.2019 - 20:17 [ CNN / Twitter ]

“I don’t understand what our strategy is and I think the President made a major mistake when he pulled out of the nuclear agreement when Iran was in compliance.” @SenatorCardin reacts the airstrikes carried out by Washington against an Iran-backed militia group in Iraq and Syria.

31.12.2019 - 20:06 [ CNN ]

A proxy war between the US and Iran just moved a step closer

The angry demonstrations at the American embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday are just the latest installment in a deepening confrontation between the US and Iran for influence in Iraq.

It’s a struggle that dates back to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the emergence of a Shia-dominated state in Iraq. But in light of the Trump administration’s campaign of maximum economic pressure against Iran, it has reached a new and potentially dangerous pitch.

30.12.2019 - 12:26 [ UN.org ]

Continued airstrikes in western Libya ‘utterly unacceptable’, says UN mission chief

Libya has been facing ongoing instability since the fall of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Thousands have been killed in fighting between factions of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) commanded by Khalifa Haftar, based in the east, and the internationally-recognized government in the capital, Tripoli, located in the west.

30.12.2019 - 12:08 [ inthesetimes.com ]

The “Collateral Damage” of the U.S.’s Unofficial War in Somalia

(16.12.2019)

“Surgical” U.S. air strikes destabilize villages, drive displacement and fuel al-Shabab recruitment.

30.12.2019 - 12:06 [ Yahoo.com ]

U.S. military says Somalia air strikes killed four al Shabaab militants

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Four al Shabaab militants were killed on Sunday in three U.S. air strikes in two locations in Somalia, the U.S. military said on Monday.

30.12.2019 - 00:05 [ BBC ]

US strikes militia bases in Iraq and Syria

Sunday’s strikes in Iraq were close to the Al-Qaim district, close to the border with Syria, according to Reuters news agency.

Iraqi security and militia sources told Reuters news agency at least 18 militia fighters were killed and more than 50 wounded following three strikes in the country.

30.12.2019 - 00:01 [ CBS News ]

Pentagon says it carried out strikes in Iraq and Syria against militia responsible for defense contractor’s death

The Pentagon carried out airstrikes against a militia responsible for a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base near Kirkuk that left an American defense contractor dead. In a statement, the Pentagon said it had carried out strikes on the Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hizbollah group.

29.12.2019 - 18:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

PETER HITCHENS reveals fresh evidence that UN watchdog suppressed report casting doubt on Assad gas attack

he global chemical weapons watchdog is facing renewed questions after fresh details emerged about how it suppressed the findings of its own inspectors who raised serious doubts about an alleged poison gas attack in Syria.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a senior official at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) demanded the ‘removal of all traces’ of a document which undermined claims that gas cylinders had been dropped from the air – a key element of the ‘evidence’ that the Syrian regime was responsible.

29.12.2019 - 18:50 [ Tim Hayward ‏/ Twitter ]

Once again, Peter Hitchens is the one journalist to break ranks within mainstream media and report on further damning leaks revealing political capture of chemical weapons watchdog OPCW.

29.12.2019 - 18:08 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

This appears to be Twitter’s explanation. Make of it what you will.

29.12.2019 - 18:07 [ Tim Hayward / Twitter ‏ ]

Twitter is proactively censoring news about the OPCW scandal and central involvement in it of French diplomat.

29.12.2019 - 18:05 [ Ben Norton ‏/ Twitter ]

Twitter has also censored some of our tweets at @TheGrayzoneNews. These tweets are factual reporting; they don’t violate any rules. Here is an example of Twitter hiding a tweet with a link to our journalistic interview with Bolivia’s leftist leader:

29.12.2019 - 18:02 [ Max Blumenthal, Editor, the @GrayzoneProject ‏/ Twitter ]

This is bizarre, I have never seen anything like it before… Italian reporter @SMaurizi had a tweet on OPCW and Douma arbitrarily blocked by Twitter. It contained important info and did not violate any rules.

28.12.2019 - 16:08 [ Wikileaks ]

OPCW-DOUMA – Release Part 4

27 December, 2019

Today WikiLeaks releases more internal documents from the OPCW regarding the investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018.

One of the documents is an e-mail exchange dated 27 and 28 February between members of the fact finding mission (FFM) deployed to Douma and the senior officials of the OPCW. It includes an e-mail from Sebastien Braha, Chief of Cabinet at the OPCW, where he instructs that an engineering report from Ian Henderson should be removed from the secure registry of the organisation:

“Please get this document out of DRA [Documents Registry Archive]… And please remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever in DRA”.

The main finding of Henderson, who inspected the sites in Douma and two cylinders that were found on the site of the alleged attack, was that they were more likely manually placed there than dropped from a plane or helicopter from considerable heights. His findings were omitted from the official final OPCW report on the Douma incident.

28.12.2019 - 15:58 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Media’s Deafening Silence On Latest WikiLeaks Drops Is Its Own Scandal

This is getting really, really, really weird.

WikiLeaks has published yet another set of leaked internal documents from within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adding even more material to the mountain of evidence that we’ve been lied to about an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year which resulted in airstrikes upon that nation from the US, UK and France.

This new WikiLeaks drop includes an email from the OPCW Chief of Cabinet Sebastien Braha (who is reportedly so detested by organisation inspectors that they code named him “Voldemort”) throwing a fit over the Ian Henderson Engineering Assessment which found that the Douma incident was likely a staged event. Braha is seen ordering OPCW staff to “remove all traces, if any, of its delivery/storage/whatever” from the organisation’s secure registry.

24.12.2019 - 17:36 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Newsweek reporter quits after editors block coverage of OPCW Syria scandal

According to whistleblower testimony and leaked documents, OPCW officials raised alarm about the suppression of critical findings that undermine the allegation that the Syrian government committed a chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma in April 2018. Haddad’s editors at Newsweek rejected his attempts to cover the story. “If I don’t find another position in journalism because of this, I’m perfectly happy to accept that consequence,” Haddad says. “It’s not desirable. But there is no way I could have continued in that job knowing that I couldn’t report something like this.”

Guest: Tareq Haddad, journalist who recently resigned from Newsweek over its refusal to cover the OPCW’s Syria scandal.

24.12.2019 - 17:02 [ theGuardian.com ]

Mercenaries flock to Libya raising fears of prolonged war

A new wave of mercenaries from Sudan is fighting in Libya, deepening concerns that the conflict in the north African state has descended into an intractable international war that could destabilise much of the region.

Leaders of two different groups of Sudanese fighters active in Libya have told the Guardian that they had received hundreds of new recruits in recent months. Both groups were fighting with the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar against the internationally recognised government in Tripoli.

23.12.2019 - 20:59 [ Syrian Arab News Agency ]

5 civilians martyred, 15 injured in car bomb blast in Raqqa countryside

SANA’s reporter said a vehicle rigged with large amounts of explosives exploded on Monday afternoon in the main street of Salouk town in Tal Abyad area in the northern countryside of Raqqa.

The blast claimed the lives of 5 civilians and injured 15 others, in addition to causing material damage to houses and properties, with 3 buildings in the blast site collapsing later due to the high power of the blast.

23.12.2019 - 20:55 [ Syrian Arab News Agency ]

Update-the army establishes control over Jirjanaz strategic town in Idleb countryside

Units of the Syrian Arab army established control over Jirjanaz strategic town in Idleb south-eastern countryside after fierce battles against terrorist organizations positioned in the town to the east of Hama-Ma’arat al-Numan highway.

23.12.2019 - 14:54 [ Almasdarnews.com ]

Jihadists suffer heavy losses as Syrian troops keep advancing in southeast Idlib

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is rolling through the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this evening after launching a big attack at two axes.

According to a military source near the front-lines, the Syrian Arab Army has captured the town of Al-Rafah after a short battle with the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and their militant allies.