Archiv: state military


18.01.2020 - 00:25 [ The Japan Times ]

Opposition grills LDP on risks facing Japan’s SDF mission to Mideast

“Rule of law is extremely important for Japan. (The government) should not accept what the U.S. argues just because it is the U.S. that says so,” Gemba said.

15.01.2020 - 01:59 [ Amos Harel / Haaretz ]

Israeli Army Sees Chance to Escalate Attacks Against Iran and Its Allies

The immediate theater of friction with Iran isn’t its nuclear program but Soleimani’s legacy of military entrenchment in Syria.

On this score, despite the apparent lull in incidents in recent weeks, Military Intelligence thinks an opportunity has been created to accelerate the pace of attacks against Iran and its allies. And it has urged Israel to seize this opportunity despite its assessment that Iran and Hezbollah will respond militarily if any of their people are killed.

11.01.2020 - 11:32 [ PressTV.com ]

Iran’s justice orders military court to conduct immediate probe into plane crash

Judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi issued an order on Saturday, calling on the military court to gather all the related data and documents from Iran’s General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and the country’s Civil Aviation Organization.

Raisi also called for testimonies from the officials who were implicated and informed on the matter.

Iran’s Prosecutor General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri ordered Tehran’s military court to conduct a swift investigation into the incident.

11.01.2020 - 11:21 [ ifpnews.com ]

Iran Admits Its Air Defence ‘Unintentionally’ Hit Ukrainian Plane

4- The General Staff of the Armed Forces offers condolences and expresses sympathy with the bereaved families of the Iranian and foreign victims, and apologizes for the human error. It also gives full assurances that it will make major revision in the operational procedures of its armed forces in order to make impossible the recurrence of such errors. It will also immediately hand over the culprits to the Judicial Organization of the Armed Forces for prosecution.

5- The relevant authorities at the IRGC were also instructed to appear on state TV and give detailed explanation of the incident as soon as possible.

11.01.2020 - 10:55 [ PressTV.com ]

Iran: Ukrainian plane brought down ‚due to human error‘

“Under such sensitive and critical conditions, the Ukrainian Airlines flight 752 took off from the Imam Khomeini airport and while rotating, it was placed completely in the position of approaching a sensitive military center in the altitude and trajectory of an enemy target.

„In these circumstances, the plane was unintentionally hit due to human error, which unfortunately resulted in the martyrdom of a number of our dear compatriots and the death of a number of foreign nationals,“ it said.

08.01.2020 - 15:28 [ MSNBC ]

US and Iran at ‚last exit before the tunnel‘, says admiral

Adm. James Stavridis discusses Iran’s firing of more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi air bases housing U.S. forces and why he says is Iran is neither reckless nor suicidal.

08.01.2020 - 12:52 [ Haaretz ]

How Israel Covers Up Corruption by Its Spies, Soldiers and Arms Dealers

Israel’s security apparatus and its over-collaborative judiciary would do well to look up, then commit to memory, the words of U.S. Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis: „Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.“

05.01.2020 - 22:30 [ The New York Times ]

NATO to Hold Urgent Meeting on Monday Over Iraq-Iran Crisis

NATO ambassadors will gather on Monday in Brussels for an urgent meeting convened by the head of the military alliance to discuss the situation in the Middle East after a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad killed a top Iranian general, a NATO official said.

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 - 09:45 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

The US‘ act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation. The US bears responsibility for all consequences of its rogue adventurism.

03.01.2020 - 09:40 [ ConsortiumNews.com ]

Fear of a Major Mideast War

Fears of a major war in the Middle East exploded Thursday night with the U.S. assassination of arguably the second most powerful man in Iran.

03.01.2020 - 09:35 [ Washington Post ]

In major escalation, American strike kills top Iranian commander in Baghdad

A U.S. airstrike killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad late Thursday, the Pentagon said, a dramatic escalation of tensions between the two countries that could lead to widespread violence in the region and beyond.

29.12.2019 - 13:08 [ Jerusalem Post ]

The triumvirate: Avigdor Liberman, Avichai Mandelblit & Aviv Kochavi

For a decade, Netanyahu dominated Israel like few others since founding prime minister David Ben-Gurion, leaving a huge imprint on every sphere: diplomatic, economic, military.

But in 2019 – Netanyahu’s own annus horribilis, as Queen Elizabeth II referred to her own “horrible year” in 1992 – his utter dominance began to fade.

29.12.2019 - 12:10 [ jewishpress.com ]

IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi: ‘Sometimes War is a Solution’

„Once we have been forced to reach this situation, we will not hesitate to employ the full force of the IDF, even in the urban sphere where the enemy has chosen to act,” he said.

Israel’s aim is to deter potential enemies, he said. The “ultimate goal is to instill in our enemies the feeling of despair and doubt in their ability to achieve their aggressive aims.”

29.12.2019 - 12:06 [ Jerusalem Post ]

IDF preparing for confrontation with Iran – Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi

Lt.-Gen. Kochavi acknowledges in public for the first time that Israel has struck Iranian targets in Iraq.

28.12.2019 - 12:54 [ Consortium News ]

The Pentagon Budget Still Rising, 40 Years Later

In our case, of course, the definition of “national security” is subsidizing the U.S. military-industrial complex, year in, year out, at levels that should be (but aren’t) beyond belief. In 2019, Pentagon spending is actually higher than it was at the peak of either the Korean or Vietnam conflicts and may soon be — adjusted for inflation — twice the Cold War average.

Yes, in those four decades, there were dips at key inflection points, including the ends of the Vietnam War and the Cold War, but the underlying trend has been ever onward and upward. Just why that’s been the case is a subject that almost never comes up here.

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.

22.12.2019 - 03:22 [ Stars and Stripes ]

US delivers Humvees to Djibouti’s military as part of $31-million training effort

The military also must assess Djibouti’s Chinese-held public debt, which the NDAA warns could be used as economic coercion. A concern cited by lawmakers is that if Beijing takes commercial control of the Port of Djibouti in debt repayment, it could curtail access by the U.S. military.

09.12.2019 - 06:21 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Biden calls Sanders’ pitch to leverage Israel aid ‘bizarre’

Joe Biden said Saturday that it is “bizarre” for Bernie Sanders to propose withholding U.S. military aid from Israel if the government there doesn’t moderate its treatment of Palestinians.

The remarks highlight a nuanced but significant distinction between the Democratic presidential contenders.

08.12.2019 - 17:53 [ Consortium News ]

Moral Injury & America’s Endless Conflicts

PTSD symptoms are a psychological reaction to an experience of life-threatening physical danger or harm. Moral injury is the lasting mental and emotional result of an assault on the conscience — a memory, as one early formulation put it, of “perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness to acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.”

The idea remains controversial in the military world, but the wars that Americans have fought since 2001 — involving a very different experience of war fighting from that of past generations — have made it increasingly difficult for military culture to cling to its old manhood and warrior myths.

02.12.2019 - 19:42 [ CryingWolf57 / Youtube ]

Jeremy Scahill on Democracy Now! – Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield [Both parts in one]

23/04/2013 & 24/04/2013 | http://dirtywars.org/ | Jeremy Scahill, author of the new book, „Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,“ charts the expanding covert wars operated by the CIA and JSOC, the Joint Special Operations Command. The book is based on years of reporting on U.S. secret operations in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Obama administration’s assassination of two U.S. citizens in 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old Denver-born son Abdulrahman, is a central part of Scahill’s book. While the Obama administration has defended the killing of Anwar, it has never publicly explained why Abdulrahman was targeted in a separate drone strike two weeks later.

02.12.2019 - 19:30 [ El Pais ]

WAR IN SYRIA: Spain helping US identify European jihadists in Syria

(04.03.2019)

Spanish agents in Syria are cooperating with Operation Gallant Phoenix, a U.S.-led effort to identify fighters from Western nations who have joined Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in the region, counter-terrorism sources told EL PAÍS.

02.12.2019 - 19:27 [ Scoop.co.nz ]

NZ confirms ongoing part in Operation Gallant Phoenix

(10.06.2019)

“New Zealand began participating in Operation Gallant Phoenix in late 2014 in support of our efforts to uncover information relating to the location of a New Zealander taken hostage by ISIS,” Jacinda Ardern said.

02.12.2019 - 19:24 [ GIASP ‏/ Twitter ]

#Breaking #Israel is taking part in a multi-national #intelligence force: Operation Gallant Phoenix, based in the #Jordan capital, alongside Arab powers #SaudiArabia #Egypt and #UAE in order to quash #ISIS #Daesh working alongside #US #UK #France #Italy

(10.06.2019)

02.12.2019 - 06:13 [ Haaretz ]

Trump, Netanyahu Discuss Iran in Phone Call Following U.S. Military Visits to Israel

In recent weeks, several high-ranking U.S. military officials either visited Israel or met with their counterparts in the Israeli military. These meetings mainly revolved around the issue of Iran and the growing tensions over Tehran’s activities in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

30.11.2019 - 15:30 [ Middle East Monitor ]

US worried Israel may attack Iran to save Netanyahu

(27.11.2019)

According to Harel, Israel is afraid that the US will desert the Iran issue while America is worried Israel may carry out a unilateral attack against Tehran, forcing Washington into a war.

Harel warned that it is impossible to separate the internal Israeli chaos from the Iran issue; in particular with regards to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment and his failure to form a government.

30.11.2019 - 14:58 [ breakingisraelnews.com ]

US General Hints at War With Iran As US Troops Mass on Border

(25.11.2019)

„I wouldn’t discount anything from Iran,” he said. “When a nation behaves that irresponsibly, you have to be very cautious when you evaluate what they might do in the future.”

McKenzie noted that Iran increased its military spending from its recent low in 2014 to $27.3 billion, or six percent of GDP, in 2018.

30.11.2019 - 14:51 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley visited Israel, met IDF chief Kochavi

(25.11.2019)

The general’s trip comes as part of a series of visits by several high ranking military chiefs including the head of the US Air Force Gen. David Goldfien, USAFE (United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa) Commander Gen. Jeffery L. Harrigian and the Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.

28.11.2019 - 17:45 [ Democracy Now! / Youtube ]

Operation Condor Trial Tackles Coordinated Campaign By Latin American Dictatorships To Kill Leftists

(07.03.2013)

A historic trial underway in Argentina is set to reveal new details about how Latin American countries coordinated with each other in the 1970s and ’80s to eliminate political dissidents. The campaign known as „Operation Condor“ involved military dictatorships in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. They worked together to track down, kidnap and kill people they labeled as terrorists: leftist activists, labor organizers, students, priests, journalists, guerilla fighters and their families. The campaign was launched by the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and evidence shows the CIA and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were complicit from its outset.

28.11.2019 - 17:31 [ theGrayzone.com ]

With the right-wing coup in Bolivia nearly complete, the junta is hunting down the last remaining dissidents

On the day of my scheduled interview with a leftist Bolivian journalist, I learned that he had been disappeared. Every outspoken opponent of the military junta is a target and subjected to charges of sedition.

26.11.2019 - 23:19 [ Reuters ]

Chile’s Pinera asks for help from military even as abuse allegations mount

Chile’s president asked lawmakers to allow troops back on the streets on Tuesday to defend public infrastructure, even as a human rights group reported “grave” abuses by security forces during five weeks of rioting in one of South America’s richest countries.

20.11.2019 - 01:17 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivian Military Cracks Down on Blockade of Key Gas Plant

Helicopters flew above roads around the Senkata gas plant, operated by state-run YPFB, and a heavily-equipped police unit dispersed the crowd with tear gas and bullets, according to protesters, who added that two people were killed and various were injured.

Another protester said that four protesters have been killed but the information could not be confirmed at this point.

19.11.2019 - 22:52 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia: Coup-Born Government’s Witch Hunt Intensifies

As part of her witch hunt against the Left, self-proclaimed interim president Añez said that the MAS does not have guaranteed participation in the next elections, for the Supreme Electoral Tribunal „will have to decide whether or not MAS will participate again.“​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

18.11.2019 - 21:14 [ María / Twitter ]

Thousands of people are out now in São Paulo, in solidarity with Bolivian people.The death toll in nearly a month of demonstrations in Bolivia has reached 23, according to most recent report by Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

📹: Elineudo Meira

18.11.2019 - 21:07 [ telesur ]

Thousands March in Response to Cochabamba Massacre: Bolivia

Three marches have entered the city of Cochabamba already, as they chant for justice and the end of this de facto government that is led by the self-declared president Jeanine Anez.

Last Friday, the Bolivian security forces attacked a crowd of civilians in Cochabamba that were demonstrating in support of the deposed President Evo Morales. The attack would turn into a massacre as nine Indigenous people were killed at the hands of the security forces.

18.11.2019 - 12:22 [ Hong Kong Free Press ]

Activist Joshua Wong urges Germany to halt Chinese army training, as Hong Kong protests spiral

Speaking to the top-selling Bild newspaper, Wong said: “It makes me furious that the German Bundeswehr is apparently helping to train Chinese soldiers. Given the riots in Hong Kong, the defence ministry should have ended this programme long ago.”

18.11.2019 - 01:18 [ Voice of America ]

US, South Korea Postpone Joint Military Drills as ‚Act of Goodwill‘ Toward North Korea

The U.S. and South Korea have been conducting annual military exercises since 1955, months after the end of the Korean War, in order to maintain their combat abilities to defend against North Korea. There are about 28,500 American troops currently stationed in South Korea.

17.11.2019 - 19:59 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia’s De Facto Gov’t Grants Impunity to Police, Armed Forces

„The personnel of the Armed Forces, who participate in the operations for the restoration of order and public stability, will be exempt from criminal responsibility when, in compliance with their constitutional functions, they act in legitimate defense or state of necessity,“ the decree reads.

17.11.2019 - 19:48 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Machthaber in Bolivien sichern Militärs Straffreiheit zu, Zahl der Todesopfer gestiegen

Demnach sind die Mitglieder der Sicherheitskräfte, die „an den Operationen zur Wiederherstellung der Ordnung und der öffentlichen Sicherheit teilnehmen, von strafrechtlicher Verantwortung befreit, wenn sie in Erfüllung ihrer verfassungsmäßigen Aufgaben zur legitimen Verteidigung oder im Notfall handeln“. Zudem können sie „alle verfügbaren Mittel nutzen, die im angemessenen Verhältnis zu den Risiken des Einsatzes stehen“.

17.11.2019 - 13:45 [ Ryan Grim, DC bureau chief at The Intercept. Young Turks contributor / Twitter ]

Here are the names of those shot and wounded by coup backers. I’ll also share photos, some graphic, so be warned if you continue with this thread. But the US media is ignoring this slaughter and it’s important to understand what’s happening.

17.11.2019 - 13:39 [ Atahualpa Quiroga ‏/ Twitter ]

The Añez government in Bolivia has just emitted a decree exempting the military of any legal responsibility for abuses committed during repression. License to kill. #BoliviaEnDictadura

16.11.2019 - 15:24 [ teleSUR ]

Bolivia: 9 Corpses in 24 hours Prove Dictatorship’s Violence

„They have killed our brothers as if they were animals,“ Zubieta said and explained that Añez’s regime is generating „a setback of more than 30 years with respect to the protection of people.“

16.11.2019 - 11:32 [ Wikipedia ]

Clint Lorance

At his trial in August 2013, nine members of his platoon testified against him.[5] Lorance never testified in the court hearings, though he did take responsibility for his men’s actions. Three men on a motorcycle were speeding towards the platoon and ignoring commands to stop.[5] His soldiers testified that the platoon was walking through a field of grapes on patrol when a motorcycle was spotted approximately 600 feet away, and that the motorcycle could not have reached the platoon’s position in the grape field.

16.11.2019 - 11:22 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Green Beret charged with murder after confessing to killing Afghan man in TV interview

(14.12.2018)

But according to documents seen by NBC, Major Golsteyn told army investigators that he and his fellow soldiers were doing house-to-house searches when they found bomb-making materials they suspected were used in the attack on the Marines.

The soldiers took a local man who they believed was responsible for the materials into custody and brought him to the army base, from where he was later released.

It is unclear if this was because there was insufficient evidence to detain him. Military documents state that Major Golsteyn and another soldier returned the man to his home but instead of releasing him the major fatally shot the man and buried his body, NBC reported.

The documents seen by the news organisation do not include Major Golsteyn’s explanation for killing the man but refer to the incident as an „assassination“.

16.11.2019 - 10:58 [ Wikipedia ]

Eddie Gallagher (Navy SEAL)

A captured young fighter of the Islamic State (also known as ISIL, ISIS, and Daesh) was being treated by a medic. According to two SEAL witnesses, Gallagher said over the radio „he’s mine“ and walked up to the medic and prisoner, and without saying a word killed the prisoner by stabbing him repeatedly with his hunting knife. Gallagher and his commanding officer, Lieutenant Jake Portier, then posed for photos of them standing over the body with some other nearby SEALs. Gallagher then text messaged a fellow SEAL a picture of the dead captive with the explanation „Good story behind this, got him with my hunting knife.”[5]

Another accusation was that Gallagher’s sniper work during his 2017 deployment became indiscriminate, reckless, and bloodthirsty. He allegedly fired his rifle far more frequently than other snipers;[2] according to testimony, the other snipers in the platoon did not consider him a good sniper, and he took „random shots“ into buildings.[1] Other snipers said they witnessed Gallagher taking at least two militarily pointless shots, shooting and killing an unarmed old man in a white robe as well as a young girl walking with other girls. Gallagher allegedly boasted about the large number of people he had killed, claiming he averaged three kills a day over 80 days, including four women.[1] Gallagher also was reportedly known for indiscriminately spraying neighborhoods with rockets and machine gun fire with no known enemy force in the region.[5]

A charge of obstruction of justice was brought against Gallagher for alleged witness intimidation. According to the claim, Gallagher allegedly threatened to kill fellow SEALs if they reported his actions.

16.11.2019 - 10:49 [ Daily Mail ]

Donald Trump defies Pentagon to pardon Green Beret who ‚murdered‘ Taliban bombmaker and Army officer who ordered killing of Afghan civilians as he reinstates rank of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher who posed with a corpse

All three also had been favorites among conservatives who see them as heroes who should not have been prosecuted. Trump, when the White House was considering intervening in Golsteyn’s case, commented at the time, ‚We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill‘!

16.11.2019 - 09:53 [ Al-Masdar News ]

Syrian Army’s new offensive in Idlib gets off to successful start: video

Led by the 25th Special Mission Forces Division, the Syrian Arab Army captured a number of points in southeastern Idlib, including the towns of Tal Khaznah and Al-Lubidiyah.

Following the capture of these areas, the Syrian Arab Army halted their advance in order to secure the sites they captured and prepare for their next assault in the southeastern region of Idlib.

16.11.2019 - 05:09 [ Reuters ]

Human rights abuse accusations proliferate in Chile unrest

That could double to more than 2,000, said Ymay Ortiz, head of the public prosecutor’s rights division. She said many possible victims were afraid to report abuse and approach police amid the toughest crackdown since Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship ended in 1990.

„We are working hard to generate other channels so that the victims feel able to make complaints,“ she said.

16.11.2019 - 03:19 [ Consortium News ]

Bolivia Does Not Exist

A coup is a curious thing. Those who make the coup never admit that they have made the coup. They claim that they are restoring democracy or that they are taking extraordinary means to establish the conditions — eventually — for democracy. This is precisely why the definition of the events are so fraught. But all coups are not the same. There are at least two types of military coups — the General’s Coup and the Colonel’s Coup.

15.11.2019 - 03:52 [ The Grayzone ]

Top Bolivian coup plotters trained by US military’s School of the Americas, served as attachés in FBI police programs

Commanders of Bolivia’s military and police helped plot the coup and guaranteed its success. They were previously educated for insurrection in the US government’s notorious School of the Americas and FBI training programs.

15.11.2019 - 01:06 [ Stars and Stripes ]

US transfers patrol boats to Ukraine as military aid takes center stage during impeachment hearings

The U.S. has transferred two Island-class patrol boats to Ukraine and plans to send three more to help boost the country’s navy, which is heavily outgunned by Russian forces.

13.11.2019 - 21:29 [ teleSUR ]

„OAS Is a Tool of the US Empire“: Bolivia’s Evo Morales

Right-wing opposition politicians, however, summoned themselves to a meeting in the former Mining Bank at the Murillo Square, where only people who support the coup are being allowed to enter.

In an absolutely notorious and public way, the Police gathered around the private building to prevent the entry of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) Senator and First President of the Senate Adriana Salvatierra, who under the Constitution is next in presidential succession line after Morales and ousted Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera.

13.11.2019 - 17:46 [ German Foreign Policy ]

November Drumming

(11.11.2019) Leading German politicians are calling for a more aggressive German and EU foreign and military policy, in the run-up to tomorrow’s Bundeswehr public oath-taking ceremony. „Europe must learn the language of power,“ says Ursula von der Leyen, the designated EU Commission President

13.11.2019 - 08:05 [ MSNBC ]

Biden endorsed by 133 former national security officials from 7 different administrations

Former VP Joe Biden and his campaign are touting the endorsement of over 130 national security, foreign service and military officials who have served across seven different administrations.

12.11.2019 - 18:23 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel targets senior Islamic Jihad figure in Damascus, kills son: report

Since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in the neighboring country.

12.11.2019 - 18:19 [ Washington Post ]

Israel kills a senior leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza airstrike

In Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces targeted Baha Abu al-Ata, the militant commander Israel considered responsible for several previous rocket launches, on grounds that his next attack was imminent. In a televised appearance, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Abu al-Ata the “chief terrorist in Gaza” and emphasized the care taken to prevent other injuries in the strike.

12.11.2019 - 16:48 [ Washington Post ]

Soldiers with top-secret clearances say they were forced to use an app that could endanger them

“Just being in intelligence, we are trained to be extremely paranoid of everything,” the soldier said. “This is serious operational security not being considered.”

The worst-case scenario, he said, was “our cover might be blown.” While the app said permissions could be disabled, the soldiers said there was a failure of confidence it was secure. Senior leaders checked the phones of subordinates to ensure they had the app installed, soldiers in the unit said.

12.11.2019 - 06:29 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

I am very concerned about what appears to be a coup in Bolivia, where the military, after weeks of political unrest, intervened to remove President Evo Morales. The U.S. must call for an end to violence and support Bolivia’s democratic institutions.

12.11.2019 - 06:13 [ teleSUR English ‏/ Twitter ]

#BREAKING | @evoespueblo arrives in Paraguay on board of a Mexican air force plane. We continue to follow the events.

12.11.2019 - 04:44 [ Marcelo Ebrard C. / Twitter ]

Ya despegó el avión de la Fuerza Aérea Mexicana con Evo Morales a bordo. De acuerdo a las convenciones internacionales vigentes está bajo la protección del de México. Su vida e integridad están a salvo

12.11.2019 - 03:19 [ Aristegui ]

Avión militar mexicano va por Evo Morales a Bolivia

Un avión de la Fuerza Aérea mexicana llegó este lunes a Lima, Perú, desde donde se dirigirá a Bolivia a buscar al expresidente Evo Morales, informó en un comunicado el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores peruano… Esta decisión es consistente con nuestras obligaciones derivadas de la Convención de Caracas de 1954 sobre Asilo Diplomático”.

12.11.2019 - 03:12 [ Reuters ]

Bolivia’s Evo Morales boards plane en route to Mexico

Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales has boarded a plane to Mexico, where he has been granted asylum, Mexico’s top diplomat said on Monday night

12.11.2019 - 00:28 [ Reuters ]

Great-great-grandson of Wounded Knee commander asks for forgiveness

(8.11.2019) For the last 50 years, Bradley Upton has prayed for forgiveness as he has carried the burden of one of the most horrific events in U.S. history against Native Americans, one that was perpetrated by James Forsyth, his great-great-grandfather.

11.11.2019 - 22:49 [ Antiwar.com ]

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales Ousted in Coup

Bolivia is one of the few South American countries that continues to recognize Nicolas Maduro as the president of Venezuela, breaking with most OAS members. Morales often railed against US imperialism at the UN, most notably at a UN Security Council meeting in 2018 in front of President Trump.

The US Congress funded National Endowment for Democracy (NED) has a strong presence in Bolivia. In 2018, the NED spent nearly one million dollars on programs in Bolivia, with titles like, „Democratic Development From A Private Sector Perspective,“ „Strengthening Democratic Values,“ and „Building Political Party and Civil Society Capacity for a More Participatory, Competitive Electoral Process.“

11.11.2019 - 19:01 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Novembertrommeln

Vor den morgigen öffentlichen Gelöbnissen der Bundeswehr fordern führende deutsche Politiker eine aggressivere Außen- und Militärpolitik Berlins und der EU. „Europa“ müsse dringend die „Sprache der Macht lernen“, fordert die designierte EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen; es gelte nicht zuletzt militärisch „eigene Muskeln“ aufzubauen.

11.11.2019 - 15:45 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

There’s a word for the President of a country being pushed out by the military. It’s called a coup. We must unequivocally oppose political violence in Bolivia. Bolivians deserve free and fair elections.

11.11.2019 - 15:25 [ en24.news ]

From Argentina, repudiate coup in Bolivia

With the tag #EvoPresidenteLegitimo, become a trend in this southern nation, the Bolivian community here and Argentines in general express their repudiation of the siege lived by the Government of the president.

The president of the Front for Victory bloc in the Chamber of Deputies, Agustin Rossi, said that in Bolivia there was a classic coup d’etat. The armed forces ordered Evo to resign. ‚

11.11.2019 - 15:02 [ Glenn Greenwald ‏/ Twitter ]

Bolivia’s military, with the support of the US, has forced the country’s President, Evo Morales, to resign. Now, on live TV, they announced that the President & Vice President of the Election Court have been imprisoned. They were led into the room by masked soldiers. Watch:

11.11.2019 - 14:41 [ telesur ]

Bolivia: President Evo Morales Resigns Amid Right-Wing Coup

(10.11.2019)

His resignation came after senior army heads asked them to resign amid right-wing violence and coup attempt for weeks since the Oct. 20 elections.

25.10.2019 - 17:56 [ telesur ]

Chile Unrest Rages on as 11 Dead Amid Curfew, Militarization

Protesters continue unabated in Chile, as President Piñera claims to be ‚at war‘ amid increasing criticism of heavy handed repression that has lead to 11 deaths so far. Miners and dockers unions have now called for an instensification of the protests by calling for a general strike.

25.10.2019 - 15:52 [ defenseone.com ]

A Giant Repair Job Awaits the First Post-Trump SecDef

(21.12.2018)

Leaving the odds-making on a midterm exit for the President to those much smarter than myself, let’s assume the earliest that we will see a non-Trump SecDef will be January of 2021. What will they be walking into through the River Entrance doors? For the first time since the post-Vietnam era, I argue, they will be walking into a large-scale rebuilding project.

25.10.2019 - 04:08 [ Chicago Access Network Television ]

Stopping Forever Wars: A Discussion with Cindy Sheehan & Vince Emanuele

Chicago Committee Against War & Racism hosts a discussion with activist Cindy Sheehan & veteran Vince Emanuele about the current state of anti-war movement and how to stop U.S. forever wars.

20.10.2019 - 01:43 [ teleSUR ]

Soldiers Patrol Streets of Chile Amid State of Emergency

The last time Chile experienced a state of emergency was in 2010, when the population carried out some looting after the earthquake.

Prior to that date, a state of emergency was declared 30 years ago during the military dictatorship led by Augusto Pinochet.

Justified as a measure to control disturbances, the state of emergency is in force in the province of Santiago, in the province of Chacabuco and in the municipalities of Puente Alto and San Bernardo.

19.10.2019 - 10:25 [ Daily Mail ]

Pentagon DELETES files about Osama bin Laden raid after transferring them to CIA where they can’t be made public

(08.07.2013)

– Military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout have been purged from Pentagon computers
– Associated Press requested information on the raid some 20 times in 2011 but requests were rejected
– A line in an inspector general’s draft report states the files were purged from the defense department to another government department to prevent certain information about the raid being made public
– The sentence was removed from the final report released weeks ago

19.10.2019 - 09:48 [ New York Times ]

The Admiral vs. the President

An Op-Ed by a retired admiral strongly criticizing President Trump brought a reader to tears, “when contrasted so starkly with the dishonor and hubris emanating from the White House.”

19.10.2019 - 09:44 [ ABC News ]

Former Navy SEAL commander William McRaven says US under attack from Trump

“The America that they believed in was under attack, not from without, but from within,” Adm. William H. McRaven, who led the U.S. Special Operations Command before retiring, wrote in the New York Times Thursday describing the mood at two functions he attended in the span of a week — one at an Army change of command ceremony and the other a gala honoring members of the intelligence and Special Operations communities.

Recalling a conversation he had while attending a ceremony at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, McRaven wrote, “one retired four-star general, grabbed my arm, shook me and shouted, ‘I don’t like the Democrats, but Trump is destroying the Republic!’”

18.10.2019 - 20:23 [ Military Advisor ‏/ Twitter ]

#SAA reinforcements from Hasaka enter Manajir which is located ~19.4 km away from border city of Ras al-Ayn / Serêkaniyê.

18.10.2019 - 20:07 [ Rojava Network ‏ / Twitter ]

+++Syria army has entered the village „Gharnatah“, west of Tal-Tamr city. #Twitterkurds #Rojava #SDF #Turkey #Syria #SAA

18.10.2019 - 20:03 [ Y.N.M.S ‏/ Twitter ]

Erdogan: We cannot engage in the fight against terrorist organizations forever. Therefore, President Assad should take on the fight against terrorism in his country.

18.10.2019 - 19:35 [ Lawk Ghafuri, Reporter/Analyst covering Iraq for @RudawEnglish / Twitter ]

This is the signed paper deal btw #SDF & #Damascus regarding the distribution of regime army in Northern #Syria: – SAA to be stationed in #Manbij frontline toward #Kobani & all the way to west Tal Abyad. – In Tal Tamir toward Ras al-Ain all the way to #Qamishlo & south of Derik.

(15.10.2019)

17.10.2019 - 18:45 [ Serge / Twitter ]

For the first time in 5 years, the Syrian flag has been raised at the Syrian-Turkish border crossing in Kobani. Turkey can be spotted behind the SAA soldiers.

17.10.2019 - 18:39 [ Serge ‏/ Twitter ]

Joint convoy of Syrian Army soldiers and YPG fighters riding into Kobani.

The town’s future is Syrian, not Turkish.

15.10.2019 - 06:52 [ Ian56 ‏/ Twitter ]

Syrian Army to enter several SDF-held areas in north Syria to protect against Turkey’s invasion Latest: SDF units are to be disbanded & merged with Russian controlled forces. Talks on future limited autonomy for Kurds will be held with the Syrian gov

14.10.2019 - 06:22 [ Rudaw.net ]

Kurds strike deal with Damascus for gov’t force entry of north Syria towns: officials

The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES) announced the deal with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government in a Sunday evening statement.

“This deployment occurred through coordination and agreement with the Self-Administration Authority for Northern and Eastern Syria and the Syrian Democratic Forces,” the statement said.

14.10.2019 - 06:19 [ Yahoo.com ]

Kurds announce deal with Damascus as Turkey pushes deep into Syria

Syria’s Kurds have announced a groundbreaking deal with Damascus on a Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey, as Ankara presses a deadly cross-border offensive that has sparked an international outcry.

The announcement on Sunday came as the United States ordered the withdrawal of almost its entire ground force in Syria.

13.10.2019 - 10:50 [ AlMasdarNews.com ]

Developing: Massive Syrian Army force arrives at outskirts of Manbij amid reports of imminent takeover

According to a source in Aleppo, the Syrian Army deployed a large force from the provincial capital to the southern outskirts of Manbij as the government holds talks with the SDF about preventing the Turkish Army and their militant allies from taking control of the town.

13.10.2019 - 10:35 [ AJSB ‏/ Twitter ]

Yesterday there was apparently meeting between #USA & #Russia|n delegation in #Manbij, after it, #USA started to pack & exit City. Reporter Oleg is in Town. Expected Russian MPs to arrive today, later, #SAA forces will enter.

10.10.2019 - 06:52 [ Haaretz ]

Defending Syria Pullout, Trump Says U.S. Should Never Have Been Involved in ‚Stupid‘ Mideast Wars

Trump’s call for ending U.S. military involvement in the Middle East and bringing the troops home was a feature of his presidential campaign, but it flies in the face of many decades of bipartisan American policy, even as the Trump administration and its immediate predecessor have tried to give additional attention to what they see as long-term security threats elsewhere, including from China and Russia.