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Syria's President Assad: US Airstrikes a Recruiting Bonanza for ISIS
In an interview with Charlie Rose that aired on CBS News' 60 Minutes Sunday night, Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said American airstrikes that began last year against Islamic State (or ISIS) inside his country are doing little to benefit his own fight against the militant force but are having...
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Citing US Airstrikes, Reports Indicate Some Militia Forces May Abandon Battle for Tikrit
Marking another twist in a faltering offensive on Tikrit, key Shiite militias involved in the operation expressed anger that the U.S. is launching air strikes to back the operation, and according to reports , thousands of combatants are boycotting the fight on those grounds, with some threatening...
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Body Count Report Reveals At Least 1.3 Million Lives Lost to US-Led War on Terror
How do you calculate the human costs of the U.S.-led War on Terror? On the 12th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, groups of physicians attempted to arrive at a partial answer to this question by counting the dead. In their joint report— Body Count: Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the 'War on...
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Washington’s Two Air Wars: With Iran in Iraq, With Saudis (Against Iran) in Yemen
The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions. US fighter jets have, at the request of the Iraqi government of Haydar al-Abadi, begun bombing Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) positions in Tikrit , according to al-Hayat (Life). Initially, the US...
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US Airstrikes, Coupled with Iran-backed Militias and Iraqi Forces, Target ISIS in Tikrit
Following earlier indications that such attacks were likely, the U.S. military bombarded targets in the Iraqi city of Tikrit overnight as it took a commanding role in an ongoing offensive against Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) militants that has so far been spearheaded by Iraqi forces and Shi'ite...
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Stepping Up Collaboration With Iran, US Now Directly Backing Tikrit Offensive
Stepping up its de-facto collaboration with Iran, the United States military is now giving direct air support to the Iran-backed offensive by Iraqi forces and Shiite militias on the city of Tikrit, northwest of Baghdad. Launched over three weeks ago, the operation on the hometown of Saddam Hussein...
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Stephen Harper Should Arrest Himself
Is Stephen Harper off his rocker? Forget his trip to Jerusalem last year when the Canadian prime minister said that criticism of Israel was a “mask” for anti-Semitism. Ignore his utter failure to bring home to Canada al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy, whose retrial was staged by the Egyptian...
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Judge Orders US Government to Stop Suppressing Evidence of Torture and Abuse
A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. government to release more than 2,000 photographs showing abuse and torture of people detained by the American military in Iraq and Afghanistan. The decision is the latest development in a more than 10-year-long legal battle , in which the American Civil...
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Iraq, Libya...Iran? US Activists Mark War Anniversaries with Spring Rising
March 19 marks two gloomy anniversaries: the 12th anniversary of US invasion of Iraq and the 5th anniversary of the NATO intervention in Libya. Both overthrew Arab dictators; both left the local people in such horrific straits that many of them look back with nostalgia to the days of Saddam Hussein...
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Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy
The New York Times had a story ( 3/14/15 ) about CIA money ending up in the hands of Al-Qaeda, an incident the paper described as just another in a long list of examples of how the United States, largely because of poor oversight and loose financial controls, has sometimes inadvertently financed...
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