Monthly Archives: September 2014

Airstrikes in Syria: could the Assad regime ultimately be the target?

The air strikes in Syria to date have largely targeted ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra. My hunch is that they will ultimately be targeted at the Assad regime, although some dispute this. Guardian columnist Richard Seymour, for example, in an interview … Continue reading

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‘Protecting civilians’ in Syria.

Human Rights Watch on a U.S. cruise missile attack in Kafr Deryan, which is said to have killed at least 7 civilians, including women and children: Witness accounts suggest that the attack on the village harmed civilians but did not strike … Continue reading

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International Committee of the Red Cross: U.S. airstrikes making a bad humanitarian situation worse.

In August 2013, when the U.S. et al looked set to start bombing Syria in response to what they claimed was a chemical weapon attack by the Assad regime in Ghouta, The International Committee of the Red Cross went on … Continue reading

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The U.S. and allies begin bombing Syria.

This has of course been on the cards for weeks, if not for two years. The Guardian reported in August 2012, for example, that the U.S. was ‘considering imposing no-fly zones and other steps on Syria to help rebel forces’. … Continue reading

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The U.S.’s ‘successful’ counter-terror campaigns in Somalia and Yemen.

On Wednesday 10th September, Barack Obama made a major foreign policy speech, in which he set out how the U.S. and anyone who cares to tag along plan to ‘degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism … Continue reading

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Report: 11 civilians killed and dozens wounded by U.S. bombing in Afghanistan.

AFP have published an article claiming that: ‘A US air strike in eastern Afghanistan killed 11 civilians, local officials said Wednesday, sparking strong condemnation from President Hamid Karzai who has often criticised the conduct of the NATO forces now leaving the … Continue reading

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Compare and Contrast: Cluster Bomb Usage in Syria, July 2014 Vs September 2014.

Rick Gladstone, writing in The New York Times, July 30th 2014: ‘Cluster bombs, internationally banned weapons that can maim and destroy indiscriminately, not only have been frequently used for the past two years by government forces in the Syrian civil … Continue reading

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