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  • Escape from Raqqa horrors (Syrian escape from ISIS)

    05/20/2017 6:19:56 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, May 20, 2017 | none stated
    At least 100 thousand civilians have been transferred from Raqqa city center and surroundings to safe zones. There is an escape among all the dust. The people advance in groups. Vehicles are filled up up to 3 times their height. People are everywhere, walking. Dust clouds make it hard to see far. The town and villages they leave behind aren’t visible, there is a vague sight behind them. In the muggy weather and hot wind, women in black niqabs can be seen. A child carries a baby. Everybody is exhausted. There is the mark of exhaustion on children’s faces, their...
  • Turkish-backed gangs murder a Kurdish civilian in Shehba (Syria)

    05/08/2017 6:09:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 8 May 2017, 22:21 | none stated
    Gangs affiliated with the Turkish army have attacked the village of Nemanę in Shehba region and killed a Kurdish civilian after torturing him in front of his family and villagers. Gangs affiliated with the invading Turkish army have attacked the Kurdish village of Nemanę 14 km north of al-Bab this morning. Gangs also confiscated the properties of locals during their aggression. A Kurdish civilian by the name of Mahműd Ehmed Îsmaîl was murdered by the gangs when he refused to give his house to them. According to local sources, the gangs tortured Îsmaîl in front of his family and the...
  • Are military magazines becoming more liberal?

    12/09/2016 8:09:27 AM PST · by Bodega · 25 replies
    Vanity ^ | 12/9/2016 | self
    Rep. Tammy Duckworth worries her congressional colleagues don’t fully appreciate the importance of a civilian-run military. As a combat-wounded Iraq War veteran and incoming Illinois senator, she finds that troubling. “I believe so strongly that the military is subservient to civilian leaders,” she said Wednesday. “I went to fight in a war I didn’t believe​ was one we should be engaged in, but the president and Congress believed it was the right thing to do. So I’m proud of that. I would go back. “Every part of my being as a former military officer says what (Congress is) doing now...
  • Executive Order -U.S. Policy on Pre-and Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian Casualties

    07/13/2016 6:42:05 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 23 replies
    www.whitehouse.gov ^ | July 1, 2016 | Barack Obama
    train personnel, commensurate with their responsibilities, on compliance with legal obligations and policy guidance that address the protection of civilians and on implementation of best practices that reduce the likelihood of civilian casualties, including through exercises, pre-deployment training, and simulations of complex operational environments that include civilians;
  • State Dept confronted over Israel criticism in light of Afghan bombing

    10/06/2015 11:11:51 PM PDT · by InMemoriam · 6 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y18lS_ATRYQ | October 6, 2015 | UNWatch
    Matt Lee questions Mark Toner on the parallels between the Kunduz bombing and the Israeli shelling of a UNRWA school.
  • Man nearly shot by reserve deputy in road rage incident

    05/03/2015 2:16:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 68 replies
    WFAA ^ | April 30, 2015 | WFAA
    SAN MARCOS, Texas – A reserve sheriff's deputy is facing aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges after police say he opened fire on a truck driver he thought had cut him off. After nearly 15 years behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler, Frank Collins III thought he had seen it all. He was wrong. "Never seen nothing like this," the 56-year-old said. "It's just too far-fetched." But what the Fort Worth man experienced late Sunday night actually happened, according to San Marcos police. Collins was driving along an Interstate 35 frontage road outside of Austin when he says he...
  • Sometimes civilian casualties are the lesser evil - ask Bill Clinton

    07/31/2014 4:44:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Carl in Jerusalem ^ | 7/31/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    This tape was played on Sky Australia last night. I was going to post it this morning, but I couldn't find a way to embed the video. Now it's been uploaded to YouTube. The Clinton tape was made on September 10, 2001.
  • US urges ‘both sides’ to avoid civilian casualties; injuries in Sderot, Beersheba

    07/11/2014 1:59:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 7/11/4 | Ricky Ben-David, Lazar Berman and Haviv Rettig
    Four days into Operation Protective Edge, over 400 rockets have been fired at Israel, and several Israelis were injured during Friday, even as Iron Dome intercepted most rockets heading into residential areas. The Israeli Air Force has carried out over 1,000 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip; Palestinian reports say at least 100 Palestinians have been killed. Prime Minister Netanyahu says all Gaza casualties are the fault and responsibility of Hamas, which uses Gazans as human shields while Israel does its best to avoid hitting civilians. Netanyahu also says the operation will continue until longterm calm is guaranteed for Israel’s citizens....
  • Instructions on how to behave when the alert siren is heard:

    07/09/2014 3:09:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    When the alert siren or an explosion are heard, it is necessary to complete the process of protection, depending on the time available to you and to act according to the following instructions: · In a building: enter the protected space, shelter, or reinforced security room, depending on the time available, and close doors and windows. · Outside – enter the closest building, depending on the time available. If there is no building or cover/shelter nearby, or if you are in an open space, lie down on the ground and protect your head with your hands. · In a vehicle...
  • Obama’s Civilian Police Army Now Includes Officers in Military-Style Grass Camouflage (Video)

    04/24/2014 11:51:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/24/14 | Jim Hoft
    It’s not just the armored police vehicles… The Lewiston, Maine police department unveiled the MARCbot IV, or Multi-Functional Agile Remote Controlled Robot, fresh from the U.S. Army and complete with an Xbox controller. The vehicle and the robot were free to the LPD from the Obama administration as a reallocation of military surplus.Meanwhile, the Elgin City Council will consider a police department proposal to purchase an armored vehicle like this one to use in dangerous situationsElgin, Illinois will vote this week to approve the police department’s request for an armored vehicle.Then there’s this…Police departments across the nation are recruiting potential...
  • VIDEO: Civilian Called Out For Wearing Ranger Uniform Offers Explanation

    03/22/2014 12:48:14 PM PDT · by absentee · 26 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 3/22/14 | Caleb Howe
    “I’d serve today,” said the man, Joseph Scott. “One phone call and I’d be gone.” It sounds as if the man meant no disrespect. However, more responsible voices, including the recruiter who told Scott where to buy the uniform gear, should have informed him about wearing the uniform in public. And while one can certainly sympathize with Scott, it in no way suggests any wrongdoing on the part of the soldiers who called him out in the now-viral video of the confrontation. That uniform must be earned. Not everyone can make it. And as sad as it may make some...
  • Live thread: House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Syria with Kerry / Hagel / Dempsey (12pm ET)

    09/04/2013 7:38:14 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 206 replies
    Hearing will be live on CSPAN.
  • Saudi Arabia calls for emergency U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria (rebels claim 1,300 killed)

    08/21/2013 6:55:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 15 replies
    Saudi Arabia called on Wednesday for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss reports of a chemical attack that opposition groups say killed hundreds of people in Syria, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said. "It is time for the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility and overcome differences between its members and restore the confidence of the international community by convening immediately to issue a clear and deterrent resolution that will put an end to this human crisis," Prince Saud said in a statement.
  • Reporter's untold story of Pearl Harbor attack is finally published

    12/07/2012 9:05:12 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 12-6-12 | Elizabeth P. McIntosh
    On Dec. 7, 1941, Elizabeth McIntosh was a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. She wrote a first-person account of the attack on Pearl Harbor, but it editors thought it was too graphic. Now, it is finally published. On Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, I was working as a reporter for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. After a week of war, I wrote a story directed at Hawaii's women; I thought it would be useful for them to know what I had seen. It might help prepare them for what lay ahead. But my editors thought the graphic content...
  • UN: Civilian deaths in Afghan war up for 5th straight year

    02/04/2012 5:08:11 AM PST · by Makana · 3 replies
    Jeruselem Post ^ | 02/04/2012 08:45 | REUTERS
    KABUL - More than 3,000 civilians were killed in the war in Afghanistan in 2011, the fifth year in a row the number has risen, the United Nations said on Saturday in a report likely to revive tension between the Afghan government and its Western backers. Civilian deaths undermine support both in Afghanistan and the United States for the US-led war, and are one of the biggest causes of friction between President Hamid Karzai and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Bombs planted on roads, and increasingly deadly suicide attacks that targeted civilians, killed more people than any other...
  • Obama's Civilian Security Force

    11/14/2011 9:56:12 PM PST · by hermanj04 · 10 replies
    Defense of Freedom Blog ^ | 11/14/11 | Jim
    Remember when Obama said he wanted to have a civilian security force? If you forgot, here's the video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Tt2yGzHfy7s Some might argue that he was only referring to citizens being alert, but why would he say they need to be just as powerful, strong, and well-funded as the military? However, the President did not need to authorize a civilian security force; his predecessor already set one up for him: the TSA. Americans have grown accustomed to the TSA's presence at the airport, even as it now involves a naked scan or molestation (but you get to choose which one!)...
  • US data: 90% of captured 'Taliban' were civilians

    06/13/2011 10:19:11 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 19 replies
    Pakistan Defence ^ | July 13th 2011 | Staff
    Official US military data shows that almost 90 percent of the over 4,000 suspected “Taliban” captured by US forces in Afghanistan in the second half of 2010 were civilians who were released within days. In December 2010, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General David Petraeus claimed in an interview that a total of 4,100 Taliban rank and file had been captured and 2,000 others had been killed in the space of six months. The claim followed another set of misleading figures that had been released three months earlier and which said US Special Operations Forces had captured...
  • Members of U.S. platoon in Afghanistan accused of killing civilians for sport

    09/19/2010 8:56:53 AM PDT · by Fpimentel · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, September 18, 2010; 9:39 PM | Craig Whitlock
    AT JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WASH. The U.S. soldiers hatched a plan as simple as it was savage: to randomly target and kill an Afghan civilian, and to get away with it. For weeks, according to Army charging documents, rogue members of a platoon from the 5th Stryker Combat Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, floated the idea. Then, one day last winter, a solitary Afghan man approached them in the village of La Mohammed Kalay. The "kill team" activated the plan. One soldier created a ruse that they were under attack, tossing a fragmentary grenade on the ground. Then others opened fire....
  • What part of ‘civilian control’ did you miss, Marine?

    08/26/2010 7:28:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 62 replies
    Stl today ^ | 8/26/10 | Editorial Board
    On Tuesday, lacking even the excuse that a Rolling Stone reporter tricked him, another top U.S. military commander thumbed his nose at President Barack Obama's policies in Afghanistan. Marine Corps Commandant James T. Conway, 62, Tuesday told a roomful of reporters at the Pentagon that Mr. Obama's July 2011 deadline for beginning troop withdrawals from Afghanistan is "probably giving our enemy sustenance.... We've intercepted communications that say, ‘Hey, you know, we only have to hold out for so long.'" Gen. Conway went on to say that Mr. Obama was no doubt "talking to several audiences" when he announced the July...
  • Training Prepares Civilian Employees for Deployment

    07/08/2010 12:54:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    WASHINGTON, July 8, 2010 – A training program is equipping Defense Department civilian employees with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully deploy in support of humanitarian, reconstruction and combat-support military missions across the globe. A class of about 150 Defense Department civilians and contractors, part of the civilian expeditionary work force, learn the basics in emergency medical aid at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in central Indiana, June 29, 2010, before deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. U.S. Army photo by John Crosby  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The joint civilian expeditionary work force training -- a 10-day...