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  • IS mercinaries use civilians as human shield (Raqqa, Syria)

    07/02/2017 3:36:08 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    YPJ Global ^ | July 2, 2017 | Media and Press Office YPJ
    Al-Raqqa – Mercenaries are applied to civilians in the city of Al-Raqqa and prevent them to leave to  being used as human shields. They are taken to the center of the city for use them in battles in the city center.Since June 6, the city of Raqqa has been the scene of fierce clashes between fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces and IS-mercenaries. After 24 days of fierce fighting, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) managed to tighten the siege on mercenaries within the city from four sides.The SDF-fighters continue to destroy the defense lines, fortifications and strategic positions of the mercenaries on...
  • 15 thousand civilians rescued in Raqqa operation in three days (Syria)

    05/13/2017 8:10:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 13 May 2017, 09:48 | none stated
    Wrath of Euphrates fighters have rescued 15 thousand civilians from ISIS gangs during the past three days. The Operation Wrath of Euphrates launched by YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for the liberation of Raqqa territory continues in the 4th day of the 4th phase. Thousands of civilians in settlements north of Raqqa rush to the areas cleared by SDF forces during the campaign. At least 15 thousand locals have been rescued from ISIS and transferred to safe areas over the past three days. Since the launch of the 4th phase of the campaign on May 10, SDF forces have rescued...
  • EO -US Policy on Pre- and Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian Casualties in U.S. Operations

    10/16/2016 2:33:28 PM PDT · by milford421 · 6 replies
    The Whitehouse ^ | July 1, 2016 | Barack Obama
    (d) The policies set forth in this order are consistent with existing U.S. obligations under international law and are not intended to create new international legal obligations; nor shall anything in this order be construed to derogate from obligations under applicable law, including the law of armed conflict. Sec. 3. Report on Strikes Undertaken by the U.S. Government Against Terrorist Targets Outside Areas of Active Hostilities. (a) The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), or such other official as the President may designate, shall obtain from relevant agencies information about the number of strikes undertaken by the U.S. Government against terrorist...
  • Obama acknowledges civilian deaths by US drones

    04/01/2016 3:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 1, 2016 6:40 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama is acknowledging that “civilians have been killed that shouldn’t have been” in past U.S. drone strikes, but says the administration is now “very cautious” about taking strikes where women or children are present. […] He says the U.S. has to take responsibility when it is not acting appropriately. …
  • Army To Recruiters: Avoid Civilians Who Volunteer To Guard, Report Them

    07/24/2015 3:17:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 24, 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    On July 20, a policy letter from the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC) instructed recruiters to avoid contact and/or conversation with armed “law-abiding” civilians who volunteer to guard recruitment centers and to report said volunteers to law enforcement “if the recruiter feels threatened.” Stars and Stripes responded to the letter with a July 22 headline that read, “Army To Recruiters: Treat Armed Citizens As Security Threat.”
  • With ISIS in Cross Hairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians

    05/26/2015 6:20:06 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | MAY 26, 2015 | ERIC SCHMITT
    American intelligence analysts have identified seven buildings in downtown Raqqa in eastern Syria as the main headquarters of the Islamic State. But the buildings have gone untouched during the 10-month allied air campaign. And just last week, convoys of heavily armed Islamic State fighters paraded triumphantly through the streets of the provincial capital Ramadi in western Iraq after forcing Iraqi troops to flee. They rolled on unscathed by coalition fighter-bombers. American and allied warplanes are equipped with the most precise aerial arsenal ever fielded. But American officials say they are not striking significant — and obvious — Islamic State targets...
  • Face It: You Can’t Stop Genocide Without Killing Civilians

    10/13/2014 1:45:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 10/13/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    By the time World War II was over entire cities had been devastated and hundreds of thousands of civilians had been killed by the Allies in one of the last wars whose virtue we were all able to agree on. The civilians were not limited to enemy German and Japanese civilians, but included French civilians in occupied territory, Jewish prisoners and numerous others who were caught in the war zone. To the professional pacifist these numbers appear to disprove the morality of war, any war, but they were the blood price that had to be paid to stop two war...
  • U.S. airstrikes on ISIS 'killed Syrian civilians after mistaking grain silo for jihadist base'

    09/30/2014 8:55:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    DAILY MAIL ^ | 09/30/2014 | By JACK CRONE and LUCY CROSSLEY
    * British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, gather information from sources in Syria * They say missile set grain silo ablaze in ISIS town of Manbij, northern Syria * Claim two civilians killed including 'workers who provide food for people' * IS fighters 'also died in a strike on a building on the town's outskirts' * US says there is 'no evidence' any civilians were killed in the strike * Group count at least 19 civilians killed so far in coalition airstrikes * US-led coalition has been targeting ISIS-controlled towns in Syria since last week At least two civilian workers...
  • Hamas wants civilian casualties and the media love them

    08/08/2014 2:28:33 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | August 8, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Hamas, et al, have done a splendid job of helping Western media to blame Israel for noncombatant casualties in Gaza. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.I see only what I want to see. Although accused of intentionally causing "civilian" casualties in Gaza, Israel has done more than any other nation at war to prevent casualties among enemy noncombatants. The first five videos provided immediately below show the efforts of Hamas, et al, to put Gazan noncombatants in harm's way by using civilian facilities in Gaza as rocket launching points, Israel's efforts to reduce noncombatant casualties to the extent possible and to provide medical treat...
  • ‘We Don’t Target Israeli Civilians’, Claims Hamas

    08/03/2014 10:49:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 8/4/2014, 4:47 AM | Dalit Halevi
    Hamas is claiming that, when its terrorists fire rockets towards Israel, they try to avoid hurting Israeli civilians. In a statement on Sunday, the group’s “military wing”, the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, threatened to fire rockets at all the cities in Israel that are within the ranges of its rockets. At the same time, the statement claimed, Hamas is not trying to harm Israelis with its rocket attacks, only military personnel and installations. …
  • Hamas: We Have Never Fired Rockets at Civilians

    08/03/2014 3:52:08 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/14
    In yet one more attempt to present a revisionist history of events as part of its propaganda campaign, Hamas has declared that it never has fired rockets at Israeli civilians. The Al-Qassam Brigade, Hamas's military wing, has again cautioned Israel against continuing its attempts to harm the population in Gaza, threatening to fire long-range rockets at all Israeli cities, as "there is nothing so precious to us as the lives of our people." Hamas also iterated that it had done all in its power to avoid causing harm to Israeli civilians. "During our campaign, we have taken great pains to...
  • ‘Sooner or later Kiev’s army, Right Sector will attack civilians’

    05/02/2014 12:06:07 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 05-02-2014 | Pepe Escobar
    People in eastern Ukraine are not pro-Russian, they want a united and federalized Ukraine, a Finlandized Ukraine that is equally distant from the EU, NATO and Russia, and they are being confronted by guns, investigative journalist Pepe Escobar told RT. RT: We're now seeing Kiev deploying the military against its own people. Do you think the situation requires that? Pepe Escobar: No, of course not. Flashback, it’s very important. A few days ago John Brennan, head of the CIA, goes to Kiev, they launch an anti-terrorist operation. It’s a huge failure. A few days later US Vice-President Joe Biden goes...
  • US officials say Iran can play helpful role on Syria

    01/06/2014 8:13:07 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    BRUSSELS - Iran could improve its chances of playing a role on the sidelines of Syria peace talks this month by working with Damascus to stop the bombardment of civilians and improve humanitarian access, US officials said on Monday. "There are ... steps that Iran could take to show the international community that they are serious about playing a positive role," one of the officials said in Brussels. "Those include calling for an end to the bombardment by the Syrian regime of their own people. It includes calling for and encouraging humanitarian access." Another official made clear that the comment...
  • White House admits killing civilians with drone strikes, denies breaking law (NOT Obamacare)

    10/22/2013 4:22:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/21/13 | Mark Schone
    Two leading human rights groups released detailed reports on U.S. drone strikes Tuesday that accuse the government of killing civilians and violating international law. The White House admitted killing civilians, but denied breaking the law, saying the strikes were "precise" and "lawful." Amnesty International, which studied 45 drone strikes in Pakistan in 2012 and 2013, said the U.S. violated the internationally recognized “right to life” and may have committed war crimes. “There are real threats to the U.S. in the region,” said Naureen Shah, Amnesty’s advocacy adviser, “but it is hard to imagine that a 68-year-old grandmother or a 14-year-old...
  • Pentagon: Most Furloughed Civilians Ordered Back

    10/05/2013 11:25:04 AM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct 5, 2013 | ROBERT BURNS /AP
    The Pentagon is ordering most of its approximately 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work. The decision by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is based on a Pentagon legal interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act. That measure was passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama shortly before the partial government shutdown began Tuesday. The law ensured that members of the military, who have remained at work throughout the shutdown, would be paid on time. It also left room for the Pentagon to keep on the job those civilians who provide support to the military.
  • Al-Qaeda militants kill 24 civilians near Ras al-Ain

    09/03/2013 3:08:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Syria have beheaded all 24 Syrian passengers traveling from Tartus to Ras al-Ain in northeast of Syria, among them a mother and a 40-days old infant. Gunmen from the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant stopped the bus on the road in Talkalakh and killed everyone before setting the bus on fire. According to media reports, the attack was carried out because the passengers who were from three different villages in Ras al-Ain, supported anti-terrorist Kurdish groups which were formed recently to defend Kurdish population against anti-Syria terrorists. Bodies of a mother and her 40-days...
  • Hagel orders 20 percent cut in Pentagon top brass, senior civilians

    07/16/2013 6:32:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/16/13 | Craig Whitlock
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that he has ordered a 20 percent cut in the number of top brass and senior civilians at the Pentagon by 2019, the latest attempt to shrink the military bureaucracy after years of heady growth. Hagel’s directive could force the Pentagon and military command staffs to shed an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 jobs. That’s a tiny percentage of the Defense Department’s 2.1 million active-duty troops and civilian employees, but analysts said it would be a symbolically important trimming of the upper branches of the bureaucracy, which has proved to be resistant to past
  • DHS Denies Ammo Purchases Aimed at Civilians

    04/25/2013 2:09:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    US News ^ | 4/25/13 | Elizabeth Flock
    Officials at the Department of Homeland Security denied Thursday that its large-scale ammunition purchases were an effort keep bullets out of the hands of private citizens. At a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday, top DHS training officer Humberto Medina said he could "say categorically that was not a factor at all" in the purchases. He also noted that ammunition DHS purchased would be used for both operations and training purchases. The Associated Press reported in February that DHS was planning to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds over the next five years, a number that sparked fears of government stockpiling...
  • Insurgent Attack Injures Afghan Civilians in Paktiya

    07/08/2011 2:46:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies
    PAKTIYA, Afghanistan (July 8, 2011)– An insurgent mortar attack landed in a civilian populated area injuring eight Afghan civilians in Dand Patan district, July 3. At least 3 mortar rounds fired by insurgents resulted in severe injuries requiring medical evacuation. Coalition Special Forces operating near the incident provided first aid and called for a medical evacuation. Four young male children, a female child under the age of 2, one female adult, and two male adults were medically evacuated from the scene by coalition forces to a U.S. military hospital for treatment. The injured had severe shrapnel wounds to the head,...
  • Video Documentation of Syrian Brutality

    06/04/2011 8:39:23 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/6/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Human Rights Watch video has posted a video documenting Syrian brutality against peaceful protesters as Syrian President Bashar Assad escalates force, using helicopters to bomb the city of Hama. WARNING: The video includes scenes that are not suitable for young children. Video Friday’s protests were dedicated to the children of the uprising, and The Local Coordinating Committees in Syria reported that more than 72 children have been killed by security forces. “This week, at least seven children died at the hands of the security forces,” the Committees stated, including a 10-year-old who died after her school bus was shelled in...