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  • SDF: IS Using Suicide Attacks, Civilians to Slow Advance on Baghuz

    03/04/2019 7:42:42 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    VOA News ^ | March 04, 2019 9:20 PM | Zana Omer & Sirwan Kajjo
    BAGHUZ, SYRIA/WASHINGTON — In eastern Syria, U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say Islamic State is trying to slow the attack on the terror group's last scrap of territory in the town of Baghuz by using snipers, suicide bombers and civilians as human shields.A VOA cameraman traveling with Kurdish fighters spoke to several about what appears to be the final days of the battle. SDF officials said Monday the vast majority of civilians have already left Baghuz, but a small number are still trapped in the town by IS. "We don't have an estimate of how many civilians are still inside Baghuz,"...
  • At least 50 injured in Aleppo chemical attack: Syria state media

    11/24/2018 9:19:57 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11-25-18 | none stated
    A rebel attack on Aleppo has left dozens suffering of breathing problems and blurred vision, with a smell of gas reported over the city, according to Syrian media. Officials said all of the victims were civilians. At least 50 people have been treated for symptoms including breathing difficulties and blurred vision in Aleppo, after rebels fired shells into two regions of the city. Syrian officials and residents suspect the shells contained poisonous gas, with symptoms suggesting chlorine, according to medical official Haj Taha. A doctor told Syrian state TV on Saturday that at least two people, including one child, were in critical...
  • Invaders abducted over 100 civilians in Afrin (Invaders? Turkey)

    06/30/2018 9:23:36 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday 30 Jun 2018, 13:13 | ANF AFRIN
    Following the explosions on June 27 in Afrin that resulted in the death of dozens of gang members, over 100 civilians have been abducted by Turkish forces. The invading Turkish soldiers abducted 18 young Kurdish people today in Afrin. The invading Turkish forces raided homes that belong to Kurds in two neighborhoods of Afrin today. 18 young people have been abducted in the house raids. Reports say at 08.00 in the morning, invading forces raided homes that belong to Kurds in the Ashrafiyah and Mahmudiyah neighborhoods in Afrin and took 18 young people away to an unknown location. Local sources say...
  • After being displaced by an agreement with the Russians, Rahman Corps fighters settle in in Afrin

    04/02/2018 5:23:09 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several reliable sources that Rahman Corps fighters have arrived with their families to Afrin area, and in the details monitored by the Syrian Observatory: members of Rahman Corps after their arrival to Idlib province –during the past few days on board the convoys of displacement; that have been consecutively coming over the past days, and have transported tens of thousands of fighters, their families and civilians refusing Rahman Corps’ agreement with the Russians regarding their departure from Jobar, Zamalka and Arbin– they went...
  • Like IS, Turkish occupation kills civilians, destroys vital places , archaeological sites

    01/26/2018 3:30:22 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    ANHA News ^ | (1-25-18) 25.01.2018 13:02 | ROZANA DADO
    ROZANA DADOAFRIN – For more than a week, Afrin region witnessed a military escalation by Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries by air and ground attack, which resulted in the death and injury of more than 141 civilians and destruction of many vital places and damage to archaeological sites. The border villages has been subjected to barbaric bombardment by aircraft and artillery shelling for six days and has caused considerable damage to civilian property.The border villages in Afrin region have an important strategic location, which is a point of contact between the north of Kurdistan and Rojava, while also characterized...
  • Turkish lawyers say decree grants impunity for political violence

    12/25/2017 12:29:11 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 25, 2017 / 1:27 PM / Updated 3 hours ago | Tuvan Gumrukcu, Ece Toksabay
    A new emergency decree in Turkey could allow vigilantes to carry out political violence with impunity against opponents of the government suspected of involvement in last year’s coup attempt, Turkey’s main lawyers’ groups said on Monday. snip A separate decree on Sunday dismissed 2,756 more people from their jobs, accusing them of links to terrorist organizations. snip In a joint statement, the Ankara and Istanbul bar associations called Sunday’s two decrees “the last two nails in the coffin of the law”.
  • SDF: ISIL removed from Raqqa's Old City

    09/03/2017 9:21:35 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Top News Live ^ | 9-1-17 | none stated
    US-backed fighters in Syria say they have removed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) from Raqqa’s Old City, bringing them closer than ever to the armed group’s most well-defended positions. “Our forces today seized full control of the Old City in Raqqa after clashes with Daesh,” Talal Sello, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told AFP news agency on Friday, using the Arabic acronym for ISIL. Sello said the SDF was now on the edges of ISIL’s “security quarter in the city centre, where most of its main bases are”. Most...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...