Posted in China Russia Taiwan U.A.E. Ukraine USA Yemen

Raytheon CEO: “I fully expect we’re going to see some benefit” from the tensions in Yemen, Ukraine, Taiwan

[The Motley Fool] Peter Arment — Analyst “Greg, maybe just switching over to defense, could you maybe just give us a little…

Posted in China Ethiopia Iran Turkey U.A.E.

Ethiopia civil war: Government defeats Tigray rebels with drones from China, UAE, Turkey and Iran

[The New York Times] “After Ethiopia’s embattled prime minister pulled off a stunning military victory earlier this month, reversing a rebel…

Posted in Afghanistan USA

Afghan man targeted by U.S. drone strike that killed ten, including seven children, was aid worker, not terrorist

[The Independent] “A man who was killed by a US drone strike in Kabul may have been targeted as the result of faulty intelligence,…

Posted in Libya USA

Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar hires ex-Clinton aide and ex-Republican House Leader to lobby in U.S. ahead of elections

[The Wall Street Journal] “A Russian-backed warlord vying for power in Libya has hired a one-time senior aide to President…

Posted in Afghanistan EU Iraq Pakistan Somalia Syria UK USA Yemen

Brown University Report: U.S.-led global ‘war on terror’ cost 1 million lives and $8 trillion

[Middle East Eye] “The US-led “war on terror” has killed nearly one million people globally and cost more than $8 trillion…

Posted in Afghanistan UK

Tony Blair has some nerve to to say the west should stay on in Afghanistan to protect the ‘gains’ of his 2001 invasion but he would do better to show remorse

[The Guardian] “Imbecilic, tragic, dangerous and unnecessary are the words used by Tony Blair to describe the US withdrawal from Afghanistan –…

Posted in Afghanistan Iraq USA

420 to 1: Now vindicated, California’s Barbara Lee was the only member of U.S. Congress to vote against Afghanistan war in 2001

[Los Angeles Times] “Twenty years ago, Rep. Barbara Lee stood before her House colleagues and pleaded with them not to…

Posted in Israel Lebanon Russia Syria

After Russian warning, Israeli planes attack Syria again, using Lebanese airspace and endangering civilian flights; Lebanon complains to UN about event and repeated infringements on sovereignty

[Antiwar] “Overnight Thursday Israeli warplanes carried out attacks against the Syrian capital of Damascus and nearby Homs. As is so…

Posted in Afghanistan USA

‘This is not Saigon’: Blinken tries to defend U.S. evacuations from Kabul despite it looking exactly as ‘The Fall of Saigon’

[Al Jazeera] “As the United States withdraws personnel from its embassy in Kabul amid the Taliban’s rapid advance on the Afghan capital,…

Posted in Afghanistan USA

TIME Taliban covers: Wishful thinking in 2001 and a realisation in 2014 of what is becoming a reality today in 2021

[TIME, The New Yorker] TIME magazine cover from Dec 17, 2001: THE LAST DAYS OF THE TALIBAN – Related cover…

Posted in Afghanistan Iraq Pakistan Somalia USA Yemen

Drone War: Whistleblower Daniel Hale Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison ‘For Exposing U.S. War Crimes’ – 90% of killed are bystanders, not intended targets

[Common Dreams, Courage Foundation] “Human rights and press freedom advocates expressed dismay on Tuesday when whistleblower Daniel Hale, who pled guilty earlier this…

Posted in Afghanistan USA

Joke becomes reality: Satirical news site The Onion predicted in 2011 that US will sneak out of Afghanistan secretly at night – as it did of Bagram

[The Onion, AP News] The Onion, 2011: “U.S. Quietly Slips Out Of Afghanistan In Dead Of Night” “KABUL, AFGHANISTAN—In what…

Posted in Iraq Syria Turkey USA

What’s happening in illegally occupied northern Syria: US building up bases, stealing grain and oil, Turkey stealing water

[Antiwar] “In the latest of what have become regular reports on the subject, the Syrian Arab News Agency provides a detailed account…

Posted in Iran Israel

Now UK-based former officer of Iranian Navy’s largest ship, Kharg, thinks hostile action is behind mysterious sinking

[Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty] “Hossein Aryan, a British-trained former officer in the Iranian Navy, was the original operations officer on…

Posted in Afghanistan Kyrgyzstan Pakistan Russia Tajikistan USA Uzbekistan

US troop “withdrawal” from Afghanistan: CIA seeks to relocate bases in neighbouring countries, drone war will continue

[The New York Times] “The rapid U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan is creating intense pressure on the C.I.A. to find new ways…

Posted in Israel Saudi Arabia U.A.E. Yemen

Saudi Arabia and UAE consolidating strategic positions in Yemen’s al-Mahrah province, Mayun and Socotra islands

[Brookings] “As the peace process has stalled between the Zaydi Shia Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Saudi…

Posted in EU Hungary Israel Palestine

Hungary is only nation in EU against call for Israel-Hamas ceasefire

[Euronews] “Hungary is the only EU country not to support an EU declaration calling for a ceasefire between Israel and…

Posted in Israel Palestine

Video: John Oliver explains Israeli–Palestinian conflict, accuses Israel of a “f***ing war crime”

[ The Daily Beast, Newsweek, John Oliver] “On Sunday night, John Oliver dedicated the opening portion of his late-night program Last Week Tonight to…

Posted in Austria Iran Israel Palestine Slovenia

Austria flies Israeli flag amid ongoing conflict, designates Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation, Iran’s foreign minister cancels visit

[POLITICO] “Iran’s foreign minister canceled his visit to Austria at the last minute after the Austrian government flew Israeli flags…

Posted in Israel Palestine

IDF Military Intelligence had prior knowledge Hamas would fire rockets on Jerusalem

[The Jerusalem Post] “Military Intelligence warned that Hamas would fire rockets on Jerusalem and that the country might find itself at war…

Posted in Georgia India Israel Russia Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Syria Thailand Turkey

Israeli drone technology sold to Russia was pivotal for rescuing Assad in Syrian war

[Haaretz] “When Israeli-licensed military drones first took off from Syrian air force bases to stalk opponents of Bashar Assad’s regime,…

Posted in Afghanistan Australia Canada UK USA

AOAV Report: 40% of civilian casualties from airstrikes in Afghanistan were children

[Action on Armed Violence] “Hundreds of children have been killed and hundreds more injured by US and Afghan airstrikes in…

Posted in Denmark Syria

Danmark declares Syria safe, far-right poster campaign tells refugees to ‘go home to sunny Syria’

[The Telegraph] “Danish anti-immigration activists are being sharply criticised after they put up mock travel adverts in Copenhagen telling Syrian…

Posted in Afghanistan China Jordan Qatar Russia USA

Biden will withdraw 2,500 troops from Afghanistan but over 18,000 Pentagon contractors and special operatives to remain

[CovertAction Magazine] “On Wednesday April 14th, President Joe Biden announced that he would end the U.S.’s longest war and withdraw U.S….

Posted in Russia UK Ukraine

Ukraine-NATO joint military drills planned “to restore the state border and territorial integrity”

[The Hill] “Ukraine’s military announced Saturday that it will hold joint military drills with NATO troops later this year amid…

Posted in Syria USA

Syrian terrorist al-Jolani’s organization is “an asset” to America’s strategy in Idlib

[PBS] “Over most of two decades, Abu Mohammad al-Jolani’s life has been a roadmap of Islamist militancy in Iraq and…

Posted in Iraq Syria USA

Former LtCol Daniel Davis repeats his 2020 call for a full withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq and Syria

[Insider] “The reason troops are in Iraq at all today is because President Barack Obama sent them to help Baghdad fend off…

Posted in Syria USA

Foreign Policy’s change of heart: Sanctions against Syria will not harm civilians / are killing civilians

[Foreign Policy] “Sanctions Against Syria Will Help, Not Harm, Civilians” “The Caesar Act is an overdue effort to starve the…

Posted in Myanmar

Myanmar’s truce is over as ethnic armies unite against coup, restart attacks

[REUTERS] “More than 500 people have been killed by the military across Myanmar in protests against the coup, according to…

Posted in Russia Ukraine

Ukrainian President Zelensky signs decree on “Strategy of deoccupation” of Crimea, effective immediately

[President of Ukraine] DECREE OF THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE №117 / 2021 On the decision of the National Security and…