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Syrian airstrikes could help al-Qaeda

This is why a strategy of just bombing a country (like Syria) to eradicate ISIS just isn’t going to work. You’re never going to eradicate terrorism this way. I wish our PM could see this.

Experts say al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra is gaining ground in Syria’s civil war at the expense of other groups, and could in the long run pose as big a problem as ISIS.

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ISIS made dramatic early gains, seizing much of eastern Syria as well as northern and western Iraq. But it has recently found itself on the defensive as it has been targeted by western, Iraqi and Iranian forces.

Meanwhile, Al Nusra has been growing, said Fawaz Gerges of the London School of Economics, one of the world’s foremost Middle Eastern scholars.

“Ninety-nine per cent of the airstrikes have targeted ISIS. Al-Nusra Front has been gaining momentum and influence in many parts of Syria, because the fight basically targets its rival.”

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US launches Tikrit airstrikes as Iraqi offensive stalls

The US announced Thursday that coalition forces had carried out 17 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Tikrit ahead of an assault on the city by the Iraqi army and Shia militiamen from the Popular Mobilization units, now under way.

 The airstrikes targeted checkpoints, two bridges, two ISIS  staging areas and a command and control facility.

 The order to send in the warplanes came after a request from  Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, after a ground offensive to  take the city stalled.

You just don’t invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests. This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th century behavior in the 21st century.
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John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, about Russia’s response to the fascist coup in Ukraine, on NBC’s Meet the Press, March 2, 2014

JOKE OF THE WEEK from the mouthpiece of the the U.S. administration that invaded Libya, threatens to bomb Syria, regularly massacres civilians with drones, proclaims its right to assassinate anyone anywhere anytime, is re-colonizing Africa, continues to occupy Afghanistan, etc.

Thanks to Tanya Gilbert

I wonder if Kerry’s speechwriters realize that they just wrote his epitaph…

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is taking part in the military operation against the Houthi militant group in Yemen because of a perceived missile threat to the Persian Gulf states, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash said Thursday.

“oh no they’re a missile threat!”
*launches missiles first*

GAZA CITY : Five Palestinian men sit on August 20, 2014 next to a destroyed bus and houses in front of a house that was completely demolished after it was targeted by Israeli airstrikes late on August 19. Hamas said on August 20 that an Israeli air strike killed the wife and child of its Gaza military chief, as a temporary ceasefire went up in smoke and Cairo truce talks froze. AFP PHOTO/ ROBERTO SCHMIDT

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New York City, July 9, 2014

As of last night, Israel has murdered at least 41 Palestinians, including 13 children, injured more than 100 people and deliberately targeted at least 60 homes. The bombing of the open-air prison that is Gaza continues unabated with the full support, blessing and funding of the US government. Entire families have been massacred, children’s legs blown off, full blocks leveled—all to the sickening glee of the Zionist state.

Yesterday, thousands took to the streets of NYC to stand with the people of Palestine.

There is no middle ground here. You are on the side of the oppressor, or you stand with the oppressed.

‪#‎gaza‬
‪#‎palestine‬
‪#‎BDS‬

Photos and report by Nastaran Mohit

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NATO airstrikes rock Tripoli during the night

Witnesses claim Gaddafi’s compound was the target: Some have cried foul over NATO’s increased bombings against Gaddafi territories, saying that the mandate for civilian protection, but the U.N. resolution authorizing the no-fly zone uses a rather vague phrase in defining the mission. It states: “…to take all necessary measures to protect civilians under threat of attack in the country, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation force of any form on any part of Libyan territory.” A pro-military force type might read that and say, “well, the civilians are in danger as long as Gaddafi is in power.” We’d likely agree with that. It is a bigger and bloodier mission than expected, however, and that may have consequences in public opinion and diplomacy. source

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Photograph by Bassam Khabieh—Reuters

Jan. 7, 2014. Men hold up a baby who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus.

From the Polar Vortex freezing over much of North America and the refugee crisis in South Sudan to a massive volcano erupting in Indonesia and the welcoming of newborn pandas in Washington and Taipei, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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NATO airstrikes rattle Gaddafi’s home/military compound

NATO unleashes attacks in Tripoli: The strikes early Monday morning came with reports from NATO officials that nobody had been badly harmed, though Libyan state TV later claimed 45 civilian casualties. The odds of civilian death in this regard aren’t negligible, as Gaddafi has hosted throngs of still-loyal citizens at his sprawling residence to act as human shields, fully hoping that the risk of killing them would deter NATO from launching attacks like this one — be warned that there is a small amount of graphic imagery in the video. source

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SYRIA, Douma : An injured Syrian boy sits in a chair as he awaits treatment at a makeshift hospital following reported air strikes by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in the rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus on February 8, 2015. The key rebel bastion on the outskirts of Damascus has been under siege for nearly two years, leading to food and medical shortages. AFP PHOTO / ABD DOUMANY