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Militants Execute Ethnic Kakai Family; 41 Killed in Iraq

Militants attacked a family belonging to the Kakai minority. The post Militants Execute Ethnic Kakai Family; 41 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

The Wrath of the US Along the Euphrates River

Originally posted at TomDispatch. You would barely know it, living in this country, but the essence of modern warfare is what our military tends to call “collateral damage”: the killing or wounding of civilians, not combatants. The Global War on Terror - more than 15 years later a ...

How Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantánamo Opens Up the Horrors of Torture

To read Witnesses of the Unseen: Seven Years in Guantánamo is to run your mind along the contours of hell. The next step, if you're an American, is to embrace it. Claim it. This is who we are: We are the proprietors of a cluster of human cages. This torture center is still open. Men … ...

The 'Israel Anti-Boycott Law' Is Beyond Repair

The AIPAC-sponsored Israel Anti-Boycott Law, introduced in the House of Representatives as H.R.1697 and Senate as S.720, has generated a storm of grassroots pushback. The Intercept and American Civil Liberties Union protested the proposed laws, arguing that Americans supporting boycotts of Israel ...

Home Alone – Trump Is the Kevin McCallister of American Politics

It's as if on election night the shocked and exasperated rulers of the Imperial City ordered Donald Trump to sleep in the White House attic. Unlike Kevin McCallister's family in the movie, however, the establishment never stopped obsessing about his bratty insolence and never intended for him to ...

The Tortured Politics Behind the Persian Gulf Crisis

The splintering of the powerful Gulf Cooperation Council into warring camps - with Qatar, supported by Turkey and Iran, on one side, and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates , supported by Egypt, on the other - has less to do with disagreements over foreign policy and religion than ...

Killing Civilians in Iraq and Syria

The ongoing effort of the United States to eradicate the Islamic State by aggressively launching airstrikes against targets that include noncombatants is causing significant harm to civilians in Iraq and Syria. Estimates of civilian deaths from airstrikes range from the hundreds to the tens of ...

Booby-Traps Litter Mosul; 23 Killed in Iraq

Although not reported regularly thousands have been killed or injured by booby-trap bombs in the Mosul region. The post Booby-Traps Litter Mosul; 23 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Dozens of Bodies Recovered in Mosul; 94 Killed in Iraq

Authorities discovered more bodies that were left in Old City. The post Dozens of Bodies Recovered in Mosul; 94 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

House Passes New Russia Sanctions, Pumps Adrenaline Into Cold War 2.0

Late Tuesday afternoon the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HR 3364, the “Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.” The vote was 419-3, with the only nays coming from Republicans Justin Amash , John Duncan , and Thomas Massie . The bill adds additional ...

Out Sick

Oh boy, if it's not one thing it's another: looks like I've got quite a case of pneumonia! Yes, in the middle of summer. This has pretty much taken me down, so no column today: but don't worry, I'll be back by Monday at the latest. NOTES IN THE MARGIN You can check … Continue reading "Out ...

The Trillion-Dollar National Security Budget

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In May 2012, TomDispatch featured a piece by Chris Hellman and Mattea Kramer, both then analysts at the National Priorities Project, headlined “War Pay: The Nearly $1 Trillion National Security Budget.” The two of them ran through the figures for the ...

Fear and Trepidation in Tel Aviv: Is Israel Losing the Syria War?

Israel, which has played a precarious role in the Syrian war since 2011, is furious to learn that the future of the conflict is not to its liking. The six-year-old Syria war is moving to a new stage, perhaps its final. The Syrian regime is consolidating its control over most of the populated ...

Multiple Mass Graves Found; 151 Killed in Iraq

Mass graves were found in Mosul and Sinjar. A large group of bodies was also found in Anbar province. The post Multiple Mass Graves Found; 151 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Trump Should Veto Congress' Foolish New Sanctions Bill

This week's expected House vote to add more sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea is a prime example of how little thought goes into US foreign policy. Sanctions have become kind of an automatic action the US government takes when it simply doesn't know what else to do. No matter what the ...

52% Say US Would Lie About Foreign Chemical Weapons

A statistically significant poll of the American adult Internet population reveals that 52.4% believe the US government would mislead them "about a foreign government's use of chemical weapons in order to justify US military action." 45.7% responded that they did not believe the US government would ...

Are America's Wars Just and Moral?

"One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies," writes columnist David Ignatius. Given that Syria's prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and wounded Americans. ...

Brennan, Rice, Power – Lock Them Up!

We frequently hear people say they have nothing to hide - so surrendering privacy and constitutional rights to the Surveillance State may not be such a big deal if it helps catch a terrorist or two. But with each passing day in the RussiaGate drama we are learning that this superficial exoneration ...

Sanctions Bill: An Ode to Hypocrisy, Groupthink, Smugness, and Cronyism

The Republican-controlled Congress couldn't get it together on healthcare, infrastructure, immigration, or much of anything else, but, hey, they got together with the Democrats on a Russia sanctions bill: the Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act.' If you read the text, the proportion of moral ...

Bombers Turn Attention to Baquba; 18 Killed in Iraq

A bomb left several casualties in Baquba. The post Bombers Turn Attention to Baquba; 18 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Body Dumping Continues in Baghdad; 34 Killed in Iraq

Militias were blamed for the latest dumped body that was found in Baghdad. The post Body Dumping Continues in Baghdad; 34 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Our Options in Korea: Only One Is Lawful and Peaceful

Peace talks follow a war. Why not hold those talks first and skip the war? Donald Trump, who boasts of his art of the deal, said on May 1 he would be honored to meet with North Korea's leader. Now he accuses the North of "very, very dangerous behavior," contemplating "pretty severe things" as the ...

Dead Civilians and the Language of War

Finally it comes down to this: Some people are expendable. In certain parts of the world - where we and our allies are waging war - the expendable people come in two categories: terrorists and civilians, whom we only kill if and when necessary, and whose deaths often elicit official apologies (if ...

Veterans Call on US To Sign Nuclear Ban Treaty

Written by Brian Trautman, Gerry Condon, and Samantha Ferguson On July 7th, 2017, the United Nations , in a historic decision, approved a legally binding instrument to ban nuclear weapons, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Months of negotiations involving over 130 countries began in ...

Sunni and Shi'ite Forces Quarrel in Mosul; 13 Killed in Iraq

Factions of Iraq's security forces clashed with each other in Mosul. Several casualties were reported. The post Sunni and Shi'ite Forces Quarrel in Mosul; 13 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Civilians Still Trapped by Mosul Fighting; 56 Killed in Iraq

Despite the liberation of Mosul, fighting continues and hundreds of civilians remain trapped. The post Civilians Still Trapped by Mosul Fighting; 56 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Trump Ends Syrian Regime Change Campaign

The headline in the Washington Post said it all: Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels in Syria, a move sought by Moscow.' The madness that has infected what passes for journalism today could not be more starkly dramatized: everything is seen through the distorting lens of ...

Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?

"Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender." Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S. presidents to bloodless victory in the ...

Bombing the Rubble

Originally posted at TomDispatch. You remember. It was supposed to be twenty-first-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special operations raids so ...

Yemen Policy Is Creating More Terrorists

As Iraq finally pries the death grip of the Islamic State off of its bloodied form, you'd think US policy would reflect the lessons learned from killing innocent civilians and destroying the basic functions of a nation. Instead, more than a decade of using drones to target' suspected terrorists, the ...

The Story Behind the Jerusalem Attack: How Trump and Netanyahu Pushed Palestinians Into a Corner

Early October 2016, Misbah Abu Sbeih left his wife and five children at home and then drove to an Israeli police station in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem. The 39-year-old Jerusalemite was scheduled to hand himself over to serve a term of 4 months in jail for, allegedly, trumped up charges of ...

Anticipating the Forthcoming PBS Documentary, 'The Vietnam War'

Much has been written and many documentaries made about the American War in Vietnam including the highly acclaimed 1983 effort by PBS, Vietnam: A Television History. Though not without its shortcomings, this 13-part documentary series was well crafted, meticulously researched, carefully balanced and ...

Civilians Returning to Mosul Find Booby-trapped Homes; 44 Killed in Iraq

Booby-trapped homes await returning civilians in Mosul. The post Civilians Returning to Mosul Find Booby-trapped Homes; 44 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

Mosul Rubble Begins to Give up Its Dead; 26 Killed in Iraq

Workers found the bodies of several small children in what is only the beginning of a massive undertaking to clear Mosul of its dead. The post Mosul Rubble Begins to Give up Its Dead; 26 Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

How To Sustain Perpetual War

Sustaining America's state of post-9/11 perpetual war requires skillful manipulation of the public at home. The key tool used for this purpose is the bloodless narrative, a combination of policy, falsehoods and media manipulation that creates the impression that America's wars have few consequences, ...

The 'Foreign Meddling' Double-Standard

We're all supposed to be outraged by alleged Russian meddling' in the 2016 election, despite the fact that no actual evidence of such interference has been made public. First it was 17 intelligence agencies' supposedly confirmed that Moscow was behind the DNC/Podesta email releases, and then it was ...