Browsing: War and Terror

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‘The United States should provide weapons to the Ukrainian military to support its fight against Russian-backed rebels, the top American general in Europe told lawmakers on Tuesday.

“I personally believe that we need to consider lethal defensive weapons for Ukraine,” Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti said in testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.

The United States already has the authorization to provide such weaponry to Ukraine, which has been fighting a Russian proxy force in the eastern regions of its country since 2014. Congress included the provision in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act as part of a more than $150 million package to aid Ukraine, but President Barack Obama’s administration declined to provide any lethal weapons.

Instead, the U.S. military has provided American troops to train Ukrainians and non-lethal equipment including Humvees.’

Read more: EUCOM chief: US should provide weapons to Ukraine

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‘The West’s violent policies at home and abroad were major factors in bringing about the Westminster attack, but British authorities are in denial, according to the advocacy NGO Cage.

Four people were killed and up to 50 wounded on March 15 when British-born Khalid Masood ploughed a car into a crowded area on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer. Masood was also shot dead at the scene.

Cage, a human rights organization that examines the impact of measures taken in the War on Terror, warned that, though the attack is being widely blamed on a violent ideology, no attention has been paid to where that ideology actually came from.’

Read more: War on Terror & neo-con agenda to blame for Westminster attack, says rights group

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‘Russia’s alleged interference in last year’s US presidential election could be considered “an act of war”, according to former US Vice President Dick Cheney.

Mr Cheney, who was George W Bush’s deputy between 2001 and 2009, said there was “no question” that Vladimir Putin had attempted to influence the election outcome.

“There’s no question there was a very serious effort made by Putin and his government, his organisation, to interfere in major ways with our basic fundamental democratic processes,” Mr Cheney said during a speech at a business conference in New Delhi, India.’

Read more: War Criminal and Neocon Dick Cheney: Russia’s interference in US presidential election ‘an act of war’

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‘In a 97-2 vote, the US Senate has approved Montenegro joining the NATO alliance, which would make it the 29th member. The addition will be official once approved by the rest of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization member nations.

The two votes against Montenegro’s NATO accession were cast by Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

The Senate’s nearly unanimous vote on Tuesday followed a bitter procedural moment when Senator Paul objected to a cloture motion by Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) on March 16, as Paul demanded a debate over the expansion of NATO.

McCain accused Paul of “working for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin” on the Senate floor, and Paul later called McCain “unhinged” in TV interviews.’

Read more: US Senate vote ratifies Montenegro joining NATO

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‘Major international tech firms will be asked at a meeting this week by the Government to combat terrorists’ use of their products amid accusations that the investigation into the London attacks was being hampered by the privacy rules applied by internet companies.

It has emerged that the killer, British Muslim convert Khalid Masood, used the messaging service WhatsApp just minutes before slamming his car into the crowds on Westminster Bridge.

The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has complained that the security agencies have been unable to access the message because of the use of encryption.’

Read more: Tech firms prepare for showdown with Government over terrorists’ use of WhatsApp

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‘One of the biggest lies told is the false notion that in order to maintain peace, we must have war. Orwellian logic.

As ridiculous as it sounds, the majority of naïve statists believe this notion to be true. This is due, in no small part, to statist conditioning and state-driven propaganda that capitalizes on a blind, patriotic whimsy. And so the war machine continues to rage on, destroying lives, while fattening the pockets of the fat cats at Lockheed Martin and Boeing, not to mention all the other companies which directly and indirectly profit from war. It’s an all-too-common tragedy. But what can you expect when living within an oligarchic plutocracy disguised as a democratic republic? Rhetorical questions aside, there must be ways in which we can, as courageous individuals, throw a monkey wrench into the war machine and thus stop it in its violent tracks.

Here are four ways to do precisely that.’

Read more: Four Ways to Throw a Monkey Wrench into the War Machine

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‘Iran has dismissed recent allegations by a Saudi military official against the Islamic Republic, saying the extremist ideologies cultivated by Saudi Arabia are the root cause of terrorism in the Middle East.

Extremist ideologies developed in Saudi Arabia have led to the formation of various Takfiri terrorist groups, which are threatening people in the region and across the world, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday.

He added that Takfiri terrorists and their regional and international supporters posed the real threat to the region, adding that the patrons were committing the most heinous crimes in the Middle East in the name of fighting terror.

Qassemi was responding to allegations by Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri, the spokesman for the Saudi military and the Riyadh-led coalition targeting Yemen. Asiri had accused Iran, without offering any evidence, of meddling in the region and openly smuggling weapons to militants and terrorist groups.’

Read more: Extremist ideologies promoted by Riyadh root of terrorism: Iran

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‘Two foreign UN contractors who were kidnapped in DR Congo have been found dead, one of them decapitated, the government said Tuesday, as spiraling violence in the vast country sparked international condemnation.

The bodies of American Michael Sharp and Swedish national Zaida Catalan were found as the UN Security Council prepared for a vote on Wednesday on extending its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres vowed that the world body would do “everything possible” to bring justice in the case.

“Michael and Zaida lost their lives seeking to understand the causes of conflict and insecurity in the DRC in order to help bring peace to the country and its people,” the UN chief said.’

Read more: Kidnapped UN experts in DR Congo found dead

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‘The road to Raqqa is now blocked by U.S. forces and their allies. The chances that Raqqa (and the surrounding region) will be returned to Syria are now slim to none. Foreign armies and their proxies are sharpening their carving knives.

U.S. Special Forces and Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters have just captured a “strategic air base” from Islamic State in northern Syria; in doing so, they have also “blocked” the advance of the Syrian Army as it approaches Raqqa from the west:

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Sunday that they captured the Tabqa air base, 45km west of Raqqa, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group’s de facto capital in Syria.

Earlier this week, US forces airlifted SDF fighters behind ISIL lines to allow them to launch the Tabqa assault, and on Friday the alliance reached one of the dam’s entrances. SDF forces were within 10km of Raqqa from the north, and aimed to effectively surround the city before launching an assault.’

Read more: US Forces Block Syrian Army Advance in Preparation For Syria Partition

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