Category Archives: US government

Aerial attacks: ISIS uses coalition tactics – albeit on a smaller scale 

Tim Bradshaw (Financial Times) reports that ISIS has been using low-cost “quadcopters”, assembled using kits instead of buying ‘off-the-shelf’, to drop improvised bombs in Syria and Iraq. US military officials have become increasingly concerned about ISIS’ use of drones such … Continue reading

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‘Friendly fire’ in northern Syria killed 18 allied fighters

This photo from the Kurdish-run Hawar News Agency shows fighters from the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces at a funeral procession in Tal Abyad, Syria, on April 13, 2017, for 18 comrades who were killed by a misdirected airstrike by the … Continue reading

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Legacy: “Obama scattered his drones and special forces throughout the Muslim world”

In January, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported that President Obama embraced the US drone programme, overseeing more strikes in his first year than Bush carried out during his entire presidency. A total of 563 strikes, largely by drones, targeted Pakistan, Somalia and … Continue reading

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President Trump, his predecessors and all ‘complicit by their silence’ are to blame for this insanity

Paul Gosling retweeted NYT’s report of Yemen’s anger at  the civilian casualties incurred last month in the first commando raid authorized by President Trump (covered on this site here): Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run Special Operations … Continue reading

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Trump’s first disastrous airstrike, followed by ‘boots on the ground’

American broadcasting network NBC was the first to report news from a senior US military official that in the first airstrike and military raid carried out under President Donald Trump, two Americans were killed in Southern Yemen on Sunday. One … Continue reading

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Iraqi MPs and medics say fifty-five civilians killed in air strike on Qaim

Local hospital sources said air strikes hit a busy tailor’s market in the town of al-Qaim, an Islamic State-held town in Iraq’s Anbar province, killing 55 civilians including 12 women and 19 children, in three air strikes. The bodies of … Continue reading

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Barbaric US airstrikes cost $1 billion; add to this the effects of terror, injuries, killings and ruined infrastructure

  Japan Times reports today that the Pentagon issued a statement about a U.S. airstrike in Syria last month killed what the Defense Department describes as a senior al-Qaida leader who once had ties to Osama bin Laden. Full details … Continue reading

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