US Strikes on Mosul Kill 230 Civilians Overnight

US Strikes on Mosul Kill 230 Civilians Overnight

Over 130 Civilians Killed in Attack on a Single Building in Western Mosul

As the US airstrikes in the Iraqi city of Mosul are increasingly concentrated around densely populated neighborhoods in the city’s west, the death toll from those airstrikes in spiraling rapidly out of control, with the most recent figures out of the area suggesting around 230 civilians were killed overnight in US and coalition strikes in just a single neighborhood.

That’s an enormous toll, of course, but is reported from several sources telling largely the same story, including that a single US airstrike against a large building full of civilians in Mosul killed over 130 people, while the other 100 or so were killed in the surrounding area.

Central Command said that they were “aware of the loss of life” and were carrying out “further investigation,” while insisting that all of their strikes against Mosul overnight “comply with the Law of Armed Conflict.” Centcom’s official report for the overnight strikes claimed they’d hit “11 fighting positions” and didn’t mention killing hundreds of civilians.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported that the civilian death toll was mostly women and children, saying that the bulk of the bodies were pulled from just three adjoining residences in the Jadida neighborhood. They speculated the civilians were “human shields” for ISIS snipers in the area.

That would be an awful lot of human shields, of course, and there wouldn’t be much point of stashing them inside buildings where the US forces clearly either didn’t know where they were or didn’t feel it amounted to a deterrent to bombing those buildings anyhow.

If the toll is ultimately confirmed by Centcom, which is a huge “if” given how often well documented incidents never end up on their official reports, it would roughly double the number of civilians the US has admitted to killing in Iraq and Syria over the ISIS war. NGOs have suggested the US strikes have killed well over 2,000 civilians already, and that’s not including last night’s massive toll.

War Crimes, Death and Destruction in Mosul ~ [+LIVE UPDATES]


It’s been months since the Mosul operation began, and – unlike in the coverage of the liberation of Aleppo – Western media have lauded it. But RT journalists have been on the ground in Mosul and discovered more to the story: civilian deaths and damage caused by the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes.

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Rushing into crossfire:
Mosul civilians flee amidst coalition airstrikes & Daesh

“It was hell for us, and when the Iraqi army came we celebrated. Our district was completely destroyed. Suicide bombers, rockets, jets bombed us all the time. Civilians are still buried under wreckage”, an elderly woman said.

“Very often the jets would miss. Seven entire families near us were killed this way. Perhaps their weapons were faulty, as they regularly went off-target”, a young female refugee in burka said.

“There are so many people hurt by airstrikes. Four children were wounded yesterday. While they were playing in the garden”, a male refugee told Gazdiev, saying that “army artillery bombed us nonstop“…[…read more…]………..


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US Terror-Bombing in Iraq Massacres Civilians

US Terror-Bombing Massacres Civilians

by Stephen Lendman

US terror-bombing in the battle for Mosul has nothing to do with liberating the city, everything to with destroying it.
A similar strategy is employed in Syria, smashing vital infrastructure on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.
America created and/or supports terrorist groups in both countries and elsewhere – waging war OF terror, not on it.
Civilians in harm’s way are being indiscriminately massacred, residential neighborhoods turned to rubble, terror-bombing burying entire families beneath the wreckage of their homes – media scoundrels ignoring high crimes demanding accountability.
Last week’s mosque bombing in western Aleppo province slaughtered over four dozen worshipers, injured many more. Pentagon authorities lied, claiming an al-Qaeda structure was targeted, not a mosque. Its rubble and death toll proved otherwise.
Overnight Tuesday, US terror-bombing massacred over 30 Syrian civilians about 20 miles west of Raqqa, many others injured, according to residents and eye-witnesses.
Bodies are still being pulled from rubble. A school was struck hosting around 50 displaced families. Two days earlier, US terror-bombing slaughtered 30 civilians in Matab al-Borashid village near Raqqa, including eight children and six women.
In Iraq and Syria, defenseless civilians are being massacred on the phony pretext of combating ISIS – US war crimes unreported in the West.
Wherever America shows up, mass slaughter and destruction follow. Endless US imperial wars rage in Syria, Iraq and other theaters – horrors inflicted on millions ignored by media scoundrels.
Trump wants tens of billions more dollars budgeted for militarism and warmaking. America gives new meaning to the term rogue state.
Since Pentagon warplanes began terror-bombing Syria and Iraq in 2014, thousands of civilians were slaughtered or injured, numerous others displaced, vital infrastructure in both countries destroyed.

If You Weren’t Sure About Trump’s Foreign Policy – You Can Be Now

If You Weren’t Sure About Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy – You Can Be Now

Written by Chris Nineham

If anyone had doubts about the direction of Trump’s Middle East policy, the last few days should have cleared them up


‘Largely unreported in the mainstream media, the US is escalating its intervention across all fronts in the region.’

On Friday, a drone strike near Aleppo hit a mosque and killed up to 46 people. The US accepted responsibility for the strike which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring network, described as a “massacre,” saying the dead were mostly civilians.

This attack follows the first announcement of regular troop deployments in Syria since the start of the war. 1,000 troops have been earmarked to join the offensive against Raqqa.

As early as February this year, it appears that the US was killing more civilians in Syria than Russian forces.

Meanwhile across the border in Iraq, the US backed assault on Mosul is increasing in intensity. Airwars has estimated that as many as 369 civilians were killed in just one week at the start of March by air strikes in one district of southwest Mosul, way more than admitted by the leaders of US operation Inherent Resolve.

Reports from within the city suggest that the population is blaming much of the devastation on attacks by US aircraft and helicopter gunships.

Middle East Eye reports growing anger amongst local people. They quote one eye witness saying:

“Countless civilians have been killed by these air strikes and many, many bodies are still lying underneath their homes,”

“The aircraft see one Daesh guy on the roof and drops a bomb to get him but, in the basement below, a family of 10 people are sheltering and they get killed too.”

Another blamed the attacks that have buried whole families on the US:

“They are definitely coalition air strikes. Most of them are done by unmarked aircraft without any Iraqi flags, and only America has Apache helicopters here, not the Iraqi air force…anyway, the Iraqi military can’t do anything here without the permission of the US.”

Fighting On All Fronts

The level of violence in the brutal Saudi led war against Yemen continues to rise as well – with US collaboration as Foreign Policy reported on March 9:

“After a week of punishing airstrikes loosed on al Qaeda in Yemen that saw 40 targets go up in flames and smoke, American pilots took a breather the past two nights, watching the dust settle.

The weeklong blitz in Yemen eclipsed the annual bombing total for any year during Obama’s presidency. Under the previous administration, approval for strikes came only after slow-moving policy discussions, with senior officials required to sign off on any action. The Trump administration has proven much quicker at green-lighting attacks.”

The US role was exposed again on Friday when at least 42 Somali refugees fleeing the country were killed by an attack on their boat by an apache helicopter gunship, almost certainly supplied to the Saudis by the US.

Micah Zenko from the Council on Foreign Relations has identified a dramatic ramp up in drone attacks in the region since Trump’s inauguration. In his own words:

During President Obama’s two terms in office, he approved 542 such targeted strikes in 2,920 days—one every 5.4 days. From his inauguration through today, President Trump had approved at least 36 drone strikes or raids in 45 days—one every 1.25 days.

The View From Trumpland

This series of incidents is not coincidental. Largely unreported in the mainstream media, the US is escalating its intervention across all fronts in the region. This reflects the consensus that emerged towards the end of Obama’s presidency in the US Foreign Policy community that for all its brutality, Obama’s posture to the Middle East was way too restrained.

During his presidency, Russia, China and Iran all increased their influence in the region, and Trump’s new administration is committed to rolling them back. Such a policy can only inflame an already dangerously fraught situation. Any semblance of a peace process appears to have broken down in Syria. Israel, no doubt emboldened by the change of US policy, has stepped up its bombing raids, making Syria the most militarily contested country anywhere since World War Two.

And the Middle East is just one element in a more and more dangerous global situation. Richard Fontaine from the ‘moderate’ think tank the Centre for a New American Security, recently provided an insight into how the world looks from the White House:

‘Russia is more active in the Middle East today than it has been at any point since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and it has initiated a program of disruption and intimidation across Europe. China has stepped up its efforts to solidify claims over most of the South China Sea and enhance its economic influence over the region. Iran has become the primary external actor in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon.’

Trump’s first two months suggest that his response to such challenges to US hegemony will be confrontational. Having generated much revulsion and protest around the world already it is crucial that the spirit of resistance is maintained to stop him dragging the world deeper into war

Number of US Airstrikes Soaring in Iraq, Syria. Civilians Paying Heavy Price

Number of US Airstrikes Soaring in Iraq, Syria

Over 7,000 Strikes Carried Out in Just the Last Two Months

With the fighting against ISIS increasingly confined to densely populated cities like Mosul and Raqqa, the US air war against them continues to escalate precipitously, with record numbers of airstrikes in recent months, and the coalition dropping over 7,000 munitions on Iraq and Syria in just the last two months.

Air Force Central Command spokeswoman Capt. Kathleen Atanasoff attributed to the continued increase in strikes to the effort to support Iraq’s invasion of Mosul, a city of well over a million people. With the fighting there heavily confined to residential neighborhoods, however, the heavy use of airstrikes must raise concern of large civilian tolls.

January now stands as the record month for strikes in the current war, with some 3,600 US and coalition strikes taking place. The number in February was roughly equal at 3,440, with the difference attributable to there being less days in February.

Capt. Atanasoff wasn’t presenting this as a campaign at its peak, however, saying that as the military offensive on the ground moves forward, the US air campaign tends to increase, as the clearing of territory opens up new areas to US strikes in the effort to “hunt down and kill ISIS.” She added that the number of strikes in Afghanistan will also increase in Afghanistan, with the weather making it easier to carry out strikes.

Iraqi resistance movement “Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba” establishes a brigade to liberate Israeli-occupied Golan Heights


Iraqi Resistance Movement Establishes Brigade to Liberate Golan Heights

(Excerpts from Tasnim News Agency, 8 March 2017) ~ The spokesman for Iraq’s al-Nujaba Movement, a major Shiite resistance group, announced that the movement has formed a special brigade to liberate Golan Heights from the Zionist regime of Israel.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Tasnim News Agency central office on Wednesday, Seyed Hashem al-Moussavi highlighted the involvement of al-Nujaba forces in the Syrian government’s military campaign against foreign-backed terrorists and said they will not leave Syria until “the last terrorist” leaves the Arab country.

“After recent victories (in Syria), we have established the Golan Liberation Brigade,” he said, adding that the forces are well-trained.

“If the Syrian government requests, we are ready to take actions to liberate Golan,” the spokesman underlined.

He went on to say that the Golan Liberation Brigade is comprised of highly-equipped special forces, who have not left a region unless they ended a conflict there.

The al-Nujaba Movement is an offshoot of Iraqi voluntary forces, also known as the Popular Mobilization Units or Hashid al-Shaabi, which is active both in Iraq and Syria…(…)…


«L’armée pour la libération du Golan» est née

Interviewé par l’agence de presse iranienne Tasnim, le commandant al-Moussavi a évoqué la lutte contre Daech en Irak, groupe terroriste qui bénéficie d’«armes américaines», de «véhicules blindés saoudiens» et de «denrées alimentaires qataries».

«Les terroristes de Daech ont l’intention de fuir de l’Irak vers la Syrie et d’y former un émirat. Mais ce que cherchent les États-Unis va au-delà de cet objectif : les Américains veulent envoyer Daech non seulement en Syrie, mais aussi au Yémen, pour ainsi étendre le terrorisme à travers toute la région. L’Afrique figure elle aussi à l’agenda des priorités des Américains et de leur œuvre d’expansion du terrorisme»

Al-Moussavi a dénoncé par ailleurs la présence des Américains à Mossoul, où «ils cherchent à voler la victoire au peuple irakien, peuple uni que Washington a tout fait pour diviser et faire disparaître».

«Nous avons bloqué les frontières syro-irakiennes et, consécutivement à notre démarche, l’aviation irakienne a lancé des raids contre les positions de Daech en Syrie. Ces deux gestes concomitants ont provoqué la panique à Riyad, qui a dépêché son ministre des Affaires étrangères à Bagdad », a-t-il poursuivi.

Le commandant al-Moussavi est revenu ensuite sur la situation en Syrie, où son mouvement maintient «depuis quatre ans sa présence».

«Cela fait quatre ans que la Turquie détourne les richesses de la Syrie. Et à ce qui paraît, elle ne veut à aucun prix lâcher prise. Or l’Irak est bien différent. Si la Turquie ne retire pas ses forces de Bachiqa, au nord de Mossoul, le Hezbollah aura recours à la force. Sous prétexte de vouloir éviter une guerre confessionnelle, l’armée turque occupe l’Irak et dit vouloir empêcher l’entrée du Hezbollah à Tal Afar. Mais nos forces se trouvent à un kilomètre de cette ville. L’empire néottoman d’Erdogan s’est depuis longtemps effondré», a-t-il expliqué.

Et le Golan? 

Le porte-parole du mouvement al-Nujaba a insisté sur le fait que le Hezbollah d’Irak ne quitterait pas la Syrie «tant que les Syriens y seront présents»:

«Nous nous battons pour la dignité et la souveraineté des sunnites, des chiites et des chrétiens de Syrie. La question démographique n’est pas notre affaire. Et d’ailleurs, nous ne perdons jamais de vue le pays qui est le vrai ennemi de tous les musulmans, à savoir Israël. Après nos récentes victoires à Alep et ailleurs en Syrie, le mouvement al-Nujaba a formé une armée pour la libération du Golan occupé. Nous ne permettrons pas que les pays de la région soient démembrés et deviennent géographiquement plus petits qu’Israël. Car c’est cela le but des grandes puissances».

Et le porte-parole du Hezbollah irakien d’ajouter:

«L’armée du Golan est composée de forces spéciales très bien formées et équipées, forces qui ne se sont pas engagées dans les combats. C’est une armée qui attend l’ordre de l’état-major syrien pour passer à l’acte et libérer le Golan occupé des mains de l’occupant israélien».

SOURCES: Tasnimnews, 8/3/2017 Press-TV, 8/3/2017 Submitted by Cem Ertür War Press Info Network at : ~

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مشاريع تحمل بذور خيبتها… ولا يصحّ إلا الصحيح

مارس 15, 2017

ناصر قنديل

– عندما تستهلك القوى السياسية، دولاً وأحزاباً، فائض قوتها وتعجز عن تحويله قيمة مضافة، أي تحويله تطوراً سياسياً، يبدأ التآكل والهريان في عناصر القوة ويصير النصر الذي يبدو قد تحقق عبئاً على أصحابه، لا يعرفون أين يذهبون به، وقد امتنعوا عن صرفه في عروض سياسية رأوها متدنيّة الأسعار وصارت بعدها أمنيات، حتى تتنازل الأثمان ويصير الثمن المطلوب حفظ ماء الوجه، منعاً لفضيحة الهزيمة. هزيمة سببها العجز عن تحقيق العناوين المرفوعة والأهداف المعلنة. هذه سنّة تاريخية لا يستطيع كثيرون إدراكها لانبهارهم دائماً بمن يملك فائض قوة، ولذعرهم الداخلي من كل صاحب قوة، والانبهار والذعر متكاملان هنا في إنتاج ذيلية فكرية وعجز عن القراءة الصحيحة، حتى عندما تقع الهزيمة يقع هؤلاء المرضى بالذل في تفسيرها نصراً مخفياً مدبّراً ويبحثون للمهزوم وهو يعترف بهزيمته عن نصر لا يراه.

– هذا يعني أمرين، الأول أن القوى التي تفوز في لحظة مواجهة وتقوم بتسييل فائض قوتها العسكري أو المالي أو المعنوي، وتُحرز نصراً تجد نفسها مطالبة بالتواضع في التسريع بتحويل النصر قيمة مضافة أي تحويله إنجازاً سياسياً يلقى شرعية الاعتراف من الخصوم. وهذا هو الأهم، وكل قياس لحدود الممكن وعدم رفع لسقوف المطلوب هو ذكاء استراتيجي سيكتشفه الذين يمانعون بداعي غرور القوة والمكابرة، عندما يختبرون مصير فائض قوتهم، وهو يتآكل وينفقون المزيد من القوة لحمايته وصيانته والتذكير بوجوده، حتى يتحوّل عبئاً يضطرون للتخفّف منه ولو دفعوا ثمناً لذلك. أما الأمر الثاني فهو أن القوى التي تهزم أمام تسييل فائض قوة لا يردّ وتستطيع الصمود وحرمان خصمها من تحويل نصره إنجازاً سياسياً يحوز شرعية اعترافها، تملك بقوة الممانعة هذه أن تحبط النصر وتحوله عبئاً وتدفعه في طريق التآكل، وأن الذكاء الاستراتيجي هنا هو في التفاوض المباشر أو غير المباشر على أثمان مدروسة ومنطقية تحوز شرعية الوسطاء ولا يقبلها الخصم المنتصر حتى تتالى جولات التفاوض وفائض القوة يتآكل ويصير النصر عبئاً وتتنازل العروض حتى بلوغها المكان الذي يحوّل النصر هزيمة، أو يصير التخفف من التورط بذاته هدفاً لمن كان بالأمس منتصراً.

– بقياس هذه المعادلات فقط يمكن فهم معنى تحوّل ما كان في احتلال العراق أميركياً نصراً وصار هزيمة، بفعل غرور القوة من جهة والممانعة الإيرانية السورية لقبول الإملاءات من جهة مقابلة، وفهم كيف تحقق النصر للمقاومة في حرب تموز 2006، بفعل غرور القوة الإسرائيلي ورفع سقوف مستحيلة من جهة وصمود المقاومة عسكرياً وسياسياً بما يحول دون منح أثمان تعوّض العدوان وتمنحه شرف ادعاء النصر، وكذلك يمكن بتطبيق هذه المعادلات فهم احتلال إسرائيل للبنان ونهايته المهينة، حروباً ومعارك كثيرة.

– ما يستدعي التذكير بهذه القوانين والمعادلات ظواهر راهنة نعيشها اليوم من حولنا، تبدو معها لعبة الرهان على فائض القوة تستهلك بريقها وتدخل مراحل التآكل، لعجز أصحابها عن تسييلها قيماً مضافة، أي إنجازات في السياسة تحوز شرعية الخصوم واعترافهم، الأبرز هنا هو التوغل التركي في سورية والحرب السعودية على اليمن، والتلاعب الإسرائيلي في جنوب سورية.

– بلغ التوغل التركي في سورية سقفه الجغرافي، وسقف التغطية السياسية الدولية، وبات كل تمسك ببقائه سبباً لتحوّله عبئاً على أصحابه، لأنه مبرر موضوعي لمزيد من تجذر الحالة الكردية وخصوصيتها التي تحظى بمقدار أكبر من الشرعية لانتسابها لمواطنين سوريين وتحظى بدعم دولي يفوق ما يحظى به الدور التركي، وتشكل حاجة للأميركيين لتغطية فريق سوري له خصوصية لوجودهم في جغرافيا سورية لا يملك التركي تعويضهم عنها، فهو احتلال أجنبي مثلهم، والاحتلال لا يغطّي احتلالاً.

– الحرب السعودية على اليمن، وقد أضاعت فرصة التسوية بعد دخول عدن لا تزال تمضي من تورّط إلى تورّط بلا قدرة على امتلاك لحظة الانخراط في التسوية حتى صارت عبئاً. والعبء كلما مضى الزمن يكبر ويصير القبول بالثمن الذي كان ممكناً أصعب، ومواصلة الحصول عليه غير مؤكدة.

– العبث الإسرائيلي في جنوب سورية بوهم بناء حزام أمني بلغ سقف الرهان ودخل مرحلة التآكل وصار على الإسرائيلي التحفف منه، بقدر ما يراه سبباً لشرعية تجذّر المقاومة في تلك المنطقة، سواء المقاومة بفريقها اللبناني الأهم الذي يمثله حزب الله كحليف لسورية أو المقاومة بمعناها الأشمل كحالة شعبية سورية لمواجهة إسرائيل . فوضع تركيا و إسرائيل متشابه لجهة الحاجة للإسراع بقبول اعتبار عودة الدولة السورية لتسلّم أراضيها والانكفاء أمامها كمشروع، بلا أثمان، اقل الخسائر التي يمكن دفعها، قبل أن تتجذّر حالات تصيب كل منهما في العمق أكثر، ولو لم تكن تعبيراً عن رغبة سورية، ليس من ضمنها كانتون كردي في الشمال، ولا ضمن مشروع المقاومة الذي ليس ضمنه اقتطاع جزء من الجغرافيا السورية لحسابه.

– في لحظات التاريخ الحاسمة يصير الممكن والواقعي هو الذي كان اسمه الأصح، وكان مستبعَد الحصول بفعل فوارق القوة. يصح هذا في الحروب كما في السياسة، ويصير السؤال عن مدى قبول قوى كبرى بهزائم أمام قوى صغيرة، مجرد جهل بقواعد صناعة التاريخ وحركته، وانتقاماته المفاجئة بلا إنذار، لعنة سورية تلاحق التركي و الإسرائيلي ، هذا هو معناها.

– لبنانياً، يمكن الإفادة من فهم هذه المعادلات في فهم الاستعصاء السياسي الذي يعيشه البلد، فكل مشروع يحقق ربحاً طائفياً في كفة ينتج رد فعل يوازيه في كفة موازية، وفي زمن يقظة العصبيات الطائفية يتعقد أكثر البحث عن التوفيق بين تلبية التطلع للحفاظ على أحجام كانت، والسعي لتحقيق أحجام يفترض أن تكون، ويصير القانون الممكن هو القانون الذي كان اسمه الأصح ويستبعد كثيرون حصوله على القبول ممن يملكون قدرة الرفض. قد لا يبدو هذا الكلام واقعياً الآن، لكنه قد يصير كذلك بعد حين، تحت شعار عودوا إلى المادة 22 من الدستور، فهي الأقل كلفة ولو ببعض من الغموض في توقع النتائج.

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