State Department Ignores How US Forces Have Inspired ‘Emergence’ of Al Qaeda Affiliates

By: Thursday May 1, 2014 11:00 am

The United States State Department has released its annual report on global terrorism where it highlights “serious threat” posed to the US by the growth in affiliates of Al Qaeda while also acknowledging that the “international community has severely degraded Al Qaeda’s core leadership.” As it describes, “Leadership losses in Pakistan, coupled with weak governance [...]

Questions That Should Be Asked About Recent Operations, Including Drone Strikes, in Yemen

By: Tuesday April 22, 2014 2:09 pm

How much of the drone war being waged by the United States in Yemen is targeting actual al Qaeda fighters? And how much of it is targeting fighters, who are opposed to the current regime led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi? In three days, three possible drone strikes launched apparently in cooperation with Yemeni [...]

Torture and the Destruction of the Human Being Shaker Aamer by the United States

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 10:38 am

Somedays we have a little fun in this space, commenting on world events with a joke, some satire, a little snark. Today will not be one of those days. The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture. They at first denied any [...]

Who ‘Lost’ Iraq? Bush? Obama? Military? State? Maliki? How About ‘All of the Above’?

By: Friday January 10, 2014 10:32 am

Who lost Iraq? All of the above. Supported by post-9/11 bloodlust among the American people, Congress and the media, the Bush administration invaded a relatively stable country amid the volatile Middle East. Procounsel Paul Bremer almost immediately disbanded the two elements that held Iraq together—the civil service, including the police, and the army. The U.S. [...]

Shepherds & Farmers—Not Militants—Were Killed in US Drone Strike on Wedding Convoy in Yemen

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 1:03 pm

A human rights organization, Reprieve, has shared a report on a United States drone strike that killed twelve men and wounded dozens more in a wedding convoy near Radda in December. The report is based off interviews with local villagers and features eyewitness accounts of the one of the worst drone attacks in the history of [...]

If Not Now, When? Al Qaeda Resurgent in Iraq

By: Tuesday January 7, 2014 5:36 pm

Journalist Liz Sly reports a rejuvenated al Qaeda asserted control over the Iraqi city of Fallujah, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify during our nine year War and Occupation. Sly goes on to say that the capture [...]

Anonymous US Officials Lie About Drone Attack on Wedding Convoy in Yemen

By: Friday December 20, 2013 5:33 pm

At least a dozen people in a wedding convoy were killed in the al-Bayda province of Yemen on December 12 when the United States launched a drone attack. It provoked great outrage, and, in the aftermath, the Yemeni government compensated a local tribe and Yemen’s parliament passed a resolution to ban US drone strikes. Nothing [...]

US Drone Strike Targeting Seminary in Settled Area of Pakistan Kills Six

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 11:15 am

At least six people were killed and several injured in the Hangu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan early in the morning on November 21 when a CIA drone attacked a seminary. The drone strike appeared to have targeted militants from the Haqqani network, a group the United States government believes has close ties to [...]

Obama’s Rendition Operation in Libya: It’s Like President George W. Bush Got a Fourth Term

By: Monday October 7, 2013 12:52 pm

Two raids were mounted by United States military forces over the weekend. One raid led to the rendition of a terror suspect from Libya to a naval vessel and the other raid was an operation in Somalia that failed.

Al Qaeda Plot Leaks: McClatchy’s Response to New York Times Alleging Journalism Impacted US Intelligence

By: Tuesday October 1, 2013 2:31 pm

The notion that news reports—journalism—effectively alerted al Qaeda leaders that their communications were being monitored by US intelligence was legitimized by the New York Times on Monday, when it published statements purely from anonymous US officials containing such allegations. The Times implicated McClatchy Newspapers as being responsible and now the media organization has responded with a news report of its own. [...]

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