Iraqi forces caught torturing captives in Mosul mostly supervised by US – security official
Iraqi military, who were filmed torturing and abusing civilians, are “mainly supervised by US commanders,” a member of the Baghdad Security Committee, has said, telling RT that American military personnel have “some type of immunity” in such cases.
Washington Uses Kurds to Achieve its Goals
by Anna Jaunger, for The International Reporter:
On June 6, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), mainly consisting of the Kurdish formations, began an active phase of the operation to liberate Raqqa from ISIS terrorists. This was announced by the official spokesperson of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Talal Silo, in his interview to France Press. He also stressed that the Kurdish forces have already entered the city of Raqqa from the eastern district of Al-Meshleb.
It also should be mentioned that the SDF are supported by the US-led coalition. However, in fact, the real fight against terrorists is carried out only by the Kurdish forces. The U.S. Air Force often conducts indiscriminate air strikes not against terrorists, but against civilians in Raqqa.
According to many Syrian experts, there are only two ways for the development of the operation in Raqqa.
First, it is assumed that taking the city won’t only weaken the positions of ISIS terrorists, but will also strengthen the U.S. influence in Syria. According to experts, if Raqqa was liberated by the U.S.-backed SDS, the Kurdish units, using the patronage of Washington, would unlikely to return to their former positions. Besides, it is unlikely to be well received in Damascus. Subsequently, such a scenario, obviously, will cause new clashes and escalate the situation in the country.
Second, Turkey strongly objects to the involvement of a Syrian Kurdish group in any military operations in Syria. In addition, the U.S. support of Kurds is an extremely sensitive issue for Turkey. The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) is considered by the Turks as a terrorist group. In addition, Ankara is worried that if Kurds succeed in Raqqa, they would activate an anti-government movement on the Turkish territory. In this regard, Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, claimed that Ankara reserve.
Thus, it is obvious that both of these scenarios will lead operation in Raqqa to the scenario of Mosul. It also can turn into another hotbed of tension. A similar result can be preceded by two scenarios.
At the same time, it is possible that afterwards the U.S. simply can abandon its earlier promises to the Kurdish side, which conscientiously fights against terrorists. Washington has never taken the steps that would be contrary to its interests.
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US claims its forces warned Syrian convoy before carrying out attacks
US warplanes have once again attacked pro-government troops in Syria advancing against militants near the country’s border with Jordan and Iraq. The Syrian army and allied forces were reportedly approaching al-Tanf base in southern Homs province where the U-S military is training militants. In a statement, the so-called U-S-led coalition claims its forces had warned the convoy a number of times before carrying out airstrikes. A Syrian military official says a number of people have been killed. Syrian army’s general command has warned of the dangers and consequences for the United States following the latest attack. In a statement, the command added that Damascus was determined to push ahead with fighting terrorist groups in Syria. It is the second time in less than a month Washington has hit government and allied troops in the area.
Syrian War Report – June 7, 2017: Battle For Raqqah Started
Western Sanctions, Like a Cancer, Seriously Hit Syrian Medicine
by Firas Samur, for The International Reporter:
The Representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) said the hospitals in Syria are now in critical situation because of Western sanctions. WHO representative in Syria, Elizabeth Hoff, said there aren’t enough equipment and replacement parts for X-ray, ultrasound machines, endoscopes and other scanners in the hospitals because of restrictive measures against the republic. According to the World Health Organization’s research, the equipment for providing diagnostic care in fact is not in a serviceable condition or completely unavailable.
In addition, the Syrian Ministry of Health reports there is a catastrophic shortage of many drugs, in particular, immunosuppressive drugs and oncology treatments.
To be noticed is that the European Union extended imposing the sanctions against Syria until June 1, 2018. The updated ‘black list’ includes 240 individuals and 67 legal entities. Current sanctions against Syria will be extended, for instance, and will also affect the oil embargo, investment restrictions, an assets freeze of Syria’s Central Bank inside the EU, and prohibition of sale or supply of equipment and technology to the country.
Meanwhile, according to the rector of the Chemistry and Pharmacy Institute at the University of Aleppo, Mahar Harman, only friendly to Syria countries are trying to help. “Our arguments that spare parts for medical equipment are needed exclusively for peaceful purposes are not accepted, we are doing our best to resolve the situation, we are asking for help from friendly countries, primarily to Russia, as well as to India, Armenia and China.”
Apparently, the Western countries are not ready to realize that civilian population of Syria first of all suffers due to the shortage of medicines, medical equipment and scanners. There aren’t enough polio vaccinations, insulin, painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications and other life-saving medicines. Thus, the EU sanctions against Syria only aggravate the humanitarian catastrophe in the country.
The Debate – Tehran Terror Attacks
Iran’s Parliament and the mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini in the capital Tehran came under terrorist attack resulting in deaths and injuries: An unprecedented event for a regional powerhouse that has been fighting these terrorists while preserving security within Iran. In this debate we’ll look at what this means for Iran and th region, and why since Trumps visit to the region and Saudi Arabia, instability and divisions have stepped up.
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Abdel Bari Atwan who interviewed Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan on how UK soldiers can die for nothing – AND a possible UK-backed Saudi invasion of the richest country in the world, owners of London’s Harrod’s store and the Shard.
The Factors Behind the Tragedy in Yemen
Sean Stone sits down with the President of the Board of Truthout, Robert Naiman to get behind the headlines on the war and famine in Yemen and discovers what the differences are between the Obama and Trump Administrations regarding Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
What Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Show The World
Sean Stone sits down with award winning journalist Tara Kangarlou to discuss what Saudi Arabia doesn’t show the world and the differences between President Obama’s and President Trump’s attitude towards the Kingdom.