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The International Criminal Court is investigating U.S. War Crimes, with a Huge Catch*

The International Criminal Court is investigating U.S. War Crimes, with a Huge Catch*

By Tom Coburg

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is investigating the U.S. for alleged crimes committed during the post-9/11 occupation of Afghanistan. Specifically, the investigation is examining claims of torture and ill treatment. But there’s one big catch. It may not be able to examine some crimes because of insufficient evidence. Fortunately, these incidents aren’t hard to find.

The ICC report and potential U.S. war crimes

The U.S. is not party to the ICC. But the ICC investigation is possible because Afghanistan has ratified the Rome Statute that underpins the court. This means that any crime carried out on its territory comes under ICC jurisdiction.

A November 2016 report by ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda found [section 198c] that the following crimes allegedly occurred:

“War crimes of torture and related ill-treatment, by U.S. military forces deployed to Afghanistan and in secret detention facilities operated by the Central Intelligence Agency, principally in the 2003-2004 period, although allegedly continuing in some cases until 2014.

The report adds [section 211]:

“Members of U.S. armed forces appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014. The majority of the abuses are alleged to have occurred in 2003-2004.

The report also mentions [section 203] that it would not examine a number of “other incidents” because of “paucity of the information available at this stage”. In particular, civilian deaths and injuries that the ICC could consider war crimes if enough evidence came to light.

Alleged ‘other incidents’

Here are just some of the alleged U.S. war crimes that the ICC may not investigate:

11 June 2007. The WikiLeaks Afghan War Logs revealed that a U.S.-led task force set out with Afghan special forces to capture or kill a Taliban commander named Qarl Ur-Rahman in a valley near Jalalabad. A firefight developed, and the taskforce called in an AC-130 gunship, which strafed the area with cannon fire. The taskforce then aborted its original mission. In turned out later on that the people they had been shooting were Afghan police officers – seven of whom died.

17 June 2007. US Special Forces launched a mission targeting a notorious Libyan fighter, Abu Layth Al Libi. They planned to launch five rockets at targets in the village where they believed Libi was hiding, and then send in ground troops. But they failed to find Libi. And when they approached the rubble of a madrasa (school), they found “7 x NC KIA” – or seven non-combatants killed in action. According to WikiLeaks, all of them were children.

22 August 2008. In the Nawabad (Azizabad) massacre, the US claimed that it had killed three dozen Taliban militants, and only seven civilians. The U.N., however, insisted there was “convincing evidence” that 90 civilians had died, including 60 children.

4 May 2009. According to one report, 147 civilians were killed in Bala Baluk (Farah), in one of the deadliest bombings of the occupation of Afghanistan.

4 September 2009. Taliban fighters in Kunduz province hijacked two trucks filled with petrol, but then got stuck in a quagmire where the trucks had sank. Locals, realising that the trucks carried fuel, arrived to siphon it off. When a German officer at the nearest NATO station learned that over 100 people had assembled, he decided they must be insurgents. At his call, a US fighter jet bombed the tankers, incinerating 142 people, dozens of them confirmed as civilians.

12 February 2010. US and Afghan forces raided a home and killed seven people, including a local district attorney, a police commander, a university vice-chancellor, two pregnant mothers, and two teenage children. The US soldiers then allegedly proceeded to use knives to dig out bullets from the dead women’s bodies.

11 March 2012. In the Kandahar massacre, a US Army Staff Sergeant allegedly killed 16 civilians and wounded six others. Nine of the victims were children, and 11 of the dead were from the same family.

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A New Puppet so the Cabal Can Rape Afghanistan of its Rare Earth Mineral Wealth*

U.S. Soldiers Raping Afghan Women*

Veterans Respond to Dismembered Afghans*

Pentagon Destroys Thousands of Afghani Homes

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Canada Escalating Military Presence in Iraq*

Canada Escalating Military Presence in Iraq*

By Sophie Mangal

The Canadian authorities have indirectly confirmed that its military are taking part in the international coalition’s offensive in Mosul and are engaged in close combat with ISIS terrorists. It took more than two years for the government to recognize the evident.

The Canadian army has been fighting ISIS since 2014 when, violating the principles of international law, U.S. President Barack Obama approved of a targeted military involvement.

Then, IMPACT, a special program against ISIS, was designed. The Canadian government claimed that advisers sent to Iraq wouldn’t be engaged in military actions and that their involvement would be incomprehensive and end in short terms.

It should be noted that initially, the previous government headed by the Conservatives decided to send 70 instructors and six military aircraft to Iraq. Later, the new Liberal government built up the number of troops in the country. Along with this, while in opposition, the Liberals blamed the conservative government for the fact that the Canadian military took part in combat instead of training the Iraqi security forces.

Eventually, the newly-elected government decided to deploy extra 200 troopers in Iraq who now are engaged in the ground military operation on the side of the Kurdish Peshmerga units. The Canadian military were spotted by a Reuters correspondent by Hassan Shami village several km to the east of the frontline. He stated that troopers spoke in English and had maple leaf insignias.

This information was confirmed by other sources. The National Post reported in May that Canadian forces were on the frontline helping Peshmerga to recapture Mosul.

According to official statements of the Canadian government, the military are really engaged in military action in Iraq but are solely defending themselves. It’s unclear, however, how the Mosul offensive can be considered ‘defensive.’

In his turn, Canadian Special Forces Commander Michael Rouleau confirmed the Canadian involvement in military actions and noticed that troopers are engaged in a “substantial” number of clashes with terrorists.

Probably, Rouleau’s statements had a specific purpose. First of all, they are a part of the information campaign to justify the Canadian engagement in the offensive side by side with Kurds which has been exposed in photos published in social media. The active participation requires heavy weaponry that will lead to increased number of boots on the ground.

This reminds one of Afghanistan when Canada covertly deployed their Joint Task Force 2, elite special forces, in mid-2001. Then, only in January 2002, it was officially announced that Canadian troops had joined the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul.

Now, once again, the government claims the military won’t be engaged in combat but in reality they are participating in combat activities.

It should be reminded that the liberals’ electoral campaign the previous year included a promise to put an end to all Canadian military involvement in Iraq.

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What You Aren’t Being Told About The Iraqi ISIS Offensive*

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Israel on Fire*

Israel on Fire*

Not the first time that Israel has been on fire, in 2010 at Jewish New Year, after the sign of Jonah arrived in Israeli waters, that same year, the fire came upon Israel, as Prophet Isaiah had forewarned that it would.

Flames approach houses in kibbutz Beit Oren in northern Israel, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Yaron Kaminsky) #

 

 

The Israeli parliament (Knesset) on Wednesday (16th Nov) postponed voting on a bid approved by the legislative committee to ban Adhan in an attempt to prevent mosques from using loudspeakers to announce Muslim prayer times in Occupied Jerusalem and territories occupied in 1948. Some sixty thousand people have been told to evacuate their homes in Israel on the third day of raging forest fires, as the country’s education minister appeared to blame Arab residents for the blazes – Syrian Truths

Forest fires that broke out on Tuesday (22 Nov) continued to rage into Thursday, with tens of thousands of people in the northern West Bank told to leave their homes.

Hot, dry winds have been fanning the flames, and officials say the fires are likely to burn into next week thanks to heavy gusts.

Dozens of people have been treated for smoke inhalation. On Thursday Haifa Prison was evacuated as fires reached the edges of Israel’s third-largest city, which has a population of around 600,000.

Israel has called in assistance from Turkey, Russia, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Croatia to help tackle the crisis.

Army and reservists are helping civil defence teams with efforts to calm the blaze.

Police have said there is evidence that some of the fires were set deliberately, with reports that five new fires were started simultaneously on Thursday.

Four Palestinians were reportedly arrested on Thursday over the fires – Israeli police chief Roni Alsheich said that, if it is proved the fires were arson, he believes they were the result of people “taking advantage of the opportunity” rather than being coordinated attacks.

“Almost 50% of the fires are apparently arson,” Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan told Army Radio on Wednesday.

The Israeli army is also investigating evidence that one large fire started after a conscripted soldier threw a lit cigarette into an area close to a checkpoint.

Ynet, the most popular online news site in Israel, has branded the fires the “Arson Intifada,” with the moniker taking off on social media.

Huge awful fires in Israel. Ynet headline: “Arson Intifada”. Calling it an intifada without evidence seems a little bit irresponsible… pic.twitter.com/2fWqwljtyy

— Ben Goldstein (@bgolds12) November 24, 2016

The Arabic hashtag IsraelIsBurning was one of the biggest Twitter trends worldwide on Thursday afternoon.

Many of the tweets welcomed the fires, or insinuated that they are deserved given recent policy decisions taken by the Israeli government.

#اسراييل_تتحرق
بالأمس منعوا الأذان في الأراضي الفلسطينية، فأتاهم العقاب الإلهي: “ومن أظلم ممّن منع مساجد الله أن يُذكر فيها إسمه”.

— #سلطان_العقيلي✨ (@sq_611) November 24, 2016

Translation: Yesterday they banned the Islamic call to prayer in Palestinian areas – now they are getting divine retribution: And who is more unjust than he who prevents the name of Allah from being mentioned in His mosques [Qur’anic quote – 2:114]

Palestinian civil defence units have also been active in tackling the blazes, including in areas close to Israeli settlements such as Tulkarem.

However, Israel’s education minister Naftali Bennett – a right-winger with big influence in the coalition government – on Wednesday appeared to make a veiled accusation against Israel’s Arab population.

רק מי שהארץ לא שייכת לו מסוגל לשרוף אותה.

— Naftali Bennett בנט (@naftalibennett) November 23, 2016

Translation: Only those who do not belong to this country are able to set it alight

However, the Israeli police have attempted to pour cold water over such accusations, with spokesperson Merav Lapidot saying “it is too early to determine [the cause] of the fires that have broken out in the last few days. “These matters must be investigated,” he said.

 

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Israeli Oppression Stoking another Palestinian Uprising*

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Syrian Air Strikes on Turkish Military in Northern Aleppo*

Syrian Air Strikes on Turkish Military in Northern Aleppo*

endless-staircase by Peter Brooker

Last night, the Syrian Air Force delivered air strikes on the Turkish Armed Forces near the ISIS controlled town of al-Bab in northern Syria, according to local sources in the Aleppo province.

The Turkish military confirmed that three Turkish soldiers and 10 others wounded (one of them seriously)were as result of an air strikes thought to be carried by the Syrian military. The wounded soldiers were taken to the hospital in the Turkish province of Gaziantep, bordering Syria.

Ankara added that the attack occurred at around 3:30 am (0030 GMT) in the course of the Turkish-led military operation (code-named Operation Euphrates Shield) in the area of al-Bab.

At the same, non-official Turkish and Syrian sources said that the attack resulted in killing over 5 Turkish soldiers and wounding of 16 others.

Meanwhile, intense fighting is ongoing between Turkey-led forces and Kurdish YPG forces in the province of Aleppo.

Turkey-led forces attacked YPG units in the villages of Boghaz, Sab Weran, Sheikh Nasir and Yulanli and seized the villages of Barshaya and Jib Al-Dam from them. Turkish airstrikes reportedly hit YPG positions in the town of Arimah that Kurdish forces had seized from ISIS.

Major escalation took place between the YPG and Turkey-led forces after the Kurdish group succeed in preventing pro-Turkey militants from encircling and seizing the key town of al-Bab, controlled by ISIS. (More about tensions around al-Bab can be found here)

Air strikes delivered on the Turkish Armed Forces by Syrian warplanes is likely a signal that Damascus will oppose to the ongoing military build-up of Turkish army in northern Syria.

This also could be an answer to recent Turkish artillery strikes on Syrian army in the province of Latakia.

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Syrian Army Establishes Control over More Areas in Aleppo*

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