House Passes Amendments to End War Authorizations, Preemptively Defund Iran War

House Passes Amendments to End War Authorizations, Preemptively Defund Iran War By Jason Ditz The flurry of amendments to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) moving through the House of Representatives is finally wrapping up Friday, where a series of Thursday night debates gave way to key votes early Friday on some contentious issues. Major subjects of those debates included amendments that aim to end both the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The 2001 repeal passed 237-183, while the 2002 repeal passed even easier…

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Spain Says Iranian Oil Tanker Was Seized by Britain at US Request

Spain Says Iranian Oil Tanker Was Seized by Britain at US Request By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a move that threatens to hugely escalate tensions between Iran and the US, British Royal Marines raided and seized an Iranian oil tanker at Gibraltar on Thursday. The tanker was accused by British officials of heading to Syria in violation of EU sanctions. Iran’s Foreign Ministry confirmed summoning the British Ambassador to express “very strong objection to the illegal and unacceptable seizure” of the ship. Analysts expressed surprise at the unusually aggressive move against a…

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British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria

British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — British Royal Marines seized an oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday. They suspected the tanker was headed to Syria, which would be a violation of US and EU sanctions. The Grace 1 oil tanker was believed to have started its journey in Iran. “That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria,” Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said. “With my consent, our port and law enforcement agencies…

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US Military Intelligence Accuses Russia of Nuclear Testing, Provides No Evidence

US Military Intelligence Accuses Russia of Nuclear Testing, Provides No Evidence By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — US military intelligence agency the DIA has issued a new statement directly accusing the Russian government of conducting low-yield nuclear tests in the course of developing more advanced nuclear arms. This is the second time the DIA has suggested Russia was conducting nuclear tests in the past month. The statement today, as with the previous one, came with no evidence that any such testing ever took place. Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning the US allegations as a…

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Assange Faces 170 Years in Prison as US Files 17 New Charges Under Espionage Act

Assange Faces 170 Years in Prison as US Files 17 New Charges Under Espionage Act By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — As the US prepares to try to acquire WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange through extradition, the Justice Department has revealed a new series of charges against him. Assange would face 170 years in US prison if convicted. The new charges are 17 separate charges under the Espionage Act. According to the Justice Department, the charges are all related to leaking classified documents related to national security, which were part of the leaks from Chelsea…

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US Again Jails Chelsea Manning for Refusing to Testify on WikiLeaks

US Again Jails Chelsea Manning for Refusing to Testify on WikiLeaks By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — Released only last week after 62 days in detention for “contempt” from a previous grand jury for refusing to testify about WikiLeaks, whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been jailed by a new grand jury for the exact same reason. Manning has refused to testify against WikiLeaks, and her lawyers argued that the law doesn’t allow detention to continue if she’s not going to be coerced into testifying. The court never ruled on this, but released her when the…

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US Special Forces School Publishes New Book on Overthrowing Governments

US Special Forces School Publishes New Book on Overthrowing Governments By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — US Special Operations Command can now be said to have literally written the book on US-imposed regime change, with the book Support to Resistance: Strategic Purpose and Effectiveness released this week by their official school. The official study covers 47 distinct cases of US special forces trying to intervene in various countries from 1941-2003. It did not include some of the more famous US-backed coups, as the study said they did not involve “legitimate resistance movements.”…

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Trump Vetoes Resolution to End US Support for Saudi-Led Yemen War

Trump Vetoes Resolution to End US Support for Saudi-Led Yemen War By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — On Tuesday, President Trump capped off months of effort in Congress to pass a War Powers Act challenge to the US involvement in the war in Yemen, vetoing the bill and claiming it was a “dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.” The bill, SJ Res 7, was a straightforward bill under the War Powers Act of 1973. The bill noted that Congress never authorized the US war in Yemen, and demanded an end to it.…

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Liz Cheney Proposes Bill to Keep at Least 10,000 US Troops in Afghanistan

Liz Cheney Proposes Bill to Keep at Least 10,000 US Troops in Afghanistan By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — 18 years into the US occupation of Afghanistan, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is looking to ensure that the war can continue to be a sinkhole for US troops and money for years to come, introducing the Ensuring a Security Afghanistan Act. The bill, which Cheney is cosponsoring with Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Mike Waltz (R-FL), would forbid the president from reducing the US troop level in Afghanistan below 10,000 unless a broad and unlikely set…

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Several of Jamal Khashoggi’s Killers Were Trained In The United States

Several of Jamal Khashoggi’s Killers Were Trained In The United States By Jason Ditz In a further blow to US-Saudi ties, reports emerged this weekend on the October murder of Jamal Khashoggi by a Saudi kill team. The kill team’s leader, Maher Mutreb, and other members, had apparently been trained by the US government in the past. It’s a familiar story, heard often enough when the US aligns itself with a country with a flimsy human rights record. The trainees were part of ongoing routine training operations meant to increase the…

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