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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UN Human Rights Council Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza

UN Human Rights Council Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a 23-8 vote, the UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to endorse a report on Israel’s treatment protests along the Gaza Strip, which determined that the government’s actions amounted to war crimes against civilians in Gaza. The report itself was published in late February, and found that Israel intentionally shot both children and journalists in the Gaza Strip during those protests. They noted that 154 out of 183 people killed at the time had been unarmed.…

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Trump Sends US Military Aircraft to Deliver “Aid” to Venezuela’s Border

Trump Sends US Military Aircraft to Deliver “Aid” to Venezuela’s Border By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — The Trump Administration has announced Friday, along with a new round of sanctions against members of the Venezuelan government, that they are dispatching US military aircraft carrying aid to the Venezuelan border. The aid can’t get into Venezuela directly, as it is being sent to opposition leader Juan Guaidó and with an eye specifically toward endorsing him as the new ruler of Venezuela. Instead, the aid will be sent to Cucuta, on the Colombian side of the…

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Senate Vote Opposes Ending US Wars in Syria and Afghanistan

Senate Vote Opposes Ending US Wars in Syria and Afghanistan By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — In a surprising vote Thursday, the Senate voted 68-23 to pass a resolution from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressing opposition to President Trump’s plan to withdraw US troops from Syria, and expressing opposition to any theoretical pullout from Afghanistan that might result from a negotiated deal to end that war. The non-binding resolution was passed with overwhelming support from the Republican majority, setting them squarely against parts of President Trump’s foreign policy. A number of Democrats who…

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Israel Destroyed Eight Syrian Military Targets, Killed at Least 11 Troops

Israel Destroyed Eight Syrian Military Targets, Killed at Least 11 Troops By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — Despite claiming that their Sunday night airstrikes against Syria were exclusively targeting Iran’s Quds Force, Israeli airstrikes against Syria appear to have almost exclusively hit Syrian military targets, particularly the nation’s air defenses around Damascus airport. Israeli strikes destroyed eight Syrian air defense batteries, and killed at least 11 troops in the strikes. The batteries were mostly aging Soviet designs, the sort Syria has traditionally favored for targeting incoming Israeli missiles. The Syrian systems had some success, too, with…

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American Anchor for Iran’s PressTV Still Jailed Without Charge

American Anchor for Iran’s PressTV Still Jailed Without Charge By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — It took a solid week after her detention in St. Louis, but Marzieh Hashemi, an anchor for Iran’s PressTV and an American citizen, has finally gotten into a courtroom, and learned that she is neither being accused of any crimes nor is she facing any charges. That said, they’re not expecting to let her go any time soon. Hashemi is being held as a witness for a grand jury. Federal law technically allows such detention if a judge…

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