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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US Rejects Russian Offer, Will Pull Out of Nuclear Forces Treaty

US Rejects Russian Offer, Will Pull Out of Nuclear Forces Treaty By Jason Ditz Initially ratified in 1987, the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which famously kept all nuclear missiles out of Europe for decades, is set to collapse, with US officials saying they will withdraw from the treaty next month. The US has been accusing Russia of violating the INF for years related to a single missile design, called the 9m729, and its maximum range. The INF forbids all nuclear missiles with ranges between 500 km and 5,500 km. The…

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At Least 206 Civilians Killed in November by US Airstrikes in Syria

At Least 206 Civilians Killed in November by US Airstrikes in Syria By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has issued a new report over the weekend summarizing the massive civilian death toll of US-led airstrikes against a handful of eastern towns in Syria. At least 206 civilians were killed in November in those strikes. The strikes center on three towns and some adjoining villages under ISIS control along the Iraq border. Kurdish YPG forces are attacking the towns, and the US is trying to provide air support, which…

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Pentagon Fails Its First-Ever Official Audit

Pentagon Fails Its First-Ever Official Audit By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — After generations of being a black hole down which money goes, never to return, a team of 1,200 auditors tried to give the Pentagon its first ever comprehensive audit, just to see where all that money went. Unsurprisingly, it went poorly, and was declared a failure. How bad the failure was is something of a mystery at this point, with officials refusing to disclose the exact results, or even ballpark how much money is unaccounted for. The only clue to the sheer…

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US Ends Refueling of Saudi Coalition Aircraft in Yemen Conflict

US Ends Refueling of Saudi Coalition Aircraft in Yemen Conflict By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — One of the most visible aspects of direct US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, mid-air refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing the country, has come to an end over the weekend. US and Saudi officials both confirmed this program has halted. US officials offered few specifics on the decision, but Saudi state media claimed that they made the decision to halt the US support, because they can carry out their own in-air refueling missions now and don’t need…

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US Military Issues Chilling “Live-Fire” Warning to Russian Troops in Syria

US Military Issues Chilling “Live-Fire” Warning to Russian Troops in Syria By Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) — Following Thursday’s report that Russia had recently informed the US of planned military operations against terrorist groups on the Syria-Jordan border, a company of US Marines conducted a live-fire exercise in the same area. Officials say it was intended to be a “warning” to Russia. The exercise took place near the US base at al-Tanf, at the corner of Syria’s border with Iraq and Jordan. Though the US no longer really has any rebel allies in the…

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