ICH 14 January 2013: 8 civilians killed as France defends failed Somali raid to rescue hostages

14 January 2013 — Information Clearing House


The Bombing of Mali Highlights all the Lessons of Western Intervention

By Glenn Greenwald

The west African nation becomes the eighth country in the last four years alone where Muslims are killed by the west.



Gaddafi‘s Libya Was Africa’s Most Prosperous Democracy

By Garikai Chengu

Contrary to popular belief, Libya , which western media described as “Gaddafi‘s military dictatorship” was in actual fact one of the world’s most democratic States.



The West’s Strange Bedfellows

The War Against the Shia

By Patrick Cockburn

It is a ferocious war waged by assassination, massacre, imprisonment and persecution that has killed tens of thousands of people.



Noam Chomsky: The Responsibility of Privilege


“Obama is actually the first president who hasn’t really imposed restrictions on Israel,”



The Myth of Human Progress

By Chris Hedges

If human history is any guide, we like past societies in distress will retreat into what anthropologists call “crisis cults.”



8 civilians killed as France defends failed Somali raid to rescue hostages:

Somali witnesses said today that at least eight civilians were killed in the disastrous French operation to rescue a kidnapped secret agent but France‘s defence minister defended the decision to launch the raid.



Mali Islamists vow to strike ‘at heart’ of France:

France has attacked Islam. We will strike at the heart of France,” said a leader of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), an offshoot of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).



Mali rebels advance despite French airstrikes:

Al-Qaeda-linked rebels overrun garrison of Diabaly in central Mali after fierce fighting with French and Malian troops.



Britain fights the fallout of the Libyan intervention in Mali:

The rebellion against the Malian government has its roots in the fall of Gaddafi.



US mulls aid to French in Mali, including drones:

US commanders were looking at providing intelligence and aerial refueling tankers among a range of options, such as logistical backup and boosting intelligence sharing, which would involve surveillance drones, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.



French soldier killed by Al Shebab in Somalia:

A French soldier who went missing during a rescue operation to free a hostage in Somalia was apparently killed by Al Qaeda-linked group Al Shebab, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday.



Air attacks kill 15 in Afghanistan:

The planes of the InternationalSecurity Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan bombed a mosque on Sunday killing 15 people.



Pakistani opposition demands President’s resignation


On Monday, about 30,000 Islamabad’s residents took to the streets, demanding that the country’s incumbent President Asif Ali Zardari should resign.



Scores of militants killed across Syria: Government report:

A number of armed men were killed during intense clashes with Syrian troops in the al-Lirmoun neighborhood of Aleppo city, situated 310 kilometers (193 miles) north of the capital Damascus, on Sunday, the official SANA news agency reported.



US, France plan attacks on Syria airports: Report:

Citing a fugitive Syrian army officer, Palestinian Arabic website al-Manar said that attacks on airports had been planned by France and that the raids on airbases and air defense command posts are being carried out by militants under direct supervision of American military officers.



Fact or fiction?

Assad ‘Living on Warship’:

Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family have been living on a warship, with security provided by Russia, intelligence sources told Saudi newspaper Al Watan.



Fact or fiction?

President Assad Orders Commanders to Target Israel, US Interests “If Assassinated”:

In the meetings presided by President Assad, Syria‘s top army commanders told him that “the foreign hostile states will strive to assassinate him instead of launching a military attack on Syria“.



Enginering consent for attack on Iran:

Iran could reach key point for nuclear bomb by 2014, experts say:

U.S. nonproliferation experts say Islamic Republic could reach ‘critical capability’ within this time frame -production of enough weapon-grade uranium for one or more bombs without detection by the West.



Iran unable to get life-saving drugs due to international sanctions:

“There are patients for whom a medicine is the different between life and death. What is the world doing about this? Are Britain, Germany, and France thinking about what they are doing?



Iran removes euro and dollar from its trade exchanges:

Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Shamseddin Hosseini said Monday that Iran would no longer use euro and dollar in its trade exchanges according to a decission made by the government’s economic working-group.



As US drones kill innocent civillians

Iran is accused of destabilizing Yemen

: :

Iran is working with southern secessionists in Yemen to expand its influence and destabilize the strategic region around the Strait of Hormuz, the US envoy to Yemen was quoted as saying on Sunday.



Turkish army strikes multiple targets in northern Iraq:

Six F-16 jets took off from the 8th Main Jet Base, passed over the southeastern district of Hakkari and bombarded 18 different targets in the Zap, Haftanin and Metina regions.



Iraq frees prisoners in gesture to ease Sunni protests:

Iraq‘s government has released more than 300 prisoners held under anti-terrorism laws as a goodwill gesture to try to appease Sunni Muslim demonstrators who are staging protests against Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.



Where is Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry report?:

The resistance to its completion and publication are reportedly the political classes who supported and led the war effort – the very people most likely to be targeted by the inquiry findings



Netanyahu vows to push on with illegal settlement:

Israeli police release activists detained after setting up camp to protest illegal settlement in occupied West Bank area.



Revealed: Gulf payments to British MPs:

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and David Miliband, brother of the current leader of the UK opposition party, together accounted for more than half the expenses, fees and gifts paid by Gulf companies and governments to British Members of Parliament, according to the latest parliamentary report by the House of Commons.



Britain preparing for new Falklands War?:

A series of military options are being considered by UK defense chiefs as tension mounts between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, a report by the Sunday Telegraph claims.



Climate change having impact across U.S.: Study: –

A congressional study found climate change is affecting the United States on several fronts, including health and agriculture, at a faster rate than expected.



How HSBC Bank Got Away With Money Laundering for Drug Cartels:

Prison time? Felony record? Asset forfeiture? Not for drug trafficking executives of banks that are “too big to fail” or jail.



Half of Republicans in Congress Are Apparently Cool With America Defaulting:

GOP leaders in Congress are saying that “more than half” of Republicans in Congress are willing to let America default “unless Obama agrees to dramatic cuts he has repeatedly said he opposes.”



Cost Of War


Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,883


Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,256


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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