ICH 21 January 2013: Bomber in Chief: 20,000 Airstrikes in the President’s First Term

21 January 2013 — Information Clearing House


Algeria Hostage Crisis:

Most Weapons Used in Attack Came From Libya

By Mélanie Matarese, Algiers

The Islamists wore the same type of outfits that Qatar provided to Libyan National Transitional Council rebels by Qatar – The also employed 60mm gun-mortars used by France and Libyan rebels.



The US Was Operating In Mali Months Prior To French Incursion:

Meet The “Intelligence and Security Command”

By Tyler Durden

The US was on the ground and engaged in secret missions, it needed an alibi to avoid “destabilizing” the local situation once its presence became conventional wisdom. It got just that, thank to one Francois Hollande just over a week ago.



Mali’s Army Suspected of Abuses and Unlawful Killings as War Rages

By Afua Hirsch in Mopti, Mali

Amnesty International says it has evidence of civilian executions and indiscriminate shelling of nomadic Tuaregs’ camp.



Shedding Crocodile Tears While Collaborating with U.S.-Led Sanctions

By Franklin Lamb

Are the Arab League and Organization of Islamic Cooperation targeting Syria‘s civilian population?



The Bared Teeth of the Syrian War: Qatar Feels the Brunt


The “Arab Spring” instigated by Qatar and its allies in Syria is slowly but surely beginning to subside, and the real people behind the terrible spectacle known as the “Syrian Revolution” are being mercilessly and cynically exposed.



Waking Up in Tehran

By David Swanson

Iran has been run by a bunch of subhuman lunatics with whom rational people couldn’t really talk if they wanted to. These monsters only understand force.



Bomber in Chief: 20,000 Airstrikes in the President’s First Term

Cause Death and Destruction From Iraq to Somalia

By Nicolas J.S. Davies

Day after day, U.S. air strikes have conclusively answered the familiar question of 9/11: “Why do they hate us?”



“Beyond Vietnam”

A Time to Break Silence

By Rev. Martin Luther King

Time magazine called the speech “demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi,” and the Washington Post declared that King had “diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people.”



MLK’s Vehement Condemnations Of US Militarism Are More Relevant Than Ever

By Glenn Greenwald

“How can they trust us when now we . . . charge them with violence while we pour every new weapon of death into their land? Surely we must understand their feelings even if we do not condone their actions.”



A Time for ‘Sublime Madness’

By Chris Hedges

The decimation of civil liberties, carried out in the name of fighting terror, will shackle us to an interconnected security and surveillance state that stretches from Moscow to Istanbul to New York.



Time to Target the Real Terrorists

The Return of COINTELPRO?

By Tom McNamara

Approximately 20,000 people were investigated by the FBI based only on their political views and beliefs. Most were never suspected of having committed any crime.



Eight killed in Kabul attacks:

Suicide bombers and gunmen launched an eight-hour assault on the headquarters of the Kabul traffic police today, Afghan officials said, in the second coordinated attack on a government building in less than a week.



US Kills 2 people In Afghanistan: :

Two “commanders of Taliban” were killed in drone attack in Kunar province yesterday. The Shamshad 202 police zone said to BNA, the incident happened in the outskirt of Ghaziabad district as a result of which, two commanders of Taliban were killed



Afghan militants fire at Pakistani soldiers, 1 killed, 1 wounded:

A Pakistani paramilitary soldier was killed and another was wounded when Afghan militants fired at them from across the border, said reports.



Prince Harry: I’ve killed in Afghanistan.

But Dad wants me to act like a prince: At end of four-month tour, Captain Wales describes his time at Camp Bastion and frustration with sections of the media



2 security personnel killed in Pak blast:

At least two security personnel were killed and nine others injured in a bomb attack that targeted their vehicle in the restive Mohmand tribal region of northwest Pakistan on Monday. 



Algeria Hostage Crisis: Most Weapons Used in Attack Came From Libya:

The Islamists wore the same type of outfits that Qatar provided to Libyan National Transitional Council rebels by Qatar – The also employed 60mm gun-mortars used by France and Libyan rebels. 



Libya rejects attacks on Mali: PM:

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zaidan said Saturday that Libya rejects military attacks on Mali, calling for solving the Malian crisis through dialogue, the state TV reported.



France seeks Gulf financing of its war in Mali:

With the French military operations in Mali expected to last longer than expected, Paris has sought funding from rich Arab Gulf states, saying “everybody” should help in fighting the al-Qaeda-linked extremists in the African country.



After French Criticism, Washington Drops Payment Demand:

France is increasingly upset by what it sees as limited Obama administration support for the war it is waging in Mali against al Qaeda militants, including an initial U.S. demand, since dropped, that Paris foot the bill for any Air Force transport flights, French officials said.



French troops retake central Malian strongholds in push for ‘total reconquest’:

The recent push came amid news that militants were beginning to abandon their positions to regroup in the northern mountainous region of Kidal, 1,500 kilometers from the French and African forces’ arrival point in Bamako.



West Africa: ‘Nigerian Troops Ill-Equipped for War in Mali’:

There are speculations that due to lack of adequate training and discipline, the over 1,200 Nigeria troops would not be directly involved in combat operations to oust the militiamen from the northern region of Mali.



Netanyahu expressed his support for French military operation in Mali:

“While there are countries for which the threat of terrorism is thousands of kilometers away from the homes of their citizens, we in Israel are familiar with the threat of global terrorism from up close. For us it is only a few hundred meters away from our homes.”



Algeria Attack May End Syrian Rebels’ Hope for Arms Aid:

Arms used or procured in Libya‘s 2011 revolution have helped to promote a rebellion across the border in Mali and turned up in last week’s assault in neighboring Algeria that left at least 23 hostages dead, French officials said.



Saudi Arabia Sent Death Row Inmates to Fight in Syria in Lieu of Execution:

A top secret memo sent by the Ministry of Interior in Saudi Arabia reveals the Saudi Kingdom sent death-row inmates, sentenced to execution by decapitation, to Syria to fight Jihad against the Syrian government in exchange for commuting their sentences.



Syrian opposition leaders fail to form government:

Syrian opposition leaders said on Monday they had failed to put together a transitional government to run rebel-held areas of the country, a blow to the exiled group trying to present an alternative to President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.



Syrian opposition seeks Qatar backing for transition government:

The head of Syria‘s opposition coalition has flown to Qatar to secure promises of financial aid for a transitional government in rebel-held areas, sources at negotiations in Istanbul said on Sunday.



Syria opposition meets to name PM-in-exile:

Syria‘s opposition umbrella group met Sunday in a bid to name a prime minister-in-exile, a day after the Damascus government ruled out any calls for the ouster of Bashar al-Assad.



Russia sending aircraft to evacuate citizens from Syria:

Russia is sending two planes to Beirut on Tuesday to evacuate more than 100 of its citizens from Syria, Russian agencies quoted the Emergencies Ministry as saying on Monday.



Four killed in attacks in Iraq:

In the first attack, two policemen were gunned down in a drive-by shooting near the northern city of Mosul. Another officer was injured, police officials said. In the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, a civilian driver was killed when his truck hit a roadside bomb.



US, NATO seek to create chaos in Iraq through Qatar, Turkey:

Nozar Shafiei, a member of Iran’s Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said on Saturday that Doha and Ankara play a major role in creating chaos in Iraq at the behest of Washington and the alliance of NATO. The same thing happens in Syria, the Iranian lawmaker added.



Israel grounds UAVs in Azerbaijan for fear of Iran seizure:

Israel has grounded its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in Azerbaijan after Iran’s capture of two US-made RQ-150 drones.



South Sudan signs oil deals with Israeli companies:

Petroleum minister: According to a statement issued by the ministry on January 18, the oil-rich East African state signed the deals with the companies to export oil to Israel.



U.S. kills four people in Yemen: sources:

Tribal sources said a pilotless plane had attacked a car on a main road linking the capital Sanaa with Maarib. “The strike burnt the car which was carrying four suspected al Qaeda (militants) and killed those in it,” a source told Reuters.



Yemenis block road connecting Marib to Sana’a over US drone attacks:

On Saturday, at least eight people were killed in US drone attacks in Abieda valley in Marib province. Local residents said two Saudi nationals were among the dead.



Former CIA Legal Adviser Hits Obama Over Targeted Killing: Op-Ed:

Oddly, under current law, Congress and the courts are involved when presidents eavesdrop on Americans, detain them or harshly interrogate them-but not when they kill them.



Anti-Torture Efforts in Afghanistan Failed, U.N. Says:

Despite concerted efforts for more than a year to train Afghan intelligence and police officials in interrogation techniques that respect human rights, the United Nations investigation found that incidences of torture by the police had risen.



Binyamin Netanyahu rejects calls for Palestinian state within 1967 lines:

Israeli prime minister says border would be impossible to defend and allow ‘Hamas 400 metres from my home’



Israeli Authorities Change Route Of Wall To Fully Annex Jerusalem For Israel:

The Israeli Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that they will re-route a section of the Wall east of Jerusalem in order to close off an existing gap and fully annex the city of Jerusalem into Israel.



Israeli teachers paid for military recruitment:

Israel is encouraging and financing a new form of patriotism by offering bonuses to high school teachers who succeed in motivating students to do their army service. The move has sparked a wave of criticism of the Ministry of Education.



‘Horrific’ New Mexico shooting leaves 5 dead; investigators arrest 15-year-old: –

Sheriff’s investigators combed through what one called a “horrific” crime scene Sunday after the shooting deaths of five people, three of them children, at a home outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.



NBC Admits No Assault Rifle Used At Sandy Hook : Video –

Though President Obama pushes forward with an assault rifle ban using the trajgedy at Sandy Hook as an example, NBC news admits there was no assault rifle used at Sandy Hook Elementary.



Profiting off hunger: Wall Street makes big gains over food price spikes:

Powerful firms like Goldman Sachs have made hundreds of millions of dollars in food future trades. Critics accuse them of profiting off starvation and market manipulation, while traders claim their profits are due to increasing consumption in China.



Azerbaijan to Withdraw All Gold From JP Morgan Vaults:

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan has withdrawn the first ton of its physical gold from JP Morgan vaults, and placed it in their own Central Bank vaults in Baku.



Finance, banking the least-trusted industries, survey finds:

Only 46% of U.S. respondents said they trusted the financial services industry, and only 41% said they trusted banks in 2012, according to PR agency Edelman’s annual survey of consumers’ trust.



Ranks of working poor increasing:

Nearly a third of the nation’s working families earn salaries so low that they struggle to pay for their necessities, according to a new report.



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 : 3,258


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001





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