Posts made in November 2016

US military drones operating from Tunisia

It all started in Tunisia when Mohamed Bouazizi, a fruit vendor set himself on fire and gave birth to the Arab Spring in 2011. His uncle Ridha Bouazizi, who is also a fruit vendor said, “These government inspectors used to confiscate our goods and demand bribes. It was because of their tyranny that Mohammed set himself on fire.”

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Self-rule in the tiny African nation has been messy, but ultimately a new country emerged from the turbulent Arab Spring with a somewhat successful transition and returned to the business of living life.

Enter the US.

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WikiLeaks Releases More Than Half A Million US Diplomatic Cables Photo of Alex Pfeiffer Alex Pfeiffer

“If any year could be said to be the ‘year zero’ of our modern era, 1979 is it,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a press release.

“In the Middle East, the Iranian revolution, the Saudi Islamic uprising and the Egypt-Israel Camp David Accords led not only to the present regional power dynamic but decisively changed the relationship between oil, militant Islam and the world,” Assange added.

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Syrian government drives rebels from swath of Aleppo

The Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a swath of eastern Aleppo from rebels on Monday in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold.

Two rebel officials said the insurgents, facing fierce bombardment and ground attacks, had withdrawn from the northern part of eastern Aleppo to a more defensible front line along a big highway after losses that threatened to split their enclave.

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Gaza risks becoming easy launchpad for Islamic State: Qatari minister

Palestinian infighting and years of an Israeli blockade could turn the impoverished Gaza Strip into an easy “launching pad” for Islamic State recruiters, Qatar’s foreign minister says.

The small gas-rich Gulf state is a major backer of Hamas, the armed movement which has maintained its control over the coastal enclave for almost a decade despite conflicts with Israel and a rift with Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Donald Trump could tap general to secure America’s borders

John Kelly shares many Republicans’ position on the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. For three years prior to his retirement last winter, the Marine Corps general oversaw operations at the controversial detention facility where, despite President Barack Obama’s determination to close it, dozens of alleged wartime combatants and notable terror suspects remain incarcerated.

As the head of U.S. Southern Command, Kelly’s first and only four-star assignment, he was prepared to carry out a directive to shut down the prison complex.

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies aged 90

This could be President Trump’s first chance to broker a deal to really free the Cuban people…

HAVANA (Reuters) – Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday. He was 90.

A towering figure of the 20th century and Cold War icon, Castro stuck to his ideology beyond the collapse of Soviet communism and remained widely respected in parts of the world that struggled against colonial rule.

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WikiLeaks’ ‘Yemen Files’ Reveal Scope of US Involvement in Yemen War

WikiLeaks has released a new collection of 500 internal documents today from the US Embassy in Sanaa, the latest in a long series of leaks the group has obtained over the years. The documents detail US involvement in Yemen in the lead up to and during the Saudi invasion.

Dubbed the “Yemen Files,” it covers emails from 2009-2015, covering Secretary of States Hillary Clinton and John Kerry’s terms. The files include considerable details of US arming and training of Yemeni military forces in the build up to the Saudi invasion.

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Obama’s ISIS advice for Trump – take it slow with Putin

On Thursday, President Obama addressed German media regarding the complicated relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He encouraged his successor to stand up for American values and avoid taking a more expedient approach.

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On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald J. Trump made it clear he was willing to work with the Russian president. But Obama urged his successor to take it slow because he had concerns regarding the Russian leader and his perceived fight against ISIS in Syria.

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First U.S. service member killed in Syria fighting the Islamic State

A U.S. service member was killed by an improvised explosive device in northern Syria on Thursday, the Pentagon announced in a statement.

The service member was killed near Ain Issa, a town roughly 35 miles northwest of the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. The death marks the first time a U.S. service member has been killed in the country since a contingent of Special Operations forces were deployed there in October 2015 to go after the extremist group.

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Ex-CIA boss Petraeus indicates would serve Trump if asked

Asked if he would agree to serve in the Trump administration, Petraeus said: “I’ve been in a position before where a president has turned to me in the Oval Office in a difficult moment and …. said ‘I’m asking you as your president and commander-in-chief to take command of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan’.

“The only response can be ‘yes, Mr President’.”

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