Category Archives: War in Afghanistan/Iraq

US Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria–Recent Data

Chris Woods is keeping extensive records and aggregated data of “US and allied air strikes” in Iraq/Syria here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gswM0MC1_tBDnLWQWUy3DQSGYHdshxAh2mlj4Cw3K-4/edit Current Figures Below information is from the Woods database referenced above.

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The place where the drones go…

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TomDispatch: Let’s forget 9-11

I’ll say more on this soon, but here is some clarity in the muddled waters of 9-11 hyperbole and political showmanship: http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/09/2011910125513799497.html Excerpts: Ask yourself this: ten years into the post-9/11 era, haven’t we had enough of ourselves?¬† If we … Continue reading

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In case it’s not clear who the bad guys are in Iraq…

Here are excerpts just released¬†from the cablegate (wikileaks) trove of top secret US cables (this one was sent to Condoleeza Rice, then Secretary of State). Please read them and judge for yourself. (the original cable is here) […] American troops … Continue reading

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How much did you pay for the war this year?

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Curveball: The WMD were all in my head

The Guardian has broke a story that is a surprise to none: The WMD hype that brought the US public to a “kill Saddam” frenzy aand stifled political debate in Congress, leading up to the Iraq war, was all based … Continue reading

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The government is best that governs least…

This is a good idea, right? Well…if you’re rich. For the rest of us, it’s decidedly not a good idea – at least until we’ve improved the system. For a satirical view of the issue, watch this Daily Show segment, … Continue reading

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Antidote to Peter Bergen’s nonsense on the Daily Show (re: Afghanistan)

Peter Bergon says: We’ve made progress in Afghanistan. They like us. The Afghans want us to stay. The war is going great. This guy delivers rosy, handmade talking points about Afghanistan that correspond in nothing with what is actually happening … Continue reading

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“Blair must be prosecuted”

John Pilger argues that Tony Blair should be prosecuted for war crimes for repeatedly lying about intelligence data in order to shore up support among British citizens for the Iraq War. Such carnage was justified with lies that have been … Continue reading

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“Weapons Training” in Afghanistan

U.S. Plan Envisions Path to Ending Afghan Combat Rodrigo Abd/Associated Press Police recruits during a weapons training session with Americans outside Kandahar. A plan’s success depends on building a strong Afghan Army and police force. Probably the most ridiculous part … Continue reading

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Assange shames CNN for pursuing gossip over war and death

Julien Assange, the man behind the Wikileaks release of hundreds of thousands of internal Pentagon documents detailing incidents of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, is interviewed by Larry King. Daniel Ellsberg, who was behind the Vietnam-era release of the Pentagon … Continue reading

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Day of the dead

originally posted here

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Rumsfield: war with Iraq by any means possible

Juan Cole writes about newly emerging documents suggesting that Rumsfeld, Cheney, and co. manufactured evidence for a war they had already planned: Rumsfeld, Bush and the Supreme War Crime Posted on September 24, 2010 by Juan Joyce Battle at the … Continue reading

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Is the Bible more violent than the Quran?

Yes – by far. More on this later in the post. There is an astounding ignorance among Muslim-bashing Americans who proclaim their “truth” about a broad Islamic intention to destroy “the West” or to undermine “Western” modern secular government. But … Continue reading

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Top Ways 9/11 Broke Islamic Law

Juan Cole’s 9/11 post is so useful I reproduce it below in full. Posted on September 11, 2010 by Juan On the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, it is clear that al-Qaeda was a tiny fringe terrorist movement, … Continue reading

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Palin, stupid bigotry, Islam, Ground Zero, and bad English

Juan Cole makes reminds us of some crucial points refuting the Islamophobia revolving around the 9-11 attack. Mainly, we should recall that the dark vision and ruthless tactics of a marginalized sect called al-Qaeda have virtually nothing to do with … Continue reading

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The dry land: a trailer, promising a film to think about hard things

The Dry Land (see trailer here) This movie looks stellar. Spellbinding, politically provocative, poignant, well-cast, and beautifully shot. In fact, it looks like one of those dramas that helps you see how life really is. The mother’s character, her look, … Continue reading

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When they do it, it’s torture. When we do it, its…interrogation techniques.

Interrogation techniques of the enhanced variety. Anything to avoid calling a spade a spade. Torture, or the infliction of pain, broadly defined, for political purposes, is a very evil thing. We in America have always considered it a practice of … Continue reading

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The beginning of the end of the Afghanistan war

Why did we go there again, so many years ago? Oh ya, to throw out AlQaeda. And we did that, in a jiffy. Then we stayed. Why did we do that again? Oh ya, because we wanted to throw out … Continue reading

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