Tag: war crimes

The Refugee and Friend Who Opened My Eyes About El Salvador’s Civil War

Lacking the innocence and serenity most kids his age had an abundance of, Osmaro Aviles lived in constant fear and anxiety. The peaceful sky I slept under every night didn’t exist in his world. Helicopters replaced the stars and machine gun fire drowned out the sounds of nature. While I played with rocks I discovered as I walked peacefully around my neighborhood, Ozzy walked to a brick house riddled with bullet holes, and without a roof, to play around with shotgun shells left on the ground surrounding the home, on the rare occasion he was granted freedom to go outside.

When you are raised in the western world and have a normal life free of debilitating trauma like I did, you expect everyone else lives in the exact same world. The world is your oyster; it’s peaceful,fun, and full of wonder. Little did I know a kid my same age lived in a world full of turmoil, violence and secrecy, that robbed children of the very things many of us still take for granted.

Navy SEAL Killed By IED In Iraq As Troops Pour Into Mosul

Another US soldier has died as the result of Iraq’s third American-involved war. The operative’s death both shadows the new Mosul offensive, and a massive US troop surge launched shortly before. Those forces, like this most recent casualty, are almost entirely dark shades of special forces.

Chief Petty Officer Jason C. “JJ” Finan died as a result of wounds sustained by an improvised explosive device. Few details are currently available, and officials are cautious to admit Finan was directly involved in the battle. Islamic State militants have held Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest, since the beginning of the war. Militants seized the town with American arms and vehicles, with many Iraqi forces retreating without a fight. Many Iraqi soldiers stripped their fatigues, vests, and put down their guns fleeing the Islamic State’s hard-charge from Syria.

Questions Remain Over Photos Of US Troops In Syria, Rebels Force Them From Town

Months have passed since the first pictures of US special forces operatives surfaced from inside Syria. Their disclosure via an unidentified photographer, who happened to be in the right place at the right time, was followed by disciplinary action by US officials. Questions still persist; not only about what they show, but also how numerous others depicting the same unit arrived on the web. The images themselves challenge the official narrative of how the originals were captured, and from where.

It was originally reported that a photographer encountered the shady squad with Kurdish rebels nearby. Some of those fighters appear in photos taken by the journalist, reputedly employed with “Agency-France Presse”. Officials say the fighters were pushing against Islamic State positions near their de facto capital of Raqqa. The findings surprised some, as Syria was supposed to be largely void of western media.

Saudi forces are killing civilians in Yemen, so why is the UK still arming the regime?

“We have a long-standing relationship with the Saudi armed forces, particularly the Royal Saudi Air Force… We’ll support the Saudis in every practical way short of engaging in combat.”

Philip Hammond, then UK Foreign Secretary, March 2015

It has been almost 18 months since Saudi Arabian forces intervened in the ongoing Yemeni civil war, and unfortunately the UK government has stayed true to Philip Hammond’s promise. Since he made it, over 7000 people have been killed, 2.8 million have been displaced and vital infrastructure has been destroyed.

Door to justice finally opens in El Salvador

As the door finally opens for war criminals to face justice in El Salvador, the law can start serving the country’s poor.

Following almost two decades of courageous activism from human rights defenders, on 13 July 2016 El Salvador’s highest court declared the General Amnesty Law unconstitutional, opening the door for war criminals to finally face justice.

El Salvador’s civil war, which pitched an authoritarian government against left leaning guerrilla groups, began in 1979 and raged for more than 12 years. By January 1992, when the peace accords were signed, the conflict had claimed 75,000 lives and an estimated 7,000 persons had disappeared.

Assad Says US Not Serious In ISIS Fight

Damascus, Syria (TFC) – Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has come forward with skepticism over America’s war on the Islamic State. Assad, who’s accepted aid from Russia to quell Syrian jihadist activities, feels the US isn’t serious in its fight. Assad’s speak volumes,…

US Launches New Syrian Rebel Training Program, Debates Sending More Troops To Murky Black Ops War

US officials recently tipped journalists off to a new Pentagon-sponsored Syrian rebel training program. Modeled after an earlier failed project, this new program plans to train dozens of fighters to push back against ISIS. It’s activation comes as US clandestine operations escalate, troop numbers grow, and the surrounding fighting intensifies beyond proportion.