An official representative of the US administration has warned Russia that it risks being isolated if it continues supporting Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria. Other western leaders are also concerned, but rather vaguely – no one has a clear idea of what should be done in the crisis zone. Thus the split in position: “not . . . → Read More: Russia’s support for Assad
The United States is sending 130 more troops to Iraq amidst a bombing campaign against ISIS militants in the north and a political crisis gripping Baghdad. We are joined by veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn, author of the new book, “The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising.” . . . → Read More: Inside Iraq and rise of ISIS
The Human Rights Watch accused the Israeli forces on Monday of firing on and killing civilians in the southern Gaza town of Khuzaa in apparent violation of the laws of war in several incidents between July 23 and 25.
Deliberate attacks on civilians who are not participating in the fighting are war crimes, the HRW . . . → Read More: Israel killing of Palestinian civilians violates international humanitarian law, reports Human Rights Watch
It might seem counterintuitive to make the argument that Israel should no longer count on U.S. support for its policies as assuredly it has in the past. After all, hasn’t the Senate just passed not one but now two resolutions by unanimous consent declaring its backing of Israel’s deadly attacks on and invasion . . . → Read More: The new generations of Americans will loathe Israel and US Policies
Gaza Strip — It is the saltwater coming out of the hotel tap that reminds you where you are, as you wake up in Gaza. And then you imagine your room besieged by honeybees. It is the constant whine of the drones that parade up and down Gaza, selecting targets.
. . . → Read More: Gaza – A child’s fear of dieing
As I was writing this story, my phone beeped and an app of a private news channel flashed on my mobile phone. It was news that came to light today about a Kashmiri woman, who was allegedly raped by two jawans of the Indian Reserve Police.
. . . → Read More: Kashmiri students suspended for not chanting anti-Pakistan slogans
Several are being reported killed in infighting between two distraught Tehreek-i-Taliban factions between whom fighting intensified on Friday in Waziristan.
The clash started between the two militant factions a few days ago and the cause of infighting was said to be over interference in matters inside one another’s domains.
. . . → Read More: Militants against Militants
At least 15 senior Taliban commanders were killed on Tuesday in Ghazni province by asuicide bomber reportedly attempting to keep them from carrying out plans to disrupt Saturday’s elections, according to Afghan officials.
. . . → Read More: Kaboom!! Tit for tat
The on-going offensive by Karachi’s security forces is crippling militant and criminal networks, security officials say, citing various successes.
Security officials have arrested thousands of suspects and killed dozens of militants since the September 5 launch of the operation, Karachi Police Chief Shahid Hayat told Central Asia Online.
. . . → Read More: Militants on the retreat as Karachi Operation picks pace
Once a staunch opponent of deployment of military troops in Karachi, Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain called upon the Nawaz Sharif government on Tuesday to hand over the city to the army for maintenance of law and order.
. . . → Read More: Altaf feels Army only solution for Karachi