Posted by: Chuck | May 7, 2013

Straight Scoop – American-led Soldiers Die in Attacks in Afghanistan


Damascus (Photo credit: sharnik)

U.S.-backed rebels used sarin gas, not Syrian government – U.N. investigator 05 May 2013 U.N. human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria‘s civil war and medical staff indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said on Sunday. The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, said commission member Carla Del Ponte. “Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals and, according to their report of last week which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated,” Del Ponte said in an interview with Swiss-Italian television, “This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels, not by the government authorities.”

U.N. voices ‘grave concern’ at reports of Israel strikes in Syria 05 May 2013 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday voiced alarm at reports Israel has struck targets inside Syria, but said the United Nations was unable to confirm whether any such attacks had taken place. “The Secretary-General expresses grave concern over reports of air strikes in Syria by the Israeli Air Force,” Ban’s press office said in a statement.

English: A two-ship of Israeli Air Force F-16s...

English: A two-ship of Israeli Air Force F-16s from Ramon Air Base, Israel, head out to the Nevada Test and Training Range, July 17 during Red Flag Exercise 09-4. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regional countries slam Israeli attack on Syria 06 May 2013 A number of countries in the Middle East are pointing their fingers at Israel on Sunday after the latter attacked Syrian military facilities near Damascus earlier in the day. The Syrian state TV said Israel launched an air strike on a military research center in a suburb of Damascus before dawn of Sunday. Syria’s Foreign Ministry said in a letter to the UN that “the flagrant Israeli aggression against positions of the Syrian army underlines the coordination between Israel and the terrorist groups affiliated with the al-Nusra Front. The blatant Israeli aggression aims to render a direct military support to the terrorist groups after their faltered attempts to make gains on ground,” the letter read.

Second Israeli strike on Syria reported 05 May 2013 Israel has carried out a rocket attack on the Jamraya scientific research centre in Damascus, the official Syrian news agency SANA says. The agency did not say whether there were any wounded or dead. A newsflash on Syria’s state satellite channel said: “The latest Israeli attack is an attempt to raise the morale of the terrorist groups, which are tottering before the blows of our heroic army on Syrian territory.” Al-Jazeera reported that the explosion in the suburb of Jimrayya hit camps of the elite Fourth Division and Republican Guard as well as the research institute.

Israeli warplanes ‘launch air strike in Syria’ 04 May 2013 Israeli warplanes have launched an air strike inside Syria from Lebanese air space, US officials have said. Unnamed officials told media outlets the likely target was a[n alleged] weapons site. Israel has refused to confirm the strike, though it has launched strikes in Syria as recently as January.

Sixteen Israeli fighter jets violate Lebanese airspace 03 May 2013 Sixteen Israeli military aircraft have penetrated Lebanese airspace and flown over several areas of the country in blatant violation of a UN Security Council resolution. Two Israeli fighter jets crossed into Lebanon’s airspace over the southern city of Sidon, located 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Beirut, at 7:10 p.m. local time (1610 GMT) on Thursday, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese military on Friday. The warplanes flew over several areas in Lebanon before leaving the country’s airspace at 12:10 p.m. local time (0910 GMT) while flying over the southern village of al-Naqoura, which is situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut. Later in the day, two other Israeli jets entered Lebanese airspace over the coastal city of Jounieh, located about 16 kilometers (10 miles) north of Beirut, at 10:40 p.m. local time (1940 GMT). 

Karzai Says He Was Assured CIA Would Continue Delivering Bags of Cash 05 May 2013 The C.I.A.’s station chief here met with President Hamid Karzai on Saturday, and the Afghan leader said he had been assured that the agency would continue dropping off stacks of cash at his office despite a storm of criticism that has erupted since the payments were disclosed. On Saturday, Mr. Karzai sought to dampen the furor over the payments, describing them as one facet of the billions of d*llars in aid Afghanistan receives each year. “This is nothing unusual,” he said. Mr. Karzai declined to specify how much c*sh his office received each month, or how much it had been given by the C.I.A. so far. At his meeting with the station chief, it was made clear to him that “we are not allowed to disclose” the amount, he said.

8 American-led Soldiers Die in Attacks in Afghanistan 05 May 2013 Eight soldiers with the American-led military coalition were killed Saturday, making it the bloodiest day this year for Western troops fighting here. Two were shot in an insider attack, one died in a small-arms attack and five Americans were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, according to statements from the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan officials. The explosion that killed the five American soldiers took place in the Maiwand district in western Kandahar Province, said Jawed Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar. Capt. Dan Einert, a spokesman for the international coalition here, confirmed that the five soldiers were Americans.

Two NATO soldiers killed in Afghan insider attack by US-funded police force 04 May 2013 An Afghan soldier shot dead two soldiers serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force on Saturday, officials said, in the latest “insider attack” to target the coalition. “Two International Security Assistance Force service members were killed when an Afghan National Army soldier turned his weapon against ISAF service members in western Afghanistan today,” ISAF said in a statement. Also on Saturday, a roadside bomb killed five US troops in southern Afghanistan. (Also see: US appropriated over $54 billion for Afghan National Security Forces as of 31 March.)



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