May 6, 2013
United States is not encouraged by Israel to take certain military actions in Syria, despite the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, proclaiming that they used chemical weapons, said a senior Israeli official. The minister of strategic and intelligence affairs and International Relations Yuval Steinitz, stated that his government saw no contrast between the policies of the American toward Syria and Obama’s governance proclaiming their objective of stopping Iran from having nuclear capability.
Brig. Gen. Itai Brun, the Israeli military intelligence chief said last week that he had evidence that Syrian government used chemical weapons several times in the past month. President Obama stated last summer that using chemical weapons is a “red line” that if abused could make US interfere but officials made clear that they will not take legal actions until further evidence appear. Mr. Steinitz added that latest visits of the US officials including Pres. Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel confirmed the cooperation between the two nations including the issues in Iran. But Israel emphasized that it could handle threats on its own.
Iran says that its nuclear-powered program is not intended for weapons but on energy generation.A past head of Mossad, Meir Dagan, and Israel’s spy agency stated his hesitation about the chemical weapon used in Syria, which he said was limited had been legally approved by Mr. Assad. Consequently, he appreciated America’s warning of interfering. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that Israel’s tactical situations was much better at present then it was several years ago.
April 29, 2013
Syria’s air force carried out airstrikes against civilians according to Human Rights Watch. The attacks triggered serious violations to the international humanitarian law, and the ones who were involved of the attacks are responsible for war crimes.This was written on an 80 page report entitled “Death from the Skies” which is based on visits on 50 sites from government airstrikes in opposition-controlled areas in Aleppo, Idlib and Latakia provinces.
Researchers gathered out more than 140 interviewees including victims and witnesses.One of the targets of war are bakeries and hospitals, according to the Human Rights Watch. Syrian Parliament lawmaker, Sharif Shahadeh questioned the accuracy of HRW’s report.Human Rights Watch documented a detailed report having eight airstrikes on four bakeries.
The research “indicates government forces targeted bakeries and civilians waiting in breadlines in airstrikes as well as in artillery attacks,” the group said. “For each of these attacks, Human Rights Watch was not able to identify any military target, such as fighters or weapons, in the vicinity.” Local opposition group Syrian Revolution General Commission, have attacked 78 bakeries across Syria, by airstrikes or artillery shelling. There were repeated airstrikes on two hospitals in the areas that the Human Rights Watch visited. Human Rights Watch said that the rebels are blameless since it is not their obligation to minimize harm to the civilians.
April 22, 2013
Two people killed, no less than twenty injured after a blast in an occupied restaurant in Falluja in the city of Iraq last Sunday said the authorities. According to the reports a suicide bomber blew himself inside the restaurant situated in the center of the city. 60 kilometers (37miles) west of Baghdad in Anbar province, Falluja was one of some regions who did not grasp the provincial elections held last Saturday because of the safety measures. Infrequent violence were reported in the other parts of the country who voted last Saturday.
Iraqi police officials and other forces are being blamed by the survivors and the people who witnessed the explosion because of their lack in security and safety for the civilians in the vicinity. Emergency team workers are still trying to draw out the victims who are stuck in the building when a portion of it breaks down. Bricks have trapped several civilians who are eating in the restaurant that day.There were several reports last Monday on car bombs attacks in other parts of the country which caused the death of 31 people and injured almost 200 individuals.
Pressures are high medially Iraq’s Sunni and Shia, in the midst of the Sunni Muslim claiming that they are being ignored by Prime Minister Nouri al-maliki’s Shia-led government. Several attacks were made by the Sunni Islamist activist associated to al-Queda trying to threaten the administration, primarily in Shia but also in Sunni. Even though ferocity has decreased in Iraq, since the ultimate rebellion in year 2006 and 2007, bombings are still frequent in the areas.
April 15, 2013
Three killed, and at least sixteen injured last Wednesday due to four explosions in and around the areas in Baghdad, police said. Few days before Iraq’s provincial elections scheduled on Saturday, savagery and fighting are happening around the area. Some of which includes a roadside bombing and a car bombing near the police station and during an Iraqi bombing convoy as stated by the police. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad doomed the gutless attacks of the terrorist before the provincial elections in Saturday. A number of political candidates were reported killed and injured during the attacks.
Last Wednesday night, chief prosecutor of the city’s civil court was assassinated about 45 miles (75 kilometers) west in Falluja. Maarouf Ahmed al- Kobaisi was also killed by the gunmen with open fire while he was driving in his car according to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Few hours later a car bomb exploded in central Falluja near a police car says the Ramadi police officials.
Other targets of the terrorists are people going to their respected offices. Several car bombings killed more than 40 people. More than 30 bombs including car bombs in different parts of the country were reported in the central north and south Iraq. Terrorist attacks leave loads of people dead and lots of people injured. Police said that bomb explosions leave at least 42 people and 257 others were injured. Last Tuesday a car bomb attack happened in Sadr City, a district in Baghdad.
April 9, 2013
The United Nations was reported to have attempted to widen the investigation of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The country has rejected the move of the UN. It was the said incident in one of the villages in the Aleppo province that has prompted the UN to investigate on Syria’s use of this type of weapons. The investigation already started last month wherein a group of UN staff were sent in Cyprus to do the investigation.
According to a report from a state-run media in Syria, the country already rejects the investigation because the United Nation already attempted to dig in deeper. The investigation was said to have already included Syria as a whole. The ongoing unrest in Syria was said to have been the main concern of the UN since 2011 when the civil war began. A lot of the Syrian refugees were assisted by the UN staff in different evacuation centers near Syria. In the capital of Syria which is Damascus, there were a number of fifteen people who died due to a car explosion. A bomb was planted in the car causing it to explode and have injured people. With the different incidents happening in the Syrian capital and its nearby areas, both the Syrian rebel forces and the Syrian government pass the blame on each other.
The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that there will be an additional task to follow that will allow the investigators from the UN to spread in Syria. A source from the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that this move will be causing a violation of the country’s sovereignty.
April 2, 2013
The Ministry of Justice in Iraq has released a report on Monday that there were a number of four senior leaders of the terrorist network, Al-Qaeda that was executed in Iraq. It was made known in the war-torn country, that most of the terrorist attacks are planned by the terrorist group. Bomb attacks, Suicide car bombing, and kidnapping are few of the attacks that have occurred in different open areas in the city.
The leaders were convicted because of terrorism and the Ministry of Justice said that they were executed. The senior terrorist leaders were hanged early the morning last Monday. They were executed after an incident that occurred in the police station located in Tikrit. It was reported that a suicide bomber rode on an oil tanker that has exploded in the police station and has killed a number of nine people and has wounded twenty others. The news was coming from an official in the Interior Ministry of the Iraqi government.
The area where the bombing occurred was just near Baghdad. Tikrit is also known as the hometown of Saddam Hussein, who was a former leader of Iraq. The Interior Ministry reported and incident which happened in Baghdad, a civilian and two other policemen died after being shot by a gunmen. There were also two other people wounded in the said incident. The situation that has been occurring in Iraq has been discussed in a parliamentary session last Monday. The Iraqi Prime Minister has tackled the security of the country during the meeting. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has also served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Military forces.
March 29, 2013
With the ongoing unrest in Syria, the United Nations has been supporting the Refugees with care and assistance in various refugee camps located in Jordan, Israel, and Turkey. With the growing number of refugees, most of the staffers are busy in accommodating their needs. The United Nations has the plan of withdrawing half of the volunteers just for the mean time.
A U.N. spokesman said that it was during the mortar attack when the International staff were alarmed. There were numerous mortars that fell just near the hotel where these staffers lived. The mortar has fallen close on the grounds near a hotel in Damascus housing. The mortar that was fired has caused a lot of problems especially in the damaged infrastructures like the buildings and restaurants and even including properties like a car. One of the United Nations Vehicles was damaged by the mortar. After the damages and the attacks, the United Nations Security Management has started to examine the situation and have come up to the decision of reducing the staffs for security reasons.
The U.N. Spokesman added that an agency was already in charge in relocating half of the staffs in other countries. It was reported that there would probably be a hundred staffers relocated outside Syria. The said measures were taken for the safety of the said staffers. Even if some of the staffers will be pulled out, the United Nations will still be supporting and helping the Syrians. A statement from the U.N. says that their priority is to continue the humanitarian programs and send assistance to the refugees in Syria.
Eric Harroun was a former soldier from the United States who was accused of fighting in the Syrian Civil war. He was allegedly fighting with a terror group that was suspected to be having links with the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. The name of the group was Al-Nusra, this was already identified by the United States to be one of the terror group that uses an Alias to refer to the Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
It was reported that the government of the United States has forced the Syrian president to step down and leave his post. The U.S. Government has also added that they were just concerned about the militant groups who were already fighting in Syria. If the court can prove the accusation, Mr. Harroun will be facing life imprisonment. He was said to be arrested during his flight back to the Unites States last Wednesday. Mr. Harroun was also accused to have crossed Syria in the early days of January this year.
The former U.S. Army was already charged for conspiring in the use of weapons of mass destruction out of the country. This law was already implemented in the U.S. The law also has applied to the number of US citizens who are situated anywhere in the globe. The former military man was discharge from service when he met an accident. According to an army spokesperson, Mr. Harroun has never served abroad. There were prosecutor who has allegedly say that Mr. Harroun was trained and was said to have participated in the numerous plotted bombing attacks. The said army has posted a photo of himself carrying weapons in a social media site.
The capital of Iraq, Baghdad was attack by a series of car bombings including the city of Kirkuk in the North. The two locations were the target of the bombers. There were a total of 19 civilians who died in the explosion. There were also a total of a hundred people wounded. The loud and big car blasts was said to hit the Mosques and some areas of Baghdad in Jihad, Qahira, Zafaraniyah, and Binook. At this time of a scheduled Friday prayers at the Mosque, the Bombs exploded. The attacks in Baghdad occurred at the same time in the attacks coming from the city of Kirkuk
During the peak of insurgency, the attacks were at its lowest point. The violence in Iraq also decreased. Even if the violence was not that much in the year 2007, the series of bombings in different areas in Iraq are still common. An Al-Qaeda linked group like the Sunni Islamists Militants has already threatened to improve their attacks on their official targets in 2013 including the Shia. This said militant group was trying to weaken the Shia government.
The said blast occurred at the Shia Mosques just across Baghdad. There were a lot of Worshipers inside the mosque. There were thirty people badly wounded and sixteen who died during the incident. According to an AFP report, there were areas like the Qahira District was already described to be filled with blood. There were a lot of destruction and cars were damage. The shops and houses in the affected areas were also greatly damaged.
The alarming news was reported by the State media of Syria. The University of Damascus was attacked by mortars that killed a number of 15 students. There were also a number of others injured during the incident. The authorities in Syria have posted the blame on the rebels. The unrest in Syria has not been solved up to now. The fight between the government and the rebels is ongoing, causing a lot of civilians in Syria to be harmed. Most of the Syrian population has already evacuated in Jordan, Israel, Turkey, and other neighboring areas in the Middle East
According to a news correspondent, the rebels in Syria have intensified the use of mortars. The attack that occurred in the University of Damascus was part of the planned attack of the rebels. The dangerous mortars were described to have hit the University’s faculty and cafeteria. During the attack students were still inside the buildings and most of them had injuries and others were said to have been hit badly causing them to die. The doctors have tried to save the lives of those students who were affected but others did not make it.
The state-run Syrian TV reported that the scene inside the University was chaotic. A video footage from the media showed the situation inside the University. The hard-hit cafeteria couldn’t be pictured out as chairs and tables were scattered and the floor was full of blood. An activist group based in the UK said that there was a lot of mortar attack that injured many people. The news agency of AFP also reported that the mortars fell in the Faculty of Law in the University.