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Friday, November 14, 2014

Pentagon Officials Say Islamic State Fight May Need U.S. Combat Forces

"Mainstream media" salivates at prospect of reporting more American military deaths in Iraq and Syria - this means a free pass for shilling and cheerleading the failed illegal "war on terror" and diminished chances of facing war crimes trials  

WALL STREET JOURNAL
By Felicia Schwartz
11/14/2014

WASHINGTON—

Top Pentagon officials said on Thursday that the U.S. military strategy in Iraq and Syria remains an “Iraq-first” approach aimed at stabilizing that country and doesn’t include plans for American combat troops, but that conditions on the ground could change U.S. calculations.


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In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlined scenarios that could prompt a review of the U.S. strategy against the militant group Islamic State.

As Iraqi security forces prepare to go on the offensive and mount an effort to retake control of the country’s second-largest city of Mosul from Islamic State and to re-establish the border between Iraq and Syria, Gen. Dempsey said, these more complicated efforts could require ground assistance from U.S. forces.


“I’m not predicting at this point that I would recommend that those forces in Mosul and along the border would need to be accompanied by U.S. forces but we’re certainly considering it,” Gen. Dempsey said. He said Iraqi troops are doing a better job of fighting in recent months.


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The U.S. strategy in Iraq depends on assumptions about the Iraqi government and its security forces, he said. American officials are assuming the Iraqi government will govern inclusively and convince the country’s Sunnis and Kurds it is committed to doing so, Gen. Dempsey said. The U.S. also is assuming that Iraqi security forces will be willing and able to retake control of Anbar province from Islamic State extremists, he said. If Iraqis fall short of these expectations, it could force the U.S. to reconsider its plans on the ground, he said.




Gen. Dempsey said he didn’t foresee circumstances where it would be ideal for the U.S. to “take this fight on ourselves,” and expand beyond its modest footprint. The U.S. has 1,400 troops in Iraq and plans to send up to an additional 1,500.


Cowards, TRAITORS Hagel and Dempsey

The White House has vowed to leave U.S. combat troops out of an international campaign of airstrikes and support for local ground forces as it carries out an effort to counter the spread of Islamic State. However, military officials have repeatedly said some conditions could require a greater U.S. ground role.


Gen. Dempsey said there was no gap between the military and the White House on the strategy, and that President Barack Obama has accepted the military’s recommendations.

Mr. Hagel described some successes in the campaign, including advances by Iraqi forces near Iraq’s Beiji oil refinery and Iraq’s retaking the northern town of Zumar. 


He also pointed to airstrikes targeting Islamic State leaders over the weekend.

These strikes targeted battlefield leaders rather than senior leadership. Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, may have been injured in an airstrike over the weekend that U.S. officials believe was conducted Iraqi forces.


On Thursday, Islamic State released an audio recording of Mr. Baghdadi, calling on supporters to launch “volcanoes of jihad everywhere,” according to SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks and verifies online jihadist activity. It wasn’t clear when the recording was made.

Rep. Buck McKeon (R., Calif.), the committee’s chairman, said Mr. Obama’s plans for additional troops and a request for new funds didn’t appear to reflect any strategy change, even as targeting and airstrikes become more challenging as extremists alter their tactics to avoid them.


On a related issue, Mr. McKeon said he wouldn’t support an impending administration request for an updated military-force authorization to conduct operations against Islamic State. Mr. McKeon opposes the administration’s plans because they wouldn’t provide authority for U.S. troops to serve in a ground combat role.

Last week, Mr. Obama announced plans for up to 1,500 additional U.S. troops to train, advise and assist Iraqi forces and asked for an additional $5.6 billion in funding to support U.S. operations against Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.




In both Iraq and Syria, Mr. Hagel said the U.S. needed to train and equip ground forces to go on the offensive and win back territory from Islamic State, cautioning that this program in Syria would be a longer-term effort.


In Iraq, the training operation will include the expanded effort announced last week to advise and assist Iraqi forces, and the development of sites around Iraq to train 12 Iraqi brigades.

Gen. Dempsey said the U.S. is looking to train 80,000 competent Iraqi security forces troops to go on the offensive against Islamic State and retake Mosul.


“As Iraqi forces build strength, the tempo and intensity of our coalition’s air campaign will accelerate in tandem,” Mr. Hagel said.

Mr. Hagel said more than a dozen allied nations have expressed interest in sending trainers and advisers to help with the effort. He didn’t name them. Last week, the Pentagon said it expects partner nations will contribute 700 trainers, in addition to about 870 from the U.S.


The U.S. also will support Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ’s initiative to develop provincially based National Guard units. Mr. Hagel applauded Mr. Abadi’s decision to dismiss Iraqi military officers accused of corruption.

Addressing Syria, Mr. Hagel said that without a partner government or regular military forces on the ground similar to those in Iraq, U.S. strikes there are limited to isolating and destroying Islamic State havens.



In the long-term, the Pentagon will train moderate opposition forces, which Mr. Hagel said would take eight to 12 months to begin making a difference on the ground. The U.S. is considering options to support those forces once they are trained and equipped.

The U.S. continues to believe Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost legitimacy, but doesn’t see a “purely military solution” in Syria, meaning there are no U.S. plans to target the regime or its forces.




Since September, 16 nations have joined the military campaign against Islamic State, Mr. Hagel said, and 12 coalition partners have carried out more than 130 airstrikes. Since Aug. 8, the U.S. and coalition warplanes have carried out more than 850 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.



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German Army Prepares For Civil War

Dictator Angela Merkel readies for modern-day Beer Hall Putsch    

WORLD SOCIALIST WEBSITE
By Denis Krassnin
11/13/2014

The second “International Urban Operations Conference” took place in central Berlin between 20 and 22 October. Four hundred delegates from 40 countries, many with dubious democratic traditions, met for three days to discuss the suppression of uprisings and other forms of civil unrest in urban areas.


Following in Uncle Adolph's footsteps
“In today’s world, urban regions are key areas,” the conference program declared. “Maintaining and creating stability in urban areas is a challenging task for today’s security forces … Scenarios ranging from the routine assistance or show of force approach to full scale street fighting can change rapidly, sometimes even at a moment’s notice. … New threats of insurgency, terrorism and guerrilla warfare can only be matched by state-of-the-art intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance assets.”


The program noted that the goal of the conference was to “present solutions to the above- mentioned challenges. It will offer a platform for the exchange of experience from current missions and will present an overview of the new military concept of the German army concerning urban operations.”


Hitler knew all about crushing urban uprisings

It continues: “Representatives of industry have the chance to present their ideas, concepts and solutions to high ranking NATO and other military representatives.”

The conference was chaired by the head of development for the German army, Major General Erhard Drews. It was jointly organised by the German Association for Defence Technology (DWT), a charitable organisation set up in 1957 at the initiative of the defence ministry and which serves as a lobby for the arms industry.


The conference was financed by the arms industry. The sponsors include the global leader in the production of handheld firearms, Heckler&Koch, the weaponry producers Dynamit Nobel Defence and Kärcher Futurtech, as well as the Israeli arms firm Rafael. Numerous other arms manufacturers offered their products at exhibition stands.

After an icebreaker reception in the bar of the Hotel Maritim, the participants listened to dozens of lectures over two days on conducting urban warfare.


Major General Drews spoke on the German “Army Perspective on Urban Operations”, Britain’s Brigadier Bob Bruce on “Land Forces in Urban Environment,” Israeli reserve general and Rafael representative Rami Ben Efraim on “Rafael and Urban Challenge,” German parliamentary deputy and President of the reservists’ association Roderich Kiesewetter (Christian Democrats) on the “Political and Strategic Challenges of Urban Operations” and British colonel Mark Kenyon on “Urban Combat—Reports of a Battalion Commander.”

At 12 seminars, there were around 60 further lectures from military representatives, arms lobbyists and scientists. A representative from Heckler&Koch spoke about the “family of handheld firearms systems for infantry in modern urban operations”, and a representative from Securiton about “Mobile surveillance: urban reconnaissance and control.”


“Political and Strategic Challenges of Urban Operations”

The urban operations conference, which took place virtually without media comment, provided a glimpse of the changes currently being implemented as part of the reform of the German army. Since the announcement at the beginning of this year by government representatives that the era of military restraint was over, they have been preparing not only for interventions against external enemies, but also for civil war operations.


“Land Forces in Urban Environment”
An official report on the first conference, which also took place in Berlin in early 2012, confirms this. 

The report states, “Today’s crisis operations are increasingly marked by interventions and fighting in densely populated areas and partially also in cities. This difficult, and for many NATO countries, new approach away from classic battlefields towards crisis operations in urban areas is the basis for a fundamental restructuring of their own armed forces. The Bundeswehr also is exactly responding to these changed conditions with its realignment.”



Urban areas do not only refer to the crisis regions in eastern Ukraine or the Middle East. Faced with mounting social tensions the German army is preparing to take action against protests and resistance domestically. The legal basis for this was already put in place with the emergency powers passed in 1968.


“Urban Combat—Reports of a Battalion Commander”

The fact that commanders spoke at the Berlin conference with combat experience in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel is a warning sign. The military operations against the Taliban, Islamic State and the Palestinians are being studied and serve as templates for how social resistance is to be dealt with at home.



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"We Crossed The Line" : U.S. Admits Use Of Torture

A Nixonian "limited hang out" that just scratches the surface of the abominable tortures used by the Bush/Obama criminal administrations and their coward, murdering psycho CIA freaks  

RT
11/13/2014

A legal adviser to the US has conceded that her country has “crossed the line” since the September 11 attacks, assuring that Washington takes responsibility for its deeds.


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“In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, we [the US] regrettably did not always live up to our own values, including those reflected in the [UN] Convention [Against Torture],” Mary McLeod, US acting legal adviser from the Department of State, told the Committee Against Torture, a UN body that aims to prevent torture and inhuman treatment around the world.

“As President Obama has acknowledged, we crossed the line and we take responsibility for that,” she said. Ten independent experts from the UN anti-torture body gathered to ‘grill’ some 30 senior US officials, including McLeod, in Geneva, Switzerland, for the first time since 2006.


The committee discussed issues dealing with torture at CIA ‘black sites’, Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba and detention of illegal immigrants.




"There's sort of a common denominator about all of our questions, and that is implementation of transparency and accountability," Jens Modvig, one of the panel's investigators, told AFP.


A day before the panel, the committee gathered evidence from anti-torture activists, death penalty experts, Murat Kurnaz, a former Guantanamo detainee, and the parents of Michael Brown, a black teenage boy from Ferguson, Missouri, who was shot in August by a white police officer. 




Kurnaz, who was held at Guantanamo Bay for five years before being released without charges, said that148 prisoners still remain at the notorious prison.


"I cannot believe that Guantanamo is still open… Just being at Guantanamo is torture," he told AFP, adding that many of the remaining detainees "are as innocent as I am.”

The parents of Michael Brown, met the members of the UN anti-torture body behind closed doors on Tuesday.

"We came here to the UN to get justice for our son," Michael Brown Sr. told reporters.




During the Committee panel McLeod claimed that “the US is proud of its record as a leader in respecting, promoting, and defending human rights and the rule of law, both at home and around the world.”


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According to McLeod, Washington follows the Executive Order on Lawful Interrogations, which states that “any individual detained in armed conflict by the United States or within a facility owned, operated, or controlled by the United States, in all circumstances, must be treated humanely and must not be tortured or subjected to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.”

But Laura Pitter, representing Human Rights Watch said HRW is still concerned that the US was still limiting the applicability of Convention against Torture.


"It should apply wherever the US has effective control, not merely where it has governmental authority,"she told AFP, adding that the move "does little to allay concerns that the US is looking for wiggle room in terms of how it applies its treaty obligations."

Bush Admin Accused of "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques"

Several delegates of the Committee said that some abuses in torture took place during the ‘War on Terror’ (WOT), also known as the ‘Global War on Terrorism’ (GWOT). 


First used by US President George W. Bush, the term applied to the international military campaign launched after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

According to the UN body, Bush authorized the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" like water boarding.



"We have cleaned up those policies," a US official, told APFP on condition of anonymity, adding that most of the criticism since 2009 centered on ensuring accountability for past abuses.

In the meantime, according to Jamil Dakwar from American Civil Liberties Union said that “six years into the Obama administration, [it] has not provided full accountability for torture and abuse in US custody, especially in CIA detention."




 “The US is proud of its record as a leader in respecting, promoting, and defending human rights and the rule of law, both at home and around the world.”

“The legacy of this administration could foster immunity and impunity for torture and abuse, both at home and abroad," he said.



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