On August 1st 2017, Human Rights Watch released a 52 page report documenting the spread of violence and abuses of Government against civilians in some of the hardest hit areas of the conflict. The following is a summary of this report, teaching you everything you need to know about the War in South Sudan to date.
According to reports out of Washington, senior members of the Trump Administration, including CIA Director Mike Pompeo, have announced their decision to cut off funding to Syrian rebels fighting against the Government of Bashar al-Assad. Many are now suggesting that the move may be the deciding step ultimately resulting in the end of the Syrian Civil War as we have known it.
Turkey celebrates the one year anniversary of the failed military coup of 2016 by announcing the purchase of billions of dollars worth of anti-missile defense systems from NATO rival Russia. The deal marks the first military transaction between the two countries since the fall of the Soviet Union in the 90’s, further complicating the relationship with NATO allies in the region.
Whether it be Yemen or Syria, neither of these Civil Wars could have ever been fought to begin with or continue on to this day without the direct funding of the United States and United Kingdom, whom have each literally made billions of dollars selling bombs, weapons and vehicles for people to kill one another in these countries. Despite lawsuits and objections to this behavior however, Government courts continue to defend their countries War machine.
In September of 2017, the Kurdish people will hold a referendum vote to separate from Iraq and form their own country. However, the leaders of Iraq and Turkey both say they will refuse to recognize a Kurdish nation state, never-mind seceded territory to them. By continuing to arm, fund and support the Kurds, why is the US continuing to turn its back on a strategic NATO ally and coalition partner, and what does this mean for the future of the Middle East?
On July 7th 2017, after 3 weeks of deliberations involving 140 countries from around the world, 122 countries voted in favor of a historic treaty which would ban the possession of nuclear weapons under international law. Unfortunately though, every country which currently owns and possesses nuclear weaponry refused to vote on or accept the terms of the new agreement.
Days ahead of the G20 Summit in Germany this weekend, NATO leadership has come out with announcement re-affirming a release from last summer, that cyber attacks of the future could one day result in the invocation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.
Since August of 2016, more than 3,300 innocent civilians have been killed, 1.3 million people have become displaced and over 600 schools have been destroyed. As a result, the United Nations Council on Human Rights has sent in an international envoy to investigate these crimes and determine if Congolese Army leaders should be brought in front of the International Criminal Court.
As the military of South Sudan is re-capturing land from “opposition control,” from January to May 2017, tens of thousands of people have been displaced, countless more have died and the humanitarian crisis facing the country at large continues to escalate.
US led coalition forces are using White Phosphorus munition against the Islamic State in both Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria. The use of these weapons is strictly forbidden in certain circumstances under international law, most notably as an “offensive weapon.” The US maintains they are using it as a “smokescreen” to shield fleeing escaping civilians from IS snipers. Despite this however, there are already reports circulating of civilian causalities, something which is not uncommon whenever these weapons are used.
The phrase “One mans freedom fighter is another mans terrorist” could not be more applicable. Despite the US arming and funding Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria, Turkish forces continue to bomb them. Whats behind this conflict of interest and what does it mean for NATO?
Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations, made controversial statements this weekend when she said the US expects regime change in Syria and must work to remove Iran’s presence from the country. However, short of fully engaging in a new ground War in the country, this would be virtually impossible to accomplish.