Russia: foreign ground troops would create ‘long war’ in Syria


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US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of hitting legitimate opposition groups and civilians with its bombing campaign in Syria.

Speaking at a security conference in Munich, Mr Kerry said Moscow must change its targets in order to respect a ceasefire deal agreed on Friday.

To date, the vast majority of Russia’s attacks have been against legitimate opposition groups. To adhere to the agreement it made, Russia’s targeting must change.

– US SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY

He also said Moscow had been dropping so-called “dumb bombs” that do not have a precise target, leading to the killing of civilians.

Earlier, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev rejected claims Russia has bombed civilians in Syria, saying: “There is no evidence of our bombing civilians, even though everyone is accusing us of this.”

http://www.itv.com/news/update/2016-02-13/kerry-calls-on-russia-to-change-targeting-in-syria/

15 troops killed in five suicide bombings at Iraqi military base, ISIS claims responsibility


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An Iraqi military base north of Baghdad was targeted by multiple suicide bombers, who killed at least 15 security troops and injured at least 22 others. The terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

Two bombers detonated their explosive-rigged vehicles at the western gate of Camp Speicher, a former US base outside the Sunni-majority city of Tikrit, Reuters reported, citing security sources. Three others made it to the part of the base used for training Iraqi police.

IS said the attack targeted Shiite troops stationed at the base.

https://www.rt.com/news/327776-iraq-military-base-bombing/

15 TROOPS KILLED IN FIVE SUICIDE BOMBINGS AT IRAQI MILITARY BASE, ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY


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The terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two bombers detonated their explosive-rigged vehicles at the western gate of Camp Speicher, a former US base outside the Sunni-majority city of Tikrit, Reuters reported, citing security sources. Three others made it to the part of the base used for training Iraqi police.

IS said the attack targeted Shiite troops stationed at the base.

15 troops killed in five suicide bombings at Iraqi military base, ISIS claims responsibility

Six NATO troops killed in Afghan suicide bombing


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Six troops from the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan were killed and three injured Monday by a suicide bomber near Bagram Air Base.

The nationalities of the troops have not yet been released, but American soldiers are among those killed and wounded, U.S. officials told NBC News.

“We’re deeply saddened by this loss,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner, a spokesman for coalition forces in a statement. “Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of those affected in this tragic incident, especially during this holiday season.”

The Taliban posted a message on Twitter claiming responsibility for the attack, which was carried out by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle, according to NBC News.

The attack happened at about 1:30 p.m. local time Monday, according to NATO. Waheed Sediqi, a spokesman for the governor of Parwan province, told news outlets the attacker detonated an explosive while a convoy of Afghan and international forces were patrolling.

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/263904-six-nato-troops-dead-after-suicide-bombing-near-us-military-base-in

US Has Secret, “Non-Negotiable” Plan To Send 100,000 US, Saudi Troops To Iraq, Lawmaker Claims


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“A lot of events happened in multiple places supporting the opinion that the U.S. in one way or another supports ISIS — giving them food or arms,” Hanan al-Fatlawi, an outspoken Shia member of parliament, said by phone. She has publicly stated that the United States may be secretly throwing its weight behind the extremist Sunni militants who have violently seized control of large swaths of Iraq and Syria. She points to a blast in the restive Anbar province, where Sunni tribesmen are battling ISIS, that killed dozens of Iraqi troops, saying that it was the Americans who killed them. She’s not alone in her views.

“Many people in Iraq believe me,” she explained. “They believe that ISIS is probably a baby of the USA or a baby of Israel.”

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-10/us-has-secret-non-negotiable-plan-send-100000-us-saudi-troops-iraq-lawmaker-claims

US HAS SECRET, “NON-NEGOTIABLE” PLAN TO SEND 100,000 US, SAUDI TROOPS TO IRAQ, LAWMAKER CLAIMS


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That rather alarming declaration comes from outspoken Iraqi lawmaker Hanan Al-Fatlawi. Not known for holding her tongue, the Shia MP inflamed sectarian tensions with her eye for an eye tirade in the summer of 2014, prompting Diana Moukalled, the Web Editor at the Lebanon-based Future Television to pen the following sharp rebuke:

US Has Secret, “Non-Negotiable” Plan To Send 100,000 US, Saudi Troops To Iraq, Lawmaker Claims

Millennials Want To Send Troops To Fight ISIS, But Don’t Want To Serve


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In the wake of the Paris attacks, a majority of young Americans support sending U.S. ground troops to fight ISIS, according to a wide-ranging new poll from the Harvard Institute of Politics.

The institute has asked millennials about the idea of American boots on the ground at three different times this year, and the survey results have fluctuated somewhat, but there seems to be a “hardening of support.”

http://www.npr.org/2015/12/10/459111960/millennials-want-to-send-troops-to-fight-isis-but-not-serve