U.K. Parliament Report Details How NATO’s 2011 War in Libya Was Based on Lies

U.K. Parliament Report Details How NATO’s 2011 War in Libya Was Based on Lies:

A new report by the British Parliament shows that the 2011 NATO war in Libya was based on an array of lies….

The Libya inquiry, which was launched in July 2015, is based on more than a year of research and interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and more. The report, which was released on Sept. 14, reveals the following:

* Qaddafi was not planning to massacre civilians. This myth was exaggerated by rebels and Western governments, which based their intervention on little intelligence.

* The threat of Islamist extremists, which had a large influence in the uprising, was ignored – and the NATO bombing made this threat even worse, giving ISIS a base in North Africa.

* France, which initiated the military intervention, was motivated by economic and political interests, not humanitarian ones.

* The uprising – which was violent, not peaceful – would likely not have been successful were it not for foreign military intervention and aid. Foreign media outlets, particularly Qatar’s Al Jazeera and Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya, also spread unsubstantiated rumors about Qaddafi and the Libyan government.

* The NATO bombing plunged Libya into a humanitarian disaster, killing thousands of people and displacing hundreds of thousands more, transforming Libya from the African country with the highest standard of living into a war-torn failed state.

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Rebels Reject Deal; Syrian Forces Claim Shootdown of Israeli Plane Bombing Golan

Rebels Reject Deal; Syrian Forces Claim Shootdown of Israeli Plane Bombing Golan:

US and Russia reached a deal on Syria for a ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and later military cooperation and a roadmap for political transition. The Syrian government accepted the deal while the major opposition rebel groups rejected it, issuing some demands to secure their agreement. The ceasefire officially began on Monday evening. Details of the deal are trickling out, the White House is publicly doubting Russia, privately arguing among themselves, and in response Russia wants to publish the (withheld) text of the deal.

Al Qaeda and Ahrar al-Sham rebel groups launched an offensive in the Golan Heights region against the Syrian military, allegedy with air support from the Israeli air force. The Syrian military claims that their air defense shot down an Israeli fighter jet and a drone. The Israeli military denies the shootdown but confirms recent airstrikes on Syria.

Kurds report that ISIS fighters are fleeing the Turkish border offensive in Syria and joining al Qaeda groups in Aleppo. BBC interviewed surrendering rebels in Daraya who say they joined due to financial hardship and the revolution is a lie. In Ukraine, Stephen Cohen says that Pres. Poroshenko has unilaterally changed the terms of the Minsk deal.

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US-Trained Sniper Replaces US-Trained Special Force Officer as ‘Minister of War’ For ISIS

US-Trained Sniper Replaces US-Trained Special Force Officer as ‘Minister of War’ For ISIS:

An American-trained sniper has been promoted to a top position in the Islamic State war machine.

Gulmurod Khalimov, a 41-year-old colonel who underwent US special arms training while heading the Tajikistan special police force, was tapped to be ISIS’s minister of war, according to a new report….

Khalimov has replaced the infamous red-bearded Tarhan Batirashvili, better known as “Omar the Chechen,” who rose through the ranks of ISIS before he was killed in a US airstrike in July.

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Emails Show Clinton Foundation Donor Reached Out To Hillary Before Arms Export Authorizations

Emails Show Clinton Foundation Donor Reached Out To Hillary Before Arms Export Authorizations:

Emails just released by the State Department appear to show Clinton Foundation officials brokering a meeting between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a top military leader of Bahrain – a Middle Eastern country that is a major foundation donor. Soon after the correspondence about a meeting, Clinton’s State Department significantly increased arms export authorizations to the country’s autocratic government, even as that nation moved to crush pro-democracy protests.

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Is The Clinton Foundation Really A Charity?

Is The Clinton Foundation Really A Charity?:

…While the Clinton Foundation has been a great way to trade cash from foreign governments, corporations, and various oligarchs for favors from the US State Department, it does little actual charitable work.

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U.S. Continues to Aid Countries Who Execute Suspected Drug Offenders

U.S. Continues to Aid Countries Who Execute Suspected Drug Offenders:

John Kerry has reportedly promised “law enforcement aid” to the Philippines president who has endorsed vigilante killing.

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Reporter Trolls State Department After Israeli Forces Steal Palestinian Child’s Bike

Reporter Trolls State Department After Israeli Forces Steal Palestinian Child’s Bike:

In a surreal moment in the daily press briefing on Thursday, a reporter asked the U.S. State Department spokesperson about the theft of the bicycle of a crying 8-year-old Palestinian girl by Israeli occupation forces….

The incident highlights the daily oppression endured even by young Palestinian children living under Israel’s illegal 49-year military occupation.

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One Beheaded Child Here and There…

One Beheaded Child Here and There…:

On the same day that the FBI culminated a six year investigation into DC Metro Police Officer Nicholas Young by busting him for sending $245 in gift card serial numbers to an undercover FBI officer posing as someone Young believed to be a friend who joined ISIS…, Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department Mark Toner engaged in this conversation about the US-funded Syrian rebel group Harakat Nour al-Zenki using chemical weapons and beheading a 10-year old Palestinian boy.

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State Department Excuses Syria Rebel Group Over Terror Attacks

State Department Excuses Syria Rebel Group Over Terror Attacks:

The US policy of arming “moderate” rebel factions in Syria has a lot of problems, but none bigger than the Nour al-Din al-Zinki, a Free Syrian Army (FSA) linked group that’s been getting US aid for quite some time, and also grabbing headlines for a series of incidents….

That’s a lot of bad publicity for a matter of a few weeks, and is starting to come up in State Department briefings, though spokesman Mark Toner downplayed the incidents, or the possibility that the US would stop arming Nour al-Din al-Zinki just because they beheaded a child and used chemical weapons.

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Ignorance and indifference: Delving deep into the Clinton e-mail saga

Clinton wasn’t alone in mishandling communications, classified data. sci tech news

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