US Pentagon: US forces killed 130 civilians in 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. military operations killed about 130 civilians and injured 91 others in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia last year, a Pentagon report unveiled on Wednesday, while the Amnesty International in the US stressed that the U.S. was still undercounting civilian casualties.
108 civilians were killed during the US military operations in Afghanistan in 2019, with 22 others killed in Iraq and Syria, and two civilians killed in Somalia, according to the report, Reuters said.

ISIS terrorists used a gorge in north-eastern Syria to dump the bodies of people

ISIS terrorists used a gorge in north-eastern Syria to dump the bodies of people it had abducted or detained, according to report published yesterday by BBC.

The report indicated that researchers began an investigation after being sent a video in 2014 showing a group of militants throwing into the gorge the bodies of two men summarily killed by ISIS.

The Trump Regime Redeploys Its ISIS (Terrorist) “Freedom Fighters” to Iraq, Courtesy of the Pentagon

For over 40 years, Iraqis suffered from the scourge of US wars by hot and other means with no let-up, millions perishing, an entire population immiserated.
The Iraqi government and vast majority of its people want their country back — free from US occupation and imperial control.

Chinese army expels trespassing US warship from Xisha Islands, urges it to fight COVID-19 at home

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Tuesday expelled a US warship that trespassed into Chinese territorial waters off the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea as the US' move could have easily caused an accident, a Chinese military spokesperson said on Tuesday, who also urged the US side to focus on COVID-19 prevention and control at home rather than destabilizing regional security and peace.

The US Navy's recent operations near China show its own fear of losing presence and influence in the Asia-Pacific region amid multiple COVID-19 outbreaks on its warships, analysts noted.

The PLA Southern Theater Command organized naval and aerial forces to follow the US guided missile destroyer USS Barry when it trespassed into China's territorial waters off the Xisha Islands on Tuesday, said Senior Colonel Li Huamin, a spokesperson of the PLA Southern Theater Command, on Tuesday.

They followed and monitored its course, identified the ship, warned and expelled it, Li said.

WFP Chief warns of hunger pandemic as COVID-19 spreads

Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP) David Beasley has warned of a global famine because of the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, stressing the need to take urgent and wise measures to beat the COVID-19 pandemic and avoid a humanitarian disaster.

Beasley told the Security Council on Tuesday via video link that the global spread of COVID-19 this year has sparked “the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two,” pointing out that 135 million people are facing crisis levels of hunger or worse, coupled with an additional 130 million on the edge of starvation prompted by Coronavirus.

The Guardian: Britain sold more than 15 billion pounds to Saudi Arabia during the Yemen war

London,(ST)- A report of the British Guardian newspaper revealed that the British company "BAE Systems" sold weapons to the Saudi regime for more than 15 billion pounds during the aggression against Yemen, stressing that the sales took place during the period in which the Saudi regime launched lethal bombings on Yemeni cities.

The report indicates that sales took place over five years, the period during which the kingdom was involved in fatal bombing operations in Yemen. The report adds that the activists analyzed the annual government report of the sales of the leading British company in the arms industry to reveal that it had managed to collect revenues exceeding 2.5 billion pounds of arms sales to Saudi Arabia during the past year only, so that the return on exports to Saudi Arabia between 2015 and 2019 will rise to about 15 Billion pounds, an annual increase of about 17.3%.

Russian-built bridge is the sole way to bring farm produce to Der Ezzour after the destruction of 12 bridges by US bombardments

The sole way to bring farm produce to Der Ezzour province is across the bridge which has been built by the Russian military, after the destruction of 12 bridges across the Euphrates by US bombardments, according to a report published yesterday by the Russian News Agency (TASS).

The agency quoted locals as that before the war there were twelve bridges across the Euphrates here. US-led coalition's bombardments have destroyed them all. Last year Russian military engineers built a 100-meter-long pontoon bridge near Der Ezzour, thus creating a vital link between communities the Euphrates separates.