US Rules of Engagement

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ROE define how force may be used in combat – what’s acceptable, unacceptable, under what conditions.

Geneva breaches and other laws of war fall outside of ROE. Military operations are governed by laws of war and international humanitarian law.

All nations are required to observe them. International and domestic laws universally recognize the right of self-defense in response to an attack or an imminent one.

Military necessity permits use of force not prohibited by the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC). Distinguishing between civilians and military targets v. civilians and non-military ones is required.

Proportionality prohibits disproportionate, indiscriminate force likely to cause damage or loss of civilian lives.

Precautions must be taken to avoid and minimize noncombatant casualties, as well as damage to non-military sites.

Under Fourth Geneva, civilians must be given “effective advance warning” and “neutralized zones” where they can be as protected as much as possible.

Fourth Geneva also prohibits collective punishment; destruction of private property; torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and other protections for noncombatants.

In all US wars, ROE violate core rule of law principles. Washington rules alone apply. Civilians in harm’s way have no place to hide.

Mass slaughter and destruction go on in all US war theaters, creating chaos and enormous human suffering.

During the 2003 Iraq war, US ROE authorized field commanders to kill every military-aged Iraqi in sight. Cold-blooded murder was officially OK’d.

The same policy is followed in Afghanistan, earlier in Libya, Yemen, Syria and Iraq – notably in the battle for Mosul.

Civilians are being slaughtered in cold blood, US terror-bombing striking residential areas and other non-military sites. Since the battle began last October, perhaps thousands of noncombatants perished. Pentagon claims otherwise are false.

RT’s Ruptly TV interviewed residents able to flee the city. One man said ISIS fighters “go on rooftops of the houses and the families (inside) don’t know. Then the aircraft come and bomb it,” burying families under rubble.

“We are asking for bombing specific targets. There are still families inside the houses and the aircraft keep bombing. We are asking the coalition planes to be specific when they bomb. They were bombing randomly,” he said.

Another resident said “(t)he planes waited until one of the Daesh walked out into the street and then they struck. The fighter was only injured, but 11 members of one family in the house next door were instantly killed.”

“They dropped leaflets over the city telling us not to worry about the strikes, saying that they were extremely precise and would not hurt the civilians,” another man said, adding:

“(I)t feels like the coalition is killing more people than” ISIS fighters.

America created and supports ISIS, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Wars raging in multiple theaters aim to advance its imperium.

They’re not about humanitarian intervention or democracy building. Millions of casualties attest to what US belligerence is all about.

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Syria Condemns Turkish War Crimes, US Keeps Killing Civilians

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Smoke and dust rise after a US-led air strike in the Syrian town of Kobani (image: Reuters)

Syrian Foreign Ministry letters to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Security Council president Volodmyr Yelchenko condemned Turkey’s “repeated crimes and attacks” on defenseless civilians, along with violations of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

It called for UN intervention to halt its aggression. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), Ankara’s war on Syria remains ongoing for nearly six years.

It “includes providing various forms of military, material and logistic support to the terrorist organizations, bringing foreign terrorists, facilitating their entry into Syria and setting up training camps for them on Turkish soil under direct Turkish intelligence supervision and providing arms and fire cover to the terrorist groups fighting inside Syria.”

Turkish attacks on Al Bab killed scores of Syrian civilians, injuring many more. Current operations are part of what Ankara calls Operation Euphrates Shield, begun last August to occupy parts of northern Syria with likely intent to annex it illegally.

On the pretext of combating ISIS, Turkish forces are battling Kurdish YPG fighters. According to Syrian UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari, bilateral talks with Ankara in Geneva next week are “impossible” unless it halts its aggression and withdraws its forces from Syrian territory.

He demanded Erdogan’s regime stop facilitating the flow of terrorists into Syria, along with arming and providing them safe haven in Turkey.

Russia, Iran and Turkey allied to sponsor two rounds of Astana, Kazakhstan peace talks between Syria and opposition forces (excluding UN designated terrorist groups) – to be followed by more comprehensive negotiations in Geneva next week.

Russia and Iran are committed for conflict resolution. Turkey’s intentions are suspect. So are Washington’s – responsible for six years of devastating war.

US-led so-called “coalition” war planes continue terror-bombing Syrian infrastructure and government targets. Thousands of civilians in harm’s way were slaughtered in Syria and Iraq, according to Russia’s defense ministry, last November saying:

The US Central Command “does not consider…thousands of peaceful Syrians and Iraqis killed by US airstrikes as ‘humans.’ ”

The slaughter continues with no letup since Trump took office, Pentagon high crimes whitewashed – the latest atrocity yesterday near Raqqa.

US terror-bombing killed a dozen or more civilians, injuring others, the death toll likely to rise. Others were killed by US warplanes in al-Thawrah, a district in the Raqqa governorate.

On the pretext of combating ISIS, US-led “coalition” warplanes kill civilians in targeted areas struck.

Syria is now Trump’s war. After 30 days in office, he’s continuing what Obama began – committing crimes of war and against humanity.


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Yemen Bans US Aerial Strikes on its Territory

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(The Real Agenda News) The civilian casualties of the latest US alleged operation against Al Qaeda in Yemen appear to have led the Yemeni government to suspend US government missions on its territory, the New York Times reports.

The Yemeni authorities have yet to officially comment on the measure, but the bombing, the first of its kind authorized by President Donald Trump, caused about thirty deaths, half of them women and children, as well as the death of a US commando’s life and the loss of a helicopter.

“I can not confirm or deny the information because I do not have data. It is a decision that corresponds to the president,” said an adviser to the Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalik al Mekhlafi.

US Central Command of Operations in the Middle East (CENTCOM), which coordinates the missions in Yemen, did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.

The New York Times cites unidentified “US officials” claiming that the suspension has occurred following the fiasco of the operation in al-Baydah, one of Al Qaeda’s fiefdoms, and which took place on the last Sunday of January.

It is not clear if the Yemeni decision responds to the inclusion of the country in the list of nations whose citizens were banned by president Trump’s Administration from entering the United States, or if the ban itself spurred the Yemenis from issuing the prohibition against US operations.

What is clear is that the bombing, much criticized by the experts, angered the Yemeni rulers, already pressured by the stagnation of the conflict with the Huthi rebels and its allies who accuse them of being puppets of Saudi Arabia.

Al Mekhlafi, the head of Foreign Affairs, described the deaths as “extrajudicial killings” on his Twitter account.

“The Yemeni government is a key partner in the fight against terrorism, but such cooperation cannot be carried out at the expense of Yemeni citizens and national sovereignty,” said Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak, the Yemeni ambassador to Washington, interviewed on the Arab channel, Al Jazeera.

Bin Mubarak, who is a person close to President Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi, also said that he had mentioned the matter to the US ambassador to Yemen during a rendezvous in Riyadh, where the bulk of the internationally recognized Yemeni government is located.

The Pentagon conceded last Thursday that several civilians had been killed in the Al Baydah attack and that it was investigating.

Explanations by some spokespersons that the dead women were fighters raised skepticism as images of the bodies of bloodied children on social networks agitated the discomfort of Yemenis.

According to New York Times sources, the decision “does not affect attacks with military drones,” as it did in 2014 when the Sanaan government canceled drone flights because of the numerous civilian casualties they caused.

At the time, as attention focused on other problems, the program resumed even more intensively as Yemen fell deeper into chaos and whose result was the growth of Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups.

Significantly, the measure does not seem to affect the handful of US military advisers who provide intelligence support to the Yemenis and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces, the only ones in the Saudi-led coalition with a significant presence on the ground.

Yemen, a country fractured in a thousand pieces by a long overlapping of conflicts, was from the beginning a perfect refuge for the members of Al Qaeda, but its importance grew after 2001 when the US began to bomb Afghanistan, in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks.

The growth and development of this group, which years later merged with the Saudi Arabian branch to form Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQPA), was undoubtedly helped by the duplicity of its president, Ali Abdalá Saleh, who used the threat to get aid from Washington.

Now the intervention of Saudi Arabia, to stop the coup of Huthi rebels allied with Saleh, has given air to Al Qaeda.


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