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01 Aug

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Obama: 'We tortured some folks' after 9/11

Obama: ‘We tortured some folks’ after 9/11

President said mistreatment likely a result of pressure on national security officials to prevent attacks after 9/11

The United States tortured Al-Qaeda detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks, President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday, in some of his most expansive comments to date about a controversial set of CIA practices that he banned after taking office.

“We tortured some folks,” Obama said during a televised news conference at the White House. “We did some things that were contrary to our values.”

Addressing the impending release of a Senate report that criticizes CIA treatment of detainees, Obama said he believed the mistreatment happened because of the pressure national security officials felt to forestall another attack. He said Americans should not be too “sanctimonious” about passing judgment through the lens of a seemingly safer present day.

That posture, which he expressed as a candidate for national office in 2008 and early in his presidency, explains why Obama did not push to pursue criminal charges against the Bush-era officials who carried out the CIA program. To this day, many of those officials insist that what they did was not torture, which is a felony under U.S. law.

Still, Obama’s remarks on Friday were more emphatic than his previous comments on the subject, including a 2009 speech in which he trumpeted his ban of “so-called enhanced interrogation techniques,” and “brutal methods,” but did not flatly say the U.S. has engaged in torture……………………..

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Gaza's sudden spokesgirl: 'This is my third war and this is the worst one'

Gaza’s sudden spokesgirl: ‘This is my third war and this is the worst one’

Farah Baker, 16, opens up about living under Israeli fire, supporting Hamas and becoming a spokesgirl for Gaza’s youth

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Gaza
International
Social Media

Gaza's sudden spokesgirl: Farah Baker

Gaza’s sudden spokesgirl: Farah Baker

Farah Baker, 16, opens up about living under Israeli fire

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Gaza
International
Social Media

Tunisia closes borders with Libya after violence

Tunisia closes borders with Libya after violence

Tensions have been high on the Tunisia-Libya border as Libyans flee militia-fueled violence en masse

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Tunisia
Libya
International
Africa
Sectarianism

MAP: Where is Islamic State operating?

MAP: Where is Islamic State operating?

Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State has made major gains across Syria and Iraq as it expands its ‘caliphate’

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Syria’s War
ISIL
International
Syria
Iraq

Photos: Gaza's devastated landscapes

Photos: Gaza’s devastated landscapes

The Israeli offensive has leveled entire neighborhoods across the Gaza Strip

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International
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

China media exposes missile that could reach US

China media exposes missile that could reach US

Online reports of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could carry nuclear warheads quickly taken down

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International
Asia-Pacific
China
Military
Politics

WHO: Ebola outbreak moving faster than efforts to contain it

WHO: Ebola outbreak moving faster than efforts to contain it

Two US aid workers, infected in Africa, are being flown to special isolation units in coming days

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Ebola
Disease
Public health
International

Cease-fire collapses as Israel continues attacks on Gaza

Cease-fire collapses as Israel continues attacks on Gaza

The 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire is over in Gaza as Palestinian officials say Israeli tanks shelled the city of Raffa

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International
War
Gaza
Israel
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Separatists kill 10 troops in attack in eastern Ukraine

Separatists kill 10 troops in attack in eastern Ukraine

Despite clashes in area, international experts begin recovery work at site where Malaysian jetliner was brought down

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Ukraine
International
Ukraine Crisis

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01 Aug

Afghanistan & Iraq Occupation Casualties & News

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Results of Our Insane Foreign Policy

The McGlynn: And for what?!

Afghan girl

Photographer Muhammed Muheisen took an impressive series of portraits of Afghan refugee children in Islamabad. Here is six-year-old Laiba Hazrat in a slum on the outskirts of the city.

Other Occupation News

 40pc of weapons sent to Afghanistan are unaccounted for

Army deployment starts in Islamabad

Nearly half of identified drone strike victims in Pakistan are civilians: report

Reported security incidents
#1: The two militants were killed during an operation launched by army in Keran sector of Kupwara district on Thursday following a specific input about their movement in the area, the spokesman said. He said the militants were trying to exfiltrate from the Valley to PoK.

#2: Some unknown gunmen killed three persons including a woman in the Balochistan district on Friday here, Geo News reported. Levies Force said that the firing incident occurred at Join in Tehsil Prom, where unknown armed motorbike riders barged into a house and opened indiscriminate firing resulting in the death of three persons including a woman, while the assailants after the firing escaped from the scene.

#3: An armed trespasser has been killed on the Tajik-Afghan border in the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region. According to the press center of the State Committee for National Security (SCNS), officers from SCNS’s office in GBAO jointly with border guards on a routine patrol spotted a trespasser who was illegally crossing the border river in the Rushan district late Thursday (July 31). When security officers and border guards tried to detain the trespasser, the last opened fire at them.  The trespasser was reportedly killed by return fire.

#4: Unknown gunmen shot dead district mayor for Mohammad Agha in eastern Logar province of Afghanistan, local officials said. Provincial governor spokesman, Din Mohammad Darwish, said the incident took place late Thursday night after a group of gunmen attacked the residence of Mohammad Agha district mayor Saifullah.

08/01/14 KP: District mayor shot dead by gunmen in Logar province

08/01/14 MSNBC: Documentary film investigates Afghanistan civilian deaths (Video)

08/01/14 KP: 19 Taliban militants, 4 policemen killed in Nuristan clashes

08/01/14 KP: Pakistan claims soldier killed by sniper fire from Afghanistan

Afghanistan Occupation Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Fatalities By Country

 73014

U. S. Casualties Total To Date:Killed: 2338

Recently Identified Color denotes today’s confirmation:

.Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villotcarrasco, 23, of Parma, Ohio, died as a result of a non-hostile incident June 19 aboard USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) while the ship was underway in the Red Sea

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died July 24, in Mirugol Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device. These soldiers were assigned 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. Killed were: Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange, 30, of Hickman, Neb.; and Pfc. Keith M. Williams, 19, of Visalia, Calif.

Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from an illness sustained in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Pvt. 2nd Class Aaron S. Toppen, 19, of Mokena, Illinois, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. The incident is under investigation.

Cpl. Justin R. Clouse, 22, of Sprague, Washington, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado, died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. The incident is under investigation.

Spc. Justin R. Helton, 25, of Beaver, Ohio, assigned to the 18th Ordnance Company, 192nd Ordnance Battalion, 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. The incident is under investigation.

 Staff Sgt. Jason A. McDonald, 28, of Butler, Georgia, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. The incident is under investigation.

Staff Sgt. Scott R. Studenmund, 24, of Pasadena, California, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, died June 9, in Gaza Village, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while engaged in a combat operation. The incident is under investigation.

 Spc. Terry J. Hurne, 34, of Merced, California, died June 9, in Logar province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York.

.Deaths in Afghanistan: A look at the faces of American lives lost

 

 Afghanistan Occupation Confirmed U.S Casualties – Since June 1, 2009

Iraq Occupation Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

51714

U. S. Casualties Total To Date:Killed: 4486

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Deaths in Iraq: A look at the faces of American lives lost

IIraq Occupation Confirmed U.S Casualties – Since June 1, 2009

Soldiers and families in need of crisis assistance can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained consultants are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and can be contacted by dialing 1-800-273-TALK1-800-273-TALK (8255) or by visiting their website at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org .The Military Crisis Line offers free and confidential support to service members in crisis or anyone who knows a service member who is. The service is staffed by caring, qualified responders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), many who have served in the military themselves. Support is offered through the crisis line, online chat, and text-messaging services for all service members (active, National Guard and reserve) and veterans 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by visiting the Military Crisis Line website at http://www.militarycrisisline.net ; Online Chat at: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx ; sending a text to: 838255 or calling toll free at: 1-800-273-82551-800-273-8255, Press 1; in Europe Dial: 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118. Services are available even if members are not registered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or enrolled in VA health care.The Army’s comprehensive list of Suicide Prevention Program information is located at http://www.preventsuicide.army.mil . Information about the Army’s Ready and Resilient campaign is located at http://www.army.mil/readyandresilient . Army leaders can access current health promotion guidance in the revised Army Regulation 600-63 (Health Promotion) at: http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/r600_63.pdf and in Army Pamphlet 600-24 (Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention) at http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/p600_24.pdf .Suicide prevention training resources for soldiers, leaders, Department of the Army civilians and family members can be accessed at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/training_sub.asp?sub_cat=20 (requires Army Knowledge Online access to download materials). Information about Military OneSource is located at www.militaryonesource.com or by dialing the toll-free number 1-800-342-96471-800-342-9647 for those residing in the continental U.S. Overseas personnel should refer to the Military OneSource web site for dialing instructions for their specific location. Information about the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program (CSF2) is located at http://csf2.army.mil/ .The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Outreach Center can be contacted at 1-866-966-10201-866-966-1020, via electronic mail at Resources@DCoEOutreach.org and at www.dcoe.health.mil . The website for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is http://www.afsp.org/ , and the Suicide Prevention Resource Council site is found at http://www.sprc.org/index

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31 Jul

The Week’s News

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 The Week’s News 31st July Edition

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Gaza mourns the dead during a joyless Eid Hello? Is this Israel calling?  Shujayea: Massacre at Dawn eSports scores professional status Ramadan is over, but the hunger continues India’s ‘balancing act’ on Gaza crisis

#GazaUnderAttack

Shujayea: Massacre at DawnSpecial Series

A powerful film with exclusive footage from the day of the Israeli assault on the densely populated Shujayea district. Watch Now

Middle East & North Africa

Gaza mourns the dead during a joyless Eid

Palestinians in Gaza are spending a somber Eid holiday, as the death toll from Israel’s bombardment mounts.

Hamas leader: ‘Israelis are playing games’

Senior Hamas leader Osama Hamdan says that any ceasefire with Israel must include lifting the siege on Gaza.

Opinions

Hello? Is this Israel calling?

If Israel calls to tell me they will bomb my house, what should I take with me as I run for my life?

Gaza: No innocent victims? 

A destructive mindset among Israelis justifies violence against Palestinians.

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31 Jul

What Do Gazans Endure?

What Do Gazans Endure? A Palestinian Student Who Lost 2 Brothers, 4 Cousins Tells His Story

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