US #drone strikes killing many more than intended, report says – Wikileaks

The U.S. is killing far more people than intended in some drone strikes, according to a report likely to raise new questions about the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in its battle against Islamic terrorists.  The Intercept, in a wide-ranging set of articles on the U.S. drone program, reported that in one five month-period, nearly 90 percent of people killed by strikes in an operation in northeastern Afghanistan were not the intended targets. The news outlet reports documents detailing Operation Haymaker show that the campaign, that lasted between January 2012 and February 2013, killed more than 200 people, but only 35 were the intended targets. CLICK NOW TO PLAY ADVERTISEMENT The White House and Pentagon boast that the program is precise and civilian deaths are relatively minimal.

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No they are not “evil”, but they can be deadly – How #Google is fighting #ISIS in Syria – Quartz

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Google—or the many products and services now under the holding company Alphabet—provides the connecting tissue between US forces and Kurdish militias fighting against ISIS in war-torn Syria.

New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi writes from the battlefield that fighters are using Android-powered Samsung tablets and Google Earth to track their battle lines and coordinate close air support with the US military:

 

“Our comrades can see the enemy moving at the GPS address I just sent you,” [a Kurdish fighter] wrote in Arabic to a handler hundreds of miles away in a United States military operations room. Then he waited for the American warplanes to scream in. The strike that ensued soon after blasted a crater at exactly the coordinates provided by the Kurdish fighter. It left a circle of bodies, including one of an Islamic State fighter who died slumped over his AK-47.

 

How Google is fighting ISIS in Syria – Quartz.

Resistance not to remain silent over Saudi attacks on Yemen: Hezbollah

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Lebanon’s Hezbollah has reiterated its condemnation of Saudi airstrikes against Yemen, saying the resistance movement will not remain silent over the aggression.

Hezbollah’s Media Relations issued a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday, saying Saudi Arabia is attempting to create divisions in the region and fragment the regional countries, Lebanon’s al-Manar TV reported.

The statement further noted that Saudi Arabia murders innocent people through purchasing consciences, importing armies and soldiers, and sowing discord.

Extermination operations as well as mass murders are being committed during the course of the Saudi aggression against innocent Yemeni civilians, the statement said.

It also described Saudi Arabia as the regime of ignorance and murder in the Arabian Peninsula which is exporting terrorism, extremists and subversive ideologies. http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/04/16/406542/Hezbollah-slams-Saudi-aggression-again

Wrong About Iraq, Wrong About Iran • BRAVE NEW FILMS

The framework agreement the U.S. and its international partners reached with Iran that blocks Tehran’s pathways to building a nuclear bomb is barely a week old and yet the usual suspects have already denounced it as a “bad deal.” Sound Familiar?

European Views of Roma, Muslims, Jews

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Many people in the seven European Union nations surveyed express negative views about minority groups in their country. In particular, negative attitudes toward Roma (sometimes also known as Gypsies) are common, while many also give Muslims unfavorable ratings. Negative attitudes toward Jews are less pervasive, although substantial minorities express an unfavorable opinion about Jews as well, especially in Greece where nearly half the public hold this view. Negative sentiments about all three groups are consistently more common among people on the ideological right.

http://www.pewglobal.org/2014/05/12/chapter-4-views-of-roma-muslims-jews/