Civil War

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By Erick San Juan Who could fail to see the parallels between the situation in the Philippines with that of Syria, where the US military, initially prevented from carrying out any sort of military action, eventually got the green light. Thanks to the arrival of a little-known, ultra-violent terrorist group called ‘Islamic State’ [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL]. Now the United States believe it has acquired some Read More …

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By Ernesto Londoño and Ed O’Keefe The Washington Post An imminent U.S. strike on Syrian government targets in response to the alleged gassing of civilians last week has the potential to draw the United States into the country’s civil war, former U.S. officials said Tuesday, warning that history doesn’t bode well for such limited retaliatory interventions. The best historical parallels — the 1998 cruise missile Read More …

File photo of police commandos guarding the area where the armed Filipino men are holding out in Lahad Datu before the shootout on March 1, 2013. — Reuters pic

By Ida Lim The Malaysian Insider  KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — The Lahad Datu standoff could widen into a civil war engulfing Sabah, a Philippine separatist leader has warned as a Muslim rebel army moved to entrench itself in the Borneo state. A Filipino rebel group, believed to number over 100 armed men, has refused to drop their ownership on Sabah — now part of Read More …

n January 2013, the Islamists captured the central city of Konna. France, responding to appeals for help from the Mali president, has sent about 550 troops to the Mopti and to Bamako, which is home to about 6,000 French nationals. French jets have also launched air strikes.

By Mark Doyle  BBC (UK) The UN Security Council has unanimously backed France’s military intervention in Mali to fight Islamist rebels, officials have said. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he hoped the intervention would help restore “Mali’s constitutional order and territorial integrity”. Thousands of African troops are due to join Malian and French forces to help push back the rebels’ offensive. France intervened on Read More …

Syria-map

By Omar Lamrani STRATFOR The battle for Damascus is raging with increasing intensity while rebels continue to make substantial advances in Syria’s north and east. Every new air base, city or town that falls to the rebels further underlines that Bashar al Assad’s writ over the country is shrinking. It is no longer possible to accurately depict al Assad as the ruler of Syria. At Read More …

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Associated Press reported the Obama administration said Wednesday that several countries in the Middle East and elsewhere have informally offered to grant asylum to Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family if they leave Syria. [Read more…] Syria mixes chemical weapons for potential use in bombs, US source says FoxNews.com U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Russia’s top diplomat Thursday to discuss the Read More …

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Source: Examiner.com In preparation for direct military intervention in Syria, the U.S. Navy’s USS Eisenhower has been sent to the coast of the war torn country, according to Israeli newspaper DEBKAfile on Wednesday. The Eisenhower holds “8 fighter bomber squadrons of Air Wing Seven on its decks and 8,000 sailors, airmen and Marines.” It joins the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, which carries 2,500 Read More …

Tea Party curse

Kaleidoscope By Perry Diaz If there is one difficult thing in losing an election it’s the how to cope with defeat.  And the hardest part of losing is to concede defeat.  Some made history with their concession speech and some went down in shame. One of the most memorable concession speeches was by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy in 1980 at the National Democratic Convention Read More …