United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 5/12/16]



‏@Frontex [5/12/16]:  Between January and November 2016, #Frontex vessels helped rescue 88 816 people in our operations #Triton in Italy and #Poseidon in Greece



UN racism expert helps Australia's political, media and human rights establishment feel all warm and fuzzy about the "extreme centre" [Sydney Morning Herald - 5/12/16]



Manus Island political prisoners' release, resettlement and compensation case progesses [PNG Loop - 5/12/16]:


... The asylum seekers’ lawyer, Ben Lomai, has also filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking an extension of time on their claims.

They are also seeking compensation for being brought to Manus against their will and their illegal detention in Lombrum for three years.

In the meantime, the State on Dec 2 filed an application asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the new enforcement application filed by the asylum seekers and refugees.

Justice Stephen Kassman, during directions hearing today, adjourned the matter to Feb 6, 2017.



Refugees who arrived 10 years ago start business.  No journalism.  No opposition.  Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy continues. [ABC - 5/12/16]



Dozens are missing and feared drowned after a boat packed with Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar and trying to reach Bangladesh sank in a border river Monday, reports and a Bangladeshi fisherman said.


A Bangladeshi fisherman said he had rescued one woman who told him her "overcrowded" boat had sunk in the Naf river after it was chased by a Myanmar army speedboat. ... [Channel News Asia - 5/12/16]



‏@JamilaHanan [5/12/16]:  Terrible images+vid of #Rohingya bodies,at least 1 lady + 7 children/babies,found on river bank,shot whilst trying to flee by boat yesterday



@mdskar:  5/12/16 3 pm: Inside this school at #MyauTaung village, Burmese troops have locked up approx 200 #Rohingya women without food since Dec 4.


@nslwin [5/12/16]: #Myanmar military is continuously killing the #Rohingya indiscriminately. This two boys dead bodies found in #USheyKya VT on Dec 5 morning.



‏@Wahiduzzaman21 [5/12/16]:  He is not a cute faced well-dressed #AlanKurdi, he is a poor #Rohingya; shot dead by the Burmese Border Guards when fleeing from genocide.  



PAS [Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party] president Abdul Hadi Awang is disappointed with the inaction the world has taken regarding the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

He compared the situation in Rakhine, Myanmar to that of Iraq a decade ago.

Hadi said global powers were quick to attack Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq because they wanted the oil there.

“Economic gain trumps humanity. Where are their hearts?” he said. ... [Free Malaysia Today - 4/12/16]



The Solomon Islands prime minister says police could be rearmed as early as January.

This comes after a meeting between Manasseh Sogavare and the heads of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, or RAMSI, last week. ... [RNZI - 5/12/16]



Israel attacks Fijian chair of UNGA for wearing a Palestinan flag during international day of solidarity [RNZI - 5/12/16]



A street has been named after one of the two Tamil Jaffna University students who were shot dead by Sri Lankan police officers earlier this year. ... [Tamil Guardian - 4/12/16]


Sri Lanka to purchase military planes from China [Tamil Guardian – 4/12/16]



Obama administration opposed Abe-Trump meeting [Japan Today - 5/12/16]:


... The source suggested that Obama’s dissatisfaction with Abe’s approach to Russia could lie behind the seeming distance between the two allies.

With the aim of achieving a breakthrough in stalled territorial disputes with Russia, Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet in Japan on Dec. 15 and 16. ...



... “Japan reimburses the United States for a large fraction of those costs and that is good,” Carter said.

“It shows that it is a two-way street and as I said, the alliance relationship has never been stronger.” ... US Defense Secretary satisfied with Japan's contribution to alliance [Japan Today - 5/12/16]



One of the melted reactors at tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant had a temporary loss of cooling when a worker accidentally bumped a switch while passing through a narrow aisle of switch panels during an inspection and turned off the pumping system. ... [Japan Today - 5/12/16]



Pre-demo arrests made to prevent social media spin: National Police Chief [Jakarta Post - 5/12/16]



President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s commitment to freedom of speech has come under scrutiny following the arrest of several antigovernment figures last week over alleged treason. ... [Jakarta Post - 5/12/16]



Ex-federal police officer claims Gold Coast police assaulted him [Brisbane Times - 5/12/16]



… The city is black but the fire is red


Still got the sound of marching feet in my head ...


'The City of Soul', Eurogliders [1985]



Queensland police breached discrimination act on Palm Island, court finds [Brisbane Times - 5/12/16]:


Queensland police officers were racist in their response to a now-infamous death in custody and rioting more than 12 years ago, a federal court judge has found.

Justice Debbie Mortimer on Monday awarded $220,000 damages to once-jailed Palm Island rioter Lex Wotton and two of his family members for the pain endured by early-morning raids involving SERT officers in November 2004.

Mr Wotton, his wife and mother brought the groundbreaking racial discrimination class action on behalf of Palm Islanders, which alleged police failures after Cameron (Mulrunji) Doomadgee's death would not have happened in a non-isolated community that was not predominantly Aboriginal.

"I have found they (police officers) conducted themselves... with a sense of impunity, impervious to the reactions of Palm Islanders," Justice Mortimer said in a written summary on Monday.

"I have found that police acted in these ways because they were dealing with an Aboriginal community."

Justice Mortimer found police officers treated Mulrunji's arresting officer Senior Sergeant Hurley inappropriately and failed to communicate with islanders in the tense week after the local man's death.

She said accounts from Aboriginal witnesses implicating Senior Sergeant Hurley in the tragedy were discounted and that the use of SERT officers for post-riot raids was "unnecessary, disproportionate and undertaken as a show of force against local people who had protested about the conduct of police". ...



ADF was called during Palm Island riots [Nine MSN – 10/3/16]



Ms Ronalds said Islanders had been victims of systemic racism that was "so entrenched that it is apparently invisible to those who did it and those who manage and supervise it". Palm Island raids were overreaction to riots, lawyer [SBS - 21/9/15]




Police surround a pool and use a dog to threaten a child at Cleveland detention centre, August 2015. [Amnesty]



Racism and torture continues in Queensland prisons as privatisation expert gives evidence to NT Royal Commission [ABC - 5/12/16]:


A man who wrote a report into the Northern Territory's corrections system this year has told a Royal Commission that he was so horrified at what saw he felt compelled to alert authorities before the report was finished.

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory today began hearings in Darwin, and heard from Keith Hamburger, who this year gave the Government a report on the state of the corrections facilities.

Mr Hamburger said that although his report, A Safer Northern Territory Through Correctional Interventions, was given to the Government on July 31, his team decided the situation was so dire that they needed to tell NT Commissioner of Correctional Services Mark Payne about what they had found straight away. ...



Keith Hamburger AM - Managing Director [Knowledge Consulting]:


... Keith, as Director-General of Corrective Services (1988 to 1997), led a major successful reform of the Queensland Prison System.

This success was demonstrated by Commonwealth Industry Commission reports showing Queensland to have, at the conclusion of Keith’s stewardship, the most cost-effective system of Corrections in Australia, including the lowest return to prison rate.

Keith has considerable expertise in the area of outsourcing of public services to the private sector, including issues relating to the separation of “purchaser” and “provider” roles, specification of deliverables and the auditing and monitoring of “provider” services.

Under Keith’s leadership Queensland Corrective Services became the first jurisdiction outside of the United States of America to successfully outsource the management of high security prisons to private sector correctional service providers.



G4S sells Israel operation for $110 million, denies BDS pressure [Haaretz - 2/12/16]:


... G4S has embarked on a wider attempt to shave off some of its less profitable ventures, and is also planning on dumping its U.K. utilities business and U.S. youth services.

FIMI generally seeks to purchase companies that are technology leaders in their industries, enjoy high barriers to entry or are financially ailing and can be bought cheaply.

G4S Israel offers none of these, but CEO Yishai Davidi reportedly believes that the company’s business model can be used to expand the business overseas.



Victorian government responds to detention centre uprising and media beatups with plenty of lolly for privatised punishment culture [The Age - 5/12/16]



YMCA NSW faces financial challenges in wake of sex abuse inquiry: Royal Commission [Sydney Morning Herald - 5/12/16]:


... In evidence, [Chief Executive] Ms Hart said YMCA NSW had been unsuccessful in re-tendering for services with councils, including the City of Sydney, because of "cost issues" related to child safety.

YMCA NSW has contracts with about 30 councils in the state.

"It is a startling proposition ... that you have adopted appropriate criteria and the cost of that is driving many councils not to be able to acquire that level of service," Royal Commission chairman Justice Peter McClellan said.

Commissioner Andrew Murray asked whether councils had accepted the proposition that higher staff ratios reduced the risk to child safety.

"I don't think so," Ms Hart replied.  ...



Five people are in custody after a serious crash and two police pursuits across Adelaide today.

A man was critically injured when his Holden Barina crashed into the rear of a truck citybound on the Southern Expressway just before 1pm.

Police say an allegedly stolen black Mercedes was in the vicinity of the crash and they are investigating if it was linked.

The Mercedes, which had five people inside, was tracked from the air and by patrol cars and was later dumped in Dry Creek.

Police arrested two women and a man, while another two men inside the car then allegedly stole a Nissan four-wheel-drive and fled.

The Nissan was pursued after it was seen by police on Alderberry Drive in Salisbury North.

It eventually crashed into a ditch near the intersection of West Avenue and Purling Avenue at Edinburgh and two men were arrested.

The injured driver of the Holden Barina was taken to Flinders Medical Centre with life-threatening injuries and has undergone emergency surgery.

His two passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries.

“Police are investigating any links between the stolen black Mercedes and the crash on the Expressway and enquiries are continuing,” South Australia Police said in a statement.

No charges have yet been laid. [Nine MSN - 5/12/16]



Man hit by truck on Hume Freeway, Epping [The Age - 5/12/16]



A woman has been taken to hospital after being knocked off her bike in Surfers Paradise.

The woman, aged in her 30s, was cycling along the Gold Coast Highway when she was struck by a car around 11:30am.

She was treated by paramedics at the scene for abrasions before being transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

She’s in a stable condition. [MYGC - 5/12/16]



An 18-month-old girl is fighting for life after being struck by a reversing car at a caravan park on the NSW south coast.

Emergency services were called to the Kiama park on Monday afternoon after the child was hit by a vehicle driven by a woman aged in her 30s.

The girl was airlifted to Sydney Children's Hospital in a critical condition as police investigations continue. [SBS - 5/12/16]



A teenager has died after being hit by a B-double truck on a motorway in western Sydney in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

The 18-year-old pedestrian was struck by the truck on the M2 Motorway at Seven Hills, about 1 kilometre east of Abbott Road, about 2.30am. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 4/12/16]












Australia's political prisoners protest on Manus Island, June 2016



The impact of Australia's fanatical, anti-refugee policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:


... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.

While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.

By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.

Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...



Indonesia seeks funding from Australia to build more concentration camps as refugee bottleneck intensifies [Jakarta Post - 10/8/16]



June 2016: Australia-bound Sri Lankan refugees stranded in Aceh (their current situation unknown)  - UNHCR played dumb, Australian human rights groups and Greens were silent [Jakarta Post - 20/6/16]



Last month, the UNHCR gave explicit endorsement to the latest iteration of Australia's proposal to traffick and exile refugees for slavery [ABC - 22/11/16]:


... MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: So a regional solution. One of the countries the Government is in talks with currently is Malaysia. Malaysia hasn't signed the UN Convention on Refugees. Would you be comfortable with any deal involving that country?

VOLKER TURK [UNHCR]: Well, Malaysia has had a tradition of hosting refugees.

It's true they haven't signed the convention, but there are a lot of opportunities, especially when it comes to access to the labour market, to ensure that one could negotiate a certain standard of treatment for people.

Obviously I am not privy to these negotiations. I've heard about it in the press.

There was a deal that was struck a couple of years ago and we thought that the deal was workable at the time. ...



South East Asia's genocidal regional refugee bottleneck is a symptom of Australia's (UNHCR backed) exclusionary policies --> Rights groups demand end to indefinite detention of 1,000s of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [MSRI/Bangkok Post - 12/3/16]



... Rohingya refugees in Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia told BROUK and Fortify Rights that police routinely used the threat of arrest to extort money and property from them, particularly if they were unable to produce proper documentation or a card demonstrating they were a registered asylum seeker with the UNHCR.

Changes in the UNHCR's registration practices in Malaysia have considerably narrowed access to asylum procedures for Rohingya refugees, the [Everywhere Is Trouble] report said, leaving many without any documents and at risk of serious security abuses, including the possibility of indefinite detention.

Rohingya refugees in Malaysia said the lack of access to UNHCR registration was the single most important issue they faced, followed by a lack of access to affordable healthcare and livelihoods.  ... [The Nation - 12/3/16]



Australia funds - and helps implement - UNHCR "durable solutions" militarised border control technology that keeps South East Asia refugees imprisoned and/or destitute - but most importantly - out of our country [New Straits Times - 22/6/16]:


... Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and is not bound by international laws to provide refuge, asylum, jobs and education to refugees.

It does so out of goodwill and on humanitarian grounds.

In response to UNHCR’s hope to make Malaysia a final destination for refugees, Nur Jazlan blasted the United Nations body, warning it against “blackmailing” Kuala Lumpur.

“UNHCR is publicly pressuring Malaysia to take responsibility and accept these people.

“We have accommodated the refugees based on their (UNHCR’s) request, but only on the understanding that Malaysia is a transit country. It is not fair to force Malaysia’s hand to take responsibility for them (the refugees).

“Malaysia is a transit country, but suddenly, they want us to be a final destination? This is totally irresponsible. They do not even follow their own charter, let alone our policies and laws.

“UNHCR claims it operates under the auspices of international law, but to make statements that are contrary to ours, that run counter to our Constitution and the sensitivities of our citizens, this is just not done.

“I would appreciate it if they would stop making announcements like this,” he told the New Straits Times.

Nur Jazlan said UNHCR should instead focus on its core responsibility of moving the refugees to a third country.

[Richard] Towle, during the unveiling of the new card and mobile application, thanked Canberra for its financial contribution to the project.

“Australia has been a very strong supporter of this project (and) of our work here in Malaysia for a few years now. Thank you for that,” he said at the UNHCR headquarters in Jalan Bukit Petaling here.

Present were United States, Australian and Malaysian officials.

To this, Nur Jazlan questioned Australia’s interest in the project, saying if the country wanted to support the cause, it should be taking the refugees in, too.

“Why didn’t Australia take these people in if they are really interested in the project?

“They are trying to push the project here by giving money. Since they support the cause, why don’t they take in these people? It would be a bigger contribution,” he said. ...



... Labor's immigration spokesman Richard Marles has called offshore processing "the single most important policy that any Australian government has made". ... Australia's refugee detention centres are concentration camps and must be closed, Stephen Charles, QC, former judge of the Victorian Court of Appeal [The Age - 4/5/16]



The ALP and LNP voted against a Greens Senate motion for Australia to provide SAR assistance and to help resettle some of the Rohingya refugees during the May/June 2015 boat crisis [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]





... We also told the Australian delegation that since the conference did not formally discuss the Rohingyas - originally slated to be the key point of the conference - that the AHG [Ad Hoc Group] mechanism should be pursued quickly to address this pressing issue.

Bringing Burma to the table was a major accomplishment, we acknowledged; however, we cannot wait for Burma to change its policy before discussing the Rohingya crisis. This can be discussed without Burma.

Foreign Minister Steven Smith later approached us privately to assure us that Australia would press for the AHG mechanism to "be invoked soon to deal with the Rohingyas."

Australia announced at the conference its contribution of AD300,000 to care for the Rohingyas in Aceh. IOM said the Dutch are promising a similar donation, perhaps conditional upon a U.S. donation. ...



Who will help Myanmar's Rohingya?


...  In recent weeks, more than 10,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh amid a military crackdown on insurgents in Myanmar's western Rakhine state. ...

 Some have described the situation as South East Asia's Srebrenica, referring to the July 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims who were meant to be under UN protection - a dark stain on Europe's human rights record.  ... [BBC - 4/12/16]


Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis: "Thanks to this government, it [the right to seek asylum as a genocide unfolds] isn't Australia's problem anymore".  [Senate - May 2015]




Which country on this map of  South East Asia is currently expanding deeper business ties with Myanmar ?



West, Gulf complicity in oil-fuelled genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya [Middle East Eye - 11/11/15]:


... US, British, Australian and European oil majors have been awarded contracts by the junta, including BG Group and Ophir (UK); Shell (UK-Netherlands); Statoil (Norway); Chevron and Conoco Phillips (US); Woodside (Australia); Eni (Italy) and Total (France).

Many of these contracts - particularly those involving Chevron, Ophir, Woodside, and Eni - are production-sharing initiatives in the Rakhine basin, just off the coast of the Rakhine state where local Rohingya Muslims face the prospect of extinction. ...



Woodside Energy has appointed former Federal Minister for Resources and Energy Ian Macfarlane as a non-executive director.

Woodside Chairman Michael Chaney said Mr Macfarlane’s experience with various high-profile government portfolios over 14 years will be of great benefit to Woodside as an independent director.

“Mr Macfarlane is held in high regard in the Australian resources industry and brings a wealth of relevant experience to the Woodside Board,” said Mr Chaney.

Mr Macfarlane was also recently appointed as Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council. [Pipeliner - 14/11/16]



‏@WoodsideEnergy [28/11/16]:  We’re pleased to support @NewColomboPlan & @JulieBishopMP, enabling Australian undergrads to study overseas and participate in internships



Don't study too hard! --->  Seven University of Queensland undergraduates will study in destinations around the Indo‑Pacific region after being named as 2017 Fellows and scholars under the New Colombo Plan.

Caitlin Gordon-King, Sophie Ryan and Rachael Dodds received their Fellows’ awards at a ceremony in Canberra after being ranked the top candidates in their chosen locations. ... [UQ News - 2/12/16]



I want to speak tonight on the recent national elections across most of Myanmar, which I was privileged to witness as an election observer. ... [Senator Scott Ludlam - 2/12/15]



Professor Damien Kingsbury leads Australian observers to Myanmar elections [Deakin University Media Release - 3/11/15]



Australian Embassy in Myanmar [24/7/15]:


The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is working in Myanmar to provide media training ahead of this year's general elections.

Australian Ambassador to Myanmar Mr Nicholas Coppel meets with Mr Mark Bowling from the ABC in Yangon to discuss training initiatives.

Find out more about the ABC's work in Myanmar at: http://www.abcinternationaldevelopment.net.au/projects/burma



Rohingya Muslims will not be able to vote in Myanmar's referendum after President Thein Sein withdrew temporary voting rights following protests. ... [BBC - 11/2/15]



Abbott's sister Christine Forster becomes Woodside spinner [Australian Financial Review - 5/10/16]:


... Forster's appointment comes as the streets of Woodside's hometown of Perth hum with talk that former Saturday Paper journo (and one-time scribe for this esteemed organ) Sophie Morris has also joined the mining company. ...



Australian politicians, human rights establishment launch "I'm not racist but" book: 


... The book was officially launched by former Liberal federal minister the Hon Fred Chaney AO at an event in Sydney on Thursday 11 June.

Mr Chaney played an important role in the passage of the Racial Discrimination Bill through Parliament forty years ago. ...



The Power Index: biz directors, Michael Chaney at #3 [Crikey - 12/12/12]: ... But it’s not just boardroom influence — ideas have always coursed through the Chaney household.

He’s the son of Menzies government minister Sir Fred Chaney and the brother of former Liberal Party deputy leader Fred Chaney Jr (a WA senator and member for the federal seat of Pearce).

Another brother, John, is a WA Supreme Court Judge. ...



Irish Navy ship LÉ Samuel Beckett rescues 269 migrants off coast of Libya [RTE - 4/12/16]



Libyan forces said at least 10 women and children left the last cluster of buildings controlled by Islamic State in the group's former stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, adding that they had edged closer to taking full control of the city.

Forces led by brigades from Misrata and backed by U.S. air strikes have surrounded Islamic State fighters in a small patch of ground close to Sirte's Mediterranean sea front.

Several groups of women and children, as well as male civilian captives, have either escaped or been released from the shrinking area held by Islamic State in recent weeks.

The presence of civilians has complicated the effort to dislodge militants from their holdout, and several women have walked from the area only to carry out deadly suicide attacks. ... [Reuters - 4/12/16]



Montreal man happy to be home after kidnapping ordeal in Libya [CBC - 3/12/16]:


... The 52-year old Poccia was working on a project at Libya's Ghat airport when he and two Italian men were kidnapped in September by masked gunmen. ...



US Secrertary of State John Kerry and Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni have confirmed that efforts to resolve the Libya crisis are now focussed on the role of a number of regional governments that have influence on the two main sides to the divide: Egypt, the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. ... [Libya Herald - 2/12/16]


US Army Corps of Engineers says DAPL will not proceed according to its current plan [Raw Story - 4/12/16]:


... The Salem News reported that the Secretary of the Army contacted tribal leaders and informed them that the DAPL will not proceed according to its current plan.

“We will not fight tonight, we will dance!” said Rami Bald Eagle, Cheyenne River Lakota Tribal Leader as he shared the news with supporters.

Pipeline protesters, said the News’ Bonnie King, came prepared to dig in for the winter.

They were joined by thousands of veterans this week.

“The bitter cold has not chilled the passion behind stopping the pipeline. The many members of ‘Veterans Stand for Standing Rock,’ brought supplies such as gas masks, earplugs and body armor, to stand firm as a unit to protect protesters from the police and their rubber bullets,” wrote King.

“But instead, tonight they dance. It looks like the Americans have won, after all.” ...



Why is there so much pro-war reporting? [ICH/WashingtonsBlog - 3/12/16]



Despite campaign promises to draw down U.S. involvement in wars in the Middle East in an atmosphere of fear and anti-war sentiment inspired by President George W. Bush’s invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama’s legacy has been one of widespread military intervention and empire-building.

Under the influence of neoliberal policy advisors, the Obama administration has bombed seven countries.

In less than six years, President Obama had bombed twice as many countries as Bush did in eight.

Meanwhile, under Obama’s watch, U.S. troops or special forces are now present in over 135 countries, on almost every continent. ... [Mint Press News - 30/11/16]



US Defense Secretary Ash Carter determined to ensure successor inherits 'same level of excellence' [US Department of Defense – 4/12/16]:


... “In our budget, our plans, our training and capabilities, and our actions, we must demonstrate to potential foes that if they start a war, we will win it," he explained.

"Because a force meant to deter conflict can only succeed in deterrence if it can show that it will dominate a conflict.” ...



Russian Reconciliation Center delivers over 150 tonnes of humanitarian cargo to Aleppo [TASS - 4/12/16]:


... The humanitarian cargo weighing over 280 tonnes includes rice, sugar, wheat flour, canned food, tea, that is, all kinds of food the city’s residents need badly, said representative of the Russian Reconciliation Center, Major Andrei Glushkov.

Bags and boxes with foodstuffs were reloaded from shipping containers into trucks and delivered to the refugee camps. ...



Helicopters of the Syrian army dropped on Sunday leaflets over the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city calling on militants there to lay down their arms so that they can have their legal status settled and to allow the sick and injured and other civilians to leave the neighborhoods. [SANA - 4/12/16]



16 civilians injured in terrorist attacks in Aleppo and Deir Ezzor [SANA - 4/12/16]



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [4/12/16]:  Anbar: News agencies: 9 persons from one family were killed as US-led coalition air force targeted the civilian homes in Qai'm.



Islamic State strikes back to slow Iraqi forces in Mosul [Reuters - 4/12/16]:


... A senior officer in the Counter Terrorism Services (CTS) said its troops battled on Sunday to clear Islamic State fighters from one eastern Mosul district, using heavy machine guns and rockets.

"Since early morning our troops have been clearing out around 40 Islamic State militants," said Lt. Gen Abdul Wahhab al-Saidi, as heavy gunfire rattled behind him.

"It's an ongoing operation and we have killed most of the militants."

"People are trapped in the neighborhood and some have been killed," said one resident fleeing into an area controlled by Iraqi forces.

"They threatened us to try to force us to leave with them, but we refused," he said referring to militants.

Hundreds of residents in another neighborhood retaken from Islamic State queued for cooking gas canisters, some squabbling among themselves for a place in the line, others carting away their cylinders on their backs or in wheelbarrows and carts. ...




5 December 2016