Amnesty Says Russia Fails To Recognize Civilian Deaths
“Some Russian air strikes appear to have directly attacked civilians or civilian objects by striking residential areas with no evident military target and even medical facilities, resulting in deaths and injuries to civilians. Such attacks may amount to war crimes,” said Philip Luther, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.
Despite their claims that the only terrorists were targeted, Amnesty laid out several examples, including the bombing of an outdoor market, that may refute that assertion.
In another case, video footage of one scene of an attack showed no evidence of a military presence and “weapons experts who analysed images of the attack said the nature of the destruction indicated possible use of fuel-air explosives (also known as “vacuum bombs”), a type of weapon particularly prone to indiscriminate effects when used in the vicinity of civilians,” said the report.
Iranians Claim New US Visa Law Violates Nuclear Deal
Iranian officials are claiming that a new law passed by Congress restricting travel by those from Iran or who have visited Iran would constitute a violation of the nuclear agreement reached in July.
However, the National Iranian American Council, an advocacy group based in Washington, has leaked a memo which indicates President Obama might be willing to provide Iran with an exemption to the new law, reports The New York Times.
The issue was raised in recent meetings with Secretary of State John Kerry, who sought to calm Iran fears saying that administration remained committed to the JCPOA and that the White House can waive the new requirements in individual cases, according to Reuters.
Europe, Not The US, Should Be Fighting In Syria
Jerome Slater believes three reasons can be cited to justify or necessitate military intervention – non-military threats to a nation’s economy, collective self-defense, and moral or humanitarian reasons. All three standards could be used to justify military action in the case of Syria, but for Europe, not America.
“For all three of those reasons, a large-scale European ground intervention against the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq and possibly in Afghanistan would be justifiable and increasingly necessary: the self-defense and European collective self-defense case is obvious, the moral case for destroying the Islamic State and starting the process of restoring the human rights of the peoples of Syria, Iraq and perhaps Afghanistan is a very powerful one,” he writes in The National Interest.
On the other hand, none can be used to justify not only “U.S. military intervention—and by that I mean not only ‘boots on the ground,’ but even the growing U.S. air and special forces interventions in the Middle East,” he adds.