War Renewed: Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza (+ Updates)

August 25, 2014 by  
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Kurdish oil tanker spotted off Israel  

21 Aug 2014 A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan reappeared unladen on 19 August nearly 30 km from the coast of Israel, Reuters Live AIS ship tracking system showed. Al-Quds newspaper reported that this is the second time that the Kamari oil tanker has appeared in the region during the past two weeks loaded with Kurdish oil. The monitoring system showed the Kamari partially unloaded north of Egypt’s Sinai on 17 August before turning off its satellite communication device until 19 August.

The US complains about ISIS? US tax dollars are funding Israel’s *daily* war crimes and 9/11s in Gaza: Starve or surrender: Cut off all food and water to Gaza, says Israeli general 

 23 Aug 2014 Israeli Major-General Giora Eiland has urged that all food and water be cut off to Gaza’s nearly 1.8 million Palestinian residents — a major war crime and precisely the “starve or surrender” policy which the United States has condemned when used in Syria. Eiland, the Israeli government’s former national security advisor, argues that Gaza should be considered an enemy “state.” “Since Gaza is in fact a state in a military confrontation with us, the proper way to put pressure on them is to bring to a full stop the supplies from Israel to Gaza, not only of electricity and fuel, but also of food and water,” he wrote  in a Hebrew-language op-ed on Mako, a website affiliated with Israel’s Channel 2 television.

href="http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Israeli-airstrike-levels-7-story-building-in-Gaza-5708662.php" target="_blank">Israeli airstrike levels 7-story building in Gaza  

23 Aug 2014 Israeli airstrikes leveled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping center early Sunday, signaling a new escalation in seven weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. The strikes in the southern town of Rafah came just hours after Israel bombed an apartment tower in Gaza City, collapsing the 12-story building with 44 apartments. The targeting of large buildings appears to be part of a new military tactic by Israel.

Gaza tower collapses after Israel strike, several injured  

23 Aug 2014 The Tel Aviv regime has bombed a 12-story residential building in the center of the beleaguered Gaza Strip, leaving several wounded. The Zafer Tower, located in Tel al-Hawa neighborhood in southern Gaza City, was toppled by Israel’s warplanes on Saturday. Two missiles hit the tower within seconds causing a massive fireball, which was followed by smoke billowing into the sky. The strikes, which shook the neighboring high-rises in the area, brought down entire tower with 44 apartments.

Hamas executes 18 suspected Israeli informers in Gaza  

22 Aug 2014 Hamas has (Allegedly) executed 18 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel after three of its own military commanders were killed Thursday in an Israeli airstrike that may have been conducted on the basis of intelligence given by informants. Eleven of the suspected informers were killed Friday at an abandoned Gaza police station following a hastily arranged trial and sentencing.

href="http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/255301/the-idf-activates-10000-additional-reservists.html" target="_blank">IDF Activates 10,000 Additional Reservists  

21 Aug 2014 Following a number of targeted strikes in Gaza that led to the deaths of a number of senior Hamas commanders, the IDF has received the ministerial green light to activate 10,000 reservists from various units including the Homefront Command, intelligence, the air force and others. Some of those being called up were activated with Tzav 8 emergency orders at the beginning of Operation Protective Edge and have since been demobilized.

href="http://www.legitgov.org/Israeli-settlers-unleash-dog-pack-Palestinian-kids" target="_blank">Israeli settlers unleash dog pack on Palestinian kids  

20 Aug 2014 Israeli settlers have unleashed a large pack of dogs on Palestinian children, brutally injuring one near Salfit in the center of the occupied West Bank. The dogs harshly savaged the five-year-old boy, who is in dire need of several surgeries, including a facial reconstructive one. The boy, identified as Karmel Moayyad Shakir, was playing with his peers in the village of Azawiyeh when the illegal settlers from the nearby Kannat settlement arrived at the spot along with a large pack of dogs.

469 Gaza children killed, over 370,000 need ‘psychosocial aid’ – UNICEF  

22 Aug 2014 At least 469 children have been killed and over 3,000 injured in Gaza since the start of the Israeli offensive, a senior UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) official said, adding that more than 370,000 Palestinian kids require “immediate psychosocial first aid.” Nine children have died in Gaza violence since Wednesday, the chief of UNICEF’s Gaza field office, Pernilla Ironside, said at a press conference on Thursday in New York.

US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation

August 25, 2014 by  
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US sailors prepare for fresh legal challenge over Fukushima radiation  

20 Aug 2014 On 25 August, a district court judge in San Diego will decide whether 110 US navy sailors and marines – can proceed with a 1bn lawsuit that accuses Tepco of failing to avoid the accident and of lying about the levels of radiation from the stricken reactors, putting US personnel at risk. Some 77,000 US navy sailors and marines took part in the huge relief effort after Japan’s cascading disasters, called Operation Tomodachi, or friend. The 110 sailors suing Tepco represent only a small fraction of that number, and the lawsuit does not have the support of the US navy establishment.

American Army general again accused of obstructing probe of US-funded ‘Auschwitz-like’ Afghan hospital

August 25, 2014 by  
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American Army general again accused of obstructing probe of US-funded ‘Auschwitz-like’ Afghan hospital 

 19 Aug 2014 A two-star Army general, reprimanded once already for misconduct, is being accused of obstructing another investigation into patient abuse and fraud at a U.S.-funded hospital in Afghanistan made infamous for its grisly conditions, according to a new watchdog report. The Project on Government Oversight recently published a redacted version  of the Pentagon inspector general report on Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton. It’s the second time in less than a year Patton has been cited for his role in obstructing an official investigation into the conditions at Dawood National Military Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dawood, which has gotten millions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer support, has been plagued by graphic accounts of abuse. Congressional hearings in 2012 aired accounts of “Auschwitz-like” conditions at the facility. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, at the time pointed to evidence of Afghan soldiers enduring starvation and “botched operations,” and accounts that doctors conducted procedures “without anesthesia or painkillers.” Doctors and nurses, he said, demanded bribes for care, and left patients who didn’t pay to die “in their hospital beds.”

href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/16/uk-ambassador-senators-hide-diego-garcia-rendition-cia" target="_blank">UK ambassador ‘lobbied senators to hide Diego Garcia role in rendition’ 

 16 Aug 2014 Logs released under the Freedom of Information Act have reinforced claims that the UK lobbied to keep its role in the CIA’s torture and interrogation programme out of what is expected to be a damning Senate report. They show that the UK ambassador to the US met members of the Senate select committee on intelligence 11 times between 2012 and 2014 – as they were investigating the CIA’s rendition programme…The revelation has prompted fresh concern that the government lobbied  for key parts of the report referring to Diego Garcia, a British territory in the Indian Ocean leased to the US as a military base, to be redacted.

Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse

August 21, 2014 by  
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Air strikes and rocket fire resume as Gaza negotiations collapse  

19 Aug 2014 Hours before a ceasefire was set to expire between Israel and Hamas, negotiations in Cairo have collapsed and rockets and air strikes have resumed. A deal on the status of Gaza or an extension of talks was expected at midnight tonight. However the Israeli delegation in Egypt has been sent back to Tel Aviv.

Israel bars Amnesty and HRW from entering Gaza, hinders investigations – report  [Yeah, they're not welcome in Ferguson, Missouri, either.] 

19 Aug 2014 Israel has been preventing Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch workers from entering Gaza to investigate allegations of war crimes and human rights violations, claims a media report backed by group members’ statements. Both human rights organizations have been unsuccessfully trying to get permission from the regional Civil Administration to enter Gaza since July 7, Israeli outlet Haaretz reports…While both HRW and Amnesty International have been actively trying to obtain permission from Israel to enter the Gaza Strip, their requests have been turned down on seemingly bureaucratic grounds.

Witch hunt against Israel’s war critics….

August 15, 2014 by  
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Haaretz commentator Gideon Levy Aug. 18, 2010. After Levy accused Israeli air force pilots of perpetrating “the cruelest [and] most despicable deeds” against Gaza”s weakest and most helpless,” his employer hired him bodyguards.

In Israel, dissent against the war in Gaza is bitterly quashed. The few who speak out complain of being harassed, intimidated or even sacked. The once mighty left has disappeared.

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It has been Israel’s deadliest conflict in years. More than 1,960 Palestinians were killed and 64 Israeli soldiers died fighting what some see as an unwinnable war.

And yet the only significant protest in Israel so far saw thousands late Thursday demand an end to Hamas rocket attacks, dissatisfied with the status quo after ground troops pulled out and a ceasefire was extended.

Liberal newspaper Haaretz decried Friday what it called a “witch hunt” against leftists and civil rights organisations after the director of the national service administration, Sar-Shalom Jerbi, told rights group B’Tselem it was being blacklisted as an employer.

“I feel obligated to exercise my power and stop the state assistance provided to an organisation that works against the state and against soldiers who are heroically giving their very lives to protect the safety and well-being of all citizens,” Jerbi wrote in a letter.

He accused B’Tselem of disseminating lies and slander, endangering the state and publishing information that encourages Israel’s enemies and leads to violent anti-Semitic acts against Jews around the world.

The rights group denounced the move as an attack on Israeli democracy, and asked supporters to sign an online petition to support freedom of expression and democracy.

Yizhar Beer of the Keshev Centre for the Protection of Democracy in Israel says it has never been more difficult to voice dissent in a country which prides itself on being the only democracy in the Middle East.

Israeli public opinion has overwhelmingly supported the war. A poll carried out by The Israel Democracy Institute last month said 95 percent of Israeli Jews believed the offensive was just.

In a country with compulsory national conscription, almost everybody has a friend or relative in the army.

Hamas rocket attacks have tormented millions of Israelis, inflicting fear and panic in border communities, regardless of the fact that hundreds are shot down and just three civilians have been killed since July.

In Israel, as in most countries during time of war, the local media have been patriotic champions of the offensive, uniting behind their boys on the frontline, sending them presents, highlighting the suffering of Israeli citizens and downplaying suffering on the other side.

The few who have spoken out of line have been threatened or denounced as traitors.

After Haaretz commentator Gideon Levy accused air force pilots of perpetrating “the cruelest (and) most despicable deeds” against Gaza’s weakest and most helpless,” his employer hired him bodyguards.

Readers cancelled their subscriptions, people stopped in the street to insult him and government whip Yariv Levin denounced him as a liar, a “mouthpiece of the enemy” who should be put on trial for treason.

“I have never faced such aggressive reaction, never,” Levy told AFP in his cramped office at Haaretz in Tel Aviv, away from the coffee shops where he fears being insulted.

“Nobody cares here about the suffering of Gaza. More than this, if you dare to express empathy you are a traitor,” he said.

Some Israelis who criticised the offensive, even on private Facebook pages, complained of being ostracised.

An Arab Israeli nurse was briefly suspended then reinstated. Other Arab Israelis also complained of being sacked.

“There’s a whole level of intimidation that’s kept a lot of people away,” said Steven Beck of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel when asked why there had not been more protests.

He likened the atmosphere to the period directly preceding the assassination of prime minister and Nobel peace laureate Yitzhak Rabin, shot dead by a Jewish extremist in 1995.

“Things that were shocking back then, really, really shocking, have become common place… now the needle is moving to a whole new level to the extreme,” Beck said.

“The question is, is it going to boil over into something or will it dissipate.”

Explanations are complex.

For Beer, it is rooted in the growth of the religious right and ultra-Orthodox communities, the powerful Jewish settler movement and the ongoing occupation of the West Bank.

“The extremist section of Israeli society has kidnapped the state of Israel,” he said.

But even Israelis who back peace talks feel helpless.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, does not officially recognise the Jewish state’s right to exist, and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is considered too weak to cut a settlement.

“Pressure from the inside and pressure from the outside makes our society very broken,” said Beer.

Brazil: Presidential Opposition candidate Dies in Plane Crash?

August 13, 2014 by  
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Brazilian stocks and the real whipsawed higher and lower after a plane used by opposition presidential candidate Eduardo Campos crashed in Sao Paulo state.

Campos’s campaign confirmed it couldn’t reach him after a small plane went down in the port city of Santos, while Globo News and Folha de S. Paulo reported that the candidate had died. Campos, who was polling in third place ahead of the October elections, was flying to an event in the city of Guaruja at the time, according to O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper.

Related: Brazil Presidential Candidate Campos Reported Dead in Crash

Stocks and the real plunged initially before paring losses as investors sought to quickly analyze the impact the crash would have onBrazil’s presidential vote. The stock gauge had rallied 26 percent from this year’s low March 14 on speculation that President Dilma Rousseff would be defeated and the new government would reduce intervention in state-owned companies.

“Elections are the main driver for the market now, but without Campos, uncertainty increases,” Rogerio Freitas, a partner at hedge fund Teorica Investimentos, said by phone from Rio de Janeiro. “And the market will only find a direction once new polls become available.”

Campos, 49, the former governor of Pernambuco state, was traveling from Rio de Janeiro when the crash occurred at about 10 a.m. local time. Nine people were killed, Brazil’s Military Police said, without identifying the victims. Television images showed overcast and rainy weather in Santos.

Opinion Poll

A poll by public opinion research company Ibope, released Aug. 7, showed support for Rousseff before the Oct. 5 election unchanged at 38 percent. Campos would win 9 percent of votes in the first round of elections, the poll showed.

The benchmark Ibovespa equity gauge was little changed at 56,449.36 at 2:11 p.m. in Sao Paulo, after sinking as much as 2.1 percent. Volume was 61 percent higher than average for the time of day.

State-run oil producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA, known as Petrobras, sank 1 percent to 19.48 reais. The real gained 0.2 percent to 2.2722 per dollar, after earlier losing as much as 0.7 percent.

Yields on Brazil’s benchmark fixed-rate local bond due in 2017 edged up 0.01 percentage point to 11.7 percent.

“The market is reacting amid a mix of cautiousness and nervousness,” Silvio Campos Neto, an economist at Tendencias Consultoria Integrada, said in a telephone interview.

Street Protests

Campos made his debut in politics at age 21, when he campaigned for Miguel Arraes, his grandfather and former Pernambuco governor. As a legislator in Congress he successfully pushed a bill that cut pension benefits and, as President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s science minister, a measure that allowed stem cell research.

Campos quit Rousseff’s governing coalition in September in the aftermath of street protests that pushed the government’s popularity to record lows. He surprised political leaders and analysts by announcing an alliance with former Environment Minister Marina Silva, who placed third in the 2010 presidential race and has strong support among young, urban voters. Silva received 19 percent of the votes in the first round that year, and didn’t support anyone in the runoff.

“I think Marina will be the candidate now, and she’s a strong candidate, stronger even than Campos was because she’s more well known,” Luiz Carvalho, a managing partner at New York-based Tree Capital LLC, said by phone. “I think she’ll have a large appeal with the lower classes, and her voting intentions will be considerable. Dilma’s situation for a second round is now worse.”

Turkish activists say new flotilla to challenge Israeli blockade of Gaza

August 11, 2014 by  
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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish pro-Palestinian group plans to send aid ships to Gaza to challenge the Israeli blockade, it said on Monday, four years after Israeli commandos stormed its flotilla bound for the territory, killing 10 Turks.

The plan may hinder efforts to rebuild shattered diplomatic ties between Turkey and Israel, just as Ankara launched an “air corridor” carrying wounded Palestinians to Turkey and aid to Gaza.

The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) announced that activists from 12 countries had decided to launch a convoy of boats to Gaza “in the shadow of the latest Israeli aggression.

“The Freedom Flotilla Coalition affirmed that, as most governments are complicit, the responsibility falls on civil society to challenge the Israeli blockade on Gaza,” it said in a statement after the group met in Istanbul at the weekend.

An IHH spokeswoman did not elaborate but said the group would hold a news conference on Tuesday. Turkish Foreign Ministry officials had no immediate comment.

Nine Turks were killed in May 2010 in international waters when Israeli soldiers raided their vessel, the Mavi Marmara, leading a flotilla to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. A 10th Turkish activist died in May from wounds suffered in the attack.

Turkey’s relationship with its former ally Israel had been tense since late 2008 over a previous Israeli military operation in Gaza.

PRO-PALESTINIAN SENTIMENT

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who was elected president on Sunday, has been among the most vocal critics of Israel’s conflict with the Islamist Hamas movement that rules Gaza.

In his election campaigning, Erdogan likened Israel’s actions to those of Adolf Hitler and warned it would “drown in the blood it sheds”.

Hamas spokesman Ehab al-Ghsain said: “We hope that now with the presence of Mr. Erdogan as the president, chosen by the majority of the Turkish people, the support of Turkey and their defense of our people will increase.”

Israel, which denounced Erdogan’s comments, says its offensive is intended to stop rocket fire from Gaza and to destroy tunnels used by gunmen to infiltrate Israel.

Pro-Palestinian sentiment runs high in mostly Muslim Turkey, and protesters have repeatedly taken to the streets in recent weeks to demonstrate against Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

Three Palestinian women and a male youth were flown from Tel Aviv to Ankara overnight for medical treatment after Turkey held talks on the matter with Israel, the first step of Ankara’s bid to evacuate possibly thousands from the Gaza Strip.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu revealed details of the aid initiative last week after a month of bloodshed that has killed 1,910 Palestinians and 67 Israelis.

Osama Al-Najar, spokesman of the health ministry in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, said 60 more wounded people would be flown to Turkey on Monday. He said the Palestinian Authority had helped organize their transfer from Gaza to Israel.

Davutoglu said Turkey planned to bring in some 200 wounded in the first stage. Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said Ankara was ready to send a 60-strong medical team to establish a field hospital in the region if permission is granted.

Turkey’s state disaster and emergency authority was to send an initial aid cargo of 3,500 food parcels by plane from Ankara to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport on Monday evening as part of the air corridor.

Is “Ebola” potentially a Lab Engineered Bio Weapon?

August 11, 2014 by  
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It has been our analysis that the “Ebola” scare is either a weapon of mass distraction, a vaccine commercial, or a stage 3 Beta test… But just in case, we have two items that seem suspicious pointing to a Bio Weapon. * Ebola is not generally contagious from human to human unless blood enters the picture.

Start at 1:30 –
Taken RIGHT out of the US State Department Press Briefing … Marie Harf specifically uses the phrase “EBOLA ATTACK” while reading off a printed talking-point bulletin! Entire Press Conf HERE

 

“The ability to use deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever as a dangerous biological weapon exists.”

This statement was made by the head of the Department for Infectious Diseases’ Institute for Advanced Studies of the Russian Federal Medical-Biology Agency, Professor Vladimir Nikiforov, during a press conference in MIA “Russia Today” on Friday, August 8th.

On the eve of Thursday, August 7, former Chief Sanitary Doctor Gennady Onishchenko said that he did not exclude the possibility that the current spread of Ebola is caused by someone’s artificial intervention.

Original Source in Russian:

http://a-news.info/mir/2863-fmba-rossii-nyneshnyaya-epidemiya-lihoradki-ebola-mozhet-byt-sledstviem-primeneniya-biologicheskogo-oruzhiya.html
Read more at http://investmentwatchblog.com/russian-health-official-the-current-epidemic-of-ebola-may-be-due-to-the-use-of-biological-weapons/#hShtVlvoCYabO1ce.99

US senator filibusters live coverage of powerful Palestinian testimonies (Recent Updates)

August 8, 2014 by  
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US senator filibusters live coverage of powerful Palestinian testimonies  5 Aug 2014 On Friday, fifteen-year-old Tariq Abukhdeir spoke at a hearing  on Capitol Hill about the brutal beating he endured at the hands of Israeli police in early July….The purpose of the hearing was to address Israeli impunity and US complicity in crimes against Palestinians. Tariq was one of six panelists to address the room, which was overflowing with congressional staffers…But just as Tariq started to detail the Israeli beating that left him unconscious and unrecognizable, C-SPAN2, which was broadcasting the hearing live, cut to the Senate floor.
 
Must see videoIrish senator condemns Gaza massacre, “Nazi talk” by Israelis  6 Aug 2014 Irish senator and former presidential candidate David Norris made a powerful speech on 31 July condemning Israel’s massacre in Gaza and the complicity of American, Irish and other European governments. Norris called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador. The eight-minute speech can be seen in the video here.
 

UK protest group ‘shuts down’ factory for supplying Israel arms  5 Aug 2014 A group of pro-Palestine activists have allegedly shut down operations in a Staffordshire factory that they say supplies arms to Israel…Around 10 activists from the London Palestine Action Group have taken to the roof of Elbit systems, an Israeli company with a subsidiary based in Shenstone, near Birmingham…According to the LPAG, Elbit systems is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of unmanned aerial drones, which many suspect the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have used in their ongoing offensive in Gaza.

 

 Help Israel avoid war crimes charges,’ Netanyahu urges US lawmakers  7 Aug 2014 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu appealed to American legislators to help Israel stave off what is likely to be a concerted global push to haul the country’s military and political leaders to international courts for alleged [actual] war crimes committed in Gaza, The New York Post is reporting  on Thursday.

 

Lest we forget (historical): UN: Palestinian children tortured, used as human shields by Israel 20 June 2013 New UN human rights agency report claims Israeli forces arbitrarily arrest Palestinian children in Gaza and West Bank, subject them to degrading treatment, exploit them to scope out potentially dangerous buildings and use them as shields to deter stone throwers.

 

Google Play’s ‘Bomb Gaza’ Game Lets You Kill Palestinian Women and Children  4 Aug 2014 As the death toll continues to rise in Gaza on the heels of an expired cease-fire, Android’s official app store, Google Play is currently offering a game called “Bomb Gaza,” where users are encouraged to drop missiles on the region to destroy “terrorists.” Bomb Gaza is just another one of numerous insensitive games available on Android’s official app store, including “Gaza Assault” and “Whack the Hamas”. Since when has celebrating one of the most tragic conflicts become the perfect theme for a video game? [Update: Responding to public outrage, the 'app' was removed. Too bad the *actual* bombing of Gaza isn't 'removed.' --LRP]

 

Official: Israel to allow Gaza rebuilding in exchange for disarmament  5 Aug 2014 Israel is willing to agree to the rebuilding of the Gaza Strip in exchange for the disarmament of militant groups there, an official said Tuesday…Ofer Gendelman told Ma’an that the Israeli government linked the rebuilding of Gaza with disarming factions in the coastal enclave.

Breaking: U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Have Begun

August 7, 2014 by  
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Breaking: U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Have Begun – Reports  –Pentagon denies 

7 Aug 2014 Airstrikes on towns in northern Iraq seized by Islamist militants began late Thursday in what Kurdish and Iraqi officials called the first stage of an American-led intervention to blunt the militants’ advance and provide emergency aid to tens of thousands of refugees. The Pentagon firmly denied that American forces had begun a bombing campaign. But Pentagon officials said it was possible that allies of the United States, either the Iraqi or Turkish militaries, had conducted the bombing. Kurdish and Iraqi officials attributed the bombing campaign to American forces.

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