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Roughly 180 Killed in Haftar’s Assault on Tripoli

Othman Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

At least four civilians were killed when the Libyan National Army attacked the Libyan capital of Tripoli, resulting in a total of 180 fatalities. Of the civilians killed, most were women and an additional 17 were wounded.

The initial assault on the city, lasting two weeks and still ongoing, has left over 800 people wounded. The assault is being led by the head of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

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The American Government is a Terrorist Organization

By Austin Anderholt | United States

Ever since 9/11, the American public can’t stop talking about terrorism. According to a gallup poll, 58% of Americans were somewhat or very worried that them or their family might become a victim of terrorism. this is astoundingly high considering the fact that the average american has  a 1 in 3.8 billion chance of being a victim of foreign terrorism. Americans, rather than being afraid of highly improbable threats, should be worried about a newer, much more dangerous terrorist organization: their own government.

Read this excerpt from an article published on Telesurtv.net :

So far, the conflict in Afghanistan has resulted in between 106,000-170,000 civilian casualties, according to the March 2015 report “Body Count.” The report, authored by a group of doctors and medical experts, estimates the total death toll of the broader U.S. War on Terror as over 1.3 million. The report only focused on deaths in conflicts in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, and excluded U.S.-led military operations in countries such as Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The report’s estimate puts the death toll of the War on Terror at well over 300 times the number of dead from the initial September 11 attacks.”

Think about that. Name one terrorist organization that has killed 1.3 million people. The American government has killed well over 300 times as many civilians trying to avenge a terrorist attack than in the initial attack, and people only care about the initial terrorist attack. Why? Because to the American public, terrorism only matters if the government isn’t behind it.

Take the Oklahoma city bombing, for example. This attack killed 168 people and was labeled as domestic terrorism. Ironically, this attack (while totally wrong) was in response to another terrorist attack, which occurred a year earlier: The siege of the Branch Davidians at Waco, Texas, which also killed hundreds. So why is it, that only one is seen as domestic terrorism and another is pushed away and lesser known, especially as an act of terrorism? Again, because of the false notion that governments can’t be terrorists, especially the American government.

One may claim that governments are incapable of committing such actions.

We must remind ourselves of what a government simply is. A government is nothing but a group of coercive individuals with the ability to “legally” plunder and abduct. Just because we live in democratic mob rule doesn’t mean we don’t live under tyrannical rule. The government doesn’t have any excuses for why they kill innocent people.

I’m sure that at least some of the 1.3 million civilian casualties from the war on terror were on purpose, but let’s pretend they were all on accident. If a civilian commit 1.3 million counts of involuntary manslaughter, don’t you think that they would be punished? For some reason, government isn’t.

Government is also the master at fooling it’s citizens into obeying genocides. Ever wonder why citizens go berserk when a terrorist attack happens but when governments kill millions and millions in genocides, such as the holocaust, gulags, and other events, it seems like no one is fazed.

Furthermore, the American government has killed and imprisoned an astounding number of peaceful, innocent individuals. 86% of the 2012 federal prison population was in there for victimless crime. I again ask you. What would happen if a citizen started locking people in cages for doing something that said citizen disagreed with? That would be lunacy! Why does the state get away with it?

The September 11th attacks was the most violent terrorist incident in recorded history, killing almost 3,000 people. Governments consistently systematically kill more people, be it through wars, genocide, or “law enforcement”. The American government in particular consistently murders millions of innocent people. It should not be pledged to by our youth. It should not be loved. It is a terrorist organization and should be treated as such.


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The Number of U.S. Airstrikes Skyrocket, Along with Civilian Casualties

By Vaughn Hoisington | UNITED STATES

Donald Trump has become the new “Drone King.”

Since President Trump has been in office, more U.S. led air strikes have been performed than ever before. Afghanistan received twice as many air strikes in 2017, as it did the previous year, and Yemen was struck more in 2017 than the entirety of the four previous years.

The increased amount of strikes is an outcome of Trump relaxing Obama-era drone strike restrictions, and U.S. military commanders being granted complete authorization to make complex decisions pertaining to military operations.

Drone Strikes are nowhere near perfect, due to civilian casualties. It has been reported that the number of civilian casualties is only getting worse, with a 50% increase in civilian casualties occurring in Afghanistan as a result of strikes.

During the 29 months that Obama was leading the United States Military in the war against ISIS, the nonprofit aerial warfare monitoring organization, Airwars, estimated that there were anywhere between 2298-3398 civilian deaths as a result of U.S. led coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria.

Under Trump’s leadership, that record was broken within a year. The minimum number of civilian casualties from Iraq and Syria rose to 3,749, as of January 30.

For comparison, Iraq Body Count has determined that the number of civilians killed by ISIS in Iraq alone from the beginning of 2014 to February of 2017 was about 26,667.


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