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US says that strikes against Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor were ‘unintentional’

By Paul Antonopoulos

The US Defense Department has said that it's strikes against the Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor that killed over 80 soldiers in mid-Septemer was an “unintentional error” and did not violate international law.

The Pentagon made the claims in a statement on Tuesday, saying that the US-led coalition had launched the air raids based on wrong intelligence and as it was not a deliberate mistake, it would not constitute a breach of law.

"The evidence showed there was not a deliberate disregard of targeting procedures or the rules of engagement," the statement said.

The statement then went onto defend the legality of the deadly airstrikes.

“The decision to strike these targets was made in accordance with the law of armed conflict and the applicable rules of engagement," the statement continued.

“We made an unintentional, regrettable error, based on several factors in the targeting process,” said Richard Coe, US air force brigadier general and the investigating off…


According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Armed Forces launched its military operation on the territory of Syria in order “to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad.”

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The Turkish Army launched its military operation on the territory of Syria in order to put an end to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul on November 29.

“In my estimation, nearly 1 million people have died in Syria. These deaths are still continuing without exception for children, women and men. Where is the United Nations? What is it doing? Is it in Iraq? No. We preached patience but could not endure in the end and had to enter Syria together with the Free Syrian Army [FSA],” Erdogan said during his speech.

“Why did we enter? We do not have an eye on Syrian soil. The issue is to provide lands to their real owners. That is to say we are there for the establishment of ju…


Russia is going to dispatch several mobile hospitals to the city of Aleppo in order to medical care to residents of the city and its surrounding areas.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the country’s Defense Ministry and the Russian Emergencies Ministry to promptly dispatch mobile hospitals to Syria in order to provide medical care to residents of Aleppo and its surrounding areas, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing spokesman for Russian President, Dmitry Peskov.

“The President instructed the Defense Ministry and the Emergencies Ministry to dispatch mobile hospitals to the area of the Syrian city of Aleppo to provide medical care to residents of the city and nearby settlements,” Peskov said.

He also noted that the Russian Defense Ministry is going to deploy a medical special operations unit and a multi-functional hospital for 100 places with a special children’s therapeutic department. The daily admission rate of the hospital for ambulatory …


Two Great Weapons Born from Different Design Philosophies



I have read many articles and reviews comparing the American AR-15 and the Russian AK-47 family of assault rifles. Most reviews attempted to definitively label one or the other as the superior weapon. I have found that this entire chain of reasoning missed the point, and showed a deep misunderstanding of the design philosophy behind the genius of both Eugene Stoner and Mikhail Kalashnikov.

I like to believe that both men would appreciate the competition often superimposed upon their work, as all great and gifted minds do; however, their designs are so different in substance and philosophy that such an idea is quite artificial and truly an artifice of official propaganda or idle conjecture. Anyone that has fired either weapon recreationally, or more importantly, trusted his life to the weapon in battle, would walk away with a profound love of either rifle, for a host of shared and different re…