Archive for October 10th, 2015

10/10/2015

US to Give Arms, Air Support to Islamist Militias in Syria

Human Wrongs Watch

By Bill Van Auken* 

10 October 2015 (WSWS) – The Obama administration Friday announced an “operational pause” of the disastrously failed Pentagon program for arming and training “vetted rebels” in Turkey and sending them back across the border into Syria.

**Photo: Two destroyed tanks in front of a mosque in Azaz, Syria. From March 6 to July 23, a battle between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian government was fought for control over the city of Azaz, north of Aleppo, during the Syrian civil war | Author: Christiaan Triebert | Source: Flickr: Azaz, Syria | Wikimedia Commons

**Photo: Two destroyed tanks in front of a mosque in Azaz, Syria. From March 6 to July 23, a battle between the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Syrian government was fought for control over the city of Azaz, north of Aleppo, during the Syrian civil war | Author: Christiaan Triebert | Source: Flickr: Azaz, Syria | Wikimedia Commons

Instead, Pentagon and White House officials indicated, the focus will now shift to cementing ties with leaders of existing “rebel” militias, consisting overwhelmingly of Sunni Islamist forces with connections to Al Qaeda.

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10/10/2015

Morocco: The Forgotten Frontline of the Migrant Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By Obinna Anyadike*

It’s late afternoon on the forested slopes of Mount Selouane. In single file or knots of friends, young West African men are trudging down the hillside to the dusty, dishevelled outskirts of the Moroccan village of Shadia.

[Nigerian migrant] Lucky's journey from Nigeria to Morocco | Source: IRIN

[Nigerian migrant] Lucky’s journey from Nigeria to Morocco | Read the story here | Source: IRIN

By nightfall, the growing agricultural village of half-finished apartments – and watchful local men – will transform once again. The West Africans will be gone; back in the relative safety of the forest, where more than 1,000 irregular migrants are camped.

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