A rebel commander in Syria’s north claimed this week that the force is defeating government soldiers across the country, but it is failing to protect civilians from air strikes. Abu Maher, a commander in the region of Marea said the rebels lack the weapons to fight the regime’s air force. He said the violence that has gripped the county for almost two years will not stop until there is a change in Syria’s leadership.
Gareth Porter on the bombing of an Israeli tourist bus in Bulgaria and the political response in which Netanyahu accuses Iran, and Iran accuses Israel, of being behind terrorist attack.
Reflecting growing discontent in Washington with Israel’s use of American-made cluster bombs in heavily populated areas of Lebanon, two leading Democratic senators this week introduced legislation that would require recipients of such munitions not to use them in or near civilian centers.
As international human rights organizations decry the high toll of civilian deaths suffered in the Lebanon war, America’s main organization of Modern Orthodox rabbis is calling on the Israeli military to be less concerned with avoiding civilian casualties on the opposing side when carrying out future operations.
The awful bloodshed and intense emotions of war are not conducive to careful moral reasoning. With Hezbollah rockets raining down on northern Israel, an honest reckoning of the conduct of Israeli forces in Lebanon is difficult.
Some might call it luck that the worst rocket attack on Nahariya’s Western Galilee Hospital in 25 years caused no casualties. But Deputy Director Moshe Daniel insists it was foresight that saved lives in the July 28 attack.
As Jerusalem defends itself against worldwide condemnation over a deadly air strike that killed dozens of Lebanese children, current and former Israeli officials acknowledge that the Israeli military has loosened the restrictions on targeting militants in populated areas.
With more than 400 Lebanese civilians killed in recent weeks, the United Nations and leading human rights organizations are stepping up their criticism of Israel, suggesting Jerusalem could face legal consequences for its military actions.Even before four U.N. observers were killed in an Israeli strike Tuesday, senior officials from the world body
LARNACA, Cyprus — Hoda Sobh was at a relative’s house in south Beirut two weeks ago when the Israeli bombs began to fall — first on the airport runway and then, moments later, on a bridge just 200 yards away from her family’s house.Her children started screaming, and Sobh immediately gathered them up and ran for shelter.In an