US airstrikes make humanitarian crisis worse, Red Cross says

This video from London, England says about itself:

On Friday 26th September 2014 the UK parliament voted to start bombing Iraq for the 3rd time. On the evening before Stop the War Coalition called an emergency protest outside Downing Street. To show there are other opinions available than to just have yet another Western military intervention.

By Jason Ditz in the USA:

Red Cross: US Strikes Add to Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq, Syria

Strikes Compounding the Humanitarian Conflict

September 26, 2014

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that the US-led airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria have “compounded the humanitarian consequences of the conflicts in both countries.”

Even though the US couched the initial attacks in Iraq as a “humanitarian intervention,” their focus has since expanded to a full scale war to “destroy” ISIS, in which officials have promised to keep civilian casualties to a minimum, but didn’t appear overly concerned about the deaths in the strikes so far.

The Red Cross warns that the situation is continuing to worsen, and warned that all the combatant factions must refrain from harming civilians and must allow humanitarian workers to bring help.

As US strikes have increased, ISIS has moved most of its forces to less conspicuous targets that are less convenient to hit. This has made the US more likely to go after difficult targets, particularly those in populated areas, which means the humanitarian woes of the conflict are likely to grow as the war continues.

ISIS AIRSTRIKES COST ALMOST $1 BILLION According to The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the U.S. has spent between $780 and $930 million so far. [HuffPost]

Anti-Red Cross violence in Libya

This video is called ‘War for Libyan oil planned long ago, no one cares about people’.

From the International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva, Switzerland):

Africa: Violent Attacks Against Staff Strongly Condemned By ICRC

5 August 2012

press release

Tripoli — At approximately 6.45 a.m. today, unknown individuals, using various kinds of heavy weaponry, attacked the residence of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Misrata in Libya. Seven members of the ICRC’s staff were inside when the attack occurred: they were unharmed, but the building suffered extensive damage.

This is the fifth time, in less than three months, that violence has been directed against the ICRC in the cities of Misrata and Benghazi. The organization strongly condemns these acts against its staff and its premises and wishes to remind all those concerned that humanitarian personnel should be respected at all times.

“We are appalled by this latest act and by the deliberate targeting of our staff: they have put their lives at risk to serve the Libyan people both during and after the conflict,” said Ishfaq Muhamed Khan, the head of the ICRC’s delegation in Libya. The ICRC has become extremely concerned about the wave of attacks against humanitarian workers and the deterioration of the security situation in Libya.

“Given the circumstances, we are forced to announce, with considerable regret, that we will be suspending all our activities in Misrata and Benghazi and that our delegates in those cities will be temporarily relocated. This most recent attack could have had very grave consequences for our colleagues,” Mr Khan said.

The ICRC is a neutral, impartial and independent organization with an exclusively humanitarian mandate: to protect the lives and dignity of people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance.

The ICRC is not involved in political or religious activities of any kind, neither in Libya nor anywhere else. It has a presence in 80 countries around the world.

NATO’s Libyan Protectorate: War Of All Against All: here.

Libyan President Mohamed al-Magariaf summoned Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Kib for an emergency meeting yesterday over the “unacceptable” destruction of a 15th-century Sufi mosque: here.

A SHRINE in the Libyan capital Tripoli venerating a Sufi Muslim saint has been destroyed – the latest in a series of outrages by al-Qaeda militants, this time armed with huge bulldozers to destroy a religious site that is a very holy place to a large number of Libyan and other Muslims: here.