A War Torn Country

David Lawrence
• Tuesday, 29 December, 2020
• 9 min read

The current war situation in Afghanistan continues to claim civilian lives through bombings, crossfires, assassinations, and improvised explosive devices. The ISIS militants, not limiting their actions to only Iraq, have also terrorized much of the world with their acts of extreme violence.

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A shocking study reveals that around half a million Iraqis, including those killed directly or indirectly, lost their lives to warfare between 2003 and 2011. Currently, the gravity of the civil war situation in Syria is drawing attention from across the globe.

The revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests swept across Syria, demanding the eradication of President Bashar al-Assad’s government. The government’s forces meted out a violent response to these protests, which were heavily criticized by the European Union and the United Nations.

The civilian protests soon transformed into an armed rebellion, and escalated into the Syrian Civil War of the present day. Ukraine stands torn apart between the influences of the Russian government in the east and the European Union in the west.

To make matters work, deadly attacks have also been carried out in Yemen by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or ISIS), as well as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (ASAP). There are a number of ongoing conflicts currently happening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), some of which have been going on since as early as the 1970s.

Due to the presence of armed groups, the United States government currently warns against all travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently, the country is in the grip of an ongoing civil war being fought between the government forces and the Selena rebel coalition.

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The war, which started on December 10th, 2012, has witnessed the rapid growth of the Selena rebels who were held responsible for the wanton destruction of many towns and villages in the country and the murder of thousands of innocent civilians. In 2001, U.S. forces entered Afghanistan to eradicate the Taliban and help the country rebuild after years of conflict.

The United States has also provided troops to protect the civilians of Afghanistan from Taliban attacks and allow the government to rebuild and reestablish power. Despite these efforts, Afghanistan is still experiencing Taliban attacks and violence continues to claim thousands of civilians’ lives every year.

The Iraqi government has received aid from the United States, Iran and Syria to help defeat ISIS. All sides involved in the way, including the Syrian government, opposition rebel groups, the United States, Turkey, and Russia, have been criticized by international organizations for massacres and human rights violations.

Yemen is currently experiencing a civil war that claimed over 20,000 deaths in 2019 alone. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes to restore the former Yemeni government, an action that has been condemned by the international community because of the number of civilian deaths.

It’s estimated that over 100,000 people have been killed in the Yemeni Civil War, including 12,000 civilians. Since 1982, federal law enforcement has been reorganized five times to attempt to reduce cartel violence and control corruption.

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As of April 2020, humanitarian researchers are particularly concerned with the country’s ability to handle the COVID-19 pandemic due to the damage to its infrastructure and health care system. The conflict ended in October 2011 when the rebels took Benghazi and Tripoli and killed Gaddafi.

It’s estimated that 20,000 people were killed an additional 50,000 were injured in the first Libyan Civil War. The Second Libyan Civil War erupted in 2014 between rival factions seeking control of Libya.

Killing and dying over money, power, religion and territory; the war machine rages on, as it has since the beginnings of civilization. Tensions in the Middle East are again reaching a heightened state; Russia and the Ukraine are in conflict over territory and civil wars in Africa and South America are still being fought and seemingly have no end.

After three military coups in a period of a year, Sierra Leone settled into just over a decade of peace before an 11-year civil war broke out in 1991. The war led to over 55,000 deaths and millions more wounded and displaced a figure that would have been much higher if not for British and American intervention.

The conflict was, as is the case in so many African wars, over natural resources, specifically diamonds in the eastern and southern parts of the country. Fought over religion and oil, most scholars agree that the first conflict never ended and instead an 11-year cease-fire kept tensions at bay, until the Second Sudanese Civil War erupted in 1982, lasting until 2005.

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The conflict in Sudan is one of the most devastating in African history, with places like Darfur becoming synonymous with massacres and human suffering. When South Sudan finally broke away and formed an independent government in 2011, it was thought that violence in the utterly devastated region would subside.

With marauding guerrillas lead by warlords roaming the country, Congo descended into horror, with people being routinely shot, hacked and starved to death, children taken to become soldiers, and entire villages being wiped off the map. Engulfed in a civil war between various warlords and would be rulers from 1991 until 2006, the west pulled out of Somalia in 1995 amidst large numbers of casualties and no hope for restoring a centralized government.

When the French left their colony of Vietnam in 1950 the country split into two opposing factions; the communist government recognized by the Soviet Union and China centered in Hanoi in the north, and the remnants of the French installed government in Saigon in the south, backed by the United States and Great Britain. Seeing no victory in sight after the fall of Saigon, U.S. involvement in Vietnam ceased and the country has remained communist ever since.

All told, over 3 million people died in the conflict, and Vietnam is still experiencing the debilitating effects of the war nearly 40 years later. Conflict in Colombia has been ongoing since 1964 between the government, paramilitary groups, left wing armed revolutionaries and various criminal organizations.

Essentially, it is a free for all with a central government doing little to stop the violence that has claimed over 200,000 lives, the vast majority civilian, and forced over 5 million people from their homes. Though peace talks opened in 2012, rebels quickly thwarted any hope for resolution by killing over 20 people in July 2013.

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Known officially since 1989 as Republic of the Union of Myanmar when the ruling military government changed the country’s name from Burma, either way you call it, the nation has been engaged in an ethnic civil war since 1948. Though 25 separate groups have signed ceasefire agreements with the military government, violence still occurs in certain areas of the country.

While various groups vie for power in Iraq against a weak central government and military, the west has yet again decided to enter the conflict in the Middle Eastern nation to quell the violence. The mountainous, largely inaccessible and opium rich nation of Afghanistan boasts some of the most beautiful geography in the world.

Following a period of 60 years of relative peace, the Soviet Union attempted to conquer the mountains and waged a vicious war against the guerilla fighters, the Mujaheddin, until massive losses forced the Red Army to withdraw leaving the nation ruler-less. A period of civil wars followed culminating in the rise of the Taliban, before a post-9/11 coalition invaded the country, where western forces and Afghan military still fight a violent insurgency today.

The conflict has spilled over Chechnya’s borders and into neighboring Islamic territories within Russia as well, meaning there may be no end in sight to the violence. This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards.

In 1975, Lebanon descended into a violent civil war that destroyed this once vibrant and prosperous country. However, throughout my childhood, my family’s lively kitchen table discussions put me right into the struggles of the Lebanese civil war.

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I’ve also traveled there a few times and witnessed first hand the insanity of going about one’s day as bombs are blasting less than a mile away. Although an entire book could be written about the complex causes that lead to the Lebanese civil war, its root cause can be summed up in a single word: Division.

Indeed, fueled by outside forces, the various groups forming the Lebanese population turned against each other and became mortal enemies. Partly due to this knowledge, I’ve been warning for years against the division agenda taking place in the United States.

Although mass media is downplaying or completely ignoring some recent developments in the U.S., there are clear signs that some actors want the country to be torn apart by hatred and division. Due to its strong economy and cultural diversity, Lebanon used to be known as the “Paris of the East” and the “pearl of the Orient”.

Modern and open to the world, Lebanon was a cultural and financial pole of its region and attracted droves of tourists and businessmen from the West. Outside forces saw in this climate of instability an opportunity to meddle in Lebanon’s affairs and to advance their interests inside this influential country strategically placed on the Mediterranean.

Through the involvement of foreign agents, religious groups who previously coexisted peacefully radicalized their positions and began fomenting hatred against the others. Through a vicious cycle of bloody massacres and bloodier retaliations, the country spiraled into horrific, chaotic, and extremely violent civil war.

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Armed conflict activities increased in five countries during the first wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic says new research from the University of Melbourne. India, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and the Philippines all saw an escalation of civil wars because conflict parties exploited either state weakness or a lack of international attention due to the pandemic.

Armed conflict intensity in four countries (Afghanistan, Colombia, Thailand and Yemen) decreased between March and June, according to the study as a result of both state and rebel forces failing to get traction under the pandemic. “Escalating armed conflicts pose significant obstacles when dealing with the pandemic as health infrastructure is destroyed and the government losses resources to respond to the virus,” said Dr IDE.

When I saw a tweet this morning I wondered which Weirton country those Somalis were fleeing from when they were murdered. Coast guard Mohammad Al Away told Reuters the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bad Al Man deb strait.

These helicopters, their ammunition and the service for them are a favored U.S. export to belligerent dictatorships like Saudi Arabia. The Saudis, the U.S. and the Emirates block all land routes, airports and the coast of Yemen and no food supplies come through.

Somalia is falling back into an all-out civil war fueled by the decades old unwillingness of the U.S. to condone an independent local unity government. A UN cable from June 2006, containing notes of a meeting with senior State Department and US military officials from the Horn of Africa task force, indicates that the United States was aware of the ICU’s diversity, but would “not allow” it to rule Somalia.

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The United States, according to the notes, intended to “rally with Ethiopia if the ‘Jihadist’ took over.” The cable concluded, “Any Ethiopian action in Somalia would have Washington’s blessing.” Some within the US intelligence community called for dialogue or reconciliation, but their voices were drowned out by hawks determined to overthrow the ICU. During the last 10 years an on-and-off war is waged in Somalia with the U.S. military interfering whenever peace seems to gain ground.

Weapons are streaming into Somalia from Yemen, where the South plunder them from their Saudi invaders: Jonah Left, a weapons tracing expert with conflict Armament Research, said many pirates had turned to smuggling.

(Cutting down the size of the U.S. State Department, as the Trump administration now plans to do, is probably the best thing one can do for world peace.) Locals said a mosque was hit, the roof crashed in and more than 40 people were killed during the regular prayer service.

The U.S. military said it did not hit the local mosque but a building on the other side of the small plaza. Eight hellfire missiles launched from two Reaper drones were fired at it and a 500lb bomb was then dropped on top to make sure that no one escaped alive.

The al-Qaeda aligned, U.S./UK financed “White Helmets” rescuers made a quick photo session pretending to dig out the dead. The amateur NATO researchers at Bellingcat published what they had gleaned from maps, photos and videos other people created.

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Each new lie and obfuscation the U.S. Central Command in the Middle East put out throughout the day was immediately debunked by the horde of U.S. financed al-Qaeda propaganda supporters. This was an Israeli attempt to stretch the “rules of operation” it had negotiated with the Russian military in Syria.

The Russians, which control the Syrian airspace, had allowed Israel to hit Hezbollah weapon transports on their way to Lebanon.

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