published in the Peace Newsletter: http://www.peacecouncil.net/pnl/13/820/820war.htm
Gaza: Israel initiated Operation Pillar of Cloud (Nov. 14-21) by killing Hamas military second in command and peace negotiator Ahmed Jabari. He had just received a draft of a truce agreement between Hamas and Israel brokered by Egypt.i
Israel bombed 1,500 sites; killing 166 Palestinians (33.3% civilians); wounding 1,235 (97% civilians); demolished 242 buildings; and damaged over 8,000 buildings totaling $1.2 billion in damages.ii
Hamas fired 1,400 unguided missiles into Israel (400 were intercepted) killing four Israeli civilians and two soldiers; and causing $50 million in damages.iii
On November 30 Netanyahu ordered the construction of 3,000 new homes and planning for thousands more in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem). The US will increase its $3.1 billion annual military aid to Israel by $210-$470 million.iv
Syria: 3,111 women and 33,574 men have died since March 18, 2011.v Terrorist attacks have sharply increased in 2012.vi
Spokesmen from the opposition have met with US, British, French, and Turkish officials in Qatar to form the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary Opposition Forces; now recognized by France, UK, US, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAW, Kuwait and Oman; and supported by some opposition groups.vii Other opposition groups are engaged in dialog with the Syrian government.viii
NATO will deploy Patriot missiles and 400 soldiers in Turkey on the border of Syria. 10,000 US troops have been deployed off the coast of Syria.ix The US has provided $25 million in aid to the rebels;x the CIA maintains a FSA command center in Turkey;xi and facilitated arms supplies including a shipment of surface to air missiles.xii
Anonymous pentagon sources claim the Syrian government plans to use chemical weapons of mass destruction. Pentagon officials say there is no evidence for this accusation.xiii Israeli commandos are in Syria purportedly to monitor this possibility.xiv
Congo: On November 20 the M23 rebels (with support from US backed Rwanda and Ugandaxv xvi seized the city of Goma in eastern DRC. 390,000 refugees have fled the fighting since April.xvii The war for the DRC's mineral wealth has killed 5.4 million since 1998.xviii
Sudan: Israel bombed an ammunition factory in Sudan.xix Rebels (supported by US backedxx xxi S. Sudanxxii continue to shell an airport and combat the army.xxiii Iranian warships visited N. Sudan in a show of support. Sudan has been under US sanctions since 1997.xxiv
Pakistan: 4 drone strikes killed 11-23 and injured 7-13 from November 29-December 9.xxv
Afghanistan: In the period between August 1 and October 31 there have been 75 US soldier and 967 Afghan civilian deaths; more than 568 US soldier and 1,590 Afghan civilian injuries.xxvi xxvii
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ii "Gaza damage to cost $1.2 bln: Hamas spokesman." Daily Star. 25 Nov. 2012. The Daily Star Lebanon. 12/18/12 <http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Nov-25/196140-gaza-damage-to-cost-$12-bln-hamas-spokesman.ashx>.
iv "Congress seeks to increase US funding of anti-missile cooperation with Israel." Times of Israel. Ed. David Horovitz. 13 Dec. 2012. The Times of Israel. 12/18/12 <http://www.timesofisrael.com/congress-seeks-to-double-us-funding-of-anti-missile-cooperation-with-israel/>.
v "Syria Tracker: 36,686 Documented Killing from March 18, 2011 to October 14, 2012." Syria Tracker. Editor(s) of website. 18 Oct. 2012. Syria Tracker. 12/18/12 <http://syriatracker.blogspot.se/2012/10/syria-tracker-36686-documented-killing.html>.
vi McDonnell, Patrick J. "Syria rebels appear to be shifting strategy in Damascus." LA Times. Ed. Davan Maharaj. 7 Nov. 2012. The Los Angeles Times Media Group. 12/18/12 < http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-syria-damascus-20121108,0,618701.story>.
vii Malas, Nour. "Syrian Rebels Press Plan for Governing Body." The Wall Street Journal Online. Ed. Raju Narisetti. 8 Nov. 2012. The Wall Street Journal. 12/18/12 <http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324439804578106834138363850.html>.
viii Xinhua. "National Syrian Dialogue Meeting concludes in Tehran." Global Research. Ed. Prof. Michel Chossudovsky. 21 Nov. 2012. The Centre for Research on Globalization. 12/18/12 <http://www.globalresearch.ca/national-syrian-dialogue-meeting-concludes-in-tehran/5312363?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=national-syrian-dialogue-meeting-concludes-in-tehran>.
ix "US: Sarin bombs ready for Assad’s “go” order. Israel’s odd silence." Debka. 6 Dec. 2012. Debkafile. 12/18/12 <http://debka.com/article/22586/US-Sarin-bombs-ready-for-Assad’s-“go”-order-Israel-s-odd-silence>.
x Labott, Elise. "Obama authorized covert support for Syrian rebels, sources say." CNN. 2 Aug. 2012. Cable News Network. 12/18/12 <http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/01/us/syria-rebels-us-aid/>.
xi Hosenball, Mark. "Exclusive: Obama authorizes secret U.S. support for Syrian rebels." Reuters. 1 Aug. 2012. Thomson Reuters12/18/12 <http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/01/us-usa-syria-obama-order-idUSBRE8701OK20120801>.
xii Hosenball, Mark and Tabassum Zakaria. "Syrian rebels acquire surface-to-air missiles: report." NBC News. Ed. Gregory Gittrich. 31 July 2012. NBC News Digital Network. 12/18/12 <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48430298/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/t/syrian-rebels-acquire-surface-to-air-missiles-report/#.UMYo6KyK6Hg>.
xiii Miklaszewski, Jim and Courtney Kube. "No evidence Syria mixing chemical agents, Pentagon official says." NBC News. Ed. Gregory Gittrich. 4 Dec. 2012. NBC News Digital Network. 12/18/12 <http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/04/15676708-no-evidence-syria-mixing-chemical-agents-pentagon-official-says?lite>.
xiv Uzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv and Lucy Fisher. "Israel tracks Syria’s chemical arsenal." The Sunday Times. 9 Dec. 2012. Times Newspapers Ltd. 12/18/12 <http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/world_news/Middle_East/article1172960.ece>.
xvi Lokongo, Antoine Roger. "Britain and America Target DR Congo." Black Agenda Report. Ed. Glen Ford. 5 Dec. 2012. 12/18/12 < http://blackagendareport.com/content/britain-and-america-target-dr-congo>.
xvii "Families, Whole Villages Flee." American Refugee Committee Relief. American Refugee Committee International. 12/18/12 <http://www.arcrelief.org/site/PageServer?pagename=congoatrocities>.
xviii Bavier, Joe. "Congo war-driven crisis kills 45,000 a month: study." Reuters. 22 Jan. 2008. Thomson Reuters. 12/18/12 <http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/01/22/us-congo-democratic-death-idUSL2280201220080122>.
xix Keating, Joshua "Is Israel bombing Sudan again?." Foreign Policy. Ed. Susan Glasser. 24 Oct. 2012 The Foreign Policy Group. 12/18/12 <http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/24/is_israel_bombing_sudan_again>.
xx Ramirez, Luis. "US Military to Help Build South Sudan." Global Security. 11 Jan. 2012. 12/19/12 < http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2012/01/mil-120111-voa02.htm>.
xxi Snow, Keith Harmon. "Oil in Darfur? Special Ops in Somalia?." Global Research. Ed. Prof. Michel Chossudovsky. 7 Feb. 2007 The Centre for Research on Globalization. 12/18/12 <http://www.globalresearch.ca/oil-in-darfur-special-ops-in-somalia/4717 >.
xxii "Sudan Warns Juba Against Ruining Addis Ababa Deal." AllAfrica. 18 Nov. 2012. AllAfrica Global Media. 12/18/12 <http://allafrica.com/stories/201211190633.html>.
xxiii "Sudan: Rebels – ‘Shelling of Military Sites Will Continue’." AllAfrica. 19 Nov. 2012. AllAfrica Global Media. 12/18/12 <http://allafrica.com/stories/201211190106.html>.
xxiv "Oil-Strapped Sudan Courting Old Ally Russia." RIA Novosti. Ed. Svetlana Mironyuk. 12 Sept. 2012. 12/18/12 <http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121209/178031872.html>.
xxv "Obama 2012 Pakistan strikes." The Bureau Investigates. Ed. Christo Hird. 11 Jan. 2012. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. 12/18/12 <http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2012/01/11/obama-2012-strikes>.
xxvi "Fatalities by Year and Month." iCasualties. 12/10/12 <http://icasualties.org/OEF/ByMonth.aspx>.
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