[WATCH] Louisiana Man Dies After Being Tased And Taken To The Ground By Police


A man died after being tased multiple times and taken to the ground by police officers outside a Walmart in Marksville, Louisiana on Friday.

A spokesman with the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office said deputies saw Armando Frank, 42, sitting on a tractor outside the store around 11:15 a.m. He also said Frank was wanted on several warrants, reported KALB.

Deputies said when they tried to arrest Frank, he resisted and was tasered 2 times before the 3 deputies were able to take him to the ground.

That was when Frank’s breathing reportedly became shallow, so deputies called for an ambulance, but Frank died at a hospital.

“We’re just going to wait for the autopsy to come back, which is scheduled for Monday,” the spokesman said. “And we will have a better idea of any other circumstances when the autopsy comes back.”

“We do have body camera footage and after the coroner’s report, the entire thing will be sent to the district attorney for review. As always, there is oversight in everything and we welcome any review,” the spokesman added.

The 3 deputies were treated for minor injuries they received during the scuffle with the man who is now dead.

Avoyelles Parish officials said a warrant for Frank’s arrest was issued on October 12 for simple criminal trespassing and attempted unauthorized entering of an inhabited dwelling.

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Heartbroken Family Files Complaint After a Cop Shot Their Cat, Threw It in Dumpster

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Stow, OH — The Stow police department is currently investigating a complaint made against their department this week after one of their officers shot a family’s cat and then tossed it in the dumpster.

“It’s not a complaint on the officer, but a complaint on procedure,” Police Chief Jeff Film told the Stow Sentry on Thursday.

“I want to say I am totally responsible,” Lynn Maganja, the owner of the 12-year-old cat named Marley, said. Maganja was out of town when her cat was shot. She admits that her son accidentally let the cat out of their home but questions the officer’s response.

While Maganja takes responsibility for her cat getting out and then getting injured when it was struck by a car, she questions the officer’s decision to shoot the cat and then throw it in the dumpster.

“This is all sort of heartbreaking to my family and I just think people need to be aware of it,” said Maganja.

Pam Busch, an area animal-rights advocate, said Thursday that she submitted the handwritten complaint the day before. She said she believes that Marley should have been taken to a veterinarian to determine his condition and whether he should be euthanized, according to the Sentry.

“Even if it’s bleeding, we don’t know the severity of the injuries. We’re not professionals,” said Busch.

What’s more, both Busch and Maganja also question the cop’s decision to toss the family cat in the trash after he shot it.

“I don’t think an animal should be thrown into trash like a piece of trash because they are not, no more than you would do it to a human,” said Busch.

As the Sentry reports, Maganja said after her son told her Marley had gotten out, she went on Facebook and happened to see a photo someone posted of Marley, still alive at the time, in a cardboard box. Realizing the cat looked like Marley, she called the police and spoke to the officer, who confirmed that he had shot the cat.

“I was in shock,” said Maganja.

The cat was apparently alive enough for someone to pick him up, put him in a box and post a picture to Facebook to see if anyone had lost a cat. However, the officer disagreed.

According to the police department’s policy and procedures manual, in a chapter concerning “use of force,” officers can use lethal force on an animal for several reasons, including “To relieve the animal of undue suffering after determining means of care would be ineffective or are unavailable,” the Sentry noted.

“It’s not that often that we have dispatched domestic animals, but it does happen and it’s unfortunate,” said Film. “The animal was suffering gravely, the determination was to end its suffering.”

Surprisingly, TFTP has reported on officers shooting cats before. In December 2014, we reported on Officer Barry Accorti, who shot five kittens in front of terrified children.

Shortly after Accorti killed the kittens, another officer, with the Gorham Police Department in Maine shot a cat because he thought it was rabid. It was not. Lt. Christopher Sanborn opened fire on a cat after he called in back up mistakenly thinking that the feline was a danger. Luckily, the cat survived the bullet holes and made a recovery.

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Knife-wielding assailant stabs host after forcing way into Moscow radio station studio

The knife-wielding assailant has been taken into custody

    

A man armed with a knife forced his way into the studio of Moscow’s Ekho Moskvy radio station located in the capital’s downtown area on Monday to stab host Tatyana Felgengauer, the radio station’s website said.

“A man burst into the radio station’s studio, stabbing host Tatyana Felgengauer in the throat. He was detained by security personnel and handed over to the police. Doctors say Tatyana’s life is not in danger. A catheter had to be placed. She was taken to hospital,” the statement reads.

A source in the law enforcement has confirmed the attack.

“A yet-to-be identified attacker injured the journalist in the neck. He was detained and is being questioned. The motives of the crime are being looked into,” the source said.

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The U.S. Will Invade West Africa in 2023 After An Attack in New York — According to Pentagon War Game

WHEN THE PENTAGON peers into its crystal ball, the images reflected back are bleak.

On May 23, 2023, in one imagining from the U.S. military, terrorists detonate massive truck-bombs at both the New York and New Jersey ends of the Lincoln Tunnel. The twin explosions occur in the southern-most of the three underground tubes at 7:10 a.m., the beginning of rush hour when the subterranean roadway is packed with commuters making their way to work.

The attack kills 435 people and injures another 618. Eventually, we’ll come to know that it could have been much worse. The plan was to drive the trucks to “high profile targets” elsewhere in Manhattan. Somehow, though, the bombs detonated early.

This spectacular attack, which would result in the highest casualties on U.S. soil since 9/11, isn’t the hackneyed work of a Hollywood screenwriter — it is actually one of the key plot points from a recent Pentagon war game played by some of the military’s most promising strategic thinkers. This attack, and the war it sparks, provide insights into the future as envisioned by some of the U.S. military’s most important imagineers and the training of those who will be running America’s wars in the years ahead.

The “5/23” terror attack was a small but pivotal part of a simulated exercise conducted last year by students and faculty from the U.S. military’s war colleges, which are the training grounds for prospective generals and admirals. Sprawling and intricate, the 33rd annual Joint Land, Air and Sea Strategic Special Program (JLASS-SP) brought together 148 students from the U.S. Air Force’s Air War College, the Army War College, the Marine Corps War College, the Naval War College, the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, the National War College, and the National Defense University’s Information Resources Management College. They collaborated for several weeks of remote war-gaming conducted via “cyberspace tools, telephones and video teleconferencing,” according to Pentagon documents obtained by The Intercept. It culminated in a five-day on-site exercise at the Air Force Wargaming Institute at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

The materials used in JLASS-SP — obtained via the Freedom of Information Act — detail the chaotic tenure of an imaginary 46th president, Karl Maxwell McGraw, and offer a unique window into the training of the Armed Forces’ future leaders. The documents consist of hundreds of pages of summary materials, faux intelligence estimates, fictional situation reports, and updates issued while the exercise was in progress — The Intercept is publishing one of these fictional situation updates here. They are highly detailed and, at a time when the press and lawmakers are increasingly asking questions about U.S. military involvement in Africa, offer a stark assessment of the potential perils of armed action there. While it is explicitly not a national intelligence estimate, the war game, which covers the future through early 2026, is “intended to reflect a plausible depiction of major trends and influences in the world regions,” according to the files.

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Attacks in the Pentagon’s JLASS-SP simulated exercise.

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MCGRAW, A FORMER independent Arizona senator who rode his populist “America on the Move” campaign to victory in the 2020 election, ushers in a wave of equally independent congressional candidates and the promise of “TRUE change” in Washington. His presidency is, instead, buffeted by a seemingly endless string of crises.

Just after entering office, in February 2021, a cyberattack shuts down the control system of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant in Berwick, Pennsylvania, “shaking the confidence of the American people in the government’s ability to protect critical infrastructure.” For the next two years, while dealing with the fallout from an Asian economic crisis, state-sponsored cybercrime, and the rise of new anti-globalism and right-wing extremist groups, the McGraw administration claims success in thwarting numerous overseas terror attacks, including a plot to bomb a number of U.S. embassies and consulates throughout Europe. But in West Africa, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is expanding its presence and building on long-running failures of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts in the region, including U.S. support for French and African military operations that began in 2013 and now appear more or less permanent.

By 2021, according to the war game’s scenario, AQIM boasts an estimated 38,000 members spread throughout Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, and a network of training camps in Mauritania, as well as outright bases in Western Sahara. At the same time, AQIM strengthens its ties with the terror groups al Shabaab in Somalia and Boko Haram in Central Africa’s Lake Chad Basin to create a “network of synchronization across the African continent and beyond,” including shared funding, training methods, and IED-making materials. As this pan-African Islamist terror cartel grows, so does AQIM’s global reach, eventually allowing it to carry out the devastating attack on the Lincoln Tunnel and another, that same day, on the Canadian Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania’s capital, killing 135 people including the Canadian Ambassador and his staff.

With near-complete congressional backing and the assent of the government of Mauritania, President McGraw joins forces with Canada to launch Operation Desert Strike. A major U.S. and Canadian ground force, backed by air and sea power, lands in Mauritania on June 15, 2023 with McGraw promising the American people a “well-planned, rapid, and efficient operation that would conclude in three years.” As with so many other American wars and interventions since 1945, however, U.S. military operations do not go as planned and instead seem to follow the well-worn path of America’s many other forever wars.


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Corey Feldman Charged With Possession Of Marijuana – Days After Revealing Plan To Bring Abusers To Justice

Corey Feldman has reportedly been charged with possession of marijuana, days after he announced his plans to bring down the paedophile ring he says abused him as a child.

The 46-year-old actor was charged with one count of possession of marijuana and a traffic charge after being arrested by officers from the Mangham Police Department Louisiana on Saturday, reports the News-Star.

Police Chief Perry Fleming told the website that Corey was released after being charged and will have to pay a fine.

According to the News-Star Richland Parish Sheriff Gary Gilley said other people in the former child’s star entourage are facing other charges and were booked into the Richland Parish Jail for the night.

Corey was due to perform at the Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom in Monroe on Saturday as part of his ‘Heavenly US Angelic Tour’ but the performance was axed.

However, he took part in a meet and greet with fans at the venue.

A message on the Live Oaks’ Facebook page stated: ‘Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Corey Feldman show has been canceled. We would like to apologize for the cancellation. He will still be coming to hangout and it’s totally free.. share this post please guys!! (sic).’

Mail Online has contacted representatives for Corey and the Mangham Police Department for comment.

The reported arrest comes two days after Harvey Weinstein’s downfall caused by multiple sexual assault and harassment claims by women sparked a new call for justice from Corey

The star who became famous for his roles in classic films like Stand By Me and The Goonies, took to Twitter on Thursday night to share a very lengthy message-spanning seven tweets-regarding his own experiences of abuse.

‘4 THE RECORD: I WILL NOT B GOING ON A TALK SHOW 2 DISCLOSE NAMES OF MY ABUSER OR ANY1 ELSES ABUSERS. SO PLEASE STOP ASKING ME 2 DO SO,’ posted the aspiring musician. 

He then went on to explain that going public with his alleged abusers at this stage would be a fruitless endeavor, and may endanger his family.

The Hollywood vet then added that the latest round of allegations involving Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults against women has motivated him to resurrect his campaign against the paedophile ring he says abused him as a young child.

‘THAT SAID I AM WORKING ON A PLAN THAT MAY B A WAY FORWARD 2 SHED SOME LITE ON THIS SITUATION! IF I CAN FIGURE OUT A WAY 2 GET ACTUAL JUSTICE,’ he revealed, before adding ‘NOBODY SHOULD LIV THEIR LIVES IN FEAR EXCEPT THOSE WHO COMMITTED THESE HEINOUS CRIMES IN THE 1ST PLACE! I HAV FAITH GOD WILL C THIS THRU!’

Feldman has long maintained that he and fellow child star Corey Haim were abused by numerous Hollywood executives as they were establishing themselves in the business.

And Feldman garnered even more support when a clip from a 2013 The View interview about the allegations recently went viral.

In the video Feldman details the abuse that he suffered at the hands of ‘some of the most richest, most powerful people in this business.’

His accusations prompted Barbara Walters to proclaim ‘you’re damaging an entire industry,’ as he tried to explain his position, which immediately resulted in backlash against the seasoned reporter.

Meanwhile, Corey has been helping out other worthy causes as well.

Back in May, Corey and his new wife Courtney Anne Feldman hosted a streaming benefit for the non-profit ACT (Autism Care and Treatment) Today in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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[WATCH] ICE Agents Arrest Man After Entering Portland Home Without Warrant


A video shared over 5,000 times on Facebook shows self-identified, plainclothes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents entering a Portland home and arresting a man, without getting permission to enter and without a warrant.

ICE later released the man, Carlos Bolanos.

George Cardenas, a coworker and friend of Bolanos, filmed the interaction with ICE officers, which he said began around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday in the downtown Portland area.

When the agents, dressed in street clothes, came to the door, Cardenas said Friday, they did not tell him who they were.

“All they asked was if I worked for my company and I said yes,” Cardenas said over Facebook Messenger. “Then they said, ‘Is Carlos here?’”

Cardenas said he asked them who they were and why they needed to speak with Bolanos, but the agents refused to answer his questions and then entered the home.

After they walked in without permission, Cardenas said, “They said were the police but they didn’t want to give me their names.”

That’s when Cardenas started filming.

In the video of the interaction, a man in a green and black jacket and baseball cap demands to see Bolanos’ identification, saying, “Why? I have reason to believe you are not in the country legally.”

Cardenas asks the man if Bolanos is being charged with something and the man says yes, but that he can’t tell Cardenas what that is, he can only tell Bolanos.

When Cardenas tells the agent that without a charge, there is no reason for them to be in the house, the agent responds quickly, with something unintelligible that ends in “the United States of America.”

“OK,” says Cardenas. “Do you guys have a warrant to come in this home?”

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[WATCH] City of Chariton Pays $67,500 to Settle a Lawsuit After Police Officer Uses Taser on a Woman With Mental Disability


The city of Chariton will pay $67,500 to settle a lawsuit stemming from a police officer using a Taser on a woman who had a mental disability, public records show.

In one instance, the officer used his Taser while the woman was in the back of a squad car with leg shackles and handcuffs.

Multiple city leaders declined to discuss the settlement, which was released Monday to The Des Moines Register as part of a public records request.

“I’m not going to respond. As far as I’m concerned, it’s done. Sorry,” Councilwoman Ruth Smith said.

The woman, Cherish “Amy” Storm, had electroconvulsive therapy just two days before the August 2010 incident in which she was pulled over by Chariton officer Tyler Ruble.

Police video of the incident shows Storm, who is now 36, in a state of hysterics. The video shows her resisting being handcuffed and swearing throughout the incident, in which officers transport her to a local hospital.

Police used a Taser on Storm three times — including just seconds after her boyfriend informed Ruble that Storm had a mental disability and received electroconvulsive therapy two days earlier, the video shows.

The last Taser jolt comes after Storm was placed in leg shackles and handcuffs and was lying in the back of a squad car. After Storm kicked the inside of the car, Ruble opened the door and without warning used his Taser on her. Later, in a report, the officer wrote that he used the Taser to prevent her from hurting herself.

Storm was convicted of interference with official acts and assault causing bodily injury. She was placed on probation for one year and fined $250, online court records show.

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Five Cleveland Cops Reinstated After Being Fired For Killing Two Unarmed People With 137 bullets


Almost 5 years after a police chase led to the shooting deaths of 2 unarmed people, the city decided to reinstate 5 of the 6 officers that were fired as a result of their actions in 2012.

The city of Cleveland released the following statement and confirms that the following five police officers were reinstated to full-time duty, reported Cleveland 19.

“The officers were reinstated as required by the arbitrator’s decision.”

Michael Farley #409
Erin O’Donnell #1027
Christopher Ereg #767
Wilfredo Diaz #350
Brian Sabolik #1021

Six officers, including Michael Brelo were fired, 6 others were suspended, and 1 retired.

Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were in a police chase that led to police officers firing 137-shots killing the 2 unarmed people.

The chase started in Cleveland and ended at Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland.

The six officers fired were Officer Michael Brelo, Officer Wilfredo Diaz, Det. Christopher Ereg, Officer Michael Farley, Det. Erin O’Donnell and Officer Brian Sabolik. Brelo was the only officer who was indicted. He was acquitted on manslaughter charges May 2015 in a bench trial, according to Cleveland 19.

The officers suspended were Officer Scott Sistek, Officer Cynthia Moore, Det. Michael Rinkus, Det. William Salupo, Officer Randy Patrick and Officer Paul Box. The suspensions lasted from 21 to 30 days.

Det. Michael Demchak retired.

Some of the violations the city cited were: officers “engaging in a pursuit without explicit permission” from supervisor, creating a crossfire situation and leaving the city without permission.

At the time, the city said all officers still on the job will be retrained. But the police union president didn’t want officers to be retrained and vowed the union would fight the punishment. Apparently the president of the police union thinks it is perfectly acceptable to shoot 137 times at unarmed people.

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Russia floats brand new hydrofoil passenger ship after two-decade pause

Hydrofoil works similarly to a regular aerofoil, creating lift for a moving craft. A speeding hydrofoil ship rises above the water with only the foils staying under it, greatly reducing drag and allowing greater speeds to be reached. A French hydrofoil trimaran called “Hydroptère” set the world sailing speed record in 2009 and remains the fastest vessel in the world, with a sail of over 400 square feet.

Among the drawbacks of the design are complexity, poorer fuel efficiency compared with conventional boats and some risks when operating in littered waters or during harsh weather conditions. Still, the boats have found their use as military patrol boats, ferry vessels, leisure craft and even in water sports.

Hydrofoils were popular in the Soviet Union, with dozens of operations throughout the country. But soon after the country’s breakup, the production of new hydrofoils was discontinued, partially due to a worldwide trend disfavoring the technology and also because manufacturers were struggling for survival in the new economy.

The hydrofoil passenger boat of the Kometa 120M project, which was floated for the first time on Friday, aims to reverse the situation. The producer, Vympel, says it plans to build at least five such boats and hopes to get contracts for over 20, potentially exporting to countries like Greece or Croatia.

Kometa 120M, an upgraded Soviet design, is a 73-ton warm sea transport with top speed of 35 knots (65 km/h) and an operational range of 200 nautical miles (370 km). It has a business-class section for 22 passengers, an economy class for 98 and it requires 5 crew members to operate.

The new ship is to undergo sea trials over the coming months in the Black Sea and may enter service next year, according to Vympel. She is expected to operate as a ferry connecting the Crimean ports Sevastopol and Yalta. The producer plans to name her Chaika (“Seagull”), after the call sign of pioneer lady cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, who took part in the floating ceremony.

The ability of the hydrofoil to win its share of the transport market remains to be determined. Vympel is a veteran producer of military ships and specialized craft such as towboats or firefighting boats, but Kometa 120M is its first passenger ship design. The production took over four years and had backing from the Russian government, but the model is yet to demonstrate its ability to compete with other craft.

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‘Leveled like Dresden’: Ruin, death and discord left after US-led coalition takes Raqqa

    

The capture of Syria’s Raqqa by US-backed militias from jihadists came at the high cost of the virtual annihilation of the city itself. This victory, reminiscent of the one in Mosul, northern Iraq, could now pit the militias against the Syrian army.

Raqqa, the Syrian stronghold of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has now been declared “liberated” by both the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and their backers, the US. Last weekend several hundred IS fighters struck a deal with the SDF to take their family members and leave to IS-controlled parts of Deir ez-Zor governorate. Some foreign fighters reportedly stayed behind, refusing to surrender.

Emboldened by the strategic victory, the SDF took a chance to needle their enemy Turkey, when they paraded a unit of female Kurdish fighters in Raqqa’s al-Naim square against the background of a large banner of Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan. Considered a terrorist by Ankara, he is serving a life sentence in Turkey for his role in fueling Kurdish insurgency in the country.

The episode is just one symptom of a larger problem that players in Syria are facing now with the universally-acknowledged bad guys IS in retreat. They have conflicting agendas and so far have shown little intention to find a consensus for the future of Syria. Another example this week prompted a response from Moscow, when a spokesman for the Russian military had to reassure would-be American tourists in the rebel-held Idlib governorate of Syria that they would not be killed by Russian bombs while there.

“Russian warplanes in Syria do not target residential areas,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov said, commenting on a US-state travel advisory claiming the opposite. He added that this is what differentiates the Russian Air Force from the US-led coalition, which “has achieved an ‘outstanding victory’ in Raqqa by simply obliterating it.”

No more Raqqa

The general’s dark sarcasm is based on grim facts on the ground. The Syrian city was taken after months of constant bombardment by coalition airstrikes and artillery shelling. The UN estimates that over 80 percent of the buildings in the city are now uninhabitable while reporters on the ground say literally not one of the houses was left unscathed in the fighting.

Pre-war, the city had some 220,000 residents. The Syrian violence caused mass migration, with tens of thousands arriving in Raqqa throughout the years, but under IS rule the city’s Kurdish minority was targeted with evictions and executions. Up to 200,000 were estimated to still live there by the beginning of the siege in June.

Four months later, an overwhelming majority of the civilians had fled Raqqa, while some 1,800 to 1,900 were killed in the fighting. Coalition strikes accounted for at least 1,300 of those deaths, according to Airwars group, which records and verifies reports of deaths in Iraq and Syria. If the figure included the deaths since March, when the SDF started preparations for the siege, in would be above 2,000, higher than the estimated coalition kills during the capture of Mosul in Iraq, a city several times higher.

“It must be noted that in Mosul reports were often contradictory and attribution difficult, and therefore ‘likely’ Coalition incidents were proportionally fewer. In Raqqa, when a bomb or artillery shell fell it almost certainly originated with the Coalition,” the report noted.

The group’s estimate for the civilian death toll in Mosul was over 7,200 during the last phase of the operation, with between 900 and 1,200 people killed by coalition strikes rather than Iraqi forces or the jihadists. The number of people displaced in the Iraqi siege was almost 700,000, compared to 270,000 in the Raqqa operation.

The ruin left of Raqqa after the battle is rigged with explosives and requires extensive effort to make it safe again before any reconstruction may take place. Washington is willing to provide some of that, but the scope of the help would be limited, according to an AFP report.

“We’re not here forever to fix everything. We have no money or desire to spend 20 years here demining the homes,” a US official involved in the civilian operations in Syria told the agency.

Annihilation strategy bears fruit

The high level of what is called “collateral damage” in military slang during the Raqqa operation is a direct result of the change of strategy by the Trump administration, believes Middle East consultant Dmitry Frolovsky. The Republican president demanded swift victories of the Pentagon and gave the DoD much leeway in choosing the means for them.

Defense Secretary James Mattis warned that the goal of “ISIS annihilation” would cause civilian casualties, and so it has.

“Calling this operation effective would have been a stretch, even though as the saying goes ‘winners can’t be judged’. Raqqa was conquered, or liberated, if you will,” Frolovsky told RT, adding that the civilian death toll in the city was “extraordinarily high for an operation of this kind.”

The fact that the last stage of the offensive ended in an evacuation deal for IS fighters seems ironic, considering Washington’s stated goal to kill all of them. And even before Raqqa was besieged the jihadist group pulled out some of its forces, noted Frolovsky.

“Taking Raqqa so quickly was made possible not only through good coordination between the US and its allies, but also because IS withdrew part of its fighters and weapons beforehand and sent them to other parts of Syria, particularly Deir ez-Zor governorate,” he said.

With Raqqa captured, there is an increasing risk of the SDF clashing with the troops of the Syrian Army, which is trying to take back Deir ez-Zor governorate from IS, potentially pitting the foreign backers of the two, the US and Russia, against each other. There are some oil fields in the province and it also borders Iraq, making it important from a logistic standpoint.

A more distant problem is who would have the allegiance of the local government in Raqqa, a city that has historically been mostly Arab, not Kurdish. But at the moment Raqqa is pretty much uninhabited, and the SDF has the power to prevent Arab refugees from returning. This ‘de-Arabization’ tactic was reportedly used widely by Kurds in neighboring Iraq amid the rise of IS.

The US are likely trying to use their influence on the SDF to undermine the government in Damascus, Talat Masood, a retired Pakistani three-star general, told RT. The result would be “greater misery, more deaths and injuries among the Syrian people,” he predicted.

“If they had any problems with the Syrian government, they could have been dealt with in a different way, not by trying to create divisions within Syria and trying to split Syria into weak states that then can be manipulated,” he said.

‘Leveled like Dresden’: Raqqa aid haste hints at cover up of ‘barbaric destruction’

What the US-led coalition did to Syria’s Raqqa is comparable to the infamous Allied bombing of Dresden in 1945, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that the allies may be rushing to pour money into Raqqa to cover up the aftermath.

“Raqqa is still smoldering after the bombardment by the international coalition, and senior officials in Washington, Paris and Berlina are already pouring out pledges to allocate tens of millions of dollars and euros for reconstruction,” Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Sunday.

He said the intention to help Raqqa residents was commendable, but Moscow could not but wonder why previously all its calls to deliver humanitarian aid to other parts of Syria had been ignored or rejected.

“We made a list of cities and villages most in need and we didn’t distinguish between ‘bad’ and ‘good’ Syrians. But the answer from Washington, Berlin, Paris and London has always been the same: we can’t, we won’t,” the general said.

The change of heart may indicate that the US-led coalition simply wants to get rid of the evidence of its “barbaric bombing” of Raqqa, which resulted in “thousands of civilians, which [the coalition] claimed to be liberating form ISIL, being buried under debris”.

“Raqqa’s fate calls to mind that of Dresden in 1945, leveled by the US-British bombings,” Konashenkov added, referring to the controversial campaign reaching a peak in February 1945, during which American and British bombers dropped over 3,900 tons of bombs on the Nazi-controlled German city, killing some 25,000 civilians and destroying much of its center. The military necessity for such an action was questioned by many people, while some, including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, perceived its goal as terrorizing the German population.

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