Japan should end US occupation in Okinawa: Author

Japan should end US occupation in Okinawa: Author

After the Second World War, Japan remains “an occupied country” as the US maintains its heavy military presence on the island, says an author.

“The people [of Okinawa] have been devastated by it [US military base], the pollution, the noise, raping of women committed by US servicemen and none of these have been resolved and it has been going like this since 1945,” Stephen Lendman, author and journalist, told Press TV on Thursday.

“They [people of Japan] should call for a total elimination of America’s occupation and all US military bases should close down,” he added.

Japanese protesters rally against relocation of US air base to Okinawa
Japanese protesters have held a rally in front of the American Camp Schwab marine corps camp on the island of Okinawa in protest at a planned relocation of yet another US military facility to the area.

Demonstrators lined the road leading to the marine base in Henoko area near Nago City on Thursday, chanting slogans against the plans and holding placards decrying the US military presence.

“Marines out!” and “Stop illegal work,” the placards read.

According to the relocation plan, an air base will be built in the waters off the coast from Camp Schwab over the next five years as part of the relocation of the Futenma Air Station to the Henoko area.

Local residents and Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga have continued to express their opposition since the plan was announced.

On Tuesday, Okinawa Prefectural Assembly committee passed a resolution, demanding legal action against the base’s relocation. The entire assembly is expected to vote on the issue on Friday, laying the groundwork for legal action against the Japanese government for pushing through the project

‘Marines out!’ Japanese police forcibly remove anti-US base sit-in in Okinawa (VIDEO)
Police have forcibly removed protesters staging a sit-in outside the US Marine Corps’ Camp Schwab in Okinawa in a campaign to protest the relocation of the Futenma base.

The US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station is going to be moved from the densely populated Ginowan to a less populated location in eastern Okinawa – the Henoko coastal area of Nago.
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Russia Asks Kurdish Forces to Withdraw from Northern Aleppo to Block Turkey's Attacks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Media sources reported that Russia has demanded the Kurdish forces to retreat from several regions in Northern Aleppo to prevent Turkey's aggression.

Rudaw news channel reported that a Russian delegation has held a meeting with commanders of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin city in Northern Aleppo and called on them to withdraw from five towns in the region to remove the threat of Turkey's aggression against Afrin and adjacent rural areas.

The report added that the Russian delegation has demanded the Kurdish forces to withdraw from the towns of Manag, Tal Rifat, Deir Jamal, Sheikh Issa and Harbal and all the villages in al-Shahba region and open the Western Aleppo-Idlib road through al-Ahlam mountain near the town of Basouteh.

Meantime, the Russian delegation has explained to the Kurds that Turkey will set up three military bases in al-Ahlam and Sheikh Barakat mountains overlooking Afrin from the South and Babasqa mountain which overlooks Idlib.

They also asked the Kurds to expel all members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) from Afrin and give control of the city to the local council and its security to the local police and popular forces.

A well-informed local source in Northern Aleppo reported early July that thousands of militants affiliated to the Turkish Army are to kick off an imminent large-scale operation codenamed Seif al-Forat (the Euphrates Sword) in Afrin region.

The Turkish-language Sabah daily reported, meantime, that the Ankara-backed militants are expected to start their operation from West of the town of Azaz and from the town of Ein Daqneh and Ming military airport in Northern Aleppo to move towards the towns of Tal Rifat and Afrin in Aleppo province and the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa.

Meanwhile, The Turkish Army sent fresh reinforcements and more military equipment to a region that borders the Syrian town of Afrin Northwest of Aleppo province that is under the control of the Kurdish fighters.

The Turkish-language Anadolu news agency quoted security sources as saying that fresh forces and the convoy of military equipment have arrived in Kilis region in the Southern part of the country to provide back up for the Turkish soldiers that deployed at the border with Syria.

Salih Muslim, the co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), threatened that the Kurds will deliver control of the strategic town of Afrin to the Syrian government if Turkey continues aggression against it.

"If the US and Russia don’t help us stop Turkey's aggression against Afrin, the town in Northeastern Aleppo will be delivered to the Syrian army as we did in Manbij," Muslim said.

Noting that the Kurdish forces will block Turkey's path to Afrin, he added, "Afrin is a part of the Syrian territories and we will not allow Turkey to occupy even an inch of the Syrian soil."

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared at the end of G20 summit in Hamburg that Ankara will respond decisively to any threats on its borders, warning against any push by the Kurds to secure their own independent region.
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TEHRAN (FNA)- An influential US Republican senator criticized the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, over a blockade on Qatar by the kingdom and three other Arab states.

The comments by Bob Corker, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, came as tensions in the region continue over the crisis, with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expected to make an unscheduled stop in Doha on Thursday, Al Jazeera reported.

"The amount of support for terrorism by Saudi Arabia dwarfs what Qatar is doing," Corker said

Corker said he was "really disappointed to see what Saudi Arabia did after having a great summit and bringing everybody together", referring to May's Riyadh conference that saw leaders of the (P)GCC and other Arab states meet with US President Donald Trump.

"I think this is quite possibly a rookie mistake by a crown prince who I think could be the future for Saudi Arabia," Corker added.

The Tennessee senator made the comments while addressing the former US ambassador to Israel during a legislative committee hearing.

Al Jazeera's Heidi Zhou-Castro, reporting from Washington, DC, said the Saudi crown prince is "widely seen as among the blockade's chief architects and a chief organiser of the alliance behind it".

She said that Corker has been among the blockade's strongest US critics, adding that the senator has threatened to block weapons sales to members of the (P)GCC until there was a clear path for settling the dispute.

Andreas Krieg, an assistant professor at King's College London, told Al Jazeera that Corker's comments are a lot to take in for the Saudi-led group.

"Saudi Arabia actually thought they had the Trump administration, especially the Republicans, on their side," Krieg said. "That's why they escalated so quickly and now they realise they actually don't and the Trump administration has actually rolled back from earlier comments, and that is quite something to swallow for the UAE and Saudi Arabia."

Corker's comments came as Tillerson wrapped up the third leg of his four-day trip to the (Persian) Gulf aimed at helping solve the (P)GCC crisis.

Having shuttled between Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in an effort to help solve the (P)GCC crisis, Tillerson is set to make an unexpected return to Doha on Thursday before returning to the US.

On Wednesday, Tillerson met the Saudi king, crown prince and his counterparts from the Saudi-led quartet.

The Jeddah visit followed meetings in Doha with the Qatari emir and foreign minister on Tuesday.

Tillerson told reporters that the Qatari government had "reasonable" views during the crisis.

"I think Qatar has been quite clear in its positions, and I think those have been very reasonable," he said.

Tillerson and the Qatari foreign minister also announced that the US and Qatar made an agreement on combating "terrorism" and its financing during the visit.

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said the memorandum of understanding was not related to the current dispute.

But Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) called the agreement "insufficient" and the result of "repeated calls" from the Saudi-led group over the past few years.
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US Killed Many Civilians in Mosul – They Need to Be Protected in Raqqa
TEHRAN (FNA)- A new report from human rights group Amnesty International is harshly critical of the tactics used by the United States to bomb the once ISIL-held city of Mosul, saying they flagrantly violated International Law and might amount to war crimes.

Amnesty research director Lynn Maalouf has been quick to note that ISIL had unlawfully used human shields, but that this does not lessen the legal obligation of US forces to protect civilians. That position is true from a legal perspective, but appears to stand in contrast to the Pentagon’s statements, which have couched all of the biggest incidents of civilian deaths in their airstrikes as ISIL’s fault. Indeed, the US “Law of War Manual” has struggled with this issue in recent revisions.

Amnesty officials criticized the use of imprecise explosive weapons in the attacks on densely populated parts of Mosul that were known to be full of civilians unable to escape, saying it was inappropriate, and amounted to repeated violations of International Law with respect to targeting civilians. Amnesty also took issue with the drastic under reporting of civilian deaths in Mosul, saying 5,805 were likely killed in just a four month span. While the Pentagon hasn’t offered its own figures for that entire period yet, their figures for the four months are likely to be no more than a couple of hundred.

Since Pentagon officials are naturally dismissive of the reports, it makes sense for the international civil society to step in and ensure that the United States won’t be killing a high number of civilians in its ongoing airstrikes on Raqqa as well.

After all, the US-led coalition has already admitted killing at least 484 civilians in air strikes in Syria and Iraq amid concern over potential war crimes in the battle to drive ISIL out of Raqqa. US Central Command (CentCom) insists it “takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimizes the risk of civilian casualties” but claims, “In some incidents casualties are unavoidable.”

The number of men, women and children killed in the US-led campaign has rocketed since the start of the Raqqa offensive, seeing densely populated residential districts pummeled by air strikes and artillery. Britain is also among the countries claiming it has killed no civilians, despite carrying out hundreds of air strikes in Syria and Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the name given to the military intervention against ISIL.

The United Nations has warned that civilians are “increasingly paying the price” as bombing escalates and terrorists seek bloody retribution. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has condemned ISIL for using civilians as human shields but cautioned: “It is far from clear that the fundamental principles of international law are being properly adhered to by all the various air forces engaged in the fight against ISIL. The same civilians who are suffering indiscriminate shelling and summary executions by ISIL are also falling victim to the escalating air strikes.”

It is time for all states operating air forces in the Syrian war, mainly the US and UK, to distinguish between legitimate military targets and civilians as required under International Law. Lest they forget, just because ISIL holds an area does not mean less care can be taken. Civilians should always be protected, whether they are in areas controlled by ISIL or by any other terrorist group.

Into the argument, when it comes to the ongoing battle in the densely-populated city of Raqqa, the US and its allies should choose protection over annihilation. There are good reasons for this. The first is legal. International Law requires parties to a conflict to take all feasible precautions to protect civilians, and the use of intense air strikes in populated areas may be deemed illegal.
Second, the US and its allies have a strategic interest in making every effort to spare civilians. If the costs of defeating ISIL are high civilian deaths and destruction, civilians may be unwilling to recognize the legitimacy of the post-ISIL order. And the seeds of cyclical violence, retribution and the rebirth of ISIL, or something even worse, will be sown. The bottom line is that ISIL wants civilian deaths. The US and its partners should know better and not give that to them if their real obejctive is war on ISIL.

Lastly, there is no longer any public accountability. On May 26, the Pentagon regime confirmed that it will no longer acknowledge when its aircraft are responsible for civilian casualty incidents in Syria; rather they will be hidden under the umbrella of the “coalition.” The United States military has been responsible for 95 percent of airstrikes in Syria and 68 percent in Iraq. Centcom should own up to its own war crimes rather than dispersing responsibility.
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