Graph of the day

Written By: - Date published: 9:37 am, November 23rd, 2015 - 13 comments
Categories: iraq, Syria, us politics, war - Tags: , ,

Via The Economist: The Iraq war started in March 2003


13 comments on “Graph of the day”

  1. Draco T Bastard 1

    Does that graph include US drone strikes?

  2. Draco T Bastard 2

    Turkey could cut off Islamic State’s supply lines. So why doesn’t it?

    How could Isis be eliminated? In the region, everyone knows. All it would really take would be to unleash the largely Kurdish forces of the YPG (Democratic Union party) in Syria, and PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ party) guerillas in Iraq and Turkey. These are, currently, the main forces actually fighting Isis on the ground. They have proved extraordinarily militarily effective and oppose every aspect of Isis’s reactionary ideology.

    But instead, YPG-controlled territory in Syria finds itself placed under a total embargo by Turkey, and PKK forces are under continual bombardment by the Turkish air force. Not only has Erdoğan done almost everything he can to cripple the forces actually fighting Isis; there is considerable evidence that his government has been at least tacitly aiding Isis itself.

    Apparently, some terrorists are ok.

  3. weka 3

    What countries are ‘rest of world?

    • Grindlebottom 3.1

      I took it to mean all other countries in the world in which deaths have been attributed by the authorities to “terrorists”, outside of those countries specifically listed and those which would ordinarily be regarded as “Western countries”, weka.

      The article itself notes that “…terrorism is spreading. 67 countries saw at least one death last year compared with 59 the year before.

      This lists 2015 terrorist incidents up to 22 Nov. Interesting to note how many have happened since the 13 Nov Paris attack.,_2015

      • weka 3.1.1

        I took it to be not the West, not Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan or Syria, and not Nigeria. But it’s a high number so I’m assuming that some countries are getting a fair whack of them. Curious that they didn’t specify them.

  4. Sabine 4

    and with friends like these we might not have to worry about ‘terrorism’

    Quote: Adam Coogle, a Middle East researcher for Human Rights Watch, said Fayadh’s death sentence showed Saudi Arabia’s “complete intolerance of anyone who may not share government-mandated religious, political and social views”.

    “The trial records in this case indicate clear due process violations, including charges that do not resemble recognisable crimes and lack of access to legal assistance,” he said.

    “This case is yet another black mark on Saudi Arabia’s dismal human rights record in 2015, which includes the public flogging of liberal blogger Raif Badawi in January and a death sentence for Ali al-Nimr, a Saudi man accused of protest-related activities allegedly committed before he was 18 years old.

    “If Saudi Arabia wishes to improve its human rights record it must release Fayadh and overhaul its justice system to prevent all prosecutions solely for peaceful speech – especially those that result in beheading.”

  5. ianmac 5

    I always made a point of looking and admiring the online Herald cartoon. But none seem to have been published since the 19th. Hope it is not because they often poked fun at Government?

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