CrossTalk Bullhorns: War Drums

Is the US-led coup against the legitimate government in Venezuela faltering? Also, as Russia, Turkey, and Iran search for peace in Syria, Washington beats the drums of war against Iran. And much more on this edition of CrossTalk.

CrossTalking with Xavier Moreau, Dmitry Babich, and Alexander Mercouris.

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US, Asian military forces hold annual ‘Cobra Gold’ exercise

The US and Thailand hold the annual joint ‘Cobra Gold’, the largest US-led military exercises in Asia involving gruelling drills in the Thai jungle, war games, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise. This year’s 11-day exercise is the 38th edition which sees 4500 U.S. personnel participate directly in the exercise.

US-led coalition bombs ‘ex-mosque’ in Syria killing civilians, Damascus demands action from UN

Syria is demanding action from the United Nations Security Council. Damascus accuses the US-led coalition of killing 16 civilians and injuring dozens, in a bombing raid over the border with Iraq.

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Chaos & misery: ‘Mosul regeneration stalled due to lack of support’

Tom Peyre-Costa – Media Coordinator for NRC Iraq to RT

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What was once Iraq’s second-largest city and home to millions was reduced to ash in July 2017, when the US-led coalition dropped bombs and recaptured it from IS. More than 10,000 civilians are estimated to have been killed in the battle.

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Suicide attack targeting US-led coalition in Syria kills 15

A suicide attack targeting US-led coalition forces in the flashpoint northern Syrian city of Manbij killed a US serviceman and 14 other people, a monitor said.

Syria’s Kurds want foreign jihadists to be repatriated

Kurdish forces who have been fighting IS in Syria with backing from the US-led coalition say they hold around 900 of the organisation’s foreign jihadists from 44 countries. But say they will not try them and have urged their home countries to repatriate them.

US-led airstrikes targeting ISIS kill dozens of civillians in Syria, Damascus calls for UN probe

The Pentagon has defended its airstrike on a mosque in Syria last Friday – saying it was targeting Islamic State militants inside.

Reports say dozens of civilians were killed in the attack in Deir ez-Zor province. The Syrian Foreign Ministry is now calling for international organisations to step-in over the US-led coalition’s ongoing campaign.

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Macron counters Trump’s Iran stance at the UN

French President Emmanuel Macron calls for “dialogue and multilateralism” on Iran, in a thinly veiled response to President Donald Trump’s push for tough, US-led sanctions. Trump has withdrawn from the seven-nation agreement negotiated under his successor Barack Obama, calling it a “disaster” and instead ramping up pressure on Iran including through renewed sanctions.

Afghan conflict could be deadlier than Syria in 2018: analyst

The Afghan conflict could overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world, analysts say, as violence surges 17 years after the US-led invasion.