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Mar 01 22:43

Fifty Years of Imperial Wars: Global Neoliberalism and America’s Drive for World Domination

Over the past 50 years the US and European powers have engaged in countless imperial wars throughout the world. The drive for world supremacy has been clothed in the rhetoric of “world leadership”, the consequences have been devastating for the peoples targeted. The biggest, longest and most numerous wars have been carried out by the United States. Presidents from both parties direct and preside over this quest for world power. The ideology which informs imperialism varies from “anti-communism” in the past to “anti-terrorism”today.

Mar 01 20:15

1,103 people killed in Iraq violence in February: UN

Mar 01 17:05

Iraq PM: Offensive to Retake Tikrit Under Way

Mar 01 13:54

ISIS 101: What’s really terrifying about this threat

The truly terrifying aspect of ISIS and other forces fighting with it in Syria is that the United States and Israel have approved and supported such wanton destruction in so beautiful and formerly-peaceful a place as Syria. Millions of lives destroyed and countless historic places damaged as though they were all nothing more than a few pieces moved on a geopolitical chessboard. I think it fair to describe that as the work of psychopaths.

Mar 01 05:26

UN Says 1,100 people killed in Iraq in February

In a statement released on Sunday, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said 611 civilians were among 1,103 people killed last month. The rest were members of the security forces.

UNAMI said at least 2,280 people were wounded, including 1,353 civilians. January's death toll was at least 1,375. Some 790 of those were civilians.

It said the most violent city was the capital Baghdad, with 329 civilians killed and 875 wounded.

The UN numbers do not include the third of the country held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (*ISIL) group.

Feb 28 08:35

Pentagon walks back plans for spring offensive against ISIS stronghold Mosul

Facing criticism, the Pentagon announced it has pushed back plans by Iraqis to mount a major attack to regain Mosul from the Islamic State. The Pentagon now says the assault might occur in the fall, but even that date is tenuous.

Feb 27 07:06

Russia outraged over ISIL distribution of stolen UN humanitarian aid

Russia is outraged over the reports claiming that the Islamic State distributes humanitarian aid stolen from the United Nations with the terrorist group’s logotypes, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told a meeting of the world organisation’s Security Council on Thursday.

"We deeply resent the reports that the Islamic State actually steals relief aid from the UN agents and then distributes it with their own logotypes," Safronkov said. "We quite understand that all legal means for supplying the civilians, who are under the terrorists’ control, with humanitarian aid should be applied but under the condition of ensuring relevant guarantees so that such incidents would never happen again."

Feb 26 21:24

Shadow of Truth – End of the War Dollar

Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi are prime examples of what happens if you decide exchanging your oil for something other than US dollars is a good idea.

Feb 26 18:37

U.S. deserter needs Iraq war crimes evidence to be refugee: A U.S. soldier who deserted because he thought the Iraq war was illegal could have grounds for seeking asylum in Germany but only if he can show he would have been involved in war crimes.

A U.S. soldier who deserted because he thought the Iraq war was illegal could have grounds for seeking asylum in Germany but only if he can show he would have been involved in war crimes, Europe's highest court said on Thursday.

Feb 26 18:22

Paul Craig Roberts: The Threat Posed to International Relations By The Neoconservative Ideology of American Hegemony

While the neoconservatives were preoccupied for a decade with their wars in the Middle East, creating a US Africa Command, organizing color revolutions, exiting disarmament treaties, surrounding Russia with military bases, and “pivoting to Asia” to surround China with new air and naval bases, Vladimir Putin led Russia back to economic and military competence and successfully asserted an independent Russian foreign policy.

When Russian diplomacy blocked Washington’s planned invasion of Syria and Washington’s planned bombing of Iran, the neoconservatives realized that they had failed the “first objective” of the Wolfowitz Doctrine and had allowed “the re-emergence of a new rival . . . on the territory of the former Soviet Union” with the power to block unilateral action by Washington.

The attack on Russia began.

Feb 26 13:55

Truth in Media: Origin of ISIS

Ben Swann explores the origin of ISIS that has already been long forgotten by American media. Swann takes on the central issue of whether or not ISIS was created by "inaction" by the United States government or by "direct" action.

Feb 26 09:54

Kerry warns Congress about Netanyahu’s Iran speech, says Bibi pushed US to attack Iraq

Netanyahu is set to use his next week’s address to a joint session of Congress to condemn a potential nuclear agreement with Iran.

During a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on Wednesday, Kerry warned Congress about the controversial speech.

“The prime minister, as you will recall, was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush, and we all know what happened with that decision,” Kerry said.

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Feb 26 09:49

Kerry Reminds Congress Netanyahu Lobbied for Iraq War

Speaking to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded Congress that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was an advocate of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Feb 26 07:38

Jeb Bush Wouldn't Hesitate to Start 'Third Bush War'

In response to a question, the former Florida governor said his family ties would not prohibit him from engaging in armed conflict in the Middle East.

(*The way this family assumes ownership of the nation , it sounds to me like when it commences , it will be known as Bush War III rather than WWIII , and family ties will have everything to do with it . )

Feb 25 17:55

THE GRAND ILLUSION

The truth is that the risk of an American being killed by terrorism is close to zero, having been calculated at 1:20,000,000

Feb 25 12:18

US, coalition forces air strike targeted school in the town of Al-Garma north of Fallujah 24-2-2015

US, coalition forces air strike targeted school in the town of Al-Garma north of Fallujah 24-2-2015

Feb 25 09:59

French planes on Gulf-based carrier make first strikes

French Rafale warplanes from the carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Gulf on Wednesday carried out their first bombing sortie since joining the fight against jihadists in Iraq this week.

Feb 25 09:07

Ukraine Lies Are Iraq Lies All over Again

This is Iraq all over again. I'm talking about the deception of the American people about a threat that may not even exist. Iraq had its "weapons of mass destruction." Ukraine has its alleged "invasion" by Russia and threat to the rest of Eastern Europe. I busted this myth in my book Ukraine in the Crosshairs. What I found in my research is that those trying to convince us of Putin's dastardly role are lying.

In all honesty I don't know whether or not Russia has played the role it's been accused of. But I did find that those who are trying to convince us of that rely upon fabrications. I've got evidence of that.

Feb 25 09:05

New video shows US Chinook helicopter dropping 2 boxes of weapons for ISIL militants

Feb 25 08:00

Nobody Puts Nouri in the Corner

Kicked to the curb by the United States, the former Iraqi prime minister is quietly plotting a return to power. And it won’t be pretty.

Feb 25 06:01

ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul

While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show. They were horrified to see ISIS members burn the Mosul public library. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned.

Feb 24 09:18

Reported plan to ‘invade’ Iraq last year rocks Australian politics

Over the past year, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made a number of international headlines for his unique brand of Aussie conservatism. In just a few months, he threatened to body slam Vladimir Putin, announced plans to knight Queen Elizabeth's husband and was repeatedly accused of sexism.

Yet a story published Friday in the Australian newspaper claimed to show that Abbott had taken his macho behavior into the realm of geopolitical absurdity – by suggesting a unilateral Australian "invasion" of Iraq.

Feb 24 08:44

Iraqi Army Downs Two British Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL Terrorists

Iraq’s army has shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIL terrorists in Al-Anbar province, a senior lawmaker disclosed on Monday.

“The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL,” Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard.

The senior Iraqi legislator further unveiled that the government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from people and security forces in al-Anbar province on numerous flights by the US-led coalition planes that airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas.

Feb 24 08:24

Israeli and European weapons belonging to ISIS seized east of Ramadi

Anbar Provincial Council announced on Saturday, that the security forces and tribal fighters have seized Israeli and European weapons belonging to the ISIS group east of Ramadi, calling for the liberation of the Ramadi-Hit road to secure the humanitarian aid arriving in Baghdadi area.

A member of the council Khalaf Tarmoz stated in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “The security forces and the tribal fighters managed, in a security operation in Bo-Ghanem area, to seize a number of Israeli weapons and European arms belonging to the ISIS organization,” pointing out that, ” The weapons arrived through international intelligence.”

Feb 24 07:42

Abbott says 'there was talk' of sending Australian troops into Ukraine

Tony Abbott has denied ever discussing unilaterally sending in troops to Iraq but says he did consider putting troops on the ground in Ukraine.

Feb 24 07:23

New Zealand soldiers to train Iraqi troops

New Zealand will send its military instructors to help train Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State, Prime Minister John Key has announced. The deployed troops are not meant to engage in combat.

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Feb 23 23:06

US Plans to Separate Kurdistan from Iraq

According to the Pentagon, it will take three years to implement the plans. Somebody else will have to accomplish the mission as Obama is leaving in 2016. Before his tenure is over he can lay a mine under the Iraq’s statehood. That’s what his Iraqi Kurdistan policy is aimed at.

Feb 23 17:53

The Rise of the Mercenary World Order - Max Keiser Reports

After the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan quickly turned into quagmires, the politicians and generals realized they had a problem. They had neither the logistical, nor the combative manpower to properly fight these wars. They were left with three courses of action: withdraw their forces from the conflict, institute a draft, or hire mercenaries to fill the gap. They chose the latter of the three.

Feb 23 11:38

Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL

"The Iraqi Parliament's National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL," Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard.

Feb 23 11:18

The Destabilization Doctrine: ISIS, Proxies and Patsies

Israel has essentially used the United States as a cat’s paw in the Middle East, manipulating America’s Leviathan military to smash up her enemies.

Feb 23 11:05

The Destabilization Doctrine: ISIS, Proxies and Patsies

Israel has essentially used the United States as a cat’s paw in the Middle East, manipulating America’s Leviathan military to smash up her enemies.

In the past week we have witnessed a number of expedient events that were designed to legitimize the West’s imperialist foreign policies in the minds of the masses.

Feb 23 10:58

Greece — Syriza – Subservience to Neoliberalism – The Killing Plague that Knows No Mercy?

Greece’s debt today stands at 175 % of her economic output. The best – and only decent and socially as well as economically viable option – is exiting the Eurozone by her own decision.

Greece has various options/

Tsipras-Varoufakis must know them. Perhaps they keep them hidden away until “the last ditch” moment. To begin with, they could have imposed and still can impose strict capital transfer controls, to avoid the outflow of precious capital from Greek oligarchs, capital that eventually is missing for rebuilding Greece’s economy and would need to be replaced by new debt. Although, this is basically against EU’s rule of free transfer of capital, Greece as a sovereign country, can roll back its EU vassal status, take back its sovereignty and do what every reasonable central bank would do in Greece’s situation – impose capital transfer restrictions. After all, the Euro is also – and still is – Greece’s currency.

Feb 23 09:58

US outlines plan to retake Mosul

A US military official, who outlined plans to retake the vital Iraq city of Mosul from Islamic State terrorists as early as April, has drawn sharp criticism that the Pentagon was revealing too much information to the enemy.
A senior US Central Command official said the ‘shaping’ for the battle is currently underway, and the Iraqi military hopes to begin operations in the ‘April, May time frame,’ according to American media reports. The goal is to retake the city before Ramadan begins on June 17.

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Why was the info made so public, so far ahead of the military campaign, and was reported in such detail?!?

This just does not make any military sense whatsoever.

Feb 23 09:46

Another Airdrop for ISIS

A security source in Diyala province said that ISIS terrorists have executed a citizen while trying to videotape an unidentified helicopter landing in one of the northern agricultural villages of Muqdadiyah through ISIS control over these areas in the past periods.

The source told “Shafaq News", that "We have received reliable information from residents of one of the farming villages that ISIS organization has arrested one of the citizens during filming the landing of an aircraft of the International Alliance with his mobile telephone, adding that one of the elements of the organization was able to detect the person who was hiding behind a one of the houses in farming village and took him to the leaders of the organization before he completed filming “.

The source asserts that ISIS elements beaten and left him clinically dead for several days before being executed, indicating that the plane landed in the village for 15 to 20 minutes and flew again, according to eyewitnesses.

Feb 23 08:37

Iraqi minister criticizes US over revealing Mosul assault details

Iraq's defense minister criticizes the US for revealing a time-frame for a looming offensive to recapture Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul from the ISIL Takfiri militants.

Mosul, a city of over a million people in northern Iraq, about 400km north of Baghdad, was captured by the extremist group in June.

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Actually, Mosul was taken back by the people of Iraq, who do not care for their US puppet rulers in Baghdad any more than anyone else in any of the conquered lands, but the only way the US could sell a third invasion of Iraq to you was to create a new super-terrorist group called ISIS, and then apply that label to anyone who does not wish to continue living as a slave to the private central banks!

Feb 23 07:56

France deploys aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf in fight against 'IS'

France has bolstered its contribution to the fight against "Islamic State." Its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will now operate from the Persian Gulf, allowing more combat jets to fight alongside the US-coalition.

Feb 22 15:18

Barb Weir interviews moderate Syrian rebels

You must be joking. Since when are Syrian rebels from Syria? They come from Afar, Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Australia, Azabaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Britain, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chechnya, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, France…

…but Syria? Please, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Syrian Syrian rebel. And there weren’t that many to start with.

Well, ISIL, ISIS, the Islamic state – whatever you want to call it – they’re paying even better and getting their money from the same places as us

Feb 22 09:01

ISIL is Secret American Army in Middle East – US Historian

US historian Webster Tarpley says that the United States created the Islamic State and uses jihadists as its secret army to destabilize the Middle East.

Feb 22 08:34

Melanie Phillips gets her Zionist arse kicked on Question Time.

Feb 22 07:32

New ISIS video shows Kurdish fighters being 'paraded in cages' in Iraq, interviewed

In yet another propaganda video released by the Islamic State, 21 hostages confined in cages are shown being paraded through Iraqi streets, and then being interviewed before being apparently killed.

Feb 22 07:32

Evil Assad, Evil Gaddafi, Now Evil Putin: How the West Sells War (and Makes a Killing)

Distraction politics and the economic variables in Ukraine and the parallels with Syria, Libya and Iraq.

Feb 21 15:54

How to defeat violent Islamic fundamentalism

Alan Hart says Western foreign policy and repressive Arab and Muslim regimes are at the core of violent Islamic fundamentalism, and that Western leaders could change both, but they will not.

Feb 21 15:04

At War With Those “Who Have Perverted Islam”

The latest ISIL political ally to surface is Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, and an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.

During a speech at this week’s White House conference on countering violent extremism,President Obama described the enemy that calls itself ISIL:

“We are not at war with Islam; we are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

That statement is sensible and it is clear. It represents the President’s careful separation of ISIL (initially self-designated as the Islamic State in the Levant) from the world’s Muslim population.

ISIL is not remotely representative of Islam. It steals its language the way extremists out of Jewish and Christian backgrounds pervert those religious communities.

Feb 21 14:57

How, to contain and defeat perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism

American foreign policy and authoritarian Muslim regimes, cause/provoke Muslim hurt, humiliation, anger and the despair of no hope.

If perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism (PVIF) in all of its manifestations is to be contained and defeated there’s one thing above all others that must happen – Western leaders, starting with President Obama, must open their minds to the fact that consequences have causes and then address the causes.

There are two main and related causes of PVIF (Perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism):

(1) American-led Western foreign policy for the Arab and wider Muslim world including its double standard as demonstrated by refusal to call and hold Israel to account for its defiance of international law and rejection of the Palestinian claim for justice.

(2) The corruption, authoritarianism and repression of most if not all Arab and other Muslim regimes. In most cases they are regimes supported/endorsed by American-led Western foreign policy.

Feb 21 03:53

Obama’s “Fake War” against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Islamic State is Protected by the US and its Allies

The Islamic State is not only protected by the US and its allies, it is trained and financed by US-NATO, with the support of Israel and Washington’s Persian Gulf allies.

Feb 20 13:36

US Ground Troops Likely to Join Iraq’s Attack on Mosul

Despite official denials, the US war on ISIS has been careening toward another ground war in both Iraq and Syria. The latest reports suggest the ground component of this war could be very soon to beginning.

Feb 20 09:23

Element Of Surpwhat? Pentagon Reveals Details Of Iraq Military Offensive Involving Up To 25,000 Troops

First, the US openly allows potential Jihadist elements (don't worry, the answered "moderate" on the questionnaire) to call in B-1B strikes, and now in all its Sun Tzu-esque brilliance, the Pentagon is handing out not only issuing press releases on its military invasion calendar, but its troops deployment numbers as well.

According to Reuters, the United States sees an Iraqi military offensive involving 20,000-25,000 troops to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in April-May, a U.N. military official said on Thursday.

Feb 19 22:39

CNN Insists ISIS Lures Women… With Nutella & Kittens.

I wanted to actually add some info here from this story but just... look at that headline. HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA SERIOUSLY??? Why are people still watching this utter b.s.?

Feb 19 16:48

When It Comes to ISIS, Obama Is Utterly Clueless

The most savage group of Islamic terrorists that any of us have ever seen has taken over large portions of Iraq, Syria and Libya. As they go along, they are gleefully beheading, crucifying and torching innocent civilians. They believe that they are living in the end times, and that they are part of a great Islamic army that will defeat “the forces of Rome” and bring about a glorious new age during which Islam rules the entire planet. But Barack Obama and his minions absolutely refuse to use the words “Islam” or “Muslim” when discussing ISIS. Instead, as you will see below, the Obama administration insists that the reason that ISIS exists is because of a lack of “job opportunities” in that area of the world. If we could just find enough good jobs for the terrorists, apparently the entire problem of Islamic terror would just fade away according to them. This kind of twisted politically correct thinking is going to be one of the things that leads to the downfall of this country.

Feb 19 11:45

RT HD In the NOW - Tony Blair Buttwipe

Feb 19 08:41

Obama’s “Fake War” against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Islamic State is Protected by the US and its Allies

Since August 2014, the US Air Force with the support of a coalition of 19 countries has relentlessly waged an intensified air campaign against Syria and Iraq allegedly targeting the Islamic State brigades.

According to Defense News, over 16,000 airstrikes were carried out from August 2014 to mid January 2015. Sixty percent of the air strikes were conducted by the US Air Force using advanced jet fighter and bombing capabilities (Aaron Mehta, “A-10 Performing 11 Percent of Anti-ISIS Sorties”. Defense News, January 19, 2015.)

The airstrikes have been casually described by the media as part of a “soft” counter-terrorism operation, rather than an act of all out war directed against Syria and Iraq.

Feb 18 11:47

Obama Destroyed Libya

Bush committed this error in Iraq. Obama made it in Libya. And now he's doing it again in Syria.What he did to Libya is as bad as what Bush did to Iraq and Afghanistan. He doesn’t deserve a historical pass.

When Obama took office in 2009, Libya was under the clutches of longtime dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. But things were looking up.

Bush and Gaddafi had cut a deal to lift Western trade sanctions in exchange for Libya acknowledging and paying restitution for its role in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. In a rare triumph for Bush, Libya also agreed to give up its nuclear weapons research program. Libyan and Western analysts anticipated that Gaddafi’s dictatorship would be forced to accept liberal reforms, perhaps even free elections and rival political parties, in order to attract Western investment.

Feb 18 10:25

American current bi-party system is bankrupt

It was Thucydides who warned us about slick tongued orators when he criticized the weakness and dangers of Democracy!

Obama and his administration have done, or achieved, none of the things which they claim to have done in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Palestine or at home in the U.S.

Many of the problems may have been inherited from the policies and tactics of the bent, crooked, broken and hijacked eight-year Administration of George Bush, but nothing has really changed. In fact, his pursuit of these very same methods and tactics as “resolutions” to these problems seems to have simply added more fuel to these disastrous fires.

Watch President Obama assist U.S. media propagandists on Russia, President Putin and Ukraine here:

Feb 17 20:56

Wesley Clark: "Our friends and allies funded ISIS to destroy Hezbollah"

Feb 17 07:13

Pentagon Deploys Boots On The Ground For ISIS War

Feb 17 06:31

Putin Wins a Second Match

Has Russia’s Vladimir Putin pulled Barack Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire for a second time?

Will the shaky cease-fire in Ukraine that began this weekend hold up and end a conflict that was threatening a nuclear war between the United States and Russia?

The answer to the first question is yes. Remember back in 2013 when the Obama White House was threatening to attack Syria over allegations it was using poison gas?As it turned out, the UN found it was the US-backed Syrian rebels who were likely to have used chemical weapons rather than the Damascus regime.

Noble Peace Prize Winner Obama and his lady strategists almost got the US into a war in Syria that could have led to direct clashes with Russia, which was backing the Damascus government.Along came that unlikely man of peace, Russia’s Vlad Putin, who charted a diplomatic course out of the Syria mess for the bumbling White House which had talked itself into corner.

Feb 17 06:26

Hailed as a Model for Successful Intervention, Libya Proves to be the Exact Opposite

Once Gadaffi was brutally killed by a mob, advocates of intervention threw a giddy party for themselves, celebrating their own rightness and righteousness and declaring Libya a model for future western interventions. Upon Gadaffi’s fleeing, The New York Times, which editorially supported the war, published a front-page article declaring: “U.S. Tactics in Libya May be a Model for Other Efforts.”

Leading war advocates such as Anne-Marie Slaughter and Nick Kristof celebrated themselves as humanitarian visionaries and chided war opponents for being blinkered and overly cynical about the virtues of American force. British and French leaders descended upon Libya to strut around like some sort of conquering heroes, while American and Canadian officials held pompous war victory ceremonies. Hillary Clinton was downright sociopathic, gloating and cackling in an interview when told about Gadaffi’s death by mob: “We came, we saw, he died.”

Feb 17 06:20

Netanyahu Uses US Congress as Prop

By addressing the U.S. Congress for a third time, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will again demonstrate his mastery of the American political process, using the backdrop of repeated standing ovations to keep Israelis from thinking too much about economic troubles.

The speech itself enables Netanyahu to show the U.S. Congress again eating out of his hand, reassuring his voters that he has everything under control as far as U.S. politics are concerned, notwithstanding any unpleasantness with the current U.S. president.

Feb 17 00:09

C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons

These munitions were remnants of an Iraqi special weapons program that was abandoned long before the 2003 invasion, and they turned up sporadically during the American occupation in buried caches, as part of improvised bombs or on black markets.

Feb 16 07:27

US ‘eyeing new air base’ in Iraq amid talk of major offensive on ISIS

Washington is working to install a new air base in Iraq’s Kurdistan to be used in a campaign against Islamic State (ISIS), media report. This comes as the White House’s special envoy on ISIS speaks of a ground operation in Iraq against the militants.

This time an American stronghold in the region will be deployed in Erbil, the capital of semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq that is expected to be used as a logistics hub to supply primarily munitions for warplanes of the US-led coalition against ISIS militants.

“The base is close to Erbil, the capital of the regional government…The warplanes will do surveillance, but the warplanes which will bomb ISIL targets will not take off from here,” Helgurt Hikmet, spokesperson for the Ministry of Peshmerga (Kurdish self-defense forces) said, as cited by Anadolu Agency.

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No matter what Obama has promised, we will see troops on the ground in Iraq, and most probably, Syria; the "good reason" will be to "conquer Isis" the real reasons will be to re-control Iraq, and create regime change in Syria.

We already have 4,000 additional ground troops about to begin staging in Kuwait.

As Congress mulls America's war with the Islamic State terror group, more than 4,000 Fort Carson soldiers prepared Thursday to leave for Kuwait, where they will take over as America's largest ground force in the troubled region.The 3rd Brigade Combat Team bid farewell to the post in a ceremony and soon will serve as U.S. Central Command's Reserve force in the Middle East - the first soldiers into battle if a major combat force is used to battle Islamic State fighters.

You cannot bring people 'in country' and expect them to "wait" before deployment. They must be utilized, and quickly.

And BTW, does anyone, except me, remember the cleric Muqtata Al Sadr, who demanded that the US honor their SOFA with the Iraqi government, or our troops would come under attack?!?

This guy is still alive and kicking.

I shudder to think about what he and the Mahdi Army will be willing to do, if he sees that US troops are back, on the ground, in Iraq.

Feb 15 20:54

Chapel Hill Shooting and the ‘New Atheist’ Neocons

Beware the neocon ‘New Atheists.’ A terrible crime has happened in North Carolina – three young Muslim university students were shot dead ‘execution-style’ in their Chapel Hill apartment on Tuesday.

Police have arrested and charged 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks with the brutal murders, a man known for posting anti-religion comments online and whose Facebook page is riddled with pictures of and quotes from his ‘New Atheist’ heroes Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher.

The cops are conveniently saying that the Muslim students were not targeted because of their faith, but rather a “parking dispute.” How bizarre.

“It was execution style, a bullet in every head,” the father of the two deceased girls told the media, insisting that “this was not a dispute over a parking space, this was a hate crime.”

Feb 15 13:59

Why We Need the International Criminal Court

Since law is one of the foundations of civilization, shouldn't we make sure that no one stands above it.

The adage that no one should be above the law is of particular importance here. The problem is that there are innumerable cases where some individual or group holds sufficient political power to defy the rule of law.

This issue has not yet been fully confronted because, until very recently, no one has actually brought the crimes of individuals representing large and powerful states, or their allies, to the attention of the Court.

How do you arrest the indicted person if he is Henry Kissinger, George W. Bush or any number of Israeli military and civilian leaders, all of whom may well warrant the Court’s attention.

However, this is about to change due to the decision of the Palestinian National Authority to join the ICC. This has resulted in an ICC preliminary investigation of Israeli war crimes during the 2014 invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Feb 15 12:06

Saturday Humor: Hitler Learns Of Brian Williams’ Downfall

“He’s a goddamn moron! You think keeping track of whether you were shot down in a freakin’ helicopter is like forgetting where you put your keys?

That’s like confusing whether or not you were mauled by a tiger!…

it’s like being unsure if you had a threesome with Sofia Vergara and Kate Upton…”

Feb 15 10:00

The Spies Who Fooled the World – The WMD Lies That Took Us to War in Iraq

On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the Iraq War, Panorama reveals how key aspects of the secret intelligence used to justify the invasion were based on fabrication and lies. The CIA and M16 knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. We went to war in Iraq on a lie.

Feb 15 08:52

Good Morning America, Bibi is Coming to Town

“Do not seek the treasure. Its an ambush.”
The Israeli Prime Minister will be greeted by cheers and applause from those members of Congress who will be in attendance. Some members will not attend. How many will skip the event could depend on voters who demand their absence.

In attendance, assuming the Prime Minister actually goes through with what has become a highly controversial and increasingly unpopular speech.

Even strong pro-Israel outlets like Fox News, and Liberal Zionist media outlets like MSNBC, are urging Netanyahu to cancel his March 3 moment in the world media spotlight.

The decision by members of Congress to attend, or not to attend, Netanyahu’s speech March 3 is a test of loyalty for members, to their elected president or to the Sheldon Adelson-controlled prime minister of Israel.That is a political decision.It is also a personal moral decision.

Feb 14 13:26

Former Israeli Soldier Eran Efrati Lashes Out About The Occupation

Former IDF soldier Eran Efrati interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and Abby Martin of Russia Today.

Conversation with Eran Efrati, a former Israeli combat soldier turned anti-occupation activist. He recently interviewed several Israeli soldiers who participated in the Shejaiya massacre in Gaza.

Later this month, Efrati will testify at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels.

This is a shocking interview that everyone should see!

Feb 14 09:49

Escalation: US Sending Over 4,000 Ground Troops to Kuwait

President Obama hasn’t gotten approval for his “intentionally vague” Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS, but the Pentagon is already scrambling to escalate its military presence in the region in preparation of the ground war it would start.

Over 4,000 ground combat troops from Fort Carson’s 3rd Brigade are being sent to Kuwait under this new deployment, where they will make up the region’s largest collection of US ground troops, which will include heavy armored vehicles.

Even as President Obama continues to deny plans for a ground war, it’s not a secret what the troops are being sent to Kuwait for, and officials say they’re prepared for “any contingency,” which in this context means a fight with ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Obama does not get the Congressional Authorization for a use of force, he will do what he wants with one, or several Executive Orders.

It is a fascinating component to his personality, as a former lecturer on Constitutional Law, to see that he believes, as President, he is absolutely and utterly above the law.

Extrajudicial assassinations in foreign countries? No problem! The sending of forces to the Middle East to project US military power and ultimately engage in ground combat without Congressional approval?!? No problem! To surveille everything everyone says or writes in a blog to determine if they are a "threat potential"? No problem!!

He just did the last one yesterday, via Executive Order.

As reported yesterday in zerohedge.com:

Here come the "information sharing and analysis organizations", or ISAOs. * * * In the aftermath of the Snowden whistleblowing scandal which has now all but been forgotten, there was a brief period when it seemed the growth of the US spying apparatus would be halted if not put into reverse. Those days are long forgotten and later today Obama is expected to to sign an executive order "that aims to make it easier for the government to share classified cyberthreat information with companies." The spin, as proposed by the WSJ, is that "this will be effort designed to spur collaboration and deter hackers, the White House said." In reality what Obama's latest executive order will do, is expand the universe of entities that has access to the trove of private confidential data contained in the vast government spying apparatus, which as has been made all too clear now focuses as much on US citizens as it does on legitimate foreign threats, and further eviscerate the concept of individual privacy in the US. From Reuters: The order sets the stage for new private-sector led "information sharing and analysis organizations" (ISAOs) - hubs where companies share cyber threat data with each other and with the Department of Homeland Security

Feb 14 08:41

Just Say ‘No’ to the AUMF! It’s a blank check for endless war

ISIL has yet to reach Baghdad – so why posit they’re on their way to Baltimore?

Like everything this administration does, President Obama’s proposed draft for the authorization of military force (AUMF) is a purely political document, starting with its conception.

he President is paving the way for his successor, who he hopes will be one Hillary Rodham Clinton, and whose foreign policy principles are a bit more openly hawkish than his own. Before she assumes office, he wants Congress’s signature on a blank check for whatever price she is willing to pay for continued US hegemony in the Middle East – while still paying lip service to the idea of a “limited” war.This is something the smarter breed of criminals do all the time: prepare an alibi in advance and spread the responsibility far and wide. I

Feb 14 07:34

US ‘eyeing new air base’ in Iraq amid talk of major offensive on ISIS

Washington is working to install a new air base in Iraq’s Kurdistan to be used in a campaign against Islamic State (ISIS), media report. This comes as the White House’s special envoy on ISIS speaks of a ground operation in Iraq against the militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The third invasion of Iraq is underway!

Feb 13 15:19

Islamic State militants launch attack on U.S. air base in Iraq

Islamic State militants clad in Iraqi fighter uniforms and suicide vests launched a sophisticated attack Friday on the second-largest U.S. air base in Iraq, creating havoc at the site of a U.S.-led training operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How do you know it isn't the Iraqis trying to kick the US out of their country?

Feb 13 14:01

Flashback: “ISIL completely fabricated enemy by USA”, former CIA contractor

“This is a completely fabricated enemy,” he said in a phone interview with Press TV from Anaheim, California on Thursday.

“The funding is completely from the United States and its allies and for people to think that this enemy is something that needs to be attacked in Syria or Iraq is a farce because obviously this is something that we create it, we control and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy,” Kelley added.

Feb 13 13:44

Five Reasons Congress Should Reject Obama's ISIS War

At long last, the Obama administration has submitted a draft resolution to Congress that would authorize the ongoing U.S.-led military intervention against the Islamic State, or ISIS.

The effort comes more than six months after the U.S. began bombing targets in Iraq and Syria. Since then, some 3,000 U.S. troops have been ordered to Iraq, and coalition air forces have carried out over 2,000 bombing runs on both sides of the border.

Better late than never? Maybe not.

Feb 13 12:34

‘We’d be terrorists’: US could destroy ISIS only by turning Iraq, Syria into ‘molten glass’ – Congressman

“As Leader Pelosi often says, ‘Everyone thinks that one more act of violence will end violence for all time, and it never does,’” he said. “In fact, there is no way to win this that is something that we would regard as even acceptable to us on a moral level.”

“Of course we have the ability to go ahead and destroy ISIS – we could turn Iraq and Syria into molten glass. But that’s something that’s beneath us. That’s something that shows that the terrorists would have won, because at that point, we would be them.”

Feb 12 15:59

Obama, what about Israel’s nuclear arsenal?

A Washington-based think-tank, the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) recently painted a different, and more appealing, picture. A “special report” written by its director, Grant F. Smith, focused on a lawsuit that it has filed challenging “US ‘ambiguity’ towards Israel’s nuclear arsenal”.

It is disappointing, if not disturbing, that US President Barack Obama avoided airing any views about the decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict in an hour-long interview about US foreign policy issues with CNN’s much-respected anchorman Fareed Zakaria.

Feb 12 10:01

HOW AMERICA SCREWS UP THE WORLD WITHOUT EVER LETTING ITS PEOPLE KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING

American major news broadcasts and newspapers all have become hybrids of infotainment, leak-planting, suggestion-planting, disinformation, and other manipulative operations

Feb 12 08:49

Rand Paul says that Hillary Clinton deserves a lot of blame for ISIS

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday morning that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deserves a lot of blame for instability in the Middle East and the rising numbers of Islamic State (ISIS) recruits.

Paul said that Clinton’s intervention in Libya and the assassination of Muammar Gaddafi created space for ISIS jihadists to flourish and grow.

Feb 12 08:19

OBAMA AIDE: ISIS WAR POWERS LANGUAGE ‘INTENTIONALLY’ VAGUE

Language in President Obama's proposed authorization for use of military force (AUMF)against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is "intentionally" fuzzy, the White House acknowledged on Wednesday. Press secretary Josh Earnest said some of the language in the bill submitted to Congress on Wednesday was not specifically defined "because we believe it's important that there aren't overly burdensome constraints that are placed on the commander in chief."

Feb 12 05:40

OBAMA’S FORCE AUTHORIZATION IS A BLANK CHECK FOR WAR WORLDWIDE

The president is requesting Congress to pass an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) resolution against ISIS. Congress has not issued a similar resolution since 2002, when President Bush was given the authority to wage war against Iraq. The purpose of this resolution is to give official authority to the president to do the things that he has already been doing for the past six years. Seems strange but this is typical for Washington. President Obama’s claim is that he does not need this authority. He claims, as have all other recent presidents, that the authority to wage war in the Middle East has been granted by the resolutions passed in 2001, 2002, and by article II of the Constitution. To ask for this authority at this time is a response to public and political pressure.

Feb 11 15:43

Obama “Preacher In Chief” at Prayer Breakfast

President Obama has two years remaining in which to make the morally ambiguous decisions a president must make. His 2015 Prayer Breakfast sermon suggests he knows how he wants to handle those decisions.

President Obama has two years remaining in which to make the morally ambiguous decisions a president must make. His 2015 Prayer Breakfast sermon suggests he knows how he wants to handle those decisions.

Feb 11 11:15

Isis war to extend far beyond Iraq and Syria under Obama's proposed plan

Sources say White House plan will bless anti-Isis war for three years and ensure that Obama, like George W Bush, will hand over two wars to his successor.

Several congressional sources familiar with the outlines of the proposal, all of whom expected the White House to formally unveil it on Wednesday, told the Guardian the so-called Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) would bless the anti-Isis war for three years.

Congressional language to retroactively justify the six-month-old US war against Isis will not, they said, scrap the broad 9/11-era authorities against al-Qaida, as some congressional Democrats had proposed, meaning the two war authorizations will coexist.

Asked if the anti-Isis AUMF opens the US to a second worldwide war against a nebulous adversary, one congressional aide answered: “Absolutely.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The 3 year timeline in this authorization is a lousy "gift" with which to burden the coming administration, and seems to bring about the conditions leading to a perpetual state of war, something which appears to be what both parties want, in the names of those military industrial corporations which support, overtly, and covertly, both parties.
The establishment of perpetual war is a lousy principle from which create foreign policy, and really lousy for We the People.

Feb 11 07:28

Imagine the Truth about 9/11 being revealed! It is being reported Putin may release the TRUTH with Evidence that the U.S. government did it. It is About Time!

It is one of those things that could shock people to complete numbness and cause chaos. Our county could be turned totally crazy in protests, but it is all over due as the Truth needs to come out.

If the stories are true, Putin is threatening to release proof that the U.S. government was behind 9/11.

That is no surprise to all of us who have researched it from many years ago.

I sincerely hope Putin releases the 9/11 proof. You have to wonder if he got it from Snowden. If that evidence was part of the information that Snowden got out of the computers and if that information is what really turned Snowden against the U.S. government and what they are and have done?

I personally desire the Truth coming out.

Feb 10 14:46

Pentagon says ISIS killed US hostage Kayla Jean Mueller

The Pentagon says American hostage Kayla Jean Mueller died at the hands of Islamic State and not in a Jordanian airstrike targeting the militant group.

Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby was asked Tuesday if there was any doubt who killed the aid worker.

He replied: "No doubt. ISIL," using the initials the group is known by.

Kirby says U.S. officials still don't know how Mueller died. But he added that officials are certain it was not in one of the airstrikes Jordan launched in retaliation for the killing of one of its pilots.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Get ready for another faked video from SITE!

Feb 10 11:43

Kathy Kelly: The Shift

{Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (info@vcnv.org), is in federal prison for participation in an anti-drone protest.}

"A nation that continues, year after year, to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person oriented society...” – Martin Luther King Jr., “Beyond Vietnam“

A moment can become a movement but in any case it’s worthwhile to do all we can to help each other do easier time.

Feb 10 11:31

Moscow’s Problem: Dealing with Imbeciles and Vassals

European leadership is still a captive of Washington’s clutches. But the disgusted European masses might just be forcing a break in the imbecilic bonds.

Russia is in a dilemma. How can it work through a peaceful settlement over the Ukraine conflict – and avoid a wider, more terrible war – when it is having to communicate with imbeciles and vassals? We are referring to the American and European leaders, respectively.

American politicians attending the Munich Security Conference derided efforts by Germany’s Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to engage Putin in political dialogue over the Ukraine crisis as «bullshit».

To her credit, Angela Merkel has stood firm in her opposition to American calls for increasing military involvement in Ukraine. While in Washington this week, she categorically ruled out supporting the idea of sending more weapons into Ukraine. Merkel’s opposition to US proposals has been denounced by leading Republican Senators...

Feb 09 09:11

2,000 UK troops, RAF spy plane bound for Jordan to combat ISIS

The UK will send 2,000 specialist troops and a spy plane to Jordan to aid its efforts to defeat the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a government source has revealed.

The decision follows criticism from the Commons Defence Select Committee that the UK was not committing sufficient troops or resources to the area.

An initial group of 60 military planners will join a coalition HQ in Jordan, which will be used to co-ordinate support of Kurdish and Iraqi troops, followed by a further 2,000 who will mainly act in a training capacity, the source told the Express.

The UK’s increased involvement follows Jordan’s decision to extend airstrikes from Syria to Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation is escalating exponentially, and I have to wonder: will the RAF be bombing ISIS infrastructure, or that of the Syrian government, in order to "soften Syria up" for a UK/US/Jordanian ground strike in order to achieve regime change here?!?

Only time will tell, but I am seeing a massive increase in military activity in Iraq and beyond.

Feb 09 08:18

John Kerry notes successes against Islamic State, says more time is needed

A U.S.-backed coalition is “on the road” to winning the fight against Islamic State terrorists who reached new heights of barbarism last week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry declared Sunday, a rosy outlook rebutted by Kurdish leaders close to the conflict and Republican critics who say U.S. leadership is sorely lacking in several corners of the globe.

Mr. Kerry said the U.S.-led coalition, working with Arab partners, had taken back wide swaths of territory while eliminating top Islamic State commanders who had menaced a cross-section of Iraq and Syria, leading him to believe they are winning.

“I absolutely do,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I think the evidence is not in my saying it, but it’s in the facts of what is happening.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Secretary, forgive me, but as a rational American citizen who loves her country very much, and is very concerned about it's future course, I am having an industrial-strength palm to forehead moment, at velocity, right now.

Sir, you have offered absolutely no specifics, stating instead, "...it's the facts of what is happening."

Mr. Secretary, this is sound and fury, signifying....absolutely nothing. There are no facts, no specifics, and the Kurds, on the ground fighting ISIS, have a spectacularly, diametrically opposite assessment of what is going on than do you.

Americans deserve more from their leadership; and sir, right now you and this Administration are absolutely not providing it, in terms of facts and figures which can be fact checked.

Your statements about ISIS leave American citizens very skeptical indeed,about if you folks actually have a coordinated plan, thought through to its logical conclusion.

Feb 09 07:41

US-led invasion of Iraq helped create ISIL: Annan

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says the US-led invasion of Iraq was a mistake and helped create the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group.

Feb 09 07:28

Invading Mosul Could Be Excuse for US Ground War in Iraq

US warplanes continue to pound Mosul, the largest city in ISIS territory and the major prize Iraqi officials are constantly talking about retaking. Yet officials are heavily debating the timetable for retaking the city, and how difficult it will be.

ISIS has shown an ability to defeat Iraqi troops in head-on battles, even when backed by US warplanes, and the militants have had half a year to fortify Mosul, which they know is going to be attacked sooner or later.

US officials have downplayed the chances of Iraqi forces retaking the city on their own, and may be planning to use the importance of retaking it as an excuse to justify the use of US ground troops in direct combat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that, once again, our military and civilian leadership are collectively suffering from severe SMD (selective memory disorder.)

Does ANYONE in Foggy Bottom NOT remember Muqtata Al Sadr, the founder of the Mahdi Army which threatened US forces to commit to the SOFA agreement with the Iraqi government, or face deadly consequences?!?

This man is no less respected and revered than when he made those demands of the US government and military, and they took him at his word.

I don't know what the bookies in Vegas will wager the chances of him reviving that military unit, if the US goes into Mosul with boots on the ground, but I surely would not bet against it.

But I think there is another agenda here, IF Obama gets his authorization to use military force against ISIS, no matter where it happens to be operating, (Lichtenstein, look out!!) I would almost be willing to bet that the capturing of Mosul would be about the US military using it as a forward base for sending US troops on the ground in Syria.

The map at the upper right of this article screams, "location, location, location...from which to send US land troops into Syria."

Feb 09 06:20

Jordan launches 56 revenge airstrikes against ISIS after terror group released video showing Jordanian pilot being burned alive

Air force chief Mansour al-Jabour said attacks were 'just the beginning'
Three days of bombing targeted ISIS depots, barracks and training centres
Officials had promised to retaliate harshly after Moaz al Kasasbeh's murder
Campaign, believed to be targeting Syria, called Operation Martyr Moaz in pilot's memory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is the Jordanian military ready to share just how effective these attacks have actually been in turning Isis back?!?

The big question is, how does one win what is essentially a land war, from the air?!?

Were they targeting Isis, or Syrian infrastructure to "soften the country up" for US and/or Jordanian "boots on the ground"?!?

Feb 08 10:48

Chilcot report will be 'devastating' says No 10 as it emerges THIRTY are in the firing line of heavily critical Iraq Inquiry... and Blair's secret letters to Bush to be revealed in full

Thirty people, including Tony Blair, are set to be heavily criticised by the Chilcot Inquiry in its ‘devastating’ attack on the Iraq War.

Well-placed sources say that ‘approximately 30’ people have been sent letters by chairman Sir John Chilcot warning them that they will be criticised in his report into the 2003 invasion.

They include the former Prime Minister and ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, as well as a host of other Labour politicians, Whitehall mandarins, diplomats and intelligence officials.

The Mail on Sunday understands that Chilcot’s million-word report on the conflict is ‘largely finished’.

Feb 06 12:30

You're Selling Us War (But We're Not Buying) - Claire K. Rivero's latest!

Feb 06 07:59

US Senator John McCain: "I know ISIS intimately, I've met them and I talk to them all the time."

Feb 06 07:46

Jordan mulls ground campaign against ISIL

Jordan is considering a military ground campaign against the ISIL Takfiri militants currently wreaking havoc on Iraq and Syria, a report says.

The Jordan-based daily newspaper Al Arab Al Yawm reported on Thursday that Jordanian officials are mulling a “quick-strike, lightning blow” against the terrorist group, according to the Israel daily newspaper JPost.

The report also said that the Jordanian government would then re-evaluate its strategy within the framework of the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the ISIL Takfiri group,

Feb 05 11:54

US military moving more military assets into Iraq to fight ISIS

The U.S. military is moving more military assets into Iraq to fight the Islamic State terror group and repositioning search-and-rescue assets to help in the event of downed planes, U.S. officials told Fox News Wednesday.

Feb 05 11:32

Slip-Up? McCain Says “National Security Team Recommended Arming ISIS”

Arizona Sen. John McCain made an interesting comment regarding the federal government’s policy towards the ISIS terrorist group Wednesday evening during an appearance on Fox News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Feb 05 11:24

FLASHBACK - Biden Admits the Origin of ISIS

US Vice President Joe Biden has made the latest in a series of chastening apologies, after the United Arab Emirates expressed “astonishment” at his Thursday remarks. Biden called US allies “the biggest problem” in fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

“The UAE’s counter-terrorism approach reflects a pioneering national commitment that recognises the extent of the danger posed by terrorism to the region and to its people,” said Gargash in a press release.

The assertions were in stark contrast to the incendiary remarks Biden uttered in an unguarded moment during a Q&A at Harvard University on Thursday, in which the official accused the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey of inciting radical Sunni elements to raise their weapons against Assad, who belongs to a sect of Shia Islam.

Feb 05 10:04

Obama readies war powers pitch

The White House is poised to send a formal request to Congress asking for a new authorization to use military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The request, expected within the next week, would come days after ISIS released a video showing a caged Jordanian pilot being burned alive — a further display of the group’s brutality that one Republican lawmaker described Wednesday as a “game-changer.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So here is what I think is going on. The people of the conquered US provinces are taking their nations back (or keeping them from being conquered). But the US cannot sell the American people on wars of conquest for the profits of the money-junkies, and none of these nations would do anything the US could use as a provocation.

therefore, I think that ISIS is a manufactured enemy, basically 100 people and some special effects to commit terror attacks on video to create the new monster "brand." Then the US Government simply accuses every intended invasion target of being that monster, to justify more wars of conquest. It's actually moderately clever.

But not clever enough.

Feb 04 10:05

Iraq War Inquiry: Sir John Chilcot faces grilling from MPs over delayed report

Sir John Chilcot will face a grilling from MPs today after criticisms of delays to his much awaited report into the 2003 Iraq War.

The inquiry was opened in 2009 and was expected to report its findings three years ago, but it is now expected after the general election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Or preferably, after everyone named in it has peacefully died of old age." -- Number 9 3/4

Feb 03 09:53

ISIS burns alive Jordanian pilot it kept hostage – reports

Feb 02 16:31

At least 6,106 Killed in Iraq during January

January closed out with 293 deaths and 289 wounded. Most of the casualties were among the Islamic State militants. That brought the monthly totals to 6,106 dead and 2,240 wounded.

Feb 02 11:49

Graham: 10K US boots on the ground needed to stop ISIS in Syria

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, said on Sunday it would require 10,000 American "boots on the ground" to stop the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, Lindsey, if you really feel that way about it... Here's your rifle. Here's your parachute. We ran out of the desert camo but here's a bright da-glo orange jumpsuit from the CIA's torture centers. Watch your head climbing into that transport aircraft, and we will call Syria and Iraq and tell him you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

But We The People remember the lies about stolen incubators that tricked us into the first invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

We The People remember how there weren't really torpedoes in the Gulf of Tonkin or a Spanish mine in Havane Harbor, but how there really WERE weapons on board the Lusitania.

In short, We The People remember all the lies, frauds, and deceptions used to trick us into wars of conquest, to send our young people out to die in wars created out of thin air by and for the money-junkies. I think it is time that wee have a new rule in America; that those who want war are the first to the front lines. You are all splendidly brave with the lives of other peoples' children. Let's see the true measure of your courage and commitment to war.

You first!

Feb 02 08:36

U.S. ground troops could be needed in Iraq: Chuck Hagel

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces.

Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating Islamic State targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Chuck!

Feb 02 07:48

U.S. Plans to Arm Iraq's Sunni Tribesmen With AK-47s, RPGs, Mortars

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wait a second; weren't those the 'bad guys" not too long ago?!?

Jan 31 12:09

Islamic State operative confesses to receiving funding through US - report

A man believed to be a Pakistani commander of Islamic State or Daish, Yousaf al Salafi, has confessed to law enforcement agencies in Pakistan to getting funds via the United States, according to a leading Pakistani newspaper siting its sources.

Al Salafi and two companions were arrested in Lahore, Pakistan on January 22, according to AFP.

“During investigations, Yousaf al Salafi revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run the organization in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria,” a source close to the investigations revealed toUrdu-language Daily Express on condition of anonymity, according to its sister English newspaper The Express Tribune. The newspaper also claimed that Al Salafi was in fact arrested last year sometime in December.

Jan 31 10:19

The Forbidden Truth: Islamic State (ISIS) Recruiter Admits Getting Funds from America

Call it one of many US dirty secrets. Washington covertly recruits, funds, arms, trains, and directs extremist Islamic State and other Takfiri terrorists.

The same ones it lies about waging war on. Uses them as proxies against its adversaries.

Notably during Obama’s tenure against Libya’s Gaddafi. Currently against Assad in Syria. Ahead against future enemies to be named later.

Iran very much in Washington’s cross hairs. Longstanding US regime change plans remain firm.

Jan 30 15:45

Iraqi Shia militia spotted with Abrams tank

In an apparent reflection of the growing power of Iraq's pro-Iranian militias, an M1A1 Abrams tank has been spotted in videos showing a large convoy of vehicles operated by Kataib Hizbullah.

Jan 30 09:54

CIA Tried to Give Iraq Nuclear Plans, Just Like Iran

If you've followed the trials of James Risen and Jeffrey Sterling, or read Risen's book State of War, you are aware that the CIA gave Iran blueprints and a diagram and a parts list for the key component of a nuclear bomb.

The CIA then proposed to do exactly the same for Iraq, using the same former Russian scientist to make the delivery. How do I know this? Well, Marcy Wheeler has kindly put all the evidence from the Sterling trial online, including this cable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Simple! Give a targeted nation blueprints for a bomb, declare they have a weapons program, and invade! And now they are doing the same thing with this claim that a US scientist has given nuclear weapons plans to Venezuela.

Jan 29 10:01

1,000 paratroopers from Panther Brigade headed to Iraq this week

The 82nd Airborne, and more specifically its 3rd Brigade Combat Team, are no strangers to Iraq.

Since 2003, parts of the brigade have deployed in support of U.S. efforts there on at least three occasions.

Now, more than three years after the U.S. military presence in Iraq was thought over, about a quarter of the Panther Brigade will return with a new mission to help train Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State.

About 1,000 paratroopers from the brigade will deploy this week as part of the Operation Inherent Resolve mission.

The deployment was officially announced in December and is expected to last nine months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has sent "trainers" for the Iraqi military, frequently during the previous occupation of Iraq; I seriously doubt that these "trainers" are going to get a much different reaction.

Unless, of course, the term "trainers" is simply a euphemism the US government and military thought, for one second, the US public would swallow, for troops pre-positioned to attack in Syria, Iran, or defend Israel against Hezbollah.

Jan 28 12:43

american soldier joins Isis?

A picture of a isis militant with an american army tatto has been going around the net.

Jan 27 10:59

So much for Stephen Harper’s pledge that our troops in Iraq would be in a noncombat role: Editorial

So now we know. Canadian special forces in Iraq have been “painting” Islamic State targets for our CF-18 fighter-bombers. They’re been operating so close to the front lines that they have come under fire. And they have been shooting back.

That’s not what Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised Parliament on Oct. 3 when he made the case for sending special forces. He insisted, four times, that they would have a “noncombat” role and that there would be “no ground combat mission.”

Jan 24 10:58

ISIL only lost 1% of captured territory in Iraq: Pentagon

The Pentagon has announced that ISIL militants have lost only a tiny fraction of the territories they had captured in Iraq since US-led airstrikes began last year.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have managed to retake only about 700 hundred square kilometers of the ground during the period, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Friday.

"I think we all recognize that it's a small percentage of the total right now. But we're only six, seven months into this thing, too," said Kirby. "ISIL had a big head start on us, coming into the summer. A pretty aggressive first quarter for those guys."

Jan 24 10:55

‘American Sniper’ Feeds Americans’ Most Evil Addictions: Lies, Bloodlust, War Crimes Says Cindy Sheehan

American Sniper, the 2015 blockbuster movie propagandizing war crimes and, lies about them, feeding on Americans’ programmed addiction to violence, has prompted a powerful statement by a well-known mother of a soldier killed in action, Cindy Sheehan.

“Everything in American Sniper is taken for fact when the author and focus Chris Kyle already had been proven to have been a blowhard and a liar, when the facts and political motivations of Selma are being questioned,” Cindy Sheehan states. “As is the US addicted to its wars, it is also addicted to lying about them and I know this because I have my own case about Casey for proof.”

Jan 21 11:14

The Pseudo-Courage of Chris Kyle

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, the ghost-written memoir for which Kyle claims primary authorship, offers convincing testimony that Kyle not only failed to display genuine courage in Iraq, but was incapable of recognizing it when it was exhibited by desperate patriots seeking to evict the armed foreigners who had invaded and occupied their country.

The insurgents who fought the American invasion (and the few “allied” troops representing governments that had been bribed or brow-beaten into collaborating in that crime) were sub-human “savages” and “cowards,” according to Kyle.

“Savage, despicable evil,” writes Kyle. “That’s what we were fighting in Iraq…. People ask me all the time, `How many people have you killed?’... The number is not important to me. I only wish I had killed more. Not for bragging rights, but because I believe the world is a better place without savages out there taking American lives.”

Jan 21 10:03

Michael Moore is Right

The invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with patriotism or heroism

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"American Sniper" is obvious pro-war propaganda. Are the reports of box office success part of the lie?

Jan 21 08:57

ARMS TO AL-QAEDA: U.S. Generals Admit Washington Has Backed Islamic Militants in Syria

If you believe all of the pre-packaged government and corporate media propaganda, then you might think that ISIS is just another evil, grassroots Salafist militant movement, one with no connections at all to foreign intelligence agencies like the CIA, Britain’s MI6, Turkish (NATO) intelligence, Saudi intelligence, Israeli intelligence, or Pakistan’s ISI.

Well, you might just be wrong…

Jan 21 07:47

TURKEY CAUGHT ARMING AL-QAEDA, ISIS

Jan 20 10:29

Canadian soldiers get into firefight in Iraq

Canadian soldiers were visiting front-line positions with Iraqi forces when they came under mortar and machine-gun fire.

Jan 19 15:45

Exposed! ISIS Caught Using US Army Tents In New Training Video!

Jan 19 08:28

Iran considers Iraq’s security as own: Interior minister

Iran’s interior minister has emphasized the necessity for countering terrorism in the Middle East region, saying the Islamic Republic considers Iraq’s security as that of its own.

Jan 14 12:28

The Spectacular Media Failure on Charlie Hebdo

A core tenet of journalism is answering the question “why.” It’s the media’s duty to explain “why” an event happened so that readers will actually understand what they’re reading. Leave out the “why” and then assumptions and stereotypes fill in the blank, always readily supplied by politicians whose ridiculous answers are left unquestioned by the corporate media.

Because the real “why” was unexplained in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, an obviously false culprit was created, leading to a moronic national discussion in the U.S. media about whether Islam was “inherently” violent.

For the media to even pose this question either betrays a blinding ignorance about the Middle East and Islam, or a conscious willingness to manipulate public sentiment by only interviewing so-called experts who believe such nonsense.

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Jan 14 12:03

France to deploy aircraft carrier to fight ISIS—report

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its fleet will be deployed to the Gulf to support operations against the Islamic State group, a military news site reported on Tuesday.

Jan 14 11:43

“Boots On The Ground”? Obama To Seek Authorization For Military Force Against ISIS

Having unveiled his non-boots-on-the-ground strategy in September, President Obama’s “promise” was quickly proved fragile when General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, indicated to the House of Representatives armed services committee that the strength of ISIS relative to the Iraqi army may be such that he would recommend abandoning Obama’s oft-repeated pledge against returning US ground troops to combat in Iraq. It seems another promise is about to be broken as Bloomberg reports Senator John Cornyn said President Obama told congressional leaders during meeting today at White House he would seek authorization for military force on Islamic State. Boehner’s office, in separate statement after meeting, said Republicans would work with him to build support.

Jan 14 10:00

France Votes To Extend Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

France's lower house of Parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved extending French airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

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I guess the false-flag worked!

Jan 13 08:56

ISIS Militants Captured 52 American-Made Artillery Weapons That Cost $500,000 Each

During ISIS's blitz across northern and central Iraq last month, the group captured upwards of 52 155mm M198 howitzers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or were allowed to take them to create a credible "threat" to trick Americans into supporting the third invasion of Iraq!

Jan 13 08:22

Iraq is worse than ever before, so what was the invasion and war all for?

The alleged objective of the invasion was to find and destroy weapons of mass destruction and establish "democracy" in Iraq. To date no such weapons have been found and the intelligence used to support the invasion has been proven to be fabricated by Iraqi "defectors" who betrayed their country and people. Millions of innocent Iraqis have lost their lives and millions more have been displaced around the world. Saddam Hussain was removed from power, tried and executed; probably the real motive for the invasion all along. His replacements are "politicians" who cannot keep even simple promises made to their people; politicians who lie, cheat, kill and steal; politicians who have run the country into the ground and caused a whole population to suffer whilst they live a lavish lifestyle and steal the wealth of the nation; politicians who are Iranian and US puppets; politicians who have sold their people and country to the very nations against which the Iraqis have spent years at war.

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To turn Iraq into a shadow of what it was.

Jan 12 07:50

Angry MPs challenge ‘stitch-up’ over delay of Chilcot report on war in Iraq

Furious MPs are planning a parliamentary debate to challenge an alleged “stitch-up” that could delay the report of the Iraq war inquiry until after the general election.

A cross-party coalition has demanded that parliament’s backbench committee allocate half a day to discussing the continuing delay in publishing the Chilcot inquiry’s findings, which are expected to include severe criticism of the UK’s decision to join the US-led invasion in 2003.

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It should include the Downing Street memo and the "Dodgy Dossier."

See THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

Jan 12 07:41

Just As The Islamic State (ISIL) Gets Exposed As A Fake US Enemy, A “Wag the Dog” Terrorist Attack in Paris?

With information just breaking that the United States has been air dropping arms, food and medical supplies to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) forces in Iraq, supposedly the world’s latest terrorist enemy on steroids, what has been suspected all along is now being confirmed.

To add fuel to the fire, this news comes just as warmonger Senator McCain got busted for secretly and illegally entering Syria to meet with ISIL to coordinate strategy on that warfront.

Jan 09 10:10

Iran-Backed Militias Are Getting U.S. Weapons

U.S. weapons intended for Iraq’s beleaguered military are winding up in the possession of the country’s Shiite militias, according to U.S. lawmakers and senior officials in the Barack Obama administration. These sources say that the Baghdad government, which was granted $1.2 billion in training and equipment aid in the omnibus spending bill passed last month, is turning hardware over to Shiite militias that are heavily influenced by Iran and have been guilty of gross human-rights violations.

Jan 09 07:48

Cameron has final word on release date of Iraq war report – Downing Street

Prime Minister David Cameron will have the final say as to when the long delayed report into the Iraq war will be published, Number 10 has said.

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"We can't release a report about how we bullshitted you into the Iraq war until after we finish bullshitting you into the war against Russia, dammit!" -- Number 9 3/4

Jan 07 10:13

The greatest trick Obama ever pulled was convincing the world America isn’t still at war

The holiday headlines blared without a hint of distrust: “End of War” and “Mission Ends” and “U.S. formally ends the war in Afghanistan,” as the U.S. government and Nato celebrated the alleged end of the longest war in American history. Great news! Except, that is, when you read past the first paragraph: “the fighting is as intense as it has ever been since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001,” according to the Wall Street Journal . And about 10,000 troops will remain there for the foreseeable future (more than we had a year after the Afghan war started ). Oh, and they’ll continue to engage in combat regularly . But other than that, yeah, the war is definitely over.

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And I can nearly guarantee you; the current wars are prologue for future wars, potentially against China and Russia to prevent the end of dominance by the US dollar.

The US government is financially on the ropes, and the only way the members of this government have known, historically, to get off those ropes, is to wage war.

This country experienced two massive depressions, followed, inevitably by war. Although the presstitutes dare not mention it, we are in another massive recession right now, because all the decently paying jobs, which used to support this country's middle class, have been offshored/outsourced to places with nearly slave labor wages.

And please, if you don't believe me, take a look at this; last year, Charlie Rangel, the senior Congressional Representative from New York, introduced a bill to reinstate the draft; but this time, should this be passed, it will be coming for both our sons and our daughters. When last I checked this month, it is still in Committee, waiting for the "right emotional moment" to be passed.

Jan 07 09:25

Tony Blair 'could face war crimes charges' over Iraq War

Tony Blair could face war crimes charges as a result of the Iraq war inquiry report, the House of Lords has been told.

Lord Dykes of Harrow Weald, a Liberal Democrat peer, claimed that the publication of the inquiry by Sir John Chilcot was being delayed “to prolong the agony” of the former Labour Prime Minister.

Lord Hurd – who as Douglas Hurd was Conservative foreign secretary from 1989 to 1995 – said the delay was now "becoming a scandal".

Lord Wallace of Saltaire, a Government minister, disclosed for the first time that talks over the publication of the gist of conversations between Mr Blair and George W Bush, the former US president, were now completed.

These talks have held up the publication of the report. But he said that if the report is not published by the end of February, it will be delayed until after the general election.

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I seriously doubt that this will happen; the global elite rarely eat their own.

Jan 07 07:19

Tony Blair 'could face war crimes charges' over Iraq War

Tony Blair could face war crimes charges as a result of the Iraq war inquiry report, the House of Lords has been told.

Lord Dykes of Harrow Weald, a Liberal Democrat peer, claimed that the publication of the inquiry by Sir John Chilcot was being delayed “to prolong the agony” of the former Labour Prime Minister.

Jan 07 07:19

No UK troops for Iraq: Government delays plans to send soldiers to fight Islamic State amid fears of casualties in an election year

Hundreds of British troops will no longer be sent to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq this month, amid fears of further casualties on the battlefield in an election year.

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Maybe the fanning up of the Epstein/Prince Andrew scandal at this time (although it is three years old) is a message to Britain's royals that they better stay in line with the US war agenda!

Jan 06 10:53

UN Finds 3,000 Civilians Killed in Afghanistan in 2014

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, 2014 was the deadliest year for Afghan civilians since the organization began keeping records in 2009. Over 3,000 civilians were killed this year, in 2014. It was also reported that Afghan forces trained by the U.S. killed over two dozen people at a wedding party on New Year's Eve.

Jan 06 08:17

Tony Abbott hits out at US over Iraq post-war 'chaos'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has blasted in his strongest terms yet the US management of Iraq following the 2003 invasion, branding it a period of "chaos and confusion".

Jan 04 10:53

US-led coalition aircraft aiding ISIL: Iraq commander

A top commander of Iraq’s volunteer forces has said aircraft serving the so-called anti-ISIL coalition formed by the US drop weapons for the Takfiri terrorist group.

Secretary General of Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri said there was compelling evidence that the coalition’s aircraft threw arms and aid to the extremist group in the Salahuddin province in north-central Iraq.

Jan 03 07:42

Indian jihadist ‘kills 55 for ISIS, quits because no pay’

An Islamic State recruit from Greater Mumbai was intercepted in Turkey, and then interrogated and arrested by India’s secret service. Suspected of killing up to 55 people, he allegedly left because they didn’t pay enough, India’s media reported.

Jan 02 08:04

U.S. advisers in Iraq stay out of combat but see fighting edging closer

In Iraq’s western Anbar province, more than 300 U.S. troops are posted at a base in the thick of a pitched battle between Iraqi forces, backed by tribal fighters, and well-armed Islamic State militants.

The militants, positioned at a nearby town, have repeatedly hit the base with artillery and rocket fire in recent weeks. Since the middle of December, the U.S.-led military coalition has launched 13 airstrikes around the facility.

U.S. troops have suffered no casualties in the attacks. But the violence has underlined the risks to American personnel as they fan out across Iraq as part of the expanding U.S. mission against the Islamic State, even as President Obama has pledged that U.S. operations “will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.”

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You can clock that last promise with a bloody egg timer.

My read would be, it is only a matter of time before we see combat, on the ground, in both Iraq and Syria; and why do I say this?!?

Because no military can win what is essentially a land war from the air.

And what happens then?!?

Apparently, the folks in Foggy Bottom in DC are dealing with SMD (selective memory disorder) on the issue of ground troops.

Does anyone remember Muqtada al Sadr, and the Mahdi Army, which were two of the primary reasons the US essentially withdrew from Iraq?!?

As of June of last year, he denounced the presence of US advisers in Iraq, as reported at www.islamicinvitationturkey.com:

Muqtada al-Sadr has voiced opposition against the presence of US military advisers in Iraq and has issued a warning to Takfiri militants there. On Wednesday, Sadr ruled out any intervention by the United States in Iraq and pledged to stop assaults by militants of the al-Qaeda splinter Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “We will shake the ground under the feet of ignorance and extremism as we did under those of the occupation,” Sadr said in a televised speech from the holy city of Najaf. The prominent cleric expressed opposition against US military advisers’ meeting with Iraqi commanders, adding that he would back “international support from non-occupying states for the army of Iraq.”

IF there are US ground forces in Iraq now, I do not believe, for a moment, that this gentleman, and the forces at his disposal, will join hands and sing "Kumbyah".

Jan 01 07:49

Civilian death toll in Iraq doubles to 17,000 in 2014 'due to rise of ISIS'

The number of civilians killed in Iraq in 2014 doubled from 9,743 in 2013, while compared to 2012, the number has grown nearly four times, Iraq Body Count reports.

"These numbers do not include combatant deaths, which even by the most cautious tallies have also seen a sharp rise in 2014," the group said in its report.

Dec 31 06:47

Ken O'keefe on PressTv exposes Obama, Bush, ISIS, Bankers, Syria

Dec 30 07:27

Desmond Tutu: ‘Put Tony Blair in the dock for war crimes’

Groomed by the intelligence services from his early college days, he didn’t bat an eyelid while lying to his electorate – and to the world about fictional WMD’s in Iraq, and he dazzled George W. Bush with his alluring pillow talk, used his cozy globalist-appointed positions and high-flying (albeit meaningless) titles to broker deals for JP Morgan investment elite, while he creates wonderous business opportunities on the backs of the world’s poor – he is the world’s most hated man, and he doesn’t drink Dos Equis (but he does drinks Cristal).

Certainly, it’s a charmed life for the man with the fake smile. Recently, 21WIRE reported how he caused a PR meltdown at the international children’s charity, Save the Children, after someone tried to him a “Global Legacy Award” (spooky). The charity are now deeply regretting that move, calling the whole affair ‘a painful experience’.

Dec 30 07:04

American helicopters drop boxes of weapons in ISIL-held areas in Iraq; US previously airdropped weapons captured by ISIL in Syria

Volunteer forces fighting against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists say US military aircraft have dropped weapons in areas held by the terrorist group in Iraq. American helicopters dropped boxes of weapons in Yathrib and Balad districts in Iraq's Salahuddin Province, according to the fighters. The report comes as the Iraqi army and volunteer fighters appear to be gaining the upper hand and making significant gains against ISIL. In October, a video showed the terrorist group captured a bundle of US weapons airdropped in the Syrian border town of Kobani. [Notice that whenever I-CIA-SIS is poised to lose an area, its US handlers immediately spring to the rescue? ISIS is a CIA/MOSSAD Frankenstein.]

Dec 29 09:02

US, allies conduct 12 air strikes against the Islamic State

The United States and allies carried out 12 airstrikes Saturday against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Combined Joint Task Force reported, according to Reuters.

Strikes near Kobani, a Syrian town along the border with Turkey, destroyed Islamic State buildings, vehicles and fighting positions.

Attacks near Al Asad, Mosul, Fallujah, Al Qaim and Baiji in Iraq also destroyed buildings, vehicles and a refinery.

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Good shooting there, Tex! Kinda makes me wonder if that refinery wasn't the real target all along!

Dec 28 16:37

ISIS Claims 2nd Fighter Jet Downed Near Baghdad, Pilot Captured

While the US-led coalition claims that the first fighter jet was "not downed" by ISIS, the fact that ISIS is now claiming to have downed a 2nd fighter jet in Balad (north of Baghdad) and captured the pilot, suggests the west may not be being entirely honest (two 'crashes' in a week is perhaps more worrisome than 2 'shot down' in a week). What is even more disturbing is the fact that ISIS has taken to social media to ask how the first captured Jordanian pilot should die...

Dec 28 08:09

US Massing Thousands of Vehicles in Kuwait for ISIS War

For years, the US was wondering what it was going to do with many thousands of war vehicles it shipped to Afghanistan when the drawdown left so many of them in surplus. At times they talked about giving them away, or shredding them.

Instead, 3,100 such vehicles have been sent to Kuwait, where the US is massing them for use in the ever-escalating war against ISIS. Officials simply found another war for them.

Dec 27 10:49

US Massing Thousands of Vehicles in Kuwait for ISIS War

For years, the US was wondering what it was going to do with many thousands of war vehicles it shipped to Afghanistan when the drawdown left so many of them in surplus. At times they talked about giving them away, or shredding them.

Instead, 3,100 such vehicles have been sent to Kuwait, where the US is massing them for use in the ever-escalating war against ISIS. Officials simply found another war for them.

The bulk of the vehicles are MRAPs, used by ground troops to resist IEDs in travel, and that points to the buildup being done with an eye on an eventual US ground war in Iraq and Syria.

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"No us troops on the ground" in Iraq or Syria, MY ASTROLABE!!

Dec 26 09:00

US Private Contractors Heading Back to Iraq

Private contractors once played a major role in the U.S. occupation of Iraq; now, they could be heading back to Baghdad.

The United States is preparing to ramp up its use of private contractors in Iraq, an unnamed senior U.S. government official said Wednesday.

“It is certain that there will have to be some number of contractors brought in for additional support,” the official told Reuters.

The official indicated the contractors will be used to support the roughly 1,750 troops in Iraq, along with diplomatic personnel. Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the numbers of private contractors have rivaled troop figures.

U.S. President Barack Obama recently doubled troop numbers and secured more military support from allies, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has hinted more soldiers may be needed to directly fight the Islamic State group in the future.

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Imagine my (absence of) surprise.

Dec 25 10:21

RAND Corporation report says the Iraq War was George Bush’s biggest blunder

History is beset by military blunders, from Napoleon's attempt to conquer Russia to America's decision to invade Iraq. But do leaders learn from the mistakes of others?

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No, they do not. Every leader is convinced that this time, it will be different, because after all, he or she is a clearly superior leader to those others!

Dec 23 11:39

Israelis buy properties in ISIL-held Iraqi cities: Report

A report says Israeli businessmen are buying properties belonging to the displaced minorities in the ISIL-held regions in northern Iraq to prepare the ground for accommodation of more than 2,000 people there.

Citing a local source, Fars News Agency reported that estate agencies in Mosul and other cities of the Nineveh province in northern Iraq have began purchasing the houses and lands of Iraqi minorities including Christians and Izadis and Turkmens.

The estate agents offer “attractive prices” in exchange for the properties and later sell them to Israeli businessmen, the unnamed source said.

The source added that more than 2,000 Jews have recently returned to Iraq’s Kurdistan region to resettle in Iraq’s northern areas.

Dec 22 06:24

Pentagon: 1,000 Paratroopers Will Go to Iraq in Late January

There are about 1,600-1,700 US ground troops in Iraq right now, but by the end of January it is expected to be nearly twice as many, according to the most recent Pentagon announcement.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby today announced that 1,000 paratroopers will be sent to Iraq in late January, and that another 300 troops from other services will be sent in January as well.

The paratroopers’ deployment is scheduled for nine months, and they will once again be labeled trainers, in keeping with the administration’s unwillingness to present them as combat troops, even when they are deployed into combat zones.

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It appears that this administration, as of these deployments, is clearly demonstrating that they collectively suffer from SMD (selective memory disorder).

The single, brutal, lesson that I would have imagined would have been learned, and well-absorbed, by the Pentagon, State Department, Congress, and the White House from the Vietnam War, is that a military presence cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

Apparently, that lesson...remains to be learned by the US government.

Dec 19 10:38

China offers to help Iraq defeat ISIS

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jafari says that his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, has made an offer to help Iraq fight Islamic State militants. Beijing has volunteered to assist with airstrikes, though it will not join the US-led coalition against ISIS.

Dec 18 09:06

Report: U.S. Ground Troops Clash with Islamic State Fighters

A news agency attached to the Shafaq Foundation for Culture and Media of Faili Kurds reports U.S. ground troops engaged in a battle with IS fighters.

The battle allegedly occurred near the Ain al-Asad base in western Ramadi, Iraq.

According to sources, the U.S. soldiers were equipped with light and medium weapons and supported by F-18 aircraft.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So much for the "advisers" cover story!

Dec 17 11:58

Pro-Israel American Conservative: Thank God for ISIS... US Will Be in Middle East Forever

Dec 16 08:10

101 Killed in Iraq, and Thousands Are Missing

Early indications suggest that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s administration is successfully working to reduce the sectarian divisions in Iraq, though it has made him some enemies.

The Human Rights Ministry revealed that about 2,700 Iraqis are missing since the invasion by the Islamic State militants. About half went missing from Speicher Camp and Badush Prison. This figure is based on applications made by family members. Those without family in unoccupied Iraq likely remain uncounted.

Dec 15 13:06

REPORTS OF US AIRFORCE CARGO PLANES DELIVERING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF ARMS TO ISIL/ISIS

US has delivered weapons to the terrorist group ISIS (Daesh, in Arabic) in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, west of the capital of the northwestern province of Nineveh, Mosul, which has become since last June a bastion these takfiri gangs, according to an Iraqi parliamentary.

"Three US aircraft carrying advanced weapons, clothes and food for ISIL, have landed at the airport in Tal Afar," reported Sunday Nahla Al-Hababi, the representative of the Nineveh province in the Iraqi parliament.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But aren't they the BAD GUYS?!?

Dec 15 08:07

Exactly how the US trained and armed ISIS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bump to the top now that the "Iranian terrorist" in Sydney has been linked to ISIS!

Dec 15 08:07

“ISIL completely fabricated enemy by USA”, former CIA contractor

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bump to the top now that the "Iranian terrorist" in Sydney has been linked to ISIS!

Dec 14 07:27

Iraq torture claims: New allegations against British soldiers to go to the International Criminal Court

Hundreds of new cases accusing British soldiers of abusing – in many cases torturing – Iraqi men, women and children, aged from 13 to 101, are to be considered by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Britain is already under scrutiny for alleged war crimes committed by its forces in Iraq. The ICC is currently examining a dossier of claims presented by lawyers and human rights campaigners earlier this year that could lead to a full investigation.

The fresh details come on the eve of the publication of an official report into allegations that British soldiers mistreated and unlawfully killed Iraqis in 2004. The report, to be released on Wednesday, is expected to criticise the abuse of Iraqi prisoners captured after a battle. A number of "warning letters" have been sent to individuals believed to face criticism in the report.

Dec 13 08:31

ISIS shoots down Iraqi military helicopter

Islamic State group militants shot down an Iraqi military helicopter, officials said Saturday, killing the two pilots onboard and raising fresh concerns about the extremists' ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.

Dec 12 14:43

Levin releases new information from CIA cable debunking Atta Prague meeting

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today plans to introduce into the Congressional Record important new information about how Bush administration officials misled the nation in advance of the Iraq War, and called on CIA Director John Brennan to fully declassify an important 2003 CIA cable.

Levin will introduce a letter he received from CIA Director John Brennan, declassifying for the first time some details of a March 2003 CIA cable warning the Bush administration against references to the allegation that Mohammad Atta, the leader of the 9/11 hijackers, had met before the attacks in Prague, Czech Republic, with an Iraqi intelligence officer. He also introduced a translated excerpt from a book by the former head of Czech counterintelligence, describing U.S. pressure to confirm that the meeting took place. In fact, no such meeting occurred. And he called on Brennan to fully declassify the CIA cable.

Dec 12 07:18

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.

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With all of America now aware that the US Government lied to them about the use of torture it is time to remind Americans of the other lies told by the US Government, including the lies used to trick us into war with Iraq. Every crippled veteran, every family member of a serviceman who died, should finally accept that those who were killed and crippled suffered only to make rich men richer. Where is the rage?

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Dec 12 07:13

New evidence Bush misled Americans into Iraq war – senator

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has released new information claiming the Bush administration misled the American people in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said on Thursday that a 2003 CIA cable warns the administration of former President George W. Bush against making reference to claims that Mohammad Atta – the leader of the 9/11 hijackers – had met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in the Czech Republic before the attacks.

Levin, who is retiring, maintains that Bush officials used the unconfirmed meeting to link Iraq to 9/11 and Al-Qaeda in order to justify the US invasion in Iraq.

Dec 11 13:24

Kerry Demands Open-ended Mideast War Resolution

In an extraordinary appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the Obama administration’s demand for a congressional resolution to authorize military action in Iraq and Syria that would be unlimited in scope, time frame and methods.

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A carte blanche for the endless war first suggested by the Project for the New American Century.

Dec 09 08:53

Iraqi Army Discovers Huge Depots of Israel-Made Weapons, Ammunition

"An Iraqi army unit has found around 10 weapons and munition depots where Israel-made weapons and explosives were kept in Hamrin mountains," the Iraqi Al-Ansar news website quoted Sadeq Al-Moussavi, a member of Diyala provincial council, as saying.

Moussavi said that the depot contained a lot of explosives, weapons and bombs all made by Israel.

Dec 07 09:43

Mossad training ISIL terrorists: Putin aide

A senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, of training ISIL terrorists operating in Iraq and Syria, Press TV reports.

Alexander Prokhanov told Press TV that Mossad is also likely to have transferred some of its spying experiences to the ISIL leadership, adding that Israel’s military advisors could be assisting the Takfiri terrorists.

Prokhanov said ISIL is a byproduct of US policies in the Middle East.

Dec 07 08:18

Iraqi Lawmaker: US Plotting to Disintegrate Iraq through Arming Tribal Forces

A senior Iraqi parliamentarian warned in a statement released on Saturday that Washington is seeking to divide and disintegrate Iraq into smaller parts by arming the Arab country's tribes.

Dec 07 07:30

New US Command Signals Escalation in Iraq, Syria

The Pentagon has announced today the creation of a new military command, dubbed Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, which will oversee the war against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria.

The new command, and by extension the war, will be placed under the charge of Army Lt. Gen. James Terry, who was previously in charge of a V Corps, US ground troops in Germany.

Dec 07 07:16

John Baird says Canada won’t join U.S. in airstrikes in Syria

Canada has no plans to follow its neighbour the United States in expanding airstrikes against the Islamic State group into Syria, the country’s top diplomat said Saturday during a visit to the Middle East.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Foreign Minister John Baird said Canada has a responsibility to contribute to the U.S.-led bombing campaign in part because the Islamic State group has attracted Canadian fighters to its ranks. But he insisted that support would be confined to Iraq for now.

“At this time we’re focusing on our current mission . . . We’ll stick with Iraq,” he said at a security conference in the Gulf island kingdom of Bahrain.

Dec 06 08:28

Iran confirms air strikes in Iraq against ISIL - Guardian

A senior Iranian official has confirmed his country carried out air strikes in neighbouring Iraq against ISIL fighters at the request of Iraqi authorities, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported.

It quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour as saying the strikes were not coordinated with the United States, which is also waging an air campaign against the militants who control large parts of north and west Iraq.

Dec 05 12:03

Pentagon in Denial About Civilian Casualties of U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

The Pentagon accepts that with many hundreds of allied bombings aimed at Islamic State targets since August, there is a “continued risk inherent in these strikes” for civilians on the ground. But that doesn’t mean the United States will offer compensation if it kills them.

The United States is not planning to grant compensation for civilians killed in airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Foreign Policy has learned, despite claims by credible groups that at least 100 noncombatants may already have died in the 16 weeks of U.S.-led bombings.

The decision, confirmed by a senior spokesman for U.S. Central Command (Centcom), the military command organization in charge of the air war, marks a significant departure from recent conflicts, in which payments have regularly been made to those affected by U.S. military actions.

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"Hell, these people are just 'collateral damage'; they don't matter in the larger scheme of things, and the babies would have grown up to be terrorists we'd have had to kill anyway!!" - Official Pentagon Souse.

Dec 05 11:49

House Approves Expansion of Military Operations Against ISIS

In a 300-119 vote, the House has approved the newest annual military spending bill, pumping another $585 billion into the Pentagon for assorted wars, including the newest war against ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Russia and China are making deals around the globe to get what they want. What is the US government doing?!? Creating wars and more wars.

And BTW: any military professional worth their salt will tell you, and in no uncertain terms that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air. And this will, ultimately, translate, into more boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

I don't know precisely when this level of escalation will take place; but trust me, it will.

Nov 25 06:14

Ferguson Protests. LIVE UPDATES

Protests in 90 US cities follow the announcement that a grand jury will not indict police officer Darren Wilson on any charges for his actions in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year old African-American from Ferguson, MO.

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While there has been some violence, so far it is not enough to justify a declaration of martial law and national emergency.

PLEASE REMAIN CALM AND NON-VIOLENT!

I know it is frustrating to not take action in the face of the failure of the Grand Jury to send Darren Wilson to trial, not so much over the Michael Brown shooting but because we have witnessed years of unparalleled police brutality and murder against the American people as a whole, regardless of color, race, religion, gender, and so forth. But this government wants to save itself from the anger of the American people by dividing us against each other and tricking us into hating each other. DO NOT FALL FOR IT! They played the same dirty tricks during the 1960s to derail the American peoples' opposition to Vietnam and they are trying the same hackneyed stunt again.

Nov 21 08:31

Twenty-six Things About the Islamic State (ISIL) that Obama Does Not Want You to Know About

The US led war against the Islamic State is a big lie.

Going after ” Islamic terrorists”, carrying out a worldwide pre-emptive war to “Protect the American Homeland” are used to justify a military agenda.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a creation of US intelligence. Washington’s “Counter-terrorism Agenda” in Iraq and Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists.

The incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq starting in June 2014 was part of a carefully planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by the US, NATO and Israel.

The counter-terrorism mandate is a fiction. America is the Number One “State Sponsor of Terrorism”

Nov 20 07:27

Aide: Obama open to limits in war authorization

The Obama administration is open to limits on the duration of its military efforts in Iraq and Syria and on the potential use of ground forces in a new war authorization against the Islamic State, a top presidential adviser said Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, he will ignore the limits, but it looks good in the newspapers!

Nov 17 16:02

Obama "Would Order" US troops into Combat if ISIS Got Nuclear Weapons

Considering all the spin regarding ISIS goading the NATO nations into attacking them... this headline just screams -FALSE FLAG - to me.

Why on earth would Obama make such an absurd statement unless the masses are being set up for some sort of perception managed psychological operation, that has yet to be unleashed?
When one reads what Obama says.... he set the bar low. I mean quite low.
ISIS won't have to use a weapon.

It just has to be alleged that ISIS possesses some sort of nuclear weapon

Nov 17 08:25

Netanyahu warns Obama: Both Islamic State and Iran must be defeated

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "BiBi" Netanyahu appearing on United States television on Sunday said he wholeheartedly supported President Barack Obama and the U.S.-led coalition's military action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists, but he warned against Obama being soft on Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Benjamin...

Nov 17 06:33

Hagel to Consider Ground Troops in Iraq

In comments over the weekend, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel conceded that he is going to have to “consider” the deployment of ground troops to Iraq, though he reiterated that they would not be “combat troops.”

The distinction is increasingly ill-defined, as there are in point of fact already some 3,000 US ground troops in Iraq, and some of them are already on the front lines in the Anbar Province in an “advisory” capacity.

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Nov 16 07:01

Looming US Ground Wars in Iraq and Syria

Current US direct and proxy wars aren't enough. Obama has more death and destruction in mind.

Confronting Russia recklessly on Ukraine. Risking East/West confrontation.

Possible nuclear war. Lunatics running things in Washington make the unthinkable possible.

Obama's Iraq and Syria wars rage. US special forces and CIA operatives directly involved.

On Thursday, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey considered sending US ground forces to Iraq. Accompanying Iraqi troops, he said.

Nov 15 08:32

Airstrikes Fail to Slow ISIS' Iraq Killing Spree, Database Suggests

U.S.-led airstrikes have failed to slow the number of ISIS attacks and its defiant militants are now racking up a higher body count than ever before, according to data provided exclusively to NBC News.

Analysis of IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center's (JTIC) database shows the current face — and pace — of the group's battle for Syria and Iraq.

Data showed that ISIS massively stepped up attacks after conquering the Iraqi city of Mosul on June 10 — and has stepped them up further since airstrikes were launched in August. Deaths caused by ISIS also climbed since the key city was overrun and have continued to rise since the U.S.-led coalition started bombing the militants.

“The airstrikes certainly aren’t impairing their ability to intensify their attacks or carry out their campaign,” said Matthew Henman, head of the JTIC. “They’re not cowed by them, they’re not afraid.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IT appears to me that these jihadists are taylor-made as the "excuse" for invasion 3.0 of Iraq, in an attempt to "groom" the American people toward yet another war here, to control both the oil,, and the monetary denomination in which that oil is sold (read: the US dollar).

Anyone with any insight into military tactics understands one thing: any military force cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

Considering how "well" the last two invasions of Iraq have gone, it would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US to reinvade now.

Unfortunately, however, just because something is a spectacularly stupid thing to be doing is absolutley no guarantee that the US government and military will not do it.

And... by the way, does it appear that both the Pentagon and State Department are experiencing SMD (selective memory disorder) regarding one guy here, who has the loyalty (including a commitment to fight) of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis?!?

I am referring, of course to Muqtada al Sadr, the Shiite Iranian cleric, who could mobiize an army in Iraq in a heartbeat. IF this guy still considers our country, and our military "the enemy" of the Iraqi people, (and there is no evidence to suggest that he has changed his mind on this issue), our soldiers are going to be in a world of hurt here, and hated by all sides.

I would also like to politely point out that until Saddam Hussein was lynched by the Americans, Shiites and Sunnis lived comfortably side by side, with no real beefs against each other.

Nov 14 06:12

Pentagon reconsidering ground troops as Islamic State, al Qaeda join forces

President Obama’s top military advisers revealed Thursday that the administration is rethinking whether to deploy combat ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State, as signs emerged that the terrorist group may be setting aside its differences and is working with al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria — the Nusra Front — to attack U.S.-backed rebels in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so let me get this straight. The US creates and funds two phony opposition groups who then go rogue, unite, and join the Iraqi people to kick the US puppet regime out of Baghdad, and after a flustercluck like that you expect us to pour what is left of our money and children into a third invasion of Iraq?

I don't think so.

Nov 14 05:40

Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Tells Congress Considering Boots-On-The-Ground In Iraq

Despite President Obama's "promise" that there would be no combat troop boots-on-the-ground in the fight against ISIS in Iraq (and his doubling of 'military advisor' troop levels last week), The Guardian reports that General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, indicated to the House of Representatives armed services committee that the strength of ISIS relative to the Iraqi army may be such that he would recommend abandoning Obama’s oft-repeated pledge against returning US ground troops to combat in Iraq. Dempsey added, rather uncomfortably, that "we're going to need about 80,000 competent Iraqi security forces to recapture territory lost, and eventually the city of Mosul, to restore the border." The irony of this is that the 'not-dead' leader of ISIS al-Baghdadi spoke today and exclaimed that the US will be soon compelled to come on the ground to fight his group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (absolute absence of) surprise here!!

Nov 13 15:44

AP sources: IS, al-Qaida reach accord in Syria

Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, to phony front groups created and funded by the United States have "gone rogue" and teamed up to defeat the United States. Great foreign policy!

Nov 12 10:27

UN Says 13.6 Million Displaced By Wars In Iraq And Syria

About 13.6 million people, equivalent to the population of London, have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, many without food or shelter as winter starts, the U.N. refugee agency said UNHCR on Tuesday.

Amin Awad, UNHCR's director for the Middle East and North Africa, said the world was becoming numb to the refugees' needs.

"Now when we talk about a million people displaced over two months, or 500,000 overnight, the world is just not responding," he told reporters in Geneva.

The 13.6 million include 7.2 million displaced within Syria - an increase from a long-held U.N. estimate of 6.5 million, as well as 3.3 million Syrian refugees abroad, 1.9 million displaced in Iraq and 190,000 who have left to seek safety.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, we don't give a flying Frisbee about the homeless, hungry, and dispossessed, as long as we control to whom the oil in these countries are sold, and in what monetary denomination!" - Official White House Souse.

Nov 12 07:51

Even The Troops Are Waking Up

Nov 11 10:11

Islamic state crisis: US troops sent into Iraq's Anbar

US forces left Iraq in 2011, but President Barack Obama said last week he was sending 1,500 as advisers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Advisers." That is how Vietnam started!

Nov 10 11:00

Obama: Troop Deployments to Iraq Signal ‘New Phase’ in War

Speaking today on his plan to double the number of US ground troops in Iraq, President Barack Obama said the deployment signals a “new phase” in the ongoing war against ISIS.

“Phase one was getting an Iraqi government that was inclusive and credible – and we now have done that,” Obama insisted, saying it was now time to go on the offensive against ISIS.

Despite this, and despite Pentagon officials saying the new ground troops would be deployed to the front lines in Iraq’s Anbar Province, Obama maintained that the troops still won’t be going into combat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Obama knows full well that you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air; and yet he goes on lying to the American public, and the world, assuring all of us that this will not be happening.

I have fully come to expect that the US government will lie to me on every conceivable issue, to support those large corporations which fund election cycles.

There is a marvelous line from the 2nd Sherlock Holmes film,(and I am paraphrasing like mad here), where the Moriarty character says to the Holmes character that when war happens, he wants to have the corner on both bullets and bandages.

Unfortunately, not much has changed in the 21st century, except that the weapons of mass extermination have become far more sophisticated, and devastating, in their scope and breadth of destruction.

Nov 10 08:57

ISIS is America's Dream Rebel Army

US policy paper reveals desire for construction of full-scale extraterritorial army to invade Syria. Such an army is being built in Iraq and Turkey and it's called "ISIS."

The corporate-financier funded and directed policy think tank, the Brookings Institution, has served as one of several prominent forums documenting and disseminating US foreign policy. It would host in part the architects of the so-called "surge" during the nearly decade-spanning US occupation of Iraq, as well as battle plans for waging a covert war against Iran now well under way.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are seeing this unfolding now right in front of our faces, and we are certain to see more Americans die and get maimed for life in the interests of profits for private corporations.

Nov 10 08:43

Isis 'will regenerate' after air strikes, says defence chief - video

Britain's chief of defence staff warns against the beilef that killing those high up in Isis is sufficient to stop their actions. Nick Houghton made the comments on Sunday after unconfirmed reports that the terrorist group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by US air strikes. Houghton says a political strategy is as important as a military one

Nov 10 08:36

ISIL leader injured in US-led airstrikes in Iraq

Iraqi Interior Ministry has confirmed that the leader of the ISIL Takfiri group, Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been injured in the latest airstrikes by the US-led coalition.

Nov 10 08:14

When Will US Admit Boots on Ground in Iraq (3000 Troops)?

President Obama’s announcement that he will send 1500 more troops to Iraq was made on a Friday, a day usually reserved in Washington for the release of bad or embarrassing news that officials hope won’t still be fresh enough for Monday’s newspapers and so will quietly sink.

That these troops will be sent with Iraq soldiers to al-Anbar Province belies the administration’s repeated denial that it will put boots on the ground. There will soon be 3000 US troops in Iraq. They will be at the scene of battles, embedded with Iraqi units (apparently in the hope that the Iraqi troops will be too embarrassed to run away en masse again in front of foreign guests).

Nov 07 13:31

Obama deploys 1,500 more U.S. troops to Iraq

President Obama is sending up to 1,500 more U.S. military personnel to Iraq to serve as non-combat advisers in the fight against Islamic State terrorists, the White House said Friday.

Nov 07 12:44

Exclusive: U.S. may significantly hike number of troops in Iraq - sources

The U.S. military has drawn up plans to significantly increase the number of American forces in Iraq beyond the current total of around 1,400, as part of the effort to bolster Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State, U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday.

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