IRAQ

Jul 24 11:07

Kurdish Politician Fouad Massoum Named President Of Iraq

Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been named the new president of Iraq following a parliamentary vote.

Massoum, 76, is one of the founders of current President Jalal Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party. He is considered a soft-spoken moderate, known for keeping good relations with Sunni and Shiite Arab politicians.

The vote for president -- a largely ceremonial post -- was delayed for a day when the Kurdish bloc requested more time to select a candidate. They named Massoum as their pick late Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope this man can help stop the Sunni-Shiite carnage which is destroying Iraq.

Jul 23 15:18

Violence and Political Upheaval Plunge Iraq Deeper into Chaos

Iraq's Parliament delayed its vote for a new president Wednesday, following an overnight bombing in Baghdad that killed more than 30 people, including many civilians. Islamic State, the al Qaeda offshoot that is leading the insurgency and currently controls about one-third of the country, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Jul 23 09:53

ISIS gains highlight ‘aggressive’ use of water as weapon of war

Militants from ISIS now control or threaten key facilities on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, generating fears that the Al-Qaeda splinter group could turn off the taps to the Shiite south of Iraq, sparking a massive humanitarian crisis.Last month’s ISIS-led offensive across Iraq saw it overrun cities and battle for oil refineries as the national army melted away, but it has also been waging a war for water, trying to wrest control over rivers, dams and desalination plants in a bid to solidify its territorial gains.

Control of water is seen as key to the viability of the fledgling caliphate declared by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Without water, seasonal droughts cannot be managed, electricity cannot be generated, proper sanitation practices are near impossible and the local economy grinds to a virtual halt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Sunni rebels have been very savvy in terms their strategy of controlling both the oil and the water of the region.

And the US government appears clueless as to how to respond. When Baghdad falls (which it may well do), the US government will have lost Iraq twice, militarily, and once, economically, because with the fall of Baghdad, the US government will have no say as to who gets Iraq's oil, and in what international currency it will be sold.

Jul 23 08:51

Syrian Girl: ISIS True Purpose Revealed

Jul 22 14:26

In Iraq, Sunnis push back against extremists in their midst

Gunshots rang out one recent evening in the western Iraqi town of Haditha as local tribesmen in pickup trucks celebrated their capture of a handful of militants belonging to the al Qaida splinter group known as the Islamic State.

Jul 22 12:35

Meanwhile, back in Iraq - Hawija Massacre 21-07-2014

25 Sunni civilians were killed at bombing targeting the houses in Hawija, Kirkuk

Jul 22 11:03

With ISIS Now Controlling 35% Of Syria And Most Of Its Oil Fields, Iraq Issues An Ultimatum To The US

Perhaps sensing the fact that the tide of war may be shifting for the worse, Iraq has become increasingly more vocal in demanding US assistance and a few hours ago went as far as to issue an ultimatum on the US - help us now or we will find another bigger borther - one who will actually help us.

Jul 21 15:11

Iraqi bishop urges world to act after Christians forced to flee

A senior Iraqi bishop has urged the world to act after Islamic hardliners drove Mosul’s Christians from the northern Iraqi city, effectively ending a presence there dating back to Christianity’s earliest years.

Jul 21 09:57

Iraq WMD Lies: The Words of Mass Deception

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." - George W Bush, 5/24/05

Jul 21 08:36

IN TIMES OF WAR: A PRAYER FOR PEACE - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am reposting Claire's video for two reasons. First, this is a message that needs to get out to the world about how everyone loses in war except the bankers.

Second, the latest revelations from Edward Snowden include confirmation that the NSA "tinkers" with view counts on YouTube videos to keep videos contrary to the war agenda from going viral.

Fuckers!

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Jul 21 08:36

Kyrie Eleison - Anti-War Music Video - CLAIRE K. RIVERO

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I am reposting Claire's video for two reasons. First, this is a message that needs to get out to the world about how war is cilling innocent children.

Second, the latest revelations from Edward Snowden include confirmation that the NSA "tinkers" with view counts on YouTube videos to keep videos contrary to the war agenda from going viral.

Fuckers!

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Jul 21 08:35

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

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This video is now over a half million views! The original article the video was made from is HERE.

As a side note, I tried to post the YouTube URL for this video to Facebook in reply to a question, only to find out that Facebook is blocking this URL for "objectionable content."

If anyone you know is wondering why the US Government seems hell-bent on creating more wars in Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc. send them this video.

Jul 21 00:47

ISIS leader a confirmed CIA puppet

ISIS...the latest excuse to take away your rights while building a global police state in the name of fighting terrorism which is funded with your tax dollars.

Jul 20 15:17

Splitting up Iraq - It’s All for Israel

Barack Obama is blackmailing Nouri al-Maliki by withholding military support until the Iraqi Prime Minister agrees to step down. In other words, we are mid-stream in another regime change operation authored by Washington. What’s different about this operation, is the fact that Obama is using a small army of jihadi terrorists –who have swept to within 50 miles of Baghdad–to hold the gun to Mr. al Maliki’s head. Not surprisingly, al Maliki has refused to cooperate which means the increasingly-tense situation could explode into a civil war. Here’s the scoop from the Guardian in an article aptly titled “Iraq’s Maliki: I won’t quit as condition of US strikes against Isis militants”.

Jul 20 06:30

Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Israel Invades Gaza Because it has America’s tacit consent

America must soon shift our role from giving tacit consent to an invasion to becoming an active partner in a new, honest search for peace in the Middle East.

What is the end game? To cast Gazans to the sea, where they will be met by the Israeli Navy? To push Gazans into Egypt? To eject all Palestinians to… where? This is a question relevant not only to Israelis and Palestinians, but to the entire world.

Jul 20 05:57

Dear Fellow American: Do You Remember Iraq? Syria? ANYTHING?

How Can Americans Fall for Pro-War Propaganda So Soon After Learning of the Deceptions In Selling the Iraq and Syria Wars?

Jul 19 07:59

Islamic State overwhelms Iraqi forces at Tikrit in major defeat

Iraq Islamic State gunmen overran a former U.S. military base early Friday and killed or captured hundreds of Iraqi government troops who’d been trying to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, the worst military reversal Iraqi troops have suffered since the Islamist forces captured nearly half the country last month.

The defeat brought to an end a three-week campaign by the government in Baghdad to recapture Tikrit, which fell to the Islamic State on June 11

Jul 18 08:02

If at first you don’t succeed in Iraq, Surge, Surge again

America’s new strategy for resolving the Sunni-Shi’ite crisis in Iraq? The Surge — again.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey sounds as if he were reading off the 2007 script, echoing the divide-and-conquer strategy that was the basis for the Surge: “If you can separate those [Sunni] groups,” Dempsey said, “then the problem becomes manageable and understandable.”

Jul 18 07:46

How America’s Policies Sealed Iraq’s Fate

Who even knows what to call it? The Iraq War or the Iraq-Syrian War would be far too orderly for what’s happening, so it remains a no-name conflict that couldn’t be deadlier or more destabilizing – and it’s in the process of internationalizing in unsettling ways. Think of it as the strangest disaster on the planet right now.

Jul 18 07:23

The U.S. and Israel Plan the Destruction of the Nation State of Iraq

The concept of a “Greater Israel”, according to the founding father of Zionism Theodore Herzl, is a Jewish State stretching: “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates.” Rabbi Fischmann, of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, stated to the UN Special Committee on 9th July 1947 that: “The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt up to the Euphrates, it includes parts of Syria and Lebanon”, wrote Michel Chossudovsky. Thus “from the Nile to the Euphrates.” Herzl’s detailed thesis was written in 1904.

Jul 18 06:52

The Human Price of Neocon Havoc

Whether the tragedy is four boys getting blown apart while playing on a beach in Gaza or nearly 300 killed from a suspected missile strike on a Malaysian Airliner over Ukraine or the thousands upon thousands of other innocent victims slaughtered in Iraq, Syria, Libya and other recent war zones, the underlying lesson is that the havoc encouraged by America’s neocons results in horrendous loss of human life.

The overriding lesson from these tragedies should be that the real villains are people who opt for chaos and war over progress and peace. And, in the case of the Middle East and Ukraine, the greatest purveyors of this unnecessary warfare are America’s neocons.

Jul 18 01:51

Israel Commits War Crimes — Interview with Harry Fear

Abby Martin speaks with journalist and documentarian, Harry Fear, to discuss the latest developments in the ongoing Israeli siege on Gaza, including the bombing of 4 children on a Gaza beach and the failure of the most recent ceasefire.

Jul 18 01:35

Palestinian Children Have No Iron Dome

One day after a U.S. congressional committee voted to send more U.S. tax dollars to bolster Israel’s Iron Dome shield, four Palestinian boys were killed on an open beach by Israeli shelling from a naval ship offshore.
At the moment, with the Israeli ground invasion under way, the future looks bleak. Have we reached a tipping point? Will the Gaza beach murders be the moment when the world wakes up?

Or as Jon Stewart asks us in the clip above, “has the world gone mad?”

Jul 17 12:57

The imperialist debacle in Iraq and the struggle against war

The collapse of the American-trained Iraqi Army and the seizure of large areas of the country by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a debacle for US imperialism of its own making. US foreign policy is collapsing under the weight of the contradictions that have built up over decades of bloody wars across Middle East.

Jul 16 12:16

If Iraq Were in Central America

Just as in discussions of bombing nations for women's rights it's hard to bring up the subject of the right not to be bombed, in discussions of shipping so-called illegal children away from the border where you've been terrorizing them in reenactments of Freedom Ride buses it's hard to bring up the subject of not having your government overthrown and your nation turned into a living hell.

Jul 16 08:49

Kurds enter Syria from Turkey to fight ‘Islamic State’ jihadists

Hundreds of Kurdish fighters have entered northern Syria to help battle jihadists besieging the Kurdish city of Ain al-Arab, a monitor said Tuesday.

“At least 800 Kurdish fighters crossed the Turkish-Syrian border to help their comrades in Ain al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish), which is under total siege by Islamic State jihadists,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

A Kurdish Syrian activist said the flow of fighters came as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), blacklisted in Turkey as a terrorist organisation, gave orders for Kurdish fighters to move to protect Kobane.

“Fighters started going into Kobane from Turkey some four or five days ago,” said Havidar, who goes by only one name.

“But the latest entry, last night, came after orders from the higher leadership of the PKK. Last night, there were celebrations in Kobane — fighters were firing into the air as they arrived in the town,” he told AFP.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Only time will tell if the Peshmerga fighters will win against the Islamic rebels; right now, I would not bet against it.

Jul 16 08:25

Iraqi forces withdraw from Tikrit offensive

Iraqi forces have withdrawn from the militant-held northern Iraqi city of Tikrit after a new push to retake the city met heavy resistance, a soldier who fought in the battle said Wednesday.

Government troops and allied Shiite volunteer fighters were forced to retreat just before sunset Tuesday to a base four km south after coming under heavy mortar shelling and sniper fire, the sources said.

The attempt to retake Tikrit, which fell on June 12 to Sunni insurgents led by the militant Islamic State group, began two-and-a-half weeks ago.

No fighting was reported in Tikrit Wednesday morning, according to residents.

Tikrit lies 160 km north of Baghdad. It is a stronghold of loyalists of the late dictator Saddam Hussein and ex-army officers who joined forces with Islamic State to take over large parts of north and west Iraq last month.

Jul 16 08:00

"Kurdistan" Israeli Style

From the U.S. point of view, the creation of Kurdistan is a step in the remodeling of the "Middle East region" (Greater Middle East), that is to say, the division of the area into ethnically homogeneous micro-states, easy to dominate. That is why the Pentagon has been conspicuously absent. At a closed meeting during which the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel and the Chief of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, came to explain to Congress the parliamentary situation in Iraq, they not only claimed to have lost the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi file (and thus didn’t know why they arrested him in 2004 and why they released him a few months later) [2], but also admitted to having no intervention plan and leaving the field entirely open to the Islamic Emirate and Kurdistan. [3]

Jul 16 03:13

‘Ceasefire’ to refuel Israel criminality

The reality is that the Israeli regime has just given itself carte blanche to step up its genocide against the Palestinians – just as it was threatening to do so. The so-called ceasefire was nothing but a cynical charade to deceive this flagrant reality. Let’s make no mistake. What is happening in Gaza is unmitigated crimes against humanity, an operation of state-sponsored terrorism against an illegally occupied people.

If ever the Israeli military intelligence motto “war by deception” needed exemplified, then it is the current resumption of state-sponsored slaughter in Gaza.

Jul 15 13:43

Prisoners killed in Iraq 'to stop them joining jihad'

Abdullah Hamid al-Hayali is a man waging a campaign that he knows could end in his murder. The mayor of the Iraqi town of Baquba has taken it upon himself to reveal the truth about the fate of 46 prisoners, his nephew among them, who were killed in their cells.

Jul 15 07:45

If Iraq Were in Central America

Just as in discussions of bombing nations for women’s rights it’s hard to bring up the subject of the right not to be bombed, in discussions of shipping so-called illegal children away from the border where you’ve been terrorizing them in reenactments of Freedom Ride buses it’s hard to bring up the subject of not having your government overthrown and your nation turned into a living hell.

Jul 15 07:10

Vladimir Putin Interview with Russian news agency ITAR-TASS on the eve of BRICS summit in Brazil

The forthcoming summit’s theme is Inclusive Growth: Sustainable Solutions. Therefore, we will consider the most urgent issues in global politics and the economy, as well as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia,India,China,South Africa) development.

How can this be achieved in practice?

First of all, to develop cooperation in the UN in every possible way, persistently counteract individual states’ attempts to impose on the international community the policy of displacing unwanted regimes and promoting unilateral solutions to crisis situations. We propose to create a mechanism of regular high?level consultations between our foreign ministries on different regional conflicts to agree, where possible, on common positions and joint efforts to ensure their political and diplomatic settlement.

Jul 15 06:57

Check Mating Washington in its Own Backyard with BRICSIANSE

The United States and its closest allies have attempted to isolate Russia and President Vladimir Putin from the world stage. As a result of Western support for the Ukrainian regime that came to power through violence in Kiev, actions taken by Western powers against Russia have included expelling Russia from the G-8 of capitalist powers, the freezing of the assets of Russian government officials and Russian banks, and imposing travel bands on Russian citizens.

Russia and China appear determined that Ukraine and Georgia will be the «line in the sand» for any further encroachments by George Soros- and CIA-led «R2P» revolutions in the Eurasian space. It is also clear that Putin outsmarted Obama in his own backyard.

Jul 14 22:51

Over 6,000 Indian Shias seek visa to Iraq

It's a new Iraq surge in the making, and it has nothing to do with the US Army. Thousands of Indian Shias have applied for visas to Iraq where a deadly sectarian conflict between the extreme Sunni Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the country's majority Shia population threatens all of West Asia.

Jul 14 17:42

Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi formerly a U.S. captive

The U.S. held him captive for a time in 2004 before an unconditional release put him back into Iraq’s growing Sunni insurgency. A year later, the Multi-National Force-Iraq labeled him a kidnapper and murderer. It boasted of probably killing him in an airstrike, only to find out it hadn’t.

Jul 14 11:46

ISIS raises $1 million a day selling crude oil from captured Iraqi oilfields as government forces are accused of killing 255 Sunni prisoners

ISIS are making nearly $1million a day selling off crude oil from conquered refineries to Kurdish businessmen.

The jihadists, who now call themselves the Islamic State's caliphate, are smuggling the resources from Iraqi oilfields into Turkey and Iran where they offer it up for $25 (£15) a barrel, making a huge profit.

The lucrative trade was revealed as the Iraqi government were accused of killing 255 Sunni prisoners as revenge for the ISIS advance, which has seen them take large swathes of the country.

Jul 14 10:10

U.S. Sees Risks in Assisting a Compromised Iraqi Force

A classified military assessment of Iraq’s security forces concludes that many units are so deeply infiltrated by either Sunni extremist informants or Shiite personnel backed by Iran that any Americans assigned to advise Baghdad’s forces could face risks to their safety, according to United States officials.

The report concludes that only about half of Iraq’s operational units are capable enough for American commandos to advise them if the White House decides to help roll back the advances made by Sunni militants in northern and western Iraq over the past month.

Adding to the administration’s dilemma is the assessment’s conclusion that Iraqi forces loyal to Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki are now heavily dependent on Shiite militias — many of which were trained in Iran — as well as on advisers from Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government was hell-bent on creating a failed state in Iraq, courtesy of its invasion and occupation of that country. The only thing that was important for the US was that Iraqi oil would only be sold in American currency.

Unfortunately for the US government, the failed state of Iraq didn't fail in precisely the way they wanted, and now the blowback is... deafening.

You have a Shiite president, who has been suppressing the country's Sunni population; infrastructure blown to smithereens, and if it has been at all replaced, it was replaced with chicken wire and spit, by American contractors who specialized in "shoddy", at US taxpayer expense.

And now, the lightning-fast rebellion on the part of ISIS/ISIL Sunni rebels has taken this country's leadership by surprise, and they couldn't see this coming?!?!?

An American reinvasion of Iraq will only make things worse. It is time for the Iraqis to determine their own destiny, without outside interference, period, end of discussion.

And unfortunately, when the "Saigon moment" happens in Baghdad, the US government will have succeeded in losing this country twice militarily; and once completely economically, because it can no longer control who gets Iraq's oil, and in what currency it will be sold.

Jul 14 09:08

Kurdish leader in Turkey to push for independence from Iraq

The president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region will meet Turkish leaders on Monday as Ankara keeps a close eye on moves for an independent Iraqi Kurdistan amid the chaos in its conflict-torn neighbour.

Massud Barzani is due to meet President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the capital Ankara in separate meetings from 1100 GMT.

The visit comes as lightening gains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) — formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — in Iraq have alarmed countries in the region and sparked calls for Kurdish autonomy to counter the radical Islamist threat.

In an interview this month, Barzani said Iraq’s Kurds would hold an independence referendum within months, adding that the time was right for a vote as Iraq was already effectively divided by IS’s actions in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Barzani's timing here is a shrewd move.

An independent Kurdistan would solidify it's hold over its oil revenue,and remove the shakles of a compltely, pathologically disfunctional government in Baghdad.

It's Peshmerga fighters have the capabilities and discipline to hold off the ISIS/ISIL militants, and the Kurd's cultural cohesion - and history - make this an opportunity worth seizing for the Kurdish people.

The rest of Iraq may already be lost; its military cannot hold against the invaders, and the US government doesn't want to go back in militarily in an election year. Unfortunately for the US government, when Baghdad falls (and this appears to be only a matter of time), the US will have lost Iraq twice militarily, and once, completely economically, because it will have no say in to whom Iraq's oil will be sold, or in what national currency.

Jul 14 07:48

Save Gaza Today; Tomorrow May Be Too Late!

As Israel is set for a ground invasion of Gaza, the alarming call of a Holy War is heard from an Israeli commander who tells his soldiers that they are engaged in a war to “wipe out” an “enemy who defames” God. Jewish extremism has always been concealed, and with it, the dangers. But the threat is very real – and very well understood even by those supporting this growing danger.

World leaders have warned that the conflict could engulf the entire region, but Israel is not heeding their warnings. Perhaps Netanyahu is smug in the knowledge that even if all in the region (and beyond) perish, Israeli Jews, or at least some, will be safe in its Site 911.Site 911, funded by America, due for completion soon.

With the growing extremism in Israeli military, their “holy wars” and nukes, it is not just Gaza that is burning – this is a war on humanity and perhaps even human race. If we do not stop it today, tomorrow may be too late.

Jul 14 00:10

An Open Letter to Wall Street Journal from a Palestinian Woman

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Media Relations Specialist Amani Al-Khatahtbeh responds to Bret Stephens’ racist column “Where are the Palestinian Women?” in the Wall Street Journal last week. Stephens makes the assertion that all Palestinian mothers want to raise their sons to be martyrs. In a condescending comparison to Israeli society, he goes on to say that he has “yet to meet the Israeli mother who wants to raise her boys to become kidnappers and murderers.”

Al-Khatahtbeh responds, “Actually, every Israeli mother is legally obligated by the Israeli government to enter her sons and daughters into an institution that systematically kidnaps and murders. It’s [called] the Israeli Defense Force.”
Read her full response to Stephens in her column, “An Open Letter to Wall Street Journal from a Palestinian Woman” here...

Jul 14 00:07

The Unfolding of Yinon’s “Zionist Plan for the Middle East”: The Crisis in Iraq and the Centrality of the National Interest of Israel

“The Unfolding of Yinon’s ‘Zionist Plan for the Middle East’: The Crisis in Iraq and the Centrality of the National Interest of Israel,” illustrates how the ethno-sectarian fragmentation and internecine warfare between Shiites and Sunnis is in line with the Yinon plan to enhance Israel’s security and was ignited by the neocon-inspired US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Netanyahu and the neocons currently view Iran as a greater threat in the Middle East than ISIS, and while they advocate US military intervention,they emphasize that such intervention should not empower Iran, notes Stephen Sniegoski.

Jul 13 23:51

Exclusive: Interview with Bashar al-Jaafari

Excerpts from the Exclusive PRESS TV interview with Bashar al-Jaafari, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations:

There is an awakening in the west he said, but a very shy awakening and people are aware that there is something wrong in the calculations of the American Administration...

You (President Obama) cannot on the one hand pledge Five hundred million dollars to help the so-called "moderate" Syrian opposition and on the other hand two days later state that the coalition is not a reliable political force. This contradiction speaks for itself he stressed.

There is no armed moderate opposition in Syria. Arming terrorists in Syria, is like arming terrorists in Libya, or arming terrorists in Iraq.

Jul 13 08:41

Exclusive: Interview with Bashar al-Jaafari

Excerpts from the Exclusive PRESS TV interview with Bashar al-Jaafari,Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations:

There is an awakening in the west he said, but a very shy awakening and people are aware that there is something wrong in the calculations of the American Administration…

You (President Obama) cannot on the one hand pledge Five hundred million dollars to help the so-called “moderate” Syrian opposition and on the other hand two days later state that the coalition is not a reliable political force. This contradiction speaks for itself he stressed.

There is no armed moderate opposition in Syria. Arming terrorists in Syria, is like arming terrorists in Iraq, or arming terrorists in Libya or Egypt or elsewhere.

Jul 13 07:24

In Baghdad, middle-class Sunnis say they prefer militants to Maliki

The Sunni worshipers who visit the main mosque in this relatively affluent neighborhood of west Baghdad are a far cry from Islamist extremists.

“We are intellectuals,” the mosque’s imam, Aday Moussa, said of a group that includes doctors, professors — and, especially, former members of Saddam Hussein’s army and security services.

The worshipers and other Sunnis interviewed in Baghdad said they have little affinity for the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State that routed Iraqi forces last month and declared a “caliphate” across a vast swath of the country.

But as the militants take aim at Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government, these educated, professional Sunnis leave no doubt that their sympathies lie with the insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Baghdad falls (or perhaps, more accurately, when Baghdad falls), the US government will have lost Iraq twice militarily, and once economically, because who the oil gets sold to, or using what currency to buy it, will no longer be under the US government's control.

Jul 12 20:46

Video: Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq war

If you watch the vid there are many scenes that bring back memories of the lies leading up to the war - all the way up to Colin "corn starch" Powell holding up that famous vial with the now-bemedaled Tenet behind him.

Jul 12 15:03

WHOA! Former Al-Qaeda Commander: ISIS Works For The CIA (VIDEO)

Na’eem said ISIS, now IS or the Islamic State, is part of the neocon and Israeli “Clean Break” plan to balkanize the Arab and Muslim Middle East.

Jul 12 07:01

The Mindlessness of a Manifesto

“A liberal world order, like any world order, is something that is imposed, and as much as we in the West might wish it to be imposed by superior virtue, it is generally imposed by superior power” (“Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire: What Our Tired Country Still Owes the World,” Robert Kagan, Brookings Institute. May 26, 2014). This sentence from Kagan’s Neo-Conservative Manifesto reads like so much flotsam in a cesspool of scattered feces. It emanates from a mindless, bloated root chakra that has abandoned all except instinctive self-survival. It is deficient in understanding and wisdom, a mind surviving in an isolated tribe, a being guided only by fear of everlasting victimhood. How does one read this flotsam?

We don’t need to read it, we are witnessing its last throes today in Gaza as the consequences of neo-conservative “superior power” unfurls before the world once again and the desperation of neo-conservative idiocy splashes over the screen for the world to witness.

Jul 12 06:30

Iraqi government forces accused of executing hundreds of Sunni prisoners in revenge for ISIS advance on cities

The Iraqi government has been accused of carrying out revenge killings on 255 Sunni Muslim prisoners during its fightback against ISIS militants.

The prisoners, from a rival Muslim denomination to the Shi'ite Iraqi army, were fleeing the violence when they were recaptured and killed, according to human rights campaigners.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) brought to light reports of Iraqi armed guards breaking prisoners' arms and legs and shooting them in the head, as well as tossing grenades into cells with inmates inside.

Jul 12 06:26

CrossTalk: Target-Gaza — Norman Finkelstein

Norman Finkelstein: There’ll be peace and tranquility in the land of Israel when Israel negotiates a settlement of the conflict according to International Law. Everybody is ready for the conflict to end except the lunatics in Tel Aviv.

Regarding Israel’s claim that Hamas was responsible for the abduction and murder of the three Israeli youth, Finkelstein said:The US State Department was asked,do you have any evidence,that Hamas was behind this ?Their response was: “As of now, we don’t have any evidence.”

What’s clear is that Prime Minister Netanyahu has used,exploited,this incident for political purposes… to destroy Hamas, and because he wanted to dismantle the Unity Government. Hamas formed the Unity Government on the terms put forward by the US & the EU, notes Norman Finkelstein.

He also notes:“There have been zero casualties on the Israeli side from the so-called “barrage” of rocket attacks…”

Jul 12 06:13

While Europe was burning witches, Iraq was booming. It's about to be again.

The Kurdish government has been exceptionally motivated to negotiate favorable concessions with foreigners. Plus tax rates are as low as 0% to 5% (for people who actually pay them).

There's little doubt this place is becoming a veritable boom town. And that makes all the non-oil investments even more interesting.

Real estate. Retail. Finance. Capital equipment. These sectors all do well in periods of massive economic growth.

A decade from now, Kurdistan will look completely different than it does today-- both politically and economically. And that's seriously exciting.

Jul 12 06:13

Kurds take control of oilfields in northern Iraq

The government of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region said Friday that it took control of several oilfields in the northern province of Iraq.

"Members of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kirkuk Oil Protection Forces moved to secure the oilfields of Bai Hassan and the Makhmour area," the Kurdish administration said in a statement.

The Kurds said they acted after learning that the federal oil ministry in Baghdad planned to have employees sabotage a new pipeline being built to link the three largest oilfields in the vicinity of Kirkuk.

Two of those fields are operated by Iraqi federal government's North Oil Company.

Jul 11 11:48

Blackwater awarded over $1bn from State Dept. since threat on investigator's life

The US State Department has allocated more than a billion dollars in contracts to the security firm Blackwater and its later manifestations since a top official for the company threatened a government investigator’s life in 2007.

Jul 11 11:18

Watch: The difference between Sunni and Shi’ah Muslims in three minutes

In the Middle East, the battle between the Sunnis and Shi’is (also spelt Shiites) has been going on for quite some time.

With one and a half billion Muslims in the world, it is extremely unlikely that they are all involved.

In fact, this age-old conflict isn’t even about religion.

Check out this video to see what the Sunni-Shi’i conflict is really about.

Jul 11 05:26

FBI details brutality of 2007 Blackwater massacre of Iraqi civilians

WASHINGTON -- Blackwater guards fired dozens of shots into cars and people, an FBI expert testified Thursday, in an example of the brutality of the 2007 killings that left 14 Iraqis dead in Baghdad.

Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and Nicholas Slatten appeared dressed in suits and ties before a federal court in Washington as the second trial in the case entered its fifth week.

Slatten, 32, is charged with the first-degree murder of a civilian. He faces life in prison if convicted. Slough, Liberty and Heard are accused of voluntary manslaughter of the 13 other victims.

All four have pleaded not guilty.

The Blackwater employees were guarding a US diplomatic convoy when they opened fire, killing 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians according to an Iraqi investigation, or 14, according to the US count. The hail of gunfire also wounded 18 people.

Six of the guards had started the shootings.

Jul 10 19:50

ISIS and Al Nusra Just Got Their Hands on 88 Pounds of Uranium - No Big Deal Says Washington

The Uranium that ISIS now possesses is not suitable for a nuclear bomb, but there are other ways to use radioactive material as a weapon. Yesterday the Iraqi government announced a startling new development: ISIS has managed to make off with 88 pounds of uranium from Mosul University.
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Jul 10 19:29

Get Israel out of the West Bank

So are the people advocating firing rockets in Gaza the same type of ditzy lefties and/or Israeli stooges as the ones in the US Congress ?

To the best of my knowledge, none of the many rockets fired into Israel from Gaza have ever hit a military or police target. Most of them fail, are intercepted, or hit open desert. The few that do hit something hit civilian homes and buildings, doing minimal damage. Casualties inflicted are also few.

What they DO accomplish is to give Israel a minimal pretext which the Israelis greatly exaggerate to “justify” their attacks on Gaza and to solicit funds from the United States.

Jul 10 18:28

US-Backed 'Moderate' Free Syrian Army Factions Join ISIS Terror Group

Reports coming out of eastern Syria Monday revealed that several factions within the Syrian opposition force known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have pledged services to the Islamic State, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Sources and eyewitnesses said that the FSA has handed over its weapons to the Islamic State in large numbers.

Jul 10 13:39

Security alert: ISIS insurgents seize uranium in Iraq: “Can be used in weapons of mass destruction”

AMID WARNINGS THAT A VEHICLE CARRYING RADIOACTIVE IRIDIUM-192 WAS HIJACKED IN MEXICO LAST WEEK, REUTERS REPORTS THAT A SERIOUS NUCLEAR THREAT HAS EMERGED OUT OF IRAQ

Jul 10 13:28

Fifty bodies found south of Baghdad

Iraqi security forces have found the bullet-riddled bodies of 53 men in a mainly Shia area south of Baghdad.

Jul 10 11:03

'Prince of Darkness' Disowns Iraq's Tragedy

As Iraq stands on the verge of a complete breakdown into mini sectarian states, former leading neoconservative and Iraq war advocate Richard Perle has chimed in on the situation on Newsmax TV. His statements in an interview given on Saturday were yet another testimony to the intellectual degeneration of a group that had once promised a ‘new Middle East’, only to destabilize the region with violent consequences that continue to reverberate until this day.

Jul 10 09:46

Iraq’s Kurds say Maliki ‘has become hysterical and must quit

A spokesman for Iraqi Kurdish president Massud Barzani said Thursday national premier Nuri al-Maliki had “become hysterical” and should step down after he accused the autonomous region of harbouring militants.

Maliki “has become hysterical and has lost his balance,” said the statement, published on the Kurdish regional presidency website in English.

Addressing the premier, it continued: “You must apologise to the Iraqi people and step down. You have destroyed the country and someone who has destroyed the country cannot save the country from crises.”

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Al-Malaki will not step down, and has made that crystal clear.

We are not hearing much about the situation on the ground in Iraq from the presstitutes. However, the cold hard truth is that if Baghdad falls to ISIS/ISIL, the US government will have lost Iraq both militarily (for a second time) and economically.

the US govenment will then have no say as to who gets to buy Iraqi oil, and for what currency, and that second one will be a sucker punch to the US government's economic gut.

Jul 10 09:04

Cheney is Wrong about Iraq

Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been popping off lately about how President Obama is to blame for the current crisis in Iraq.

Cheney sees the alarming territorial gains by Sunni Muslim insurgents and al Qaeda jihadists, and the growing and regrettable influence of the clerics of Iran over the Shiite government of Iraq, and blames it all on the Obama administration.

Jul 10 08:20

Plan to arm Syrian rebels is ineffective and harmful – Ron Paul

“Here’s more evidence that our foreign policy makes no sense: the Obama Administration, urged on by neocon hawks like McCain and Graham, for years has been giving support to the rebels trying to overthrow the Assad government in Syria," he said.

“We have now further evidence of the futility and danger of such a policy. The 1,000-strong Dawud brigade, along with American weapons and vehicles, has defected to ISIS. As our intervention in the region grows, so does the strength and determination of the radicals to make our 11-year wasteful and useless effort in Iraq a war of folly.”

“The neocon hawks demand more weapons, troops and money to continue this nonsense. I say it’s time to quit our intervention in the entire region. The sooner, the better.”

Jul 10 07:38

Jewish Hate of Arabs Proves: Israel Must Undergo Cultural Revolution

Without a revolution based on humanist values, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state.

There are no words to describe the horror allegedly done by six Jews to Mohammed Abu Khdeir of Shoafat. Although a gag order bars publication of details of the terrible murder and the identities of its alleged perpetrators, the account of Abu Khdeir’s family — according to which the boy was burned alive — would horrify any mortal. Anyone who is not satisfied with this description, can view the horror movie in which members of Israel’s Border Police are seen brutally beating Tariq Abu Khdeir, the murder victim’s 15-year-old cousin.

Jul 10 07:33

Chomsky, BDS And The Jewish Left Paradigm

The message to the Palestinian Western activists who worked for years to build a dialogue with the Jewish Left is simple and devastating – you went to bed with the wrong people. Trust in the Jewish left killed your resistance and seems to have killed whatever is left of your cause.

The verdict is clear. The occupation is not the problem; it is just a symptom of the problem. The Jewish state is a problem and it is a serious problem. The Jewish Lobby is an even greater problem and it is a global one. And as it seems, even the Jewish Left a la Chomsky is also a grave problem. At the very least it has been an obstacle that prevented the Palestinians from grasping the real context of their struggle.

Jul 10 07:11

BEX ALERT - ISIS Has Seized 88 Pounds Of Uranium In Northern Iraq

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me twice, shame on me!

Jul 10 06:39

Iraq tells U.N. that 'terrorist groups' seized nuclear materials

Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."

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Jul 09 22:55

Disintegration of Iraq cannot be stopped, Barzani

Kurdish President Masoud Barzani stated today that the "disintegration of Iraq cannot be stopped", pointing that the Kurdish parliament is "preparing to hold a referendum on the independence of the Kurdish region".

Jul 09 18:38

Jewish Hate of Arabs Proves: Israel Must Undergo Cultural Revolution

Without a revolution based on humanist values, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state.

There are no words to describe the horror allegedly done by six Jews to Mohammed Abu Khdeir of Shoafat. Although a gag order bars publication of details of the terrible murder and the identities of its alleged perpetrators, the account of Abu Khdeir’s family — according to which the boy was burned alive — would horrify any mortal. Anyone who is not satisfied with this description, can view the horror movie in which members of Israel’s Border Police are seen brutally beating Tariq Abu Khdeir, the murder victim’s 15-year-old cousin.

Jul 09 17:58

Breaking news!: Sunni insurgents take over nuclear materials in northern Iraq

They just keep tryin to set up a false flag! Some of the commenters have already caught on. Not goin ta work!

Iraq says “terrorist groups” have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north. Iraq's UN envoy has appealed for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."

According to Iraq's UN ambassador, Mohamed Ali Alhakim, about 40 kilograms of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University. He added that such materials "can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction."

"Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

Jul 09 16:36

Ending the “Passionate Attachment” Allies in the Medieval-Modern Struggle

A fairly accurate summary by Harry Clark.

US diplomats, military and intelligence officers, politicians, academics and journalists critical of the US-Israel relationship,in Washington and elsewhere gathered On March 7, 2014 with other critics in Washington, at the Washington DC National Press Club for a “National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel ‘Special Relationship.” The event was organized by the Council for the National Interest, If Americans Knew, Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, and Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. It was a full day of six panels with a total of 25 speakers. Despite the full program moderators kept the event on schedule. The ballroom of the National Press Club was filled, and the event was broadcast live on C-Span. Video of each panel and separate audio for each speaker, and near-complete transcripts, are at the IRMEP program page and the natsummit.org page. The proceedings survey Israel’s influence and its damage to the US.

Jul 09 09:22

ISIS Head Killed or Injured

Unverified reports say that the head of ISIS has been killed or severely injured in an air strike by the Iraq Air Force in western Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember that the US failed to deliver the warplanes Iraq purchased (and is now refusing to return the money paid for same) so in all probability this head of ISIS was killed using Russian-supplied warplanes and munitions, which means if Maliki hangs onto Iraq, Iraq's oil will be on the world market for Rubles and not dollars!

Jul 09 09:08

1,000-Strong Syrian Rebel Brigade Defects to ISIS

The Syrian Dawud Brigade, a 1,000-strong group of fighters formerly allied to the Islamic Front umbrella, has left its position in the Idlib Province and gone to Raqqa to join ISIS.

The brigade brought with it 100 vehicles, including 10 tanks seized from the Syrian Army during various battles, and is the largest defection so far to ISIS from any rival rebel faction.

The Islamic Front’s “Sham Army” wing downplayed the reports of defection, and insisted they had expelled Dawud, believing them to be a “fifth column” for ISIS.

That seems unlikely with the faction bringing such a large amount of vehicles and weapons with them, but does reflect growing acrimony between ISIS and the Islamic Front, which has claimed to have executed ISIS fighters in recent days.

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And while all this plays out, Al-Assad is still in power in Damascus.

Not QUITE the scenario the US government had envisioned, with all of its overt and covert interventions here, I would be willing to bet.

Jul 09 08:20

Green Zone - Trailer - Matt Damon

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am posting this trailer for "Green Zone" because some programming executive at AMC with gonads of titanium is running this film on their cable channel right now. It hammers home the point that the fiction about Saddam having weapons of mass destruction was no mistake but a deliberately crafted deception to take the United States into war, something we all need to keep in mind as the rhetoric against Russia, China, Iran, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. reaches the flood stage.

Jul 09 08:15

Why We Stuck with Maliki — and Lost Iraq

Jul 09 06:44

Jeffrey Goldberg Is an Idiot (No, ISIS Hasn’t Captured Saddam’s Hidden WMD)

It was unclear from Goldberg’s tweet alone whether this was simply a stupid joke — or whether Goldberg genuinely believed this shows we’ve discovered Saddam’s hidden stockpile of chemical weapons, thus proving George W. Bush (and Jeffrey Goldberg) right at long last.

However, Goldberg then retweeted three other people (this, this and this) who seem to believe it was the latter; i.e., that we’ve now learned Iraq did have WMD. So apparently Goldberg believes this as well.

Here’s what’s actually going on:

Jul 09 05:26

MM25 - ISIS Head Killed or Injured

Jul 08 13:50

Sunni tribes rise against ISIL in northern Iraq

Sunni tribes in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin have risen against the Takfiri ISIL militants, killing 30 terrorists.

Jul 08 12:55

Child Allowed To Stab Syria Soldier As Woman Hammers Head

These are the ‘people’ that Obama wants to give $500 million dollars to. They make children stab tied up soldiers, and beat them to death. The young man had no chance to defend himself.

Jul 08 12:53

ISIL-ISIS and It’s So Called Caliphate: Israeli-US Tools to Divide Iraq

The following GRTV documentary looks at the crisis in Iraq, which is being used to divide Iraq, and examines the support that the US and Israel are providing for the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its so-called self-declared caliphate. The documentary also looks at how the crisis in Iraq is tied to the long war of the US aimed at controlling at Eurasia. It also looks at the past analyses of Michel Chossudovsky and the video’s producer, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, about this long war.

Jul 08 08:08

Spain Arrests Eight in Raid Against Jihadist Cell Led by Ex-Guantanamo Inmate

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
June 16, 2014 12:56 pm

Spanish police arrested eight people on Monday in a raid against a jihadist cell in Madrid, AFP reports. The recruitment network was led by a former Guantanamo Bay inmate.

Police have so far launched 12 raids in the Spanish capital, detaining eight people, and the investigation remains open, Spain’s interior ministry said in a statement.

The Islamic cell found and dispatched recruits for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants based in Syria and Iraq, the ministry said.

Jul 08 08:05

Basij Commander: Ex-Guantanamo Inmates Hired by US to Fight alongside ISIL Terrorists in Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi said the US has sent a number of former Guantanamo inmates to Iraq to fight alongside the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

His remarks came after Spanish police arrested eight people in pre-dawn raids in Madrid in June against a jihadist recruitment network led by a former Guantanamo Bay inmate, Lahcen Ikassrien, a 46-year-old Moroccan, the government said.

Jul 07 17:48

VIDEO: Could Obama Be Supporting The Rise Of ISIS? A conspiracy theory? Perhaps...perhaps not.

This video makes the shocking claim that Barack Hussein Obama is behind the newly formed Islamic State—

Jul 07 13:46

Iraq seeks to recover over $40 billion from US

Iraq is trying to recover nearly $41 billion after the US has refused to deliver the F16 aircrafts the Iraqi government had paid for, Anadolu news agency quoted an Iraqi official as saying.

A member of the Security and Defence Committee in the Iraqi parliament, Hakim Al-Zamli, said: "The US has not complied with the agreement concluded with the Iraqi government to prepare and deliver the F16 aircrafts and Apache helicopters, as well as other weapons and materiel to combat terrorism, despite receiving more than $41 billion from the Iraqi government."

He added, "The US is not serious and is deliberately delaying the arming of the Iraqi army to combat terrorism in the country."

Al-Zamli denied US intelligence reports claiming that ISIS militants in the Islamic State impose a significant threat to Baghdad and described the claims as "exaggerated". "The US security chiefs know that ISIS elements have tried to enter Baghdad, but their attempts have been foiled," he said.

Jul 07 10:13

Iraq: What You Should Know About the Country We Destroyed

I've been working with Iraqis since January 2001, when I made my first trip to Baghdad. Some of these long-time colleagues and friends are Christians, most are Muslims. I don't know if they're Shi'ia or Sunni. I've never asked, and they have never offered. So, I don't know if my friend Mazin in more danger or less in this current crisis… perhaps it's all the same. He doesn't worry to me about "the others" if indeed they are the others… maybe they're not.

Jul 07 08:24

Ads Against Apartheid ‘ONE WORD’ ad campaign launched in Boston

Boston subway ads are shocking– ‘and so is the reality on the ground’

The ads are currently running in Boston’s downtown State Street Station where they can be seen by upwards of 13,000 riders per day. AAA’s website states they are “challenging Israel’s commitment to peace”.

Ads Against Apartheid is planning to expand the campaign to other cities all across America.The campaign has other hard hitting ads up on their website too. Instructing readers to “Stop Talking, Start Acting” and support spreading the campaigns.

Jul 06 18:35

Iraqi Opposition Broadcasts From Kurdish Areas - Mohamed

A general discussion on Iraq

Jul 06 11:44

US using ISIL to topple Maliki: Tarpley

Press TV has conducted an interview with Dr. Webster Griffin Tarpley, author and historian from Washington, to discuss the reports that US military instructors trained ISIL terrorists in Jordan in 2012.

The following is an approximate transcript of the interview.

Jul 06 09:56

ISIS jihadists demolish mosques, shrines in northern Iraq *Photos*

Islamic militant sect, ISIS, which has been rampaging across the north and west of Iraq since last month, has been demolishing sacred sites such as shrines and mosques around the historic northern city of Mosul in Nineveh province.

Jul 06 09:14

Cuban Missile Crisis Redux. Where are the wise men?

For those of us with an historical turn of mind, the rapidly unfolding civil war and international crisis surrounding Ukraine brings to mind both some unnerving analogous developments in the past as well as some remedies which might be applied quickly to prevent further hemorrhaging of the global governance, not to mention some freakish spinning of events out of control.

President Obama has chosen for foreign policy advisers and implementers dyed-in-the-wool ideologists and rights campaigners like Victoria Nuland, Samantha Power and Mike McFaul, so that it is unclear where he will now find the gravitas missing in his entourage.

Expert Panel Contributions to two questions:

Can a persuasive Wise Men commission to defuse the crisis be formed swiftly now?

In addition to the 2008 personalities, who else belongs there to ensure it is forward looking and can be long lasting where the last attempt has not been?

Jul 06 08:56

Arab Spring, Jihad Summer

Al-Baghdadi, born Ibrahim al-Badri in Samarra, is an average Sunni Iraqi cleric with a degree in pedagogy from the University of Baghdad. His alter ago was born after Shock and Awe in 2003, and soon metamorphosed into a de facto serial killer - blowing up Shi'ite kids at ice-cream shops or scores of women at Shi'ite weddings.

ISIL's track record in Syria includes banning every flag apart from its own; the destruction of any "polytheist" temple or sanctuary (except if it is Sunni); and strict imposition of Islamically correct women wear. Most of all, it is a track record of terror. This is not an army, rather a well-trained militia of professional mujahid, European passport holders included, with battlefield experience in Iraq, Afghanistan and, to a lesser degree, Chechnya. Heavy weaponizing is petrodollar-financed - the usual, wealthy "Gulf donors", which does not exclude official connections.

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What frustrates me so intensely here is that it is US governmental policies which have created this mess in the first place, by waging an immoral and illegal war against Iraq for no damned good reason whatsoever, with the Bush administration lying through their teeth about their allegation that Hussein had "weapons of mass destruction."

And because of that, Americans now fully expect every member of the US government to lie to the American people, and the world, with impunity; the difference now, is that no Americans believe anything that the government tells them whatsoever.

Credibility on the part of the US government, 2014: epic fail.

Jul 06 08:09

ISIL now fully in control of all main Syria oil fields, claims NGO

The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is reportedly now in full control all of main oil and gas fields in Syria, which are located in the Deir Ezzor province next to Iraq.

Jul 06 07:40

The Superpower and the Caliphate

The jihadist die is cast, a point of no return for the U.S. strategy of projecting imperial power in the region through armed Islamic fundamentalist surrogates. The international jihadist network, which did not exist before the CIA, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan created it to undermine the leftist secular government of Afghanistan in mid-1979, has become a movement that can no longer be controlled. The physical contours of the ISIS caliphate, the movement’s dynamic new focal point, may prove indefensible, especially if the Americans decide they cannot avoid an all-out assault on their former asset. But, whatever the U.S. military response, the game plan that was hatched in 2011 for Libya, Syria, Iraq – for the whole region – is kaput, based as it is on the reliable deployment of jihadists as surrogates for NATO and Arab royals. Worse, the Arab oil potentates understand full well that their own regimes are now in grave danger from the indigenous monstrosity they have created.

Jul 06 07:34

As Shia Shrines Are Targeted and Tikrit Is Strangled, the Fiercest of Wars Lies Ahead

The meltdown of American and British policy in Iraq and Syria attracts surprisingly little criticism at home. Their aim for the past three years has been get rid of Bashar al-Assad as ruler of Syria and stabilise Iraq under the leadership of Nouri al-Maliki. The exact reverse has happened, with Mr Assad in power and likely to remain so, while Iraq is in turmoil with the government’s authority extending only a few miles north and west of Baghdad.

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That absolutely nobody saw this coming demonstrates, very painfully clearly, that the pathological inability to think an idea through to its logical conclusion has been a requirement for hiring by the US government in the past administration, as well as the present one.

The invasion and occupation of Iraq, along with the training of militants to attack Syria, have absolutely not made Americans, or American interests, globally, more safe; these actions have done precisely the polar opposite.

Jul 06 06:29

ISIS Allegedly Issues 'Caliphate' Passport

Jul 05 20:49

New Border Risk: ISIS Ties to Mexican Drug Lords

A top U.S. Defense Department analyst under President Bush says ISIS, the Islamic jihadists creating a Muslim caliphate in Iraq and beyond, could use the Mexican border to infiltrate America, and it could happen “sooner rather than later.”

Jul 05 16:56

VIDEO: From the Shadows Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi emerges to address Muslims in Mosul

Notoriously secretive head of the organisation formerly known as Isis comes out of hiding to lead Friday prayers as "Caliph Ibrahim"

Jul 05 15:33

ISIS jihadists demolish mosques, shrines in northern Iraq (PHOTOS)

Islamic militant sect, ISIS, which has been rampaging across the north and west of Iraq since last month, has been demolishing sacred sites such as shrines and mosques around the historic northern city of Mosul in Nineveh province.

Jul 05 13:13

Not the Iraq I remember

Jamal Kanj argues that although the US invasion of Iraq sowed the seeds of sectarianism, responsibility for the mess now breaking the country apart rests squarely with Iraq’s leaders and political parties.

Jul 05 08:37

Dick Cheney Has His First Good Idea

You might know Dick Cheney as the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks and the disinformation about Weapons of Mass Destruction in the lead up to the Iraq War. But those weren't his only ideas... Other ideas include shooting that guy while duck hunting and Haliburton's selling nuclear technology to Iran. In fact Haliburton does not care whatsoever about which countries the US bans trades with. They'll trade anyway with them. But Dick Cheney has only just recently had his best idea yet..and he's only on his second heart:

Jul 05 06:39

Iran representing regional harmony

I would like other readers in the West to carefully consider what I have written, for a moment. Logically, we know a country cannot be simultaneously committed to supporting all Muslims around the world, and simultaneously be pursuing a violent sectarian agenda within Islam. Someone is obviously lying intensively on this issue, urges Harry Bentham.

Western depictions of the violence in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq as sectarianism somehow aggravated by the US’s regional adversary, Iran, are based on ignorance and blindness.

An example of this depiction of Iran can be found in US Senator John McCain’s June 16 statement on Iraq, in which he alleged Iran is pursuing a “narrow sectarian agenda” in the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

This, despite the fact that Iran has been supporting the forces maintaining Iraq’s territorial and social unity.

This is the diametric opposite of a sectarian policy, and Iran has been calling for reconciliation in both Iraq and Syria.

Jul 04 19:41

Reporting on Blackwater Operations in Iraq: Journalist James Risen Must Be Shielded from Department Of Justice Prosecution

James Risen of The New York Times, using recently disclosed State Department documents, has written a bombshell-of-a-story chronicling how Blackwater’s top manager threatened to kill the U.S. government’s chief investigator in 2007, thus thwarting an investigation into Blackwater’s operations just weeks before the company’s guards massacred 17 Iraqi civilians.

Jul 04 19:13

PRUDEN: An immigrant surge en route to a Third World USA

Maybe we’ve been conned. There’s a growing recognition that Barack Obama is an incompetent poser, working out of his depth, and his administration is the gang that can’t shoot straight.

Everything he touches becomes a bloody mess, like crushed bones and bits of flesh caught in the tracks of a tank slicing through a rank of soldiers (or civilians). Iraq, Syria, Egypt — all gone, as prospects for countries with a prosperous and democratic future.

The “reset” with Russia, meant to ensure that America and the replacement republic of the old Soviet Union can be friends, is a reset, sure enough. The new Russia looks more like a reset to the Cold War......

Jul 04 18:59

Washington Murders Countries, the US Constitution, and the Presstitute Media Makes Americans Complicit

Having Murdered Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and the US Constitution, Washington is now Murdering Ukraine.

Jul 04 14:04

US Sends Green Berets to Northern Iraq

Special Forces advisors have set up an operations center in northern Iraq as part of the expanding U.S. political and military effort to keep Iraq from splintering against attacks by Islamic extremists, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.

In recent days, a small team of advisors opened up a Joint Operations Center (JOC) in Irbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish Regional Government, Hagel said at a Pentagon briefing with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Jul 04 08:20

US general suggests re-invasion of Iraq if “national interests drive us there”

US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey refused yesterday to rule out large numbers of American troops being returned to Iraq in defiance of mass opposition in the American working class and population as a whole. He told a press conference that while the Obama administration currently has no plans to increase the US military involvement in Iraq beyond 750 special forces advisors and additional embassy guards, the situation could rapidly change.

Jul 03 22:38

Washington Murders Countries, the US Constitution, and the Presstitute Media Makes Americans Complicit

Having Murdered Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and the US Constitution, Washington is now Murdering Ukraine.

Jul 03 11:02

Real ‘Battle of Iraq’ is only beginning

The Islamic State's assault did not fortuitously start in Mosul, just beyond the so-called Sunni Triangle (areas north and west if Baghdad which are not very rich in oil resources). But, according to Stony Brook Professor Michael Schwartz, the Sunni Triangle "has almost the entire length of the only substantial pipeline that exits the country (to Turkey), a significant refinery in Haditha, and the Baiji petroleum complex, which contains an electrical power plant serving the northern provinces and a 310,000 barrel per day oil refinery producing a third of the country’s refined petroleum", in addition to a "number of small oil fields".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever you want to say about these people, their leadership has thought through their tactics very, very carefully.

Ultimately, this should be an internal settlement between all the people of Iraq, with a fair power and revenue sharing between the Sunnis and Shiites; unfortunately, it does not appear that the US Government is going to let that happen.

But the assets on the ground in Iraq have been too few, and too late, to really stem the drive of ISIS. And when Baghdad falls, so will the US government's ability to dictate who gets Iraq's oil, and in what currency it will be sold.

This will mean that, for all the blood and money spent, the US government will have lost Iraq twice, militarily, and once economically.

As a Christian pacifist, the older I get, the more viscerally anti-war I become, because I see it not as something which "protects our freedoms" ( it doesn't), but protects private corporate profit.

And hey, I have a great idea; if heads of corporations like wars so much, they, and their kids, should be compelled to fight those wars, and get maimed for life, or die, protecting their profits.

But unfortunately, for these captains of industry, it is always other people's children who are the expendable victims of war, whether they live, or die; that is none of their concern.

Jul 03 09:04

ISIS Captures Syrian Towns, Key Oil Field

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched across eastern Syria near the border with Iraq on Thursday, seizing towns, villages and the country's largest oil field as rival rebel factions gave up the fight, activists said.

The extremist group -- which controls large parts of northern Syria and captured vast swaths of northern and western Iraq last month -- is now in almost full control of a corridor stretching from the Syrian border town of Boukamal to the government-controlled provincial capital of Deir el-Zour to the northwest.

Led by an ambitious Iraqi militant known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant this week unilaterally declared the establishment of an Islamic state, or caliphate, in the lands it has seized in Syria and Iraq. It proclaimed al-Baghdadi the head of its new self-styled state and demanded that all Muslims pledge allegiance to him.

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So, let me get this straight: with all the surveillance the NSA does, around the world, they bloody couldn't see this coming?!?

IF they did not see this coming, then every bit of surveillance done by the NSA is NOT about allegedly "keeping Americans safe"; it is about keeping Americans cowed and terrified.

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

Jul 03 08:52

The Acute Danger of Iraqi Dams

It’s been apparent at least since the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 that the Mosul Dam, Iraq’s largest, could spell devastation for Iraq due to a combination of faulty construction, governmental indifference, and an ongoing civil insurrection. Were it to collapse, it would lead to the largest human-induced loss of life in history. (For more on this problem, see my coverage here and here.)

The conquests in 2014 by what used to be known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now known just as the Islamic State, have dramatically shown that other dams in Iraq can also pose problems, if not on so catastrophic a scale.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This unfolding catastrophe is largely to be laid at the feet of absolute lack of planning on the part of US civilian and military leadership.

ISIS did not come out of nowhere; it took a long time to build up, but apparently, no one in the US government saw it coming until it may well be too late to contain the movement in the region.

Jul 03 08:37

Saudi Arabia deploys 30,000 troops at border after alleged Iraqi withdrawal

Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to its 800km border with Iraq following an alleged withdrawal of Iraqi border guards amid the ongoing battles against Sunni Islamist militants. Baghdad denied pulling off the guards.

Saudi state-owned news channel Al Arabiya released a video apparently showing Iraqi soldiers saying the government ordered them to retreat from their positions along borders with Syria in the west and Saudi Arabia in the south despite no evident danger.

“We didn’t know why,” an officer says in the video, which was obtained by Al Arabiya’s sister channel Al Hadath. The report didn’t clarify whether the alleged withdrawal includes Iraq’s borders with Jordan and Kuwait, both in the southern part of the country, or Turkey in the north.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saudi Arabia would not be deploying these troops if they did not think that there was a huge issue with Iraqi border security.

I am getting a nasty feeling in the pit of my stomach that we may be looking at some truly horrendous events coming, particularly in Iraq, because what the US military has deployed has been far too little and far too late.

And if ISIS takes Baghdad, it is all over.

Jul 02 10:34

Iraqi Parliament Ends as Sunnis, Kurds Walk Out

Iraq’s parliament met for the first time since the election today, with 255 of 328 MPs showing up, with others boycotting it outright. The session lasted less than a half hour before a walk out of Sunni and Kurd MPs meant they no longer had the quorum needed to vote on a parliamentary speaker.

Even the brief meeting reflected Iraq’s divided state, with a shouting match breaking out over a complaint by a Kurdish MP that the central government has stopped paying all officials in Kurdistan, leading Shi’ites to blame the Kurds for the ISIS takeover of the West.

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Well, THAT went brilliantly!!

Jul 02 10:31

US Troops Will Fly Attack Helicopters in Iraq

While continuing to insist they are trying to keep their involvement limited to “advisory” operations, the Pentagon continues to pour military equipment into Iraq, with US combat troops on the ground to carry out this new Iraq War.

Today, the Pentagon is rushing Apache attack helicopters to Baghdad, along with more Shadow drones, couching it as a move to prepare for a possible evacuation of the US Embassy.

Yet far from being focused on the embassy itself, officials say the US ground troops will be operating the helicopter gunships to “protect US interests” in and around Baghdad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One can be assured, with this Administration, and this President, that when the President promises the American people something (no combat troops on the ground, in this instance) we can absolutely expect the polar opposite.

IF ISIS takes Baghdad, the US government will not only have lost, militarily, TWICE, but will have absolutely no control of to whom Iraq's oil is shipped, and in what currency that oil will be sold.

Jul 02 09:33

FLASHBACK 2006 - Sen. Biden Offers Plan to Split Iraq into Regions

U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, (D-DE), calls the Bush policy in Iraq a failure and calls on Iraq to be divided into three separate regions: Kurd, Sunni Arab and Shiite Arab. Alex Chadwick talks with the ranking democrat on the Senate's Foreign Affairs Committee about his proposal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then comes 2014 and the US screams about the integrity of national borders when Crime has a referendum to leave Ukraine and merge with Russia!

Jul 02 09:32

FLASHBACK 2009 - Back to the old-new “three-regions” argument

This headline "Six years of the US dwelling in Iraq" published on Russian Novosti Arabic-edition, it says the following:

The U.S. still considers the possibility of dividing Iraq into three regions, the Kurds in northern Iraq, the Sunnis in the center and the Shiite in the South.

Which means that the U.S. authorities unaware of the consequences, because such a division could cause political problems with neighboring countries.

Jul 02 09:12

U.S. troops in Baghdad to fly Apache helicopters and drones

The nearly 500 American troops sent to Baghdad to bolster security for the US embassy are equipped with Apache attack helicopters and small unarmed surveillance drones, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.

President Barack Obama on Monday ordered 200 additional troops to the Iraqi capital to ensure the safety of American diplomats and other personnel working in the city, as Baghdad government forces face a challenge from advancing Sunni extremists.

The reinforcements will include troops to fly and maintain Apache attack helicopters and unarmed surveillance drones, Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question of precisely how many US forces have been deployed to Iraq has been unclear since the beginning of the deployment.

And in light of the reality that this administration is pathologically incapable of giving a straight answer to the American people, I would well suspect that we have at least double the number of troops we are told we have on the ground in Iraq.

And the long and short of it is, the Iraqi people are sick and tired of having a US government-imposed Shiite government, which has been marginalizing and discriminating against its Sunni population, and Sunni Iraqis may well welcome the Sunni militants if Baghdad falls.

And that is the very real possibility over which the US government is sweating bullets right now, because not only will the US have lost Iraq militarily; it will have also lost it economically, in terms of to whom Iraq's oil gets sold, and in what currency it gets sold in.

Jul 02 08:50

Idea of splitting Iraq into 3 autonomous enclaves gains traction

As Islamic extremists have advanced farther into Iraq’s heartland, the Obama administration has tried to avert all-out civil war by urging the Shiite Muslim-led government to share more power with alienated Sunni and Kurdish minorities.

But if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki continues to resist a political settlement, the United States and its allies could turn to an idea that was first floated — and roundly condemned — during the height of Iraq’s sectarian fighting eight years ago.

Many analysts and officials, including some in the Obama administration, believe that a possible fallback plan for reducing strife is to split Iraq into three largely autonomous enclaves — corresponding roughly to the dispersion of Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds around the country — linked by a weak central government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such partition will not be left to the US government, but conditions on the ground will dictate what happens next.

Given its incredible surge in both Iran and Syria, ISIS may well continue its surge all the way to Baghdad; the US government has not sent nearly enough troops to defend it against a a country torn by ethnic and religious strife, and rankled by a Shiite government which has consistently marginalized its Sunni population. Drone strikes are risky at best, and - as Iran proved - drones can be shot down, if one knows what one is doing.

It is clear that in the short term, one way or another, Al-Maliki will go. Kurdistan's leadership has said that it will secede from Iraq "within months", but how the rest of the country will sort out will depend on how Iraq can (or wants to) defend itself from the ongoing onslaught of ISIS.

Jul 01 09:31

Kurds to vote on independence from Iraq in months, leader says

Iraq’s Kurds will hold an independence referendum within months, their leader Massud Barzani said on Tuesday, as the region reels under a brutal offensive by Sunni jihadists who have declared an Islamic caliphate.

Barzani said the time was right for a vote as Iraq was already effectively partitioned following the lightning gains by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

“We will hold a referendum in Kurdistan and we will respect and be bound by the decision of our people and hope that others will do likewise,” he told the BBC.

Jul 01 09:24

Iraq says death toll in June highest since May 2007

Nearly 2,000 people were killed in Iraq this month, the highest figure since May 2007, according to government figures released on Monday.

Figures compiled by the ministries of health, interior and defence showed that a total of 1,922 people died in June — 1,393 civilians, 380 soldiers and 149 policemen.

A further 2,610 people were wounded, the figures showed, including 1,745 civilians, 644 soldiers and 221 policemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One thing this "re-surge" of American troops in Iraq is absolutely going to guarantee; more civilian casualties.

Jul 01 08:54

Obama Orders More Troops, Gunships, and Drones to Iraq

Despite repeated warnings that there is no military solution to the crisis in Iraq and anti-war voices cautioning the current administration not to repeat the mistakes of the Bush administration by inflaming the crisis with a larger U.S. military presence, Obama continues to expand the footprint as the war inside Iraq escalates.

According to Al-Jazeera:

The announcement will bring to nearly 800 the total number of US forces in and around Iraq to train local forces, secure the embassy and protect Washington's interests.

President Obama has ruled out sending combat troops back into Iraq. But he says the additional troops will be equipped for combat.

Obama says the troops will stay in Iraq until security improves so that the reinforcements are no longer needed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to President Obama: those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

I am very concerned that, over the 3 day weekend coming up, we are either looking at a massive false flag coming up, to "inflame" the American psyche toward starting yet another war, or a huge influx of more troops into Iraq (while we are not paying attention), or both.

And as to Obama having made that statement "the troops will stay in Iraq until security improves so that the reinforcements are no longer needed"; I would like to politely remind him that, from the 2003 invasion of Iraq to present, the security situation has been massively unstable, and even with the handful of American troops he has deployed, he cannot militarily overcome what is a vast political problem in the way the Sunnis have been utterly marginalized by Al-Maliki's Shiite government.

Jul 01 06:53

Iraqi Hydrocarbon Prize of U.S. Invasion in Danger?

Excluding “boots on the ground” and leaving combat missions to local and regional “partners,” President Barak Obama and his administration say the United States keeps “all options on the table” to respond militarily to the terrorists’ threat to “American interests” in Iraq, which are now in “danger.”

Similarly, former UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on TV screens and in print has recently urged western governments to “put aside the differences of the past and act now” and to intervene militarily in Iraq “to save the future” because “we do have interests in this.”

Both men refrained from indicating what are exactly the “American” and “western” interests in Iraq that need military intervention to defend, but the major prize of their invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the country’s hydrocarbon assets. There lies their “interests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the US, the prize is for Iraq's oil to continue to trade for the US Petrodollar, from which the US financial system gets a "piece of the action".

If the Sunnis take Baghdad, Iraq's oil will be sold for whatever currency they want. Russia has stepped in with real assistance to Maliki so if Maliki hangs onto power, at least in the southern oil regions of Iraq, Iraq's oil will start trading for the Ruble, and again the US loses.

In desperation, the US is trying to force Maliki out and replace him with another US puppet regime and hope this will calm things down, but that is not likely to work.

Jul 01 06:36

Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater

Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat: “that he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and “no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,” according to department reports.

Jun 30 10:21

ISIS: Netanyahu’s New Excuse for Keeping West Bank Border Zone

ISIS forces are on the Jordanian-Iraqi border, and even if this is a long, long way away from Israel, that’s no reason Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t use it as the newest excuse against Palestinian statehood.

Jun 30 10:01

Turkey Ready To Accept Kurdish State in Northern Iraq

Turkey’s ruling party has indicated that it is ready to accept an independent Kurdish state in what is currently northern Iraq following the charge of Islamist militants through the country’s northern regions.

“In the past an independent Kurdish state was a reason for war [for Turkey] but no one has the right to say this now,” Huseyin Celik, a spokesman for the ruling AK party, told the Financial Times.

“In Turkey, even the word ‘Kurdistan’ makes people nervous, but their name is Kurdistan,” he added.

“If Iraq is divided and it is inevitable, they are our brothers .?.?. Unfortunately, the situation in Iraq is not good and it looks like it is going to be divided.”

A Kurdish state is viewed in Ankara as a possible buffer against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) which has shown the threat the group poses to regional security following the capture of Mosul and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kurdistan has come very close to declaring its independence from Iraq.

On Monday, 23 June, as reported at http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com:

"Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani gave his strongest-ever indication on Monday that his region would seek formal independence from the rest of Iraq.

“Iraq is obviously falling apart,” he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview. “And it’s obvious that the federal or central government has lost control over everything. Everything is collapsing – the army, the troops, the police.”

“We did not cause the collapse of Iraq. It is others who did. And we cannot remain hostages for the unknown,” he said through an interpreter.

“The time is here for the Kurdistan people to determine their future and the decision of the people is what we are going to uphold.”

IF Turkey and Israel have already factored this strong probability into their calculus on the region, you can bet that this is going to happen sooner rather than later, and there is absolutely nothing the US can do to stop it.

Jun 30 09:52

Report: Israel tells U.S. it would act to save Jordan from Islamists

Israeli diplomats have told their American counterparts that Israel would be prepared to take military action to save the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan if it came under attack by jihadist militants, the Daily Beast reported on Saturday.

The threat posed to Jordan by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which has already taken over wide swathes of Iraq and Syria, is of deep concern to the Obama administration and was the subject of a confidential briefing by administration officials to senators last week, according to the online news site.

The chief concern is that an attack on Jordan would inevitably drag Israel and possibly the United States into the fighting.

“Jordan could not repel a full assault from ISIS on its own at this point,” one senator was quoted as saying. Jordan “will ask Israel and the United States for as much help as they can get.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting more than a slight chill along my spine, upon reading this.

My question has to be, what is the quid pro quo the Israeli government is expecting from such an agreement?!?

The ability to to militarily occupy Jordan indefinitely, "for its own good"?!?

Were I King Abdullah II of Jordan, I would be more than a little bit wary of this Israeli offer.

Jun 30 07:03

Israel's prime minister backs Kurdish independence

Binyamin Netanyahu claims creation of Kurdish state would aid in formation of alliance of moderate powers in Middle East

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Moderate" meaning subservient to Israel.

Jun 30 06:45

Fear and loathing at Hotel Babylon

It’s payback time: The Obama administration’s “strategy” (remember “Don’t Do Stupid Shit”, the Ukraine strategy?) is to impose regime change on al-Maliki; after all, he had the bad taste of refusing to let US troops keep occupying Iraq past the 2012 deadline, and on top of it his government is close to Tehran.

Jun 30 06:43

CrossTalk: Iraqi Freedom 2.0

What has changed in Iraq in the last ten years? Are there any benefits of the 2003 US invasion? What is Obama's new Iraq strategy? CrossTalking with Michael O'Brien, Michael Hughes and Joseph

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note the admission that the coming US strikes are targeting more than just ISIS!

Jun 29 09:59

Middle EastIraq reports major effort to recapture Tikrit

Ground forces backed by helicopter gunships launched a three-pronged pre-dawn attack on the militant stronghold of Tikrit on Saturday, marking a major test for the Iraqi military as it attempts to gain the upper hand against insurgents.

But the offensive appeared to be faltering as night fell. Residents and a local tribal leader said militants from an al-Qaeda breakaway group had repelled the troops’ advance, rigging roads into the city with explosives. In contrast to those claims, state television said security forces had cleared the town center of militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What ever the US does in Iraq now will most likely be utterly too little, and too late, to reverse the tide here.

Apparently, US intelligence has been asleep here for the last 3 years.

But my question here has to be, how could the US government NOT expect that a Shiite administration, which had painfully and clearly marginalized Sunnis, would ultimately have to crumble, in the wake of Sunni dissatisfaction with the regime?!?

AGAIN, with Iraq (And NSAgate, APgate, IRSgate, Obamacaregate, VAgate, illegal immigrants, flooding our borders, and the volatile situation in Eastern Ukraine), we have an administration which is pathologically incapable of thinking any issue through to its logical conclusion.

Jun 29 09:10

John Kerry: US troop deployment to Iraq is not intervention

US secretary of state John Kerry has urged Kurdish leaders to stand with Baghdad and insisted that the imminent deployment of American military forces is "not intervention" in Iraq's affairs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is your government on drugs.

Any questions?

Jun 29 08:36

Iraqi PM Maliki Expected to Resign Under Pressure As West’s Destablization Campaign Rolls on

If you live in in North America or Europe, you are currently getting blasted with wall-to-wall media coverage of the destabilization of Iraq, softening up the public for a few big announcements coming soon…

The function of our media in this case, is to paint Iraq as a failed state in desperate need of Western military intervention, either by the US or a NATO confab. “ISIS has taken over and threatens to establish an Islamic Caliphate in the region”, and “The Sunni – Shi’ite divide has never been so severe”, or so the narrative goes.

Yesterday, we were told by the US State Department, ‘We to ‘work with the Maliki government’, while tomorrow we’ll be told that the PM Makili needs to step down.

Jun 29 08:36

"The Battle For Baghdad" - A Backgrounder On ISIS' Grand Plan

It is no secret that the extremist al-Qaeda Jihadist group known as ISIS for short, which in the span of weeks has overrun the northern part of Iraq, has grand ambitions to not only preserve its power in the north and central regions, as well as the border with Syria, but to ultimately proceed south where not only Baghdad is located but also the great energy infrastructure of the country: "the grand prize" for ISIS as it would make the extremist group viable and financially self-sustaining.

But how and when will this "Battle for Baghdad" take place?

Jun 29 07:59

Reaping the Seeds of Iraqi Hatred

The uproar in the mainstream U.S. news media over the barbarity of Islamic militants in Iraq downplays or ignores the brutality of the U.S. invasion and occupation that unleashed the ethnic and sectarian hatreds in the first place, as Danny Schechter notes.

Jun 28 13:46

Divide and Rule: US State Dept Plan to Split Iraq Along Sectarian Lines

The general rule of thumb is that Washington can never be friendly with a Middle East democracy or non-Monarchy for very long. Today, Washington says it “wants to work with the gov’t in Baghdad”, but fast forward down the road a month or two and the narrative will change to: “The Maliki gov’t is puppet gov’t of Tehran and must go”. They want to divide Iraq into Shia and Sunni camps engaged in constant sectarian warfare.

Jun 28 10:07

Unprecedented: Kurds deploy famed Peshmerga security forces in Iraq

The onslaught by Sunni Arab militants in northern Iraq has prompted the country’s Kurds to deploy the famed peshmerga security forces in defence of their autonomous region.

The move affects both young and old, with regional President Massud Barzani even calling on retired fighters to volunteer to take up arms again.

At a peshmerga base outside Arbil, the capital of the three-province Kurdistan region, training has a new urgency.

Young men dressed in green fatigues are put through their paces on an assault course, swinging from monkey bars, shimmying down ropes and scrambling over walls daubed in camouflage colours.

They will graduate as the region faces what the secretary general of the ministry responsible for the peshmerga says is a major military challenge — tackling the insurgents, led by jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who have seized a large chunk of neighbouring territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears as though we are looking Kurdestan's ultimate independence, which will balkanize the rest of Iraq.

Should Baghdad fall, and frankly the US government has reacted quite too late, and with far too few troops to make a dent on the situation on the ground, the US may well have lost Iraq, both militarily and financially.

Jun 28 09:20

Pentagon Admits Armed Drones Flying Over Baghdad; Top Shiite Cleric Joins US Calling For Maliki Ouster

With Iraq closing a last minute deal with Russia to reinforce its depleted airforce by purchasing second-hand Su fighter jets, suddenly the US found itself scrambling: the last thing it wants is to hand over control of Iraq's skies to foreign-made warplanes. Which is perhaps why as CBS just reported, a Pentagon official has officially confirmed that the US is now flying armed drones over Baghdad. "The flights, which are not round the clock, are for the protection of the embassy and are not the precursor to air strikes" according to the same source.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I refuse to believe for a moment that these drone surveillance flights are NOT prelude to drone extrajudicial assassination flights.

Jun 27 09:24

Iraq’s Shi’ite MPs Preparing to Replace Maliki

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki remains stubborn about holding his premiership, but he may not have a choice in the matter as growing numbers of Shi’ite MPs, including members of his own State of Law Party, are drawing up plans for a post-Maliki distribution of power.

Parliament will be reconvening next week, likely on Tuesday, and will be choosing a new parliamentary speaker, setting in motion the election of a new president and eventually a new premier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, as is the current, frenzied US military intervention in Iraq, this will be far too little and far too late to prevent the fall of Baghdad.

Jun 27 09:13

TODAY’S ZIO-TOON OF THE DAY

The following appeared in today’s Jerusalem Post …..

Obviously the lives of American soldiers are worthless to the zionists …

Pathetic but funny

Jun 27 08:54

Pentagon: 500 Troops in Iraq, More Are Coming

It hasn’t been so long since President Obama announced his intention to send “up to 300? US troops to Iraq as “advisers,” and the Pentagon now says there are 500 on the ground, with more coming.

Only about 180 of the 500 are actually the “advisers,” with other troops part of anti-terrorism security team, and still others manning the new Joint Operations Center in Baghdad.

Major General Dana Pittard is leading the new mission, dubbed the Joint Forces Land Component Command-Iraq by the Pentagon. A second Joint Operations Center is being considered further north, but not confirmed yet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how much military personnel Obama throws at this mess, it will be far too little, and far too late.

Kurdistan has all but declared its independence; Muqtada Al Sadr, who was literally able to raise an army to combat US forces previously, has warned the US government to stay out of the country; ISIS is literally at the gates of Baghdad; and it appears that the US government has managed to lose control of Iraq, both militarily and economically, for all the blood and money spent here.

Apparently, one of the prerequisites for serving the Federal Government right now is the pathological inability to think anything through to its logical conclusion.

Jun 27 08:13

Iraqi Kurds have no plans to give up control of Kirkuk

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani said Friday there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in oil city Kirkuk and other towns now defended against Sunni militants by Kurdish fighters.

“Now, this (issue) … is achieved,” he said, referring to the Kurds’ decades-old ambition to incorporate the territory in their autonomous region in the north over the objections of successive governments in Baghdad.

Kurdish forces stepped in when federal government forces withdrew in the face of a jihadist-led offensive earlier this month.

Jun 27 08:00

Triangulation: Israel-Turkey-Kurdish Oil Deal Points to Possible Alliance

The reports about the selling of Kurdish oil to Israel via Turkey open new vistas for triangular economic relations between Israel, Turkey, and the Kurds. It may also pave the way to improved political relations between Israel and Turkey. In the 1960s there existed a discreet peripheral alliance between Israel, Iran, and the Kurds. That alliance, to which the United States was a quiet partner for a short time, was aimed at, among other things, supporting the Kurds in their fight against the government in Baghdad. However, the main flaws of this alliance were its secretiveness, which made it in a way unbinding, and the fact that it was solely militarily oriented. A similar alliance can be forged now between Israel, Turkey, and the Kurds, but unlike the earlier one, it should be open and based on joint economic interests, which might guarantee its longevity.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, at this point, Iraq has been, effectively, balkanized, between the rise of ISIS, which is just on the border of Baghdad as I type this, the Russian military intervention here, and the ascent of Kurdistan.

For all the blood and money spent, the US has, effectively, lost control of Iraq, both militarily and monetarily.

Has the pathological inability to think things through to their logical conclusion become a prerequisite to serving in the American government?!?

Because in looking at the current epic fails of both American domestic and foreign policies, the short answer has to be, HELL, YES!!

Jun 27 07:34

US now wrestling with intelligence gaps in Iraq

CIA officers in Iraq have largely stayed in their heavily fortified Baghdad compound since U.S. troops left the country in 2011, current and former officials say, allowing a once-rich network of intelligence sources to wither.

That is a major reason, they say, why the U.S. was surprised by the recent offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which has seized a large portion of Iraq.

“This is a glaring example of the erosion of our street craft and our tradecraft and our capability to operate in a hard place,” said John Maguire, who helped run CIA operations in Iraq in 2004. “The U.S. taxpayer is not getting their money’s worth.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And so no one in this government saw this current melt-down coming?!?

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!!!

Jun 27 07:23

Kerry Issues Warning after Syria Bombs Iraq

"We've made it clear to everyone in the region that we don't need anything to take place that might exacerbate the sectarian divisions that are already at a heightened level of tension," Kerry said, speaking in Brussels at a meeting of diplomats from NATO nations. "It's already important that nothing take place that contributes to the extremism or could act as a flash point with respect to the sectarian divide."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

TRANSLATION: "Nobody do nothing until we figure out how to regain control of this situation!"

Jun 27 07:19

Kurdish Judge Who Ordered Saddam Hanged is Alive and Well

The Kurdish judge who sentenced former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to death is alive and well, contrary to international media reports he was executed by the jihadi-led insurgents blazing across Iraq, a Kurdish official and a family member told Rudaw.

A spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Justice in Erbil said he had personally spoken to Rauf Rashid Abdulrahman, the judge who sentenced Saddam to death by hanging in 2006, and that reports he had died were false.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And another piece of war propaganda crumbles. In the age of the internet, the average life expectancy of a government lie can be clocked with an egg timer!

Jun 27 07:02

Russian jets to aid the fight against Sunni rebels in Iraq – PM Maliki

Jets from Russia and Belarus will hopefully make a key difference in the fight against ISIS in Iraq, the country’s Prime Minister Nouri Maliki said. He expressed regrets over Iraq's contract with the US, saying their jets are taking too long to arrive.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a brilliant move by Putin. If the Sunnis take Baghdad, the US loses control over what currency Iraq's oil is sold for. If Maliki prevails with Russian help, Iraq will wind up friendly to Russia instead of the US when this is all over and the US still loses control over what currency Iraq's oil is sold for.

Checkmate!

Jun 27 06:39

Combat Troops Being Sent Back to Iraq?

A veteran has contacted Infowars to inform us that his son’s combat unit was told they are being deployed to Iraq in February 2015, contradicting President Obama’s vow not to send U.S. troops back into the stricken country.

The veteran, who served in the U.S. Navy with honor in the 1990?s, was shocked when his son relayed what his Virginia-based unit had been told by superiors.

“We are being lied to about Iraq,” he writes. “My son is being trained right now and will be deployed to Iraq in February 2015. He has been told by the U.S. Army that his unit will be sent for combat.”

“I thought we only had advisors? How can they now – just now know that they need combat troops in February 2015? Please expose this – so many more American sons will face danger – some will come home in body bags. There is a bigger agenda here – the more I know I will provide information.”

Jun 26 15:12

Iraq helicopter crashes in airborne commando assault on Tikrit

Iraqi forces launched an airborne assault on rebel-held Tikrit on Thursday with commandos flown into a stadium in helicopters, at least one of which crashed after taking fire from insurgents who have seized northern cities.

Eyewitnesses said battles were raging in the city, hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein, which fell to Sunni Islamist fighters two weeks ago on the third day of a lightning offensive that has given them control of most majority Sunni regions.

Jun 26 06:33

Iraqi Shia cleric denounces US military presence

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has voiced opposition against the presence of US military advisers in Iraq and has issued a warning to Takfiri militants there.

Jun 26 06:32

ISIS supporters vow to avenge any US airstrike in Iraq

Supporters of Sunni Islamists waging a campaign of terror across Iraq have vowed that any US airstrikes against its fighters will be met with attacks on Americans. The group has also threated to commandeer its own Air Force as Iraq risks disintegrating.

Jun 26 06:18

Maliki rejects calls to form national unity government

The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) attacked one of Iraq’s largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields Wednesday, as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who is fighting for his job, rejected calls for an interim “national salvation government.”

Maliki’s public statement came as U.S. special forces troops and intelligence analysts arrived to help Iraqi security forces counter the mounting Sunni insurgency, headed by ISIS.

Jun 26 06:18

Opinion: The Third Iraq War

An overlooked fact is America’s wars in Iraq make the conflict the longest war in U.S. history. Like two geographer friends of mine that like to argue over whether the Amazon or Nile is the longest river on the planet—it all depends on where you start. Most historians would put the date that America’s wars with Iraq began as 8 August 1990 when then President George H.W. Bush gave his famous “line in the sand speech.” It has been 24 years from that line to today.What has America learned in a quarter century of direct, and often kinetic, engagement in the cradle of civilization?

Jun 25 11:05

Kerry Warns Iraqi Kurds: Don’t Secede

Meeting with leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) today, Secretary of State John Kerry warned that the US is opposed to Kurdish secession from Iraq.

Kerry insisted he believes that Kurdish independence would “accelerate a lot of negative trends” in the region, and in Iraqi politics in particular. KRG President Massoud Barzani has been talking up secession recently, urging Kurds to take the opportunity presented by the ongoing fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to Secretary Kerry: sir, that statement (among other recent statements of yours) has caused an industrial strength palm-to-forehead moment for me, at velocity. In fact, sir, you have been doing a remarkable job of beating me up in absentia recently!!

As we both know, the Kurdish semi-autonomous region of Iraq has its 4th largest oil field in the country. Also, as we both know, the Kurdish region of the country is primarily Sunni, and the Shiite, Al-Maliki government in Baghdad has been marginalizing Sunnis all throughout his reign.

So the question at the end of the day is, what in heaven's name does the US or the Iraqi government have with which to negotiate with the Kurdish government?!?!?

Let's see; Iraq's infrastructure is crumbing; it appears that the ISIS/ISIL forces are marching on Baghdad; and Al-Maliki refuses to step down, so that a unity/all-inclusive government can be formed.

Sir, I believe that these "opportunities" for the Kurdish government would be tantamount, in poker, to "raising on a busted flush".

Massoud Barzani understands, painfully clearly, that neither the US nor Iraq have anything useful to cause Kurdistan to stand with the Iraqi government.

Jun 25 10:49

Over 4,000 Killed Across Iraq So Far in June

At least 4,695 people were killed across Iraq so far in June, and the tally is only going to get higher as ISIS/DAASH militants continue their trek towards Baghdad. The United Nations also released its preliminary figures for the month, but they are much lower in comparison. Below is our methodology for using the higher figures.

Today’s violence left 313 dead and 172 wounded. Many of the victims were killed in air strikes and clashes. There was also at least one political assassination.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am nearly in tears, looking at these numbers.

The US invasion and occupation of Iraq was never about "guarding our freedoms" or "making Americans more secure"; it was all about the oil, and insuring that Iraq's oil was paid with US dollars.

It thoroughly depresses me that our members of our military who died in this war, or were- or will be - maimed in Iraq, had this happen to them to protect private corporate profit; nothing more, nothing less.

Jun 25 10:05

U.S. military advisers begin ‘limited’ mission in Iraq

The first of up to 300 US military advisers began their mission in Baghdad Tuesday to help the Iraqi army, but the Pentagon said the American troops were not taking on a combat role.

The primary task of the advisers was to evaluate the state of the Iraqi forces and not to turn the tide against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which have swept across western and northern Iraq, the Pentagon’s press secretary said.

“This isn’t about rushing to the rescue,” Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters.

“These teams will assess the cohesiveness and readiness of Iraqi security forces …and examine the most effective and efficient way to introduce follow-on advisers,” Kirby said.

The US troops, which included special operations forces, would relay their findings to commanders within “the next two to three weeks.”

He did not say how long the advisers would be in place but said: “This is a limited, short-term duration mission.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since the United States government has proven itself pathologically incapable of telling the truth about any situation, foreign or domestic, in which it is involved, I am deeply skeptical that this will be "...a limited, short duration mission."

Jun 25 08:59

FLASHBACK - Kuwaiti baby incubator lies

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The United States Government lies to you to start wars of conquest and they are still doing it today!

Jun 25 06:53

ISIS captures biggest oil refinery in Iraq - reports

Jun 25 05:51

Nusra merges with ISIS at Syria-Iraq border town

Al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot Wednesday made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) at a key town on the Iraqi border, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the merger is significant because it opens the way for ISIS to take control of both sides of the border at Albu Kamal in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq, where the jihadist group has led a major offensive this month.

Jun 25 05:49

Militant Islamic Group ISIS Trained at U.S. Base in Jordan

Jordanian officials recently revealed that members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as ISIS) were trained in 2012 by U.S. military instructors at a secret base in Jordan.

This militant Sunni group has made violent advances through northern and western Iraq, videotaping executions of civilians and soldiers and taking over Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city.

ISIS’ ultimate goal is to create an Islamic caliphate state in Iraq and Syria based on Sharia law.

World Net Daily reported that in February 2012 the U.S., Turkey and Jordan ran a training base for Syrian rebels in the northern Jordan town of Safawi. This report has been corroborated by Reuters and the German weekly Der Spiegel.

Jun 24 13:03

U.S. Neo-Cons Seek To Rewrite Iraq History (Again)

What is the one thing more reprehensible than the saturation-lies which emanate from the mainstream media, our servile governments, and (of course) our banker overlords on a daily basis? The (bogus) Revisionism which follows it, which seeks to explain, excuse, or simply erase those preceding lies.

Within this general category of Revisionism; one sub-category stands out as an especially despicable form: the war-Revisionism which is an endemic component of the One Bank’s propaganda campaign. Clearly the only thing which could possibly be more-evil than war itself is to attempt to “excuse”, “explain”, or simply erase the worst episodes of history.

Jun 24 11:48

Syrian warplanes strike in western Iraq, killing at least 50

Syrian warplanes struck targets in the western Iraqi province of Anbar on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people, as foreign allies of Baghdad’s Shiite-dominated government sought to shore up the crumbling Iraqi armed forces and curb the advances of Sunni insurgents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now Assad and Obama are allies?!? :)

Jun 24 09:35

US Drones Strike ISIS Targets BBC Reports; Pentagon Denies

Moments ago, in what would be a clear escalation in the Iraq war, and confirmation that the US has finally gone "kinetic" as it warned on several occasions in the past it would, Iraq state-sponsored Iraqiya TV reported that US drones had struck ISIS targets near the Iraq-Syria border attack without giving details or saying how it obtained the information.

BBC Arabic has more:

U.S. planes bombed targets in the drone region based on the Iraqi-Syrian border, according to sources close to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri AL-Maliki.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though the reinvasion of Iraq by the US is definitely on.

Jun 24 09:10

Anti-U.S. Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr Retakes Stage Amid Iraq Turmoil

The endless lines of men with fists raised in the air and armed with machine guns and rocket launchers rallied in Iraq’s streets to send a warning of military might to the Sunni extremist fighters tearing through their country.

But the thousands of Shiite fighters – some sporting suicide vests and calling themselves the “Peace Brigades” - also sent another signal: feared firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army are back.

Rebranding the militia as the Peace Brigades reflects a broader attempt to put distance between atrocities commited by Sadr’s fighters against Sunnis in 2006 and 2007.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When it appeared that the US was going to reinvade Iraq, I would have almost bet real money that this guy would come back.

Jun 24 07:55

U.S. says its forces get immunity guarantees from Iraq

Iraq has given assurances to the United States that U.S. special operations forces that President Barack Obama has ordered into the country will be shielded from possible prosecution in Iraqi courts, U.S. officials said on Monday.

With the agreement, Washington has overcome a major hurdle as it rushes to bolster the U.S. presence in Iraq in the face of militant advances by Sunni Islamists from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, an al Qaeda splinter group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wait a minute; these 300 troops being sent to Iraq are there to perform "security assessments", on top of the 200 or so troops guarding the embassy?!?

And Al-Maliki is still not stepping down?!?

I smell mission creep, folks!!

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