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Feb 19 10:45

DICK CHENEY POISONED HUNDREDS OF US TROOPS IN IRAQ — THEY’RE DYING — AND THE MEDIA IS SILENT

The legacy of death and misery from the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan continues today, and, once again, Dick Cheney plays a central role. A new book by Joseph Hickman, a former U.S. Marine and Army sergeant, titled “The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers” details how soldiers and local civilian populations were exposed to constant streams of toxic smoke from the burning of waste.

The infamous Kellog, Brown, and Root (KBR), which was a part of Dick Cheney’s corporate empire under Halliburton, operated about 250 burn pits which contributed to the $40 billion that Halliburton made during the Iraq occupation. “Every type of waste imaginable” was burned, including “tires, lithium batteries, asbestos insulation, pesticide containers, Styrofoam, metals, paints, plastic, medical waste and even human corpses.”

This reprehensible practice proves yet again that nothing is sacred when it comes to the military machine.

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The complete expendability of our troops in the field is a disgusting and blatantly immoral chapter in the history of America's wars of aggression.

And unfortunately, even though that unholy trinity of Cheney, Bush, and Rumsfeld has slithered away from the spotlight, the horrific damage they did to our troops lives' on, and the VA's institutional culture of repressing, ignoring, and refusing to acknowledge this damage continues, unabated.

I frankly think that one of the most surprising things for most Americans, when Cheney had his heart transplant, was that he had one to begin with. One has to wonder just how much he paid to whom to get himself on the top of the waiting list for a donor heart. Of course money can do that, no matter how vile the practices were leading to the "earning" of that money.

Feb 19 09:54

US aircraft landing in central Mosul to smuggle leaders Daash

Revealed the Nineveh provincial council member Luqman Rashidi said Friday that a number of leaders of the terrorist Daash fled toward Syria, pointing out that the features of the fear and the refraction of Daash elements of the military build-up for the Liberation of the city of Mosul has become clear.

Rashidi said that "the US aircraft landing continuously in the regions of Mahlbah inspired olives and can pick up some of the leaders of terrorism, while accepting the killing of others.

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Looks like the US is pulling out their pet terrorists from Iraq before the Iraqis can capture them!!

Feb 18 20:50

“The Burn Pits” reveals how a Dick Cheney-connected company got rich while U.S. soldiers got poisoned

So what are the “burn pits”? When the U.S. military set up a base in Iraq or Afghanistan, instead of building incinerators to dispose of the thousands of pounds of waste produced each day, they burned the garbage in big holes in the ground. The garbage they constantly burned included “every type of waste imaginable” including “tires, lithium batteries, asbestos insulation, pesticide containers, Styrofoam, metals, paints, plastic, medical waste and even human corpses.”

Here’s where the story gets even more infuriating. As a result of the privatization of many aspects of military operations, the burn pits were operated by Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR), a former subsidiary of Halliburton, the company where Dick Cheney was CEO before ascending to the White House. During the Bush administration, Halliburton made nearly $40 billion from lucrative government contracts (despite many corruption scandals), Dick Cheney and his corporate allies got incredibly rich, and the soldiers whose lives have likely been destroyed by this reckless operation… are pretty much screwed.

Feb 18 17:34

Bush, 9/11, and Iraq: Trump Gets It Right

by Sheldon Richman, February 18, 2016

Donald Trump, for all his obnoxious demagoguery, is adding value to the presidential campaign by calling former President George W. Bush to account for 9/11 and the Iraq war, which set in motion the growth and spread of al-Qaeda and the rise of the Islamic State. Former U.S. rulers rarely face consequences for the horrible things they do in office. Condemnation is considered impolite.

So good for Trump. Unfortunately, he shows no sign of having done his homework; so his charges against Bush are little more than soundbites, allowing Bush defenders to dismiss Trump as a kook. But this time he is not a kook.

Feb 18 17:16

Ten Saudi Major Generals Decry Riyadh's Syria Deployment Plan

TEHRAN (FNA)- The military top brass in Saudi Arabia wrote a letter to the crown prince and interior minister, Mohammed bin Nayef, to warn him against dispatching troops to Syria, saying the plan entails dire repercussions for the Kingdom.

Ten Saudi Major Generals and marshals have signed the letter which foresees definite defeat and failure for Riyadh if the Arab monarchy sends forces to Syria following its failure in the nearly-one-year-long war on Yemen, the NTHNEWS news website reported on Thursday.

According to the report, the text of the letter has been released in different Yemeni media and gone viral on the social media.

Feb 18 14:41

‘Whoops’: Iraq admits it ‘lost’ radioactive material, now feared in ISIS hands

Iraqi officials are searching for “highly dangerous” radioactive material that apparently went missing last year, according to a leaked report

Feb 18 07:36

Wow: Trump Just Shocked The Critics And Did Something They Thought Impossible

In a statement on Wednesday, Trump said, “I tell the truth. The war in Iraq was a disaster.”

Feb 18 05:14

Bush struggles to mask mounting frustration

'I should stop campaigning maybe,' the candidate quips.


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“The press is totally at the mercy of Donald Trump,” Bush said after Edward Scott, 58, a Bush supporter, stood up and expressed concern that the former governor’s pitch on preparedness and policy “doesn’t resonate” and that the bombastic businessman has been “knocking [him] off center.”

Moments later though, a second likely Bush supporter, David Villinger, 62, stood up and offered a similar lament that his campaign “has been co-opted by the P.T. Barnum of our time.”

Then a third questioner encouraged Bush to show more fire, asking Bush if he could be more of “an [S.O.B.]” like his brother.

Feb 17 14:34

Covertly, Israel prepares to fight boycott activists online

Israel says the movement is rooted in anti-Semitism and seeks not to change Israeli policies, but ultimately to put an end to the Jewish state.
Note: We should have know anti-Semitism again, and again, and again!

Feb 17 11:35

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

It is inescapable historical reality that leaders of nations will lie to their people to trick them into wars they otherwise would have refused. It is not "conspiracy theory" to suggest that leaders of nations lie to trick their people into wars. It is undeniable fact.

This brings us to the present case.

Did the government of the United States lie to the American people, more to the point, did President Bush and his Neocon associates lie to Congress, to initiate a war of conquest in Iraq?

This question has been given currency by a memo leaked from inside the British Government which clearly indicates a decision to go to war followed by the "fixing" of information around that policy. This is, as they say, a smoking gun.

But the fact is that long before this memo surfaced, it had become obvious that the US Government, aided by that of Great Britain, was lying to create the public support for a war in Iraq.

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The Conservative establishment is playing the "How DARE you" gambit in response to Trump's comment that Bush lied to start the Iraq war. But Trump is correct, as this article reminds us.

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Feb 16 13:45

Trump’s crafty move on Iraq: His war comments allow conservatives to move past the Bush years while saving face

Trump's Iraq comments were initially surprising, but they give conservatives a way to put Bush years behind them
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Trump accused the former president of lying about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and called the war “a big, fat mistake.” Trump also sneered at Jeb Bush that the “World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign.” These comments range from demonstrably true (the 9/11 comment) to arguable (there’s no proof that Bush knowingly lied, but his administration did heavily massage the evidence to get their preexisting desire to start a war in Iraq). Perhaps unaccustomed to hearing reality-based rhetoric during their debates, the Republican audience booed Trump loudly for this.

Feb 16 12:42

Bush Lied, People Died

Pardon me while I sit back and enjoy the panic of the Republican – and media – elites as the GOP frontrunner takes up that old left-wing antiwar slogan: “Bush lied – people died!” That’s the essence of what Donald Trump said at Saturday’s South Carolina GOP presidential debate when moderator John Dickerson – who smirked his way through the entire debate – asked Trump if he still thought George W. Bush should be impeached as he supposedly said in a long ago interview...

Feb 16 08:46

How the war in Iraq is haunting the 2016 presidential contest

More than a decade later, the war in Iraq is still haunting those who supported it — especially those running for president.

In the Democratic contest, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has pried open the door on Hillary Clinton’s 2002 vote in support of the war. Despite her public apology for a vote she now says was a mistake, Sanders has said repeatedly that he got that vote right and she did not.

Feb 16 05:07

George W. Bush Returns To The Campaign Trail

George W. Bush Returns To The Campaign Trail And Blasts Trump Without Saying His Name
After months distancing himself from the others, Jeb Bush has draped himself in the Bush family name.

(*FLASHBACK)

Feb 16 04:36

It Makes Perfect Sense that Donald Trump Is a 9/11 Truther

NATIONAL REVIEW: In South Carolina on Saturday night, Donald Trump turned into an Alex Jones Show caller. “They lied!” said Trump, talking about the George W. Bush administration. “They said there were weapons of mass destruction, there were none [false]. And they knew there were none.” Moments later, as Jeb Bush defended his brother’s administration, Trump shouted: “The World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign!” And, again: “The World Trade Center came down during the reign of George Bush. He kept us safe? That is not safe.”

(*The rest of the article is about The National Review writer wrestling the demons of his personal nine eleven beliefs , most of which were debunked years ago .
also:“They said there were weapons of mass destruction, there were none [false]. And they knew there were none.”
'Look For What Should Be There But Isn't'; The length of this article suggests we might get the long awaited answer on Iraq's alleged WMDs , but it's never brought up again . The word [false] was blocked off and interjected only for the sake of the True Belivers in Mohammad Atta , and the 9/11 terrorists .
Essentially The NR reiterates it's fear of Donald Trump , in so many words .)

Feb 15 14:00

Decisive Rebuff? Iraq Sends Military Forces to Border With Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia started large-scale military exercises close to the Iraqi border. The military training known under name "Northern Thunder" involves ground and air forces from Egypt, Sudan, Jordan and several other Arab and Islamic countries.

Feb 15 10:52

Why the Syria ceasefire is a long shot

Washington and its allies are not interested in peace. They want regime change – by hook or by crook.

An end to the Syrian conflict is desperately needed. But the latest plan for a cessation of violence is unlikely to take hold, as the deal struck by international powers is based on fundamentally opposing premises.

In short, Washington and its allies want regime change, while Russia and Iran insist that President Bashar Al-Assad and his government are the legitimate ruling authorities in Syria. All sides are mandated by UN resolutions to respect the sovereign will of the Syrian people – to determine the political future of their country.

Feb 15 10:49

A Syrian Breakthrough – Israel Shamir

Now the deed is done, the corridor is blocked.

If and when Aleppo and the whole Aleppo district will be taken by the Syrian army, we would be able to congratulate Putin and Assad – and Syrian people – with a great victory.

The Russians raise alarms that a Turkish invasion into Syria is imminent. Russian media is foaming at the mouth about the perfidious Turks; a veritable Two Minutes Hate ritual (vide Orwell) on the state-managed TV channels being repeated a few times a day. The idea is to scare Turks stiff so they will not move while the operation in the North lasts. On the other side, the Russian opposition draws frightful scenarios of Janissaries slaughtering the Russian boys on the Syrian terrain. The Turkish media also tries to instil fear in the Russkies by saying what they can do.

Feb 15 10:45

Presidential Debates and Iran

The presidential candidates’ irresponsible remarks about Iran - as though it is a politically convenient football to be kicked around...

After watching both the Republican and Democratic debates on TV, I intend to exclude two main categories from my principle concerns in the upcoming presidential elections that will determine who will replace President Obama next year: one is the entire roster of the Republican Party, and the other, anything other than the foreign policy issues; the main area of my personal interest.

I am disregarding the entire Republican roster because I don’t think any Republican has a chance to beat Ms. Clinton in the general elections, at least this time around.

Feb 14 08:27

Trump, Jeb Bush clash over George W. Bush

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Trump began by saying that he gets "along with everybody" and noted he was a "self funder" amid boos from the crowd, which he'd cast as interest groups supporting Jeb Bush.

“Obviously the war in Iraq was a big fat mistake," Trump said.

He then criticized Jeb Bush's response earlier in the campaign on Iraq. “It took him five days before his people told him what to say," about whether it was the right decision to invade.

When asked again whether he still thought the 43rd president should have been impeached, he said: “You call it whatever you want," adding that officials in the Bush administration had "lied."
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He[JEB] added that while Trump was focused on creating a reality television show, “my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe." That prompted Trump to interject that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks had occurred while George W. Bush was in office.
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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who hasn't exactly been a frequent ally of Jeb Bush in recent months, joined with the former Florida governor in arguing that President Bush had kept the nation safe, which again led to Trump saying "the World Trade center came down" during Bush's presidency.

Feb 13 08:09

‘Too cold, bad food, tired of waiting’: 1000s of Iraqi refugees cancel plans for Finnish asylum

The Nordic state of Finland was one of the favored destinations for asylum seekers fleeing war-torn Iraq for Europe last year. However, many are now using their own money to get on a plane back to Baghdad.

Feb 13 07:49

It’s True – The US Already Has Boots on the Ground

The funny thing about the US is how much denial goes along with their foreign policy. After all, when America causes hundreds of thousands of deaths as in the Iraq war, it is a slightly embarrassing error at worst. It’s so awkward that former Gov. Jeb Bush can be coaxed into saying he would not have started the war his brother made. But embarrassing is not the same as war crime, or mass slaughter. Unpopular is not the same as learning a lesson, punishing the guilty, or even de-incentivizing them from making the exact same error again.

Feb 13 05:32

Jeb Bush On His Foreign Policy

Jeb Bush On His Foreign Policy Chops: Florida National Guard Ran Abu Ghraib Prison
“I was commander-in-chief of the National Guard. I visited Iraq and Afghanistan. The National Guard in Florida took the responsibility of running Abu Ghraib prison. I walked that prison. I saw the heroic effort of the citizen soldiers taking care of their job with great distinction. I supported our Guard in every possible way.”

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush cited his experience as head of the Florida National Guard in a radio interview Friday to counter claims from Marco Rubio that he lacked foreign policy credentials. The former Florida governor singled out the Florida Guard that ran the scandal-plagued Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq as proof of his foreign policy chops.

Feb 12 18:38

9/11: A Wilderness of Mirrors and the Prince of Darkness

On September 11, 2001 we Americans witnessed the calculated use of terror to traumatize our nation in order to impose a neoconservative political agenda that has been a disaster for the whole world, especially the Mideast. In 2016, all of this is clear, or should be with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. But any Americans who read the neoconservative policy papers in the 1990s, understood the extreme ideas that were being expressed, saw the future, and tried to warn the rest of us about what was coming, were no doubt either dismissed as kooks or smeared as anti-semitic.

Feb 12 10:29

NATO mulls joining US-led coalition in Syria, Iraq: Carter

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says the NATO military alliance may join a coalition purportedly targeting Daesh Takfiri militants in Syria and Iraq.

Feb 11 10:15

A Real ‘Political Revolution’ Would End the War in Iraq

These days, Bernie Sanders doesn’t say much about the Middle East. But if you’ve heard him say nothing else on the subject, he’s probably reminded you that he — unlike a certain former secretary of state — had the foresight to vote against the Iraq War when it came before Congress back in 2002.

Feb 09 13:10

The US is killing more civilians in Iraq and Syria than it acknowledges

Abdul-Aziz al Hassan is from al Gharra, his first name the same as the mountain’s. He left the village while the Islamic State was in charge, but it is because of a bomb from an American plane that he cannot go back. What happened to his family is the story of just one bomb of the 35,000 dropped so far during 10,000 missions flown in the US-led air war against the Islamic State.

Feb 08 22:04

Sibel Edmonds, Guillermo Jimenez & Pearse Redmond on NEWSBUD

the curious case of Michael Scheuer and his marriage to the CIA’s “Queen of Torture” Alfreda Frances Bikowsky, the media’s overall silence on the issue, and why it matters.

Feb 07 09:57

US Must Act More Aggressively Against Daesh in Libya - Jeb Bush

The United States must act in a more aggressive manner in the fight against the Islamic State, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said.

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

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

We remember your older brother's whopper about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We remember how only a year ago Obama and Kerry tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

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

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

You first!

Feb 06 14:18

EU calls on Israel to halt demolition of Palestinian housing

The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian housing, some of which was EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Note: But we were holocau$$$ted!

Feb 06 13:01

Saudi gambit for all-out US war in Syria

Seriously, Saudi troops going into Syria to fight Daesh? The Saudis, Turks and American CIA have weaponized Daesh. Furthermore, the Saudi army is elsewhere getting pummeled by insurgents in Yemen. The notion that the Saudis or their Persian Gulf allies are readying to send ground forces into Syria is laughable.

Feb 06 01:05

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Feb 05 12:29

Seriously? Now They Expect Us to Believe ISIS Leader Is Running Online Suicide Bombing Classes

So we are to believe the [Western intelligence asset] leader of ISIS is regularly participating in scheduled online classes with groups of people via Skype on how to blow one's self up in a public area.

And yet... we are told no one can seem to catch him.

In a world where the NSA can literally hack entire countries and we've been told everything everyone can do online can be monitored 24/7 in real-time... we are told no one has any idea where this guy could possibly be.

How can anyone possibly believe this line of bs?

So what's next for the enterprising young terrorists? Is ISIS going to open up a chain of terrorist community colleges and courses by mail, bombs included?

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Feb 04 08:55

Hillary Clinton vs George Bush on IRAQ Invasion:

Feb 04 05:03

Iraqi Kurdistan calls for independence

Press TV have reported that the President of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Masoud Barzani has called for a non-binding independence referendum. “That referendum does not mean proclaiming statehood, but rather to know the will and opinion of the Kurdish people about independence and for the Kurdish political leadership to execute the will of the people at the appropriate time and conditions,” said Barzani in a statement published on his website on Tuesday. He added that “the situation is now suitable” for Kurds to decide about their fate. “If the people of Kurdistan are waiting for someone else to present the right of self-determination as a gift, independence will never be obtained. That right exists and the people of Kurdistan must demand it and put it into motion,” Barzani noted. Over the past few years, Iraq’s Kurdish region has attempted to increase its semi-autonomy by constructing an independent oil pipeline to Turkey and conducting other oil exports.

Feb 03 12:24

MASOUD BARZANI REJECTS SYKES-PICOT, DEMANDS INDEPENDENCE FOR KURDS

President of the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq Masoud Barzani has just announced the region will hold a referendum on independence. Which might have be of fundamental importance for regional relations, the war in Syria, and the struggle against the jihadists. This is a momentous event for the regional situation and changes the geopolitical situation in this unstable, war-torn region. Barzani said that “the referendum is an inherent right of the Kurdish people to establish an independent state, and we will not ask anyone for permission.”

Feb 03 08:57

6,500 Coalition Troops in Iraq, Pentagon Pushing for More

While Pentagon and Obama Administration officials continue to insist that their goal is to take over materially all of ISIS’ territory, and to do so within the next year, behind the scenes the push is to add ever more ground troops to Iraq.

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"It is only a coincidence that ISIS is camped out over all those oil fields!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 03 07:50

Iraqi Army Makes Remarkable Advances in Fallujah City, Kills Senior ISIL Commanders

The Iraqi army and the volunteer forces made considerable advances against the Takfiri terrorists in the Western part of the city of Fallujah in Anbar province on Wednesday, killing notorious ISIL commanders in fierce clashes. The Iraqi forces advanced in the strategic region of al-Saqlaviya and reached the surrounding areas of al-Habaniya military base near the riverside. Notorious ISIL commanders, including Abu Ali al-Salmani, Abu Mansour, Abu Jafar al-Shami, Abu Torab al-Shami and Abu al-Ez al-Souri were among scores of terrorists killed in the Iraqi forces' attacks on the Western part of Fallujah city. In a relevant development on Tuesday, the Iraqi Security forces managed to cut off supply routes to ISIL terrorists in city of Fallujah.
Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shabi) eliminated a number of ISIL terrorists who attacked their positions North of Fallujah in Anbar province. [PHOTOS] http://en.farsnews.com/imgrep.aspx?nn=13941113001483

Feb 02 16:05

What’s in a Name? Iraqis Change Names To Avoid Being Targeted by Militias

So, yep, thanks for asking, this war is going well.

Feb 02 15:24

Stop ‘damaging’ attacks on lawyers investigating soldiers’ abuse of Iraqis – human rights groups

Senior Tory attacks on lawyers investigating alleged abuses and murders committed by British troops during the Iraq War are “ill-judged and damaging,” say human rights groups.

Feb 02 10:07

Stop ‘damaging’ attacks on lawyers investigating soldiers’ abuse of Iraqis – human rights groups

Senior Tory attacks on lawyers investigating alleged abuses and murders committed by British troops during the Iraq War are “ill-judged and damaging,” say human rights groups.

Feb 02 00:19

The Rise of ISIS and Other Extremist Groups: the role of the West and Regional Powers

by Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban (Political and Media Advisor at the Syrian Presidency).

This essay examines the role of Western and regional players (i.e. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) in inflaming the conflict and the growth of terrorism in Syria.

It examines the attempts to break up Syria’s civilian and military institutions, the delegitimization of the Syrian government, the attempts to procure a UN mandate for a military intervention in Syria, the imposition of suffocating economic sanctions on Syria, and most importantly the support that Western and regional powers gave to a plethora of armed groups, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, to fight the Syrian government.

Jan 30 07:25

US Air Force Spending Over $271Mln to Expand Balad Base in Iraq

The US Air Force has given Sallyport Global Holdings in Virginia a $271.8 million contract to run security and life support operations at Balad Air Base in Iraq over the next year, the Department of Defense announced.
"Sallyport Global Holdings Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $271,813,941 modification… contract for base life support, base operations support, and security," the announcement stated on Friday.
Work is expected to be completed by January 31, 2017, according to the Defense Department.

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Now, please give me a moment to wrap my head around this; the US government can spend $271 million on renovations to a military base in Iraq, but cannot spend any money for the people who desperately need clean water here at home?!?

Let's look at the history, which may give us some idea about why this is happening. As reported at globalresearch.ca:

here is Pentagon and US governmental obfuscation surrounding United States permanent bases in Iraq. Whilst Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defence, continues to deny a permanent US presence there, the facts appear to contradict his statements. In February 2002, Zoltan Grossman wrote the following cogent perception entitled New US Bases: Side Effects or Causes of War? “Even if this administration pulls combat troops out of Iraq in the future, it intends to keep at least four large permanent military bases, and access or ‘basing rights’ to many smaller bases, to keep control over oil supplies and shipments, support counterinsurgency operations, and to use Iraq as a launching pad against Iran or Syria. The only way that Washington can avoid this impression is to explicitly renounce any future permanent military bases in Iraq.” On 19 April 2003, A NY Times headline said: “A NATION AT WAR: STRATEGIC SHIFT; PENTAGON EXPECTS LONG-TERM ACCESS TO KEY IRAQ BASES. … “military officials … spoke of maintaining perhaps four bases in Iraq that could be used in the future: one at the international airport just outside Baghdad; another at Tallil, near Nasiriya in the south; the third at an isolated airstrip called H-1 in the western desert, along the old oil pipeline that runs to Jordan; and the last at the Bashur air field in the Kurdish north. On the 21st of April Rumsfeld said in a press briefing “I have never, that I can recall, heard the subject of a permanent base in Iraq discussed in any meeting … we don’t plan to function as an occupier, we don’t plan to prescribe to any new government how we ought to be arranged in their country… We have no desire to be there for long periods, we simply don’t. And that’s just a cold, hard fact.” On 23 March 2004, Christine Spolar said in The Chicago Tribune that there was a “long term military presence planned” in Iraq. “U.S. engineers are focusing on constructing 14 “enduring bases,” long-term encampments for the thousands of American troops expected to serve in Iraq for at least two years. The bases also would be key outposts for Bush administration policy advisers.” Major Kimmitt said, “This is a blueprint for how we could operate in the Middle East.” The US was making plans for Iraqi bases in Baghdad, Mosul, Taji, Balad, Kirkuk and in areas near Nasiriyah, near Tikrit, near Fallujah and between Irbil and Kirkuk. There were also plans “to renovate and enhance airfields in Baghdad and Mosul, and rebuild 70 miles of road on the main route for U.S. troops headed north.

Balad is centrally located, and could reasonably have our military supporting military operations against both Syria and Iran.

The project will be completed one year from now.

I have to wonder if that is the beginning of the Pentagon's timetable for the invasion of Iran.

Jan 29 12:16

Pentagon Seeks ‘Hundreds More’ US Troops in Iraq and Syria

Last week, Pentagon officials were talking up a few hundred additional “trainers” for the ISIS war in Iraq and Syria. This appears to have just been the start, as reports now suggest that over the last several weeks, the Pentagon has sought another 800 US troops for the war.

800 would be a big deployment for a war in which the “no boots on the ground” mantra has continued to be repeated by the administration, so the plan is to split this up over several deployments. Over the past 18 months, the US has brought some 3,700 troops into Iraq, over a large number of small escalations.

Absent from the Pentagon push for ever more troops is the question of if the Iraqi government will go along with it. Several times in the past they’ve expressed annoyance at the US announcing escalations before asking them, and several Shi’ite militias in Iraq have complained that the US presence is already far too large.

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It appears that the White House, Pentagon, and State Department are, collectively, suffering from SMD (Selective Memory Disorder), and I can demonstrate very clearly why.

Fact: Iraq doesn't want more US military troops.

And does anyone beside me happen to remember the Shiite Cleric, Muqtada Al Sadr?!?

Does anyone else beside me in Foggy Bottom, any adults in the room there remember the Mahdi militia he used to lead?!?

Does anyone beside me in DC remember that he threatened, if US troops did not leave PRECISELY on the date stipulated in the SOFA Agreement with Iraq, that our military would be "fair game" for his militia?!?

How happy is this guy going to be with more American deployments coming to his country?

And the question which SHOULD be keeping Sec Def Carter awake at nights is, how long would it take for this man to "get the band back together", i.e., how long would it take him to reconstitute the Mahdi militia?!?

Unfortunately, should he choose to do so, the logical short answer is, not long at all.

So let's turn our attention to Syria.

ISIS, US government trained and funded, was established to create regime change in this country.

Basshar Al-Assad, Syria's president, invited Russia to get rid of all the jihadists in his country, including ISIS.

The escalation of an American military presence will GUARANTEE, at some point or another, a military confrontation with Russia, which is a really, really bad idea.

The US military does not have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia, and that is what makes the military option so scarily dangerous.

I have become singularly disenchanted with a Federal Government which sees war as the only way to get what it wants, rather than good faith, hard-won negotiations, and appears to be hell-bent on preserving and enhancing the wealth of the 1%, even at the cost of sheer misery for most of the rest of us, in doing so.

All I can tell you, is that something wicked this way comes; and unfortunately, the US Federal Government will be both morally practically responsible for generating Big Mistake # III.

Jan 28 15:22

Freedom! 19,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed in Less Than Two Years

…that works out to about 28 dead every day.

It is also an estimate, given that many areas of the country are not readily accessible, and because the death toll from the siege of Ramadi is not accounted for in the figures. More than 3.2 million Iraqis are internally displaced and/or homeless.

Jan 28 12:35

Newly-declassified report shows U.S. invaded Iraq with no hard evidence of WMDs

The George W. Bush administration based its rationale for war principally on the assertion that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) — yellow-cake uranium poison gas, biological weapons — and that Saddam’s government posed an immediate threat to the United States and its coalition allies. Saddam was also accused of of harboring and supporting al-Qaeda, the terrorist group identified as the instigator of 9/11.

The rationale for the Iraq War has since been discredited. But a newly-declassified report to the then-Joint Chiefs of Staff provides even more evidence that the Bush administration went to war with, at best, flimsy evidence of Iraq’s WMDs — a war in which 6,045 Americans lost their lives.

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I hate to say I told you so, but ... no ... wait ... actually I rather enjoy it! :)

Jan 28 12:28

Trouble Brewing in Syria: Is US-Led Coalition Preparing for Advance?

US Vice President Joe Biden's recent visit to Turkey indicates that Washington is not inclined to pressure Ankara into halting its anti-Kurdish crackdown nor its military deployments near the rich Iraqi oilfields of Mosul, F. William Engdahl notes.

On January 24 US Vice President Joseph Biden held intensive meetings with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

F. William Engdahl, American-German researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant, believes that the Obama administration manipulates both the ambitious Turkish President Erdogan and the impulsive Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, indulging their militarism and greed.

"The Washington game seems to be to give the Saudi-Turkish duo enough rope to hang themselves in a mad power grab of Syrian and Iraqi oil riches and perhaps, if they are really mad enough, of Iran's oilfields too," the researcher remarks in his article for New Eastern Outlook.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report and analysis are true (and I have a great deal of respect for the work of Bill Engdahl), heaven help this planet.

There is going to be a point past which Russia cannot NOT respond militarily in Syria, and it almost appears that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been tasked with "playing picador" here in a proxy war against Russia.

Turkey, a NATO member, may well be goaded by the US and NATO into making some kind of military aggression against Russia, then will invoke Article 5 of the NATO AGREEMENT, which states:

Highlights Collective defence means that an attack against one Ally is considered as an attack against all Allies. The principle of collective defence is enshrined in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. NATO invoked Article 5 for the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States. NATO has taken collective defence measures on several occasions, for instance in response to the situation in Syria and in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. NATO has standing forces on active duty that contribute to the Alliance’s collective defence efforts on a permanent basis. This principle is enshrined in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, which states that an attack on one Ally shall be considered an attack on all Allies.

There is only two minor problems with declaring war against Russia, somewhat akin to twin 6,000 lb gorillas, snoozing on the Boesendorfer; neither the US, nor NATO, have the troop strength, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

The second problem is that of the difference in the ethics, and performance, of weapons manufacturers, between Russia, the US, and the West.

When weapons developers in Russia deliver, their products work as advertised, and then some, upon first deployment.

With Western (and particularly US) weapons manufacturers, products are delivered late, flawed, and hopelessly over budget. If you want a glaring example of this, just look at what has happened to the US's F-35.

Jan 28 10:37

Iraqi Kurds Agree to Hold Referendum on Secession

Ongoing tensions between Iraq’s central government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) look like they’re going to be getting much worse today, with Kifah Mahmoud, an adviser to the Kurdish president, reporting that the KRG has agreed to a referendum on declaring independence from Iraq.

The Kurds have had long-standing ambitions to secede from Iraq, and officials have talked up the idea of withdrawing from Iraq as soon as the war with ISIS is over. The US has opposed this, saying they want a “unified” Iraq.

The biggest question arising from a possible secession of the KRG is what territory they’ll take with them, as early in the ISIS war they seized key oil-producing regions, including Kirkuk, and more recently have been expelling Arabs from the Sinjar area to try to make it a Kurdish-Yazidi dominated region too.

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The Kurdish people sense that this may be their last opportunity to declare autonomy for some time, as Iraq's central government in Baghdad is overwhelmed in attempting to overcome ISIS control of large portions of their country.

I frankly don't think that the American government will strenuously object, in light of the fact that balkanisation of Iraq is something Israel has wanted to see happen for quite some time, so that a unified Iraq can never again present an alleged "existential threat" to Israel.

The only real question for the US government will be that of an independent Kurdistan selling the oil from its territory in US dollars only.

Jan 27 16:32

Freedom! 19,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed in Less Than Two Years

…that works out to about 28 dead every day.

It is also an estimate, given that many areas of the country are not readily accessible, and because the death toll from the siege of Ramadi is not accounted for in the figures. More than 3.2 million Iraqis are internally displaced and/or homeless.

Iraq is now an ungoverned, failed state, a killing field on the scale of genocide.

Jan 27 13:55

American Troops Land in Iraq To "Fight" ISIS

According to the agency, American special forces conducted a landing on the position held by ISIL in Salahuddin province in the North of Tikrit. It was emphasized that the actions of the American military were coordinated with local forces. Prior to this, the USA was limited to landing in areas controlled by the terrorists, only in the North of the country in Iraqi Kurdistan. The purpose of the operation was not specified. It is known that several areas were captured by ISIL. [O.R: Obama is only interested in 'liberating' Mosul, which will be the 'high point' he will end his tenure on. What will happen to Mosul is unknown at this point, but it is likely that the U.S and Turkey will want to build a Sunni Kurd State in Northern Iraq]

Jan 27 11:02

The Five Lamest Excuses for Hillary Clinton’s Vote to Invade Iraq

Former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is the only candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination who supported the invasion of Iraq.

Jan 27 10:08

The Iraq War’s Known Unknowns

There is a lot more than meets the eye in the newly revealed Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence briefing of Sept. 5, 2002, which showed there was a lack of evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) – just as President George W. Bush’s administration was launching its sales job for the Iraq War.

Jan 27 07:12

Badr Brigade Head: US Airstrikes Against ISIS Failing

Influential Iraqi MP and Badr Brigade leader Hadi Amiri today declared US airstrikes against ISIS to have been a failure, saying they’d killed some ISIS figures but that the group remains large, flush with cash, and in a state of high morale.

“Today, ISIS is a state, it has command centers, their locations are known, their logistics are known,” Amiri said, saying the US is not attacking known ISIS sites and is subsequently not doing major harm to ISIS’ continued control of much of Iraq and Syria.

Amiri also faulted US arming schemes for “moderate” Syrian rebels, saying this was a big source of weapons for ISIS and that what few moderate factions even exist in Syria are so weak that ISIS is just taking the arms away from them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the US government really wanted to degrade the capabilities of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, they could; however, they are really reluctant to do so, because the presence of these forces (which the US government has trained, funded, and supplied) means that "selling" the concept of balkanizing both countries would be much easier, and these countries, once balkanized, could again become an alleged "existential threat" to Israel.

Jan 27 02:23

CBC, Peter Mansbridge: Cut the crap, tell the truth or shut up.

http://letterstothebeast.com/2016/01/22/cbc-peter-mansbridge-cut-the-c...

...And however mistaken you may believe regarding my interpretation of your reporting is, I would like to remind you of two very important facts: In 1990 and 1991, Mr. Mansbridge, you told me that Iraqi soldiers were removing babies from incubators in Kuwaiti hospitals, throwing them on the floor, stealing the incubators and taking them back to Iraq. And in 2003, you told me Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction.”

Jan 26 17:25

Truth about Chris Kyle (Chris Kyle fanboy wimps ban my facebook )


TSU link http://www.tsu.co/RyDawson
Patreon, $1 a month or even 50 cents a month http://www.patreon.com/ryandawson
please share both those links.
PS Chris Kyle is a proven liar.

Jan 26 17:24

Declassified Memo Proves the Pentagon had ZERO Evidence of WMDs in Iraq

By Justin Gardner

Thirteen years after the invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is common knowledge that this war of choice was based on fabrications and slick propaganda. There were no weapons of mass destruction, the country posed no real threat to the U.S., and it was not a hotbed of terrorism until after Saddam was deposed.

Now, a bombshell has dropped in the form of a leaked classified report—a “smoking gun” if you will—that confirms the utter deception carried out on the American people to support the invasion...

Jan 26 10:51

Report: ISIL Transfers Cash from Nineveh Banks

The source noted that the ISIL's move came after the terrorist group sacked a large number of bank employees on the suspicion that they helped the Iraqi forces to hit the ISIL's banks. The Iraqi forces have pounded and destroyed the two banks of Al-Rafedin and al-Zahour in Mosul city. The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq. Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country. The ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.

Jan 26 10:42

Military Sources: US Delta Forces On Secret Mission in Iraq

"The CIA is the mastermind of the secret dispatch of the US special forces who are now in Iraq under the name of Delta Force," the Arabic-language media outlets quoted retired Iraqi Army Officer Brigadier General Talal Abdel Rahman al-Hamdani as saying on Tuesday. He, however, underlined that the number of the US Delta forces is not so high, adding that they are hidden in residential areas among the Iraqi people. "The Delta forces have been trained to assassinate Iraq's political figures and carry out dangerous military operations," Brigadier General al-Hamdani added. He did not provide any further details about the US Delta Forces in Iraq. Meantime, senior Iraqi MP Rasoul al-Tayee called on the Iraqi government to probe into the presence of the US Delta forces in Iraq.

Jan 26 09:02

War against ISIL turns into strange spectacle

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said the United States was going to send an additional 1,800 troops to Iraq. According to carter, a ground operation was also possible. "Most likely, the United States will take it through the UN Security Council. This decision was made for the US to control the mess with the participation of Turkish and Kurdish soldiers in Iraq. This issue will be further discussed with Turkish officials and the Iraqi Kurdistan, rather than with the Iraqi government," said the expert. The head of the State Duma Committee for Foreign Affairs, Alexei Pushkov, believes that the United States would not disclose information about a ground operation, if such an operation were in the works. "Given the nature of what has been happening in Iraq, I tend to agree with Alexei Pushkov. The war against the Islamic State has turned into a strange spectacle, in which each side is trying to show itself as the most active side".

Jan 25 17:03

Why is the Syrian civil war is at a decisive point

Talks in Geneva may produce little of substance, but winners and losers are starting to emerge

Jan 25 15:34

25 Years of the US at War in Iraq: Tragic Legacy, Dubious Prospects

Saturday, January 17, marked 25 years – a full generation – since the 1991 launch of a U.S.-led mostly air war, “Operation Desert Storm,” that devastated Iraq, including extensive damage to Iraqi electrical, water and sewage infrastructure, with terrible public health consequences.

Jan 24 11:44

This Month Marks 25 Years the U.S. Has Been at War in Iraq

Saturday, January 17, marked 25 years — a full generation — since the 1991 launch of a U.S.-led air war, “Operation Desert Storm,” that devastated Iraq, causing extensive damage to the country’s electrical, water, and sewage infrastructure, with terrible public health consequences. A quarter-century later, the U.S. is still bombing, and over 3,400 U.S. troops are in the country. It’s part of a larger war raging in northern Iraq and Syria, with a ferocious, merciless entity driving the destruction: the Islamic State.

Jan 24 11:41

‘We’ll probably see more American boots on the ground in Iraq’

ISIS guerrillas are going to go back into the Iraqi cities and fight guerrilla warfare, so it’s going to be a long slog and there are no local ground forces to adequately fight the terrorists, says Ivan Eland, US senior defense analyst from the Independent Institute.

Jan 24 08:17

David Cameron 'wrong to deter legal claims against Iraq veterans'

The army’s former chief legal adviser in Iraq has criticised David Cameron’s crackdown on legal claims against Iraq veterans.

Lt Col Nicholas Mercer, now an Anglican priest, said the prime minister was wrong to characterise those raising concerns about military abuse as “money-grabbing lawyers”.

Jan 23 22:18

Islamic State Coming to the End of the Road

The Islamic State(also known as Daesh) is the bastard child of the US’s drive to achieve regime change in Syria.To that end the US and its allies instigated an armed insurrection against the Syrian government.

Jan 22 13:51

U.S Troops Go to Sy-Raq to Reinforce Democracy

The coalition will involve ground troops in the fight against the terrorist group IS in Syria and Iraq, said the U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. As was reported by the Agency Reuters, referring to TV channel CNBC, "Carter said a ground operation will be a part of a strategy to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria". "We do a lot, because we have to do a lot, because we have to defeat ISIS. I'm sure we'll manage, but I want to speed up this process", — said Carter. Earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama said that the U.S. is not going to get involved in new large-scale war in Syria and Iraq. Also, during his address to the nation on December 7th, Obama said that it would lead "to the death of thousands of troops and the draining of resources".

Jan 22 13:42

British Parliamentarians pay Homage to Dick Cheney

On 3rd December 2015 at the United States Capitol in Washington a statue was unveiled in honour of Richard “Dick” Cheney, former vice President to George W. Bush. In line with all other past vice-presidents a marble bust will now rest alongside all other United States vice-Presidents.

Coincidentally, the previous day witnessed the British parliament, specifically the House of Commons, inadvertently honour Cheney in the debate on whether to extend the military intervention aimed at ISIS in Iraq into ISIS’s supposed heartland in Syria.

Jan 22 13:02

This Month Marks 25 Years the U.S. Has Been at War in Iraq

Saturday, January 17, marked 25 years — a full generation — since the 1991 launch of a U.S.-led air war, “Operation Desert Storm,” that devastated Iraq, causing extensive damage to the country’s electrical, water, and sewage infrastructure, with terrible public health consequences.

Jan 22 11:53

US to use 'boots on the ground' to fight ISIS: defense chief

The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS needs to take back the cities Mosul and Raqqa and will use "boots on the ground" as part of its strategy in doing so, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.

"We need to destroy them in those two places, and I'd like to get on with that as soon as possible," Carter, speaking from Davos, Switzerland, said in an interview on CNBC.

He said the coalition is using raids and bombs to take control of the routes between the two cities and cut off communication between them.

"That'll essentially separate the Iraqi theater from the Syrian theater," he said.

Jan 22 10:36

Pentagon Frantic on How to Counter Successful Russian/Syrian Campaigns Against ISIS

they need to keep their mercenary proxy army from being wiped out in their entirety

Jan 21 19:56

“Staggering” violence in Iraq: The legacy of US war and occupation

Describing current levels of killing and mayhem in Iraq as “staggering” and “obscene,” two United Nations agencies released a report Tuesday that recorded at least 55,047 civilian casualties between January 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015. The total included at least 18,802 civilians killed and another 36,245 wounded.

Jan 21 08:48

Pentagon: Hundreds More Trainers Needed for ISIS War in Iraq

Pentagon officials are saying “hundreds” of additional trainers are needed for the ISIS war to give the Iraqi military a chance of capturing Mosul, the largest city presently under ISIS control, with spokesman Col. Steve Warren saying the trainers will be offering new types of training ahead of the attack.

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Translation: The US is invading Iraq for the .... I've lost count!

Jan 21 08:40

FLASHBACK - 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State “in order to isolate the Syrian regime”

Astoundingly, the newly declassified report states that for “THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION… THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS TO THE OPPOSITION WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME…”.

The DIA report, formerly classified “SECRET//NOFORN” and dated August 12, 2012, was circulated widely among various government agencies, including CENTCOM, the CIA, FBI, DHS, NGA, State Dept., and many others.

The document shows that as early as 2012, U.S. intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), but instead of clearly delineating the group as an enemy, the report envisions the terror group as a U.S. strategic asset.

Jan 21 06:05

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services

Every false flag in the making is detected ahead of time by somebody’s intelligence services—usually more than one country—because spying today is so effective and so universal. Officials in possession of this secret information often pass it on to the country that’s targeted, in the sincere belief that a heads-up will be appreciated.

But often the information isn’t welcomed—-because the fix is already in. Treasonous assets within the targeted country’s chain of command, who are prepared for the possibility of a leak, take measures to block the information from reaching those who might act on it in a meaningful way.

Jan 20 20:22

Iraq’s Oldest Christian Monastery Completely Destroyed by ISIS

ISIS terrorists, in their continued demolition campaign against historical and religious sites in the areas under their control, have recently destroyed the Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery located in south of the Mosul city.

Satellite images released by the Associated Press on Wednesday showed a pile of rubble at the location of St. Elijah's Monastery, situated south of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

Jan 20 11:49

UN Reports ‘Staggering’ Civilian Toll in ISIS War in Iraq

A new report by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is warning of a “staggering” civilian death toll in the ISIS war in Iraq, with their own accounting putting the toll at 18,802 civilians killed and 36,245 wounded since the beginning of 2014.

Officials acknowledge that this is almost certainly a dramatic under-count, with the death tolls in the Anbar Province, where all the heaviest fighting has happened, coming straight from the provincial health directorate, and generally not covering the broad territory held by ISIS within the province.

While the report focuses heavily on human rights violations by ISIS, it also reports continued evidence being amassed of violations by the Iraqi security forces and its militia allies, along with the Kurdish Peshmerga.

The report also accuses ISIS of holding an estimated 3,500 people as slaves across Iraqi territory, using many as human shields, and also pressing 800-900 children into military service for the conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are distressing numbers, all right.

But please remember: these numbers, created by the acts of the US-government funded and trained ISIS, are supposed to get the American people to sign off on yet another "reinvasion" of Iraq.

This was the very clear result of the Bush Administration's pre-emptive war against Iraq, based on the lie that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons.

The US government was lying to you then, and is lying to you now, about the need for a "reinvasion".

The real goal here, as it is for Syria, is to redraw that map, and crush Iraq into thousands of little "controllable statelets", so that Iraq can never (allegedly) be an existential threat to Israel.

Jan 20 09:35

How the US sent $12bn in cash to Iraq. And watched it vanish

The US flew nearly $12bn in shrink-wrapped $100 bills into Iraq, then distributed the cash with no proper control over who was receiving it and how it was being spent.

The staggering scale of the biggest transfer of cash in the history of the Federal Reserve has been graphically laid bare by a US congressional committee.

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But the government could not come up with the cash to guarantee safe drinking water to the people of Flint!

Jan 20 07:47

THE 21st CENTURY: AN ERA OF FRAUD

In the last years of the 20th century fraud entered US foreign policy in a new way. On false pretenses Washington dismantled Yugoslavia and Serbia in order to advance an undeclared agenda. In the 21st century this fraud multiplied many times. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya were destroyed, and Iran and Syria would also have been destroyed if the President of Russia had not prevented it.

Jan 19 23:29

Offensive propaganda or new propaganda offensives?

Obama administration announced new online initiatives to bolster its foreign policy narratives and as a means to counter others, for example, this network, RT.

Maybe a better course of action would be for the US State Department to ask itself why fewer and fewer people trust and believe it?

CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Don DeBar and James Carden.

Also see: Uncle Sam Got a Shiny New Propaganda Bullhorn for Christmas

Jan 19 23:25

Russian Red Scare No Longer Works

The EU has no-one else to blame for its present stresses and strains but itself, owing to its craven subservience to Washington's reckless policies.

The American and British governments are launching yet another media campaign to demonize Russia, with tall claims that the Kremlin is infiltrating European political parties and news media. The dastardly Russian aim, we are told, is to destroy the European Union.

Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Washington and its trusty sidekick in London are desperately seeking to turn back the clock to the “good old days” when they could control their public through scare stories.

Jan 19 12:44

Russian Air Campaign in Syria Halts ISIL Advance Into Iraq

The Russian air campaign in Syria targeting terrorist groups benefits Iraqi security in that it prevents militants from crossing over, the country’s anti-terror chief said on Monday. "At least they [militants] cannot slip freely from Syria to Iraq due to the presence of Russian reconnaissance and fighter jets," Lt. Gen. Abdul Ghani Asadi, the head of the counter-terror unit, said. "They have been launching airstrikes at convoys heading from Syria to Iraq, as well as inside Syrian towns, which is a good thing," Asadi added.

Jan 19 11:22

Some Bad Ass History:Saladin!

Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub was born in the small town of Tikrit to Kurdish Muslim parents in the year 1137 CE. He would become one of the most influential and admired military leaders in medieval history; loved by his people and respected by his enemies for years to come.

Now Salah al-Din was renowned throughout the world for his ability to not be a dick to people. So when he took over the vast Arab territories, the Christian knight commander Raynald of Chatillon decided it would be cool to fuck with him and try to provoke him into a fight.

Finally, Salah al-Din was like, "OK seriously, fuck this guy." and he set out to kick the ass of Raynald of Chatillon.

Salah al-Din sold all the captured knights back to their families for hefty ransoms except for Raynald, who was executed because he had been both a total bitch and a pain in the ass.

Jan 19 09:03

Baghdad kidnappings: Were American civilians working for US defence giant on ‘critical’ Iraq special forces programme?

Two of three missing US civilians kidnapped by Shiite militia forces in Baghdad at the weekend are believed to have been working on a “critical” multimillion dollar deal to train Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces in the fight against the so-called Islamic State.

The Bureau has learned that a contract for US defence giant General Dynamics to provide services to Iraq’s government was quietly renewed by Washington without any formal tendering process towards the end of last year.

Jan 19 09:00

Almost 19,000 Civilians Died in Iraq in Less Than Two Years

Between January 2014 and October 2015, a period of 21 months, 18,802 civilians died in Iraq. What's more, 36,245 were wounded, and as many as 3.2 million have been displaced, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. "The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering," the report reads. "The so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) continues to commit systematic and widespread violence and abuses of international human rights law and humanitarian law."

Jan 19 07:57

UN: Nearly 19,000 civilians killed in Iraq in under 2 years

The reports called the civilian death toll in Iraq "staggering." It also detailed the various methods the IS group has employed to kill its enemies, including public beheadings, running people over with bulldozers, burning them alive and throwing them off buildings.
Quote: We will in fact be greeted as liberators, Cheney. Some liberation.

Jan 19 00:12

A Veteran for Peace shadows the ROTC marchers at the MLK Parade -Long Beach Ca

From my friend, photographer Mike Chickey in Los Angeles: "A large and loud group of peace activists march in the Long Beach MLK parade including the Long Beach Area peace Network, Military Families Speak Out, Veterans for Peace, OC Peace Coalition, Pacific Wind AND high school students from local peace clubs...Long Beach Rocks!"

Jan 18 09:26

Mass grave believed to be of Yazidi men killed by ISIS found near Iraq’s Sinjar

Kurdish forces have found sculls, bone fragments, and pieces of clothing near Sinjar, Iraq, which was captured by ISIS in August of 2014.

Jan 18 08:54

CONFIRMED: AMERICANS KIDNAPPED IN IRAQ

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad confirms that “several” Americans are missing in Iraq after local media reported that three Americans had been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Scott Bolz said Sunday that “We are working in full cooperation with Iraqi authorities to locate the missing Americans.”

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... followed by a new invasion, of course!

Jan 17 11:49

This land is our land: American democracy, at a theater near you

Democracy has been projected on to a fictitious screen of good guy and bad guys. The people watch as impotent spectators, no longer even aware of the real story out there.

Ever since armed white ranchers took over federal property in Oregon the unfolding drama has resembled a parody of a Hollywood Western. Trouble is, no-one is quite sure who’s wearing the white hats as opposed to the black ones.

Jan 16 16:26

Fluid Alliances: War on Terror, Yesterday and Today

This is all quite shamelessly a far cry from when the ‘War on Terror’ was declared in 2001 and who knows what the future holds with respect to alliances in the war on the Syrian state. Perchance to say, if ISIS bides its time, it too, in several years will be heralded by the British and American governments as not only “moderate rebels” but “super-moderate rebels.”

Jan 15 16:51

Caught With Our Pants Down in the Gulf

Your bullshit-ometer should be making an awful racket in response to the shifting explanations given for the twenty-four-hour Iranian hostage scare involving two US Navy boats intercepted in the Gulf.

Jan 15 00:31

No boots on the ground? Pentagon plans to help retake ISIS hotbeds Raqqa and Mosul

They must be wearing slippers.

Jan 14 15:10

Iraqi jets target ISIS, according to Defense Ministry

he Iraqi Ministry of Defense has released a video showing its jets targeting ISIS-controlled areas.

Jan 14 10:38

US Plans for ISIS War in 2016: Attacking Mosul, Raqqa

Carter bragged about how well the ISIS campaign is going, claiming his statement today was the completion of a “military plan” to retake Mosul and Raqqa, saying Kurdish forces in both Iraq and Syria would encircle those cities.

Carter insisted he has “big arrows” pointing at those cities, but also talked up other plans, including widespread assassinations of ISIS leaders, and a significant escalation of the US drone wars against Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan, with drone strikes in those countries extending “beyond declared battlefields.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...beyond declared battlefields." ?!?!?

What is Carter really saying?!? That even without Congressional authorization of a war against ISIS, he believes that he has carte blanche to assassinate alleged ISIS members, wherever they might be?!?

I don't know about you, folks, but this is making the hair at the back of my head start to break dance in very strange convulsions of movement, and that is always a bad sign.

Jan 14 10:29

Defense Secretary, in Speech to Deploying Troops, Lauds Push Against

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter provided an upbeat assessment on Wednesday of the Obama administration’s efforts to defeat the Islamic State and said that missions now underway by a new deployment of Special Operations forces are “generating a virtuous cycle of action” against the extremist group.

The administration is aware that many Americans are skeptical of its approach to the Islamic State. Republican presidential candidates have said that Mr. Obama was too slow to react to the group when it first seized wide swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq, and that his current ISIS strategy has been a failure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US "training" of Iraqi troops hasn't worked since it began; Iraq has not invited the US into the country to contain ISIS; neither has Syria invited the US into the country to contain ISIS there.

And what the heck does this man mean when he uses the phrase "generating a virtuous cycle of action"?!?

That the US government, here , is the "good guy", for killing the same people it supported and trained to destabilise the Al-Assad government, which Russia is doing quite nicely, thank you very much?!?

Jan 13 12:51

Removing Cancer of the Islamic State Can Kill the Patient

Iraqi security forces, with the help of the United States, may have managed to dislodge most of the Islamic State forces and personnel occupying Ramadi, Iraq. But the combination of Iraqi ground forces and U.S. airstrikes took a terrible toll on the city. Writes Ben Hubbard in the New York Times.

Jan 13 12:45

Iraq's Islamic Resistance Vows Firm Response to US Drone Attack on Popular Forces

Iraqi Forces Kill 11 Notorious Terrorist Leaders, ISIL's Baghdad Governor in Anbar http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941023001336

Jan 12 15:26

5 Quagmires President Obama (Probably) Won’t Address in His Last SOTU

President Obama may have abandoned the term "global war on terror" when he entered office, but he's leaving his successor with one in everything but name.

Jan 12 14:24

You Can’t Trust the Government With Your Children — 10 Reasons

If there is one thing that the government wants American children to do it is join the military. Why do you think the government spends millions of dollars every year to recruit them? A seventeen-year-old can even join with parental consent. But if the government cared a whit about American children, it wouldn’t want them to join the military. This is because enlisting in the military can be hazardous to one’s health, safety, and morals. Here are just ten examples.

Jan 12 14:01

Iraqi army recaptures Ramadi’s Great Mosque from ISIS, raises flag

Iraqi army forces recaptured Ramadi’s Great Mosque from the hands of the Islamic State on Sunday inflicting ISIS with heavy casualties.

Jan 12 08:46

US Drones Attack Headquarters of Iraqi Popular Forces in Tikrit, Kill 9 People

The US military drones launched airstrikes on the popular forces in an area in Tikrit that had already been purged of terrorists, leaving two dozen casualties.

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"Whooops! Our bad. Really; we feel terrible about these mistakes!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jan 12 07:54

IS shopping mall bomb kills 48 in Iraq

IS has claimed responsibility for a shopping mall attack and a car bomb that killed at least 18 people and wounding another 40 in Baghdad.

Jan 11 15:33

Ex-military chiefs attack Iraq War investigators over ‘money making’ abuse claims

Former military officers are lining up to attack a law firm and an investigations team examining alleged Iraq War abuses by British Armed Forces.

Public Interest Lawyers and the Iraq Historical Allegations team (IHAT), which was formed to examine a backlog of allegations, have once again come under fire from former military figures for their investigations into the Iraq War.

Jan 11 15:30

ISIS members unwilling to fight in Deir Ezzor and civilians concerned about imposing compulsory military service

After facing military setbacks in its self-declared caliphate in both Iraq and Syria, some ISIS members in Deir Ezzor have recently appeared unwilling to fight. It has also coincided with a manpower shortage, which ISIS attempts to solve with several means.

Jan 11 11:42

German government votes to expand military interventions in Mali and Iraq

he German government voted last Tuesday to expand the German army’s intervention in Mali within the framework of the United Nations Minusma mission. The number of troops deployed is to be increased by 550 to 650. Thus far, 235 soldiers were involved in a so-called European Union training mission (EUTM) in the relatively quiet south, in the capital of Bamako. By contrast, the new soldiers are to be deployed in the northern city of Gao, and tasked with reconnaissance, protecting a military camp and logistics. The dispatch of the soldiers is to be completed by May 2016.

Jan 11 09:06

US Drones Attack Headquarters of Iraqi Popular Forces in Tikrit, Kill 9 People

The US military drones launched airstrikes on the popular forces in an area in Tikrit that had already been purged of terrorists, leaving two dozen casualties. "In an incident against which we have had warned several times in the past, the US-led coalition attacked the Jund al-Imam Battalion popular forces' headquarters at Speicher base in Tikrit," Spokesman for Asaeb Ahl Al-Haq Battalion (one of the popular groups fighting alongside the Iraqi army against the ISIL) Naeim al-Aboudi said on Sunday. He confirmed that 9 people were killed and 14 others were wounded in the attack. Aboudi condemned the attack, and said no excuse could justify the air raid as the region had earlier been purged of terrorists and only the Iraqi popular and security forces were stationed there...

Jan 11 08:51

US to deploy 1,800 more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan

The U.S. Army announced it is deploying 1,800 troops to Iraq and Afghanistan to take part in assistance and advisory efforts for indigenous forces in both countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The U.S. Army is deploying 1,800 troops to Iraq and Afghanistan so those indigenous forces in both countries don't get uppity ideas about running their own countries!

Jan 10 10:25

Ambassador denies U.S. conducting helicopter raids in northern Iraq

The U.S. ambassador to Iraq has denied reports that the United States has been carrying out helicopter raids against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.

"There have recently been reports of U.S. helicopter raids in Hawija and Kirkuk. As Defense Minister Obaidi and numerous other Iraqi officials have stated, reports of these raids are untrue," Stuart Jones said in a statement on Saturday.

Recent reports of more than half a dozen air raids led by U.S. special forces have been decried by powerful Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias and other critics of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as violations of Iraqi sovereignty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The real question is what those helicopter raids are actually hitting!

Jan 10 09:17

Daesh Militants Execute 80 People Near Iraq's Mosul

Daesh militants executed 80 people, including police, military people and those disagreeing with the group’s ideology near the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to local media.

Jan 10 03:11

Iraqi Volunteer Forces Blame US Coalition for Destroying Ramadi

"The US-led coalition has destroyed 80 percent of Ramadi city. The scenario for the destruction of the Kurdish city of Kobani in Northern Syria is being repeated in Ramadi again," describing the destruction of Ramadi as a tragedy, Al-Nouri lamented the fact that the US-led warplanes target and obliterate a whole building completely in order to hunt down just one Daesh sniper. His remarks came more than two weeks after another commander of the Iraqi volunteer forces revealed a US plot to evacuate Daesh leaders from Ramadi city amid efforts by the Iraqi army and popular troops to finalize victory over the jihadist group. Haidar al-Hosseini said at the time that the delay in operations to liberate Ramadi is the result of the US interference. According to him, "it seems that the US intends to evacuate the ISIL terrorist group's infamous ringleaders secretly [by helicopter] from Ramadi to unknown places."

Jan 09 08:40

America Supports the Islamic State, Provides Advanced Weapons to ISIS Terrorists: Iraqi MP

Clear evidence shows Washington uses ISIS and other terrorist groups as imperial foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere. Its so-called war on terror is a complete hoax, the media perpetuating the myth.

Jan 09 08:38

Commander: US-Led Warplanes Destroy 80 Percent of Ramadi

"The US-led coalition has destroyed 80 percent of Ramadi city," the Arabic-language service of Sputnik news agency quoted al-Nouri as saying on Saturday.

He described the destruction of Ramadi a tragedy, and said, "The scenario for the destruction of the Kurdish city of Kobani in Northern Syria is being repeated in Ramadi again."

Al-Nouri complained that the US-led warplanes destroy a building completely to hunt down just an ISIL sniper.

In relevant remarks on December 24, another commander of the Iraqi volunteer forces disclosed the US plots to evacuate ISIL leaders from Ramadi city as Iraqi army and popular troops were completing victory over the terrorist group.

"The delay in operations to liberate Ramadi and Fallujah cities in al-Anbar province is the result of the US interference," Commander of Imam Khamenei Battalion Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi told FNA.

Jan 07 09:04

Obama Calls on Turkey to Withdraw Unauthorized Forces in Iraq - White House

US President Barack Obama called on Turkey to withdraw any military forces not authorized by the Iraqi government during his call with Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi of Iraq, the White House announced in a statement.

Jan 06 13:29

Official: ISIL Executes 500 Iraqi Civilians, Troops in Ramadi before Losing City

EXCLUSIVE: ISIL Troops Hunted in Iraqi Army Ambush Near Ramadi http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941016001222
The Iraqi warplanes pounded ISIL's military positions in the Western province of Anbar, kiling a number of militants, including the Takfiri terrorist group's notorious war minister, on Wednesday. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941016000492
The Iraqi army forces, supported by aerial attacks, killed hundreds of terrorists who were still showing resistance in government-controlled areas in the Western parts of Ramadi. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941016000497

Jan 05 11:39

Trump: Iran Violated The Nuclear Deal, Iran Created ISIS; Iran is holding American hostages, We Need Sanctions on Iran

During a campaign rally at Biloxi Mississippi on Saturday, Donald Trump sharply criticized the Iran nuclear deal and called for sanctions on the country. He said the Iran Nuclear Deal was "The Worst Deal Ever" and called for 'double and triple sanctions" on the nation. He also said "Iran wants to take over Saudi Arabia" and "They created ISIS," before adding "Hillary Clinton created ISIS with Obama." Trump alleged that Iranians are "burning our flags" and Iran is holding American hostages. "There are hostages actually, they will be out before I take office. You double and triple up your sanctions," Trump said, continuing "Now we have Iran taking over Iraq. They made this great deal, they get 150 billion dollars they're gonna take over iraq. We gave them Iraq, we handed it to them. We are weak and we are soft and we are pathetic... They have a right to self inspect'?! 'we aren't making nuclear weapons'?! We've given them so much money they can buy the damn things!" Trump said.

Jan 05 09:23

Islamic State 'loses 40% of territory in Iraq'

Islamic State (IS) has lost 40% of the territory it once controlled in Iraq, a spokesman for the US-led coalition battling the jihadist group says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note how the US is trying to take credit for the gains made by the Iraqi forces.

Jan 04 16:09

Iraq Atrocities: The UK’s “Independent” Inquiry

A little over three months short of the thirteenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq (March 20th, 2003) now widely accepted as unlawful even by the former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, it has emerged that the Unit in the British Ministry of Defence established to investigate “allegations of torture and unlawful killings” by members of the 46,000 UK armed forces originally deployed has been “overwhelmed” with cases.

Jan 04 14:47

Army Official: Iraq’s Ramadi to Be Fully Liberated From ISIL in 4-5 Days

Parts of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, remaining under the control of the Daesh, also known as ISIL militant group, should be fully liberated in four to five days, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Ghani Asadi, commander of Iraq's anti-terrorism contingent, told Sputnik Sunday. "Few areas of Ramadi are still controlled by Daesh, they will soon be liberated. We will establish full control over Ramadi in four to five days," Asadi said. According to the commander, after Ramadi is freed from Daesh militants, the Iraqi army will start liberating the city of Fallujah in the Anbar province. The Iraqi army will also need to receive the corresponding order from Supreme Commander Haider Abadi, the country’s prime minister, to proceed with the operation in Fallujah, Asadi added. "The area surrounding Fallujah is under siege, which allows for attacks on the Daesh militants there," Asadi said.

Jan 04 12:17

FLASHBACK - Hillary Clinton Iraq War Vote Speech

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary explains why she voted to send your children to war against Iraq. Every claim made has since been shown to have been a lie to sell what was really a war of control of Iraq's oil wealth.

Jan 04 11:44

US Admits Inability to Defeat ISIL in 2016

The United States won't be able to defeat the terrorist group Daesh in 2016, a White House official said, instead hoping that it would become something like al-Qaeda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Government doesn't want to defeat Islamic State. They are the covert tool for the US to break up the Middle Eastern nations into small manageable pieces.

Jan 03 16:36

According to obtained documents, after rape and forcing inmates to do oral sex, British Soldiers could face charges for possible War Crimes committed in Iraq

British soldiers could face charges for war crimes that were allegedly committed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, according to the head of a UK government unit that handles claims of torture and unlawful killing. Mark Warwick, a former police detective who runs the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), told The Independent in an interview on Saturday that there's sufficient evidence to justify charges against British troops for the abuse and murder of Iraqi civilians.

Jan 02 09:27

U.S. Slides Back into War in Iraq, Joining Conflict President Once Opposed

More U.S. military personnel have been sent to Iraq and Syria. Trainers, Special Forces, and airstrikes haven't been enough. The administration continues its slow progression to renewed ground combat. President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize grows more tarnished by the day.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter informed Congress last month that a "specialized expeditionary targeting force" would be sent to Iraq on top of the 3500 personnel already there, with the authority to operate in Syria too. This mix of Special Forces "will over time be able to conduct raids, free hostages, gather intelligence, and capture ISIL leaders," explained Carter. Where greater opportunities appear to work with local forces, he added, "We are prepared to expand it."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is all about controlling the oil in the region, and insuring that the oil is only sold in US dollars.

Look for the carnage to continue, in Iraq and Syria, unabated in 2016.

Jan 01 20:35

A Baby is Born but BombsRUs Cameron's Christmas is Mercy Mild

Bush and Blair, the psychopathic pair, with many thousands sharing the same very dangerous personality trait, then focused on that cradle of civilization, a fine irony. It was in April 2002 when the blood brothers sealed the fate of Iraq in Crawford, Texas. (5) As always there was a pretext, 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'. Vilification of Saddam Hussein ran parallel.

Jan 01 17:08

Drone Strikes: Iraqi military targets ISIS hideouts

Iraq’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) released footage, which it said showed drone airstrikes carried out against Islamic State group militants and their hideouts.

Jan 01 14:19

U.S. Dept. of Defense: U.S. Taxpayers Spending $11 Million Dollars Per Day To Fight ISIL

The United States Department of Defense has published numbers of how much money American taxpayers are spending to fight ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

Jan 01 13:55

Belgium, Canada, Denmark, & the Netherlands Join U.S. Forces to Fight ISIL In Iraq

Americans generally don't think of Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands as helping out the U.S. in the so-called war on terror.But according to a press release issued yesterday by the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Forces and a large number of allies are busy wiping out ISIl forces all over Iraq and Syria. Oddly, Russia is not listed anywhere as an ally in the fight against ISIL in 'Operation Inherent Resolve.'

Jan 01 09:02

BOMBSHELL INTERVIEW: SY HERSH EXPOSES THE OBAMA-ISIS ALLIANCE

Renowned journalist breaks down the military's attempt to bypass Obama and defeat ISIS

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The agenda is to use the US-created ISIS to fragment powerful middle eastern nations into smaller, weaker ones. The current targets are Syria and Iraq. The US military high command was apparently not told the true agenda, and thought they were supposed to win the war against the Islamic State.

Jan 01 08:45

U.S. Accused Of Smuggling 2000 ISIS Fighters Out Of Ramadi

The Iraqi Army, the Counter Terrorism units, the Federal police, and Anbar tribes entered the city of Ramadi that was occupied by the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” group (ISIS) for several months. To their biggest surprise, only a few bodies of the terrorist group were found when intelligence gathering by the U.S led coalition and the Iraqi intelligence service confirmed the presence of around 2000 fighters in the city until days before the final assault. Six ISIS fighters were arrested while trying to flee Ramadi among the 442 civilians who left the city one day before the final assault on the city center.

The same phenomena of “ISIS evaporation” was registered in Sinjar when 7500 Kurds, supported by the U.S Air Force, occupied the key northern Iraqi city, finding a very small number of ISIS fighters in it.

So where did all these ISIS fighters go to?

Dec 31 19:30

Kurdish cooperation against ISIS vital: Iraqi PM visits retaken Ramadi

Iraq Deputy PM said that taking on ISIL in Mosul will demand full commitment from all sides, but will be impossible without the involvement of Kurdish forces.

Dec 31 16:06

‘I helped create ISIS’: Iraqi war veteran speaks out

Former US marine has made the revelation that he helped create ISIS. Vincent Emanuelle wrote the claim in an article recounting his tours in Iraq.

Dec 31 10:32

US Spins Ramadi Capture as 'Vindication' for Failed Tactics in Daesh War

The recapture of Ramadi by the Iraqi Army dealt a major blow to Daesh, also known as ISIL/Islamic State, and the Obama administration is desperate to take credit for the victory as a means for justifying Washington’s failed anti-terror strategy.

Dec 31 09:18

Newly surfaced footage of Hillary Clinton could damage her on ISIS/Terror/Iraq

Dec 31 09:04

Creating an “Independent Sunni State”: Washington Calls for the Partition and Fracturing of Syria and Iraq

Mendelsohn’s so-called “solution” for the region is in fact the strategy Western powers have been pursuing in the Middle East for years. His proposal is pretty much identical to the preferred “outcome” for Syria articulated by the former US Secretary of State and CFR member, Henry Kissinger. Speaking at the Ford School in 2013, Kissinger reveals his desire to see Syria Balkanized into “more or less autonomous regions (from 27.35 into the interview):

Dec 30 15:02

Message Saudi ambassador in Baghdad to ISIS

Young Journalists Club quoted "Alsumaria News", "Thamer Als·hban" new -Sfyr Saudi Arabia in Baghdad from which Svdyhayy In addition to fighting Islamic State asked to turn themselves in. Ambassador of Saudi Arabia promised to those who turn themselves in, the government will be commuted sentence against them. "Thamer Als·hban" announcing the request said "measures for all of young people who tend to give up, is intended. " "Als·hban"

Dec 30 13:59

Watch, Russian New Video Shows How ISIS Smuggles OIL to Turkey

Russia has released a footage that confirms Turkey’s financial support of ISIS by letting the Smuggled oil of Iraq and Syria entering Turkey by a chain of 11,775 tankers.

Dec 30 13:15

Iraqi Forces Go on Alert to Win Back Fallujah

The Iraqi armed forces are on alert now to take part in operations to seize back the city of Fallujah after they regained full control over the city of Ramadi, informed sources announced. "The Iraqi security forces have now been stationed to the South of the city; these forces are under the command of Baghdad operations and the rapid reaction police forces while the volunteer and tribal forces will also take part in the operations," Arab media outlets quoted Fallujah Governor Sa'adoun Obeid as saying on Wednesday. He reiterated that clashes are currently underway on the outskirts of the city. Iraqi troops are preparing for major assaults on the ISIL after they raised their national flag in downtown Ramadi and liberated the city from the Takfiri militants.

Dec 30 10:53

Iraq urges Turkish troops pullout, threatens military action

The Iraqi foreign minister has once again called on Turkey to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq, warning that Baghdad may otherwise take military action against Ankara.

Iraq seeks a peaceful resolution of the issue, but if there is no other solution and if "fighting is imposed on us, we will consider it to protect our sovereignty," Ibrahim al-Jaafari told a press conference in Baghdad on Wednesday.

The remarks came more than three weeks after Turkey deployed some 150 soldiers, equipped with heavy weapons and backed by 20 to 25 tanks, to the outskirts of the city of Mosul, the capital of Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh.

Ankara claimed the deployment was part of a mission to train and equip Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against Takfiri Daesh terrorists, but Baghdad denounced the uncoordinated act as a violation of Iraq's national sovereignty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what is going to happen if Iraq invites Russia to assist them in getting the Turkish troops out?!?

This could get very ugly very quickly.

Dec 30 10:01

IRAQI COMMANDER CLAIMS U.S. SECRETLY EVACUATED TOP lSlS LEADERS FROM RAMADI

Dec 29 09:16

“Zero Confidence”: 8 In 10 Americans Think Obama Is Losing To ISIS

Apparently only 2 in 10 Americans think the U.S. is winning the war on terror, and see the ISIS Islamic State as holding the upper hand. In terms of public opinion, it may as well be zero.

The hearts and minds have been lost – right here at home.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

Dec 29 08:26

2015 Hits: Chris Kyle Was No Hero

From January, 2015: Chris Kyle, a US navy Seal from Texas, was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and claimed to have killed more than 255 people during his six-year military career. In his memoir, Kyle reportedly described killing as “fun”, something he “loved”; he was unwavering in his belief that everyone he shot was a “bad guy”. “I hate the damn savages,” he wrote. “I couldn’t give a flying fuck about the Iraqis.” He bragged about murdering looters during Hurricane Katrina, though that was never substantiated.

He was murdered in 2013 at a Texas gun range by a 25-year-old veteran reportedly suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dec 29 08:16

Iraqi PM tours Ramadi after recapture from ISIL

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Ramadi on Dec. 29, a day after federal forces announced the liberation of the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), clinching a landmark victory.

Dec 28 22:21

Love Thy Enemy? US Plot to Evacuate Top Jihadis From Ramadi Uncovered

A US plot to evacuate Daesh leaders from the strategic city of Ramadi in central Iraq has reportedly been disclosed by a volunteer forces commander. The disclosure comes as the Iraqi army and popular troops are attempting to secure victory over the jihadist group in Ramadi.

Dec 28 11:27

Love Thy Enemy? US Plot to Evacuate Top Jihadis From Ramadi Uncovered

An Iraqi volunteer forces commander has revealed US plans to evacuate Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) leaders from the central Iraqi city of Ramadi, according to the Iranian news agency FARS.

The disclosure comes as the Iraqi army and popular troops are attempting to secure victory over the jihadist group in Ramadi.

FARS quoted Imam Khamenei Battalion Commander Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi as saying that "the delay in operations to liberate the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar province has been the result of US interference."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These alleged terror groups, supported, trained, and supplied, by the US government, and are a product of US foreign policy.

And what is to be the outcome of that foreign policy?!?

To balkanize countries like Iraq, into smaller and smaller entities which cannot possibly pose any "existential threat" to Israel; it is just that simple.

And a short memo to the Obama administration; whatever shred of credibility you had, coming into 2016, has been utterly destroyed by this revelation.
The American people understand that they can no longer believe even a single word any member of this administration says, henceforward.

Dec 28 11:10

Prominent US journalist claims Washington knowingly armed Daesh

Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh reports that the administration of President Barack Obama, in particular the CIA, has knowingly armed militant Islamists in Syria, including the Islamic State [Daeh].

"Barack Obama's repeated insistence that Bashar al-Assad must leave office -- and that there are 'moderate' rebel groups in Syria capable of defeating him -- has in recent years provoked quiet dissent, and even overt opposition, among some of the most senior officers on the Pentagon's Joint Staff," Hersh writes in the London Review of Books. "Their criticism has focused on what they see as the administration's fixation on Assad's primary ally, Vladimir Putin. In their view, Obama is captive to Cold War thinking about Russia and China, and hasn't adjusted his stance on Syria to the fact both countries share Washington's anxiety about the spread of terrorism in and beyond Syria; like Washington, they believe that Islamic State must be stopped."

Dec 28 10:45

Iraqi Army says Ramadi fully liberated from Daesh

"People of Iraq, we bring you news of the victory of the heroic army ... in plucking Ramadi from the claws of Daesh and liberating its neigbourhoods one after another," an army statement read out on state television said.

Dec 28 10:14

Hillary Clinton Touts Overthrow of Gadhafi, but Doesn’t Mention That Clinton Foundation Donors Did Big Business in Tyrant’s Libya

On Saturday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton again justified the 2011 U.S. policy of regime change in Libya, citing, at least in part, the fact that dictator Moammar Gadhafi had killed Americans.

“We have to continue to do what is necessary when someone like Gadhafi, a despot with American blood on his hands, is overturned,” Clinton said during the weekend’s Democratic presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. “But I’ll tell you what would have happened if we had not joined with our European partners and our Arab partners to assist the people in Libya, you would be looking at Syria.”

But early in the administration, Clinton had championed an allegiance with the Libyan regime under Gadhafi, during a time when some of the major U.S. corporations doing business in Libya were also donating heavy sums to the Clinton Foundation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Do not for a moment imagine that this "pay to play" mentality will suddenly leave her consciousness, if she is able to win (or steal) the election; it will simply continue, unabated. For her and Bill Clinton, inhabiting the White House is simply another way to make millions of dollars through her foundation, and the public be damned.

And this is why we have to bring her past behaviour to the unblinking gaze of documented fact, because, if in fact, past is prologue to the future, we can expect massive international interventionism from a second Clinton presidency.

And has anyone out there had the "male attributes" to ask her if the current post-Ghadaffi situation in Libya, which has been rife with civil war since 2011; whose leadership has been badly factionalised and has just this month created a basis for a national unity government, was the outcome she desired when she green-lit Ghadaffi's assassination?!?

And what about the reality that Libya has become a
second home to ISIS?!?

Because if all I have stated here were not the outcomes Clinton desired as Secretary of State, and were simply "unintended consequences" of her policies here, please consider Libya a thoroughly terrifying, but very real, "prequel" to what a Clinton presidency will look like.

Dec 27 10:10

Iraqi troops seize ISIS-held complex in central Ramadi

Iraqi forces on Sunday took control of the government complex in central Ramadi, the last Islamic State stronghold in the western city, a military spokesman said.

Dec 27 08:21

Iraqi forces close in on final Daesh position in Ramadi

Iraqi troops have pushed deeper toward the last remaining district in Ramadi held by Daesh militants, an army spokesperson told Reuters on Saturday.

This is part of an operation launched last Tuesday night aimed at expelling Daesh from the city, which the group has controlled since May. If successful, recapturing Ramadi will be one of the most important victories for Iraqi armed forces since Daesh swept across a third of the country in 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the warhawks. You are losing this war. Deal with it.

Dec 26 09:51

Isis: Iraqi troops close to recapturing Ramadi from Daesh

In a major offensive, Iraqi forces are close to recapturing the town of Ramadi, Islamic State's (Isis) stronghold located just hours away from Baghdad. The army has made steady progress despite being slowed by mines and bombs en route.

Dec 26 09:48

Russian intel spots 12,000 oil tankers & trucks on Turkey-Iraq border - General Staff

Russian intelligence has spotted up to 12,000 tankers and trucks on the Turkish-Iraqi border, the General Staff of Russia’s armed forces has reported.
“The [aerial] imagery was made in the vicinity of Zakho (a city in Iraqi Kurdistan), there were 11,775 tankers and trucks on both sides of the Turkish-Iraqi border,” Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy told journalists on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Turkey is stealing oil from Iraq as well as Syria!

Dec 24 10:13

Conference of the Herds by MUMIA ABU-JAMAL

snip: These dogs of war may open the door to carnage, but it will be your sons and daughters who suffer and die on the bloodied altar of political ambition.

Dec 24 09:54

Eight ISIS commanders killed in airstrikes

Eight senior ISIS commanders were killed in airstrikes by the Iraqi air force, Iraqi state TV reported Wednesday citing a military statement.

Dec 24 09:53

Popular Forces' Commander Reveals US Plots to Evacuate ISIL Leaders from Ramadi

"The delay in operations to liberate Ramadi and Fallujah cities in al-Anbar province is the result of the US interference," Commander of Imam Khamenei Battalion Haidar al-Hosseini al-Ardavi told FNA on Thursday.

"It seems that the US intends to evacuate the ISIL terrorist group's infamous ringleaders secretly (with helicopters) from Ramadi to unknown places," he added.

Dec 24 09:48

BEX alert: The Art of Blaming Russia for Everything … “Putin is the Real Power behind ISIS”

Libya is responsible for ISIS
Iraq is responsible for ISIS
Syria is responsible for ISIS
Turkey is responsible for ISIS
Russia is responsible for ISIS

almost 200 more countries left to blame!

Dec 24 08:59

Washington Has Added Ukraine To The Long List Of Countries Destroyed By Washington

The criminal thugs who comprise the government of the United States have now destroyed Ukraine, adding another scalp to their 21st century collection of scalps from Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Palestine, Lebanon, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and large parts of Syria and Pakistan.

The American military/security complex has grown mega-rich at the expense of a vast proportion of mankind.

American “patriots,” brainwashed by the presstitute media, have supported the most egregious and least justified war crimes in human history. Among moral peoples everywhere the United States is regarded as “the Great Satan.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dec 23 08:21

RAW: Iraqi army launches offensive to recapture Ramadi from ISIS

The Iraqi Army launched an assault to recapture the city of Ramadi from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Tanks, artillery and mortars were deployed as part of efforts to wrest back the centrally located Iraqi city. ISIS prevented civilians from leaving Ramadi ahead of the Iraqi offensive.

Dec 22 15:29

I Helped Create ISIS

Back then, I routinely saw and participated in obscenities. Of course, the wickedness of the war was never properly recognized in the West. Without question, antiwar organizations attempted to articulate the horrors of the war in Iraq, but the mainstream media, academia and political-corporate forces in the West never allowed for a serious examination of the greatest war crime of the 21st century.

As we patrolled the vast region of Iraq’s Al-Anbar Province, throwing MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) trash out of our vehicles, I never contemplated how we would be remembered in history books; I simply wanted to make some extra room in my HUMVEE. Years later, sitting in a Western Civilization history course at university, listening to my professor talk about the cradle of civilization, I thought of MRE garbage on the floor of the Mesopotamian desert.

Dec 22 09:41

GET OUT! IRAQ CONTINUES TO PRESS TURKEY

Dec 22 07:31

Santorum: Obama, Hillary created ISIS

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says President Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton bear responsibility for creating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“ISIS is a creation of a political decision by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to abandon Iraq — against all of our generals’ recommendations, against all of the policy recommendations,” Santorum told supporters at the Florida GOP’s Sunshine Summit in Orlando on Saturday.

“Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, under her watch, decided politics above the security of our country and the stability and security of the world,” he said.

Dec 21 23:06

I Helped Create ISIS

After 14 years of War on Terror the West is great at fomenting barbarism and creating failed states.

Dec 21 13:51

Iraqi Forces Liberate Half of Albu Ziyab Region in Ramadi

The Iraqi army and popular forces freed 50% of Albu Ziyab region in the Northern parts of Ramadi from the grip of the ISIL terrorist group.

Dec 21 13:38

Military Source: Iraqi Army Positions in Anbar Province Hit by Canadian Fighter Jet

Military sources announced on Monday that the warplane that bombarded the Iraqi army's military positions in Anbar province on Sunday belonged to Canada's Air Force. The announcement came after Arab media outlets reported that a fighter jet of the US-led coalition has hit Iraqi forces' positions again. "The warplane that hit the Iraqi army positions in the city of Fallujah in Al-Anbar province was Canadian," the Arabic-language al-Soumeria news website quoted an Iraqi military source as saying today. Nine Iraqi Security Forces soldiers were confirmed dead in an errant US airstrike last week in support of ground troops in al-Naimiyah, Fallujah. Over 20 total deaths and 30 injuries have been reported in the incident. The incident came as the Iraqi army had made great advances in Fallujah's Southern peripheries in Anbar province, and retook key buildings.

Dec 21 10:46

Four Russian Fighter Jets to Escort President Assad's Plane in Visit to Tehran

"Four strategic Russian fighter jets will accompany the plane carrying the Syrian president during the visit to and from Iran," the Lebanese al-Diyar daily reported on Sunday.

The newspaper also added that the Syrian president is due to travel to Tehran via the Iraqi airspace.

"The US-led international coalition's air command has been warned not to approach Bashar Assad's plane to avoid engagement," it said.

Informed sources said on Friday that President Assad is slated to visit Iran in late December or early January.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping to heck that no one in the US government is even THINKING about a decapitation (assassination) strike against Al-Assad's plane.

Should this happen, it will be the official start, for real, of World War III against Russia.

Dec 20 10:07

US Plotting to Disintegrate Iraq, Syria into 8 New States

Iranian Supreme Leader's top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati warned that "The US is after implementing its plot to create a Greater Middle-East whose aim is disintegrating Iraq into three countries and dividing Syria into five states in a bid to downsize countries to provide security to the Zionist regime". "Today, Syria is the golden chain of resistance and the US, the western states and their allies in the region are attempting to destroy this chain". His remarks came as General Vincent Stewart, the head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, claimed in September that Iraq and Syria were unlikely to emerge intact from years of war and sectarian violence. In Iraq, the Defense Intelligence Agency boss indicated that he believes it unlikely that a government in Baghdad could hold authority over the disparate regions within the country's official borders.

Dec 20 09:24

US deliberately hindering Iraqi advances: Lawmaker

A senior Iraqi officer says the US is deliberately hindering his country’s military advances after an American airstrike kills at least 20 soldiers in the Anbar province.

Hakim al-Zamili, the head of Iraqi parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, blamed the US for the inability of Iraqi troops to enter Ramadi and Fallujah in the western province.

The MP accused the Americans of launching airstrikes or dropping aerial packages that provide weapons and equipment to Daesh.

His strong words came after a US strike hit the Iraqi army’s 3rd Division 55th Brigade west of the Iraqi capital on Friday.

Dec 20 09:18

US Marine who Invaded Iraq: Only Iraqis can Understand Pure Evil, Genocide US has Waged on their Nation

By participating in what he now calls the US's 'genocidal military campaign' against Iraq, former marine Vincent Emanuele says he 'helped create ISIS'

Dec 20 08:44

ISIL can’t sustain itself without US airpower: American politician

“The ISIL simply would not be able to support itself without American airpower,” US politician Art Olivier told Press TV on Saturday.

The United States is supporting the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group because it does not want to end war in the Middle East, an American politician and political analyst says.

“The United States is ultimately behind ISIS,” Art Olivier said on Saturday, using an alternative acronym for the Takfiri group.

Olivier, former mayor of Bellflower, California, and former US vice presidential [Libertarian] candidate, told Press TV that the United States creates these terrorist groups “to keep fighting in the Middle East.”

Dec 20 07:30

US pushing envelope on Russia

“And of course, what the United States has been doing in conjunction with Israel and Saudi Arabia and Turkey and the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council states in supporting ISIL and supporting al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria in an attempt, among other things, to marginalize the Russian position in that part of the world, we have really been pushing the envelope,” he said. The analyst said that “these policies are wrong, they’re evil, and they’re immoral. But beyond that, they are simply insane.” “Because Russia is a proud nation, Russia is a legitimate military power. Russia is a nuclear power,” he added.

Dec 19 16:59

Pentagon seeks to acquit US in Iraq deadly airstrike: Analyst

The United States is trying to absolve its military over the recent deadly airstrike that led to the death of a number of Iraqi soldiers in Fallujah, says an American political commentator.

Dec 19 16:16

Pentagon calls Iraq attack ‘mistake by both sides’

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter claims that the death of a number of Iraqi troops in a US airstrike against purported Daesh (ISIL) positions appeared to be a mistake involving both American and Iraqi forces.

Dec 19 09:51

Conspiracy Theory Becomes Fact: Proof the CIA Helped Create ISIS

Truth is stranger than fiction, and, at last, an open source link has been established that the CIA had a direct involvement in the creation of ISIS.

Dec 19 09:11

50 Iraqi Soldier Killed and Injured in US Air Force Strike in Fallujah

The politician stated that he demanded "the [Iraqi] prime minister to conduct an investigation into the airstrike against the 55 brigade, which had previously had huge success in the fight against Daesh terrorists."

Dec 19 04:44

Report: US airstrike kills Iraqi soldier

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