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Mar 19 16:42

Islamic State claims downing of Iraqi plane near Kirkuk

Islamic State militants claim to have shot down an Iraqi military plane over Hawija city. I’ve uploaded the video for you but disclaimer; it’s very graphic. The Iraq Army says it has a plane in northwestern Kirkuk; ?Am?q shows a crashing Cessna AC-208 above Hawija.

Mar 19 09:05

UK PM David Cameron delays release of Iraq report as EU referendum looms

British Prime Minister David Cameron will postpone publication of the Iraq war inquiry report until after the European Union referendum, leading to accusations that he is deliberately delaying controversial announcements.

Senior government sources confirmed that it is likely to be published after the June 23 vote, even though it will be handed to ministers next month. Mr Cameron had previously suggested he wanted to publish the report, which is expected to heavily criticise senior political figures, within two weeks of receiving it.

The prospect of a further delay was denounced on Friday by families who lost loved ones in the conflict.

The report of the six-year-long Chilcot inquiry has been repeatedly delayed after those criticised within it were given the right of reply, a process known as Maxwellisation.

Reg Keys, who lost his 20-year-old son Lance-Corporal Thomas Keys in the war, said the delay was adding to the families' pain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (complete absence of) surprise here!

The war was immoral, illegal, and based on a pack of lies; far too many good young Americans and Brits lost their lives, or became crippled for life, for control of Iraq's oil, and selling it only in US-denominated currency.

Mar 19 08:55

Sectarian Wars: Dreams Come True for Israel

The usurper regime continues to steal Palestinian lands and it doesn’t need to take any effort at all. According to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, the ongoing sectarian and tribal wars are helping Tel Aviv to do just that. In his words, the ongoing wars on Syria, Iraq and Yemen have been imposed to deflect Muslims’ attention away from the atrocities of Israel.

Mar 18 13:01

Iraq's Sadr spurns calls to drop sit-in over 'bastion of corruption'

Influential Iraqi Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr rejected calls to cancel a planned sit-in on Friday at the gates of Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, which he called "a bastion of support for corruption".He published a statement on his website on Thursday in response to politicians who asked him to drop the protest over concern that it could lead to violence near the sensitive district, which houses government offices and embassies.

Sadr called for the sit-in last week to press Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to replace cabinet ministers with technocrats unaffiliated with political parties in order to counter systemic political patronage that has abetted corruption.

Early on Friday, the Interior Ministry published a statement saying it had not authorized the sit-in but did not indicate how it would deal with any protesters who do show up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does anyone else remember this guy, and the powerful effect he had on making sure that when US troops left, it was precisely on the date stipulated on the SOFA agreement between the US and the Iraq governments?!?

And remember what he said? He threatened that if the US military was not out of Iraq precisely on the day it was supposed to be, that they would all be "fair game" for the Mahdi militia, which he controlled?!?

With this call for peaceful protest, Sadr appears to be "pulling a Gandhi" here; But what if he doesn't get what he has demanded of the Iraqi government, how long would it take for him to "get the band back together", i.e., reconstitute the Mahdi militia?!?

The short answer is, not long at all.

And if that happens, what does that portend for the future of Iraq?!?

I certainly hope that SOMEONE in the White House, State Department, Pentagon, and Congress is losing sleep over this, because I sure the heck am!!

Mar 18 11:01

Iraqi Planes Throw Leaflets on Mosul Calling Residents Prepare for Army Operation

A source in Iraq's Ministry of Interior announced that the Iraqi Air Force's planes dropped thousands of leaflets on the city of Mosul (405 km north of Baghdad), calling the residents to be prepared for the liberation operation of the city by the Iraqi army. The source said in a statement obtained by IraqiNews.com, “Today the Iraqi Air Force planes dropped thousands of leaflets on Tahrir neighborhood, as well as different parts in the left side of Mosul,” Iraqi News reported. The source, who asked anonymity, added: “The leaflets called the citizens to be prepared for the expulsion of ISIL terrorist members.”

Mar 18 10:27

The Kurds: Turkey-NATO Genocide?

The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq has called the Turkish military operation against Kurds on the border in with Turkey genocide. Meanwhile, a growing number of world states are viewing Turkey as a rogue state, a NATO member growing more militant each day. The looming question is, “How far will NATO and the European contingent allow Erdogan’s government to go before reining him in?”

Mar 18 07:34

US Will Help ICC Probe Of Genocide By Daesh In Syria, Iraq: WH

The White House says the US is ready to work with the International Criminal Court (ICC) in any possible probe into the genocide committed by the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.

Webmaster addition: "But let's not talk about Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, US drone strikes that kill civilians, or anything Israel is doing to the Palestinians!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 18 07:15

Who will defeat Islamic State and when?

The Iraqi government is facing a situation of choosing between two evils. There is the pro-American Saudi Arabia that dreams of eradicating the Shiites on the one side, and the Islamic State on the other side. The irony of this is that it was Washington that took the initiative to use the Islamic State for the creation of "Sunnistan" to split Iraq into "Shiitestan", "Sunnistan" and Kurdistan. In other words, Washington is going to "save" Iraq from ISIL with ISIL's help... Modern-day Iraq is still weak because of internal disintegration processes. Despite the centralized system of government, Iraqi Sunni province of Nineveh (with administrative center in the city of Mosul) and Anbar (administrative center in the city of Ramadi) have became independent autonomies. The Kurdish Autonomous Region (Iraqi Kurdistan), with its capital of Erbil, is formally governed by the federal capital of Baghdad.

Mar 16 14:16

FLASHBACK - General Wesley Clark Tells 'Democracy Now' The Truth About Middle East And War On Iraq!

Mar 14 18:57

American Daesh ‘Defector’ Nabbed In Iraq: Report

An alleged American citizen has been detained in Iraq after defecting from the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group, according to US media.

Mar 14 11:39

Turkish jets pound PKK camps in Iraq after Ankara bombing

Turkey’s air force hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq on Monday, hours after a suicide car-bombing in Ankara killed 37 people and heightened tensions with the Kurdish rebels.

Mar 14 08:52

HERE’S A BOOM: PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTING SURGES IN IRAQ 2016

IRAQ’S THIRD AMERICAN-INVOLVED WAR HAS SEEN AN UNCANNY EXPLOSION IN PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTOR (PMC) OPERATIONS. AS THE WAR AGAINST ISIS RAZES THE COUNTRYSIDE, COMPANIES LIKE DYNCORP AND KBR FLOCK TO THE PROFIT MARGIN. THEIR PRESENCE AND ROLE IN THIS NEW CONFLICT, HOWEVER, REMINDS US ALL THAT THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT 2003.

The prior year has seen private military contractors hit Iraqi dirt harder than coalition bombs. In January 2015, Daily Caller reports, 250 contractors operated in Iraq while the Pentagon counted 2,028 in 2016. A seven page report facilitated the revelation, updating public-access data on contractor numbers and operations. The report also contained contractor information dedicated to Afghanistan, which vastly outnumber those in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When one of the hottest areas of an economy has to do with the hiring of private mercs with which to pursue wars, you know that economy is in deep trouble!!

Mar 11 12:06

Does Not Compute: US Military Asks for Troops to 'Retake' Syrian City

Military brass is now saying that its war against ISIS is undermanned and wants more troops so that it can roll back the terrorist caliphate. That's all rather well and good but for one tiny detail. Neither Iraq nor Syria actually want those troops.

Iraq has already capped US military presence at just under 4,000 troops albeit it is quietly acquiescing to a larger, undisclosed number. Syria of course finds itself on the receiving end of a US regime change effort and so isn't permitting any US troops - not that Washington is asking.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As originally reported at globalresearch.ca, 19 September, 2014:

Lest we forget, the CIA gave birth to Osama Bin Laden and breastfed his organization during the 1980′s. Former British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, told the House of Commons that Al Qaeda was unquestionably a product of Western intelligence agencies. Mr. Cook explained that Al Qaeda, which literally means an abbreviation of “the database” in Arabic, was originally the computer database of the thousands of Islamist extremists, who were trained by the CIA and funded by the Saudis, in order to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan. America’s relationship with Al Qaeda has always been a love-hate affair. Depending on whether a particular Al Qaeda terrorist group in a given region furthers American interests or not, the U.S. State Department either funds or aggressively targets that terrorist group. Even as American foreign policy makers claim to oppose Muslim extremism, they knowingly foment it as a weapon of foreign policy. The Islamic State is its latest weapon that, much like Al Qaeda, is certainly backfiring. ISIS recently rose to international prominence after its thugs began beheading American journalists. Now the terrorist group controls an area the size of the United Kingdom.

The US government has, in essence, created this terrorist organisation as the "excuse" to put boots on the ground in Syria, allegedly, to get rid of them, but actually to achieve regime change in Damascus.

And this leads to a very important question, regarding Syria, whose government invited the Russian military in to get all the jihadists who are threatening the Al-Assad regime: if there are US ground troops sent to Raqqa, Syria, just what will the Russian response be?!?

I would really hope that the US government will not do this; unfortunately, just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could do, is utterly no guarantee that it won't do it.

And with Muqtada Al Sadr, the Shiite cleric, having rallied over 200,000 followers to protest Iraqi government corruption, and demanding that the government make good on its promise to do so, what happens when there are hundreds, if not thousands, of US troops in Mosul, allegedly to get ISIS out, when the Iraqi government doesn't want them?!?

Please remember; this was the guy who threatened that if the US military didn't leave Iraq precisely when the SOFA agreement said they had to, that all of our military in Iraq would become "fair game" for the Mahdi Army?!?

Those who don't understand the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them, and that appears quite to be what is going with the US Congress and military right now.

Mar 11 10:03

George W. Bush Has Made His Decision On Whom To Support For President

NOBODY! That’s right, nobody!
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Bad blood between Cruz and Bush go back to when they were on opposite sides of a bitter lawsuit. Bush wanted to spare the life of an illegal alien rapist. Cruz wanted him executed, and Cruz won at the Supreme Court. Texas gave the guy the needle and GWB was still mad. Bush’s words about Cruz? “I just don’t like the guy.”

The decision not to throw his weight behind any single candidate comes a week after 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney – who attacked frontrunning contender Donald Trump – also declined to endorse any single Trump opponent.

(*Neil must really be The Black[est] Sheep of the family !)

Mar 11 07:21

‘US-led invasion of Libya opened up massive arsenals to terrorists’ - Chris Hedges

It is probably not an existential threat, but it is a threat, because after the US overthrow of [Muammar] Gaddafi it essentially opened up these massive Libyan arsenals to a series of groups reaching all the way down into Sub-Saharan Africa – countries like Mali. So you have provided one logistical base, because these militants are based just over the border in Libya, along the border with Tunisia; and it has provided weapons by which they can carry out attacks. Of course it has also provided training.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Hillary emails confirm that the US was smuggling Libyan weapons to ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria.

Mar 11 07:04

Saudi delegation quits Arab League meet after Iraq FM defends Hezbollah

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's defense of Hezbollah in a speech before the Arab League has prompted the Saudi delegation to withdraw from the meeting, an Iraqi news agency reported Friday.

Mar 11 05:58

The REAL Ted Cruz EXPOSED

The REAL Ted Cruz EXPOSED – What You DON’T KNOW ABOUT TED!
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), thanks to the failure of fellow Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), is now the establishment’s top choice for President.
Despite Cruz’s conservative rhetoric and willingness to cause problems in the U.S. Senate… this switch was surprisingly easy. What happened?
As perhaps the most infamous Republican insider Roger Stone reports, Cruz is really a Bush… just with a different last name:
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The Bush-Cruz connection is clear. Ted was George W.’s brain when he ran for president. A top policy adviser, Ted maneuvered for Solicitor General in Bush World but settled for a plum at the Federal Trade Commission. Ted’s a Bush man with deep ties to the political and financial establishment. Ted and wife Heidi brag about being the first “Bush marriage” – they met as Bush staffers. Cruz was an adviser on legal affairs while Heidi was an adviser on economic policy and eventually director for the Western Hemisphere on the National Security Council under Condoleezza Rice.>>>

Mar 10 08:48

Mosul dam is at risk of collapsing and 'causing a catastrophe of epic proportions' which would kill up to 1.5 MILLION people warns US ambassador

Mosul dam is at risk of collapsing and causing a 'humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions' which could kill 1.5million people, a US ambassador has warned.

Governments have been urged to move quickly to prevent a breach of Iraq's largest dam, which would unleash a wave as high as 45ft, devastating Mosul and flooding much of the capital Baghdad.

Mar 10 01:46

ISIL Launches More Chemical Attacks on Iraqi People

The ISIL fired about 100 mortar shells containing chemical agents, including chlorine gas, against the civilian population in the city of Taza in Southern Kirkuk, FNA dispatches said. Most of the residents of Taza city are Turkmen Shiites. No further detail is yet available on the death toll in the ISIL chemical attack. In a relevant development earlier on Wednesday, informed sources disclosed that the ISIL terrorist group had launched fresh chemical attacks on Iraqi citizens in Diyala province. "The ISIL fired 42 Katyusha rockets containing chemical poisonous substances such as chlorine gas," local sources in Diyala said. They said that the residents of Diyala have been poisoned as a result of inhaling chlorine gas...
Iraqi army forces continued advancing in ISIL-held territories and purged terrorists from Zankurah and Asria villages in Western side of Ramadi city. http://en.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13941219001274

Mar 09 15:55

Is the Republican Party Just Too Stupid to Survive?

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Consider the Iraq War and its aftermath, surely one of the central geopolitical developments of the last few decades. In the mid-2000s, my old friend Bill Odom, the three-star general who ran the NSA for Ronald Reagan, accurately characterized the war as “the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history.” Yet today that calamitous legacy and its five trillion dollar total cost is warmly embraced by many of the top Republican leaders and publicly criticized by almost none of them.

However, just a couple of weeks ago, Trump blasted the war and the Bush Administration lies behind it on nationwide television during a Republican debate, inducing total shock within the Republican commentariat,>>>

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The sheer worthlessness of today’s Republicans was brought home to me more directly in the last couple of weeks as I undertook a long-deferred but sadly necessary task.

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Mar 08 15:47

US Military Contractors Return In Droves To Iraq

America’s mercenaries smell the blood (and the money) and are returning to Iraq.

Mercs are a great thing for the U.S. government, in that they aren’t counted as “troops,” or as “boots on the ground,” even while they are both. The Defense Department can disavow any mischief the contractors get up like, such as murdering civilians, and keep the headcount low and the body count low when things are going well, or bad. It only costs money, and that America has a bottomless pool of, as long as it being spent on something violent abroad instead of helping Americans at home (which is socialism, sonny.)

Mar 08 14:55

Iraqi army and popular forces cut off supply lines used by the ISIL terrorist group in the Western Anbar Province. [VIDEO]

Iraqi Security officials in Western al-Anbar province announced on Tuesday that the town of Zankura, North of the city of Ramadi, was liberated from the ISIL terrorist group. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941218001333

Iraqi army and popular forces continued to advance towards Haditha and liberated 22km of the road near the Western city of Anbar province. [PHOTOS] http://en.farsnews.com/imgrep.aspx?nn=13941218000953

Mar 08 14:22

IRAQI ARMY LIBERATES ZANKURA FROM ISIS

On Tuesday, the Security committee of the Anbar province has announced that the area of Zankura in Ramadi is liberated from ISIS terrorists. It is also reported that Iraqi army has raised the Iraqi flag in Zankura and removed the ISIS flag. However, various military sources have informed that after failing to make a strong resistance ISIS terrorists have fled from the area of Zankura, north of Ramadi.

Mar 08 12:16

Iraq's Greatest Danger Yet: Collapse of: "The most dangerous dam in the world". Serious threat: US citizens to leave

It is hard to believe anything more catastrophic could befall Iraq with perhaps three million dead, between the strangulating 1990 onward embargo and the illegal 2003 invasion. Nearly five million displaced since 2003, destruction of the UNESCO Award winning education system, as access to electricity, safe water - access to normality. Destroyed or damaged by ISIS have been the eye wateringly haunting ancient sites in or near Mosul (dating back to 25th century BC), 3rd or second century BC in Northern Iraq: Hatra, 3rd or 2nd century BC; Nineveh, the Assyrian Capital; Nimrud, founded 3,500 years ago; Khorsabad, built between 717 -706 BC; the 4th century Mar Behnam Monastry. The 1226 CE (AD) Mosque of the Prophet Yunus (Jonah) and his tomb are no more and numerous other wonders are erased, as are museums and ancient literary treasures.

Mar 08 11:22

Powerful Iraqi cleric says supporters' protests meant to help reforms

Powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said on Monday street protests by his supporters demanding the Iraqi government's resignation were intended to bolster the resolve of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to deliver on promised reforms.

Last Friday, in the biggest show of opposition yet to Abadi's authority, Sadr told around 200,000 supporters that the "government of corruption" should be overthrown.

"The demonstrations are in support of the prime minister to carry out comprehensive reforms and to form an independent government of technocrats," Sadr said in a statement posted on his website on Monday.

"Brother Abadi should use them in his favor before they turn against him."

Abadi promised political and economic reforms last summer after mass street protests, but quickly ran into legal challenges and systemic resistance to change.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good, hard look at that photo above the article; I sure see one heck of a lot of people in this shot, and it doesn't appear to be photoshopped.

Iraqis are "mad as hell, and won't take it anymore", in terms of the corruption of the US-installed puppet government of Abadi.

We have already started a "reconquista" in Iraq, with an indeterminate numbers of "boots on the ground", allegedly to stem the tide of ISIS. Abadi has complained that he doesn't want US troops there, and that they are getting in the way of Iraqi military taking down ISIS positions.

What happens if there is a popular revolution here against Abadi, led by Moqtada Al-Sadr?!? Remember; this was the guy who founded the Mahdi Army.

How long to you think it would take him to "get the band back together", and drive Abadi, and the Iraqi Army, completely out of the country?

The short answer is, not long at all.

And with their resources in total route, what would the US government do at that point?!? Go in with a "Re-invasion/Occupation 3.0?!?

THAT should be keeping the "alleged" planners in the Pentagon, White House, and State Department from getting much sleep at night.

The American people, who have lost so much blood and money in this military misadventure in Iraq, will be livid: they understand that the invasion of Iraq was one horrendous mistake, and will not stand for another one.

Mar 08 11:13

Pink-Slipping Hillary: On Remembering The Victims Of The Iraq War

In March 2003, just before the US invasion of Iraq, about one hundred CODEPINK women dressed in pink slips weaved in and out of congressional offices demanding to meet with representatives. Those representatives who pledged to oppose going to war with Iraq were given hugs and pink badges of courage; those hell-bent on taking the US to war were given pink slips emblazoned with the words “YOU’RE FIRED.”

Mar 06 10:32

US to send nuclear-capable B-52 warplanes to bomb ISIS as military ups campaign to eradicate terrorists in Syria and Iraq

The United States is set to send nuclear-capable B-52 warplanes to bomb ISIS.

The warplanes will start attacking terrorist targets in Syria and Iraq in April as they replace B-1s that have returned to the US for updates.

It is not clear how many of the mammoth B-52s and airmen will take part in the deployment, that could see the bombers based at an American airbase in Qatar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even without nuclear weapons, B-52s are used for carpet-bombing large swaths of territory. They are not precision weapons used to kill individuals or small groups, but behemoths that lay waste to entire cities.

Mar 06 06:22

US SIGINT aircraft crash lands in Kurdish region of Iraq

Nothing yet known about it's mission or why it crash landed


The plane N6351V registered by the US government under the army landed in an open field near the town of Kawrgosk 37 km west of the capital Erbil and 10 Km from the international airport.
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The troops seen in the video are clearly US special forces, perhaps Delta Force, indicating this plane and/or it’s passengers were important enough to warrant launching a Spec Ops retrieval mission.>>>

Mar 05 14:45

Daesh Losing Battle To Forces In Iraq, Syria: US Envoy

The United States and its allies claim that they have pounded at least 14 Daesh (ISIL) positions in Iraq and Syria, with a US official saying that the Takfiri group is losing the battle.

The US military said in a statement on Saturday that the international coalition against Daesh hit ISIL targets in Iraq with 12 strikes and conducted two strikes in Syria on Friday.

Mar 05 10:44

Turkish Military Helicopter Shot Down By Kurds In North Iraq – Reports

Reports have emerged that Iraqi Kurds have shot down a helicopter, which they say was used in airstrikes against them.

Mar 05 10:40

Sadr Demands Ouster of Iraq Govt; 200,000 Supporters Rally Outside Green Zone

Key Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr spoke today before a crowd of some 200,000 demonstrators outside Baghdad’s Green Zone, demanding the ouster of the Abadi government, and the fulfillment of previous pledges to tackle corruption.

Sadr is an influential religious leader, as well as the leader of Iraq’s second largest political bloc, which holds 34 seats in parliament. With Abadi already under fire by a number of other factions, this adds pressure for him to step down, potentially leading to new elections.

A top Sadr aide, also speaking at the rally, accused Abadi of dragging his feet on reforms, with a promise to replace certain political officials with technocrats going unfulfilled. He warned the public wasn’t going to keep accepting promises that don’t lead to reforms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when the announcement was made that the US was going to be re-invading Iraq, and I wondered out loud just how long it would take for Al Sadr to make his presence known again in Iraq?!?

Well, it didn't take all that long, now, did it?!?

And a question which I have - which should, BTW, keep people at the Pentagon, State Department, and White House up at night - is, if Al Sadr doesn't get the government to actually implement the reforms he is seeking, how long before he reconstitutes the Mahdi Army, to force the Iraqi government's hand in this area?!?

And remember; this was the guy who threatened/promised that if the US military did not agree to exit Iraq exactly as the SOFA treaty stated, that American troops would be "fair game" for his mercenaries.

Mar 05 09:15

US to send nuclear-capable B-52 warplanes to bomb ISIS as military ups campaign to eradicate terrorists in Syria and Iraq

The United States is set to send nuclear-capable B-52 warplanes to bomb ISIS.

The warplanes will start attacking terrorist targets in Syria and Iraq in April as they replace B-1s that have returned to the US for updates.

It is not clear how many of the mammoth B-52s and airmen will take part in the deployment, that could see the bombers based at an American airbase in Qatar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We vaporized an entire city. but we are pretty sure we got the one terrorist we were aiming at!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 04 13:56

Iraq’s Greatest Danger Yet: Collapse Of: “The Most Dangerous Dam In The World.”

It is hard to believe anything more catastrophic could befall Iraq with perhaps three million dead, between the strangulating 1990 onward embargo and the illegal 2003 invasion. Nearly five million displaced since 2003, destruction of the UNESCO Award winning education system, as access to electricity, safe water – access to normality.

Mar 04 13:30

VIOLENCE KILLED 670 IRAQIS IN FEBRUARY: REPORT

A total of 670 Iraqis lost their lives last month while 1,290 others were injured, according to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). The report also said that 410 civilians were killed and 1050 were injured in Iraq violence. Iraqi security forces lost 260 lives and 240 sustained injuries in February alone. In January this year, 849 people were killed and another 1,450 wounded in terror attacks across Iraq... The US-led coalition started its operations allegedly hitting ISIS, although many believes ISIS is a creation of the west. However, the 66-member coalition has been failing to control ISIS terrorism, when a concerted push by Iraqi forces are dealing terrorists and forcing it out of the central city of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar Province.

Mar 04 10:54

Will Hillary Clinton Lead Us Into Another War in the Middle East?

In Libya, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton showed herself to be quick to use the American military without thinking about what comes next. As the decisive voice pushing the Obama administration to war, Clinton had no serious plan for a post-Qaddafi Libya, a point driven home forcefully once again in a New York Times cover story on Sunday.

Libya was not the first time she endorsed a U.S. military operation in the Middle East without thinking ahead: Clinton voted for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. She has shown repeatedly that she did not learn the lessons of Iraq, and has yet to admit to the failure of Libya.

For Secretary Clinton to lay claim to a responsible and progressive foreign policy, she must acknowledge the failure in Libya and learn its lessons.

Those who trumpet the former Secretary of State's foreign policy experience are engaged in little more than old-fashioned campaign spin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer to the question posed by the title of this article is, "Absolutely, yes!"

But the problem here is that Clinton is pathologically incapable of ever admitting that she has done anything wrong, which is consistent with having a classic sociopathic personality.

As one of the most rabid "Israelistas" on the American political scene (and one has to wonder: how much money is AIPAC donating to her campaign, and how much is Israel donating to the Clinton Foundation?), one can be assured that if humanly possible, she will turn Syria, and the rest of the Middle East, into a killing field of unprecedented proportions.

Make no mistake: Clinton IS the War Candidate in the 2016 elections.

To satiate the gargantuan economic appetites of the US military/industrial complex, by whom she is largely owned, she will most probably make sure that we are at war with both Russia and China, and that the draft is reinstituted under her watch.

And please remember; this next draft not only will be coming after your sons, but also your daughters.

Mar 03 10:11

Iraqi Forces Make Major Gains in Salahuddin

The Iraqi forces managed to purge more ISIL militants from the western parts of the province, recapturing at least 8 villages, or 95 percent of the island. Meantime, the operations command in Samarra announced the killing of ISIL security commander in Samarra Island in Salahuddin province. The command told Iraqi news agency, Furat News, that the Iraqi air force killed the terrorists Hayawi Mohammad Khamis al-Nisyani along with his assistant Bashar al-Bazi and 13 other terrorists in an airstrike south of Samarra Island, as it is called without being an island. The command noted that the strike was based on intelligence information.

Mar 03 10:09

Iraqi PM: All Iraqis Should Join Battle for Mosul

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said all Iraqi armed forces, including volunteer forces, should join hands to liberate the strategic northern city of Mosul, slamming foreign parties who oppose partnership of the popular troops in the operation. Abadi said on Thursday that the liberation of Mosul will be achieved with the cooperation and unity of all Iraqis, stressing that no one has the right to exclude the volunteer forces from the historic battle. Abadi has always insisted that volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) will be part of the armed troops that will attack the ISIL to take back Mosul. Meantime, a senior Iraqi volunteer forces commander underlined that his forces are determined to take full control of the city of Fallujah, and said that they will not pay heed to the US pressures aimed at preventing them from doing so.

Mar 02 09:26

US Delta Force to begin operations in Iraq

The US Army’s elite Delta Force units are preparing for operations to target, detain or kill the main Daesh (ISIL) operators in Iraq, says a US official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Iraqis are saying the US forces keep getting in the way of attacks on ISIS.

Mar 02 08:13

3,841 Killed in Iraq During February

At least 3,841 were killed and 1,606 were wounded across Iraq during February.

During February, Antiwar.com counted 3,772 dead and 1,012 wounded. The fatalities consisted of 345 civilians, 524 security personnel, and 2,903 militants. Among the injured were 605 civilians, 217 security personnel, and 190 militants. These figures are compiled from news reports.

The United Nations released its figures on Tuesday. Their associates in Iraq counted 670 dead and 1,290 wounded. Of those fatalities, 410 were civilian and 260 were military. At least 1,050 civilians and 240 security personnel were wounded. The U.N does not count militant deaths or those that occur in Anbar province. The Anbar Health Directorate said four civilians were killed and 126 were injured in the province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, the Bush "legacy" of death, destruction, and despair which just keeps on giving in Iraq.

Mar 01 15:20

US Delta Force ‘Terrorist Kill Team,’ Say Analyst

The US Delta Force is a skilled “kill team” which is deployed to Iraq in order to carry out missions against forces fighting the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri group in Iraq and Syria, says a former US Army psychological warfare officer.

Mar 01 09:58

Entire Dutch-Moroccan jihadist squadron jailed by ISIS, 8 executed in Raqqa

Fighters of ISIS from Dutch origin could create their special gathering as a result of their number and attract the Dutch from Moroccan roots, until they became around 75 members and they made Al Furusiya zone in Raqqa as their headquarters, and became semi-isolated of their surroundings, However, they kept following the orders of the leaders of ISIS even though there was some sensitivity and conflict between them and they Iraqi leaders specifically (..)
ISIS entered the camp and arrested nearly 75 members of the Dutch and took them to the prison of Ma’adan and the prison of the city of Tabqah.
On Friday afternoon 02.26.2016 ISIS executed 8 Dutch in Ma’dan city and then buried them in the mountain in Aljerf area, after being accused of incitement against ISIS. (source is quite reliable)

Feb 29 13:59

Another Deceitful Neocon War

Washington policy – the policy of the USA military-industrial complex and their Wall Street bankers – has in no way changed… They plan to destroy Syria as a functioning nation, to finish the destruction of Iraq begun in 1991, and to spread that destruction now to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to Turkey, and across the entire oil and the gas-rich Middle East.

Feb 29 13:40

US Delta Force to begin operations in Iraq

The US Army’s elite Delta Force units are preparing for operations to target, detain or kill the main Daesh (ISIL) operators in Iraq, says a US official.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure...

Feb 29 10:14

Suicide bombing at Iraqi funeral kills at least 25

The Islamic State group bombed a cafe frequented by militiamen in Muqdadiyah in January, killing at least 32 people and triggering a wave of revenge attacks on Sunni mosques and civilians.

(*It's what we do I MEAN; what THEY do !
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Feb 29 04:19

Over 70 Feared Killed, 100+ Wounded In Baghdad Blasts

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Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terror group has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombings in a statement circulated online.

Feb 28 08:37

US-backed Proxies Use Ceasefire in Syria to 'Regroup, Rearm and Prepare'

The Syrian ceasefire deal, brokered between the US and Russia, almost certainly will not last long and definitely does not mean the end of the war on the ground, Alastair Crooke, former MI6 agent, who was Middle East advisor to Javier Solana, High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union (CFSP) from 1997 to 2003, said in a lengthy interview with the RT news channel.

Feb 26 09:23

Shiite cleric Sadr leads 1 million man anti-gov’t demonstration

Gathering in Baghdad’s central Tahrir square the protestors shouted and waved posters of ‘no to corruption and corrupts,”

Sadr who gave Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi an ultimatum last month to carry out his reform plans or face mass demonstrations, delivered a speech to the protesters in which he blamed the government for the current financial crisis.

“This demonstration is the voice of the displaced people and the oppressed Sunnis,” he said over loud speakers. “We disown any corrupt party or personality,”

The cleric said that the current government was not a true representative of his party or people.

In his warning message earlier this month Sadr, whose party has 34 seats in parliament, said that the former government of Nouri al-Maliki was responsible for the fall of Mosul and Abadi’s cabinet must hold them to account.

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Translation: Kick out the US puppet rulers!

Feb 25 14:59

Iraqi militia seize ISIS chemical weapons store

Iraqi militia fighters have captured two locations with vast deposits of highly toxic agents used by Islamic State terrorists to arm mortar shells and rockets, potentially for use against civilian targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To be blamed on other parties, of course!

Feb 25 14:30

Presidential Elections 2016: The Revolt of the Masses

Commentators grossly oversimplify when they reduce the revolt to incoherent expressions of ‘anger’.

The presidential elections of 2016 have several unique characteristics that defy common wisdom about political practices in 21st century America.

Clearly the established political machinery – party elites and their corporate backers -have (in part) lost control of the nomination process and confront ‘unwanted’ candidates who are campaigning with programs and pronouncements that polarize the electorate.

But there are other more specific factors, which have energized the electorate and speak to recent US history. These portend and reflect a realignment of US politics.

In this essay, we will outline these changes and their larger consequences for the future of American politics.

We will examine how these factors affect each of the two major parties.

Feb 25 06:22

THE REAL GOAL OF AMERICA AND ISRAEL: SHATTER SYRIA AND IRAQ INTO MANY SMALL PIECES

As I put it years ago:

“[T]he actual purpose was to blow the country to smithereens: to atomize it, and crush it, so that it would never rise again.

“When we invaded and occupied Iraq, we didn’t just militarily defeat Iraq’s armed forces – we dismantled their army, and their police force, along with all the other institutions that held the country together. The educational system was destroyed, and not reconstituted. The infrastructure was pulverized, and never restored. Even the physical hallmarks of a civilized society – roads, bridges, electrical plants, water facilities, museums, schools – were bombed out of existence or else left to fall into disrepair. Along with that, the spiritual and psychological infrastructure that enables a society to function – the bonds of trust, allegiance, and custom – was dissolved, leaving Iraqis to fend for themselves in a war of all against all.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; Secretary Kerry's "Plan B" for Syria, if the cease-fire does not hold, is balkanization. And the so-called "cease fire" appears to have been engineered to fail.

However, there is one 6,000 lb gorilla regarding this scenario, draped over the Bosendorfer piano, and that...is Russia.

My sense of the current state of affairs is that Russia will do everything in its power (and that military power, right now, is pretty darned formidable)to keep Syria from balkanizing. It has long been a friend to the Syrian regime, and wants to make sure it doesn't lose its warm water port in Tartus. It will say "no" to any more US balkanization, and the follow through will be very ...muscular, militarily.

This article clarifies, very clearly, why the next President of the United States has to put the needs and concerns of Americans first, second, third, and not allow the US to continue in the role of a vassal state, constantly taking care of the needs and geopolitical ambitions of a foreign nation; that of Israel.

Feb 24 13:04

The REAL Goal of America and Israel: Shatter Syria and Iraq Into Many Small Pieces

The hawks in the U.S. and Israel decided long ago to break up Iraq and Syria into small fragments.

Feb 24 12:49

Iraqi Commanders: Volunteer Forces to Continue Mosul Battle Despite US Pressures

The Iraqi volunteer forces (Hashd al-Shaabi) commanders reiterated that they are determined to continue their tough battle against the ISIL in a bid to take full control of the city of Mosul in Northern Iraq, and said that they will pay no heed to the US pressures aimed at preventing them from doing so.
"We are committed to the Iraqi government's decision that the Iraqi volunteer forces should play an active role in the battles against the Takfiri terrorists in Mosul," Spokesman of Iraq's Ansarullah al-Nujaba Movement Hashem al-Moussavi told FNA on Wednesday. He reiterated that the volunteer forces are waiting for the Iraqi government's decision before moving towards Mosul. "The US and the regional spy agencies are seeking to trouble the Iraqi volunteer forces' partnership in the war against the ISIL in Mosul, but to no avail," al-Moussavi added.

Feb 24 11:42

US PLANS NEW MILITARY BASES IN IRAQ’S ANBAR PROVINCE

On Wednesday, an Iraqi military source said that the United States had decided to build new military bases in Iraq’s Anbar Province allegedly to counter ISIS. The military source also said that the two bases would be set up in the Hamarah region of Fallujah city and in areas close to the Iraqi-Syria border. “The US military claims the increased presence of its troops in the province is in line with countering the rising influence of ISIS,” a source from the Anbar Operation Command said. However, the US military is running two bases in Anbar’s Habbaniyah and Ayan al-Assad regions by leading a so-called international coalition against ISIS with warplanes.

Feb 24 10:53

Back to Iraq: US Military Contractors Return In Droves

Behind the president’s directive to ‘accelerate’ the counter-ISIS campaign came a surge in the number of contractors assisting in the campaign against ISIS.

The number of private contractors working for the U.S. Defense Department in Iraq grew eight-fold over the past year, a rate that far outpaces the growing number of American troops training and advising Iraqi soldiers battling Islamic State militants.

The sharp increase, disclosed in a recent Pentagon report to Congress, underscores the military’s reliance on civilians even for missions with relatively small troop presence.

“If you look at the size and the composition of the forces that have been deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, that’s changed markedly in the past year,” said Rick Brennan, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corp. and a retired Army officer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That's almost a 100% increase in the space of a year for the hired mercs, and a 30% percent increase in US troop strength.

And what is the "metric", or measurement to be used to assess the success of these contractors?!?

Will simply throwing private contracting personnel at the problem of ISIS stop the problem of (US trained, funded, and equipped) ISIS growth and recruitment?!?

I predict that the short answer will be no.

And at that point, we will see a major escalation of US troops on the ground here, but more than likely, starting in the term of the next President of the United States.

Because, as is happening in Syria, ISIS is the "mad dog" factor, engineered to get grudging approval from US citizens for more US military destabilization in the Middle East, with the outcome being the US government in total control of both the Iraqi and Syrian governments, and with their oil being only sold in US dollars.

Feb 24 10:28

MORE U.S. TROOPS KILLED BY HALLIBURTON THAN BY IRAQIS

The U.S. government, from Dick Cheney to Hillary Clinton, told blatant lies about the Iraqi government creating chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons in 2002, despite having been informed of the fact that Iraq was doing no such thing. U.S. leaders lied about ties between Iraq and terrorists that they also knew did not exist. Then the U.S. military attacked and invaded Iraq, in the process heavily bombing old sites of Iraqi chemical weapons from the 1980s, many of those weapons having been provided by the United States. In large part because of the U.S. origin of the old Iraqi chemical weapons, the U.S. kept quiet about them during the new war. Another reason for the official silence was that, during the 2003 U.S. destruction of Iraq, many of those old weapons were seized by fledgling terrorist groups. The war had done exactly what it had been justified as being needed to prevent; it had given WMDs to terrorists.

Feb 24 09:48

Swedish teen rescued from Islamic State

Kurdish special forces have rescued a sixteen-year-old Swedish girl who ran away without her parents' knowledge last year to join Islamic State. The girl's parents and the Swedish authorities had called on the Kurds to rescue her from where she was being held near Mosul in northern Iraq. She claimed that she had been misled after traveling to Syria in June 2015 with another Swedish national, 19 years old, allegedly her boyfriend at the time. She is currently in Irbil and is being treated by Kurdish forces. It is believed that there were at least three hundred Swedes manning terrorist forces of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Around 50 have been killed in combat, and one hundred have returned home.

Feb 24 05:45

Russians Ride Fast – Israel Shamir

If the rebels grasp the chance and enter serious negotiations for a coalition government, peace is possible.

The Russians accepted the US proposal to cease fire in Syria (or rather to end hostilities). They had made a similar proposal a few weeks ago, so this is in line with their thinking. Russians have made huge successes in Syria; they achieved an astonishing and unexpected victory with very few losses.

It was a reputational victory it was as well as a military one. Russia entered the Syrian war at a low point internationally.

Feb 23 15:08

Bush Haunts the GOP (Bush, Cheney, and their henchmen should be jailed for war crimes)

George W. continues to haunt the Republican Party and damage its electoral chances. At home, Bush has been staying out of public gaze; abroad, he is widely hated and limits overseas travel due to fear of war crimes arrest for his 2003 invasions of Iraq. Republican spin doctors and the rightwing US media has been trying to soft soap Bush and his mentor, Dick Cheney, for years and slowly expunge their disastrous Iraq and Afghanistan Wars that opened a Pandora’s Box of horrors across the Muslim world. Democrats who cheered the war have equally sought to dodge responsibility. However, Hillary Clinton can’t seem to escape her tawdry war record.

Feb 23 07:51

BACK TO IRAQ: U.S. MILITARY CONTRACTORS RETURN IN DROVES

The number of private contractors working for the U.S. Defense Department in Iraq grew eight-fold over the past year, a rate that far outpaces the growing number of American troops training and advising Iraqi soldiers battling Islamic State militants. The sharp increase, disclosed in a recent Pentagon report to Congress, underscores the military’s reliance on civilians even for missions with relatively small troop presence.

Feb 23 05:53

BREXIT : TORIES UNLEASH MILITARY LEADERS, RUSSIAN INVASION, ISIS, THREATS FROM US AND NATO IN FEAR CAMPAIGN

Originally, Britain signed up to the European Economic Community or EEC via a referendum in 1975 for the purposes of enhancing trade, it was in essence a trade deal, or at least that was how it was sold to the British people. What the unsuspecting people of Britain were not aware of was that in reality the origins of the EU was devised by the USA back in the 1950’s that saw the continent more as an opportunity of a puppet run super-state filled with attendant yes-men for trade and the manipulation of strategic global markets and, just as importantly a defensive buffer zone against it’s new foe – the Reds from Russia. Think TTIP, Ukraine and an ever expanding NATO alliance.

Feb 22 21:24

Paul Craig Roberts: The Neo-Cons Are Being Defeated

"America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests"
— Henry Kissinger

but the banksters and neocons interests do not coincide with ours

Feb 22 13:44

Going to War against Iraq, for Oil and for Israel: The Lies, Fabrications and Forgeries of the Bush-Cheney Administration

We [the United States] spent $2 trillion, thousands of lives. … Obviously, it was a mistake… George W. Bush made a mistake. We can make mistakes. But that one was a beauty. We should have never been in Iraq. We have destabilized the Middle East…

—They [President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney] lied… They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction. Donald Trump (1946- ), during a CBS News GOP presidential debate, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.

[George W. Bush] wants to remove Saddam Hussein, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

—But the intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy.

Feb 22 12:30

Iraq On The Brink Of Chaos As Oil Revenues Fall

During a sombre visit to Germany last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi urged the international community to help boost his country's crisis economy in the face of plummeting crude oil prices, underscoring a desperate situation in which Iraq has lost 85 percent of its oil revenues.

Iraqi oil revenues have fallen to just 15 percent of what they used to be, the embattled prime minister said, despite a boost in production ordered last year.

The surge in production has failed to compensate for the collapse of oil prices, and the situation is dire when oil revenues constitute around 43 percent of Iraq’s gross domestic product (GDP), 99 percent of its exports and 90 percent of all federal revenues.

All told for this year, the Iraqi government expects to export 3.6 million barrels of oil per day (bopd).

Only last October, Iraq’s oil revenues were holding at about $40 billion, excluding the cost of oil production.

Feb 22 11:44

Turkey is screwed. And it’s all US fault.

Amid rising tensions in between Turkey and Russia over situation in Syria, one important fact got lost. It’s not Russia which caused current Turkish problems. It was USA.

The most fundamental problem modern Turkey is facing is Kurdish question. It’s chronic problem which threatens integrity of Turkey and Turkish elite perceive it as a largest security treat Turkey is facing. Turkish policies in Syria are determined by Kurdish problem more then anything else. Change of so called policy of zero problems with neighbors, which Erdogan and his government used to promote, and which came as a surprise to many, is directly related to Kurdish problem and events in Iraq after disastrous US invasion.

Feb 22 10:16

Combat Cam: Iraqi Air Force allegedly targeting ISIS hideouts in Ramadi

Iraqi Defense ministry released video allegedly showing its Air Force targeting ISIS in Ramadi.

Feb 22 09:46

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.

Iraqi Shiite Militia Groups Warn Saudi Arabia Against Military Drills Near Border
Iraq has deployed "large" military forces at the border with Saudi Arabia to oversee the ongoing military training conducted by the kingdom, member of the parliamentary security and defense committee Adnan al-Asadi told the Iraqi news agency INA.

Feb 22 09:41

Iraqis Celebrate As Threat Of 3rd Bush Presidency Is Over

“You must understand, we Iraqis have been living with the fear of a third Bush Presidency for months now,” Sabah al-Alousi, a Baghdad shoemaker, said. “Now we can begin to think about a future, for ourselves and our families.”

Feb 22 09:13

Fall of the house of Bush: how Jeb fell victim to hype, hysteria ... and himself

It was meant to be like any other primetime appearance on Fox News: an opportunity for a son and brother of former presidents to tout his conservative credentials and record as a two-term governor of Florida. But on an evening in May, a month before he launched his campaign, Bush was confronted with the issue that defined his brother’s time in the White House.

“Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion [of Iraq]?” host Megyn Kelly asked.

Bush stumbled, repeatedly, over a question for which he had had years to prepare. It would take four days for him to provide a definitive response: that, given the advantage of hindsight, he would not have invaded Iraq.

Feb 22 08:49

Bush Haunts The GOP

“The evil that men do lives after them,” wrote Shakespeare. A prime example, former US President George W. Bush who appeared last week campaigning in South Carolina for his amiable younger brother, Jeb.

George W. continues to haunt the Republican Party and damage its electoral chances. At home, Bush has been staying out of public gaze; abroad, he is widely hated and limits overseas travel due to fear of war crimes arrest for his 2003 invasions of Iraq.

Republican spin doctors and the rightwing US media has been trying to soft soap Bush and his mentor, Dick Cheney, for years and slowly expunge their disastrous Iraq and Afghanistan Wars that opened a Pandora’s Box of horrors across the Muslim world. Democrats who cheered the war have equally sought to dodge responsibility. However, Hillary Clinton can’t seem to escape her tawdry war record.

Feb 22 04:56

Requiem for the Bush Dynasty

An unrivaled political pedigree and $100-million war chest were not enough to overcome an undeniable fact: voters didn’t buy what Jeb Bush was selling.

(*...all the king's horses and all the king's men...
from nursery rhyme 'Humpty Dumpty' )

Feb 21 05:20

The Empire Doesn’t Retreat or Compromise

Reading mainstream media news, analyses, and opinion pieces about this war is completely useless, as everything is either uninformed and clueless gibberish or propaganda and deception.

I wrote this text over several days and every time I sat down again to continue there came another headline to my mind. The first headline was “Nobody said, that it will be easy,” the second “Waiting for the Turkey-Russia showdown,” the third “Playing the terrorism game,” the fourth “Everything is better than war.”

In the end I settled for the header “The empire doesn’t retreat or compromise.”

This statement stands the test of time, it has been proven throughout human history, and there is only one single exemption, only one short period where retreat and compromise are a possibility. This short period is the time when the empire is in terminal decline and in the process of collapsing.

Feb 20 07:53

Iraq War Scandal: Dick Cheney Company Profited From War

If you work for the Elite who profit from the military industrial complex, do not expect them to take care of you while in Iraq or Afghanistan. Not unless you work in the private sector and have connections.

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

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