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Sep 26 09:08

Inclusion of Kirkuk in Kurdish Referendum to result in ‘bloodbath,’ says Turkish Minister

The decision of Iraqi Kurdistan’s authorities to conduct the referendum on independence not only on the region’s territory but also in the Kirkuk province, nominally controlled by Baghdad, may lead to an outbreak of violence in Iraq, Turkish Minister of EU Affairs Omer Celik said on Tuesday.

Sep 26 08:47

Iraq starts major military drills with Turkey along common border

Iraqi army has commenced major military drills with Turkish military along the common border after a highly controversial referendum on independence was held in the Arab country’s Kurdish region in open defiance of the central government in Baghdad.

Sep 25 09:41

After the ISIS Caliphate, Rojava

While the Syrian Arab Army, the Russian aviation and Hezbollah are preparing to finish off Daesh, the Pentagon is planning a new war against Syria, this time with Kurdish troops. Just as the mission of the Caliphate was to create a Sunnistan straddling Iraq and Syria, so the mission of “Rojava” is to create a Kurdistan straddling the two states, as the Pentagon has been publicly stating for the last four years.

According to US grand strategy, as defined by Admiral Cebrowski in 2001, and published in 2004 by his assistant Thomas Barnett, all of the Greater Middle East must be destroyed except for Israël, Jordan and Lebanon.

Consequently, the imminent victory against Daesh will change nothing of the Pentagon’s intentions.

Donald Trump has composed his administration of ex-senior civil servants from the Obama administration, a number of opportunistic politicians, many improvised representatives, and very very few trustworthy personalities.

Sep 25 09:11

Voting has ended in historic Kurdistan independence referendum

Polls are now closed, the electoral commission confirmed.

Sep 25 08:58

What the Kurdish Referendum Means for the Future of Iraq

The referendum on independence for the Kurdish controlled territory, due to take place on 25 September, is the latest event billed as threatening the stability of Iraq and a good chunk of the Middle East. Seldom has a democratic poll in such a small place been so universally denounced by so many international powers, including the US, UK, Germany and France.

A White House statement emphasises “to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat Isis and stabilise the liberated areas. Holding the referendum in disputed areas is particularly provocative and destabilising.”

Regional powers like Turkey and Iran have likewise demanded that the referendum be cancelled and threatened retaliation if it is not. In Baghdad, the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has denounced it and the Supreme Court ruled that it was “unconstitutional”. But for all the sound and fury, it looks as if the vote is going ahead.

Sep 25 08:28

Turkish army at Iraqi border and ready to take 'necessary steps' - Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the Kurdish Regional Government’s independence referendum could spell wide-ranging consequences for the area, including Turkish military action and the blockade of a key fuel pipeline.

After members of the KRG voted for independence, Erdogan proffered a veiled threat that military force could be used to preserve the status quo in the region.

Sep 25 08:04

IRAN CLOSES AIRSPACE TO IRAQI KURDISTAN AHEAD OF HISTORIC INDEPENDENCE VOTE

The diplomatic and economic noose is tightening around Iraqi Kurdistan one day ahead of its historic independence referendum. On Sunday, the Iranian government announced closure of its airspace to northern Iraq's Sulaimani and Erbil Airports, at the request of Iraqi authorities. The Baghdad government has repeatedly threatened military intervention in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region should the vote proceed on Monday, which Baghdad warns could provoke invasion by neighboring states. The United States too has warned that the non-binding referendum will be “particularly provocative and destabilizing” - this as Turkey musters tanks along its border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If this referendum gets overwhelmingly passed by Iraqi Kurds, which may well happen, look for a massive war in this part of Iraq, with Iran, Iraq, and Turkey, fighting Iraqi Kurds for territory, potentially completely destabilising Iraq.

Sep 25 07:53

Pentagon Greenlights $700 Million Program To Combat Commercial ISIS Drones

The Pentagon is throwing $700 million at a rapidly progressing program to combat the threat of commercial drone use by the Islamic State, The New York Times reports.

The program has commissioned U.S. defense contractors to begin attempting to find solutions to the drone threat, including using lasers to shoot them out of the sky. The technology is in its infancy and has yet to yield any significant results. ISIS has pioneered the use of relatively cheap commercial drones as airborne improvised explosive devices, for surveillance, and propaganda purposes.

The Pentagon program comes as it increases the number of U.S. troops in Syria to assist training for the Syrian Democratic Forces in the fight against ISIS. The Pentagon reportedly worries that its bases could be vulnerable to ISIS drone attacks, and it sees the broader trend in warfare.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly don't think that it is only commercial drone use by Isis the Pentagon is attempting to counter; please note that, to date, the US military has been unable to shoot any Korean test missiles out of the sky.

Sep 25 07:42

Baghdad asks Erbil to hand over airports, border posts

Calling Monday’s controversial referendum on Kurdish regional independence a "unilateral" decision, Iraq’s central government Sunday asked the regional government to hand over all border gates and airports to Baghdad, and moved to control its oil flow.

The remarks came in a statement read out after a National Security Council meeting on state-run Iraqiye TV.

"The referendum is a unilateral step and brings events to a crisis. Iraq’s government asks the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to hand over all border gates and airports to Baghdad and demands neighboring countries only contact Baghdad on oil and border issues."

According to the statement, Baghdad “rejects any dialogue with Erbil after the referendum, as it is not constitutional.”

Sep 25 07:38

Turkey Sees Baghdad As Iraq's 'Legitimate Authority'

Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Monday insisted the 'legitimate authority' for Turkey in Iraq was the central government in Baghdad, Turkey's Anadolu Agency reported.

Speaking in a live TV interview, Yildirim said the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) independence referendum in northern Iraq was illegitimate and its results would be null and void.

"From now on, we will directly speak to Iraq's central government and decide accordingly," the Turkish premier added.

"(The vote) will not contribute to regional peace and stability, but it will increase already-existing tension and problems," he said.

Sep 25 07:37

TURKEY AND IRAN CONDUCT MASSIVE MILITARY DRILLS NEAR KURDISH REGIONS OF IRAQ

Today, Iraqi Kurds will vote in a long awaited and widely condemned separatism referendum that is being boycotting by Arabs and Turkomen.

The referendum which has been condemned by all regional powers except for Israel as well as condemned by the UN, US, China and Russia, has already caused both Iran and Turkey to effectively shut down Iraqi airspace for all commercial flights over the region.

Today, both Iran and Turkey have been conducting large scale live-fire military drills in their respective regions bordering parts of Iraq unilaterally claimed by Kurds.

The no-fly zone over the area which will be policed by Iran and Turkey has been coordinated with the Iraqi government.

According to Keyvan Khosravi, the press secretary of Iran’s supreme national security conucil

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If in fact Kurds vote for independence, this may well create yet another civil war in sections of Iraq and Syria.

But one has to wonder; where is the US government in all this?!? Although the Kurds have been the most steadfast, valiant proxy against the jihadists in Syria, and there was an unspoken understanding that the US would support an independent Kurdish state after the defeat of Isis, that support doesn't seem to be at all forthcoming. As reported at israelrising.com last week:

“The United States does not support the Kurdistan Regional Government’s intention to hold a referendum later this month,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday. “The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat [the Islamic State] and stabilize the liberated areas.” Of course, the United States should not be surprised by the drive by the Kurds for an independent state. The Kurds have for centuries pushed for their own sovereign country without success. Now, with the Kurdish Regional Government showing that they are by far the most stable entity in Iraq and have been the biggest reason behind the coalition’s success against ISIS, the drive for independence has been expected. “We know, by the way, that the State Department and possibly the [Defense Department] are personally contacting members of Congress, senators, representatives, asking them not to support the referendum,” Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, told POLITICO in a recent interview. “We’re very serious about independence. It’s kind of disheartening that for two to three years we talked about a referendum and the U.S. said that it was surprised.” The US is challenged by the possibility of an independent Kurdistan, because supporting its independence, would essentially collapse the post World War 2 security structure in the Middle East. An independent Kurdistan in Northern Iraq may only constitute a minority of the total Kurdish population and their homeland in the Middle East, but by the US supporting it, would cause Turkey to disconnect from the West and Iraq to officially declare allegiance to Iran.

Sep 25 07:03

Iran, Russia support Iraq's territorial integrity, regional security

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Iran-Russia relations will continue to be strengthened by furthering the ongoing plans.

Sep 25 07:03

Iran blocks Iraqi-Kurdistan flights on eve of controversial referendum

Iran said on Sunday that it has blocked all flights to and from Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region at the request of Baghdad, just a day before a controversial referendum on Kurdish independence.

The referendum has been staunchly opposed by Iraq, Iran and several other key players in the region.

Sep 25 07:02

Iran Closes Border With Iraq's Kurdish Region

Iran closed its border with northern Iraq's Kurdish region on Monday, Anadolu Agency reported the country's Foreign Ministry, as saying.

A day earlier, Tehran ended flights between the territories as the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) prepared to hold a referendum on independence from Baghdad.

"At the request of Iraq, we have closed the airspace and ground borders with the Kurdish Regional Government," ministry spokesman Behram Qasimi said at a news conference in Tehran.

Sep 25 06:59

Turkey could block KRG's oil exports in response to referendum, Erdo?an says

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said Monday that Turkey considers the independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) null and void and illegitimate regardless of its results, adding that there may be economic and military repercussions.

Sep 25 06:58

We could ‘come suddenly one night,’ Erdo?an warns Iraqi Kurdish government

President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an hinted on Sept. 25 that Turkey could launch an operation to the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) if necessary, citing a previous operation in northern Syria.

Sep 25 06:57

Turkey closes borders with Iraqi Kurdistan Region

Turkish government closed Silopi- Habur border gate, a crossing point into the Iraqi Kurdistan Region.

Sep 24 14:56

The military top of Russia has released recordings confirming that the US works closely with the Islamic state

RECORDS SHOW US-COMMANDS ON THE FIELD UNDER CONTROL ID DO NOT READ THE READY

• The recordings of Russian drones testify that the Americans, through the Islamic State militant lines, give themselves subordinate assignments to the "Syrian Democratic Forces" which continue to move towards the city of Deir-ez-Zora on the left bank of the Euphrates\

The Ministry of Defense of Russia has released aero-recordings confirming that the United States cooperates with the Islamic state.

In particular, the footage shows that the US Commandos unit allows the passage through the combat positions of a detachment of the Islamic State to members of the "Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS)".

These forces were formed and trained by the Pentagon and the CIA, which fund and direct them.

In the statement of the RF Ministry of Defense it is pointed out and emphasizes:

Sep 23 13:57

Kurds ready to pay any price for freedom, Barzani says, sticking by independence vote

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani said on Friday that Iraq’s Kurds were ready “to pay any price for freedom”, rejecting international pressure to call off the referendum on independence planned for Monday in northern Iraq.

Addressing a rally in support of the vote in Erbil, the seat of the KRG, Barzani reacted to a United Nations Security Council statement that expressed on Wednesday concern over the potential destabilizing impact of the vote on Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And also, today, we have the following headlines from antiwar.com:

Turkey says it won't accept Kurdish independence vote

The US is behind an independent Kurdistan; Israel is behind this; it all comes down to who has the best weapons and the best financing, and that country, right now, is not... Turkey. Iraq cannot be happy about this development, but at the moment, they are, fundamentally, powerless to stop it.

Sep 23 09:18

How Independent Kurdistan Will Allow Israel to Kill Two Birds With One Stone

The Kurdistan independence vote scheduled for September 25 will play into Tel Aviv's hands: an independent Kurdish state would allow Israel to solve its energy issues and weaken its regional rivals Iraq and Syria, Iraqi expert told Sputnik. For his part, a Syrian general revealed what steps the Syrian Army is taking to halt Kurdish separatism.

Sep 23 05:39

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia, notes Robert Parry.

The core absurdity of the Russia-gate frenzy is its complete lack of proportionality.

Sep 22 10:59

Trump is conflating Pyongyang with Tehran. The results could be catastrophic

President Donald Trump took a page out of the George W Bush playbook at his UN address on Tuesday. To justify confrontation with Iran, conflate it with Pyongyang. To justify confrontation with North Korea, conflate it with Tehran.

This is the latest gimmick in Trump’s desperate efforts to kill the nuclear deal with Iran: by focusing on Tehran’s objectionable non-nuclear policies and false claims of the unevenness of the Iran deal, Trump is arguing that sustaining the international accord can no longer be justified since it doesn’t address the totality of America’s concerns with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am seeing, in Trump's conflating Iran with North Korea and Russia, is an arc of desperate geopolitical insanity from this administration, stretching from Asia all the way through the Middle East, and over to Russia.

And why?!?

Because the US economy is about to tank, and the US government wants to have something to blame for that happening, and attempt to misdirect Americans from it with a world war.

A very "serious as a heart attack" political analyst, Paul Craig Roberts, has recently claimed that the US government is looking to nuke both Russia and China.

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

This isn't some raving lunatic, screaming that the sky is falling; he is an accomplished author, politician, and lecturer. As his wikipedia bio states:

"Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an economist and a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate. He served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration earning fame as the "Father of Reaganomics". He is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He was a post-graduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and Oxford University where he was a member of Merton College.

In 1992 he received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists in the United States.[1] His writings frequently appear on OpEdNews.com, Antiwar.com, VDARE.com. Lew Rockwell's web site, CounterPunch, and the American Free Press."

This guy has "street cred", and is no intellectual slouch by any standard. So when he told us, as he did back in April, that the US government is getting ready to militarily knock the heck out of Russia and China, to prevent the rise of the ruble and yuan in international business trade, I would suggest that you take him at his word.

Mike and I have been looking at this coming, for about the last 20 years; it's like the architypal dream of seeing a slow-motion train wreck about to happen, but being powerless to prevent it.

And unfortunately, unless we on planet earth wind up on the receiving end of a miracle, such a train wreck appears imminent.

I hope to heck I am absolutely, completely wrong; but I cannot but help seeing that the momentum toward such a war is growing exponentially for those in the Bowels of Power in the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika.

Sep 22 09:12

UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

The UN Security Council on Thursday warned that a referendum on independence by Iraq's Kurdistan region was potentially destabilizing, adding its weight to international opposition to the vote.
In a unanimous statement, the 15-member council said the referendum planned for Monday could hinder efforts to help refugees return home and weaken the military campaign against the Islamic State group.

Sep 22 09:04

Not one of the 400 Brits who fought alongside ISIS charged with war crimes or deported

MI5 estimates that 850 Brits have slipped into Iraq and Syria to fight for Islamic State – but only half have ruturned to Britain

Sep 21 14:30

Listening to the Donald at the UN – The Saker

No matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!

In conclusion, what I take away from Trump's UN speech is a sense of relief for the rest of the planet and a sense of real worry for the US. Ever since the Neocons overthrew Trump and made him what is colloquially referred to as their “bitch” the US foreign policy has come to a virtual standstill.

Sure, the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing. That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting, is a blessing for the rest of the planet

Sep 21 13:31

200,000 Israelis expected in “Kurdistan” once independence is declared

According to the magazine Israel-Kurd based in Erbil, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Massoud Barzani, the self-appointed President of the future independent Kurdistan, have reached a secret agreement.

Tel-Aviv is committed to installing 200 000 Israelis of Kurdish origin in Kurdistan.

Sep 21 10:03

Could Kurdish Independence Spark An Oil War?

As the date of the Kurdish independence referendum approaches, oil industry moguls should be concerned about an oil production war between Iran and headless Iraq.

Sep 21 09:34

Is Trump About to Repeat George W. Bush's Worst Mistake?

In 2002, Bush used his UN speech to argue for action against Iraq. Let’s hope Trump’s first UN speech isn’t the opening salvo in a preventable war with Iran

Sep 21 08:35

North Korea amassing nukes to avoid the fate of Libya, Iraq: Writer

North Korea is building up a formidable nuclear arsenal in order to avoid the fate of Libya and Iraq, an American writer and retired professor says.

Sep 20 12:17

How the UN Covers for US Aggression

UN is not out to get the U.S. Rather, it has largely been America’s tool since its inception, it has repeatedly covered Uncle Sam’s overly-exposed butt as he (a.k.a. “the royal we”) has gone around the world on a three decade-long military bender since the end of the Cold War.

And therein lies the truly pernicious part of the Trumped-up case against the U.N. … because, like so much of America’s growing cult of grievance, it reflects an ever-widening gap between America’s stated ideals and its self-serving behavior around the world.

Sep 20 08:05

Iraq breakup will lead to global conflict: Turkish minister

Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli has reiterated Ankara’s opposition to a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq, warning that disintegration of Iraq will lead to a global conflict.

Sep 19 10:26

Rosneft to reach gas pipeline deal with Iraqi Kurdistan

Agreement on setting up the natural gas pipeline infrastructure for Iraqi Kurdistan may be sealed between Rosneft and the region’s government by the end of the year, according to the company.

Investment in the project will be made under the BOOT (Build-Own-Operate-Transfer) arrangement and will be recovered through tariff charges.

The capacity of the pipeline is expected at up to 30 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

"The Kurdistan Region gas pipeline will not only supply natural gas to power plants and domestic factories throughout the region but also enable exporting substantial volumes of fuel to Turkey and the European market in the coming years," said the report.

Commissioning of the pipeline and the first domestic supplies are planned for 2019. Exports will begin starting 2020.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Russia also benefits economically from the establishment of an indepentent Kurdistan.

But President Putin, a word, please; have the Iraqi and Syrian governemnt gotten the memo yet that it will be parts of their territory which will be chewed off in order to establish such a country?!?

Just saying, sir.................

Sep 19 09:36

Netanyahu Sets Israel Up as Fall Guy for U.S.-Iran Clash

Even when Israeli leaders, unlike Netanyahu, kept a low profile, it took years to shake off the accusation that the country pushed for the Iraq war

Sep 19 09:07

Turkey ‘will not allow fait accompli’ in Iraq’s north

Ankara has once again stressed that it will not allow any fait accompli in northern Iraq and will take all necessary measures against the independence referendum to be held by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Sept. 25.

Sep 18 12:30

Trump’s Bonfire of Washington Politics

So, is it inside-out politics that is taking place here?

President Trump shocked the political world and his own “base” when he struck a budget deal with Democrats to get emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey victims, reports ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

Last week, President Trump threw a grenade into the U.S. political structure.

Sep 18 12:27

A Letter to My American Friends

What would it take for you to switch sides and join the rest of mankind in what is a struggle for the survival of our species?

I asked you to name me a single successful US military intervention since WWII and you could name none. Good!

Did you notice that there was no Islamic State in Iraq before the US invasion?

I don’t think that millions of murdered people, including hundreds of thousands of children, are “mistakes” (how would you react it somebody conceded to you that Hitler and Stalin made “mistakes”?). But there is something even more insidious in this notion of “mistake”.

Sep 18 12:06

Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath

James Dorsey explains why there should be no reason for optimism that violence and instability in the Middle East, whether in Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or the Gulf states, will come to an end anytime soon.>>

Sep 18 08:03

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards infiltrated US military, obtained proof of ISIS collusion – commander

Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) operatives managed to infiltrate US military command centers and obtain documents allegedly proving collusion between Washington and ISIS terrorists in the region, a top Iranian commander claims.

The claim was made by IRGC Aerospace Force Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh on Friday during a TV interview.

“We have documents showing the behavior of the Americans in Iraq and Syria. We know what the Americans did there; what they neglected and how they supported Daesh [Islamic State – IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL],” Press TV cited the commander as saying.

Sep 18 07:54

Iraq vice president: Baghdad won't tolerate creation of ‘second Israel’

Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has denounced a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq, warning that Baghdad would not tolerate the establishment of “a second Israel,” after the occupying regime became the only entity to support the so-called plebiscite.

Sep 17 08:37

51 Iraqi migrants, incl 17 children, found crammed in Berlin-bound truck

A group of 51 migrants, including 17 children, has been found crammed in a truck heading to Berlin, German federal police say. The exhausted migrants were taken for questioning, while the Turkish driver was arrested for alleged human trafficking.
Early Saturday, police said they pulled over a truck with Turkish license plates on federal highway A12 near the town of Muellrose, not far from the Polish border, revealing “a shocking picture,”according to Der Spiegel. 20 men, 14 women, 10 boys and seven girls were squeezed inside the vehicle. According to the police report, these were several families of Iraqi origin.

Sep 17 08:16

Iraqi passenger aircraft arrives in Moscow after 13-year freeze

An Iraqi Airways flight from Baghdad arrived at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on Sunday, restoring scheduled commercial airline services between Iraq and Russia for the first time in 13 years.

The Iraqi passenger aircraft included an official delegation led by Iraqi Transport Minister, Kadhim Al-Hamami. The delegation was received by Vnukovo Airport Authority officials.

Sep 17 08:00

Iraqi PM Warns Of Military Intervention If Kurdish Referendum Turns Violent

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi says Kurdish leaders planning to hold an independence referendum are "playing with fire" and Baghdad is ready to intervene with force if violence erupts as a result of the vote.

Abadi on September 16 said if the Iraqi population was "threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily."

Sep 16 21:34

Syria’s Victory in Deir Ezzor

The Tide is Turning against the Deep State NWO.

The Syrian Arab Army have achieved yet another dramatic victory this time lifting the ISIS siege of the heroic city of Deir Ezzor. For years Deir Ezzor has been surrounded by enemies and under siege first by the FSA and Al Nusra and then by ISIS. They have withstood repeated attacks by the US-NATO air force most infamously last fall when the Americans bombed Deir Ezzor right after agreeing to a ceasefire, a treacherous move that paved the way for a nearly successful ISIS offensive to capture the city. The brave defenders of Deir Ezzor withstood these endless attacks becoming a symbol of the heroic resistance of all of Syria. For years Syrians and their friends around the world have dreamed that one day this siege would be lifted. Our dreams have finally come true and faster then anyone could have imagined.

Sep 16 07:53

Spotlight: Kurdish parliament approves independence referendum on Sept. 25

The parliament of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan on Friday approved the independence referendum to be held on Sept. 25.
All the 65 lawmakers attending the session of the 111-seat regional parliament voted in favor of holding the referendum on the independence of the Kurdish region and the disputed areas.

The parliament also decided to invite relevant parties, including Kurdistan's Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission, to conduct the referendum.

According to Tariq Jowahar, parliament media advisor, the session was chaired by the deputy speaker, as Speaker Yousif Mohammed Sadiq did not attend the session since his Gorran Movement is boycotting the session along with the Kurdistan Islamic Group.

Kaka Bashar, a Kurdish lawmaker from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), said he regretted that some of the lawmakers boycotted the parliament session, particularly the Gorran Movement, and hoped they will take part in the coming session.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will probably be a massive, bloody civil war in both Iraq and Syria, in preparation for the existence of an independent Kurdistan, but that is of no matter to those in the Bowels of Power in the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika; Kurdistan will concentrate the oil revenues, and the OUSSA can guarantee a Wesetern-centric government, and an absolute certainty that this oil will only be sold for US dollars.

Sep 15 12:57

Iraqi parliament votes to remove kirkuk governor from office: lawmakers

Iraq’s parliament voted on Thursday to remove the governor of Kirkuk from office following a request from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, according to several lawmakers who attended the vote.

The decision to remove the governor, Najmaddin Kareem, comes after Kirkuk - an oil-rich province claimed by both the central government in Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq - decided to take part in a referendum set for Sept. 25 on Kurdish independence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And, following this story, comes the next troubling headline, regarding the fractious state of Iraq:

Iraqi Kurd President says ties with Baghdad are Cut over Sacking of Kirkuk Governer

So, when this comes to a military dustup between the Kurds and the Iraqis, over what has been traditionally Iraqi soil since 1923, where does the US government come in?!? How do they back the Kurds without causing a civil war between the Kurds and Iraqis over this?!?

The short answer is, the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of America cannot possibly back them without alienating the Iraqi leadership, big time.

Perhaps someone should have mentioned this possibility before the concept of an Independent Kurdistan, created to balkanize Iraq, was signed off on by the Pentagon, State Department, and White House.

Iraq could well have a new civil war on its hands, insuring a more permanent, and muscular, US troop strenth here.

But hey; this is all about Kirkuk's oil; who controls it is of no real interest to the Deep State in America, as long as the US gets to insure that all the oil in Kirkuk is controlled by US-centric corporations, and is only sold for the US dollar.

Sep 15 08:18

Iranians among 52 dead in Iraq attacks claimed by Daesh

Gunmen and suicide car bombers on Thursday killed at least 52 people including Iranians near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, in an attack claimed by the Daesh militant group.

The attackers struck at midday, opening fire on a restaurant before getting into a car and blowing themselves up at a nearby security checkpoint, officials said.

Sep 15 08:15

200,000 Jewish Kurds headed for Iraqi Kurdistan, howls Turkish press

The Turkish media is abuzz with the story of a secret agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government and Israel to resettle Jewish Israelis of Kurdish origin in Iraqi Kurdistan after the independence referendum, and some quarters are taking the news as an indication of US support for Kurdish independence.

Sep 14 11:19

After Being Turned Down by Iraq’s Parliament Yesterday, the Kurdistan Barazani Regime Now Tries to Make Kurdistan Independent by Force

fter Yesterday’s unanimous vote on not allowing Kurdistan’s separation by the Iraqi parliament, forces of the so-called Peshmerga militias (armed forces of the Iraqi Kurdistan’s ruling Barazani regime) suddenly started to spread in the areas of of Kirkuk, Daquq and Tuz Khurmatu.

“These forces did not come for the purpose of the referendum, but to suppress the Arabs and Turkmens, as well as to enforce the will of the Barazani regime through arms, tanks and armored vehicles”, said Mohammad Al Bayati, the Turkmen leader of the armed wing of Badr Organization, an Iraqi political party.

Al Bayati called on the Iraqi government to take responsibility for its citizens or resign.

It is noteworthy that in late August, the Council of the Iraqi province of Kirkuk, voted in favor of inclusion of its territory in the forthcoming referendum on the independence of the northern Iraqi region of Kurdistan, scheduled to take place on September 25th.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very nasty, very quickly.

And if the Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika are on the side of the Kurds in this issue, then who has Iraq's back in order to stop it?!?

Most probably Iran, a development the USSA absolutely doesn't want to see happen.

Sep 14 10:18

Israeli prime minister backs Kurdish independence in Iraq  

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel supports the establishment of an independent Kurdistan ahead of a controversial referendum on Iraqi Kurdish independence which Baghdad rejects.

An independent Kurdistan would give Israel an ally in the region and undermine Iranian influence in Iraq.

"Israel supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own," Mr Netanyahu's office said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But, of course, he cannot possibly back the legitimate efforts of the Palestinian people to attain a state of their own!!

Forgive me, but cab anyone else smell the reeking, blatant hyprocrisy here?!?

Sep 14 09:39

At least 50 killed, over 80 injured in gun & bomb attacks in south Iraq (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

At least 50 people have been killed and over 80 more injured in a pair of gun and car bomb attacks in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, Reuters reports, citing health officials. Iranian media said that among the victims were Iranian pilgrims.
In the first attack, a group of three or four gunmen entered a restaurant off the Dhi Qar highway and began shooting at random, hitting at least fifty people, several media reported.

Shortly afterward two suicide bombers, including one driving a car rigged with explosives, blew themselves and the car up at a security checkpoint nearby, Iraqi officials told AFP.

The survivors are being treated at the al-Batha and Nasiriyah hospitals, but due to the nature of some of the injuries the death toll is expected to rise, the director of the city's Health Directorate, Jasim al-Khalidi, told Reuters.

Jassem al-Khalidi, a senior health official, told the TV channel that more than 87 people had sustained injuries in the attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The violence, post George Bush's homicidal war against Iraq, continues apace.

But for some in the Pentagon, and other places in the Bowels of Power in the Unhinged Surveilleds States of Amerika, the continued violence is "justification" for a permanent contingent of American troops, to guarantee that Iraq's government stays western centric; and that all its oil is only paid for with American dollars. As reported at antiwar.com last month:

Yet while Pentagon officials are keen to brag about their accomplishments in the war, mostly centering around having killed massive numbers of people, they are also quick to dismiss the idea that the war is anywhere near over, or that even if it was “won” is some shape or form it would mean US troops coming home.

Rather for many Pentagon officials the ISIS War has been an opportunity to restore the major military presence in Iraq they didn’t want to lose at the end of the last occupation, and officials have been very clear that they view the Iraq deployment as permanent.

Sep 13 08:29

"Never Forget" - A Marine Reflects On The Lies Of Our Endless Wars

While I remained at my headquarters unit in Virginia, my friend embarked on multiple tours of duty within a short two years as a Marine infantryman. I remember even then being surprised and unsettled by how rapidly his overseas deployments came. He was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq on his third deployment overseas prior to his twenty-first birthday. He had selflessly tried to stop a car laden with explosives as it sped into his checkpoint, possibly preventing more deaths among the nearby group of Marines wounded in the attack.

Paul Wolfowitz, considered one of the chief architects of the Iraq War, attended my friend’s funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. More recently, Wolfowitz spent last year's anniversary of the 9/11 attack on NBC’s Meet the Press shamelessly arguing that he and the Bush administration had done nothing wrong in selling the war and were honest with the American people.

Sep 12 08:55

ISIS Fighters Are Flaunting Their New Favorite US-Made Battle Rifle In Propaganda Videos

ISIS fighters are flaunting a modified variant of the M14 in a newly released propaganda video detailing the terror group’s urban warfare tactics as it makes a last stand against the U.S.-backed coalition laying siege to its Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. The video, which shows armed drones, vehicle-borne IEDs, and other unusual armament in action against Syrian Democratic Forces in the crowded thoroughfares of the city, is yet another example of U.S. military weapons and equipment ending up in the hands of militants across the battlefields of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria and utilized against the very Western-backed forces they were meant to strengthen.

Sep 12 08:53

Israeli Minister: Kurdistan independence benefits West, Israel

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Monday expressed her support for the establishment of an independent Kurdistan.

During an international counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya, Israel, Justice Minister Shaked said Israel supports the Kurdistan Region’s desire for independence from Iraq.

“Israel [and] the Western countries have a major interest in the establishment of the state of Kurdistan,” Shaked said.

“I think that the time has come for the US to support the process [of an independent Kurdistan],” she continued.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's agenda is to break up the larger Middle East nations into smaller pieces that are easier to push around.

Sep 12 08:40

Iraqi Kurds 'prepared to draw own borders', Barzani warns Baghdad

The president of Iraqi Kurdistan has signalled it will draw the borders of a future Kurdish state if Baghdad does not accept a vote for independence in a referendum due later this month.

Massoud Barzani told the BBC he wanted to reach an agreement with the central government if Kurds opted to secede.

Sep 12 08:38

IRAQI KURDISH LEADER DEFENDS INDEPENDENCE VOTE

The leader of Iraq's Kurdish region defended an independence referendum planned for later this month during a visit Tuesday to the oil-rich Kirkuk province, the epicenter of a long-running dispute with the central government.

Sep 12 08:38

Iraqi Parliament Opposes Kurdish Independence Vote

Lawmakers on Tuesday voted against the Kurdish independence referendum and called on the Baghdad government to negotiate with the semi-autonomous Kurdish government.

Sep 11 13:35

Echoes Of Iraq-WMD Fraud In Syria

The New York Times and other Western media have learned few lessons from the Iraq War, including how the combination of a demonized foreign leader and well-funded “activists” committed to flooding the process with fake data can lead to dangerously false conclusions that perpetuate war.

Sep 11 09:16

2,100 bodies of civilians discovered in aftermath of Mosul

Since July, over 2,000 bodies have been excavated in the western part of Mosul, after the city was cleared from Daesh in June, an Iraqi official said on Friday.

Speaking to an Anadolu Agency correspondent, the civil defense official of Iraq’s Ministry of Interior, Saad Hamid, said that more than 2,100 civilian bodies were found under the ruins.

Hamid said that during their work the team faced “lack of equipment and various security problems such as Deash members firing from hide outs, bunkers, tunnels or basements”.

Sep 06 14:29

Kurdistan Independence Referendum to Potentially Blow Mideast Apart

The creation of a sovereign Kurdish state in Iraq could result in the remapping of the Middle East and the collapse of the established status quo, Israeli political analyst Avigdor Eskin writes for RIA Novosti. Eskin notes that regardless of the potential repercussions the Iraqi Kurds are determined to hold an independence vote on September 25.

Sep 05 11:05

HOW ‘REGIME CHANGE’ WARS LED TO KOREA CRISIS

The U.S.-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea, writes Robert Parry.

It is a popular meme in the U.S. media to say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “crazy” as he undertakes to develop a nuclear bomb and a missile capacity to deliver it, but he is actually working from a cold logic dictated by the U.S. government’s aggressive wars and lack of integrity.

Indeed, the current North Korea crisis, which could end up killing millions of people, can be viewed as a follow-on disaster to President George W. Bush’s Iraq War and President Barack Obama’s Libyan intervention. Those wars came after the leaders of Iraq and Libya had dismantled their dangerous weapons programs, leaving their countries virtually powerless when the U.S. government chose to invade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should the US go to war against North Korea, and begin hostilities, China will most likely come into the war on North Korea's side; as to this very real possibility, I would strongly caution President Trump to choose his battles wisely.
I would also suggest that war against China would be a foolish one, because at this point in the US military's existence, it does not have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against China.

I certainly hope and pray that the current "President Whisperers", comprised of McMasters, Kelly, and Mattis, have been straight and upfront with President Trump, on this; but unfortunately, I sense that these advisors may see war as the only way out, because such actions have worked well economically in the past, when the country was in a financial bind.

But the game has fundamentally changed, in light of the fact that we are dealing with a nuclear-armed China, Russia, and - most recently - North Korea.

Sep 05 07:12

US returns Saddam Hussein’s stolen antique chessboard

The artifact was recovered by the FBI according to a statement from the US Embassy in Iraq and turned over to Iraq’s deputy minister of culture for antiquities & heritage affairs, Qais Rasheed.

“The US is committed to helping return stolen Iraqi artifacts,” the statement added.

Further details on the theft and how the artifact came into the possession of US authorities were not given.

The former Iraqi leader was a known chess fan. The president of the World Chess Federation, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, previously described Hussein as a “supporter of chess” who understood its value.

Sep 01 09:34

Flights between Russia & Iraq to resume after 13yrs

Iraqi Airways plans to resume flying between Baghdad and Moscow starting this September. The carrier is in talks with Russia's Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation).

Sep 01 09:32

U.S.-led forces acknowledge killing 61 more civilians in Iraq, Syria

The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants said on Friday it had confirmed another 61 likely civilian deaths caused by its strikes in Iraq and Syria, raising to 685 the number of civilians it has acknowledged killing since the conflict began.

The coalition said in a statement that during July, it had investigated 37 reports of civilian casualties. It found that only 13 of the reports were credible and there were an estimated 61 unintentional civilian deaths.

The coalition is investigating another 455 reports of civilian casualties caused by its artillery or air strikes, the statement said. It has now acknowledged at least 685 civilian deaths due to its air and artillery strikes since the conflict began in August 2014.

Aug 29 14:19

Ex-Iraqi MP: Trump's Senior Advisor Attempting to Return Baath Party to Power

A former Iraqi legislator revealed that a senior advisor to US President Donald Trump is in negotiations with the Baath leaders in Iraq to return the dissolved party to power under a new name. "A delegation of the dissolved Baath party is negotiating with the US officials, specially Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, to study the possibility for its return to Iraq's political process after changing its name," Kamel al-Dulaimi, also leader of the National Tashih Movement, was quoted as saying by Iraq's al-Rased website on Tuesday. "We have access to certain intelligence which proves that the delegation is pursuing Baath party's return to power in Iraq under a new name," he added. Kushner visited Iraq with the chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff in April. Details about the trip to the Middle East with General Joseph Dunford were not released.

Aug 29 11:07

Video: RAW: Iraqi Forces Gaining Control Of Tal Afar

Iraqi military forces fighting against ISIS are now reportedly controlling most parts of Tal Afar, including the city center, according to reports from officials.

Aug 29 10:34

Video: Iraqi Army Retakes Tal Afar From ISIS Amid Rights Groups’ Concerns

The Iraqi army says it has retaken the city of Tal Afar, one of the few remaining Islamic State strongholds in the country.

Aug 29 07:16

Iraqi Forces launch a major-scale operation in Anbar province, liberate new areas around Tal Afar

Backed by the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), the Iraqi Armed Forces established control over the village of Qulu Bash, located east of Ayadiyeh in the countryside of Tal Afar. According to reports in the Iraqi media, the joint coalition of the Iraqi forces imposed a military cordon around the center of the area on ??several axes, before storming it. In a related context, the Iraqi forces launched a major-scale operation to hunt down the remaining ISIS terrorists who are still lurking in desert areas in western part of Anbar province. The start of the operation was also confirmed by Major General Mahmoud Al Falahi who stressed that the operation began by inspecting the area of ??160 kilometers between the city of Ramadi and the district of Altaabah, all the way to the north in a distance of 100 kilometers to Wadi Houran.

Aug 28 07:26

New Progress in Iraq's Last Remaining ISIS Stronghold, Complete Liberation to be Announced Soon

The Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al Jaafari said on Saturday that the joint coalition of the Iraqi forces, consisting of the Iraqi Army, Federal Police Units and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) has so far managed to liberate about 80% of Tal Afar and its surrounding areas, the last major stronghold of ISIS in Iraq.

Already yesterday, the Iraqi forces liberated the center of Tal Afar and its historic citadel, as well as plenty of other areas.

Aug 28 04:56

Kommersant: Iraqi forces take last major stronghold of Islamic State

Iraq’s forces have established full control over Tal Afar, the last major stronghold of the Islamic State (terror group, outlawed in Russia) in Iraq. This victory became the greatest success of Baghdad’s government forces after the caliphate’s Iraqi capital Mosul was seized in July, Kommersant writes. After losing Tal Afar, a major link with Syria, the Islamists have lost even a hypothetical chance to turn the tide in their favor. However, the failure of IS terrorists in Iraq and Syria does not mean that the global project called the Islamic State is over, the paper writes. Experts are convinced that the war will be carried out on other fronts, including in Europe, which has been recently hit by a wave of terrorist attacks with IS claiming responsibility for them. "No doubt, as a structure, the Islamic State is exhausted, but it is still early to speak about the collapse of its ideas and ideology," Alexey Malashenko, an expert of the Carnegie Moscow Center, said.

Aug 24 12:22

NETANYAHU TO PUTIN: IRAN MUST LEAVE SYRIA OR "WE WILL ACT"

For Netanyahu and other Israeli officials the chief concern was never the black clad death cult which filmed itself beheading Americans and burning people alive. "Let the Sunni evil prevail," they say.

Israel is threatening to escalate military action in Syria against perceived Iranian interests. This week Netanyahu declared, "we will act when necessary according to our red lines" while hinting he prefers ISIS presence in Syria as opposed to Iran aligned fighters at his border. This comes as ISIS is now crumbling, and at a time when most world leaders of nations driving the external proxy war in Syria have toned down their rhetoric regarding the future fate of the Assad government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister Netanyahu, where are you hearing the following?!? ""We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel."

Are the voices in your head getting louder, perhaps, sir?!?

Because in semi-official Iranian blogs such as presstv.com, and farsnews.com, which I read and to which I link pretty much daily, there is not a word about destroying Israel, but some deep, and intelligent, criticisms of how Israel treats the Palestinians, and particularly Palestinian children.

Where, please, do indefinite detentions, and the routine torture of children, to get them to accuse others in their communities of crimes they did not commit,"fit" in the only alleged democracy in the Middle East, which, by the way, still has no constitution, 69 years after it was founded?!?

Just curious, sir.

You could immediately make peace in a win/win situation by flying to Tehran, and developing a relationship with President Rouhani. And the reality here, sir, is that unlike what one sees in anti-Iranian Israeli propaganda, Jews in Iran are thriving.

Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

But of course, you won't, because part of the power Israeli politicians hold over their people is the power of fear; that the others in the region are ready to tear the hearts out of Israeli children, when it is generally Israeli settlers who are illegally claiming Palestinian land; encroaching more deeply in East Jerusalem, and the West Bank, and briskly evicting Palestinians whose families have lived on certain spots for multiple generations.

And we all know that you most likely won't be fighting directly against Iranians in Syria; you have the American troops to do do that for you.

American troops will be in Syria for decades

An independent Kurdistan is being established in sections of Iraq and Kurdistan, in order to balkanize those countries, and control their oil, something Israel is encouraging.

And we all know that you would love to regime change Tehran, but only at the costs of American blood and American money.

So please, don't give us this codswallop about "Iranian aggression", when Israeli aggression against its neighbors and the Palestinians have made it the absolute pariah of the entire Middle East.

Aug 23 11:58

ExxonMobil, Kochs, Israel Pushing Washington to Partition Iraq and Syria

The currently stateless Kurds sit astride the Iraq-Syria border on land blessed/cursed with oil, other resources, and geopolitical significance. Is it any wonder that mega-corporations and their client states are looking to use the Kurds, stoke conflict, and exploit the situation?

Years before the U.S. illegally invaded and then occupied Iraq, plans were circulating within the Pentagon to partition the country along “sectarian” lines, with the express purpose of allowing the U.S. and its regional allies to better control oil resource production and movement within the Middle East.

In Syria, the same narrative of partition has more recently been circulated as the “only” solution to the nation’s sectarian divisions, divisions which did not emerge until they were artificially created in 2011 when the current conflict began and later fomented by hostile foreign actors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So it's the old "invade, divide, and conquer" routine, ordered by Trump's corporate masters, which he seems to be fulfilling now, in Syria and Iraq.

Aug 23 11:47

Moqtada Al-Sadr and Saudi Arabia— The New Allies

After the meeting with Mohamed Bin Salman and other Saudi officials, Al-Sadr’s office stated that there would be a Saudi consulate in Najaf. Although looking at the suggestion superficially the intention seems to be to strengthen the Saudi relations with Iraqi government, there is more to that. It’s not a coincidence that Najaf was chosen. This would give Saudi Arabia the opportunity to crackdown on Shia opposition in the gulf countries while using religious authorities like Al-Sadr on their side. Al-Sadr left to Iraq, and Saudi bulldozers flattened Awamiya, terrorizing people and forcing hundreds to flee.

Aug 23 09:06

Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq: An Overview

Information revealed about a severe illness known as the ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ which spread amongst US Army veterans who were exposed to DU while using theseweaponry, helped Iraqi researchers and Medical Doctors to understand the nature of the effect of these weapons, and the means required to investigate further into this issue.

DU is a chemically toxic and radioactive heavy metal produced as waste by the nuclear power industry. It is used in weapons because it is an extremely hard material capable of piercing armor.

The synergistic impact on health due to the 1991post-Gulf War1 economic sanctions, and DU related radioactive and toxic contamination, raised the number of casualties in contaminated areas such as in Southern Iraq.

Aug 22 11:09

US military constructing new base in Iraq’s Kurdish region: Report

The US military is reportedly building a new permanent base in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region as part of attempts to perpetuate its occupation of the conflict-ridden Arab country indefinitely, regardless of all opposition from religious figures and people from all walks of life.

Iraq's Kurdish-language Rudaw television network reported on Tuesday that the base is being constructed in Kariz village of Zummar district, located 60 kilometers northwest of Mosul, stressing that 60 percent of the work has already been done.

The report added that 120 US soldiers and 300 long-range artillery systems have also been stationed in the area.

Hassan Khalo Ali, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official, said the base is being built on an area of ??20 acres of land, local people can see helicopters continuously taking off and landing and entering the base is prohibited in every way to ordinary people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the US military is headed for permanent occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan; this will assist it on controlling the pipelines from countries (as well as controlling Afghanistan's mineral wealth); insuring that the oil is only sold to specific countries, and not to others; and insuring that the oil from Afghanistan and Iraq is only sold in US dollars.

Aug 17 07:04

ISIS MAKES UP TO $100 MILLION A YEAR SMUGGLING ANCIENT ARTIFACTS FROM IRAQ AND SYRIA

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) makes as much as $100 million annually by trafficking looted antiquities out of Iraq and Syria and selling them on the black market.

Aug 16 09:06

Saudi Arabia, Iraq to Reopen Border Crossing That’s Been Closed for 27 Years

Iraq and Saudi Arabia are reportedly planning to open the Arar border for trade for the first time in nearly 30 years. The border has been shuttered since the two nations severed their relationship in 1990 after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.

Aug 16 08:20

Tehran Calls on Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds to Discuss Looming Kurdistan Referendum

Tehran supports the negotiations between Iraq and the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan amid the latter's plan to hold an independence referendum in September, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Qassemi said as quoted by the Fars news agency that the internal talks between Erbil and Baghdad should "resolve issues" between the parties in the run up to the referendum on independence.

Iraqi Kurds gather near the Arbil Citadel in the center of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq
© AFP 2017/ SAFIN HAMED
Netanyahu's Support for Kurds: Israel Looking for a New Ally in the Middle East?
The minister stressed the achievements of the Iraqi people in fighting terror and liberating the territories, which had been occupied by the Daesh terror group (banned in Russia).
The spokesman added that Iran was seeking the best-possible relations with all of Iraq's political, social, ethnic and religious bodies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless this is mediated, quickly and intelligently, we could see more bloody civil war in Iraq, in the area the Kurds want to claim as their independent Kurdistan.

Aug 15 11:34

BEX ALERT - Can Anyone Stop Iran From Taking Over Iraq?

Mosul is back in the Iraqi government’s hands and the war against the Islamic State seems to finally be approaching its end. This is the good news. But one of the byproducts of the campaign is that Iran’s reach now extends even deeper throughout Iraq and seems unlikely to go away any time soon.

Aug 15 10:55

Iraqi Forces Begin Liberating the Last Major ISIS Stronghold in Iraq

Iraqi forces have begun their process of liberating Tal Afar, the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq. On Tuesday morning, a spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense confirmed the launch of a major-scale operation, with both, air force and ground units participating. According to an unnamed local source from the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, six powerful explosions have already shook Tal Afar, itself located west of Mosul, amid reports that one of them hit an explosives manufacturing plant, with no information given on the killed terrorists or exact material damage as of yet. The town of Tal Afar is the last remaining major ISIS stronghold in Iraq, and which came under control of the terrorist group back in the summer of 2014.

Aug 15 00:55

There Are Only Two Sides to Raqqa – US Is on the Wrong Side

As the foreign power providing support for SDF in the Raqqa war, the United States government and its leader should know that the military operation cannot have high civilian death tolls, and so much forbearance or false equivalence. The official amount of the city of Raqqa “liberated” has remained stuck at around half for weeks now, and Col. Ryan Dillon is the latest in a long line of US officials to predict a “tough battle” ahead for control of the ISIL capital city. That’s going to be tough on ISIL, and on the Kurdish forces the US is backing, but especially tough on the civilian population, with growing numbers of critics and human rights groups complaining that the US is making little to no effort to limit civilian deaths in the Raqqa air war. This was a recurring problem in US-backed offensives in Iraq, where cities like Mosul and Ramadi saw precipitously high civilian death tolls as the result of US airstrikes.

Aug 14 18:17

US Soldiers’ Death In Iraq Due To Artillery 'Mishap'

The two American soldiers killed in northern Iraq on Sunday lost their lives due to a US artillery “mishap,” says a Pentagon spokesman.

Army Colonel Rob Manning said Monday that “a mishap occurred” as a US Army artillery unit was targeting a mortar position of the Daesh Takfiri terror group.

Aug 14 13:04

2 US Soldiers Killed, 5 More Wounded In Possible ISIS Attack In Iraq

Two American soldiers have been killed and five more wounded during an operation in northern Iraq. Though the military has said they were taking part in “combat operations,” initial reports said the deaths were not from “enemy contact.”

Aug 14 07:28

EXXONMOBIL, KOCHS, ISRAEL PUSHING WASHINGTON TO PARTITION IRAQ AND SYRIA

ears before the U.S. illegally invaded and then occupied Iraq, plans were circulating within the Pentagon to partition the country along “sectarian” lines, with the express purpose of allowing the U.S. and its regional allies to better control oil resource production and movement within the Middle East. In Syria, the same narrative of partition has more recently been circulated as the “only” solution to the nation’s sectarian divisions, divisions which did not emerge until they were artificially created in 2011 when the current conflict began and later fomented by hostile foreign actors.

Aug 14 07:26

Russia to Boost Iraqi Army Potential With Upcoming Supplies of T-90 Battle Tanks

In late July, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iraqi Vice President Nouri Maliki discussed the issue of supplying Russian T-90 tanks to Iraq.

"The deliveries of T-90 tanks to Iraq will begin soon in accordance with the previously signed contract. Negotiations on other sectors of defense industry cooperation are underway," Maksimov said.

Aug 14 07:26

Russia Offers Helping Hand to Iraq in Restoration of Energy Supply to Mosul

Russia is ready to help the Iraqi authorities restore energy supply to the Iraqi city of Mosul, which has recently been liberated from Daesh terrorist group, Russian Ambassador to Iraq Maksim Maksimov told Sputnik in an interview.

Aug 14 07:11

‘Just like in Germany & Japan, US military will build permanent bases in Iraq’

President Obama used to nuance it all the time and tiptoe around the reality, which was that US forces are in Iraq, and they are fighting, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT.

The US military says two of its soldiers were killed in combat operations in Iraq. According to the Pentagon, the soldiers died in the north of the country on Sunday, and five others were injured. They were taking part in operations against ISIS.

The statement did not specify the cause of death, merely saying it was not due to enemy fire. However, ISIS contradicted that claim, saying it killed four US troops in a rocket strike in the city of Tal Afar, situated to the west of Mosul, where anti-ISIS operations are ongoing.

Aug 13 11:16

As MSM Focuses on North Korea and Virginia – US Soldiers KILLED Again In Iraq

Reports are coming in of U.S. casualties in Iraq. Both KIA and WIA during combat operations today.

Editors Note: Article appears after pictures.

While the MSM is Focused on Virginia, North Korea, and the coming Trade War with China, blood is once again being shed in Iraq. The mainstream is silent on the sad news coming from Iraq.

Aug 10 12:09

Russia Seeks to Bring Back Dozens of Children Taken to Mosul When Parents Joined ISIS

Russian authorities are now trying to bring back home other children stuck in Mosul. According to Samih Beno, a Jordanian politician of Chechen origin, 48 minors, presumably children of Russian citizens, are now being held in different Iraqi shelters. Beno, also the head of the Chechen Republic’s Friends Association in Jordan, helped begin the evacuation and serves as a mediator during talks between representatives of different countries and international public organizations. No concrete date as to when minors could be brought back home can be set at the moment, as the process of their return is full of legal complications. To bring the children back, it must be confirmed they are all Russian citizens, which is not easy as the minors lack documents proving their identity and can hardly tell the authorities anything about themselves or their family aside from a name. According to Beno, the kids will have to undergo a DNA test to prove they are relatives with people who claim so.

Aug 09 09:33

SYRIA & IRAQ WAR REPORT – AUGUST 9, 2017: TENSIONS GROW AS US-LED COALITION STRIKES PMU IN BORDER AREA

Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and tribal forces fighters have liberated Jabir, Numaysah, Khamisiyah and Wadi Susah near the important ISIS-held town of Maadan in the province of Raqqah.

The government forces advanced amid the ongoing fighting in the area of Sukhna in the province of Homs. ISIS is desperately trying to stop the SAA advance along the Sukhna-Resafa and the Sukhna-Deir Ezzor roads and deploys reinforcements to the area. This allows government forces to advance on other frontlines.

Pro-government forces, led by the Republican Guard, are advancing against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies in Jobar and Ayn Tarma in the Eastern Ghouta region near Damascus. The group is excluded from the ceasefire because it has links with al-Qaeda.

Aug 08 10:40

America’s ISIS War Enters Fourth Year: War Is Expected to Leave US Troops in Iraq Permanently

On August 8 of 2014, a pair of US jets launched their first airstrikes against ISIS targets near the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Irbil. This marked the beginning of a protracted air war which continues to this day, along with an accompanying ground war which, despite pledges of “no boots on the ground,” quickly grew to many thousands of US troops.

The fourth year finds ISIS-held territory shrinking substantially, with the group’s territory in Iraq all but lost, and both the Kurdish YPG and the Syrian government pushing them back in Syria, with an ongoing offensive in the ISIS capital of Raqqa.

Yet while Pentagon officials are keen to brag about their accomplishments in the war, mostly centering around having killed massive numbers of people, they are also quick to dismiss the idea that the war is anywhere near over, or that even if it was “won” is some shape or form it would mean US troops coming home.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This permanent US deployment in Iraq will insure that the US controls the Iraqi government, the oil, and the currency in which that oil wil be sold (translation: only in US dollars).

And it is very interesting, and almost ironic, to notice; just when the Philippine's Duterte was waging his war against drug dealers, what happens?!?

All of a sudden he has ISIS with which to contend!!

Accidental?!? I think not.

Aug 08 07:56

Dozens Reported Killed in US Airstrike on Iraqi Paramilitary Anti-Terror Force

The US air force has carried out an airstrike on an Iraqi militia unit called Seyid Suheda, which belongs to Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). The airstrike took place in Anbar province, close to Iraq's border with Syria, Rudaw reports.

According to reports, 35 fighters were killed and 25 were injured in the airstrike on Monday night. PMU commanders are reportedly among the dead.

Aug 07 08:15

Iraq Races To Fill The Gap Left By The Saudis

Iraqi oil exports topped 100 million barrels in July, but that’s still lower than the 3.93 million barrels per day rate Baghdad boasted back in May.

The latest figures from the Iraqi Oil Ministry do not include exports from Kurdistan, which reach international markets via the controversial Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline. SOMO, the national oil distribution company, said all the exported oil had originated from central and southern oilfields.

June data shows Kirkuk exporting 677,413 barrels, or 22,000 bpd. It remains unclear whether shipments from the area, formally under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), have been affected in July.

Aug 06 08:42

Iraqi Troops Discover Suspected Mass Grave in Ramadi

The Iraqi army found in the province of Anbar a mass grave containing the bodies of 40 people who were probably executed by the ISIL militants, Iraqi security forces said.

Aug 06 08:41

Depleted Uranium And The Iraq War’s Legacy Of Cancer

Depleted uranium was used in Iraq warzone weaponry, and now kids are playing in contaminated fields and the spent weapons are being sold as scrap metal.

Aug 06 08:32

Wrong Again: Bill Kristol said Iraq War would last 2 months

Aug 04 18:24

Federal Court Tosses Murder Conviction Of Ex-Blackwater Guard In 2007 Iraq Massacre

In a highly unusual decision sure to open old wounds among Iraqis and further prolong an already protracted legal saga, a US appeals court has thrown out the murder conviction of an ex-Blackwater security guard and ordered three co-defendants to be resentenced for their roles in the deadliest incident involving the controversial private security firm to date. The men were responsible for the September 16, 2007 Nisour Square shooting in Baghdad, which killed 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others, and threatened to inflame tensions at the height of what was an already bloody and volatile coalition occupation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This very disturbing case demonstrates the dangers of hiring mercs, who are not required to report to the US chain of command, but only their CEO.

Aug 04 09:04

Iraqi PM calls for strengthening economic relations with Tehran

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for continued cooperation with Tehran on economic and trade areas, Iraqi media said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Iraq is slipping away from US control!

Aug 03 15:59

War Crimes? Third Of Britons Want Tony Blair Tried Over Iraq Invasion

A third of Britons want former Prime Minister Tony Blair to be tried over his decision to invade Iraq alongside the US back in 2003.

According to the latest YouGov poll, 33 percent of respondents said the former Labour leader “knowingly misled Parliament and the public” and should therefore be prosecuted as a “war criminal.”

Aug 03 09:04

Operations in Iraq more extensive than officials let on

Military operations in Iraq have been far more extensive than officials often let on, according to data obtained by Military Times.

Aug 03 02:54

Iraq stands on the brink another devastating war

What will happen to Iraq after the Islamic State terrorist organization is defeated in Mosul? Unfortunately, there are too many things that exclude chances for peace to return to this war-torn country. The liberation of Mosul from ISIS militants was seen as the completion of a terrible stage in modern Iraqi history. It would seem that Iraq is supposed to see a new era of peaceful construction and restoration of the state, the rise of its economy. This period is nowhere near, though. There is a plethora of problems that Iraq needs to face before it can hope for peace to come. First and foremost, it goes about the referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, scheduled for September of this year, as well as about forthcoming parliamentary and local elections in 2018. These two milestone issues are directly related to issues of the national and territorial unity of Iraq.

Aug 02 10:30

Iran, Iraq, Russia hold meeting in Moscow

Deputy Foreign Ministers of Russia, Iran and Iraq held meeting here on Wednesday to consider situation in the Middle East, crises in Iraq and Syria and trilateral coordination.

Aug 02 08:10

3,799 Killed in Iraq During July; Kurds Believe Casualties Are Much Higher

Antiwar.com has found that at least 3,799 were killed during July in Iraq. Another 366 were wounded. These figures are lower than the 4,928 killed and 1,630 wounded reported in June. With the liberation of Mosul complete, Iraqi forces have paused major operations against the Islamic State militants. In the coming weeks, Tal Afar and locations in Anbar are expected to be targeted.

Of those killed, 946 were civilians; 141 were security personnel; 2,698 were militants; and 14 were members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, who were killed by Turkish air or artillery strikes. Significantly fewer reports of wounded surfaced during the month. Only 174 civilians were reported wounded. Another 130 security personnel and 62 militants were known to have been injured.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that these estimates are probably very much on the low side; but it is a stark reminder of the real carnage that the US occupation of Iraq has created.

Aug 02 07:40

Galloway: ‘Law is an ass’ for blocking Iraq War prosecution of Tony Blair

The High Court ruling that Tony Blair cannot be prosecuted for taking Britain into the Iraq War gives immunity to any “two-bit hustler” in power in Britain and proves the “law is an ass,” Respect Party leader George Galloway said.

On Monday, Britain’s High Court dismissed an application for a judicial review to overturn a 2006 ruling by the House of Lords that there is no such crime as the “crime of aggression” under English law.

Aug 02 07:36

Iraqi VP: Referendum to Harm Kurds

The Iraqi Vice-President, Nouri al-Maliki, warned of the consequences of a referendum on independence in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, stressing that it will first harm the Kurds. "Referendum in the Kurdistan region is a big and serious mistake and the Kurds will be harmed more than others," Maliki told MNA on Wednesday. "Referendum in Kurdistan region is illegal and will violate the constitution of integrated Iraq". Warning that certain figures want to seize the opportunity to introduce themselves as saviours of the Kurdish people, Maliki said, "Principally, the referendum will have no good benefit and will instead add to problems." In relevant remarks on Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also underscored serious opposition to Kurdistan region's bid to arrange a referendum for independence, describing it as illegal and a big mistake.

Aug 02 07:11

WAR CRIMES? THIRD OF BRITONS WANT TONY BLAIR TRIED OVER IRAQ INVASION

A third of Britons want former Prime Minister Tony Blair to be tried over his decision to invade Iraq alongside the US back in 2003.

According to the latest YouGov poll, 33 percent of respondents said the former Labour leader “knowingly misled Parliament and the public” and should therefore be prosecuted as a “war criminal.”

The poll comes just after a High Court ruling blocked an Iraqi general’s bid to prosecute Blair over his decision to intervene in Iraq.

Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat sought a private prosecution against Blair, who he accused of committing a “crime of aggression.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was a bloody shame that Mr. Al Rabbat, who attempted to get Tony Blair prosecuted for a crime of "aggression", which does not exist in either British or Welch law, was not better schooled in British jurisprudence before he brought the lawsuit forward, and did not come after Blair with a charge which was prosecutible under British law.

Aug 01 13:50

Attempt To Prosecute Tony Blair Over Iraq War Blocked By High Court

Britain’s High Court has blocked a bid by an Iraqi general to bring a private prosecution against Tony Blair over the war he launched in Iraq while prime minister.

General Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat accused the former Labour leader of committing a ‘crime of aggression’ by invading Iraq in 2003 to overthrow former President Saddam Hussein. The general wanted to see the prosecution Blair and two other key ministers of the time – Jack Straw, the foreign secretary, and Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general.

Aug 01 12:42

Iraq War: Bid to prosecute Tony Blair rejected by High Court

Former Iraqi general Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat alleged the former prime minister committed "the crime of aggression" by invading Iraq in 2003.
No such crime exists in England and Wales and the court ruled there was "no prospect" of the case succeeding.

The general had wanted to prosecute Mr Blair, ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, and ex-Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.

Last year, Westminster Magistrates' Court had turned down Mr Al Rabbat's bid to bring private prosecution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Al Rabbat should have been better schooled in British law, so that he could bring Tony Blair to the docket on a chargeable offence, under British Law; so unfortunately, because Mr. Al Rabbat did not do that, Phony Tony Blair gets to slip away from the war crimes charges he should be facing yet again.

Aug 01 08:31

With an eye on Iran, US welcomes Moqtada Al Sadr visit to Saudi Arabia

Iraqi cleric's meeting with crown prince boosts his standing and helps kingdom in countering Iran’s expansionism, former US ambassador to Baghdad says

Jul 31 06:05

Tony Blair WON’T be put on trial over Iraq War

The former prime minister was accused of committing a "crime of aggression" by invading Iraq in 2003 to overthrow President Saddam Hussein.

General Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat, former chief of staff of the Iraqi army, wanted to prosecute Mr Blair and two other key ministers at the time - foreign secretary Jack Straw and attorney general Lord Goldsmith.

But today, a court ruled there was "no prospect" of the case succeeding.

Delivering a written judgment, the three judges said the court had taken the view that: "Because of a decision by the House of Lords binding in this court, there is no crime of aggression under domestic UK law."

Jul 27 08:55

Iran to build Iraq’s first foreign uni. of medical sciences

Iran is planning to build Iraq’s first ever foreign University of Medical Sciences, Iranian deputy minister of health Bagher Larijani said Thursday.

At the Thursday meeting of the Iranian Deputy Health Minister Dr. Bagher Larijani and a team of Iraqi medical officials in Tehran, the two sides reached initial agreements on cooperation on a number scientific and educational projects, including the construction of Iraq’s first foreign medical university by Tehran University of Medical Sciences under supervision of Iran’s Ministry of Health.

Jul 26 10:17

Iraq turns to Russia for military support, oil deals, rebuild infrastructure

Iraq's vice president has reached out to Russia during a high-profile visit, saying he seeks closer ties with Moscow after 14 consecutive years of U.S. military intervention in his country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You can't DO that! The whole point of bombing your old infrastructure into rubble is that WE get to sell you NEW infrastructure!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 26 09:43

Putin, Iraqi vice-president discuss possible supplies of T-90 tanks

Possible supplies of Russian-made T-90 tanks to Iraq were discussed at today’s talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki, chief of Russia’s Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said on Tuesday.

"This topic was raised, as was the entire current agenda," he told journalists but refused to say whether the meeting has yielded any concrete decision on that matter.

"We have an intergovernmental commission which works under its own plan. I would not comment on any details [concerning tanks supplies], on any nuances about the quantity, etc.," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The performance of Russian military equipment in Syria has been stellar, and people are noticing.

So now, ironically, the US government's regime change in Baghdad is bringing Russia and Iraq closer, both in terms of relationships, and military hardware?!?

Baghdad seeking ‘substantial’ Russian military & political presence in Iraq – vice-president

Call me silly, but I sincerely doubt that this was the outcome President Bush envisioned when the US military invaded Iraq to control its oilfields, and in what currency that oil was sold for!!

Jul 25 07:47

U.S. silent on Iran-Iraq military agreement

Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday that would see strengthened military cooperation aimed at fighting “terrorism and extremism,” a deal that probably won’t please President Donald Trump.

Jul 25 07:43

Putin to meet Iraq VP as Baghdad seeks 'substantial' Russian military and political presence in the country

Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki is seeking Moscow's "substantial" military and political presence in the war-torn country. The Iraqi leader, who landed in Russia on 23 July for a visit until 26 July, is set to hold formal talks with President Vladimir Putin today (25 July).

The vice president has already met Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov appealing for a more serious role from Moscow. Al-Maliki, the leader of the Rule of Law parliamentary coalition, also met parliament speaker Valentina Matviyenko during the first part of his visit.

Jul 24 12:53

The Bloody ‘Liberation’ Of Mosul

The Iraqi and U.S. governments have declared Mosul as liberated from its ISIS occupiers. But author Vijay Prashad says it’s not so simple: the “liberation” included the slaughter of civilians by both sides and left large swaths of the ancient city — the second largest in Iraq — in rubble and ruins. And ISIS is still entrenched in other parts of the war torn country.

Jul 24 11:21

BREAKING: Iraq seeks Russia’s military and political alliance

Iraq is embracing Iran, Russia and Syria while actively distancing itself from the US and its multiple bases in the country.

Jul 24 10:22

Lesson for America: New Iraq-Iran Defense Deal Shows Regime Change Doesn't Pay

The recent agreement signed by Iraq and Iran on military cooperation should serve as a lesson to the US that regime change doesn't pay, Dr. Foad Izadi, Assistant Professor with the Faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran, told Radio Sputnik.

Iraq and Iran have agreed to boost bilateral military cooperation in several areas, including anti-terrorism and the fight against extremism. Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan and his Iraqi counterpart Erfan al-Hiyali signed the memorandum of understanding on defense in Tehran on Sunday, Iranian news agency IRNA reported.

"Extending cooperation and exchanging experiences in fighting terrorism and extremism, border security, and educational, logistical, technical and military support are among the provisions of this memorandum," IRNA reported.

The agreement is bad news for the US, which is opposed to Iranian influence in Iraq and had been planning on expanding its own military facilities in Iraq and Syria.

Jul 24 09:19

EMAILS SHOW IRAQ WAR PR ALUMS LED ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT DAKOTA ACCESS PROTESTERS

Behind the scenes, as law enforcement officials tried to stem protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, alumni from the George W. Bush White House were leading a crisis communications effort to discredit pipeline protesters.

Jul 24 09:04

US worried as Iran, Iraq forge close security ties

Iraq, fresh from liberating Mosul in its most serious blow to Takfiri terrorists, is reaching out to Iran which, according to most senior Iraqi officials, prevented Baghdad from falling to Daesh.

Iraqi Defense Minister Erfan al-Hiyali was in Tehran on Sunday, signing an agreement to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism".

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Jaberi Ansari was in Baghdad where Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni Muslim, stressed the need for the two neighbors to continue their cooperation in fighting terrorism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Although the US government will hate such a move, because it works against regime change in Iran, it is a very positive outcome of two neighbors helping each other out regionally against terrorism.

Jul 24 08:54

CONFIRMED: Iraq signs military cooperation agreement with Iran

America's plan to divide and conquer Iraq continues to backfire spectacularly as Iraq's Defence Minister arrives in Tehran to sign a memorandum for future military cooperation.

Jul 24 08:40

IRAQI VICE PRESIDENT: NO US BASES IN MY COUNTRY!

The United States wants to stay in Iraq, against the wishes of Iraq's leaders, in order to prevent a growing alliance between Iraq with both Iran and Syria. If America was so worried about this, they could have simply left Saddam Hussein in power.

Jul 24 08:39

Lessons from Mosul: Double Standards, War Crimes and Lack of Accountability

Last week the Iraqi government announced that Mosul has been ‘liberated ‘ from the control of ISIS. The major campaign for Mosul’s liberation began in October 2016 when the US led coalition massively increased both bombing raids and artillery attacks that had in fact been going on since ISIS captured the city in 2014.

Civilian casualties have been substantial. Amnesty International estimates that there were nearly 6000 civilians killed between February and June 2017 alone, as a result of the coalition attacks. This figure excludes the mass bombardment of the past few weeks.

Jul 22 16:43

US contributed to creation of ISIS - Iraq leader's astonishing attack

Iraq’s vice-president Nouri al-Makiki said that while the US had provided support to the Iraqi army and the allied forces it has also contributed to the emergence of the extremist group in the first place.

He added that Washington was now seeking to establish military bases on Iraqi territory in order to maintain its influence in the region.

He said: “ISIS resembles the Taliban which was created by the US administration to counter the USSR in Afghanistan.

“The same way, ISIS was created to counter the Iraqi stance, which did not agree to blockade Syria, was against no-fly zones in Syria and against American military bases.

"The Iraqi society is against foreign military bases on the country's territory coming back to Iraq and setting up bases here."

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 21 11:17

Russia Prevents Syrian, Iraqi Gov't From Collapsing - Iraq Vice President

The Iraqi vice president said that Russia preserved the entire Middle Eastern region from being destroyed by keeping its stance toward the Syrian and the Iraqi governments.

Jul 21 08:42

Trump Declares ISIS ‘Falling Fast’ At Pentagon Briefing

“We’re doing very well against ISIS,” Trump said. “ISIS is falling fast. Very fast”

Jul 20 11:29

INTEL REPORTS REVEAL AT LEAST 40,000 CIVILIANS KILLED IN MOSUL IN JUST 9 MONTHS

According to Hoshyar Zebari, who until recently was a senior minister in Baghdad, many bodies “are still buried under the rubble.”

“Kurdish intelligence believes that over 40,000 civilians have been killed as a result of massive firepower used against them, especially by the federal police, air strikes and Isis itself,” Mr. Zebari added.

The monitoring group Airwars recently estimated that at least 4,000 civilians were still buried under the rubble in Mosul, but we will likely never know the exact number. Up until a month ago, the U.S. only had two personnel investigating casualties in Iraq and Syria full time.

Zebari also emphasized that the “unrelenting artillery bombardment by units of the Iraqi federal police, in practice a heavily armed military unit, had caused immense destruction and loss of life in west Mosul,” according to the Independent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a sneaking suspicion that by the time all the deaths are truly tallied in Mosul, this 40,000 figure may well be expanded by double the number reported here.

Jul 20 11:27

NY Times Rewrites History of Iraq War, Painting U.S. as Noble Democracy-Lover, Iran as Sinister Imperialist

The New York Times’ Tim Arango took what could have been an interesting topic for war journalism—Iran’s increased role in Iraq—and morphed it into a revisionist history of American and Saudi involvement in the Middle East. In doing so, Arango paints the U.S. as a noble, freedom-loving nation on a mission to improve the lives of average Iraqis, and Iran as a sinister imperial force working to expand its sphere of influence across the region.

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Jul 20 08:45

Iraq to buy ‘large batch’ of advanced Russian T-90 tanks – Kremlin

Moscow and Baghdad have struck a major deal to deliver “a large batch” of advanced Russian-made T-90 tanks to the Iraqi military, a Kremlin official said. The T-90s will reinforce the Iraqis’ M1A1 Abrams fleet damaged in the fight against Islamists.

Jul 19 18:05

The massacre of Mosul: 40,000 civilians feared dead in battle to liberate city from Isis

More than 40,000 civilians were killed in the devastating battle to retake Mosul from Isis, according to intelligence reports revealed exclusively to The Independent – a death toll far higher than previous estimates.

Residents of the besieged city were killed by Iraqi ground forces attempting to force out militants, as well as by air strikes and Isis fighters, according to Kurdish intelligence services.

Hoshyar Zebari, until recently a senior minister in Baghdad, told The Independent that many bodies “are still buried under the rubble”. “The level of human suffering is immense,” he said.

Jul 18 12:02

BEX ALERT - Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over’

Walk into almost any market in Iraq and the shelves are filled with goods from Iran — milk, yogurt, chicken. Turn on the television and channel after channel broadcasts programs sympathetic to Iran.

A new building goes up? It is likely that the cement and bricks came from Iran. And when bored young Iraqi men take pills to get high, the illicit drugs are likely to have been smuggled across the porous Iranian border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The New York Slimes is trying to bash Iran because of their close relation with Iraq. They do share a border, after all, and after decades of war brought by the United States, why would anyone in Iraq want to buy anything coming from the United States?

Jul 18 07:43

Staggering Before-And-After Satellite Images Show Destruction Of Mosul

Nine months of war obliterated every building in some of the Iraq city's western neighborhoods.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We will gladly loan you all the money you need to rebuild, at say, 20%?" -- Money Junkies.

Jul 17 11:32

What’s Behind the Pentagon’s Push to Build New Bases in Iraq and Syria?

The White House, responding to pressure from the Pentagon, is asking Congress to grant permission for the construction of more “temporary” US military bases in Iraq and Syria.

In what is seen as a deepening of the Pentagon’s commitment to waging war in the devastated region, US Defense Secretary James Mattis has convinced the administration of President Donald Trump to seek permission from Congress to expand military operations into Iraq and Syria, even as Daesh is being destroyed and Mosul has been retaken.

The new “temporary facilities” will increase the likelihood of a longer, more expensive and ultimately more deadly war in a region that is suffering the most dire human rights crisis since the end of World War II.

Jul 17 11:31

Russia-Gate Report Ignored Iraq-WMD Lessons

A January intelligence product has served as the basis for a series of Congressional hearings into the issue of Russian meddling into American elections — and has taken on a near canonical quality that precludes any critical questioning of either the authors or their findings. There is one major problem, however: the supposedly definitive assessment was not that which it proclaimed to be.

Jul 17 09:05

Intelligence Reports Suggest IS Leader Al-Baghdadi is Still Alive

An Iraqi intelligence officer said Sunday that Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was still alive.

Last month, the Russian Defense Ministry media said that al-Baghdadi was believed to have been killed in an airstrike in Syria.

U.S. officials, however, said they don't have any proof confirming the Daesh leader's death.

"Al-Baghdadi is still hiding in Syria in an area outside [the northern Syrian province of] Raqqah," Abu Ali al-Basri, the head of the intelligence and anti-terrorism department at the Iraqi Interior Ministry, told the local Al-Sabah newspaper.

Jul 17 08:31

100s of Iraqi soldiers, fighters killed in US-led airstrikes: Iraqi MP

An Iraqi lawmaker has blamed the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the country and neighboring Syria for killing hundreds of army soldiers and pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilizations during airstrikes against alleged militant hideouts.

Jul 16 08:46

The Suffering of Children in Mosul Revealed as Daesh Is Snuffed Out

Children “lived in the dark like rats” while Daesh ruled in Mosul, an aid worker claims. Many of them had hidden from the terrorists and the ensuing war to retake the city. Consequently, they are suffering from rickets, a lack of Vitamin D and are very thin.

Experts believe these children will suffer long term psychological trauma not only from the battles that raged in the city but the day-to-day cruelty they witnessed at the hands of Daesh. The charity Save the Children surveyed 65 kids and found that they were enduring what professionals call “toxic stress”. A staggering 90% had lost close family members and the majority had nightmares whether asleep or awake

“I dream of a woman with blood all over her face,” murmured one girl aged about 10 or 11.

Another girl of the same age said:

“I have bad dreams of dead bodies.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War is hell on adults, but is an even worse hell for children affected by it.

Jul 15 08:01

Trump Wants Authority to Build New Bases in Iraq, Syria

The White House has issued a statement this week calling on Congress to grant President Trump unilateral legal authority to open new military bases in both Iraq and Syria, as well as to renovate existing facilities. Officials say the bases would be purely temporary in nature.

What “temporary” actually means however is unclear, particularly in Iraq where the Pentagon has been very public about the idea that they intend to keep US ground troops in Iraq more or less forever. Those bases, then, are going to be open-ended facilities for an open-ended mission.

The White House says that the current lack of unilateral authority is limiting “maneuverability” as they continue their military buildup in the region, Though the statement was initially aimed at getting the authority included in the NDAA, it does not appear that the House version made any such revisions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: even though Iraq and Syria are allegedly "sovereign nations", that's not going to stop the US government from permanently garrisoning these places in these countries, in preparation for more perpetual war.

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