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Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:46

Brexit: Leaveniks have it. What next?

Britain’s exit from EU deals a body blow to the US’ trans-Atlantic leadership.

The unthinkable has happened with the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. (BBC)

Arguably, this is potentially the most serious development in world politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Curiously, both catastrophes happened ‘voluntarily’.)
What lies ahead?

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 30 15:44

Airstrikes Near Fallujah Kill Hundreds; 285 Killed In Iraq

The United States has given Iraq a $2.7 billion dollar credit for the purchase of military equipment and maintenance. Iraq has eight and a half years to pay it back.

Troops marching towards Qayara from the south have advanced as far as Telol al-Baj.

Jun 30 12:21

how big isis convoy really was !

footage released by iraqi airforce shows isis convoy before being hit and scattered.
the US-led coalition refused to bomb them according to IQAF officials and prevented any fixed wing( Iraq has several F16s ) aircraft to fly nearby, it was no choice other than using helicopters to do the task.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US is PROTECTING the terrorists!

Jun 24 14:59

11 year old iraqi boy has one critical question for all american see in this video..

Jun 24 09:10

Derailing Chilcot: The Red Herring of Post-War Planning in Iraq

Let’s be clear: the US-UK military occupation of Iraq – full of massive amounts of deadly violence dished out by the US and UK armed forces, torture and destructive divide-and-rule tactics – was a catastrophe for the people of Iraq. And it was hugely unpopular, with a secret Ministry of Defence 2005 poll of Iraqis finding that 82 percent “strongly opposed” the presence of coalition troops, with 45 percent saying attacks against US and UK forces were justified.

However, it is a complete red herring to suggest better planning is the crux of the issue. “The problem wasn’t the way that this was implemented, the problem was that we were there at all,” argued Rory Stewart, who served as the coalition’s provisional authority deputy governorate co-ordinator in Maysan province In Iraq, in 2013:

“All these people who think ‘If only we had done this, if only if we hadn’t de-Ba’athified, if only we hadn’t abolished the army’ misunderstand the fundamental tragedy of that encounter between the international community and Iraqis… it wasn’t the detailed, tactical decisions that were made, it was the overall fact of our presence. The problem was so deep that if we hadn’t made those mistakes we would have made other mistakes. It was a wrecked intervention from the beginning, from the very moment we arrived on the ground.”

Jun 23 13:07

Militias Sneak Into Fallujah; 256 Killed In Iraq Battles, Attacks

Although Shi’ite militiamen promised not to enter the city of Fallujah, witnesses say the militiamen have donned federal police uniforms in order to sneak into the city.

Jun 23 12:36

IRAQI FORCES LIBERATE AL-MISHAK AND MOHAMMED AL-MUSA FROM ISIS

The Iraqi Security Forces and their allies have liberated the villages of Al-Mishak and Mohammed al-Musa, located south of Shirqat in Salah ad Din Governorate.
IRAQI FORCES TAKE AL JUMHURI NEIGHBORHOOD OF FALLUJAH (VIDEO) - https://southfront.org/iraqi-forces-take-al-jumhuri-neighborhood-of-fa...

Jun 21 15:46

Two Iraqis Sue British Troops Over Detention During Iraq War

Two Iraqis have been flown to the UK by their lawyers to claim compensation for imprisonment by British troops during the Iraq War.

Jun 21 15:18

Bomber Targets NZ Base Camp; 20 Killed In Iraq

The United Nations released $15 million from an emergency fund to help pay costs for persons displaced by operations in and around Fallujah. Authorities estimate over 80,000 people have fled the fighting and the Islamic State militants. However, there are not enough supplies for such a large group of people.

Jun 21 13:54

U.S. military says will not disclose details on injured service members

The U.S. military will not provide details on specific cases of American service members injured in Iraq and Syria because it could give information to Islamic State militants, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday

The spokesman, Peter Cook, was responding to a question at a Pentagon press briefing seeking confirmation that four Americans had been wounded in Syria earlier this month.

Cook said there had been no a change in policy and aggregate numbers would still be provided.

"Our policy is not to identify wounded service members for a variety of reasons, including operational security, including privacy reasons," Cook said.

"Also, we do not want to provide additional information to the enemy that might enhance their own assessment on the battlefield situation," he said.

However, the Pentagon has released such information in the past and responded to queries, and it was unclear how Cook's comments were consistent with previous disclosures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Pentagon does not want to release this information, because it does not want the American people knowing how many of our military have actually been deployed in these countries.

Jun 21 13:34

International military review: Syria, Iraq, June 21-2016

The ISIS terrorist group has successfully counter-attacked in the province of Raqqa, re-taking from the Assad forces the Thawrah oil field, the Sfaiyeh oil field, the Sfaiyeh crossroads and Bir Anbaj. The main government forces withdrew in the direction of Ithriya while clashes were observed in Madarkhah and Khirbat Zaydan. Before this setback, the pro-government forces had been deployed in about 13 km from the strategic Tabaqa military airport...
Military situation in Fallujah, Iraq - https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-fallujah-iraq-on-june-21/

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 20 13:52

Fighting Continues In Fallujah; 240 Killed Across Iraq

Although victory was declared in Fallujah on Friday, Islamic State militants continue to fight and hold ground in northern neighborhoods. Between 50 and 70 percent of the city is in government hands.

Jun 20 12:50

Iraq: 6 Beautiful Female Refugees Turn out to Be ISIL Men

"The Iraqi police have taken 6 ISIL terrorists who were wearing women's clothes and trying to flee Fallujah city," the Arabic-language media outlets quoted an unnamed security source as saying on Monday. The Iraqi security source also said that the police forces also discovered women's dresses in one of ISIL's bases. "They used women's dresses and cosmetic make-ups to flee Fallujah city," the source added. On Sunday, a senior popular forces commander announced that the ISIL terrorists had disguised as ordinary people in Sharqat front in the Northern part of Salahuddin province as Iraqi forces were making rapid advances there.
Iraqi Volunteer Forces Demining, Defusing Bombs in Northern Fallujah City - http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000930
The Iraqi army troops walk in the streets of the city of Fallujah in Anbar province after it was freed from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists' control. [PHOTOS] http://en.farsnews.com/imgrep.aspx?nn=13950331000360

Jun 20 09:09

US PRAISES SAUDI LEADERSHIP IN SYRIA, BUT DOCS REVEAL COLLABORATION IN CREATION OF ISIS

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, the United States and Saudi Arabia are vowing to turn up the heat against terrorists and religious extremism in the Middle East. But these allies have a history of supporting the same tenets of religious extremism that lead to terrorism and repression of human rights. On June 13, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry hosted Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Kerry’s home in Washington, where the pair shared dinner. The meeting came a day after Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 more at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, apparently pledging allegiance to Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the terrorist group known in the West as ISIS or ISIL) during the attack.

Jun 20 07:52

Call for a National Debate on U.S. “Regime Change” Policy

We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens currently visiting Russia with the goal of increasing understanding and reducing international tension and conflict. We are appalled by this call for direct U.S. aggression against Syria, and believe it points to the urgent need for open public debate on U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 19 08:34

Hillary Email Bombshell: Secret Memo States Obama Admin’s “Support” for Islamic State

We have reported that the Obama administration was engaged in helping to create the Islamic State. However, new classified emails, which Hillary Clinton received, indicates that the Obama administration was actually supporting Al Qaeda in Iraq, which later become the Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, no, no, no, no, no, NO! ISIS are the BAD guys! You must HATE them. Remember all those beheading videos we made ... found?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 17 10:53

Iraqi Military Retakes Central Government Compound in Fallujah

Iraqi security forces said they seized Fallujah’s central government compound, their first significant victory inside the city in a weekslong battle against Islamic State.

Federal police forces flew the Iraqi flag over the city’s mayoral office Friday, the military said in a statement. The building is part of a large administrative compound that also houses the city’s police headquarters and courthouses. But the military stopped short of declaring full control over Fallujah, saying it was still battling a significant number of militant fighters in the city.

The military said government forces had surrounded Fallujah General Teaching Hospital in the city’s downtown district, a building they said the terror group had used as a command center. Fallujah was the first major city seized by Islamic State in 2014 during a blitz that saw the Sunni Muslim extremists take over about one-third of Iraq.

Jun 16 10:28

HUNDREDS GO MISSING AS IRAQ BEGINS ROUNDING UP CIVILIANS

WHILE THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT MADE A BIG DEAL OVER THE WEEKEND OF ARRESTING SOME MEMBERS OF THEIR ALLIED SHI’ITE MILITIAS FOR KIDNAPPING, TORTURING, AND KILLING REFUGEES FROM ISIS-HELD FALLUJAH, THE PROBLEM APPEARS TO JUST BE GROWING, WITH THE IRAQI MILITARY ITSELF NOW REPORTEDLY ROUNDING UP PEOPLE ON THE SAME PRETEXT AS THE MILITIAS WERE, AND SHIPPING THEM TO A DETENTION CENTER, JUST LIKE THE MILITIAS WERE.

Civilians at a refugee camp in Amriyat al-Fallujah say there is growing despair over the fate of the hundreds of men, husbands, sons, etc., who were captured by security forces while trying to flee through the area the government ordered them to use, and are being held as suspected ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't you just LOVE how "American-induced democracy" is functioning in Iraq?!?

The Iraqi government is now torturing innocent civilians in your name, and with your tax dollars.

Muqtada al Sadr hasn't been heard from, in public, recently; however, I would almost be willing to bet that he is waiting for what he believes is the absolutely correct moment, to throw the current government out, and finish a popular revolution against it.

THEN, what does the US government do?!? Re-invade?!?

It appears that one huge qualification for work in the US Federal government, is the pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion; the current state of the near collapse of the Iraqi government bears witness to this, and painfully clearly.

Jun 16 10:28

Iraq wants to sue Israel for destroying Saddam's nuclear reactor in 1981

The first deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Homam Hamoudi, announced that Iraq plans to sue Israel for monetary compensation for carrying out Operation Opera - The IAF attack on the Osirak nuclear reactor in southeastern Baghdad which occured on June 7, 1981 .

Hamoudi said in a press statement published by the Iraqi news agency AlSumaria: “Iraq is determined to sue Israel for bombing the reactor in 1981, and to force it to pay financial compensation for the attack.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And just where are you going to find a lawyer?" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jun 16 08:50

Post-Islamic State Iraq should be split in three: top Kurdish official

Once Islamic State is defeated, Iraq should be divided into three separate entities to prevent further sectarian bloodshed, with a state each given to Shi'ite Muslims, Sunnis and Kurds, a top Kurdish official said on Thursday.

Jun 15 12:10

Lib Dems Demand 2-Day Debate On ‘Folly & Incompetence’ Of ‘Unwinnable’ Iraq War After Chilcot

Liberal Democrat MPs want a two-day debate in the House of Commons on the findings of the Iraq Inquiry. The Chilcot Report is expected to prove damning for senior officials who took Britain to war in 2003, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Jun 15 08:31

Iraqi’s case against MoD for alleged abuse by British troops could open floodgates

Waheed was also held without charge for more than six weeks, two of which included solitary confinement. That was despite interrogators concluding he was innocent after he fully cooperated with British authorities and tried to provide information that could be useful to his captors.

He is one of two former detainees suing the MoD for alleged abuse, the other being Kamil Najim Alseran.

Jun 14 14:52

160 Killed In Iraq; Torture Arrests Made

The Iraqi Ministry of Immigration and Displacement released new figures
on the number of internally displaced civilians in Iraq. About 3.6 million
people are currently displaced from their homes. However, 600,000 former
refugees have been able to return home, so far.

Jun 14 03:18

Superdelegate Tyranny?

It would appear Clinton has been coronated and not elected.

Too quick to judgment? The Democratic Party establishment and the media now call Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee to face off Donald Trump in November. Though this is before the Democrats hold their convention and while Clinton is still short of pledged delegates.

Jun 12 12:14

Bill Kristol Carpetbombed By C-SPAN Caller

An angry military wife blasts Kristol to his face...

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Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 11 13:17

Bill Kristol Tells C-Span: 'Iraq War Will Only Last 2 Months'

22 seconds on C-Span that Bill Kristol will never live down...

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Jun 08 14:02

99 Killed In Iraq; Dozens Executed In Mosul

Iraq commanders say the operation in Fallujah has stalled because there is no coordination between the disparate security forces fighting the Islamic State militants. While these groups bicker about their various roles, the conditions for civilians in the city are deteriorating quickly. Refugees say that the militants have been using food to bribe residents into joining their tanks.

Jun 08 11:39

Blair Blame Game: Ex-PM Prepares Iraq War Excuses Ahead Of Chilcot Report

Former PM Tony Blair will respond to the Chilcot report on the legality of the 2003 Iraq invasion by arguing the Middle East state was devastated by Iran, Al-Qaeda and a powder keg of tribal animosity unleashed by Saddam’s removal, reports suggest.

Jun 08 07:50

ISIL Militants Plant Bombs in Holy Qurans to Escape Defeat in Fallujah

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jafari said the ISIL terrorist group plants bombs in copies of the Quran to prevent the advance of Iraqi Army and volunteer forces in Fallujah. Speaking to Iraqi media, Jafari underlined that methods employed by ISIL contradict the teachings of Islam, al-Wasat daily reported. He said such acts of desecrating the Quran by ISIL only strengthen the resolve of Iraqi troops and volunteers to combat the terrorist group. Iraqi forces launched an offensive on May 23 to retake the city, the first to fall to ISIL in Iraq in January 2014. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on June 1 the offensive on Fallujah had been slowed down in order to protect civilians. Humanitarian aid groups and residents said at the time that ISIL has trapped around 50,000 civilians, including 20,000 children, in Fallujah, threatening those who try to escape with death.

Jun 08 03:00

In meeting with Orthodox, Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

NEW YORK (JTA) – There were a few things Donald Trump made clear when he met Thursday with a select group of Jewish reporters, almost all of them Orthodox, at his corporate offices in Manhattan.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was the one who initiated Wednesday’s one-on-one powwow with Trump to mend fences, not him. He’s a great friend of Israel. He has many Orthodox Jewish friends, including his chief lawyer, Jason D. Greenblatt. And he considers himself a very loyal boss.

But in a 20-minute question-and-answer session that touched on religious liberty in the workplace, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and federal education tax credits, Trump offered scant details.

On some substantive policy questions, the Republican front-runner for president didn’t answer at all, instead delegating the question to Greenblatt, a real estate attorney from Teaneck, New Jersey — one of two people he said he’d appoint as his White House Israel policy advisers.

More at:
http://www.jta.org/2016/04/14/news-opinion/politics/in-meeting-with-or...

Jun 07 18:05

The Iraq Inquiry: A Government U-Turn And An “Apology” From Tony Blair

IT’S REALLY 19TH CENTURY BEHAVIOR IN THE 21ST CENTURY. YOU DON’T JUST INVADE ANOTHER COUNTRY ON PHONY PRETEXTS IN ORDER TO ASSERT YOUR INTERESTS.

— JOHN KERRY, MEET THE PRESS, MARCH 2ND, 2014

If “a week is a long time in politics”, a quote attributed to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson (1964-1970 and 1974-1976), under David Cameron’s tenure – a man who has been kicked into myriad U-turns over feckless, reckless decisions – a day is an age.

Jun 07 15:40

Bombings Continue In Baghdad; 75 Killed In Iraq

Although the fighting has stalled in Fallujah, the Iraqi military has transferred a brigade to the front lines in Makhmour. Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Badr Organization criticized the move, blaming it on U.S. pressure. The U.S. government had wanted Iraq to tackle Mosul ahead of Fallujah, but recent attacks on Baghdad forced the government to try to recover nearby Fallujah first.

Jun 07 13:30

Iraq War Made Tony Blair ‘Defensive, Awkward, Self-Conscious’ Individual – Ex-PM’s Ally

Criticism of his decision to invade Iraq in 2003 has “destabilized” Tony Blair, yet he is expected to come out “all guns blazing” when Sir John Chilcot publishes his long-delayed Iraq War Report on July 6, according to a close ally.

Jun 07 07:39

Kurdish Forces Engage In HUGE Battle With ISIS…You Need To See The SHOCKING Ending

Kurdish soldiers, who have historically fought against ISIS since day one, posted a video of a battle between the two.

Jun 07 07:06

At least 5 killed, 10 injured by car bomb in Karbala city, Iraq - report

A car bomb exploded in the center of the Shiite holy city on Tuesday, with the Shiite community in the country marking the first day of Ramadan.

At least five people were killed and 10 others injured in the attack, Reuters reported citing a security officer.

Jun 06 19:44

Hillary Clinton: Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

The executive leadership now faces the problem of how to deal with a traitor, who may be the Democratic Party nominee for US President. How do the executive leadership and intelligence agencies back a foreign spy for president, who has been deeply compromised and can be blackmailed? This may explain why the FBI, NSA, and CIA hesitate to press charges; hesitate to even seriously investigate, despite the obvious nature of her offenses. Most of all it explains why there is no indication of the identity of Secretary Clinton’s correspondents in the various reports so far available.

Jun 06 13:45

Mass Grave Near Fallujah; 487 Killed In Iraq

Mass Grave Near Fallujah; 487 Killed in Iraq

A deputy chairman for the Hashd al-Shaabi reversed an earlier declaration that Shi’ite militias would storm Fallujah. Abu Mahdi Muhandis said the militias have completed their role in the operation but would accept orders to enter Fallujah if asked.

Jun 06 13:39

Did Clinton’s Emails Expose CIA Agents?

Even as Hillary Clinton closes in on the Democratic nomination, facts continue to emerge indicating that her sloppy email practices may have endangered secrets, including the identities of covert operatives, writes Peter Van Buren.

These are facts. You can look at the source documents yourself. This is not opinion, conjecture, or rumor. Hillary Clinton transmitted the names of American intelligence officials via her unclassified email.

From a series of Clinton emails, numerous names were redacted in the State Department releases with the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” a highly specialized classification that means the information, if released, would violate the Central Intelligence Act of 1949 by exposing the names of CIA officials.

Jun 06 13:30

MSNBC Admits Plan to Suppress Bernie Sanders Voters in California

A stunning revelation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews...

Matthews flat out states that there is a plan in place at MSNBC to announce Hillary as the clear winner, hours before anything is officially declared, to make people think they will be wasting their time by going out to vote for Bernie.

This is a stunning example of the dirty tricks that the mainstream media will play to further their preferred establishment candidate’s position in the race:

Jun 06 13:26

Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

There are several lines of inquiry against Mme. Clinton:

(1) Did she work with, as yet unnamed, foreign governments and intelligence services to strengthen their positions and against the interest of the United States?

(2) Did she provide information on the operations and policy positions of various key US policymakers to competitors, adversaries or allies undermining the activities of military, intelligence and State Department officials?

(3) Did she seek to enhance her personal power within the US administration to push her aggressive policy of serial pre-emptive wars over and against veteran State Department and Pentagon officials who favored traditional diplomacy and less violent confrontation?

(4) Did she prepare a ‘covert team’, using foreign or dual national operative, to lay the groundwork for her bid for the presidency and her ultimate goal of supreme military and political power?

Jun 06 07:56

Dramatic Drone Footage Shows Syrian Army Advancing Toward Islamic State Capital

Starting about two weeks ago, a new campaign was launched to put the substantially weakened Islamic State on the defensive: in the south, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Popular Mobilization, and Sunni tribal fighters have closed in on a multiple-axis assault to encircle the city of Fallujah. As we reported previously, Iraqi forces, together with Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Shi'ite Muslim militias, and Sunni tribal fighters, backed by U.S.-led coalition forces, have pushed on toward Fallujah after recapturing several key cities in the past year, including Ramadi, Tikrit, and Baiji. Here, the advance has been problematic however as Aljazeera reported earlier today, fighters battling to retake Fallujah say they have secured its southern edge and have almost completely encircled the whole Iraqi city.

Jun 05 15:06

Militias Threaten To Storm Fallujah; 202 Killed In Iraq

Hadi al-Amiri, leader of the Badr Organization, said on Saturday that Shi’ite militias are planning to storm Fallujah once civilian families flee the city. He gave them 10 days to leave. However, the Islamic State militants have been preventing many civilians from escaping and using them as human shields, so it is unclear how serious this threat is.

Jun 05 14:38

US Admits To Failures In Retaining Iraqi Army, Limiting Militia Role

US military officials have admitted to failure of their efforts to “retrain and reunify” Iraq’s regular army and generate enough combat units in a bid to limit the influence of locally-trained volunteer militia forces.

Jun 05 09:24

The Chilcot Inquiry is set to CLEAR Alastair Campbell over claims he 'sexed up' the dodgy dossier making the case for Iraq War

Mr Campbell has reportedly not been sent a letter by the inquiry setting out criticisms and offering a right of reply - unlike his former boss Tony Blair.

Inquiry sources told the Sunday Times Mr Campbell was 'in the clear' and indicated intelligence chiefs would be blamed for producing the material No 10 presented to the public.

Jun 03 15:00

Is The UK’s Iraq Inquiry Set To “Savage” Tony Blair?

With the publication date of the Chilcot Inquiry into the illegal invasion of Iraq just weeks away (July 6th) reportedly set to “savage” former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair he has made a rare return to the UK and gone in to manic diversionary tactic overdrive.

Jun 03 08:20

Families of Iraq War dead will have to pay £767 for full Chilcot report

David Davis, the former Tory shadow home secretary who has campaigned for the release of the report, said: “If there is anybody in the country who has already paid too high a price for this report it is the families.

“The idea of making them pay hundreds of pounds to find out the reasons why their loved ones died is bluntly a disgrace. They should all be given a free copy as a matter of course.”

Jun 03 06:18

Families of Iraq War dead will have to pay £767 for full Chilcot report

The families of British soldiers who died in the Iraq War will have to pay £767 for a hard copy of the full Chilcot report.

Jun 02 08:33

‘Erdoganistan’: Persecuted journalists tell RT of horrors of Turkish crackdown on Kurds

While very little is said in the Western media about Turkey’s crackdown on the Kurds in southeast Turkey, and journalists are virtually banned from the afflicted region, RT Documentary turned to locals for help in finding out what’s really going on there.

Journalists from RT Documentary channel (RTD) were introduced to Hilal, a reporter who lives in Turkey’s troubled city of Diyarbakir. With the Turkish army in the region fighting Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) forces, whom they call “terrorists,” constant gun fights and explosions just a few blocks from her home have become a familiar sight for the journalist. The Kurds in the country’s southeast are seeking more autonomy from the Turkish government.

May 31 19:16

Ken O’Keefe in Canada - on beating the bankers, Israeli brutality, and the 9/11 ‘gift’

O’Keefe told his audiences that we won’t solve our biggest problems until we understand that we have been subjugated by an international financial system that concentrates power in the hands of an ultra-rich and very shadowy elite. And this elite routinely uses war as a tool to increase its power.

“I’ve travelled all over this world, and we are all basically the same,” he said in his first Toronto talk. “We don’t want war. But we have war – all the time. Why? Because the bankers run the world, and war is the best thing for them. Not only does it provide more profits for them but more importantly it divides people. What can divide people more than killing each other?”

“We’re consenting to the destruction of our world,” he said.

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Embedded videos of O'Keefe's Toronto appearance at link.

May 31 14:55

259 Killed In Iraq; Bombers Back In Baghdad

During Memorial Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery, U.S. President Barack Obama admitted that three U.S. servicemembers have given their lives in “combat” in Iraq and then spoke about them.

May 31 12:20

‘Human Catastrophe’ Unfolds As Iraqi Army And ISIS Clash Outside Fallujah

“A human catastrophe is unfolding in Fallujah. Families are caught in the crossfire with no safe way out,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, one of the organizations helping families displaced form the city.

“For nine days we have heard of only one single family managing to escape from inside the town,’’ he said in a statement on Tuesday. `Warring parties must guarantee civilians safe exit now, before it’s too late and more lives are lost.”

Fallujah is the second-largest Iraqi city still under control of the militants, after Mosul, their de facto capital in the north that had a pre-war population of about 2 million.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the assault on Fallujah on May 22 after a spate of bombings that killed more than 150 people in one week in Baghdad, the worst death toll so far this year. A series of bombings claimed by Islamic State also hit Baghdad on Monday, killing over 20 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government absolutely doesn't mind bloodbaths, as long as "their side" appears to be winning in foreign countries.

But the reclaiming of Fallujah may well be a Pyrrhic victory for the Iraqi government, at an unbelievably high cost in the slaughter of civilians.

May 31 11:49

TONY BLAIR GETS AWAY WITH COMMITTING WAR CRIMES

The reason for this is simple.

There are two sets of moral and legal standards—one for the elite and their handpicked minions, and another, far more exacting and harsh, for the rest of us, the commoners.

On Saturday, another example reminded us of this double standard.

The so-called Chilcot Inquiry decided former British prime minister Tony Blair will not be investigated for breaking the law when he colluded with George W. Bush and the neocons to invade Iraq and kill over a million people.

A report generated by a committee of Privy Counsellors and led by Sir John Chilcot declared it would “not seek to determine the guilt of innocence of anybody” and will not make “any judgments on the legality or anything like that,” The Sunday Telegraph reports.

Instead, the report focuses on the “decision making behind the conflict and whether any lessons can be learned,” according to The Guardian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Imagine my (complete absence of) shock here!!

May 31 08:44

Fight For Fallujah: Iraqi Forces Enter Major ISIS Stronghold

Iraqi forces have entered Islamic State-held Fallujah, one of their key strongholds in Iraq, capturing a police station, Reuters reported.

May 31 07:10

Close-up look at another captured ISIS car bomb inside and out

Iraqi forces captured an armored car bomb and other vehicles before ISIS had a chance to use them. No telling how many lives were saved. It appears the steel plates used to armor the vehicle were made in Ukraine.

May 30 14:43

NEO-CON Bill Kristol: 'Iraq War Will Last 2 Months'

And this is the guy who wants to run a 3rd-party candidate against Trump...

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May 30 10:09

Christopher Bollyn: How Israel Created the Fiend for the War on Terror

The War on Terror is essentially an Israeli war strategy. It was first promoted on the world stage by Benjamin Netanyahu and Menachem Begin (of the terrorist Likud party) at the Jerusalem Conference hosted by the Netanyahu Institute in July 1979.

According to the War on Terror doctrine advocated by Netanyahu, "Islamic terrorists" attack Israel because it is a Western state with Western values. The West, Netanyahu says, is the real target so the U.S. must lead the West in waging a global War on Terror to destroy Islamic terrorists and the regimes that support them. This is exactly what the United States has done since 9/11, at incredible expense to its own population, leaving a trail of devastated nations in its wake.

The Israeli construct was designed to get the U.S. to destroy the enemies of the Zionist state. The Israelis developed the War on Terror construct and then created the Islamic opponent, al Qaida, to serve as the antithesis – the virulent enemy of the West. The real purpose of al Qaida, and its subsequent iterations like ISIS, is to be a moving target used to destabilize and destroy sovereign countries, like Syria, while sustaining the illusion of an Islamic antithesis, posing a mortal threat to the security of the West. The Zionist-controlled media is the essential element in selling the fraudulent War on Terror to the public.

May 30 09:52

Tony Blair won’t be investigated in Iraq War inquiry

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair will not be investigated for breaking laws in the upcoming Iraq War inquiry report, in spite of assertions that the military intervention was illegal.

May 29 08:44

FLASHBACK - 9/11: Cover For A Coup D'Etat?

September 11th 2001. The day that will forever live in infamy as the day when the reset button was hit on over two centuries of American history and allowed for the new doctrines of preemptive war, the domestic police state and the codifying of torture into the law of the land. The real meaning as well as the cause of 9/11 continues to resonate and be debated throughout the alternative media and the blogosphere despite the sanctimonious reverence given to it by the corporate, state controlled mainstream media where those who dare to even suggest that it was blowback are shouted down by angry demagogues standing atop their electronic soapboxes. That one single day more than anything else has been used as the justification the rise of the new American fascist state and the illegal wars of aggression that feed the colossus that is the military industrial complex.

May 29 08:41

Iran-Led Push to Retake Falluja From ISIS Worries U.S.

American commandos are on the front lines in Syria in a new push toward the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Raqqa, but in Iraq it is an entirely different story: Iran, not the United States, has become the face of an operation to retake the jihadist stronghold of Falluja from the militant group.

May 29 08:35

Tony Blair hints he could reject Chilcot Inquiry findings – and ‘looks forward’ to debate

'Well, of course, you don’t see the report until it comes out so let’s wait for that point but I think when you go back and look at what was said I don’t think anyone can seriously dispute I was making it clear what my position was'

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May 29 08:08

The Blair Impeachment Project: Time for action at long last

With just over six weeks to go before the long-awaited release of the Chilcot report into the Iraq War the calls for former Prime Minister Tony Blair to be properly held to account for the lies he told us in the lead up to the illegal invasion are increasing by the day.

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May 28 06:47

‘Unforgivable’: Majority of Brits can’t absolve Tony Blair of his Iraq war sins

Pollster YouGov carried out the survey ahead of the publication of the long-delayed Chilcot Inquiry report, which examines the legality of Britain’s 2003 Iraq invasion.

It found only eight percent believe Blair did nothing wrong, while 53 percent said they could never forgive him.

May 27 11:08

Iraq PM: Protests Must End During Fallujah Invasion

Every Friday in recent months has seen major public protests in Baghdad, usually in the tens of thousands and sometimes in the hundreds of thousands. After last week’s violent crackdowns left four protesters dead and over 100 wounded, Prime Minister Hayder Abadi is now warning the protesters to stay away.

Abadi insisted that ending the protests for the duration of the invasion of the city of Fallujah, launched earlier this week, is necessary because the military is “preoccupied” with the offensive, saying that the public could best support the offensive by not demonstrating against the government.

The protests, largely organized by Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, seek major reforms of the government, including the installation of a cabinet of technocrats. Though Abadi did nominate such a cabinet, parliament never voted on it, and has been in such turmoil since the nomination it appears unlikely a vote will ever come.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both the Iraqi government and US government are in the painful process of denial over losing power to Muktada Al Sadr.

It is not going to take much to tip the already-furious Iraqi people into a full-on revolution, with Al-Sadr at its head, and the US military becoming
"unwelcome" in Iraq. And unfortunately, looking at the current state of the Iraqi government, such a transition appears to not be an "if" but "when" issue.

And I can assure you of one thing; if and when Al-Sadr creates a government, and an Oil Ministry, that oil ministry is going to sell Iraqi oil in any currency which is the best deal for the Iraqi people and government; and that may well not be for the US dollar, either.

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May 26 09:30

Hillary Clinton: “We Created Al Qaeda”.

The following video features Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acknowledging that America created and funded Al Qaeda as a terrorist organization in the heyday of the Soviet-Afghan war:

““Let’s remember here… the people we are fighting today we funded them twenty years ago

… let’s go recruit these mujahideen.

“And great, let them come from Saudi Arabia and other countries, importing their Wahabi brand of Islam so that we can go beat the Soviet Union.”

May 25 12:16

Is The UK’s Iraq Inquiry Set To “Savage” Tony Blair?

In spite of all the scepticism regarding the long delayed UK Iraq Inquiry into the illegal invasion of Iraq, with predictions (including by myself) that it would be a “whitewash” of the enormity of the lies which led to the near destruction of Iraq, to the presence of ISIS and to probably over a million deaths, The Sunday Times (May 22nd, 2016) is predicting an “absolutely brutal” verdict on those involved. The paper claims that former Prime Minister Tony Blair, his then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, Sir Richard Dearlove, former Head of British Secret Intelligence (MI6) are among those who face “serious damage to their reputations.”

Not before time, many will surely be thinking.

May 23 15:27

Labour Leader Preparing To Call For Tony Blair’s War Crimes Trial

Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is reportedly preparing to call for an investigation into former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair for war crimes in the wake of a long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the country’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war will publish a 2.6 million-word report on July 6, following seven years of analyzing evidence about how the British government acted before the invasion of Iraq and during the war.

May 23 13:09

Falluja Operation Begins; 219 Killed In Iraq

Earlier on Sunday, the military warned residents to flee, but the militants are forcing many of them to stay as human shields. Those who must shelter in place have been asked to raise a white flag above their homes. Heavy artillery fire has already been reported.

May 23 11:18

Iraq Denies Using Live Ammunition After Shooting Protesters Dead in Baghdad

Pro-reform protesters who took to the streets of Baghdad on Friday were in mourning over the weekend, after bloody crackdowns on the demonstrators who entered the Green Zone left at least four dead and over 100 others wounded.

Despite most of the casualties involving being shot with live ammunition, officially the Iraqi government insists only rubber bullets were used. Photos from the site of the crackdown showed dozens of bullet casings littered around the area.

May 23 11:07

Iraq PM: Offensive Against ISIS-Held Fallujah Has Begun

With the fall and virtual destruction of the Anbar Provincial capital city of Ramadi earlier this year, Fallujah is the major ISIS city that is closest to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, and is the target of a new offensive announced by Iraqi PM Hayder Abadi this weekend.

May 23 09:34

Iraqi PM Announces Start of Offensive to Liberate Daesh-Occupied Fallujah

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi on Monday announced start of military offensive to reclaim the city of Fallujah occupied by the Islamic State (Daesh) militant group.

"It is time to liberate the city of Fallujah," Abadi said.

May 23 07:51

Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war

Global Robocop NATO predictably discussed Afghanistan (a war NATO ignominiously lost); Iraq (a war the Pentagon ignominiously lost); Libya (a nation NATO turned into a failed state devastated by militia hell); Syria (a nation NATO, via Turkey, would love to invade, and is already a militia hell).

Afghans must now rest assured that NATO’s Resolute Support mission – plus “financial support for Afghan forces” – will finally assure the success of Operation Enduring Freedom forever.

May 23 07:19

Tony Blair’s reputation will be seriously damaged by upcoming Chilcot report into the Iraq War and will deliver ‘absolutely brutal’ verdict on Jack Straw and intelligence figures, former minister reveals 

Tony Blair's reputation will be seriously damaged by the upcoming Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War, according to a senior source who has discussed the report with its authors.

The report - which will finally be published on July 6 - will also deliver an 'absolute brutal' verdict on the former Labour prime minister, ex-foreign secretary Jack Straw and the former MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove, a former government minister added.

May 21 09:44

Four Killed, 90 Injured In Baghdad’s Green Zone Riots: Hospitals

At least four anti-government protesters were killed and 90 injured when security forces ejected them from Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, hospital sources said on Saturday.

Iraqi security forces used live ammunition, rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas on Friday to dislodge the demonstrators from the central district which houses government buildings, parliament and many foreign embassies.

The toll, compiled from four hospitals where casualties were taken and Baghdad’s central morgue, accounts only for gunshot wounds and does not include cases of suffocation caused by tear gas.

Civilians have breached the Green Zone twice in three weeks, raising questions about the government’s ability to secure the capital which has also seen a spike in bombings this month claimed by Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question is, how willing, and able, is the US government and military to add additional US troops to quell this anger on the part of Al-Sadr supporters?!?

Because even with an influx of more US troops, it may well be nearly impossible to stop the impetus of the Al-Sadr movement against the corruption of the Al-Abadi government.

Any direct US military attempt to assassinate Al-Sadr will bring on a national revolution in Iraq, leaving the Al-Sadr supporters in charge; that is the the last thing the US government wants to see happen, and is what could definitely be characterised as a "worst case, nightmare scenario" for the US government.

May 20 19:36

BREAKTHROUGH! 9/11 truth sneaks past gatekeepers into Left Forum (May 21-22 Weekend)

Entire "Deep State" track to be simulcast and archived by NoLiesRadio.org

In a major breakthrough for the 9/11 truth movement, the biggest annual left-wing event in America has suddenly opened its doors to leading critics of the Official Conspiracy Theory (OCT) and other researchers into crimes of the Deep State.

I will give three presentations, beginning Saturday at noon Eastern with “Why Chomsky is Wrong About 9/11.”

Going to the Left Forum to criticize Chomsky is sort of like going to the Vatican to criticize the Pope. But the doctrine of Papal Infallibility does not apply to Chomsky, despite what some of his admirers seem to think. So I do not expect to be met by the left-wing version of the Spanish Inquisition. (Then again, NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!)

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More details on the Deep State forums to be webcast May 21-22 are at noliesradio
http://noliesradio.org/archives/114460

May 20 09:48

SHORT VERSION: Hillary Clinton's Iraq War Speech In 2002

Hillary's Speech on the Senate Floor - Runs 1 Minute

'We gotta get those WMDs...'

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May 20 09:25

Anti-govt protesters storm PM's office in Baghdad, Green Zone curfew imposed

At least three people are reported dead and scores injured after Iraqi state forces used live bullets and tear gas against anti-government protesters attempting to storm the Green Zone area of Baghdad.

A curfew has now been imposed.

People in the mostly young male crowd shouted, “This is the revenge of the people!” and “Don’t side with the corrupt!” as they gathered outside the heavily fortified area to censure the government for failing to pass a key anti-corruption law.

May 20 08:45

MF announces $5.4B loan over 3 years to Iraq

The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that it is lending $5.4 billion over three years to cash-strapped Iraq, which has been hit hard by a sharp drop in oil prices.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The bankers win again!

May 20 08:43

BREAKING - Protesters enter Iraqi PM's office: AFP photographer

May 18 13:08

Carnage In Baghdad; 184 Killed In Iraq, Including Australian

An Australian man was killed on Tuesday in Daquq when the mine he was trying to defuse exploded. He was working for the non-profit Swiss Foundation for Mine Action. He is the second Australian killed in Iraq this month.

May 18 12:50

SHOCK FOOTAGE: 'Hillary's Business Opportunity In Iraq'

Recently unearthed footage. This should be required viewing for all Americans...

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May 18 11:31

After bombings in Baghdad kill 77, Sadr's forces deploy in some areas

Militiamen loyal to cleric al-Sadr deployed in streets

* Islamic State claims attacks in al-Shaab, Sadr City

* Fears Baghdad could relapse to violence of 10 years ago (Updates death toll, adds militia deployment)

At least 77 people were killed and more than 140 wounded by three bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year and driving Shi'ite fighters into the streets to defend some areas.

Powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr blamed the government for failing to provide security and hundreds of militiamen loyal to him deployed in Sadr City and five other mainly Shi'ite areas where the worst of the recent violence has been centred.

Islamic State claimed a suicide bombing which killed 41 people and wounded more than 70 in the northern district of al-Shaab as well as a car bomb in nearby Sadr City that left at least 30 dead and 57 wounded, police and medical sources said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Iraqi government's impotence to prevent his has strengthened Al Sadr's hand monumentally right now.

We could well be looking at a popular Shiite revolt, throwing the Al-Abadi government out, and replacing it with an Al-Sadr government.

And the potential Al-Sadr government will throw out US troops, and make sure that Iraq's oil is sold in any currency other than the US dollar.

Welcome, US government, to a nightmare of your own making!!

May 18 09:09

Spies Over Baghdad: NSA Newsletter Reveals Agency’s Role In Iraq War

NSA intelligence played a key role in preparing the UN for the US invasion of Iraq and aiding the subsequent occupation, while senior agency officials even met with interrogators at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, internal documents show.

May 17 14:48

Former VP Off Interpol List; 70 Killed In Iraq

Security forces have launched a significant operation against Rutba. The city, which lies on a strategically important highway leading to Jordan, is poorly defended and could be easily recaptured.

In Mosul, militants demolished a 7th Century B.C. palace built by Assyrian King Sennacherib.

May 17 11:29

As ISIS Steps Up Attacks, US Claims Militants Are ‘On the Defensive’

115 people killed and a major gas factory blown up in Iraq makes for a busy week for ISIS, but to hear US officials talk, it’s a “sign of weakness” and proves that ISIS is “on the defensive,” even though that is literally the opposite of defensive operations.

US special envoy Brett McGurk is leading the rhetoric on bragging about how bad ISIS is doing, reiterating false claims of ISIS having shrunk “50%” over the past year, and insisting that the bombings are all the group can do.

The claims of ISIS territory losses don’t line up with the maps, as the only real loss ISIS has had in Iraq in recent history is Ramadi, a city very close to Baghdad and on the fringe of their territory. They still control Fallujah, however, which is right next to Ramadi.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Envoy McGurk; sir, we know when you and your colleagues are lying. You open your mouths... and words come out of them.

Sir, has it stopped mattering to you that your statements regarding the fortunes of ISIS in Iraq have absolutely no basis in reality?!?

Has the situation on the ground in Iraq, regarding the rise of ISIS; the Iraqi governmental standstill and corruption; and the rise of Muqtada al Sadr's movement made things so horrific that nothing can be done by the US government and military, except to lie, and say that "everything's swell" when the situation in Iraq is a complete, unmitigated disaster?!?

Because, THAT, sir, appears to be the appalling reality in Iraq.

You, and the rest of the US government, have completely lost the trust of the American people, and you have no one but yourselves to blame.

May 17 08:19

Three bombings in Baghdad kill 63: police, medical sources

Three bombings killed at least 63 people and wounded more than 100 in Baghdad on Tuesday, police and medical sources said, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year.

May 16 18:10

Blair Should Be Impeached For War On Iraq And Islam: UK Academic

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair should be impeached for a deliberate attack against Iraq which is part of a British plan to have war on Islam keeps ongoing, says Rodney Shakespeare, an academic and political analyst based in London.

May 16 17:25

71 Killed In Iraq; ISIS Stage Several Attacks Around Baghdad

The Shi’ite-led government is shutting down or curtailing media outlets popular with Sunni Iraqis. The reasoning is that the outlets could inflame sectarian bloodshed. Among the targets of the campaign were the local office of al-Jazeera and TV channel al-Baghdadia.

May 16 13:21

Crimes Of Aggression? Alex Salmond’s Quest To Have Tony Blair Impeached Over Iraq Hits Legal Snag

Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Alex Salmond wants to re-energize a cross-party alliance to see former PM Tony Blair brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the 2003 Iraq invasion. A legal issue may kill his ambition, however.

May 16 10:33

NEXT COLD WAR ROUNDUP: RIVAL LIBYAN ARMIES PREPARE FOR SIRTE BATTLE, PENTAGON REVEALS US TROOP DEPLOYMENT

The Obama administration and the Pentagon revealed that US special operations forces have been deployed in Libyan “outposts” for months along with other western forces. Multiple armies are preparing for an attack on ISIS (and possibly each other) in Sirte.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is without a doubt that we can see Obama's "liberation" of Libya was an absolute, unmitigated disaster; the next great US military misadventure in Libya will be yet another spectacular failure as well.

President Obama will be seen by the long, unblinking eye of history as one of the worst presidents ever, regarding both his foreign and domestic policies.

May 16 09:41

ISIS Suicide Bombers Attack Iraqi Gas Plant Near Baghdad

A suicide bomb attack killed at least 11 people and injured 21 others at a state-run cooking gas factory on the outskirts of Baghdad, Sunday morning.

May 16 07:37

New move to impeach Tony Blair over Iraq War gains cross-party support

A cross-party group of MPs, including former SNP leader Alex Salmond, may renew their attempts to impeach Tony Blair following the publication of the Chilcot report later this year.

According to reports, Mr Salmond has begun rallying support for an attempted prosecution, pending the findings of the report, which will be released in July.

In the UK, impeachment is the procedure whereby MPs can vote to have someone put on trial before the House of Lords. It is a centuries-old procedure which has not actually been used since 1806.

May 15 17:07

Heavy Fighting In Anbar Province; 362 Dead In Iraq

In a televised speech, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned that the political impasse has given the Islamic State militants a helping hand. Parliament’s resistance to political change has caused massive protests in Baghdad that divert security forces from fighting the militants.

May 15 07:59

Hillary Clinton supported Iraq war because of Israel, say Matthews and Landler

Last night Chris Matthews did a Hardball segment titled, “How Hillary Became a Hawk,” with Mark Landler, whose reporting for the New York Times on Clinton’s foreign policy has been so electrifying in recent weeks. Landler just published a book called Alter Egos, about the struggle over foreign policy between (secretary of state) Hillary Clinton and (president) Barack Obama.

Hillary Clinton “was most willing to see interventions ending with a good outcome. That’s what made her very different from President Obama who I think generally viewed interventions as ending with a bad outcome,” Landler said.

May 14 13:25

Why Do We Spend Trillions On War And Not On America

Bernie talks about inner city voters asking why we have spent trillions on war but fail to rebuild our nations infrastructure.

May 13 07:53

No End In Sight For U.S. Training Of Iraqi Soldiers

For 13 years, American troops have been training the Iraqi army. There doesn't appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Still, the Iraqi fighters will be a major factor in the fight against ISIS. Charlie D'Agata saw some of the training.

May 13 04:59

US Is Not Wanted In Iraq – ISIS to the Rescue With Gladio Style Explosions Everywhere

.......Their intent is to create as much havoc and instability as possible so that they can argue that Iraq somehow needs the US to stay in their country in order to fight ISIS and provide the Iraqi people with “safety.” This is the “story” the unassuming sheeple will be asked to believe by the mainstream media Intelligence apparatus. Looming in the background of this delusional storyline is the assumption that the US is somehow required to provide “security” for Iraq; I suppose because they were the ones who created the mess by launching illegal war against Iraq in 2003.

I’ve said this many times, the logic fits very nicely here and it’s something the ruling elite are well aware of. If ISIS goes away the new world order dies. And since they don’t want the new world order plans to die then ISIS cannot die either. ISIS is the name for the leading US proxy army whose existence and accomplishments remain both highly promoted and marketed by Western Intelligence media while at the same time the process of capturing, stopping, squashing and snuffing them out is portrayed as impossible giving them an aura of surreal invincibility ironically in a era of human history where almost every person on the planet is easily tracked and surveilled by an enormous rising new world order control grid. A control system ONLY ISIS knows how to both completely avoid and laugh at while fighting off all the world military powers … and winning.

May 12 12:30

ISIL Losing Battle In Iraq: US General

A US Army general says the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group is losing in Iraq’s battleground.

Baghdad-based Major General Gary Volesky said Wednesday that ISIL was struggling to refill its ranks and more and more unable to mount major operations.

May 12 06:52

?Just imagine... If Russia had toppled the Canadian government

Actions have been taken by the US and its allies which would be considered totally outrageous if carried out by other countries. All we have to do is to switch the names of the countries concerned to see the double standards.

May 11 09:31

Iraq on the brink of collapse

PROPERTY prices in central Baghdad are as high as London's, even though Iraq's national income is down by 70 per cent since the collapse in the oil price.

Islamic State's bombs regularly devastate parts of the capital, and still the real estate market booms. Why?

Because there is so much "dirty money" in Iraq that needs to be laundered. If you lack the political clout to get your stolen money out of the country, then the safest course is to put it into residential property. Although that's not a very safe bet either when the entire pseudo-democratic system bequeathed to Iraq by the United States invasion is on the brink of collapse.

The recent intrusion into the Green Zone, the vast (10sq km), blast-walled government compound in Baghdad, by thousands of angry Iraqis was probably the beginning of the end of the current dispensation in Iraq.

May 11 05:25

U.S. has spent $7BILLION on 5,000 air strikes against ISIS targets... but still struggles to convince Iraqis it doesn't support terror group

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe because in Iraq (and Syria) the air strikes the US claims are aimed at ISIS are actually hitting critical infrastructure like power plants, pipelines, food storage, not to mention hospitals!

May 10 13:54

Admitting The Iraq War Disaster

Despite being total failures, the same people responsible for the Iraq War still dominate the foreign policy of both the Democratic and Republican Parties. As a Republican U.S. Senator I would work to remove them from all national influence.

May 10 11:05

Report Into UK Role In Iraq Invasion To Be Published In July

The long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the invasion of Iraq will be published on July 6, the head of the inquiry Sir John Chilcot has said.

May 10 09:26

FLASHBACK 2013 - The betrayal of Dr David Kelly, 10 years on

Even now, almost precisely 10 years since David Kelly’s last journey, we are still learning just how extraordinary and inexcusable the behaviour of our rulers was – both towards him, and in the wider cause, defending the Iraq war, for which he was outed and died. On July 18 2003, I did not consider myself a shockable person; I was an experienced, sceptical journalist with, I thought, a realistic idea of how politicians, intelligence officers and civil servants behaved. But over the months and years that followed, my views, and those of most of the country, changed. To borrow the famous words of David Astor over Suez, we had not realised that our government was capable of such folly and such crookedness.

May 10 09:17

FLASHBACK 2005 - Ministers Were Told Of Need For Gulf War ‘Excuse’

MINISTERS were warned in July 2002 that Britain was committed to taking part in an American-led invasion of Iraq and they had no choice but to find a way of making it legal.

May 09 15:02

Baghdad On Military Lockdown Over Fear Of Protests

Security forces erected heavy concrete blast walls and strung barbed wire across two strategic bridges in the capital of Baghdad Friday as heavily armed troops deployed across the city. The security lockdown was meant to prevent a repeat of the events last Saturday, when thousands of demonstrators stormed the Green Zone, the walled-off seat of the Iraqi government.

May 09 14:03

U.S. Service Member Among 67 Killed In Iraq

A U.S. service member died in Iraq of a non-combat injury on Friday. No further details were immediately given.

At least 50 mass graves have been found, so far, in former Islamic State territory. The discovery of some of the graves has been previously reported.

May 09 13:09

HILARIOUS: Trump Trolls Charles Krauthammer With Perfection

Trump uses some comedic trolling to rip neo-con war hawk Kruathammer over Iraq, Iran and a few other things. This is really funny and dead-on true.

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May 09 11:58

Baghdad on Military Lockdown over Fear of Protests

Security forces erected heavy concrete blast walls and strung barbed wire across two strategic bridges in the capital of Baghdad Friday as heavily armed troops deployed across the city. The security lockdown was meant to prevent a repeat of the events last Saturday, when thousands of demonstrators stormed the Green Zone, the walled-off seat of the Iraqi government.

On April 30, demonstrators denouncing the Iraqi government’s corruption, failure to provide basic services and inability to prevent terrorist bombings pulled down the massive blast walls surrounding the Green Zone, a high-security enclave created by the US occupation authorities after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. They occupied the parliament, breaking up furniture and sending lawmakers fleeing for their lives.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely like to remind both DC and Baghdad that these barriers will not hold back the people of Iraq indefinitely, and that US forces may well find themselves attempting to suppress what may become an overwhelming, popular revolution against the corrupt Iraqi government.

Unfortunately for that potential attempt at suppressing a popular revolution; the US military may well not be successful, if Al Sadr has the backing of Iran, the Mahdi Army, and the Iraqi people.

May 08 09:03

Cameron DELAYED Iraq probe to avoid embarrassing pro-EU Tony Blair, Tory MP claims

Former minister of State for Europe David Davis accused David Cameron of delaying the publication of Sir John Chilcot's Iraq inquiry to save Blair's reputation before the vote on June 23.

May 08 08:47

CWs in hands of Iraq terrorists traced to Turkey

Russia says the terrorists operating near the city of Tikrit in north-central Iraq have been found in possession of chemical weapons that have been sourced from Turkey.

May 07 15:35

FLASHBACK - ANGRY MCCAIN ADMITS MEETING WITH ISIS, SCOLDS RAND PAUL FOR NOT KNOWING TERRORISTS

In a weak effort to smear Rand Paul, war hawk Senator John McCain attempted to argue that the Kentucky Senator doesn’t have the authority to disagree with US policies regarding ISIS because he hasn’t met up with members of the terror group, unlike McCain himself.

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May 07 08:48

CWs in hands of Iraq terrorists traced to Turkey

Russia says the terrorists operating near the city of Tikrit in north-central Iraq have been found in possession of chemical weapons that have been sourced from Turkey.

Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Vitaly Churkin made the announcement to a UN Security Council meeting on Friday.

“These [explosive] compounds were either manufactured in Turkey or sold there without the right of re-­export,” he said.

The Russian envoy said the discovery had been made following the “analysis of core chemical components of explosive compounds seized from” terrorists near Tikrit, “a subsequent identification of producer companies, and a scrutiny of terms of sales to other countries.”

“Chemical warfare agents are rapidly spreading across the region and are used by terrorists whereas some of the [Security Council] member states are stubbornly seeking to turn a blind eye on that and go on blaming ‘the [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad’s regime’ for everything.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised by this development?!?!?

May 07 06:20

UN envoy warns that Iraq's political crisis helps extremists

The top U.N. envoy in Iraq strongly urged the country's political leaders and civil society on Friday to work together to resolve the current political deadlock, warning that the ongoing crisis and chaos are only serving the interests of Islamic State extremists.

Despite notable progress on the ground against the Islamic State group, Jan Kubis told the U.N. Security Council that "it remains a formidable and determined enemy that constantly adjusts its tactics and attack patterns." He pointed to the discovery of more than 50 mass graves in territory retaken from IS, including three found on April 19 in the soccer grounds area of Ramadi, and reports that the extremist group is using chemical weapons.

Kubis said enemies of Iraq — first and foremost IS extremists — "stand to benefit from political instability and lack of reforms."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In geopolitics, choices always have...consequences.

The choice of installing the Al-Abadi puppet government by the US government, giving no real voice whatsoever to the real needs and concerns of the Iraqi people, meant that the US government was, at its most wretchedly blind and tone-deaf, sowing the seeds of a potential popular revolution, fronted by Muqtada al Sadr.

The choices the US has here are now few and far between, and none of them good for continuing US hegemony in the region.

The US military could try a decap strike directly against Al Sadr; that would probably inflame a popular revolution, putting all of our service members in the country in horrific harm's way.

The US government's Ambassador to Iraq, Stuart Jones, could attempt to reason with the Al-Abadi government, and arm-wrestle their Parliament into making these needed reforms; but I would probably suggest that this has been tried, and failed utterly.

The US government could pull its troops completely out of Iraq; however, this would mean that the invasion and occupation of Iraq had been an horrific mistake, and neither the US military nor the US government ever does that.

At the end of the day, the US government wants to insure that Iraqi oil is only sold through approved vendors, and only in US dollars; it will do everything humanly possible to protect this, even if it means the sacrifice of the lives of hundreds more of our service members, and thousands more Iraqis.

May 07 05:32

Baghdad ‘Shut Down’ to Prevent Friday Protests

With mass protests in Baghdad pretty much every Friday, and last weekend’s demonstrations including protesters entering the house of parliament, the Iraqi government has virtually shut the city down entirely today in an attempt to prevent such protests from taking place.

Blockades prevented traffic on most major streets in the capital, and a number of elite national police who were off fighting ISIS have been recalled to “defend” the Green Zone from the possibility of civilian protesters returning.

The protesters have been calling for anti-corruption reforms, including the installation of a new, technocrat cabinet. The prime minister nominated such a cabinet nearly a month ago, but parliament has yet to properly vote on them, with recent efforts involving fistfights among MPs and a lot of votes without proper quorums.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the US government's worst nightmare; a popular movement, supported, potentially by the resurrection of Al Sadr's Mahdi Army, with the potential of sweeping the current, US-enabled government out of power, and establishing Muqtada Al Sadr is Iraq's President.

The US government's and military's response will probably be the most massive influx of US military into Iraq that will be possible. However, with competing agendas for the US military globally, it is hard to envision how long such a popular movement can be constrained by the actions of an outside military force.

To paraphrase Sun Zsu, in order to win a war, you have to be on the moral, and right, side of history; in the case of the US government's invasion and occupation of Iraq, this was not at all the case.

May 06 07:30

Muqtada al-Sadr’s Revolution

The miles of concrete blast walls that protect Baghdad’s Green Zone are the most enduring symbol of the U.S. occupation in Iraq. Last week, a wave of protesters, most of them loyal to Sadr, pulled down the walls and stormed the Parliament building. Some protesters beat up members of Parliament, broke furniture, and sent legislators fleeing for their lives.

May 04 18:29

With Trump in, Bush will not 'participate' in White House contest

President George W. Bush is staying out of presidential campaign politics, a spokesman said Wednesday, an announcement that came just after Donald Trump became the Republican Party's presumptive nominee.
"President Bush does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign"

(*Another Reason To LIKE The Donald !)

May 04 10:17

Iraq’s political chaos makes Canada’s war there trickier

Canadian troops are training Kurdish forces for a planned assault on Mosul, a city controlled by the Daesh militants since 2014. But as Time magazine has reported, the much-delayed assault is hampered by tensions between the Kurdish peshmerga and the Baghdad-controlled Iraqi army.

Again the dispute centres on territory: Should areas won back from Daesh go to semi-autonomous Kurdistan? Or should they go to Iraq proper?

This poses a problem for Canada. Like the U.S., Ottawa supports the concept of a unified Iraq.

But in practice, it finds itself training Kurdish soldiers who don’t view themselves as Iraqi and who might well end up fighting Iraqis.

May 03 14:28

US Service Member Killed Near Irbil, Iraq In 'Enemy Fire'

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter says an American service member has been killed in Iraq. A statement from the US-led forces in Iraq added the fatality was “a result of enemy fire.”

May 03 10:25

How Moqtada al-Sadr Could Take Down Iraq’s Government

Hussain Jassim refused to leave the Green Zone, once considered the impenetrable citadel at the heart of Baghdad, until his leader Muqtada al-Sadr ordered him to do so. “We have entered parliament and we have broken it’s prestige in front of people because they are thieves, they deserve for that to happen to them,” Jassim told The Daily Beast.

He was one of thousands of angry protestors who on Saturday raided the Iraqi legislature, chasing MPs out of their own seats in government, and often assaulting or denouncing those not aligned with al-Sadr trying to run away from the melee. “We saw them fleeing from us,” Jassim said.

May 02 18:23

4,609 Killed In Iraq During April

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May 02 14:02

ISIS Releases New Kill List of 3,600 Random New Yorkers — FBI to Visit Each Personally

Now we’re supposed to believe that ISIS’ Caliphate Cyber Army has leaked the names and home and email addresses of 3,600 average people living in New York, urging terrorists to randomly target and kill them because… terror?

The info was reportedly posted on an ISIS-only channel along with the statement, “We want them #Dead” — because even terrorists know the importance of hashtags.

Meanwhile, this situation is being taken so seriously, it is being reported that police and the FBI are going to personally visit each person on the list and warn them that they have been personally threatened by ISIS… so they can… do…

What exactly?

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May 02 11:08

Iraq Protesters Leave Baghdad Green Zone on Cleric’s Order

After a day of sleeping, praying and even swimming in the Green Zone, the government citadel historically off limits to ordinary Iraqis, protesters began leaving Sunday evening on orders from the man who had sent them: Moktada al-Sadr, the influential Shiite cleric.

In a statement issued from the holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq, Mr. Sadr directed his followers to leave the Green Zone in an orderly fashion, to chant for Iraq and not a sect, and to help clean the space they had occupied.

A day earlier, hundreds of protesters demanding an end to corruption stormed the fortified Green Zone in dramatic scenes that hinted at revolution. But by Sunday evening the episode had become something less: an affirmation of Mr. Sadr’s sway over the street, but one aimed at pressuring the government to enact promised reforms rather than bringing it down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... was a warning by the Cleric Muqtada al Sadr; and I hope like crazy that the Iraqi government is listening with both ears.

Because if these reforms Al Sadr has requested are not implemented, the Iraqi government could well have a popular revolution on its hands, with no way to stem it or stop it.

I am reasonably sure that before this protest, Al-Sadr has definitely "got the band back together", i.e., reconstituted the Mahdi Army, which was a formidable fighting machine, and is now ready to fight against a tyrannical, US-government-enabled central government in Baghdad.

So IF Al-Sadr does spark a successful revolution in Iraq, this puts the US government in a nightmare scenario of its own making. The US placed their puppet, al-Abadi in power, just as they did with the Shah of Iran in 1953.

And we can all remember just how well that ended in 1979, with the Iranian revolution.

So what happens if Al-Abadi government is regime-changed, courtesy of Al Sadr and the Mahdi Army?!?

The options for the US government and military are pretty bleak.

They can withdraw all US forces, and allow for a completely successful revolution against the current government.

This means that Iraqi oil would be controlled and paid for by other than US or US-allied interests, and not sold in US dollars.

However, that would mean to having to admit that the invasion and occupation of Iraq were horrific mistakes; and neither the American government nor our military can admit to having made mistakes.

It appears to me that the most likely scenario to evolve, looking at the facts on the ground, is a massive influx of US troops to attempt to stem the tide and momentum of Al-Sadr's drive to reclaim the Iraqi government for the Iraqi people.

One lesson which neither the US government our our military seemed to have absorbed is, that in order to win, you have to be on the right, and moral, side of history.

Being on the side of monied and corporate interests will ultimately crash and burn every time. Private corporations made a killing (sometimes, literally) through contracts which the US government gave them to provide goods or services for our military, and theoretically, the Iraqi people.

Welcome to what is about to become the US government's 21st century Vietnam War.

And don't discount the return of the draft in this country; this time, drafting young women as well as young men for a new meat grinder, this time Iraq.

May 01 10:52

Parliament Seized: Protesters Storm Baghdad Green Zone

Hundreds of supporters of Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed into Baghdad’s Green Zone and entered parliament on Saturday after Sadr denounced politicians’ failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption.

The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district housing government buildings and many foreign embassies, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting: “The cowards ran away!” in apparent reference to departing lawmakers.

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