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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.

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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.

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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.

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