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Mar 04 06:30

US general: Iran role in Tikrit assault 'may be positive'

Top US General Martin Dempsey has said Iran's involvement in dislodging "Islamic State" from the city of Tikrit could be "positive." Tens of thousands of Iraqi troops and Shiite militiamen have moved in around the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't think the White House realized that in creating this mythical monster ISIS, they created a situation in which all countries, not just the US, can now use ISIS to justify military interventions.

Mar 03 13:40

US Not Providing Air Support for Iraqi Push to Retake Tikrit from ISIS

Iraq’s military has launched what it calls a major offensive to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit from ISIS, but U.S. officials say there has been no coordination from the U.S. nor any requests for coalition airstrikes to support the operation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Basically, Baghdad didn't notify the US of the operation, but did invite Iran to take part!

Mar 03 11:13

Netanyahu’s Big Gamble

In pursuing the strategy of preserving the perception of the Iranian threat in order to maintain the special relationship with the United States, Netanyahu is pursuing strategies that sabotage America’s own foreign policy interests...

By going over President Obama’s head to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is taking a big gamble, apparently hoping that he can block any U.S. rapprochement with Iran and heighten tensions in the Middle East, a strategy that lacks both facts and logic, says Ted Snider.

Mar 03 07:17

Iraqi Army Allegedly Downs A US Helicopter For Providing Weapons To ISIS: Report

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

The Iraqi Army has once again claimed that it has downed a NATO aircraft that was providing military assistance directly to ISIS according to Iranian FARS News Agency.

This time, the Iraqis are claiming they shot down a US Helicopter in the Al-Bagdadi region in Anbar Province last week. The reason for shooting the helicopter, according to FARS and, apparently, high-ranking Iraqi officials, was that the helicopter was carrying weapons to ISIS...

Mar 03 07:04

FLASHBACK - Netanyahu 2002: Iraq has Centrifuges ‘the size of Washing Machines’ to Produce A-Bomb

Israeli PM Binyamin “Chicken Little” Netanyahu tried to scaremonger about Iraq in 2002, as his contribution to the Anglo-American war of aggression on that country. “there is no question whatsoever,” Netanyahu said, “that Saddam” was seeking nuclear weapons. He said that Israeli intelligence reported to him that Russian scientists and North Korea were on site and actively aiding this phantom nuclear weapons program.

There was no Iraqi nuclear weapons program in 2002; it was dismantled in the early 1990s by United Nations inspectors. There were none of the chemical or biological weapons Netanyahu spoke of. No Russians. No North Koreans. Bupkes.

Netanyahu also warned that Iraq would give nuclear warheads (which it did not have) to “terrorist groups.”

He also argued that no inspections could possibly find “mobile weapons sites” (which are impossible), implying that invasion and occupation was the only course open.

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Mar 02 16:46

Iraqi Parliament Asks Iranian General to Coordinate Joint Assault on ISIL

In an unprecedented move, the Iraqi government and parliament officially requested General Soleimani to oversee the operation by supervising and advising Iraqi forces. Effectively, this means the Iranian general will be commanding the joint Iraqi-Iranian offensive on Tikrit.

Mar 02 12:08

Iraq moves against Islamic State in Tikrit

Iraq has launched a military operation to recapture Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein, from Islamic State (IS) and its allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: The US puppet regime in Baghdad moves against the people of Iraq who do not wish to be ruled by the US puppet regime in Baghdad!

Feb 28 08:35

Pentagon walks back plans for spring offensive against ISIS stronghold Mosul

Facing criticism, the Pentagon announced it has pushed back plans by Iraqis to mount a major attack to regain Mosul from the Islamic State. The Pentagon now says the assault might occur in the fall, but even that date is tenuous.

Feb 27 07:06

Russia outraged over ISIL distribution of stolen UN humanitarian aid

Russia is outraged over the reports claiming that the Islamic State distributes humanitarian aid stolen from the United Nations with the terrorist group’s logotypes, Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Vladimir Safronkov told a meeting of the world organisation’s Security Council on Thursday.

"We deeply resent the reports that the Islamic State actually steals relief aid from the UN agents and then distributes it with their own logotypes," Safronkov said. "We quite understand that all legal means for supplying the civilians, who are under the terrorists’ control, with humanitarian aid should be applied but under the condition of ensuring relevant guarantees so that such incidents would never happen again."

Feb 26 09:54

Kerry warns Congress about Netanyahu’s Iran speech, says Bibi pushed US to attack Iraq

Netanyahu is set to use his next week’s address to a joint session of Congress to condemn a potential nuclear agreement with Iran.

During a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on Wednesday, Kerry warned Congress about the controversial speech.

“The prime minister, as you will recall, was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush, and we all know what happened with that decision,” Kerry said.

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Feb 26 09:49

Kerry Reminds Congress Netanyahu Lobbied for Iraq War

Speaking to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry reminded Congress that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was an advocate of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Feb 25 12:18

US, coalition forces air strike targeted school in the town of Al-Garma north of Fallujah 24-2-2015

US, coalition forces air strike targeted school in the town of Al-Garma north of Fallujah 24-2-2015

Feb 25 09:59

French planes on Gulf-based carrier make first strikes

French Rafale warplanes from the carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Gulf on Wednesday carried out their first bombing sortie since joining the fight against jihadists in Iraq this week.

Feb 25 09:07

Ukraine Lies Are Iraq Lies All over Again

This is Iraq all over again. I'm talking about the deception of the American people about a threat that may not even exist. Iraq had its "weapons of mass destruction." Ukraine has its alleged "invasion" by Russia and threat to the rest of Eastern Europe. I busted this myth in my book Ukraine in the Crosshairs. What I found in my research is that those trying to convince us of Putin's dastardly role are lying.

In all honesty I don't know whether or not Russia has played the role it's been accused of. But I did find that those who are trying to convince us of that rely upon fabrications. I've got evidence of that.

Feb 25 09:05

New video shows US Chinook helicopter dropping 2 boxes of weapons for ISIL militants

Feb 25 08:00

Nobody Puts Nouri in the Corner

Kicked to the curb by the United States, the former Iraqi prime minister is quietly plotting a return to power. And it won’t be pretty.

Feb 24 09:18

Reported plan to ‘invade’ Iraq last year rocks Australian politics

Over the past year, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made a number of international headlines for his unique brand of Aussie conservatism. In just a few months, he threatened to body slam Vladimir Putin, announced plans to knight Queen Elizabeth's husband and was repeatedly accused of sexism.

Yet a story published Friday in the Australian newspaper claimed to show that Abbott had taken his macho behavior into the realm of geopolitical absurdity – by suggesting a unilateral Australian "invasion" of Iraq.

Feb 24 08:44

Iraqi Army Downs Two British Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL Terrorists

Iraq’s army has shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIL terrorists in Al-Anbar province, a senior lawmaker disclosed on Monday.

“The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL,” Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard.

The senior Iraqi legislator further unveiled that the government in Baghdad is receiving daily reports from people and security forces in al-Anbar province on numerous flights by the US-led coalition planes that airdrop weapons and supplies for ISIL in terrorist-held areas.

Feb 24 08:24

Israeli and European weapons belonging to ISIS seized east of Ramadi

Anbar Provincial Council announced on Saturday, that the security forces and tribal fighters have seized Israeli and European weapons belonging to the ISIS group east of Ramadi, calling for the liberation of the Ramadi-Hit road to secure the humanitarian aid arriving in Baghdadi area.

A member of the council Khalaf Tarmoz stated in an interview for IraqiNews.com, “The security forces and the tribal fighters managed, in a security operation in Bo-Ghanem area, to seize a number of Israeli weapons and European arms belonging to the ISIS organization,” pointing out that, ” The weapons arrived through international intelligence.”

Feb 24 07:42

Abbott says 'there was talk' of sending Australian troops into Ukraine

Tony Abbott has denied ever discussing unilaterally sending in troops to Iraq but says he did consider putting troops on the ground in Ukraine.

Feb 24 07:23

New Zealand soldiers to train Iraqi troops

New Zealand will send its military instructors to help train Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State, Prime Minister John Key has announced. The deployed troops are not meant to engage in combat.

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Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure...

Feb 23 11:38

Iraqi Army Downs 2 UK Planes Carrying Weapons for ISIL

"The Iraqi Parliament's National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIL," Head of the committee Hakem al-Zameli said, according to a Monday report of the Arabic-language information center of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.

He said the Iraqi parliament has asked London for explanations in this regard.

Feb 23 09:58

US outlines plan to retake Mosul

A US military official, who outlined plans to retake the vital Iraq city of Mosul from Islamic State terrorists as early as April, has drawn sharp criticism that the Pentagon was revealing too much information to the enemy.
A senior US Central Command official said the ‘shaping’ for the battle is currently underway, and the Iraqi military hopes to begin operations in the ‘April, May time frame,’ according to American media reports. The goal is to retake the city before Ramadan begins on June 17.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why was the info made so public, so far ahead of the military campaign, and was reported in such detail?!?

This just does not make any military sense whatsoever.

Feb 23 09:46

Another Airdrop for ISIS

A security source in Diyala province said that ISIS terrorists have executed a citizen while trying to videotape an unidentified helicopter landing in one of the northern agricultural villages of Muqdadiyah through ISIS control over these areas in the past periods.

The source told “Shafaq News", that "We have received reliable information from residents of one of the farming villages that ISIS organization has arrested one of the citizens during filming the landing of an aircraft of the International Alliance with his mobile telephone, adding that one of the elements of the organization was able to detect the person who was hiding behind a one of the houses in farming village and took him to the leaders of the organization before he completed filming “.

The source asserts that ISIS elements beaten and left him clinically dead for several days before being executed, indicating that the plane landed in the village for 15 to 20 minutes and flew again, according to eyewitnesses.

Feb 23 08:37

Iraqi minister criticizes US over revealing Mosul assault details

Iraq's defense minister criticizes the US for revealing a time-frame for a looming offensive to recapture Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul from the ISIL Takfiri militants.

Mosul, a city of over a million people in northern Iraq, about 400km north of Baghdad, was captured by the extremist group in June.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, Mosul was taken back by the people of Iraq, who do not care for their US puppet rulers in Baghdad any more than anyone else in any of the conquered lands, but the only way the US could sell a third invasion of Iraq to you was to create a new super-terrorist group called ISIS, and then apply that label to anyone who does not wish to continue living as a slave to the private central banks!

Feb 23 07:56

France deploys aircraft carrier to Persian Gulf in fight against 'IS'

France has bolstered its contribution to the fight against "Islamic State." Its aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will now operate from the Persian Gulf, allowing more combat jets to fight alongside the US-coalition.

Feb 22 09:01

ISIL is Secret American Army in Middle East – US Historian

US historian Webster Tarpley says that the United States created the Islamic State and uses jihadists as its secret army to destabilize the Middle East.

Feb 22 08:34

Melanie Phillips gets her Zionist arse kicked on Question Time.

Feb 20 13:36

US Ground Troops Likely to Join Iraq’s Attack on Mosul

Despite official denials, the US war on ISIS has been careening toward another ground war in both Iraq and Syria. The latest reports suggest the ground component of this war could be very soon to beginning.

Feb 20 09:23

Element Of Surpwhat? Pentagon Reveals Details Of Iraq Military Offensive Involving Up To 25,000 Troops

First, the US openly allows potential Jihadist elements (don't worry, the answered "moderate" on the questionnaire) to call in B-1B strikes, and now in all its Sun Tzu-esque brilliance, the Pentagon is handing out not only issuing press releases on its military invasion calendar, but its troops deployment numbers as well.

According to Reuters, the United States sees an Iraqi military offensive involving 20,000-25,000 troops to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in April-May, a U.N. military official said on Thursday.

Feb 19 11:45

RT HD In the NOW - Tony Blair Buttwipe

Feb 19 08:41

Obama’s “Fake War” against the Islamic State (ISIS). The Islamic State is Protected by the US and its Allies

Since August 2014, the US Air Force with the support of a coalition of 19 countries has relentlessly waged an intensified air campaign against Syria and Iraq allegedly targeting the Islamic State brigades.

According to Defense News, over 16,000 airstrikes were carried out from August 2014 to mid January 2015. Sixty percent of the air strikes were conducted by the US Air Force using advanced jet fighter and bombing capabilities (Aaron Mehta, “A-10 Performing 11 Percent of Anti-ISIS Sorties”. Defense News, January 19, 2015.)

The airstrikes have been casually described by the media as part of a “soft” counter-terrorism operation, rather than an act of all out war directed against Syria and Iraq.

Feb 17 20:56

Wesley Clark: "Our friends and allies funded ISIS to destroy Hezbollah"

Feb 17 07:13

Pentagon Deploys Boots On The Ground For ISIS War

Feb 16 07:27

US ‘eyeing new air base’ in Iraq amid talk of major offensive on ISIS

Washington is working to install a new air base in Iraq’s Kurdistan to be used in a campaign against Islamic State (ISIS), media report. This comes as the White House’s special envoy on ISIS speaks of a ground operation in Iraq against the militants.

This time an American stronghold in the region will be deployed in Erbil, the capital of semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq that is expected to be used as a logistics hub to supply primarily munitions for warplanes of the US-led coalition against ISIS militants.

“The base is close to Erbil, the capital of the regional government…The warplanes will do surveillance, but the warplanes which will bomb ISIL targets will not take off from here,” Helgurt Hikmet, spokesperson for the Ministry of Peshmerga (Kurdish self-defense forces) said, as cited by Anadolu Agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter what Obama has promised, we will see troops on the ground in Iraq, and most probably, Syria; the "good reason" will be to "conquer Isis" the real reasons will be to re-control Iraq, and create regime change in Syria.

We already have 4,000 additional ground troops about to begin staging in Kuwait.

As Congress mulls America's war with the Islamic State terror group, more than 4,000 Fort Carson soldiers prepared Thursday to leave for Kuwait, where they will take over as America's largest ground force in the troubled region.The 3rd Brigade Combat Team bid farewell to the post in a ceremony and soon will serve as U.S. Central Command's Reserve force in the Middle East - the first soldiers into battle if a major combat force is used to battle Islamic State fighters.

You cannot bring people 'in country' and expect them to "wait" before deployment. They must be utilized, and quickly.

And BTW, does anyone, except me, remember the cleric Muqtata Al Sadr, who demanded that the US honor their SOFA with the Iraqi government, or our troops would come under attack?!?

This guy is still alive and kicking.

I shudder to think about what he and the Mahdi Army will be willing to do, if he sees that US troops are back, on the ground, in Iraq.

Feb 14 09:49

Escalation: US Sending Over 4,000 Ground Troops to Kuwait

President Obama hasn’t gotten approval for his “intentionally vague” Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS, but the Pentagon is already scrambling to escalate its military presence in the region in preparation of the ground war it would start.

Over 4,000 ground combat troops from Fort Carson’s 3rd Brigade are being sent to Kuwait under this new deployment, where they will make up the region’s largest collection of US ground troops, which will include heavy armored vehicles.

Even as President Obama continues to deny plans for a ground war, it’s not a secret what the troops are being sent to Kuwait for, and officials say they’re prepared for “any contingency,” which in this context means a fight with ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Obama does not get the Congressional Authorization for a use of force, he will do what he wants with one, or several Executive Orders.

It is a fascinating component to his personality, as a former lecturer on Constitutional Law, to see that he believes, as President, he is absolutely and utterly above the law.

Extrajudicial assassinations in foreign countries? No problem! The sending of forces to the Middle East to project US military power and ultimately engage in ground combat without Congressional approval?!? No problem! To surveille everything everyone says or writes in a blog to determine if they are a "threat potential"? No problem!!

He just did the last one yesterday, via Executive Order.

As reported yesterday in zerohedge.com:

Here come the "information sharing and analysis organizations", or ISAOs. * * * In the aftermath of the Snowden whistleblowing scandal which has now all but been forgotten, there was a brief period when it seemed the growth of the US spying apparatus would be halted if not put into reverse. Those days are long forgotten and later today Obama is expected to to sign an executive order "that aims to make it easier for the government to share classified cyberthreat information with companies." The spin, as proposed by the WSJ, is that "this will be effort designed to spur collaboration and deter hackers, the White House said." In reality what Obama's latest executive order will do, is expand the universe of entities that has access to the trove of private confidential data contained in the vast government spying apparatus, which as has been made all too clear now focuses as much on US citizens as it does on legitimate foreign threats, and further eviscerate the concept of individual privacy in the US. From Reuters: The order sets the stage for new private-sector led "information sharing and analysis organizations" (ISAOs) - hubs where companies share cyber threat data with each other and with the Department of Homeland Security

Feb 14 07:34

US ‘eyeing new air base’ in Iraq amid talk of major offensive on ISIS

Washington is working to install a new air base in Iraq’s Kurdistan to be used in a campaign against Islamic State (ISIS), media report. This comes as the White House’s special envoy on ISIS speaks of a ground operation in Iraq against the militants.

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The third invasion of Iraq is underway!

Feb 13 15:19

Islamic State militants launch attack on U.S. air base in Iraq

Islamic State militants clad in Iraqi fighter uniforms and suicide vests launched a sophisticated attack Friday on the second-largest U.S. air base in Iraq, creating havoc at the site of a U.S.-led training operation.

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How do you know it isn't the Iraqis trying to kick the US out of their country?

Feb 13 14:01

Flashback: “ISIL completely fabricated enemy by USA”, former CIA contractor

“This is a completely fabricated enemy,” he said in a phone interview with Press TV from Anaheim, California on Thursday.

“The funding is completely from the United States and its allies and for people to think that this enemy is something that needs to be attacked in Syria or Iraq is a farce because obviously this is something that we create it, we control and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy,” Kelley added.

Feb 13 13:44

Five Reasons Congress Should Reject Obama's ISIS War

At long last, the Obama administration has submitted a draft resolution to Congress that would authorize the ongoing U.S.-led military intervention against the Islamic State, or ISIS.

The effort comes more than six months after the U.S. began bombing targets in Iraq and Syria. Since then, some 3,000 U.S. troops have been ordered to Iraq, and coalition air forces have carried out over 2,000 bombing runs on both sides of the border.

Better late than never? Maybe not.

Feb 13 12:34

‘We’d be terrorists’: US could destroy ISIS only by turning Iraq, Syria into ‘molten glass’ – Congressman

“As Leader Pelosi often says, ‘Everyone thinks that one more act of violence will end violence for all time, and it never does,’” he said. “In fact, there is no way to win this that is something that we would regard as even acceptable to us on a moral level.”

“Of course we have the ability to go ahead and destroy ISIS – we could turn Iraq and Syria into molten glass. But that’s something that’s beneath us. That’s something that shows that the terrorists would have won, because at that point, we would be them.”

Feb 12 08:49

Rand Paul says that Hillary Clinton deserves a lot of blame for ISIS

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday morning that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deserves a lot of blame for instability in the Middle East and the rising numbers of Islamic State (ISIS) recruits.

Paul said that Clinton’s intervention in Libya and the assassination of Muammar Gaddafi created space for ISIS jihadists to flourish and grow.

Feb 11 11:15

Isis war to extend far beyond Iraq and Syria under Obama's proposed plan

Sources say White House plan will bless anti-Isis war for three years and ensure that Obama, like George W Bush, will hand over two wars to his successor.

Several congressional sources familiar with the outlines of the proposal, all of whom expected the White House to formally unveil it on Wednesday, told the Guardian the so-called Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) would bless the anti-Isis war for three years.

Congressional language to retroactively justify the six-month-old US war against Isis will not, they said, scrap the broad 9/11-era authorities against al-Qaida, as some congressional Democrats had proposed, meaning the two war authorizations will coexist.

Asked if the anti-Isis AUMF opens the US to a second worldwide war against a nebulous adversary, one congressional aide answered: “Absolutely.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The 3 year timeline in this authorization is a lousy "gift" with which to burden the coming administration, and seems to bring about the conditions leading to a perpetual state of war, something which appears to be what both parties want, in the names of those military industrial corporations which support, overtly, and covertly, both parties.
The establishment of perpetual war is a lousy principle from which create foreign policy, and really lousy for We the People.

Feb 10 14:46

Pentagon says ISIS killed US hostage Kayla Jean Mueller

The Pentagon says American hostage Kayla Jean Mueller died at the hands of Islamic State and not in a Jordanian airstrike targeting the militant group.

Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby was asked Tuesday if there was any doubt who killed the aid worker.

He replied: "No doubt. ISIL," using the initials the group is known by.

Kirby says U.S. officials still don't know how Mueller died. But he added that officials are certain it was not in one of the airstrikes Jordan launched in retaliation for the killing of one of its pilots.

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Get ready for another faked video from SITE!

Feb 09 09:11

2,000 UK troops, RAF spy plane bound for Jordan to combat ISIS

The UK will send 2,000 specialist troops and a spy plane to Jordan to aid its efforts to defeat the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a government source has revealed.

The decision follows criticism from the Commons Defence Select Committee that the UK was not committing sufficient troops or resources to the area.

An initial group of 60 military planners will join a coalition HQ in Jordan, which will be used to co-ordinate support of Kurdish and Iraqi troops, followed by a further 2,000 who will mainly act in a training capacity, the source told the Express.

The UK’s increased involvement follows Jordan’s decision to extend airstrikes from Syria to Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation is escalating exponentially, and I have to wonder: will the RAF be bombing ISIS infrastructure, or that of the Syrian government, in order to "soften Syria up" for a UK/US/Jordanian ground strike in order to achieve regime change here?!?

Only time will tell, but I am seeing a massive increase in military activity in Iraq and beyond.

Feb 09 08:18

John Kerry notes successes against Islamic State, says more time is needed

A U.S.-backed coalition is “on the road” to winning the fight against Islamic State terrorists who reached new heights of barbarism last week, Secretary of State John F. Kerry declared Sunday, a rosy outlook rebutted by Kurdish leaders close to the conflict and Republican critics who say U.S. leadership is sorely lacking in several corners of the globe.

Mr. Kerry said the U.S.-led coalition, working with Arab partners, had taken back wide swaths of territory while eliminating top Islamic State commanders who had menaced a cross-section of Iraq and Syria, leading him to believe they are winning.

“I absolutely do,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And I think the evidence is not in my saying it, but it’s in the facts of what is happening.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. Secretary, forgive me, but as a rational American citizen who loves her country very much, and is very concerned about it's future course, I am having an industrial-strength palm to forehead moment, at velocity, right now.

Sir, you have offered absolutely no specifics, stating instead, "...it's the facts of what is happening."

Mr. Secretary, this is sound and fury, signifying....absolutely nothing. There are no facts, no specifics, and the Kurds, on the ground fighting ISIS, have a spectacularly, diametrically opposite assessment of what is going on than do you.

Americans deserve more from their leadership; and sir, right now you and this Administration are absolutely not providing it, in terms of facts and figures which can be fact checked.

Your statements about ISIS leave American citizens very skeptical indeed,about if you folks actually have a coordinated plan, thought through to its logical conclusion.

Feb 09 07:41

US-led invasion of Iraq helped create ISIL: Annan

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says the US-led invasion of Iraq was a mistake and helped create the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group.

Feb 09 07:28

Invading Mosul Could Be Excuse for US Ground War in Iraq

US warplanes continue to pound Mosul, the largest city in ISIS territory and the major prize Iraqi officials are constantly talking about retaking. Yet officials are heavily debating the timetable for retaking the city, and how difficult it will be.

ISIS has shown an ability to defeat Iraqi troops in head-on battles, even when backed by US warplanes, and the militants have had half a year to fortify Mosul, which they know is going to be attacked sooner or later.

US officials have downplayed the chances of Iraqi forces retaking the city on their own, and may be planning to use the importance of retaking it as an excuse to justify the use of US ground troops in direct combat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that, once again, our military and civilian leadership are collectively suffering from severe SMD (selective memory disorder.)

Does ANYONE in Foggy Bottom NOT remember Muqtata Al Sadr, the founder of the Mahdi Army which threatened US forces to commit to the SOFA agreement with the Iraqi government, or face deadly consequences?!?

This man is no less respected and revered than when he made those demands of the US government and military, and they took him at his word.

I don't know what the bookies in Vegas will wager the chances of him reviving that military unit, if the US goes into Mosul with boots on the ground, but I surely would not bet against it.

But I think there is another agenda here, IF Obama gets his authorization to use military force against ISIS, no matter where it happens to be operating, (Lichtenstein, look out!!) I would almost be willing to bet that the capturing of Mosul would be about the US military using it as a forward base for sending US troops on the ground in Syria.

The map at the upper right of this article screams, "location, location, location...from which to send US land troops into Syria."

Feb 09 06:20

Jordan launches 56 revenge airstrikes against ISIS after terror group released video showing Jordanian pilot being burned alive

Air force chief Mansour al-Jabour said attacks were 'just the beginning'
Three days of bombing targeted ISIS depots, barracks and training centres
Officials had promised to retaliate harshly after Moaz al Kasasbeh's murder
Campaign, believed to be targeting Syria, called Operation Martyr Moaz in pilot's memory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is the Jordanian military ready to share just how effective these attacks have actually been in turning Isis back?!?

The big question is, how does one win what is essentially a land war, from the air?!?

Were they targeting Isis, or Syrian infrastructure to "soften the country up" for US and/or Jordanian "boots on the ground"?!?

Feb 08 10:48

Chilcot report will be 'devastating' says No 10 as it emerges THIRTY are in the firing line of heavily critical Iraq Inquiry... and Blair's secret letters to Bush to be revealed in full

Thirty people, including Tony Blair, are set to be heavily criticised by the Chilcot Inquiry in its ‘devastating’ attack on the Iraq War.

Well-placed sources say that ‘approximately 30’ people have been sent letters by chairman Sir John Chilcot warning them that they will be criticised in his report into the 2003 invasion.

They include the former Prime Minister and ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, as well as a host of other Labour politicians, Whitehall mandarins, diplomats and intelligence officials.

The Mail on Sunday understands that Chilcot’s million-word report on the conflict is ‘largely finished’.

Feb 06 12:30

You're Selling Us War (But We're Not Buying) - Claire K. Rivero's latest!

Feb 06 07:59

US Senator John McCain: "I know ISIS intimately, I've met them and I talk to them all the time."

Feb 06 07:46

Jordan mulls ground campaign against ISIL

Jordan is considering a military ground campaign against the ISIL Takfiri militants currently wreaking havoc on Iraq and Syria, a report says.

The Jordan-based daily newspaper Al Arab Al Yawm reported on Thursday that Jordanian officials are mulling a “quick-strike, lightning blow” against the terrorist group, according to the Israel daily newspaper JPost.

The report also said that the Jordanian government would then re-evaluate its strategy within the framework of the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the ISIL Takfiri group,

Feb 05 11:54

US military moving more military assets into Iraq to fight ISIS

The U.S. military is moving more military assets into Iraq to fight the Islamic State terror group and repositioning search-and-rescue assets to help in the event of downed planes, U.S. officials told Fox News Wednesday.

Feb 05 11:32

Slip-Up? McCain Says “National Security Team Recommended Arming ISIS”

Arizona Sen. John McCain made an interesting comment regarding the federal government’s policy towards the ISIS terrorist group Wednesday evening during an appearance on Fox News.

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Feb 05 11:24

FLASHBACK - Biden Admits the Origin of ISIS

US Vice President Joe Biden has made the latest in a series of chastening apologies, after the United Arab Emirates expressed “astonishment” at his Thursday remarks. Biden called US allies “the biggest problem” in fighting terrorism in the Middle East.

“The UAE’s counter-terrorism approach reflects a pioneering national commitment that recognises the extent of the danger posed by terrorism to the region and to its people,” said Gargash in a press release.

The assertions were in stark contrast to the incendiary remarks Biden uttered in an unguarded moment during a Q&A at Harvard University on Thursday, in which the official accused the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey of inciting radical Sunni elements to raise their weapons against Assad, who belongs to a sect of Shia Islam.

Feb 05 10:04

Obama readies war powers pitch

The White House is poised to send a formal request to Congress asking for a new authorization to use military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The request, expected within the next week, would come days after ISIS released a video showing a caged Jordanian pilot being burned alive — a further display of the group’s brutality that one Republican lawmaker described Wednesday as a “game-changer.”

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So here is what I think is going on. The people of the conquered US provinces are taking their nations back (or keeping them from being conquered). But the US cannot sell the American people on wars of conquest for the profits of the money-junkies, and none of these nations would do anything the US could use as a provocation.

therefore, I think that ISIS is a manufactured enemy, basically 100 people and some special effects to commit terror attacks on video to create the new monster "brand." Then the US Government simply accuses every intended invasion target of being that monster, to justify more wars of conquest. It's actually moderately clever.

But not clever enough.

Feb 04 10:05

Iraq War Inquiry: Sir John Chilcot faces grilling from MPs over delayed report

Sir John Chilcot will face a grilling from MPs today after criticisms of delays to his much awaited report into the 2003 Iraq War.

The inquiry was opened in 2009 and was expected to report its findings three years ago, but it is now expected after the general election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Or preferably, after everyone named in it has peacefully died of old age." -- Number 9 3/4

Feb 03 09:53

ISIS burns alive Jordanian pilot it kept hostage – reports

Feb 02 16:31

At least 6,106 Killed in Iraq during January

January closed out with 293 deaths and 289 wounded. Most of the casualties were among the Islamic State militants. That brought the monthly totals to 6,106 dead and 2,240 wounded.

Feb 02 11:49

Graham: 10K US boots on the ground needed to stop ISIS in Syria

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, said on Sunday it would require 10,000 American "boots on the ground" to stop the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

We The People remember the lies about Saddam's nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second invasion of Iraq.

We The People remember how only a year ago you tried to trick us into war with Syria with more lies about poison gas.

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

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

You first!

Feb 02 08:36

U.S. ground troops could be needed in Iraq: Chuck Hagel

Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces.

Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating Islamic State targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Chuck!

Feb 02 07:48

U.S. Plans to Arm Iraq's Sunni Tribesmen With AK-47s, RPGs, Mortars

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Wait a second; weren't those the 'bad guys" not too long ago?!?

Jan 31 12:09

Islamic State operative confesses to receiving funding through US - report

A man believed to be a Pakistani commander of Islamic State or Daish, Yousaf al Salafi, has confessed to law enforcement agencies in Pakistan to getting funds via the United States, according to a leading Pakistani newspaper siting its sources.

Al Salafi and two companions were arrested in Lahore, Pakistan on January 22, according to AFP.

“During investigations, Yousaf al Salafi revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run the organization in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria,” a source close to the investigations revealed toUrdu-language Daily Express on condition of anonymity, according to its sister English newspaper The Express Tribune. The newspaper also claimed that Al Salafi was in fact arrested last year sometime in December.

Jan 31 10:19

The Forbidden Truth: Islamic State (ISIS) Recruiter Admits Getting Funds from America

Call it one of many US dirty secrets. Washington covertly recruits, funds, arms, trains, and directs extremist Islamic State and other Takfiri terrorists.

The same ones it lies about waging war on. Uses them as proxies against its adversaries.

Notably during Obama’s tenure against Libya’s Gaddafi. Currently against Assad in Syria. Ahead against future enemies to be named later.

Iran very much in Washington’s cross hairs. Longstanding US regime change plans remain firm.

Jan 30 15:45

Iraqi Shia militia spotted with Abrams tank

In an apparent reflection of the growing power of Iraq's pro-Iranian militias, an M1A1 Abrams tank has been spotted in videos showing a large convoy of vehicles operated by Kataib Hizbullah.

Jan 30 09:54

CIA Tried to Give Iraq Nuclear Plans, Just Like Iran

If you've followed the trials of James Risen and Jeffrey Sterling, or read Risen's book State of War, you are aware that the CIA gave Iran blueprints and a diagram and a parts list for the key component of a nuclear bomb.

The CIA then proposed to do exactly the same for Iraq, using the same former Russian scientist to make the delivery. How do I know this? Well, Marcy Wheeler has kindly put all the evidence from the Sterling trial online, including this cable.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Simple! Give a targeted nation blueprints for a bomb, declare they have a weapons program, and invade! And now they are doing the same thing with this claim that a US scientist has given nuclear weapons plans to Venezuela.

Jan 29 10:01

1,000 paratroopers from Panther Brigade headed to Iraq this week

The 82nd Airborne, and more specifically its 3rd Brigade Combat Team, are no strangers to Iraq.

Since 2003, parts of the brigade have deployed in support of U.S. efforts there on at least three occasions.

Now, more than three years after the U.S. military presence in Iraq was thought over, about a quarter of the Panther Brigade will return with a new mission to help train Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State.

About 1,000 paratroopers from the brigade will deploy this week as part of the Operation Inherent Resolve mission.

The deployment was officially announced in December and is expected to last nine months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has sent "trainers" for the Iraqi military, frequently during the previous occupation of Iraq; I seriously doubt that these "trainers" are going to get a much different reaction.

Unless, of course, the term "trainers" is simply a euphemism the US government and military thought, for one second, the US public would swallow, for troops pre-positioned to attack in Syria, Iran, or defend Israel against Hezbollah.

Jan 28 12:43

american soldier joins Isis?

A picture of a isis militant with an american army tatto has been going around the net.

Jan 27 10:59

So much for Stephen Harper’s pledge that our troops in Iraq would be in a noncombat role: Editorial

So now we know. Canadian special forces in Iraq have been “painting” Islamic State targets for our CF-18 fighter-bombers. They’re been operating so close to the front lines that they have come under fire. And they have been shooting back.

That’s not what Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised Parliament on Oct. 3 when he made the case for sending special forces. He insisted, four times, that they would have a “noncombat” role and that there would be “no ground combat mission.”

Jan 24 10:58

ISIL only lost 1% of captured territory in Iraq: Pentagon

The Pentagon has announced that ISIL militants have lost only a tiny fraction of the territories they had captured in Iraq since US-led airstrikes began last year.

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have managed to retake only about 700 hundred square kilometers of the ground during the period, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Friday.

"I think we all recognize that it's a small percentage of the total right now. But we're only six, seven months into this thing, too," said Kirby. "ISIL had a big head start on us, coming into the summer. A pretty aggressive first quarter for those guys."

Jan 24 10:55

‘American Sniper’ Feeds Americans’ Most Evil Addictions: Lies, Bloodlust, War Crimes Says Cindy Sheehan

American Sniper, the 2015 blockbuster movie propagandizing war crimes and, lies about them, feeding on Americans’ programmed addiction to violence, has prompted a powerful statement by a well-known mother of a soldier killed in action, Cindy Sheehan.

“Everything in American Sniper is taken for fact when the author and focus Chris Kyle already had been proven to have been a blowhard and a liar, when the facts and political motivations of Selma are being questioned,” Cindy Sheehan states. “As is the US addicted to its wars, it is also addicted to lying about them and I know this because I have my own case about Casey for proof.”

Jan 21 11:14

The Pseudo-Courage of Chris Kyle

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, the ghost-written memoir for which Kyle claims primary authorship, offers convincing testimony that Kyle not only failed to display genuine courage in Iraq, but was incapable of recognizing it when it was exhibited by desperate patriots seeking to evict the armed foreigners who had invaded and occupied their country.

The insurgents who fought the American invasion (and the few “allied” troops representing governments that had been bribed or brow-beaten into collaborating in that crime) were sub-human “savages” and “cowards,” according to Kyle.

“Savage, despicable evil,” writes Kyle. “That’s what we were fighting in Iraq…. People ask me all the time, `How many people have you killed?’... The number is not important to me. I only wish I had killed more. Not for bragging rights, but because I believe the world is a better place without savages out there taking American lives.”

Jan 21 10:03

Michael Moore is Right

The invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with patriotism or heroism

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"American Sniper" is obvious pro-war propaganda. Are the reports of box office success part of the lie?

Jan 21 08:57

ARMS TO AL-QAEDA: U.S. Generals Admit Washington Has Backed Islamic Militants in Syria

If you believe all of the pre-packaged government and corporate media propaganda, then you might think that ISIS is just another evil, grassroots Salafist militant movement, one with no connections at all to foreign intelligence agencies like the CIA, Britain’s MI6, Turkish (NATO) intelligence, Saudi intelligence, Israeli intelligence, or Pakistan’s ISI.

Well, you might just be wrong…

Jan 21 07:47

TURKEY CAUGHT ARMING AL-QAEDA, ISIS

Jan 20 10:29

Canadian soldiers get into firefight in Iraq

Canadian soldiers were visiting front-line positions with Iraqi forces when they came under mortar and machine-gun fire.

Jan 19 15:45

Exposed! ISIS Caught Using US Army Tents In New Training Video!

Jan 19 08:28

Iran considers Iraq’s security as own: Interior minister

Iran’s interior minister has emphasized the necessity for countering terrorism in the Middle East region, saying the Islamic Republic considers Iraq’s security as that of its own.

Jan 14 12:28

The Spectacular Media Failure on Charlie Hebdo

A core tenet of journalism is answering the question “why.” It’s the media’s duty to explain “why” an event happened so that readers will actually understand what they’re reading. Leave out the “why” and then assumptions and stereotypes fill in the blank, always readily supplied by politicians whose ridiculous answers are left unquestioned by the corporate media.

Because the real “why” was unexplained in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, an obviously false culprit was created, leading to a moronic national discussion in the U.S. media about whether Islam was “inherently” violent.

For the media to even pose this question either betrays a blinding ignorance about the Middle East and Islam, or a conscious willingness to manipulate public sentiment by only interviewing so-called experts who believe such nonsense.

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Jan 14 12:03

France to deploy aircraft carrier to fight ISIS—report

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its fleet will be deployed to the Gulf to support operations against the Islamic State group, a military news site reported on Tuesday.

Jan 14 11:43

“Boots On The Ground”? Obama To Seek Authorization For Military Force Against ISIS

Having unveiled his non-boots-on-the-ground strategy in September, President Obama’s “promise” was quickly proved fragile when General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, indicated to the House of Representatives armed services committee that the strength of ISIS relative to the Iraqi army may be such that he would recommend abandoning Obama’s oft-repeated pledge against returning US ground troops to combat in Iraq. It seems another promise is about to be broken as Bloomberg reports Senator John Cornyn said President Obama told congressional leaders during meeting today at White House he would seek authorization for military force on Islamic State. Boehner’s office, in separate statement after meeting, said Republicans would work with him to build support.

Jan 14 10:00

France Votes To Extend Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

France's lower house of Parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved extending French airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess the false-flag worked!

Jan 13 08:56

ISIS Militants Captured 52 American-Made Artillery Weapons That Cost $500,000 Each

During ISIS's blitz across northern and central Iraq last month, the group captured upwards of 52 155mm M198 howitzers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or were allowed to take them to create a credible "threat" to trick Americans into supporting the third invasion of Iraq!

Jan 13 08:22

Iraq is worse than ever before, so what was the invasion and war all for?

The alleged objective of the invasion was to find and destroy weapons of mass destruction and establish "democracy" in Iraq. To date no such weapons have been found and the intelligence used to support the invasion has been proven to be fabricated by Iraqi "defectors" who betrayed their country and people. Millions of innocent Iraqis have lost their lives and millions more have been displaced around the world. Saddam Hussain was removed from power, tried and executed; probably the real motive for the invasion all along. His replacements are "politicians" who cannot keep even simple promises made to their people; politicians who lie, cheat, kill and steal; politicians who have run the country into the ground and caused a whole population to suffer whilst they live a lavish lifestyle and steal the wealth of the nation; politicians who are Iranian and US puppets; politicians who have sold their people and country to the very nations against which the Iraqis have spent years at war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To turn Iraq into a shadow of what it was.

Jan 12 07:50

Angry MPs challenge ‘stitch-up’ over delay of Chilcot report on war in Iraq

Furious MPs are planning a parliamentary debate to challenge an alleged “stitch-up” that could delay the report of the Iraq war inquiry until after the general election.

A cross-party coalition has demanded that parliament’s backbench committee allocate half a day to discussing the continuing delay in publishing the Chilcot inquiry’s findings, which are expected to include severe criticism of the UK’s decision to join the US-led invasion in 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It should include the Downing Street memo and the "Dodgy Dossier."

See THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

Jan 12 07:41

Just As The Islamic State (ISIL) Gets Exposed As A Fake US Enemy, A “Wag the Dog” Terrorist Attack in Paris?

With information just breaking that the United States has been air dropping arms, food and medical supplies to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) forces in Iraq, supposedly the world’s latest terrorist enemy on steroids, what has been suspected all along is now being confirmed.

To add fuel to the fire, this news comes just as warmonger Senator McCain got busted for secretly and illegally entering Syria to meet with ISIL to coordinate strategy on that warfront.

Jan 09 10:10

Iran-Backed Militias Are Getting U.S. Weapons

U.S. weapons intended for Iraq’s beleaguered military are winding up in the possession of the country’s Shiite militias, according to U.S. lawmakers and senior officials in the Barack Obama administration. These sources say that the Baghdad government, which was granted $1.2 billion in training and equipment aid in the omnibus spending bill passed last month, is turning hardware over to Shiite militias that are heavily influenced by Iran and have been guilty of gross human-rights violations.

Jan 09 07:48

Cameron has final word on release date of Iraq war report – Downing Street

Prime Minister David Cameron will have the final say as to when the long delayed report into the Iraq war will be published, Number 10 has said.

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"We can't release a report about how we bullshitted you into the Iraq war until after we finish bullshitting you into the war against Russia, dammit!" -- Number 9 3/4

Jan 07 10:13

The greatest trick Obama ever pulled was convincing the world America isn’t still at war

The holiday headlines blared without a hint of distrust: “End of War” and “Mission Ends” and “U.S. formally ends the war in Afghanistan,” as the U.S. government and Nato celebrated the alleged end of the longest war in American history. Great news! Except, that is, when you read past the first paragraph: “the fighting is as intense as it has ever been since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001,” according to the Wall Street Journal . And about 10,000 troops will remain there for the foreseeable future (more than we had a year after the Afghan war started ). Oh, and they’ll continue to engage in combat regularly . But other than that, yeah, the war is definitely over.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I can nearly guarantee you; the current wars are prologue for future wars, potentially against China and Russia to prevent the end of dominance by the US dollar.

The US government is financially on the ropes, and the only way the members of this government have known, historically, to get off those ropes, is to wage war.

This country experienced two massive depressions, followed, inevitably by war. Although the presstitutes dare not mention it, we are in another massive recession right now, because all the decently paying jobs, which used to support this country's middle class, have been offshored/outsourced to places with nearly slave labor wages.

And please, if you don't believe me, take a look at this; last year, Charlie Rangel, the senior Congressional Representative from New York, introduced a bill to reinstate the draft; but this time, should this be passed, it will be coming for both our sons and our daughters. When last I checked this month, it is still in Committee, waiting for the "right emotional moment" to be passed.

Jan 07 09:25

Tony Blair 'could face war crimes charges' over Iraq War

Tony Blair could face war crimes charges as a result of the Iraq war inquiry report, the House of Lords has been told.

Lord Dykes of Harrow Weald, a Liberal Democrat peer, claimed that the publication of the inquiry by Sir John Chilcot was being delayed “to prolong the agony” of the former Labour Prime Minister.

Lord Hurd – who as Douglas Hurd was Conservative foreign secretary from 1989 to 1995 – said the delay was now "becoming a scandal".

Lord Wallace of Saltaire, a Government minister, disclosed for the first time that talks over the publication of the gist of conversations between Mr Blair and George W Bush, the former US president, were now completed.

These talks have held up the publication of the report. But he said that if the report is not published by the end of February, it will be delayed until after the general election.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I seriously doubt that this will happen; the global elite rarely eat their own.

Jan 07 07:19

Tony Blair 'could face war crimes charges' over Iraq War

Tony Blair could face war crimes charges as a result of the Iraq war inquiry report, the House of Lords has been told.

Lord Dykes of Harrow Weald, a Liberal Democrat peer, claimed that the publication of the inquiry by Sir John Chilcot was being delayed “to prolong the agony” of the former Labour Prime Minister.

Jan 07 07:19

No UK troops for Iraq: Government delays plans to send soldiers to fight Islamic State amid fears of casualties in an election year

Hundreds of British troops will no longer be sent to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq this month, amid fears of further casualties on the battlefield in an election year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe the fanning up of the Epstein/Prince Andrew scandal at this time (although it is three years old) is a message to Britain's royals that they better stay in line with the US war agenda!

Jan 06 10:53

UN Finds 3,000 Civilians Killed in Afghanistan in 2014

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, 2014 was the deadliest year for Afghan civilians since the organization began keeping records in 2009. Over 3,000 civilians were killed this year, in 2014. It was also reported that Afghan forces trained by the U.S. killed over two dozen people at a wedding party on New Year's Eve.

Jan 06 08:17

Tony Abbott hits out at US over Iraq post-war 'chaos'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has blasted in his strongest terms yet the US management of Iraq following the 2003 invasion, branding it a period of "chaos and confusion".

Jan 04 10:53

US-led coalition aircraft aiding ISIL: Iraq commander

A top commander of Iraq’s volunteer forces has said aircraft serving the so-called anti-ISIL coalition formed by the US drop weapons for the Takfiri terrorist group.

Secretary General of Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri said there was compelling evidence that the coalition’s aircraft threw arms and aid to the extremist group in the Salahuddin province in north-central Iraq.

Jan 03 07:42

Indian jihadist ‘kills 55 for ISIS, quits because no pay’

An Islamic State recruit from Greater Mumbai was intercepted in Turkey, and then interrogated and arrested by India’s secret service. Suspected of killing up to 55 people, he allegedly left because they didn’t pay enough, India’s media reported.

Jan 02 08:04

U.S. advisers in Iraq stay out of combat but see fighting edging closer

In Iraq’s western Anbar province, more than 300 U.S. troops are posted at a base in the thick of a pitched battle between Iraqi forces, backed by tribal fighters, and well-armed Islamic State militants.

The militants, positioned at a nearby town, have repeatedly hit the base with artillery and rocket fire in recent weeks. Since the middle of December, the U.S.-led military coalition has launched 13 airstrikes around the facility.

U.S. troops have suffered no casualties in the attacks. But the violence has underlined the risks to American personnel as they fan out across Iraq as part of the expanding U.S. mission against the Islamic State, even as President Obama has pledged that U.S. operations “will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You can clock that last promise with a bloody egg timer.

My read would be, it is only a matter of time before we see combat, on the ground, in both Iraq and Syria; and why do I say this?!?

Because no military can win what is essentially a land war from the air.

And what happens then?!?

Apparently, the folks in Foggy Bottom in DC are dealing with SMD (selective memory disorder) on the issue of ground troops.

Does anyone remember Muqtada al Sadr, and the Mahdi Army, which were two of the primary reasons the US essentially withdrew from Iraq?!?

As of June of last year, he denounced the presence of US advisers in Iraq, as reported at www.islamicinvitationturkey.com:

Muqtada al-Sadr has voiced opposition against the presence of US military advisers in Iraq and has issued a warning to Takfiri militants there. On Wednesday, Sadr ruled out any intervention by the United States in Iraq and pledged to stop assaults by militants of the al-Qaeda splinter Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “We will shake the ground under the feet of ignorance and extremism as we did under those of the occupation,” Sadr said in a televised speech from the holy city of Najaf. The prominent cleric expressed opposition against US military advisers’ meeting with Iraqi commanders, adding that he would back “international support from non-occupying states for the army of Iraq.”

IF there are US ground forces in Iraq now, I do not believe, for a moment, that this gentleman, and the forces at his disposal, will join hands and sing "Kumbyah".

Jan 01 07:49

Civilian death toll in Iraq doubles to 17,000 in 2014 'due to rise of ISIS'

The number of civilians killed in Iraq in 2014 doubled from 9,743 in 2013, while compared to 2012, the number has grown nearly four times, Iraq Body Count reports.

"These numbers do not include combatant deaths, which even by the most cautious tallies have also seen a sharp rise in 2014," the group said in its report.

Dec 31 06:47

Ken O'keefe on PressTv exposes Obama, Bush, ISIS, Bankers, Syria

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