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Mar 28 13:38

More Than 1,000 Civilians Reportedly Killed By U.S.-Led Airstrikes As Trump Expands War On Terror

Details are emerging about U.S.-led coalition airstrikes that are believed to have killed over 200 people in a single day in Iraq.

Mar 28 09:48

U.S. TO SEND HUNDREDS OF PARATROOPERS INTO MOSUL

On Sunday, reports began emerging that the Pentagon was intending to send more combat troops into western Mosul, the latest in a long line of escalations of US military involvement in the battle over Mosul, with an eye toward getting Iraq’s stalled offensive back on track.

Yesterday, the Military Times finally got the specifics of the deployment, with officials saying that two infantry companies and a route-clearance platoon will be sent to Mosul, paratroopers numbers somewhere around 300 fighters, which will officially be labeled an “advise and assist” operation.

And a “temporary” deployment. Officials have labeled thousands of the ground troops in Iraq as “temporary” to avoid putting them in the official count of how many US troops are deployed to Iraq, even though in this case, as in so many others, there is no specific deadline for ending the deployment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; this is an open-ended deployment which may last well after Mosul is retaken by the Iraqi government, and we have not a clue as to how many are actually being deployed, or where they might be deployed post-Mosul.

Mar 28 08:15

Hundreds of Mosul civilians killed by airstrikes were told not to flee by authorities – Amnesty

Hundreds of Mosul residents were killed by airstrikes in their homes following repeated instructions from Iraqi authorities not to leave, Amnesty International says. It adds coalition forces should have known they were likely to result in civilian deaths.

Citing numerous testimonies given by survivors and eyewitnesses, Amnesty said many people did not attempt to flee during the US-backed operation to retake the city from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) due to Iraqi authorities’ instructions.

Mar 27 12:33

Despite Campaign Promises, Trump Set To Outdo Obama On Military Adventurism

When asked about Trump attitudes toward war, MIT professor and renowned linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky told MintPress News that the idea that he was an anti-war candidate “was based on his criticisms of the Iraq and Libya attacks (which, contrary to his lies, he supported) and his ambiguous statements about reducing tensions with Russia – a good thing, if he meant it. But his actual policies are extremely dangerous.”

“[This includes] the sharp increase in the military budget, the weakening of restrictions on drone strikes, and the wild charges about Iran,” Chomsky said, adding that what really worries those who pay attention to these issues “is his megalomania and unpredictability…we know how someone who goes berserk over minor slights might react in a moment of crisis.”

Mar 27 12:00

Breaking: Washington Sponsored State of “Great Kurdistan” To Be Created in Syria And Iraq.

This report is yet to be fully confirmed (GR Editor)

Inside Syria Media Center has obtained proofs of plans to create a state of Great Kurdistan.

According to the documents at our disposal, the U.S. authorities and the Syrian Kurds reached an agreement past week on the boundaries of the Kurdish autonomy in the territory of Syria, which had been guaranteed to Kurds in case of capturing Raqqa and Al-Tabqah (34 miles to the West of Raqqa). This confirms the reports about the U.S. plans to divide Syria.

In addition, Washington has already defined the boundaries of the new state of the Great Kurdistan on the territory of Syria and Iraq. It is to be created after ISIS defeat and the final collapse of Syrian Arab Republic. According to the U.S. military, Kurds remain the only force capable of defeating ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report is true, I have to wonder: has the leadership in Baghdad or Damascus been consulted about their involuntarily losing bits of their countries to establish an Independent Kurdistan?!?

Have either of these countries consented to this balkanisation, which is precisely what Israel wanted as an outcome from the US invasion and occupation of Iraq?!?

I have to think that the short answer is, no.

And will this new nation become yet another place from which the US military will be projecting more military power in the Middle East?!?

Mar 27 11:01

US Sends More Combat Troops to Mosul in Latest Escalation

Iraqi officials had previously predicted they’d have western Mosul fully “liberated” by the end of March. With just a few days left, the offensive remains largely stalled however, with the offensive moving at a snail’s pace. Hoping to speed things up, the US has announced another escalation, sending more combat troops into the city.

The size of this escalation is as yet unknown, with the Pentagon only announcing that the deployment was being ordered, putting more combat troops into the city for “advise and assist” operations. These appear to be some of the troops previously tapped to go to Kuwait.

The only clue officials would give to the size of the new deployment is that it would not “reunite the entire brigade,” which means that the new deployment is at least less than 2,500. The troops are being considered “temporary,” like many of the troops in Iraq, which means they aren’t part of the official count.

Mar 27 09:28

AT LEAST 400,000 CIVILIANS TRAPPED IN MOSUL WITH NO FOOD OR ELECTRICITY - UN

Some 400,000 civilians stuck in Mosul’s Old City, held by Islamic State militants, are dealing with food and electricity shortages, making the UN High Commissioner for Refugees believe that “the worst is yet to come” in the humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq.

“The worst is yet to come, if I can put it this way. Because 400,000 people trapped in the Old City in that situation of panic and penury may inevitably lead to the cork popping somewhere, sometime, presenting us with a fresh outflow of large-scale proportions,” said Bruno Geddo, representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iraq, according to Reuters.

Mar 27 09:14

US admits killing 200 civilians in Mosul air strike while world focuses on London terror attack

Amid the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the UK’s Parliament, which killed four people including a police officer, another mass casualty further afield has been buried in the headlines.

Over the weekend the US Pentagon has admitted to another air strike in Mosul, which is believed to have killed more than 200 civilians including women and children.

It has been described as a “humanitarian disaster” by Iraqi Vice President Osama Nujaifi, and United Nations officials said they were “profoundly concerned” by the attack.

Isis' losses in Syria and Iraq will make it harder for it to recruit
The Pentagon released a statement, saying it had targeted Isis fighters and equipment “at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties”.

“The coalition respects human life, which is why we are assisting our Iraqi partner forces in their effort to liberate their lands from ISIS brutality.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...respects human life...", MY ASTROLABE!!

The stark, and unassailable reality here, is that the US military will kill ANYONE who, even accidentally, gets in the way of Iraq continuing to be led by a western-centric government, and with all the oil being sold only in US dollars.

And let us not forget that other inconvenient truth about war in the region:

The US Government created Al Qaeda and the ISIS terror group

Mar 27 08:06

Video: ‘Reform Iraq!’: Protesters Gather Against Political Corruption In Baghdad

Followers of Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr gathered in Baghdad in protest against political corruption.

Mar 27 08:03

US reviewing airstrike that killed 200 Iraqis

The US military has said that an airstrike in Iraq on March 17 corresponds to a site where 200 civilians died, but it is still assessing the validity of allegations of civilian casualties.
According to a task force statement on Saturday, an initial review of strike data said that "at the request of the Iraqi Security Forces the coalition struck IS (Islamic State) fighters on March 17, west Mosul, at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties".

Mar 27 07:27

Daesh, Creature of the West

According to Saudi intelligence, Daesh was invented by the US government – in Camp Bacca, near the Kuwait border, as many will remember — to essentially finish off the Shiite-majority Nouri al-Maliki government in Baghdad.

It didn’t happen this way, of course. Then, years later, in the summer of 2014, Daesh routed the Iraqi Army on its way to conquer Mosul. The Iraqi Army fled. Daesh operatives then annexed ultra-modern weapons that took US instructors from six to twelve months to train the Iraqis in and…surprise! Daesh incorporated the weapons in their arsenals in 24 hours.

In the end, Shea frankly admitted to the source that Gen David Petraeus, conductor of the much-lauded 2007 surge, had trained these Sunnis now part of Daesh in Anbar province in Iraq.

Mar 26 14:39

Defeating the Islamic State group: A war mired in contradictions

James Dorsey says US tolerance of Saudi support for Al-Qaeda in Yemen, Syria and Iraq may allow for short-term gains against the Islamic State group but will only create greater jihadist problems down the road.

Mar 26 09:07

Mattis: US Troops Need to Stay in Iraq for ‘Years’

With US officials still hopeful that Iraq’s ongoing offensive in Mosul is the beginning of the end of ISIS’ presence in that country, top Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary James Mattis, are also eager to point out that it’s not going to mean the end of the US military presence in Iraq.

In comments to Congressional committees over the course of the week, Mattis was very clear about the need to keep US troops in Iraq, calling it a “national interest” and insisting US forces need to stabilize Iraq, while downplaying the idea that this would be nation-building.

It’s not going to be a short process either. While Mattis wasn’t very specific on how long this post-ISIS US military presence would last, he made it clear that it would be “years,” and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joe Dunford said the same thing later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Iraq because of the oil, and the pipelines.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 26 08:58

Russia and China Catch Security Council in a Devastating Lie

Security Council members expressed “unanimous concern” about Islamic State's use of chemical weapons in Iraq — then blocked a Russia-China resolution to investigate. Why?

Mar 25 20:26

US Confirms Coalition Airstrike In Mosul May Have Killed As Many As 240 Civilians

The US military confirmed on Saturday that a coalition airstrike had hit an Islamic State-held area of Iraq's Mosul where as many as 240 civilians may have been killed as result of the air raid.

Mar 25 06:51

US Led Air Strikes Kill More Than 200 People In Iraq

Over 200 civilians were killed in a US-led coalition raid on Mosul according to local reports.

Mar 24 12:26

Iraqi Popular Forces Warn They Will Target US Forces If They Don’t Leave Iraq after Defeat of ISIS

Spokesman and a senior commander of Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Battalions) popular forces Jafar al-Hosseini warned that the group will target the US forces if they don’t leave the Iraqi territories after annihilation of the ISIL terrorists.

“If the US forces refrain from leaving the Iraqi territories after annihilation of the ISIL terrorist group, the Islamic resistance of Iraq will target them,” al-Hosseini told the Islamic republic news agency on Tuesday.

Noting that the US forces are protecting rather than fighting against the ISIL terrorists in Iraq, he said that the Americans have increased their activities in Iraq in recent days through their military advisors the number of their flights and want to open some space for themselves in the anti-ISIL campaign to be able to render more support to the terrorist group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It was only Iraqi threats which originally got the US forces out of Iraq the first time, and the guy who did it was Muqtada Al Sadr, an Iranian cleric, and the leader of the Mahdi Army.

Those US military forced to stay by their orders, after ISIL is defeated, will be sitting ducks for both Al-Hosseni's and al Sadr's militias.

And then, the Pentagon, State Department, and White House will have to decide what is the acceptable level of deaths and maimings to keep US troops in Iraq, where they are not wanted.

Mar 24 11:03

Only 5-year-old girl alive after US airstrike in Mosul

Only a 5-year-old girl Havraya has remained alive after the US airstrikes in Mosul. She could not have been delivered to hospital for three days because of fighting. The girl is badly burnt, she is in serious condition. When a bomb struck the house, three more people were inside, including a mother of the girl. Everyone died. As the Russian Defence Ministry reported, about 180,000 people are blocked in the Western Mosul. Fighting is going on with appliance of heavy weapons. It is known that the US and its allies actively use aviation, as well as the B-52 strategic bombers. No humanitarian corridors have been created yet. Another resident of Mosul, mother of a 10-year-old boy, has revealed that as a result of the coalition's airstrike, they lost their house and had to flee. Sniper shelled the family, while the man stepped on a mine. Debris killed their son, the man was wounded.

Mar 24 10:11

Reports: US Airstrikes Killed 230 Civilians in Mosul Overnight

As the US airstrikes in the Iraqi city of Mosul are increasingly concentrated around densely populated neighborhoods in the city’s west, the death toll from those airstrikes in spiraling rapidly out of control, with the most recent figures out of the area suggesting around 230 civilians were killed overnight in US and coalition strikes in just a single neighborhood.

That’s an enormous toll, of course, but is reported from several sources telling largely the same story, including that a single US airstrike against a large building full of civilians in Mosul killed over 130 people, while the other 100 or so were killed in the surrounding area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Centcom will NEVER take responsibility for this slaughter; to them, these women and children were just "collateral damage who had the poor taste to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, right when it was bombing their city."

Mar 24 09:06

The War on Iraq in 2003 Was and Will Always Be a Crime

The months leading up to the war in Iraq, unleashed on 20 March 2003, saw the very best of humanity engaged in a struggle with the very worst for the right to shape the future.

Mar 23 09:01

Tillerson Confirms US Plans For Long Term Military Presence In Iraq

(*vindicating my personal point of view , when presented with Bush the second was delusional when he declared Mission Accomplished , in Iraq .
When looked at one way , yes! , he was as much a knucklehead , as Trump is naive .
My point of view is Bush was honest , for a change . After his dad made that mess , in the original Gulf War presented by the US Government, and CNN , the 'mission' , for Bush Jr. was to get us back IN , PERMANENTLY . making it easier for Tillerson amd Trump , to keep the thumb on those people .)

Mar 22 16:06

Video: Civilian Crossfire: Iraqi Army Pushes Further Into Mosul In Anti-ISIS Op

Iraqi forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, are pushing deeper into the densely populated areas of western Mosul.

Mar 22 12:36

Scorched earth: If ISIS can't have it, no one can

As ISIS loses ground in Iraq and Syria, the militant group which once held territory amounting to a third of those countries is turning to sabotage to ensure its enemies cannot benefit from its losses.

Mar 22 10:31

BATTLE FOR MOSUL ENTERS ITS FINAL STAGE

Iraqi security forces (ISF), backed up by the US-led coalition’s airpower, artillery units, and special forces troops, have been struggling to retake the Old City from ISIS terrorists in western Mosul. The highly urbanized Old City is the main ISIS stronghold in this part of Mosul and ISIS units resist ISF in a fierce attempt to keep this key area under its control.

On March 20th, ISF units launched another push in the direction of Mosul’s Grand Nuri al-Kabir Mosque where the ISIS’ leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared the “Islamic Caliphate” in 2014. If ISF troops regain the Grand Nuri al-Kabir Mosque in western Mosul, they will achieve a big PR victory over the terrorists group. However, the situation in the area is very complicated.

Mar 22 09:29

IN PHOTOS ~~ WAR IN IRAQ, 14 YEARS AND COUNTING

“ MONEY FOR JOBS AND EDUCATION
NO MONEY FOR WAR AND OCCUPATION”
On March 19th, these words were the chant which resounded from about two hundred people gathered on the steps of the main NYC public library, and their march from the library to the U.S. military recruiting station surrounded by a massive electronic American flag at Times Square. This event took place on the anniversary of the 14th year of the American attack on Iraq and its continuing war.

Mar 21 09:42

US Launching Soaring Number of Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

With the fighting against ISIS increasingly confined to densely populated cities like Mosul and Raqqa, the US air war against them continues to escalate precipitously, with record numbers of airstrikes in recent months, and the coalition dropping over 7,000 munitions on Iraq and Syria in just the last two months.

Air Force Central Command spokeswoman Capt. Kathleen Atanasoff attributed to the continued increase in strikes to the effort to support Iraq’s invasion of Mosul, a city of well over a million people. With the fighting there heavily confined to residential neighborhoods, however, the heavy use of airstrikes must raise concern of large civilian tolls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Civilian casualties are never a concern of the US military, when it comes to Iraq's oil being under control of a US-centric government, and only sold for US dollars.

And the civilian death tolls in Iraq and Syria, will most likely skyrocket from here.

Mar 21 08:36

INSIDE THE TRUMP LOBBY THAT WANTS TO BREAK-UP IRAQ

A secret network tied to Cambridge Analytica, Islamist insurgents, ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers has convinced Trump to let go of Iraqi national unity.

Ex-Bush administration officials with pro-Trump leanings have forged a secret alliance with a former private Iraqi Pentagon contractor who is a member of one of Iraq’s wealthiest dynasties.Their mission is to promote the break-up of Iraq as the only viable way to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). They have achieved partial success: on Monday, the Trump administration announced a subtle but seismic shift in US policy toward the possibility of Iraq’s dissolution.Yet this network has been intimately connected to Cambridge Analytica (the technology firm that ran Trump’s election campaign), entities that have sponsored ISIS and other Islamist militants, as well as to ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers?—?who might benefit from the break-up of the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From the moment the US invaded and occupied Iraq, this was precisely the outcome which Israel wanted; Tel Aviv wanted to see a fracturing of Iraq into little fiefdoms, so that it would be impossible for Iraq, as a national entity, to ever attain the status it had as one of the most financially viable, and educationally progressive, countries in the Middle East.

Mar 19 07:48

From Nuisance to Threat: The High Cost of Truth — Paul Craig Roberts

I am convinced that the US, and probably the entire Western world, that is, the American Empire, has entered an era in which respect for truth does not exist in public and private institutions. We have been watching this develop for some time. Think, for example, back to August 3, 2002, a recent time in terms of our present predicament, but a time prior to political consciousness of anyone younger today than 33 years old. In the summer of 2002, the world was being prepared by propaganda for a US invasion of Iraq. On August 3 of that year, the prestigous British publication, The Economist, summed up the consensus of ruling opinion in two sentences: “The honest choices now are to give up and give in, or to remove Mr. Hussein before he gets his [nuclear] bomb. Painful as it is, our vote is for war.”

Mar 17 16:31

Video: Iraq 360°: Qaraqosh Turned Into Ghost Town After Military Ops Against ISIS

The destruction of Qaraqosh near Mosul (also known as Bakhdida or Al-Hamdaniya), caused by the ongoing fighting against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Mar 17 15:15

Chilcot 2.0? Another Iraq War Inquiry Could Be Launched If New Facts Emerge, Say MPs

If new evidence comes to light on the legality of the 2003 war in Iraq it could be used to justify a further inquiry into the conflict, according to an influential parliamentary committee.

Members of the Public Administration Committee said on Wednesday that the 2016 Chilcot Inquiry had failed to “provide closure” on the war which had left an “indelible scar” on UK politics.

Mar 15 09:22

Powerful Blast Leaves Dozens Dead in Iraqi Capital

A powerful blast hit Baghdad Wednesday, leaving at least 18 people dead, 22 injured, sources in the Ministry of Interior told Sputnik.

Mar 14 08:42

More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March

We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast.

Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way.

As if this witch’s brew was not sufficiently toxic, US and Russian aircraft and Special Forces are brushing up against one another in Syria. At the same time, the US Navy in the nearby Persian Gulf is provoking the Iranians to please President Donald Trump who seems determined to have war with Iran.

The US Navy is now threatening to impose a naval blockade on war-torn Yemen, another joint US-Saudi warfare enterprise that has gone terribly wrong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned about the lousy quality of counsel, and information, President Trump is getting regarding the US military presence in the Middle East, and Afghanistan, and how things in the countries in which we are fighting are getting worse, and not better at all.

IF the leadership of both NATO and and the US government had a shred of sense regarding Afghanistan, they would have their troops exit this country as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, and the rights to the amazing level of mineral deposits Afghanistan possesses.

Of course... THAT would be logical.

Mar 13 19:29

Sunni politician warns U.S. of mounting civilian casualties in Mosul

A prominent Iraqi Sunni politician on Monday warned Washington the acceleration in a military campaign in western Mosul to drive out Islamic State jihadists was causing a sudden surge in civilian casualties that threatened to undermine the effort to crush the militants.

Khamis Khanjar, who has used his leverage to lobby the U.S. administration and the Iraqi authorities to ensure the major campaign in Mosul minimises civilian losses among its population, said at least 3,500 civilians have been killed since the push into the western side of the side last month.

Mar 13 10:21

MORE MIDEAST MADNESS AS TRUMP PREPARES TO MARCH

Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way.

These US-financed Iraqi units are euphemistically called ‘anti-terrorism forces’ and are supervised by US officers. In fact, what we see is the old British Imperial Raj formula of white officers commanding native mercenary troops.

These Iraqi units are now assaulting ISIS-held Mosul, Iraq’s second city, and smaller towns. Most of America’s Iraqi ‘sepoys’ (as native troops in the British Indian Raj were known) are Shia bitterly opposed to the nation’s minority Sunnis. After its 2003 invasion of Iraq, the US encouraged animosity between Shia and Sunni as a way of breaking resistance to foreign occupation – ‘divide et impera’ as the Romans used to say.

Mar 11 09:29

THOUSANDS OF US TROOPS HEAD TO KUWAIT TO FIGHT IN SYRIA, IRAQ

Instead of directly deploying thousands of additional ground troops into Iraq or Syria, the sort of precipitous escalation that might get Congress voting on the war, the Trump Administration appears to have decided that the solution is to send thousands of US ground troops to Kuwait, and let the commanders in Iraq and Syria just take what they want.

Early reports of this strategy emerged Wednesday, when officials said there were considerations of sending around 1,000 troops into Kuwait for this operation. Just two days later, the figure was up to at least 2,500, with signs that it is continuing to grow all the time.

While President Obama was micromanaging the escalations, particularly in Iraq, where every couple of weeks another hundred or two troops would be sent, the Trump Administration appears to be throwing the troops into a big pile and leaving the deployments up to the commanders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial-strength, palm to forehead moment, upon reading this; I am profoundly disappointed at this turn of events.

The French have a saying; the more things change, the more they remain the same; I am deeply concerned that this is imminently true of the Trump Administration.

Mar 11 08:01

Sweden's Welfare-Scrounging Islamic Warriors Milk the System, Draw Blood Abroad

Almost all of the several hundred jihadists that have left Sweden to join terrorist paramilitary groups in the Middle East have been found to be collecting some form of government assistance. To make things worse, jihadists were found to be leaving fewer traces, complicating the authorities' preventive work.

Mar 11 08:00

SWEDEN: At Least 300 Islamic State Fighters Are Now Receiving Government Benefits

Characteristic of the Swedish travelers is that almost all the 300 individuals who report looked at received some form of government grants and that there is to have people in Sweden who handle mail and another to give the impression that the person is still in Sweden.

Mar 10 11:36

Into the Syrian Quagmire – Trump meets complexity

In order to fulfill his pledge to “quickly” dispatch ISIS, Trump is ramping up the US presence – and we’re well on the way to getting sucked into the Syrian quagmire.

Donald Trump thinks he’s going to get rid of ISIS in Syria “quickly,” and then we’ll be on our way to making America great again – but already he’s finding that the terrain there is a bit crowded, and that he has a bit more than the fast-dissipating “Caliphate” to contend with.

According to reports, the Pentagon has come up with a plan to carry out Trump’s pledge, as ordered, but reality is racing ahead of the generals – and auguring a clash of civilizations in the midst of Syria’s blasted out cities.

Mar 10 08:45

Surging to Failure: An Iraq War Anniversary to Forget

But here’s the essential thing: the invasion to come had disaster written all over it and millions of people saw that perfectly clearly. They were, of course, the ones who weren’t consulted then and would never be remembered when what they feared actually occurred and played out so catastrophically. Unlike those who got us into the Iraq nightmare, one of the great blunders of modern times, or those who later prosecuted the ongoing war there, they would never be asked for their reflections on it.

Mar 08 17:12

Iraq Officially Declared Safer For Women Than Sweden

Respected war correspondent Magda Gad claims that war-torn Iraq is a safer place for women than Stockholm, Sweden.

Mar 08 13:50

Iraq PM Set To Meet With US President This Month: White House

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is set to visit the United States and meet with President Donald Trump in Washington this month, the White House says.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made the announcement during a regular news briefing on Tuesday, saying that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit next week and “the following week, the president will welcome the prime minister of Iraq.” The spokesman did not provide any further details.

Mar 07 13:27

Iraq Gets £10bn Loan From Britain… But Only To Pay Back UK Firms

Britain and Iraq have negotiated a £10 billion (US$12.25 billion) loan for reconstructing and operating key utilities, but the cash can only be used to pay UK firms.

The deal will see British companies service and repair vital sectors like sewage, water, healthcare, electricity and transport in the war-torn country.

Mar 04 08:41

WHO Activates Emergency Response to Reported Chemical Weapons Use in Mosul

The World Health Organization (WHO) has activated an emergency health plan along with local officials and partners to treat people who have been exposed to an alleged chemical weapon attack near Mosul, the organization said in a statement on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again! That appears to be the motto of the warhawks, given how many previous times we have been fed bovine excrement about nuclear and chemical weapons as justification for military intervention.

Mar 02 17:39

Iraqi Intelligence Finds ISIS Jihadists Among Refugees

Numerous ISIS jihadists were detained by Iraqi intelligence among refugees fleeing Mosul this week.

According to Reuters, several hundred men were stopped by the officers as they attempted to escape the front lines in the war-torn region.

Mar 02 10:06

Shock Find! Assyrian Palace from 600 BC Discovered Under Demolished Shrine in Iraq

Archaeologists working at a demolished shrine in Mosul, Iraq have stumbled upon a discovery of a previously unknown palace from about 600 BC. It has been declared that the monumental find may provide new insight on the Assyrian Empire, however, archaeologists are also worried that many important artifacts were destroyed by the ISIL militants who uncovered it.

Mar 02 07:54

'If a cat goes missing, Putin must have eaten it' - German comedian

Fitz went on to give an example which involved retired NATO general Wesley Clark, who reportedly claimed he was informed by Pentagon staff that the country was going to invade Iraq, without being given a reason. He was then told that other countries would soon be invaded, too.

“...Seven countries in five years! For me, my dear peace-loving friends, it means that we can’t afford to rely on politicians or mass media anymore. We need to look for the reasons and explanations on our own, step by step. We can’t remain in the dark,” Fitz said.

“Naturally, everyone thinks they have an opinion of their own, but they forget HOW they got that opinion...” she continued, adding that “a gram of information weighs more than 50 tons of opinion.”

Mar 02 05:51

Rand Paul: "It isn't our responsibility to rebuild everybody's country."

During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on February 28, Senator Paul pointed out that we've been in Iraq for over ten years, we've wasted trillions of dollars, we're broke, and it simply can't continue.

Mar 01 16:15

Trump To Remove Iraq From Ban: US Officials

US President Donald Trump plans remove Iraq’s name from the list of the Muslim countries included in his controversial entry ban, American officials say.

Feb 27 07:44

Dick Cheney Guilty Of Poisoning One Thousand US Troops In Iraq

Dick Cheney deliberately allowed hundreds of U.S. soldiers to be poisoned in Iraq, according to stunning revelations made by a former Marine and Army sergeant.

Feb 25 09:49

DICK CHENEY POISONED HUNDREDS OF US TROOPS IN IRAQ. NOW THEY’RE DYING, AND THE MEDIA IS SILENT

The legacy of death and misery from the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan continues today, and, once again, Dick Cheney plays a central role. A new book by Joseph Hickman, a former U.S. Marine and Army sergeant, titled The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers, details how soldiers and local civilian populations were exposed to constant streams of toxic smoke from the burning of waste.

The infamous Kellog, Brown, and Root (KBR), which was a part of Dick Cheney’s corporate empire under Halliburton, operated about 250 burn pits which contributed to the $40 billion that Halliburton made during the Iraq occupation. “Every type of waste imaginable” was burned, including “tires, lithium batteries, asbestos insulation, pesticide containers, Styrofoam, metals, paints, plastic, medical waste and even human corpses.”

This reprehensible practice proves yet again that nothing is sacred when it comes to the military machine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For politicians like Cheney, it's all about the money, period, end of discussion; and for these folks, it's "profits uber alles."

To get to their "safe space", in terms of preventing any moral reflections whatsoever about what they have done, these people have their consciences surgically removed before running for office. That means that they feel utterly zero remorse about the evils they have done; money gets made, and that is all that matters, and damn the physical and emotional costs to the people who get hurt in the process.

In fact, one of the most astonishing things about Cheney's heart transplant, to many people, was that he actually had one in the first place.

If ever there was a personification of corporate evil incarnate, it is Dick Cheney; history will not look kindly upon his tenure as Vice-President, for all the death and destruction which occurred, both domestically and internationally, under his watch.

Feb 23 08:35

Muslim IT Trio Paid $500K Possibly Leaked Congressional Secrets, Emails : 2/12/2017

Feb 23 07:40

Russian company discovers huge oil reserve in Iraq

A large oil reserve has been discovered in the Iraqi province of Basra, a Russian company has revealed.

In a statement, Russia’a Lukoil said the well recorded daily flow rates of more than 1,000 cubic metres of oil from the Mishrif horizon.

The Iraqi Oil Ministry said the new figure will added to the 10 billion barrel oil reserves the country already has.

Feb 23 06:38

EXCLUSIVE: House Dem IT Guys In Security Probe Secretly Took $100K In Iraqi Money

Rogue congressional staffers took $100,000 from an Iraqi politician while they had administrator-level access to the House of Representatives’ computer network, according to court documents examined by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

Feb 22 14:30

US Defense Chief Arrives In Iraq Amid Renewed Assault On Mosul

Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in Baghdad for an unannounced visit Monday, just 24 hours after government forces launched a renewed push to capture the western parts of Mosul from Islamic State. The country’s second largest city has been under ISIS control since 2014, when the US-trained Iraqi army capitulated and fled in the face of the jihadis’ advance.

Feb 20 15:03

We're Not In Iraq To Seize Oil: US Defense Secretary James Mattis

Before arriving on an unannounced visit to Baghdad, US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said Americans are “not in Iraq to seize” their oil.

His comments, made on Monday while traveling towards Iraq, appeared to be an attempt to distance him from the recent remarks by President Donald Trump regarding Iraq and its oil.

Feb 20 11:01

Trump’s Defense Chief: We’re Not In Iraq To Seize Anybody’s Oil

“I think all of us here in this room, all of us in America have generally paid for our gas and oil all along and I’m sure that we will continue to do so in the future.”

The U.S. military is not in Iraq “to seize anybody’s oil”, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump at the start of a visit to Iraq on Monday.

Mattis, on his first trip to Iraq as Pentagon chief, is hoping to assess the war effort as U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launch a new push to evict Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the city of Mosul.

But he is likely to face questions about Trump’s remarks and actions, including a temporary ban on travel to the United States and for saying America should have seized Iraq’s oil after toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Trump told CIA staff in January: “We should have kept the oil. But okay. Maybe you’ll have another chance.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, please allow me to educate you as to the origins of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq.

This invasion and occupation of Iraq was purely economic, and done to prevent Iraq's oil to be sold for any other currency than the petrodollar.

Iraq war: the dollar versus the Euro

And so, sir, what do we have in Iraq today?!? We have an absolutely destroyed Iraqi infrastructure, coupled with a completely corrupt US-Centric (and dependent) Iraqi government, and its oil sold only in US dollars.

But that was the point of the exercise, was it not?!? It doesn't have anything to do with "seizing the oil"; it has everything to do with Iraqi oil being sold only in US dollars.

You're welcome, sir!!

Feb 20 10:04

IRAQ STARTED OPERATION TO LIBERATE WESTERN MOSUL FROM ISIS

On Sunday, Iraqi forces officially launched a military operation to liberate the western part of the city of Mosul from the ISIS terrorist group.

The Iraqi military and the Federal Police liberated a number of villages, including Al-Kafour, Jasmia, Bijwarey, Athba and Lazaka, southwest of the city and stormed the Mu`askar al Ghazlani military base.

The move allowed Iraqi forces to deploy to within striking distance from the Mosul International Airport located in the ISIS-held part of Mosul.

Feb 20 09:19

Fakest News: The Iraq War

A new poll from YouGov shows that most Americans still believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction at the start of the Iraq war:

That’s stunning, given that President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, the CIA, SecDef Rumsfeld, SecState Powell, National Security Advisor Rice, Bush’s chief strategist Rove, “Curveball” (the alias of the name of the unreliable WMD information) and other top officials have all publicly admitted that Iraq had no WMDs.

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Yes, corporate media is still pushing the story that Iraq had WMDs that were never found, but in many cases, Americans who supported the invasion of Iraq do not want to have to admit to themselves they were wrong to have done so, and grasp any piece of propaganda, no matter how flimsy, to save themselves from self-examination.

Feb 19 15:37

FLASHBACK : The Roots of the Refugee Crisis Caused by the West

“The reason so many are fleeing places such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that U.S. and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery,”explainedformer congressman and three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, a leading voice for a constitutional, non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy. “This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing ‘democracy’ at the barrel of a gun.”

“Contrary to what one might expect, U.S. military aid doesn’t produce willing, cooperative, or effective security partners. Instead, it incentivizes bad behavior and drives the sources of terrorism: corruption, violence, and poor governance. Unwittingly, this policy is creating its own enemies,” writes Jeremy Ravinsky.

Feb 18 10:39

Insanity of NATO 2.0 for MidEast

If this is to be the new NATO for the Middle East then the world is truly about to descend into barbarism on a scale not seen since the Second World War.

As US President Donald Trump hosts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House this week on the agenda is the formation of a “NATO-style” alliance for the Middle East, according to reports.

As if one US-led warmongering alliance in Europe and the North Atlantic were not enough. Now the world will see a clone of NATO let loose on the already conflict-torn Middle East region, if the reported discussions materialize.

Feb 13 10:32

Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi targeted in air strikes that killed 13 Islamic State commanders

At least 13 Islamic State (Isis) commanders have been killed in air strikes in western Iraq targeting a house where it was believed the group's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was meeting with other militants.

Feb 12 08:44

FAKE NEWS WEEK: Government & Mainstream Media’s ‘Wag the Dog’ War on Reality

The purpose of this article is to illustrate how three rather large mainstream media lies were used as a pretext for war in the Middle East, three aspects that have separately, albeit symbiotically, altered the course of Western foreign policy by way of deception, and dramatically paved the way to destabilization in Iraq, and later to Libya, and finally to Syria.

Government entities, along with mainstream TV news, print media and PR firms – have all worked hand in hand to heavily influence the public’s political perspective concerning the reality of modern warfare. Let’s take a look a how deliberate fabrication was used to accelerate Western interests in the Middle East…

Feb 11 11:18

ISIS uses drones to drop bombs on Iraqi army tanks in shocking new video from war-torn city of Mosul

Footage has been released by ISIS purporting to show the moment drones were dropped on Iraqi tanks.

The video shows three bombs being dropped from the sky, and it is believed some of the footage was taken in war-torn Mosul.

The three clips were taken from unmanned drones, and appear to show the bombs being dropped with a high level of accuracy.

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IF these images are to be believed, there is one question which must be asked, and answered: where, please did ISIS get these drones from?!?

Feb 10 11:28

Discredited Iraq war probe to be shut down within months

A controversial £60m probe into allegations against Iraq war veterans will be shut down within months.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said 90% of misconduct cases involving British troops would be dropped, while 20 others would be dealt with by the Royal Navy Police.

It comes after a damning report by the Commons Defence Committee, which said The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) had become a "seemingly unstoppable self-perpetuating machine".

Feb 07 17:56

Military Should Investigate Itself, Iraq Abuse Report Will Urge

A report into the Iraq Historical Allegations Team (IHAT), which investigates claims alleging that UK troops engaged in abuse and torture in Iraq, will call for the initiative to be replaced by a military-led team.

Feb 06 08:16

The U.S. military's stats on deadly airstrikes are wrong. Thousands have gone unreported

The American military has failed to publicly disclose potentially thousands of lethal airstrikes conducted over several years in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, a Military Times investigation has revealed. The enormous data gap raises serious doubts about transparency in reported progress against the Islamic State, al-Qaida and the Taliban, and calls into question the accuracy of other Defense Department disclosures documenting everything from costs to casualty counts.

Feb 04 15:30

How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Feb 03 20:26

How the US government perverted the course of justice to avoid war crimes prosecutions

The Obama administration worked closely with Republicans during President Obama’s first few months in office to protect Bush administration officials facing an overseas criminal investigation for their involvement in establishing policies that condoned the use of torture.

Feb 03 10:09

THE U.S. PLAN TO TOPPLE ALL 7 COUNTRIES ON TRUMP’S REFUGEE BAN LIST

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

According to Reuters, Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would include a temporary refugee ban and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

The list is expected to include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. If those countries are starting to sound familiar, there’s a reason for that.

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more I look at the first actions of the Trump presidency, the more I am terrifyingly convinced that the real winner of last November's election was the power-hungry, money mad, and deeply psychotic, American Deep State.

The hard, inescapable reality here is that the American Deep State is all about expropriating resources from countries to which it has no moral right; insuring those countries are run by US/Western-centric governments; and insuring that those resources are only sold for the US dollar.

The blood and money spent is of no consequence to those people running the American deep state, as long as their financial/geopolitical objectives are obtained.

And those American military killed or maimed for life in the process of achieving their financial goals?!? Merely collateral damage, for the sake of private corporate profit.

Of course, politicians cannot possibly say that to grieving families and friends of those killed or maimed; they are assured with such nostrums as "They died to protect this country and the American way of life."

No; these military died and were maimed for life to protect and enrich private corporate profit.

That is simply the bottom line here.

Feb 03 09:51

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ARMING KURDISH FANATICS, TERRORISTS; U.S. AND RUSSIA FLOAT KURDISH AUTONOMY IN SYRIA

While Trump’s Syria plan has been incredibly vague up until this point, we are now seeing the position of the Trump administration coming into view. While, at this point, it might not be as bad as what was called for under Obama and Clinton, the new approach to Syria is concerning to say the least.

This is because mainstream news reports have revealed that the Trump administration is going ahead with a plan to arm Kurdish militants in Syria who are battling the Islamic State. Of course, these Kurdish fanatics are interesting in only one thing – independence and the creation of their own Kurdish state that eventually crosses the border of Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Turkey. They are not interested so much in fighting terror since they have allied themselves with terrorists to achieve their own goals.

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I am having a palm to forehead moment here, at velocity.

Are we looking at more "fake news" here, to attempt to sell US citizenry on the narrative that the US needs to be more thoroughly involved in a military solution to the many problems in the Middle East, rather than viable political solutions?!?

And I would politely like to remind President Trump, that doing the same thing, in precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the most classical definitions of insanity.

IF in fact these reports are true, it appears that both the Russian and US governments are hell-bent in balkanizing the Middle East, and bending it to their liking, and have made the decision that an independent Kurdistan will horrifically weaken the political ambitions of Syria; Turkey; Iran; and Iraq.

But what will be the cost in blood and money to make such a military adventure a "success"?!? And how long are the US and Russia committed to pursuing this dangerous game of regime change?!?

Were I a bookie in Vegas, I really would not bet against the resurrection of the draft in this United States right now, possibly coming at the end of President Trump's first year in office.

Feb 02 11:11

Muslim Who Claimed Mom Died In Iraq After Trump's Ban Caught Lying

Many liberal tears were shed over an Iraqi mother who allegedly died apart from her family thanks to Trump’s immigration restrictions.

Quite unsurprisingly, however, this sob story proved to be a fabrication.

Feb 02 11:05

Iraq Abuse Lawyer Faces £3.2mn Lawsuit For ‘Hounding’ British Soldiers

The lawyer accused of aggressively pursuing UK troops over claims of abuse during the war in Iraq faces a lawsuit to recover the millions of pounds of public funds he allegedly squandered in search of clients.

Phil Shiner, of the now-defunct Public Interest Lawyers (PIL), did not appear at the most recent hearing of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over allegations of misconduct.

Feb 02 10:11

Mad Dog on the Prowl: the Blood-soaked Career of General James Mattis

By Gary G. Kohls, MD
“It is clear that Trump’s secretary of defense selection of Mattis, an unprosecuted war criminal, is yet another egregious act against justice and the rule of international law. Mattis was a high-level marine commander overseeing both sieges of Fallujah who then played an active role in making sure eight marines involved in a massacre walked away from any appropriate punishment.” – Dahr Jamail (http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38620-james-mattis-is-a-war-crimina...)Jamail wrote:

Jan 30 13:11

Iraq Vet's Pro-Refugee (Propaganda) Story Goes Mega-Viral On Twitter, He's Meeting With Obama Next Week

It appears that the purpose of the story is to generate sentimental emotional support for refugees, to influence public opinion and policy in the United States. He posted in a separate Tweet that he is meeting with Obama on February 8. The author, based on his twitter feed, is very anti-Trump, pro-refugee, and pro-Obama. He claims to have been threatened as a result of his pro-refugee story, but one of his recent tweets was a GIF celebrating the assault of white nationalist Richard Spencer, with the caption 'Make Nazis Afraid Again.' Spencer was blindsided and punched in the head recently while giving an interview on the street to a news outlet. The Iraq vet seems to be celebrating and endorsing such violent acts.

Jan 30 12:06

Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting

To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.

by Donald J Trump

“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave.

We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.

Jan 30 08:36

TRUMP BAN: Iraq vows to RETALIATE against US president's crackdown

The parliament today said they would fight back against the ban, with officials releasing statements outlining their "regret" at the situation.

The foreign minister said: "It is necessary that the new American administration reconsider this wrong decision

"We affirm Iraq's desire to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries."

Jan 29 18:05

Media Blackout: Obama administration created the list of countries covered by Trump's 'Muslim ban'

What? So there was a Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 two years before Trump? There was a kind of "Muslim ban" before the Muslim ban? But almost no one critiqued it in 2015 because it was Obama's administration overseeing it.

So for more than a year it has been US policy to discriminate against, target and even begin to ban people from the seven countries that Trump is accused of banning immigrants and visitors from. CNN even hinted at this by noting "those countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as 'countries of concern.'" But why didn't CNN note that the seven countries were not named and that in fact they are only on the list because of Obama's policy?

Jan 29 09:21

Perhaps President Donald Trump Needs To Chill Out A Bit

We are not dealing with “widgets” here, but with people

These Refugee/Immigration Executive Orders appear to be knee-jerk, fear-based, and xenophobic acts of reflexive anger and emotional “lashing out,” rather than well-thought out policy and heavily researched executive action.

The last few Executive Orders pertaining to Refugees and Immigration appear to not have been very well thought through, and the etiology/genesis of the refugee crisis and immigration issues were either completely ignored, or Trump and his administration don’t understand it very well.

Jan 29 08:25

Trump orders ISIS plan, talks with Putin and gives Bannon national security role

President Trump on Saturday ordered the Pentagon to devise a strategy to defeat the Islamic State and restructured the National Security Council to include his controversial top political adviser as he forged a partnership with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin in their first official phone call.

Trump and Putin spoke for one hour and vowed to join forces to fight terrorism in Syria and elsewhere, according to the White House and the Kremlin, signaling a potential shift in U.S.-Russian relations that have been marked by high tension.

Jan 29 07:31

The U.S. Had A Plan To Topple All 7 Countries On Trump’s Refugee Ban List

According to Reuters, Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would include a temporary refugee ban and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

The list is expected to include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. If those countries are starting to sound familiar, there’s a reason for that.

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Jan 28 07:57

Two Years Of Hell: Iraqi Christian Teenager Escapes ISIS And Tells His Story Of Captivity

Iraqi teenager Ismail Al-Kanon was captured by ISIS with his mother at the age of fourteen. For two years he and his mother were subject to constant abuse, horrific beatings, and being forced to watch death and murder around them, knowing they might be next. He was forced to publicly convert to Islam with his mother, but after the two escaped they returned to the Faith but not without the memories of what they had endured:

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Your tax dollars at work!

Jan 27 13:51

America Has A Moral Obligation To Help Rebuild The Ravaged Middle East

“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none” - Thomas Jefferson

It is unfortunately incumbent upon the new administration to also pay the proverbial bill, and to fix and rectify the mistakes of the past.

It would be altogether grossly irresponsible and cruel to now leave the entire world in smoke and shambles, burning embers of once great civilizations that have often existed for thousands of years uninterrupted and unmolested.

Jan 27 07:53

General Mattis’ First Day at Pentagon Includes 31 Bombings Against ISIS

On his first day on the job, General Mattis ordered 31 military strikes against ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, reaffirming President Trump’s commitment that America would destroy the terrorist group.

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And THIS time, they are actually hitting ISIS!

Jan 26 12:32

'Priceless' ancient artefacts found hidden in Isil commander's house in Mosul

Iraqi authorities have found more than 100 “priceless” Assyrian artefacts plundered from ancient ruins hidden in an Islamic State leader’s house in Mosul.

The discovery was made in the Az-Zirai neighbourhood in eastern Mosul, which the special forces troops recently recaptured from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

Photographs released by the National Security Service on Thursday show more than a dozen clay pots, a handful of large vases, “Palace Ware” pottery and a hand mill, among other smaller pieces.

Historians and archaeologists have confirmed the objects date back thousands of years to the Assyrian Empire.

Jan 23 08:51

Democrat Congresswoman Just Confirmed America’s Worst Nightmare – Trump Was Right Since Day One!

CONGRESSWOMAN GABBARD CONFIRMED THAT OBAMA’S ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN FUNNELING MONEY TO ISIS THROUGH THE CIA AND SAUDI ARABIA!

Jan 23 08:18

Iraqi Forces Storm Last ISIL-Controlled Neighborhood in Eastern Mosul

Iraqi joint government forces stormed on Monday the last district hosting ISIL militants in the Eastern section of Mosul, with the total recapture of that region expected for announcement within hours.

Jan 20 07:29

Secret 1983 CIA intelligence report suggested America should encourage Saddam Hussein to attack Syria to secure oil pipeline to Med and Gulf 

America urged Saddam Hussein to attack Hafez al-Assad's Syria because of the closure of Iraq's oil pipeline, a secret 1983 intelligence report has revealed.

A report, by former senior CIA official Graham Fuller, said the US should consider 'urging Iraq to take the war to Syria', noting that Saddam was 'fighting for his life' in the Iran-Iraq campaign.

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Probably Saddam didn't go along with attacking Syria because the war with Iran had also been "encouraged" by the US Government!

Jan 18 11:04

Peter Van Buren Asks: Would You Have Chelsea Manning’s Courage When Called?

Chelsea will be free in May!

With more than a little irony, while I was in Iraq working for the State Department, Chelsea Manning’s office was across the hall from mine. While I was winning the war by writing emails to the embassy, Manning was across the hall capturing the texts of hundreds of thousands of State Department cables, famously released by Wikileaks, showing that was could never be won.

Jan 17 10:20

IRAQI FORCES ARE CLOSE TO FULL LIBERATION OF EASTERN MOSUL FROM ISIS

Iraqi security forces (ISF), backed up by US-led coalition warplanes and military advisors, have regained more areas from the ISIS terrorist group inside the major Iraqi city of Mosul in the province of Nineveh.

Jan 13 12:39

Dahr Jamail | James Mattis Is a War Criminal: I Experienced His Attack on Fallujah Firsthand

In November 2005 US marines in Iraq committed a massacre of 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians. The slaughtering of unarmed men, women, children and elderly people, shot multiple times at close range, was retribution for a roadside bomb attack on a convoy of marines. The war crimes were extremely well documented and the atrocity garnered international attention.

Mattis went on to dismiss all of the charges leveled against the marines who had been accused of killing the civilians and of the eight originally charged, only one still faces possible prosecution, but one can guess how that will end up.
Mattis was the head of Camp Pendleton's 1st Marine Division in Iraq and played a lead role during both of the US sieges of Fallujah in 2004.
While reporting from inside Fallujah during that siege, I personally witnessed women, children, elderly people and ambulances being targeted by US snipers under Mattis' command. Needless to say, all of these are war crimes.

Jan 13 01:21

MILITARY SITUATION IN IRAQ ON JANUARY 12, 2017 (MAP UPDATE)

The map provides a general look at the military situation in Iraq on January 12, 2017.

Jan 12 13:10

Obama’s ‘Farewell To Arms’ As War Presidency Ends

Self-declared liberal Americans consider Bush to be a warmongering disaster, yet somehow they hail Obama as some kind of progressive «peace president».

Eight straight years of warmongering come to an end as US President Barack Obama bows out with his «farewell to the nation» speech this week, as fawning American media dubbed his valediction.

In reality, Obama’s outgoing address should have been billed as a «farewell to arms» made by arguably one of the most belligerent presidents to ever have occupied the White House.

Only in exceptionally delusional America could such a pernicious paradox be presented as something honorable and sentimental.

Jan 12 07:23

U.S. Dept. of Defense Announces It Is Still Killing People In Syria, As Of Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The sad thing is that they are killing the innocents, and admittedly funding and arming the terrorists, as has been admitted and everyone knows! How can we reign in our criminal government?

Jan 11 23:19

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia

There you have it, over and over again: Divide and Rule, to counteract the unruly “threats”.

That will be the key story to follow further on down the (New Silk) roads.

Yeats memorably wrote that, “mirror on mirror mirrored is all the show.” Yet the show always must go on — dalangs East and West let loose in deep niskala.

Welcome to the 21st century Tournament of Shadows.

Jan 11 15:44

Obama Covered Up Years Of US Navy Seal Team 6 War Crimes

Obama's legacy will be forever tainted the Intercept reveals years of war crimes committed by the U.S. Navy Seals, including one the whole world knew he witnessed live, yet covered it up.

Jan 11 11:22

Gazprom Neft to increase oil extraction in Kurdistan despite ISIS threat

Despite the fact that ISIS terrorists operate in close vicinity to some oilfields of Iraqi Kurdistan, Russia’s oil giant Gazprom Neft plans to increase production at the three fields it operates in the region...

Jan 10 16:56

I Appreciate Peshmerga & Iraqi Govt Efforts To Ensure Safety Of Mosul Civilians – ICRC President

The Red Cross reports that over 25000 people have been forced to take shelter at a refugee camp, after being displaced by the conflict in Mosul, Iraq.

Jan 10 08:52

Israeli cable admits that, like the US, they had no evidence of Iraq WMDs

In a diplomatic cable from Tel Aviv, dated April 6, 2005 (05TELAVIV2125_a), Israeli officials professed that they had ‘no evidence’ of Saddam Hussein developing WMDs, and that the Iraqi regime ‘would never support al-Qaeda’ or ‘jihad’.

Israel, generally considered to be one of the US’ closest military allies in the ‘war against terror’, therefore secretly maintained an intelligence-rooted position that directly contradicted the stated assertions of the War in Iraq – that Hussein harbored members of Al-Qaedi and was in possession of WMDs.

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Jan 10 08:42

IRAQI SECURITY FORCES RAPIDLY GAINING GROUND IN EASTERN MOSUL

On January 9, Iraqi security forces (ISF) took control of the al-Baladiyat district of Mosul and announced the liberation of Domiz.

Separately, ISF units entered the district of Sukkar after a series of firefights with ISIS units in the area. Yarmjah, Mazari, and Palestine districts remained conten[d]ed areas between ISF and ISIS.

Pro-government sources claimed that ISF had destroyed some 5 car bombs and killed over 40 ISIS members in the clashes.

Jan 09 09:26

How the US Deliberately Destroyed Iraq’s Water Supply, And Now Syria…

This incisive and carefully documented article by Prof. Thomas Nagy was first published by Global Research in September 2001.

It confirms the criminal nature of US intervention.

A similar and comparable operation in Syria has now been launched by using US supported Al Qaeda “opposition rebels”, with the help of the White Helmets to undermine and destroy the system of water supply in Damascus; this issue has been casually ignored by the Western media and the self proclaimed “international community”.

While, the modus operandi in the case of Syria differs from that described by Prof. Nagy, it nonetheless confirms a pattern. In Syria, this diabolical operation carried out by US backed terrorists, constitutes the ultimate crime against humanity.

Jan 08 12:21

TURKEY TO WITHDRAW UNAUTHORIZED TROOPS FROM BASHIQA CAMP IN IRAQ

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi announced on January 8 that Ankara and Baghdad had reached an agreement over an Iraqi demand that Turkish forces withdraw from the Bashiqa camp near the ISIS-held city Mosul in northern Iraq. Iraqi state media did not provide further details about the agreement, but reports said Turkey had pledged to “respect the sovereignty of Iraq” and that both countries agreed not to interfere in each other’s domestic affairs. In 2016, Turkey deployed about 500 troops to the Bashiqa camp near Mosul without an authorization from the Iraqi government, arguing that the move is aimed to prevent potential attacks by ISIS and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant groups. Baghdad has repeatedly urged Turkey to withdraw its forces since then.

Jan 08 10:11

At Least 27 Civilians Killed by US Coalition Warplanes in Iraq's Mosul

US-led coalition warplanes killed 27 civilians in airstrikes in Iraq’s Mosul city, an Iraqi doctor said. Dr. Ahmed Raid al-Hamadani, an official with Mosul operations' mobile hospitals unit said according to eyewitnesses' accounts, a civilian convey of 10 vehicles was targeted by US-led coalition forces in Eastern part of Mosul, where ISIL has no connection, Anadolu reported. Al-Hamadani said at least 15 people were killed in the attack. In a separate operation, US-led coalition planes also hit Ibn al-Haysum, a civilian residential neighborhood in Southeastern Mosul, killing 12 civilians, including women and children, he added. The coalition operation command did not make any official statement regarding the allegations.

Jan 08 10:09

Iraq's Military Troops Reach Tigris River in Mosul

Iraq's counterterrorism forces advanced further inside the center of the city of Mosul and managed to reach the Eastern bank of the Tigris River on Sunday for the first time, a military spokesman said. "The counterterrorism forces pushed back the ISIL terrorists from a bridge over the river," the Arabic-language media quoted Iraq's counterterrorism department spokesman Sabah al-Nauman as saying on Sunday. The ISIL terrorists sustained heavy losses and casualties in tough battle with the Iraqi forces. In a relevant development earlier on Sunday, the Iraqi counterterrorism forces reached the surrounding areas of the University of Mosul, North of the left coast of the Iraqi Northern city.

Jan 07 10:34

BREAKING: Turkey agrees to withdraw its troops illegally stationed in Iraq

Following the announcement of a meeting between Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the two counterparts have agreed for the total withdrawal of all Turkish soldiers illegally stationed in the Bashiqa region near Mosul.

Iraqi television quoted al-Abadi confirming an agreement reached with Turkey on the withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq.

Jan 06 11:25

The Same Officials Who Pushed the Iraq War Are Now Stirring Up Anti-Russia Hysteria

The main U.S. intelligence official pushing claims that Russia hacked the Democratic party is James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence.

But Clapper was responsible for a lot of the bogus intelligence which led to the Iraq war. Newsweek reported in 2010:

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Jan 05 14:32

US-Led Military Coalition Increases Number Of Advisers In Iraq: Official

The US-led military coalition in Iraq has doubled the number of its military personnel in Iraq as parts of the country’s second largest city, Mosul, still remain under the control of Daesh Takfiri terrorists,

There are now roughly 450 military advisers, said US Air Force Colonel John Dorrian in Baghdad, while speaking to reporters at the Pentagon.

Jan 04 12:49

What Will Baghdad Face In 2017?

Being stuck in traffic is daily fare in Baghdad. While checkpoints have been dramatically reduced in recent times, and the number of concrete walls appear markedly decreased, traffic jams still defy description. It doesn’t help in the least that everyone is leaning on their horns.

Jan 04 11:04

Video: US-Led Coalition Admits Killing Almost 200 Civilians In Syria & Iraq

The US-led coalition has admitted to “unintentionally” killing at least 188 civilians in Syria and Iraq since 2014 when the airstrikes against Islamic State began.

Jan 04 08:12

Liberate the Whistleblowers Now

The only test to determine if one qualifies for heroic whistleblower status is whether or not more people were affected positively than negatively.

The Founding Fathers knew exactly the heroism and personal self-sacrifice of those who gave up their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for the sake of freedom for all.

Jan 02 17:28

2016: The Year of Russia’s Triumph – The Saker

2016 has been a fantastic year for Russia. Putin’s policy of slow, low-key and deliberate move and counter-move has proven to be extremely effective.

Just like European maps place Europe in the center of the planet, so do most western commentators look at the past year from a US/Europe-centered perspective. Which is fair enough. Furthermore, the AngloZionist Empire has just suffered two major disasters, the Brexit and the election of Trump.

The credit for the election of Donald Trump goes first and foremost to the American people to whom I sincerely believe the entire planet owe a heartfelt and loud “THANK YOU!!!!!”.

Not only did the British people defy the Empire and vote for a Brexit, but now the Imperial Homeland has “backstabbed” them by electing a patriot who is not interested in maintaining the global empire (or so he says, at least for the time being).

Jan 02 09:04

Putin’s Bear to Obama’s Turkey

Putin's stoic statesmanship speaks for itself.

Not for the first time, the contrast in character between Putin and Obama was illustrated in the latest diplomatic spat over alleged Russian hacking.

For one thing, Putin’s gracious magnanimity always in the face of American provocations shows the Russian leader to be a fine statesman and human being; whereas Obama looks like a pathetic, cheap nonentity.

President Putin made a surprise attack:

He said that his government would not take retaliatory measures. Indeed, he went further by offering seasonal goodwill greetings to President Obama, his family and the people of America, as well as repeating invitations to the children of accredited US diplomats in Russia to festivities being held at the Kremlin.

Jan 02 08:58

Russia Delays Retaliation – Trump: “Great Move” By “Very Smart” Putin – Special Report

The bad losers Democrats are STILL shell shocked about the fact that they lost and are throwing a temper tantrum, trying to cloud President-elect Trump’s incoming policies.

The Truth is that the US as a nation need to now move past the NeoCon era, the warmonger era...

Jan 01 11:08

What is Henry Kissinger Up To? — Paul Craig Roberts

Until Trump relegates 'the neocons' to the ideological backwaters, Russia and China had best hold on to their strategic alliance.

Kissinger, an old cold warrior, is working to use Trump’s commitment to better relations with Russia in order to separate Russia from its strategic alliance with China.

China’s military buildup is a response to US provocations against China and US claims to the South China Sea as an area of US national interests. China does not intend to attack the US and certainly not Russia.

Jan 01 10:51

Back to the Future: From the USSR to the Eurasian Century

Get ready, because the thick of the action starts now.

The 2008 casino capitalism-provoked financial crisis, plus the American “resolve” to remake the so-called Greater Middle East through wars of choice, regime change and covert ops miserably failed.

As we wait for the dawn of the Trump era – an almost intergalactic geopolitical question mark – what’s certain is that the War Party US deep state won’t admit defeat. And the key geopolitical riddle to be answered is how strident internal American tensions will deal with the hub of progressive Eurasia integration: Russia, China and Iran.

Dec 31 07:58

Majority Are Still Falling for Fake News

A new poll from YouGov shows that most Americans still believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction at the start of the Iraq war:

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The vote is very close, and depending on the sample size, could be within the margin of error. I see the fact that almost half of Americans know there were no WMDs in Iraq as a victory!

Dec 30 16:26

Civilian Casualties Possible In US-Led Strike On Iraq Hospital: Pentagon

Scores of civilians are believed to have lost their lives when the so-called US-led coalition carried out an airstrike against purported positions of the Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Iraq’s troubled northern province of Nineveh.

Dec 30 10:07

ACLU & CAIR Use Cville Spokesman to Claim War on Iraq Was for Bill of Rights

Are you old enough to remember when liberal groups openly admitted that the war on Iraq was illegal and fraudulent, based on oil and profit and sadism?

Well, can you recall when the proponents of the war claimed it was a defense against nonexistent ties to terrorists and nonexistent weapons?

Even if you've wiped those memories, let me assure you, NOBODY ever claimed that attacking and destroying Iraq was necessary to protect civil liberties in the United States (which have been seriously eroded during the course of the war).

Yet, in recent months the generic defense of murdering large numbers of people far away has taken over as the explanation for the war on Iraq.

The ACLU on Friday used the voice of my fellow Charlottesvillian Khizr Khan to claim that attacking Iraq was done "in defense of our country's ideals."

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Dec 30 07:13

BREAKING: OBAMA MAKES DEAL WITH SAUDI ARABIA TO ALLOW THEIR ISIS SOLDIERS TO RETREAT TO SAFETY

In September 2014, the then Director of the US National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Matthew Olsen, said Islamic State controlled an area similar in size to the United Kingdom, or about 210,000 square kilometers (81,000 sq. miles).

A year later, the U.S Department of Defense (DoD) declared that IS frontlines in much of northern and central Iraq and northern Syria had been pushed back significantly by U.S led air strikes and ground operations. The DoD estimated that IS had lost approximately 30-37% of what it controlled in August 2014, and 5-10% in Syria.

Even at that point, critics accused America of not telling the truth about their attacks on IS. Some suggested that Obama might be deliberately hindering the efforts because of his relationship with the terror organization.

Dec 29 08:53

US Troops to Deploy Near Mosul Frontline, Trying to Revive Stalled Offensive

US military officials have announced that Iraqi forces will soon resume their offensive against Daesh in the jihadists’ Mosul stronghold, as part of new US troop deployments to the area.

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I've lost count of how many times the US Government and corporate media told us there would be no more boots on the ground ... followed by boots on the ground.

Dec 28 11:00

'It would be worse than a nuclear bomb': Allied troops and ISIS battle for collapsing Mosul Dam that would send 45-foot tidal wave hundreds of miles and kill 1.5MILLION people if it breaches

Allied troops and ISIS are set to battle for a collapsing dam that would spew nearly 600 times the water of the River Thames onto Mosul if it breaches.

Engineers from an Italian company have been tasked with fixing the Mosul Dam's foundations to stop more than 11 trillion litres of water (11.11 billion cubic metres) from flooding Mosul.

Experts are warning their work could be in vain, and should the catastrophe happen, it is estimated 1.5 million people could be killed by the floods in an impact described as 'worse than a nuclear bomb'.

Dec 27 10:34

CBS Reveals The True Origin of ISIS

CBS news reports on the true origin ISIS and how “direct” action funded and armed the terrorists rebels in Syria to launch a 30 year war.

Dec 26 12:28

The Good That Trump Could Do – Robert Parry

Trump Challenge

Can Trump withstand the barrage of slings and arrows if he rejects the neocons’ “regime change” ambitions?

Eight years ago, President Barack Obama had a similar opportunity but chose to accommodate the Establishment and empower the neocons and liberal hawks...

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 26 07:25

Obama Just Positioned Israel and Entire Middle East For a Horribly Bloody War (Video)

Since the day he first took office, Barack Obama has thumbed his nose at virtually every long standing U.S. tradition, upended decades worth of foreign policy decisions that were paid for with the lives of thousands of our nation’s finest as well as trillions of dollars in American taxpayers’ money (back when they all still had jobs), has divided this country in a way unlike anything I’ve seen during my 40 years on this planet, and he’s done all of it with the full support of a grossly corrupt and dishonest mainstream media that didn’t tell Americans the truth about virtually any of it.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 22 14:17

NATO Ramps Up Ukraine War After Defeat in Syria

The timing of the large-scale attacks on Donbas comes just as the US and its NATO allies incur a strategic setback in their covert war for regime change in Syria.

A surge in military attacks this week by NATO-backed Kiev regime forces on the breakaway eastern Ukraine regions is no mere coincidence.

It is the reaction to events in Syria by the US-led military alliance in its hybrid warfare against Russia.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 22 13:36

The Real Saboteurs of a Trump Foreign Policy

The real danger may be that a new Trump foreign policy could be hijacked or scuttled by anti-Trump Republicans, not only on Capitol Hill but inside the executive branch itself.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sees Russian hacking as a way to put a cloud over the administration before it begins. But it is the uber-hawks hereabouts who are after the really big game.

If the War Party can convert this “fake story” into the real story of 2016, then they can scuttle any Trump effort to attain the rapprochement with Russia that Trump promised to try to achieve.

Dec 21 15:04

Video: Mosul Combat Footage: ISIS Clashing With Iraqi Government Troops

Footage released by ISIS purportedly shows Islamic State militants clashing with government troops in Mosul.

Dec 21 14:50

In Case You Blinked: 2 Yale, 1 Harvard Alum Dispatch George W. Bush's War Crime Trial In 32 Minutes

In case you missed it, nine days ago three ivy-league black-robed villains dispatched the matter of George W. Bush's and company's war crimes in a mere 32 minutes. The federal civil lawsuit Saleh v. Bush is brought by an Iraqi woman, Sundus Shaker Saleh, against former President George W. Bush as well as Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. The case was heard in San Francisco's Ninth Circuit Court on Dec. 12th. The three-judge appellate panel was comprised of Judges Andrew David Hurwitz, a 69-year-old Yale grad and Obama apointee; Susan P. Graber, a 67-year-old Yale Law School grad and Bill Clinton appointee; and Richard Franklin Boulware II, a 48-year-old black Harvard Law School grad who was also appointed by Obama.

Dec 21 10:08

CIA Analyst Who Interrogated Saddam Hussein Just Blew the Lid Off the US ‘Official Story’

On the topic of Bush’s elusive weapons of mass destruction — the ostensible impetus for invading Iraq — Hussein told Nixon and the CIA interrogators:
“Iraq is not a terrorist nation. We did not have a relationship with (Osama) bin Laden, and did not have weapons of mass destruction… and were not a threat to our neighbours. But the American President [George W Bush] said Iraq wanted to attack his daddy and said we had ‘weapons of mass destruction.’”

Asked if he had entertained the idea of using these WMDs on a preemptive basis against U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia, he replied, “We never thought about using weapons of mass destruction. It was not discussed. Use chemical weapons against the world? Is there anyone with full faculties who would do this? Who would use these weapons when they had not been used against us?”

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See THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY.

And keep in mind that every time George W. Bush told another lie, the corporate media echoed it without question, and now have the gall to point fingers at us and say we are the fake news!

Dec 20 06:38

Iraqis demand barring dual nationals from top official posts

Dual nationality was banned in Iraq until the 2003 American-led invasion, when the US Occupation Authority issued a decree allowing it. Three years later, an Iraqi law replaced it, affirming the principle of multiplicity of nationalities while preventing Iraqis holding dual citi­zenship from attaining positions of “sovereign or high security”.

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We need that here!

Dec 19 12:08

Scott Adams: Persuasian and ISIS

Experts say ISIS can’t be beaten by military means alone. You have to get to the “deep” causes. Here are two experts saying just that, including a former head of the CIA. The problem is that observers seem to have different ideas of what is at the root of it all.

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