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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.

Dec 18 16:32

Neocon Panic and Agony – THE SAKER

This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a “deep state vs The People of the USA” issue.

There are clear signs that the Neocons running the AngloZionist Empire and its “deep state” are in a state of near panic and their actions indicate they are truly terrified.

On the home front, the Neocons have resorted to every possible dirty trick on the book to try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the White House
Most experts agree that none of these tactics are going to work. So this begs the question of whether the Neocons are stupid, whether they think that they can succeed or what their true objective is.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

Dec 18 08:38

‘Russia Card’ Vendetta

Hack or Leak ?

When it comes to American politics specifically and European politics in general, there is nothing like playing the Russia card. If there is something wrong or there is something you don’t like, simply blame Vladimir Putin.That is exactly what the CIA is doing.

CrossTalking with Former Intelligence Analyst Ray McGovern, Former CIA Philip Giraldi, and James Jatras

http://mycatbirdseat.com/2016/12/russia-card-vendetta/

Dec 18 08:32

From ‘Fake News’ to ‘Fake Intelligence’ – Wayne Madsen

The real headlines should read: «CIA interfered in presidential election by supporting Clinton over Trump».

Never in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency has it and its surrogates so blatantly and boldly interfered in a U.S. election.

The U.S. media, in a matter of hours, altered course from concentrating on «fake news» about innocent pizzerias being linked to child sexual exploitation to spotlighting «fake intelligence» about Russia’s alleged cyber-espionage operation designed to elect Donald Trump president. The CIA leaked to The Washington Post, the owner of which has a $600 million contract with the CIA to provide cloud computing, findings of a secret report on Russia’s alleged «fixing» of the 2016 U.S. presidential election to favor Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Dec 17 16:20

Trump’s people ignore Electoral College threat at their electoral peril

We'll see in a few days how the Electoral College gambit (Hillary's "Plan D" - the first three being rig the election [A], recounts [B] and Russia [C], all failed) plays out.

Anyone who has access to the Trump transition team needs to get one clear message through to them. This is, that the 2016 election is NOT YET over, and Trump could find himself on the evening of December 19th with the new President-elect, Hillary Clinton, having a majority of the votes in the Electoral College which votes that day; or having the election sent to the US House of Representative for the outcome to be determined, as happened in 1800, 1824 and 1876 (for different reasons).

Dec 15 16:22

Forever War: Obama Pulled Troops From Iraq 5 Years Ago, But US Military Now Poised To Remain

In December 2011, President Barack Obama pulled all remaining US troops from Iraq pursuant to an agreement signed by his predecessor. Yet a new phase of America’s military stewardship of Iraq began in 2014 and may remain for years to come.

Dec 15 07:30

THE ULTIMATE “FAKE NEWS” LIST

Isn’t it ironic how the mainstream media has the nerve to lecture everyone else about “fake news” when they are the primary source of fake news on a consistent basis stretching back years?

Fake news stories and fake narratives put out by the mainstream media have resulted in deaths, destruction and people’s lives being ruined.

The most harmful fake news is routinely published by the mainstream media.

They are the main progenitors of fake news.

Dec 14 10:33

Turkey builds 89 new military outposts on Syria, Iraq border

Turkey has built 89 new military outposts on its Syria and Iraq borders as part of efforts to strengthen the country's border security.

According to security sources, Turkey already completed the construction of a 287-kilometer (178-mile) concrete wall along the border with Syria. The wall will maintain security across the Turkish border. Construction efforts of the remaining 538 kilometers of the concrete wall are ongoing.

Turkey shares a 900-kilometer border with Syria, which has been embroiled in a civil war since 2011, and so far 66 new military outposts on the Turkey-Syria border have been constructed.

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My speculation on this is that Turkey is building these outposts as points of power from which to "nibble" at both Iraqi and Syrian territories, and prevent the solid establishment of an independent, functional Kurdistan state in either Iraq or Syria.

Dec 14 03:21

Israel’s Minister Of Defense Outlines Plan To Divide Syria & Iraq

A call to divide Syria and Iraq by Israel’s minister defense minister helps make it clearer to understand why there are ‘civil wars’ taking place there…

Dec 13 15:52

UK’s £22mn Payouts To Iraqis Over Military Abuse Now Under Scrutiny

Payouts over the abuse and detention of Iraqi nationals by the British military adding up to more than £22 million (US$27.5 million) are now under fire after details were obtained by the press.

The Daily Mail, which saw documents relating to previous payouts, says that many of the cases were settled because of European human rights law.

Dec 12 23:12

Exclusive Interview with President-elect Donald Trump Dec 11 2016

The Trump Wave – Chris Wallace with President-elect Donald Trump

When asked why would the CIA put out the story that the Russians wanted you to win, Trump said I don’t think it is the CIA, I think it is the Democrat’s,because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics.

I am open-minded… I’m somebody that gets it…other countries are eating our lunch…the great American people have been forgotten…millions of people have given up looking for work… I understand our country – Donald J Trump

Dec 12 13:22

Obama Out Not With a Bang, But a Whimp

The whimpering Obama administration is not over yet. Expect more sensational CIA exploits; more demonization of Russia; more weaponizing of “moderate” Syrian “rebels”; and even the odd false flag.

Clinton’s campaign – fully supported by President Obama — spent a whopping $1.2 billion and floundered ignominiously at the US presidential election. So Obama decided that the consolation “prize” is to order the “intelligence community” – a contradiction in terms – to conduct a “full review” of how the evil Russians handed out the Big Prize to Donald Trump.

Dec 12 13:16

Stop the CIA Coup – The Deep State versus Donald Trump

The CIA is up to its old tricks: overthrowing a democratically elected government. Only this time it’s our government.

“The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal US assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior US official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.” [emphasis added]

Dec 12 11:17

George W. Bush Is Beng Sued For War Crimes! LIVE COVERAGE CALIFORNIA''S 9th Circuit

This case was dismissed in 2014 but the appeal is being heard today. The oral argument will be live streamed and recorded on the Ninth Circuit's YouTube channel, permitting members of the public to watch the argument.
The Court's calendar commences at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on December 12th; the case will likely be heard later in the morning, as it is last on the Court's calendar. UPDATE: I watched the 32-minute hearing live & did a write-up on the proceedings. Wow, 32 minutes is all our 'justice system' grants for a war with untold millions of deaths and consequences of Biblical proportions. Amazing.

Dec 11 10:45

US airstrike in Mosul leaves 90 Iraqi troopers dead: Report

At least 90 Iraqi soldiers have lost their lives when fighter jets from the United States Air Force (USAF) mistakenly struck their position in Mosul as government forces and allied fighters are trying to flush Daesh terrorists out of the strategic northern city.

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"Our bad! Criminy; I don't know how this keeps happening! We honestly thought those were ISIS fighters when we dropped those bombs. Our pilots really have terrible eyesight, you know. It's a major recruiting problem for us!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 11 10:16

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

Then there was the claim about the "Mobile biological weapons laboratories". Proffered in the absence of any real laboratories in the wake of the invasion, photos of these trailers were shown on all the US Mainstream Media, with the claim they while seeming to lack anything suggesting biological processing, these were part of a much larger assembly of multiple trailers that churned out biological weapons of mass destruction.

The chief proponent of this hoax was Colin Powell, who presented illustrations such as this one to the United Nations on February 5th, 2003.

This claim fell apart when it was revealed that these trailers were nothing more than hydrogen gas generators used to inflate weather balloons. This fact was already known to both the US and UK, as a British company manufactured the units and sold them to Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As long as we are in a war between Corporate Media and Independent Media over who really is the "Fake News", it is time to remind everyone of this whopper that started a war and got a lot of people killed, including Iraqis tortured to death by the US!

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Dec 10 00:44

Rolling Back the Empire: Washington’s Proxy-Army Faces Decisive Defeat in Aleppo

It appears that the battle of Aleppo is about to end and the Syrian Army is on the “verge of total victory.”

Syrian Army helicopters dropped leaflets on parts of eastern Aleppo on Sunday warning anti-government fighters to surrender while they still had the chance. Hundreds of jihadists have already laid down their weapons and surrendered while a hardline corps of deadenders continue to fend off the rapidly advancing army.

Dec 08 09:51

NYT, WAPO FAKE NEWS STILL BRINGING REAL GUNS TO IRAQ, KILLING THOUSANDS

Fake news propagated by the US government and collaborating organizations such as the New York Times and Washington Post helped create an environment in which the US was able to illegally invade Iraq in 2003, killing at least one million and possibly upwards of two million people, including the deaths of some 4,500 US soldiers, according to a meta-study by Nobel-winning Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Just this November, nearly 6,000 people were killed in Iraq thanks to the conflicts that are still raging due to the invasion (which is ongoing), and it was not an atypical month – even more were killed in October.

Regarding the fake news that laid the groundwork for the US war of aggression, award-winning journalist Robert Parry notes that, for example, Judith Miller of NYT and Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt “repeatedly stated the ‘fact’ of Iraq’s hidden WMD as flat fact and mocked anyone who doubted the ‘group think.'”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fake news from the presstitutes which generates wars and death should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of US law.

Dec 07 15:38

UK’s Deceitful Ideologue Should Be Tried For Iraq War Crimes: Expert

Tony Blair is “a deceitful and manipulative ideologue,” who should be tried for war crimes over his role in the 2003 Iraq war and for deceiving a naive British public, but instead he is discussing the threat of political uprising in the West, an international lawyer and political analyst says.

Dec 07 12:43

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 07 07:57

Breaking: George W. Bush on Trial? Saleh v. Bush in California Court on Charges of “Crimes of Aggression” Against Iraq

Saleh v. Bush involves claims by an Iraqi woman, Sundus Shaker Saleh, that former President George W. Bush and other high ranking Bush-era officials broke the law when they planned and waged the Iraq War.

Saleh alleges that former Bush Administration leaders committed the crime of aggression when they planned and executed the Iraq War, a war crime that was called the “supreme international crime” at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946.

Saleh is appealing the immunity provided to the Defendants by the district court in December 2014.

Dec 06 13:01

Iranophobes on Parade – Philip Giraldi

Will Iran be the target of the Trump regime?

Hopefully someone will convince Donald Trump that the real answer to eliminating the “Iranian threat” is not war.

One of the most discouraging aspects of the filling out of the Donald Trump cabinet is the array of Iran haters that seem to be lining up in the foreign policy and national security areas.Trump has been personally advocating sensible policies relating to Russia and Syria but he appears to have gone off the rails regarding Iran, which just might be attributed to those who are giving him advice.

Dec 05 15:15

US, Allies Should Stay In Iraq, Even After Daesh’s Defeat: Carter

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter says that American military forces and other foreign troops need to remain in Iraq, even if the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group is defeated.

Dec 05 09:58

UN Agrees to Stop Reporting Iraqi Casualties After Military Complains

Following complaints from the Iraqi government, the United Nations has agreed to stop recording casualty figures for the ISIS war in Iraq, meaning that November’s report of 1,959 deaths among Iraqi security forces will be the last deaths you’ll be hearing about from them.

Iraqi Army officials claimed the figure was an “exaggeration,” though they’ve offered no death tolls of their own for the fighting. They further accused the UN report of hurting morale by making the death toll known.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, the UN numbers about Iraqi military casualties in November are correct, that's... a very large number of losses.

Dec 05 09:53

Sec Def: US Must Stay in Iraq After ISIS War

For a war which President Obama promised would involve “no boots on the ground,” the ISIS war in Iraq has involved a substantial deployment of ground troops, some 6,000 by most reckonings. Even as officials present ISIS as nearly defeated in Iraq, the US military presence looks to be more or less permanent.

That was the message from Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who insisted that ISIS was heading for “lasting defeat,” but that the US and the rest of its coalition need to keep their troops engaged militarily in Iraq even after this, presenting this as a “sustained” operation.

Carter’s talk of an “enduring presence” in Iraq appears to be in keeping with a lot of officials in the Obama Administration, though with just a month left in office the decision on US troop levels “post-ISIS” will be left to President-elect Donald Trump.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A permanent US presence in Iraq?!?

Hey, I think that will go just as "swimmingly" as is the current US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan....some 15 years on!!!

Dec 03 04:21

ISIS MOVING HEAVY FIGHTING EQUIPMENT FROM IRAQ TO SYRIA

Reports have emerged that ISIS started withdrawing their heavy military equipment from from the towns of al-Qa’im, Rawah and Anah in Iraq’s Anbar province, to the Syrian desert city of Raqqa, which is also the terrorist groups defacto capital. Much of the equipment is rocket launchers, battle tanks and armored vehicles. This comes at a time when Mosul in Iraq’s Nineveh province is completely cut off from Syria and the terrorist group being battered by Iraqi forces, including the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shi’ite militias.

Dec 02 10:49

Pentagon Again Under-Reports Civilians Killed in Iraq, Syria Airstrikes

The latest in the occasional Pentagon statements on civilian deaths in the air war in Iraq and Syria has claimed 54 civilians slain between March 31 and October 22, continuing the trend of official figures being massively lower than those reported in the media.

This puts the official death toll at 173 civilians for the entire air war, which is far short of estimates from most groups, which put the death toll far higher over the course of the conflict. Amnesty International put the figure at around 300, and others have suggested it was in excess of 500. The Pentagon often declines to investigate reports of civilian deaths, arguing that they are “not credible.”

Even when they do finally manage to get the killings into their reports, the tolls are often dramatically lower than the evidence suggests. A July 18 airstrike north of the Syrian city of Manbij, for instance, was finally included in the report this time around, with “up to 24” killed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More "fake news" sold to you, courtesy of the US government and their presstitutes.

Dec 02 10:47

UN: Iraq Troop Deaths Soar With Mosul Invasion

Between Iraq’s military, militias, and the Kurdish Peshmerga, some 50,000 troops invaded the area around Mosul. The Peshmerga is reporting that they lost a large chunk of fighters by themselves, with 1,600 killed and some 10,000 wounded since late October.

That of course is only a fraction of the overall death toll for the month of November, as some 2,227 ISIS fighters were also killed. Among civilians, the UN only counted 926 killed, but the figure is actually several hundred higher, with the UN continuing to exclude deaths in Anbar from their official figure.

All told, that puts the death toll at 5,719 for Iraq in November, which is roughly in line with October. the November figures show a six-fold increase in Iraqi troop deaths, with ISIS casualties on the decline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These horrific numbers are the "legacy" of President Bush's war and occupation of Iraq.

I have to believe that there is a special place in hell for people who lie to get their countries involved in pre-emptive wars of conquest.

Dec 01 10:59

Trump Ponders Petraeus for Senior Job

The news that President-elect Donald Trump called in disgraced retired Gen. David Petraeus for a job interview as possible Secretary of State tests whether Trump’s experience in hosting “The Celebrity Apprentice” honed his skills for spotting an incompetent phony or not.

Does Trump need more data than the continuing bedlam in Iraq and Afghanistan to understand that one can earn a Princeton PhD by writing erudite-sounding drivel about “counterinsurgency” and still flunk war?

In 2007, Adm. William Fallon, commander of CENTCOM with four decades of active-duty experience behind him, quickly took the measure of Petraeus, who was one of his subordinates while implementing a “surge” of over 30,000 U.S. troops into Iraq.

Nov 28 00:16

The Hidden Communist History of the Neo-Conservatives (“Neo Cons”)

Neo-conservatism fully began to rear its ugly head in the 1990’s when they thoroughly infiltrated the once patriotic and pro-America Republican party.

It is therefore incumbent upon each and every single patriotic American who cares about the future of their country (especially federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutor offices) to immediately begin to identify, isolate, marginalize, investigate, indict, arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate all Neo-Conservatives as an internal and national security threat to the welfare of the United States of America.

Nov 26 10:52

The Lie of the 21st Century: How Mainstream Media “Fake News” Led to the U.S. Invasion of Iraq

Just to be clear, there are a number of websites that do spread misinformation including those in the alternative media, but it is fair to say that they never have caused the deaths of millions of people like The New York Times when it comes to U.S. foreign policy. A recent example is the U.S. led war against Iraq in 2003. After the September 11th attacks, the George W. Bush administration made a false accusation that the Iraq government had Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) which led to a U.S. invasion eventually toppling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The U.S. led war turned out to be a calculated plan by The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a neo-conservative think-tank who wrote the secretive blueprint called ‘Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategies, Forces And Resources For A New Century’ to remove Saddam Hussein and the Ba’ath party from power. The blueprint was originally written for the neocon lunatics who served under then-President George W.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the New York Times, aided and abetted by Judith Miller, became the Bush Administration's "Ministry of Propaganda" to "sell" the Iraq war to the American people on a package of lies and disinformation.

And they have the nerve, and effrontery, to label the entire independent media as purveyors of "fake news"?!?!

How bloody dare they, after laying the propaganda groundwork for a war in which over 4,000 Americans, and over half a million Iraqis have died, accuse the independent media of lying, and/or colluding with the Russians?!?

Folks, this is collective desperation on the cusp of madness; they cannot "sell" their poison anymore to a war-weary, and war-skeptical American public, so they are attempting to suppress those voices in the alternative media who ARE telling the truth, the best they can.

And I consider WRH to be in great company with those other sites listed in the WaPo article about alleged "fake news", because I know that the people who run them are people of moral integrity, and clarity.

And thank you, WaPo, for your bellicose, hubristic screed against the truth tellers; it means we are making a difference in the way people and getting their news, and responding to it, and that is the best possible news all of us could be receiving at this critical transition point for this country!!

Nov 24 10:06

Car bomb kills over 80 people south of Iraqi capital

A car bomb has reportedly exploded south of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing more than 80 people, among them Shia pilgrims.

According to security sources, a truck loaded with explosives went off on Thursday at a gas station in the Shomali village in the suburbs of the city of al-Hilla, located 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast of the capital Baghdad and around 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Karbala.

Reports say there have been several Iranian nationals among the victims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is pretty horrific, and just seems to never end, now, in Iraq.

Such incidents rarely happened under Saddam Hussein's watch.

Nov 23 08:29

Berating The POTUS / 'THEN' and now

FLASHBACK 3/14/2003: Dixie Chicks pulled from air after bashing Bush

CNN- DALLAS, Texas (Reuters) -- There are a lot worse things in country music than your wife leaving you or your dog dying. There's stations not playing your music because you done gone and said some things against the president.

Music superstars the Dixie Chicks are finding out that criticizing President Bush's plans for war in Iraq can cost you air play, big time.

Country stations across the United States have pulled the Chicks from playlists following reports that lead singer Natalie Maines said in a concert in London earlier this week that she was "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."

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Nov 22 13:31

Fall and Rise of the Forgotten ‘Deplorables’

We’re in for a few surprises, for better or worse...

As might be anticipated, in the wake of Trump’s historic victory — a win that for all sorts of reasons has shaken the Beltway establishment and beyond to its core, and one that political junkies will be fixating on for years — there’s been much handwringing about how so many folks got the outcome so wrong. All of this has been accompanied by the obligatory hyperventilating and existential angst about what Trump’s election portends for the future.

Nov 22 09:30

Tensions Mount in Northern Iraq, PM Insists Kurds Must Give Seized Territory Back

Since early in the ISIS war, there has been a suspicion that its resolution within Iraq is just going to lead into yet another war, this time between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). The tensions between those sides are already rising even as the fighting over ISIS’ largest city rages.

Iraq has never been entirely comfortable with autonomous, oil-rich Kurdistan, and the KRG leadership has made public their secessionist ambitions, with their leaders saying that outright independence will be discussed as soon as the ISIS fight is over. Yet the biggest source of tension right now is territory.

On paper, KRG territory consists of an area in northern and northeastern Iraq. Yet during the ISIS war, when Iraqi troops were in full retreat, the Kurdish Peshmerga entered the oil rich city of Kirkuk, and declared it part of KRG territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Was this, one has to wonder, the "quid pro quo" of the American government for the Peshmerga's help in fighting ISIS; that in return, they could seize Iraqi territory, and the US government would turn a blind eye to this?!?

It appears that the balkanization of Iraq may well have begun, with this Kurdish move.

As long as the US government controls to whom the oil is sold, and in what denomination, the Kurds most probably have nothing to fear.

Nov 21 09:55

UK’s Iraq War Probe Designed To ‘Avoid Blame,’ Whitehall Memos Reveal – Report

The injury into UK’s involvement in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was designed by the government to avoid allocating blame to individuals and departments, memos obtained under the Freedom of Information Act have reportedly revealed.

The papers were made public thanks to Chris Lamb, an FOI campaigner from Bristol, who had won a two-year court battle for the right to access classified memos by government officials relating to the creation of the Chilcot Inquiry. The memos were penned in the four-week period in May and June 2009, the Observer reported.

Nov 21 08:42

Popular Mobilization Units Complete Encirclement of Mosul (EN Subs)


Following the liberation of Tal Afar Airbase, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have launched an operation to liberate the key town of Tal Afar from the ISIS terrorist group. With the liberation of Tal Afar, ISIS terrorists will be completely cut off from all aid, support and reinforcement from its allies in Syria.

Nov 19 14:45

Iraq Wants Devastating Thermobaric Weapons From UK To Burn ISIS Fighters In Their Mosul Bunkers

The Iraqi military has asked the UK to provide thermobaric missiles, which make the air explode around their targets, in order to dislodge Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) from their positions in the besieged city of Mosul.

Nov 19 08:30

Former US Intelligence Chief Admits Obama Took “Willful Decision” to Support ISIS Rise

If one was only to read mainstream news in the West, you would probably be inculcated with the myth that Islamic State (ISIS) appeared almost out of thin air and many governments in the Western world have been completely shocked by the rise of this terror group. Perhaps you would correctly blame the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq as a major reason why such extreme groups gained power in the region, in addition to blaming certain governments for supposedly marginalizing Sunni’s.

But what most mainstream readers will be miserably ignorant of is the fact that one of the main opposition groups fighting the Bashar al-Assad government in Syria has been ISIS itself, a group that has been trained, funded, aided and armed by NATO countries in collusion with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel (to name a few). This reality has been completely omitted in numerous corporate media publications, once again demonstrating the inept and deceptive nature of mainstream news.

Nov 17 13:51

GIULIANI ON STEALING ARAB OIL: “UNTIL THE WAR IS OVER, ANYTHING IS LEGAL”

Rudy Giuliani may or may not be the next secretary of state. It looks like his business dealings could disqualify him, but you never know. Anything is possible in the District of Criminals.

Nov 12 09:03

Trump & Woolsey: Was There a Bait-and-Switch?

The day after Trump’s election, Woolsey was interviewed by the CBC and asked about U.S. national security priorities. Woolsey responded that it was necessary “to get straight who our friends and adversaries are.” He asserted that “Israel is our friend,” while he called Iran “the world’s leading terrorist state” and insisted that the nuclear agreement with Iran “is so bad it needs to go.” Tehran reached a deal with world powers (including the U.S.) on its nuclear program in July 2015. The Israel lobby has reportedly been trying to undermine the agreement ever since by linking Iran with ISIS terrorism.

Woolsey also called Russia and North Korea “problem states,” and when asked if a new relationship with Russia could be possible under Trump as president, he answered that it “has to be based on Russian performances, not Russian promises,” adding that “Russia’s got to stop conquering its neighbours, like Ukraine.”

Nov 10 10:07

Russian diplomat says humanitarian crisis in Mosul is deteriorating

"People are trying to escape not only form the atrocities committed by the IS members but also from the bombardments by the US-led coalition. Reports on civilianas killed by coalition airstrikes are coming with alarming regularity. There is no sense in denying or hiding these facts. However, our Western, namely American counterparts have been turning a blind eye to the consequences of such actions that could sour the atmosphere in the information field they have been scrupulously creating lately, focusing mainly on Aleppo." Zakharova pointed out that the situation remained extremely tense in the Mosul area.

Nov 10 09:24

US Military Admits It Killed Civilians In Iraq, Syria But Only 119

The United States airstrikes against Daesh Takfiri terrorists have led to death of civilians in Iraq and Syria, the US military admits.

The Pentagon made the announcement on Wednesday, putting the number of civilian casualties at 119, way fewer than the figures posited by monitoring groups.

Nov 10 05:37

US Central Command confirms 119 civilians killed in US airstrikes in Syria & Iraq since 2014

Major Josh Jacques, a spokesman for the US Central Command, said that the US anti-terrorist campaign has led to the deaths of 119 civilians since airstrikes began in 2014, Reuters reported.

Nov 08 14:48

Military Op To Retake Iraq Town Of Bashiqa From ISIS

Video feed showing displaced people at the Hassan Sham camp east of Mosul, as well as the town of Bashiqa 30 kilometers from the city where an offensive began to free the town before daylight, as the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State terrorist group continues.

Nov 08 09:59

Video: Hit List: UK Special Forces To Track & Kill British Citizens In Iraq

British citizens affiliated to jihadist groups in Iraq will be hunted down as part of a new kill or capture strategy, according to senior defense sources.

Nov 08 08:39

16 US servicemen killed, 27 injured in fighting for Iraq’s Mosul — source

"Over the first two weeks of the ground military operation in Mosul, 16 US servicemen were killed and another 27 were injured. Most instances of death and injuries of servicemen represent the result of hitting a landmine, or coming under artillery or mortar shellings," the source said. There were also cases when servicemen died as a result of weak coordination of actions between aviation and special forces units. "For instance, two special forces members died in the airstrike delivered at Mosul’s outskirts by B-52H US aircraft," the source noted. He stressed that over the two weeks since the start of the military operation, the US-led coalition failed to achieve any considerable success in Mosul. "Liberation of Mosul is considered by outgoing Democrats in the White House as a trump card in pre-election political games, where the victory of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is at stake.

Nov 08 06:50

16 US Servicemen Killed, 27 Injured during Fighting near Mosul

Sixteen US servicemen were killed and 27 more injured in the ongoing operation of liberating the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIL militants, a military-diplomatic source in Moscow said.

Nov 07 14:38

Kurds decide to get on US nerves

Falah Bakir, Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (in Iraq) Department of Foreign Relations, reported, that he had asked for military and humanitarian aid while meeting with the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. 'We asked for humanitarian aid to render support to refugees, that came to the Iraqi Kurdistan from other regions of the country, as well as from Syria,' Bakir said. The situation in the Kurdish area of Iraq has reached its critical point. Have they addressed someone else, or just Russia?.. The Iraqi Kurds had great relations with the Soviet Union, at the time Primakov headed the Kurdish direction. Masud Barzani (President of the Kurdish autonomy in Iraq)studied in the USSR. Thus, there are some ties. But any deliveries to the Iraqi Kurdistan require agreement with the central Iraqi government in Baghdad. For the moment it's not quite clear what the Kurds are asking for. It should be noted that there are several US military facilities in Kurdistan.

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Nov 06 12:16

Exclusive VIDEO Iraqi Senior Commander Says Negative Role of US, Saudi in Mosul Operation

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis commander of Iraqi Al Hashd Al Shaabi Forces or Iraqi Mobilization Units (PMU) in an exclusive interview with Al-Alam Channel said: US and Saudi Arabia intelligence organizations supports to ISIS make the Mosul liberation operation long and heavy.

Nov 06 09:04

Kurdish Politician: US Blocking Syrian Army Advances in Raqqa

A senior Kurdish politician blasted the US for impeding ISIL's defeat in Iraq and Syria through its support for Turkish intervention.

Nov 06 08:49

Mosul Offensive: US Drops One Bomb Every Eight Minutes

During the first three days of the ongoing military operation to win the Iraqi city of Mosul back from Daesh control, the coalition carried out airstrikes at a rate of one bomb every eight minutes.

Iraqi security forces, assisted by the US-led coalition, the People's Mobilization Forces (PMF) and Kurdish fighters are currently focused on liberating Mosul, the second largest city in the country and the last bastion of Daesh militants there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The carnage here will be catastrophic.

But hey, it's all about what companies control the flow if Iraqi oil, and the currency in which it will be sold, right?!?

And as reported today at TASS.com:

The operation against Islamic State terrorists conducted by the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq’s Mosul in conditions of absolute information blockade has tuned into a medieval massacre, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday. "The operation is being conducted in conditions of absolute information blockade as the coalition provides no reliable information about what is going on there. It is absolutely not clear whether the coalition forces are advancing or retreating, how efficient their tactic is, what are their losses, how many sorties were flown and by whom," she wrote on her Facebook account. Civilians, according to Zakharova, are dying from the actions of both militants and the coalition forces confronting them making a "medieval massacre" of the anti-terrorist operation. The situation is worsened by the lack of systemic approach to evacuation of civilians. "It has turned out that no comprehensive plan for the evacuation of civilians has been elaborated. Nothing like humanitarian corridors has been provided," she stressed. A ground operation to liberate Mosul from terrorists of Islamic State began on October 17. It involves the Iraqi troops, Kurdish units and the US-led coalition. Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city with a population of 1.3 million, has been controlled by Islamic State (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) for over two years. According to the Iraqi military, from 5,000 to 6,000 militants are holding the city. On October 31, Iraqi’s forces began assaulting the city. More: http://tass.com/politics/910662

And for the US government, money justifies massacre every time, right?!?

Nov 04 13:59

1,700 SOLDIERS FROM FORT BRAGG WILL DEPLOY TO IRAQ

The Pentagon announced Thursday afternoon that 1,700 Fort Bragg soldiers will head to Iraq.

The commander said the deployment of the 182nd Airborne soldiers will take place at the end of this year.

There is no word yet on what their role will be.

Iraq is currently in a fight with ISIS to re-take the city of Mosul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The attack against ISIS in Mosul has stalled, and it would appear to me that 1700 troops will be dispatched to attempt to end the stalemate.

As reported at politico.com on august 1st of this year:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/iraq-offensive-2016-mosul... Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook">Senior military officers say the city in northern Iraq, which has been under Islamic State control since June 2014, will be enveloped in a complex pincer movement from Iraqi military forces battling their way into the city from the southeast and Kurdish units storming the city from the northwest. The military offensive, months in the planning, is now tentatively scheduled to begin sometime in early October, with a final battle for Mosul coming at the end of that month. If Mosul is retaken, it would both mark a major political triumph for Barack Obama and likely benefit his party’s nominee at the polls, Hillary Clinton, undercutting Republican claims that the Obama administration has failed to take off the gloves against the Islamic State. Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/iraq-offensive-2016-mosul... Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook

Well, that sure as heck didn't happen!!

Nov 04 13:43

Iraq PM Threatens War Over Turkey’s Military Buildup

In comments broadcast on Iraqi state television, Prime Minister Hayder Abadi confirmed that his nation is “ready” for a full-scale military confrontation with neighboring Turkey, insisting Iraq doesn’t necessarily want war, but is prepared to deal with Turkey “as an enemy.”

The comments come just over a day after Turkey began massing tanks and artillery along the Iraqi border, which Turkish defense officials insisted were simply aimed to prepare for potential “developments in the region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get nasty, very quickly.

Right now, the Iraqi army cannot even get ISIS out of Mosul; how can it possibly engage positively with highly trained Turkish soldiers?!?

And apparently, the US government is impotent to stop this. Or, perhaps, a Turkish invasion of Iraq might be a way that the US government is planning to balkanise the country.

Nov 04 07:37

US hypocrisy: Bombing of Aleppo is no worse than what happened in Gaza and Iraq

Certainly the civilian death toll from the bombing and shelling in Aleppo has been high, and many of the strikes may not be all that dissimilar from the major US bombing campaign in Iraq in 2003, nor as indiscriminate as Israel’s recent campaigns in densely populated cities.

Nov 04 07:35

Iraqi forces retake six neighborhoods in E. Mosul

Iraqi forces have retaken six neighborhoods from the Daesh terrorist group in eastern Mosul, army sources said Friday.

According to Abdulamir Rashid Yarullah, head of the army’s Nineveh Operations Command, Iraqi counter-terrorism forces recaptured the districts of Al-Malayin, Al-Samah, Al-Khazra, Kirkukli, Al-Quds and Al-Karama.

In a statement, the commander noted that Iraqi national flags had been raised over government buildings in recaptured areas.

Nov 03 15:35

‘Hounded’ Soldiers Launch Legal Challenge Against UK Military Over Iraq Abuse Claims

War veterans who claim they have been hounded over allegations of abuse have launched their own legal challenge against the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The case is being brought on the basis that the soldiers, many of whom have faced intense investigation from the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), were not properly trained to deal with prisoners captured in Iraq.

Nov 03 13:04

Blair Went ‘Beyond The Facts’ & Damaged UK Politics When Advocating For Iraq Invasion – Chilcot

Former British PM Tony Blair resorted to rhetoric unsupported by any compelling evidence when he promoted the Iraq invasion to his cabinet and the British people, eroding public trust and inflicting long-term damage on UK politics, Sir John Chilcot said.

The author of the 2.6-million-word inquiry into the UK’s involvement into the US-led invasion in Iraq in 2003, Chilcot told the House of Commons Liaison Committee on Wednesday that he could “only imagine” how much time it would take to repair the trust of the UK public in politics damaged by Tony Blair, who manipulated public opinion and his own cabinet by strong words into invading Iraq, rather than presenting hard evidence.

Nov 02 15:35

Britain Had Zero Influence On US-Led Iraq War, Admits Top UK Diplomat

Despite wishing to appear as America’s top ally, Britain exerted no influence whatsoever over US aims in Iraq and merely ended up being a “second class” partner with no say in planning or policymaking, according to one of the UK’s most senior diplomats.

Nov 02 12:10

IRAQIS IN MOSUL FIND US MISSILES AT CAPTURED ISLAMIC STATE BASE

The Iraqis found missiles at an Islamic State base in Mosul stamped with USA and DOD. The discovery did not warrant a headline on CNN or The New York Times. "Several US-made missiles were found in al-Shoura region to the South of Mosul," reports Iran’s al-Alam News Network, citing a local source. "The ISIL terrorists have sent US-made TOW anti-tank missiles to Tal Afar and it is quite evident that they are preparing for a long-term war," an Iraqi security official told an Arabic-language media outlet.

Nov 02 08:35

Iraqi Army Discovers US-Made Missiles in ISIS's Military Base in Mosul

Iraqi army and popular forces have discovered a number of US-made missiles from a military position of the ISIS (ISIL, IS, Daesh) in the Southern part of Mosul, informed local sources disclosed after the first group of pro-government troops opened their way into Southern Mosul on Monday.

Nov 02 08:12

Suez Crisis: Ten Rules That Shook the World Order

Sixty years ago Britain and France colluded with Israel in invading Egypt to reclaim the Suez Canal, nationalized by Egypt. The adventure finished Britain and France as global powers and cleared the way for a new player - the United States. But the rules of the game remain the same.

It's become an oft-repeated mantra by politicians in the West that they have built a rules-based international order that is under attack and needs protecting. One of the biggest building blocks was put into this western "rules-based" international order exactly 60 years ago by Britain and France, with a little bit of help from US and Israel. So what are those "rules" now applied to Syria and those who support her?

Nov 02 08:07

“Stop watching RT and other Russian-biased sources.” A Tale of Two Cities

Listening to CNN and NPR (National PR), no one would ever guess that it’s the same struggle in each city, a struggle to liberate innocent civilians from the headchoppers of ISIS. But in Mosul, NPR acknowledges that the innocent civilians are forced to stay and serve as human shields for ISIS.

Your retired Latin prof translator/commentator keeps up with the help of Facebook friends in 35 countries. Comparing the international posts and comments with the American ones points out the irony. One of them, in Romania, has been advised to “Stop watching RT and other Russian-biased sources.”

But in Romania, there is no access to Fox, CNN, or even to NPR. So what is the poor Rumanian to do? And in another bingo for Godwin’s law, the one advising against trusting RT calls Trump “another Hitler.”

Nov 01 10:16

‘Burns to the bone’: Amnesty Int’l warns white phosphorus used in Mosul may cause civilian suffering

White phosphorus munitions used in Islamic State-held Mosul by Iraqi forces pose a grave danger to civilians, as their scattered remains can cause horrific burns all the way to the bones, a senior Amnesty International adviser told RT.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Where the hell did the Iraqi forces get White phosphorous, from the US military!?!

Oct 31 07:46

US special forces ‘impatient’ with SAS ‘double checking orders’ over war crimes fears

Special forces operations in Iraq and Syria are reportedly hamstrung by fears over war crimes prosecutions being brought against them retrospectively.

Oct 30 16:03

Customising the truth: groupthink and US foreign policy follies

Lawrence Davidson examines the groupthink, ideological blinkers and the “we know better” attitude that blind US policy makes to the truth even when it hits them in the face, and condemns them to repeat the same follies.

Oct 30 15:51

Inside the Invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton & Trump by JOHN PILGER

This article is about the culpability and criminality as in War Crimes of the US MSM. Pilgers' take on why the establishment hates Donald Trump too!

In 1946, the Nuremberg Tribunal prosecutor said of the German media: “Before every major aggression, they initiated a press campaign calculated to weaken their victims and to prepare the German people psychologically for the attack. In the propaganda system, it was the daily press and the radio that were the most important weapons.”

Oct 30 08:16

US Wants to Use Offensive in Mosul, Raqqa to 'Deal a Reputation Blow to Russia'

The United States and its allies are bracing for an assault on the two de-facto capitals of Daesh, Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria. Political analyst Alexander Sotnichenko told Radio Sputnik that these plans are directly related to Washington’s interests in the region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, all you US soldiers fighting in that region; the US Government is risking your lives just to look good!

Oct 28 16:21

Turkey and US Consolidate Terror Assets from Iraq to Syria

This week Western news media were full of reports on the “epic” battle for Mosul where US-backed forces are supposedly set to defeat the Islamic State terror group besieging the northern Iraqi city.
There is little doubt that the Iraqi army aided by Iranian Shia militia and Kurdish Peshmerga are intent on routing the militants from Iraq’s second city, which has been under a reign of terror since June 2104.

Oct 28 07:46

The Loosening Grip: A Beginner’s Guide to Death Throes

Oh good. The world reaches a crossroads, or probably a road off a cliff, just when I want to relax and watch gratuitous violence on the tube. To judge by the rapid drift of events aboard our planetary asylum, the talons of Washington and New York on the world’s throat are fast being pried a-loose. The Global American Imperium is dying. Or so it sure looks anyway.

I say talons of “New York and Washington” because America’s foreign policy, forged in those two cities, belongs entirely to them. Americans have no influence on it. Further, none of of what the Empire does abroad is of any benefit to Americans.

Oct 27 11:37

FM: Turkey May Invade Iraq If Threatened

Tensions between Turkey and Iraq continue to rise, and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced today that his country reserves the right to invade Iraq “if there is a threat posed to Turkey,” and that this would include a substantial number of ground troops.

Cavusoglu insisted that invading Iraq is Turkey’s “most natural right.” Turkey presently has about 500 troops in Iraq, which they’ve had for around a year. The Iraqi government has repeatedly demanded Turkey withdraw, but Turkish officials have insisted they will stay and participate in the war against ISIS.

This has been the main source of tension in recent weeks, with Turkey insisting that they are going to send ground troops into Mosul, and Iraq insisting they are unwelcome. Shi’ite militias have even suggested they will treat Turkish troops as enemy forces in the fighting around Mosul.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This rather martial claim on the part of Cavusoglu that invading Iraq is Turkey's "most national right" is based, potentially, on what may ultimately prove some very shrewd calculations on the part of Turkey's government.

It would love nothing more than slicing out a bit of Northern Iraq for their own, while preventing the Kurds from having more a presence Iraq than they already do.

Iraq is not militarily capable of expelling Turkish forces, in light of a weak, factionalized central government, questionable troop capabilities, and training, and the fight against ISIS.

The US government is hardly going to attack a NATO ally, even though it may think Ankara is collectively out of its mind with this move.

This very much further complicates the situation in Iraq, and the US government appears to be completely impotent to stop this, should Turkey make a military move against Iraq.

Oct 26 12:50

Is Washington “False Flagging” The New Russia-Iran-Syria-China “Axis of Evil”, Into Nuclear War?

The penultimate goal is total militarization of the western world, to prevent and suppress protests and revolts .

Obama might just stay on for another term. He has all the experience it needs to create more chaos and more division to conquer than any of his predecessors. He is also an obedient servant to those that pull the strings and watch through the eye on top of the pyramid, so clearly depicted in the US dollar bill, the symbol for Zionist-Freemason total hegemony. But importantly, he, like Hillary, would most likely not hesitate to push the Red Bottom, when asked to do so by their masters.

Oct 26 09:10

"DESTRUCTION OF US ABRAMS TANK: MOSUL OFFENSIVE GOOD FOR GENERAL DYNAMICS”

In the video below the “folk hero” of the Iraqi Counter-Terror Services and regular Iraqi army takes a direct hit in the battle for Mosul. The destruction of an Abrams tank by a Russian ATGM Kornet missile is good news if you’re a stockholder in General Dynamics Land Systems, formerly Chrysler Defense. General Dynamics makes the Abrams battle tank.

Oct 24 15:34

Offensive Against ISIS Near Mosul, Iraq

The outskirts of Mosul can be seen as Iraqi forces and their allies launched an offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants.

Oct 24 11:48

US Warns Worst Is Yet to Come in Battle for Mosul

Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said the resistance so far was “pretty significant” and that there had been indirect fire and IEDs. That’s going to seem a lot less significant by comparison when the troops reach the city, with thousands of ISIS fighters positioned.

ISIS spent the last few months building defenses around Mosul, from oil-filled moats and walls to tunnels and booby traps. The early offensive saw ISIS burning tires around the city to create smoke, limiting visibility for warplanes, and further complicating the offensive.

The American public hasn’t exactly been prepared for the number of US combat casualties this could mean, with the first death already happening to an IED north of Mosul, and officials trying desperately to downplay the number of US troops engaged in “advisory” roles that are, for all intents and purposes, front line combat.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The numbers of both military and civilian casualties here are going to be far greater than anyone is predicting right now.

Oct 24 06:59

In pictures: Iraqi Army restores cross on Assyrian church after liberating Karamalish

BAGHDAD, IRAQ (4:05 P.M.) - The Iraqi Army was pictured on Monday raising a cross on top of a damaged Assyrian church in the recently liberated town of Karamalish near Mosul.

Oct 23 14:05

US sends extra intelligence analysts to Iraq for ISIL data in Mosul

The US military is sending dozens of additional intelligence analysts to Iraq to sort out a trove of information expected to be recovered from Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in the ongoing Mosul offensive.

Oct 23 09:27

Imminent Bloodbath: Daesh Takes Iraqi Families As Human Shields In Mosul

As the US-led coalition rushes to free the Iraqi city of Mosul from Daesh, the jihadists are said to be preparing to use civilian residents as human shields against advancing forces.

'Thousands of Peshmerga Fighters Involved in Battling Daesh' in Iraq’s Mosul At least 550 Iraqi families from villages around Mosul have been taken to the city and forced to stay in Daesh-controlled areas, according to UN human rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly think that the estimated figure for civilian casualties is low, and may well run over one million civilians dead.

And of course, to the US's military and civilian war planners, "collateral damage", in terms of innocent people killed in an operation like this, means absolutely nothing unless, in fact, those innocents are Americans.

Then, last week at zerohedge.com, comes the following, very disturbing story:

As the Iraqi military with US support closes in on Mosul it is becoming clear that the US plan is to transfer the ISIS troops defending the city to Syria as part of the regime change plan there. The Russian news media RIA Novosti, has revealed that US and Saudi leaders have decided to allow the safe passage of 9000 ISIS terrorists to vacate Mosul in Iraq and, relocate into Syria. The surprising information was leaked by an anonymous diplomatic source. It was also claimed that this decision was conditional on the terrorists agreeing to fight Syrian and Russian troops in Palmyra and Deir Ezzor. In the past two weeks we have witnessed the chaotic musing within the US Political and diplomatic corps once their impotence was exposed in Syria due to the collapse of the ceasefire and, the resumption of hostilities in Aleppo. The bedlam and frustration exhibited by Western leaders has been apparent to all with wild claims of possible shooting down of Russian jets in Syria and, the continued ache and longing for the implementation of their, No Fly Zone. Despite the turbulent political rumblings and threats, Russia and the government of Syria have steadfastly worked to free eastern Aleppo from the remaining terrorists who are now surrounded there. The decision to allow ISIS to flee safely into Syria once again reveals to the world the gloved hand that shepherds and steers these terrorists. The bombing of Syrian Army soldiers in Deir Ezzor by US and coalition Jets now appear purposed and calculated rather than an accident claimed by the US. To add to the controversy, what was generally unreported in the media was a further attack a few days later that destroyed the last two surviving bridges spanning the Euphrates River. Their destruction, will isolate the Syrian forces stationed at Deir Ezzor and, make life more difficult for the Syrian people who are already wearing the burden of six years at war. As the ISIS terrorists leave Mosul and travel into Syria their objectives are the recently freed city of Palmyra, and the brave city of Deir Ezzor. Whether their safe passage from Mosul includes US and Saudi cover into Syria remains a mystery. Regardless their location in eastern Syria allows their masters the tactical advantage of mobilising these proxy forces at the time of their choosing in their ultimate goal of deposing Syrian President Assad.

If, in fact, this report is true, then the US and Saudi Arabia are still moving forward with their plan for a decap strike against Al-Assad, ultimately pitting US, Russian, and Syrian forces against each other.

This is not a question of if; but when.

Oct 22 08:35

US-led coalition strike killed dozens of civilian mourners 30km from Kirkuk – Russian MoD

The Russian Ministry of Defense says that the US-led coalition is responsible for striking mourners in the Iraqi city of Daquq on Friday, killing dozens of civilians, including women and children.

Oct 22 08:07

A Bloodier Battle for Mosul Might Begin After the Ouster of ISIS

The competing territorial claims of the Turks, Kurds, and Iraqi central government could result in an ethno-sectarian conflict after the military offense.

Oct 21 09:46

Foreign sponsors attempting to delay defeat of terrorists: Iranian official

A senior Iranian security official says foreign patrons of Takfiri terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria have turned to politicking to save the outfits from a looming defeat in the Arab countries.

Oct 21 09:17

Mosul-op: US troops seen being active at a northern Iraqi army base

US soldiers were seen flying helicopters at the base in Makhmur, 50 kilometres (31 miles) away from Irbil.

Oct 20 23:32

FLASHBACK: The Mystery of ISIS’ Toyota Army Solved

The US Treasury has recently opened an inquiry about the so-called “Islamic State’s” (ISIS/ISIL) use of large numbers of brand-new Toyota trucks. The issue has arisen in the wake of Russia’s air operations over Syria and growing global suspicion that the US itself has played a key role in arming, funding, and intentionally perpetuating the terrorist army across Syria and Iraq.

Not surprisingly, it appears the US Treasury is asking the wrong party. Instead of Toyota, the US Treasury’s inquiry should have started next door at the US State Department.

Mystery Solved.....

Oct 20 14:15

Offensive against ISIS in Iraqi Mosul enters fourth day

Kurdish Peshmerga forces are liberating villages held by Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) north of Mosul near Bashiq and the Nawaran mountains.

Oct 20 08:32

“Ramshackle” Battle to Retake Mosul from ISIS Led by U.S. Despite Obama Vow Against Boots on Ground

The fight to retake the last stronghold of the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq has entered its third day with a U.S.-led coalition force.

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