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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.

Oct 20 08:21

The US-Turkey “Escape Corridor” out of Mosul: ISIS-Daesh Terrorists “Transferred” From Iraq into Syria To Fight Syrian, Russian and Iranian Forces

The Iraqi army started a large operation to liberate Mosul from Islamic State jihadists. But the forces, in total some 40,000, are still several dozen kilometers away from the city limits. They will have to capture several towns and villages and pass many IED obstacles before coming near to the center and house to house fighting. It might take many month to eliminated the last stay-behind ISIS cells in Mosul.

Oct 20 07:08

What is the US really doing in Mosul?

Judging by what is now happening in Iraq and Syria, the US is in a desperate situation and is resorting to the most radical methods so as to not allow Russia to achieve a decisive victory in Syria. It only seems like the assault on the so-called “capital of ISIS,” the Iraqi city of Mosul, is a big success in the fight against ISIS. In reality ,it is a rather cunning maneuver intended to force ISIS to make one last desperate leap in the struggle for control over Syria.

Oct 19 15:32

Mosul Offensive Highlights: Battle for ISIS ‘capital’ in Iraq kicks off

Iraqi govt army and Peshmerga launch Mosul operation to free city from ISIS.

Oct 19 08:31

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to visit Turkey

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter will visit Turkey’s Ankara October 21, Anadolu Agency reported Oct. 19.

Carter will meet with Turkish leadership to discuss the Syrian crisis and the situation in Iraq.

Oct 18 14:31

60 Killed in Iraq as Mosul Battles Commence

Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said that Iraqi forces met their goals and are ahead of schedule on the first day of the operations in Mosul. About 30,000 Iraqi troops, Peshmerga members, and Sunni tribal fighters are involved; some of them are women.

Oct 17 12:47

Ex-SAS soldier denies Iraq ‘mercy killings’ in face of police probe

A former SAS sergeant has denied shooting dead mortally-wounded enemy fighters in Iraq after claiming to have carried out several mercy killings in a new book on Britain’s Special Forces.

Oct 17 11:33

Mosul Fight Begins; 131 Killed Across Iraq

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the operation against the Islamic State militants in Mosul. Infighting among forces has already started as well. Nineveh tribal leaders held a conference where they rejected the use of foreign, regional, and Shi’ite militia forces in the operation. Also, the operation to liberate Hawija has been postponed.

Oct 17 11:14

Mosul Fight Begins; 131 Killed Across Iraq

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the operation against the Islamic State militants in Mosul. Infighting among forces has already started as well. Nineveh tribal leaders held a conference where they rejected the use of foreign, regional, and Shi’ite militia forces in the operation. Also, the operation to liberate Hawija has been postponed.

Oct 17 09:37

Over 100 Iraqi Civilians Killed, Wounded in Terrorists' Bombings in Baghdad in Two Days

Four Shiite mourners were killed and 12 others wounded in a terrorist attack in Baghdad Sunday. Another bomb killed 35 and wounded more than 60 during a funeral gathering on Saturday, as Iraq's joint military forces are preparing for a decisive battle to take back Mosul from ISIL terrorists.

Oct 17 08:07

Iraq War Architect Voting For Hillary Clinton?

In this video, Rachel Blevins covers comments made by neoconservative Republican and Iraq War architect Paul Wolfowitz.

Oct 16 15:44

UK Military Under Investigation For Crimes In Iraq

A number of British military forces have been accused of mistreating Iraqi detainees during the 2003 US-led invasion and the subsequent occupation of the Middle Eastern country.

The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT) has launched a probe into the ill-treatment of two Iraqi citizens at the hand of British soldiers in the southern Iraqi city of Basra 13 years ago, the Guardian reported Sunday.

Oct 16 14:14

Funeral Bombed In Baghdad; 88 Killed In Iraq

Reports in Iraqi media, that the operation on Mosul has already begun, appear to have been premature. However, security forces are standing ready for the operation and are waiting for the go ahead from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Also, leaflets have been dropped on the city, warning residents of the impending battle. Meanwhile, a Peshmerga commander says that U.S. forces have started shelling Islamic State positions around the city. Ahead of the operation, the militants have been transferring their wounded to Syria and releasing some prisoners. Families have also been sent on ahead.

Oct 16 13:00

Donald Trump’s Unique Human Decency On Iraq

WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THIS WHOLE THING (THE WAR ON IRAQ)? HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE KILLED. AND WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE COMING BACK WITH NO ARMS AND LEGS? NOT TO MENTION THE OTHER SIDE. ALL THOSE IRAQI KIDS WHO’VE BEEN BLOWN TO PIECES. AND IT TURNS OUT THAT ALL OF THE REASONS FOR THE WAR WERE BLATANTLY WRONG. ALL THIS FOR NOTHING. (EMPHASIS, JW)

— DONALD TRUMP ON IRAQ WAR, AUGUST, 2004, REITERATED VERBATIM, AUGUST, 2016.

Oct 14 16:13

Claim: America “Plotting Secret Attack on Syria” With 9,000 ISIS Fighters From Mosul

Sneaky, and begging for more blowback.

If the account is to be believed, U.S. and British troops will use the pretext of ‘retaking Mosul’ in Iraq – which is currently held by ISIS – to give ISIS troops escape into Syria under cover of being attacked.

THOUSANDS of ISIS fighters are to be given safe passage out of Iraq to fight in Syria, Russian military leaders claim. Under the supposed agreement – allegedly brokered by Saudi Arabia – the US-led coalition will only bomb targets agreed with the militants in advance…

[…]

“More than 9,000 ISIS fighters will be transferred to the eastern regions of Syria to follow a major offensive operation...”

Read more at SHTF

Oct 13 09:56

US-Saudi Plan: Let 9,000 ISIS Fighters Walk Free from Mosul – to Fight in Syria

If this latest leak is indeed true – and time will certainly tell whether or not it is, it would constitute one of the most egregious violations of both US and international law – by the United States government and its theocratic dictator partner in Saudi Arabia.

Washington’s own anti-terror legislation expressly forbids colluding to provide logistical or material support for terrorist groups, and this latest US-Saudi would be the latest in a long list of violations…

Oct 12 12:00

U.S. the stupid is starting WWIII

Every day the world moves closer to a nuclear winter. The finger on the trigger presses upon the button and only a slight movement will launch unthinkable destruction. The point that it is so unthinkable yet so close to happening is caused by

Oct 10 15:44

‘Go F*** Yourself,’ Clinton Spokesman Tells Trump Over Iraq War Soldier Claim

Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy spokesman unleashed a social media outburst at Donald Trump on Sunday, after the Republican nominee said US solider Humayun Khan would still be alive because he wouldn’t have approved the war in Iraq.

“Hey, @realDonald Trump – regarding your claims that Captain Khan would be alive if you were presient. go f*** youself,” tweeted Clinton foreign policy spokesman Jesse Lehrich on Sunday.

Oct 10 14:50

Bombers Attack Pilgrims In Baghdad; 113 Killed In Iraq

A second generation of U.S. soldiers is now preparing to enter Mosul. U.S. Army Specialist Chase Snow is deployed near the northern Iraqi city that his father patrolled 13 years ago after the U.S. invasion.

Oct 10 06:29

MORE TROOPS TO IRAQ IN NEVER ENDING WAR

Oct 09 16:15

Bill Clinton the Rapist? What About Bill Clinton the War Criminal?

Clinton followed in the footsteps of his predecessor—George H. W. Bush, responsible for the first invasion of Iraq—by keeping brutal medieval sanctions on that country in place. All told, over three million Iraqis died as a result of sanctions that spanned three US administrations. The genocidal sanctions directly violated the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and its Additional Protocol 1 of 1977. The establishment propaganda media intentionally hides the war crimes of the global elite and their political assets, knowing full well the public is far more interested in tawdry sex scandals and other necessary distractions.

Oct 08 12:08

Pro-Govt Iraq Fighters ‘Likely’ Killed In US-Led Coalition Airstrike Near Mosul – US Official

An airstrike has left at least 20 pro-government tribal fighters dead near the Iraqi city of Mosul, a US defense official told AFP.

Oct 07 10:25

US-led coalition says Turkish army ‘on its own’ in Iraq as Baghdad calls UNSC meeting

The spokesman for the US-led anti-ISIS coalition has said Turkish ground troops in Iraq are not acting as part of the alliance. Baghdad has called for an emergency UN Security Council meeting, saying Ankara is violating Iraqi sovereignty.
The statement came on Thursday from Col. John Dorrian, who is a spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF), an anti-Islamic State coalition consisting of 65 countries.

Dorrian announced during a briefing in Baghdad that Turkey is operating “on its own” in Iraq, AP quoted him as saying. The coalition position is that every unit “should be here with the coordination or and with the permission of the government of Iraq,” he is also quoted as saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Since Iraq appears impotent to throw the Turkish troops out, I wonder just how the UN Security Council will deal with it, in light of the fact that the Turkish troops are not aligned with the Coalition.

Oct 07 07:51

US government spent over $500m on fake Al-Qaeda propaganda videos that tracked location of viewers

“We need to make this style of video and we’ve got to use Al-Qaeda’s footage,” Mr Wells told the Bureau, recalling the instructions he received. “We need it to be 10 minutes long, and it needs to be in this file format, and we need to encode it in this manner.”

According to Mr Wells’ account, US Marines would then take CDs containing the videos while on patrol, then plant them at sites during raids.

“If they’re raiding a house and they’re going to make a mess of it looking for stuff anyway, they’d just drop an odd CD there,” he said.

The CDs were encoded to open the videos on RealPlayer software that connects to the Internet when it runs. It would issue an IP address that could then be tracked by US intelligence.

Oct 06 15:30

Breaking: Kurdish forces shot down another Turkish jet over Qandil

One of Turkish F-16 fighter jets bombarding Qandil region in South Kurdistan was shot down by Kurdish forces at around 20.30 pm local time on Thursday, Kurdish sources said.

Local sources also confirmed the downing of the jet in Pi?ta ?anê area Thursday evening while conducting airstrikes against Kurdish forces.

Oct 06 12:55

Iraq to Take Military Presence Dispute With Turkey to UNSC

Iraq's Foreign Ministry said Thursday it had requested the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to discuss presence of Turkish troops in Northern Iraq, seen by Baghdad as violation of the country's sovereignty. "The Foreign Ministry has submitted a request for an emergency session for the United Nation's Security Council to discuss the Turkish violations on Iraqi territories and interference in its internal affairs," Iraq's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmad Jamal said as quoted in a statement, Rossiya Segodnya reported. Jamal added that Baghdad also called on the UN Security Council to uphold its responsibilities toward Iraq and to take a decision to put an end to Turkey's "violations" of Iraq's sovereignty. Relations between Iraq and Turkey has tensed up after the Turkish parliament last week extended a mandate allowing Turkish troops to be deployed in Iraq and Syria to combat terrorists for an additional year.

Oct 06 12:54

Yildirim: Turkish Troops Will Stay in Iraq

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday that Turkish troops will remain in the camp in the Northern Iraqi town of Bashiqa despite Baghdad's objections. "There are soldiers from 63 countries in Iraq. Claims toward Turkey about its military presence in Iraq are an unfriendly step. Turkey will maintain its presence in the country," Yildirim said at a meeting with businesspersons in Ankara, Rossiya Segodnya reported. Turkey claimes the deployment of troops and tanks is to help national forces reclaim the city of Mosul from ISIL on December 4, 2015, has caused a rift with Iraq. On Tuesday, the Iraqi parliament adopted a resolution voicing protest against Turkish military presence in Bashiqa, located about 19 miles northeast of Mosul. The lawmakers demand its government to take the necessary legal and diplomatic measures, including a review of the economic relations between the two countries. Ankara has condemned the resolution.

Oct 06 09:31

21 Iraqi Pro-Govt Fighters Killed in Apparent US Coalition Airstrike

An overnight airstrike destroyed a building occupied by pro-government Iraqi Sunni tribal fighters, killing at least 21 of them, near the city of Qayara, which is the staging area for the upcoming Iraqi invasion of the ISIS city of Mosul.

There is considerable uncertainty about the strike, and particularly who launched it, as Iraqi officials said they were unsure if the strike was conducted by the Iraqi Air Force or by the US-led coalition. One Canadian official did, however, confirm that the coalition was conducting airstrikes in the area “after midnight,” and the incident was around 1 am.

Officials say they believe the incident was likely a coalition strike, and the Pentagon has confirmed a “joint investigation” into the incident, though adding that they take extraordinary precautions not to kill civilians or allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Reading this gave me a palm to forehead moment, at warp speed!

Killing 21 Pro-Government fighters in a botched Coalition airstrike?!?

How is this even possible?!?

Oct 06 09:10

Iraq Requests UN Emergency Talks On Turkish Troops In North

Iraq has requested an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the presence of Turkish troops on its territory as a dispute with Ankara escalates.

Turkey’s parliament voted last week to extend the deployment of an estimated 2,000 troops across northern Iraq by a year to combat “terrorist organizations” - a likely reference to Kurdish rebels as well as Islamic State.

Iraq condemned the vote, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned Turkey risked triggering a regional war. On Wednesday, Ankara and Baghdad each summoned the other’s ambassador in protest at remarks from the other camp.

“The Iraqi foreign ministry has presented a request for an emergency meeting of the Security Council to discuss the Turkish violation of Iraq’s territory and interference in its internal affairs,” said a statement on the ministry’s website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may turn nasty, quickly, and could definitely prevent any quick resolution to clearing out the rebels in the city of Mosul.

Only time will tell if the UN Security Council will actually convene such a meeting at Iraq's request.

Oct 05 12:39

IRAQ WARNS OF "REGIONAL WAR" IF TURKEY DOES NOT WITHDRAW TROOPS

With much of the public's attention in recent weeks focused on the escalation between the US and Russia over the nearly 6-year-old proxy war in Syria, a reminder that middle-east tensions include virtually all other neighboring countries, came from Iraq's prime minister who on Wednesday warned Turkey that it risked triggering a regional war by keeping troops in his territory, as the neighboring states summoned each other's ambassadors in a mounting diplomatic stand-off.

Turkey announced late on Tuesday that it was summoning Iraq's ambassador to complain about the parliamentary vote. "We believe this decision does not reflect the views of the majority of Iraqi people, whom Turkey has stood by for years and attempted to support with all its resources," Turkey's Foreign Ministry said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very ugly very quickly, and it appears that there is nothing the US can do to stop it right now.

Oct 05 10:18

Iraq Warns Of "Regional War" If Turkey Does Not Withdraw Troops

With much of the public's attention in recent weeks focused on the escalation between the US and Russia over the nearly 6-year-old proxy war in Syria, a reminder that middle-east tensions include virtually all other neighboring countries, came from Iraq's prime minister who on Wednesday warned Turkey that it risked triggering a regional war by keeping troops in his territory.

Oct 05 06:38

US-led air raid kills 20 Iraqi pro-government fighters

At least 20 Iraqi pro-government fighters have been killed when the US-led coalition targeted their position near the militant-held northern city of Mosul, media reports say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, really; we are on your side against ISIS and Al Qaeda. I just don;t know why these mistakes keep happening! We have the same problem going on in Syria. But it is NOT intentional. Honest!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 05 06:38

US-led air raid kills 20 Iraqi pro-government fighters

Looks like the USAF is still flying top cover for ISIS!

At least 20 Iraqi pro-government fighters have been killed when the US-led coalition targeted their position near the militant-held northern city of Mosul, media reports say.

A local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the US-led military aircraft struck a building in the Kharaeb village of the al-Qayyarah region, located approximately 300 kilometers north of the capital, Baghdad, on Wednesday morning, leaving 20 Iraqi tribal fighters dead and five others injured, Arabic-language Shafaq news agency reported.

Oct 04 17:01

Iraqi Group Demands Payments For US Invasion After ‘Sue The Saudis For 9/11’ Bill Passes Congress

A US bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for damages has prompted an Iraqi lobby group to push the parliament for a law seeking compensation for the American invasion of the country, citing “violations by US forces.”

Oct 04 09:32

THIS IS WHAT THEY WERE AFRAID OF — IRAQIS USE “SUE THE SAUDIS” 9/11 BILL TO SUE US FOR 2003 INVASION

The warmongers in the US government have just had their fears realized as Iraq plans to use the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), aka Sue the Saudis Bill, to demand compensation for the US invasion of Iraq.

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives, following the lead of the Senate, passed a bill allowing Americans to sue Saudi Arabia over 9/11. When the bill made it to the President’s desk, however, Obama quickly showed his loyalty to Saudi Arabia and vetoed it. However, that was only the beginning of the rollercoaster.

Days after his despicable veto, the Senate stepped up and overwhelmingly voted to override it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't you just love the smell of irony in the morning?!?!?

Oct 03 10:22

The Cowardly BRICS Bank Nations (Except Russia)

It seems that with every single day, both the Mainstream and Alternative Media are reporting more and more innocent men, women, children, and little babies being blown to bits by bombs and artillery, or drowning somewhere off the coast in some remote ocean off of North Africa or Southern Europe on their way to flee from the bombed out desperation and horror of NATO’s carpet bombing of Libya, or from Western Intelligence and Saudi Arabia/Turkey/Israel’s proxy group ISIS, and their collective attacks on Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and the Kurds.

With each and every additional single day of this mindless bloodshed, the world watches and wonders why it is being allowed to continue.

Oct 03 09:38

Video: Iraq Oil Field Set On Fire By ISIS Almost A Month Ago Is Still Burning

An oil field near Qayara, Iraq was set on fire by ISIS before the terrorist group had to leave the liberated area. Several weeks later, the fire’s still going.

Oct 03 06:39

Iraqis Use 9/11 Bill to Demand Compensation from US for 2003 Invasion

After the US Congress passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which overrides the principle of sovereign immunity to allow families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, an Iraqi group has requested parliament to prepare a lawsuit seeking compensation from the US for the invasion of Iraq.

Oct 01 09:32

French warplanes scrambled to Mosul on ‘anti-Daesh’ mission

French fighter jets have taken off from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean on a so-called mission against Daesh terrorists in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Sep 29 17:43

Mass Execution Filmed; 131 Killed In Iraq

U.S. and Iraqi officials announced that the United States would send about 600 more troops to Iraq this year to support operations against the Islamic State in Mosul.

Sep 29 08:14

Obama’s Nightmare: Iraqis Set to Sue US Government for War Crimes

As Congress attempts to override a presidential veto of legislation that would allow US citizens to sue foreign governments over terror attacks, an organization representing Iraqis killed or wounded by the US military is threatening to sue the American government for war crimes.

Sep 28 23:07

Commander: US Army Refusing to Bomb ISIL Terrorists in Anbar

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iraqi popular forces in Haditha town, West of al-Anbar, disclosed that the US-led coalition forces in al-Ratba town continue to shrug off targeting the ISIL terrorists.

While the ISIL terrorists are preparing to attack the town, the coalition forces refuse to launch airstrikes on their gathering centers which have posed a serious threat to the Iraqi security forces near al-Ratba, Juqaifi said.

Sep 27 14:41

Fighting Ramps Up In Anbar Province; 112 Killed In Iraq

Parliament voted to maintain Nineveh province’s borders as they are. Yazidis and Christians had been asking for their own regions.

The Pentagon believes that Islamic State militants will try to use chemical weapons during the upcoming assault on Mosul.

Sep 27 10:08

Blair V Corbyn: Labour Leaders Past & Present Clash Over Iraq War Crimes Claims

Iraq War-era Prime Minister Tony Blair has said he is sorry that UK troops are facing war crimes allegations, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said banning prosecutions outright would be “a step too far.”

The topic of legal investigations into allegations of abuse and potential war crimes by UK troops during Britain’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have become a hotly debated topic in recent weeks, with political, legal and military figures quarrelling over the issue.

Sep 27 07:49

What you did in Iraq & Libya is the real barbarism – Russian FM spox rebukes US envoy to UN

The US envoy to the UN, who recently called Russia's actions in Syria “barbarism,” is hypocritical, because nothing in modern history is more barbaric than what the US has done in Iraq and Libya, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in a fiery rebuke.

The American envoy to the UN, Samantha Power, blasted Russia on Sunday at a Security Council meeting, accusing Moscow of civilian deaths in Aleppo in the wake of the collapse of the ceasefire negotiated by the US and Russia.

Sep 27 07:46

Obama’s Imperial Mideast Policy Has Unraveled

Not only had the U.S. approved the same Kurdish offensive, but it had provided arms, money, and air support plus military advice in the form of some 250 US Special Operations forces embedded among members of the Kurdish militia known as the YPG.Although the Turks claimed to be targeting ISIS (also known as Islamic State, IS, ISIL, and Daesh), it was plain from the outset that the real aim was to counter an offensive that had carried Kurdish forces some 20 miles west of the Euphrates River and put them in a position to control nearly the entire Syrian-Turkish border.

Indeed, the Syrian Democratic Forces, a multi-ethnic militia anchored by the YPG, was a real success story, just about the only one Washington has had in the course of its disastrous five-year Syrian intervention.

Sep 26 14:58

An Obsolescent Military: Bombing Everything, Gaining Nothing

The wars in the Mid-East illustrate the principle nicely. Iraq didn’t work. Libya didn’t work. Iran didn’t back down. ISIS and related curiosities? The Pentagon is again bombing an enemy that can’t fight back — its specialty — but that it seems unable to defeat. The wrong military, wrong enemy, wrong war, wrong world.

Sep 26 13:53

IRAQIS THREATEN TO SUE U.S. FOR WAR CRIMES

Sep 26 13:40

Norway’s theatre shows true grit our politicans lack

Perhaps the National Theatre of Norway can succeed where others have failed in getting across to world leaders the truth about Israel’s crimes against humanity.

Watch, listen and understand, Clinton and Trump, and hang your heads in shame for what you have become.

If you've never bothered, please do some homework on the subject before it's too late. And don't forget to apologize.

Sep 26 06:20

US ADMITS USING WHITE PHOSPHORUS MUNITIONS IN IRAQ

Sep 25 12:35

‘Beholden to AIPAC’ — progressive senators

Senators Warren, Murphy, Brown sign letter seeking to limit Obama’s actions...

The news that many progressive US senators as well as vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine signed on to an Israel lobby letter designed to limit President Obama’s actions against the Israeli occupation, now nearly 50 years old, has been widely reported, but the plain facts need to be stated.

Yesterday the Israel lobby group AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, flexed its muscle against President Obama and on the side of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu by posting a letter signed by 88 senators warning President Obama not to back any international measures that would pressure Israel to withdraw from occupied territories.

Sep 24 09:51

Did the Pentagon Bomb Syrian Army to Kill Ceasefire Deal?

The US has officially taken responsibility for the incident which it called a “mistake”...

A rift between the Pentagon and the White House turned into open rebellion on Saturday when two US F-16s and two A-10 warplanes bombed Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions at Deir al-Zor killing at least 62 Syrian regulars and wounding 100 others.

Many analysts now wonder whether the attacks are an indication that the neocon-strewn DOD is actively engaged in sabotaging President Obama’s Syria policy, a claim that implies that the Pentagon is led by anti-democratic rebels who reject the Constitutional authority of the civilian leadership. Saturday’s bloodletting strongly suggests that a mutiny is brewing at the War Department.

Sep 23 10:44

Pentagon Seeks 500 More Ground Troops in Iraq for Mosul Invasion

With officials saying that the planned invasion of the city of Mosul could begin as soon as October, the Pentagon is once again requesting more US ground troops be deployed into the area around the city, The Pentagon has already deployed several hundred troops multiple times in the last two months on the same basis.

The Pentagon is seeking another 500 “permanent” US troops in Iraq, which would bring the official figure in the country to 4,900. In practice, the Pentagon already is believed to have in excess of 6,000 troops in Iraq, but labels many of them “temporary” and doesn’t count them, despite their deployments not having any specific end date.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to ask Sec Def Carter: how many American troops, please, will it take for a successful re-taking of Musul?!?

20,000?!?

50,000 ?!?

100,000?!?

And why in the world are our soldiers put into a position of fighting, dying and getting maimed for life against an enemy that the US government government has, in fact, created and funded?!?

What is this bloody and deadly masquerade?!?

And to ultimately what end?!?

That, I can tell you; to insure that American-sponsored multinationals control Iraq's oil, and that the oil is only sold for US dollars.

Sep 21 15:47

US probes 'IS chemical shell attack' on American troops in Iraq

Islamic State militants may have fired a chemical rocket at American troops based in Iraq, the US military says.

A rocket that landed within several hundred yards of US troops at Qayara air base near Mosul may have contained mustard agent, it said.

No one was hurt in the attack on the base, which is home to several hundred US soldiers.

If confirmed, it would be the first chemical weapons attack on coalition forces in Iraq.

Sep 21 09:49

FLASHBACK - Iraqi Soldiers Fighting ISIS Bombed by “Errant” U.S. Airstrike

On the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State, suspicion of the United States runs deep. Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants, and many claim they have friends and relatives who have witnessed similar instances of collusion.

“At first we thought it was something fired by Daesh,” said one army solider, his uniform covered in blood from carrying the injured. Daesh is an Arabic term for the Islamic State. “The explosion was very big. We ran. I saw many dead bodies. I saw that one of my friends had lost a leg.”

However, in addition to the death toll, the injured officer also disputed the official version of events. “We were moving forward and Daesh were retreating, when suddenly the bombing took place on the forces that were behind us,” he said. “It was meant to be a secure area.

Sep 21 09:07

Islamic State digs in behind Mosul moat as battle for city looms

Islamic State is building a moat around Mosul in northern Iraq, in preparation for a long, hard battle against U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces for the biggest city in the jihadists' self-proclaimed caliphate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember back in December the US bombed Iraqi forces which got too close to ISIS. They claimed that one was an accident as well.

Sep 20 09:36

FLASHBACK - IRAQI SOLDIERS FIGHTING ISIS BOMBED BY “ERRANT” U.S. AIRSTRIKE

That a majority of Iraqis believe the U.S. government is fighting on behalf of ISIS is a well established fact at this point

Sep 20 09:09

Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton – The debate

Question: What kind of foreign policy agenda can we expect?

Donald Trump is one of the most unorthodox presidential nominees in American electoral history. He is unpolished and very brash. But some of his foreign policy ideas are intriguing, even common sense. This terrifies and enrages the establishment.

The Hillary Doctrine: if elected, what kind of foreign policy agenda can we expect? Does Clinton hold an extreme view of American exceptionalism? And is she now a neoconservative?

Sep 19 09:40

More US Troops Arrive at Iraqi Airbase South of Mosul

Reports out of the area around Qayara say that hundreds of additional US ground troops have arrived at the Qayara Air Base, to join several hundred troops already there. The troops are expected to provide “logistic support” for the Mosul invasion.

Iraqi troops “captured” the Qayara Air Base to much fanfare last month, and intend to use this as a base of operation in the attack on Mosul. The base had long since been abandoned by ISIS, stripped clean by ISIS forces that have controlled the area for the past two years.

A lot of effort is being pumped into repair the air base, which was rendered largely useless by heavy US airstrikes in recent years, and a new bridge to allow forces to cross the river and advance against the area south of Mosul.

Though the Pentagon has long warned that it is unlikely the Iraqi military is really ready to take the enormous city of Mosul, US officials have suggested that the invasion could begin as soon as October

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is the attempted taking of Mosul from the jihadists in Iraq Obama's "October Surprise", in attempting to give a boost to Clinton's sagging and fatigued presidential campaign?!?

But what happens if the military campaign fails utterly to retake the city?!?

Sep 19 07:43

RT Going Underground interview wth Larry Wilkerson

Sep 18 13:01

Actress Kimberlin Brown : Business Women for Trump

“One third of small businesses are owned by women…

“To the 9.5 million women business owners, who employ about 8 million workers, adding value about 1.5 trillion dollars to our economy; I urge you to think about how important this election is for your future…

“Who do you think better understands your challenges ?

“A career Washington insider… OR A successful businessman who knows how to make a pay roll…?

Sep 18 12:56

If Trumps Wins, Hillary and Bill Clinton Go To Jail!

The gloves are off and Hillary is being pummeled. This is much more than death by a thousand cuts.

The events of the past week have made it clear that this is not only a fight for who becomes president.

Sep 18 12:50

Israel To Get 38 Billion Dollars US Aid Package — Good Idea ?

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) — President Barack Obama‘s administration pledged the United States’ largest-ever military aid package to Israel on Wednesday — nearly $40 billion over 10 years.

Philip Giraldi joins today’s Liberty Report to break down the agreement and discuss whether it really does, as Rice claims, benefit US security.

A "memorandum of understanding" committing the US to providing $38 billion in military aid to Israel over the next ten years.

Sep 17 13:45

9/11: 15 Years Of A Transparent Lie — Paul Craig Roberts

There are many conspiracy theories about 9/11. The US government’s own expanation of 9/11 is a conspiracy theory in which a few Saudi Arabians outwitted the American national security state. Little doubt that many of the more imaginative conspiracy theories were created for the purpose of stigmatizing any skepticism, no matter how well reasoned and supported, of the official story.

These groups of qualified and experienced people say that the official story of 9/11 is false.

Sep 17 13:11

FBI grilled over handling of Clinton investigation

As lawmakers continued to probe Hillary Clinton’s private email use, the aide who set up the service declined to appear before the House committee. FBI officials had to be given a summons to produce documents on the investigation.

On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee summoned contractors and former State Department officials who set up and maintained Clinton’s email servers and mobile devices. However, the key Clinton aide, Bryan Pagliano, did not show up for the hearing, pleading Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination.

The afternoon before, the committee dressed down FBI’s Acting Assistant Director for Congressional Affairs Jason Herring, who was at pains to explain his absence from a major meeting last week and the bureau’s reluctance to hand over unredacted investigation documents.

Sep 17 12:13

ISIL Trading Own Members' Body Organs in Iraq

The ISIL terrorist group is trafficking and selling the body parts of its own members in Nineveh province in return for high prices to overcome its growing financial problems, provincial sources said. "The ISIL is engaged in a huge body organs trade," the sources said, adding, "ISIL has stolen different body organs from 23 own members or injured people in Nineveh hospitals." "The ISIL medical team, in 23 cases of surgeries, took out the injured people's body organs, including kidney and stomach and transferred them to medical centers under the full monitoring of the Takfiri terrorists," they added. "The ISIL has lost 80 percent of its revenues from smuggling of Iraq's crude oil, so it has resorted to trade even the body organs of its own fighters," they said. "ISIL trades body organs via international smugglers, mediators and agents in Syria.

Sep 16 08:00

Straw-Powell Emails Prove War Criminals Get Away With Anything - Galloway

George Galloway has slammed former Labor MP and Iraq invasion supporter Jack Straw, after a number of emails were leaked.

Mr. Straw had sent out numerous emails to former Secretary of State Colin Powell on how the Brexit vote had taken the shine away from the Chilcot report. Several emails were exchanged between the pair from July 4 and August 3, in which Powell replies to Straw's email stating that the Chilcot report had not reached the US media.

Sep 15 07:56

After Sending So Many to Die in Iraq, Bush Honors US Vets With Book of Paintings

After leaving office, former President George W. Bush has kept himself busy with a surprising hobby, and he plans to release a book of US military veterans' portraits next year. But Dubya's 2003 invasion of Iraq -- which endangered more than 100,000 US servicemen and women's lives -- has been widely condemned as a massively deadly debacle.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not content with actually making billions and billions on the Iraq war, he now wants to make more money on the deceased.

Sep 13 12:39

This is outright gas sliding

Fake polls and propaganda.

Continue to expose the sinister Hillary Clinton campaign for what it is: a wildly failed attempt by a handful of elites to seize power. They were hoping for a home run by rigging the corporate media, instead they’ve struck out – word of Hillary Clinton’s poor health and erratic behavior has gone mainstream, and will continue to do so.

Vicious warmongers in favor of surveillance, wars for profit, and centralized financial authorities.

Sep 12 14:27

Flashback - Iraq: Seeing Double In Baghdad -- Saddam Uses Look-Alikes To Disguise His Whereabouts

Looking at the pictures, Buhmann also concluded that Saddam himself has not appeared in public since 1998 -- that is, until he finally reappeared on 21 September of this year. The expert says that means people viewing images of the Iraqi leader should be very careful about deducing anything about his health or other characteristics until they first have determined whether it is Saddam himself or a look-alike.

Sep 12 13:42

Woolsey, James

Project For The New American Century huh! Great pick Donald.

R. James Woolsey, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under President Bill Clinton from 1993-1995, is a well-connected advocate of militarist U.S. foreign policies. He has supported the work of several neoconservative-led groups, including the Committee on the Present Danger, the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, the Project for the New American Century, the Center for Security Policy, among numerous others.

Since 2011, Woolsey has chaired the board of directors of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an important bastion of hawkish “pro-Israel” advocacy in the United States that has served as an outpost for many well-known rightist ideologues.

Sep 12 01:25

Israeli Black Operations in the USA – Operation Honeypot

It is well known that the Israeli Mossad using their Sayanim network in the United States routinely engage in Black Operations (“Black Ops”) against US Citizens here in the United States.

They usually target anyone who they deem to be antithetical or non-supportive of Israeli domestic and foreign policy.

There is virtually no escape from this type of black op once a target has been selected.

They routinely target senators, congressmen, politicians, celebrities, CEOs, academics, intellectuals, journalists, diplomats, or anyone of relative importance in American society.

Sep 12 00:53

LEMOA – Logistics Exchange Memorandum Agreement Signed by India with the United States

LEMOA adversely impacts India, Asia, Africa, Eurasia and The Non–Aligned Movement

If this decision is not reversed by the Indian or the American people, the signing of these agreements will be another turning point in the political history of India already covertly overrun by Zionist financial and security companies and covert agencies.

Sep 11 09:21

7 Killed as Explosion Rocks Southern Baghdad

The source informed that an improvised explosive device exploded near a market in Madain district in Southern Baghdad, killing seven people and wounding several more, Iraqi News reported. “Security forces rushed to the area and evacuated the wounded to a nearby hospital and the bodies to the forensic medicine department, and cordoned off the area and barred approaching it,” the source added. On Saturday, Eight other people were killed and dozens injured in a spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital. An improvised device exploded in al-Husseiniya, Northeast of Baghdad, killing two people and injuring nine others, police officer Yasser al-Mostafa told Anadolu Agency. A volunteer tribal fighter and three family members were killed when unidentified people hurled a grenade on his vehicle in Southern Baghdad, he said.

Sep 09 13:03

Is Putin a Lousy Dancer?

A lousy dancer blames the uneven floor, and Mme Clinton had proven to be an unexpectedly lousy dancer in the competition for the presidency against the blundering New York tycoon. We would expect her to win or lose graciously, as befits a former First Lady, but gosh, she is clumsy – and blames her lack of grace on poor Mr Putin.

Caesar was renowned for his multitasking; he could dictate seven letters at once, wrote Pliny. But even Caesar lookalike Putin can’t play the role prepared for him by Ms Clinton and other mainstream Western politicians, that is to bear blame for all their shortcomings.

Sep 09 10:13

446 U.S. TROOPS ARRIVE IN IRAQ…

Sep 09 07:33

About 450 More US Troops Arrive in Iraq to Back Mosul Drive

About 450 more U.S. troops have arrived in Iraq in the past week to support the imminent offensive to drive ISIS from Mosul, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said Thursday.

Air Force Col. John Dorrian, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, declined to give a time frame for the start of the offensive but added, "We're going to have to get started soon" if Mosul is to be wrested from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria by the end of this year.

Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, task force commander, appeared to suggest in a Wall Street Journal interview that the Mosul offensive could begin as early as next month to fulfill Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's prediction that the strategic northwestern city would fall before the end of the year.

However, in a Pentagon briefing from Baghdad, Dorrian denied that Townsend said that the Mosul push would begin in early October.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is never, fully, leaving Iraq, in order to control which corporations sell Iraq's oil, and in what currencies it can be sold.

And BTW, there is one guy who is very steamed about this, none other than the Shiite cleric, Muqtada Al Sadr, who is encouraging his followers to demonstrate against the current Al-Abadi government for its corruption and incompetence.

As reported at presstv.com in July of this year, he made the following statement:

Iraqi shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has told his followers to target US troops who are to be deployed in Iraq as part of Washington’s alleged fight against the Daesh terrorist group. On Monday, US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that 560 more US troops will be sent to Iraq as part of an upcoming operation aimed at retaking the key city of Mosul from Daesh. A comment was posted on Sadr’s official website after one of his followers asked for the cleric’s response to the announcement. "They are a target for us," replied Sadr, without further elaborating, Reuters reported on Sunday. The move to increase the number of US troops comes despite growing concerns among the Iraqi public that the US is planning to use battle against Daesh as a pretext to return to Iraq. US forces invaded Iraq in 2003 to topple long-time dictator Saddam Hussein but the large-scale military operation deteriorated security in the Arab country and gave birth to various militant groups

Were I Sec Def Carter, I would most certainly take this man at his word, because I don't think he is bluffing at all about this threat. We will see how this plays out, but my bet is that not only will US troops be fighting Daesh; they will also be fighting the Mahdi Army, and they are a force with which to be reckoned.

Sep 08 10:53

CIA Chief Doubts Syria and Iraq ‘Can Be Put Back Together Again’

Speaking in an interview with the CTC Sentinel, CIA Director John Brennan expressed doubt about the viability of either Iraq or Syria as united nations in the near-term, saying he doubts whether either nation can be put back together in his lifetime.

Brennan has made similar comments in the past with respect to Syria, doubting that after so many years of civil war the country can return to a completely united single state, despite this being the stated policy goal of the US. This is the first time Brennan has made similar comments toward Iraq.

In both cases, as Brennan noted, there has been substantial bloodletting, and the wars have left massive amounts of sectarian tensions. He doubted whether a central government in either nation could ever really “govern fairly” on a national basis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find it deliciously ironic that Brennan is championing (without coming out and using the word) the balkanization of Iraq and Syria; these are goals the Israeli government has had for a long time for both nations, and it looks as though this part of Israel's "to do"list in the Middle East may be on the way to getting realized, thanks to Brennan's "easing the way" with his statements.

Such a balkanization/redraw of the Middle East would make the resulting areas smaller, less defensible, and easier to control, geopolitically.

Sep 08 10:45

ISIS Graveyard With Over 300 Graves Of Militants Discovered In Fallujah, Iraq

A graveyard containing over 300 graves of militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State have been discovered by the Iraqi Army.

Sep 08 08:05

Chilcot Special: Looking beneath the whitewash of the Iraq inquiry

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the Chilcot Report. We speak to Former First Minster of Scotland Alex Salmond. In 'I will be with you, whatever' we dismantle the reasons for Tony Blair's war in Iraq with his former attorney general. And the vice president of the Geneva International Centre for Justice tells us what Bush and Blair's shock and awe did to his country.

Sep 07 22:30

Pentagon And CIA at War in Syria

What a mess! In the crazy Syrian war, US-backed and armed groups are fighting other US-backed rebel groups. How can this be?

It is so because the Obama White House had stirred up war in Syria but then lost control of the process. When the US has a strong president, he can usually keep the military and intelligence agencies on a tight leash.
But the Obama administration has had a weak secretary of defense and a bunch of lady strategists who are the worst military commanders since Louis XV, who put his mistress, Madame de Pompadour, in charge of French military forces during the Seven Year’s War.

As a result, the two arms of offensive US strategic power, the Pentagon and CIA, went separate ways in Syria. Growing competition between the US military and militarized CIA broke into the open in Syria.

Fed up with the astounding incompetence of the White House, the US military launched and supported its own rebel groups in Syria, while CIA did the same.

Sep 07 22:25

It’s All About Russia

In the real world both Hillary and Wolfie sometimes visit, there is renewed enthusiasm for jumping on the hate Russia bandwagon.

Many issues characteristically beloved by Democrats are being raised to disparage Donald Trump.

Hillary, who has held nearly every senior government office that a human being can reasonably aspire to but the one she is currently lusting after, is unlike Trump only sufficiently deranged to kill people if they live somewhere in the third world and can’t do anything about it.

Sep 07 22:20

The Tide is Turning: The Official Story Is Now The Conspiracy Theory — Paul Craig Roberts

The question is: who are the real conspiracy kooks, the majority who disbelieve the official lies or the minority who believe the official lies?

In a few days it will be the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and this November 13 will be the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. These two state crimes against democracy destroyed American democracy, accountable government, and the Constitution’s protections of civil liberty.

Years after the damage done by these events the American people no longer believe the official stories. Neither does the government, but the government will never validate the distrust that Americans now share of “their” government by acknowledging the truth.

Sep 07 17:57

Iransom: House Republicans Introduce Bill to Legalize Theft

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce has introduced a measure to legalize the theft of Iranian money. “What’s worse than a $400 million cash ransom to Iran? A $1.7 billion cash ransom to Iran,” the California Republican said on Tuesday. "Sending the world's leading state sponsor of terror pallets of untraceable cash isn't just terrible policy. It's incredibly reckless, and it only puts bigger targets on the backs of Americans." “Iran’s supreme leader must not be allowed to seek ‘death to America’ with U.S. dollars in his pocket,” Royce said.

Sep 06 08:31

US-Trained Special Ops Fighter Is The Islamic State's New Top Commander In Iraq

Gulmurod Khalimov, a former paramilitary unit commander of the Tajikistan armed forces who received his battlefield training from American advisors and even came to the United States on several occasions, has become the top ISIS battlefield commander in Iraq after defecting last year and swearing jihad against the West.

Sep 05 10:28

Sadr loyalists stage strike in Iraq for new govt

Thousands of civil servants loyal to firebrand Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr went on strike on Sunday in the latest sign of escalation against the Iraqi government.

On Friday, the Shia cleric urged employees -- except for security forces -- to stage a two-day strike on Sunday to pressure Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to form a technocrat government.

He also called on Iraqis to launch a hunger strike inside mosques, shrines and churches as of Friday as a way of piling pressure on al-Abadi to replace his government.

According to Anadolu Agency reporter at the scene, employees have gathered outside government institutions waving anti-corruption banners.
“We have begun our strike in response to al-Sadr’s call,” Ibrahim Falih, one of the striking employees in the capital Baghdad, told Anadolu Agency.
“We will continue our strike until Monday in line with al-Sadr’s directions,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And I have to speculate what: happens when Al Sadr supports simply oust the Al-Abadi government, through a popular uprising, and hold elections in which Al Sadr becomes the new President of Iraq?!?

What will the US government do then?!?

Massively re-invade the country, because it picked a President not of its liking?!?

And how does the American President sell THAT to the American people, after all the blood and money spent to "anoint" the Al-Abadi government, after the assassination of Saddam Hussein?!?

And please note; to the best of my knowledge, no corporate presstitutes are going any where near reporting this to the American people.

But Americans need to know what is going on here, and right now, that Obama's foreign policy in Iraq is failing utterly, and if Al-Sadr winds up taking the reins of government, it's very possibly game over for the US in Iraq.

Sep 04 12:01

The Importance for the USA to Join Hands with the World

If America truly believes in its “exceptionalism,” then it should, with supreme confidence, enter the world as an active participant, and not as a spoiled “bully in the school yard.”

Now that former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski has openly declared that the United States of America should abandon their quest for global hegemony, American leadership should take heed and amend their foreign policy objectives accordingly.

Sep 04 11:50

Muslim Press interviews American poet, writer, and columnist Gary Corseri

We live in an Age of Distractions--false premises, false promises.
‘Not only neocons but “neo-liberals” see no space between the interests of the US and Israel!’

Was the human race fated to make the same stupid mistakes over and over? War after war after war?

Sep 04 11:07

The Neocon in the Oval Office

Neoconservatives are wedded to war, death and destruction. It is the foundation of their policy and it dominates the culture that they have created.

If Hillary Rodham Clinton becomes US President, she will be the first neoconservative to actually occupy that office.

Israel and its supporters were inseparable from the neoconservative movement from the beginning.

Many neocons were already Zionist or pro-Zionist, and their support for aggressive militarism was largely indistinguishable from Israel’s own strategic plans.

To the extent that the neocon movement could sell Israel’s views as solidly American, it could bend the resources of the most powerful military on earth for Israel’s own ends.

Sep 03 08:14

"Apocalyptic Scenes" As Fleeing ISIS Fighters Set Iraqi Town's Oil Wells On Fire

Twenty-five years later, in an ironic twist, it was ISIS fighters who returned the favor, and while fleeing an Iraqi toawn, they did their best to raze it to the ground by flooding the streets with oil and setting it on fire.

Pressured by the latest advance of coalition forces approaching the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul in the north of the country, the jihadists were forced to retreat from Qayyara by Iraqi soldiers. As they fled, they took a page from the Iraq's own army as they ISIS bombed pipelines and set fire to nearby oil wells, creating an endless cloud of black smoke that blocked out the sun, leaving the town shrouded in darkness in an eerie redux of scenes from 1991.

Smoke billowing into the sky during a Reuters visit on Monday blotted out the sun in central districts hours before nightfall, producing an "apocalyptic scene" in this desert settlement which lacks electricity amid 49 degree Celsius (120°F) temperatures.

Sep 01 07:56

US intends to break up Iraq for Israel’s interests: Activist

Press TV has talked to peace activist and former US Marine, Ken O’Keefe, to get his take on the remarks made by the Secretary General of the Iraqi resistance movement Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (HHN), saying the Middle East region’s woes have only worsened ever since the onset of the US “war on terror”.

Aug 30 15:30

War Not Over: US Occupation Is Still Poisoning Iraq's Children

After years and countless lives lost, the US government is refusing to fully acknowledge the health crisis its burn pits in Iraq have unleashed upon the US service members exposed to airborne contaminants, even after the VA was ordered by Congress last year to establish a registry for those who have suffered ill health as a result. But when it comes to the long-term hazards of burn pits, bombings, bullets and chemical weapons upon the people of Iraq, whose exposure is exponentially greater and continues to the present day, such recognition is virtually non-existent.

Aug 30 14:27

The Muslim Brotherhood's divisive dress code for women

Nureddin Sabir says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, including the controversial swimwear, the “burkini”, is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and should concern everyone of us.

Aug 30 06:10

Israeli think tank: Don’t destroy ISIS; it’s a “useful tool” against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria

According to a think tank that does contract work for NATO and the Israeli government, the West should not destroy ISIS, the fascist Islamist extremist group that is committing genocide and ethnically cleansing minority groups in Syria and Iraq.

Why? The so-called Islamic State “can be a useful tool in undermining” Iran, Hezbollah, Syria and Russia, argues the think tank’s director.

Aug 27 14:28

War Criminal Tony Blair Reveals Self-Doubt After Public Shaming

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has reappeared since his public shaming at the hands of Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq Inquiry last month to defend his record on mass immigration and ponder whether his own views on politics have hit the rocks.

Speaking ahead of the publication of the latest UK immigration figures, Blair told Politico magazine that although there is a need for “rules and not prejudices,” immigration could be “good for a country.”

Aug 26 09:43

Video: Iraqi City Of Mosul Faces The Bloody Prospect Of ‘Liberation’

Sabah Alnasseri: Corruption and factional fighting within the parliament will soon be accompanied by intensified conflict as the army attempts to take Mosul from the Islamic State.

Aug 25 15:44

Qayara Reported Liberated; 111 Killed In Iraq

At least 111 people were killed and 30 more wounded:

In Mosul, medical officials reported that 10 civilians were killed and 15 were wounded in a Coalition airstrike that also left a number of militant casualties. Militants executed 25 civilians, including a 25-year-old woman, on espionage charges. Twelve more were shot to death at a juice bar.

Aug 25 12:54

PENTAGON HAS NO IDEA WHERE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF GUNS WENT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

The U.S. government has shipped over 1.4 million guns to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, according a new analysis by the U.K.-based watchdog Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), but the Pentagon is only able to account for fewer than half of them. AOAV released its analysis of publicly available data on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contracts on Wednesday, and added that when requested to provide its own accounting for the small arms provided to the war-torn nations, "the DoD data shows that over 700,000 small arms were sent from the U.S. to Iraq and Afghanistan within these periods. However, this amount only accounts for 48 percent of the total small arms supplied by the U.S. government that can be found in open source government reports."

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