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Jul 10 09:22

Chilcot's Iraq Inquiry: Truth At Last Or Establishment Whitewash?

Massively delayed and hugely controversial, the Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War reports back on July 6. RT examines the background of the UK’s official probe into one of the nation’s most divisive modern crises.

Jul 10 08:37

John Prescott defies former boss Tony Blair and claims the Iraq war was ILLEGAL

FORMER Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has sensationally claimed the Iraq war launched by Tony Blair was illegal.

The New Labour grandee also expressed his “fullest apology” to the families of nearly 200 Britons killed in the controversial war.

The 78-year-old claimed the Attorney General at the time, Lord Goldsmith, gave “no justification” that the war was legal.

And Lord Prescott now says he believes the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s claim that the invasion of Iraq was illegal was “right”.

Writing in the Mirror, the former Hull MP said: “The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, came to the Cabinet, verbally announced it was legal, but provided no documentation to justify it.

Jul 10 08:02

An Iraqi man, Naijh Al-Baldawi hugs ISIS suicide bomber absorbing the blast. Saving the targeted shrine and countless lives.

A man has been hailed a hero after he apparently took his own life to save the lives of countless other people.
It has been reported that Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi approached a suicide bomber and hugged him as he made his way to a shrine in Balad, Iraq, after seeing that he was wearing a suicide belt.

Jul 10 07:57

They were confidants and political bedfellows but fell out spectacularly over the Iraq War. Now PIERS MORGAN reveals the insanity inside BLAIR'S BUNKER in his explosive diary entries

In the week that the long-awaited and shamefully overdue Chilcot Report into the war was published, severely castigating Blair, I revisited my diaries from the time.

They paint a unique insider picture of the dramatic build-up to the war, the inner workings of Tony Blair’s mind as he made the momentous decision, and all the fallout from the shocking, disastrous aftermath.

It was the worst foreign policy mistake in modern British history, and for Blair a personal disaster from which his reputation may never recover. A war which cost the lives of 179 British soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

This, in real time, is how I saw it all go down. You, the reader, can decide if this changes or reinforces your view of Blair’s War.

Jul 10 07:38

Cojones! How gung-ho George Bush goaded Tony Blair to war in Iraq with a humiliating phone call

Details of the humiliating phone call when George Bush finally crushed Tony Blair’s hopes of persuading the US President not to invade Iraq without United Nations backing have been revealed for the first time.

In the extraordinary conversation just two weeks before the 2003 conflict began, a gung-ho Bush says he is ready to ‘kick ass’ and praises Blair for having the ‘cojones’ (a Spanish word politely translated as courage) to back the US.

When a nervous Blair replies: ‘It might be my epitaph,’ Bush says: ‘Like, RIP here lies a man of courage, you mean?’ To which Blair’s prophetic response is: ‘Yeah, right.’

Jul 10 06:12

How the Iraq War Was Sold

To understand the Iraq war you don’t need to consult generals, but the spin doctors and PR flacks who stage-managed the countdown to war from the murky corridors of Washington where politics, corporate spin and psy-ops spooks cohabit.

Jul 10 06:07

Shamed Tony Blair faces CONTEMPT vote in parliament over Iraq War

TONY Blair could be held in contempt by the House of Commons this week over the “deceit” with which the former Prime Minister led Britain into the Iraq war.

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Phony Tony deserves worse than that!

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Jul 09 10:36

flashback 03/19/2003 Bush declares war

The following is a full [?] transcript of his address:

(*The part I want to emphasize , is where bush said something , to the effect 'if Iraq burns its oil fields/wells, it will be considered a "war crime". which I found HERE>>> http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=705035 , but not in the content of the Bush declaration of perpetual war . Am I 'losing it' , or has that part of the address been 'scrubbed' ? )

Jul 09 08:39

US veterans on Chilcot: we need our own inquiry to avoid repeating mistakes

Following the devastating British inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, American veterans and their families have warned that the US is liable to repeat the mistakes without a similarly comprehensive investigation.

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See THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY. There was no mistake. George Bush lied us into a war of conquest!

meanwhile read the comments in the above article!

Jul 09 07:43

The US too needs a report

As the UK parliament released its long-awaited Chilcot report on the country’s role in the Iraq war, there have been renewed calls all over Britain to try former prime minister Tony Blair for war crimes. This brings up another question: what about George W Bush?

Jul 09 07:42

Whitewash Won’t Cover Blair’s Guilt

This week’s Chilcot report on Britain’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq was as polite and guarded as a proper English tea party. No direct accusations, no talk of war crimes by then Prime Minister Tony Blair or his guiding light, President George W. Bush. But still pretty damning.

Jul 09 07:27

Iraq: Turkish Firms Supplying ISIL's Arms Workshops with Modern Parts

The secret reports of the Turkish police indicated in June that the Al-Nusra Front and ISIL terrorists use Turkey's both legal and illegal border crossings to transfer weapons and ammunition to Syria.

Jul 08 16:39

Iraq verdict: Trouble if heads don't roll

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

Jul 08 15:37

UK Govt Gambled With Troops’ Mental Health Over Iraq & Afghanistan – Chilcot

Multiple wars fought at the same time saw the British government risking troops’ mental health by ignoring their own guidelines on repeated, back-to-back deployments, the Chilcot Inquiry has found.

The report found that so-called ‘harmony guidelines’ were ignored or broken due to the heightened operational tempo of fighting two parallel wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Jul 08 14:29

Petition Collects Signatures To ‘Expel Tony Blair From Labour Party’

A petition calling for former British prime minister Tony Blair to be expelled from the Labour Party is receiving a flurry of signatures following the publication of a damning report on Britain’s role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

Jul 08 12:22

Chilcot And The End Of The Anglosphere

Do we really need a 2.6 million word report on how Bush’s poodle, a.k.a. former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, allowed his country to be pulled into a conflict that claimed hundreds of British lives, thousands of American lives, and at least 150,000 Iraqi lives, while plunging the entire region into a maelstrom of terroristic chaos?

Jul 08 11:52

‘They Took One Saddam, But Got Us Many More’: Young Iraqi Man Tells RT He Wants Justice For Blair

Blair’s apology for the Iraq invasion is not going to bring the “destroyed” country and dead people back, a disabled Iraqi man, who lost his whole family, told RT. He demands justice for those whose actions only created “many more Saddams”.

Jul 08 11:02

US Jets Diverted to Iraq, Abandoning Syrian Rebels

Routed last week by ISIS, the defeat of the US-backed New Syrian Army at al-Bukamal was an embarrassing setback for US attempts to prop up factions to fight ISIS along the Syrian border with Iraq. The Pentagon is already making excuses.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter confirmed that there is an ongoing internal investigation, after the US warplanes committed to the Bukamal offensive were diverted to Iraq, to attack a convoy trying to flee south Fallujah.

Officials were eager to brag about the Fallujah strikes last week, claiming hundreds of ISIS fighters killed, though that has been somewhat tempered by reports of civilian family members of ISIS being among the slain. It also came at the cost of bailing on the New Syrian Army, and getting them slaughtered by ISIS.

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I would like to politely point out to Sec Def Carter that continuing to do something in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome, is one of the classic definitions of insanity, which is pretty much how one would reasonably characterise the US policy on Syria.

There ARE no such people as "moderate rebels"; and every time the US government trains and funds these groups, they choke, let go of valuable equipment, and never produce the results the US government says it does, i.e., regime change in Syria.

It would be far more intelligent for the US government to be working in tandem with Russia, which is achieving success against the Syria rebels, and giving Al-Assad more time to transition out of power, than what it is doing, rather badly, right now in Syria.

Of course, such an approach...would be logical.

Jul 08 10:38

Baghdad Attack Leaves Many Dead, Wounded Near Mausoleum

Islamic State claimed a triple suicide attack on Thursday evening near a Shi’ite mausoleum north of Baghdad, which killed at least 35 people and wounded 60 others, according to Iraqi security sources.

The attack on the Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi reignited fears of an escalation of the sectarian strife between Iraq’s Shi’ites and Sunnis.

The Shi’ite form a majority in Iraq but Sunnis are predominant in northern and western provinces, including Salahuddin where the mausoleum is located.

Prominent Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr ordered his militia, the Peace Brigade, to deploy around the mausoleum, near Balad, about 93 kilometers (58 miles) north of Baghdad.

Sadr’s militia is also deployed in Samarra, a nearby city that houses the shrine of Imam Ali al-Hadi, the father of Sayid Mohammed whose mausoleum was attacked on Thursday.

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Cleric Moqtada Al-Sadr is positioning himself very intelligently to be seen as a senior statesman, focused on keeping sectarian strife under control here.

If there were a national revolution to oust the absolutely impotent government of Al-Abadi, the US's puppet, Al-Sadr would be the person to bet on to sweep Iraqi elections, and gain power, if that was what he wanted; only time will tell.

Jul 08 07:20

"Utterly damning & no road back" - George Galloway on Chilcot

Jul 08 07:17

Chilcot and the End of the Anglosphere

Bush’s poodle subordinated British sovereignty – and precipitated a disaster

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Jul 07 14:59

The Iraq War Was An Act Of Military Aggression Launched On A False Pretext

Before addressing the issues raised in the Iraq Inquiry report, I would like to remember and honour the 179 British servicemen and women killed and the thousands maimed and injured during the Iraq war, and their families as well as the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who have died as a result of the invasion and occupation of Iraq launched by the US and British governments 13 years ago.

Jul 07 14:29

Tariq Ramadan: Iraq War Waged For U.S. Economic Interests Has Destabilized All Of Middle East

In the last week, more than 300 people have been killed in attacks by militants in Iraq, Turkey, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia.

Jul 07 14:12

War Criminal Bush Defends Decision To Invade Iraq Following Chilcot Report

Following the release of the British Chilcot Inquiry report into the Iraq war, former US president George W. Bush has defended the decision to invade Iraq together with the UK in 2003.

Jul 07 13:35

Chilcot, Israel and the Jewish lobby

Gilad Atzmon wonders whether Chilcot’s failure to mention Israel’s role in Tony Blair’s war on Iraq was related to the presence on his team of Martin Gilbert and Lawrence Freedman, both Jewish with Gilbert being an active supporter of Zionism.

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

Jul 07 12:30

Iraq Verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

First and foremost it was not so much a foreign policy disaster as a flat-out war crime for which Blair as chief perpetrator must be tried. And so must his Cabinet, who carry collective responsibility.

There will be mega-trouble if heads don’t roll.

Jul 07 12:29

Iraq verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

Stuart Littlewood argues that apologies for the war on Iraq are not enough and that there will be “mega-trouble if heads don't roll” and Tony Blair and his co-conspirators are not brought to justice.

Jul 07 12:10

‘Betrayal’: Iraq Veterans Call For Blair’s Indictment After Chilcot Report

Veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are calling for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to indict former Prime Minister Tony Blair for war crimes. They spoke to RT about their sense of “betrayal” over the Blair-era Iraq War.

Jul 07 11:10

'Please stop saying I was lying,' says ex-UK PM Blair after Iraq war inquiry

Tony Blair, the former prime minister who led Britain into war in Iraq in 2003, launched a defense of his legacy following the publication of a highly critical report into the war with a simple message: "Please stop saying I was lying."

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A short memo to Tony Blair; you pushed the UK into the Iraq war because you could smell money, for yourselves, and others in your inner circle, in the blood to come from this disaster.

As reported at informationclearinghouse.info on 27 December, 2010:

Tony Blair should give up millions of pounds he is earning from the Kuwaiti government as reparations for the Iraq war, campaigners said today. The former prime minister's company has been paid more than £27 million for advising the oil-rich state on how to run itself, according to reports. They led to calls for him to hand back the money amid accusations he is cashing in on his decision to take Britain into Iraq in 2003 — although a spokesman dismissed the figure as “complete invention”. A Stop the War coalition spokesman said: “There really should be a law against a former Prime Minister who took us into a war becoming extremely wealthy as a result of that war.”

And let's not forget your "good buddy", Sir John Scarlett, himself the author of the "Dodgy Dossier". As reported at beforeitsnews.com on 12 November, 2015:

Tony Blair’s spy chief who wrongly claimed Iraq had WMDs making millions Published time: 12 Nov, 2015 17:39 The former spy chief who provided Tony Blair with ‘evidence’ justifying the invasion of Iraq in 2003 is now raking in vast sums of money, working for accountancy firms, stock brokers, oil companies and investment banks. Sir John Scarlett was head of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) when former Prime Minister Blair used the now infamous ‘dodgy dossier’ on Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) to claim the Iraqi leader could launch an attack on Britain within 45 minutes. Critics of the spy chief say he let Blair’s spin-doctor Alistair Campbell pressure him into “sexing up” the document. Since leaving the civil service, Scarlett has worked for a string of multinational corporations, including PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and BP, earning hundreds of thousands of pounds. Blair promoted Scarlett to the head of MI6 in 2004, a year after the invasion of Iraq, in a move many saw as a reward for his assistance in justifying the Iraq War. The spymaster left MI6 in 2009 to work in the private sector, taking a role on the advisory board of PwC in 2010 and as a paid adviser to global insurance company Swiss Re. In the same year, Scarlett also took a job with investment bank Morgan Stanley and risk management firm Chertoff Group, founded by former US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. Within a year of leaving MI6 Scarlett also took a position on the board of Times Newspapers and an advisory position for the Norwegian multinational oil company, Statoil. The private company Scarlett ran with his wife, Gwenda Stilliard, had cash assets of £89,573 ($136,185) in 2012 and £683,625 ($1.03 million) a year later. According to the Independent, over the past three years Scarlett shared £800,000 ($1.2 million) from another private consultancy firm, SC Strategy that he co-owned with the former independent review of anti-terrorism legislation Lord Carlisle. In January 2015 Scarlett joined the board of BP as a non-executive director. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond approved the move, advising him: “You should not draw on privileged information available to you from your time in Crown Service.” The UK government’s Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (Acoba), which monitors the ‘revolving door’ between government and the private sector, approved all of Scarlett’s job applications. A former MI6 official and colleague of Scarlett told the Independent he was one of many spy chiefs cashing in on the booming security industry. “After 9/11 there was an intelligence free-for-all in the United States,” he said. “The division between state and commercial security got shot to hell, blurred. Booz Allen Hamilton, Chertoff, and other connected firms, now pull in billions in state contracts. “And as their net and international influence spread, and large corporations place increasing faith in tailored intel, the British CVs of John Scarlett or John Sawers [MI6 chief from 2009-2014] or Mark Allen [a deputy chief at MI6], all look worth shelling out for,” he added.

So, the bottom line, Tony Blair, is that you lied, because you could smell the money coming. Hundreds of British military members have died, or become maimed for life; thousands of Iraqis are dead, and Iraq is a completely failed nation.

But hey, you and your buddies did make a ton of money on the deaths and maimings of your brother and sister Brits, and thousands of dead Iraqis, didn't you?!?

And ultimately, the money was all that mattered.

Congrats, sir, in tandem with that unholy trinity of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, in having created an absolutely new, hellish standard for vulture capitalism at is finest; I think you will be the standard-bearer for that dubious distinction for some time to come.

Jul 07 08:23

Chilcot, Israel and the Lobby

It took seven years for Sir Chilcot and his team to reach a set of conclusions that every Brit capable of thought understood back in November, 2013.

The inquiry produced a damning assessment of Blair’s conduct as well as the British military. But the Chilcot Inquiry failed to expose the crucial close ties between Blair’s criminal war, the Jewish Lobby and Israel.

At the time Britain entered the criminal war against Iraq, Blair’s chief funders were Lord ‘cashpoint’ Levy and the LFI (Labour Friends of Israel). The prime advocates for the immoral interventionist war within the British press were Jewish Chronicle writers David Aaronovitch and Nick Cohen. The attorney general that gave the green light for the war was Lord Goldsmith.

Jul 07 07:54

MI6 source who claimed Saddam had 'spherical glass containers' full of chemical weapons was actually describing scenes from Hollywood blockbuster The Rock

MI6 has been ridiculed for relying on a 'key' Iraqi source who described unrealistic scenes from Hollywood Blockbuster The Rock.

The Chilcot inquiry highlighted the ludicrous episode as it slammed flawed intelligence assessments that repeatedly suggested Saddam Hussein had significant WMD capabilities - even though no weapons were found.

It also accused chiefs of failing to stand up to Tony Blair as he drove the country towards war.

The long-awaited report said that in September 2002, six months before the invasion, the intelligence agency believed it was on the edge of a 'significant breakthrough'.
A new source in Iraq was thought to have 'phenomenal access' to information about Saddam Hussein's chemical and biological weapon programme.

The individual had suggested the regime was accelerating its production of such WMD.

Jul 07 07:25

Where’s the US Chilcot Report? Blame Obama, Hillary, Biden and Kerry

Nothing exposes the fraud of so-called “peace candidate” Barack Obama more than his handling of the illegal government propaganda campaign and eventual war on Iraq. As the UK reads and debates the Chilcot report investigating the Blair government’s role in lying that country into the war, there is no notice in the US that Obama announced before taking office in late 2008 there would be no similar investigation in the US.

It was of course George Bush and his neocons from the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) gang that seized on the September 11, 2001 attacks to manipulate events into an opportunity to wage offensive war on Iraq. And it was the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, led by Clinton, Kerry, Biden et. al., who provided the votes a year after 9/11 that green-lighted the war.

Jul 07 07:18

Chilcot Report To 'Open The Flood Gate,' Analyst Says

The newly-released inquiry into Britain’s role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq is not “the end of the line” but it “opens the flood gate,” says the CEO and founder of the Cordoba Foundation.

Jul 07 07:15

Chilcot report: Tony Blair is now facing the prospect of legal action over his decision to go to war in Iraq

Jeremy Corbyn said Sir John’s long-awaited £10 million report made clear that the UK Parliament had been misled and that the invasion was "an act of military aggression based on a false pretext".

Jul 06 16:14

Deadliest Suicide Bombing in Baghdad

Jul 06 16:01

Corbyn Says Tony Blair 'Misled' MPs Over Iraq Invasion

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused former prime minister Tony Blair of misleading MPs over the rationale for the invasion of Iraq.

Jul 06 15:25

5 Revelations From Chilcot’s Damning Report Into The Iraq War

The long-awaited findings of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the invasion of Iraq by Britain in 2003 were finally published on Wednesday.

It has taken seven years, £10 million (US$ 13 million) and 2.6 million words to investigate whether it was right and necessary for the UK to invade Iraq, and whether the UK could and should have been better prepared for what followed.

Jul 06 14:13

The Iraq War, Brexit And Imperial Blowback

While the British Empire may be a thing of the past, British imperialism is not. Today the Chilcot inquiry reports on the role of Tony Blair’s government in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which resulted in the death of nearly half a million Iraqis and the destabilization of the region, for which its inhabitants continue to pay the price. It is no coincidence that the Blairite wing of the Labour Party, amidst the Brexit chaos, launched a coup against its current leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who is set to call for Blair to be put on trial for war crimes.

Jul 06 13:49

Mortars Strikes Continue In Baghdad; 32 Killed In Iraq

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, revealed that there is considerable war crimes evidence against the Shi’ite militia, Kata’ib Hezbollah. The group headquartered itself in Saqlawiya and undertook unwarranted interrogations of displaced people during the operations in Saqlawiya, Fallujah, and other nearby areas. Hundreds of men are still missing.

Jul 06 13:45

Chilcot’s Forgotten Witnesses – Britain’s Iraqi Diaspora (VIDEO)

The 2003 Iraq invasion and occupation left at least 500,000 dead, scattered refugees to the wind and threw the region into chaos. Yet as Sir John Chilcot delivers his long-delayed Iraq Inquiry report, the silence of Iraqis themselves is deafening.

Jul 06 13:20

Families Of UK Soldiers Killed In Iraq To Take Blair To Court

Relatives of British soldiers killed during the Iraq war say they will take former Prime Minister Tony Blair to court if a long-awaited report due to be published on Wednesday finds that he acted wrongly over the war.

Jul 06 11:52

IRAQ TO STOP USING FAKE BOMB DETECTORS IN WAKE OF BAGHDAD ATTACK

In the wake of the deadliest terrorist attack in Iraq since 2003, Iraq’s prime minister Haider al-Abadi has instructed all the country’s security forces – the federal and local police and the army — to stop using fake bomb detectors at the hundreds of security checkpoints across the country. The Independent reports that al-Abadi also ordered an investigation at the Ministry of the Interior into “corrupt deals” to buy the fake bomb detectors, known as ADE 651.

Jul 06 11:01

State Dept: Growing ISIS Attacks a Sign of US War ‘Success’

Over the weekend, the Obama Administration presented the massive Saturday night ISIS attack in Baghdad as something that only “bolstered” America’s resolve to win the war militarily. Today, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken insisted that it wasn’t just about resolve, that the bombings themselves were a sign of America’s military success.

The Baghdad bombings killed 215 people and wounded 175 others. A number of children were among the slain. The largest attack was a suicide bombing against a major Shi’ite shopping district, which was crowded because of the breaking of the Ramadan fast.

Blinken argued that the US war is going so well, with the US beating them by “every single measure,” that ISIS is launching even more attacks than ever, saying the attacks too are “a measure of the success we’re having” in defeating them militarily.

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ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!? This guy said this out loud, in public, and with a straight face?!?!?

Let's get our facts straight here.

1. ISIS is funded and trained by elements close to the US government. This was to counter Iranian influence in the region, and divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East.

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region. The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history. The CIA first aligned itself with extremist Islam during the Cold War era. Back then, America saw the world in rather simple terms: on one side, the Soviet Union and Third World nationalism, which America regarded as a Soviet tool; on the other side, Western nations and militant political Islam, which America considered an ally in the struggle against the Soviet Union. The director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan, General William Odom recently remarked, “by any measure the U.S. has long used terrorism. In 1978-79 the Senate was trying to pass a law against international terrorism – in every version they produced, the lawyers said the U.S. would be in violation.”

2. Iraq is a train wreck, thanks to the US invasion and occupation of this country. The US wants Iraq balkanized, so that it can never attain the standard of living it had under Saddam Hussein, which was one of the highest in the Arab world, so these "statelets", post-balkanization, be more easily controlled as small vassal states.

3. These very successful attacks in Iraq demonstrate the US government's absolutely murderous resolve to achieve this planned balkanization, no matter how many innocent people get killed in their wake.

Tony Blinken, the American people know you are full of grade A bovine excrement, in making these statements; why don't you just fess up, and tell the truth about the origin - and the real reasons for the current US support - for ISIS?!?!?

Jul 06 10:04

Everyone Knew that Iraq Didn’t Have WMDs (And Chilcot Report Is a Whitewash)

We in the alternative media reported over and over and over and over and over and over that all of the insiders knew that Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

Today’s Chilcot Report doesn’t add anything new.

Craig Murray – former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector (i.e. president) of the University of Dundee – explains why:

Do not expect a full truth and a full accounting from the Chilcot panel of establishment trusties today. Remember who they are.

Jul 06 08:44

Blair Committed Supreme Crime

Chilcot tells us what we knew but at much greater length with lots of gaps in it

Jul 06 08:24

Iraq War Inquiry Not To 'Shy Away' From Criticism

Sir John Chilcot, whose inquiry report about the British government’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq will be published on Wednesday, says he is not afraid to criticize those in charge during the war in the report.

Jul 06 08:04

Tony Blair’s Letters To George W. Bush To Be Released… But Not The President’s Replies

Secret correspondence between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and ex-US President George W. Bush will finally be published in connection with Sir John Chilcot’s long-anticipated Iraq War Inquiry report.

Jul 06 07:51

Iraq war mother: 'Blair cannot be allowed to walk away to his merry life and his millions'

"Tony Blair has to answer for his actions, whether it is in a court of war here or in The Hague. He can't just walk away and say sorry [...] and go off to his merry life and all his millions. No. In my opinion he should be in the Hague, on war crimes [charges]."

Jul 06 07:37

Chilcot needs to say, ‘Blair lied’.

The fact is, there is already enough information in the public domain to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Tony Blair lied in the run up to the war, that the war was illegal and that it did catastrophic damage not just to Middle East but to global stability.

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I note that the foreign press is reporting that the Chilcot report does suggest Tony Blair fabricated much of the claims used to sell the war while the American corporate media continues to use the phrase "flawed intelligence." The reason is obvious. George W. Bush was party to those very same lies. And the government doesn't want you knowing that you are lied into wars because more wars based on more lies are coming!

Jul 06 07:24

Tony Blair is world's worst terrorist: Families of Iraq war dead protest against former UK PM

As protesters outside bayed for Tony Blair's prosecution, inside the building where John Chilcot delivered his damming Iraq War Inquiry report the father of a dead serviceman delivered his own verdict: "My son died in vain".

Having waited seven years for the former civil servant to deliver his verdict on Britain's role in the 2003 conflict, bereaved families and anti-war protesters were united in an outpouring of anger.

"There is one terrorist in this world that the world needs to be aware of, and his name is Tony Blair, the world's worst terrorist," Sarah O'Connor, whose brother Bob was killed in Iraq in 2005, told a press conference following the report's publication.

Jul 06 07:16

Chilcot Inquiry live reaction

Blair denies making a decision on Iraq at Crawford in Texas at a meeting with President Bush, and pushed “a reluctant US administration” to comply with the UN.

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Jul 06 07:12

5 revelations from Chilcot’s damning report into the Iraq war

The report says then-Prime Minister Tony Blair deliberately exaggerated the threat posed by the Iraqi regime as he sought to make the case for military action to MPs and the public. Blair had disregarded warnings about the potential consequences of military action and relied too heavily on his own beliefs, Chilcot says.

In July 2002, well over six months before the invasion of Iraq, Blair wrote to then-US President George Bush promising him that the UK would be there with him “whatever,” Chilcot says.

Jul 06 07:06

Chilcot Report on Iraq War Offers Devastating Critique of Tony Blair

Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain went to war alongside the United States in Iraq in 2003 on the basis of flawed intelligence that went unchallenged, a shaky legal rationale, inadequate preparation and exaggerated public statements, an independent inquiry into the war concluded in a report published on Wednesday.

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The corporate media is declaring the Chilcot report "devastating" but it is in fact another whitewash. This article echoes the claim of "flawed intelligence" but as the Downing Street Memo and Blair's "Dodgy Dossier" prove, there was a deliberate intention to deceive the people of the US and UK with the fiction of nuclear weapons, in order to invade Iraq for purely economic reasons.

Jul 06 07:06

'I will be with you, whatever': Blair's fawning messages to George W Bush reveal how the two plotted to come up with a 'clever plan' to 'deal' with Saddam

One message shows that - as soon as the day after the 9/11 attacks - Blair told Bush they should immediately tackle states and individuals with weapons of mass destruction and justify it later.

In another six-page memo to Bush - sent when Blair was telling the British public that no decision to go to war had been made - the then-Prime Minister said he would do 'whatever' it took to remove Saddam Hussein.

In one of the earliest notes to be released, a private letter to the US President on September 12, 2001, Mr Blair both offered support to bring to justice the hijackers who destroyed the Twin Towers and looked ahead to the 'next stage after this evil'.

Jul 06 06:44

Chilcot: Blair invaded Iraq before exhausting peaceful options

Tony Blair’s government made up its mind to take Britain into the U.S.-led war in Iraq before all peaceful options had been exhausted, and based the decision on “flawed intelligence,” according to the long-awaited Chilcot Report released on Wednesday.

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The Chilcot report is a whitewash. There was no flawed intelligence. There was flat-out lying.

Jul 06 06:28

Tony Blair has 'got his comeuppance today': Mum of Glasgow soldier killed in Iraq is pleased with Chilcot report

In it, report author Sir John Chilcot criticised Tony Blair - the Prime Minister in 2003 who presented the case for war and led the invasion - for committing to backing US counterpart George W Bush over Iraq.

It also criticised Government ministers' justification for, planning and conduct of a military intervention which "went badly wrong, with consequences to this day".

Several military operations were described in the report as "hastily prepared" and led to equipment shortages for British personnel - an issue which several victims' families have long campaigned over.

Jul 06 06:27

Chilcot vows his Iraq War report will NOT be a whitewash and 'a few' people will get the blame but admits he is 'not judge and jury' as military families tell him troops cannot carry the can for politicians

It has been seven years in the making, but the results of the inquiry into Britain's invasion of Iraq in 2003 will finally be unveiled today.

Thirteen years after British troops crossed into Iraq, Sir John Chilcot will deliver his verdict on the UK's most controversial military engagement of the post-war era - and he has warned the Government, army and intelligence service to expect criticism.

The report, believed to have cost around £10million to produce, is published amid calls for former prime minister Tony Blair to be held to account for 'misleading the public and Parliament' when taking the UK into the conflict.

Jul 06 06:19

FLASHBACK - The Downing Street memo

There was a perceptible shift in attitude. Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.

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With the Chilcot report finally out, it is worth recalling all the lies used to sell us war with Iraq.

Jul 06 06:16

FLASHBACK - THE LIE OF THE (LAST) CENTURY

There is nothing new in a government lying to their people to start a war. Indeed because most people prefer living in peace to bloody and horrific death in war, any government that desires to initiate a war usually lies to their people to create the illusion that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make.

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With the Chilcot report finally out, it is worth recalling all the lies used to sell us war with Iraq.

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Jul 06 06:14

Mother of soldier killed in Iraq believes Chilcot Report backs her call for Blair to face prosecution

Pat Long, who lost her 24-year-old son Paul in 2003, has said the inquiry into the war proves Tony Blair “lied” about the details which led to the conflict and claimed the lives of 179 British servicemen and women.

Jul 05 19:29

Royal Navy Admiral Lord West: "I was told in 2002 we were invading Iraq"

On the eve of the release of the Chilcot Report, Lord Admiral West, former Commander-in-Chief of Fleet of the British Royal Navy in the lead up to the Iraq war, revealed to Channel 4 News that in July 2002, a full eight months before British Parliamentary approval for the invasion of Iraq, he was told "by someone very high up...that we would be invading Iraq".

"You don't wake up in your bath in the morning and say let's get ready for war. Someone told me. I know someone told me"

Lord West was not invited to give evidence to the Chilcot inquiry.

Jul 05 17:26

T.U.T. One World Philosophy

Jul 05 16:24

Key Promoter Of Iraq War Now Embraces Nonintervention

Jim Hale served as media relations director for the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, a key pro-war organization that boasted such members as John McCain, George Shultz, and Bob Kerrey (senator from Nebraska). He is now a convert to noninterventionist foreign policy.

Jul 05 14:59

Rockets Strike Iranian Dissident Camp; 135 Killed In Iraq

Camp Liberty, a former United States installation, came under a heavy rocket
barrage on Sunday. It is unclear if the camp or nearby Baghdad International Airport was the intended target.

Jul 05 11:23

IRAQ – U.S. refused to bomb ISIS convoy because it contained CIA advisers

At the end of the battle for Fallujah, a convoy of around 500 vehicles allowed Isis fighters to flee the city to Syria.

The Pentagon refused to bomb the convoy because the vehicles belonged to civilians and they were probably transporting the wives and children of some jihadists.

However, the Iraqi army decided to bomb it, destroying more than 200 vehicles and killing their occupants.

Iraqi soldiers are convinced that the Pentagon had received instruction to let the CIA advisers, that were training the jihadists, escape.

Jul 05 11:06

Trump Hammers On Brexit, “Independence Day” And Repudiation Of Rule By The Global Elite

One thing is clear, whether or not everyone will agree with what is said, Trump is at least speaking more directly than most politicians do

It turned out that Trump wasted no time in making sure that the people of America understood that what had been done in the UK can be done in the United States.

Jul 05 10:57

Globalists and Neocons Prove Incapable of Understanding Reality

If Trump wants to put America first, he needs to start firing the Neoconservatives and their lackeys from the White House and putting them on trial for making Americans look really bad.

Rather than listening and learning and modifying their actions, the ruling elites stick to “more of the same.” This process clearly emblematized by the endless procession of Bushes and Clintons replacing each other in the positions of power.

Jul 05 08:57

Jeremy Corbyn Labour coup designed to stop him 'calling for Tony Blair's head' after Chilcot report, says Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond has appeared to suggest the internal Labour party coup against Jeremy Corbyn is connected with the publication of the long-awaited Chilcot report into the Iraq war.

His comments come just three days before the publication of the inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war. Earlier reports have suggested Mr Blair, the former Prime Minister, and his contemporaries will be savaged in an “absolutely brutal” verdict.

In an article for the Herald, the former Scottish First Minister wrote: “It would be a mistake to believe that Chilcot and current events are entirely unconnected. The link is through the Labour Party”

Jul 05 08:53

MILITARY BOSS: TONY BLAIR PLANNED IRAQ INVASION BEFORE UN RESOLUTION

The decision to invade Iraq was made before Tony Blair publicly announced it 'but they were looking for a reason' to do it, the head of the Royal Navy at the time has said.
Admiral Lord West, who was first sea lord when the war began in March 2003, said he was told by 'some b******' to ready his forces in preparation for the conflict.
Lord West said: 'I think there had been a decision that we were going to invade Iraq, that that was going to happen, but they were looking for a reason to actually do it.'
It is not known when Admiral West, who served as a security minister in Gordon Brown's government and is now a Labour peer, was asked to prepare his forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As are the hands of that unholy trinity Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, the hands of Tony Blair are soaked in the blood of thousands of innocents because of this war.

Unfortunately, I am reasonably certain that just like those named above, Blair will get off scott-free from any and all justifiable criminal prosecution; the elite do not eat their own.

Jul 05 08:33

PETER OBORNE: If Chilcot fails to nail Blair's lies, it's final proof our democracy is broken 

According to advance leaks, Sir John will apportion the blame very widely with several dozen ministers, officials and military figures coming in for criticism.

These same reports also suggest a great deal of the report will concentrate on mistakes made during the occupation of Iraq rather than the decision to go to war in the first place.

If these leaks are true, they suggest that Sir John’s report, like the whitewashed reports that have already been published, will lack focus.

There are in truth only a handful of crucial points it should address. Did Tony Blair lie in order to make the case for war? Was the war legal?

Did the war — as Tony Blair promised it would — make Britain a safer place?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FBI Director Comey beat Chilcot to the punch in proving our Democratic system is broken.

Jul 05 07:41

FLASHBACK - Hillary Clinton: Saddam Has WMD

Senator Hillary Clinton's (Democrat, New York) address to the US Senate while voting YES to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq:

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members...

Jul 04 12:58

Dr Paul Craig Roberts: BREXIT, WHAT NEXT ?

Hopefully, a result of the Brexit will be the breakup of the European Union and NATO

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) could probably prevent the United States from launching World War III, says Dr. P C Roberts.

Jul 04 09:13

At Least 23 Killed And 61 Injured After Double Bomb Blast In Baghdad

Two blasts have ripped through busy market areas in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing at least 23 people and injuring 61 others.

Jul 03 08:26

Outrage as war crimes prosecutors say Tony Blair will not be investigated over Chilcot's Iraq war report – but British soldiers could be

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will examine the Chilcot report for evidence of abuse and torture by British soldiers but have already ruled out putting Tony Blair on trial for war crimes, The Telegraph can disclose.

The decision has outraged families of troops killed in Iraq who blame Mr Blair for engineering the war.

Jul 03 06:02

Daesh bombing kills 60 in Iraqi capital

At least 60 people were killed early Sunday in a car bomb blast claimed by the Daesh terrorist group in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

The bomb hit Al-Karada, a busy shopping district in central Baghdad, at 01:00 a.m. local time (2200GMT), a security source told Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity due to restrictions on speaking with the media.

The bombing left 60 people dead and at least 100 others injured

(*AMAZING! Didn't 'A Certain Victim Of Circumstances' meet with the FBI yesterday ?)

Jul 02 21:52

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

An exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Sabrosky

Q. Does a US-inspired NATO-generated Cold War climate already exist?

A. Not yet, but it is heading that way. Watch for it to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Jul 02 18:36

America Should Exit From NATO and the National Security State

snip: What did U.S. and NATO officials think — that people would simply remain where they were so that they could get blown to bits with the bombs that were being dropped on them, by the U.S. assassination program, or by the massive civil-war violence that came as a result of the U.S. and NATO regime-change operations?

People don’t ordinarily behave in that fashion. Most people prefer to live rather than die and will do anything they can to survive. That’s why those refugees fled to Europe— to escape the horrific consequences of interventionism by NATO and the U.S. national security state in the Middle East.

I wonder if deep down, those who are lamenting and groaning about the Brexit vote realize that: If there had been no U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, no regime change in Libya, no U.S. and NATO bombing and interventionism in Syria, there wouldn’t have been a massive refugee crisis in Europe and, almost certainly, a rejection of Brexit by a majority of British voters.

Jul 02 07:23

MPs say they'll use ancient law to impeach Tony Blair of misleading Parliament over the Iraq war in the wake of the Chilcot report 

A dramatic attempt to impeach Tony Blair for misleading Parliament over the Iraq war could be launched in the wake of the long-awaited Chilcot report into the conflict.

MPs have begun to build support for an attempted prosecution of the former Labour Prime Minister after the 2.6million-word report is published on Wednesday.

A cross-party group is considering using an ancient Parliamentary mechanism to bring him to trial in Westminster.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope it involves hanging, drawing, and quartering!

Jul 02 06:37

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

Cold War Climate to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Q. As an American, Alan, how can you be enthusiastic about America’s choices of US Presidential candidates in 2016?

Jul 01 15:49

Mission Creep? 250 More British Troops Sent Into Iraq

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon had ordered 50 troops to the country in training roles accompanied by a squadron of engineers and a unit to protect airfields.

Jul 01 14:00

Blasts In Baghdad; 50 Killed In Iraq

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), millions of Iraqi children are in dire need of humanitarian aid and/or rights protections.

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:46

Brexit: Leaveniks have it. What next?

Britain’s exit from EU deals a body blow to the US’ trans-Atlantic leadership.

The unthinkable has happened with the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. (BBC)

Arguably, this is potentially the most serious development in world politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Curiously, both catastrophes happened ‘voluntarily’.)
What lies ahead?

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 30 15:44

Airstrikes Near Fallujah Kill Hundreds; 285 Killed In Iraq

The United States has given Iraq a $2.7 billion dollar credit for the purchase of military equipment and maintenance. Iraq has eight and a half years to pay it back.

Troops marching towards Qayara from the south have advanced as far as Telol al-Baj.

Jun 30 12:21

how big isis convoy really was !

footage released by iraqi airforce shows isis convoy before being hit and scattered.
the US-led coalition refused to bomb them according to IQAF officials and prevented any fixed wing( Iraq has several F16s ) aircraft to fly nearby, it was no choice other than using helicopters to do the task.

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The US is PROTECTING the terrorists!

Jun 24 14:59

11 year old iraqi boy has one critical question for all american see in this video..

Jun 24 09:10

Derailing Chilcot: The Red Herring of Post-War Planning in Iraq

Let’s be clear: the US-UK military occupation of Iraq – full of massive amounts of deadly violence dished out by the US and UK armed forces, torture and destructive divide-and-rule tactics – was a catastrophe for the people of Iraq. And it was hugely unpopular, with a secret Ministry of Defence 2005 poll of Iraqis finding that 82 percent “strongly opposed” the presence of coalition troops, with 45 percent saying attacks against US and UK forces were justified.

However, it is a complete red herring to suggest better planning is the crux of the issue. “The problem wasn’t the way that this was implemented, the problem was that we were there at all,” argued Rory Stewart, who served as the coalition’s provisional authority deputy governorate co-ordinator in Maysan province In Iraq, in 2013:

“All these people who think ‘If only we had done this, if only if we hadn’t de-Ba’athified, if only we hadn’t abolished the army’ misunderstand the fundamental tragedy of that encounter between the international community and Iraqis… it wasn’t the detailed, tactical decisions that were made, it was the overall fact of our presence. The problem was so deep that if we hadn’t made those mistakes we would have made other mistakes. It was a wrecked intervention from the beginning, from the very moment we arrived on the ground.”

Jun 23 13:07

Militias Sneak Into Fallujah; 256 Killed In Iraq Battles, Attacks

Although Shi’ite militiamen promised not to enter the city of Fallujah, witnesses say the militiamen have donned federal police uniforms in order to sneak into the city.

Jun 23 12:36

IRAQI FORCES LIBERATE AL-MISHAK AND MOHAMMED AL-MUSA FROM ISIS

The Iraqi Security Forces and their allies have liberated the villages of Al-Mishak and Mohammed al-Musa, located south of Shirqat in Salah ad Din Governorate.
IRAQI FORCES TAKE AL JUMHURI NEIGHBORHOOD OF FALLUJAH (VIDEO) - https://southfront.org/iraqi-forces-take-al-jumhuri-neighborhood-of-fa...

Jun 21 15:46

Two Iraqis Sue British Troops Over Detention During Iraq War

Two Iraqis have been flown to the UK by their lawyers to claim compensation for imprisonment by British troops during the Iraq War.

Jun 21 15:18

Bomber Targets NZ Base Camp; 20 Killed In Iraq

The United Nations released $15 million from an emergency fund to help pay costs for persons displaced by operations in and around Fallujah. Authorities estimate over 80,000 people have fled the fighting and the Islamic State militants. However, there are not enough supplies for such a large group of people.

Jun 21 13:54

U.S. military says will not disclose details on injured service members

The U.S. military will not provide details on specific cases of American service members injured in Iraq and Syria because it could give information to Islamic State militants, a Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday

The spokesman, Peter Cook, was responding to a question at a Pentagon press briefing seeking confirmation that four Americans had been wounded in Syria earlier this month.

Cook said there had been no a change in policy and aggregate numbers would still be provided.

"Our policy is not to identify wounded service members for a variety of reasons, including operational security, including privacy reasons," Cook said.

"Also, we do not want to provide additional information to the enemy that might enhance their own assessment on the battlefield situation," he said.

However, the Pentagon has released such information in the past and responded to queries, and it was unclear how Cook's comments were consistent with previous disclosures.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Pentagon does not want to release this information, because it does not want the American people knowing how many of our military have actually been deployed in these countries.

Jun 21 13:34

International military review: Syria, Iraq, June 21-2016

The ISIS terrorist group has successfully counter-attacked in the province of Raqqa, re-taking from the Assad forces the Thawrah oil field, the Sfaiyeh oil field, the Sfaiyeh crossroads and Bir Anbaj. The main government forces withdrew in the direction of Ithriya while clashes were observed in Madarkhah and Khirbat Zaydan. Before this setback, the pro-government forces had been deployed in about 13 km from the strategic Tabaqa military airport...
Military situation in Fallujah, Iraq - https://southfront.org/military-situation-in-fallujah-iraq-on-june-21/

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 20 13:52

Fighting Continues In Fallujah; 240 Killed Across Iraq

Although victory was declared in Fallujah on Friday, Islamic State militants continue to fight and hold ground in northern neighborhoods. Between 50 and 70 percent of the city is in government hands.

Jun 20 12:50

Iraq: 6 Beautiful Female Refugees Turn out to Be ISIL Men

"The Iraqi police have taken 6 ISIL terrorists who were wearing women's clothes and trying to flee Fallujah city," the Arabic-language media outlets quoted an unnamed security source as saying on Monday. The Iraqi security source also said that the police forces also discovered women's dresses in one of ISIL's bases. "They used women's dresses and cosmetic make-ups to flee Fallujah city," the source added. On Sunday, a senior popular forces commander announced that the ISIL terrorists had disguised as ordinary people in Sharqat front in the Northern part of Salahuddin province as Iraqi forces were making rapid advances there.
Iraqi Volunteer Forces Demining, Defusing Bombs in Northern Fallujah City - http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331000930
The Iraqi army troops walk in the streets of the city of Fallujah in Anbar province after it was freed from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists' control. [PHOTOS] http://en.farsnews.com/imgrep.aspx?nn=13950331000360

Jun 20 09:09

US PRAISES SAUDI LEADERSHIP IN SYRIA, BUT DOCS REVEAL COLLABORATION IN CREATION OF ISIS

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, the United States and Saudi Arabia are vowing to turn up the heat against terrorists and religious extremism in the Middle East. But these allies have a history of supporting the same tenets of religious extremism that lead to terrorism and repression of human rights. On June 13, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry hosted Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Kerry’s home in Washington, where the pair shared dinner. The meeting came a day after Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 more at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, apparently pledging allegiance to Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the terrorist group known in the West as ISIS or ISIL) during the attack.

Jun 20 07:52

Call for a National Debate on U.S. “Regime Change” Policy

We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens currently visiting Russia with the goal of increasing understanding and reducing international tension and conflict. We are appalled by this call for direct U.S. aggression against Syria, and believe it points to the urgent need for open public debate on U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 19 08:34

Hillary Email Bombshell: Secret Memo States Obama Admin’s “Support” for Islamic State

We have reported that the Obama administration was engaged in helping to create the Islamic State. However, new classified emails, which Hillary Clinton received, indicates that the Obama administration was actually supporting Al Qaeda in Iraq, which later become the Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, no, no, no, no, no, NO! ISIS are the BAD guys! You must HATE them. Remember all those beheading videos we made ... found?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 17 10:53

Iraqi Military Retakes Central Government Compound in Fallujah

Iraqi security forces said they seized Fallujah’s central government compound, their first significant victory inside the city in a weekslong battle against Islamic State.

Federal police forces flew the Iraqi flag over the city’s mayoral office Friday, the military said in a statement. The building is part of a large administrative compound that also houses the city’s police headquarters and courthouses. But the military stopped short of declaring full control over Fallujah, saying it was still battling a significant number of militant fighters in the city.

The military said government forces had surrounded Fallujah General Teaching Hospital in the city’s downtown district, a building they said the terror group had used as a command center. Fallujah was the first major city seized by Islamic State in 2014 during a blitz that saw the Sunni Muslim extremists take over about one-third of Iraq.

Jun 16 10:28

HUNDREDS GO MISSING AS IRAQ BEGINS ROUNDING UP CIVILIANS

WHILE THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT MADE A BIG DEAL OVER THE WEEKEND OF ARRESTING SOME MEMBERS OF THEIR ALLIED SHI’ITE MILITIAS FOR KIDNAPPING, TORTURING, AND KILLING REFUGEES FROM ISIS-HELD FALLUJAH, THE PROBLEM APPEARS TO JUST BE GROWING, WITH THE IRAQI MILITARY ITSELF NOW REPORTEDLY ROUNDING UP PEOPLE ON THE SAME PRETEXT AS THE MILITIAS WERE, AND SHIPPING THEM TO A DETENTION CENTER, JUST LIKE THE MILITIAS WERE.

Civilians at a refugee camp in Amriyat al-Fallujah say there is growing despair over the fate of the hundreds of men, husbands, sons, etc., who were captured by security forces while trying to flee through the area the government ordered them to use, and are being held as suspected ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don't you just LOVE how "American-induced democracy" is functioning in Iraq?!?

The Iraqi government is now torturing innocent civilians in your name, and with your tax dollars.

Muqtada al Sadr hasn't been heard from, in public, recently; however, I would almost be willing to bet that he is waiting for what he believes is the absolutely correct moment, to throw the current government out, and finish a popular revolution against it.

THEN, what does the US government do?!? Re-invade?!?

It appears that one huge qualification for work in the US Federal government, is the pathological inability to think a scenario through to its logical conclusion; the current state of the near collapse of the Iraqi government bears witness to this, and painfully clearly.

Jun 16 10:28

Iraq wants to sue Israel for destroying Saddam's nuclear reactor in 1981

The first deputy speaker of the Iraqi parliament, Homam Hamoudi, announced that Iraq plans to sue Israel for monetary compensation for carrying out Operation Opera - The IAF attack on the Osirak nuclear reactor in southeastern Baghdad which occured on June 7, 1981 .

Hamoudi said in a press statement published by the Iraqi news agency AlSumaria: “Iraq is determined to sue Israel for bombing the reactor in 1981, and to force it to pay financial compensation for the attack.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"And just where are you going to find a lawyer?" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jun 16 08:50

Post-Islamic State Iraq should be split in three: top Kurdish official

Once Islamic State is defeated, Iraq should be divided into three separate entities to prevent further sectarian bloodshed, with a state each given to Shi'ite Muslims, Sunnis and Kurds, a top Kurdish official said on Thursday.

Jun 15 12:10

Lib Dems Demand 2-Day Debate On ‘Folly & Incompetence’ Of ‘Unwinnable’ Iraq War After Chilcot

Liberal Democrat MPs want a two-day debate in the House of Commons on the findings of the Iraq Inquiry. The Chilcot Report is expected to prove damning for senior officials who took Britain to war in 2003, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Jun 15 08:31

Iraqi’s case against MoD for alleged abuse by British troops could open floodgates

Waheed was also held without charge for more than six weeks, two of which included solitary confinement. That was despite interrogators concluding he was innocent after he fully cooperated with British authorities and tried to provide information that could be useful to his captors.

He is one of two former detainees suing the MoD for alleged abuse, the other being Kamil Najim Alseran.

Jun 14 14:52

160 Killed In Iraq; Torture Arrests Made

The Iraqi Ministry of Immigration and Displacement released new figures
on the number of internally displaced civilians in Iraq. About 3.6 million
people are currently displaced from their homes. However, 600,000 former
refugees have been able to return home, so far.

Jun 14 03:18

Superdelegate Tyranny?

It would appear Clinton has been coronated and not elected.

Too quick to judgment? The Democratic Party establishment and the media now call Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee to face off Donald Trump in November. Though this is before the Democrats hold their convention and while Clinton is still short of pledged delegates.

Jun 12 12:14

Bill Kristol Carpetbombed By C-SPAN Caller

An angry military wife blasts Kristol to his face...

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Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 11 13:17

Bill Kristol Tells C-Span: 'Iraq War Will Only Last 2 Months'

22 seconds on C-Span that Bill Kristol will never live down...

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Jun 08 14:02

99 Killed In Iraq; Dozens Executed In Mosul

Iraq commanders say the operation in Fallujah has stalled because there is no coordination between the disparate security forces fighting the Islamic State militants. While these groups bicker about their various roles, the conditions for civilians in the city are deteriorating quickly. Refugees say that the militants have been using food to bribe residents into joining their tanks.

Jun 08 11:39

Blair Blame Game: Ex-PM Prepares Iraq War Excuses Ahead Of Chilcot Report

Former PM Tony Blair will respond to the Chilcot report on the legality of the 2003 Iraq invasion by arguing the Middle East state was devastated by Iran, Al-Qaeda and a powder keg of tribal animosity unleashed by Saddam’s removal, reports suggest.

Jun 08 07:50

ISIL Militants Plant Bombs in Holy Qurans to Escape Defeat in Fallujah

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jafari said the ISIL terrorist group plants bombs in copies of the Quran to prevent the advance of Iraqi Army and volunteer forces in Fallujah. Speaking to Iraqi media, Jafari underlined that methods employed by ISIL contradict the teachings of Islam, al-Wasat daily reported. He said such acts of desecrating the Quran by ISIL only strengthen the resolve of Iraqi troops and volunteers to combat the terrorist group. Iraqi forces launched an offensive on May 23 to retake the city, the first to fall to ISIL in Iraq in January 2014. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on June 1 the offensive on Fallujah had been slowed down in order to protect civilians. Humanitarian aid groups and residents said at the time that ISIL has trapped around 50,000 civilians, including 20,000 children, in Fallujah, threatening those who try to escape with death.

Jun 08 03:00

In meeting with Orthodox, Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

NEW YORK (JTA) – There were a few things Donald Trump made clear when he met Thursday with a select group of Jewish reporters, almost all of them Orthodox, at his corporate offices in Manhattan.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was the one who initiated Wednesday’s one-on-one powwow with Trump to mend fences, not him. He’s a great friend of Israel. He has many Orthodox Jewish friends, including his chief lawyer, Jason D. Greenblatt. And he considers himself a very loyal boss.

But in a 20-minute question-and-answer session that touched on religious liberty in the workplace, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and federal education tax credits, Trump offered scant details.

On some substantive policy questions, the Republican front-runner for president didn’t answer at all, instead delegating the question to Greenblatt, a real estate attorney from Teaneck, New Jersey — one of two people he said he’d appoint as his White House Israel policy advisers.

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Jun 07 18:05

The Iraq Inquiry: A Government U-Turn And An “Apology” From Tony Blair

IT’S REALLY 19TH CENTURY BEHAVIOR IN THE 21ST CENTURY. YOU DON’T JUST INVADE ANOTHER COUNTRY ON PHONY PRETEXTS IN ORDER TO ASSERT YOUR INTERESTS.

— JOHN KERRY, MEET THE PRESS, MARCH 2ND, 2014

If “a week is a long time in politics”, a quote attributed to British Prime Minister Harold Wilson (1964-1970 and 1974-1976), under David Cameron’s tenure – a man who has been kicked into myriad U-turns over feckless, reckless decisions – a day is an age.

Jun 07 15:40

Bombings Continue In Baghdad; 75 Killed In Iraq

Although the fighting has stalled in Fallujah, the Iraqi military has transferred a brigade to the front lines in Makhmour. Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the Badr Organization criticized the move, blaming it on U.S. pressure. The U.S. government had wanted Iraq to tackle Mosul ahead of Fallujah, but recent attacks on Baghdad forced the government to try to recover nearby Fallujah first.

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