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Jan 17 05:22

Washington Plotting to Dismantle Hashd Al-Shaabi for Opposition to US Occupation of Iraq

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, underlined that Washington's hostile stance towards Hashd al-Shaabi (Iraqi Popular Forces) and its quest for dismantling popular groups in the Arab state derives from their opposition to the US forces' occupation of Iraq.

"The US administration in an unprecedented demand called on the Iraqi government on Tuesday to dissolve 67 groups operating in the framework of the Iraqi popular forces, while all these groups were welcomed by Washington when they were fighting against the ISIL alongside the US forces. Then what has changed now," Atwan wrote on Wednesday.

Noting that Iraq's security and national identity is gradually reviving, he said that Hashd al-Shaabi forces or their leaders have demanded withdrawal of all the 5,500 US military troops from Iraq and are opposed to the US use of military bases in Iraq for possible attacks against Syria and Iran.

(*the timing of the pbs hit piece on the late Saddam Hussein , serving to remind that Iraq is the axis of evil's hub , airing last night was impeccable )

Jan 17 04:57

Iran Ready to Sign "Zero Tariffs" Deal with Iraq

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced the country's willingness to ink a deal with Iraq to drop customs tariffs between the two countries.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to zero tariff rates between the two countries," Zarif said, addressing an economic forum in Iraq's Southern city of Karbala on Wednesday.

He added that despite the US sanctions, Iran is exporting $2bln worth of gas and electricity to Iraq annually, stressing that the two countries' cooperation in the energy sector can grow if Tehran and Baghdad decide not to allow Washington to impose restrictions and limitations on their trade.

Zarif said 80 Iranian technical and engineering companies are active in Iraq with contracts worth 8bln, and stated, "The Islamic Republic of Iran enjoys very high capacities to reconstruct the post-ISIL Iraq."

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Jan 16 15:15

PBS (*propagandic bull _ _ _ _! } The Dictator's Playbook

Learn how Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq with an iron fist for almost 30 years. To maintain power, he used fear, intimidation and violence like few other dictators in history, but he made the fatal mistake of believing his regime could take on the world.

(*The local PBS affiliate is going to be airing this bag of XXXX tonight . teaser video at source)

Jan 16 11:33

US-Led Coalition Reports on New Strikes in Syria, Iraq

In recent weeks, the US military has reduced the amount of information released in periodic strike reports from Syria and Iraq - a period in which about 2,000 US ground forces began preparations to withdraw from Syria.

Unlike past US-led coalition strike reports, Tuesday’s release contained, however, no details of the Syrian strikes. The report covered the period between 30 December and 6 January, the release said.

The US-led coalition concentrated airstrikes and coordinated fires on Syria’s middle Euphrates River Valley and Iraq’s Anbar Province during the first week of the new year, while American backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) freed the town of al-Kashmah from the Daesh terror group, Combined Joint Task Force — Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) announced in a press release on Tuesday.

Jan 16 10:08

Bolton’s Radical Reshaping Plan for Mideast Included “Mind Boggling” Strikes on Iran, Syria, and Iraq

In 2017, less than a year before he became national security advisor, John Bolton promised a gathering of the Mujahedeen Khalq (MEK) that:

The declared policy of the United States should be the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran. … The behavior and the objectives of the regime are not going to change and, therefore, the only solution is to change the regime itself. … And that’s why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle...

Jan 16 09:56

From Baghdad to Finland and All Across the World: What’s the US Up To?

Situated across the street from the main entrance of Malmi Airport, the warehouse with its 3 meter high security fence appears an unlikely location for official embassy business. Neighbouring companies include a car yard and a tyre warehouse.

Helsinki Times visited the perimeters this weekend. Security personnel, young Finns in uniforms with American flags on their arms, appeared nervous and suspicious when asked to comment on the warehouse and refused to even confirm the order of the new fence structure which now surrounds the compound. At one point a security guard appeared in a second floor window to carefully monitor this reporter’s movements along Takoraudantie.

Jan 16 04:35

Syrians, Iraqis defeated Daesh

Syrians, Iraqis defeated Daesh, not Americans: Iran’s Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the victory over the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq and Syria was the result of endeavors by the two nations themselves and that the United States played no role in defeating the outfit.

Foreign Minister Zarif made the remarks on Wednesday in a meeting with Iranian and Iraqi businesspeople as well as local officials in the Iraqi city of Karbala.

Zarif pointed to the fact that America has not succeed in combating terrorism in other parts of the world and said success in Iraq and Syria came about because the people of the two countries stood up, fought, and sacrificed lives. “That is why this victory has nothing to do with America...">>>

Jan 15 13:52

Visualizing America’s Wars

The program is about two works of the prominent filmmaker John Gianvito. The discussion is how media coverage could determine the fate of wars that the US waged. The absence of media coverage of recent American wars was the cause that those wars broke out and dragged on...

Jan 15 07:17

Erdogan, Trump consider setting up 'security zone' in Syria

Two leaders discuss situation in Syria over the phone amid growing tensions over the fate of US-allied Kurdish fighters.

The conversation on Monday came a day after Trump threatened on Twitter that he would "devastate" Turkey's economy if its forces attacked the US-backed Kurdish fighters, who helped Washington in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

The war of words between the two NATO allies is the latest consequence of Trump's surprising decision last month to withdraw US troops from northern Syria, potentially leaving the Kurdish militia under threat as Ankara weighs a new offensive there.

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Jan 13 12:50

US Army Planning to Set Up Military Headquarters in Western Iraq

The US military convoys are patrolling in the streets of Fallujah city, the Arabic-language al-Maloumeh news website quoted a security source in al-Anbar province as saying.

The source noted that the US convoys have arrived as American troops are preparing to reopen a former military headquarters in the Eastern entrance gate of Fallujah city.

In a relevant development on Wednesday, the Iraqi media sources reported that the US Army was planning to establish several new military bases in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq.

"The US intends to set up four permanent bases equipped with advanced military equipment in different cities across al-Anbar province," the Arabic-language Al-Maloumeh news website quoted a security source in al-Anbar province as saying.

Jan 13 12:49

Analyst: Over 20,000 US Forces Deployed in Iraq

"Washington is attempting to clearly declare its military presence in Iraq by patrolling missions near Samarra, Fallujah and al-Anbar," Hashim al-Kandi told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website on Saturday.

He said the fact that US Deputy Commander in Iraq Austin Rim Furth conductts patrol in Baghdad along with the US forces, and that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Iraq on a military plane indicates Washington's attempts to occupy the country again, saying that Pompeo and Trump's trip to Iraq showed that the US has no intention of playing an advisory or training role.

The analyst said that the recent talks between Pompeo and Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi were focused on the US forces' withdrawal from Syria and finding a new base for them, adding that relocation of these forces to Iraq will endanger its security as Washington plans to threaten the neighboring states from Iraq.

Jan 13 12:49

Official: Iran Receiving Revenues of Gas Exports to Iraq in Euro

"The revenues of these (gas) exports are based on euro as stated in the contract (with Iraq)," Montazer Torbati said on Saturday.

He added that the Central Banks of Iran and Iraq have made the decision about the currency to be used for gas exports after the US sanctions against Iran.

Iran is currently exporting 36.24 million cubic meters of gas on a daily basis, which marks a 45% rise in comparison with the figures of the last calendar year (March 21, 2017- March 20, 2018).

Iran’s Plan and Budget Organization announced in a report earlier this month that the country had increased its daily export of gas from 25 million cubic meters to 36.24 million cubic meters in the current Iranian year (started on March 21, 2018).

Jan 13 12:48

Kurdish Politician: Washington Trying Hard to Make Damascus-Kurd Talks Fail

"Washington is trying hard to prevent the talks between the Damascus government and Kurdish forces from bearing fruits," the Arabic-language Russia Today (RT) quoted Rizan Hodu as saying on Saturday.

Yet, he said Syrian-Kurdish talks are underway under a positive atmosphere.

Hodu, also former media advisor of the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin region of Aleppo province, said that US Special Envoy to Syria James Franklin Jeffrey in several messages to the Kurdish forces in Northern Syria has advised them show no haste for holding talks with the Damascus government.

The Kurdish politician, meantime, pointed to the imminent developments as reported by Jeffrey in favor of the Kurdish troops in Syria in the near future, specially after an upcoming NATO Summit in February, and said, "Jeffrey in his messages has pointed to the imposition of a no-fly zone in Northern Syria."

Jan 13 10:26

SearchSearchUS Embassy in Iraq Covers 80 Football Fields- A Behemoth From Which to Rule the Middle East

Why is America’s Baghdad Embassy the world’s largest embassy — and the largest by far?

"It's as if the US Embassy is there not only to protect American interests, but to manage the entire world from the heart of the capital, Baghdad.”

— Iraqi Sheikh Qassim Al Ta’ee, as quoted on 27 December 2011 in Al Iraq News and translated by Ibrahim Zaidan from the original Arabic by Nicholas Dagher

Jan 13 07:11

Iran Receiving Revenues of Gas Exports to Iraq in Euro

CEO of the Iranian Gas Engineering and Development Company (IGEDC) Hassan Montazer Torbati announced that the country is due to collect payment for its gas supplies to Iraq in euro.

"The revenues of these (gas) exports are based on euro as stated in the contract (with Iraq)," Montazer Torbati said on Saturday.

He added that the Central Banks of Iran and Iraq have made the decision about the currency to be used for gas exports after the US sanctions against Iran.

Iran is currently exporting 36.24 million cubic meters of gas on a daily basis, which marks a 45% rise in comparison with the figures of the last calendar year (March 21, 2017- March 20, 2018).

Iran’s Plan and Budget Organization announced in a report earlier this month that the country had increased its daily export of gas from 25 million cubic meters to 36.24 million cubic meters in the current Iranian year>>>

Jan 12 11:54

Large US troop deployment in Kirkuk causes Iraqi outcry

The United States military has made a large troop deployment to military bases near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, causing outcry among the local population.

The troops have been stationed predominantly at the K1 airbase situated 15 kilometers away from the city, Press TV's correspondent in Kirkuk said on Thursday.

The deployment is said to have happened on the pretext of countering remaining Daesh Takfiri terrorists.

Hashd al-Sha'abi spokesperson Ali al-Hussaini denounced the presence of the US forces, saying that the city faced no terrorist threat and Americans had no reason to be there.

"Deploying US forces in Kirkuk or any other city is unacceptable. This is violating the treaty between the US and Iraq," said Hussaini.

Jan 12 11:53

Tehran, Baghdad discuss expansion of ties in defiance of US' pressures

Top officials from Iran and Iraq held talks on Thursday on ways to boost cooperation between the two neighboring countries, just one day after a surprise visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the Arab country, which was supposed to convince Baghdad to restrict its ties with Tehran.

Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh on Thursday met with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, whose office said he "confirmed the deep relations between the two countries, the two neighboring peoples and the importance of strengthening them in areas that serve the interests of the two peoples, foremost of which is cooperation in the fields of oil and gas."

The Iraqi premier's office also said the Iranian oil minister "expressed his country's pride in the level of relations with Iraq and the aspiration to develop them, and hoped to achieve more cooperation and to meet the needs of Iraq's gas."

Jan 10 10:27

THE SECRET LOGISTICS OF AMERICA’S GLOBAL DEEP STATE

The world’s largest embassy is situated in the Green Zone and fortified by three walls, another barrier of concrete slabs, followed by barbed wire fences and a wall of sandbags. It covers an area of 104 acres, six times larger than UN headquarters in New York and ten times larger than the new embassy Washington is building in Beijing – which is just 10 acres.

[Editor’s’ Note: The ten-acre US Embassy in Beijing is the second largest overseas construction project in the history of the Department of State — and the 104-acre US Embassy in Iraq is the largest.]

So, America’s largest diplomatic mission is surrounded by high concrete walls, is painted in black, brown and grey and is completely isolated from its environment. … The United States announced several months ago that between diplomats and employees, its embassy would include 16,000 people after the pullout of US forces.

Jan 07 11:43

Iraq Rejects Iran Sanctions and US Troop Presence

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali al-Hakim laid out the latest step on the path to independence for Baghdad from the US concerning sanctions on Iran by Washington. Although Iraq currently has a 90-day waiver to trade with Iran issued on December 20th, Hakim let reporters know Iraq would be pursuing their own policy on Iran should the waiver not be renewed.

Hakim explained to reporters that

“These sanctions, the siege, or what is called the embargo,” imposed by the US is “unilateral, not international,” and Iraq is “not obliged [to follow] them.”

This is a big step for Baghdad to take in the face of pressure from Washington for Iraq to become “energy independent” with the help of US corporations exploiting their oil and gas resources. Instead, as explained by Hakim, Iraq would rather choose their own options for energy, even if that includes continuing the annual $12 billion in trade between Iraq and Iran flowing over US objections.

Jan 07 10:41

US Enhancing Military Buildup in Western Iraq

Iraqi sources reported that Washington has deployed large groups of soldiers in Western Iraq a number of its military forces who were earlier stationed in Syria.

The sources were quoted by Russia's RT news channel as saying that dozens of US troops stationed in Syria have relocated to Ein al-Assad base in al-Anbar province in Western Iraq.

"Reports that the US forces who have left Syria are now stationed in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan region are not all true. A major part of these forces have gone to Ein al-Assad base in al-Anbar province and a number of others have been deployed in the military bases in other Iraqi provinces," they added.

According to the sources, the US forces are still stationed at the Iraqi-Syrian borders and have not left Syria completely.

Jan 07 10:38

The U.S. is sending 2,500 troops to Kuwait, ready to step up the fight in Syria and Iraq

The U.S. military is sending up to an additional 2,500 ground combat troops to a staging base in Kuwait from which they could be called upon to back up coalition forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The deployment will include elements of the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. About 1,700 soldiers from the same unit are overseas now, spread between Iraq and Kuwait. They're focused on the U.S.-led effort to train and assist the Iraqi troops doing much of the fighting against ISIS there.

Jan 07 09:32

Why Trump's Advisors Keep Quashing His Realist Whims

The multitude of policy zigs and zags seems to constitute a case of a president suffering from foreign policy bipolar disorder. Yet a pattern may exist amidst all of the turmoil. Trump’s foreign policy instincts often appear to be a sound and refreshing contrast to the stale conventional wisdom that has led the United States to careen from one interventionist debacle to another over the past quarter-century. (His early hostile stance toward North Korea and his policy toward Iran at all times are the major exceptions to sound instincts.) But time and again Trump has allowed his advisers to talk him out of his initial (usually correct) positions. That’s not surprising. The president is not an avid reader about foreign policy (or apparently anything else), and his knowledge base is alarmingly shallow. That deficiency gives policy advisers an exceptional degree of influence.

Jan 02 10:45

Iraqi Jets Strike Terrorists In Syria At Assad's Request As US "Slowing" Troop Pullout

As the United States is reportedly "slowing things down" on Trump's announced full troop withdrawal, Syria's President Assad is apparently speeding things up in terms of reasserting sovereign control over all parts of the country, as he's long promised to "liberate every inch" of natural Syria.

On Sunday Assad took the controversial step of authorizing Iraqi forces to attack terror targets inside Syria at will, according to state-run SANA "without waiting for permission from authorities in Damascus" while the two allies coordinate action against remaining ISIS pockets in the country's east.

Jan 02 07:15

Former Blackwater guard convicted for 2007 massacre of civilians in Baghdad

A former security guard for the US firm Blackwater has been found guilty of murder for his role in a notorious massacre of unarmed civilians in downtown Baghdad in 2007.

Nicholas Slatten, 35, was convicted of first-degree murder by a federal jury in Washington on Wednesday after five days of deliberations.

Slatten was convicted of killing Ahmed Haithem Ahmed Al Rubia’y, 19, an aspiring doctor who was one of more than a dozen civilians killed by Blackwater guards in Baghdad’s Nisour square on 16 September 2007.

While escorting a diplomatic convoy, Blackwater guards opened fire in the bustling square with sniper rifles, machine guns and grenade launchers – allegedly without provocation – leaving at least 14 civilians dead and at least 18 wounded. The Iraqi government says the toll was higher.

Jan 01 11:10

IDF intel chief: Iran could use Iraq as springboard for attacks on Israel

Israel’s Military Intelligence chief warned Monday that Tehran’s increasing presence in Iraq means the country could be used as a base from which Iran could launch attacks on Israel.

“Iraq is under growing influence of the [Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’] Quds Force and Iran,” Maj. Gen. Tamir Hyman told a conference in Tel Aviv.

Jan 01 05:07

Paper Warns of US-Arab Plot to Establish Tribal Emirate in Deir Ezzur

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's permission to the Iraqi air force to strike the ISIL inside Syria without a prior approval from Damascus is meant to defuse a plot hatched by the US and some Arab states to create a tribal emirate in Deir Ezzur, a leading Arab newspaper said on Monday.

An Iraqi government source said last week that Iraqi fighter jets could now enter Syria’s airspace and strike the ISIL terrorists without waiting for permission from the Syrian government.

Iraqi warplanes and artillery had in the past pounded the ISIL positions inside Syria only after getting the green light from the Syrian authorities, but following the yesterday decision they do not need a permission for such strikes anymore.

Arab newspaper Rai al-Youm said the US and some of its Arab allies are attempting to establish a tribal Arab emirate in Eastern Deir Ezzur which hosts most of Syria's oil and gas resources.

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Dec 31 09:42

Iraq Is Next: Here's Why All US Troops Could Be Out By End Of Trump's 1st Term

The US presidential plane landed in the darkness of the Iraqi military base of Ayn al-Assad in west Anbar with Donald Trump onboard. But by the time his plane took off three hours later, Trump left behind a protocol-political-parliamentary storm in Mesopotamia as Iraqi members of parliament requested the departure of the 5200 US forces from the country.

None of the three Iraqi leaders (Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, Speaker Mohammad al-Halbusi, President Barham Salih) came to receive Trump as all three rejected US conditions for such a meeting. Trump seems determined to leave Syria without interfering with who will control the territory behind him: on Friday morning the Syrian Army entered the outskirt of the city of Manbij following a deal between Kurdish leaders and the government of Damascus. Will he also end up leaving Iraq before the end of his term in January 2021?

Dec 31 09:00

Corrupt Spineless Iraqi Legislators Are Right

You’ve got 5,000 armed foreign troops stationed in your country. You don’t say a word until the idiot foreign emperor stages a surprise visit. Then you’re outraged principally because he didn’t notify you or meet with you or put up any pretense that your country belonged to you in any way. At that point you demand that the U.S. occupation of Iraq finally be brought to a bitter better-late-than-never end. And you’re damn right.

Dec 30 17:56

US-led coalition admits 1,100+ civilians killed in Iraq & Syria in latest death toll

The US-led coalition has published the latest casualty figures for its airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since the start of Operation Inherent Resolve in 2014. At least 1,139 civilians have been “unintentionally” killed by coalition strikes, the statement said. The death toll, presented monthly by the US, has been repeatedly challenged by Amnesty International. The group says that the coalition was “deeply in denial” about the “large number of civilians killed and injured by [its] strikes.”

Dec 30 10:08

Assad Receives Iraqi National Security Adviser in Damascus

Iraqi National Security Adviser Faleh al-Fayad conducted a visit to Syria, where he met with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Syrian president's press service said on Saturday.

According to the press service, the adviser delivered a letter from Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to the Syrian president. The letter calls for the cooperation between the two countries, as well as notes the importance of coordination of mutual efforts against terrorism, especially in the border region between the two countries.

The press service noted that the participants of the meeting had exchanged their opinions on the situation in the region and in the world. Assad acknowledged the positive changes in the Middle East, such as stabilization of the situation in the Iraqi and Syrian cities and return of the safety to the region. The Syrian president explained this by the willingness of the Middle Eastern nations to protect their sovereignty, despite foreign interference.

Dec 30 10:03

Christmas in ruins: Santas barely find kids to hand presents to in devastated Mosul (VIDEO)

Men dressed as Santa Claus walking through a ruined city may seem like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie, but that’s how Christmas looks in Mosul, a former IS stronghold leveled to the ground in a US-backed liberation op.

Two Iraqis packed their bags with small but colorful gifts and took to Mosul’s Old City to bring some joy to the local children, who’ve seen so much suffering during the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) rule and the brutal anti-terrorist campaign in the city a year and a half ago.

Dec 29 06:00

Iraqi Lawmakers Demand U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Furious Iraqi Lawmakers Demand U.S. Troop Withdrawal Following Trump Visit

(*I don't recall their Paying To Have A Speaking Part !
whitehorse souce )

Dec 29 05:07

2019 Year of Failure of US Plots, Victory of Resistance Front

Abdel Bari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of Rai al-Youm newspaper, referred to the withdrawal of the US forces from Syria and the Arab states' decision to reopen their embassies in Damascus, stressing that 2019 will bring failure for Washington and victory for the resistance front.

"The year 2019 will be the year of victories (for the resistance) and failure for the US plots in the region and return of honor to the regional states," Atwan said in an interview on Friday.

"Syria won because it resisted and the Arab countries are happily reopening their embassies in Damascus>>>

US Fighter Jets, Helicopters Spotted over Manbij as Turkish Troops Cross Syria Border

Dec 28 10:11

Outraged Iraq lawmakers say surprise Trump visit violated their country’s sovereignty, demand U.S. troop withdrawal

President Donald Trump’s surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

“Arrogant” and “a violation of national sovereignty” were but a few examples of the criticism emanating from Baghdad following Trump’s meeting Wednesday with U.S. servicemen and women at the al-Asad Airbase.

Trips by U.S. presidents to conflict zones are typically shrouded in secrecy and subject to strict security measures, and Trump’s was no exception. Few in Iraq or elsewhere knew the U.S. president was in the country until minutes before he left again.

But this trip came as came curbing foreign influence in Iraqi affairs has become a hot-button political issue, and Trump’s perceived presidential faux-pas was failing to meet with the prime minister in a break with diplomatic custom for any visiting head of state.

Dec 28 05:51

Trump cutting Afghanistan troop levels in half

Trump has ordered more than 7,000 US troops to leave Afghanistan, cutting troop levels in half

In what appears to be the first major step toward ending America's involvement in a war fought for nearly two decades, the president has decided to cut the US military presence in Afghanistan in half, The Wall Street Journal reported. There are currently roughly 14,000 American service members in the war-torn country.

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(*Here's yet another example of fake news sugar coating for POTUS Trump . I didn't have to dig to deeply to get to the dark side of the matter )>>> Taliban Warns US: Leave Afghanistan or Face Soviet-Style Defeat

Dec 28 03:12

IRAQI PARLIAMENTARIANS ASK FOR IMMEDIATE APPROVAL OF BILL TO EXPEL US FORCES

Several Iraqi legislators condemned US President Donald Trump's snap visit to the country, calling for the approval of a bill to force Washington to withdraw its forces from Iraq.

Salam al-Shamri, a member of Sa'eroun faction at the Iraqi parliament, in a statement on Thursday deplored Trump's surprise visit as violation of Iraq's sovereignty, ignorance of international laws and continued threat against the neighboring states, calling on all political groups to immediately approve the bill to expel the US forces.

Also, Jamal al-Fakhir, another member of Sa'eroun faction, described Trump's visit as disrespect for the victims of the US-sponsored terrorism in Iraq and the region>>>

Dec 28 02:54

Popular Forces Warn of Response to Trump's Violation of Iraqi Sovereignty

A spokesman of Hezbollah al-Nujaba (one of the Iraqi popular forces) described US President Donald Trump's visit to the country as a violation of its sovereignty, stressing that the move will receive a crushing response.

"The foolish US president, Donald Trump, should know that Iraq has earned its sovereignty by donating blood and the US bases have no place in this country which is a pivot of resistance," Hashem al-Moussavi in a statement on Thursday.

He underlined that Trump's violation of Iraq's sovereignty will not remain "unpunished", adding that the Iraqi government should now expel the US forces.

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(*This has Nothing to do with Iraq , but everything to do with Putting America First !

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Dec 27 14:30

US builds two military bases along Syrian border (map)

The U.S. military has established two new bases along the Iraqi-Syrian border, the Turkish state-owned Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday.

Citing an Iraqi official, the Anadolu Agency said the U.S. military established the two bases in the western countryside of the Al-Anbar.

“The U.S. Army has established two new military facilities in uninhabited parts of the province,” Farhan al-Duleimi, a member of Anbar’s provisional council, told Anadolu Agency.

Dec 27 10:37

TURKISH-BACKED FIGHTERS PREPARING TO REPLACE US FORCES IN SYRIA - NEWS FROM ANTIWAR.COM

Turkey-backed rebel fighters in Syria are gearing up for a major deployment into northeastern Syria, with an eye on replacing the US ground troops in the area. Turkey is planning to invade in the course of this replacement, and is coordinating with the US and the pullout and deployment.

President Trump has said the withdrawal will be “slow,” and there has been no public timetable on troop movements. The rebels in question, however, are moving closer to the city of Manbij, which Turkey has indicated will be the first target.

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu addressed the situation in comments to reporters on Tuesday, saying that while the timeline of deployment may be related to coordination with the US, Turkey remains “determined” to expel the Kurds from Syria’s northeast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To where, please is Turkish FM Cavusoglu "determined" to expel the Kurds from Syria's Northeast?

I think the short, honest answer is, to the kingdom of genocide and slaughter, given the opportunity,given the reality that the Kurds are on both Turkey's and the US's terror watch list.

However, there was something President Trump said at Ramstein, which rather unnerved me, and it has taken time to find, because it has been nearly completely obliterated by most of the coverage of President and Mrs.Trump's trips to Iraq and Germany, given by the presstitutes. And bless "thelocal.de, for reporting it: https://www.thelocal.de/20181227/trumps-surprise-visit-to-germany

The statement is as follows:

"On Wednesday, Trump said "we've knocked them out," although he appeared to hedge his bets – following widespread criticism that his victory declaration is premature – when he added that Iraq might be used as a future base "if we wanted to do something in Syria".

This to me, begs the question: are some of the US military about to be tactically redeployed in Iraq, for some future attack against Syria, and is that statement supposed to "prep" the American people for its happening, shortly down the road?!?

President Trump may well believe he has time to make his case for this, in terms of more troops in Iraq, because the Iraqi government has become paralyzed between two Shiia Factions, as reported earlier this month by Reuters: Shi'ite rivalry paralyzes Iraq's government

But the question is, how long can he wait, if the war in Syria does not go the way he wants, even with the upcoming Turkish intervention?!?

Is the Turkish government looking to annex those areas of Syria's northeast?!?

We will have to see, as the situation unfolds; Israel, of course, is always the wild card here, and I am hoping (and praying) that the Russians, generally the adults in the room in the world of geopolitics, will have a calming effect long-term.

Dec 27 10:22

Iraqi MPs demand US withdrawal after ‘arrogant Trump visit’

Iraqi lawmakers on Thursday demanded that US forces leave the country, in the wake of a surprise visit by President Donald Trump the previous day, since denounced by politicians as arrogant and a violation of the country’s sovereignty, AP said. Politicians from both blocs of Iraq’s divided parliament called for a vote to expel US troops, and promised to schedule an extraordinary session to debate the matter. “Parliament must clearly and urgently express its view about the ongoing American violations of Iraqi sovereignty,” Salam al-Shimiri, a lawmaker loyal to the populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, said. Trump, making his first presidential visit to troops in the troubled region, said he has no plans to withdraw the 5,200 US personnel in the country.

Dec 26 15:12

No pullout of Iraq, it can be base 'to do something in Syria' - Trump on first visit to troops

US President Donald Trump said he's not planning to take American troops out of Iraq as he made his first visit to an active combat zone. His surprise trip also sparked online frenzy after his plane had been noticed over Europe.
Speaking at Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, Trump defended his decision to withdraw troops from Syria last week.

"I think a lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking. It's time for us to start using our head," the president said. “In fact we could use this as the base if we wanted to do something in Syria," he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-Luc Picard double face-palm, at warp speed, upon reading this.

So, the alleged "pulling out of US troops from Syria" was not so much a withdrawal, as a repositioning of troops in Iraq, for future US campaigns in Syria?!?!?

IF I am understanding this correctly, this...is officially horrible.

Dec 26 14:32

Breaking: No withdrawal from Iraq, US can attack Syria from nearby base: Trump

US President Donald Trump said he’s not planning to take American troops out of Iraq as he made his first visit to an active combat zone.

His surprise trip also sparked online frenzy after his plane had been noticed over Europe.

Speaking Al Asad Air Base west of Baghdad, Trump defended his decision to withdraw troops from Syria last week.

“I think a lot of people are going to come around to my way of thinking. It’s time for us to start using our head,” the president said.

“In fact we could use this as the base if we wanted to do something in Syria,” he added.

Dec 26 12:34

Trump, first lady in Iraq for surprise visit with troops

President Trump and the first lady appeared in Iraq Wednesday for a surprise visit with troops and senior military leadership.

The president arrived for the unannounced visit to Al Asad Air Base, where he was joined by National Security Adviser John Bolton for meetings with political and military leaders.

"President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Twitter.

Dec 25 19:27

Post-war Iraq wants to resume imports of Russian wheat – agriculture watchdog

Iraq, a major Middle East grain importer, is interested in purchasing Russia’s durum wheat, agriculture watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement following talks with officials from the Iraqi Trade Ministry.

According to the statement, the officials were asked to provide the Iraqi side with data on production volumes in different regions of Russia, as well as information about the types of wheat grown in Russia. The Moscow-based agency pledged to send all the necessary materials to the Iraqi trade ministry.

Dec 24 06:47

Defense Ministry Dismisses Report on US Demand for Deployment of Iraqi Forces in Syria

The Iraqi defense ministry rejected media reports claiming that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked Baghdad to station the country's forces in Syria after withdrawal of the American military men.

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Dec 22 06:52

US Army Sets up Military Airport in Iraq's Kurdistan Region

The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumah news website quoted a well-informed source as disclosing that the US army has built a military airport in Arbat region in Sulaymaniyah province in Iraq's Kurdistan Region.

It went on to say that the US spent almost $8mln to build the base that will solely work on monitoring movement and traffic of the US forces.

It further said that the airport has a very large runway which is suitable for the landing and take off of military and non-military planes, adding that the US army has claimed that the airport has been built for

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agricultural purposes.

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Dec 21 11:06

Kurds to Free Thousands of ISIL Terrorists after US Withdrawal from Syria

A number of military experts believe that this decision was made in reaction to the US betrayal of the SDF and withdrawal of American forces from Syria following an agreement with Turkey.

US President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that he will withdraw the American forces from Syria after what he called victory against the ISIL and inflicting heavy defeat on the terrorist group.

Despite the US claims, the ISIL still occupies some regions in Eastern Euphrates, including the towns of al-Souseh, al-Sha'afeh and al-Baqouz as well as the villages of al-Shajleh, al-Safafiyeh, al-Budran, Albu Khater, Abu Hassan and al-Morashedeh in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

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Dec 20 10:04

US forces establish new base in Iraq near border with Syria: Report

US forces have established a new military base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar near the border with neighboring Syria in defiance of widespread calls to end its military presence in the Middle East region.

“American troops have built the military base in the al-Maliha area near the town of al-Qa'im, which is located nearly 400 kilometers northwest of the capital Baghdad and along the Euphrates River,” Iraq’s independent Arabic-language newspaper al-Mashriq quoted the town’s mayor Ahmed al-Mahalawi as saying.

Mahalawi added, “The new base is close to the borderline with Syria, apparently aimed at monitoring the border to protect the US forces deployed inside Syria near the Iraqi-Syrian border.”

The mayor noted that the military base is the second of its kind established in the Rumana subdistrict of Qa'im district. Another base was set up earlier this month.

Dec 18 09:28

Photos show terrorists’ tanker trucks smuggling Syrian oil to Turkey and Iraq under US protection

Recent satellite images and photos taken by Russian aerial reconnaissance showed convoys of tanker trucks belonging to terrorist groups located east of the Euphrates River that smuggle Syrian petroleum to Turkey and Iraq under direct cover from the USA and its illegal coalition.

The Russian Defense Ministry had repeatedly affirmed that the Turkish government is the main consumer of petroleum smuggled by Daesh (ISIS) from Syria and Iraq>>>

Dec 17 09:55

Turkey Will Keep Striking PKK in Northern Iraq

Turkey’s foreign ministry has issued a statement this weekend rejecting Iraq’s demand that they stop carrying out airstrikes against Iraqi territory. They say airstrikes against PKK forces in northern Iraq will continue as a “national security issue for Turkey.”

Turkey’s military reported killing eight PKK members in northern Iraq in a strike Friday. Iraq responded by summoning the ambassador, and complaining it was a violation of sovereignty that endangers Iraqi citizens.

Turkey has been attacking PKK targets in Iraq virtually since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, and has made repeated military targeting of them a priority. As Iraq moves beyond its wars, however, the government is under growing pressure to get foreign airstrikes to stop.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iraq's military was completely gutted, throughout the US and the West's occupation of this country.

But we have a very interesting scenario which could happen here.

IF Turkey continues to reject both the US's and Iraq's demands to stop the bombing, is it possible, since Turkey "doesn't want to come to the table" about buying US weapons, that both NATO counties will find themselves at war?!?

Were I a betting person, I would not discard this possibility at all.

Dec 17 07:54

Iraqi president drops British citizenship

Iraqi President Barham Salih has renounced his British citizenship in adherence to the country’s Constitution, according to the Iraqi presidency on Sunday.

The Iraqi Constitution bans dual nationality for officials.

“All legal measures to give up the British citizenship have been completed,” presidential spokesman Luqman al-Feili said in a statement.

Salih was elected president of Iraq on October 2.

Dec 16 16:01

THE 911 GRAND JURY IS A GO!!! SEE THE EVIDENCE...

This is the full list of 57 Grand Jury Petition Exhibits, both PDF and Video types as presented to the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York on April 10, 2018. Click the exhibit number to see the exhibit on the website for the Lawyers' Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, whom filed the petition with several family members. Link above newer than than video below

Dec 15 12:13

IRAQ SUMMONS TURKISH ENVOY OVER AIR STRIKES

Iraq’s foreign ministry on Friday summoned Turkey’s ambassador in Baghdad to protest over what it called repeated airspace violations, after Turkish warplanes earlier carried out strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, Reuters reports.

Hours earlier, the Turkish military said on Twitter it had killed eight militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes targeting the Zap, Hakurk and Haftanin regions of northern Iraq.

Turkey has regularly carried out air strikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq, as President Tayyip Erdogan pursues his stated aim of ending the militant group’s presence near Turkey’s borders. Ankara has also threatened to launch a ground offensive in northern Iraq.

But Iraq’s foreign ministry said the air strikes were unacceptable “on all levels” and violated its sovereignty and the security of its citizens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; at what point is the US military, which is still sovereign in Iraq, because its military is in such lousy shape, post-Saddam Hussein, tell Turkey that it has had enough, and to stop running raids like this.

And after the US military has said "no mas", what is it , the Pentagon, White House, and State Department going to actually do to stop this?!?

This is made all the more complicated by the reality that both the US and Turkey are NATO members.

Dec 13 10:42

America Won't be Able to Stop Iraq From Importing Iranian Gas - U.S. Expert

The United States will not be able to force Iraq to stop importing gas from Iran, says an academic, adding that Baghdad will continue to procure its energy requirements rather than going along with the U.S. anti-Iran sanctions.

“Definitely in the context of Iraq, it is not looking good for the hawks in Washington because they are basically not going to be able to remove the waivers that enable Iraq to continue to purchase energy from Iran," David Yaghoubian, professor of History at CSU San Bernardino told Press TV in an interview on Wednesday.

According to the terms of an agreement struck between Tehran and Baghdad, Iran is to supply 35 million cubic meters of natural gas on a daily basis to the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad [gradually in three phases], while up to 25 million cubic meters of gas per day is supposed to be exported to the southern city of Basra.

Dec 13 10:24

It's 'Victory Over ISIS' Day in Iraq

Iraq has marked a year since the country's victory against the Islamic State militants on December 10, 2018. The PM also vowed to continue fighting corruption, and solve other problems.

Adel Abdel Mahdi, Iraqi PM, stated on Monday during a celebration held at the defense ministry “the biggest victory against the forces of evil and terrorism.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not much of a crowd turned out!

Dec 06 10:46

“War Whores” Revisited. Flashback to Media Coverage of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq

Isn’t Amerika great? I mean, look at the world of (so called) television journalism. The more these characters ‘lay down’ for the masters of empire, the more they get compensated.

Let’s look at what transpired in March 2003 via our infamous ‘boob tube’. Before we get to that motley crew, we did have one of the unique and authentic (for those times) television news talk journalists, Phil Donahue and his daily show. His producer at the time, Jeff Cohen (of Fairness and Accuracy in Media), told this interviewer (on my internet radio show) that NBC, owned at the time by General Electric (a war industry corporation), gave him his ‘marching orders’ as to the show’s lineup of guests.

“We were covering, that winter, the run-up to a possible invasion of Iraq. I was told to make sure that for every guest on Phil’s show that was against the invasion etc, I needed to have two guests on in favor of the Bush/Cheney agenda.”

Dec 05 12:13

George H.W. Bush’s Complicity in the 1991 “Highway of Death” Massacre.

A “statesman” and “American hero”? What a lie!

When George H.W. Bush was president he ordered the massacre of Iraqi soldiers after the ceasefire in 1991, and after he had promised them safe passage out of Kuwait. This article, which went viral after the war, exposed Bush as a mass murderer and war criminal, directly involved in the “Highway of Death.” He is a “hero” only to Big Oil and the Wall Street financial empire. This account was assembled by the author and presented by her at a tribunal examining U.S. war crimes. It is still cited around the world on anniversaries of this war.

I want to give testimony on what are called the “highways of death.” These are the two Kuwaiti roadways, littered with remains of 2,000 mangled Iraqi military vehicles, and the charred and dismembered bodies of tens of thousands of Iraqi soldiers, who were withdrawing from Kuwait on February 26th and 27th 1991 in compliance with UN resolutions.

Dec 05 10:17

One instance of Saudi’s collusion in an Israeli war crime

Trump claimed that without Washington’s ‘strong ally’ Saudi Arabia,Israel would be forced ‘to leave’ the region.

This frank admission brings to mind Israel’s wanton attack on 7 June, 1981 on Iraq and the bombing and destruction of Iraq’s near completed reactor for peaceful purposes, Tammuz 1, by 8 Israeli fighter jets which flew at low altitude over the Saudi and then the Iraqi desert.

Dec 03 09:55

Brexit & Iraq War: Piers Morgan vs. Alastair Campbell

Dec 02 12:27

A World Declaration of Liberation from Criminal Israel!

The Temporal Court of the World Public is now in session, the more or less honorable, Judge Visible presiding! Be seated.

“Peoples of the world, I have reviewed your petition and I find the following to be righteous and true that a criminal banking and extortion empire was created in a land, formerly known as Palestine and now, illegally known as Israel. I have studied all of the documents and briefs pertaining to the historical record of actions, events and incidents that led to the illegal and immoral founding of this parasite, crime syndicate upon the previously named territory of Palestine. I find all arguments for legitimacy and continuance of the illegal state of Israel to be untenable and declare all of them null and void.

Nov 22 09:35

IRAQ REFUSES TO COMPLY WITH U.S. SANCTIONS ON IRAN?

The Iraqi government is refusing to comply with a second round of United States economic sanctions targeting Iran's crucial energy, shipping and banking sectors. “The decision isn’t international, Iraqi, or part of a United Nations resolution—it's an American one,” Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi explained in reference to Baghdad's position to not “respect” the financial penalties. He added that Iraq "does not accept dictates" and is not obligated to fall in line with US foreign policy or any "aggression" against another country.

The announcement comes after Iraqi President Barham Salih over the weekend visited Tehran, where he discussed with his counterpart Hassan Rouhani ways to enhance bilateral ties as well as the potential establishment of free trade zones along the shared border. The trip raised eyebrows in Washington, which fears growing Iranian influence over Baghdad could offset a fifteen-year military and diplomatic effort to rebuild Iraq in its image.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good on Iraq!!

And had the US government not insisted on de-baathification shortly after its occupation of Baghdad, perhaps the Iraqis would not have had to put up with such a corrupt, US-centric government in the aftermath, causing them, this year, to create a coalition centered around Muqtada Al Sadr, the Shiite scholar who right now is the most powerful person in Iraq, without a title or official role in the government.

Nov 20 07:35

Iran & Iraq consider replacing US dollar with local currency in trade

Apart from barter trade, Tehran and Baghdad are mulling the idea of using the Iraqi dinar for mutual transactions to reduce reliance on the US dollar amid banking problems Iran is facing due to US sanctions.

Nov 19 14:16

Iraq For Sale (2006) - A film that was banned during a Congressional hearing and exposed corruption during the the war in Iraq

including examples like charging $100 for one bag of soldier's laundry

UPDATED LINK

Nov 19 06:13

Misremembering Vietnam

Here's a paradox of the last few decades: as American military power has been less and less effective in achieving Washington's goals, the rhetoric surrounding that power has grown more and more boastful. The cliché that our armed forces are the best and mightiest in the world - even if the U.S. military hasn't won any of its significant wars in the last 50 years - resonates in President Trump's promise to make America great again ... The commemoration not only tells us something about the Pentagon's custodians of our Vietnam War memories, it also reveals something much broader and deeper in American political and popular culture: a powerful need to think of ourselves as a righteous, just, and successful country that fights only righteous, just, and successful wars.

Nov 18 13:48

Lest we forget: Bygone lights shining on our dark present

"Nostalgia, a hybrid of nostos, the Greek words for "return", and algos, which means "suffering”, is often based on myths and false memories and, as such, is rarely a helpful illuminator on the present or guide to the future.

"But occasionally one stumbles on hard evidence of days long forgotten in the Arab world, or blurred and distorted by dysfunctional, primitive traditions and/or the venomous ideas of malicious forces among us, which shine a light on the darkness in which we currently live. 

"The photographs below are snippets of the Arab world as it was once upon a time. 

Nov 17 08:04

"I Can Not Recall": The Reclamation of George W. Bush Is an American Tragedy

By Maj. Danny Sjursen
The whole charade plays best as farce. Absurdity incarnate. The sight of former President George W. Bush receiving a medal from Democrat Joe Biden – once an ardent opponent of Bush’s war policy – in Philadelphia for “his work with veterans,” on Veterans Day no less, induced nothing short of a gag from this veteran of two Bush wars – Iraq and Afghanistan.

George W. Bush, after all, led the U.S. military – to which I’ve dedicated my adult life – into two ill-advised perpetual wars, one of which was objectively illegal and immoral. In that war, in Iraq, some 7,000 American troops – including three of mine – were killed fighting in an unwinnable quagmire. Furthermore, though it slipped the attention of an American citizenry best known for its provincial inwardness, at least 250,000 Iraqis – mostly civilians – were killed. In a just world this would be labeled what it is – a war crime – but in this era of American hegemony, the populace simply sighs with apathy.

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Nov 16 11:02

Clapper Admits Gross Intelligence Failure on Iraq WMDs But Still Escapes Justice

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper’s key role in helping the Cheney/Bush administration “justify” war on Iraq with fraudulent intelligence was exposed on Tuesday at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington. His own words were quoted back to him from his memoir “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence.” Hard truths, indeed.

Clapper was appointed Director of National Intelligence by President Barack Obama in June 2010, almost certainly at the prompting of Obama’s intelligence confidant and Clapper friend John Brennan, later director of the CIA. Despite Clapper’s performance on Iraq, he was confirmed unanimously by the Senate. Obama even allowed Clapper to keep his job for three and a half more years after he admitted that he had lied under oath to that same Senate about the extent of eavesdropping on Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA). He is now a security analyst for CNN.

Nov 15 13:06

Clapper’s Credibility Collapses

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper’s key role in helping the Cheney/Bush administration “justify” war on Iraq with fraudulent intelligence was exposed on Tuesday at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington by his own words quoted back to him from his memoir “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence.” Hard truths, indeed.

Clapper was appointed Director of National Intelligence by President Barack Obama in June 2010, almost certainly at the prompting of Obama’s intelligence confidant and Clapper friend John Brennan, later director of the CIA. Despite Clapper’s performance on Iraq, he was confirmed unanimously by the Senate. Obama even allowed Clapper to keep his job for three and a half more years after he admitted that he had lied under oath to that same Senate about the extent of eavesdropping on Americans by the National Security Agency (NSA). He is now a security analyst for CNN.

Nov 15 10:04

Iraq rejects US deadline to halt Iran gas imports

Iraq has rejected a US deadline to stop importing Iranian gas, warning that any halt to the supplies would create a real power crisis which sparked several days of unrest in Basra and elsewhere this summer.

“Stopping Iranian gas after the deadline will create a real power crisis. We need more time … the Americans are completely aware of how desperately we need Iranian gas,” an Iraqi official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

The announcement came after the US embassy in Iraq said on Thursday that Washington had given Baghdad 45 days to stop purchasing gas and electricity from Iran.

Iraq has extensive trade ties with Iran and heavily depends on Iranian natural gas imports for electricity generation. Basra in southern Iraq was hit by violent protests which spread to other cities this summer, partly because of a halt of Iranian electricity exports.

Nov 15 08:45

MONEY, SILVER, GOLD & CARS: ISIS FIGHTERS RECEIVED BONUSES FOR USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS – REPORT

Official ISIS documents, which have been obtained by the Russian RT TV, reveal that the terrorist group has financially motivated its fighters conducting attacks with chemical weapons.

According to the documents, many ISIS fighters received gold, silver and even cars for carrying out terrorist attacks. One of the documents reveals that this award program was created to encourage the terrorist group’s fighters to “fight the enemies.”

Head of the military documentation department of the Iraqi military intelligence department, Lt. Col. Jaber Asaad, told RT’s correspondent that these documents are a clear evidence that ISIS used chemical weapons in Iraq.

“All this confirms that the group possessed chemical weapons that are banned throughout the world,” RT quoted the Iraqi officer as saying.

Nov 14 16:03

Iraq wants to barter food for desperately needed Iranian gas supplies – report

Baghdad is looking for approval from Washington to import Iranian gas and energy supplies in exchange for food items, according to two Iraqi government officials as quoted by Reuters.

The Iraqi authorities are reportedly planning to keep on importing Iranian gas, which is used in the country’s power stations, as they need more time for searching alternative sources of energy.

“The American deadline of 45 days to stop importing Iranian gas is not enough at all for Iraq to find an alternative source,” one of the officials said.

Nov 12 12:13

European Parliament ‘shocked’ at amount of EU-made weapons in hands of terrorists

A draft report on arms exports, which will be tabled at the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg later this week, suggests launching an investigation into how EU-made weapons end up in the possession of terrorists in the Middle East.

One provision of the document, presented by German MEP Sabine Lösing, says that the European Parliament is “shocked at the amount of EU-made weapons and ammunition found in the hands of Daesh* in Syria and Iraq.”

Nov 12 11:23

Iraqi Parliament Pushes for Timetable on US Pullout

Always more resistant to open-ended foreign military presence than the nation’s executive branch, Iraq’s parliament has revealed a series of plans to start “reviewing” the US military presence. This is focused in particular on a timetable for the US pullout.

Iraq MP Ahmad al-Assadi said he expects the calls for a US withdrawal to at least double during the new parliament’s term, and that most are only prepared to accept the trainers and advisors described as filling a specific need.

This is to start with a review of the scale of the US presence, the needs of the Iraqi security forces, and the existing timetable. With ISIS effectively defeated in Iraq, most seem to lean toward needing few, if any, US troops at this point.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that the US military and Pentagon show a little restraint here.

Please remember who the current king-maker is in Iraq, even though he holds no office; this is Muqtada Al Sadr, the former leader of the Madhi Army, who insisted that the US had to leave precisely when the SOFA indicated they should, otherwise, all American military personnel were "fair game" for his soldiers.

Any attempt at a decap strike against him, will most probably be met with fierce rebellion from the Iraqi people, disgusted at how the former US-enabled government's corruption has laid Iraq bare to plunder and corruption.

Nov 09 12:00

US Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Killed 500,000 People

Brown University has released a new study on the cost in lives of America’s Post-9/11 Wars, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The study estimates between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed in the course of the three conflicts.

This includes combatant deaths and civilian deaths in fighting and war violence. Civilians make up over half of the roughly 500,000 killed, with both opposition fighters and US-backed foreign military forces each sustaining in excess of 100,000 deaths as well.

This is admittedly a dramatic under-report of people killed in the wars, as it only attempts to calculate those killed directly in war violence, and not the massive number of others civilians who died from infrastructure damage or other indirect results of the wars. The list also excludes the US war in Syria, which itself stakes claims to another 500,000 killed since 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This study reminds me that, as Karl Marx so succinctly stated, all wars are economic in origin.

In Afghanistan, you have the pipelines; the rare earth minerals, and the poppy crops; in Iraq, you have the pipelines; and in Pakistan, you have an embarrassment of resources: Natural Resources of Pakistan

The US government's MO, in more recent years, post 9/11, has been to destabilize, regime change, insuring that they are installing a US-centric government, then selling that countries only through "approved corporations, and only in US dollars.

But that even one person dies, let alone numbers like these, are appallingly immoral, and as though the US government, collectively, will be able to continue these practices with complete impunity.

Unfortunately, however, as history has taught us, the US government may find itself on a "bridge too far" from one of these future military misadventures, and unable to extricate itself from the potentially very brutal results of these wars.

Nov 09 10:04

US allows Iraq to buy electricity from Iran

The United States has granted Iraq a waiver to allow it to continue purchasing and importing electricity from its sanction-worn neighbour Iran.

Baghdad purchases much of its electricity and natural gas from Iran, making it heavily reliant on the country for a sufficient supply of its energy essentials. The revamped sanctions slammed down on Iran by the US earlier this week and its subsequent warning to those who trade with the country caused Iraq to fearful it would be unable to obtain the supplies it needs.

Those fears were allayed yesterday when US State Department representative on Iran Brian Hook told reporters in Washington: “We granted Iraq a waiver to allow it to continue to pay for its electricity imports from Iran. We are confident that this will help Iraq limit electricity shortages in the south.”

Hook added that “Iraq is a friend and a partner, and we are committed to its stability and prosperity.”

Nov 09 09:28

US Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Killed 500,000 People

Brown University has released a new study on the cost in lives of America’s Post-9/11 Wars, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The study estimates between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed in the course of the three conflicts.

This includes combatant deaths and civilian deaths in fighting and war violence. Civilians make up over half of the roughly 500,000 killed, with both opposition fighters and US-backed foreign military forces each sustaining in excess of 100,000 deaths as well.

This is admittedly a dramatic under-report of people killed in the wars, as it only attempts to calculate those killed directly in war violence, and not the massive number of others civilians who died from infrastructure damage or other indirect results of the wars. The list also excludes the US war in Syria, which itself stakes claims to another 500,000 killed since 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nov 08 14:34

Operation 'Enduring Defeat'? DoD Admits US May Need To "Stay In Iraq For Decades"

Why a self-reliant Iraqi military may take ‘years, if not decades’ and could require a ‘generation’ to reform.

Despite reports that the Islamic State terrorist group has lost 99 percent of its territory and shifted to insurgent tactics in Iraq and Syria, a recent report said an enduring defeat of the organization could take “years, if not decades.”

This, according to Department of Defense information provided to investigators with the DoD Inspector General, is in large part due to what is still needed to make Iraqi security forces “self-reliant.”

“Systemic weaknesses remain, many of which are the same deficiencies that enabled the rise of ISIS in 2014,” according to the quarterly IG report on Operation Inherent Resolve, the counter-ISIS operation that spans Iraq and Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dear Sec Def Mattis; has the DOD sent that memo to this effect to the gentleman now controlling the Iraqi Parliament, Muqtada al-Sadr?!?

Because if you don't remember him, please let me refresh your memory.

He was the guy who stated that if one American service member was found in Iraq any time after the date stipulated by the SOFA agreement, they were "fair game" for his Shiite militia, the Madhi Army in Iraq.

I would like to hope that someone in your group has read the following article, dated 15 May of this year, from the independent.co.uk:

Election success for Muqtada al-Sadr shows Iraqi voters shaking off foreign intervention

I understand that this election in May had to have been one of your worst nightmares.

But sir, how, in the name of Heaven, please, are you going to able to justify this continuing occupation to the new leadership of Iraq?!?

Nov 07 12:58

US to step up efforts to combat Iran in Syria, Iraq – report

The U.S. will increase their pressure on Iran in Syria and the region, the U.S.’ envoy to Syria James Jeffrey told reporters during a phone conference on Wednesday.

Citing Jeffrey’s phone conversation, the Associated Press said that the U.S. diplomat claimed America will be financially pressuring Iran and also contesting their activities in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 03 10:30

Iraq Deploying Nearly 30,000 Fighters to Syrian Border to Fight ISIS

With most ISIS forces believed to be operating in the desert in eastern Syria, Iraq is facing growing concern that they’ll eventually, in the face of US-backed offensives, cross into Iraqi territory and try to set up shop again.

The Iraqi military announced that two Army brigades, a total of 8,000 soldiers, have been dispatched to the border. The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) say 20,000 Shi’ite militia fighters are also en route.

All told that’s nearly 30,000 fighters loyal to the Iraqi government heading to the Syrian border, in an attempt to keep ISIS from crossing in. Given the size of the border, however, it’s not clear how well they will be able to prevent cross-overs, if ISIS decides to.

That may not be an immediate concern, with ISIS forces in Syria continuing to fight against the Kurdish YPG in the last few towns they have yet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And why do the Iraqis think that US-backed, funded, and trained ISIS mercs will try to set up shop in Iraq?!?
May 2018 Iraqi Parliamentary elections You will note, that the leader of the Iraqi Parliament is none other than Muqtada al-Sadr, a virulently anti-US cleric who was the head of the Mahdi army, and threatened that US troops were "fair game" for attack if they stayed in Iraq a millisecond over the time the SOFA said they needed to be out of Iraq.

His coalition has to be the State Department's worst nightmare, so since they have the ISIS troops in Northern Syria, they are figuring that they will use them to destabilize Iraq yet again, as the current government is not to their liking.

Nov 01 09:51

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – NOVEMBER 1, 2018: SDF HALTS OPERATION AGAINST ISIS IN EUPHRATES VALLEY BECAUSE OF TURKISH ATTACKS

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which consist mainly of members of various Kurdish armed groups, declared on October 31 that they had halted their operation against ISIS in the Euphrates Valley because of Turkish attacks on their positions in northern Syria.

The SDF blamed Turkey for its own inability to eliminate the ISIS-held area of Hajin in the Euphrates Valley and called on the so-called international community to pressure Ankara to stop its strikes on SDF targets. The SDF also vowed to retaliate to attacks.

Oct 30 18:14

Art theft? Iraq demands return of 3,000-yr-old Assyrian artefact up for auction in New York

A 3,000-year-old Assyrian sculpture is expected to sell for more than $10 million at a New York auction, but the forthcoming bidding war may be overshadowed by protests demanding the plundered artwork’s return to its native Iraq.

The exquisitely-detailed artefact, which depicts an Assyrian deity, will go under the hammer at Christie’s in New York on Tuesday – with critics of the high profile art sale claiming that the piece belongs in a museum, preferably in Iraq.

Oct 24 08:10

: 'A US Air Strike Killed All Of My Family'

From Mosul to Moria: 'A US air strike killed all of my family'
An Iraqi refugee remembers the day when 12 of his relatives, including a six-month-old, died in the Battle for Mosul.

(Well _od _amn it son , you were supposed to 'get it' too , in that same dispatch !
whitehorse souce )

Oct 21 09:50

Fury in Germany as US Firm Tries to Hijack Deal With Iraq - Report

German-based giant Siemens had spent considerable time courting the Iraqi government in order to land the $15-billion-worth contract for building power infrastructure in the war-torn country. It had been considered an odds-on favorite until Washington reportedly intervened and compelled Baghdad to choose US-based General Electric.

In an attempt to secure Siemens’ positions in Iraq, its CEO Joe Kaeser signed a memorandum of understanding with the country’s electricity minister Kasim al-Fahdawi during his undisclosed trip to Baghdad. The German conglomerate, rivaled by US-based General Electric, has proposed a comprehensive reconstruction framework program for Iraq, the German outlet Welt reports, citing Siemens’ statement. A company spokesman told the newspaper that its economic scope hadn’t been evaluated, but declined to comment on the company’s rivalry with General Electric over Iraqi projects.

Oct 15 12:10

Forming An Iraqi Government: Secret Talks Between The UN And Hezbollah

Secret talks between the UN and Hezbollah, threats by the US establishment against Iraqi leaders and Hezbollah, exchanges of messages between Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and the US representative, and a constant tug of war… All this and more has been registered – according to sources close to Soleimani – during the last four months in Iraq between Iran and the US, Hezbollah and the US, and US and Iraqi leaders, as part of the struggle to secure the next four years of leadership in Mesopotamia with its inevitable challenges. These challenges are related to who will govern the country, how Iraq will behave in relation to the US, and whether the US unilateral embargo on Iran will be respected.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 11 13:29

Scott Ritter: Benjamin Netanyahu Is No Friend to USA

Benjamin Netanyahu is no stranger to the American spotlight. A career Israeli politician who attended school in the United States, he specializes in the kind of rhetoric that his American counterparts revel in—a kind of narcissism that’s more used car salesman than educator.

Netanyahu specializes in selling danger to the American people.>>>

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Oct 10 09:11

THE LIE THAT STARTED THE FIRST IRAQ WAR

This young woman is the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador, she is an actress and she is a liar.

Her lines were written and she was coached by US public relations firm Hill & Knowlton which was paid as much as $12 million to spin this tale.

The incubator story never happened, but it was the spark that turned the tide and got Americans to support the idea of sending their troops and treasure to bailout the corrupt family that rules Kuwait when they made the mistake of stepping on then-US-ally Saddam Hussein.

Oct 08 09:56

Erdogan Vows Revenge Against Kurds in Iraq, Says He’ll Kill At Least 800: Suggests Turkish forces will move against Sinjar and Qandil

Speaking at a conference of the ruling AK Party in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed revenge against the Kurdish PKK after a Wednesday attack that killed eight Turkish soldiers in southeastern Turkey.

Erdogan vowed to avenge the troops by “finishing” Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, saying Turkish forces will “go into their dens” in Sinjar and Qandil, Kurdish areas of Iraq where PKK-aligned fighters are accused of being.

Erdogan has been threatening to go into Iraq after the PKK for awhile, and suggested this may be coming soon with today’s comments. Iraq has repeatedly warned Turkey against incursions into their territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Turkey attacks PKK members inside Iraq, he is going to do it when the country, still reeling from the aftermaths of the US invasion and occupation, massive corruption in the Iraqi government, and a weakened Coalition which has thrust the Iranian cleric, Muktada Al Sad,r into the ascent in Iraqi politics.

He will also have to pick a time when American politicians are too occupied with their political campaigns for high office to really take note of what is happening internationally.

It is for these reasons I have shared above, that I think that such an attack might well happen some time before the mid-term election cycle here in the US (November 6th, 2018), as politicians will be too focused about what is going on with their respective campaigns to give a damn about the slaughter happening soon in Iraq.

Oct 08 07:57

‘Spend your retirement thinking over your role in Iraq War’ – UK Shadow Chancellor savages spymaster

As comebacks go, being blamed for 500,000 deaths is definitive. That’s the barb British spymaster Richard Dearlove was faced with when his attack on Jeremy Corbyn was put to his greatest ally, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

The spat played out on Sky News’ ‘Ridge on Sunday’ program. First former MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove said he was “troubled” over Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s “past associations.”

Oct 07 10:47

Sadr Gives New Iraqi Government 1 Year for Reforms

Iraqi influential Shi’ite cleric and the leader of Sairoon bloc, Muqtada al-Sadr, has given one year timeline to the new Iraqi government, after its establishment, to implement reforms.

Sadr said in a statement on his official Twitter account that Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who is now assigned to form the new Iraqi government, will be under watchful eyes of Sadr for one year after its formation.

Sadr expects the new government to fight corruption in the country.

He hopes that Abdul-Mahdi will be able to maintain an impartial position as the prime minister and avoid being influenced by a certain political party.

The Shi’ite leader also warned that they will rise against Abdul-Mahdi’s government if it fails to address the crises in Iraq.

Oct 04 06:45

Pompeo Says Iran Is Source of Threats to Americans in Iraq

Ongoing protests in Basra have forced the closure of the US consulate in the Iraqi port city, and the Pentagon is preparing to evacuate personnel from the site. While the protests have been raging for quite some time, US officials insist they’re entirely Iran’s fault.

“We can see the hand of the ayatollah and his henchmen supporting these attacks on the United States,” insisted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, despite the protests in Basra being largely related to Iraqi government corruption, and hurting the status of outgoing premier Hayder Abadi, an ally of both the US and Iran.

US officials say the closure of the consulate is because of “specific threats” form the Iranian government and militias. In practice this means militia leaders criticizing the US, and Iraqi ones at that. Shi’ite militias are often blamed on Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is interesting that Secretary Pompeo does not realize that these charges are getting utterly no traction with the American people, and appear to be "desperation on the cusp of madness" with which to justify an all-out war against Iran, constantly advocated for by Israel, but which will be bought at the costs of only American blood, and American money.

Oct 02 13:54

Iraq: A Ticking Time Bomb for Oil Markets

At the same time that a new Iraqi government is forming, a government that is increasing Iranian influence within Iraq, another election is threatening the country’s stability.

On Sunday, Kurdistan is voting for a new KRG parliament, a vote that may result in new power brokers in Erbil. The Kurdish elections are hugely significant for the region, as they not only decide who is going to be put forward as the potential president of Iraq, but also reshape the KRG as an entity and its relations not only with Baghdad, but also with Iran and Turkey. A further destabilization of Iraq would be an outcome that most regional players aim to avoid, with the war in Syria and the imminent Iranian sanctions already causing uncertainty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When US sanctions start to bite, as of 4 November, the last day President Trump has decreed by which foreign governments can buy Iranian oil, look for oil prices to skyrocket internationally, particularly if the Iraqi oil infrastructure cannot be fixed before then.

Oct 02 12:41

US to evacuate consulate in Iraq... citing threats from Iran

On Friday the State Department announced it is evacuating all non-essential personnel from the US consulate in Basra, Iraq.

The drastic move comes after a month of heavy anti-Iran and anti-Iraqi government protests that have gripped the southern city, which has led to sectarian rioting and the burning of Shia militia buildings, as well as the torching of the Iranian consulate early this month. During the first week of September the US embassy in Baghdad’s green zone also came under attack by mortar fire, which US officials and military analysts blamed on Iran-backed militias.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cited threats from Iran as the reason for ordering the Basra consulate evacuation, and in a separate statement a senior US official confirmed to CNN that the “ordered departure” was due to “security threats from Iran.”

Oct 01 15:19

US military constructing new base in western Iraq near Syria border: Kurdish official

The US military is reportedly building a new base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar as part of attempts to perpetuate its occupation of the conflict-ridden Arab country indefinitely, regardless of all opposition from religious figures and people from all walks of life.

Khalil Serfan, an official from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency that the base is being constructed in the vicinity of al-Qa'im town, located nearly 400 kilometers northwest of the capital Baghdad.

Serfan noted that the construction of such a military site in such a strategically important region is in line with US bids to assert its military presence there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This site is not about ratcheting down tensions in the Middle East; this is about inflaming them tot he maximum.

Oct 01 08:17

What is the Point of a Forever War in Iraq?

Basra, Iraq, was once the “Venice of the East,” a beautiful city of canals near the Persian Gulf. But on September 7, it was beleaguered by angry protests , some of which turned violent and left more than a dozen people dead before some measure of calm returned two days later.

The protesters’ grievances are many . Their province contains 70 percent of Iraq’s oil reserves, but 50 percent of the city lives in extreme poverty. Unemployment is high, corruption is rampant the in local government, and basic needs like consistent electricity—a must when temperatures regularly top 100—and clean tap water are going unmet.

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