Thought for the day

"Menticide is an old crime against the human mind and spirit but systematized anew. It is an organized system of psychological intervention and judicial perversion through which a [ruling class] can imprint [their] own opportunistic thoughts upon the minds of those [they] plan to use and destroy." -- Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind

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In bid to prevent Iran incursion, Sudani gives assurances to Tehran MikeRivero Thu, 12/01/2022 - 08:47

On a visit to Tehran, Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa al-Sudani gave the  Iranian government an outline of the security plan agreed between Baghdad and Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, in a bid to prevent an Iranian ground incursion against Kurdish groups operating in northern Iraq.

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US deploys heavy reinforcements to northern Syria from Iraq: SOHR MikeRivero Mon, 11/28/2022 - 08:01

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on 26 November that large reinforcements of US military troops and equipment made their way into northern and eastern Syria, coming in from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR) through the illegal Al-Waleed border crossing.

“These reinforcements consist of about 100 trucks, which crossed the city of Qamishli and headed towards US bases in Tal Baidar and Qasrak, south of Hasakah,” the SOHR said.

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IRGC reinforces Iran-Iraq border to confront separatist threat MikeRivero Mon, 11/28/2022 - 06:56

The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) ground force, General Muhammad Pakpour, announced on 25 November that troops will be sent to the country’s Kurdish border regions in order to prevent “the infiltration of terrorists” from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR).

“Some armored units and special forces of the [IRGC] ground forces are currently heading to the border provinces in the west and northwest of the country,” Pakpour said.

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Iran Defends Strikes On Northern Iraq, In Letter To UN MikeRivero Fri, 11/25/2022 - 06:57

Iran told the UN on Thursday that it had no choice but to act in self-defence by striking Kurdish rebel groups in northern Iraq, state media reported.

The Islamic republic has launched a series of cross-border missile and drone strikes on Iranian-Kurdish opposition groups, based in Iraq, which it blames for stoking protests back home over the death of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini.

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White House Says Turkey Has Right to Defend Themselves From Kurds MikeRivero Wed, 11/23/2022 - 10:32

The White House said Tuesday that Turkey has the “right to defend themselves” from Kurdish militant groups in northern Syria and Iraq following massive Turkish airstrikes in the region.

“Turkey does continue to suffer a legitimate terrorist threat, particularly to their south. They certainly have every right to defend themselves and their citizens,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

Turkey Launches Airstrikes Against Kurds in Syria, Iraq Over Istanbul Bombing MikeRivero Mon, 11/21/2022 - 08:24

Turkey carried out dozens of airstrikes in northern Syria and Iraq on Sunday against Kurdish groups it blamed for a recent deadly bombing in Istanbul.

Ankara blamed the Kurdish militant group PKK for the Istanbul bombing, which killed six people and wounded at least 81. For their part, the PKK and its affiliates have denied any role in the attack.

Iran renews deadly missile and drone attacks on Kurdish groups in Iraq MikeRivero Tue, 11/15/2022 - 10:01

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Monday renewed its attacks on Iranian-Kurdish targets inside Iraq's Kurdistan region with missiles and drones, killing two Kurdish fighters in the town of Koya, a local official told Middle East Eye.

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Fair Elections Are The Underpinning Of A Free Society: Retired Marine Reserve Colonel MikeRivero Mon, 11/14/2022 - 08:17

Election integrity was paramount on Jan. 30, 2005, when Iraq held its first free election in years to choose an entirely new National Assembly. Retired Marine Reserve Colonel Frank Ryan, today a Republican state representative in the Pennsylvania House, had been called out of retirement and was responsible for pulling together election security with the interim Iraqi government.

Israel Attacks Convoy on Syria-Iraq Border; At Least 10 Killed MikeRivero Thu, 11/10/2022 - 10:34

Truck convoys heading into Syria from Iraq are not uncommon: Iran sends fuel convoys to Lebanon and Syria a couple of times per month. On Tuesday night, one such convoy was hammered by Israeli airstrikes.