Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Abadi says we are ready if Turkey wants war

What is Turkey up to? The question gained fresh urgency today as Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik and Land Forces Commander Gen. Zeki Colak inspected troops in Hatay near the Syrian border a day after Turkish forces backed by tanks and other combat vehicles massed near the town of Silopi on Turkey's border...

The Real Purpose Behind the Liberation of Mosul?

When Mosul falls, Isis will flee to the safety of Syria. But what then? The entire Isis caliphate army could be directed against the Assad government and its allies – a scenario which might cause some satisfaction in Washington. Syria’s army and Hezbollah and Iranian allies are preparing for a massive...

ISIS fighters will be allowed to flee Mosul and retreat to Syria under agreement...

The US is said to have agreed for the safe transfer of terrorists from Iraq to Eastern Syria on the premise ISIS militants fight Russian troops when they get there, a news agency has claimed. The agreement is said to involve 9,000 extremists who will leave Mosul for eastern areas...

Thatcher PR guru Lord Bell ran a $540m Pentagon false propaganda campaign in Iraq

According to an investigative report, PR firm Bell Pottinger ran a secret campaign in Iraq funded by the US. British PR firm Bell Pottinger was reportedly paid $540m (£417m) by the US to create campaign material in Iraq to portray al-Qaeda in a negative light and track suspected sympathisers. A recent...
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Fake News and False Flags – How the Pentagon paid a British PR firm...

The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda programme in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. Bell Pottinger's output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could...

Turkey demands role in Mosul battle, but coalition unconvinced

With US-led operations against the Islamic State’s strongholds of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq looming, Ankara and Washington are engaged in intense talks to determine Turkey's involvement in them. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has indicated that Turkey wants in on both operations, declaring that US President Barack Obama called for...

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

About 450 more U.S. troops have arrived in Iraq in the past week to support the imminent offensive to drive ISIS from Mosul, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said Thursday. Air Force Col. John Dorrian, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, declined to give a time...

What is Turkish army really doing in Iraq?

A cannon shot roared into the night. The target was in the town of Bashiqa in northern Iraq, seized by the Islamic State (IS) in 2014. Seconds after the explosion, the clatter of a collapsing building echoed in the mountain. For months now, the Turkish army has repeatedly targeted IS...

CIA Files Prove America Helped Saddam as He Gassed Iran

The U.S. knew Hussein was launching some of the worst chemical attacks in history -- and still gave him a hand. The U.S. government may be considering military action in response to chemical strikes near Damascus. But a generation ago, America’s military and intelligence communities knew about and did nothing...

Iraqi parliament in the dark about $2.7 billion loan deal

BAGHDAD — US Ambassador to Iraq Stuart Jones announced July 21 that the Iraqi government has started withdrawing the $2.7 billion loan secured on June 29. However, the Iraqi parliament had not been briefed on the deal, making it illegal in the eyes of many of its members. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Iraqi government and the US...

International Criminal Court Investigates Human Rights Abuses by British Forces in Iraq

The long-anticipated Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War released Wednesday contains stinging indictments of Britain's role in the U.S.-led invasion, detailing failures starting with the exaggerated threat posed by Saddam Hussein through the disastrous lack of post-invasion planning. An element conspicuously missing from the report, however, are allegations of...

UK foreign secretary: US decision on Iraqi army led to rise of Isis

Philip Hammond says decision to remove supporters of Ba’ath party from army was biggest mistake of post-conflict planning. The UK has stepped up its criticism of US conduct of the Iraq war, with the foreign secretary saying the single most disastrous mistake was the mass removal of supporters of the...

In Political Fights Over Chilcot Report, Iraqi Lives Don’t Matter

The bitter political debate over the 2003 Iraq War resumed once again on Wednesday in the United Kingdom and the United States, thanks to the release of a report on the British role in the invasion and occupation. Parsing the report, prepared by a committee of Privy Counsellors chaired by...

Chilcot Inquiry: What happened to the key players in the Iraq War?

It is well known what happened afterwards to Tony Blair and George W Bush - but what about the rest of them? Here's how they fit in then - and where they are now. Sir John Chilcot has now published his long-awaited report into the Iraq War. At the time...

Chilcot Report: Tony Blair Told George W. Bush, If We Win Quickly, Everyone Will...

The Chilcot report, the U.K.’s official inquiry into its participation in the Iraq War, has finally been released after seven years of investigation. Its executive summary certainly makes former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who led the British push for war, look terrible. According to the report, Blair made statements about Iraq’s nonexistent chemical, biological, and...

Spy agencies produced flawed information on Saddam’s WMDs

Chilcot criticises UK intelligence services for persisting in misguided belief Iraqi leader had weapons of mass destruction. The Chilcot report identifies a series of major blunders by the British intelligence services that produced “flawed” information about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), the basis for going to war. The...

The battle for Falluja: If they lose it, Isis is finished

Tens of thousands of lives – and the future of Iraq – are at stake as the country’s forces and Shia militias fight Isis for the city. On a narrow dirt road in the village of Sijar, a column of green Toyota pick-up trucks carrying Shia paramilitaries and rocket launchers...

Isis faces likely defeat in battles across Iraq and Syria – but what happens...

In the second of a four-part series examining Isis, Patrick Cockburn says the terror group may be under threat, but regaining the terrority it captured would not necessarily stabilise the region. Isis is under attack in and around the last three big cities it holds in Iraq and Syria –...

IMF loan gives net win for oil-rich Iraq

IMF last week agreed to the terms of $5.4 billion loan arrangement with Iraq. LONDON, May 24 (UPI) - Though a loan agreement with the IMF should help, Iraq will continue to face economic headwinds because of issues in the oil sector, Moody's said. The Iraqi government and the International Monetary...

Oil Politics: Iraqi Kurdish Official Calls for Country’s Split

Just hours after the Islamic State hit multiple sites in Shiite neighborhoods across Baghdad, killing over 90 civilians, the governor of Kirkuk province in the Kurdish north said that it was time for his region to split from the country. “Kirkuk needs to get away from Baghdad,” Dr. Najmaldin Karim...

Dunford Just Acknowledged US Troops In Iraq Are Engaged In Combat Operations

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs finally acknowledged troops are fighting in combat operations in Iraq. While the White House maintains that U.S. troops supporting the fight against Islamic State militants are not in a combat role, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff acknowledged Thursday that troops are...

ISIS Is Using Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds. Why Won’t the U.S. Help?

With ISIS launching chemical attacks, Kurdish leaders in Iraq have issued an appeal to the West for gas masks. But they are still waiting for the gear. After Islamic State militants fired mortars this week at Kurdish military posts in northern Iraq, the Peshmerga fighters complained of nausea, vomiting, and...

Why Iraqi-Saudi ties are backsliding yet again

Iraq is facing a new crisis with Saudi Arabia as a result of their differing points of view regarding regional issues, most notably those related to Lebanon-based Hezbollah, which was recently classified by the Arab League and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as a terrorist organization. The crisis started March...

Has the US found a new friend in Iraq’s Shiite militias?

On March 12, US Consul General Steve Walker visited Al-Sadr Teaching Hospital in Basra to pay his respects to wounded members of the Popular Mobilization Units. The visit marked the first time a US official has publicly met these troops. This is particularly remarkable as until now, the official US position toward the Popular Mobilization...

US sends in Marines to join ground fight against Isis in Iraq

Deployment comes one day after US serviceman killed in an Isis rocket attack. A detachment of US Marines has been dispatched to Iraq to join the ground fight against Isis. The Marines sent are from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), an air-ground fighting force of 2,200 soldiers. However, it is...

The CIA Just Declassified the Document That Supposedly Justified the Iraq Invasion

Thirteen years ago, the intelligence community concluded in a 93-page classified document used to justify the invasion of Iraq that it lacked "specific information" on "many key aspects" of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs. But that's not what top Bush administration officials said during their campaign to sell the war...

If the Kurds Go Broke, It’s Lights Out for Obama’s War on the Islamic...

Here’s a worrying bit of news: America’s best ally in the war against the Islamic State, Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), is nearly broke. That’s a major problem, especially as the U.S.-led coalition gears up for its most difficult battle yet: the effort to liberate Mosul, the heart of...

Back to Iraq: US Military Contractors Return In Droves

Behind the president’s directive to ‘accelerate’ the counter-ISIS campaign came a surge in the number of contractors assisting in the campaign against ISIS. The number of private contractors working for the U.S. Defense Department in Iraq grew eight-fold over the past year, a rate that far outpaces the growing number...

Isis executes 300 Iraqi army troops and civilian activists in Mosul after US-led air...

An army official has told local media the victims have been buried in a mass grave. The jihadist group Isis has reportedly executed around 300 Iraqis in Mosul. The official spokesman of the Iraqi army in the region, Mahmoud Souraji, said victims included former troops and national security as well as...

Oil price and Isis ruin the Kurds’ dream of riches

The Kurds are politically and militarily more important than ever in the fight against the jihadists – but they are also broke. The civil war in Syria and Iraq and the rise of Islamic State (Isis) has brought the 30 million Kurds in the Middle East new terrors and fresh...

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