Jun 30

- Bill Moyers Essay: What We Can Learn From Lawrence of Arabia (Bill Moyers, June 27, 2014):

As fears grow of a widening war across the Middle East, fed by reports that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) envisions a region-wide, all controlling theocracy, we found ourselves talking about another war. The Great War – or World War I, as it would come to be called — was triggered one hundred years ago this month when an assassin shot and killed Austria’s Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo. Through a series of tangled alliances and a cascade of misunderstandings and blunders, that single act of violence brought on a bloody catastrophe. More than 37 million people were killed or wounded. Continue reading »

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Jun 29

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In this video Luke Rudkowski talks to David Icke about his predictions with ISIS and the possible start of WWIII. David breaks down many esoteric historical writings and the current political situation that can lead to bringing in other countries to war. Continue reading »

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Jun 28

- The Pentagon Has A Problem: “Vetting Moderate Al Qaeda Rebels Can Be Tough” – So Here Is A Simple Solution… (ZeroHedge, June 27, 2014):

When we reported yesterday that Obama had submitted yet another $500 million funding request to arm “moderate” Syrian rebels as opposed to extreme al-Qaeda cannibals and other ISIS faithful, we noted the glaring oversight at the heart of this plan when we asked “how will Obama make the distinction? Well, that’s what polling is all about. To wit: “Excuse me, would you describe yourself as a moderate or extreme al-Qaeda jihadist. Answering affirmatively to the former assures you your own US-made Humvee and a few thousand bullets to shoot at US soldiers across the border in Iraq.” Today, none other than the Pentagon’s rear admiral John Kirby confirmed precisely these worries when he said, via Bloomberg:

  • KIRBY SAYS A LOT OF WORK NEEDED TO VET MODERATE SYRIAN REBELS
  • KIRBY SAYS CONCERNED ABOUT AID `ENDING UP IN THE WRONG HANDS’

While we share his sentiment (which we doubt is much of a concern to the US MIC as it will merely provide one set of US-made weapons to destroy another set of US-made weapons) we repeat that there is a very simple solution. It comes from Andy Borowitz, who appears to have read our mind, and is breathtakingly simple.

Presenting: The Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form

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Jun 27

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“As the war in Iraq goes from bad to worse, and as the Obama administration is tired of being humiliated by a bunch of extremist Al Qaeda tribesman, the president is once again pivoting to the place where it all started. It is here where he intends on arming the local Al Qaeda jihadists once again, and will request half a billion dollars from Congress to achieve just that. The good news: Obama will only arm just the “moderate” al Qaeda forces. So there is nothing to fear.”
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- Obama Asks For $500 Million To Equip Syrian Rebels As The ISIS Juggernaut In Iraq Spreads (ZeroHedge, June 26, 2014):

It is going from bad to worse for the Iraqi government, whose armed forces according to at least one unconfirmed media report, have suffered major losses.

Perhaps confirming this, is the report from Reuters that overnight ISIS continued it southern creep toward Baghdad, and has now reached a town that is just an hour from Baghdad which is home to four natural gas fields on Thursday, “another gain by Sunni insurgents who have swiftly taken large areas to the north and west of the Iraqi capital.”

The overnight offensive included Mansouriyat al-Jabal, home to the gas fields where foreign companies operate, security forces said. The fighting threatens to rupture the country two and a half years after the end of U.S. occupation.

Meanwhile, the Jihadists continue to consolidate their territories not only in the middle of the country but key transit points to Syria where as we reported yesterday, al-Qaeda forces in the two countries merged after ISIS forces and troops from the al Nusra front combined in at least one city. ISIS now control several border posts with Syria and have stolen U.S.-made weapons from Iraqi forces. Continue reading »

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Jun 26

Related info:

- ISIS Militants Now In Syria Using US Humvees Seized In Iraq! (Video)

Meanwhile at home:

- Study: 27% Of US Veterans From Iraq, Afghan Wars Going Hungry

- NYC Food Bank Head: 40% Of Veterans Need Food Assistance

- Which America Do You Live In? – 21 Hard To Believe Facts About ‘Wealthy America’ And ‘Poor America’

- 29 Incredible Facts Which Prove That Poverty In America Is Absolutely Exploding

- US: 4 In 5 Face Near-Poverty, No Work


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- White House requests $500 million to aid Syrian rebels (RT, June 26, 2014):

The White House on Thursday asked Congress for half-a-billion dollars in aid to go towards opposition fighters in Syria at war with the regime of recently re-elected President Bashar Al-Assad.

Meanwhile, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to develop more detailed plans to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, should Congress approve the requested funding. Continue reading »

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Jun 26

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Iraqi Kurdish forces take position near Taza Khormato as they fight jihadist militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) positioned five kilometers away in Bashir, 20 kms south of Kirkuk

- ISIS in Iraq: A CIA-NATO “Dirty War” Op? (RT, June 24, 2014):

For days now, since their dramatic June 10 taking of Mosul, Western mainstream media have been filled with horror stories of the military conquests in Iraq of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with the curious acronym ISIS.

ISIS, as in the ancient Egyptian cult of the goddess of fertility and magic. The media picture being presented adds up less and less.

Details leaking out suggest that ISIS and the major military ‘surge’ in Iraq – and less so in neighboring Syria – is being shaped and controlled out of Langley, Virginia, and other CIA and Pentagon outposts as the next stage in spreading chaos in the world’s second-largest oil state, Iraq, as well as weakening the recent Syrian stabilization efforts. Continue reading »

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Jun 26

Baghdad May Lose Its Drinking Water As ISIS Approaches Second Largest Dam (ZeroHedge, June 25, 2014):

Against a background of having lost control of all western border crossings, Iraqi officials are concerned that ISIS fighters are advancing on the Haditha Dam, the second-largest in Iraq. With militants pouring in from the north, the northeast and the northwest, The NY Times reports, army officers told employees to stay inside and to be prepared to open the dam’s floodgates if ordered to do so. “This will lead to the flooding of the town and villages and will harm you also,” warned one worried employee but this would not be the first time that the Iraqi government and ISIS have engaged in dam warfare, as the closure of the Falluja dam earlier in the year starved areas downstream in the provinces of Najaf and Diwaniya of water needed for crops. The situation is growing more grave as Maliki rejected calls for a caretaker government and has forced Iran’s hand to help. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia noted “the Iranians are playing in a big way in Iraq.”

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Jun 26

ISIS Holds Parade With Captured US Military Vehicles (ZeroHedge, June 25, 2014):

As ISIS marches south over Iraq, produces movies, creates annual reports, and attacks dams; The Long War Journal reports The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham’s Ninewa Division continues to crank out images of its conquest of Mosul and the surrounding province. Earlier today, the Ninewa Division released photographs of its forces seizing control of several bases, displaying captured military hardware, and executing Iraqi soldiers. Then, the Ninewa Division published a set of photographs of a military parade in the city of Mosul. The photographs provide a glimpse of the ISIS’ military strength in Mosul.

Via The Long War Journal, 

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Jun 25

- Intel Official: Americans Have Joined Militant Group ISIS (CBS News, June 25, 2014):

ERBIL, Iraq (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — The Sunni militant group in Iraq is a force roughly 3,000 strong and includes some Americans, a senior intelligence official told CBS News on Tuesday.

The majority of fighters in the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, are of Iraqi and Syrian origin.

In all, up to 10,000 are fighting with the group, 3,000 in Iraq and another 7,000 in Syria, the intelligence official said. Between 3,000 and 5,000 are foreigners, though how many of those are in Iraq is difficult to assess.

The fighters view Syria and Iraq as one battlefield and have been able to move swiftly inside Iraq with the help of local Sunnis, ties the intelligence official described as more of a “relationship of convenience” than a formal alliance.

The official said the group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, was well-positioned to keep the territory that it has captured but would be stretched thin if it tried to push south into Baghdad. It has intentions to target U.S. interests, the official said. Continue reading »

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Jun 25

- US forces arrive in Baghdad to advise Iraqi troops (BBC News, June 24, 2014):

The first US troops deployed to assist the Iraqi army in combating a growing Sunni militant insurgency have arrived and begun work, the Pentagon has said.

Nearly half the 300 special operations soldiers promised by US President Barack Obama are in Baghdad or on the front lines of the fight. Continue reading »

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Jun 24

See also:

- ‘It Fell On Deaf Ears’: CIA And MI6 Knew About ISIS Assault In Advance, ‘Failed’ To React (RT)

- ISIS EXPOSED 100% AS CIA OPERATION: ‘The Next Osama Bin Laden is Here’ (Video)

- The U.S. Trained Terrorist Group ISIS in 2012 (Veterans Today)

- Is ISIL (= ISIS) Really Sunni? (Veterans Today)

- The ISIS Ploy: Illuminati Sorcery And Sacrifice


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A view of Baiji oil refinery, 180km (112 miles) north of Baghdad (Reuters/Thaier al-Sudani)

- ISIS takes over Iraq’s main oil refinery at Baiji – reports (RT, June 24, 2014):

Sunni militants have gained full control over Iraq’s main oil refinery at Baiji, south of Mosul, according to media reports.

Radicals from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, or ISIL) have been attacking the refinery, which is responsible for supplying a third of Iraq’s oil, for the past ten days. Continue reading »

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Jun 24

- ISIS retakes strategic city of Tal Afar, airport as Sunni militants’ Iraq offensive spreads (RT, June 23, 2014):

Radical Sunni militants have retaken control over the northern city of Tal Afar and an airport as major offensive by the al-Qaeda-inspired group enters a second week. Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers have been killed as militants expand their control.

“The town of Tal Afar and the airport… are completely under the control of the militants,” a local official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Witnesses have also confirmed that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, or ISIL) militants were in control, saying that security forces had departed the town, which is located along a strategic corridor to Syria, the news agency reported. Continue reading »

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Jun 23


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Related info:

- ISIS EXPOSED 100% AS CIA OPERATION: ‘The Next Osama Bin Laden is Here’ (Video)

- The U.S. Trained Terrorist Group ISIS in 2012 (Veterans Today)

- Is ISIL (= ISIS) Really Sunni? (Veterans Today)

- The ISIS Ploy: Illuminati Sorcery And Sacrifice

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Jun 23

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Financial expert John Perkins has a unique perspective about the unfolding crisis in Iraq. Perkins, a former chief economist who advised the U.S. Treasury Department and the IMF, to name a few, says, “Another force has now stepped up to the stage and that’s the militant Islamic force, and it’s a very strong force. It is a very anti-capitalistic force. So, it is the force going up against the corporatocracy. Even though Russia, China and the United States compete on many levels as they are doing in Ukraine and other places, they have a common enemy, which is this Islamic regime that wants to overthrow the corporatocracy. I am not talking about all Islamic people by any means; I am talking about the radical Islamic militant groups like ISIS that is coming into strength in the Middle East right now.” Perkins goes on to say, “Now, what’s happening suddenly in Iraq, Syria, Iran and the whole Middle East is exploding once again. I think Middle East oil is not nearly as important as a few years ago. There are other alternatives now. Having said that, the oil companies will use what’s going on in the Middle East to jack up prices as high as they think they can.”

Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with John Perkins, best-selling author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.”

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Jun 22

Jihadists fighting in Syria’s war put to use for the first time on Sunday American-made Humvees that they seized during a lightning offensive in Iraq this month, a monitor said.

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Related info:

- ISIS EXPOSED 100% AS CIA OPERATION: ‘The Next Osama Bin Laden is Here’ (Video)

- The U.S. Trained Terrorist Group ISIS in 2012 (Veterans Today)

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Jun 22

Iraq Update: Air Force Runs Out Of Missiles, ISIS Controls The Border; Shiite Clerics Threaten US Troops (ZeroHedge, June 22, 2014):

Now that the Iraq proxy war scene is set, and as we reported on Friday, Prime Minister Maliki has become a pawn in yet another middle-east war between the west and the petrodollar (with both Saudi Arabia and the US making it clear Maliki has to go) and Russia (with Putin expressing his full support for the prime minister), events will likely unfold at an even faster pace. Sure enough, even this otherwise quiet weekend, in which the world is supposed to put wars on the backburner and focus on the world cup, is chock-full of Iraq news upates. Let’s begin.

 

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Jun 22

- Judge Who Sentenced Saddam Hussein To Death Has Been Executed By ISIS, Local Media Reports (ZeroHedge, June 22, 2014):

Back in 2006, after the second US invasion of Iraq culminated if not with the discovery of the WMDs (which were the pretext for the invasion in the first place), but the unearthing (literally) and kangaroo court trial of Saddam Hussein, the US was quick to announce “mission accomplished.” Recent events have made a mockery of that claim, however what is truly the straw that broke the back of poetic justice, to mix metaphors, are reports from local media that as part of its blitz-campaign to take over northern Iraq, ISIS found and the promptly executed Rauf Rashid Abd al-Rahman, the judge who sentenced Saddam to death: a death which to many was the crowning moment of the second US invasion of Iraq, and the confirmation of successful US foreign policy.  Continue reading »

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Jun 22

Related info:

- ISIS EXPOSED 100% AS CIA OPERATION: ‘The Next Osama Bin Laden is Here’ (Video)

- The U.S. Trained Terrorist Group ISIS in 2012 (Veterans Today)


- ISIS militants seize 4 Iraqi towns in just 2 days (RT, June 22, 2014):

The militants of the Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS, also known as ISIL, managed to capture three new towns and two border crossings on Sunday, according to eyewitnesses, officials, and security sources.

“Army troops withdrew from Rawah, Anah and Rutba this morning and ISIS moved quickly to completely control these towns,” an unnamed military intelligence official told Reuters after the three had fallen.

The militants captured the three towns in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, Reuters reported. Later in the day, militants seized two border crossings – one with Jordan and one with Syria, Iraqi officials told AP. Continue reading »

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Jun 21

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- The U.S. Trained Terrorist Group ISIS in 2012 (Veterans Today)

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Jun 21

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- The U.S. Trained Terrorist Group ISIS in 2012  (Veterans Today, June 20, 2014):

“The U.S. will for decades be reaping the whirlwind of its incompetent and insanely stupid ‘divide and conquer’ plan in the Muslim World.”
- Jack D. Douglas, former sociologist at the University of California

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Trouble is still brewing in Iraq, and the neoconservatives are once again on the front line saying that we ought to “liberate” the country by sending more troops and attacking the Frankensteinian terrorist monster (ISIS) they themselves had helped create. Saddam, those neoconservatives told us, was the new Hitler on the block and had to go.[1]

In the end, the neoconservatives powerfully used the strategy of fear to bleed America in 2003. As intellectuals, they knew pretty well that fear can be used as a weapon in the culture war. Once they walked into a radio station or started writing in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other Zionist media outlets, they started creating fear in the hearts of the vast majority of Americans. You could hear their voices as if they were basically saying:

“Saddam is under bed; he’s outside your window; he’s in your secret closet; he’s hiding in the wardrobe; he’s at the shopping mall; he’s going to come out soon; watch out!”

If you think this is an exaggeration, read Mersheimer and Walt’s The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.

But since Saddam is dead, the neoconservatives have invented countless new Hitlers all over the Middle East and elsewhere in order to propagate perpetual wars. Continue reading »

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Jun 20

Related info:

- ISIL or ISIS? Why the world can’t decide (Quartz, June 18, 2014)

- The ISIS Ploy: Illuminati Sorcery And Sacrifice


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- Is ISIL really Sunni? (Veterans Today, June 19, 2014):

The Western media describes ISIL – the ultra-extremist terrorists destabilizing Iraq and Syria – as “Sunni militants.”

Headlines read: “Sunni Islamist Militants Seize Mosul.” “Sunni militants capture northern Iraqi town.” “Iraq Army Tries to Roll Back Sunni Militants’ Advance.”

The corporate media casts the fighting in Iraq as a Sunni vs. Shia conflict. The Sunni side, according to these reports, is led by ISIL – a group that was expelled from al-Qaeda for being too extreme.

But is ISIL really Sunni? Continue reading »

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Jun 18

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Veterans Today’s Gordon Duff:


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Stew Webb & Jim Fetzer both believe this is one of Gordon Duff’s best interviews! Gordon unloads on a wide range of topics. Some of the topics covered are:

The 350 stolen W54 nuclear warheads that were illegally sold out the back door when they were supposed to be destroyed by US facilities and how those weapons have been traced to Israel and were used to take down the towers during 9/11

Proof of the stolen W54 warheads through pictures of a UN recovery operation of the nuclear pits in South Africa

The nano thermite theory was a government psyop from the beginning and all who pushed it are being paid as intelligence assets including Alex Jones and many others.

How Alex Jones has been outed as controlled opposition now by pushing the Israeli Mossad asset Edward Snowden who pushes fairy tales concerning 9/11 to take blame away from the Israelis and the Bushes.

It can now be reported that the US Navy sank 2 Israeli submarines in the May 2013 time frame that were attempting to start the war with Syria. One of these submarines was sank in partial retaliation over the deliberate Israeli attack on the USS Liberty. It was reported that Israel contracted with Germany to replace the two lost submarines and paid for them with nuclear weapons.

Nuclear pits used to take down the towers were machined and modified in Israel.

Victor Booth as portrayed by Nicholas Cage in the movie “Lord of War” sold these stolen nuclear pits of the US W54 nuclear weapons.

The nuclear bombs used on 9/11 were Neutron Bombs withs 3% fission initiator that vaporized much of the buildings. Dimitri Khalezov was basically right all along and that’s why his videos were taken down relentlessly when they first came out!

Russian and French Intelligence are dumping a huge amount of Intelligence files to stop the US insanity of trying to start wars in Ukraine, China, Syria, etc.

US News is now being completely fabricated by the mainstream news sources. The US has no elections and is the most corrupt country on Earth at this time. Our judges are corrupt, our law enforcement is corrupt and our government doesn’t answer to the people in any way.

Gordon Duff calls on everybody to get on the winning team now or be destroyed in the future.

Gordon Duff calls on all US Citizens to quit financially supporting and sending out information from known disinformation sources in the alternative media such as Alex Jones, Glenn Beck etc or wake up in a FEMA cell wishing you would have instead pushed the articles written by VeteransToday personnel – the largest and most accurate news organization on the planet that are actually doing something about things now!


- Sandy Hook Redux: Obama officials confirm that it was a drill and no children died (Veterans Today, June 13, 2014):

By Jim Fetzer (with Paul Preston as interviewed by Sofia Smallstorm)

“I have a lot of sources in regards to as to what’s going on with the president and the administration and so on, and every one of my sources said it was a false flag”--Paul Preston

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Sofia Smallstorm, who produced and directed the documentary, “Unraveling Sandy Hook”, which many regard as the best video study of the Sandy Hook event, recently interviewed a Los Angeles school expert, Paul Preston, about Sandy Hook and his knowledge of what had transpired.

Governor Malloy had held a press conference that day, explaining that he and the Lt. Governor had been “spoken to” that something like this might happen, which raised the question, what “something like this” did he mean? Had he been told a school shooting massacre would take place? or a drill that would be presented as a real event, which appears to be what took place?

Remarkably, we now have confirmation from an unexpected source. Paul Preston had obtained information from officials in the U.S. Department of Education of the Barack Obama administration, who confirmed to him on the basis of their own personal knowledge that:

(1) it had been a drill;

(2) no children had been killed; and,

(3) it had been done to promote an anti-gun agenda.

Given his background of 41 years in the California public school system (from custodian to district superintendent) and having served as a teacher, coach, vice-principal and principal before retiring in 2012 as the superintendent of two charter schools, I thought what he had to say about Sandy Hook deserved widespread dissemination. Continue reading »

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Jun 18

- ISIS attacks Iraq’s largest refinery in Baiji with mortars, gunfire (RT, June 18, 2014):

ISIS militants have launched an attack on Iraq’s largest oil refinery with mortars and machine gun fire, refinery employees say. The extremist group has been gaining ground in Iraq, seizing control of territory in its mission to create an Islamic state.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) surrounded the refinery last week as it seized control of Iraq’s second-largest city of Mosul. In response to the escalation in violence management at the refinery halted operations at the facility and evacuated foreign workers. Continue reading »

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Jun 18

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- This Is Not Going As Planned: Iraq Prime Minister Defies US, Accuses Saudi Arabia Of “Genocide” (ZeroHedge, June 17, 2014):

Shortly after the US revealed that, in addition to aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships it was also sending a few hundred “special forces” on the ground in Iraq, contrary to what Obama had stated previously, Washington made quite clear it wants Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to embrace Sunni politicians as a condition of U.S. support to fight a lightning advance by forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Then something unexpected happened: Iraq’s Shi’ite rulers defied Western calls on Tuesday to reach out to Sunnis to defuse the uprising in the north of the country, declaring a boycott of Iraq’s main Sunni political bloc and accusing Sunni power Saudi Arabia of promoting “genocide.”

In fact, as Reuters reported moments ago, the Shi’ite prime minister has moved in the opposite direction of Obama’s demands, announcing a crackdown on politicians and officers he considers “traitors” and lashing out at neighbouring Sunni countries for stoking militancy. Continue reading »

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Jun 17

- The Latest From The Iraq War Theater – The Complete Troop Movements (ZeroHedge, June 17, 2014)

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Jun 17

- The Latest News Out Of Iraq – Full Overnight Update (ZeroHedge, June 17, 2014):

Events in Iraq are changing by the hour, now that US combat boots are “on the ground”, expect them to change even faster. For those looking to catch up on the most recent overnight news out of this latest civil war torn country, here is the full update. Continue reading »

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Jun 17

- Call Of Allah Duty: What Happens When Al-Qaeda Captures A Tank (ZeroHedge, June 16, 2014):

So is it Call of Allah Duty, not so modern warfare? Or, to paraphrase John McClane from Die Hard, “now I have a tank. Ho-ho-ho.”

The caption says “Army of the Mujahideen, Kirkuk sector: using tanks in fighting the army of al-Maliki.” At least they haven’t read the instruction manual on those confiscated US Black Hawks yet….

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Jun 16

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- US evacuates Baghdad embassy staff as ISIS militants overrun another town in northwest Iraq (RT, June 15, 2014):

Sunni insurgents led by ISIS jihadists captured the northwestern Iraqi town of Tal Afar on Sunday, reports say, as the militants continue their advance on Baghdad. The US says it is relocating some of its embassy staff to other Iraqi cities.

Follow RT’s live updates on the situation in Iraq

The militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) overran the town after fighting with security forces, several people in Tal Araf told Reuters over the phone.

Iraqi Gen. Mohammed al-Quraishi confirmed to CNN that the town fell to Sunni rebels. Tal Afar is located in the Nineveh province and has a population of about 80,000 people, most of whom are Iraqi Turkmen.

ISIS has also reportedly captured two villages in Diyala province.

Meanwhile the US is increasing security at its embassy in Baghdad, the US State Department said, adding that some personnel will be moved out of the capital.

“Some additional US government security personnel will be added to the staff in Baghdad; other staff will be temporarily relocated – both to our Consulate Generals in Basra and Arbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman,” the statement said. However, the “substantial majority” of embassy staff will remain in Iraq.

A US official speaking on condition of anonymity told Reuters that less than 100 US Marines and other military personnel are headed to Iraq to reinforce security at the Baghdad embassy.

The Embassy of the United States in Baghdad remains open and will continue to engage daily with Iraqis and their elected leaders — supporting them as they strengthen Iraq’s constitutional processes and defend themselves from imminent threats,” State Department spokeswoman said in a statement.

Meanwhile, US citizens have been advised to limit travel in five Iraqi provinces, including Anbar and Kirkuk.

On Saturday, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered that the USS aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush be moved to the Persian Gulf in case Washington decides to use military force in Iraq to help fight ISIS.

ISIS insurgents managed to seize the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit with an estimated 7,000-strong force. On Friday, Shia fighters attempted to counter ISIS momentum near Muqdadiya, just 80 km (50 miles) from Baghdad’s city limits.

The UN said ISIS forces have carried out summary executions and rapes as the group battles to take over the country.

Once an offshoot of Al-Qaeda, the hyper-fundamentalist group active in Iraq and Syria fell out with the global terrorist network. It gained notoriety for its ruthless tactics, which include publicly crucifying and beheading those who violate their strict religious interpretations.

Iraq came under the influence of a Shia-majority government after the US-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-dominated regime in 2003. Since the withdrawal of US troops in 2011, sectarian tensions have boiled over, resulting in Sunni insurgents increasingly waging war against the central government.

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Jun 16
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- The ISIS Ploy: Illuminati Sorcery and Sacrifice (Zen Gardner, June 14, 2014):

by Zen Gardner

It’s rather ironic that this latest wave of Western armed and financed “Islamic” militants invading Iraq and now conveniently threatening Syria and Iran is named ISIS. Or is it deliberate? It’s being used to stand for this oddly anglicised fabricated “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” full on barbaric movement presently sweeping Iraq, but anyone acquainted with any degree of occult knowledge or esoteric mythology know the goddess Isis is one of the most important figures in the so-called mystery schools and a favorite of Freemasonry and the Illuminati.

And for many very dark reasons for which they have manipulated, murdered and thoroughly deceived humanity for millennia. Continue reading »

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