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“My boys were sacrificed on the altar of American hubris... It has been 15 years since OIF, and there – in Iraq and Syria – US servicemen remain, wedged between Saudi-backed Sunni Islamists, and Iranian-backed Shia militiamen…”
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Following Turkey’s two-month long invasion of Northern Syria and subsequent takeover of the predominantly Kurdish town of Afrin, the logical question that remains is: what ‘s next for the ‘Mad Sultan’ Erdogan?
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Sunday victory speech didn’t lack for the usually robust symbolism denoting neo-Ottoman aspirations far beyond the borders of Turkey (Erdogan gleefully exclaimed, “Now the Turkish flag will fly over there! The flag of the Free Syrian Army will fly over there!” – while comparing the Afrin campaign to the Ottoman defense of Gallipoli during World War I at a ceremony marking the WWI allied powers assault to open the Dardanelles).
And true to form the Turkish president on the following day promised further “extensions” of his forces in the region, including into Eastern Syria and Iraq.
This month marks the 15th anniversary of the US war on Iraq. The “shock and awe” attack was launched based on “stove-piped” intelligence fed from the CIA and Pentagon through an uncritical and compliant US mainstream media. The US media was a willing accomplice to this crime of aggression committed by the George W. Bush Administration.
Despite the lies we were constantly bombarded with, Iraq never presented a threat to the United States. Iraq never had the weapons of mass destruction that the neocons used to frighten Americans into supporting the war. How many of them knew all along that there were no WMDs? We’ll never know. Attacking Iraq and overthrowing its leader was long a plan in the neocon playbook and they used the 9/11 attack on the US as an excuse to pull the plan off the shelf and put it into action.
MI6 may have got crucial intelligence on Iraq WMDs from a Nicolas Cage film. Bonus: the head of MI6 who helped fabricate the case for war was "Sir" Richard Dearlove–co-director of SC Strategy with the husband of the judge behind my arrest warrant.https://t.co/AyVju0gRPT
— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) February 20, 2018
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Declarations of victory over ISIS by both Iraq and Syria, along with Russia, are not having an impact on US military policy in the region, according to Defense Secretary James Mattis, who insisted on Friday that “the war is not over.”
Which isn’t to say that the US is determined to keep fighting a war against ISIS, as such, but rather that there’s definitely going to be a war against somebody in those countries. Mattis in particular has been keen to talk up the idea of an “ISIS 2.0” emerging in areas ISIS has been expelled from.
A high-ranking Iraqi military official says nearly a dozen Daesh Takfiri terrorists were killed when Iraqi Air Force fighter jets bombarded their positions in the country’s eastern province of Diyala near the border with Iran.
Commander of Tigris Operations, Lieutenant General Mizher al-Azzawi, said on Sunday that 11 Daesh militants were killed as Iraqi military aircraft launched precision strikes against their camp north of al-Muqdadiyah city, located about 80 kilometers northeast of the capital Baghdad, Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network reported.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The US-led coalition military helicopters have recently carried out another heliborne operation in Northern Iraq to evacuate a number of terrorist commanders from the region, Secretary-General of Iraq’s Badr Organization Mohammad Mahdi al-Bayati said on Sunday.
Al-Bayati said that the US helicopters carried out heliborne operation in Tuzkhurmato region in Eastern Salahuddin, rescuing commanders of the newly-formed terrorist group of al-Rayat al-Bayedh (the white flags) from the region.
He further quoted local Kurds as saying that as the Iraqi security forces and the country’s volunteer forces of Hashd al-Shaabi arrived in the region to hit the White Flags and ISIL terrorists, when the US helicopters rushed to assist the terrorists and evacuate them from the region via a heliborne operation.
After the United States and its proxy armies “liberated” the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this year, the world’s superpower unsurprisingly turned a blind eye to a massacre that took place soon after. As the Guardian aptly phrased it, the aftermath was an “orgy” of killing.
The Guardian explains that it was the brutal conduct of the Iraqi Armed Forces that enabled Iraq to successfully liberate Mosul from ISIS’ dominance, stating:
“One of the factors that had aided Isis’s takeover of Mosul was the conduct of the Iraqi army and security forces stationed in the city, who behaved like sectarian occupation forces, mistreating and detaining the population at will. In the early stages of the battle for Mosul, the Iraqi army and police, keen to change their prevailing image, had taken care to preserve the lives of civilians. Soldiers and officers used their vehicles to help people evacuate their homes, and offered water and medical help. But the Old City was seen as the last refuge of Isis, and almost every inhabitant was treated as a suspect. Fighting-age men from other parts of the city, and those with injuries, were detained on the spot. The rest were sent to detention centres, where their identity would be checked.”
According to the non-partisan monitoring group Airwars, the civilian death toll in Mosul may have exceeded 10,000. Those who were fortunate enough to survive coalition bombings were apparently treated as suspected ISIS members, and the result was a host of crimes that should make The Hague cringe.
The Guardian explains:
An academic believes the United States will resort to new tactics to drive a wedge between Syria and Iraq, which are fighting Washington’s attempts to impose its hegemony in the Middle East following Iraqi forces’ gains in the city of al-Qaim in the western Anbar province.
“So I believe that this is a major achievement, but I still believe that we might see new surprises presented to us by the United States because Daesh at one point was mainly running in favor of US geopolitical objectives in the region to [drive] a wedge between Syria and Iraq, which are both trying to fight American influence and hegemony in the region,” Jamal Wakim, a professor at the Lebanese International University told Press TV in an interview on Friday.
H/t reader squodgy:
“One can only presume the cabal haven’t quite given up on their plan to oust Assad.”
… and also not on their master plan to stage another world war.
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The body of Iraq weapons inspector Dr David Kelly has been mysteriously exhumed, it emerged last night.
Dr Kelly was found dead in 2003, days after being grilled by a Parliamentary committee about his contact with journalists.
He was buried in a churchyard near his home in Oxfordshire.
High-ranking sources in Kurdistan (Erbil) said that the Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani “expected the sanctions already announced by Baghdad and expects many more sanctions to come in the future”. Nevertheless, “the referendum was an essential step to undertake,” otherwise Barzani would no longer be considered the Kurdish leader.
“We are not afraid of Turkish sanctions because Ankara would lose more than it will gain if the common borders are closed. The Turkish representative promised us (months before the referendum) that harsh political measures will be adopted against Kurdistan but that no economic sanctions would be seriously considered. After all it is up to Turkey to stop sending its oil tankers to recover our oil production at a cheap price if Erdogan considers it a practical move within his own economy,” said the source.
Turkey’s Foreign Minister says the possibility of attacking the Kurds is “on the table.”
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu today warned that every option is on the table for dealing with Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence bid, and that they are considering a joint military operation with the Iraqi central government against the Kurds.
Iran chimed in shortly thereafter, saying they’re eager to stand with both Iraq and Turkey to rule out any possible secession of the Kurds. Top Khamenei adviser Ali Akbar Velayati termed the big “an abhorrent deviation,” adding that the region would “not allow the creation of a second Israel.”
This will surely end well …NOT.
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