Posts Tagged ‘ Iraq ’

Iraq: Islamic State executes top official amid coup rumors

July 1, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Jihadis fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have brutally murdered one their own senior leaders amid rumours that he was planning to stage a coup. Abu Usman al-Hassan -- the top ISIS commander in its Mosul stronghold and a member of the terror group's advisory board -- is believed to have been killed some time last week. According to local reports, al-Hassan was sentenced to death following a short trial, at which he was formally accused of conspiracy." (07/01/15)

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For Obama, any war is better than no war

June 14, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Nick Ford  

"The White House recently announced that Obama has approved a plan to send 450 new troops into Iraq to fight ISIS. These 'troops' aren't ground troops, but instead are going in an adviser role to assist the Iraqi military. Now, everyone who believes that please, go stand on your head." (06/12/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/38176  

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Iraq sequel

June 14, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Steve Sack  

Cartoon. (06/12/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/06/iraq-sequel/  

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Hillary, Jeb and faulty intelligence

June 14, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Lawrence Reichard  

"In the immortal words of radical American journalist I.F. Stone (1907-1989), all governments lie. And governments lie the most when they're seeking public support for war. That is why the recent flap over Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and the Iraq War is so unsettling." (06/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owc2hbs  

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ISIS forces that now control Ramadi are ex-Baathist Saddam loyalists

June 4, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Malcolm W Nance  

"The fall of Ramadi, capital of Iraq's Anbar Province, to the Islamic State last month has frayed nerves in Washington, but what few appear to grasp is that ISIS's May offensive has given Ramadi back to its former owners -- the ex-Baathist Sunni terrorists known as the Former Regime Loyalists. The FRLs, as they're called, were Saddam Hussein's most ardent followers, the same fighters whom the United States fought non-stop for eight years. Their resurgence has implications not just for the United States but for ISIS itself. For while these forces may fly the ISIS flag today, their ultimate plans for Iraq are quite different than those of the 'caliphate.'" (06/03/15)

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Hard truths about Iraq

May 31, 2015
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"Perhaps the fall of Ramadi will be similar to the Tet Offensive in Vietnam in 1968. The Viet Cong, backed by the North Vietnamese, invaded South Vietnam. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces defeated the Viet Cong militarily, but politically the war effort lost much steam at home because the U.S. government had assured Americans that the United States was winning there. The massive enemy offensive belied that claim. Up until Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria were overrun by ISIS, the U.S. government was once again telling Americans that the enemy was on the run. This time, the enemy didn't just win politically, but militarily, too." (05/28/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7390  

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Iraq: Baghdad car bombs kill 10

May 29, 2015
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Fox News    

"Authorities in Iraq say two separate car bombs inside parking lot of two hotels have killed 10 people in the capital Baghdad. Police officials say a car bomb exploded in the parking lot of Babil Hotel late Thursday, killing six people and wounding 14 others. About one minute later, a second car bomb blast inside the parking lot of Cristal Hotel, formerly Sheraton, killed four people and wounded 13 others." (05/28/15)

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Iraq: Regime launches operation to drive Islamic State from Anbar

May 27, 2015
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Uniontown Herald-Standard    

"Iraq on Tuesday announced the launch of a major military operation to drive the Islamic State from the western Anbar province and retake the Sunni heartland where the extremist group captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, earlier this month. The operation is backed by Shiite militias and Sunni pro-government fighters, the Iraqi state TV reported, without providing further details. There was no indication of any immediate movements on the ground following the announcement." (05/26/15)

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NYT trumpets US restraint against ISIS, ignores hundreds of civilian deaths

May 26, 2015
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"The New York Times this morning has an extraordinary front-page article claiming that the U.S. is being hampered in its war against ISIS because of its extreme -- even excessive -- concern for civilians. 'American officials say they are not striking significant -- and obvious -- Islamic State targets out of fear that the attacks will accidentally kill civilians,' reporter Eric Schmitt says. ... But there's one rather glaring omission in this article: the many hundreds of civilian deaths likely caused by the U.S.-led bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria." (05/26/15)

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The world isn’t better off because of the Iraq war

May 22, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"The hawkish argument that 'the world is better off' because of the Iraq war isn't just obviously false, but it's the sort of desperate ends-justify-the means claim that only ideologues and propagandists find compelling. If we take Iraq war dead-enders at their word that they think the world is better off, this just confirms that they have no understanding of the consequences of the war they supported." (05/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lxcclok  

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Iraq debate

May 22, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Mike Luckovich  

Cartoon. (05/19/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/iraq-debate/  

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Bad intelligence

May 21, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Pat Bagley  

Cartoon. (05/19/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/bad-intelligence/  

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Jindal wants to start another war

May 20, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Bobby Jindal is worried that all the Iraq war talk of late is distracting us from the important business of fear-mongering about Iran: 'Every minute we spend arguing about what should, could, or would have happened in Iraq a dozen years ago is a minute our nation is not talking about what must happen about Iran now.' In other words, Americans are spending far too much time talking about the last hawkish foreign policy debacle that they can't focus on how to create another one. After all, why should we get hung up on the last disastrous war when we can start planning the next reckless intervention? This is Jindal's idea of a clever response to the recent arguments over the Iraq war, which tells you most of what you need to know about his foreign policy views and his judgment." (05/20/15)

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Iraq: Regime deploys tanks as Islamic State tightens grip on Ramadi

May 20, 2015
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Eyewitness News [South Africa]    

"Iraqi security forces on Tuesday deployed tanks and artillery around Ramadi to confront Islamic State fighters who have captured the city in a major defeat for the Baghdad government and its Western backers. ... The White House said a US-led air campaign would back multi-sectarian Iraqi forces in their attempt to regain Ramadi, whose fall exposed the limits of US airpower in its battle against the radical Sunni Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria." (05/20/15)

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Beyond rehabilitation

May 20, 2015
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Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"Ever since GOP candidates started getting the 'Knowing what we know now ...' question about Iraq, I've started seeing little rumblings of a narrative where Bush The Lesser was a victim of bad intelligence from the CIA. Fortunately, TAC, among others, is doing yeoman's work in responding to that absurd narrative. Nonetheless, I fear that the story will not end here. I am not comfortable making any predictions about who will win either party's nomination next year, but at least one party (and maybe both) will likely have ample reason to push a narrative of 'The problem is that we didn't know ...'" (05/19/15)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2015/05/19/18670  

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About those US troops who died in Ramadi

May 20, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"My hunch is that at least some of the family members of all those dead Americans are thinking to themselves, 'Okay, ISIS now controls Ramadi. But at least my loved one died so that Americans can be free.' Of course, that's easier than thinking that they died for nothing. But the fact is that they did die for nothing." (05/19/15)

http://fff.org/2015/05/19/u-s-troops-died-ramadi/  

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The new lie about Iraq

May 19, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Jon Basic Utley  

"The newest lie about the Iraq war is that the truth about Iraq was not known before the American attack in 2003. One needs only to search for 'lies about Iraq' to see all the many links explaining evidence from before the war started that showed the Bush/Cheney/neoconservative claims to be false. That false narrative is important to know because many of the same people are now promoting war with Iran, as they were before with Syria. Republican candidates are also stumbling over the question of whether they would have invaded Iraq because it undermines their present, ongoing promotion of an interventionist foreign policy." (05/19/15)

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Jeb Bush learned nothing from Iraq

May 19, 2015
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Among Republicans, there has never been much interest in acknowledging what a catastrophe the Iraq war was. In 2012, Rick Perry said the U.S. should send troops back to Iraq. In 2008, Mike Huckabee was still insisting Hussein might have had WMDs .... In 2012, Mitt Romney affirmed, 'It was the right decision to go into Iraq.' Some current candidates have been a bit less enthusiastic. Ted Cruz tiptoed, noting that WMDs were the reason for our invasion. 'Without that predicate, it is difficult to imagine the decision would have been made to go into Iraq, and that predicate proved erroneous,' he said, in a masterpiece of sterile verbosity. Marco Rubio said he would not have attacked Iraq based on today's knowledge -- though in March, he defended the invasion. But neither they nor any of the others -- with the obvious exception of Rand Paul -- have renounced the basic worldview that produced it. The Republicans almost unanimously favor an aggressive stance based on brawny slogans and an assumption of American omnipotence." (05/1815)

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Jeb Bush and Dubya

May 19, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by John Cole  

Cartoon. (05/17/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/jeb-bush-and-dubyah/  

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Mitchell Prothero on The Scott Horton Show

May 18, 2015
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The Scott Horton Show
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"Mitchell Prothero, a McClatchy Foreign Staff journalist, discusses the Islamic State's decisive victory over the Iraqi army in a battle for the city of Ramadi." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/15/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/05/15/51515-mitchell-prothero/  

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Iraq: Shiite militias converge on Ramadi after Islamic State takeover

May 18, 2015
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"Shiite militia groups converged on Ramadi on Monday to help Iraqi security forces wrest the city back from Islamic State fighters who seized it in a deadly three-day blitz. The effective loss of the capital of Iraq's largest province was Baghdad's worst military setback since it started clawing back land from the jihadists late last year. Days after a rare message from IS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urging mass mobilisation, the group came close to also seizing the heritage site of Palmyra in Syria, but the army pinned the jihadists back." (05/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/myczlv5  

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When will Hillary Clinton answer for her Iraq vote?

May 16, 2015
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Reason Reason
by David Harsanyi  

"[E]ven if we suspend our disbelief and believe that her initial vote wasn't driven by political expediency (remember that voters supported an invasion in big numbers) or that her so-called apology wasn't driven by political expediency (by the time she switched, a big majority of Democrats believed Iraq was a mistake), how does a voter know that Clinton won't make another mistake the next time she is faced with one of those hard choices? The Iraq War vote was the most consequential one Clinton made as a senator, and by her own admission, she failed. Isn't that the way voters judge candidates who run on their experience and wisdom? Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone has to be president." (05/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mff8qow  

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Dumb and dumber

May 14, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by John Darkow  

Cartoon. (05/13/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/05/dumb-and-dumber/  

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Iraq: Regime claims Islamic State’s second in command killed in air strike

May 13, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"The Iraqi government Wednesday said that the second in command of the Islamic State had been killed in an air strike carried out by the U.S.-led coalition in northern Iraq, a claim that U.S. officials said they could not confirm. Iraq's Ministry of Defense said that the militant leader, known as Abu Alaa al-Afari, was killed in a strike near the northern city Tal Afar. The U.S. Central Command acknowledged that air strikes were conducted against the Islamic State near Tal Afar on Tuesday and Wednesday but could not verify the government's claim." (05/13/15)

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Iraq: Prison break leaves 50 inmates and 12 police officers dead

May 10, 2015
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The Mirror [UK]    

"A terrifying prison break by Islamic State militants left fifty inmates and 12 police officers dead. ISIS militants used explosives to break into the Al-Khalis facility near Baghdad, Iraq, before freeing 30 inmates and plundering the jail's weapons stores. After a riot erupted, dozens of prisoners escaped from the jail, which is about 50 miles northeast of Baghdad. Shi'ite militiamen are then reported to have stormed the prison and killed about 60 militants in clashes." (05/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/psaqspx  

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