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  • US envoy in contact with Iraqi military, Syria personnel after Turkish raids

    04/26/2017 8:12:58 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    KOM News ^ | 26 April 2017 15:14 CEST | Brett McGurk
    US-led coalition envoy Brett McGurk said on Wednesday he is in regular contact with the Iraqi military as well as personnel on the ground in Syria after the Turkish raids on Tuesday morning.“In regular contact with counterparts in Iraq and our military personnel in Syria following the reports of [Turkish] airstrikes Monday night,” McGurk said in a Twitter message.On Tuesday, Turkish jets struck positions in northern Syria and Iraq of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson told Sputnik on Wednesday that the coalition was “deeply concerned” about the Turkish actions. The spokesperson underscored that Ankara cannot pursue...
  • Wild pigs kill ISIS members

    04/26/2017 12:22:33 AM PDT · by biggerten · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/25/2017 | Mark Piggott, IBT
    Three members Isis have reportedly been killed and five more injured by rampaging wild boar near Kirkuk in Iraq. The exact circumstances are unclear, but sources claim another Isis militant later "took revenge" against the feral pigs involved in the incident.
  • Wild boars maul Isil fighters to death in Iraq

    04/25/2017 10:36:29 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 58 replies ^ | 25 April 2017 | Raf Sanchez
    Wild boars mauled three Islamic State (Isil) fighters to death near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, according to Kurdish fighters. The jihadists’ bodies were found badly mangled by refugees fleeing through farmland as they tried to get away from Isil territory in al-Rashad, southwest of the city.
  • Turkish airstrikes target Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq: dozens killed

    04/25/2017 7:17:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    KOM News ^ | 25 April 2017 07:17 CEST | none stated
    Turkish airstrikes on Tuesday morning targeted Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq killing dozens of fighters and civilians according to first reports.Fighter jets hit Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions in northeaster Syria’s Derik city (Al-Malikiyah) and Kurdish Yazidi positions in northern Iraq’s Shingal (Sinjar) at around 02:00am local time, according to reports.Information gained by Kom News suggests at least eighteen YPG members were killed in an airstrike on the group’s headquarters in Derik, which is on the border with Iraq’s Kurdistan Region.A radio station and villages were also hit, however the number of civilian casualties has not been confirmed. Turkish warplanes...
  • Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurds, support for Islamic State: PYD co-leader Muslim

    04/25/2017 6:57:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    KOM News ^ | 25 April 2017 07:41 CEST | none stated
    PYD co-leader Salih Muslim Democratic Union Party (PYD) co-leader Salih Muslim condemned Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday morning and said coalition forces should not to remain silent on the matter.Speaking to Europe based News Channel, the leader of the largest Syrian Kurdish party said the attack was expected due to the heavy military deployment at the Turkey-Syria border.“There is a tense situation. There were already aerial attacks at the border and reconnaissance flights [by Turkey]. We were expecting this, it is not a surprise. They cannot scare the people of Kurdistan with these attacks. The people of...
  • Footage from Turkish airstrike targeting civilian areas in Qandil (Iraq)

    04/24/2017 6:40:48 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 25 replies
    ANF News ^ | Sunday, 23 Apr 2017, 12:17 | none stated
    This morning's strikes by Turkish warplanes on Qandil region of Medya Defense Zones also targeted the villages with civilian population, and the fields of the locals. This morning's strikes by Turkish warplanes on Qandil region of Medya Defense Zones also targeted the villages with civilian population, and the fields of the locals. Footage by ANF shows Turkish airstrikes openly targeting civilian areas.   What is the goal? The Turkish state is known to be after accomplishing its genocidal operations against the Kurds and the dirty policies it seeks to pursue mainly in Kurdistan territory. Turkish airstrikes targeting civilian areas in...
  • Biden Used False Data to Smear Marine Corps Over Armored Vehicle Request from Iraq

    04/24/2017 2:56:53 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 8 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/24/2017 | Bil Gertz
    Democrats in the Senate pounced on the story to attack then-President George W. Bush over Iraq. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, flanked by other Democratic leaders, went before news reporters the day the story came out waving the newspaper in front of cameras as proof the president was failing to take care of American troops in a war. Much of the information for the story came from a Marine Corps scientist, Franz Gayl, who had been put in touch with the article's authors by Erin Logan, a staff member for then-senator Joe Biden (D., Del.). Ten years later, documents and...
  • When breaking the rules of engagement is right

    04/22/2017 5:07:47 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 12, 2017 | Roger T. Hill
    The current military culture values enemy lives above those of U.S. troops ANALYSIS/OPINION: Donald Trump and James Mattis came to office vowing to “win” America’s wars again. But unless they change our politically correct military culture, it is certain America won’t. With Thursday night’s cruise missile strikes in Syria, the United States is facing down the barrel of another war in the Middle East. But as President Trump and congressional leadership weigh the risks on an expanded, messy conflict, possibly including U.S. ground forces, they also ought to examine whether a military plagued by overlawyering has what it takes to...
  • Turkey to ‘hit button’ on military operations into Syria and Iraq: pro-government paper

    04/20/2017 7:41:51 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    KOM News ^ | 20 April 2017 | none stated
    Turkish tanks on their way to Syria as part of the Euphrates Shield Operation launched in August 2016. Turkey is planning three cross-border military operations into Iraq and Syria as a follow-up to the Euphrates Shield Operation, a pro-government newspaper has claimed.The headline of the Yeni Safak daily on Thursday read, “Turkey to hit button” and said the Turkish government was going to initiate an operation into Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases in the Zap-Avashin and Shingal areas of the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq.According to the pro-government paper, another operation will be launched into the Karakozak area in northern Syria, where the Suleyman Shah...
  • Iraqi unit with U.S., Australian advisers hit by ISIS mustard agent

    04/19/2017 6:18:31 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | 4/18/2017 | CBS/AP
    WASHINGTON -- An Iraqi unit with U.S. and Australian advisers was hit by an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) mustard agent, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports. Twenty-five Iraqis required treatment but none of the advisers were injured Sunday, Martin reports. Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told the Associated Press that six soldiers suffered breathing problems from Sunday’s attack and were treated in a field clinic. An investigation was then launched to determine what type of gas was used. The attack marked the second chemical attack of its kind in several days. It occurred one day after...
  • Iraq: IS launches chlorine gas attacks in western Mosul

    04/15/2017 9:17:10 AM PDT · by Vostok-1 · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 15, 2017, 8:45 AM ET | Qassim Abdul-zahra
    An Iraqi military officer says Islamic State militants have launched a gas attack in a newly-liberated area in western Mosul.
  • Virginia Tech Killer Part of "paintball jihad"?

    04/17/2007 6:27:20 PM PDT · by SBD1 · 125 replies · 5,320+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | April 10, 2005 | Debra Erdley
    He never made it to Afghanistan to fight for the Taliban, but Kwon -- a Northern Virginia engineer who fled the United States nine days after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks said it wasn't for lack of effort. Kwon, 29, a South Korea-born graduate of Virginia Tech who is serving an 11-year prison sentence as a result of his guilty plea last year on federal conspiracy and weapons charges. He has emerged as the prosecution's star witness in the case against Ali Al-Timimi, an American Islamic scholar charged with recruiting soldiers for the Taliban just five days after Sept....
  • Will Christianity Perish in its Birthplace?

    04/14/2017 7:57:24 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 8 replies
    WND ^ | 4/13/17 | Pat Buchanan
    “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)” Those are among Jesus’ last words on the Cross that first Good Friday. It was a cry of agony, but not despair. The dying Christ, to rise again in three days, was repeating the first words of the 22nd Psalm. And today, in lands where Christ lived and taught and beyond where the Christian faith was born and nourished, the words echo. For it is in the birthplace of Christianity that Christians face the greatest of persecutions and martyrdoms since the time of Vladimir Lenin and Josef...
  • State employee charged in FBI probe

    03/29/2017 1:25:17 PM PDT · by billorites · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    A State Department employee pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday after being charged in an FBI investigation, the Department of Justice announced. Candace Claiborne, who worked in the Caucasus Affairs office of the State Department, is being charged for two felony offenses. Claiborne is being charged with “obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements to the FBI, both felony offenses, for allegedly concealing numerous contacts that she had over a period of years with foreign intelligence agents,” a Department of Justice release said. Claiborne, who has a Top Secret security clearance, failed to disclose her foreign contacts abroad...
  • .S. general sees progress by Iraqi forces in Mosul despite complicated battle

    04/13/2017 9:11:22 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 12, 2017 | Ulf Laessing
    "Iraqi security forces continue to progress as they liberate the western side of Mosul," U.S. Army Major General Joseph Martin, head of ground forces for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, said
  • George W Bush cannot hide his crimes behind paintings(major hurl alert)

    04/13/2017 8:53:31 AM PDT · by Ennis85 · 30 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 13th April 2017 | M Neelika Jayawardane
    George W Bush, the former US president, is promoting a book of paintings, entitled Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors, depicting American soldiers - veterans from the ongoing "war on terror". The George W Bush Presidential Center tells us that the book "brings together sixty-six full-color portraits and a four-panel mural painted by President Bush of members of the United States military who have served our Nation with honour since 9/11 - and whom he has come to know personally". The hardcover edition costs an affordable $35; the deluxe, signed and personalised edition sets you...
  • Christianity In Peril In Biblical Lands Of Iraq After ISIS (Christian Genocide In M.E.)

    04/13/2017 12:25:14 AM PDT · by Sontagged · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/21/16 | Moni Basu
    Being Christian in Iraq after ISIS In biblical lands of Iraq, Christianity in peril after ISIS By Moni Basu, CNN Updated 11:37 AM ET, Mon November 21, 2016 Bartella, Iraq (CNN)Behnam Lalo crunches over jagged glass and tiptoes around a fallen altar, burned Bibles and a decapitated porcelain Virgin Mary. He picks up a cross from a heap of rubble and wipes away ashes with his priest's robes. He recognizes the cross immediately; he used it at confirmation ceremonies of so many boys and girls here at St. George Church. He no longer knows where some of them are. Or,...
  • A decade later and the Iraq debate is still contaminated with myths (from 2013)

    04/09/2017 4:59:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 58 replies ^ | 17 March, 2013 | Peter Feaver
    ere on the 10-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, I wonder how long it will be before we can discuss the war free from the contamination of myths. It may be sooner than many myth-purveyors expect. Just listen to this lecture by Mel Leffler, one of the leading historians of American diplomacy. He has been a harsh critic of Bush-era diplomacy and his speech does accept some of the conventional critique (specifically about the "hubris" of the Bush administration), but his analysis is far more balanced than the conventional wisdom on the topic. All in all, Leffler’s analysis is a...
  • Civilian Deaths In Mosul Lead U.S. And Iraqi Forces To Change Tactics Against ISIS

    04/08/2017 10:51:30 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | April 5, 2017 | JANE ARRAF
    the Iraqi military will slow an offensive pushing into the crowded old district of the city to try to minimize civilian casualties. The new tactics will mean fewer U.S. and Iraqi air strikes.
  • Syria’s use of chemical weapons should frighten you about obama’s deal with Iran

    04/08/2017 10:16:11 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 7 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-08-17 | DrJohn
    Accolades from both sides of the aisle and from foreign policy experts continue to flow to Donald Trump for his surgical strike in Syria. Christopher Kozak, a Syria analyst at the Institute for the Study of War, agreed the strike was a necessary development toward reestablishing U.S. deterrence, but stressed that the administration needs to persist in deterrent measures to reap lasting results. "The key point is that outside actors are going to be perceiving that this is a world where the U.S. and the White House will be willing to use military force in order to assert itself in...