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  • Saudis in talks over alliance to rebuild Iraq and 'return it to the Arab fold'

    08/20/2017 8:09:02 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 18 August 2017 | Martin Chulov
    Iraq and Saudi Arabia are negotiating a new alliance that would give Riyadh a leading role in rebuilding Iraq’s war-torn towns and cities, while bolstering Baghdad’s credentials across the region. Meetings between senior officials on both sides over the past six months have focused on shepherding Iraq away from its powerful neighbour and Saudi Arabia’s long-time rival, Iran, whose influence over Iraqi affairs has grown sharply since the 2003 ousting of Saddam Hussein. Iraq and Saudi Arabia have long been considered opponents in the region, but a visit by the Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to Riyadh last week and...
  • Canadian sniper sets world record with 2.2-mile pickoff of ISIS fighter

    08/14/2017 10:19:31 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 72 replies
    FOXNews ^ | Michael Obel
    A Canadian sniper set what appears to be a record, picking off an ISIS fighter from some 2.2 miles away, and disrupting a potentially deadly operation by the terror group in Iraq. Shooting experts say the fatal shot at a world-record distance of 11,316 feet underscores how stunningly sophisticated military snipers are becoming. The feat, pulled off by a special forces sniper from Canada’s Joint Task Force 2, smashed the previous distance record for successful sniper shots by some 3,280 feet, a record set by a British sniper. The new record was set using a McMillan TAC-50, a .50-caliber weapon...
  • The Awans, Obama, and Saddam Hussein and Iran's nuclear programs

    08/07/2017 11:51:37 PM PDT · by Fedora · 40 replies
    Original research | 08/08/2017 | Fedora
    As many of you will recall, Obama made a trip to Pakistan when he was at Occidental College. I am seeing indicators that this relates to the Awans' network and to Iraq and Iran's nuclear programs, which I'm putting out here for others to help fill the missing pieces in and to get this to the right people. First, a recap of Obama's Pakistan trip:Obama’s Russia Problem: Obama's Links to Soviet-era Spy Rings and Terrorist NetworksAt Occidental College, Obama became involved in radical student politics, deliberately networking with activist students and professors, as he mentions in his autobiography. In 1981,...
  • Cheering Iraqis march arrested German ISIS teen through Mosul

    08/07/2017 6:30:42 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 67 replies
    Tahoo7 and Yahoo UK ^ | 8/7/2017 | Staff
    Linda Wenzel, 16, who disappeared from Pulsnitz near Dresden in Germany on July 1 last year, was detained in Iraq, along with other female supporters of the group, after the Battle of Mosul, which saw ISIS fighters forced out of the ancient city. The new video shows a distraught Wenzel with her arms secured by armed men being escorted through the streets amid a crowd of cheering Iraqis. Lorenz Haase, senior public prosecutor in Dresden, confirmed the teenager had been “located and identified in Iraq”. Wenzel, who is thought to have converted to Islam after being groomed on social media,...
  • Iraq plans to shore up its groud forces with Russian T-90 tanks

    08/06/2017 8:40:11 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 30/7/2017 | Paul Iddon
    This month Iraq signed “a significant contract for a large batch” of Russian T-90 main battle tanks for its armoured forces. The manufacturer of the tank said 73 are going to be delivered to Iraq: which would give Baghdad a large number of formidable tanks to bolster its already sizable fleet of American-made M1 Abrams and T-72s, the T-90's older brother. Michael Knights, an Iraq analyst and the Lafer Fellow at the Washington Institute, is skeptical at this early stage about whether this deal will actually see the light of day. “The veteran journalist reaction to any Russian arms deal...
  • Two 1991 documentaries - Pearl Harbor 50th Anniversary and Desert Storm: Desert Victory

    08/04/2017 3:17:40 PM PDT · by mairdie
    The 50th Anniversary documentary of Pearl Harbor is hosted by Edward Woodward. The Desert Storm documentary was an A&E production. Both are from 1991.
  • Court Rejects a Murder Conviction and Sentences in Blackwater Case

    08/04/2017 12:18:32 PM PDT · by ex91B10 · 22 replies
    NYT ^ | 8-4-17 | MATT APUZZO
    A federal appeals court threw out the lengthy sentences for three Blackwater Worldwide security contractors and ordered a new trial for a fourth man involved in a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad.
  • Samantha Bee Discovers Many Iraqi Kurds Love Donald Trump

    08/04/2017 10:05:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 3, 2017 | Lorena O'Neil
    The 'Full Frontal' host went to Iraqi Kurdistan and found a family who calls their baby son "Trump." Samantha Bee traveled to the Kurdistan region of Iraq and unexpectedly stumbled upon a slew of Trump fans. "They love Trump," Bee said in surprise, after speaking to multiple Kurds about the current president. “Are we in the middle of making Samantha Bee’s first, and probably last ever, Trump-positive field piece?” she asked. Bee said many of the people she interviewed appreciated Trump because he directly armed the Kurds to fight against ISIS. She was still doubtful, wondering aloud if the Kurds...
  • Knights of Columbus Pledge to Save Iraqi Christian Town

    08/03/2017 7:58:33 AM PDT · by Shark24 · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | Aug 2, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    The Knights of Columbus are to raise and donate $2 million to help save Karemlash, a predominantly Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain that was invaded and ransacked by ISIS before being liberated by coalition forces last November.
  • Iranian general boasts of Quds Force killing U.S. troops in Iraq

    08/02/2017 8:30:12 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2 August 17 | Rowan Scarborough
    The deputy commander of Iran’s notorious Quds Force bragged at a recent ceremony that his operatives have killed more Americans than U.S. troops have killed Iranian fighters. Brig. Gen. Ismail Ghaani was referring to Iran’s major intervention in the Iraq war to supply Shiite militias with supercharged explosives that could penetrate U.S. armored vehicles. The Pentagon has estimated the Quds Force, an arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, killed 500 Americans that way.
  • House Dem IT Staffers Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive

    08/01/2017 8:31:59 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Feb 21, 2017 | Luke Rosiak
    Congressional aides suspected of criminally misusing their access to House computer systems owed $100,000 to an Iraqi politician who is wanted by U.S. authorities and has been linked to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Middle Eastern terrorist outfit.
  • Are We Nearing the Endgame with ISIS? (Brett McGurk)

    07/30/2017 12:51:32 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    The New Yorker ^ | July 27, 2017 | Robin Wright
    In a sign of how fast the Islamic State is shrinking, McGurk last month visited northern Syria. I called on him Wednesday, at his small whitewashed office on the ground floor of the State Department, to assess the future of ISIS and the world’s most unconventional nation. McGurk is an optimist, long-term, despite the chorus of skeptics in Washington about extremism, Iraq and Syria, and U.S. foreign policy in the volatile Middle East. The interview has been edited and condensed. McGurk’s most chilling answer was when he talked about how many ISIS fighters are still alive.
  • 1991 CNN Footage of Start of Gulf War Ground War

    07/26/2017 10:02:52 AM PDT · by mairdie · 28 replies
    The raw CNN footage, minus commercials, when the start of the Gulf War ground war was announced. Part 1 of two parts for first tape of 23 Feb 1991. Part 2 is in the same playlist and shows President G.H.W. Bush announcing the start.
  • The Clintons, US Intelligence, and the Great Uranium Follies

    07/25/2017 8:22:11 PM PDT · by piasa · 21 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 22 June 2015 | John Smith
    Hillary Clinton handing over a sizable portion of US uranium production potential to Russia is not an isolated event, but rather is the logical convergence of decades-old Clinton era dealings with Russia and rogue states, for enrichment of the power elite. AT contributor Michael Curtis is correct when he says that the Uranium One deal has serious implications for our national security.  In fact, the revelation of Hillary’s independent intel network, coupled with Clinton era national security policy changes in the form of counter-proliferation (CP) regimes, have been far more strategically harmful than many Americans realize.... 
  • State Department Lawyers Removing References to ISIS ‘Genocide’ Against Christians

    07/25/2017 7:27:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 25, 2017 | Susan Crabtree
    State Department Lawyers Removing References to ISIS ‘Genocide’ Against Christians, Other Religious Minorities.. full title. ... Obama holdovers in State Department's legal office are responsible, critics say. The State Department's top lawyers are systematically removing the word "genocide" to describe the Islamic State's mass slaughter of Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria from speeches before they are delivered and other official documents, according to human rights activists and attorneys familiar with the policies. Additionally, Democratic senators are delaying confirmation of Mark Green, Trump's pick to head the U.S. Agency for International Development who has broad bipartisan...
  • 'I just want to go home', says German girl who joined IS

    07/23/2017 3:16:34 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | 23rd July 2017 | Michelle Martin
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A German teenager who joined Islamic State is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported on Sunday. Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday that four German women who joined Islamic State in recent years, including a 16-year-old girl from the small town of Pulsnitz near Dresden, are being held in an Iraqi prison and receiving consular assistance. Lorenz Haase, senior public prosecutor in Dresden, said he could confirm the teenager, named only as Linda W., had been "located...
  • India 3rd largest terror target after Iraq and Afghanistan: US report

    07/22/2017 4:58:37 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Sunday, July 23, 2017 | Neeraj Chauhan, TNN
    Highlights o India has displaced Pakistan on a list of countries facing terror attacks in 2016 o According to the report, out of 11,072 terror attacks in 2016 worldwide, India bore the brunt of 927 o The US analysis labelled Naxals as the third most deadly terror organisation in the world after IS and Taliban [Caption] The Modi government has decided not to seek a political outreach and concentrate on intensive security operations. NEW DELHI: India has displaced Pakistan on a list of countries facing terror attacks in 2016, with higher fatalities and injuries than its restive neighbour, according to...
  • Trump accuses New York Times of foiling plot to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    07/22/2017 1:36:52 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 45 replies
    CBS News ^ | Saturday, July 22, 2017 | Stefan Becket
    President Trump weighed in on a number of hot-button topics in a string of tweets Saturday morning, the day after naming a new White House communications director and accepting the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer. The president took aim at some familiar targets: the "Amazon Washington Post," leaks, Hillary Clinton, "Special Council" Robert Mueller and others.  But one missive in particular left observers scratching their heads. In a cryptic tweet, Mr. Trump accused "the Failing New York Times" of foiling an attempt to kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The...
  • 'Women are being attacked every day': violence at small town festival reignites migration debate

    07/20/2017 9:13:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    TheLocal.de (Germany) ^ | 20 July 2017 13:38 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    Reports of sexual assaults and attacks on police during a small town festival have again sparked debate in Germany about integration, while also leading police to correct what they say are “misinterpretations” of what happened. The news that around 1,000 young people gathered on Saturday night during a festival in Schorndorf, Baden-Württemberg where some began throwing bottles at officers has grabbed national attention in Germany, particularly because police said many came from “immigrant backgrounds”. This coupled with the fact that cases of sexual assaults or harassment were reported by women on Friday and Saturday, with Iraqi and Afghanistani men being...
  • (VIDEO) Iraqi troops throw ISIS fighters off a cliff to their deaths

    07/17/2017 11:02:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    American Military News ^ | July 17, 2017 | Peter Reid
    The Iraqi government said it will be investigating a video apparently showing Iraqi troops throwing captured ISIS fighters off a high ledge and killing them, just days after Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, declared victory over ISIS in the city of Mosul. The unverified video shows men in uniform throwing a man off a ledge and then shooting him. According to the BBC, the Iraqi government said that if the video is authentic, those responsible will be brought to justice. “In the final weeks of the battle for west Mosul, the pervasive attitude that I have observed among armed forces...