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  • Abandoning our Kurdish allies is a win for our Iranian enemies

    10/21/2017 2:27:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 21, 2017 | Michael Pregent,
    The U.S. military must figure out how to keep Iraq from breaking apart while also preventing neighboring Iran from turning Iraq into a proxy state.. It makes no sense for a nation to treat its enemies kindly and its allies harshly. Any nation that tries this foolish approach will see its enemies grow stronger and more dangerous, and will lose its allies when it abandons them. ... The man most responsible for the failure of the U.S. to give adequate support to the Kurds is Brett McGurk, President Trump’s special envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS. He held...
  • Iraqi Invasion: Looting, Arson Triggers Exodus of 100,000 from Kurdish Kirkuk

    10/20/2017 6:11:40 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 34 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 10/20/2017 | FRANCES MARTEL
    Kurdish authorities estimate that 100,000 people have fled Kirkuk, Iraq, this week, formerly under control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) but now lost to the Baghdad government and its Iran-backed Shiite militia allies. Kurds fleeing Kirkuk—a multi-ethnic city heavily reliant on its vast oil resources—say Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fighters are looting, burning houses down, and attacking Kurdish citizens. The Iraqi government announced a military initiative to wrest Kirkuk out of KRG authority after September 25, when the KRG organized a non-binding referendum asking Kurds whether they would support the establishment of an independent Kurdistan. While Kirkuk has not...
  • Situation Near Kirkuk, Iraq (U.S. State Department Press Release)

    10/20/2017 5:40:11 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    U.S. State Department ^ | October 20, 2017 | Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson
    The United States is concerned by reports of violent clashes around the town of Altun Kupri in northern Iraq. We are monitoring the situation closely, and call on all parties to cease all violence and provocative movements, and to coordinate their activities to restore calm. In order to avoid any misunderstandings or further clashes, we urge the central government to calm the situation by limiting federal forces’ movements in disputed areas to only those coordinated with the Kurdistan Regional Government. We are encouraged by Prime Minister Abadi’s instructions to federal forces to protect Iraqi Kurdish citizens and to not provoke...
  • The fall of Kirkuk and U.S. Kurdish allies

    10/19/2017 1:54:29 PM PDT · by TBP · 16 replies
    The Washington Times (which is 35 years old today.) ^ | Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Ernie Audino - -
    Well, we’ve done it. We’ve given Kirkuk to the Iranians. Kirkuk. The Heart of Kurdistan. It’s the Jerusalem of the Kurds, our only trusted and loyal allies in Iraq. It’s also the last piece of terrain needed by Tehran to complete its overland, unimpeded access to the shores of the Mediterranean and to its Hezbollah allies in Lebanon. And it’s precisely where President Trump’s new hard line on Iran, barely 72 hours old, was put to the test and failed. Actually, it didn’t fail. Our State Department failed it. Rather than act to dissuade or disrupt this past weekend’s bold...
  • Erdogan: Iraqi border may soon close on condition Baghdad meets KRG needs

    10/19/2017 8:24:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 4:15 CDT US (6 hours ago) | Rudaw
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish border may soon be closed to the Kurdistan Region on the condition that Baghdad continues to provide the needs of the Region.  “Our talks [with Iraq] on what we can do are continuing. If they [the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government] hand over the border gate to the central government, we’ll set the condition [that the central government] must meet all the needs of the people under the northern Iraqi administration,” Erdogan told reporters late Tuesday night during a return trip from Poland. “We have not yet closed...
  • What happened in Kirkuk?

    10/18/2017 11:52:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    ANF News (Kirkuk) ^ | 17 Oct 2017, 12:44 | Ersin Caksu and Sores Benek
    ANF and Roj News reporters Ersin Caksu and Sores Benek wrote about what happened in Kirkuk yesterday. During the invasion maneuvers of the Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shabi on Kirkuk, the defense line formed by the guerrillas, the peshmergas who refused to withdraw and the people of Kirkuk who took up arms in the Feylaq Crossing was broken when KDP forces abandoned the general security forces buildings and withdrew from the area along with their heavy weaponry. Following the attacks the Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shaabi forces with them launched on Kirkuk, the defense line formed by the...
  • Team Trump is about to let Iraq fall into Iran’s hands

    10/17/2017 1:19:13 PM PDT · by TBP · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 16, 2017 | Benny Avni
    If President Trump wants to stop Iran from making the entire country of Iraq a subsidiary of the Revolutionary Guard, he’ll need to intervene in the burgeoning crisis in Kurdistan — and fast. On Monday, Iraqi forces trounced Kurdish fighters and emerged victorious in a short fight for control of the oil-rich northern Iraqi town of Kirkuk. And they couldn’t have done it without us. When ISIS stormed Iraq in 2014, the demoralized Iraqi army collapsed, its troops deserted and fled. Baghdad was utterly humiliated. Then Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga, entered Kirkuk, secured the key city and kept it...
  • Iraq forces take oil fields dashing Kurdish dreams

    10/17/2017 6:04:49 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    AFP News ^ | 17 Oct 2017 | none stated
    Iraqi forces took control of the two largest oil fields in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk on Tuesday demolishing Kurdish hopes of creating a viable independent state. The Kurds withdrew without a fight after federal government troops and militia entered the city of Kirkuk and seized the provincial governor's office and key military bases in response to a Kurdish vote for independence last month. The fields accounted for around 250,000 barrels per day of the 650,000 bpd that the autonomous Kurdish region exported under its own auspices and their loss deals a huge blow to its already parlous finances...
  • John Bolton: Trump Silence on Iran-Dominated Baghdad Invasion of Kurdish Iraq ‘a Tragedy’

    10/17/2017 5:22:00 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 26 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 10/16/2017 | Ian Mason
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton spoke to Breitbart News Daily Sirius XM host Alex Marlow Monday, coming out strongly in support of Iraqi Kurdistan in its bid for independence and criticizing American ties to the Iraqi national government, which he described as “dominated by Iran.” “I support independence for the Kurds in Iraq. It’s no surprise the State Department opposes that. I think the State Department and the Pentagon are still operating under the assumption you can put Iraq back together again, and you can’t,” Bolton told Marlow. Bolton condemned America’s putative ally in Baghdad as...
  • Iraqi Forces, Near Kirkuk, Say They’ve Seized Key Sites

    10/16/2017 7:01:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 16, 2017 | David Zucchino
    Hours after moving to reclaim control of the northern city of Kirkuk, Iraqi government forces said Monday that they had reached the outskirts of the city, seizing oil fields and other important sites from Kurdish forces that had held the territory since 2014. The quick advance pitted one American-trained military force against another. Iraqi government troops and the Kurdish forces, known as pesh merga, are both part of the American-led coalition battling the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
  • The Latest: Iraqi militias claim success in Kirkuk [against Kurds]

    10/16/2017 4:54:51 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    FoxNewsJacksonvilleFl ^ | 10/16/2017 | Fox30jax
    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) - The Latest on Iraq, where federal forces have attacked the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk (all times local): 2:30 p.m. A spokesman for Iraq's state-sanctioned militias says they have "achieved all our goals" in retaking areas from Kurdish forces in and around the disputed northern city of Kirkuk. Ahmed al-Assadi says federal forces came under fire from "some rebels" after launching the operation early Monday and returned fire. He says federal forces have been deployed in the area of the K-1 military base, the Kirkuk airport and a number of oil fields and installations. But he says...
  • Iraqi forces start advancing toward Kurdish-held Kirkuk - Iraqi and Kurdish officials

    10/15/2017 4:48:23 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 12 replies
    UK Reuters ^ | 10/15/2017 | Staff
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces began moving at midnight on Sunday towards oil fields and an important air base held by Kurdish forces near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, Iraqi and Kurdish officials said.
  • Once promised paradise, IS fighters end up in mass graves

    10/15/2017 9:47:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 100 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | October 15, 2017 | Ammar Karim and Maher al-Mounes Agence France-Presse
    <p>The Islamic State group once drew recruits from near and far with promises of paradise but now bodies of jihadists lie in mass graves or at the mercy of wild dogs as its "caliphate" collapses.</p> <p>Flies buzz around human remains poking through the dusty earth in the Iraqi town of Dhuluiyah, 90 kilometres (55 miles) north of Baghdad, at a hastily-dug pit containing the bodies of dozens of IS fighters killed in 2015.</p>
  • Iranian Guards with Iraqi forces near Kirkuk, Peshmerga claim (Iraq)

    10/14/2017 8:28:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 6 hours ago (from 10:15 PM CDT) | none stated
    Picture taken on October 14, 2017 shows civilian taking up arms to defend the oil-rich city of Kirkuk against a potential attack by the Iraqi forces. Photo: Rudaw TV KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region – Peshmerga intelligence shows beyond a doubt that Iranian Revolutionary Guards are among the ranks of the Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shaabi stationed south and west of Kirkuk. “The Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shaabi are not the only state that are attacking us. We have intelligence with 100 percent accuracy that there are also the Iranian army and the Revolutionary Guards among them,” Shwan Shamerani,...
  • Syrian Islamic State fighters evacuate Raqqa city: SDF

    10/15/2017 1:47:03 AM PDT · by Enchante · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 15, 2017 | Staff
    AIN ISSA, SYRIA (Reuters) - A group of Islamic State fighters evacuated the Syrian city of Raqqa overnight, taking civilians with them as human shields, a militia spokesman told Reuters on Sunday. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, continued to battle Islamic State jihadists who remain in the city, SDF spokesman Mostafa Bali said.
  • Iraqi forces demand Kurdish troops’ withdrawal from Kirkuk area

    10/13/2017 5:12:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 13, 2017
    Kurdish peshmerga soldiers rallied to protect Kirkuk on Thursday night, as Interior Ministry troops and Shiite militias mobilized nearby. Volunteer and retired fighters bolstered the lines. Several positions were taken over by Iraqi forces, however, with Kurdish officers saying they received orders to withdraw. The Kirkuk area, with about 10 percent of Iraq’s oil reserves, has long been contested by the central government in Baghdad and Kurdish authorities in Irbil, but the province has become even more of a flash point since the Kurdistan region voted in favor of independence in a referendum last month. ... Kurdistan sees Kirkuk — ethnically...
  • ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse

    10/13/2017 8:05:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    The New York Times ^ | OCT. 8, 2017 | ROD NORDLAND
    Kurdish interrogators allowed a dozen of the surrendered fighters to be interviewed by a reporter as they arrived at the local headquarters of the Asayish, the Kurdish intelligence service, in the town of Dibis, near the Kurds’ front lines opposite Hawija. Officers monitored all interviews.
  • Response for Erdogan calling Kurds “occupiers”: Here we are, come (Iraq)

    10/11/2017 12:11:50 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    ANF News ^ | Saturday, 7 Oct 2017, 00:00 | ANF KIRKUK
    PUK MP Mihemed Hecî Osman spoke about Erdoğan’s comments that Kurds “have no right there, they are in an occupying position” and said: “These are words of malign intent. If they are considering an invasion, here we are, they are welcome." Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Kirkuk MP in the Iraqi Parliament Mihemed Hecî Osman responded to Erdoğan’s comments that Kurds “have no right there, they are in an occupying position”. Mihemed Hecî Osman spoke to the ANF about Erdoğan’s comments and said: “These are the first words of malign intent. If they are considering an invasion, here we are,...
  • Erbil and Baghdad agree on 4 points for a solution

    10/09/2017 8:11:48 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    ANF News ^ | Sunday, 8 Oct 2017, 00:00 | ANF NEWS DESK
    Federal Kurdistan Region’s President Barzani has come to an agreement on 4 points with Iraqi Vice Presidents Allavi and Nuceyfi for a solution to the issues between Erbil and Baghdad. Federal Kurdistan Region’s President Masoud Barzani and Iraqi Vice Presidents Iyad Allavi and Usame Nuceyfi have reached an agreement on 4 points for a solution to the issues between Erbil and Baghdad. Federal Kurdistan Region Presidential Council Chairperson Fuad Hussein announced that the 3-party meeting has concluded with agreement on 4 points for a solution to the issues. In the statement, Hussein said all three parties have agreed on the...
  • 'They're coming out with their hands up – full scale surrender': US General says ISIS fighters

    10/07/2017 7:45:26 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 157 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Updated: 09:49 EDT, 6 October 2017 | William Crisp
    'They're giving up,' said Lieutenant General Paul Funk, who commands the coalition task force fighting Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. 'Their leaders are abandoning them.' In uncommon scenes, large groups of militants were turning themselves over to Kurdish Peshmerga forces, in the city southwest of Kirkuk. snip 'The speed at which the enemy gave up surprised me,' Funk said in a phone interview from Baghdad, after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the liberation of Hawija. Funk said about 1,000 militants surrendered in the past three or four days of fighting in Hawija. The coalition had estimated up to...