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  • Iraq reacts to Erdogan for Shengal: “We won’t allow it!”(Baghdad)

    03/22/2018 11:37:20 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, 22 Mar 2018, 10:12 | ANF BAGHDAD
    The Iraqi government has responded to the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s threats to invade Shengal. Shengal was on the agenda in the meeting Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim el Caferi held with Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yıldız. Caferi’s office issued a written statement after the meeting that said, “Iraq will not allow the presence of any forces that carry out military operations in neighboring countries on its territory.” Caferi said the Iraqi government won’t accept the Turkish forces invading the border and demanded Turkey pull their forces in the Bashika camp. Following the massacres in Afrin, Turkish President Erdoğan...
  • 4,000-year-old Sumerian port found in southern Iraq

    03/22/2018 12:47:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | March 20, 2018 | DPA
    Sumerians settled in Mesopotamia, an area of modern Iraq known as the cradle of civilization, more than 6,000 years ago, where they invented writing, the wheel, the plough, irrigation, the 24-hour day and the first city-states. Mission co-leaders Licia Romano and Franco D'Agostino of Rome's Sapienza University said Tuesday they discovered one of their ancient ports in Abu Tbeirah, a desert site about 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) south of the town of Nasiriyah. The port's basin, measuring 130 meters (142 yards) in length and 40 meters (44 yards) wide, with a capacity equal to nine Olympics-sized pools, may have also...
  • A dozen Iraq war myths that need to die

    03/21/2018 1:51:44 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 55 replies
    AEI ^ | March 20, 2018 | Michael Rubin
    It’s been 15 years since President George W. Bush made the controversial decision to invade Iraq to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Alas, while Iraq has taken great strides forward, many of the pundits and policymakers not only continue to treat Iraq and Iraqis as a partisan football, but perpetuate false myths about its run-up and aftermath. Here are 12: 1. Sanctions killed 1 million Iraqis (and 500,000 children). False. Where did this claim come from? Saddam Hussein’s government. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Saddam’s government claimed that United Nations sanctions resulted in more than 1 million deaths. Baghdad refused to...
  • How Turkey Destroyed Its Own Air Force

    03/18/2018 3:24:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 29 replies ^ | 3/16/18 | Michael Peck
    Fighter pilots aren't cheap. The U.S. Air Force estimates that training a new pilot to fly a plane like the F-35 costs $11 million. And that doesn't count the priceless experience of a veteran pilot who has been flying for years. That's why the U.S. Air Force is willing to offer half-million-dollar bonuses to retain experienced fighter pilots. So a nation that throws its fighter pilots in jail is not just wasting money, but also an extremely valuable resource. Yet in the name of politics, Turkey's government has purged its air force so badly that it can barely fly its...
  • YPG says war in Afrin has reached new stage, vows to expel Turkey through guerrilla warfare

    03/18/2018 8:10:42 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    The Region ^ | (3-18-18) 18/03/2018 13:44 | The Region
    In a joint statement from the YPG and the Autonomous Administration in Afrin, it was promised that ‘the resistance in Afrin will continue until every inch of Afrin is liberated, and the people of Afrin will return their villages’. The Kurdish led administration also claimed that they have asked civilians to leave in order to avoid atrocities now that the conflict has reached a new stage. “We would like to declare that our war against the Turkish occupation and the Takfiri forces calling themselves the Free Army has entered a new stage, the transition from direct confrontation war to hit-and-run...
  • Sources: Trump Wants Army Veteran Pete Hegseth to Replace VA Secretary Shulkin

    03/14/2018 12:38:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 69 replies ^ | March 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    President Donald Trump is expected to fire VA Secretary David Shulkin and is strongly considering replacing him with U.S. Army Veteran Pete Hegseth, according to three sources who spoke to Townhall under the condition of anonymity. It has been rumored former Texas Governor Rick Perry is also on the list for the job.It has been widely reported President Trump called Hegseth on Monday during a meeting with Shulkin in the Oval Office to go over options for reform. According to Axios, Trump specifically asked Hegseth to analyze new VA legislation while Shulkin listened in on speaker phone. Since Shulkin took over, the...
  • I Fell in Love With the Cannabis Candidate. Then I Got Burned.

    03/08/2018 11:03:22 AM PST · by PBRCat · 20 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | March 8, 2018 | Hunter Stuart
    In media interviews and on his social media pages, Wolf said he was a "former FBI agent" and "Iraq Veteran" who had also worked overseas as a "presidential envoy" with the U.S. State Department. He also claimed to be a "Professor of Human Rights" at Roosevelt University. I'm a cannabis supporter, and it was great seeing a former law enforcement guy embrace it so openly. I especially liked that Wolf spoke of the need not just to legalize it but to destigmatize it. I felt like he was someone that could represent my interests in the nation's capital as soon...
  • UN Doesn’t Recognize The Christian Genocide In Iraq: This New Documentary Does

    03/08/2018 12:23:18 AM PST · by Sontagged · 5 replies ^ | Nov 16, 2017 | Miriam Diez Bosch
    "It's been an authentic genocide, according to the definition in international law." “For me, it has been a very intense experience to be in those towns, which have been destroyed, laid waste by persecution. It’s been an authentic genocide, according to the definition in international law.” These are Fernando de Haro’s words to Aleteia, after spending the past several days “overwhelmed by news of 850 families who had returned to their towns after the defeat of Daesh, and that had to flee once more due to the confrontation between Kurds and Iraqis.” De Haro is the director of a new...
  • Iraqi Troops Report Islamic State ‘Re-emergence’ Where Kurdish Peshmerga Removed

    02/28/2018 6:07:07 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | Feb 26, 2018 | Edwin Mora
    The Iraqi military has reportedly warned of an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) resurgence in northern Iraq, noting that the group has already attacked the Kurdish-majority Kirkuk region, home to lucrative oil fields. In an interview with Bas News, Ahmed Askari, a member of the Kurdish-held Kirkuk Provincial Council, dismissed as false the Iraqi military’s allegation of an ISIS re-emergence in northern Iraq, a region primarily controlled by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). However, Kurdistan 24 reports: Islamic State (IS) extremists on Saturday launched an attack on an oil field in Kirkuk Province, killing at least two police officers. A security...
  • Kirkuk oil deal with Iran delayed by security concerns

    02/26/2018 8:20:15 AM PST · by mac_truck · 6 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish) ^ | 2/26/18 | Staff
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Security concerns have caused Iranian officials to delay the implementation of a deal to truck crude oil from Kirkuk to Iran, the head of the Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce announced on Monday. The delay comes a day after a suicide bomber targeted a Hashd al-Shaabi office in Kirkuk and after ISIS killed two police officers at an oilfield in the province on Saturday. “A large number of ISIS terrorists attacked a post of the oil police force near well 43 in the Khabbaz oilfield, killing two and wounding a third,” a security source told AFP. Iraq...
  • Lebanese Journalist: 100 Years After Balfour Declaration, Arabs Have Failed, Israel Has Excelled

    02/22/2018 3:58:17 PM PST · by SJackson · 24 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 2*21*18 | Karam Al-Hilu
    In a Nov. 25, 2017 article marking the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, published in the London-based daily Al-Hayat, Lebanese journalist Karam Al-Hilu compared the meager accomplishments of the Arab world in the past century with those of the rest of the countries, particularly Israel. He noted that Israel’s supremacy in the areas of science, economy, society and politics is the source of its strength, as well as the source of Arab failure in confronting it. The following are excerpts from his article:[1] “A century after the Balfour Declaration . . . the Arabs have not managed to build...
  • Former ISIS Patrons Conjured by the United States to Rebuild Iraq

    02/19/2018 2:15:59 PM PST · by davikkm · 3 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    With the mainstream media obsessing over Russia collusion conspiracies, this story slipped quietly under the radar, but considering the fact that the United States spent over 2 trillion dollars in Iraq, the news that former ISIS patrons/benefactors/sponsors or whatever you want to call it are about to rebuild Iraq should scare the hell out of the American taxpayer. And no, this is not a joke. The US has already enlisted Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait, our GCC partners that is, to, let me quote, “rebuild” in Iraq, in the aftermath of the US led coalition’s claimed victory against...
  • Tillerson Says US Mideast Peace Plan ‘Fairly Well Advanced’

    02/16/2018 4:26:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 2-16-18
    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Photo: Wikicommons. The US administration’s work on a new Middle East peace plan is “fairly well advanced” and President Donald Trump will decide when to announce it, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday during a visit to Jordan. Tillerson also signed a five-year aid package that extends US support to Jordan, a key regional ally, despite Trump’s threat to withhold support from states opposed to his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Commenting on the peace plan, Tillerson said: “I have seen the plan. … It’s been under development...
  • Court determines military burn pits caused lung disease in service members

    02/15/2018 1:24:42 PM PST · by euram · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2-15-2018 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The decision marks a victory for the nearly 64,000 active service members and retirees who have put their names on a Burn Pit Registry created by the Veterans Administration, bringing them one step closer to getting adequate medical coverage, something that has never been guaranteed. Private contractors who were also exposed to the burn pit toxins also have been denied coverage.
  • Widow of slain Turkish general says July 15 shrouded in mystery, facts should come out

    02/14/2018 8:25:55 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | 13 Feb 2018 | SCF
    Nazire Terzi, the widow of Brig. Gen. Semih Terzi, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Monday, has said the night of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and the killing of her husband for being a coup plotter are shrouded in mystery and that the only thing she wants is for the facts to come out.Semih Terzi was killed by noncommissioned officer Ömer Halisdemir at the Special Forces Command in the Gölbaşı district of Ankara during the coup attempt. Reportedly, Terzi would take over the Special Forces Command with the putschist soldiers accompanying him...
  • Abbas Tells Putin: 'We Refuse to Cooperate With U.S. in Any Form'; Putin: Trump Sends Best Wishes

    02/12/2018 7:35:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Feb 12, 2018
    Putin mentioned the call with Trump at the start of his meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Monday. He said: "Naturally we spoke about the Palestinian-Israeli settlement" and told Abbas: "I would like to convey to you his best wishes." Putin met Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu exactly two weeks ago in Moscow. Russia has managed to maintain robust relations with both Israel and the Palestinian Authority government, as well as Israeli rivals Syria and Iran.
  • Iran Unveils New Homemade Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles Amid Massive War Celebrations

    02/12/2018 6:16:38 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 45 replies ^ | Feb 12, 2018 | Adam Kredo
    Iran unveiled a series of new homemade nuclear-capable ballistic missiles during military parades held over the weekend, a move that experts view as a bid to bolster the hardline ruling regime as dissidents continue efforts to stir protest. On the heels of an encounter between an Iranian drone and Israeli forces, Iranian leaders showcased their ballistic missile capabilities, which includes a nuclear-capable medium-range missile that appears to share similarities with North Korean technology, according to experts. The nuclear-capable missile can strike Israel even when fired from Iranian territory, raising concerns about an impending conflict between Tehran and the Jewish state that...
  • The Disruptive Regional Role of Iran’s Ideology

    02/12/2018 2:06:35 PM PST · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    Asharq al Awsat ^ | Feb. 12, 20018
    On December 8, 2017, the leader of Iraq’s Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq Qais al-Khazali paid a visit to the Lebanese-Israeli border to inspect Lebanese “Hezbollah” resistance positions and to issue a threat to the southern neighbor. In a leaked video, he was shown as saying: “We are here with ‘Hezbollah’ and we announce our complete readiness to stand side by side with the Lebanese people and Palestinian cause against the Israeli occupation.” Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, or Khazali Network, is affiliated with Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). -excerpt- His statement however demonstrated the common interests of pro-Iran regional militias to allow Tehran...
  • Syria conflict: US in rare counterstrike after Deir-el-Zour attack

    02/08/2018 1:51:29 AM PST · by Spiridon · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/8/2018 | BBC
    The US has launched rare air strikes in eastern Syria to thwart and attack on allied Kurdish and Arab fighters aligned to Syria's government. Some 500 fighters had tried to take ground captured from the Islamic State (IS) group by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). SDF and government forces control areas on either side of the Euphrates River. Some US forces are embedded with the SDF but they suffered no casualties. One SDF fighter was injured, the US officials said. The pro-government forces had been backed by artillery, tanks and other heavy weaponry when the attacked an SDF headquarters...
  • Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

    ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's U.S.-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad. Pro-government forces and Kurdish-led forces have fought each other elsewhere in Syria and Damascus opposes the Kurds' demands for autonomy. But in Afrin they have a common enemy and a mutual interest in blocking Turkish advances. Turkey, which regards the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin as a threat on its southern border, launched an assault on the region last month. Seeking to shield Afrin, the Kurds asked Damascus to send forces...