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  • Iraqi Forces Find Mass Graves In Oil Wells Near Kirkuk

    11/20/2017 10:47:22 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 5 replies ^ | 20-11-2017 | Paraskova
    Iraq’s security forces have found mass graves inside oil wells in an area in northeastern Iraq close to the oil-rich Kirkuk, and they believe the bodies are of civilians executed by ISIS, a security source told local media on Monday. Iraq will now collect DNA samples to identify the victims, the security source told The Baghdad Post. This is not the first time a mass grave has been uncovered by Iraqi forces who have recaptured almost all of Iraq’s territory formerly held by ISIS militants.
  • Saudi Arabia’s Top Cleric: Fighting Jews Forbidden, Hamas a Terror group

    11/19/2017 5:39:32 PM PST · by smileyface · 56 replies
    United with Israel ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | United with Israel Staff
    The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia issued a ruling forbidding war against the Jews and proclaiming that Hamas is a terror group. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, issued a surprising religious ruling, saying that fighting against Israel was inappropriate and that Hamas is a “terror organization.” The Muslim cleric issued the ruling while answering a question on a television program regarding the Palestinian riots surrounding the Temple Mount in July, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported. Israel’s Communications Minister Ayoub Kara welcomed the unexpected decision and invited the Mufti to visit Israel.
  • After Muslim outrage, Miss Iraq apologizes for selfie with Miss Israel

    11/17/2017 5:59:32 AM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 11/17/17 | Robert Spencer
    This anger is not just political, just as the political conflict between Israel and the “Palestinians” isn’t political, either. The Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion...
  • Turkey’s misguided Middle East policy: From Syria, Iraq to the Gulf

    11/14/2017 10:26:44 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | November 13, 2017 | Cengiz Çandar
    Turkey’s misguided foreign policy has increasingly become apparent in three main spheres: Syria, Iraq and the Gulf region. During an hourlong, live TV interview on Nov. 7 at — an independent, web-based, Turkish news platform — on the latest developments in the Middle East, I was asked what their impact could be on Turkish foreign policy in the region. The question referred to the recent dramatic steps taken by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the unexpected resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. In my response, I characterized Turkey’s recent political moves in the region as a...
  • Ziyad Sabsabi: Russia insists on Kurds’ participation in meetings of Syrian crisis

    11/13/2017 8:37:27 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANHA Harwar News Agency ^ | (11-13-17) 13.11.2017 14:24 | H H
    QAMISHLO– The deputy of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Russian Senate Ziyad Sabsabi said that Russia will abide by neutrality in the fighting between the regime Force and the Syrian Democratic Forces, indicating that Russia insists permanently on the Kurds participation in conferences and meetings related to the Syrian crisis.The General Command of the People’s Protection Units held a press conference yesterday, in which a number of IS mercenary families were handed over to the Russian Federation during a joint press conference between the People’s Protection Units and Russian military leadership.The families, which were handed over by the...
  • Powerful Iran/Iraq Earthquake

    11/13/2017 10:44:26 AM PST · by 850.933.8511oz · 5 replies
    EarthQuake Track ^ | Various New Agencies Reporting
    Powerful Earthquake Iran/Iraq
  • Iran-Iraq earthquake kills at least 61, injures more than 300

    11/12/2017 3:17:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Fox News. com ^ | November 12, 2017
    At least 61 people were killed and more than 300 others were hurt in a powerful earthquake on the Iran-Iraq border region Sunday, Iranian officials revealed. The quake had a magnitude of 7.3, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced, as reports of serious structural damage started to emerge. At least six of the deaths were on Iraq's side of the border, Iranian state media reported. On its website, the USGS placed the quake's epicenter at about 18.6 miles southwest of the Iraqi city of Halabja. The USGS also issued an "orange" alert for "shaking-related fatalities and economic losses."
  • M 7.2 - Iran-Iraq border region

    11/12/2017 10:40:56 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 11 replies
    USGS ^ | November12, 2017
    Magnitude uncertainty 7.2 mww± 0.1 Location uncertainty 34.930°N 45.794°E± 8.1 km Depth uncertainty 33.9 km± 5.1 Origin Time 2017-11-12 18:18:19.770 UTC Number of Stations – Number of Phases 64
  • Baghdad Agrees To Ship Kirkuk Oil To Iran

    11/12/2017 1:35:44 AM PST · by BeauBo · 22 replies
    OilPrice ^ | 10 Nov 2017 | Zainab Calcuttawala
    Tehran and Baghdad have reached an agreement on a plan to export oil from Kirkuk in northern Iraq to Iran... Until recently, all oil from the fields around Kirkuk was shipped to the Turkish port of Ceyhan via a pipeline owned and operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government. ...With the Kurdistan autonomous region heavily dependent on oil revenues, chances are the government will seek to come to a mutually beneficial agreement with the central government in Baghdad.
  • One Veteran's Response

    11/10/2017 4:37:05 PM PST · by impetrio1
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 1/29/07 | Bob Parks
    The following is in response to the Democrat attack on President Bush’s 2007 State of the Union address. To the Men and Women of the United States Armed Forces.... With all the political events of the past week, I was going to issue you an apology. Seeing how the people of whom I would be apologizing for are self-centered, self-righteous, better-than-anyone citizens of our great nation, let it suffice to say I am more disgusted than anything else.
  • Syrian troops encircle last Islamic State-held town

    11/09/2017 4:55:38 AM PST · by NorseViking · 9 replies
    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops and allied fighters encircled the last Islamic State-held town on Wednesday after linking up with Iraqi forces, pro-government media and a Syrian opposition monitoring group said. Al-Manar TV, the media arm of the Lebanese Hezbollah group, said troops have surrounded the eastern town of Boukamal, on the border with Iraq. The Central Military Media Center, an outlet affiliated with the Syrian military, said Syrian troops and allied fighters have begun entering the town. The two outlets said earlier that Syrian troops had linked up with Iraqi forces across the border. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for...
  • The Battle for Kurdistan

    11/07/2017 7:33:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | November 7, 2017 | Wes Martin
    Einstein was right, “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” The United States pulled up stakes in Vietnam and left a very good ally, the Montagnards (or Mountain People), to suffer their own fate. History is again repeating itself with the Kurds in Iraq. For the Kurds, this is the second time around. The United States backed out on them following the First Gulf War in 1991. Yet, after having endured all Saddam’s subsequent butchery, they still supported America in...
  • Time for an Assyrian Regional Government in Iraq

    11/05/2017 1:23:12 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | November 5, 2017 at 4:30 am | Uzay Bulut
    As can be seen in the region every day, it is not realistic to expect the Assyrians to be quiet and accept their "fate" under the tender mercies of Shiite or Sunni rule. The future Assyrian regional government could be an independent state or autonomous region like the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq. Even if it is city-state like Vatican City, it would be monumental in stopping the annihilation of Assyrian people and could also serve as a safe haven for other persecuted minorities. "Thank God that Jews, a historically persecuted people just like us, now have Israel......
  • US representatives question State Dept policy in Iraq favoring Iran over Kurds

    11/01/2017 6:00:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 2:50PM CDT Nov. 1, 2017 | Rudaw
    Congressional representatives and others gather in front of the Capitol to support Kurds in Iraq. Photo: Rudaw WASHINGTON, D.C. - Several US congressmen including war veterans gathered in front of the Capitol to slam the presence of Iran-backed militias within the Iraqi Interior Ministry and call for more US State Department and White House support for Kurds. "A picture is worth 1,000 words. There's the M1 Abrams tank with a Hezbollah flag. I don't care what the State Department says, they can't argue with this. At the best, the State Department has been derelict in its duties,” US Congressman...
  • Critics of the War -- And Their False Charges

    08/13/2003 2:49:56 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 36 replies · 415+ views
    Critics of the War -- And Their False Charges By Vin Weber Wall Street Journal | August 13, 2003 Critics of the war are back in business. The Bush administration, they say, decided to go to war regardless of the facts. Having made that decision, it then amassed as much evidence to support its case as it could, to the point of intentionally exaggerating (or worse) the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's regime. The charge is false -- demonstrably so. The Bush case for going into Iraq was based largely on findings of U.N. and International Atomic Energy Agency weapons...
  • The Story Of An Ex-Muslim Woman Proves Why The West Is Worth Defending

    10/30/2017 5:48:06 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5:30 PM 10/27/2017 | Uzay Bulut
    On October 22, I came across a post by one of my Facebook friends, a free thinking, well-educated, and successful woman who lives in Finland. It began by saying, “This is something very personal I want to share with my FB friends.” Having no idea what I was about to see, I was curious and continued to read. “Some of you know me in IRL [in real life] and some of you just from the internet. But I want you all to know a story about myself. “I am a 23-year-old Kurdish girl born and raised in Finland. My parents...
  • Iraqi forces, Kurdish Peshmerga agree on ceasefire, Kurdistan says

    10/27/2017 10:19:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/27/2017 | Maher Chmaytelli
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters reached an agreement on Friday to stop fighting in northern Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said, although the status of any ceasefire remained unclear. A spokesman in Baghdad for the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State earlier said the deal covered all fronts in the conflict, which broke out after Kurdish authorities held an independence referendum last month in areas of northern Iraq. However, he later told Reuters that the truce had not been officially agreed, while an Iraqi military spokesman declined to comment. According to the KRG, which is based...
  • Iraqi and Kurdish forces agree on ceasefire, US-led coalition says

    10/27/2017 6:12:48 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 2 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | 27 Oct 2017 | MEE and agencies
    Fighting had been on-going over the Fishkhabur border post which is a crucial economic lifeline for the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters reached an agreement on Friday to stop fighting in northern Iraq, the media office of the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition said. A spokesman for the coalition in Baghdad told Reuters the ceasefire agreement covered all fronts. The announcement comes after Iraqi forces set a tight deadline on Friday for Kurdish fighters to withdraw from an area on the Turkish border that is critical for oil exports. A senior government security source, asking...
  • Mike Pence Announces Major Policy Change That Iraqi Christians Have Been Begging For

    10/26/2017 9:53:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/26/2017 | Samuel Smith
    Vice President Mike Pence promised Christian leaders from the Middle East Wednesday night that their days of receiving little to no help from the United States government to rebuild their ancient communities "are over." While giving the keynote address at an annual solidarity dinner sponsored by the international advocacy organization In Defense of Christians, Pence announced that President Donald Trump has ordered the State Department to enable U.S. aid funding to go directly to faith-based organizations actively supporting Christians and other religious minorities displaced by the Islamic State. The announcement comes as human rights advocates have urged the administration to...
  • The Islamic State and the Limitations of Cruelty

    10/26/2017 6:29:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | October 26, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Islamic State just lost its capital at Raqqa and with it the last of the terrorist group's fantasies of establishing a Middle East caliphate. In recent years, ISIS has horrified global audiences with video clips of unspeakable atrocities. What sort of humans could behead, incinerate, drown, torture and blow up innocent civilians, mock and record such horror, and then narrate their macabre videos for a world audience? How could such pre-modern psychopaths ever be defeated, given that in a matter of months ISIS had managed to overrun vast swaths of Iraq and Syria? The zealotry of the Islamic State...