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  • Several thousand angry Iraqis demonstrate for a second day outside Swedish embassy in Baghdad and burn rainbow flags days after Koran stunt in Stockholm sparked outrage across Muslim world

    06/30/2023 6:18:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 30, 2023 | Miriam Kuepper
    Several thousand angry Iraqis have been demonstrating for a second day outside the Swedish embassy in Baghdad today by burning rainbow flags. This comes just days after a Koran burning stunt in Stockholm has sparked outrage across the Muslim world. Police closed off the street past the Swedish embassy in Baghdad with concrete blocks today as protesters gathered on a nearby avenue after one group of protesters managed to penetrate the embassy yesterday. They managed to stay inside for 15 minutes before leaving when security forces arrived. The demonstration was again organised by supporters of firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr,...
  • WORLD U.S. aid worker from Tennessee murdered near his home in Iraq's capital

    11/08/2022 12:43:19 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 10 replies
    CBS News / AP ^ | November 8 | Staff
    Baghdad — Assailants fatally shot an American aid worker Monday in a rare killing of a foreigner in the Iraqi capital in recent years, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. The man, whom the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad identified as 45-year-old Stephen Edward Troell, a native of Tennessee, was killed by unknown assailants in his car as he drove onto the street where he lived in Baghdad's central Karrada district on the east bank of the Tigris River. Police said the man's wife and child were in the car with him but were not hurt.
  • Fighting Between U.S. and Iran-Backed Militias Escalates in Syria

    08/26/2022 5:55:38 PM PDT · by McGruff · 13 replies
    The NY Times ^ | Aug. 26, 2022 | Farnaz Fassihi, Raja Abdulrahim and Adam Entous
    Militias backed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards force attacked a U.S. military base in southern Syria with drones recently and on the same day, a different base used by the U.S.-led coalition near Syria’s eastern border with Iraq came under rocket fire. U.S. officials saw the back-to-back strikes on Aug. 15 as more sophisticated than previous attacks and feared that more were coming. That set off a string of tit-for-tat attacks this week — including U.S. airstrikes on three consecutive nights against Iran-linked targets in Syria. They amplified tensions between two powerful adversaries fighting on a foreign battlefield. The Americans made...
  • Mossad chief Barnea calls emerging nuclear accord a “strategic disaster” with Iran just weeks from breakout

    08/27/2022 5:51:58 PM PDT · by elpadre · 26 replies ^ | August 27, 2022
    Mossad Director Dedi Barnea countered optimistic remarks by the officials, back from Washington last week after making an urgent bid to ward off the damage contained in the nuclear accord with Iran before the US signs. It is a “bad deal,” they said, but the Biden administration may still be amenable to some adjustments. Barnea, however, harshly denigrated the deal on the table as “a strategic disaster” when he met a small group of reporters after briefing the Prime Minister and other high officials on the true state of play. Israel’s spy chief, who leads the national intelligence effort, did...
  • Iran’s True Colors: Exiles in Albania Recall Torture and Death inside Regime Prisons

    08/28/2022 5:03:48 AM PDT · by whyilovetexas111 · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/28/2022 | Hollie McKay
    Tirana, Albania — It is the stuff of wild nightmares. Despite the passage of three decades, for Iranian dissidents residing in a sprawling Albanian compound — far from their homeland — the torture and trauma of life inside an Iranian regime prison is still raw. “I was a university student, almost seven months pregnant, when the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) came,” Kobra Jowkar, now 59, says softly. “They raided our home at midnight and were very ruthless.” That ruthlessness, she claims, included kicking her around like a soccer ball — and walking on her bulging belly. The worst would...
  • JUST IN: White House denies evacuating U.S. embassy in Baghdad as rioters storm the presidential palace and militias start cruising the streets

    08/29/2022 1:20:32 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies ^ | Aug 29, 2022 · | Joel Abbott
    I feel like I've seen this before:
  • Is There an Evac Plan for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad?

    08/30/2022 6:38:59 AM PDT · by robowombat · 28 replies
    Front Page ^ | Tue Aug 30, 2022 | Daniel Greenfield
    Is There an Evac Plan for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad? Tue Aug 30, 2022 Daniel Greenfield That sounds like a stupid question except that the attack on the Benghazi consulate netted an ambassador with no response from America. As part of that round of September 11 anniversary attacks, consulates and embassies were targeted in the region with little pushback. And the Afghanistan disaster happened in no small part because there was no evacuation plan. Biden had made it a "priority" to maintain an embassy in Kabul even after he had withdrawn the troops and the country was on the...
  • PLO representative who congratulated [radical Meretz's] Zehava Gal-On -- awarded a shield of honor to the mother of 6 terrorists, among them the participants in the lynching in Ramallah

    08/25/2022 8:55:53 AM PDT · by Conservat1
    Rotter ^ | Aug 25, 2022
    A PLO representative who wrote to Zehava Galon 'moved us all' - awarded a shield of honor to the mother of 6 terrorists, among them the participants in the lynching in Ramallah Ishay Fridman @IshayFridman: Aug 24, 2022 Mohammed Al Madani, the chairman of the interaction with the Israeli society, sent a congratulatory letter to the chairman of Meretz, Zehava Gal-On. Nice of him. The same Al Madani awarded a token of appreciation to "Umm Hamid" a symbol of the Palestinian mother. 6 of her children became serious terrorists. Murdered Israelis, suicide attacks, murdered Israeli soldiers, the lynching in Ramallah...
  • Iranian Mohammad Ali Geraei - world wrestling champion - Adolf Hitler's fan (Islamists & Nazis)

    08/28/2022 4:47:13 PM PDT · by Conservat1 · 8 replies
    Yesterday, in an interview with the Khabar Sports newspaper, Mohammad Ali Geraei, the world wrestling champion, talked about his love for Zlatan, Muhammad Ali, the legend of boxing and Esteghlal Club, and in a part of his speech, he mentioned "Hitler" as his legend among all the people in the world. He introduced the title of someone who had "great thoughts" in his head!
  • Developing: Baghdad collapsing as US embassy allegedly evacuated amide reports of gunfire casualties [VIDEO]

    08/29/2022 1:48:30 PM PDT · by SaxxonWoods · 119 replies
    The Blue State Conservative ^ | 8/29/2022 | Haiely Sanibel
    In a video eerily reminiscent of both the disastrous, chaotic pullouts in Kabul and Saigon, unconfirmed footage suggests major evacuations are taking place in Iraq’s capitol city after the Green Zone was allegedly breached by gunmen. ZeroHedge was early to the story, reporting: “Days of pro-Muqtada Sadr protests and unrest have reportedly resulted in Baghdad’s high secure Green Zone being breached Monday, placing international diplomatic missions and foreign embassies under threat. AFP is reporting that an exchange of gunfire has been observed as dozens or possibly hundreds of supporters riot, with police using riot control measures like water cannons to...
  • Images show US Embassy Officials Evacuating From The Roof Via Helo In Baghdad

    08/29/2022 7:36:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 49 replies
    Twitter ^ | 08/29/22 | Jack Posobiec
    BREAKING: Images show US Embassy officials evacuating from the roof via helo in Baghdad
  • Archaeologists Uncover an Ancient Palace That May Be the Long-Lost Summer Home of Genghis Khan’s Warrior Grandson

    08/02/2022 5:01:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Artnet ^ | July 25, 2022 | Sarah Cascone
    Archaeologists in Turkey have discovered the remains of an ancient palace that may have belonged to Hulagu Khan, a grandson of Genghis Khan.The site in eastern Turkey's Van province, in the Caldiran district, is currently being excavated.Hulagu Khan, a Mongol warlord who lived from about 1217 to 1265, achieved military renown for leading several expeditions, including the sack of Baghdad in 1258.After the Mongol Empire splintered in 1259, Hulagu Khan became the ruler of the Mongol Ilkhanid State in the Middle East, which at its height included territory in what is now Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Armenia, Georgia, Afghanistan,...
  • Taking Chance Home (April 27, 2004)

    05/30/2022 8:03:21 AM PDT · by bitt · 11 replies ^ | April 27, 2004 | LtCol M.R. Strobl USMC
    The following is Marine Lieutenant Colonel Strobl's account of escorting the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps. It's a long and beautifully written and it deserves to be read in it's entirety. It's about Valor, Honor and Respect. Thanks to Jarhead Dad for sending it to me. 23 Apr 04 – The enclosed article was written by LtCol M.R. Strobl USMC who is assigned to MCCDC Quantico, VA and served as the officer who escorted the remains of PFC C. Phelps USMC from Dover AFB, DE to his home. PFC Phelps was assigned to 3d Bn, 11th Marines – an...
  • The surprising landscape of Indian Jewish food

    04/24/2022 9:09:41 PM PDT · by Cronos · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 April 2022 | Anita Rao Kashi
    Separated by geography and language, there's not much that might seem to connect India's five dwindling Jewish communities – except praying in Hebrew, and food. ...Kolkata is home to the Baghdadi Jews, who were once abundant enough to warrant five synagogues; now there aren't enough for a minyan (minimum [10] male Jews required for liturgical purposes). Magen David and the smaller Beth El Synagogue were both classified as protected monuments and renovated by the Archaeological Survey of India in 2017. ...The story of disappearing Jewish populations finds echoes elsewhere in India. Jews are believed to have first arrived in India...
  • US Embassy in Baghdad “Attacked By Terrorist” in Rocket Barrage

    01/13/2022 6:56:13 PM PST · by bitt · 7 replies ^ | 1/13/2022 | truth press
    Forces at the US embassy in Baghdad are attempting to intercept what could be rockets or suicide drones with radar-controlled rapid-fire guns, according to the BBC’s Nafiseh Kohnavard. Multiple videos surfaced on Twitter around 1200 ET, one by Kohnavard of Counter rocket, artillery, and mortar (CRAM) weapons activated and firing large bursts into the night sky to combat incoming rockets and or suicide drones in the air before they hit the embassy. “US embassy’s anti-rocket system CRAM in Baghdad activated a few seconds ago. I heard explosions,” Kohnavard tweeted. Breaking US embassy’s anti rocket system C-RAM in Baghdad activated a...
  • Developing: Eight rockets fired at US Embassy in Baghdad by 'outlawed group' sparks fears of unrest as anniversary of Iranian general Soleimani's killing draws near

    01/13/2022 10:01:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    ight rockets targeted the US Embassy in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone late Sunday, Iraq's military and Iraqi officials said, sparking fears of renewed unrest as next month's anniversary of the US slaying of an Iranian general draws near. An Iraqi military statement said an 'an outlawed group' launched eight rockets targeting the Green Zone, injuring one Iraqi security person manning a checkpoint and causing material damage to a residential complex and some cars. The residential complex is usually empty. The US Embassy's C-RAM defense system, which is used to destroy missiles in mid-air, was activated to deflect the attack,...
  • Shameless Vanity: Just dropped a new single

    12/10/2021 3:31:30 PM PST · by Rocco DiPippo · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 10, 2021 | Rocco DiPippo
    Just dropped the third single from my upcoming third album. This one's called "The Desert" and it's a spoken word piece about one of my experiences in Iraq while working there in 2006-7. Here's a link to it: The Desert
  • Iraqi Prime Minister survives exploding drone assassination attempt

    11/06/2021 8:19:44 PM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    CNN ^ | 06 November 2021 | Hamdi Alkhshali and Aqeel Najim, CNN
    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday after an explosive-laden drone targeted his residence, the country's military said. Al-Kadhimi went on to Twitter moments after the attack and called for "calm and restraint from everyone.".. ..A source close to the Iraqi leader said Sunday that Al-Kadhimi was returning from overseeing security forces engaged in a stand-off with protesters at the southern gate of the Green Zone, the heavily fortified area of Baghdad where the the Prime Minister's residence and other government and diplomatic buildings are located, around the time of the drone attack. As...
  • Trump Tweets Surprise Threat To Iran After Latest Attack On Baghdad Embassy

    12/23/2020 4:42:55 PM PST · by blam · 46 replies
    Hedge Accordingly ^ | 12-23-2020 | Tyler Durden
    Trump Tweets Surprise Threat To Iran After Latest Attack On Baghdad Embassy President Trump in a surprise late Wednesday tweet has directly blamed Iran for the Sunday rocket attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad, which according to prior reports involved eight ground-fired rockets targeting the compound. It comes as the USS Georgia nuclear submarine is currently deployed to the Strait of Hormuz in very open signaling that the Pentagon is prepared to react to any possible escalation form the Islamic Republic. Trump cited intelligence chatter in his latest statement on Twitter, saying, “Our embassy in Baghdad got hit Sunday...
  • Family members of Iraqis killed by Blackwater contractors condemn pardons

    12/23/2020 11:59:04 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies ^ | 23 December 2020 | Guy Davies andBader Katy
    When news broke that Mohammed Kinani's son’s killers, Blackwater private military contractors hired by the U.S. government in Baghdad, were pardoned Wednesday by President Trump, Kinani said it was like losing his 9-year-old boy all over again. "I don't know what I did to Blackwater,” Kinani told ABC News. "Did I know Blackwater before? No. Why did this happen to me?" President Donald Trump pardoned four private military contractors who were found guilty for murdering 17 Iraqi citizens, including two children, in an attack that also left over 20 injured. The decision was praised by the contractors' lawyers but has...