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  • Iraq's Kurds Deny Hosting Israeli Intelligence Operatives

    05/13/2012 2:03:04 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/5/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The government of Iraq's Kurdish region fired back on Saturday over allegations by Iranian officials that Kurdistan was hosting members of the Israeli intelligence, AFP reported. In recent weeks, Iran's consul in the regional capital of Arbil, Azim Hosseini, said Israeli spies were using Kurdistan as a base to gather information and operate against Iran. Kurdish authorities dismissed the allegations as being "untrue." "This is not the first time that Iranian officials are saying this without presenting evidence or reasons," the Kurdish regional government said in a statement. "The government is not able to be quiet faced with these accusations...
  • Obama releases Taliban prisoners while taking none among Romney donors

    05/08/2012 4:19:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 8, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    Composites seem to be all the rage this month, with the revelation that Barack Obama used them for girlfriends in one of his books and now his campaign has invented Julia to represent something in the presidential campaign. So, we decided it's our turn to provide a composite of two current news stories that seem to have been largely overlooked in the topsy-turvy news that's afflicting so many of us with dizziness, even six months out from the presidential election. Both of these bizarre stories are true. They come to us courtesy of the Washington Post and the Wall Street...
  • Reflections upon leaving Iraq

    05/07/2012 9:39:26 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 6 replies
    Email - Warrior Feedback: Air and Space Power Journal | May 2012 | Lt Gen Dave Goldfein
    Mr. Secretary, Chief, and Air Force Leaders: As we enter the 2012 fighting season, I wanted to share what the final days in Iraq felt like here in the area of responsibility. Many of us have spent the majority of our adult lives engaged in the campaigns to first free Kuwait . . . then contain Iraq . . . and then free Iraq. For our Airmen, it is all that most of them have ever known. We have good reason to stand tall today.The date 19 December 2011 marked the first day since 17 January 1991 that we did...
  • Bradley Manning: Political prisoner and hero ("whistleblower" and "gender queer")

    05/06/2012 12:40:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Green Left Weekly ^ | May 5, 2012
    Socialist Alliance gay and lesbian rights spokesperson Rachel Evans spoke in Sydney on April 24 at a rally calling to free accused WikiLeaks’ source Private Bradley Manning from prison in the US, where he is being held in solitary confinement. The protest was part of an international day of protest for Manning, who faces a court martial and possible life in prison if convicted. Evans’ speech is below. * * * We are one of the many groups across 14 countries around the world taking action today because Bradley Manning is, once again, being subjected to a kangaroo court —...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update May 2012

    05/02/2012 7:27:23 PM PDT · by DJ Elliott · 13 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 2 May 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during April 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 30 April 2012. Highlights in this update include: * Romanian arms blacklisted; Second Batch of BTR4s ready for delivery while rumors continue of contract cancelation; 50/14 and 53/14 Brigades upgrading to Mech/Armor; Iraqi Army Upgrade Status Chart added. * EC120Bs for KRG Police/SAR; Contract awarded for support of 30 Bell 407s; third AN-32B delivered; F16 training at Al Asad; 24 F16s by end 2014?; Iraq to join GCC to provide Air Defense?
  • Photo brings Iran's plans for Iraq into sharp focus

    04/28/2012 9:34:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Greater Dandenong Weekly ^ | 28 Apr, 2012 03:00 AM | PAUL MCGEOUGH
    A PUBLIC relations stumble between Tehran and Baghdad has intensified speculation that one of Iran’s most senior clerics is about to extend his power—and Iran’s theocratic system—into Iraq.On his return from a visit to Tehran, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office released statements on his meetings with several senior Iranian officials—but it was silent on Mr. Maliki’s encounter with 63-year-old Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi. Despite a Baghdad blackout on what is understood to have been their third meeting in recent months, Iran’s government-run news agency IRNA released a photograph of Mr. Maliki and Ayatollah Shahroudi—who is Iraqi by birth—greeting each...
  • Obama Reelection Campaign To Target A New Voter Set: Military Families

    04/26/2012 7:08:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2012 | Amy Gardner and Scott Wilson
    Obama Reelection Campaign To Target A New Voter Set: Military Families By Amy Gardner and Scott Wilson April 26 President Obama and the first lady will greet soldiers at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Ga., on Friday at a time when his reelection campaign is focused more intently than ever on a novel and potentially fruitful voter set: military families. On Thursday, Vice President Biden delivered a speech in which he made clear that the president’s record winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — contrasted with Republican Mitt Romney’s position of wanting to stay longer in both countries —...
  • 10 Killed in Iraqi Car Bombing

    04/26/2012 3:43:54 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/4/12
    Ten people were killed, Thursday, when a car bomb exploded, next to a crowded cafe in the Diyala province, 65 kilometers north of Baghdad. Fifteen people were wounded...
  • ExxonMobil cut from Iraq Bidding Round

    04/20/2012 6:48:53 AM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 2 replies
    World Oil ^ | 4/19/2012 | World Oil
    ...ExxonMobil has been excluded from the final list of 47 pre-qualified bidders for Iraq’s upcoming fourth exploration round, while Indonesia's Pertamina and a Syrian oil company have been added... ...Iraq's oil minister Abdul Kareem Luaibi had said a week ago that Baghdad was still studying whether to allow ExxonMobil to take part due to a dispute over contracts it signed with Iraqi Kurdistan... ...Since launching the first licensing round in 2008, Iraq has awarded 14 contracts to date in three rounds. Japan and Russia entered the largest number of bids with nine and five respectively in a list that also...
  • Busted: Neville Chamberlain-ish US Diplomat Chris Hill in Controversial JFK Dallas-Chic Photos

    04/19/2012 8:08:30 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 24 replies
    >Hill as LBJ on "Assassination Day 1963" fun n' games, USG assistant as "Jackie Kennedy" in trademarkdouble-breasted, strawberry pink and navy trim collared Chanel wool suit with match pillbox hat circa 1991, worn in Dallas, Tx that bloody, fateful day.Taken whilst (Hill) US Ambassador to Iraq, during a masquerade party of some sort for US officials. This is the same man as a State Department officials who went along with the ridiculous SIX PARTY TALKS agreements with North Korea which amounted to nothing, reprehensively gave the enemy aid, allowed them to cheat, and build up their arsenal even more. Under...
  • USAID Launching Islamic-Themed Education Project

    04/16/2012 4:37:02 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | April 16, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    USAID Launching Islamic-Themed Education Project U.S.. Trade & Aid MonitorThe nation must place “sustained focus” on improving teacher quality in order to create a genuinely “democratic and economically stable society,” the Obama Administration has concluded. Consequently, the White House has decided to invest nearly $100 million into a new program to enhance primary school teaching-training and management nationwide—nationwide, that is, in Iraq. Obama, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), even has given the initiative an Arabic title: Ajyal, which means “generations.” In order to improve the Government of Iraq’s ability to deliver “quality primary education,” USAID is launching...
  • Iraq Sunni insurgents have new target: Iran

    04/16/2012 12:22:22 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 19 replies
    Middle East Online ^ | 04-12-2012 | Mohamad Ali Harissi
    Sunni insurgents who battled American soldiers in Iraq until their long-time enemy withdrew last year have turned their wrath on a new target: Shiite Iran. The fall of Saddam Hussein's regime on April 9, 2003, the dissolution of the Iraqi army and ruling Baath party and the rise to power of Shiites after 80 years of Sunni domination, buoyed Iraqi and Arab jihadists. Four months after most US troops left Iraq, the jihadists had to find a new reason to sustain their continued presence -- enter Iran and the Shiite-led Iraqi regime. "Armed groups always need to find an enemy...
  • Iraq Kurdish donkey party unveils statue

    04/12/2012 10:01:43 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 3 replies
    telegraph ^ | 4-12-12
    A political party in Iraq's Kurdistan region called the Donkeys' Party has unveiled a statue of its four-legged namesake in dress attire. The bronze statue shows the head and shoulders of a donkey dressed in a suit, collared shirt and tie. Five feet high and three feet wide, it took Kurdish sculptor Zerak Mira seven months to create and cost Ł2,500. It is located on Nali Street, Sulaimaniyah, which is named for a famous Kurdish poet who wrote a well-known poem about donkeys. The statue was unveiled at a ceremony attended by a number of Kurdish artists and intellectuals. Donkeys'...
  • Iraq Rebuilding Its Military, Even as They Rebuild Babylon: Prophetic Significance?

    04/14/2012 5:28:00 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 13 replies
    BibleProphecyBlog.com ^ | April 13, 2012 | Joel C. Rosenberg
    Bible prophecy indicates that in the End Times, the nation we know today as the Republic of Iraq—known variously in Scripture as Babel, Babylon, Babylonia, Mesopotamia and Shinar—will emerge as the global center of wealth, power and terrible evil. Eventually Iraq will pose a direct and existential threat to the State of Israel, particularly during the Tribulation. Since the fall of Saddam Hussein and his regime in 2003, Iraq has not been a regional threat, much less a danger to Israel. Some have assumed, therefore, that Iraq would no longer play a major role in Middle Eastern or global affairs...
  • Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood: Iran ‘enemy’ for arming regime

    04/11/2012 1:39:15 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 14 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | April 6, 2012 | Lauren Williams
    ISTANBUL: Secretary-General of Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammad Farouk Tayfour has hit out at “enemy” Iran for arming the Syrian regime, and described sponsor Turkey as a “model Islamic state.” In an interview following what he described as a “disappointing outcome” at Sunday’s Friends of Syria conference in Istanbul, the Brotherhood’s most senior representative at the Syrian National Council in Istanbul also confronted Kurdish accusations that the Muslim Brotherhood is doing Turkey’s bidding to pursue an Islamic state in Syria. He said the SNC is committed to a civil state representing all Syrians, but added that a new Syria should be...
  • Kurds given one week to leave Arab regions in Iraq - by Arab racist group 'Beder'

    04/10/2012 3:22:15 PM PDT · by Milagros · 6 replies
    LibertyNews ^ | 4-10-12
    Kurds given one week to leave Arab regions in Iraq 06 Apr 2012 by Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar A militant group called Beder have threatened Kurdish people living in Arab populated regions within Iraq. They have issued a statement saying all Kurds living in Baghdad and other Arab areas must leave immediately. In a statement, Abu Abdullah Mohamadawi has said, this militant group have ordered all Kurds living in Arab regions, particularly those living in Baghdad to leave towards Barzani-controlled regions. It is estimated that at least 300,000 Kurds live in Baghdad, 50,000 in Mosul and around 100,000 the rest of...
  • How Kurdish PKK Militants Are Exploiting the Crisis in Syria to Achieve Regional Autonomy

    04/09/2012 12:14:00 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 4/6/2012 | Emrullah Uslu
    Turkish-Syrian relations have been always problematic. Dating back to the Cold War, SyriaÂ’s support for the Kurdish militants of the Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan (PKK) was a major obstacle to efforts to normalize relations between the two countries until the 1998 Adana Accord allowed Syria and Turkey to put the past behind them and become major economic and strategic partners. The Adana agreement established joint cooperation against the PKK and relations subsequently flourished in all aspects. In 2009, the two countries signed a joint political declaration establishing a High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC), intended to elevate relations to an even...
  • US sale of combat planes to Iraq concerns IDF

    04/08/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT · by U-238 · 28 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/8/2012 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel is increasingly concerned with the military build-up in Iraq amid intelligence reports that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is solidifying its presence in the country, according to a senior IDF officer. Of particular concern is the Pentagon’s approval in late 2011 of the sale of 36 F- 16 multi-role combat aircraft to Iraq. The planes will be built by Lockheed Martin in the US and are Block 52 F-16s, meaning that they are of the same configuration as Israel’s F-16Is, called Sufa (Storm). “We are carefully watching the developments in Iraq,” the IDF officer said. “The possible developments...
  • Records hint Iraqi woman’s death not a hate crime

    04/05/2012 8:21:54 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    u-t san diego ^ | April 4, 2012 | Kristina Davis
    EL CAJON — Search warrant records obtained Wednesday in the beating death of an Iraqi-American woman show a family in turmoil and cast doubt on the likelihood that her slaying was a hate crime.Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, was apparently planning to divorce her husband and move to Texas when she was killed, a family member told investigators, according to the court documents. The records obtained at El Cajon Superior Court also reveal Alawadi’s 17-year-old daughter, Fatima Alhimidi, who called 911 to report the attack, was distraught over her pending arranged marriage to a cousin. A search of...
  • Records hint Iraqi woman’s death not a hate crime

    04/04/2012 5:23:07 PM PDT · by Fast Moving Angel · 9 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | 4/4/2012 | Kristina Davis
    Search warrant records obtained Wednesday in the beating death of an Iraqi-American woman show a family in turmoil and cast doubt on the likelihood that her slaying was a hate crime.
  • Saudi media attacks Iraq PM over Syria stance

    04/03/2012 5:57:54 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Saudi newspapers on Tuesday waged a scathing campaign against Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki over his implicit criticism of the kingdom and Qatar for their calls to arm Syrian rebels. "Gulf (states) should boycott Maliki and his government," wrote Tariq al-Homayed, the editor of Asharq al-Awsat, calling for the "punishment of all who stand with the tyrant of Damascus, first and foremost Maliki's government." "Boycott him to prevent the emergence of a new Saddam or another Bashar," wrote Homayed in the Saudi owned pan-Arab daily referring to the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and Syria's embattled President Bashar al-Assad. The...
  • Disagreements Among Syrian Rebels Over Foreign Arms Shipments

    03/31/2012 11:06:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2012 | Anne Barnard
    Those who favor international weapons shipments have been scrambling in recent days to convince the United States and other countries that the rebels can address their main concerns: keeping weapons from falling into the hands of Islamic extremists and from fueling sectarian violence. Saudi Arabia, which will have representatives at the Friends of Syria meeting in Istanbul, has been a proponent of arming the rebels, and on Friday The Wall Street Journal reported that the kingdom was pressing Jordan, and offering it aid, to open its borders to allow rebel-bound weapons deliveries. Jordan has denied the report, but it has...
  • Clinton proposes missile shield to protect GCC

    03/31/2012 11:14:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Arab News ^ | April Fools' Day 2012 | Ghazanfar Ali Khan
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State, who met with the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) here yesterday, proposed a strong missile shield to protect Gulf Arab states from Tehran and sought to work with them to help end the violence in Iran's ally Syria. Clinton said: "It is a US priority to help the GCC build a regional missile defense architecture" against what that country sees as a looming ballistic missile threat from Iran. Clinton said that she looked forward to discussing the wide range of common strategic concerns, including preventing Iran from acquiring a...
  • Spanish Police Arrests an Al Qaeda Suspect

    03/31/2012 4:44:57 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies
    (AP) via FOX NEWS.com ^ | March 27, 2012 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "MADRID – Spanish police on Tuesday arrested a suspected member of Al Qaeda who was key to the terror group's Internet propaganda and recruiting operations, officials said. The suspect arrested in the eastern city of Valencia "administered one of the world's most important jihadist forums", dedicated to recruiting and indoctrinating Islamic terrorists, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said. The name of that forum and the suspect's name were not given, only his initials, M.H.A. He is Jordanian-born with Saudi citizenship." SNIPPET: "The suspect worked at home "8 to 15 hours a day" for al-Qaida and for two offshoots, Al...
  • Iraq seeks killer missiles, but U.S. wary

    03/30/2012 6:50:21 PM PDT · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Security News ^ | 3/30/2012 | Security News
    Iraq is acquiring an array of missiles and other sophisticated systems for the 36 Lockheed Martin F-16s it's buying to build an air force but Washington is reluctant to provide Baghdad with the most advanced U.S. weapons. U.S. officials say they are worried that a strong Iraqi air force with offensive weapons systems would alarm Iraq's neighbors. Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in 1980 and Kuwait a decade later. Even nine years after Saddam was toppled in the 2003 U.S. invasion, Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Muslim allies in the Persian Gulf remain deeply suspicious of Shiite-majority Iraq and its Shiite...
  • Neighbors Said to Be at Violent Odds in Syrian Crackdown [ Sunni Muzzies shot, forced from homes ]

    03/29/2012 4:00:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 28, 2012 | Anne Barnard
    ...There are at least 6,000 Syrian refugees living in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon, according to the United Nations, including several dozen men, women and children interviewed here at the northern end of the valley. They said they felt threatened as Sunnis, and several said that they saw the military give out rifles to residents of neighboring Alawite villages -- members of the same heterodox Muslim sect as Mr. Assad -- and that their neighbors then opened fire on them. Their accounts reinforce reports from activists reached inside Syria by telephone and e-mail of displacement along sectarian lines, and...
  • Belgium closes its embassy in Syria

    03/29/2012 3:13:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Thursday, March 29, 2012 | Reuters
    Belgium has closed its embassy in Damascus because of deteriorating security in the Syrian capital and in protest at the government's use of violence against civilians, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. Belgium is immediately recalling its ambassador to Brussels together with two other staff members, the ministry said. It will retain one diplomat in the country, based in the European Union's offices. Countries including France, Italy, Japan, Britain and the United States have already closed their embassies in Syria. Turkey, Syria's one-time ally, shut its mission there on Monday.
  • Mullah Krekar gets five years for death threats

    03/26/2012 3:20:17 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 11+ views
    THE LOCAL.no - Norway's News In Englisn ^ | Published: 26 Mar 2012 03:11 GMT+1
Updated: 26 Mar 2012 03:18 GMT+1 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "The 55-year-old mullah, whose real name is Najmeddine Faraj Ahmad and who has lived in Norway since 1991, founded the Ansar al-Islam group. He was found guilty of threatening the life of Erna Solberg, an ex-minister who signed his expulsion order in 2003 because he was considered a threat to national security. "Norway will pay a heavy price for my death," he said during a meeting with international media in June 2010. "If for example Erna Solberg deports me and I die as a result, she will suffer the same fate," he said in Arabic. "I don't know who...
  • Turkey blames Syria for supporting Kurdish rebels, inches closer to military action

    03/23/2012 10:47:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Haaretz ^ | March 2012 | Zvi Bar'el
    Turkish media has emphasized the declaration by the PKK's de facto leader Murat Karayilan that "If Turkey intervenes against our people in western Kurdistan, the area will turn into a battlezone." Western Kurdistan is the name the Kurds call eastern Syria, inhabited by more than two million Kurds. Turkey now blames Syria for using the PKK as an additional arm, allowing members of the organization to roam freely in its territory with weapons and permitting them to carry out terror acts in Turkish territory. Should Turkey decide that the operations of PKK members threaten its national security, it may decide...
  • Muslim Persecution of Christians: February, 2012 (media focus is on US soldiers burning Koran)

    03/23/2012 1:46:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | March 22, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Half of Iraq’s indigenous Christians are gone due to the unleashed forces of jihad, many of them fleeing to nearby Syria; yet, as the Assad regime comes under attack by al-Qaeda and others, the jihad now seeps into Syria, where Christians are experiencing a level of persecution unprecedented in the nation’s modern history. Likewise, some 100,000 Christian Copts have fled their native Egypt since the overthrow of the Mubarak regime; and in northern regions of Nigeria, where the jihadi group Boko Haram has been slaughtering Christians, up to 95 % of the Christian population has fled.Meanwhile, the “big news” concerning...
  • On Iraq War Anniversary, First Lady Solicits Veterans to Campaign

    03/19/2012 6:24:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 19, 2012 | Devin Dwyer
    First lady Michelle Obama, whose advocacy for veterans and their families has defined her tenure in the White House, is now appealing to the constituency for political support for a second Obama term. In a new campaign web video pegged to the one year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, Obama touts her husband’s “promises kept” to veterans and solicits new members to the group “Veterans and Military Families for Obama,” which is tasked with mobilizing voters and collecting campaign cash. “Nine years later, we remember those who gave their lives and honor the sacrifice of all the...
  • U.S. 'Concerned' About Iranian Flights to Syria

    03/18/2012 11:17:24 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 3/18/2012 | By Kristina Wong
    The State Department has said the U.S. and other countries are consulting with Iraq about Iranian flights of weapons to Syria after Iraq’s prime minister denied a report in The Washington Times saying Baghdad is allowing such flights. “We are concerned about the overflight of Iraq by Iranian cargo flights headed to Syria,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Friday, adding that the U.S. and other nations want to work with Iraq to be “absolutely sure about any cargo that’s overflying its territory.” Earlier Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki issued a statement saying that his government does not allow...
  • Iraq militia stone youths to death for "emo" style (Obama hands over Iraq to Iran)

    03/11/2012 12:12:06 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 49 replies · 1+ views
    reuters ^ | 3/10/2012 | Ahmed Rasheed and Mohammed Ameer
    At least 14 youths have been stoned to death in Baghdad in the past three weeks in what appears to be a campaign by Shi'ite militants against youths wearing Western-style "emo" clothes and haircuts, security and hospital sources say. Militants in Shi'ite neighborhoods where the stonings have taken place circulated lists on Saturday naming more youths targeted to be killed if they do not change the way they dress. The killings have taken place since Iraq's interior ministry drew attention to the "emo" subculture last month, labeling it "Satanism" and ordering a community police force to stamp it out. "Emo"...
  • Iraq tells Iran no arms to Syria to cross its territory

    03/17/2012 9:23:54 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Straits Times ^ | Saturday, March 17, 2012 | AFP
    Iraq has informed Iran that it will not permit arms shipments to Syria to pass through or over its territory, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said on Saturday. Baghdad informed Teheran through the Iranian ambassador 'that Iraq will not permit the use of its air space or its territory for the transit of any arms cargo to Syria,' Mr Dabbagh said in a statement. 'No cargo of arms nor munitions coming from any party or country will pass the air space or borders of Iraq, and no combatant from any side will have the right of passage to Syria,' he added....
  • Exclusive Video - Waters: Netanyahu Lying, Israel Won't Attack Iran Alone

    03/16/2012 2:29:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 3/16/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) told a gathering of anti-war activists in Los Angeles on March 12 that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was misleading the public about Israel’s willingness to confront Iran alone, and that he had privately assured President Barack Obama that Israel would not go to war without U.S. backing. The week before, Netanyahu had used a visit to Washington to convey the message that Israel was prepared to act alone if necessary. That message was necessary, given the Obama administration's record of wavering on Iran, and its public attempts to dissuade Israel
  • Are the MEK’s U.S. friends its worst enemies?

    03/13/2012 6:16:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    For years, a slew of advocates - many of whom have been paid for their services -- have flooded U.S. airwaves on behalf of the Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK), a State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization opposed to the Iranian regime. After months of difficult negotiations, the MEK has finally begun moving out of its secretive Iraqi home near the Iranian border, called Camp Ashraf. But the group's American advocates have now become a major obstacle in the international effort to move the MEK to a new home in Iraq and avoid a bloody clash with the Iraqi military, officials say. U.N....
  • Americans Weary of Nation Building

    03/12/2012 1:20:37 PM PDT · by trappedincanuckistan · 49 replies
    IBD ^ | March 9, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Americans — left, right, Democrats and Republicans — are all sick of thankless nation-building in the Middle East. Yet democratization was not our first choice, but rather a last resort after prior failures. The U.S. had long ago supplied Afghan insurgents, who expelled the Soviets after a decade of fighting. Then we left. The country descended into even worse medievalism under the Taliban. So after removing the Taliban, who had hosted the perpetrators of 9/11, we promised in 2001 to stay on. We won the first Gulf War in 1991. Then most of our forces left the region. The result...
  • 500 tons of yellowcake sent to Canada via Iraq?

    07/15/2008 6:39:16 PM PDT · by Conservababe · 30 replies · 710+ views
    Does anyone have any information of 500 tons of yellowcake being sent to Canada from Iraq?
  • Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for "emo" haircuts (Ah, yes, more from the religion of peace!)

    03/11/2012 12:39:07 AM PST · by jda · 16 replies
    alakhbar English ^ | 09 March 2012
    At least 90 Iraqi teenagers with "emo" appearances have been stoned to death by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after an inflammatory interior ministry statement dubbed it "devil worshiping", activists said. Iraq's Moral Police released a chilling statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the "emo phenomenon" among Iraqi youth, disturbingly declaring its intent to "eliminate" the trend. "The 'Emo phenomenon' or devil worshiping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible since it's detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger," the statement read. {snip}...
  • Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for "emo" haircuts

    03/10/2012 8:27:45 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 14 replies
    al-akhbar.com ^ | March 9, 2012
    At least 90 Iraqi teenagers with "emo" appearances have been stoned to death by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after an inflammatory interior ministry statement dubbed it "devil worshiping", activists said. Iraq's Moral Police released a chilling statement on the interior ministry's website condemning the "emo phenomenon" among Iraqi youth, disturbingly declaring its intent to "eliminate" the trend. "The 'Emo phenomenon' or devil worshiping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible since it's detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger," the statement read. "They...
  • Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for “emo” haircuts

    03/10/2012 7:53:46 AM PST · by bayouranger · 27 replies
    faithfreedom.org ^ | 10MAR12 | Ali Sina
    At least 90 Iraqi teenagers with “emo” appearances have been stoned to death by religious extremists in Baghdad in the past month after an inflammatory interior ministry statement dubbed it “devil worshiping”, activists said. Iraq’s Moral Police released a chilling statement on the interior ministry’s website condemning the “emo phenomenon” among Iraqi youth, disturbingly declaring its intent to “eliminate” the trend. “The ‘Emo phenomenon’ or devil worshiping is being followed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate [the phenomenon] as soon as possible since it’s detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger,” the statement read. “They...
  • Dozens of Iraqi teenagers stoned to death for ‘emo’ haircuts: activists

    03/09/2012 5:38:10 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 250 replies · 1+ views
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Friday, 09 March 2012 | Al Arabiya
    Iraqi activists sounded the bell over the killing of dozens of teenagers by religious police for having “emo” haircuts. Activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar daily that at least 90 Iraqi teenagers with “emo” appearances have been stoned to death by the Moral Police in the country in the past month. The violent crackdown against “emo” Iraqi teenagers came after the Iraqi interior ministry declared them as “devil worshippers.” “The ‘Emo phenomenon’ or devil worshiping is being probed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate it as soon as possible since it’s detrimentally affecting the society and becoming...
  • U.S. troops gone, al Qaeda makes Iraq peace elusive

    03/09/2012 11:04:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 9, 2012 8:18am EST | Yara Bayoumy
    f Iraqis were hoping that the withdrawal of U.S. forces last year would finally mean the end of war, al Qaeda and its Sunni militant allies are determined to prove otherwise. Daily bombings and shootings remain an endemic feature of life. In the past three months, al Qaeda-linked fighters have been blamed for attacks that have killed at least 250 people. In a particularly poignant reminder of militants' potency this week, gunmen in unauthorized uniforms of special commandos drove from checkpoint to checkpoint in the western town of Haditha before dawn, gunning down police. They killed 27 including two officers...
  • Iraqi Security Force Update March 2012

    03/06/2012 8:23:49 AM PST · by DJ Elliott · 1 replies
    Montrose Toast Blog ^ | 6 March 2012 | DJ Elliott
    This Iraqi Security Force (ISF) update provides a summary of changes to the ISF during February 2012. The Iraqi Security Force Order of Battle is updated as of 29 February 2012. Highlights in this update include: - KRG receives 5 helicopters for police. - Operational Commands converting to Corps?; 11th Division moving to Wasit?; IA Mountain Force to be formed?; More M113s or duplicative reporting?; K1A1 tanks for Iraq?; Armor update. - Aerospace Defense Command re-established?; “8th Batch” of EC635s delivered; Korean T-50 Jet Trainer still in contention. - MoI controls Independent Security Battalions?
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq mounts comeback: Claims a string of fatal bombings

    03/05/2012 10:11:56 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, March 4, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    Al Qaeda in Iraq, the Osama bin Laden-inspired terrorist group that sank the country into sectarian violence five years ago, is trying to make a comeback in post-U.S.-occupied Iraq, analysts and intelligence officials say. Washington is closely watching whether AQI, as it is called, in the next year can reassemble networks smashed by the U.S. counterterrorism campaign. American commandos and intelligence officers killed AQI leader Abu Musab Zarqawi in 2006 and then scores of other chieftains until, by 2011, the group was decimated. But right after the last U.S. troops left Iraq in mid-December, the Sunni Muslim AQI claimed responsibility...
  • Officials: Gunmen Kill Over 2 Dozen Police Officers in Shooting Spree in Western Iraq

    03/05/2012 4:31:49 AM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    -excerpt- The killings began with the gang kidnapping two police commanders from their homes in the western Iraqi city of Haditha around 2 a.m. It ended with the gang raising the flag of Al Qaeda at a police checkpoint...
  • Obama’s Hypocritical Praise of Iraq War Veterans

    03/01/2012 10:18:19 AM PST · by The Shrew · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Maggie's Farm ^ | March 1, 2012 | Bruce Kesler
    Whomever wrote President Obama’s speech at a dinner last night to honor Iraq War veterans did an excellent job of highlighting the vets’ qualities and their lessons to all Americans. (Emphasis added) However, it is praise that is election year hypocrisy. You taught us about duty. Blessed to live in the land of the free, you could have opted for an easier path. But you know that freedom is not free. And so you volunteered and you stepped forward, and you raised your hand and you took an oath -- to protect and defend; to serve a cause greater than...
  • Iraq Violence Kills Eight

    02/29/2012 9:10:42 AM PST · by combat_boots · 4 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via Al Manar ^ | 2/29/2012 | Local Editor
    Eight people were killed on Wednesday, including four security forces, in different attacks across Iraq. In Baghdad, a car bomb in the eastern Ameen neighbourhood killed three people and wounded at least nine, security and medical officials said. Another car bomb in the town of Tuz Khurmatu, 175 kilometers north of Baghdad, struck as an army-police patrol was passing. Four security force members -- an army lieutenant colonel, another soldier and two policemen -- were killed, and two soldiers, a policeman and a civilian were wounded, according to Lieutenant Colonel Jassim al-Bayati of Tuz police and Dr Hidayet Mustafa at...
  • Remembering Marine Sgt. Oscar Canon, A Superstar

    02/29/2012 8:00:56 AM PST · by NEMDF · 2 replies
    NPR ^ | 2/24/2012 | Joseph Shapiro
    After the explosion of the rocket-propelled grenade on a road in Fallujah, Oscar Canon saw the white of his own thigh bone. At the medical unit, the young Marine sergeant grabbed the doctor by his collar and yelled, "Don't cut off my f***ing leg." That was in October of 2004 and the first of dozens of surgeries — 72 separate operations, by a family member's count — that saved his leg. (Full article at link)
  • Lawmakers unite at anti-war town hall [Look who RINO Walter Jones is hanging out with now]

    02/25/2012 3:33:09 PM PST · by MitchellC · 10 replies
    Raleigh News & Observer ^ | February 21, 2012 | Rob Christensen
    RALEIGH -- In an odd political bedfellows moment, three North Carolina congressmen - two progressive Democrats and one religious-right Republican - joined forces Monday to urge the Obama administration to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. At an anti-war town hall meeting in the Legislative Building, Republican U.S. Rep. Walter Jones and Democratic U.S. Reps.David Price and Brad Miller sought to keep the pressure on the administration to end the American combat operations by the middle of 2013. "Our concern is that too many times, administrations will say that the date for coming home is a year from now, 18 months...