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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 £2,500. 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 ^ | 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.