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  • Rep. Rohrabacher: US must support Kurds, directly arm Peshmerga

    12/03/2017 6:57:35 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Kurdistan 24 ^ | Laurie Mylroie
    WASHINGTON DC, United States (Kurdistan 24) – In an interview with Kurdistan 24, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R, California) explained why he felt strongly that the US must support the Kurds. “I am totally dismayed that there’s been any talk whatsoever about reducing our arms support for the Kurdish people, who are fighting against evil forces in the Middle East,” he said. Rohrabacher described the Kurds as “a stalwart in the fight against the evil of radical Islamic terrorism, or, let’s say, radical terrorists who are using Islam.” “The Kurds need to be recognized for this,” he affirmed, as he cautioned...
  • Trump tells Turkey's leader: US to stop arming Syrian Kurds

    11/27/2017 8:59:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 29 replies ^ | 11/25/17 | ap
    ANKARA, Turkey – The United States will cut off its supply of arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria, President Donald Trump told the Turkish president on Friday, in a move sure to please Turkey but further alienate Syrian Kurds who bore much of the fight against the Islamic State group. In a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump said he’d “given clear instructions” that the Kurds will receive no more weapons — “and that this nonsense should have ended a long time ago,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. The White House confirmed the move in a...
  • U.S. rejects Kurdistan’s call for mediation

    11/26/2017 10:18:45 PM PST · by Rabin · 10 replies
    ekurd ^ | 11.24.17 | Staff
    WASHINGTON,— Heather Nauert, does not deem it “necessary ” to appoint an envoy to help resolve tensions between Iraq and previously fully autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government. Peshmerga yielded control of Kirkuk, to Quds Force-Bagdad quislings. “So, I mean, that’s a very high level of support that we have trying to help facilitate things—for things to improve in Iraq. I don’t know that there’s that much more that we can do,”...
  • Iran-Backed Forces Persecuting Christians Who Survived ISIS, Kurdish Parliamentarian Says

    11/21/2017 8:02:52 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | Nov 20, 2017 | by Ben Cohen
    Iran-backed Shia paramilitary forces operating in northern Iraq have been accused by a Kurdish parliamentarian of engaging in “flagrant injustice” toward Christians in the region which until earlier this year was in the grip of ISIS terrorists. Wahida Yaqo Hormuz — a Christian representative in the parliament of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) — said she had alerted the Vatican and international human rights groups to what she called the “Shia-ification” of the Nineveh Plains, where the northern Iraqi city of Mosul is located. Conquered by ISIS in 2014, Iraqi government forces retook the city in July. snip On Monday,...
  • America's Indispensable Friends

    11/16/2017 4:42:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | November 16, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The world equates American military power with the maintenance of the postwar global order of free commerce, communications and travel. Sometimes American power leads to costly, indecisive interventions like those in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya that were not able to translate superiority on the battlefield into lasting peace. But amid the frustrations of American foreign policy, it is forgotten that the United States also plays a critical but more silent role in ensuring the survival of small, at-risk nations. The majority of them are democratic and pro-Western. But they all share the misfortune of living in dangerous neighborhoods full of...
  • 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...
  • After IS collapse, Syria government faces US-backed Kurds

    11/10/2017 7:43:46 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 15 replies
    Yahoo Noose via Associated Presstitutes ^ | November 10, 2017 | Sarah El Deeb, Siren at Large
    With the fall of the Islamic State group's last significant stronghold in Syria, Iranian and Russian-backed Syrian troops now turn to face off with their main rival, the U.S.-backed forces holding large oil fields and strategic territory in the country's north and east. The complicated map puts U.S. and Iranian forces at close proximity, standing just across the Euphrates River from each other, amid multiple hotspots that could turn violent, particularly in the absence of a clear American policy. There are already signs.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Are Our Mideast Wars Forever?

    10/24/2017 11:39:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | October 24, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    "The Kurds have no friends but the mountains," is an old lament. Last week, it must have been very much on Kurdish minds. As their U.S. allies watched, the Kurdish peshmerga fighters were run out of Kirkuk and all the territory they had captured fighting ISIS alongside the Americans. The Iraqi army that ran them out was trained and armed by the United States. The U.S. had warned the Kurds against holding the referendum on independence on Sept. 25, which carried with 92 percent. Iran and Turkey had warned against an independent Kurdistan that could be a magnet for Kurdish...
  • Rex Tillerson: 'Iranian militias' need to leave Iraq

    10/22/2017 6:34:31 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 40 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Oct 22, 2017 | Steven Nelson
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday it's time for Iranian "foreign fighters" to leave Iraq, now that Islamic State militants are nearing defeat. "Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fight against Daesh and ISIS is coming to a close, those militias need to go home," Tillerson said during a press conference in Saudi Arabia. "The foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control," the former CEO of Exxon Mobile said. Tillerson was in Saudi Arabia to attend a launch meeting of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Committee. The Saudis...
  • Syrian Kurds Cut Secret Gas Deal With Russian Forces

    10/22/2017 8:39:15 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 24 replies
    Yahoo Noose & Propaganda ^ | October 21, 2017 | Oil Speculation Desk
    In a move that surprised many observers of the ongoing war for Deir Ezzor province, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) handed over one of Syria's largest gas fields to Russian forces on Thursday, possibly as the result of unprecedented direct talks between high ranking Russian officials and Kurdish leaders in Qamishli in northeastern Syria. Conoco gas plant (also locally called Al-Tabiya, which is the plant's main feeder field) lies on the eastern side of the Euphrates outside of Deir Ezzor city - which was recently liberated from ISIS as the Syrian Army and Russian forces approached from the west...
  • Abandoning our Kurdish allies is a win for our Iranian enemies

    10/21/2017 2:27:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 21, 2017 | Michael Pregent,
    The U.S. military must figure out how to keep Iraq from breaking apart while also preventing neighboring Iran from turning Iraq into a proxy state.. It makes no sense for a nation to treat its enemies kindly and its allies harshly. Any nation that tries this foolish approach will see its enemies grow stronger and more dangerous, and will lose its allies when it abandons them. ... The man most responsible for the failure of the U.S. to give adequate support to the Kurds is Brett McGurk, President Trump’s special envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS. He held...
  • Iraqi Invasion: Looting, Arson Triggers Exodus of 100,000 from Kurdish Kirkuk

    10/20/2017 6:11:40 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 34 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 10/20/2017 | FRANCES MARTEL
    Kurdish authorities estimate that 100,000 people have fled Kirkuk, Iraq, this week, formerly under control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) but now lost to the Baghdad government and its Iran-backed Shiite militia allies. Kurds fleeing Kirkuk—a multi-ethnic city heavily reliant on its vast oil resources—say Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) fighters are looting, burning houses down, and attacking Kurdish citizens. The Iraqi government announced a military initiative to wrest Kirkuk out of KRG authority after September 25, when the KRG organized a non-binding referendum asking Kurds whether they would support the establishment of an independent Kurdistan. While Kirkuk has not...
  • What happened in Kirkuk?

    10/18/2017 11:52:36 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    ANF News (Kirkuk) ^ | 17 Oct 2017, 12:44 | Ersin Caksu and Sores Benek
    ANF and Roj News reporters Ersin Caksu and Sores Benek wrote about what happened in Kirkuk yesterday. During the invasion maneuvers of the Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shabi on Kirkuk, the defense line formed by the guerrillas, the peshmergas who refused to withdraw and the people of Kirkuk who took up arms in the Feylaq Crossing was broken when KDP forces abandoned the general security forces buildings and withdrew from the area along with their heavy weaponry. Following the attacks the Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shaabi forces with them launched on Kirkuk, the defense line formed by the...
  • Team Trump is about to let Iraq fall into Iran’s hands

    10/17/2017 1:19:13 PM PDT · by TBP · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 16, 2017 | Benny Avni
    If President Trump wants to stop Iran from making the entire country of Iraq a subsidiary of the Revolutionary Guard, he’ll need to intervene in the burgeoning crisis in Kurdistan — and fast. On Monday, Iraqi forces trounced Kurdish fighters and emerged victorious in a short fight for control of the oil-rich northern Iraqi town of Kirkuk. And they couldn’t have done it without us. When ISIS stormed Iraq in 2014, the demoralized Iraqi army collapsed, its troops deserted and fled. Baghdad was utterly humiliated. Then Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga, entered Kirkuk, secured the key city and kept it...
  • Iran Plays Chess, We Play Checkers-And the Kurds pay the price for our mistakes

    10/17/2017 6:03:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Frontpage ^ | October 17, 2017 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The Iranian-backed attack in Iraqi Kurdistan is nothing short of disastrous for the United States, for U.S. interests and U.S. allies in the region, and for American prestige. It’s a hockey-style power play by Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander Qassem Suleymani, and a direct challenge to President Trump, coming just hours after the President announced a new get tough policy on Iran. A U.S. ally in Baghdad is attacking another U.S. ally in Kurdistan using U.S. weapons, including M1-A2 Abrams tanks, paid for with U.S. taxpayer dollars. And they are doing so under the watchful eyes of U.S. and...
  • Iraq forces take oil fields dashing Kurdish dreams

    10/17/2017 6:04:49 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    AFP News ^ | 17 Oct 2017 | none stated
    Iraqi forces took control of the two largest oil fields in the disputed northern province of Kirkuk on Tuesday demolishing Kurdish hopes of creating a viable independent state. The Kurds withdrew without a fight after federal government troops and militia entered the city of Kirkuk and seized the provincial governor's office and key military bases in response to a Kurdish vote for independence last month. The fields accounted for around 250,000 barrels per day of the 650,000 bpd that the autonomous Kurdish region exported under its own auspices and their loss deals a huge blow to its already parlous finances...
  • John Bolton: Trump Silence on Iran-Dominated Baghdad Invasion of Kurdish Iraq ‘a Tragedy’

    10/17/2017 5:22:00 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 26 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 10/16/2017 | Ian Mason
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton spoke to Breitbart News Daily Sirius XM host Alex Marlow Monday, coming out strongly in support of Iraqi Kurdistan in its bid for independence and criticizing American ties to the Iraqi national government, which he described as “dominated by Iran.” “I support independence for the Kurds in Iraq. It’s no surprise the State Department opposes that. I think the State Department and the Pentagon are still operating under the assumption you can put Iraq back together again, and you can’t,” Bolton told Marlow. Bolton condemned America’s putative ally in Baghdad as...
  • Iraqi Forces, Near Kirkuk, Say They’ve Seized Key Sites

    10/16/2017 7:01:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 16, 2017 | David Zucchino
    Hours after moving to reclaim control of the northern city of Kirkuk, Iraqi government forces said Monday that they had reached the outskirts of the city, seizing oil fields and other important sites from Kurdish forces that had held the territory since 2014. The quick advance pitted one American-trained military force against another. Iraqi government troops and the Kurdish forces, known as pesh merga, are both part of the American-led coalition battling the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.