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Iraq Special Forces Surround Fallujah; 208 Killed

Pictures of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani visiting Shi’ite militiamen in Fallujah have outraged Sunni lawmakers from Anbar province. Iranian media released the pictures of the al-Quds brigade...

‘Absolutely brutal’ Chilcot Iraq war report will not let Tony Blair & Jack Straw...

Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq war inquiry report will not let former Prime Minister Tony Blair,...

Military Denies Bombing Fallujah Hospital; 18 Killed in Iraq

Military Denies Bombing Fallujah Hospital; 18 Killed in Iraq Military forces denied targeting the hospital in Falluja with artillery strikes; however, the hospital...
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Video: Iraqi forces slice through ISIS fortifications on all fronts around Fallujah

Iraqi government-led forces are slicing through ISIS positions around Fallujah, the citadel of the terror organization in the country. After less than a week...

95 Killed in Iraq; Fighting Continues in Fallujah

95 Killed in Iraq; Fighting Continues in Fallujah Conditions in Fallujah are deteriorating rapidly, according to officials. Supplies of essential items such...

Some Light in Iraq’s Dark Tunnel

The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 blasted apart the country’s political structure and left behind widespread chaos, but Iraqis...

‘Unforgivable’: Majority of Brits can’t absolve Tony Blair of his Iraq war sins

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair can never be forgiven for taking the UK into the...

Tony Blair in Big Trouble Over Iraq War Lies?

With just over six weeks to go before the long-awaited release of the Chilcot report into the Iraq War, the calls for former Prime...

Mounting Concerns for Fallujah Residents; 259 Killed in Iraq

Mounting Concerns for Fallujah Residents; 259 Killed in Iraq Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani asked the Iraqi government and the Shi’ite militias to...

66 Killed in Iraq; Forces Claim Victory in Garma

66 Killed in Iraq; Forces Claim Victory in Garma In Fallujah, fighting has subsided in order to clear booby-traps laid out by...

Is the UK’s Iraq Inquiry Set to “savage” Tony Blair?

In spite of all the scepticism regarding the long delayed UK Iraq Inquiry into the illegal invasion of Iraq, with predictions (including by myself)...

Baghdad Claims Progress in Falluja; 164 Killed Across Iraq

Baghdad Claims Progress in Falluja; 164 Killed Across Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the Falluja frontlines personally and announced that troops...

Falluja Operation Begins; 219 Killed in Iraq

On the heels of a victory in Rutba, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of Operation Breaking Terrorism (كسر الإرهاب‎) to recover Falluja. The Islamic State militants...

‘Tony Blair lied on Iraq and will be exposed by Chilcot report’ – Corbyn

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s lies about weapons of mass destruction and his secret war...
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Video: Anti-govt protesters clash with Iraqi forces in Baghdad

At least three people are reported dead and scores injured after Iraqi state forces used live bullets and tear gas against anti-government protesters attempting...

Protest Casualties Higher; 65 Killed, 506 Wounded in Iraq

Protests in Baghdad led to heavy security throughout the city on Saturday, and many usually busy streets remained empty. Tahrir Square, where demonstrators have been gathering,...

21 Killed, 124 Wounded in Iraq; Baghdad Protests Turn Deadly

21 Killed, 124 Wounded in Iraq; Baghdad Protests Turn Deadly Demonstrators were able to breach security and enter the Green Zone again...

53 Killed in Iraq; Security Forces Draw Closer to Jordanian Border

53 Killed in Iraq; Security Forces Draw Closer to Jordanian Border Security forces captured more territory on the international highway west of...

Green Zone Incursion Calls Into Question Iraq’s Future as a State

Former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki leads an obstructionist parliament familiar to those watching Republicans in U.S. Congress. (Photo: Thierry Ehrmann / Flickr Commons) On April...

Mass Grave Found near Mosul; 219 Killed Across Iraq

To lessen any hostility from security forces, Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr recalled his Saraya Salam (Peace Brigades) from Baghdad and Sadr City streets. They were deployed as...
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Video: COMBAT CAM: Iraqi forces target ISIS petrol sites

Iraqi Ministry of Defense has released footage of coalition aircraft targeting Islamic State petrol station, infrastructure and tactical sites near Mosul and Fallujah, ... Via...

Carnage in Baghdad; 184 Killed in Iraq, including Australian

Carnage in Baghdad; 184 Killed in Iraq, including Australian An Australian man was killed on Tuesday in Daquq when the mine he...

Spies over Baghdad: NSA newsletter reveals agency’s role in Iraq War

NSA intelligence played a key role in preparing the UN for the US invasion of Iraq and aiding the subsequent occupation, while senior agency...

Former VP off Interpol List; 70 Killed in Iraq

Former VP off Interpol List; 70 Killed in Iraq Security forces have launched a significant operation against Rutba. The city, which lies...

Trump blasts Tony Blair for Iraq War ‘disaster,’ says Britain should stand up to...

Presumptive Republican nominee for the US presidential election Donald Trump has attacked former Prime Minister Tony Blair for the Iraq War “disaster,” saying he...

71 Killed in Iraq; ISIS Stage Several Attacks Around Baghdad

71 Killed in Iraq; ISIS Stage Several Attacks Around Baghdad The Shi’ite-led government is shutting down or curtailing media outlets popular with...

Kurd Fighter in Iraq Destroys US-Made Turkish Helo With Russian-Model Missile

Kurd Fighter in Iraq Destroys US-Made Turkish Helo With Russian-Model Missile Peter Van Buren, May 16, 2016 There’s no past in...

Crimes of Aggression? Alex Salmond’s quest to have Tony Blair impeached over Iraq hits...

Scottish National Party (SNP) MP Alex Salmond wants to re-energize a cross-party alliance to see...
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Video: ISIS suicide bombers attack Iraqi gas plant near Baghdad

A suicide bomb attack killed at least 11 people and injured 21 others at a state-run cooking gas factory on the outskirts of Baghdad,...

Heavy Fighting in Anbar Province; 362 Dead in Iraq

Heavy Fighting in Anbar Province; 362 Dead in Iraq In a televised speech, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned that the political impasse...

Soccer Fans Among 86 Killed in Iraq

Soccer Fans Among 86 Killed in Iraq   U.S. military officials fear a continued string of bombings and attacks against civilian targets could stretch...

600 Iraqi civilian abuse claims against British soldiers rejected in court

Six hundred cases against UK troops involving allegations of abused and mistreated Iraqi civilians have...

Bloody Day for Baghdad; 188 Killed in Iraq

The Iraqi government declared that the Islamic State militants now control only 14 percent of the Iraqi territory, down from a high of 40 percent in...

86 Dead in Iraq; ISIS Attacks a Police Station in Abu Ghraib

Demonstrations broke out in Sadr City a day after a massive bombing killed scores of residents. Some charged the government with lax security. Others, including Hakim al-Zamili,...

Admitting the Iraq War Disaster

Despite being total failures, the same people responsible for the Iraq War still dominate the foreign policy of both the Democratic and Republican Parties. As a...

U.S. Service Member Among 67 Killed in Iraq

A U.S. service member died in Iraq of a non-combat injury on Friday. No further details were immediately given. At least 50 mass graves have...

SAS snatches Mosul ISIS leaders in Iraq lightning raids

British special forces under US command have reportedly captured three mid-ranking Islamic State (IS, formerly...

Mission creep? 100s more British troops could be sent to Iraq

Despite the death of a US Navy SEAL on Tuesday while training Iraqi troops, UK...

Lessons from Iraq’s Green Zone Protests

The neocon-engineered disaster in Iraq continues to unfold with protests now penetrating the super-secure Green Zone, but Official Washington resists...

US service member killed near Irbil, Iraq in 'enemy fire'

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter says an American service member has been killed in Iraq. A...
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Video: Anti-corruption protesters storm Iraqi paraliament in Baghdad (SPECIAL COVERAGE)

Hundreds of supporters of influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who have been protesting corruption, have stormed Baghdad's Green Zone. Via Youtube

Contractor Hired Former African Child Soldiers To Guard US Forces in Iraq

A defense contractor hired mercenaries from Africa for $16 a day to guard American bases in Iraq, with one of the company’s former directors...

American B-52 bomber hits ISIS weapons facility in Iraq (VIDEO)

Video footage of an American B-52 Stratofortress bomber destroying an Islamic State weapons storage facility has...
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Video: UK companies recruited ex-child soldiers to work for US in Iraq – report

A number of private British defence companies may have recruited former child soldiers from Africa to work in American army bases in Iraq. That's...

Iraq: Back to the Beginning

With the dispatch of 200 more troop to Iraq, bringing the total to some 4,000, the buildup to the Third Mideast War is approaching...

More ‘Boots on the Ground’ as Obama Again Bolsters Endless Iraq War

Nika Knight Signaling further escalation of U.S. military force in Iraq, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Monday that 217 additional troops would be...

US to send 200 more troops, Apache helicopters to Iraq to fight ISIS

The US will deploy 217 troops and Apache helicopters to Iraq as part of operations against...

Military chiefs face bashing in Chilcot Iraq war report, possibly published before Brexit vote

Sir John Chilcot’s massively-delayed Iraq war report could be published before the EU referendum despite...

Publish Chilcot Iraq war report within a fortnight or face 'uproar' – MP

There is no good reason why the Chilcot Inquiry report into the legality of the...

Chilcot redacted? Spies to scrutinize Iraq war report before publication

Relatives of British soldiers killed in the Iraq war are concerned that the security services...
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Video: COMBAT CAM: Iraqi Defense Ministry shows video of airstrikes allegedly targeting ISIS

he Iraqi Defense Ministry released a video allegedly showing its air forces targeting ISIS west of Baghdad. According to the ministry, Islamic State suffered...
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Video: Combat footage: Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces vs ISIS in battle for strategic town

Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces claim to have entered the center of strategically important Hit town which is located along Islamic State supply line. RT...
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Video: “We Will Prevail”: Three Words, Three American Presidents & An Endless War in...

http://democracynow.org - On Tuesday, President Obama announced he's exploring ways to scale up the battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq ... Via Youtube

United States of terrorism? One-third of Iraqis believe the US supports ISIS

The US has spent more than 13 years in Iraq under the guise of fighting terrorism....

Iraq’s Artifacts of Exile

Tell Harmal lion, by Michael Rakowitz In the initial aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, looters swept through the National Museum in Baghdad and...
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Video: U.S. Radioactive Weapons Fueling Birth Defects in Iraq

Investigative journalist Barbara Koeppel examines how the U.S. is getting away with using radioactive weapons that are causing spikes in birth defects and ... Via...

Iraq Is Broke. You Have To Pay for It.

The next time a candidate or reporter asks during a debate about education or healthcare “But how are you going to pay for that?”...

The Chilcot Inquiry-inquiry: Farcical probe launched into Iraq War report delay

Pushing the boundaries of farce, an inquiry into the Chilcot Inquiry will be launched to...
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Video: Ex-Iraqi interpreter for US army abandoned, stranded on Macedonia border

Among thousands of refugees trapped on the Greek and Macedonian (FYROM) border there are some who qualify for asylum more than others. RT's Roman...
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Video: Iraqi forces free 1,500 prisoners from underground ISIS jail

At least 1500 prisoners have been liberated by Iraqi forces from an underground Islamic State prison, Iraqi officials said. The jail was found during...

Iraq Ranks In Ten Most Corrupt Countries In World, Again

Iraq, the failed state that over 4,600 (and counting…) Americans died to free from some evil tyrant 13 years ago, is still ranking high...
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Video: ‘Problem of Islam’ or ‘Iraqi war fallout’? Panel Discussion following Brussels attacks

The Brussels bombings (and the Paris attacks before them) underscore the immense dangers Europe faces from terrorism. Alongside those fears - concern that ... Via...

Iraq Invasion: Anniversary of The Biggest Terrorist Attack in Modern History?

Since terrorism’s tragedy is again in the news, it is timely to revisit perhaps one of the biggest acts of terrorism in modern history...

Iraq: Another Fine Mess

The cradle of civilisation has become a free for all. Twenty five years after a US-led international coalition of states invaded Iraq...

Ex-US Army Iraqi interpreter seeks refuge in Greece after US rejected entry – report

A former Iraqi US Army interpreter is languishing in a troubled refugee hotspot of Idomeni after...

US deploys more troops on the ground in Iraq to fight ISIS

Washington has sent a detachment of US Marines to Iraq to bolster the fight against the...

Hillary Clinton’s Support for the Iraq War Was No Fluke  

(Photo: Zimbio) In March 2003, just before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, about 100 CODEPINK women dressed in pink slips weaved in and out of...

US Military Contractors Return In Droves to Iraq

America’s mercenaries smell the blood (and the money) and are returning to Iraq. Mercs are a great thing for the U.S. government, in that they...

Pink-Slipping Hillary: On Remembering the Victims of the Iraq War

The following is an excerpt from False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Clinton , edited by Liza Featherstone and forthcoming June 14 of this year. In March...

Daesh losing battle to forces in Iraq, Syria: US envoy

The United States and its allies claim that they have pounded at least 14 Daesh (ISIL) positions in Iraq and Syria, with a US...
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Video: Turkish military helicopter shot down by Kurds in North Iraq – reports

Reports have emerged that Iraqi Kurds have shot down a helicopter, which they say was used in airstrikes against them. Turkish officials have made...
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Video: Iraqi Kurds claim downing Turkish helicopter – why would govt stay quiet about...

Iraqi Kurds claim downing Turkish helicopter used in airstrikes against them - reports. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/7609 RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe ... Via Youtube

Iraq’s Greatest Danger Yet: Collapse of: “The most dangerous dam in the world.”

It is hard to believe anything more catastrophic could befall Iraq with perhaps three million dead, between the strangulating 1990 onward embargo and the...
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Video: Flower beds, chairs and even clock: Iraqi man recycles old tires into furniture

A tyre repairer in Iraq is recycling tyres destined for the rubbish dump and transforming them into colorful pieces of furniture. Not only are...
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Video: Ruins of War: Iraqi army retakes major part of Ramadi from ISIS

Abandoned houses, shelled vehicles, and ruins everywhere were the desolate remains of cities and towns that an RT crew witnessed while flying over areas...
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Video: Combat Cam: Iraqi Air Force allegedly targeting ISIS hideouts in Ramadi

Iraqi Defense ministry released video allegedly showing its Air Force targeting ISIS in Ramadi RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube
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Video: ‘Whoops’: Iraq admits it ‘lost’ radioactive material, now feared in ISIS hands

Iraqi officials are searching for "highly dangerous" radioactive material that apparently went missing last year, according to a leaked report. RT's Emily Siu has...
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Video: “The War in Iraq was a Big, Fat Mistake”: Trump & Bush Spar...

http://democracynow.org - At Saturday's Republican debate in Greenville, South Carolina, Donald Trump and Jeb Bush had a tense exchange over former ... Via Youtube
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Video: TRNN in Hampshire: Unions, the Iraq War, and Healthcare

Former President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Mark Mckenzie discusses his enthusiasm for Sanders, and mayor of Miami Beach Philip explains why he is...

A Real ‘Political Revolution’ Would End the War in Iraq

(Photo: Michael Vladon / Flickr) These days, Bernie Sanders doesn’t say much about the Middle East. But if you’ve heard him say nothing else on...
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Video: ‘Sexual emergency’ Iraqi refugee raped 10yo boy at swimming pool in Austria

Austrian police have confirmed that an Iraqi refugee was arrested over the rape of a 10 year-old boy at a swimming pool in Vienna...
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Video: Photos of US prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan released

The US Department of Defense grudgingly released 198 photographs of detainees mistreated by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2006, ... Via...
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Video: Sanders & Clinton Spar on 2002 Iraq Vote; Clinton Praises Henry Kissinger

http://democracynow.org - During Thursday's debate in New Hampshire, while Sen. Bernie Sanders conceded former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has more ... Via Youtube

The Evil Genie U.S. Let Out of Bottle in Iraq Continues His Rampage

U.S. soldiers at the Hands of Victory monument in Baghdad, 2003. (Photo: Wikipedia) The word “genie” comes from the Arab jinni. As every child knows,...
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Video: Did Hillary Lie About Her Iraq War Vote?

Stephen Zunes responds to Hillary Clinton's explanation of her Iraq War vote, and to Bernie Sanders' plan to mobilize countries like Saudi Arabia to...

What’s in a Name? Iraqis Change Names To Avoid Being Targeted by Militias

So, yep, thanks for asking, this war is going well. Especially now, as we learn some Sunnis are far more afraid of Iraqi government-supported Shiite...

Stop ‘damaging’ attacks on lawyers investigating soldiers’ abuse of Iraqis – human rights groups

Senior Tory attacks on lawyers investigating alleged abuses and murders committed by British troops during the Iraq War are “ill-judged and damaging,” say human...
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Video: Pentagon delays release of images of tortured Afghan, Iraqi prisoners despite court order

The American military has again delayed the publication of images of torture in US prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were supposed to be...

Hillary Clinton’s Iraq War Albatross

George W. Bush’s Iraq invasion may rank as the worst foreign policy disaster in U.S. history – spreading chaos across the Mideast and now...

Freedom! 19,000 Iraqi Civilians Killed in Less Than Two Years

…that works out to about 28 dead every day. It is also an estimate, given that many areas of the country are not readily accessible,...

The Iraq War’s Known Unknowns

There is a lot more than meets the eye in the newly revealed Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence briefing of Sept. 5, 2002, which showed...

The Five Lamest Excuses for Hillary Clinton’s Vote to Invade Iraq

 (Image: “Vote Different”) Former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton is the only candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination who supported the invasion...

The Iraq War’s Known Unknowns

Exclusive: In September 2002, as the Bush-43 administration was rolling out its ad campaign for invading Iraq because of alleged WMD, the Joint Chiefs of Staff...

25 Years of the US at War in Iraq: Tragic Legacy, Dubious Prospects

Saturday, January 17, marked 25 years — a full generation — since the 1991 launch of a U.S.-led mostly air war, “Operation Desert Storm,”...

This Month Marks 25 Years the U.S. Has Been at War in Iraq

(Photo: Jason Fudge / Flickr) Saturday, January 17, marked 25 years – a full generation – since the 1991 launch of a U.S.-led air war, “Operation...

“Staggering” violence in Iraq: The legacy of US war and occupation

By Bill Van Auken Describing current levels of killing and mayhem in Iraq as “staggering” and “obscene,” two United Nations agencies released a report Tuesday that...
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Video: RAW: Mass grave believed to be of Yazidi men killed by ISIS found...

Kurdish forces have found sculls, bone fragments, and pieces of clothing near Sinjar, Iraq, which was captured by ISIS in August of 2014. Around...
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Video: RAW: Iraqi jets target ISIS, according to Defense Ministry

The Iraqi Ministry of Defense has released a video showing its jets targeting ISIS-controlled areas RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube

Iraq War facilitated Israeli-Saudi axis of convenience

Geopolitics makes strange bedfellows. Take Israel and Saudi Arabia for instance. The two Middle Eastern powers might be expected to have zero common ground. Israel...
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Video: RAW: Iraqi army recaptures Ramadi’s Great Mosque from ISIS, raises flag

Iraqi army forces recaptured Ramadi's Great Mosque from the hands of the Islamic State on Sunday inflicting ISIS with heavy casualties. The soldiers raised...

Ex-military chiefs attack Iraq War investigators over ‘money making’ abuse claims

Former military officers are lining up to attack a law firm and an investigations team examining alleged Iraq War abuses by British Armed Forces. Public...

German government votes to expand military interventions in Mali and Iraq

By Gustav Kemper and Johannes Stern The German government voted last Tuesday to expand the German army’s intervention in Mali within the framework of the United...

Iraq Atrocities: The UK’s “Independent” Inquiry

Nothing justifies killing of innocent people. – Tony Blair, CNN, January 15th, 2015 A little over three months short of the thirteenth anniversary of the invasion...

UK veterans may be prosecuted over Iraq ‘war crimes’ as claims grow tenfold

Allegations of unlawful killings and torture committed by British troops in Iraq have multiplied tenfold over the past five years, with the head of...
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Video: Drone Strikes: Iraqi military targets ISIS hideouts

Iraq's Ministry of Defense (MOD) released footage, which it said showed drone airstrikes carried out against Islamic State group militants and their hideouts. Via Youtube
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Video: Kurdish cooperation against ISIS vital: Iraqi PM visits retaken Ramadi

Iraq Deputy PM said that taking on ISIL in Mosul will demand full commitment from all sides, but will be impossible without the involvement...
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Video: ‘I helped create ISIS’: Iraqi war veteran speaks out

Former US marine has made the revelation that he helped create ISIS. Vincent Emanuelle wrote the claim in an article recounting his tours in...
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Video: Situation Uncertain: US aid money to flow into Iraq after Ramadi liberated

The Iraqi army has recaptured the city of Ramadi from Islamic State - after a week-long operation. Soldiers raised the national flag in the...
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Video: US pursuing regime change in Iraq, Syria, aiming for Iran – Pres. Candidate...

The US presidential elections are just around the corner, the great fight for the seat of power. However, while Democrats and Republicans are all...
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Video: RAW: Iraqi forces clearing ISIS fallen stronghold Ramadi

Iraqi forces have seized the government complex in the center of Ramadi — Islamic State's last stronghold in the western city, a military spokesman...

Russia Counts 12,000 Turkey-Bound Oil Trucks from Iraq & Syria

Requests U.S. Assistance to Bomb Them; U.S. Again Says No. How the Public Get Suckered by ‘News’ Media Ignoring Reality Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org According...
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Video: RAW: Iraqi army launches offensive to recapture Ramadi from ISIS

The Iraqi Army launched an assault to recapture the city of Ramadi from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). Tanks, artillery and mortars were deployed...
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Video: Sy Hersh: Backing Assad’s Ouster, Has Hillary Clinton Forgotten the Lessons of Iraq...

At Saturday's Democratic presidential debate, front-runner Hillary Clinton rejected what she called a "false choice" between defeating the Islamic State and ... Via Youtube

Pentagon calls Iraq attack ‘mistake by both sides’

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter claims that the death of a number of Iraqi troops in a US airstrike against purported Daesh (ISIL) positions appeared...

Pentagon seeks to acquit US in Iraq deadly airstrike: Analyst

The United States is trying to absolve its military over the recent deadly airstrike that led to the death of a number of Iraqi soldiers in Fallujah, says...
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Video: ‘Bilateral issue’ no more? US urges Turkish troops to leave Iraq

The US has urged Turkey to withdraw its “unauthorized” military forces from northern Iraq, calling on Ankara to respect the country's sovereignty and territorial...
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Video: Boots Out! Iraq demands Turkey pull out troops from country

Baghdad has asked the United Nations Security Council to demand Turkey immediately withdraws its troops from northern Iraq. In an official letter, Baghdad ... Via...
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Video: Turkey’s invasion: Focus on Iraq after Syria policy failed

Tensions between Turkey and Iraq are growing with Ankara moving its troops into northern Iraq, claiming they are there to train Kurdish forces. Since...
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Video: ‘No American boots in Syria’ failed: US go on sending troops to Iraq...

US is preparing to send more troops to help the fight against ISIS. But dozens of US troops have been already sent to Syria....
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Video: Iraq vs Turkey: Baghdad issues ultimatum, threatens with NATO, UN

In the wake of Turkey disturbing deployment of troops in Iraq, Moscow hopes that Ankara will avoid escalating situation in the region with any...
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Video: ‘Turkey gets impunity for whatever it does’: Turkish troops deployed in N. Iraq

The Arab League has condemned deployment of Turkish troops in northern Iraq, saying it amounts to “an intervention.” Iraq has demanded that Ankara ... Via...
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Video: Combat footage: Iraqi troops clash with ISIS in battle for Ramadi

Iraqi troops fired at Islamic State militants in a neighbourhood of Ramadi late on Wednesday, as the battle to reclaim the besieged city continues...
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Video: US still using ISIS for political means — Iraqi security official

US still using ISIS for political means, never serious in combating them, states Saad Al Mutalabi from security council of Baghdad province RT LIVE...

Russia Proves Turkey’s Involvement in Selling Stolen Syrian and Iraqi Oil

  by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - Western media say little about what demands daily headlines. Erdogan and his regime are complicit with ISIS, supplying training, weapons,...

Over 3,300 Killed in Iraq during November

During November, this column found 3,341 people were killed and 1,776 more were wounded in violent encounters across Iraq. That’s up from the 3,071 killed and...

Iraq briefed on US plans for troops deployment, Kerry says

The US has fully briefed the Iraqi government on its plans to deploy American special forces in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry says. US...
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Video: US deploys special forces to boost fight against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

The US is set to deploy an expeditionary target force to help Iraq put additional pressure on Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said....

Ron Paul on Lindsey Graham In Iraq — Wants US Troops To Come Back!

Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain have returned to the scene of the crime — Iraq — where the war they demanded has left...
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Video: Breaking The U.S Is Deploying More Troops To Iraq and Syria

In this video Luke Rudkowski talks about the important and latest meeting between Putin and Obama at the COP 21 meeting, that is gaining...

US invasion and occupation of Iraq created Daesh: American general

A former US commander says the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group would not have existed if the US had not been “too dumb” to invade...
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Video: ‘ISIS managed to sell oil to Turkey on black market at less than...

A member of the Iraqi Parliament, Dr Mowaffak al Rubaie, tells RT how ISIS manages to earn millions of dollars selling oil on the...
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Video: US House passes bill to halt process of accepting Syrian, Iraqi refugees

The US House of Representatives has voted on a bill requiring security screening for Syrian and Iraqi refugees that is so strict and comprehensive...
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Video: Refugees are Not Terrorists: HRW Decries Efforts to Reject People Fleeing Wars in...

Friday's deadly attacks in Paris have set off a storm of calls to close borders and reject refugees fleeing Syria, where over 4 million...
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Video: We are Angry over Death of My Cousin in Paris, As Well As...

On Sunday more than 1000 people overflowed a ballroom at California State University, Long Beach to honor Nohemí González, the 23-year-old student who ... Via...
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Video: Kurds launch major offensive to retake Iraq’s Sinjar from ISIS

Kurdish forces lave launched an offensive to retake northern Iraq's city of Sinjar, controlled by Islamic State for over a year. The Turkish government...

War criminal Tony Blair’s spy chief who wrongly claimed Iraq had WMDs making millions

The former spy chief who provided Tony Blair with ‘evidence’ justifying the invasion of Iraq in 2003 is now raking in vast sums of...
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Video: FP magazine Editor: US shouldn’t have illegally destabilized regimes, invaded Iraq

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGLamDp6qMM The Russian air campaign against ISIS has paved the way for another ... Via Youtube
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Video: Congress gives ‘condolence check’ to Iraqis despite denial of casualties

The US Defense Department is to get $5 million that could be used to hand out 'condolence payments' to civilian Iraqis hit by American...

Bush-41 Finally Speaks on Iraq War

Media reports on Jon Meacham’s biography of George H. W. Bush, the 41st President, have brought me a painful flashback to the deceptive, destructive —...

Bush-41 Finally Speaks on Iraq War

Exclusive: A dozen years too late, President George H.W. Bush has given voice to his doubts about the wisdom of rushing into the Iraq...
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Video: We Are Many: Global Feb. 15 2003 Protests Didn’t Stop Iraq War, But...

Up to 30 million people in nearly 800 cities rocked the globe on February 15, 2003, in antiwar rallies against the looming U.S. invasion...

Some Use Chalabi’s Death to Lay Blame for Iraq War at His Feet

Daily Beast (11/3/15) depicted Chalabi as invasion “architect” Former Iraqi dissident and discredited huckster Ahmed Chalabi died Monday at the age of 71. While most...
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Video: Andrew Bacevich: Ongoing Wars in Iraq & Syria Continue Decades of Failed U.S....

Democracynow.org - The U.S. deployment of a team of special operations forces to Syria comes after the first U.S. combat casualty in Iraq in...

Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing from Iraq

As the first Democratic presidential debate drew to a close, moderator Anderson Cooper posed a question to Hillary Clinton: How might her presidency differ from Barack...

Media Don’t Call Trump on Claim to Have Opposed Iraq Invasion ‘Back in 2004’

Note to interviewers of Donald Trump: The invasion of Iraq happened in 2003, not 2004. (photo: Arlo K. Abrahamson/US Navy) Donald Trump has claimed many,...

At Least 118 Killed in Iraq as Rockets Terrorize Troops and Iranian Dissidents

At Least 118 Killed in Iraq as Rockets Terrorize Troops and Iranian Dissidents At least 16 rockets, but possibly many more, struck Camp Liberty/Hurriya, which is...
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Video: ‘We have enough soldiers’: Iraq ‘never asked’ US for ground ops against ISIS

The Iraqi government never asked for and does not need any US involvement in ground operations against Islamic State terrorists. The eye-opening statement ... Via...
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Video: Combat Cam: ISIS hideouts targeted by Iraqi forces

The Iraqi defense ministry has released video footage, allegedly of airstrikes targeting ISIS in Tal Afar. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube
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Video: ‘Men gave their lives in vain in Iraq’ – father of UK soldier...

The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has acknowledged there are “elements of truth” in statements saying the rise of Islamic State was a...

Donald Trump Says the U.S. Should Have Stolen Iraqis’ Oil After Destroying their Country

Eric Zuesse On Sunday the 25th of October, Republican U.S. Presidential aspirant Donald Trump was interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union” show, and was asked...
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Video: ‘Crystal clear case for Tony Blair war crimes in Iraq’

Amid the rhetoric surrounding the conflict in Syria, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted that there are 'elements of truth' in the accusation...
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Video: RAW: Iraqi hostages freed from ISIS prison in US-Peshmerga operation

An estimated 70 Iraqi prisoners who were being held hostage by the so-called Islamic State were reportedly freed during a joint rescue operation conducted...

No Shame for U.S./UK Invasion of Iraq? The Meaning of This.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Germany was ashamed of having invaded Poland under a false pretext, etc.; but the U.S. is not ashamed of...

General denies US ‘boots on the ground’ in Iraq

A high-ranking US military official has insisted the United States does not have combat troops in Iraq, after an American soldier was killed during...
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Video: Iraq’s ruling alliance asks PM to seek Russian strikes against ISIS

The biggest Iraqi parliamentarian block have sent an official letter to the Iraqi Supreme commander with the request of help from Russian side, Saad...

U.S. Tells Iraq: If You Ally w. Russia Against ISIS, You’re Our Enemy

Obama makes clear that America's war against Russia is more important than America’s war against ISIS. Eric Zuesse On October 14th, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that...
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Video: RAW: Plumes of smoke rise as Iraq attacks ISIS shelters

The Iraqi Defense Ministry has released combat footage of what it claims is an aerial attack on ISIS in the cities of Tikrit and...
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Video: Drone crashes in Iraq: Was it American?

A supposedly US drone crashed in the desert near the city of Al-Kut in Iraq. According to ground sources, it may have been carrying...
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Video: ‘Cheerleader’: Leaked memo claims Blair supported Iraq invasion year before war

Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair has found himself in the media firing line. A leaked memo appears to show that he signed up...
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Video: Ground Pound: Iraqi militia launches offensive against ISIS near Baghdad

Iraqi government troops, backed by Shiite militia fighters, have launched a campaign to take back full control of Beiji province from ISIS, according to...

US and coalition partners launch airstrikes in Syria and Iraq: Pentagon

The United States and its so-called coalition partners have conducted at least two airstrikes in Syria and 11 in Iraq, the Pentagon says. According to...
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Video: Iraq wants Russia to bomb ISIS on its territory, US concerned

The Iraqi government says it may allow Russian bombing raids against Islamic State on its territory. That's despite criticism from Washington over Moscow's ... Via...
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Video: Rashid Khalidi on Syria: The Beginning of This Mess was the 2003 U.S....

Democracynow.org - Russia has launched airstrikes in Syria for a second day, becoming the latest foreign government to intervene in a war that has...
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Video: ‘ISIS in Iraq, Syria have WMD components’ — Lavrov to UN Security Council

Islamic State militants are in possession of components for weapons of mass destruction, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned the UN Security ... Via...

GALLUP: “Iraqis Are the Saddest & One of the Angriest Populations in the World”

Eric Zuesse (The above photo is of Uzbekistan's mountains.) The 2015 Global Emotions survey from Gallup finds that, “Iraqis Are the Saddest and One of the Angriest Populations in...
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Video: Saudis spreading radical ideology, causing mass murder, destroying states: ex-Iraqi Def Min

The 2003 invasion of Iraq is widely considered to have been a mistake, even by many policy makers in the US. But despite that...
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Video: ‘After invasion US allowed Iraq to slip into disaster’ – ex-Iraqi Defense Minister

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE HERE: http://bit.ly/1Mk7up9 The 2003 invasion of Iraq is widely considered to have been a mistake, even by many policy makers...
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Video: US says anti-ISIS campaign effective, Iraq invasion a success

US State Department spokesman claims that Middle East countries, including Iraq and Libya, are better off after America's intervention. Hans-Christof von ... Via Youtube

Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq urge Chilcot to publish report by this year...

Relatives of British soldiers killed in the Iraq war have called on Iraq Inquiry Head Sir John Chilcot to publish a long-awaited report on UK’s role...

‘RAF warplanes to stay in Iraq over Daesh’

The British defense secretary has reportedly said the UK will extend its RAF Tornado mission against Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in Iraq by another year. Michael...

US invasion of Iraq was genecidal war: Peace activist

The US invasion of Iraq was a “genocidal war” and a”crime against humanity” perpetrated by the administration of George W. Bush to expand US...

Cheney blames Obama’s Iraq troop withdrawal for rise of ISIS

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is accusing President Barack Obama of being responsible for the rise of Islamic State in Iraq. He also denied...

Political crisis deepens over delays to UK Iraq War inquiry report

By Paul Mitchell The chairman of the inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War, Sir John Chilcot, was forced to make a statement last week to justify...

Chilcot to apportion Iraq blame far beyond war criminal Tony Blair’s inner circle

Blame for the Iraq War will extend far beyond Tony Blair’s inner circle to include senior intelligence and defense officials and top ministers at...
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Video: RAW: 60 Iraqi soldiers killed in alleged ISIS attack

Around 60 Iraqi soldiers and militarymen were killed in an attack on their convoy west of Ramadi. Footage shows explosions during the course of...
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Video: UK newspaper claims US blocking crucial data about Iraq invasion

A British newspaper reports that the US is withholding documents that could help explain why Tony Blair decided to join the invasion of Iraq....

War criminals ready to sue if criticized in Iraq War report

Sir John Chilcot fears a legal onslaught from those who are sharply criticized in his Iraq War Inquiry report and is refusing to be...

Iraq’s Off-Point ‘Reforms’

After a U.S.-engineered “regime change” comes the dreamy period of “reform” – redrawing organizational boxes, slashing government programs and “privatizing” national assets, but rarely a commitment to realistic...

Jeremy Corbyn will apologize for illegal Iraq War if elected leader

Labour Party leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn says he will issue an apology for the 2003 invasion of Iraq if he is elected. Corbyn, who posed...
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Video: 27 ISIS militants killed as Iraqi forces launch counter-attack — reports

Iraqi military forces have repoirtedly killed 27 Islamic State fighters in an attempt to rregain control of the strategic city of Ramadi, some 105...

Neocons Falsify Iraq War ‘Lessons’

Having escaped accountability for the Iraq War disaster, U.S. neocons are urging the use of more military force in the Mideast, in line with...
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Video: ISIS launches chemical attack on Kurdish forces in Iraq – report

The US is investigating an alleged chemical attack by Islamic State against Kurdish militia in northern Iraq. Washington reportedly suggests the jihadists used ... Via...

Tony Blair Should Be ‘Dragged in Shackles to Court’ Over Iraq War, Says Father...

Families of servicemen and women killed in Iraq pledge legal action if investigation into war is not published soon by Nadia Prupis The father of a soldier...

Families of dead soldiers threaten legal action over Iraq war inquiry delay

Families of British troops killed following the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq have threatened to take a legal action unless a long-delayed inquiry into...

One year of Obama’s Iraq-Syria war

Bill Van Auken This week marks the first anniversary of the initiation of air strikes in Iraq and launching of yet another US war in...
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Video: Best weapon against ISIS? Laugher! Iraqi comedian mocks jihadists despite constant threats

Iraqi comedian Ahmed Albasheer fighting ISIS & 'other extremists' with jokes on TV show. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube
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Video: RAW: 7 people, incl 2 children, killed in deadly Iraq blast

Seven people have been killed and 18 wounded after a bus loaded with explosives was detonated on crowded street in Iraq's Baghdad. There has...
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Video: RAW: Airstrikes hit suspected ISIS improvised explosive devices factory in Iraq

A video released by the US military shows airstrikes against a suspected ISIS improvised explosive devices (IED) factory destroyed in Makhmur, Iraq. RT LIVE...
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Video: RAW: ISIS-controlled university complex attacked by Iraqi Air Force

Iraqi-led coalition strikes University of Anbar complex, located near the city of Ramadi. Officials confirmed that after the strike Iraqi forces managed to regain...
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Video: Clashes, arrests as activists protest Turkish airstrikes in Syria & Iraq

Clashes erupted after police confronted approximately 1000 protesters who had been rallying in the centre of Ankara, Turkey, against Turkish military airstrikes ... Via Youtube
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Video: Drone Down! US predator aircraft found crash landed in Iraq

An unmanned MQ-1 Predator drone worth around $21 million was found crashed near Samawa. The drone was flying on a combat mission as part...
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Video: ISIS suicide blast kills 100+ in Iraq: Immediate aftermath footage

The death toll from a suicide car explosion at a busy market northeast of Baghdad climbed to over 100 people, including children, Reuters cited...
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Video: ISIS combat cam: Iraqi jets bomb jihadists’ hideouts

Iraqi Ministry of Defence released on Monday a video showing Iraqi jet fighters allegedly heavily pounding IS militants' hideouts and vehicles in Salahuddin ... Via...
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Video: Shiite Peace Brigades fight ISIS in Iraq, north of Baghdad

Iraqi fighters from the Shiite Peace Brigades on Sunday advanced on villages north of Baghdad reportedly held by the Islamic State group. In footage...

Iraq-Syria war could fragment both countries, top US general says

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. By Thomas Gaist The US war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria...

Shi’ite Militiamen Accused of More Crimes; 175 Killed across Iraq

Shi’ite Militiamen Accused of More Crimes; 175 Killed across Iraq Amnesty International is looking into 24 death sentences handed out on Wednesday to men accused of...
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Video: Iraq Battleground: Shiite militia, security troops battle ISIS militants

Shiite militiamen made some progress in Iraq's Anbar province against Islamic State group militants on Thursday. Most areas in the Saqlawiyah district are under...

231 Killed in Iraq, including Schoolchildren

231 Killed in Iraq, including Schoolchildren At least 231 were killed and 11 were wounded in recent violence that included a bombing near a school in...

Iraqis do not trust US for military recruitment: Analyst

Former US congressional staffer Rodney Martin says the reason that the United States is having problems with “recruiting” forces to fight the ISIL terrorist...

Ex-Bush officials to teach course on decision-making in Iraq invasion

Two key players and advocates of the US war on Iraq will teach a course on decision-making during the invasion of the country under...

Five Things That Won’t Work in Iraq: When at First You Don’t Succeed, Fail,...

In one form or another, the US has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale...

Washington in Wonderland: Down the Iraqi Rabbit Hole (Again)

There is a peculiar form of insanity in which a veneer of rationality distracts attention from the madness lurking just beneath the surface. When...

US planning to break up Iraq

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. As efforts to train new Iraqi army flounder By Thomas Gaist 19 June 2015 The...

Downed Fighter Jet Reported as 195 Are Killed across Iraq

The U.S. House defeated a  resolution that could have brought home U.S. servicemembers stationed in Iraq home in as little as a month from now. U.S....

Obama Does Have a Strategy in Iraq: Escalation

Almost nine months after President Obama admitted that “we  don’t have a strategy yet” to challenge the Islamic State — and just days after...

Why We Shouldn’t Look the Other Way on Bush’s Iraq War Crimes

Donald Rumsfeld is this generation's Robert McNamara. Over 12 years after overseeing and helping to design the 2003 invasion of Iraq - the former secretary...
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Video: “Insanity”: Critics React to the Troop Increase in Iraq

The Real News spoke to former Army Lt. Col. and Iraq vet Daniel Davis, journalist Dahr Jamail and policy expert Stephen Miles about the...
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Video: Inside Iraq: Local Militias head up fight against ISIS

Following the fall of Ramadi to ISIS, Washington & Baghdad traded accusations that the Iraqi army lacked the will to fight, while Iraq claimed...
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Video: After Iraq-Syria Takeover, the Inside Story of How ISIL Destroyed Al-Qaida from Within

http://democracynow.org -A year ago this month, fighters from the self-proclaimed Islamic State declared they had established a caliphate in the territories they ... Via Youtube
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Video: ‘All American’: 82nd Airborne to advise Iraqi forces fighting ISIS

With victory over Islamic State militants proving elusive for the US.-led coalition, Washington's sending 450 more troops to Iraq - but only to advise...

Obama hints at escalation of Iraq-Syria war

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Obama hints at escalation of Iraq-Syria war By Patrick Martin 10 June 2015 President Obama...

One year since the fall of Mosul: More US troops headed to Iraq

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. One year since the fall of Mosul: More US troops headed...
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Video: RAW: Obama ignores Iraqi PM at G7 summit?

US President Barack Obama apparently snubbed the newly-elected Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! Via Youtube
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Video: War for Decades to Come? 1 Year After ISIL Advance, U.S. Could Send...

http://democracynow.org - The Obama administration is considering a plan to increase the U.S. presence in Iraq by sending 400 to 500 more military personnel...

US may end up sending more troops to Iraq, Dempsey’s remarks suggest

The United States seems set for an increase in the number of American boots on the ground in Iraq where Takfiri militancy yet rages...

US to establish new military base in Iraq, sending ‘advisers’ to retake Ramadi

The United States is set to establish a new military base in Iraq and deploy hundreds of American advisers there in order to retake...

Bush wrong on Iraq: Rumsfeld

Former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld says his commander-in-chief, George W. Bush, was wrong to push “democracy” on Iraq. "I'm not one who thinks that...

Is the “War on ISIS” Actually Iran-Iraq War Redux?

WASHINGTON - ABC News is now reporting: “President Obama met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the G7 Summit in Germany today to...

US nearly bombed friendly Iraqi forces instead of ISIL: General

A top US military commander has revealed that the US-led airstrikes nearly targeted Iraqi forces instead of terrorists of the ISIL group. Lt. Gen. John Hesterman,...

Hard Truths About Iraq

In Washington, a town in which most people, both government and non-government employees, are involved, one way or another, in public relations spin, the thing that...

Over 4,000 Killed in Iraq during May

At least 1,094 civilians and security forces were killed during May. This figure is only an estimate as many of the casualties occurred behind the lines...

Far from Facing the Truth, the US Is Telling New Lies about Iraq

A couple of weeks ago, the Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush was asked in an interview with Fox News whether, knowing what he knows...

Lies, Damned Lies and the Invasion of Iraq

(Common Dreams) - For almost two weeks, the political buzz in the US has focused on those who have already declared their candidacy for the...

Bush’s brother blames crisis in Iraq on Obama

Presumed US Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, brother of former US President George W. Bush, has criticized President Barack Obama’s Iraq policy. The former Florida...

Pentagon sending 1,000 anti-tank missiles to Iraq: Official

The Pentagon is sending 1,000 ant-tank missiles to Iraq to strengthen its forces against terrorist attacks, a top US official says.  According to the unnamed...

Jeb Bush Bobs & Weaves the Iraq War

A little over a week ago, Fox News aired an exclusive interview with Jeb Bush. It has caused a stir. Jeb has yet to announce...

The GOP Still Doesn’t Get It on Iraq

During a friendly interview on Fox News, a Republican presidential hopeful from Florida was asked a simple question: Was it a mistake to go...

Fall of Ramadi result of US occupation of Iraq: US scholar

The recent capture of the Iraqi city of Ramadi by the ISIL terrorist group is a consequence of the US war against Iraq and...

Pentagon Spin on ISIS Victory in Iraqi City of Ramadi Called ‘Delusional’

'It’s unbelievable, frankly. I now know what it’s like to have lived through Vietnam, I guess.' (Common Dreams) - Statements from the Pentagon and the Obama...

Iraqi officials report the fall of Ramadi

(WSWS) - Iraqi government sources said Sunday that the city of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province, has fallen to the forces of Islamic State in...

The Phony ‘Bad Intel’ Defense on Iraq

Presidential aspirant Jeb Bush this week may have damaged his chances by flubbing the answer to an entirely predictable question about his big brother’s...

New figures for British air and drone strikes in Iraq

Six months on from the UK’s first drone strike against ISIS, new figures have been released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to Drone Wars UK detailing the number of air and drone strikes that have been undertaken by UK forces... Read More ›

​Nevermind: Jeb Bush walks back comment about authorizing Iraq invasion

A few days after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq even if he knew there were...
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David Swanson on CIA, Nukes, and Iraq

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Did Jeb Bush just commit a War Crime in Justifying the Iraq War?

Jeb Bush’s people are trying to walk back his disastrous interview with Megyn Kelly in which he said that even if he knew then...
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Noam Chomsky Details How The Iraq War Led To The Growth Of ISIS

Noam Chomsky answers questions from people living under bombardment in Fallujah, Iraq. The interviewer, Ross Caput, is a veteran of the 2nd US-led siege of...

Jeb Bush Admits He Would Have Invaded Iraq Based On Lies Just Like His...

In this clip from the Kelly File, Jeb Bush declares that he still would have invaded Iraq based on the “faulty intelligence” that was available...

Obama’s latest scam: The splitting of Iraq

“Iraq’s fate was sealed from the moment we invaded: it has no future as a unitary state … Iraq is fated to split apart into at...

When Hillary Clinton Pitched the Iraq War to CodePink

Charles Davis and Medea Benjamin Announcing her latest campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton declared she was entering the race to be the champion for “everyday Americans.” As a lawmaker and diplomat, however, Clinton has...
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Former Blackwater guards sentenced for massacre of unarmed Iraqi civilians

Three former employees of the US private military contractor once known as Blackwater were sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday and a...

Asked by Veteran to Apologize for Horrors of Iraq War, Karl Rove Says No

'I'm not going to apologize for our government having done the right thing by having removed Saddam Hussein from power,' Rove insists Deirdre Fulton Karl Rove...

Six months of war in Iraq: Less ‘skin in the game’ mustn’t mean less...

This week marks six months since the parliamentary vote that committed Britain to a new war in Iraq. British and US air strikes continue to take place on a daily basis though now virtually unmentioned in parliament and the press.  In the past, national media poured... Read More ›

Defrocked US General Blames Iran for US Crimes in Iraq

Stephen Lendman  RINF Alternative News Blaming others for its own crimes is longstanding US policy. Lunatic active duty, retired and defrocked Pentagon generals lie like their...

How Bush Won the War in Iraq – Really!

By Greg Palast for Vice Magazine If you thought it was "Blood for Oil"--you're wrong.  It was far, far worse. Because it was marked "confidential" on each page, the oil industry stooge couldn't believe the US State Department had given me a complete copy of their secret plans for the oil fields of Iraq. Actually, [...]

‘Dirty Brigades’: US-Trained Iraqi Forces Investigated for War Crimes

U.S.-trained and armed Iraqi military units, the key to the American strategy against ISIS, are under investigation for committing some of the same atrocities...

MPs demand a date for ‘sexed down’ Iraq War inquiry

Jason Beattie, Jack Blanchard Furious MPs have demanded that Sir John Chilcot gives a date for the publication of his long-awaited report into the 2003...

How Big Corporations Are Raking in the Profits on Iraq’s Disintegration

The current American war in Iraq is a struggle in search of a goal. It began in August as a humanitarian intervention, morphed into...

‘UK govt betrayed us,’ say Al-Sweady soldiers cleared of Iraqi murder, torture

British soldiers recently cleared of accusations including torture, murder and mutilation of Iraqi detainees say they were “betrayed” by the government for having to...

More Evidence Bush Lied About Iraq

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has released new information claiming the Bush administration misled the American people in the run-up to...

Iraq government reaches oil deal with Kurds

Kurds to sell 300,000 barrels per day and continue to receive 17 percent share of the national budget. Iraq's government has reached a temporary agreement...

Bush Admin. Spent Billions on an Iraqi Army with 50,000 “ghost” Soldiers

Juan Cole Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi announced to his parliament on Sunday that inspectors had uncovered 50,000 non-existent soldiers in four divisions of the Iraqi...

Making Iraq Safe for American Rice – A Brief Exploration of Contemporary Imperialism

Christopher Fisher Betsy Ward, president and CEO of the USA Rice Federation, was fuming recently when the Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) neglected, once again, to...

The Leak That Almost Stopped the Iraq War

SAM HUSSEINI “I felt it was explosive, it really made me angry when I read it. … I genuinely hoped that the information would strengthen...

War Criminal Tony Blair shown Iraq inquiry findings prior to public release

Letters containing in-depth conclusions of a public inquiry into Britain’s 2003 Iraq War have been dispatched to the probe’s primary participants. Critics charge that...

Iraqi Intelligence: USA Is Supplying ISIS with Weapons, Food

STEVE WATSON In a report that has gone virtually unnoticed and been ignored by the mainstream media, Iraqi intelligence sources have claimed that the...

When will US admit Boots on Ground in Iraq (3000 Troops)?

Juan Cole President Obama’s announcement that he will send 1500 more troops to Iraq was made on a Friday, a day usually reserved in Washington...

Iraq War Veteran, Outspoken War Critic Tomas Young Dead at 34

On how he wanted to be remembered: 'I fought as hard as I could to keep another me from coming back to Iraq' Andrea Germanos Iraq...

George W. Bush: I Don’t Regret Waging War Against Iraq

In CBS interview, former president says 2003 invasion–despite hundreds of thousands killed and the regional conflict unleashed by war of choice–was the "right decision" Sarah...

What Could Possibly Go Right? Four Months Into Iraq War 3.0, the Cracks Are...

Peter Van Buren Karl von Clausewitz, the famed Prussian military thinker, is best known for his aphorism “War is the continuation of state policy by...

Canada Launches First Air Strikes in Iraq

Roger Jordan and Keith Jones Canadian CF-18 fighter jets carried out their first bombing mission in Iraq last Sunday, dropping 500-pound, laser-guided bombs on an...

Pentagon On Defensive as Iraq and Syria War Strategy Crumbles

Sarah Lazare Critics warn failures stem from contradictions and fundamental flaws in U.S. policy Months into waging a new war in Syria and an expanded one...

Iraq Inquiry to cost taxpayer £10mn

The Inquiry into the invasion of Iraq in 2003 will cost the taxpayer £10mn, peers have been informed. Ongoing since 2009, the Chilcot Inquiry...

Pentagon to monitor Iraq war veterans for chemical weapons exposure

After denials and cover-ups, the Pentagon has stated it will carry outmedical exams and health monitoring for service members and veterans exposed to chemical...

Blackwater guards convicted in Iraq killings

Four former employees of the US security company Blackwater have been convicted of almost every charge related to the shootings of more than 30...

Judge Slams Obama Administration for Hiding Torture Photos From Iraq, Afghanistan

A federal judge on Tuesday gave the Obama Administration until December 12 to justify its withholding of more than 2,000 images showing detainees in Iraq...

Report: It was Karl Rove behind covereup of aging chemical weapons found in Iraq

SCOTT KAUFMAN The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake reports that the individual responsible for covering up the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq in 2004 was...

US troops exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq — intel docs

American soldiers discovered more than 4,990 chemical munitions in Iraq, according to Iraqi and US officials and previously classified intelligence documents, which may now...

The Neoconservative Hit list: Iraq, Libya and now Syria? A Plan for Global U.S....

Steven MacMillan 1997 witnessed the birth of one of the most pivotal American think tanks in modern times, whose ideas and objectives would come to...

America’s “Terrorist Academy” in Iraq Produced ISIS Leaders

MIKE WHITNEY RINF Alternative News “Since 2003, Anglo-American power has secretly and openly coordinated direct and indirect support for Islamist terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda across...

True number of UK troops damaged by war in Iraq and Afghanistan could be...

The total number of British men and women left wounded or sick after wars in Afghanistan and Iraq could be almost 75,000 — and...

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War in Iraq and Syria

Veteran foreign correspondent Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He interviewed Kurdish leaders,...

Obama’s Orwellian War in Iraq

As Vice President Joe Biden warns it will take a "hell of a long fight" for the United States to stop militants from the...

Costs of Obama’s New War in Iraq and Syria Set to Explode, say Analysts

Critics of the U.S. military operation say leaders should "look to our past involvement in the region" Lauren McCauley The U.S. government's new war in Iraq...

Poll: 70% of troops say no more boots on the ground in Iraq

As the tide of war rises again in the Middle East, the military’s rank and file are mostly opposed to expanding the new mission...

Nationwide UK protests against illegal Iraq and Syria wars

Protesters took to the streets at the news of a new war on Iraq in cities across Britain from Glasgow to Portsmouth. Students Ellie and...

Ron Paul: Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria ‘immoral and illegal’

Ron Paul, America’s most outspoken libertarian and anti-mainstream politician, has slammed US military strikes in Syria and Iraq. Not known for mincing his words or...

Hoping Bombs Will Fix Mess That Bombs Created in Iraq and Syria

Contradictions beset the U.S. war over Iraq and Syria. The principal target ISIS wouldn’t even exist but for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003,...

13,000 US troops to be deployed to Iraq: Officials

Iraqi officials say that the United States is due to send 13,000 soldiers to Iraq, despite its claims of complete military withdrawal from the...

Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition

Peter Van Buren I wanted to offer a wry chuckle before we headed into the heavy stuff about Iraq, so I tried to start this...

Iraq War Veteran Warns Ferguson Is Our Future – and Our Past

Nafeez Ahmed The shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, a district of St. Louis County in Missouri, and the spate of civil...

Violation of International Law: Where is Obama’s “Authorization to Use Force” in Iraq

Inder Comar There was much enthusiasm in 2008 that President Barack Obama would bring a saner and more lawful approach to issues of foreign policy...

U.S.-U.K. Genocide Against Iraq 1990-2012 Killed 3.3 Million, Including 750,000 Children

Sherwood Ross Approximately 3.3 million Iraqis, including 750,000 children, were “exterminated” by economic sanctions and/or illegal wars conducted by the U.S. and Great Britain between...

Private military contractors will be America’s army in Iraq

KEN HANLY Obama wants to avoid having many boots on the ground in Iraq. However, he does not count special forces and advisers as...

Stop David Cameron’s plan to join US bombing of Iraq

Charlie Kimber David Cameron, backed by Labour Party leaders and the Lib Dems, is preparing to bomb Iraq again. It will only make matters worse...

Iraq’s parliament approves new government

Haider al-Abbadi officially named Iraq's new PM and most ministerial posts filled following political wrangling. Iraq's parliament has officially named Haider al-Abbadi the country's new prime...

War by stealth and by mini-armies: US Invades Iraq…Again, and Secretly

Dave Lindorff Flash! The US has re-invaded Iraq! The actual invasion has been a two-month-long stealth process, beginning in mid-July, when President and Commander in Chief...

Liar in a Tan Suit: Obama’s Distortions from Ukraine to Iraq

“According to Obama the loss of life and destruction of property in Ukraine is all Russian president Putin’s fault.” On August 28th, president Obama delivered...

US spending $7.5 million per day on Iraq

Editor's Note: If you believe a single word that comes out of their mouths, that is.  U.S. military operations against Islamic State in Iraq have...

53 National Religious Groups, Academics, and Ministers Urge Alternatives to U.S. Military Action in...

Dear President Obama: As religious communities, leaders, and academics, we write to express our deep concern over the recent escalation of U.S. military action in...

Did Blackwater gun down fleeing Iraqi civilians?

Four former security guards for Blackwater Worldwide “took something that didn’t belong to them, the lives of 14 human beings,” in September 2007 when...

Corporate Media’s Biased Reporting on Iraq

On August 8th 2008, the U.S. announced that they had started carrying out air strikes in northern Iraq. The major reason given for this...

Iraq Onslaughts Contradict US Policies

Critics warn attacks deepen the humanitarian crisis and contradict other U.S. policies in the region. Sarah Lazare The U.S. unleashed fresh onslaughts of air strikes on...

Another wave of Western intervention threatens to pull Iraq apart

The Obama administration’s recent decision to intervene in Iraq has seen the first US air strikes since the end of the American occupation in 2011, in response to the sweeping territorial gains made by militants belonging to the Islamic State group.

Two and a half years after the US military withdrew from the country, Barack Obama has pledged a renewed commitment to long-term military involvement in Iraq to counter the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate, which has swallowed large swathes of northwestern Iraq and northern Syria.

Washington defended its renewed involvement in Iraq as being necessary to prevent the slaughter of the minority Yazidi and Christian religious communities, who fled their homes en masse as ISIS advanced. US forces did indeed provide thousands of gallons of clean water and packaged meals.

The administration’s altruism, though helpful in this case, appears highly selective, considering the subdued US response to the entrenched persecution of minorities in the region throughout the Western-backed war to topple the Syrian government over the past three and a half years.

The Obama administration’s strategic interests in the current scenario are undoubtedly grounded in bolstering the pro-American Kurdish peshmerga forces defending the semi-autonomous Kurdish region, where US energy firms such as ExxonMobil and Chevron have significant investment interests.

The United States has redeployed some 800 troops to Iraq since June, and has since conducted dozens of airstrikes in support of Kurdish peshmerga fighters and Iraqi Special Forces, who successfully retook a strategic dam near Mosul. The Iraqi army is now struggling to retake the town of Tikrit, some 130km north of Baghdad, where ISIS is firmly in control.

As US Officials Hint At More Troops to Iraq, Voices Warn Against Further Military...

Following execution of U.S. journalist, critics warn military escalation would play into hands of ISIS Sarah Lazar Following Tuesday's release of a video depicting the beheading...

US Escalates Iraq Airstrikes but Lacks Long-Term Strategy

Vijay Prashad: US airstrikes are working strategically but alone with not turn the tide against the Islamic State https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd_UrpKvJJo

UK joins US military offensive in Iraq

Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden After days of denials and prevarication, the UK’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition led by Prime Minister David Cameron has once again...

The Neocons’ Grim ‘Victory’ in Iraq

JP Sottile Neocons do like to declare victory, especially regarding the Iraq War. So it came as no surprise that Paul Wolfowitz, apparently unimpressed by...

EU backs plans by member states to arm Kurds in Iraq

The EU’s foreign affairs council has said after a meeting in Brussels that some of the bloc's members will respond to the Iraqi Kurds'...

Dropping initial pretext, Obama vows to continue Iraq intervention

Bill Van Auken The Obama administration Thursday backed off from a “humanitarian” intervention that had already seen the deployment of some 130 US Special Operations...

US Expanding Military Operations in Iraq

Administration sends over 100 new military "assessors" to northern Iraq Andrea Germanos A week after President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes targeting Islamic militants in northern Iraq, the United...

Obama’s War on Iraq

Stephen Lendman  RINF Alternative News For the third time since January 1991, America is at war with Iraq. It's ongoing lawlessly. No nation may attack another except...

Iraq at the crossroads: what’s next?

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As Islamist fighters seize swathes of territory and key cities in northwestern Iraq while edging closer to full control of the country’s largest oil refinery in Baiji, the emergence and rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) requires not only a careful assessment of the political landscape in Iraq, but impartial scrutiny of Western and Gulf strategies to bolster opposition forces in neighboring Syria.

There is much evidence to suggest that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki and his Shiite-dominated government have politically and economically marginalized the country’s Sunni minority, using punitive measures to violently crackdown on protests and engage in mass arrests. While its true that there exists a broad Sunni opposition to Maliki’s rule, this alone cannot explain the recent developments in Iraq.

The unraveling security situation in the region, as well as the overtly sectarian nature of post-Saddam Iraqi politics, cannot be divorced from legacy of the US occupation of Iraq and policies undertaken since by the Obama administration in Syria, in coordination with partners such as Saudi Arabia. Despite the trillions spent by Washington to fight terrorism, ISIS has emerged as the most efficient, discipline, and well-funded jihadist group in history.

ISIS, the organization now making rapid advances toward Baghdad, formed following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. The group likens itself as an ideologically superior alternative to al-Qaeda, due in part to its efficiency and gains on the Syrian battlefield. The group’s central purpose is the creation of an Islamic state that encompasses both Syria and Iraq into a borderless caliphate.

ISIS is said to have around 7,000 to 10,000 fighters, many who previously fought with al-Qaeda, and others who are former Ba'athists and soldiers of the Saddam-era army that fought against the US occupation. The organization is known for targeting Shiites, Christians, and other religious minorities, garnering a brutal reputation for carrying out crucifixions, beheadings and amputations.

According to the Iraqi government, ISIS has looted banks and captured military supplies since taking the northern city of Mosul, and now controls around $2 billion in cash and assets. The jihadist group has also produced professional propaganda videos and a sleek public relations campaign designed to attract private investors and new recruits.

Iraq’s Sunni community has long felt alienated by the Shiite-dominate government in Baghdad, and its true that a wider Sunni revolt against Maliki is taking place, with ISIS serving as the strongest component. Voices from the US political establishment accuse the Obama administration of contributing to the crisis in Iraq by formally withdrawing occupation troops from the country in 2011, under an agreement made during the Bush administration.

These problems are not a product of a hasty withdrawal from Iraq, but rather the results of Washington’s flawed attempt at nation building by the notorious neoconservatives following the toppling of Saddam Hussein. The US occupation that began in 2003 entirely dismantled Iraq’s central government, state institutions, and armed forces. To offset the influence of Sunnis loyal to the Ba’athist establishment, the US empowered the Shiites.

The Bush administration’s nation building efforts fueled sectarian divisions by favoring certain groups and religious sects that were seen to be more advantageous and amenable to US interests, effectively restructuring Iraqi society based on the suggestions of intelligence analysts and think-tanks in Washington. Tribal groups and sects were armed by the US to fight forces that resisted the US occupation. It is essential to note that al-Qaeda didn’t exist in Iraq prior to the fall of Saddam Hussein.

A similar argument being made is that the Obama administration failed to do enough to aid the ‘moderate’ elements of the armed opposition in Syria since the war began in 2011, which empowered radical forces like ISIS. The proponents of this argument clearly overlook the millions spent by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) sanctioned by the Obama administration to bolster various rebel groups inside of Syria.

Its no secret that Washington and its allies would prefer to see the toppling of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and it is the massive funding of radical groups from US allies such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar that has destabilized Syria, providing the ideal environment for extreme jihadist militias to train and multiply. The Obama administration has looked the other way as its Sunni allies empowered radical groups, primarily because these organizations proved the be the most effective fighters.

Wealthy donors from the Gulf countries have also fuelled the growth of jihadist groups, but the backing from US-aligned Sunni monarchies has been significant enough to warrant warnings against doing so from the Obama administration, which is now somewhat more cognizant of the blowback that such policies incur. The brutal rise of ISIS and the unraveling of Iraq and Syria are principally the result of outside attempts to shape the politics and resources of the region through force and covert operations.

Some disillusioned members of Iraq’s Sunni population, who are a majority in the northwestern regions of Baghdad, view the advance of ISIS as a positive development, but any further advances into the Shiite-dominated south and the semi-autonomous Kurdish regions in the north – where three-quarters of Iraq’s strategic oil fields lay – will be met with stiff resistance by Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga.

In Syria, the black flag of ISIS hangs over the northern provincial capital of Raqqa, from where it has secured several key oilfields in the eastern regions, providing further revenue. The jihadist organization, by attempting to capture the key oil refinery in Baiji, is attempting a similar strategy in Iraq. The fighting has caused oil prices to shoot up to a nine-month high, trading above $114 a barrel. If fighting bleeds further south, oil markets will experience even more radical price volatility, which some analysts suggest will see crude trading at above $120 a barrel.

The ironic miscalculation of US policy in the region is that Damascus and Baghdad look towards Iran for assistance, and in truth, Washington may need to collaborate with Tehran if it intends to contain the spread of ISIS and radical Sunni militias. Iran may provide Baghdad with the kind of training and assistance that allowed the Syrian army to consolidate and make gains against ISIS across large swathes of Syria.

This crisis now unfolding may the be catalyst that forces Maliki and the Shiites to work more closely with the Kurds and nationalist forces, as both the Iranians and Americans have been suggesting. Rather than more overt foreign intervention, all elements of Iraqi society must come together under the banner of a multi-sectarian force to face the menace now attempting to redefine borders and radically reshape the region.

This article appeared in the June 25, 2014 print edition of The Malaysian Reserve newspaper. 

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Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – The Obama administration is considering treating the crisis in Iraq and Syria in regards to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as a “single challenge.” The Obama administration sees an opportunity by exploiting the crisis in Iraq since it failed to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. First, Washington’s plan to remove Assad by supporting the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda failed when the Syrian forces defeated the rebels forcing them to withdraw. Then with Assad’s recent election victory, the international community (Except the US and its allies of course) has welcomed the results paralyzing Washington’s push to oust the Syrian government from power. The Washington Post published an article titled “White House beginning to consider conflicts in Syria and Iraq as single challenge” states that the situation overlaps between both Iraq and Syria, therefore, the US can possibly approach the situation with one strategy:

The Obama administration has begun to consider the conflicts in Syria and Iraq as a single challenge, with an al-Qaeda-inspired insurgency threatening both countries’ governments and the region’s broader stability, according to senior administration officials. At a National Security Council meeting this week, President Obama and his senior advisers reviewed the consequences of possible airstrikes in Iraq, a bolder push to train Syria’s moderate rebel factions, and various political initiatives to break down the sectarian divisions that have stirred Iraq’s Sunni Muslims against the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The Obama administration is contemplating whether to use “air strikes” against Syria and arm “moderate” rebels. “Although spreading faster in Iraq, the advance of ISIS could also force the administration to reconsider its calculations in Syria, where Obama has taken a cautious approach, declining to arm moderate rebel factions or conduct airstrikes on government airstrips, as some advisers have recommended” according to the Washington Post report.

Washington says that the threat imposed by ISIS erases the borders between Iraq and Syria so any military or political action taken for both countries would have a separate strategy. The report stated how Iraq and Syria would be treated differently according to the Obama administration:

Administration officials are also weighing a set of strategic and legal complications that in key ways will force U.S. policymakers to plan as if the border between the countries still exists, even though for the insurgency’s purposes it does not.

“Everybody here recognizes that you can’t silo what is happening in Iraq from what is happening in Syria,” said one administration official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the internal thinking. “There’s no doubt the border is melting away. But while we look at the two in tandem, our responses in each place will be very different”

If the border between Iraq and Syria does not exist, then “airstrikes” in either country would be justified since ISIS does not recognize any border that currently does exist.

Is the Obama Administration Following the Council of Foreign Relation’s Advice on Syria?

Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) member Eliot Abrams, a neoconservative and war criminal is calling for action against Syria with a ‘New Policy’ guideline recommending air strikes and rearming and training rebels. Abrams served under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush and one of the officials involved in the Iran-Contra Affair and El Salvador’s El Mozote Massacre that resulted in the deaths of more than 500 civilians wrote an article for the CFR titled ‘Syria: Humanitarian Disaster—and Security Threat’ Abrams proposes that the United States should reconsider training and arming rebels who are “anti-Assad” and “anti-jihadi” who are “composed of nationalist Syrian Rebels “since diplomacy has failed. Abrams even suggests training those who come from other forces. Abrams says that “The balance of forces will change when anti-jihadi groups can arm and train all the men they can attract, including attracting them from other forces to which they have gone because those forces were able to feed and clothe them and supply modern weapons”. Abrams also suggests that the United States should use air strikes against Syria’s chemical weapons depots. He states his case for military action on Syria:

Second, the United States should punish Assad for the continuing use of chemical warfare. This means an air strike robust enough to damage CW targets, including units that have used CW and any air assets ever used to deliver them. Any strike should at this point be broad enough to greatly restrict Assad’s ability to use air power as an instrument of terror. More broadly, punitive air operations should be considered to force the regime to allow humanitarian aid to quickly reach those who need it. And even more broadly, air strikes can both change the military balance on the ground and affect the political and psychological dimensions of the conflict by demonstrating a new American policy and new determination

It is no surprise that Eliot Abrams solution to the Syrian crisis (instigated by the West) is for Washington to continue to arm the rebels even those from other forces (perhaps ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Al-Nusra) and for the US military to conduct air strikes. First, let’s be clear, Abrams “new policy” is not new. They have been arming and funding the rebels since Syria’s civil war began. Abrams was a State Department official for human rights and Humanitarian Affairs then as Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs under the Reagan administration. Abrams’s was behind a US organized a counterrevolutionary army to carry out terrorist attacks against Nicaragua and supported right-wing dictatorships in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. He was a propagandist for US interests in Central America where he excused Nicaragua of human rights violations against the Miskito Indians. It was a campaign to portray the Sandinista government as Human rights violators in order to justify support for the contra army, which killed more than 10,000 Nicaraguans. US actions have devastated Central America. Today, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala suffer from extreme poverty and crime with the highest murder rates in the world. Elliot Abrams is now advising what Washington should do in the case of Syria. The Council on Foreign Relations is a think tank for the Western establishment or what US Vice-President Joe Biden would call the “New World Order.”

Elliot Abrams is working for a well funded organization that advises powerful members of Washington and its allies on foreign and domestic issues. In a speech at the CFR, Hillary Clinton acknowledged the CFR and its acting President Richard Haass has contributed to Washington’s policy makers over the years. She said “We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.” Well, Elliot Abrams is trying to ensure Washington follows a path to war against Syria which would destabilize the region even further. It is insanity. Abrams says that Syria is a threat to the US as “The refugee flows and the jihadi presence, which are both growing, constitute a threat to Syria, its neighbors, and the interests of the United States.” The Washington Post says that Iraqi President Maliki has asked for the United States to intervene in Iraq making it legal under international law:

Maliki has asked the administration to carry out airstrikes against Islamist insurgents in Iraq, an invitation that administration officials say would make intervention legal under international law. Obama has yet to decide if such strikes would be effective inside Iraq and what the consequences would be in Syria. The report also said that “No such invitation exists in Syria, even though moderate rebel groups fighting Assad would welcome U.S. military support”

Of course they would welcome US military support, after all, the US has been funding them from the beginning. The report clearly defines that there are no differences between the borders between Afghanistan and Pakistan where President Obama has authorized numerous drone strikes on both sides resulting in mass civilian casualties:

The U.S. training program for Syria’s moderate rebel forces, also at odds with ISIS, is taking place in Jordan under CIA supervision. That could expand under legislation pending before Congress, which would authorize the administration to allow the military to take over training, greatly expanding its scope, and potentially locating some of it inside Syria.

Officials have concluded that, like Afghanistan and Pakistan, where a porous border provided Islamist fighters with a refuge from U.S. military pursuit for years, the boundary between Iraq and Syria presents a similar challenge

For the Obama administration, they see it as a new opportunity to intervene in Syria. It is a perfect excuse for Washington’s “humanitarian intervention.” ISIS provides a cover for Washington’s long awaited objective to remove Assad and his government and regain a foothold into Syrian territory. The crisis will result in a US/NATO style intervention as they did in Libya. Obama recently sent in military advisors to Iraq escalating the crisis. The next step would be to set up drone strikes across Iraq, then eventually finding their way into Syrian territory. ISIS is a crisis for Iraq’s oil exports effecting world markets, but it is also an opportunity for Washington’s Middle East Agenda. Fox News reported that “Syrian and Iraqi terrorist forces obtained significant numbers of tanks, trucks, and U.S.-origin Humvees in recent military operations in Iraq and those arms are being shipped to al Qaeda rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials.” ISIS is moving towards Syria’s border with newly acquired weapons they seized from Iraqi forces as Fox news stated what Pentagon Spokesman Commander Bill Speaks had said:

We’re aware of reports of some equipment—namely Humvees—and the pictures that have been posted online,” Speaks said in an email. “We are certainly concerned about these reports and are consulting with the Iraqi government to obtain solid confirmation on what assets may have fallen into ISIL’s hands

This is an opportunity for the US to launch drone strikes in Iraq and Syria. The Obama administration is currently weighing military options in the region. Will there be a war against Syria? Will Washington seize the opportunity because ISIS is now moving towards the Syrian border? It is a likely scenario, since Washington was running out of options concerning Syria. With ISIS in the picture, Washington’s hopes of removing Assad is back in full circle.

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Iraq’s not a perfect place. It has many challenges ahead. But we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self reliant Iraq with a representative government that was elected by its people. We’re building a new partnership between our nations and we are ending a war not with a final battle but with a final march toward home. This is an extraordinary achievement

US President Barack H. Obama

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an extreme fascist Islamic terrorist organization has taken control of Mosul and Tikrit and now they’re on their way to Bagdad. The Washington Post reported what had occurred in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul:

Death was everywhere in the sacked the city of Mosul, a strategically vital oil hub and Iraq’s largest northern city. One reporter said an Iraqi woman in Mosul claimed to have seen a “row of decapitated soldiers and policemen” on the street. Other reports spoke of “mass beheadings,” though The Washington Post was not able to confirm the tales. But the United Nations Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay, said the summary executions “may run into the hundreds” and that she was “extremely alarmed

Iraq is a monumental failure for US foreign policy. The US-led war to “spread democracy” and freedom to the people of Iraq under Operation Iraqi Freedom was a farce. The United States invaded Iraq in 2003 for two main reasons according to the Bush administration and Congress. First, they claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and delivery systems capable of striking the United States. Second, they publically lied to the world that Iraq had been involved in the 9/11 terror attacks with Al-Qaeda through its “credible” intelligence services. Both claims were completely fabricated. The Pentagon and CIA (although there were some members that did not agree with the assessment) knew that the case was being made for war and eventually went along with the Bush administration’s plan to invade Iraq. The US government wanted absolute control over the production and transport of oil for US markets and for the military-industrial complex war machine. The result is catastrophic. More than 1.4 million Iraqis, 4,800 US soldiers and 3,400 International occupation forces were killed. The total cost of the war exceeds $1.5 trillion.

The US exploited differences between Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds since Iraqi society was already deeply divided. These divisions were manipulated by coalition forces to subdue the population. Between 2006 and 2008, a sectarian conflict erupted which resulted in over 60,000 deaths most of them civilians. Now there is the threat of Iraq becoming even more divisive, one of them becoming an Islamic state based on Sharia law under the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Since the US invasion, Iraqi population has constantly witnessed terrorist attacks resulting in numerous deaths including women and children. Divisions between Sunni and Shite are even greater today than under Saddam Hussein.

US Vice-President Joe Biden wanted to systematically divide Iraq along ethnic-lines into three states. He wrote a New York Times opinion editorial in 2006 with Council of Foreign Relations member Leslie H. Gelb how the plan would work:

The idea, as in Bosnia, is to maintain a united Iraq by decentralizing it, giving each ethno-religious group — Kurd, Sunni Arab and Shiite Arab — room to run its own affairs, while leaving the central government in charge of common interests. We could drive this in place with irresistible sweeteners for the Sunnis to join in, a plan designed by the military for withdrawing and redeploying American forces, and a regional nonaggression pact

Well Biden’s wish is might be coming true. Iraq is becoming increasingly more divided and even more dangerous since the US withdrew its forces in 2011. Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish groups remain divided. Now with a situation involving al-Qaeda and its splinter groups such as ISIS forming their own organization whether Western-funded or not, the Iraqi government is losing control. According to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) the Syrian government is blaming the West and Saudi Arabia for its ties to ISIS:

Syrian state media on Thursday accused Saudi Arabia and the West of complicity with the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) that has captured swathes of Iraqi territory. Echoing claims often made by the regime and its supporters, state media said Saudi and other allies of the Syrian opposition were funding and arming jihadist groups like ISIS. “Terrorism is spreading in front of the eyes of the western world… and alongside it are the fingers of Saudi Arabia, providing money and arms,” the Al-Thawra daily wrote

Iraqi President Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki also believes that Saudi Arabia and Qatar has funded terrorist groups in Iraq according to a report by Patrick Cockburn of The Independent:

Iraq has long suspected the hidden hand of Wahhabism, the variant of Islam espoused by Saudi Arabia, as being behind many of its troubles. But it was only this month that Mr Maliki, in an interview with France 24 television, put the blame squarely on Saudi Arabia and Qatar, saying that “these two countries are primarily responsible for the sectarian, terrorist and security crisis in Iraq

The United States and the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia and Qatar support of ISIS seems accurate since Iraq has been divided along ethnic lines and the attempt to further destabilize Syria has been part of the US foreign policy. Cockburn says:

How much truth is there in Mr Maliki’s accusations? A proportion of aid from the Gulf destined for the armed opposition in Syria undoubtedly goes to Iraq. Turkey allows weapons and jihadist volunteers, many of them potential suicide bombers, to cross its 500 mile-long border into Syria and inevitably some of the guns, fighters and bombers will go to Iraq. This is hardly surprising given that Isis operates in both countries as if they were one

The Guardian reported on what Wikileaks cables had revealed Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s memo on Saudi Arabia’s involvement in financing terrorist organizations “Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton”.

The BBC reported in 2013 that Al-Nusra and ISIS are the majority of foreign fighters in Syria:

According to a recent estimate by Aaron Zelin of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, there could be up to 11,000 of these fighters. It raises the questions of which groups they join, and what the relations between these groups are. By far the two most popular banners for these foreign fighters are al-Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate, the al-Nusra Front, and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

ISIS is the result of a unilateral attempt by the leader of Iraq’s al-Qaeda affiliate, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to merge his group with al-Nusra. The move was rejected al-Nusra’s leader, Abu Mohammed al-Julani, and by al-Qaeda overall leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, but Baghdadi refused to disband ISIS

Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Leader of ISIS?

The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also known as Abu Dua. ISIS was created in Iraq after the Bush Administration’s orchestrated a US-led invasion. Who is al-Baghdadi? According to Patrick Cockburn, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS was a former prisoner in an American run facility called the Bocca Camp in Southern Iraq:

There are disputes over his career depending on whether the source is ISIS itself, US or Iraqi intelligence but the overall picture appears fairly clear. He was born in Samarra, a largely Sunni city north of Baghdad, in 1971 and is well educated. With black hair and brown eyes, a picture of al-Baghdadi taken when he was a prisoner of the Americans in Bocca Camp in southern Iraq between 2005 and 2009, makes him look like any Iraqi man in his thirties.

His real name is believed to be Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai, who has degrees in Islamic Studies, including poetry, history and genealogy, from the Islamic University of Baghdad. He may have been an Islamic militant under Saddam as a preacher in Diyala province, to the north east of Baghdad, where, after the US invasion of 2003, he had his own armed group. Insurgent movements have a strong motive for giving out misleading information about their command structure and leadership, but it appears al-Baghdadi spent five years as prisoner of the Americans

The US has offered a $10 million reward for leads that can either capture or kill Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2011. That offer still stands. The US has destabilized Iraq, and now terrorist organizations threaten all nations across the Middle East, including Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, Iran and Syria. It is no coincidence that the Obama administration is taking advantage of Iraq’s situation. Last month, Obama gave a speech in a commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. It signified how Washington is planning to topple the Syrian government. He said:

A critical focus of this effort will be the ongoing crisis in Syria. As frustrating as it is, there are no easy answers there, no military solution that can eliminate the terrible suffering anytime soon. As president, I made a decision that we should not put American troops into the middle of this increasingly sectarian civil war, and I believe that is the right decision. But that does not mean we shouldn’t help the Syrian people stand up against a dictator who bombs and starves his own people. And in helping those who fight for the right of all Syrians to choose their own future, we are also pushing back against the growing number of extremists who find safe haven in the chaos.

So with the additional resources I’m announcing today, we will step up our efforts to support Syria’s neighbors — Jordan and Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq — as they contend with refugees and confront terrorists working across Syria’s borders. I will work with Congress to ramp up support for those in the Syrian opposition who offer the best alternative to terrorists and brutal dictators. And we will continue to coordinate with our friends and allies in Europe and the Arab World to push for a political resolution of this crisis and to make sure that those countries and not just the United States are contributing their fair share of support to the Syrian people

Syria is part of the US Imperial agenda. Now with ISIS expanding its base and launching attacks across Iraq creating an uncertain future for the war torn country, Syria will experience the same fate if President Bashar al-Assad is removed from power. The Syrian government and the people will prevent ISIS and Washington’s so called “moderate rebels” from destabilizing their country. ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are all Western backed terrorist groups seeking to gain power across the region. The consequence of the US invasion has destabilized Iraq with no hope of re-establishing itself as a united country as it once was under Saddam Hussein. The US, Turkey, Israel and the Gulf states are attempting to do the same to Syria by funding terrorist organizations in hopes of installing a puppet regime that will remain loyal to Western interests. Iraq is a failed state because of Western intervention, so why would they attempt the same policy towards Syria knowing what happened to Iraq? Do they believe this time would be successful? I certainly doubt it. But then again do they really want success? Or do they want to divide the region in order to control all sides?

                               

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