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Russians Invade Afghanistan (Again!), Chinese Fight Iraq War (Again!)

1 minute agoNews : Truthdig

By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch After 13 years of doing its damnedest, the U.S. has overseen the rise of the dominant narco-state on the planet with monopoly control over up to 90 percent of the global opium supply and 75 percent of the heroin. It’s also been complicit in the creation of the first terrorist mini-oil state in history, a post-al-Qaeda triumph of extreme jihadism.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. - Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA): "Why does Ferguson still look like Iraq? Congress can stop the military police" - Chilling to hear DeAndre Joshua, a 20-year-old in Ferguson, was shot in the head and burned near his car. Joshua was a friend of Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown on the day he was murdered.

Nerds, spies and terrorists: the online battle for freedom of the press

Imagine there was one newspaper that landed all the scoops. Literally all of them. Big news, silly news, the lot. When those girlfriendless, finger-wagging freaks in Syria and Iraq opted… Continue reading The post Nerds, spies and terrorists: the online battle for freedom of the press appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Iraq Famine Threat? IS Daesh/ ISIL Stealing Wheat, Preventing Farmers from Providing Food?

JURF-AL-SAKHAR/DUBAI (IRIN) | — November is usually a busy month for farmers in the Iraqi town of Jurf al-Sakhar as they sow their seeds ahead of the bitter winter months. Yet this…

3-Star General: We’ve Lost the Wars In Iraq & Afghanistan

3-Star General Who Helped Lead War On Terror: We’ve Lost the Wars In Iraq and Afghanistan “That Would Be Four Times Biting That Poison Apple: Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Then Iraq Again” 3-star General Daniel Bolger helped to lead the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The first sentence of his new book - Why We Lost:...Read More

Report: ISIS Executes Two Female Parliamentary Candidates in Iraq Following Sharia Death Sentence

Islamic State militants executed two former female parliamentary candidates in Mosul after they were sentenced to death in a Sharia court established by the brutal jihadist gang, Kurdish media service Rudaw reports. “ISIS gunmen executed...Show More Summary

Escaped Yazidi Refugees: ISIS Cut Throats of Babies; Killed Over 100 Kids in One Yazidi Village

A number of Yazidi refugees now living in various refugee camps across Iraq have detailed, in recent interviews with The Daily Mail, how their family members were lost at the hands of the Islamic State while trekking across Northern Iraq in search of the safety and peace found in Kurdish-protected refugee centers.

How Strong Is the U.S. Friendship with the Kurds?

20 hours agoNews : News Desk

A couple of weeks ago, I was preparing to head back to Turkey from Erbil, in northern Iraq. I had spent the past few days in and around the city, visiting the Kurdish peshmerga’s front lines against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Show More Summary

When Coming Out Is a Death Sentence: The Rising Tide of Violence Against LGBT Iraqis

Joint briefings by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), MADRE and the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) published last week expose targeted violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender...Show More Summary

10 Things World Leaders Are Thankful For

Why Angela Merkel is thinking of France, Khamenei is grateful for Lindsey Graham, and why China isn’t disappointed the United States is back in Iraq.

Raqqa strikes’ death toll rises to 95, activists

The death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stronghold in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 95, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the city of Raqqa in the past three years, activists said Wednesday. Some of the Tuesday airstrikes hit […]

America wants to send chemical warfare gear to Iraqis and Kurds fighting ISIS

A $1.6 billion request sent to Congress by the Pentagon last week includes a request to send gas masks and suits designed to protect against chemical weapons to anti-ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria. The size and viability of ISIS's chemical weapons stash is unclear. Show More Summary

NYT: US Weapons Already Finding Way Into ISIS Hands

Some of the weapons recently supplied to the Iraqi forces by U.S. taxpayers have already ended up in the hands of Islamic State jihadist, reports The New York Times. That is a testament of the entrenched corruption in Iraq’s military that threatens to undermine U.S. Show More Summary

Advent Carol Service for Aid to the Church in Need's Iraq Appeal

There will be an Advent Carol Service at St Mary Moorfields Church, London on Tuesday 2 December at 7pm. The service has been organised by Aid to the Church in Need and aims to draw attention to the suffering Christians in Iraq. Fr Peter Newby will be the celebrant and the service will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Show More Summary

9800 troops to remain in Afghanistan…oh, and these guys, too

Before ISIS surged in Iraq, the Obama Aministration had told us that they were planning to leave 9800 troops behind in Afghanistan According to Reuters, that number has changed since the Spring; Of the 9,800, some 8,000 had been earmarked for the NATO force and the remainder for a separate anti-terrorism operation. The move to […]


WHO WANTS TO BE THE LAST CAREER TO DIE FOR A MISTAKEN PRESIDENCY? Hagel successor, with limited room to maneuver, will face quandary in Iraq, Syria. “The next defense secretary will also have to contend with a sometimes-tense relationship with the White House. Both of Hagel’s predecessors, Leon Panetta and Robert Gates, have criticized Obama’s […]

“I really fault myself”: Retired Gen. Daniel Bolger on what we got wrong in Iraq

Three-star general and author tells Salon what we must learn to avoid making such terrible mistakes again

"In some ways, Hagel was the President’s Republican doppelgänger: skeptical of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan..."

"... eager to bring home U.S. troops, and reluctant to get the United States embroiled militarily elsewhere in the Middle East," writes John Cassidy in The New Yorker.If the primary goal was to complete Obama’s agenda of disengaging from Iraq and Afghanistan, then having Hagel at the Pentagon seemed to make sense. Show More Summary

5 Questions With… Mike Tobin, Reporting Live from Ferguson

Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin has covered major events all over the world. He’s reported from Iraq, Israel and Qatar to name a few, in addition to being front and center for the Boston Marathon bombing and Sandy Hook tragedies. Tobin’s...Show More Summary

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