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Vet Fakes War Injuries to Get Purple Heart, $752K in Benefits

Federal prosecutors say a former soldier who lied his way to a Purple Heart by faking injuries from the Iraq war cheated Washington state and the federal government out of more than $750,000, the AP reports. Darryl Wright, a former Idaho National Guardsman, appeared for sentencing Thursday in US...

ISIL Continues Inhumane Acts Against LGBTQ People

In yet another gruesome public execution, ISIL militants reportedly pushed four men off of a building in Mosul, Iraq last week after accusing them of "homosexuality and sodomy." As is so often the case, a crowd gathered to watch theShow More Summary

A Backlash Against ISIS—And The Veil

7 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

Many Iraqis used to see the niqab as a symbol of female piety in Iraq. But ISISs presenceand its insistence that women cover uphas provoked a backlash against the full-face veil.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF SURVEILLANCE? Baltimore police respond to report they …

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF SURVEILLANCE? Baltimore police respond to report they secretly spied on city with aerial surveillance tech from Iraq War.

Russia Used Hamadan Base as Part of Moscow-Tehran Cooperation Against Terrorism

Russia and Iran share a common strategic goal – to fight terrorism in Syria and Iraq. Moscow will not deploy a full-fledged military base in Iran but may use the Hamadan airfield in the future, a military analyst told Sputnik.

Making America Pain-Free For Plutocrats And Big Pharma, But Not Vets

How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve,Show More Summary

How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home

11 hours agoNews : Truthdig

By Ann Jones / TomDispatch A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home.

Battle for Mosul: ISIS Victims in Iraq Need Food

As the Iraqi army, backed by US airstrikes, attempts to take back the city of Mosul from ISIS we can't forget about humanitarian aid to civilians. When the guns start firing, Iraqi families are going to flee. These war victims will need food, water and shelter. Show More Summary

Darryl Lee Wright to be sentenced

About a year and a half ago, we talked about Darryl Lee Wright, a fellow in Idaho that bullied the government into awarding him a Purple Heart and a Combat Action Badge for the time he heard an explosion once during his tour of Iraq in 2005. He bullied the US government into about $751,400 […]

ISIS Rape Victim Burns Face, Body to Become 'Undesirable' to Islamic Militants

An 18-year-old Yazidi girl, now being taken care of in Germany, burned her entire face and body last year while being kept as a sex slave by the Islamic State terror group in Iraq, looking to make herself "undesirable," so the militants would stop raping her.

Iraq Parl't Passes No Confidence Vote in Defense Minister Amid Corruption Claims

The Iraqi parliament passed a vote of no confidence Thursday in Defense Minister Khaled Obaidi, suspected of corruption in the military sector, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Tomgram: Ann Jones, "I Didn't Serve, I Was Used"

A friend of mine, a Vietnam vet, told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used...

Iraq army captures Qayyara oil region from IS, Abadi says

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi army has dislodged Islamic State from the Qayyara oil producing region located south of their de facto capital Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday.

Real Washington Corruption? Not Hillary's Latest Emails, but Bush-Cheney Ties to Iraq's Wartime Profiteers

Right-wingers upset with Bono conveniently forget about the Carlyle Group and Halliburton. The latest flurry of right-wing consternation over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while Secretary of State has crossed over into...Show More Summary

Pentagon Admits "Lapses In Accountability" Led To Loss Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of US Guns In Afghanistan And Iraq

Back in April 2016, the New York Times published an article highlighting a number of Facebook pages in the Middle East being used to sell U.S. military equipment. A terrorist hoping to buy an antiaircraft weapon in recent years needed...Show More Summary

Baltimore police respond to report they secretly spied on city with aerial surveillance tech from Iraq War

yesterdayHumor / odd : Boing Boing

A report out this week from Bloomberg says that since January, 2016, people in the city of Baltimore, Maryland have secretly and periodically been spied on by police using cameras in the sky. Authorities today effectively admitted that the report is accurate. (more…)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Donald Trump's Response To Khizr Khan 'Showed His Lack Of Compassion'

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar began his Democratic National Convention speech, which told the story of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who gave his life while fighting in Iraq, he had no idea he was teeing up one of the most memorable momentsShow More Summary

The Big Business Of Looted Antiquities

The trade in looted antiquities is big business – and some fear it’s growing due to instability in the Middle East and North Africa. While the U.S. has passed laws restricting imports from Syria and Iraq, many argue little will change until the market for these stolen antiquities is eliminated. Show More Summary

Four More Gay Men Killed by ISIS, Including Two Members

In what's becoming a horrifying pattern in Mosul — Iraq's second-largest city and one controlled by the radical Islamist group — a group of men were pushed off a tall building to their deaths.

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