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250 Swedish Military Vehicles Sold to Iraq

Two-hundred-fifty Swedish [armored fighting vehicles] of the type BMP-1 are secretly being shipped to Iraq, Swedish Radio News reveals. It is illegal in Sweden to export weapons to Iraq, but the tanks are being sold via a company in the […]

If America Is Mars and Europe Venus, How Is Europe Doing?

“Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from Venus,” wrote Robert Kagan in “Of Paradise and Power,” published in 2003, just as the United States went into Iraq. Americans, he

Netanyahu reprises 2002 Iraq alarm with Iran warning to Congress

Rachel Maddow reminds viewers of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's 2002 testimony to Congress about Iraq WMDs as context for his speech on Iran as members...

LL Flashback: In 2002, Netanyahu Advised U.S. To Invade Iraq

That worked out real well. Following his first term as Isrel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu testified to Congress on Sept. 12, 2002 as a private citizen, and advised Congress that a U.S. invasion of Iraq would be “a good choice.” LIKE us on Facebook Now read this:White House Denies Obama Threatened To Down Israeli Jets [...]

Syria: Rebels with a lost cause

Erika Solomon Tha’er gave up on the Syrian uprising the day he was ordered to turn his guns on men he had fought alongside for two years. Until last year, his commanders told him jihadi groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) would help topple President Bashar al-Assad. But when they […]

Chomsky: How the Iraq War Birthed ISIS

As Iraq launches a new military operation to retake the city of Tikrit from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, thousands of Iraqi forces and militia fighters have converged in the city Samarra to strike nearby ISIS strongholds. The United States is expected to provide air support as part of its continued bombing campaign. Show More Summary

From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

Sara Creech's nursing career fell apart after she returned from Iraq with PTSD. She found purpose — and a new path — on the farm. Now, the USDA is giving veterans like her more financial support.

The Fantasy World of Benjamin Netanyahu: Responses to His Talk to Congress

"If you take out Saddam, Saddam's regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region." ~ Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu urging the US to invade Iraq in 2002. Netanyahu's speech to Congress wasShow More Summary

U.S. On The Sidelines In Key Battle Against ISIS In Iraq

6 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribes have joined Iraq's military in a major operation to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State group, while the U.S.-led coalition has remained on the sidelines. The...Show More Summary

Human-Caused Warming Helped Trigger Current Syrian Conflict And Rise Of ISIS

A new study finds human-caused climate change was a major trigger of Syria’s brutal civil war. The war that helped drive the rise of ISIS was itself spawned in large part by the worst drought in Iraq's history -- a drought made 2 toShow More Summary

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I was on the Phone With My Husband While He was Rocket-Attacked in Iraq

9 hours agoLifestyle : xoJane

I knew he was in danger when he went on missions but somehow I had — foolishly — carved out a safe place for him in my mind when I knew he was on base.

Quotes: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker On Eliminating ISIS Teachers

We must identify the people who are teaching ISIS their tactics – in other words, their teachers – and eliminate them. I did that in Wisconsin and I can do it in Iraq and Syria... Behind every problem, there are teachers you need to get rid of. - Scott Walker (Walker Vows To Detroy ISIS Teachers via Andy Borowitz

Fla. Army Veteran Recruits US Soldiers to Fight ISIS by Joining 'Veterans Against ISIS' Militia

An eight-year U.S. Army veteran in Florida has started an initiative calling on experienced military veterans to join him in traveling to Iraq or Syria to fight against the Islamic State terrorist organization.

Is Iran Now the Lead in Iraq?

On a 27 February backgrounder for note-taking purposes, a senior CentCom officer said the following, based roughly on notes taken: “There’s an Iranian force presence in Iraq. We have a common goal, and a common interest with the Iranians. Show More Summary

Chris Matthews Sneers at Speech: 'Hawk' Netanyahu 'Pushed' Us Into Iraq

Seconds after Benjamin Netanyahu ended his speech on Tuesday to Congress, the journalists at MSNBC began attacking it. Chris Matthews appeared and sneered that the Israeli prime minister "never mentioned the real world" in his address. Show More Summary

Iraqi army and Shiite militias begin surrounding Islamic State fighters in Tikrit

Thousands of Iraqi forces have begun surrounding Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on the second day of Iraq’s biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the radical Sunni Islamist militants. Iraqi military officials said soldiers were advancing gradually but their progress was being slowed by jihadist snipers and roadside bombs. The government […]

U.S. boots on the ground in Iraq after all

(Paul Mirengoff) The Washington Post reports that some former U.S. troops have taken up the fight against ISIS in Iraq: [A] growing band of foreigners [is] leaving behind their lives in the West to fight with new Christian militias against the Islamic State extremist group. Show More Summary

Italy to Send Weaponry, Instructors to Iraq to Fight ISIL

Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni confirmed that Italy will support Iraqi central government as well as the government of Iraqi Kurdistan in their fight against ISIL.

PTSD Affects Vets’ Families Too

Dear Mr. Dad: A few months ago, my husband got back from his 3rd Army deployment—two in Iraq, one in Afghanistan. He’s been diagnosed with PTSD and is getting treatment. But I’m worried that his condition is somehow rubbing off on the rest of the family. Show More Summary

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