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Jihadists: Turkmen Fighting PKK and In Karabakh

by Oui Mon Jan 15th, 2024 at 08:35:17 PM EST

US airstrikes target Iranian militias in eastern Syria as tensions escalate | 12 Nov. 2023 |

Local map Deir Ezzor on Euphrates River

Strategic ignorance and the legitimation of remote warfare: The Hawija bombardments

Dutch government financed jihadist rebels in Syria | 21 April 2021 |

One of the funded groups was Jabhat al-Shamiya (`The Levant Front'). which is still one of the biggest jihadist groups in Syria. The goal of the Front was to create an Islamic state (caliphate), just like ISIS. The Dutch Foreign Ministry received an Amnesty report in 2016 which warned that the Levant Front performed executions, kidnapped people, and ran `sharia' (Islamic law) courts which punished apostasy (abandoning one's faith) with the death penalty.

Sultan Murad Brigade

The Dutch NLA program also aided a rebel group known as the Sultan Murad Brigade, which perpetrated war crimes, killed civilians, used child soldiers, and collaborated with Al-Qaeda in 2015. This collaboration was public knowledge before the NLA program started. Numerous UN reports have also warned of human rights violations by the Brigade and other rebel groups. The fact that the Netherlands participated in both the UN Human Rights Council and the UN commission investigating war crimes in Syria makes it virtually impossible for them to be unaware of these reports. However, they continued funding the Brigade until 2018.

Ahrar al-Sham ('Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant')

A third interesting case is that of Ahrar al-Sham, which is also one of the biggest jihadist groups in Syria. Like ISIS, it wanted to create an Islamic state under sharia law, and has perpetrated suicide bombings, war crimes, crimes against civilians (like executions), kidnapping, torture, and murder. In keeping with the pattern, the Dutch OM branded Ahrar al-Sham as a jihadist `terrorist' organisation, while the Foreign Ministry regarded it as `moderate'. While the group has probably not been financed directly, its former spokesman, Labib Al-Nahhas, received funding directly from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Besides the funding for his role as program director for SACD (Syrian Association for Citizen's Dignity), he also received a personal allowance of 700 euros per day, 10 days a month on average.

Dutch Gov't Admits Support for Salafist Jihadists in Syria | 10 Sept. 2018 |

Diary archive @BooMan

Next Turkmen Mercenary Project Karabakh

Syrian mercenaries against Karabakh

Turkey has prioritized recruiting fighters from Turkmens for linguistic convenience and because they are considered the most loyal to Ankara. The Sultan Mourad brigade was thus called upon. It therefore favored small units belonging to this brigade, because the fighters already had extensive combat experience in cooperation with the Turkish army, such as in Afrin, Tal Abiad and Idlib.

Moreover, small units already constituted are immediately operational, which avoids a long and costly training, because the war is of short duration. Those who had already proven themselves in Libya were of course recruited first. On the other hand, Turkey does not seem to have solicited jihadist groups or fighters from these formations. However, the lure of profit and religious motivation is not lacking in the ranks of the jihadists.

Turkey would have taken a huge risk vis-à-vis Russia and Iran if it had transported individuals linked to al-Qaeda or Daesh to Azerbaijan. It therefore seems that Emmanuel Macron exaggerated when he announced on October 2, 2020, that Turkey had transferred 300 jihadists from Syria to Azerbaijan. Unless the myth of "moderate Islamist" fighters, icons of the Syrian conflict and desired alternative to the Syrian regime, has finally fallen in France?

Operation Olive Branch

Erdogan's plans for Afrin might not sit well in Syria | Mehr News - 29 Jan. 2018 |

Kurdish authorities asked Damascus to send troops to "protect its borders with Turkey from attacks by the Turkish occupier."

It worries many people that even as Erdogan claims to be ridding Afrin of "terrorists," that's how Syria describes some of the groups he wants to move into the area. Many have backgrounds, ideologies and attitudes that are unfavorable to Kurds. Those groups include former al-Qaeda members, Salafist terrorists, a variety of Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, mercenaries and some volunteers controlled by Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT).

Among the groups besieging Afrin and participating in the operations under TSK and MIT guidance are Faylaq al-Sham, Jaish al-Nasr, Jabhat al-Shamiya, Ahrar al-Sham, Nureddin Zengi Brigades, Suqour al-Jaber, Sultan Murad Brigade, Samarkand Brigade, Muntasir Billah Brigade, Sultan Mourad Division, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Brigade, Hamza Company, Northern Storm, Turkistan Islamic Party and Salahaddin Brigade.

Abu Muslim, a commander of Jabhat al-Shamiya, said, "Our first goal is to expel the separatist parties from Arab villages." These groups are attacking from all directions. Some Kurds who oppose the YPG also are taking part in the operation against Afrin.

To illustrate that this is not a war against Kurds, Turkey plays up the participation of Jaish al-Nihbe, which has Kurds in its ranks. Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency quoted the commander of that group, Azad Shabo, as saying,

"We are Kurds. Not all people of Afrin are Kurds. Everyone there is waiting to be liberated from the PKK. Afrin's Kurds do not support the PKK. We fought against the regime and [the Islamic State] and now we are fighting the brutality of the PKK. We started from Afrin and God willing, we will go as far as Qamishli."

Participation US Coalition: 13 Year reign of PM Rutte with  "no-memory"

On the night of 2 June 2015, a Dutch F-16 taking part in Operation Inherent Resolve bombed an Islamic State munitions factory in the industrial area of Hawija, Iraq. The airstrike and its secondary explosions resulted in at least 70 civilian deaths and many injuries, and destroyed the neighborhood completely.

Dutch leader faces pressure over old-school text messages | AP News |

When he was pressed by MPs whether his government had withheld information about the airstrikes, the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte denied it. But he admitted that there was a mistake in a letter written by then Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert.

Turkey bombs northeast Syria and hits energy sites, SDF says | The New Arab - 6 Oct. 2023 |

The toll in northeast Syria has risen to 15 dead including eight civilians, a statement from the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said.

The US-backed SDF, which spearheaded the fight in [northeast] Syria [Euphrates valley and Raqqa] against ISIL-ISIS-IS, denied the Ankara assailants had passed through the area.

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan had warned of reprisals against Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, saying the assailants "came from Syria and were trained there."

Turkey views the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that dominate the SDF as an offshoot of PKK.

Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said US F-16 warplanes over Syria shot down a Turkish drone on Thursday, deeming it "a potential threat" after it approached "less than a half kilometre from US forces" near Hassakeh.

Strengthening Muslim Brotherhood Alliance

Turkey's Erdoğan deems U.S. military presence in Syria as 'national security threat' | Oct. 2023 |

Erdogan responded saying the US is a threat to Turkey.

"We express the same approach the US President used in his statement concerning Syria -- Executive Order 13894 of October 14, 2019 extended -- regarding their own activities in the region," he said during the closing ceremony of the 4th Turkey-Africa Business and Economic Forum in Istanbul. 

"The activities carried out by the USA in this country [Syria] with the PKK's extensions in Syria pose an extraordinary threat to Turkey's national security," he said, referring to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an armed group struggling for the increased rights of Kurds in Turkey but proscribed as a terrorist organization by Ankara.


Sagiv Jehezkel Deported from Türkiye

Try flying a Palestinian flag in Beitar Stadium in Jerusalem ...

Final weeks of British mandate and occupation of Palestine ...

Terror acts and the Gallows

    What is a homeland?
    It is something worth living for, fighting for and dying for.
    I was a slave to Beitar to the day of my death

Beitar, still today chanting the cry of terror on Arabs in Israel and Palestine 🇵🇸

    "In blood and fire Judea fell, in blood and fire Judea will rise again"

- a quotation from a poem written by the poet Yaakov Cohen after the 1903 Kishinev pogroms, which became the slogan of the HaShomer organization.

The Jewish State of Israel, equate Beitar and Jewish terror to Hamas and Palestinian resistance fighters. I do not condone targeting civilians and certainly not the event of Oct. 7th in occupied Gaza, a concentration camp for decades and hermetically closed since 2005.

The Nakba: Stages of a Forced Displacement in 1948

Genocide in Palestine ... will sporters with Israeli citizenship be banned from participation this year's Olympic Games in Paris?

100 days of war prompts global outcry; Netanyahu will resist ICJ and Axls of Evil

Grief and anxiety in Israel, protests around the world and misery in Gaza mark the grim milestone. "The massive death, destruction, displacement, hunger, loss, and grief of the last 100 days are staining our shared humanity," the U.N. said.


Fighting Hamas in Gaza

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 10:08:19 AM EST
Earlier diary for some background US Foreign policy v Israel and Middle East

Political Divide UAE (Trump) and Qatar (Clinton) | 6 April 2018 |

Why has the PKK/YPG terror group targeted Türkiye over the last four decades?

Syrian Kurds Near Autonomy, Adds To Erdogan's Headache | Aug 5, 2012 |

(Ekurd) - The Kurdish region in northern Syria [Western Kurdistan] remains impenetrable as it confronts both Turkey and the Free Syrian Army. Thus far, there have been 2 failed attempts to drag the Kurdish opposition into battle against Syrian Army forces and to break the Kurdish Democratic Union Party's [PYD] control over the Kurdish areas. The Kurdish areas under PYD control extend for 848 km from Al-Malikiyah (also known as Dayrik) in northern Iraq to Efrin, which is north of Aleppo. This western Kurdistan region also coincides with the Syrian-Turkish border.

The PYD, headed by Salih Muhammad Muslim from al-Qamishli District, is considered one of the most important parties in the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change. It is also an armed group, which is worth noting given that the committee officially opposes the militarization of the conflict.

It is especially because of this favorable political environment -- one that favors both the regime and the opposition -- that the PYD is able to show off its armaments without actually having to use them. The first attempt failed after 1,800 Syrian Kurdish soldiers discharged from a training camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, near Erbil, in order to seek livelihood.

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A long history of Israel support for Kurds and Mossad intelligent inside Kurdish regions. See a number of bombings in Iran in recent years rooted in opposition forces and terrorists located here.

The Historic Ties between Israel and the Kurds of Iraq Will Continue | Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs - June 2023 |

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A bit more confusion ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 10:15:22 AM EST
Peshraw Dizayee, a Kurdish oil Businessman killed in Erbil

In a striking escalation of the enduring Kurdish-Iranian conflict, Peshraw Dizayee, a Kurdish oil magnate with purported ties to Israel's national intelligence agency, Mossad, has been assassinated in an attack by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Dizayee, the proprietor of the Empire and Falcon Group, significant players in the Kurdish region's energy domain, was a figure of substantial influence in the region.

IRGC Strikes and the Death of Dizayee

The IRGC, a force often implicated in operations beyond Iranian frontiers to counter perceived threats to Iran's national security, claimed responsibility for the attack that led to Dizayee's death. The assassination of such a high-profile individual marks a critical intensification of the ongoing frictions between Kurdish factions and Iranian forces.

Business Interests, Intelligence Intrigue, and International Politics

The scenario also underscores the intricate interplay between local business interests and international politics. Dizayee's alleged Mossad connections add an element of intelligence subterfuge to the conflict, intensifying the complexity of the situation.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 10:52:37 AM EST

Who's Kurdish businessman killed in Iran strike in Erbil?

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Washington's theft of Syrian oil continues unimpeded | The Cradle - 23 Dec. 2022 |

Hundreds of fuel tankers filled with Syrian oil are smuggled every month into the Iraqi Kurdistan Region by the US occupation army and its proxy Kurdish militias

US occupation troops stationed in northern Syria helped smuggle a new shipment of Syrian oil out of the country, escorting a convoy of 95 fuel tankers through Iraq's illegal crossings on 22 December.

According to local reports from the countryside of Al-Yarubiyah in Hasakah governorate, the occupation army transferred 65 tankers across the Al-Mahmoudiya crossing and 30 tankers through the Al-Walid crossing into Iraq.

This is the third time this month that the US occupation army has been spotted smuggling Syrian fuel out of the country's resource-rich northeast. On 12 December, locals reported that 37 fuel tankers were smuggled out of the country, just a week after 66 tankers were seen leaving the region.

According to an investigation by The Cradle, dozens of tankers pass weekly through illegal crossings between Iraq and Syria in convoys accompanied by US warplanes or helicopters.

Shepherds in the region corroborate these claims, saying that the Syrian oil is transported to the Al-Harir military site in Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR), a region known as a "hub" for western spy agencies.

US army steals new shipment of Syrian oil as Damascus works to protect wheat resources | The Cradle - 13 Dec. 2022 |

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Trump sends warning to Assad and his allies against Syrian military offensive | ABC News - 26 Dec. 2019 |

A year later after his election defeat, close advisors had to hide the nuclear football as Pelosi went ballistic ... shown leadership to Evangelical America.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 12:36:19 PM EST
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After abandoning Kurds, US to send troops to Syria oil fields | France24 - Oct. 2019 |

The United States will send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to keep oil fields from potentially falling into the hands of Islamic State militants, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.

Trump Twitter: Our soldiers are leaving Syria and Oil is secured

"Oil is secured," Trump tweeted Friday. "Our soldiers have left and are leaving Syria for other places, then.... COMING HOME! ... When these pundit fools who have called the Middle East wrong for 20 years ask what we are getting out of the deal, I simply say, THE OIL, AND WE ARE BRINGING OUR SOLDIERS BACK HOME, ISIS SECURED!"

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 12:38:10 PM EST
Trump contradicts aides and says troops in Syria 'only for oil' | The Guardian - 13 Nov. 2019 |

Erdoğan, however, criticised Trump for inviting a Kurdish leader he condemned as a terrorist to the White House. Erdoğan also noted he had returned a letter which Trump had sent to him on 9 October, urging his US counterpart to hold back his Syrian invasion plan.

"Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!" Trump had said in the letter, which Erdoğan had said showed a "lack of respect".

Asked about the letter on Wednesday, Erdoğan - through a translator - said: "We gave back the letter that we have received."

Following Trump's earlier insistence that his administration was solely interested in "keeping" Syrian oil, the US military deployed mechanised military units to oil fields in the east of the country.

However, seizing or benefiting from oil on a foreign territory, without permission from the sovereign authority, would be a violation of international law. Several US officials had sought to interpret the president's remarks as meaning the US was denying Isis access to the oil.

"Our mission is the enduring defeat of Isis," the defence secretary, Mark Esper, told reporters, adding: "We're going to have about 500 to 600-ish troops there, at the end of the day."

US to send 'mechanised forces' to Syrian oilfields

Defence secretary says redeployment is `reinforcing our position' in the country

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Louder than the criticism of 23,000 massacred in Palestinian territory 😢😢

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Iran has the right to defend itself against terror attacks and launch ballistic missiles in its defense. See UN Charter.

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Iran's IRGC says it hit alleged Mossad, ISIS targets in Iraq, Syria with 24 missiles | Al Arabiya - TASS |

Islamic State of Khorasan was blamed for twin suicide explosions in Kerman earlier this month.

  • The IRGC command also announced a ballistic missile strike on terrorist facilities in Syria.
  • According to the Al Mayadeen TV channel, a mercenary camp in Idlib came under attack where militants from the Islamic State-Khorasan Province group (known as ISIS-K, a branch of the Islamic State terrorist organization, which is outlawed in Russia) are based.
  • Communications intercepts collected by the United States confirmed that Islamic State's (IS) Afghanistan-based branch carried out twin bombings in Iran that killed nearly 100 people, two sources familiar with the intelligence told Reuters

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    by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 16th, 2024 at 05:08:21 PM EST
    Pentagon: 'Kinetic Strike' Kills Khorasan Leader in Syria | Oui @BooMan - 22 July 2015 |

    The Pentagon has initiated the name "Khorasan" to designate hard-core Al Qaeda operatives in the Levant. The first time the name was used on an US strike in Syria to decimate its leadership. This Al Qaeda operative has been targeted before and presumed killed. In the Bush years, Muhsin al-Fadhli was linked to be operating out of Iran, part of the US, Saudi Arabia and Israel demonizing the axis Hezbollah in Lebanon - Assad in Syria and Ahmadinejad in Iran. Pentagon accusations Iran fighters were deployed in Iraq to fight the occupiers and provide IEDs to insurgents.

    John Kerry is dumbfounded his nuclear deal did not receive a reception of flowers in Teheran.

    Forgetting 12 years of hardship living under sanctions, a belligerent US Congress and the Reagan administration providing intelligence and cover for Saddam Hussein's hideous use of poison gas to decimate Iranian  forces defending their nation.

    Trump we defeated the Islamic State ... our troops are coming home ...

    Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve continues to work by, with and through regional partners to militarily defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

    Today Tehran 16 January 2024:

    IRGC: 'Kinetic Strike' Eradicates Khorasan Group in Syria

    The war criminal Donald Trump assassinated two leaders who were responsible for Iraqi militia to defeat the Islamic State (ISIL) in Northern Iraq and liberate Mosul.

    Qassem Soleimani and Iran's Unique Regional Strategy | CTC - Nov. 2018 |

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    Iran Showcases Precision of "Khaybar Shekan" Ballistic Missile in Striking Targets in Iraq, Syria

    Iranian media outlets have reported that among the ballistic missiles employed by Iran in last night's attack was the "Khaybar Shekan." This particular missile is a variant of the Fateh-110 guided ballistic missile, with characteristics range of 1,450 km and makes use of solid propellant.

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    Iranian Missile Strikes in Syria and Iraq Escalate Regional Tensions | L24 Levant |

    According to Lebanon's Al Mayadeen channel, a media outlet with close ties to Hezbollah, the IRGC's missiles struck the bases of the "Turkistan Islamic Party" (TIP) in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region and the outskirts of the town of Harem in Idlib's countryside. The channel alleged that the bombardment aimed at training camps, logistical support headquarters, and medical facilities used by militants associated with the TIP and IS-Khorasan.

    Al Mayadeen added another layer of complexity to the geopolitical landscape with allegations that the US trains ISIS-Khorasan members in Syria before relocating them to Afghanistan and the Iranian borders for strikes within Iranian territory.

    A senior figure in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) has stated that Al-Qaeda was about to announce an Islamic state in northern Syria | 3 Sept. 2013 |

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    US-Israel's War On Gaza - Iran Demonstrates Its Means Of Self-defense | MofA |

    Last night Iran itself finally joined in. It fired ballistic missiles from Iran on two far away targets. The headquarter of the ISIS related Turkestan Islamic Party in Idleb, Syria, was destroyed. A headquarter of al-Qaeda aligned Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) was also hit.

    Another barrage of missiles came down (vid) in the city of Erbil in the Kurdish north of Iraq. The house of Peshraw Dizayee, a rich Kurdish businessman, was hit and destroyed. Dizayee did a lot of business with the U.S. and was involved in selling oil from the Kurdish region of Iraq through Turkey to Israel. Iran claims that his house was used as a base for the Israeli Mossad. That is at least plausible.

    The shortest trajectory from Iran to Idleb in Syria is at least 1,200 kilometers. Iran thus demonstrated that it can reliably hit targets at that distance. The missiles used, named Khaybar Shekan, have a top reach of 1,450 kilometers.

    These attacks are a warning to Israel and the U.S. Iran has shown that it can hit all of Israel with well targeted attacks without having to deploy any soldiers abroad.

    Should Iran be attacked, it has the will and the means to respond in kind.

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    Iraqi PM al-Sudani demands US-led coalition to leave country | National News UAE - 5 hrs ago |

    Prime Minister Mohammad Shia al-Sudani says Iraq wants the immediate withdrawal of the US-led foreign forces from his country due to their destabilizing activities.

    The Iraqi prime minister made the demand during a televised event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland today.

    "It is also a necessity for preserving constructive bilateral relations between Iraq and the coalition countries."

    The prime minister said it was also necessary to "immediately begin a dialogue, to reach an understanding and a timetable regarding the end of the mission of international advisers." Elsewhere in his remarks, Sudani lauded sacrifices made by the Iraqi military forces in the fight against terrorism.

    A US drone strike in early January killed a military commander and another member of Harakat al-Nujaba, a faction of Hashed al-Shaabi. The Hashed is a collection of mainly pro-Iranian former paramilitary units now integrated into the Iraqi armed forces.

    In his remarks on Thursday, Sudani said it was also necessary to "immediately begin a dialogue, to reach an understanding and a timetable regarding the end of the mission of international advisers."

    Sudani said the coalition was no longer needed.

    "Today, according to the analysis of all specialists in Iraq and among our friends, ISIS does not represent a threat to the Iraqi state," he said, using another acronym for IS.

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    US and anti-Daesh forces must leave Iraq, PM Al-Sudani tells WEF

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    Jaysh al-Adl (JAA) terror group, formerly Jundallah

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    A truly excellent read ... 50 years of foreign policy failures extended ...

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    by Oui (Oui) on Fri Jan 19th, 2024 at 01:06:13 AM EST
    Another blatant mainstream media lie:

    Mainstream Media Lies About U.S. Wars In Iraq Wear On | MofA |

    >> Roughly 2,500 U.S. personnel are based in Iraq, with Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani saying that their presence is needed to help stop the Islamic State from regaining ground. <<

    • Baghdad Seeking `Arrangements' to End Deployment of Int'l Coalition - Asharq Al-Awsat, Dec 29, 2023  
    • Iraq: PM says government to start process of removing US-led forces - MEE, Jan 5, 2024  
    • Iraq decision to end US military presence `irreversible': Sudani - ABNA, Jan 6, 2024  
    • Iraq discusses security cooperation with NATO - Iraqi News, Jan 17, 2024  

    Al-Sudani explained that Iraq does not mind cooperating with the countries of the international coalition in fields of armament, training, and equipment within the framework of bilateral ties that unite Iraq and the coalition's member countries.

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    The Emperor of fake news and Pentagon General disinformation and war propaganda. 😡

    Qasem Soleimani murder by joint action U.S. as executioner, UK and Israeli intelligence.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 08:36:10 AM EST
    Statement by the Department of Defense | Jan. 2, 2020 |

    At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. 

    General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 24th, 2024 at 08:37:30 AM EST
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    UN report: Soleimani drone killing a 'watershed' for rule of law | Aug. 2020 |

    A United Nations report has found that the killing of a top Iranian general by a United States drone in January violated international law. The report calls for greater legal oversight of the increasingly unrestrained use of armed drones. However, the US has responded by saying the report justifies acts of terrorism and, separately, has declared that it intends to to sell more drones around the world.

    The focus of the report was the controversial killing of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. His car was hit on 3 January in a targeted US strike near Baghdad International Airport, which also killed five other people. While there has been a plethora of studies on the political fallout of the strike in the Middle East and its impact on US-Iranian relations, the UN report is unusual in viewing the strike from a legal perspective.

    'For the first time, in January 2020, a State armed drone targeted a high-level official of a foreign state on the territory of a third one - a significant development and an escalation,' says the 40-page report authored by Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

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    h/t Cat comment today ...

    US sends warplanes with bunker-busting bombs to Mideast in message to Iran -- report | TOI - April 2023 |

    The tonnage determines the targets of course ... temporary stopover in Syria or the real thrill attack on facilities of Iran ...

    Obama administration 'supplied bunker-busting bombs to Israel' | The Guardian - Sept. 2011 |

    Israel has received 55 US-made GBU-28 bunker-busting bombs citing it as evidence that the US-Israeli military relationship is deeper than ever, despite the bad chemistry between Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu. The other fruit of that relationship, the journalist Eli Lake reports, is an intriguing cooperative venture between Israel and some of its Arab neighbours to set up a radar array to give early warning of an impending Iranian missile attack.

    30 days to block sale of 'bunker-buster' bombs (GBU-28) to Israel | Posted by Jerome a Paris @BooMan on Apr 27, 2005 |

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 29th, 2024 at 05:10:44 PM EST
    The ghost of terror: It's Abu Al-Zarqawi !!

    US War Propaganda, and the changing reasons for going to war in Iraq and to fuel the War against Terror | Oui @EuroTrib - 8 July 2005 |

    BAGHDAD April 1, 2007 -- Sen. John McCain used a short visit to Baghdad to highlight progress made under the city's recent security crackdown and criticize the news media for focusing on the bad news out of Iraq.

    McCain, the Republican presidential contender whose strong backing of the U.S. troop surge has cost him support in the polls, spent over an hour in a central Baghdad marketplace with three other members of a congressional delegation and pronounced the city safer than he'd seen it in past visits.

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    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 29th, 2024 at 09:27:19 PM EST
    Agreement On the Withdrawal of United States Forces from Iraq and the Organization of Their Activities During Their Temporary Presence in Iraq

    1.  All the United States Forces shall withdraw from all Iraqi territory no later than December 31, 2011.

    Still at War: The United States in Iraq | Just Security - 18 May, 2022 |

    Almost twenty years have passed since the United States invaded Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein. After the invasion, U.S. forces remained in Iraq for eight years before withdrawing in 2011, only to return in 2014 to fight a new terrorist threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Today's counter-ISIS mission in Iraq (ongoing since 2014) rests on a strong international legal basis, relying on Iraqi consent along with the principle of self-defense and the support of the U.N. Security Council. But U.S. domestic authorization has grown tenuous, based (like so many other current U.S. conflicts) on stretched interpretations of the 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs), the latter of which dates back to the 2003 Iraq War itself.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 29th, 2024 at 09:28:48 PM EST
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    Obama-Biden intervened in the Civil War with jihadists supported by Türkiye, Qatar, UAE and Saudi Arabia under leadership of Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, The Butcher of Christians and Shiites.

    July 2011: Abu Bakr al Baghdadi sends operatives to Syria. One of them, Abu Muhammad al Julani, becomes the leader of the Nusra Front in January 2012. [al Nusra Front main group supported by the U.S. and NATO members, plus Israel. When ISIL took Raqqa and moved into Aleppo, better equipped and armed, the jihadists joined the stronger terror group, now linked to Al Qaeda. Terror reigns forever. Using jihadists again ‼️]

    July 2012-July 2013: ISI launches its "Breaking the Walls" campaign. It carries out 24 bombings and eight prison breaks, freeing jihadists who had participated in AQI attacks in 2006 and 2007.

    Inside the Rise of ISIS | PBS Frontline - 7 Aug. 2014 |

    The Obama administration indicated that it would consider airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the vicinity of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where some 40,000 members of a minority religious group [Yazidis] are stranded without food and water after fleeing from ISIS militants who have threatened to kill them.

    It's the first hint of an escalated American presence in Iraq since President Obama dispatched 300 U.S. military advisers there in June, after ISIS, (also known as the Islamic State), captured large portions of northern Iraq in a shock offensive coordinated with other Sunni militant groups.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 29th, 2024 at 09:30:19 PM EST
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    The "Party of God Brigades" (Kata'ib Hizbullah) of Iraq struck the Tower 22 US military base in the far north of Jordan on the border with Syria on Sunday, killing three US military personnel and wounding dozens more. The Shiite militia said that it was part of its continued attempt to force US "occupation" troops out of Iraq and the region, and in sympathy with the Israeli attacks on the Palestinians of Gaza, in which the Party of God Brigades [PGB] consider the US to be co-belligerent, since they re-arm the Israelis by airlift daily.

    The Party of God Brigades were founded by Abu Mehdi al-Muhandis. The organization is not related to the Hezbollah in Lebanon, though the two have a collegial relationship. Al-Muhandis was assassinated by President Donald Trump on January 3, 2020 along with the Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani. Ever since, the Brigades have sought to force out of Iraq the remaining 2500 US troops there and to force out of Syria the remaining 900 US troops stationed in that country. US troops were put into those two countries by the Obama administration during the fight against the ISIL (ISIS, Daesh) terrorist organization, 2014-2018. In those years, the US was often de facto allied with Shiite militias such as the PGB and with their sponsor, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

    The Party of God Brigades and other Iraqi Shiite militias have launched around 150 attacks on bases housing US troops since the Gaza conflict broke out on October 7. Al-Zaman [The Times of Baghdad] printed the communique it received from the God's Party Brigades.

    'Sapere aude'
    by Oui (Oui) on Mon Jan 29th, 2024 at 09:31:43 PM EST
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