Iraq

Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS

Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS

Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad

Shi’ite militias advance on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq’s Ramadi

Shi’ite militias and Iraqi armed forces commence counter-attacks near Ramadi

US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery

In the words of one analyst, Iran’s leaders may be “seeking an Iraq where Iran has dominant influence”

War against Isis: Iran-backed militias mass near Ramadi as government calls for volunteers

The fall of Ramadi opens the way for a more prominent Iranian role in the war against ISIS

The lies of the elite to avoid peace from breaking out

A reminder of what we we’re told in the run-up to the Iraq invasion. Especially relevant now as a similar scenario could unfold with Ukraine. Swedish commentary with English sub-titles

Iraqi government forces fled Ramadi during ISIS assault.

Iraqis abandoned US-supplied equipment in Ramadi

The Pentagon has acknowledged the full extent of the Iraqi army’s collapse in Ramadi, revealing that it had abandoned tanks and armoured vehicles as it fled ISIS.

Shiite militias converge on Iraq’s Ramadi after IS takeover

Paradoxically the fall of Ramadi could see an expansion of Tehran’s influence in the region. IF Iranian backed militias can wrest back control

America Under Israeli Occupation

A little dated but still highly relevant. As Dahlia Wasfi highlights underlying elements that still dominate politics not only in America, but in the Western world as a whole

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Baghdadi, reputed Mossad trained leader of Islamic State. Click to enlarge

Al Baghdadi Dies From Wounds Sustained in Air Strike

The Mossad trained terrorist leader reportedly died in an Israeli hospital from wounds sustained during an air strike in western Iraq

Western wars have killed four million Muslims since 1990

The US-led ‘war on terror’ has killed as many as 2 million people. But this is only a fraction of the total number of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past two decades

Israelis and Saudis combined their assets to create a new superpower in the Middle East

The alliance sustains Sunni militants, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State. Robert Parry explains

Graffiti written in Farsi outside the presidential palace in Tikrit, Iraq. The translation says, "The Sepah of Khomeini defeated Daesh" - sepah being a term for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Given that U.S.-led forces were bombing until Monday night, it would imply that they gave air cover to troops who included Iranians (though Iraqis deny there were any Iranian ground forces). (Loveday Morris/The Washington Post) Click to enlarge

Photo: Were Iranian soldiers fighting in Tikrit?

While the Iraqi government insists that only Iraqi forces were involved in the liberation of Tikrit, fresh scrawled graffiti in the city’s former presidential palace suggests otherwise

Iran Says U.S. Drone Killed Two Advisers In Iraq

Denials that a U.S. drone killed two Iranian advisers helping Iraqi operations against Islamic State sound hollow. Especially when U.S. allies in the gulf helped finance the militants

Still from the SITE video of Steven Sotloff's beheading by ISIS, allegedly. Click to enlarge

ISIS – Why the West Rebranded Al Cia-dah

“ISIS” had to be created because the US Military balked at aiding “Al Qaeda,” a group they had been told was responsible for 9-11. Now Al Ciada can be seen as an ally against “a greater evil”

Animosity between David Petraeus and Iranian commander, Qassem Soleimani, still on display

The old adversaries long-standing antipathy still evident

Iraqi Commander: Tapped Communications Confirms US Aids to ISIL

Iraqi Commander: Tapped Communications Confirms US Aids to ISIL

While evidence of covert Western support for Islamic militants continues to mount, it is being studiously ignored by the Western corporate media

Fateh missile launched  from an undisclosed location in Iran. Click to enlarge

Iran Sent Arms to Iraq to Fight ISIS, U.S. Says

Despite Western sanctions Iran is growing into a regional power of some magnitude

Iraqi commander slams US, hails Iran in fight against ISIS in Tikrit

Iran’s campaign against Islamic State is winning it new friends and admirers — to America’s detriment

Iranian Weapons Pour Into Embattled Tikrit

As Iraqi forces have brushed off their American advisers during the push into Tikrit, Iranian weapons — and advisers — are helping to spread the Islamic Republic’s influence

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

The REAL legacy the U.S. led occupation left behind in Iraq