Iraq

US, UK ignored Kurds’ warning over ISIL in Iraq

Another indication that the U.S. and UK are working in collusion with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists

A satellite image shows a plume of smoke rising from Iraq's largest oil refinery. Click to enlarge

Iraq Isis Crisis: Sunni Islamists Claim Control of Baiji Oil Refinery Again

Taking control of the facility would be vital for the militants who need energy resources to fuel their fighting.

Abandoned and burned out Iraqi Army Humvee near Mosul. Click to enlarge

If history and petropolitics teach us anything, the collapse of Iraq shouldn’t come as surprise

You only need to go back ten years to see how this was a crisis waiting to happen

ISIL militants well-funded for years: Scott Richard

Press TV talks with Scott Rickard, a former US intelligence linguist, about the emergence of ISIL

Abandoned Iraqi military equipment left during the flight from Mosul. Click to enlarge

Iraqi military facing ‘psychological collapse’

After tens of thousands of desertions, the Iraqi military is reeling from what one US official described as “psychological collapse”

ISIL militants parade. Click to enlarge

It’s all for Israel

Mike Whitney argues that ISIS is a clear part of a US strategy to break up the Iran-Iraq-Syria-Hezbollah alliance

Iran says Obama remarks show U.S. not serious in fighting terrorism

The U.S. will covertly promote terrorism to further its foreign policy goals, as it’s doing in Syria. It will also indirectly promote terror, as it’s doing in Iraq with the help of its allies in the gulf states

US should aid Syria to get rid of ISIS: Analyst

Of course it wont because, as Webster Tarpley explains, Obama is a “weak and passive figure … a puppet president of Wall Street” who is being pushed toward a wider war

ISIL militants seeking sex slaves in Mosul

Contradicting the foreign backed militant’s claims that they are fighting for Islamic principles

Senior Saudi ISIL Commander Killed in Iraq

More indications of Saudi backing for militants in Iraq, even as Riyadh rejects such accusations as “ludicrous”

U.S. Signals Iraq’s Maliki Should Go

U.S. military action against militants dependent on Maliki stepping down

Saudis give apparent warning to Iran: don’t meddle in Iraq

From those who covertly armed and financed the militants wreaking mayhem in Iraq

ISIL militants parade. Click to enlarge

The Engineered Destruction and Political Fragmentation of Iraq. Towards the Creation of a US Sponsored Islamist Caliphate

Michel Chussudovsky on how ISIS is helping fulfil the West’s Middle East agenda

US Leading Iran Into Iraq Quagmire

Let’s not forget that the gulf states originally armed and financed ISIS. So is the West’s sudden rapprochement with Iran all it seems? Or is it a ploy to draw Iran into a debilitating conflict in Iraq?

U.S. and Jordanian Special Forces training at the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center in Amman, Jordan, last year. Click to enlarge

U.S. Trained ISIS at Secret Base in Jordan

Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials

Saddam’s Iraq Was Heavenly Compared To Now – Letter From France

Letter from someone who grew up as a teenager in Saddam’s Iraq

The bodies of Iraqi soldiers lie face down after allegedly being executed by the ISIS militants. Click to enlarge

Conducting U.S. airstrikes in Iraq would be complicated, former military officers say

Former U.S. military commanders warn about getting drawn in without a clear objective

Britain in talks with Iran about threat from ISIS as Hague offers ‘technical support’ to beleaguered Iraqi government

So now the West is trying to engage with the nation once described as part of the ‘Axis of Evil’ as it tries to stem the tide of Sunni extremism, that its gulf allies helped create

Iraq, America and the Lobby

Iraq, America and the Lobby

Although probably unintentionally, the Jewish Lobby often fails to bolster Israel’s long- term interests. The destruction of Iraq, for instance, has made Iran into a regional super power

Blair’s Doctrine Turns Enemies into Allies

Robert Fisk reports from Aleppo today – which would be Mosul if Blair’s friends had won and if the West had acted militarily against the Assad regime