Iraq

Obama seeks $US500m to equip Syrian rebels

Guaranteed to stoke the fires of conflict even more in Syria and adjacent Iraq

Iraq Confirms Syria’s Bombing on ISIS Bases; Baghdad to Buy Russian Warplanes to Dispel Rebels

Iraq plans to buy Russian jets to ‘destroy the terrorists’ hideouts after long delays waiting for U.S. F-16s

U.S. air strikes against Iraqi militants months away

President Obama will only approve air strikes against Sunni militants (most of whom are NOT Iraqi), if a more ‘inclusive’ government takes the reins of power in Baghdad. That could take months. Giving the militants time to consolidate their gains

Major General Qassim Suleimani (right), consults with another senior IRGC officer. Click to enlarge

Iran Secretly Sending Drones and Supplies Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

The West is playing a dangerous double-game in Iraq and it’s being assisted in what amounts to a double-cross by the corporate media

Syria’s Assad Accused of Boosting al-Qeada with secret oil deals

A prime exampls of how the corporate media is peddling lies for your money at the bidding of Western intelligence

As euphoria fades, Mosul wonders what ISIL rule will bring

Many of the city’s Sunni residents who at first welcomed the ISIL insurgents are now having second thoughts

Iran Air Force Mig-29 over Tehran. Iraqi Air Force Mig-29s were among many Iraqi planes flown to Iran to escape destruction during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Iran impounded the planes and pressed some into service in the Iranian Air Force in lieu reparations for Iraq's attacking Iran at the outset of the First Persian Gulf War 1980-1988. Click to enlarge

Iran returns military aircraft to Iraq after 20 years

The planes, which were flown to Iran at the outbreak of the Gulf War in 1991, have been held in lieu reparations for Iraq’s having triggered the First Persian Gulf War 1980-1988

According to Joel C. Rosenbburg: most of the top Jordanian officials I spoke with recently warned of an “explosion” of Radical Islamic extremism and foreign jihadist fighters coming out of Syria that could threaten other nations in the region. Were they secretly instructed by U.S. trainers and are they now in Iraq? Click to enlarge

Mounting Evidence of Western Support For ISIL Militants

The same unholy trinity behind much of the mayhem in the Middle East appears to be at work in 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