Iraq’s army chief, Lieutenant General Babakir Zebari, with US counterpart Lieutenant General Michael Barbero at a news conference. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters
In August 2010, the Chief of Staff of the Iraqi armed forces publically stated the U.S. shouldn’t leave for at least 10 years—and now Afghanistan’s new premier is saying we shouldn’t leave yet.
In August . . . → Read More: Like Iraq before it, Afghanistan doesn’t want the U.S. to leave
Al-Asad Air Base in Anbar Province, western Iraq. The airstrip is on the plateau, while roads lead from the airstrip to the aircraft hangers located in the sides of the hills sloping down from it. The air base was constructed for Saddam by the Russians. (Photo by Michael O’Brien)
. . . → Read More: U.S. ground forces repelled an ISIS attack at Al-Asad Air Base.
Iranian jet have been seen attacking ISIS targets in Iraqi territory. (Fox News)
In the aftermath of John Kerry’s failure at negotiating a nuke deal with Iran, that country is thumbing its nose at the U.S. No sooner had the nuke talks gone nowhere by their expiration date, Iran paraded some of its weapons . . . → Read More: After John Kerry’s failed nuke deal, Iran is parading its weapons
Christian, Yazidi, and Muslim Kurd refugees like those pictured here live in Kurdish-protected and internationally-organized refugee camps throughout Iraq and Syria.
True to form, the Obama administration has just released five more detainees from the detention facility at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay—GITMO. Like the ones released last year, who were the worst . . . → Read More: More freed from GITMO. New members of the Islamic State?
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel revealed on November 17, 2014 that the United States is speeding up the training of Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. I thought the U.S. was training the Iraqi Army back in 2004, until Obama pulled us out in 2011. Did I miss something?
Defense . . . → Read More: Hagel: U.S. speeding up training of Iraqi forces to fight ISIS!
Iraqi security forces inspect the wreckage of cars following a suicide bomb attack in Ramadi, on September 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Azhar Shallal)
Iraq is being overrun by ISIS. It didn’t have to be this way.
Former U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey told Frontline:
…that “everyone” warned the Obama administration about ISIS–and that they did nothing.
. . . → Read More: Iraq is being overrun by ISIS, but it didn’t have to be this way.
A series of blasts kill 36 people in and around Baghdad over a two-hour span, and an Islamic State advance on the city sparks concern among Iraqis. (Reuters)
Last week the Washington Post reported the Islamic State was within 14 miles of Baghdad International Airport (“BIAP”). Mortar rounds are hitting the city regularly, with many . . . → Read More: Islamic State on outskirts of Baghdad, but not “imminent threat”
The revelations last week about chemical weapons being found in Iraq in the years following the U.S. invasion is nothing new. (Watch the Fox News interview with Paul Bremer, the person who single-handedly created the insurgency in Iraq. His opinion is always worth listening to.)
Several times after the invasion old artillery rounds were found by . . . → Read More: Chemical weapons were found in Iraq—but this isn’t news.
American journalist James Foley minutes before his execution, possibly by a British member of ISIS, on August 19, 2014.
In my previous post I discussed the lunacy of George W. Bush’s contention that it’s the Iraqi people who need to decide if they want freedom, from ISIS or whatever. I described how the Iraqi people can’t . . . → Read More: ISIS, the US and UK: the future of Iraq and Middle East (Part II)
Members of the Einsatzgruppen (SS mobile killing units) execute Jews on the outskirts of Kovno, 1941-1942.
ISIS has now become the modern-day Nazis.
It’s hard to believe, but ISIS could actually be worse than al Qaeda. It massacres hundreds of people at a clip, similar to what the SS special police units did to the Jews, Poles, Russians and other “sub-humans” . . . → Read More: ISIS, the US and UK: the future of Iraq and Middle East (Part I)