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New Iraqi Government: Less Than Meets the Eye?

The Iraqi parliament finally voted in the government of new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday, in what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a “turning point.”

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Top 5 Signs the U.S. Is De Facto Allied With Iran Versus ISIS

U.S. airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq have alternated with Iranian airstrikes on ISIS positions. It seems likely to me that the two air forces are coordinating in at least a minimal way, otherwise there would be a danger of them hitting each other rather than ISIS.

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The 5 Things You Need to Know Today About the Fight Against ISIL

All the governments in the Arab League are afraid of ISIL.

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Would a U.S./NATO War in Syria Be Legal in International Law?

Efforts are being made in Congress to give President Barack Obama the formal authority to conduct airstrikes in Syria against ISIL.

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Obama and Cameron Find Little Enthusiasm at NATO for New Iraq War

The NATO summit in Wales was supposed to be all about getting out of Afghanistan. Instead, two new issues dominated it—Ukraine and ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

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Islamic State Cancer

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ISIS Religion

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ISIS Attention

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What Hackers Did to Celebs? The NSA’s Been Doing That to All of the U.S. Instead of Predicting ISIL

There has been a lot of justifiable outrage about the invasion of privacy of celebrities and the posting of their private, nude photos at 4Chan by hackers who apparently got into their cloud accounts.

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Obama Bombs

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Can Iraqi Forces Take Back Saddam’s Birthplace From ISIL?

Joint Iraqi and Kurdish forces began moving into Tikrit on Tuesday night into Wednesday after victories over the so-called Islamic State of Syria and the Levant in villages around Amerli, including Sulaiman Bek.

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Dick Cheney-Approved

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Iraq: Is the Battle of Amerli a Turning Point?

The Iraqi military is maintaining that it has successfully relieved the town of Amerli (pop. 15,000) in northern Iraq from a siege by ISIL (the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

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Poet Naomi Shihab Nye Discusses What It Was Like Growing Up in Palestine and Ferguson

Naomi Shihab Nye, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and an award-winning writer, was raised in two of the most frequently discussed conflict zones in the news today. In a recent piece for The Washington Post, Nye talks about the lessons she learned while living in lands that are still divided by racial tensions.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert: ‘ISIS Has Now Attracted the Most Heavily Armed, Violent People on Earth: Americans’

The “Colbert Report” host talks about the latest threat in the Middle East, the Islamic State, as well as Fox News’ weirdly imaginative (or rather delusional) responses to ISIS, all of which are so detached from reality that the comedian decides it’s time to invoke ghosts to explain current events in terms that right-wing pundits can truly get their heads around.

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U.S. Public Worried About ISIL and Putin but Climate Change Is the Real Challenge

In a new Pew/ USA Today poll, the American public shows itself alarmed by the rise of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq and Syria as a threat to U.S. security, finding it more threatening even than Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has risen on the villain scale quite a lot.

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Syrian Rebels Welcome U.S. Airstrikes on ISIL Terrorists

Arab online newspaper Elaph reports that rebels in East Aleppo, Syria, are deeply divided over the prospect of President Obama ordering U.S. airstrikes on the so-called Islamic State.

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Pentagon Hymn, the Shores of Tripoli

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Playwright Sees Blatant Racism in ADL Ad About Israel’s Killing of Children in Gaza

Wallace Shawn translated an ad by the Anti-Defamation League into “plain English” and he found a disturbing message; a Chinese chef meets his end when cooking with a dangerous ingredient; meanwhile, a binational Israel-Palestine state may not be as far off as many think. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Open-Ended Cease-Fire Reached in Israel/Gaza, but How Long Will It Last?

Israel on the one side and Hamas and Islamic Jihad on the other have announced an open-ended cease-fire brokered by Egypt, the terms of which are similar to those of 2012.

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How Many of Islamic State’s Foreign Fighters Are American?

According to U.S. officials and his uncle, 33-year-old Douglas McAuthur McCain of San Diego died last week while fighting for ISIS in Syria.

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ISIS Recognition

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Top 5 Ironies of U.S. Reaction to Egypt/UAE Bombing of Libya

The diplomatic angst issuing from Washington around the United Arab Emirates’ and Egypt’s bombing of weapons depots belonging to the Qatar-backed fundamentalist militia of Misrata holds many delicious ironies.

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Iraq: Bombs and Bullets vs. Political Process

A series of bombings and shootings left some 35 dead in Iraq on Saturday, after a massacre of 68 worshippers Friday at a Sunni mosque in mixed Diyala Province.

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Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt Calls on U-Illinois Not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies

In the early 1950s, under the influence of Rep. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., a national witch hunt was conducted for leftists.

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Iraq: If Terrorists Hit Southern Iraq Oil Fields, $5-$7 a Gallon Gas?

Iraq’s former oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, warned Thursday that the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization could hit the Iraqi oil fields in the south around Basra.

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Obama’s Budding Cambodia Policy in Syria

Former British ambassador to the United States Sir Christopher Meyer is advocating that the U.S. and Western Europe stop advocating the overthrow of the Baath regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and instead coordinate with it to move against the so-called Islamic State.

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Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s murder and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

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Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s beheading and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

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Accused Collaborators Are Executed in Gaza as Hostilities Continue

Masked gunmen shot as many as 18 (reports differ) Palestinians in Gaza on Friday. The victims were reportedly accused of collaborating with Israel to reveal the location of Hamas commanders.

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Has Surplus Military Gear Wound Up in Your City?

An interactive map of American counties lets readers see how many aircraft, armored vehicles, body armor, grenade launchers, vision accessories and assault rifles left over from the military-industrial complex’s bloody adventures in the Middle East have ended up in their hometown.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE


Iraq Lesson Not Learned

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The American Cult of Bombing

When you do something again and again only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn’t be surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity. Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe).

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE


Al-Qaida’s Disapproval

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What Do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs Have in Common With Ferguson, Mo., African-Americans?

If prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi in Iraq is to hope to defeat the so-called Islamic State (actually a kind of mafia made up of serial murderers and marauders), he must find a way to reincorporate Iraq’s Sunni Arabs into the government.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



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ISIS to U.S.: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads U.S. Journalist, Holds Tikrit

As the Iraqi military made a push on Tikrit north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a video briefly surfaced purporting to show the IS beheading an American journalist, James Foley, a freelancer for GlobalPost who had been missing in Syria for two years.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Can Al-Abadi Win Over Iraq’s Moderate Sunnis?

Arguably, the so-called Islamic State (actually a vicious gang of serial killers) could never have taken over northern and western Iraq if the largely Sunni Arab populations there had not been deeply alienated from the government in Baghdad by the openly sectarian politics of former Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

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Israel and the United States Are Headed for a Breakup

Nearly every intelligent witness to the nearly seven decades of Israel’s alliance with the United States and Western Europe now understands that the affair is about to be over.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE


Back to Iraq Sales

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Boots on the Ground

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Hillary Clinton’s ‘Articulate, Sophisticated, Passionate Defense’ of Netanyahu’s Deplorable Acts

Israel’s best spokesperson is none other than our very own former secretary of state, according to Haaretz columnist and professor Peter Beinart, who argues that Hillary Clinton’s empathy for Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisions is exactly why she “gets so much wrong” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



Gaza Cease-Fire Extended for Another 5 Days

Hamas and Israel agreed to have a few additional days added on to their recent 72-hour truce after a “tense countdown” and some confusion on both ends Wednesday night.

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John McCain’s Bomb It!

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The Appeal of Intervention: New Iraqi Premier, Libyan Parliament Ask for International Troops

According to a spokesman for his Da’wa Party (Islamic Call or Islamic Mission), Iraq’s prime minister-designate Haydar al-Abadi is preparing a platform on the basis of which he will see to form a new government; one of the planks is a joint Iraqi-international military push against the so-called Islamic State in Tikrit.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE


Coexist

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Iraq: Al-Abadi Garners Iranian, U.S., Saudi Support but Can He Unite Iraq?

Middle Eastern regional powers joined the U.S. in welcoming the appointment of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s next prime minister, creating a dorm full of strange bedfellows.

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U Fix

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The Long Knives Come Out in Baghdad

The coup-like atmosphere created by Nouri al-Maliki’s stationing of his troops at the Green Zone, checkpoints and bridges in Baghdad late Sunday backfired on him with Iraq’s parliamentarians.

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Intermission Accomplished

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