16 Nov 2014 Iraqi intelligence sources disclosed that US military planes have been supplying the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Takfiri terrorists with weapons and foodstuff under the guise of air raids on militants’ positions. The Iraqi forces have found out that the US aircraft usually airdrop arms and food cargoes for ISIL militants who collect them on the ground, Asia news agency quoted Iraqi army’s intelligence officers as saying. “The Iraqi intelligence sources reiterated that the US military planes have airdropped several aid cargoes for ISIL terrorists to help them resist the siege laid by the Iraqi army, security and popular forces,” added the report. On Saturday, Iraqi security sources disclosed that the ISIL terrorist group is using the state-of-the-art weapons which are only manufactured by the US and each of their bullets are worth thousands of dollars.
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Posted in economics, foreign policy, government, military, taxes, tagged intelligence officers, Iraq, Iraqi intelligence sources, ISIL, Islamic State of Iraq, Levant Takfiri, US aircraft, US military planes on November 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
13 Nov 2014 Iraq will need about 80,000 effective military troops to retake the terrain it lost to Islamic State militants and restore its border with Syria, the top U.S. general said on Thursday. “We’re going to need about 80,000 competent Iraqi security forces to recapture territory lost, and eventually the city of Mosul, to restore the border,” Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, told a congressional hearing.
[Al-CIAduh merged with I-CIA-SIS? That’s very good news for the US taxpayer, as now their bosses at Langley only need to manage one payroll.]
13 Nov 2014 Al-Qaeda’s ‘Syrian offshoot’ has issued a loyalty pledge to Isis at a remote town on the Iraqi border, a monitor said. The merger is significant as it opens the way for Isis to take control of both sides of the border at Albu Kamal in Syria and al-Qaim in Iraq, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Isis – which aspires to create an Islamic state that straddles Iraq and Syria [to get the US mired in the Middle East to steal the oil once and for all] – has spearheaded an lightening jihadist offensive that has captured swathes of territory north and west of Baghdad this month. After months of clashes between the two sides, al-Qaeda’s official Syrian arm the al-Nusra Front “pledged loyalty to Isis” in Albu Kamal, said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
[I wonder if the $5.6bn will be used toward the Pentagon’s food and weapons drops for I-CIA-SIS fighters?]
7 Nov 2014 President Barack Obama is authorizing the U.S. military to deploy up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq as part of the mission to ‘combat’ the Islamic State group. The White House says the troops won’t serve in a combat role [!?!], but will train, advise and assist Iraqi military and Kurdish forces fighting IS. The announcement is part of a $5.6 billion funding request to Congress and came just after Obama met with congressional leaders Friday.
Posted in foreign policy, government, military, tagged American service members, chemical warfare agents, chemical weapons, Iraq, military medical staff members, pentagon on November 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
6 Nov 2014 More than 600 American service members since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and treatment to those who may have been injured, defense officials say. The Pentagon’s disclosure abruptly changed the scale and potential costs of the United States’ encounters with abandoned chemical weapons during the occupation of Iraq, episodes the military had for more than a decade kept from view. This previously untold chapter of the occupation became public after an investigation by The New York Times revealed last month that although troops did not find an active weapons of mass destruction program, they did encounter degraded chemical weapons from the 1980s [provided to Saddam Hussein by the CIA] that had been hidden in caches or used in makeshift bombs.
Prepare for war. Where? Syria, Iraq, Russia, Iran, China, anywhere and everywhere.
Warmonger in chief, senator John McCain wants troops in Syria, arms for Ukraine, an examination of “China’s continued encroachment in the south China Sea”, and an investigation into warming relations with Iran.
McCain is set to take over as head of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Expect the other party of war, the Democrats, to cooperate. On Wednesday, Obama Asked Congress to Authorize Islamic State War.
After insisting for months that he has all the authority he needs to launch the airstrikes already under way against the radical Sunni group, Obama reversed course and called for a new authorization for the use of military force a day after his party lost control of the Senate.
“The world needs to know we are united behind this effort and the men and women of our military deserve our clear and unified support,” Obama said yesterday at a White House news conference.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold hearings on the U.S. role in Iraq and Syria beginning next week, Senator Robert Menendez, the panel’s chairman, said in a statement.
The New Jersey Democrat has said a congressional authorization should be “appropriate in scope and duration to meet the threat and sustain the fight” without having an “indefinite duration.”
Obama has approved airstrikes against the extremists who have seized swaths of Iraq and Syria, and he’s deployed U.S. military teams to assess and advise the Iraqi military.
The administration has said it’s carrying out the offensive under the use-of-force authorization Congress approved after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as well as under his constitutional powers as commander in chief.
Posted in economics, foreign policy, government, military, tagged Air Force, Andrews Air Force Base, INVESTIGATION, Iraq, Iraqi government, Lebanon, Saddam Hussein on October 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
–$1.2 billion to $1.6 billion had been stolen and moved to a bunker in rural Lebanon
12 Oct 2014 Not long after American forces defeated the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein in 2003, caravans of trucks began to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on a regular basis, unloading an unusual cargo — pallets of shrink-wrapped $100 bills. The cash, withdrawn from Iraqi government accounts held in the United States, was loaded onto Air Force C-17 transport planes bound for Baghdad. Over the next year and a half, $12 billion to $14 billion was sent to Iraq in the airlift, and an additional $5 billion was sent by electronic transfer. Exactly what happened to that money after it arrived in Baghdad became one of the many unanswered questions from the chaotic days of the American occupation, when billions were flowing into the country from the United States and corruption was rampant.
Posted in foreign policy, government, military, tagged Australian special forces soldiers, Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, RAAF, Royal Australian Air Force, Super Hornets, Tony Abbott on October 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornets conduct air to air refuelling in Iraq. (AAP/Australian
Australian special forces soldiers have been cleared to start working on the ground in Iraq with local troops against Islamic State.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to tell the nation today the Iraqi government has given its final legal approval for the ground forces, which number up to 200 and have been awaiting the all-clear from an air base in the United Arab Emirates, Fairfax Media reports.
However, their focus reportedly is on bolstering the Iraqi units to avoid the military collapses that allowed IS to seize so much territory in recent months.
A detailed legal agreement with the new government in Baghdad was needed to ensure Australian Defence Force personnel have the necessary legal cover if, for instance, they are involved in the deaths of civilians.
Two RAAF Super Hornets yesterday completed Australia’s first combat mission in Iraq, providing air cover for local troops in the country’s north, though they were not called in to launch weapons.
The former Chief of Air Force, retired Air Marshal Geoff Shepherd, said yesterday it will be more difficult to contain IS by air power alone because the militants have begun to “melt back into the population”.
3 Oct 2014 Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday, and its aircraft will also join U.S.-led coalition strikes. Abbott said in a nationally televised news conference the Australian troops would be engaged in an “advise and assist” capacity to support the Iraqi army in their battle against the militant Islamist group.
Gee, looks like the *billions* US taxpayers spent training the Iraqi army was all for naught. The US solution? Spend additional billions to train Syrian ‘rebels.’
30 Sept 2014 US air strikes are failing to drive back Isis [I-CIA-SIS] in Iraq where its forces are still within an hour’s drive of Baghdad…An example of the continued inability of the Iraqi army to remedy the failings, which led to its loss of Mosul and Tikrit, came on 21 September when Isis overran a base at Saqlawiya, near Fallujah, west of Baghdad after besieging it for a week. A bomber driving a captured American Humvee packed with explosives was able to penetrate the base before blowing himself up. This was followed up by an Isis assault team dressed in Iraqi army uniforms.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Dean Henderson, American columnist and environmental activist, firmly believes that the ISIL will destabilize Iraq, ending in a new country of Kurdistan where Exxon Mobil (an American multinational oil and gas corporation headquartered in Irving, Texas) awaits the privatization of oil there in the large Kirkuk oilfield.
“Erbil is home to many US contractors and advisors. If Kirkuk oil is privatized, the Erbil crowd will jump into the infrastructure/oil/rebuilding game in a hurry, so Erbil must be protected in Obama’s worldview,” Henderson said in exclusive interview with Fars News Agency.
Dean Henderson was raised on a cattle ranch near the US city of Faulkton. He earned a BLS (Bachelor of Liberal Studies) from the University of South Dakota and an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. He founded/published/edited one of America’s first political “zines”, The Missoula Paper, in 1990 in Missoula where he was also a regular columnist for the Montana Kaimin. Henderson has traveled to some 50 countries and has written articles for the Global Research, In These Times, Paranoia, Veterans Today, Rense.com and Press TV.
He has authored five books. His first book, “Big Oil and Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families and Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics and Terror Network” has become a global cult classic among conspiracy researchers.
His second book, “The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries” chronicles insights gained from a lifetime of overseas travel.
His third book, “Das Kartell der Federal Reserve: Acht Familien beherrschen die Welt”, is published is German language by Kopp Verlag.
His fourth book, “Stickin’ it to the Matrix”, is a practical guide to dropping out of the evil Illuminati system and kicking it in the nuts!
His most recent book “The Federal Reserve Cartel”, reveals the owners of the world’s private central banks and offers a solution to end their global hegemony over the planet and its people.
Henderson took part in an interview with FNA and responded to some questions regarding the main reasons behind US military intervention in Iraq.
What follows is the full text of the interview:
Q: Mr. Henderson, you have mentioned in one of your latest interviews that “the creation of the ISIL was by design, because the United States and its regional allies wanted to lop off Kurdistan as a separate country, using ISIL to destabilize the area”. You also said that “the US used ISIL to separate oil-rich Kirkuk and Basra from Iraq.” Would you please elaborate on these?
A: Malaki took a nationalist turn in his western handlers, so they got rid of him by forcing new elections under the pretext of a false Sunni/Shiite split. ISIS will destabilize the country, ending in a new country of Kurdistan where Exxon Mobil awaits the privatization of oil there in the large Kirkuk oilfield. We may later see a similar move in Basra where BP (British Petroleum) has interests.
Q: The US turned a deaf ear and blind eye to the massacre of the Iraqi people in the country’s different provinces and cities by the ISIL terrorists and later as the Takfiri group advanced on Erbil, US President Barack Obama all of a sudden decided to authorize military strikes on the ISIL positions in Iraq.
What’s behind this unexpected change of approach? Is this related to the geopolitical position of Erbil?
A: Erbil is home to many US contractors and “advisors”. If Kirkuk oil is privatized, the Erbil crowd will jump into the infrastructure/oil/rebuilding game in a hurry, so Erbil must be protected in Obama’s worldview.
Q: Many experts maintain that the US military presence in the Middle East is aimed at pillaging the oil of the region. What’s your take on that?
A: Yes, it is true. The Crown nations are also involved (UK, Australia, and Canada) as it is the Anglo/American alliance ruled by the City of London which owns what I call the Four Horsemen of oil (BP, Exxon Mobil, and Chevron Texco & Royal Dutch/Shell). Israel & the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council nations serve these interests as straw men in the region.
Interview by Javad Arab Shirazi
Posted in foreign policy, government, military, tagged Australia, Australian forces, Australian military, conflict in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Iraq, military action on September 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
29 Sept 2014 Australia’s mission in Iraq is ramping up with cabinet expected to sign off on deploying troops and give the go-ahead for air strikes within days. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says mentoring Iraqi and Kurdish forces remains the focus, but she hasn’t ruled out Australian military or humanitarian involvement in Syria. The federal government national security committee and cabinet will meet early this week to discuss Australia’s role in the conflict in Iraq, with the timing of a decision to go forward just a ‘question of days’, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.
Posted in foreign policy, government, military, tagged American military advisers, American military command, American soldiers, Iraq, Jassim Mohammed Hassan al-Attiyah, Saladin Provincial Council, Speicher Base on September 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
‘On Thursday the Vice President of the Saladin Provincial Council, Jassim Mohammed Hassan al-Attiyah, revealed that there are dozens of American military advisers at Speicher Base and that 13,000 additional American soldiers and their military vehicles will arrive during the next few days to the base in the city of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the capital, Baghdad.
Al-Attiyah said that “the American military command chose to station personnel in Speicher Base because it is the largest military bases in Iraq,” noting that “there are dozens of American military advisers at the base that coordinate and supervise military battles.”
Al-Attiyah added that “13,000 American soldiers will arrive with their vehicles during the next few days to Speicher Base in order to supervise and participate in the liberation of Saladin province.”’
2 Sep 2014 The prospect of Australian participation in a war against Islamic State fighters in Iraq is edging closer with both Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten in lockstep yesterday branding the militants respectively “a death cult” and “an enemy of humanity”…Australia is yet to receive a request from Washington for deeper military involvement such as help with air strikes. But the RAAF is poised to begin deliveries of weapons and munitions to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, who are bearing the brunt of the fight in northern Iraq against heavily armed Islamic State fighters.
–Since 16 June, panoply of US operations in Iraq have expanded to include around 60 surveillance flights over Isis territory
29 Aug 2014 America’s newest war in Iraq has cost over half a billion dollars so far, according to Pentagon estimates, all before President Barack Obama decides upon a strategy against Islamic State (Isis) militants. Rear Adm John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, told reporters on Friday that daily military operations in Iraq since 16 June, when the White House informed Congress it had ordered up to 275 US troops to bolster embassy security in Baghdad, have cost on average $7.5m. Those operations stretched into their 75th day on Friday, suggesting a cost of around $562.5m.