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Thx NDPP for posting the links. It is clear the Western media has not conducted the same campaign of disinformation, absence of on the ground coverage and attempts to discredit sources as we saw in Aleppo. It is all about media reading intentions into actions. The Western media claims that Syria and Russia; "intended to bomb citizens and infrastructure including hospitals" while in Mosel and Fallujah it is more, "nothing much to see here" and "despite the unfortunate deaths  NATO grieves for every civilian killed."

The fact is that all sides have bombed cities and civilian areas because that is where the terrorists deliberately live. It seems to me that prior to interventing in other peoples countries some consideration of the resulting chaos should be involved in the equation. How many Iraqi's have died because their American backed dictator over stepped his US prescribed boundaries. The hundreds of thousands of dead and millions of displaced refugees are far greater crimes against humanity than any of dictatorial secular governments in the region have committed. Yet even after Iraq and Libya people still cheer on the NATO destruction of Syria as if it good for the people who live there.

NATO's Middle East strategy is like me covertly setting fire to my neighbours garden shed and then when they ask for help I fire up my bulldozer and raze their house to keep the arson caused fire from spreading.

 

NDPP

Canadian Troops Assisting in Mosul

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/canadian-troops-assisting-i...

"Canadian special forces have taken a more active role in the battle for Mosul...They are also providing some assistance to Iraqi forces fighting in the western half of the city, officials say, THROUGH THE IDENTIFICATION OF TARGETS, and other tactical support from east Mosul..."

"Wherever We Went We Got Bombed'

https://youtu.be/Jk0JGZ7lF8

Thanks for helping,  Canada..

NDPP

Six Months of Mosul Onslaught[ER]: Thousands of Civilians Killed in Terrorist Capital Siege

https://www.rt.com/news/385131-mosul-siege-six-months/

"Six months have passed since the siege of Mosul was officially launched by the Iraqi army and its allies, including the US [and Canada].

Thousands  of civilians have been killed in the battle, with hundreds of thousands being force to flee the devastation."

And still no notice taken by Canadian 'progressives'...

NDPP

Devastated Mosul Hospital Struggles To Treat Injured Patients

https://youtu.be/iMEPFWyhmGo

"No other place to take them."

Again, unlike Aleppo - silence from the progressive imperialists who apparently only notice Russian or Syrian bombing.

NDPP

The 'Liberation' of Mosul: Another Fallujah, Dresden or Hiroshima?

http://informationclearinghouse.info/47176.htm

"Will the UN, the relevant world bodies, the 'international community' wake up, before it is too late...?"

 

Canada: Operation Inherent Resolve

http://www.inherentresolve.mil/About-Us/Coalition/Coalition-Display/Arti...

"We will work with allies to defeat ISIL and the terrorist threat it represents."  - Justin Trudeau

So Progressives can never say 'We didn't know' or 'Canada didn't take part.'

 

SeekingAPolitic...

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iraq-kurds-idUSKBN18J2WT

I do not think the nationalists in Iraq will want to lose those oil fields.  Its given that the population iraqi kurdistan will vote for indepedence.  After that I see a major unknown as to how to solve this issue.  I think the kurds a going to have go light on the independence automony but in a iraq state.  Even if the government of iraq decided to give away those oil fields officially to kurdish state it probaly lead to the coup in the iraq government.  There is going to be bloodshed, if the Kurds want a state they are going to earn it through war.  I think the day that Kurdistan goes live they will an immediate embrago of the state, I believe its landlocked so Iran,Iraq,Turkey, and Syria will close borders.  Once ISIS is gone the decisions what maps will look in the future will be made.

In Syria the same will happen but syrians to weak to react independent Kurdish State.  I think that Americans given default permission for the a independent state.  And russia just signed oil deals with the Kurdish region in iraq, I think is a subtle signal there probably on broad with a new nation in the middle east.  We will see.

 

NDPP

Mosul Liberators Caught Torturing Captives Suspected of Terrorist Links (Disturbing Footage)

https://on.rt.com/8dqa

Meet your coalition allies Canada! "A unit actively supported by the US...."

NDPP

UN Investigates Reports of Up To 80 Civilians Killed By Airstrikes in ISIS-Held Part of Mosul

https://on.rt.com/8dz3

"The airstrike happened in the Zanjilly neighborhood of the war-torn city on May 31, and is one of several reported incidents in which airstrikes caused civilian deaths in Mosul, the UN Human Rights Officec said in a statement on Thursday."

Iraqi Forces Execute Hospital Employee Suspected of ISIS Links, Journalist Tells RT (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

https://on.rt.com/8dxt

"Details of the gruesome murder of a hospital employee by members of an elite Iraqi counter-terrorist unit have been shared by photographer Ali Arkady."

They are members of the same US-led coalition forces to which CANADA belongs. 

NDPP

Liberation Or Obliteration?

https://youtu.be/yK3ILW7RvpE

"A look at the price paid to recapture Mosul."

ps: "Canadian special forces have taken a more active role in the battle for Mosul..." #53

NDPP

US Planning To Partition Iraq, Syria: Analyst (and vid)

http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/06/30/526966/Iraq-Mosul-Daesh-US-Blan...

"Iraqi armed forces have succeeded in recapturing the historic al Nuri Grand Mosque in the city of Mosul. Serious questions were raised about the role of the US - long purporting to be in a fight against Daesh in the region - as a number of Daesh managed to escape Mosul to enter part of the Syrian territory..."

Rev Pesky

I put this here for lack of a better place, although it is really an issue with the US.

US judge says 'Democracy is broken' over drone strikes.

Washington, DC - A US federal appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit by the families of two Yemeni men allegedly killed as innocent bystanders in a US drone strike in 2012 but one of the judges said US "democracy is broken" after announcing the ruling.

...The case began in 2015 when two family members of Faisal bin Ali Jaber, who brought the "wrongful death" case against then-President Barack Obama in 2015, were killed by a drone strike Yemen in 2012.  

...Judge Janice Rogers Brown, who was appointed by former President George W Bush and is known for her conservative decisions, agreed with two other judges that the president is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and only Congress can provide oversight of his military actions.

"But congressional oversight is a joke, and a bad one at that," Brown said in a separate opinion.

"This begs the question: if judges will not check this outsized power, then who will?"

'Congressional oversight is a joke...' Ain't that the truth.

NDPP

See also Canada's Complicity in the Saudi-Yemen War #65

http://rabble.ca/babble/international-news-and-politics/us-terror-war-ne...

NDPP

Mosul Paid Price For Anti-ISIS Op

https://youtu.be/pwQAnSTFA7A

"Civilian casualties massively increased  on the ground..."

NDPP

Mosul Before and After 'Liberation'

https://twitter.com/sbobkov/status/884511941783306240

"The price of freedom. Who armed and sponsored international terrorists?

And whose Aurora was tasked with targeting for US bombers in Iraq? Notice Canadian 'progressives' shrieking on Aleppo, silence on Mosul and Canadian involvement.

NDPP

Possible US-Backed War Crimes in Iraq Exposed

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47415.htm

"A damning new report by Amnesty International sheds light on the killing of Iraqi civilians at the hands of the US-led coalition [Canada is a member, an RCAF Aurora  targeted for bombers and airstrikes], 'which may constitute war crimes', and demands that the coalition acknowledge the loss of civilian life..."

'Fight Far From Over': US Troops Expected To Stay in Iraq After ISIS Defeat

https://www.rt.com/usa/396111-us-troops-stay-iraq

"The Iraqi government has expressed an interest in having the US forces and coalition forces remain after the defeat of ISIS. Our government is equally interested in that,' [ or vice-versa] coalition commander General Stephen Townsend said during a video conference, adding that other coalition members may join the mission as it is 'still in the decision-making stages.'

The operation to retake Mosul, which was an IS stronghold for a long time, has left most of the city in ruins, led to thousands of civilian casualties, and displaced around a million people. Iraqi and US-led forces have been reportedly blamed for causing civilian casualties during the operation.

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday that 'no conditions were created to allow civilians to leave in an organized way,' which may have led to an increased number of victims'. Amnesty International also issued a damning report slamming the US-led coalition in Mosul for errant and excessive airstrikes while urging it to publicly admit its failure to protect civilians."

 

I-R-A-Q: This is What Victory Looks Like

The Jimmy Dore Show

https://youtu.be/cDiKDfX5PWs

 

Watch who gets the big, juicy contracts for 'rebuilding' Mosul. 

NDPP

'Liberation' of Mosul By US-Backed Coalition: Close Your Eyes Canada - These Are Your Allies!

https://twitter.com/MosulEye/status/885994135261519873

"ISF sees all the remaining people in the old city as IS. They are mass killing them. This MUST STOP NOW. UN MUST step in to stop these spontaneous executions IMMEDIATELY."

(My apologies, I keep forgetting that Canadian 'progressives' only howl and shriek if Russia or Syria is involved)

NDPP

'We Hear Nothing In Western Media About Devastation of Mosul': Academic Who Visited City To RT

https://on.rt.com/8ijh

"The devastation in Mosul and Aleppo are comparable, Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi told RT, and yet the Western media only chose to highlight the suffering in the Syrian province and downplays the plight of those in the Iraqi city..."

NDPP

Mosul's Bloodbath: 'We Killed Everyone - IS, Men, Women, Children'

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/47529.htm

Yet Canada only howled, shrieked and shed crocodile tears for  Aleppo. On Mosul only shameful silence. Still. Shame...

NDPP

Ep 29 Report on Iraq & Syria (podcast)

http://aroundtheempire.com/2017/08/09/ep-29-report-baghdad-iraq-syria-fe...

"We talk with Elijah Magnier, chief international war correspondent for Al Rai media, reporting from Baghdad on current situation in Iraq and Syria..."

Rikardo

So much concern in the Canadian media for the victims of the rain in Texas but indifference for the victims of the daily rain of US bombs on the people of the Middle East!

NDPP

Russian Rights Commissioner Wants UN To Help Evacuate Women, Kids From Mosul

https://sptnkne.ws/ftXq

"UNICEF has assessed that up to 650,000 children in Mosul have been affected by the war."

 

Popular Mobilization Units - Military Capabilities

https://youtu.be/Ezk1LRvJ4TU

"Their role in Iraq and ME."

Sean in Ottawa

Rikardo wrote:

So much concern in the Canadian media for the victims of the rain in Texas but indifference for the victims of the daily rain of US bombs on the people of the Middle East!

The interest of those in the media reflects their readership. There is a strong streak in most populations to have more interest in something considered closer in geography -- and with respect to people considered "like them." This explains a low interest in massive terror attacks in the middle east relative to much lower loss of life in Europe.

The lack of value placed on lives in other countries is appalling but this is also the same explanation for the willingness in politics for people to support policies that will hurt others within a country such as attacks on healthcare and social services people depend on. In this I am pointing to Canadian experience as well as that of the US. Many well-off people cannot even find common cause with people across town who lack their priveleges, nevermind half a world away.

There exists a form of group sociopathic outlook that is foundational to political choices. This reflects the wider culural view.

SeekingAPolitic...

SeekingAPoliticalHome wrote:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iraq-kurds-idUSKBN18J2WT

I do not think the nationalists in Iraq will want to lose those oil fields.  Its given that the population iraqi kurdistan will vote for indepedence.  After that I see a major unknown as to how to solve this issue.  I think the kurds a going to have go light on the independence automony but in a iraq state.  Even if the government of iraq decided to give away those oil fields officially to kurdish state it probaly lead to the coup in the iraq government.  There is going to be bloodshed, if the Kurds want a state they are going to earn it through war.  I think the day that Kurdistan goes live they will an immediate embrago of the state, I believe its landlocked so Iran,Iraq,Turkey, and Syria will close borders.  Once ISIS is gone the decisions what maps will look in the future will be made.

In Syria the same will happen but syrians to weak to react independent Kurdish State.  I think that Americans given default permission for the a independent state.  And russia just signed oil deals with the Kurdish region in iraq, I think is a subtle signal there probably on broad with a new nation in the middle east.  We will see.

 

This is the sleeper issue in the Western press.  The vote for indepedence is getting closer and closer and the rhetroic is growing more. 

http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/140920174

Tensions keep rising.

http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/140920177

NDPP

US-Led Coalition: Almost 2,000 Kurdish Peshmerga, 10,000 Iraqi Troops Died During Campaign Against ISIS

http://dlvr.it/PnCctB

"This war against Daesh is not over. They are still in Hawija. The Kurdish Regional Government is seeking to turn the autonomous region into an independent state and to include additional non-Kurdish oil-rich areas into it. The both ideas face strong resistance from the Iraqi government as well as local power brokers."

 

Canadian Special Forces Out of Mosul, Preparing For New Battle in Iraq

https://t.co/4lyZVhfSuy

"Canadian troops who had been helping Iraqi forces secure Mosul throughout the summer are now near Hawija and will provide support during the upcoming battle, military spokesman Maj. Alex Cadieux said Friday. Canada has about 200 special forces soldiers supporting local forces in northern Iraq. Most of their work has been with the Kurds...

In addition to the special forces troops, Canada has surveillance, refuelling and transport planes, an intelligence unit, a helicopter detachment and a military hospital in the region to help fight ISIL."

NDPP

In the Field With Yazidi Fighters, Tales of Genocide at ISIS's Hands and More to Come   -   by Rania Khalek

https://t.co/Y79A1ysSma

"Iraqi Kurdistan's been expelling displaced Yazidi genocide survivors..."

NDPP

A Referendum In A Powder Keg

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/22389.aspx

"The oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk is a 'powder-keg' that could explode destroying much of the rest of Iraq, writes Nermeen Al Mufti in Kirkuk."

NDPP

As Kirkuk Boils, Kurdistan About to Hurl Iraq Into Turmoil Over 'Independence' Referendum

https://on.rt.com/8nw7

"Once again, minorities are being threatened in Kurdistan's bid to become independent from greater Iraq."

 

US, Israel Urging Kurdish To Break Away From Iraq: Ex US Diplomat (and vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/26/536596/US-Kurdish--Michael-Sprin...

"The US and Israel have vast influence in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region and have great interest in the secession of Kurdistan from Iraq, says J Michael Springmann, a former US diplomat..."

And now Canucklheads, perhaps you understand why Canada is really in northern Iraq.

NDPP

How Kurdish Independence Underpins Israel's Plan To Reshape The Middle East

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/04/how-kurdish-independence-underpi...

"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the sole world leader to back Kurdish independence..."

NDPP

US 'Simulates' Anti-ISIS Fight in Iraq as Terrorists Cross Into Syria - MoD

https://on.rt.com/8pfc

"The Russian Defence Ministry has accused the US-led coalition of 'simulating' the fight against ISIS in Iraq..."

iyraste1313

Surprised that people have not been focussing on the impending battle for Kirkuk, where the Iraqi Government deadline for the Kurdish Nationalist Army and its Sunni militia supporters to leave the city and its surrounding oilfields, has now passed!

I suggest that this may be the imminent flashpoint between US vs. Russia allies

progressive17 progressive17's picture

Like Canada, Iraq was created as a matter of imperialist expediency between Great Powers. Look on the map, and you see straight lines (not drawn by indigenous populations), with no consideration for watersheds and other geographical features which people (and flora and fauna) would naturally inhabit (and be separated by). As a result, populations who really don't like each other much are forced to live in the same state for the convenience of the "International Order". 

A nominally progressive (and also early Marxist) principle is national self-determination. Perhaps the way out of nationalism is internationalism, which is also a later Marxist concept. Do we support the Kurds who want a homeland, or do we oppose them because that would cause even more problems than it would solve? It is very much like debates over secession elsewhere. Like Catalonia, the proposed Kurdistan is on the periphery of the country it is forced to be part of, and were it to split off, Iraq would remain at least temporarily contiguous. 

Israel's main enemy is Iran. Netanyahu has made no bones about this. As well as in Iraq, there are large Kurdish populations in Iran and Turkey. The formation of a Kurdish state might cause demands for more Kurdish autonomy in Iran and Turkey, which would be very satisfactory to Netanyahu. Anything which would cause instability in the Islamic world would be to the benefit of the Zionist Israeli state. With the disappearance of Kurdistan, there could be an extremely traumatic (and relatively arbitrary - imposed from "above" like the 49th parallel) split between the Sunni and Shia areas in Iraq, somewhat like when India was partitioned and Pakistan was created, causing millions of displacements and deaths.

If a country can only be held together by a brutal dicatatorship, should it continue to exist?

NDPP

Dramatic Moment Iraqi Forces Enter Kurdish Kirkuk (and vid)

https://on.rt.com/8pz9

"As the Iraqi forces were preparing to take over, many of the locals opted to flee Kirkuk as it turned into a battle zone. Meanwhile there are concerns that sporadic clashes could spill over into a full-blown military confrontation, endangering Iraq's integrity.

As the situation began to unfold in Kirkuk, the US-led anti-IS coalition claimed that the Iraqi army maneuvers in the vicinity of the city, 'so far have been coordinated movements, not attacks', calling the clashes between Iraqi and Peshmerga forces 'misunderstanding." US President Donald Trump said on Monday that the  US is 'not taking sides' in the ongoing standoff."

 

Barrels, Ballots and ISIS: Why Iraq is Taking Back Kirkuk and What the US Will Do About It (and vid)

https://on.rt.com/8pyy

"Baghdad's military incursion into Kurdish controlled Kirkuk shows that the carve-up of the post-Islamic State landscape in the Middle East is in full swing. Although it borders the recognized Kurdistan Region, it is not an official part of it, and its participation in the referendum vote was particularly infuriating for the Iraqi government..."

NDPP

Canadian Troops Safe After Iraqi, Kurdish Allies Open Fire On Each Other

https://t.co/xWDHGxATM5

"The eruption of violence has nonetheless raised concerns about the future of Iraq, which one senior Kurdish official says will plunge into civil war unless Canada and others speak up more forcefully. It has also confirmed the fears of many who warn that the Iraqis and Kurds, both of whom have been trained and equipped by Canada and its allies would turn on each other after ISIL is beaten."

With its slavish devotion to both Israeli and American foreign policy goals, Canada should STAY OUT of the Middle East. 

josh

I guess we've learned the Russian line:  Catalonia independence, good.  Kurdish independence, bad.

iyraste1313

After the fall of Kirkuk, any steps towards the recognition of Iraqi Kurdistan independence vote is out of the question. Instead it’s highly possible that the region will lose its autonomous status. Therefore, now Barzani faces a difficult task of political survival, since he has suffered a crushing defeat in just one day. To achieve this he will have to minimize any military risks in a bid not to lose the whole province and oil fields along with it, which will be perceived in Iraqi Kurdistan as an obvious defeat. But this is a task too difficult for anybody to achieve.

Beyond Barzani’s losses, one must also consider Washington’s. Upon starting its attempts to push Iran out from Syria, it will now lose its stronghold in Iraq. Tehran’s determination to act quickly was further prompted by ongoing US threats to leave the Iran nuclear deal.

......where does this leave Canada, Barzani´s close ally

So Washington has once again contributed to the strengthening of Iran’s role across the Middle East due to the short-sightedness and incompetence of its elected representatives.

Alexander Orlov, Political Scientist and Expert Orientalist, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook
https://journal-neo.org/2017/10/17/tehran-has-struck-a-crushing-to-washingtons-positions-in-iraq/

 

 

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