U.S. air strikes against Iraq
Iraq crisis: Islamic militants 'buried alive Yazidi women and children in attack that killed 500'
A further 300 Yazidi women have been kidnapped as slaves
Why Obama is Bombing the Caliph - by Pepe Escobar
"This is the way the multi-million dollar Global War on Terror (GWOT) ends: not with a bang, but with a bigger bang.
As for the much peddled Washington myth of 'good' and 'bad' jihadists, the Caliphate also exploded it. Virtually every jihadi Washington - and Riyadh weaponized and trained in Jordan and in the Turkey-Syria border is now among the Caliph's goons, wallowing in cash raised from oil smuggling, hardcore blackmail and 'donations', and weaponized to their teeth after looting four Iraqi divisions and a Syrian brigade.
As for the GWOT gift, it will keep on giving in a bigger and bigger bang..."
Canada To Send Cargo Planes, 30 Military Personnel to Shuttle Weapons to Kurdish Forces in Iraq
"Canada is committing two cargo planes to move military supplies into northern Iraq..."
Obama Lies - There Never Was 'A Siege of Mount Sinjar'
"...The only reason Obama sent troops and jets to the area was to protect the city of Erbil with its CIA station, the international airport and the local headquarters of various 'western' oil companies.
When US jets started bombing a few ISIS positions near Erbil most Yazidis were already safe and on their way out of the mountains.
But that good dead was done by the socialists from the PKK and YPG. The US State Department officially designates the PKK as a 'terrorist group' for its fight against the Turkish state.
But that is a story Obama does not want to tell. He needs an excuse to reintroduce US forces back into Iraq, to secure the oil US companies are pumping from there and to pressure for regime change in Baghdad..."
ISIS are a bunch of sick fanatics bent on exterminating a people. Tensor thousands of whom are hiding in mountains. The attacks are an effort to buy time to save these people. Along with airlifts of food and water. I don't care who does it, but the U.S. has at least indirect responsibility for creating the situation.
Now that our murderous regime is joining in your imperialist government's war effort by sending troops to Iraq, I was wondering whether you still maintained your apparent support for whoever wipes out Washington's enemy-of-the-month.
Sorry to sound bitter, but after years of reading and appreciating your posts, I'm still rankled by this one. Is that all it takes - some horror stories, true or false - to make us forget who are the worst enemies the world faces today??
I never supported, and do not support, sending troops to Iraq. I did support, and still support, air strikes, not as a matter of course, but where necessary to save civilians whose lives are endangered by ISIL and where it can be useful in stopping ISIL's advance on key cities.
ISIS Atrocities and US Imperialism - by Patrick White
"Now the late US ally against Assad is being utilized to provide one last service for American imperialism. The crimes of ISIS are to be the pretext for a massive escalation of the US military intervention in the Middle East, including stepped-up bombing in Iraq and its eventual extension into Syria, and the reintroduction of US troops on an increasing scale..."
US Forms Ten-Nation Coalition To Escalate War in Iraq, Syria
"US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales with their counterparts from Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Turkey.
Meanwhile, in an announcement that underscores the imperialist interest...BP said Thursday that it had reached agreement with the Iraqi government to extend its lease on the enormous Rumalia oil field, the second largest in the world..."
My hunch is Obama is not the only one
ISIS and the coalition of the unwilling
One is tempted to think that Obama is not really all that worried about ISIS as a strategic threat. One is further tempted to speculate that he has learned not to care too much about what happens in the Middle East any more.
Doubt cast over seniority of Isis leader killed by US special forces in Syria raid
- Defense secretary hails death of Abu Sayyaf as ‘significant blow’
- Isis specialist says man killed was ‘very close’ to chief spokesman
The name Abu Sayyaf has not been on lists of top-line Isis leaders and he is not known to have had a price put on his head for his death or capture – unlike at least 10 other men who form the nucleus of the group’s leadership. His lack of profile led to speculation on Saturday among Iraqi officials and western diplomats in the region that the target of the raid may have been a more senior figure.
US defence officials said Sayyaf was an instrumental money man, who had raised money through gas and oil sales. Until last July, Isis had been yielding at least $1m per day from illicit sales of oil to Turkish and Syrian buyers.
However, a US-led air campaign has destroyed or damaged many of the crude refineries that Isis was using in the Syrian deserts, not far from the scene of Friday’s raid near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.
Officials in Washington portrayed the raid as a success, but disclosed nothing more about the value of its apparent target.