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Archive for 'Iraq'

IS murders Iraqi human rights lawyer

To the surprise, I hope, of no one, the Islamic State terrorists don’t only “execute” Western journalists and aid workers.
They have also murdered in public (after five days of torture) the Iraqi Muslim human rights lawyer Samira Saleh al-Nuaimi in Mosul.
Al-Nuaimi was kidnapped by Isis (also known as Islamic State) on 17 September after she [...]


Business Insider reports:

ISIS has tried to send a warning to the U.S. in about the most horrifying manner imaginable — by broadcasting the execution of an American citizen captured in Syria more than 600 days ago.
The video purports to show the execution of photojournalist James Foley.
The four-minute video opens with a clip of President Barack [...]

The Stoppers’ sickening message

When will “Stop the War” have the decency to curl up and die? When will the unions and other organizations which fund it have the decency to disaffiliate?
Alex Rowell observes at NOW:
Britain’s Stop The War [Coalition]… said it was “vital that we oppose” the operation that rescued over 20,000 Iraqis from certain death at ISIS’ [...]

Kurds helping Yazidis escape from IS in Iraq

The Washington Post reports that Kurdish armed forces from Iraq, Syria and Turkey have organized the evacuation of thousands of Iraqi Yazidis from the vicinity of Mount Sinjar, and are providing a corridor allowing them to escape from the Islamic State fighters who are threatening their lives into the autonomous Kurdish zone of Syria.

As few [...]

Obama approves airstrikes, humanitarian airdrops in Iraq

President Obama responds to the horrific threats faced by Iraq’s Yazidis and other minorities.

Stranded Iraqi Yazidis begin to die

For the record, so none of of us can say we didn’t know.
The Washington Post reports:
Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst.
Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between [...]

France offers a refuge to Christians fleeing from Iraq

As Damian Thompson observes in the Spectator, the international/media response to ISIS’s treatment of Christians in Iraq has been apathetic:
Most modern Christians have no idea that a gigantic Church worshipping in Syriac — a form of Jesus’s mother tongue, Aramaic — once spread from the Mediterranean to the Pacific. And this ignorance helps explain the [...]

Be Reasonable: Intelligence on Iraqi WMD

This is a cross-post by Mugwump
This is just part of a much longer post which you can read in full here
Reasonableness, Intelligence and WMD
Establishing the Presumption (1991-98)
The best way to explain the substantial part of what was reasonable to conclude at the time is through explaining how the global intelligence community got it wrong. First, [...]

Blackwater in Iraq: the sorry tale continues

Any accounting of what led to Iraq’s current implosion should include a thorough examination of the private contractors for which the US government spent a staggering $138 billion.
Although many of these contractors undoubtedly performed necessary tasks with reasonable efficiency, the US government’s reliance (probably over-reliance) on contractors resulted in large-scale waste, corruption and worse.
The US [...]

Iraq’s implosion

Guest post by Sackcloth & Ashes
Ten years ago I was a British Army reservist, mobilised for Operation Telic and serving in southern Iraq from May to November 2004. My feelings at seeing the swift takeover of Ninewa, al-Anbar and Salah a-Din provinces by the Islamic State of Iraq and Shams (ISIS), the barbaric atrocities which [...]