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Archive for 'Iraq'

Saddam and the Taliban

This is a cross-post by Kyle Orton
In the last two posts, examining the Saddam Hussein regime’s long relationship with al-Qaeda, a noticeable sub-theme was the connections the Saddam regime had with the Taliban theocracy in Afghanistan. The evidence accumulated suggests that Saddam’s policies in his later years, namely the Islamization of his own regime and instrumentalization of Islamists [...]

Galloway’s dancing partner dies

Tariq Aziz, Iraq’s former foreign minister and deputy prime minister, who loyally provided an urbane facade to Saddam Hussein’s unspeakably brutal regime, has died in hospital at the age of 79.
George Galloway once wrote of his experience on “the crowded dance floor of a North African nightclub … dancing with Tariq Aziz, the deputy prime [...]

Saddam Hussein’s Regime Produced The Islamic State

This is a cross-post by Kyle Orton
Having presented the evidence that Saddam Hussein Islamized his foreign policy and thenIslamized his regime, above all with the Islamic Faith Campaign, beginning in June 1993 that tried to fuse Ba’athism with Salafism, encouraging (and keeping under surveillance) a religious revival in Iraq that redounded to the benefit of the [...]

John Prescott on radicalisation

According to John Prescott, this is how some Muslims are radicalised:
Lord Prescott added: “When I hear people talking about how people are radicalised, young Muslims. I’ll tell you how they are radicalised. Every time they watch the television where their families are worried, their kids are being killed and murdered and rockets firing on all [...]

“What about Fallujah?”

This is a cross-post from Gerasites by David Paxton
What do you have to say about Fallujah, let’s talk about Fallujah, what do you have to say about Fallujah? Since you care so much on the Left… What have we done in Fallujah Nick? WHAT HAVE WE DONE? Have you even bothered to find out?
-Yasmin Alibhai [...]

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.