Iraqi Kurdistan: Referendum Over. What Next?
Despite calls by the international community and the central government in Baghdad, an independence referendum for the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan was successfully held. As expected, the vast majority of the Kurds cast an affirmative vote to the proposed question: “Do you want the Kurdistan region and the neighboring Kurdish areas to become a […]
Liberation of Mosul: What’s next?
With the fall of Mosul – the ISIS bastion, a gloomy page in the life of its residents, who spent 1,125 days under the yoke of jihadists, was turned over. Left behind were great human sacrifices and material losses. According to unofficial data, more than 60 mosques and churches, 300 schools, 212 factories, workshops and […]
Lessons from Mosul: Double Standards, War Crimes and Lack of Accountability
Last week the Iraqi government announced that Mosul has been ‘liberated ‘ from the control of ISIS. The major campaign for Mosul’s liberation began in October 2016 when the US led coalition massively increased both bombing raids and artillery attacks that had in fact been going on since ISIS captured the city in 2014. Civilian […]
American Aggression Against Syria: A Casual Admission of Guilt
The propaganda release that is listed below of the US Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve news release posted on the US Department of Defence website of June 19th regarding the shooting down of a Syrian Su-22 that was attacking ISIS positions in Syria. This is the American attempt to justify a war crime, […]
What Future Awaits ISIS in Iraq?
In mid-January, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Davis announced that ISIS militants were surrounded by superior forces and, therefore, demoralized. As if to confirm this statement, the Iraqi TV station Al Sumaria recently reported that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi allegedly pronounced a “farewell speech” before leaving his poistion. In it, he advised his supporters to admit […]
The Terrible Price of the Mosul Operation
Mosul is the second most populated city in Iraq and mainly inhabited by Sunnis. It fell under ISIS’ full control back in June 2014, largely due to the deep mistrust that the indigenous population had towards the Shia government of Iraq. It is in the Great Mosque of Mosul that ISIS’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi […]
Curious Alliances Taking Place Amid Mosul Operation
As it always happens, a major military offensive in a country where multiple interests collide and converge, alliances take place. Some new are formed and some old suffer a set-back. Iraqi army’s operation in Mosul, the erstwhile capital of the Islamic State in Iraq, has produced the same kind of impact. As such, whereas it […]
The Fall of the Saudis, the Battle After ISIS
Iraq is going to invade and destroy Saudi Arabia. They would have done it back in 1990 except for waffling by George H.W. Bush who had initially authorized the move and then rescinded approval, according to statements made by former Congressman Ron Paul, based on WikiLeaks State Department hacks. Saddam was blocked in 1990, and […]
The re-taking of Mosul: What’s the long the and short of it?
To any neutral observer of the events happening in the Middle East, the battle for re-taking the city of Mosul by the Iraqi forces, aided by the US military “advisers”, from the Islamic State does appear to be the departing US president’s last attempt at giving his party’s voters an image of success ahead of […]
Mosul Offensive Reveals Larger Geopolitical Game Plan
Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by US-led airstrikes and British and French special forces, launched coordinated military operations early on Monday as the long-awaited fight to wrest the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, IS and Daesh) got underway. According to Kurdish reports, Peshmerga forces now control the main road linking Mosul […]
The Disastrous Affair: Thirteen Years Later
Indeed, there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed. A report was released on June 06, 2016 about Great Britain’s involvement in the March, 2003 military campaign launched by the U.S. against Iraq, based on the supposition that Saddam Hussein had had weapons of mass destruction in his possession (who could forget the image […]
The Conflict in Iraq Takes a New Shape
On May 23, the Iraqi government army and militias supported by the Iraqi Air Force and the aviation of the US-led coalition began an operation to liberate the city of Fallujah (50 km to the West of Baghdad) in the Anbar Province from IS militants. In the first days of the offensive, several villages on […]