Iraq’s Sunnis won’t fight ISIS for the U.S. says NIQASH, a non-profit media organization operating out of Berlin. Without Sunni support, America’s war in Iraq cannot succeed. Here’s why.
|By: DSWright Friday October 24, 2014 6:52 am|
Though hundreds of billions of US taxpayer dollars went into forming, training, and equipping the Iraqi National Army it only took a few weeks for ISIS to cripple the force – stealing a good deal of military equipment and sending Iraqi soldiers into the wind. The quick and utter collapse of the Iraqi Army in the Sunni dominated areas of Iraq was a considerable psychological blow to the government in Baghdad and raised questions as to whether the sectarian divides ripped open by the 2003 US invasion and occupation of Iraq could ever be bridged. Maybe Iraq would never be one country again.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 23, 2014 6:45 am|
Four Blackwater contractors were convicted in federal court yesterday of murder, manslaughter, and weapons charges for their role in a massacre that occurred in Iraq in 2007 while Blackwater was protecting a convoy of US State Department officials.The shooting incident, which left 17 unarmed Iraqis dead, was ruled a crime rather than a wartime accident by a federal jury.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday October 22, 2014 12:24 pm|
Only last week, when Turkey refused to assist Kurdish fighters in the Syrian city of Kobane, even as those Kurds were losing ground to ISIS fighters, and the U.S. was directing its airstrikes against far-away targets in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry said while the U.S. was deeply concerned about the tragedy in Kobane, Kobane did not define the strategy for the coalition with regard to ISIS.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 22, 2014 9:09 am|
The Department of Defense has launched an investigation into its airdrop program for Syria after a video surfaced on youtube showing ISIS fighters going through an airdrop package meant for Kurdish forces. The airdrop occurred around the contested city of Kobani and included weapons intended to help Kurdish fighters defend the city from ISIS. Instead, the weapons were captured by ISIS and will likely be used against Kurdish forces.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday October 21, 2014 6:23 pm|
Long-time readers of my blog will remember the name Brett McGurk. Embarrassing emails he sent using a U.S. government computer system in Iraq surfaced in 2012, just as he was heading into confirmation hearings to become America’s ambassador to Baghdad. We now learn that the State Department’s efforts to investigate the incident were quashed, in part by some of the same people involved in State’s handling of the post-Benghazi fallout.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 21, 2014 7:00 am|
US military and humanitarian aid going to ISIS via direct aid and bribes through “taxes.”
|By: DSWright Monday October 20, 2014 12:21 pm|
In the two months since the US and gulf state allies have begun attacking ISIS in Iraq and Syria the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has had a wave of executions. Like ISIS, the Saudis use the method of beheading for execution. The US has condemned ISIS’ use of the practice but remained silent on whether the Saudis use of beheading as a method is inappropriate or not.
|By: CTuttle Friday October 17, 2014 6:40 pm|
Putin, Erdogan, Saudi Arabia: The Balance Of Power Is Shifting
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday October 13, 2014 10:00 am|
New information from the former Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGAR) Stuart Bowen, reported by perhaps the bravest journalist alive today, James Risen, shows that of the multi-billions of U.S. dollars cash literally shipped on pallets to Iraq in 2003, over one billion was traced into Lebanon (the other billions remain unaccounted for.)