At the moment, Kurdish forces and US air strikes have been launched in Iraq to take control of the Mosul dam from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). President Barack Obama previously announced that air strikes by US military forces would continue, even though the crisis with Yazidi refugees on Mt. Sinjar had been mostly resolved. It, therefore, would seem that the refugees’ lives were exploited as a pretext to justify escalating US military involvement in Iraq.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday August 17, 2014 1:05 pm|
|By: DSWright Thursday August 14, 2014 10:15 am|
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is not going quietly. Despite the US calling for regime change and Iraqi President Fuad Masum appointing Haidar al-Abadi as the new prime minister, Maliki is refusing to leave power calling President Masum’s move a “coup.”
Maliki has been blamed by the White House for the current deteriorated state of Sunni-Shiite relations in Iraq which have boiled over and led to Sunni tribes supporting the ISIS forces that have taken significant amounts of territory from the government in Baghdad.
|By: DSWright Tuesday August 12, 2014 6:49 am|
Though President Obama has said the US will not allow ISIS to takeover Iraq, Army General William Mayville reported yesterday that current US airstrikes will not stop ISIS. According to the general the airstrikes can, at best, prevent ISIS from entering Erbil and provide protection for the Yazidi minority sect. The strikes will only have a “temporary effect.”
So the US will not allow ISIS to win but also admits the bombing campaign will not stop ISIS from winning. Sounds like there is a Plan B written down somewhere in DC with the words ground troops in it.
|By: DSWright Monday August 11, 2014 6:46 am|
In what could be part of a power struggle within the government in Baghdad, forces from the Iraqi National Army flooded the so-called Green Zone. Despite calls for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to fade into the background from President Obama and considerable loses of territory to ISIS, Maliki seems determined to stay in power. [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday June 22, 2014 6:59 am|
What is being reported in the news is that in the past day or two the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has advanced and taken control of more towns in western Iraq, including a strategic border crossing. But where did ISIS come from? What has made this militant group so strong?
|By: DSWright Friday June 20, 2014 6:40 am|
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has said that he will not resign from office as members of the US government have requested, even if that means the US will not provide military support against ISIS militants. The Iraqi government has already publicly called for US assistance to help stop a major ISIS offensive that is raging just outside Baghdad and crippling the country’s oil production in Baiji.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 20, 2014 8:36 am|
Kenneth Pollack, who has worked for the CIA and the National Security Council, was a prime advocate for the United States invasion and occupation of Iraq. He published a book called “The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq” that was considered widely to be a very convincing case that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction or was close to obtaining them. But Pollack, like many other war advocates who populated the airwaves of US media in the months prior to invasion, was wrong.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday March 9, 2014 8:00 am|
Nearly eleven years later, the residual effects of United States military occupation are still being felt in Iraq. Some of the worst effects are felt as a result of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who the US hand-picked to control the country’s government.
The Iraqi government’s ongoing attacks on the city of Fallujah are resulting in more and more claims of “war crimes” and “crime against humanity.”
|By: E. F. Beall Sunday March 17, 2013 4:00 pm|
We get five statements this time that are actually believed by significant numbers of people, and that for the most part are actually false. There are still elephants in the room, which I’ll get to, but for the moment I’ll give DC’s paper of record its due.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 5, 2013 1:35 pm|
WikiLeaks has documents on a February 2010 incident involving Iraqi Federal Police arrests and the detention and possible torture of opponents of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, according to a report by Philip Dorling for the Australian newspaper, The Age.