Iraq Newslinks 13 June 2014

13 June 2014 20:55:10 —

IEIL: Iraq turns to U.S. for help (Voltaire Net)

The U.S. Mainstream Media’s One-Sided View of the Iraq War: “Iraq Is a Place Where Americans Suffered” (FAIR Blog)

IEIL: Samantha Power in Ankara (Voltaire Net)

Obama to take several days to consider how to act on Iraq (Voice of Russia)

Oil markets spike on Iraq concerns (BBC)

Obama refuses to send troops to Iraq, but won’t rule out air strikes (RT)

New York Times “Experts” on Iraq: Forgetting their Role in Today’s Mess (Global Research)

Ron Paul slams Obama’s policy on Iraq (RT)

Iraq PM visits beleaguered city of Samarra for talks (Voice of Russia)

How the US is Arming Both Sides of the Iraqi Conflict 

US conducted secret drone missions over Iraq (RT)

Iraq Crisis threatens to Ignite Regional War (WSWS)

Iraq News Links 12-13 June 2014 (InI)

Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter (The Register)

A boost for Kurdish aims in Iraq? (BBC)

VIDEO: Militants at former US base in Tikrit (BBC)

Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart (Democracy Now!)

Iraq Launches Airstrikes Against Islamist Forces
Voice of America LONDON — Iraqi government forces carried out airstrikes Thursday against fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The militant group …

Iraq violence threatens OPEC’s precarious balance
Washington Post NEW YORK — The upheaval in Iraq could throw the world’s remarkably stable oil market out of balance, threatening a delicate equilibrium that has …

Iraq likely to cause spike in gas prices
USA TODAY Escalating tensions in Iraq spilled over to energy markets again Thursday, pushing crude oil prices to eight-month highs and setting the stage for …

Iraq strife, oil fears take Australian shares lower
Sydney Morning Herald Investors are worried as strategists downgrade their outlook for global markets amid growing fears that violent political unrest in Iraq will draw the …

US will send military aid to Iraq, Obama says
Boston Globe WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama promised Thursday to send more military aid to Iraq to help beat back a fast-moving insurgency as …

Kurds send forces to Iraq city as insurgents seize others
Boston Globe IRBIL, Iraq — Kurdish forces exploited the mayhem convulsing Iraq on Thursday to seize complete control of the strategic northern oil city of Kirkuk as …

White House: Iraq options don’t include ground troops
Politico President Barack Obama is reviewing options for a response to the escalating violence in Iraq, but that does not include U.S. ground troops, the White …

Iraq Is Vietnam 2.0
Daily Beast The U.S. fights in Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya and Vietnam and other places (maybe next in Syria), provides billions of dollars in arms, trains the …

Iraq Crisis Presents Tough Call for the White House
Bloomberg June 13 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said he won’t rule out using airstrikes to help Iraq’s government beat back Islamist militants who’ve …

Iraq Militants Threaten Move on Baghdad
Voice of America CAIRO — Islamist Sunni militants are threatening to advance on Iraq’s capital, pushing to within 100 kilometers to the north, after seizing several other …

 The Second Iran-Iraq War and the American Switch
  Informed Comment ? Juan Cole Iran has decided to intervene directly in Iraq and has already sent fighters to the front, according to the Wall Street Journal, based on Iranian sources.

How Turkey Could Drag NATO and the US into Iraq

  The Feed The Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized a Turkish consulate and kidnapped dozens of diplomats when it captured the northern Iraqi city of …

Iraq Not Putting Up a Fight
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire Iraq Not Putting Up a Fight · Guardian: “Iraqi officials told the Guardian that two divisions of Iraqi soldiers – roughly 30,000 men – simply turned and ran …

“Laser-Focused” Jonh Kerry Updates On Iraq Situation
  Zero Hedge ? Tyler Durden In case there was any concerns that the US Secretary of State is unable to handle the rapidly moving events in Iraq due to being stuck on his boat …

Urgent: Pray for Iraq as Christians join mass exodus from Mosul & ISIS moves towards Baghdad.
  Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog ? joelcrosenberg (Washington, D.C.) — Please pray for Christians in Iraq, as well as all of Iraqis, as the ISIS jihadist offensive intensifies — and share this with others to …

ISIS in Iraq, World Cup Kicks Off and Recession Suicides
  Colorlines ? Aura Bogado ISIS in Iraq, World Cup Kicks Off and Recession Suicides. Illustration: Robert Trujillo. by Aura Bogado, Thursday, June 12 2014, 9:47 AM EST.

Further thoughts on the fall of Iraq
  neo-neocon ? neo-neocon I started this blog right before the 2004 election, and for the first few years a large percentage of my posts were about Iraq. That remained true through …

Choosing to Lose in Iraq
  Patterico’s Pontifications ? JVW How spooked is the Obama brain trust about angering its left flank by continuing to be involved in Iraq? President Drone Strike has even ruled out his …

Stratfor on the Insurgency in Iraq
  Across the Curve ? John Jansen Most reporting on the offensive the transnational jihadist group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant launched in Iraq has focused on tactical …

Iraq Cities Fall to Terror Groups – Oil soars
  Trader Dan’s Market Views ? Trader Dan Look, whatever your view towards the Iraq war might have been, it is now a fact that our troops have seen their blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice thrown …

Iraq conflict: Sistani ‘issues’ Shia call to arms against militants
BBC Iraq’s most senior Shia cleric has issued a call to arms as Sunni-led insurgents seize more towns. The call by a representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali …

BBC US President Barack Obama says his government is looking at “all options”, including military action, to help Iraq fight Islamist militants. But the White …

Mess O’Potamia – 2014 Edition
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central Iraq unexpectedly welcomes the full force of American military might with open arms. Air Date: June 12, 2014.

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse
Yahoo News The 61-minute video was recently posted online by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al-Qaida splinter group of Sunni extremists. The intent …

Iran’s Rouhani vows to combat terrorism in Iraq
Yahoo News The president did not elaborate on what steps Iran would take to help thwart a bid by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to …

FLASHBACK—Obama: ‘We’re Leaving Behind a Sovereign, Stable and Self-Reliant Iraq’
CNS News ( – When President Barack Obama removed the last U.S. forces from Iraq in December 2011, he announced that—as he had …

Iraq Islamist insurgency
BBC The seizure of Mosul and attacks on Tikrit by ISIS are “not an immediate threat to Iraq’s oil production, or the ratings of Western investment-grade oil …

Iraq Is Collapsing and the Anti-War Movement Fell Short
VICE News The first protest I ever attended was a mass march against the invasion of Iraq. I was a young teenager, far from radical, but it was the thing to do that …

The disaster in Iraq
AEIdeas The case I made was that Sunni Arabs would be grateful if Iraq ranged itself on the side of what was then good against Assad’s evil. At the time, there …

Iran Is Already Fighting In Iraq
The Dish Two battalions of the Quds Forces, the overseas branch of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps that has long operated in Iraq, came to the aid of the …

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