Information Clearing House 17 June 2014: Is Open-Ended Chaos the Desired US-Israeli Aim in the Middle East?

17 June 2014 — Information Clearing House

Barack Obama Orders US Troops Back To Iraq

By Paul Lewis, Spencer Ackerman and Saeed Kamali Dehghan

While Obama has vowed to keep US troops out of combat in Iraq, he said in his notification to Congress that the personnel moving into the region were equipped for direct fighting.


Back to the Future: A Voice of Sanity on Iraq
By Chris Floyd

Sami Ramadani, an Iraqi writer who fled persecution by Saddam’s regime – exposes one of the many lies about Iraq that have infected both sides of the interventionist argument.



The Brutal Logic of a Self-Seeking Empire
Is Open-Ended Chaos the Desired US-Israeli Aim in the Middle East?
By Thomas S. Harrington
What do they know that most of us do not know, or perhaps more accurately, do not care to admit?



US Leading Iran into Iraqi Quagmire
By Finian Cunningham
What might be on the cards is for Washington to countenance “Iran sending in troops to Iraq” to help shore up the government of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki.



“Iraq” Is Still Arabic For “Vietnam”
By Ira Chernus
Just as Kennedy publicly denied that he contemplated any significant troop buildup, Obama insisted, “We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq.”



Nixon Scuttled peace Talks to Win Election
A former aide to President Richard Nixon is confirming the Vietnam peace talks between President Lyndon B. Johnson and South Vietnam were sabotaged so that Nixon could win the 1968 presidential election.



Ukraine-Russia Near “Serious Conflict”
Following Explosion In Largest European Gas Transit Pipeline
By Tyler Durden
Russia’s Foreign Affairs Committee Chief Aleksei Pushkov warned relations between Ukraine and Russia have entered a new stage and are “moving closer towards a serious conflict.”



Desmond Tutu: U.S. Christians Must Recognize Israel asApartheid State
By Haaretz
Desmond Tutu wants Presbyterian Church, currently meeting in Detroit, to pass series of anti-Israel resolutions.



Fomenting Revolution: Extreme Acts Of Greed Against The American People
By Paul Buchheit
If a revolution is to take place, Americans – especially young Americans- need to know the facts, and they need to know how they’re getting cheated, and they need to get angry. The following should help.



Saving The World Should Be Based On Promise, Not Fear
By George Monbiot
If we had set out to alienate and antagonise the people we’ve been trying to reach, we could scarcely have done it better.


70 ISIL militants killed in eastern Iraq:
“A total of 70 ISIL militants have been killed in clashes with Iraqi forces in the last 48 hours in different regions in Diyala province,” announced the head of the security committee in Diyala, Sadeq Hussaini, on Monday evening.



44 prisoners killed in clashes on approaches to Baghdad:
Parts of the city of Baquba – just 60km (37 miles) from Baghdad – were briefly taken over by the rebels. Reports say 44 prisoners were killed during fighting at a police station in the city.



14 Iraqis killed, 45 wounded in blasts in Baghdad:
Fourteen Iraqis were killed and 45 others wounded in explosions caused by a booby-trapped car and other explosive deivces in Baghdad on Tuesday, a security source said.



Iraqi forces hold off Isis rebels north of Baghdad:
Heavy clashes were reported from Baquba after it was taken over by fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), and in Baghdad eight people were killed by a suicide bomber.



Iraq Sacks Top Officers as UN Warns of Break-Up:
Iraq’s prime minister fired top security commanders on Tuesday in a major shake-up as fighting approached Baghdad in a militant onslaught that the UN warned risked breaking the country up.



Obama Orders Soldiers Back to Iraq:
While Obama has vowed to keep US troops out of combat in Iraq, he said in his notification to Congress that the personnel moving into the region were equipped for direct fighting.



Up to 275 U.S. military personnel headed to Iraq:
President Barack Obama has notified Congress that up to about 275 U.S. military personnel are headed to Iraq to help the State Department relocate some staff from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to the U.S. Consulates General in Basra and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman.



Is a U.S. Air Strike in Iraq Legal?
Obama may end up falling back on executive authority inherent in the Constitution to justify unilateral military action, as he did in Libya in 2011.



Qatari: U.S. intervention in Iraq would be seen as war on Sunni Arabs:
A former Qatari ambassador to the United States offered up a warning to the Obama administration Monday that any military intervention on behalf of the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki would be seen as an act of “war” on the entire community of Sunni Arabs.



Saudi ‘responsible’ for militant financing: Iraq cabinet:
Saudi Arabia should be held responsible for militant financing and crimes committed by insurgent groups in Iraq, the Baghdad government charged on Tuesday. Comments from Riyadh indicates it is “siding with terrorism”, the cabinet said in a statement issued by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s office.



Turkey evacuates consulate in Iraq’s Basra:
Turkey evacuated its consulate in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Tuesday, less than a week after its mission in the northern city of Mosul was overrun by militants who seized diplomats, soldiers and children.



ISIL moving seized U.S. military vehicles to Syria: report:
Sunni militants in Iraq are shipping a significant number of U.S.-origin tanks and Humvees, seized in recent U.S. military operations in Iraq, to al Qaeda rebels in Syria, according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon.



Gunmen seize Iraq-Syria border crossing:
The gunmen were loyal to the rebel Free Syrian Army and Al-Qaeda’s Syrian franchise Nusra Front, which already controlled the Syrian side of the crossing.



Car bomb in eastern Syria kills 7:
A car bomb exploded in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq on Tuesday, killing at least seven people, including a local rebel commander, opposition activists said.



Israeli forces kill Palestinian during raids:
Ahmed Sabarin, 21, shot in al-Jalazon refugee camp during house searches in the West Bank for three missing teens.



200 Palestinians arrested in search for missing colonists so far:
Israeli warplanes strike three alledged weapons manufacturing and storage sites in Gaza Strip



Israeli search for kidnapped youths turns into push against Hamas:
“The Israel Defence Forces are acting in a scope that is widening,” said the army chief of staff Lt-Gen Benny Gantz. “This event will not pass without Hamas paying a heavy price,” added the Defence Minister, Moshe Yaalon, yesterday evening.



‘We’ll turn membership of Hamas into a ticket to Hell’:
Palestinians’ homes trashed as Israeli troops make 40 new arrests in hunt for three ‘kidnapped’ Jewish teenagers



White House offers ‘thoughts and prayers’ for abducted Israeli teens:
Statement comes ahead of planned vigils in Washington



Israel using ‘collective punishment’ in search for teens: –
Israel’s massive arrest campaign, closure of large parts of West Bank cities, and the recent killing of a Palestinian youth in al-Jalazun refugee camp constitute collective punishment, Palestinian rights groups said Tuesday.



Red Cross refuses to call on Israel to release Palestinian children held by army:
Dibsy’s comments came one day after the ICRC released a statement calling for the “unconditional release” of three Israeli settlers, two aged 16 and one aged 19, reportedly abducted from the occupied West Bank by unknown persons on 12 June.



Gaza – a hellhole created by Israel :
Israel has launched yet another campaign against the Palestinian people. This time its excuse is the kidnapping of three teenage “boys”. Israel is using this incident to once again collectively punish my people. According to international law, collective punishment is a crime.



Largest US Protestant Church Votes Again on BDS:
America’s largest Protestant Christian denomination, the United Methodist Church, is again voting this week on whether to join the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, just a week after it divested from a security company with Israeli ties.



UK to re-open Iran embassy says Hague:
Foreign Secretary William Hague has said plans to re-open the British Embassy in Tehran are an “important step forward” in relations with Iran. Mr Hague said the “circumstances were right” following an improvement in bilateral relations in recent months.



Yemen air force strikes Shiite rebels:
Yemeni warplanes hit Shiite rebel positions Tuesday in the north, where the army has come under repeated attacks after the collapse of a short-lived truce, local and military officials said.



Army: Pakistan airstrikes kill 25 militants:
Pakistan continued its crackdown on militants in North Waziristan for a sixth day Tuesday, killing more than 20 Taliban and other fighters with airstrikes, the Pakistani army said.



Seven killed as police clash with Qadri workers in Lahore:
At least seven people have been killed in clashes between Pakistani police and supporters of a prominent Islamic scholar in the city of Lahore.



Militants kill 15 More In New Attack On Kenyan Coast:
Militants killed at least 15 people and torched houses in a second night of attacks on Kenya’s coast, a day after an assault on a town left almost 50 dead.



‘Women abducted’ in Kenya attack:
At least 12 women are abducted in the latest attack on the Kenyan coast, residents tell the BBC, in an assault President Kenyatta blames on local politicians.



Libya: 5 killed as Benghazi residents face reckless shelling:
At least five residents, including a boy aged 11, were killed when forces affiliated with retired General Khalifa Haftar clashed with Ansar al-Sharia and other Islamist groups. Three foreign workers were also injured.



U.S. kidnaps alleged Benghazi suspect in secret raid:
 U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assaults has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.



Republicans Want Obama to Send Benghazi Suspect to Guantanamo:
Sen. John McCain of Arizona was among a group of Senate Republicans urging for Ahmed Abu Khatallah to be sent to Guantánamo – even as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. put out a statement declaring his intent to try Khatallah in U.S. courts.



Driving banned at night in Libya:
Libya has banned overnight car traffic in the eastern city of Benghazi to try to stem rising violence and anarchy, security officials say.



Libya’s ‘friends’ desert failed state:
The moment the regime fell and we started at each other’s throats, we looked around to see our “friends” had all but disappeared, stopped being friends or came only for the cake.



2 Russian journalists killed in Ukraine military shelling:
Two journalists for Russian TV channel Rossiya have died from wounds sustained during a Ukrainian military shelling attack near Lugansk, eastern Ukraine. Reporter Igor Kornelyuk passed away on the operating table, a doctor at the hospital confirmed to RT.



Moment Ukraine army shell hits Russian TV crew caught on tape (VIDEO):
“I ran over to our guys and to the soldiers wounded in the explosion, while trying to get some footage and help people to safety. We walked for a kilometer… it was dangerous walking in the open,”



This Will Be the Primary Reason for World War III:
Even if Putin and Obama fail to realize the obvious, they are playing for the same team in a script that has been written for them to play out. The script will culminate in World War III.



New economic model shows risks from climate change are bigger than previously estimated:
The paper found that living standards could even start to decline later this century unless the growth in annual emissions of greenhouse gases is checked.



Malaysian MH370: Inmarsat confident on crash ‘hotspot’:
The UK satellite company Inmarsat has told the BBC that the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet has yet to go to the area its scientists think is the plane’s most likely crash site.



Argentina dealt double blow over bondholder fight:
The US Supreme Court has delivered a double blow to Argentina over its long-running battle with holders of the country’s defaulted bonds. First, the court on Monday rejected Argentina’s appeal against an order to pay more than $1.3bn to hedge funds that hold some of the bonds.



Argentina refuses to submit to debt ‘extortion’:
After the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a double-barreled defeat to Argentina Monday in that nation’s continuing efforts to escape its creditors, President Cristina Fernandez said her country can’t comply with the demand to pay up.



Wave of Unaccompanied Central American Migrant Kids Overwhelms US Holding Facilities:
Last month alone, 48,000 unaccompanied children arrived in the Rio Grande Valley



We cannot have our political surveillance and our democracy, too:
From the UK to the United States, law enforcement at all levels is conflating dissent with terrorism, threatening the possibility for open societies and democratic change.



Police Shoot and Kill Man Armed With Only a Screw Driver:
On Saturday, a Dallas woman called 911 for assistance with her 39-year-old schizophrenic son, hoping that a specialized mental health team might take him to the hospital. Instead, two police officers showed up and shot Jason Harrison dead when he came out of the house.



Pittsburgh Cop Punches Gay Teen In Stomach : Video –



South Dakota gets millions in homeland security grants:
Since 2003, about $100 million in homeland security grants were given to South Dakota agencies and entities, making The Rushmore State sixth in the nation in homeland security spending on a per-capita basis.



Welcome to the USA:
Verne Troyer (“Mini Me”) Shares Photo of TSA Groping Him:
Photo of a TSA agent apparently investigating the actor’s posterior. While he was in his motorized wheelchair.



How the cops watch your tweets in real-time:
BlueJay is the product of BrightPlanet, whose tagline is “Deep Web Intelligence” and whose board is populated with people like Admiral John Poindexter of Total Information Awareness infamy.



State Legislators Discussing Laws That Will Put Law Enforcement Surveillance Cameras Inside Private Businesses:
While many of these businesses may record these transactions for their own safety, being compelled to do so is a completely different matter, especially when it’s bundled with open, warrantless access by law enforcement.



Price Index for Meats, Poultry, Fish & Eggs Rockets to All-Time High:
The seasonally-adjusted price index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs hit an all-time high in May, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).



Wealthy Clintons Use Trusts to Limit Estate Tax They Back:
To reduce the tax pinch, the Clintons are using financial planning strategies befitting the top 1 percent of U.S. households in wealth. These moves, common among multimillionaires, will help shield some of their estate from the tax that now tops out at 40 percent of assets upon death. 

Cost Of War

Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq 1,455,590


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq:  4,801 
Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan :3,450


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001


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