Iraq News Links 18-19 June 2014

19 June 2014 19:56:16 —

The Democratic Push to Bomb Iraq Again (WashingtonsBlog)

US ‘ready to strike’ Iraq insurgents (BBC)

Situation in Iraq poses threat to security in Caspian region — Russian expert (ITAR-TASS)

Cost of global violence and conflict reaches $1,350 per person (RT)

Washington Relaunches its Iraq Partition Project, by Thierry Meyssan (Voltaire Net)

U.S. Again Gunning For “Regime Change” In Iraq (Moon of Alabama)

The Warfare State of Capital (Dissident Voice)

US wants to redraw Middle East with ISIL/ISIS as weapon – political analyst (Voice of Russia)

US wants to oust Maliki, while he refuses to resign in exchange for airstrikes (RT)

Stop Calling the Iraq War a “Mistake”: Dennis Kucinich (Global Research)

Kerry evasive when asked if US wants Iraq’s Maliki to step down (Voice of Russia)

Iraq crisis exclusive: US rules out military action until Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stands down (SCF)

Syria-linked jihadist groups banned (BBC)

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS): An Instrument of the Western Military Alliance (Global Research)

As Iraq Teeters, Will U.S. and Iran Join Forces to Shore Up Embattled Shiite Gov’t? (Democracy Now!)

Iraq Crisis Stirs Fears Afghanistan Could Be Next

TIME U.S. Army 1st Sgt Buddy Hartlaub with the US Army’s 1-320 Field Artillery Regiment in Kandahar, July 20, 2010. The Iraq crisis has stirred fears that …

Iraq fights militants around oil refinery

Salt Lake Tribune Baghdad • Sunni extremists on Wednesday battled security forces for control of Iraq’slargest oil refinery, which provides Iraq with more than a quarter …

Battle grips vital Baiji oil refinery – Full Coverage  

Iraq Beseeches the US to Launch Air Strikes Against Sunni Militants

TIME Iraq’s embattled government is clamoring for U.S. air strikes against Sunni militias that continue to capture large swaths of territory north of the capital, …

Iraq’s Sunni insurgency – War in Context  

Iraq crisis: Government asks US for air support to fight militants

Chicago Tribune President Obama updated congressional leaders on Wednesday on the situation inIraq and reviewed what he sees as options for “increased security …

Iraq seeks US air power against militants: officials

Reuters Iraq Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told reporters Iraq had asked for air strikes … He added that Iraq’s ally, Shi’ite Muslim power Iran, had so far not …

Iraq negotiates on purchase of Czech Mi-24 combat helicopters

Prague Post Prague, June 19 (?TK) — Iraq is negotiating with Prague about the purchase of Czech Russian-made Mi-24 helicopters, Defense Minister Martin …

Iraq’s Gas Shortage a Bitter Pill for Oil-Rich Nation Erbil, IRAQ – The restless drivers wait for hours, chain smoking and fiddling with their radios. Some take shelter from the scorching heat under nearby …

Iraq: How We Got Here – Again

U.S. News & World Report Iraq is splitting apart at its Sykes-Picot seams. And for many Americans the latest reports of violence make it that much more difficult to believe the U.S. …

Sunni Extremists in Iraq Occupy Saddam’s Chemical Weapons Facility

Wall Street Journal WASHINGTON—Sunni extremists in Iraq have occupied what was once Saddam Hussein’s premier chemical-weapons production facility, a complex …

Iraq crisis: 50 families contact control room in Punjab

IBNLive “The state-wide campaign launched by Punjab government to seek details from the families regarding Punjabi’s stuck in Iraq showed a tremendous …

Iraq live: We now know where abducted Indian workers are, says MEA

Firstpost There are about 600 people from Telangana in Iraq and the government is taking all steps to ensure their safety, Telangana Deputy Chief Minister …

Iraq urges US airstrikes as insurgents press offensive

Washington Post Shiite clerics called on Iraqi civilians to take up arms against advancing Sunni insurgents inspired by al-Qaeda, drawing the battle lines for a major …  

Iraq and Afghanistan Dominate Senate Budget Hearing – USNI News On Iraq, finger-pointing is in full force

CBS News While President Obama plots the U.S. response to ongoing violence in Iraq, the dialogue in Washington has fast turned into a game of finger-pointing …

Iraq crisis: jihadists planning UK attacks, warns David Cameron The Prime Minister warned that the current crisis in Iraq must not be dismissed as a foreign problem because the same fighters are planning to “attack …

Iraq Requests US Air Strikes Against ISIL Fighters

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty Zebari, speaking to reporters in Saudi Arabia, said on June 18 that the request to Washington to bomb insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and the …

Iraq crisis: Threat of oil shutoff puts onus on Saudi Arabia

Christian Science Monitor The Iraq crisis threatens to disrupt the country’s oil output, a scenario for which the world has to prepare, says US President Barack Obama. Saudi …

Iraq live: No ransom call for kidnapped Indians in Mosul yet, says MEA

Firstpost MEA spokesman Syed Akbaruddin has confirmed that 40 Indians in Mosul have been abducted, based on information received from international …

Extremist groups in Iraq threaten regional war, UN panel warns

Boston Globe GENEVA — The onslaught of extremist Sunni militants in Iraq will have violent repercussions in Syria and could bring wider war in the Middle East, …

Reid slams neocons on Iraq

Politico The Nevada Democrat singled out on the Senate floor the neoconservative “architects” of American intervention in Iraq, lambasting by name former …

Rand Paul’s Iraq Stance Is a Mystery

Daily Beast If Rand Paul were commander in chief today, what would he do about the Iraq? The Kentucky senator’s foreign policy on the rapidly deteriorating …

Over 500 Killed in Iraq Carnage Original ? Margaret Griffis Behind the scenes, he also fired several senior army commanders as he tried to shift blame for the advancement of ISIS/DAASH troops across Iraq …

Iraq Under a Colder Eye

Ross Douthat ? By ROSS DOUTHAT Let me be clear, as the president would say: Like many better-informed people, I have no definite idea what our current strategy should be in Iraq, and …

Facing America’s Failure in Iraq

The XX Committee ? 20committee The last week, which has seen murderously radical Sunni jihadists take over much of Iraq and even threaten Baghdad, has witnessed the unraveling …

Iraq is more like N. Ireland than Lebanon, Reconciliation is Possible

Informed Comment ? Juan Cole By Jocelyne Cesari. The attack of The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) on Mossul and its march on Baghdad has taken the international …

Harry Reid blasts GOP/Cheney for suggesting US invade Iraq, again

AMERICAblog News ? John Aravosis Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Republicans, and Dick Cheney in particular, for suggesting that the US invade Iraq, again.

Iraq asks for US air strikes, as extremists take control of largest oil refinery

Boing Boing ? Xeni Jardin In related news, the militants are reported to have captured Iraq’s biggest oil refinery, and continue to control the city of Tal Afar. From the New York …

Iraq: F-18 Super Hornets patrol desert to track ISIS forces

Prison ? admin Another “desert storm” in Iraq could on its way as the US aerial surveillance mission could be the prelude to a full-fledged air-to-surface warfare …

Obama is Throwing Away Iraq Premium Cartoon News ? David Bossie Obama is Throwing Away Iraq, Political Cartoons, Comics, Editorial Commentary on the latest news, politics, cartoon memes and events around the …

Humpday Humor: The ‘Other’ Situation In Iraq

Zero Hedge ? Tyler Durden Violence has escalated in Iraq in recent weeks as the Sunni Islamist militant group ISIS has seized control of numerous cities and continued its advance …

US prepares strike option against militants in Iraq

Erin Burnett OutFront – ? cnnleinzvales CNN has learned that military planners have already assembled a draft list of possible ISIS targets in Iraq. U.S. officials say the list is constantly being …

The Hard Lessons of Iraq Premium Cartoon News ? Michael Reagan The Hard Lessons of Iraq, Political Cartoons, Comics, Editorial Commentary on the latest news, politics, cartoon memes and events around the world.

Violence in Iraq Intensifies, Endangering Our Allies

Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project ? Staff The sectarian violence that has rocked Iraq for nearly ten days continues to spread through the nation, following the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s …

Turkey imposes ban on media coverage of Iraq hostage crisis

Committee to Protect Journalists ? Committee to Protect Journalists Last week, insurgents led by the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State in Iraq and Sham abducted at least 80 Turkish citizens, including 49 consulate …

Failure in Iraq Premium Cartoon News ? Joe Gandelman Failure in Iraq: 7 Thoughts, Political Cartoons, Comics, Editorial Commentary on the latest news, politics, cartoon memes and events around the world.

A Brief History of Iraq for Westerners

David Swanson’s myFDL diary ? David Swanson Iraq was saved from ignorant subhuman barbarism by a gentlewoman named Gertrude at the time that the civilized nations of the world were, in a …

Iraq- This Mess Has Many Tentacles But Two Muses

The Minority Report Blog ? Streetwise_IT While news reports on the implosion of Iraq understandably focus on the Shia vs Sunni aspect of the conflict, that is hardly the complete picture.

Iraq crisis stirs fears Afghanistan could be next US The deteriorating situation in Iraq is giving Congress pause about President Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end …

ISIS jihadists besiege Iraq’s largest oil refinery

Jihad Watch ? Robert Spencer “Some 275 armed American forces are being positioned in and around Iraq to help secure U.S. assets” — this absolutely ridiculous, as 275 troops …

US Evacuating Embassy Workers from Iraq

Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project ? Staff While the embassy and two consulates in other regions of Iraq remain open, at least for now, this move effectively shuts the door on tens of thousands …

President Obama Rules Out US Air Strikes Against ISIS in Iraq…

The Last Refuge ? sundance WASHINGTON (WSJ) —President Barack Obama decided against immediate air strikes on marauding Sunni extremists in Iraq, opting instead to …

The Eyes of the World are on Iraq

Iraq Business News ? Editor The eyes of the world are on Iraq at the moment, as the country struggles to contain the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS).

A Brief Response to Anne-Marie Slaughter on Iraq and Syria

Dart-Throwing Chimp ? dartthrowingchimp President Obama should be asking the same question in Iraq and Syria. What course of action will be best, in the short and the long term, for the Iraqi …

A Third Iraq War?

Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines ? The breakdown in Iraq means that “the Middle East map—defined by European powers a century ago—may be redrawn, either de facto or formally,” …

Saudi Arabia, Sunni Caliphate, NATO Run Secret Terror Army in Iraq and Syria

  Intifada Palestine ? Elias F. Harb The Salafist horde currently making its way to Baghdad from northern Iraq is a secret terror army funded, armed and supported by Saudi Arabia, the …

Is the US Running Out of Options in Iraq?

Fox News Insider – The official blog of Fox News Channel. ? Fox News Insider In the past few weeks, major cities and an oil refinery in Iraq have fallen into the hands of ISIS militants. Now, the United States is contemplating a …

How much responsibility does the US bear for the crisis in Iraq?

Erin Burnett OutFront – ? cheromcha As the terrorist group ISIS continues its violent march through Iraq, videos showing gruesome executions by the groups fighters continue to emerge.

“greeted as liberators” Cheney schools Obama on Iraq

AMERICAblog News ? John Aravosis Dick Cheney published an op ed chastising President Obama for losing Iraq. Because, you know, it was going so well before.

Iraq’s Crisis: 3 Quick Points for US Policymakers

Human Rights Now ? Sunjeev Bery As the latest crisis in Iraq unfolds, here are three basic points for U.S. policymakers to keep in mind: The protection of civilians must be a top priority in …

bypass Congress US President Barack Obama had told Congressional leaders he does not need lawmakers’ approval for any action in Iraq, the top Senate Republican …

Here’s Who Is Fighting in Iraq and Why

VICE News Working out the myriad hostilities, identities, and affiliations of the chaos in Iraq is no easy task. But here’s some pointers.

Iraq Asks US For Air Strikes

Crooks and Liars Iraq has called on the United States to launch air strikes against jihadist militants who have seized several key cities, its foreign minister says.

GOP leader: Obama may act in Iraq without signoff

Yahoo News From Yahoo News: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and congressional leaders believe he does not need authorization from …

Crisis in Iraq: Iraqi PM Maliki Rejects US Calls for Talks With Sunnis

VICE News Violent sectarian tensions in Iraq between the ruling Shiite groups and Sunni militants is threatening to send the nation into civil war.

Banks applaud as yields rise, but Iraq worries stay

Yahoo News Watch the video Banks applaud as yields rise, but Iraq worries stay on Yahoo News . Summary: Bank stocks led Wall Street high as a jump in …

Islamists Seize Iraq Oil Refinery

Infowars Crude-oil prices edged higher on Wednesday, with the U.S. benchmark pushing back toward $107 a barrel after militants in Iraq attacked the country’s …

Rising Call: No Strikes. No Troops. No War in Iraq.

Common Dreams As violence in Iraq escalates and hawks beat the drums of war, people on the ground in Iraq and across the U.S. are urging the Obama administration: …

Rebels seize Iraq’s top oil refinery

New York Post The Iraqi government begged for US airstrikes against the Islamist rebels threatening to topple their reign, as the rampaging jihadis on Wednesday …

The Iraq Turmoil In 10 Simple Questions

Zero Hedge Bank of America believes the increasing geopolitical tensions in Iraq risk regional contagion, with the potential for negative spillover to global markets.

Obama could press Iraq leader to resign amid chaos

New York Post WASHINGTON — In the strongest sign yet of U.S. doubts about Iraq’s stability, the Obama administration is weighing whether to press the Shiite prime …

the Things Hillary Clinton’s Book Doesn’t Say–About Iraq

Sharyl Attkisson About Iraq. Gerth co-authored a biography of Clinton in 2007, “Her Way,” and says that “Iraq is not one of her favorite subjects.” “There is no chapter on …

Militants Hit Main Iraq Refinery As PM Sacks Officers

Crooks and Liars Harry Reid Rejects Neocons On Iraq: ‘The Wrong Side Of Dick Cheney Is The Right Side Of History’ · Yet Another Responsible Gun Owner Shoots His …

Iraq Needs Anarchy The rapid territorial gains in Iraq of the Al Qaeda splinter group ISIS in recent days has seized the attention of American news followers, many of whom …

Stop treating war-crazy neocon buffoons as experts after they got Iraq wrong last time

Daily Kos Maloy says after “experts” like Paul Wolfowitz and Bill Kristol and the rest of the neocons got nearly every prediction they made about the Iraq war …

Iran Is Not an Ally in Iraq

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy During the second Iraq war, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was one of the United States’ fiercest foes. The IRGC was responsible not only …

Islamic Bloc Chief’s Speech Barely Touches on Iraq and Syria

CNS News ( – The conflict raging in Syria and Iraq hung heavily over a meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers in …

The Iraq War Was Launched to Own the Country, Not to Liberate It

Truthout You can start with the profoundly tragic irony that the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld Iraq War of 2003 created a terrorist threat instead of ending one.

senators mccain and graham discuss developments in iraq on senate floor

Senator John McCain – U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today discussed the developments in Iraq on the Senate floor.

Networks Offer Scant Coverage of Dick Cheney ‘Blasting’

NewsBusters Former Vice President Dick Cheney co-authored a blistering op-ed, deriding Barack Obama’s handling ofIraq. But you wouldn’t know it from the …

Is It Time To Abolish Iraq?

The Dish And herein lies the fundamental problem of Iraq: The country’s political physics create pressure to pull it apart. To the extent that people in Anbar and …

We Read Cheney’s Jaw-Dropping Editorial on Obama and Iraq So You Don’t Have To

The Daily Banter Concluding our trilogy of Republicans who we shouldn’t take seriously on Iraq, patient zero in the series has to be former Vice President Dick Cheney.

Media coverage of Al Qaeda attacks in Iraq

Fox News Video Bernie Goldberg reacts to the media’s coverage of the crisis in Iraq and chaos on the southern border.

For those who think situations in Syria and Iraq are a bit more serious than Obama

Allen West Republic Only for those who think the situation in Syria and Iraq is a bit more serious than our President should read this.

Why ISIS Won’t Stop With Iraq

Zero Hedge The slaughterhouse that Iraq has become in the past week is the stuff that nightmares are made of. And this is just the beginning. Here’s why…

Are special forces the answer in Iraq?

Fox News Video Obama weighs options in ramping up US involvement in Iraq, but he must make a decision soon.

The Battle for Iraq (Dispatch 2)

VICE News The Battle for Iraq (Dispatch 2). June 18, 2014 | 10:59 pm. As a coalition of ISIS fighters, Sunni militias, and former Baathists continues to push its way …

ISIS Challenge in Iraq: Why America Should Work with Iran

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs – Harvard University “The U.S. should seize the opportunity presented by the Iraq crisis to reach out and engage Iran. The threat posed by ISIS and radical jihadism as well …

The Battle Over Iraq’s Oil

The Dish The refinery accounts for more than a quarter of the country’s entire refining capacity, all of which goes toward domestic consumption – petrol, cooking …

Isis advances in Iraq

Video – Financial Times Links: Islamists fight for control of main oil refinery in north Iraq / Credits: Filmed by Keahn Rahimi. Additional footage by Reuters. Produced by …

What’s next for Iraq?

News A week ago, it would have been difficult to find anyone in the U.S. arguing for renewed U.S. military action inIraq. Now there’s a furious debate about …

Iraq Prime Minister Defies US, Accuses Saudi Arabia Of “Genocide”

Zero Hedge Not only did Iraq defy the US, but it also called out America’s BFF (or at least formerly so until the arrival of Iran, which the US is aggressively, and …

Militants lay siege to Iraq’s largest oil refinery

CNS News File – In this Monday, Oct. 6, 2003 file photo, an oil refinery is seen in the city of Beiji, home to Iraq’s largest oil refinery. On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, …

Obama’s Iraq Dilemma

RAND Corporation The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — commonly known as ISIS — launched a terrifying offensive this week which captured territory in northwestern …

Iran is not the solution in Iraq

AEIdeas The al Qaeda network’s expansion is not the only threat we face in Iraq. Iran has mobilized proxy militias and sent elements of the Islamic …

Libertarian Party opposes further intervention in Iraq

Libertarian Party We are now seeing the predictable result of the intervention: civil war in Iraq. The U.S. government’s war onIraq has worsened the lives of both …

Iraq Is In Deep Shiite

Daily Surge President Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq is wishing he’d retired and moved to Britain about now, because the situation he is in makes The Godfather look like a …

The Truth About US Troops “Sent to Iraq”

Activist Post Indeed, nearly 300 troops are being prepared to deploy to Iraq, as they would be to any nation on Earth where a US embassy is located, and may …

40 Indians Kidnapped in Iraq; US Drone Strike Kills 5 in Pakistan

The AfPak Channel – Foreign Policy “We will not spare any efforts to help the Indians in Iraq… International Red Crescent has confirmed that they have been kidnapped, but is unaware of …

Believers in Iraq

Radical If you’ve been keeping up with the news over the last few weeks, you know that the situation in Iraq is quickly worsening at the hands of ISIS (the …

Iraq crisis exclusive: US rules out military action until Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stands down (SCF)

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: An Instrument of the Western Military Alliance” (Global Research)

Only UN SC can OK use of force in Iraq — Lukashevich (ITAR-TASS)

Iraq forces fight over oil refinery (BBC)

Terrorist organization ISIS becoming major player in oil market (Voice of Russia)

Intra-Islamic Cold War and the disintegration of Iraq (RT)

Iraq exodus? Oil majors withdraw staff as terror threat rises (RT)

Iraq has slipped back into sectarian war – Turkish PM (Voice of Russia)

Back to Iraq: F-18 Super Hornets patrol desert to track ISIS forces (RT)

US air strikes in Iraq could cause heavy casualties – Turkish PM (Voice of Russia)

ISIS, Inc. – Jihadists attract investors, fighters with annual reports & glossy PR (RT)

American Imperialism and Non-Conventional Warfare in Iraq (SCF)

Iraq’s night is long (Counterpunch)

Iraq pays price of US sectarian meddling (Asia Times)

SPENGLER America wants the impossible (Asia Times)

Iraq and Syria witness de facto partition on the ground’ (RT)

‘It is very possible that the Maliki government in Iraq will fall’ (RT)

Obama ‘to bypass Congress over Iraq’ (BBC)

Growing number of Australians fighting with militants in Iraq, Syria causes gov’t concerns (Voice of Russia)

A future queen, the spy chief behind the Iraq ‘dodgy dossier’ – and a war base rendezvous (The Register)

Obama could take military action in oil-rich Iraq without Congress’ approval (Voice of Russia)

The crisis in Iraq and the response of the Turkish ruling class (WSWS)

Saudi Arabia warns of civil war in Iraq with “unpredictable consequences” (WSWS)

General cites official request from Iraqi government for US air strikes against Sunni insurgents (WSWS)

Iraq violence pushes oil prices up (Voice of Russia)

If Maliki’s a good guy, then so is Assad (The Greanville Post)

ISIS Inc.: Fanatical group attracts investors and members with glossy PR campaign and annual reports (RT)

Freedom Rider: America’s War Crime in Iraq (The Greanville Post)

American fighters begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq (Voice of Russia)

Has the US-UK War for Oil Detonated the “New Iraq”? (Dissident Voice)

Biden speaks to three Iraqi leaders to urge unity against ISIS insurgents (Voice of Russia)

The Iraq ISIS Insurgency and the Anglo-American Battle For Oil (SCF)

No airstrikes for now: US lacks intel to carry out attack in Iraq (SCF)

ISIS Iraq Offensive: Can the Empire Reassert Control of the Jihadists? (The Greanville Post)

Russia to Fulfill All Military Contract Obligations with Iraq (SCF)

18 June 2014

Obama discusses situation in Iraq with ?ongress leaders (Voice of Russia)

VIDEO: Iraqi cleric warns of ‘threat to peace’ (BBC)

‘Drawn Back Into War’ in Iraq (FAIR Blog)

September 11 Museum: An exercise in historical falsification (The Greanville Post)

US needs more intelligence data to decide on strikes in Iraq- General Martin Dempsey (Voice of Russia)

American Imperialism and Non-Conventional Warfare inIraq: Premeditated Covert Operations and the ISIS Insurgency (Global Research)

Chelsea Manning Speaks–But Who Listened? (FAIR Blog)

Iraq: Twitter Q&A with John Simpson (BBC)

The Iraq ISIS Insurgency and the Anglo-American Battle For Oil (Global Research)

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