Iraq News Links 19-20 June 2014

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US Meddling in Iraqi Affairs May Lead to More Civilian Casualties (Global Research)

Obama Exploits Iraq Crisis as Pretext for War Against Syria (Global Research)

Iraq and the Persistence of American Hegemony (The Greanville Post)

MI5 focus on tracking Syria fighters (BBC)

The U.S. Trained Terrorist Group ISIS in 2012 (Veterans Today)

Australia introduces sanctions against Russia (Voice of Russia)

Iran doubts Obama’s willingness to seriously fight terrorism (Voice of Russia)

Obama sends US military advisers to Iraq as battle rages over refinery

Obama Exploits Iraq Crisis as Pretext for War Against Syria

Chicago Tribune President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was sending up to 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq but stressed the need for a political solution to the …

Iraq Crisis Stirs Fears Afghanistan Could Be Next

ABC News 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 …

In Iraq crisis, a familiar Washington chorus emerges: Why didn’t anyone see this coming?

Washington Post Iraq indeed did blow up this month, as a Sunni extremist group few Americans had heard of — the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — overran the …

Iraq Militants Seize Old Chemical Weapons Facility

TIME Militants who have advanced across large swaths of Iraq in the past week seized a complex that was once Saddam Hussein’s top chemical-weapons …

Iraq worries keep oil near $115 a barrel

Reuters “The events unfolding in Iraq will continue to dictate the direction on the … be cautious as we head into the weekend, given what could unfold … in Iraq.

Iraq Breakup Made Easier by Turkey’s Détente With Kurds

TIME In March 2003, U.S. troops parachuted into Iraq’s north and took up positions in the most fraught conflict then going in that part of the country: A …

Iraq Needs A New Government, Leading Shiite Cleric Says

NPR (blog) As Iraq struggles to cope with rapid advances by the extremist Sunni militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the religious leader of the nation’s …

Iraq Requests US Airstrikes to ‘Break the Morale’ of Militants Baghdad has asked the U.S. to launch airstrikes against Sunni extremists running amok in Iraq, urging Washington to help halt the instability gripping …

Iraq’s higher demand for Turkish fuel a strain on border crossings

Chicago Tribune MOSCOW (Reuters) – Iraq’s extra demand for Turkish fuel due to the Baiji refinery attack will strain the limited border export capacity, Turkish Energy …

How Iraq’s Militants Are Winning The Battle Online

Huffington Post Twitter users around the world were shocked this weekend when an account linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria posted photos that appear to …

Iraq War Vets Reflect on Mission Amid Continuing Unrest

Voice of America Army Sergeant First Class Jeremy Deters served in Iraq with 1544th Transportation Company. He is still with the unit. The cost of the 8-year long war is …

1000000 Iraqis have fled their homes as ISIS continues armed siege

CNN Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) — More than a million Iraqis have been forced from their homes by conflict this year, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday — a …

Turmoil in Iraq is pushing up US gasoline prices

Washington Post Violence in Iraq is helping to make gasoline in the U.S. more expensive, depriving drivers of the usual price break between Memorial Day and July …

Why Iraq’s Awakening Councils Can’t Save the Country From al-Qaeda This Time

TIME When al-Qaeda militants attacked Iraq’s al-Askari Mosque, one of the holiest sites in Shi’ite Islam, in 2006, it unleashed a savage, sectarian war that …

Iraq conflict intensifies refugee crisis in Jordan

CBS News The war in Iraq is pushing refugees into what is already the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis. Destitute families are fleeing from both Iraq and Syria …

President Obama statement on Iraq

Daily Kos ? (Jed Lewison) President Barack Obama is also expected to announce Thursday that he is deploying about 100 Green Berets to Iraq to help train and advise Iraqi …

Is Iraq Actually Falling Apart? What Social Science Surveys Show

Informed Comment ? Juan Cole By Mansoor Moaddel. Several nationally representative surveys carried out in Iraq between 2004 and 2013 provide important facts about Iraqi …

This video explains why everything is going to hell in Iraq right now

Gizmodo ? Jesus Diaz on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo It seems that, after hundreds of thousands of deaths, Iraq is in a worse state than before the 2003 invasion? How the hell did this happen? Who are …

Flashback: All the Ways the Neocons were Wrong about Iraq

Informed Comment ? contributors (Source); “I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq, from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.

WAS BUSH RIGHT? Reports from Iraq Say Jihadi Terrorists Have Seized a Stockpile of Saddam’s … ? Norvell Rose However, now, with Iraq in turmoil, a number of reputable news organizations are reporting that the terrorist organization ISIS has taken over a …

Forget Baghdad Bob, Meet “Saad Maan” – Iraq’s Military Spokesman

Zero Hedge ? Tyler Durden Saddam Hussein had Muhammad Saeed al-Shaaf, nicknamed “Baghdad Bob” or “Chemical Ali”, to explain just how great things were in Iraq (as …

Stephen Colbert Is Loving The Iraq Pack’s Reunion Tour (Video)

Wonkette ? Doktor Zoom The crew that brought us the Iraq War is getting the band back together, and Stephen Colbert likes the tune they’re singing.

The Democratic Push to Bomb Iraq Again

David Swanson’s myFDL diary ? David Swanson The head of CAP’s “action fund” Tom Perriello is now pushing for “principled” bombings of Iraq. People forget the extent to which Democrats, who …

Obama to Congress: I don’t need new permission on Iraq

Republic Broadcasting Network ? RBN According to a White House statement, Obama went over U.S. efforts to “strengthen the capacity of Iraq’ssecurity forces to confront the threat” from the …

  Iraq in the Context of Past Polling

  Gallup.Com – Polling Matters by Frank Newport ? Frank Newport Guest post by Andrew Dugan As Islamic militants take control of wide swaths of Iraq, including the country’s second-largest city of Mosul, the Obama …


  Zero Hedge ? williambanzai7 WHiTe HouSe IRaQ/SYRiA STRaTeGY EXPLaiNeD. … 06-19 14:00: US President Obama says combat troops will not be returning to Iraq;… 06-19 …

  US should pursue three-pronged strategy in Iraq

  Global Michigan ? Diane Swanbrow ANN ARBOR—U.S. efforts to combat terrorism in Iraq and help Iraqis maintain the territorial integrity of their embattled country need to follow three …

  Obama on Iraq, Then and Now

  Patterico’s Pontifications ? Patterico Obama then: I ended the war in Iraq, and stupid Romney wanted to leave troops there. Stupid Romney! Here’s from the third presidential debate with …

  June 19th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

  The Vineyard of the Saker ? VINEYARDSAKER: Getting rid of Kafir Shia in Syria and Iraq is more important than getting rid of Zionist We will dig up the grave of Ali ibn Abi Talib inshallah and bring out …

  Iraq– A Religious Civil War That Started In 680

  DownWithTyranny! ? DownWithTyranny Democratic House leadership has basically joined Republican House leadership in back Obama’s plans for “limited” military involvement in Iraq’s …

  Iraq: Further Down the Rabbit Hole of Unknown Unknows

  Michelle Obama’s Mirror ? DEWEY FROM DETROIT We have had advisors in Iraq through our embassy, and we’re prepared to send a small number of additional American military advisers — up to 300 …

  Iraq Women’s Shelter Responds to Growing Crisis

  Latest articles from Women’s eNews ? Hajer Naili “The situation is horrific for women in Mosul,” says the president of the Baghdad-based Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. Women “are being …

  Live: Obama Remarks on Iraq

  Drudge Retort ? rcade Up to 100 U.S. special forces — probably Green Berets, Army Rangers and Navy SEALs — would go to Iraqto advise its military and collect intelligence …

  The role the Baathists in Iraq’s Sunni insurgency

  War in Context ? News Sources Now, though, with Iraq facing its gravest crisis in years, as Sunni insurgents have swept through northern and central Iraq, Mr. Maliki’s claims about …

  Obama, Congress Leaders Meeting

  Yeshiva World News ? Y.W. Editor President Barack Obama has shifted his focus away from airstrikes in Iraq as an imminent option for slowing the insurgency, in part because there are …

     Obama sending military advisers to Iraq

Yahoo News WASHINGTON (AP) — Holding back from more robust options, President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military …

  ISIS Overruns Iraq Chemical Weapons ‘Mega-Facility’

Zero Hedge However, as a former commander of Britain’s chemical weapons regiment warned, “we have seen that ISIS has used chemicals in explosions in Iraq …

  Obama Sending Advisors to Iraq, Leaves Door Open for Airstrikes

The Complex – Foreign Policy He has covered conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries in South Asia, and has reported on military matters in sub-Saharan Africa, …

  The Iraq Pack

The Colbert Report – Comedy Central Dick Cheney and friends return to the spotlight to sing a familiar tune about the Iraq War.

  Obama’s Iraq Plan

The Dish In a press conference yesterday, Obama announced a limited American response to the Iraq crisis, including the deployment of additional intelligence …

  Who Won Iraq?

Foreign Policy In Focus Iraq today is George W. Bush’s nightmare and Osama bin Laden’s wet dream.

  Iraq War Vet Sen. John Walsh: ‘America Cannot Afford Another Iraq’

Crooks and Liars Senator John Walsh (D. MT), the only Iraq War Veteran in the U.S. Senate, urges extreme caution about sending troops to Iraq.

  President Obama Outlines More Specific Plan For Iraq

Crooks and Liars President Obama reiterated that American troops would not return to Iraq. He also confirmed that up to 300 military advisors will be sent to monitor …

  ISIS Radical Islamic Terrorists Target Christians in Iraq

RedState The radical Islamic terrorist organization has unleashed well-documented terror, mass murder, and destruction over nearly one-third of Iraq. Yet, lost in …

  Al Qaeda in Iraq Seizes Saddam’s WMD Facility

FrontPage Magazine Sunni extremists in Iraq have occupied what was once Saddam Hussein’s premier chemical-weapons production facility, a complex that still contains a …

  Militants fly their black flags over Iraq refinery

The Big Story – Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants have hung their black banners on watch towers at Iraq’s largest oil refinery, a witness said Thursday, suggesting the …

  Obama: US forces won’t return to combat in Iraq crisis

News President Obama speaks about Iraq in the Brady Briefing room of the White House Thursday. Obama said the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers ..

  US action in Iraq

AEIdeas President Barack Obama took to the airwaves to make his second announcement about Iraq within a week, announcing US efforts to secure our …

  With Hindsight, Would You Still Invade Iraq?

The Dish The sole way Iraq could have continued was under a permanent American presence that gave and guaranteed state functions. President Obama’s …

  Bombing Won’t Save Iraq

CNS News Bombing cannot put Iraq together again, but it may tear Iraq further apart.


Senator John McCain – U.S. Senate “We welcome President Obama’s articulation of the U.S. national security interests that are at stake in Iraq, especially the threat posed by ISIS.

  Throwback Thursday: 9 Reasons the Bushies Have No Credibility on Iraq Whatsoever

The Daily Banter With former Bush administration officials and other such neoconservatives coming out of the woodwork to offer their super ideas on the situation in Iraq …

Megyn Kelly grills John Bolton and Andrew McCarthy on Iraq

The Right Scoop John Bolton frustrated Megyn Kelly a bit tonight with his singular focus on the current state of Iraq, as she wanted to discuss the legitimacy of the …

  No matter what Obama does/doesn’t do about Iraq, he won’t consult

Allen B. West The situation in Iraq is worsening by the hour and the duplicitous hypocrisy of Obama is deafening. If there were ever a “Red Line” moment, sure …

Attack on Iraq Would Violate US Law, Experts Warn (Global Research)

Putin reiterates Russia’s support to Iraq government efforts to do away with terrorists (ITAR-TASS)

Russian Foreign Minister arrives in Saudi Arabia, to discuss Syria, Iraq (ITAR-TASS)

The Democratic Push to Bomb Iraq Again (Global Research)

Fierce battles for key Iraqi sites (BBC)

Iraq falling apart: the forces behind the insurgency (

UK, Aussie jihadists call to join ISIS militants in Iraq, Syria (RT)

The ISIS Fiasco: It’s Really an Attack on Iran (Global Research)

US fired depleted uranium rounds at civilian areas during 2003 Iraq campaign – report (Voice of Russia)

‘Blair should be lecturing on Iraq from the dock at the International Criminal Court’ (RT)

US, Israel, KSA Trio Back ISIL: Duff (Veterans Today)

Syria’s Election and the Role of the Islamic State of Iraqand the Levant (ISIL): Mahdi Nazemroaya (Global Research)

America pursuing regime change in Iraq again (RT)

Understanding The Iraq Crisis, Selected Articles (Global Research)

Iraqi Hydrocarbon Prize of U.S. Invasion in Danger (Dissident Voice)

Iraq’s Next PM? Ahmed Chalabi, Chief Peddler of False WMDs, Meets U.S. Officials as Malaki Falters (Democracy Now!)

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa Proposes Ban on U.S. Military Deployment in Iraq Without Congressional Backing (Democracy Now!)

The Contradictions of the U.S. Riding the Jihadist Tiger (The Real News Network)

The assassin’s guide to Western ‘democracy’ (RT)

‘In Iraq the US is getting exactly what it wants’ (RT)

UN rushes aid as over one million hit by Iraq fighting (Voice of Russia)

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric says Jihadists must be expelled from country now (Voice of Russia)

VIDEO: Raw video shows BBC under ISIS attack (BBC)

Iraqi air strikes against ISIS militants kill 70 insurgents (ITAR-TASS)

Fierce battles for key Iraqi sites (BBC)

Obama exploits Iraq crisis as pretext for war against Syria (WSWS)

Lavrov to discuss Syria and Iraq during his visit to Saudi Arabia (Voice of Russia)

US fired depleted uranium rounds in civilian areas during 2003 Iraq campaign – report (RT)

US to send military advisers to Iraq (BBC)

Sunni radicals captures former chemical weapons factory in Iraq (Voice of Russia)

Socialist Alliance: No more military intervention in Iraq! (Links)

All you need to know about ISIS and what is happening in Iraq (RT)

From Iraq to Syria: How to transport men and weapons without really trying (NEO)

US ready to send 300 military advisors to Iraq to help secure Baghdad (Voice of Russia)

A Premeditated Policy? ISIS, An Expression of Imperialism in Iraq (4th Media)

Obama appeals Iran to stop exciting sectarian tide (Voice of Russia)

The Truth About US Troops “Sent to Iraq” (The Greanville Post)

US Fired Depleted Uranium at Civilian Areas in 2003 Iraq War (4th Media)

Mosul Captured: Turkey’ Involvement in Iraqi Events (SCF)

Military Aid to Iraq Must Receive UN Approval – Russian Foreign Ministry (SCF)

The Past and Future of the Al Saud Dynasty Part 2 (NEO)

U.S. Again Gunning For “Regime Change” In Iraq (4th Media)

US-Sponsored Terrorism in Iraq and “Constructive Chaos” in the Middle East (4th Media)

19 June 2014

Iraq: The US Sponsored Sectarian “Civil War” is a “War of Aggression”, The “Supreme International Crime” (4th Media)

ISIS Fiasco: It’s Really an Attack on Iran (4th Media)

Tony Blair, Phantom of the Opera (The Greanville Post)

The Iraq War Ten Years Later: Declassified Documents Show Failed Intelligence, Policy Ad Hockery, Propaganda-Driven Decision-Making (Global Research)

The US Invasion of Iraq: The Most Cowardly War ever Fought in History (Global Research)

The Fall of Iraq – What You Aren’t Being Told (The Greanville Post)

Texans arrested for attempting to aid rebel fight in Syria – the U.S. government doesn’t like competition from the private sector (Levant Post)

Back to Iraq, and Welcome to the Suicide State (Global Research)

Is ISIL really Sunni? (Veterans Today)

Everything You Need to Know on Iraq (Global Research)

WHEN WILL IT STOP? Let us all remember the Highway of Death and other crimes (The Greanville Post)

Washington’s Rats are Abandoning Maliki (This Can’t Be Happening)

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