What does ISIS’ declaration of a caliphate mean?

Two photos put out by Washington and Baghdad of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Photo: AFP)

Jun 30, 2014, al Akhbar

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has now officially become a global Islamic caliphate. It took 14 months for its leader, who is known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, to set himself up as a ruler “by order of God.” He is not only the “commander of the faithful” now, but also the caliph-at-large, and the “successor” of Prophet Mohammad. The historical declaration took place on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan of the year 1435 AH (2014 AD).

On Sunday, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, spokesperson for ISIS, declared the creation of the Islamic caliphate, “the jihadis’ long-running dream.” This marks the first time the caliphate has been “restored” by anyone since Ataturk abolished it almost 90 years ago.

A few thousand ISIS fighters have ostensibly abolished the borders drawn by the Sykes-Picot Agreement. Meanwhile, ISIS has been rebranded as the global Islamic State (IS). Its black banner, once flapping over the land between Aleppo and Diyala, now sits above a borderless entity with absolute authority over all Muslim lands.

ISIS, or IS, believes that pledging allegiance to the new caliph is a duty for every Muslim, and those who fail or refuse to do so shall be deemed as apostates, and will be fought and struck down. This was clearly stated by Adnani, who said, “Beware of splitting the ranks. Those who want to split the ranks, strike their heads with bullets […].”

But what is the meaning of declaring an Islamic caliphate? A Salafi cleric says, “It means that borders and barriers among Islamic countries are now invalid. There will be a single Islamic economic system and currency, and an army to defend it.” He continued, “It also means there will no longer be any subservience to any country, requiring the establishment of universities and factories to make Muslims a major power in all fields.”

ISIS, represented by its senior leaders and notables, decided to declare the Islamic caliphate and to install a caliph for the Muslims, having in its view satisfied all the requirements to do so. These requirements are the same ones caliphs supposedly needed since about 1,400 years ago.

According to Salafi clerics, the caliph is required to rule a territory in every sense of the word, and not in a provisional manner. They argue that ISIS staked its claim to the caliphate on the basis that it controls vast swaths of territory, in addition to having funds, an army, and a population under its control, though ISIS did not take into account the fact that each era should have a different concept for what a state should be. Adnani had specified the role of the state as being to release prisoners, appoint governors and judges, collect taxes, and disseminate religious education, among other functions.

Some radical Islamists have criticized ISIS for declaring a caliphate without first obtaining the unanimous consent of the nation’s scholars of religion. If Baghdadi is to be a caliph for all Muslims, then is it enough for him to obtain the consent of all scholars of Iraq and Syria – assuming that even this could happen to begin with?

What is certain is that the declaration of the caliphate puts all militant Islamic groups in an awkward position. Addressing such groups, ISIS had declared, “The legitimacy of your groups is null and void. It is a sin for any of you to sleep this night without pledging allegiance,” adding that other militant groups delay victory because they are a cause for divisions.

One supporter of al-Nusra Front has questions about the meaning of this caliphate too. He said the move means that Taliban and various al-Qaeda-linked groups, in addition to jihadi groups active in different countries, would henceforth be committing a sin, and fighting them and killing their members is a duty, unless they accept Baghdadi as the caliph.

In turn, a member of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades weighs in. He told Al-Akhbar, “There is no good in declaring a caliphate under these circumstances; it is something that has evil consequences, which means it is invalid.”

The young Lebanese man, who is wanted by the authorities for his affiliation to a terrorist group, continued, “Its establishment at this time ruins everything that the mujahidin…have built everywhere. The declaration means that anyone who does not pledge allegiance to them will be declared an apostate and sentenced to die.”

When asked whether he was going to give his allegiance to the self-proclaimed caliph Baghdadi, he said, “I will not split the ranks, but I will definitely not pledge allegiance. I would rather be beheaded a thousand times than do so, because I cannot accept a law that makes it lawful to kill thousands of Muslims unjustly.”

In the same vein, a leader in ISIS’ rival al-Nusra Front said, “Baghdadi ruled that Sheikh Joulani was an apostate for reneging on his allegiance to the emir [i.e. Baghdadi] even though his allegiance was something recommended rather than compulsory.” He continued, “By declaring the caliphate, they are forcing all groups in the Islamic world to be with ISIS in everything, including in its war with al-Nusra, or risk be seen as rogue and as something that ISIS soldiers must fight.”

Another Salafi cleric says that declaring the caliphate is the “essence of folly,” adding that ISIS does not meet the real requirements for doing so. He said, “Does military might establish a state? What about economists and pedagogues? In my opinion, this is suicide that will accelerate its collapse.”

Now that the Islamic caliphate is a fait accompli, jihadis say that all eyes will be on Mecca and Medina next. They say that the caliph will move to appoint envoys to every “wilaya” – a historical term for the provinces of an Islamic state.

Who knows, the wilaya of Lebanon may have its very own emir soon (reports about the appointment of a man named Abdul-Salam al-Urduni as emir of ISIS in Lebanon are incorrect, according to security sources). Perhaps the answer lies with Hizb-ut-Tahrir, the Islamist party that has been calling for years for the restoration of the caliphate.

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This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

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Syria in the Last 24 Hours June 30, 2014

Army Regains Control over Strategic Towns near Aleppo Industrial City

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army seized back control over two strategic towns in Aleppo countryside in the Northern parts of the country.

The army units took control of Al-Moqbeleh and Al-Mohseniya towns in Aleppo Industrial City in the Northeastern parts of Al-Sheikh Najjar Industrial City on Monday.

The Syrian army has now completed its siege of Aleppo Industrial City, paving the way for its imminent liberation operations against the militants in there.

On Saturday, reports said that the Syrian army units are preparing for a full-fledged war in the Northern city of Aleppo.

Military analysts say after the liberation of Aleppo prison the Syrian army has ushered in a new era in its confrontations with the militants.

The army units have regained control of several strategic areas in Aleppo, including Tal Qazan as well as air defense bases and a major part of the region that was previously under fire by the militant groups.

 Syrian Army Launches Fresh Operations to Liberate Strategic Hills Near Lebanese Border

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army started fresh operations to liberate a number of strategic hills near the country’s border with Lebanon.

The Syrian army units are engaged in fierce clashes with the militants in a region across the border from Lebanon’s Arsal region to liberate several strategic hills in there.

The latest reports from the battlefield said army units are now trying to liberate Zahr Al-Rahveh hills.

Also in the past 24 hours, the Syrian army purged 7 towns in Qamishli countryside of armed groups.

The seven towns included Khorbah Jadou, Abu Jalal, Khorbah Jamou, Molouk al-Saraya, Om Jafar, al-Jadidah and Om Jafar Azou.

The Syrian forces freed the towns after massive military operations in Reef (countryside) Qamishli in Hasaka province in the Northeastern parts of the country.

Also on Sunday, a military source said that the Syrian army restored security and stability to Zgharo village and regained control over Zgharo mountain in Rabiaa district in the Northern countryside of Lattakia.

The source told the state news agency that army units also killed a number of militants and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

A military source said that an army unit foiled armed groups’ attempt to infiltrate towards the safe areas in al-Ashrafiyeh in Aleppo city, killing and injuring a number of militants.

In Qunaitera, an army unit destroyed several vehicles with all militants inside in the villages of Ain al-Tina, al-Alia, Tal al-Mahes, Tal al-Jabia, al-Sawwaia and al-Hajja.

Army units targeted militants’ concentration centers in the villages of Haurata, Om Sharshouh, al-Tiba in Homs countryside, killing many militants and injuring others.

Syrian army on Sunday restored security and stability to Zgharo village and regained control over Zgharo mountain in Rabiaa district in the Northern countryside of Lattakia, a military source said.

The source told the state news agency that army units also killed a number of militants and destroyed their weapons and ammunition.

A military source said that an army unit foiled armed groups’ attempt to infiltrate towards the safe areas in al-Ashrafiyeh in Aleppo city, killing and injuring a number of militants.

Meantime, President Bashar al-Assad expressed Syria’s appreciation for Russia’s stances in support of the Syrian people and the sovereignty and independence of nations, as well as the peoples’ right to self-determination which, he said, have consolidated its international role.

President al-Assad’s comment came during his meeting on Saturday with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov who is in Damascus on an official visit, Syrian Arab News Agency reported.

The President added that Syria is keenly interested in continuing coordination and consultations with Russia in the interest of the world and the region’s nations.

While highlighting the threat that growing terrorism and extremism in the region pose to regional and international security and stability, President al-Assad said this danger requires the synchronized efforts of all countries to counter it in every possible way.

Ryabkov, who conveyed to President al-Assad the Russian leadership’s congratulations for his win in June 3 presidential elections, said the vote has demonstrated the Syrian people’s commitment to their sovereignty and rejection of foreign meddling in their internal affairs.

The elections have, moreover, shown the Syrians’ support for President al-Assad and his policies, said the Russian official, affirming that Russia will continue to hold firm to its position in working as a friend and partner of Syria for “establishing security and stability in the region”.

Ryabkov applauded the Syria’s “immense efforts” for removing its chemical stockpile after having fulfilled its obligations in this regard “amid tough circumstances and a war it wages against terrorism,” a success that, he said, “attests to the Syrian government’s strength, firmness and credibility in delivering on its commitments”.

Syrian Army Begins Fresh Operations in Lattakia Countryside

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army started fresh operations in Lattakia countryside to purge strategic towns of militants.

The army units managed to purge terrorists from the town of Zagharou in al-Rabia countryside and also regained control of Zagharou strategic mountain peak.

The latest reports from the battlefield said the army has now begun advancing from Kharbeh Soulas towards the highly strategic Qamam region.

The army’s control over the Zagharou mountain peak is seen to carry much strategic importance as it has been under the control of the militants for more than two years now.

A Syrian military source confirmed the beginning of military operations in Lattakia countryside, and said that the main purpose for carrying out the Syrian army operations is maintaining security in Syria’s coastal regions and preventing militants’ attacks on these areas.

On Friday, Syrian troops staged massive attacks on the foreign-backed insurgents’ strongholds in various areas across the countryside of Lattakia, killing and injuring a large number of anti-Syrian fighters, and wounding several others in the battlefronts.

At least 23 militants were killed and many others were injured during army operations in the villages of al-Rabia, al-Moeitmeh and Saqieh in the Northern countryside of Lattakia, a military source said.

As’ad Zreiq, a leader from Al-Nusra Front terrorist group, Ahmad Balsha and explosive expert Ahmad al-Sous were among the killed rebels.

Army also attacked militants’ strongholds in the villages of Deir-Hanna, Ketf al-Roumman and al-Qasab in the coastal province.

Armed forces targeted rebels in the towns of al-Qantara, al-Qasab, al-Hamrat, Drousha, Deir Hanna and Ghmam in the Northern countryside, which left scores of anti-government fighters dead.

Suicide Bomb Targets Zahran Allouch Militants in Eastern Gouta
Local Editor
.A suicide bomb targeted a gathering for Zahran Allouch supporters in the town Midaa in eastern Gouta, Killing and injuring dozens.

The militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) then clashed with those of the so-called Jaish Al-Islam (Army of Islam) and kidnapped dozens of them.

Reports asserted that the suicide bomber is Abu Mohammad al-Ansari, an ISIL fighter.

It is worth noting that the Jaish Al-Islam earlier announced that it had controlled the whole town.

Source: Al Manar TV

Syrian Army Kills Scores of Terrorists in Different Provinces
Local Editor
Syrian ArmyThe Syrian army units eliminated Monday armed terrorists’ groups in several provinces, killing and injuring a number of their members and destroying their weaponry, SANA reported.

In Aleppo, the Syrian army killed a number terrorists in different areas.

The army units also destroyed terrorists’ vehicles with all the terrorists inside them in Hreitan, Alliramoun, Deir Jamal, Handarat, Anadan and the Industrial City.

In Quneitra countryside, the Syrian army targeted a den for armed terrorist groups affiliated to al-Nusra Front near a school in Koudneh, leaving a number of terrorists dead and wounded.

In Daraa, the Syrian army thwarted an attempt by an armed terrorist group to infiltrate areas in al-Manshiyeh in Daraa al-Balad, killing and injuring its members.

In Idleb countryside, army units targeted terrorist gatherings, leaving many terrorists dead or injured.

Source: Agencies


Syrian Army Victories, Statements, Daily Reports from the Battlefield

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خفايا غزوة الموصل!

وكالة أوقات الشام الإخبارية

*محمد صادق الحسيني / القدس العربي

 لا يختلف اثنان من المتابعين بامعان لما حصل في العراق اخيرا تحت يافطة «الانتصار لسنة العراق» او «الانتفاضة على استبداد المالكي» بان ما بات يعرف بغزوة الموصل انما هي خطوة اكبر من ان تحصر في أروقة العملية السياسية العراقية او حتى في اطار ظاهرة تمدد داعش او ما تسميه هذه المنظمة الارهابية بتشكيل دولة العراق والشام كما يحاول البعض ان يضعها كذلك ….!

اسئلة كثيرة مجرد طرحها هي التي ستجيب عن الحجم الذي يحمله مخطط الهجوم على محافظة نينوى في التوقيت الذي حصلت فيه ….
1ـ لماذا اتى الهجوم مباشرة بعد نجاح الاستحقاق الرئاسي الموفق في سورية والذي انتج فيما انتج ممارسة اقتراع ديمقراطية افرزت انتخاب رجل ظلت اكثر من مئة دولة في العالم تحت قيادة واشنطن وتل ابيب طوال اكثر من ثلاث سنوات وهي تصر على اعتباره غير ديمقراطي وان ايامه معدودة ….؟!

2ـ لماذا اتى الهجوم بعد فشل محادثات بعيدة عن الانظار بين اكثر من عاصمة في الدنيا كانت مصممة على اجبار المقاومة الاسلامية اللبنانية وحلفائها التخلي عن مرشحهم الحقيقي لرئاسة الجمهورية في لبنان !؟

3ـ لماذا حصل الهجوم بعد ان يئست الاطراف الاقليمية المتعددة من ايجاد معادلة تكافؤية كما يسمونها بين ما يسمونها بالمعارضة السورية المعتدلة وبين حكومة الرئيس بشار حافظ الاسد!؟
4 ـ لماذا قرر محافظ الموصل وهو رجل الدولة الذي يمثل الحكومة المركزية في بغداد والمعين من قبل رئيس الوزراء نوري المالكي ترك حبل المدينة على غاربها و لما خرج منها تاركا اياها في مهب رياح الوحوش الكاسرة عاد وكشف انه خدع وترك وحيدا وانه قد تم استخدامه اداة في اطار مخطط اكبر كما شرح بالتفصيل لصحيفة دي بلادت السويدية ..!؟

5 ـ اين هو القنصل التركي الذي قيل بانه تم اختطافه وعشرات الديبلوماسيين والموظفين الاداريين من القنصلية التركية اثناء الهجوم على الموصل وما هي حقيقة مثل هذا السيناريو الذي لعب باتقان لغاية في نفس اردوغان !؟

6 ـ لماذا انسحبت عشرات الالوف من قوات البيشمركة الكردية ومثلها من القوات المحلية من الموصل وغيرها من المدن والبلدات من محافظات « الاكثرية السنية « بشكل منظم وممنهج وباتقان تاركة الدواعش تفتك باهل تلك المدن والبلدات وتهدم بناها التحتية وتعيث فسادا فيها !؟

7 ـ لماذا اقدمت حكومة اقليم كردستان العراق على اجتياح مدينة كركوك و ضمها الى الاقليم واعلان ان المادة 140 المخصصة لمناقشة مستقبل كركوك حتى يتم التوصل الى صيغة توافقية بشأنها !؟

8 ـ كيف ولماذا باشرت حكومة اقليم كردستان العراق وباسرع من البرق ببيع نفط الاقليم ناقلة وراء ناقلة وباسرع ما يمكن تصوره الى الحكومة التركية لتصبح هي الوسيط النزيه والطرف الوحيد القادر على تنفيذ هذا الحلم الكردي القديم قدم تأسيس الكيان الصهيوني !؟

9 ـ لماذا فتحت الحدود لداعش باتجاه العراق بعد فشل محادثات ايران امريكا النووية اي تماما يوم يئست واشنطن من لي ذراع طهران ..!؟

10 ـ لماذا لم نسمع باسم اي شخصية اعتبارية سورية او عراقية او عربية او اسلامية معروفة من بين زعماء داعش او اي من الفصائل المسماة جهادية وغلبة الاسماء المجهولة التاريخ والمشتبه بها سواء كانت عربية او من بلدان اسلامية او غربية او اوروبية على قيادة هذه الفصائل العجيبة الغريبة !

11ـ هل حان وقت تنفيذ مخطط برنارد لويس لتقسيم الوطن العربي والعالم الاسلامي!’

12ـ هل كانت غزوة الموصل جزءا من قرارات مؤتمر هرتزيليا السنوي الذي عقد بالقرب من تل ابيب قبل اسابيع قليلة !؟

13 ـ هل ثمة توافق اقليمي صهيوني – عربي « اعتدالي « تركي بتسليم الموصل لحكومة انقرة في اطار خطة تقسيم العراق الى اقاليم كونفدرالية في اطار فك وتركيب جغرافية المنطقة السياسية يتم من خلالها شطب بعض الدول الخليجية الصغيرة ومسحها عن الخارطة مثل الكويت والبحرين والمنطقة الشرقية في بلاد الحرمين الشريفين ….!؟

14 هل ثمة دور بريطاني اسرائيلي خاص هو الذي يقف وراء تقسيم العراق الى ثلاثة اقاليم جيو – طاقية اي تقسيم ذخائر نفط العراق ومعادنه على الاقاليم الثلاثة المذكورة بطريقة متقنة تخدم مصالح الدول الكبرى المهيمنة والمؤثر ة على سياسات الطاقة العالمية !؟

15 ـ ما هي العلاقة بين حرب المياه المفتوحة التي يمكن لتركيا ان تشنها على كل من سورية والعراق بسبب سيطرتها على منابع دجلة والفرات المتواجدين على اراضيها وبين حاجة انقرة الصناعية والتجارية الى مخازن وحقول الطاقة في الموصل من جهة وسوق النفط «الكردية» من جهة اخرى !؟

ولماذا ولماذا ولماذا كثيرة اخرى كلها تصب عمليا باتجاه واحد الا وهو :
ان قرار غزوة الموصل ليس نتاج او حصيلة حركة احتجاج عراقية داخلية حتى وان وجدت هذه الخطوة تعاطفا هنا او هناك او اجراء او منفذين او بيئة حاضنة لها هنا او هناك او حتى عملاء مباشرين ….
انه قرار دولي خطير له علاقة مباشرة بالمواجهة الكبيرة الدائرة على المستوى الجيو استراتيجي بين المشروع الهيمني الامريكي و بين مشروع المقاومة الايراني السوري اللبناني والذي تحاول بغداد جاهدة الانخراط فيه….
اريد من ورائها ولا يزال ما يلي :
اشعال حروب فتن سنية شيعية متنقلة لا تنتهي لعشرات السنين …
اشعال حرب عربية فارسية ـ ايرانية ـ تثار خلالها الاحقاد والضغائن قدرالامكان قد تصل حتى ادخال مصر الجديدة لو لزم الامر وهي التي تعيش مخاض التحول والتغيير وامتحان العودة الى دور اقليمي وعالمي يليق بها ….

اشعال حريق كبير في لبنان يعرض مشروع المقاومة لخطر حرب اهلية من نمط جديد كان يمكن ان يصبح الحلقة الاخطر في المخطط الجهنمي المرسوم…..
باختصار شديد فان غزوة الاحزاب الموصلية لم يكن بامكانها ان تنطلق بذلك التسارع والاندفاع لولا وجود قرار دولي كبير وارادة دول عظمى يعتقد عديد من المتابعين انه اسرائيلي بريطاني اضطرت ادارة الرئيس اوباما للالتحاق به سريعا حتى لا يفوتها القطار فتخسر الانتخابات التكميلية او الفرعية على مستوى الكونغرس والتي باتت على الابواب في الخريف المقبل ….

وما التخبط الكبير الذي تمر به الادارة الامريكية في سياساتها الخارجية العامة تجاه دول المنطقة سواء في سورية او لبنان او العراق او ايران الا انعكاس واقعي لحدة الجدل الكبير المحتدم داخل اروقة البيت الابيض والكنيست الاسرائيلي وحكومة نتانياهو حول كيفية التعاطي مع منظومة الدفاع الوطني اللبنانية والتي باتت الذراع المقتدرة والاقوى القادرة على لجم اي مخطط عدواني على جبهة المقاومة مجتمعة ….

وما سميناه في بداية غزوة داعش بانه مواجهة ايرانية اسرائيلية على تخوم بغداد نعيد اليوم لنؤكد عليه ونضيف بانه قد يكون ايضا ضربات وقائية لمنع اندلاع حرب تحرير اصبع الجليل بعد تعاظم دور حزب الله كما ونوعا وتسلحا وخبرة وتدبيرا ودورا …!

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Media Disinformation and “Manufactured Dissent”: Interview with Michel Chossudovsky [VIDEO]

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Iraq in the Last 24 Hours June 30, 2014


Iraqi Security Forces Dismantle Terrorist Groups in Southern Baghdad

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq’s security forces annihilated several terrorist groups in the Southern parts of the capital on Monday.

The security forces raided the hideouts of the terrorist groups in Al-Dorreh and Al-Ghazaliyeh regions in the capital, killing and injuring scores of terrorists and arresting others.

Al-Dorreh is a region in Southern Baghdad and along the Western coasts of Tigris River. Many important government organizations and centers as well as Al-Dorreh Oil Refinery and Al-Dorreh Electricity Post are located in AL-Dorreh region.

Meantime, reports from Mosul said Pishmarga forces have discovered and dismantled explosive packages in Western Mosul.

Other reports said Iraq’s army continues its advances in the Northern parts of the country.

Earlier in the day, Iraqi fighter jets killed three ISIL terrorists in an air raid in Northern Baquba.

“The Iraqi Army warplanes targeted and killed three terrorists in Injana village located between Salahuddin and Diyala provinces,” security sources said on Monday morning.

Iraq: Security Forces Kill ISIL Commander in Kirkuk

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi security forces killed the commander of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group in Kirkuk on Monday.

“The security forces have killed a guerrilla commander in Kirkuk,” a security source said, Iraq’s national news agency reported.

“The slain terrorist was Abu Bakr Chechen, the commander of the ISIL,” the source added.

Iraq: ISIL Militants Fleeing Salahuddin in Women Dress

TEHRAN (FNA)- Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are wearing women’s dress and hid in civilians’ cars to escape from Salahuddin province in disguise after sustaining a heavy defeat in the war with Iraq’s army and volunteer forces.

“Many of the ISIL militants are fleeing Salahuddin province in family cars and in women dresses,” Head of Salahuddin Governorate Council Ahmad Al-Karim told FNA on Monday.

He said that the ISIL militants are escaping to Al-Jazeera Hamrin Mountains, and added, “The ISIL is a terrorist group supported by some regional countries and it is just trying to create a chaotic atmosphere in the region.”

Meantime, a security source in Salahuddin province announced that the Iraqi army has struck heavy blows on the ISIL.

On Monday, Iraq’s security forces and army killed large numbers of ISIL militants in violent clashes at Spiker military base in North of Tikrit, capital province of Salahuddin province.

“Fierce clashes erupted between the armed forces and the terrorists in Spiker base in the North of Salahuddin,” informed security source told Iraq’s Alforat news agency.

“The fighting resulted in killing the terrorists,” he added.

Fallujah: Iraqi Security Forces Begin Eliminating ISIL Terrorists in Saqlawiyah

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iraqi security forces began major military operations against the terrorist gangs of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Saqlawiyah area, North of Fallujah district, Anbar province, security source said.

The terrorist gangs of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had desecrated Saqlawiyah area on June 15 and committed terrible crimes against its citizens.

The Iraqi Army troops and the other security services are now repelling their terrorist attacks.

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Fear and loathing at Hotel Babylon

By Pepe Escobar 

So now a huge Hardcore Sunnistan stretches all the way from the suburbs of Aleppo to Tikrit and from Mosul to the Jordanian/Iraqi border – the same one that dissolved in 2003 when Shock and Awe turned into Mission (Un)Accomplished. 

In an eerie echo of Dick Cheney’s army’s footprints reverberating in the sands of Anbar province, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and their coalition of the willing (jihadis, Islamists,

Ba’athists and tribal sheikhs) now pose as the “liberators” of Iraqi Sunnis from the clutches of an “evil” Shi’ite majority government in Baghdad.

In addition, ISIS also controls the PR wars. Here, a jihadi details how any sort of possible Washington “kinetic” involvement will be interpreted as an unholy alliance between the Empire and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki against the underdogs.

From a Sunni perspective, it’s down with Iraq’s Counter-terrorism law; down with de-Ba’athification (with the ascent of neo-Ba’athist Jaysh Rijal al-Tariqa al-Naqshbandia – JRTN, led by former Saddam honcho Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri); down with the Interior Ministry in Baghdad going after Sunni politicians; down with protests being crushed.

At the same time, it’s the return of the US-sponsored Sahwa (Sons of Iraq) – who fiercely fought al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2007, the mother of ISIS – and the return of assorted Shi’ite militias (Muqtada al-Sadr not only repelled the new wave of US “military advisers” – that’s how it started in Vietnam – but also warned that his own badass Men in Black will “shake the ground” fighting ISIS.) The mid-2000s are the new normal; it’s gonna be militia hell all over again.

Mesopotamia, we got a problem. Neo-Ba’athists want nothing but a secular Iraq run by Sunnis, Saddam-style (rather former neocon darling Ahmad Chalabi.) ISIS wants a Caliphate extending all across the Levant under Sharia law. Something’s got to give.

What will give will be the Iraqi nation itself – the balkanized, protracted (intended) consequence of the 2003 invasion and occupation, finally transmogrified into Jihad Central.

It’s payback time

The Obama administration’s “strategy” (remember “Don’t Do Stupid Shit”, the Ukraine strategy?) is to impose regime change on al-Maliki; after all, he had the bad taste of refusing to let US troops keep occupying Iraq past the 2012 deadline, and on top of it his government is close to Tehran.

Thus the answer to the now legendary question of how the US intel satellite maze failed to capture that long column of ISIS Men in Black in their gleaming white Toyota Land Cruisers crossing the Syrian-Iraq desert wasteland. Call it the Mother of All Intel Failures (remember Saddam’s talk of Mother of All Battles?) 

Here we have trademark Empire of Chaos “revenge” against Baghdad, Tehran and – why not – Moscow (after all Russian president Vladimir Putin offered full support to al-Maliki to fight the jihadis.) Iraq duly merges with Ukraine. And as for payback redux, it’s – almost – all spelled out here.

As for the Beltway-peddled myth – once again – of “good terrorists” and “bad terrorists”, this week Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria pledged its allegiance to ISIS. This means that ISIS now virtually controls both sides of the border, at Albu Kamal in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq. As a bonus, ISIS and allied Sunni tribal sheikhs also surrounded the US-controlled Camp Anaconda in Iraq and are ready for a long-term mortar game. Will Beltway “analysts” ever learn?

That little fiction known as Jordan – run by King Playstation, aka Abdullah – will be ripe for the taking as soon as hardcore Salafis from Zarqa (Zarqawi’s hometown) totally align with ISIS. Add that piece of real estate to the embryo Levantine Caliphate and we’ll be talking major business – oil refineries possibly included. 

“Don’t Do Stupid Shit”, applied to Syria and Iraq, means that the Obama administration has gone (almost) no holds barred in its “Assad must go” policy, by the way a Ba’ath government; what’s implied is that Washington is an ally of ISIS in Syria, while a (determined?) foe of ISIS in Iraq.

Assad’s “sin” is that he’s an ally of both Tehran (like al-Maliki) and, most of all (from an American perspective), Hezbollah. And now comes the Obama administration’s latest “Stupid Shit” – in the form of weaponizing “appropriately vetted” rebels in Syria.

Lording over this suspension of disbelief scenario, the whole Beltway, White House included, sells the illusion it is thoughtfully deliberating whether the real dangerous Men in Black here are in fact from ISIS – and what to do about them.

As some sort of Washington-Tehran cooperation against ISIS becomes self-evident, that poses a major problem for the perennial Bomb Iran crowd in the Beltway, as well as for hardliners in Tehran; after all ISIS has erected a massive geostrategic barrier between Iran and Syria, threatening Tehran’s connection with Hezbollah.

Likudniks will go no holds barred to prevent any cooperation. But that will be a detail anyway. Baghdad may get all the help it needs from Iranian special forces and militias such as Muqtada’s. ISIS does not have the manpower or the expertise to lay siege to Baghdad; people in Sadr City alone would rip them to shreds. Not to mention attack Najaf and Karbala, the Shi’ite holy cities, which are already protected by heavily armed popular brigades.

Will NATO meet Jihadistan? 

Kirkuk is now under virtual Kurd control. Its “devolution” to Baghdad will be immensely problematic – and that’s a major euphemism. Kirkuk produces around 670,000 barrels of oil a day. Up to 300,000 are exported via the pipeline to Ceyhan, in Turkey. Yet only 120,000 barrels a day have been online these past few weeks.

Iraq’s total production is 3.3 million barrels a day – the bulk concentrated in the south, around Basra. There’s no realistic evidence ISIS would ever be able to capture Basra.

So the problem remains some refineries in the north such as Baiji. Elite Iraqi counter-terrorism forces can deal with it. If ISIS by any chance would be able to hang on to some oil and gas – a major if – that’s certified joy for, most of all, market speculators. And soon there might be thousands of US special forces “securing” Iraqi oil fields and the Green Zone in Baghdad.

Assad’s Syrian Army can – and it’s already – contributing to fight ISIS. In the end, ISIS can realistically be repelled by the Syrian Army, elite Iranian special forces, Shi’ite brigades and yes – animminent cameo by those second-hand fighter jets from Russia and Belarus.

ISIS won’t take over Baghdad. But like a freak mutant, in a Hardcore Sunnistan goes Hollywood fashion, it might go even more bonkers and try to take over Amman, Doha and even Riyadh.

The Empire of Chaos will keep betting on – what else – chaos. And it’s going swimmingly its way – from the real possibility of a final push towards a Great Kurdistan (in Syria, Iraq, Turkey and even Iran) to sectarian militia hell all across Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Yemen. Not to mention all possible ramifications in Northern Africa, Central Asia and the North Caucasus.

What will Hillary Clinton, the Hillarator, do? In this case, one’s gotta wait for early 2017. She could always pull another “We came, we saw, he died” and triumphantly stage a second coming in the Levant as a droned Athena singing Light My Fire.

In the end, NATO won’t meet Jihadistan. No “responsibility to protect” (R2P) Arabs from killing Arabs. NATO will be – gleefully – “watching” in the sidelines. Because from Northern Africa and across the Middle East to the Caucasus and all the way to Western China, the name of the (burning) game is to keep Dr Zbig Brzezinski’s “Eurasian Balkans” ever simmering in a funeral pyre. 

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

He may be reached at pepeasia@yahoo.com.

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Saudi King Sacks Deputy Defense Minister

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Saudi King Abdullah bin AbdulazizSaudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz sacked the deputy defense minister on Saturday less than two months after he was appointed, the state news agency reported.

The royal decree said the decision to relieve Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdul-Aziz of his post came upon the recommendation of Crown Prince Salman, the defense minister. No reason was given for the order.

Moves in the ruling family are closely watched at home and abroad for clues to who will rule the world’s top oil exporter.

Prince Khaled was moved to the post of deputy defense minister in May when King Abdullah removed him from his position as governor of Riyadh Province and appointed his son, Prince Turki, in his place.

The move was seen as strengthening the grip of his branch of the ruling dynasty as it approaches a difficult decision over how to transfer power to the next generation.

King Abdullah, who is over 90, has made a series of changes and appointments over the past two years that have consolidated the position of his allies in the family.

The most recent was the appointment of Prince Muqrin, the youngest of King Abdulaziz’s sons to survive into adulthood, as deputy crown prince, a newly created position that makes him next in line to rule after King Abdullah and Crown Prince Salman.

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Blackwater threatened to kill US investigator in Iraq



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Contractors of the US private security firm Blackwater secure the site of a roadside bomb attack in central Baghdad, July 5, 2005. (AFP Photo/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Washington (AFP) – The top manager in Iraq of the notorious private security firm Blackwater threatened to kill a US State Department investigator for probing the company’s performance, the New York Times reported Monday.


The Times, citing an internal State Department memorandum, said the threat came just weeks before Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 civilians on September 16, 2007 in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.

However US embassy officials in Baghdad sided with Blackwater and the State Department investigators were ordered to leave, The Times said.

Four former Blackwater employees are currently on trial in a US court for the Nisour Square deaths.

The killing, seen as an example of the impunity enjoyed by private security firms on the US payroll in Iraq, exacerbated Iraqi resentment toward Americans.

The lead State Department investigator, Jean Richter, warned in the memo dated August 31, 2007, that little oversight of the company, which had a $1 billion contract to protect US diplomats, had created “an environment full of liability and negligence.”

Blackwater guards “saw themselves as above the law,” Richter wrote.

The Times posted a link to the document at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/30/us/30blackwater-documents.html

According to a State Department memo, Daniel Carroll, Blackwater’s project manager in Iraq, told Richter after an argument “that he could kill me at that very moment and no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq.”

Richter wrote: “I took Mr Carroll’s threat seriously. We were in a combat zone where things can happen quite unexpectedly, especially when issues involve potentially negative impacts on a lucrative security contract.”

A fellow State Department investigator who witnessed the exchange corroborated Richter’s report in a separate statement.

Blackwater, whose license to work in Iraq was revoked by Baghdad, has since been renamed twice and after merging with a rival firm is now called Constellis Holdings.

The State Department cancelled its contract with the company soon after President Barack Obama took office in January 2009.

15 suicide bombers recently arrived to Lebanon: Western intelligence

Lebanese security forces secure the area around the DuRoy Hotel after a suicide bomber blew himself up on the third floor. (Photo: Marwan Tahtah)
Published Monday, June 30, 2014
Lebanese army intelligence apprehended a suicide bombings operative known as Abu Ubaida Zahraman while his partner remains in hiding. Makers of the explosive belts used in DuRoy Hotel in Raouche were also arrested. Amid rumors and false news about the proliferation of suicide bombers and terrorist cells, Western intelligence sources indicated that around 20 suicide bombers arrived in Lebanon in the past two months.

Recently, Lebanese security forces obtained information from European and US intelligence that put the total number of suspected bombers in the country at 20

Surrounded by a state of emergency and panic caused by the spectre of suicide bombings looming over the country, security sources managed to direct several blows at terrorist sleeper cells in Lebanon. It became evident that they received “orders” to commence a series of operations against several targets to ignite the situation in the country.
By “coincidence,” three different security services were involved in separate operations leading to the discovery of several cells (Napoleon Hotel – Information Branch of the ISF, DuRoy – General Security, and Fnaideq and Qalamoun – army intelligence). However, these security forces became flooded with rumors.
Emergency lines at the ISF and other security services received hundreds of calls about suspects and alleged security situations, which might cause confusion and distract attention from the real perpetrators.
The General Directorate of General Security began implementing extraordinary measures in light of the operation to apprehend the terrorist cells. At Beirut airport, it refused to grant permission to around 60 passengers carrying various Arab and European passports to enter the country. This was based on the discretionary authority of General Security to forbid entry to any suspicious person.
In the meantime, General Security officers and staff are conducting a detailed survey on around 4,000 recently arrived foreign visitors, to determine any links to suspected groups or involvement in terrorist activities.
Recently, Lebanese security forces obtained information from European and US intelligence that put the total number of suspected bombers in the country at 20 (security sources said it was likely that it includes the bombers in the past three operations and the two recent detainees). The suspects are affiliated with various “jihadi” groups.
During interrogations, the detainee in the DuRoy operation said that his emir had sent him, along with the person who blew up himself, to target the General Security headquarters near the national museum. This was in retaliation for the arrest of Abdul-Malik Abdul-Salam (a Jordanian known as the “wolf of al-Qaeda,” apprehended along with Shadi al-Mawlawi from Tripoli and a Qatari citizen, who was released and handed over to his country’s authorities). The suspect added that al-Munzer al-Hassan informed them of the new target, al-Saha Restaurant in Dahiyeh, after arriving in Beirut.
In further developments, General Security raided a hotel in the Saifi neighborhood on Saturday, after the hotel management informed them about a Jordanian guest who asked to be sent to al-Saha restaurant to fulfil his dream. The hotel told the security forces that the man did not look older than 20, and that he carried an unknown device in his pocket.
Based on this description, which matched the profile of previous suicide bombers, the security forces apprehended the young Jordanian (born in 1996), who only carried with him $30 and a one way ticket to Lebanon. His cell phone did not contain a SIM card, which he might have ingested, and he did not carry explosives or other devices, claiming to be a tourist. Investigations are ongoing and he will be deported in the event of lack of evidence of links with terrorist groups.
On the other hand, army intelligence continued to interrogate M. Zahraman, aka Abu Ubaida, who was arrested in Fnaideq and is suspected of several terrorist crimes. A few days earlier, army intelligence had arrested another suspect with the same name, but who is less important. The army began its monitoring operation after receiving information that Abu Ubaida has a brother called Haitham, whom they found in the Fnaideq family register.
Abu Ubaida is accused of being a “member of a terrorist organization and suspected of involvement in security operations and recruiting terrorists.” Following his arrest, it became apparent that he was linked to some of the recent terrorist bombings.
Security sources indicated that Zahraman is the partner of al-Munzer al-Hassan, suspected of delivering the explosive belts to the Raouche suicide bombers. The two men were key in operations by extremist groups against several targets. According to the sources, Abu Ubaida – in his thirties and with a clean record – was close to al-Taqwa Mosque imam, Sheikh Salem al-Rafei.
In light of Zahraman’s arrest, army intelligence apprehended M. Khaled and A. Kanaan in Fnaideq, for their links with the two primary suspects. However, it is not yet clear if they belonged to Abdullah Azzam Brigades or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is more likely. Security sources maintained that Abu Ubaida had employed both Khaled Kanaan in making the bombs and preparing the explosives belts.
Based on the confessions obtained, the sources explained that the belts delivered to the Saudi suicide bombers in DuRoy were the last ones made. The army confiscated several prepared explosives, belts, and ball bearings in a cave in Fnaideq. The location was revealed by Kanaan, who also said it was being used to prepare the bombs.
According to a statement by the army, the cave contained “ready explosives, weapons, DVDs, and several several mobile phones and SIM cards, in addition to documents and books on preparing explosives.”
Army intelligence had been looking for al-Hassan in Baddawi camp, where he arrived in one of two identified cars. However, he quickly disappeared. Security sources said it is likely al-Hassan fled on a motorcycle in the direction of Akkar. Khaled claimed the piece of land used to prepare the explosives belonged to the suspect in hiding. Several mortar shells, hand grenades, and explosives were found buried in the ground.
The Qalamoun cell, on the other hand, was planning to assassinate the General Security office director in Tripoli, Major Khattar Naser al-Din, and was unconnected to the Fnaideq cell. The five detainees confessed that they were preparing for several operations, in addition to the assassination, not carried out by suicide bombers. They had planned to plant explosives in several centers in Beirut and the Bekaa to “cause strife between the Sunnis and the Shia,” according to security officials.
Security sources indicated that the five detainees do not make up the whole cell, as several of their associates fled to an unidentified location. The sources added that the Qalamoun cell was linked to the infamous Abdullah Azzam Brigades operator Bilal Kayed, who was arrested by army intelligence two months ago.
Kayed had not mentioned the Qalamoun cell in either of his confessions to the army intelligence and the Information Branch. He was interrogated again after the arrests. A security source indicated Kayed was one of the important detainees in recent times and was very close to Abdullah Azzam Brigades’ former emir, Majed al-Majed, a Saudi citizen.
Three hundred billion liras lost
It seems that the question of imposing visas on nationals of several countries had been raised last April. The General Directorate of General Security delivered a study to the political authorities, suggesting the imposition of visas, based on the principle of reciprocity.
The study maintained that visas should be imposed on nationals of all countries that impose visas on Lebanese citizens in the same manner. General Security explained that this was mainly on security grounds, on the one hand, and for financial reasons, on the other.
According to the study, Lebanon lost 300 billion Lebanese lira in revenues due to visa exemptions to nationals of several countries in the past six years.
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Ziad Fadel 

استهداف تجمعات للإرهابيين في عرشونة والبرغوثية بريف حمص الشرقي


Saraaqeb:  The earth-shaking group called the “Jabhat Thuwwaar Saraaqeb” (Revolutionaries of Saraaqeb Front, yawn) went to Hell yesterday after the SAA trapped them like “you know what” and killed them all.  Most were foreigners, Libyans, Tunisians and Iraqis.  A flatbed with 23mm cannon was confiscated for use by the NDF in killing Saudis.  A warehouse with beaucoup weapons and ammo was also invaded and seized.  Good stuff:

  • Miqdaad Baareesh
  • ‘Aamer Saaleh

The other 17 were not identified because they either were foreign or were carrying papers belonging to refugees in Turkey.


Sarja: Fighting with no details.


Saraaqeb-Taftanaaz Road:  An underground warehouse for weapons and ammunition was pointed out by citizens to the SAA.  It contained 2 mortars, rockets and explosives with charges.  Nice grab by SAA.


Heela: Ahraar Al-Shaam were treated to an air massage by SAAF Sukhoi bombers.  No details available yet.  But, the scene is described as “shocking”.  Boo hoo hoo.


Syrian Army tanks deployed in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus on August 24, 2013.

Al-Hameediyya:  The terrorists set up a line facing an SAA strongpoint.  The terrorists belonged to a pack calling itself Liwaa` Suqoor Al-Ma’arra (Falcons of Al-Ma’arra Battalion, yawn).  They were duped into holding positions by clever SAA officers who gave them them the impression the outpost was undermanned, all the while ordering a platoon to outflank them from the east creating a nice killing zone:

  • Muhammad Khaldoon
  • Ahmad Moussaa Barakaat
  • Ibraaheem Dughaym (a/k/a “Abu Aslaan”)
  • Zuhayr Al-‘Ali
  • Ahmad Bassaam Al-Qaddoor
  • Mustafaa ‘Adnaan Al-Ibraaheem
  • ‘Abdul-Rahmaan Mustafaa Al-Bakkoor
  • Mahmoud Shammaama

Another 14 could not be identified and are believed to be foreign.


South ‘Ari Village in the Al-Rooj Plain:  SAA rolled over a pack of cannibals who were around a pickup with 23mm cannon.  All 8 criminals were killed:

  • Jaaber Muhammad
  • Ghaaleb Al-Saakhoori
  • Nooreddeen Al-Shaykh

The other 5 were not identified.


Marteen Town:  The pack calling itself the “Suqoor Al-Shaam” (The Falcons of Syria) flew straight to Hell last night after the SAA surprised them with an unannounced visit:

  • Ramadhaan Diyaab

No other carcass was identified.


‘Ayn Shayb Village:  Fighting with no details.


Heavy fighting in all these areas:  Tal Daawood, Baab-Ullaah, Kooreen, Abu-Zubayr, Baalis, Ma’ar-Zaaf, Binnish, Hantooteen, Kafr Roomaa, Sayjar, Al-Muqbila, Jabal Al-Arba’een area, Nahlayyaa, Al-Badriyya.


Shinnaan in the Zaawiya Mountains:  All foreign group found loitering around a warehouse with weapons and ammunition from Turkey.  A pickup with 23mm was taken without incident.  All surrendered.  They will be interrogated.

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تقسيم العراق أولاً.. سوريا ثانياً

تقسيم العراق أولاً.. سوريا ثانياً

 تاريخ النشر : 2014-06-29 01:28:13

ايهاب زكي

 بعد اجتماعٍ دام خمس ساعات أخيراً، عقد الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد وضيفه رئيس الوزراء العراقي مؤتمراً صحفياً، أعلنا فيه عن قيام الجمهورية العربية المتحدة، كما أعلنا محافظة أربيل عاصمة مؤقتة للجمهورية فيما ستكون مدينة القدس هي العاصمة الدائمة، وبالطبع فإن هذه مزحة ثقيلة جداً حد الجد، وبعيداً عن المزاح فقد انشغل الرأي العام الاقليمي والدولي أمس بإعلان مجموعة 3+3، والتي انبثقت عن اجتماع سداسي ضم رؤساء الدول الثلاث، إيران سوريا والعراق، والتنظيمات الثلاث، حزب الله الجهاد الإسلامي والجبهة الشعبية القيادة العامة، وهو كما أُعلن في المؤتمر التأسيسي بأن هذه المجموعة تهدف لإقامة جسور التعاون الاقتصادي والعسكري والتنسيق السياسي، وقد تم التوقيع على جميع بنود المعاهدة بما فيها اتفاقية الدفاع المشترك في حفلٍ نقلته على الهواء مباشرة جميع وسائل الإعلام، والحقيقة ما زلت لا أعرف حد اللحظة سر رغبتي الجامحة في المزاح، أو لكأن رأسي فيه ألف جزيرة وألف عربية تفبرك الأخبار وتلفق والتقارير.

يقول مختصون بشؤون الأوجاع العربية حد الإدمان، إن أُسطورية الانتصار السوري الفعلية ستتحول إلى مجرد أيقونة تاريخية معنوية أكثر منها استراتيجية في حال تم النجاح في حرب تقسيم العراق، حيث ستصبح سوريا بين ثلاث كيانات صهيونية معادية، كيان في فلسطين المحتلة وآخر في أربيل المقتطعة وثالث في الأنبار والموصل، حينها سيكون تقسيم سوريا على نفس النهج مسألة وقت، ولن يكون لبنان بالتالي استثناءً، وهذه النتائج النكبات ليست خيالاً بل محض منطق، ويصبح الكيان الصهيوني أصل كل تلك الكيانات والعامل على تحقيقها بفضل أوفياءٍ حد قتل النفس كنواطير النفط، سيصبح صديقاً للجميع داعماً للجميع خصوصاً بالسلاح حتى لا تخرج الثيران من قفص الموت المحتم، ولو أعلم الغيب لأكثرت من التوقعات بأن يحابي الكيان الأصلي بعض كياناته الفرعية على بعضها الآخر، فقد يعطي شحنتين من السلاح لكيان أربيل مقابل نفطها، فيما يعطي شحنة واحدة لكيان الأنبار مقابل عدة تفجيرات في أربيل أو في بغداد أو حتى في ذات الأنبار لا فرق، المهم أن يبقى الدم بعيداً عن وجهته الحقيقية في فلسطين المحتلة.

ولكن الفرق الوحيد أن هذه الأمة وحين نُكبت نكبتها الأولى في فلسطين، لم تكن تمتلك من وقود الحياة شيئاً، اللهم بعض بواريد صيد وأسلحة فاسدة وغلوب باشا كزعيمٍ عروبيٍ “هاشمي“، أما اليوم وهي تمتلك محور يمتد من طهران إلى غزة، مروراً بدمشق وبيروت، وهو محور يمتلك من وقود الحياة أكثر مما يهب النفط من موت، لذلك فهو لن يسمح بأن تُسحب الجغرافيا العراقية من تحت قدميه بعدما استخلصها بالدم من عين المحتل لتصبح مخرزاً في عينه هو، لأن سماحه بذلك يعني ماتقدم من محض منطق، ولكن هذا المحور يمتاز بقدرة دفاعية هائلة بقدر ما يتمتع بحكمةٍ صادمة أحياناً، وأكثر ما يثير خصومه وأعداءه أنه لم يعتد التصرف بردات الفعل المتسرعة، وأن الخطوات لا تُتخذ إلا بعد قتلها بحثاً، ولنسترجع شيئاً من عواطفنا المتألمة حين كانت تعلن مجاميع الخلافة الهائمة على حد سكاكينها عن أي انتصار لها هنا أو هناك على الأراضي السورية، وحتى ردات فعل بعضنا تجاه الصمت المريع والبرود الصقيع لقادة المحور، نكتشف الآن أن من ينتصر أخيراً يصمت كثيراً، ومن يثرثر كثيراً يصمت أخيراً، إما قتلاً أو خِزياً.

والأكثر ثرثرة الآن هم أوباما وآل نفط ومجاميع الخلافة، فأوباما قال لا معارضة في سوريا قادرة على الإطاحة بالأسد، ثم يدعو الكونجرس لدعم غير القادرين بنصف مليار دولار، وحين قارنت ثرثرته بثرثرة جارتي العجوز، اقتنعت بأن الولايات المتحدة تحتاج لرئيس مثل جارتي، على الأقل فهي تثرثر اليوم كما تثرثر في الغد وبدقة وبلا أي تناقض ولو في الفاصلة، وأما آل نفط فقد رأينا المغضوب عليه بندر بعد فشله في استثمار سفكه للدم السوري بتدمير سوريا، أصبح من المرضيين، وظهر إلى جانب الملك عبر نهر الدم العراقي، وأعطاه الثرثار أوباما فرصة ليلعب ركلات الترجيح في الملعب العراقي فلعل وعسى، وأما إعلام آل نفط فهو ثرثار بما يكفي لملئ الأرض صخباً وعويلاً، ولكنه في الغالب خارج من عمق الصحراء، والتائه في صحرائه مهما صرخ فلن يرتد له سوى رجع الصدى وإن تكاثرت حوله الأشباح مؤقتاً، وأما مجاميع الخلافة فما هم إلا صدى لحناجر النفط، ومتى سكت النفط أو أُخرس فمصيرهم التلاشي، ولكن عدونا الحقيقي الآن هو التسرع، وما الصبر إلا رفيق الانتصار وسبيل الاتحاد.

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US army manual details plan to co-opt NGOs

An Afghan civilian looks on as a US soldier patrols the streets in Ghazni on May 19, 2013. (Photo: AFP)
Published Saturday, June 28, 2014
In the never-ending era of the Global War on Terrorism, with its insurgencies and counter-insurgencies, the thin line between military and humanitarian objectives has exceedingly been blurred – both sectors have found themselves aligned, at times uncomfortably so for humanitarian workers. Last month, the release of an updated US army field manual that outlines the Americans’ doctrine for counter-insurgency continues that trend.
On May 13, a US army field manual titled, “Insurgencies and Countering Insurgencies,” was published and released to the public domain. In sum, the 200-page document is a handbook for various parts of the US army and marine corps, including the US National Guard and the Army Reserves, on how the fight against insurgencies is being conducted, with topics that range from legal considerations, to notes on understanding culture, and general explanations of the framework underlying counter-insurgency security operations. The manual was first established under former US General David Petraeus, during his time commanding the occupation of Iraq between 2007-2008, and updated every four to six years to show the progression of American counter-insurgency strategies.
Amongst the many fascinating pieces of information that shed light on the mindset and tactics that drive the American war machine are sections that discuss the role of humanitarian NGOs in a manner that presents them as a vital cog – or in the document’s own words as part of “comprehensive efforts” – in achieving military objections within the murky arena of asymmetric warfare.
At face-value the language used appears vague and benign, yet when deconstructed and understood in the context of counter-insurgency, the implications are significant.
In one of the first parts of the document that notes the involvement of NGOs, section 1-47, under the headline “Comprehensive Effort,” it states:

A comprehensive effort, at a minimum, incorporates all the capabilities of U.S. and host-nation governments, and may include intergovernmental and regional organizations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to address the root causes of the insurgency, in conjunction with military operations aimed at the insurgents themselves.

It adds that these agencies, such as multinational forces, corporations and contractors, UN and international organizations, business interests, and NGOs, are all utilized in one way or another, depending on their capabilities and level of influences, to further military strategies.

In another sub-section titled “Nongovernment Organizations,” the document notes that “NGOs may carry out their work with a very different frame of reference from that of the government,” and “rather than perceiving their organization as supporting the overall US or multinational stabilization effort, they may view the situation from the perspective of the victims of conflict, regardless of their affiliation with belligerent parties.”

This part is telling, albeit in an implicit way. It acknowledges the likelihood of a contradiction between US “stabilization efforts” and that of the needs and “perspective of the victims of conflict,” a difference that certain NGOs consider. Sub-textually, this is presented as an unfortunate circumstance.
The following paragraph is even more startling under this context.
It states: “While NGOs sometimes choose to coordinate their activities with the US government for security, policy, or funding, often they are reluctant for fear of being associated with the government’s political goals in conflict. This creates a natural but often unavoidable tension in the relationship.”
In other words, US military strategists view NGOs’ decision to work with the US to be based on how others view the political goals in a conflict. The fact that there is a possibility, a tiny inkling, that reluctance to working with the US stems from the fact that US policies violate international law and norms, or clash with the inherent ideology and policies of NGOs is not considered.
The US military’s culture of co-optation
“The way in which it frames the use of NGOs, and specifically humanitarian action, as part of a US military strategy is shameless,” Jonathan Whittall, head of humanitarian analysis department for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) told Al-Akhbar.
“A ‘comprehensive approach’ stated and used by the American military – and many militaries in different ways – has been going on for a long time, and is used to essentially co-opt non-military activities to service military agendas,” he added.
The culture of “co-opting” non-military activities by the American military, as Whittall put it, radically accelerated in the post-9/11 period, exemplified by then-US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s infamous statement in October 2001 on the role of NGOs after the invasion of Afghanistan.
“I am serious about making sure we have the best relationship with the NGOs who are such a force multiplier for us, such an important part of our combat team. We are all committed to the same, singular purpose to help every man and woman in need, who is hungry, who is without hope, to help every one of them fill a belly, get a roof over their heads, educate their children, have hope,” Powell said at the time.

The “we” in Powell’s statement is, of course, in relation to the US military apparatus and the NGO industry’s work in Afghanistan. It is presented as a unified aim, where the “civilized” society has arrived to the poor, wretched masses of Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, to save them from their own shortcomings.

The recent US army field manual’s discussions of NGOs is a continuation of that logic.
In this day and age of asymmetric warfare, it is not simply about winning battles through arms. Tools such as financial aid or health services are seen more and more as means for “stabilization” – or to use a tired cliché, “winning the hearts and minds” of a local population – in the face of military resistance to occupation and invasion.
This act places various humanitarian nongovernment organizations in a bind. For many parts of the world, humanitarian NGOs, particularly those from Western states, are perceived negatively, often painted as a willing or unwilling extension of Western conspiratorial agendas and ideologies. The co-option by the US military and others of these groups only works to reassert those beliefs. And at times they can be very true, with dangerous consequences for NGO workers and even the people they are trying to help.
“Our concern is more of the actual cooperation that might exist between organizations and the US military – whether it appears as such or not. This is because to deliver medical or other humanitarian assistance in a conflict zone, for MSF by definition excludes any collaboration with the parties of the conflict for two simple reasons,” Whittall explained.
“Firstly, collaboration with a military party makes your staff and the patients they treat a target for the opposing side. Secondly, any kind of collaboration would make our medical action a part of a military strategy, which files in the face of the most basic medical ethics where the need of the patient alone dictates the actions of the medical staff.”
A notable example of a major backlash towards the dissolution of humanitarian work and security agendas is that of the exploitation by American intelligence organizations of polio vaccinations in Pakistan to garner intelligence on security threats and potential targets, including Osama bin Laden. While the US government recently announced an end to this policy, the damage was already done – numerous Pakistani doctors have been targeted and assassinated, and insurgency groups actively denied populations access to these services out of fear, which in turn allowed polio to flourish in areas in which it believed to have been virtually eliminated.

“Throughout this manual the relationship between NGOs and US counterinsurgency operations is described as a relation based on ‘unity of purpose’ and NGOs are even referred to as ‘unified action partners.’ The purpose of a counterinsurgency is to obtain a military defeat of an enemy. The purpose of a humanitarian agency is to provide life-saving assistance to anyone, regardless of political or military affiliations, affected by conflict (or natural disaster). There is no unity of purpose in these two objectives, and portraying them as such demonstrates an ill-informed and distorted approach to the notion of humanitarian action,” the MSF official argued.

NGOs’ “da’wa to liberalism”
There have been many discussions, often heated, about delineating the roles between humanitarian and military organizations. At fleeting moments, there would be a public clash between the interests of the US military and that of the various humanitarian organizations trying to do their work in conflict zones, and attempts have been made to negotiate guidelines that would distinguish the various parties and their aims.
But, what of the inherent ideologies that underline both entities?
In a 2004 essay, titled “With or Against? Humanitarian Agencies and Coalition Counter-Insurgency,” for “Refugee Survey Quarterly” published under Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University’s Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Dr. Hugo Slim argued that humanitarian agencies need to come to terms with, and clarify, their liberal ideological foundations, that is linked, shaped, and shared by military and security agencies that they tend to criticize.
Slim wrote:

“Islamist attack and Coalition embrace in Afghanistan and Iraq have pointed something out which many multi-mandate agencies have felt it necessary to obscure. That is – quite simply – that most secular liberal agencies that travel the world to help those suffering in war-torn societies are not simply humanitarian agencies. Like any individual and any human institution they may and must do humanitarian acts but, in contrast to ICRC, they are much more than classical humanitarian agencies. They have a clear liberal vision for society. To use an Islamic term, they represent a liberal call – a da’wa to liberalism.”

Ultimately, a natural blind-spot emerges for humanitarian organizations. They become subtly or blatantly aligned to the rhetoric and aims of an American military agenda, which is routinely draped in liberal garments. The rhetoric of democracy, secularism, and human rights is commonly evoked in the realm of warfare, because of its alluring sensibilities, and often justifies the worst forms of brutality, violence, and repression.

Moreover, as both military and humanitarian sectors tap into the same ideological pool, the same criticisms usual directed towards the US military establishment can be applicable for humanitarian NGOs. Issues of double standards, self-censorship of abuses by Western groups or groups aligned with Western interests, or even simple resignation of the mechanisms of co-option under the pretext of political pragmatic are examples that are relevant and cannot be ignored.

Slim concludes by writing, “[I]t is unwise to pretend that such agencies have nothing in common with the Coalition’s objectives and method in its counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Being precise about where one agrees and where one differs is likely to make for better operations and more influential discussion than trying to obscure any common morality by draping oneself in an apparently value-free humanitarian cloak.”
The statement is a challenge to these entities. It demands that humanitarian organizations be brutally and critically honest about why they exist and why they do what they do. It also urges a grander public debate by and about these NGOs, rather than merely shrugging aside voluntary or involuntary alliance with military organizations, especially as these relationships have strikingly become the norm.
Vastly more pressing, however, is that the statement also outlines that the belief within the humanitarian sphere that the “liberal vision of society” is the best vision for every and all societies. That is problematic. Not only is that belief a modern refashioning of the historical “civilizing mission” prominent under the era of empire and colonialism, which wreaked havoc for much of the world, the assumption is also rife with arrogance and self-entitlement in its attempt to solely preside over how the “other” should live their lives and shape their societies.
This is especially perilous when these ideas and actions are defined by subjective experience of the few without taking into account the experiences and voices of parties that are or will be directly effected. The end result is various forms of oppression and continual blow-back, resulting in more conflict and instability, with the general population paying the highest price.
Even then, while there has been numerous criticisms of other humanitarian organizations who have worked and been affiliated with certain governments in the world, for example the denouncement of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and its choice to work with the Syrian regime, there has been less efforts in actively, and publicly challenging the links between the US government and military with prominent international humanitarian organizations by these organizations, the media, and more.
“The problem with the US is that they have the means to incorporate [NGOs] in a much more comprehensive way, and they have the financial resources. In the case of the US they are both huge humanitarian donors and they are the most active in terms of incorporating that into their foreign policy and military action – which is why we don’t take their funding. Others do it, but the US does it in a more extensive way,” Whittall opined.
As more wars arise in the future, followed by an army of humanitarian workers, the belief that humanitarianism and militarism are part of the same sides of the coin will linger. It will continue to do so as long as the humanitarian community does not adapt to these rapidly developing times.
Al-Akhbar attempted to contact a number of other humanitarian organizations, such as Save the Children, Oxfam, Mercy Corps, and USAID, for comment on the topic, but all have either declined, were unable to comment, or have yet to respond at the time of this writing.
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ِArab Spring: ISIL Declares so-called ’Caliphate’ from Diyala to Aleppo

ربيع العرب: دولة خلافة

أعلن المتحدث باسم تنظيم «داعش» أبو محمد العدناني، امس، «الخلافة» و«مبايعة» أبو بكر البغدادي «خليفة للمسلمين» تجب طاعته على كل المسلمين (أ ف ب)

ISIL Declares so-called ’Caliphate’ from Diyala to Aleppo

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The so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”, the terrorist armed group in Iraq and Syria, has announced the establishment of a “caliphate” straddling the two countries.

In an audio recording distributed on Sunday, the group declared its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as “the caliph” and “leader for Muslims everywhere”. An official document was also released, in English and several other languages.

Baghdadi is the leader of ISIL, which announced that it is now called the “Islamic State”.

According to the statement, the new caliphate stretches from Iraq’s Diyala province to Syria’s Aleppo.

“The Shura [council] of the “Islamic State” met and discussed this issue [of the caliphate] … The “Islamic State” decided to establish an Islamic caliphate and to designate a caliph for the state of the Muslims,” said spokesman Abu Mohamad al-Adnani.

He further added that the words ‘Iraq’ and ‘the Levant’ have been removed from the name of the Islamic State in official papers and documents,” describing the caliphate as “the dream in all the Muslims’ hearts” and “the hope of all jihadists”.

A document, translated into English, claimed Baghdadi as “the sheikh, the fighter, the scholar who practices what he preaches, the worshipper, the leader, the warrior, the reviver, descendant from the family of the Prophet, the slave of God”.

The group’s announcement came as Iraq’s army pressed its offensive to recapture the northern city of Tikrit.

Troops backed by helicopter gunships began an assault on the city on Saturday, while tanks and helicopters were sent to areas around Tikrit university on Sunday, security sources said.

The offensive is the first major attempt by the army to retake territory after the US sent up to 300 advisers, mostly special forces, and drones to help the government.

On Sunday the deputy prime minister for energy, Hussain al-Shahristani, one of Iraq’s most senior politicians, criticized the US for not doing enough to bolster the country’s military, just hours after Russia delivered five Sukhoi jets.

“Yes, there has been a delay from the Americans in handing over contracted arms. We told them, ‘You once did an air bridge to send arms to your ally “Israel”, so why don’t you give us the contracted arms in time?'” he told al-Hurra TV.

The US says it has done everything possible to ensure Iraq has modern weaponry.

The five Russian Sukhoi SU-25 ground attack jets were delivered to Baghdad on Saturday.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

30-06-2014 | 10:23


Raqqa jihadis celebrate ISIS caliphate declaration

An image uploaded on June 14, 2014 on a jihadi website allegedly shows militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria driving on a street in the Salaheddin province. (Photo: AFP / Wilayat Salaheddin)

Published Monday, June 30, 2014

Militant Islamist fighters held a parade in Syria’s northern Raqqa province to celebrate their declaration of an Islamic “caliphate” after the group captured territory in neighboring Iraq, a monitoring service said.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) posted pictures online on Sunday of people waving black flags from cars and holding guns in the air, the SITE monitoring service said.

ISIS says it wants to erase national boundaries from the Mediterranean to the Gulf and return the region to a medieval-style caliphate.

The group proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as “Caliph” — the head of the state — on Sunday.

It also called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, in a direct challenge to regional leaders and to the central leadership of al-Qaeda, which has disowned it.

Pictures were posted on Twitter on Sunday and appeared to have been taken following the ISIS announcement. Reuters could not immediately verify the contents of the pictures independently.

The extremist group has been trying to build strong tribal support in its Raqqa bastion, the only provincial capital in Syria under rebel control.

ISIS, which says it now wants to be referred to simply as the “Islamic State,” also controls other areas in northern and eastern Syria and across the frontier into Iraq, where it has advanced towards Baghdad from the northern city of Mosul, which it captured on June 10.

ISISe also released a video called “Breaking of the Borders,” promoting its destruction of a frontier crossing between the northern province of al-Hasakah in Syria and Nineveh province in Iraq, said SITE, which tracks militant websites.

Mosul, the country’s largest northern city, is the capital of Nineveh. The video showed fighters from ISIS killing Iraqi border guards.

“I say to the Islamic community: Now we are in Iraq. God, glorified and exalted … smashed these borders, the borders of Sykes-Picot, and now the Muslim can enter Iraq without a passport,” the video said, according to a transcript.

“Sykes-Picot” refers to the division of the Ottoman Empire territories in 1916 by Britain and France.

In Syria, another monitoring group said the militants had recently crucified eight rival rebel fighters, leaving their bodies in a town square as a warning to others.

On Monday, pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat showed a picture of bloodied, hooded men hanging from wooden stakes by their arms on a platform. One man was lying on the ground and all the men, dressed in civilian clothes, appeared dead.

It was not possible to immediately verify the picture, which showed the ISIS black flags placed on the edge of the square.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a group which tracks the violence, said ISIS fighters crucified the men the town square of Deir Hafer in the Aleppo province on Saturday for being rival rebels.


سقطت العروبة فربحت «داعش» واسرائيل العراق

حقّق رئيس اقليم كردستان مسعود بارزاني حلم والده والكرد. باتت دولة كردستان العراق جاهزة للاستقلال الكامل. حين تستقل، ستكون اسرائيل أول المعترفين بها. همروجة «داعش» في الموصل حجبت الأنظار عن ضم كركوك الغنية بالنفط الى اقليم كردستان. دفن العرب رؤوسهم في الرمال. هذا دأبهم في كل مرة ينسلخ جزء من أوطانهم عن الجزء الآخر. مثال جنوب السودان خير شاهد. وقريباً جنوب اليمن. وبينهما الصومال وجزيرة مايوت في جزر القمر.

بارزاني المولود في مهاباد الايرانية مناضل كبير في عيون شعبه. لم ير والده الملا مصطفى حتى بلغ 12 عاماً. حمل السلاح وهو في ربيعه الـ 16. ثائر مؤمن بحق قوميته. قائد كاريزمي بامتياز. فقد ثلاثة من اخوته وقسماً كبيراً من عائلته، وتعرّض للاغتيال مراراً في عهد الرئيس الراحل صدام حسين. لم يفقد يوماً الحلم بدولة مستقلة تجاور عراقاً ديمقراطياً. تحققت الدولة واستشهدت الديمقراطية.

وبارزاني السياسي، حليف قوي لأميركا وأجهزتها. هكذا وصفه اثنان من صقور الادارة الاميركية مقربان من اللوبي اليهودي هما جو ليبرمان وجون ماكين حين زاراه اواخر عام 2012 في اوج الحرب السورية. هكذا كتب عنه احد الصقور السابقين للاستخبارات الاميركية في الشرق الاوسط روبرت بيير. هو ايضاً حليف موثوق بالنسبة لاسرائيل. الكتب والدراسات حول هذا الموضوع اكثر من ان تحصى. آخر التصريحات صدر عن اليعازر تسافرير الرئيس السابق لمكتب الموساد في كردستان العراق. قال: «ان التعاون بيننا قديم وبقي سرياً واتخذ شكل التدريب العسكري للكرد مقابل مساعدتهم لنا في تهريب اليهود الى الخارج والتجسس على نظام صدام حسين». محللون آخرون ذكروا ان اسرائيل اقتربت كثيراً من الكرد لتطويق ايران ولاقناعهم بأنهم، مثلها، محاطون بأعداء عرب وفرس من كل حدب وصوب.

ربما كل ذلك صحيح. ولكن الصحيح أيضاً هو ان للكرد الحق في الحلم باقامة دولة لهم، وانهم كانوا مستعدين للتحالف مع اي طرف لتحقيق هذا الحلم. واذا كانت الدراسات والكتب تؤكد ارتباط الملا مصطفى بارزاني باسرائيل منذ بداية ثورته، الا ان قادة الكرد لم يقطعوا العلاقة مع ايران ولا سوريا. دمشق، بالمناسبة، كانت دائماً اقرب الى الرئيس جلال طالباني وحزبه من مسعود بارزاني لقلقها من العلاقات السرية مع اسرائيل. لا شيء بعد اليوم سيمنع كرد سوريا من التفكير بالاستقلال.


لماذا الاضاءة على الكرد مهمة الآن؟

ــــ لأنه في الحروب الكبرى التي تسبق تقسيم الجغرافيات يتم اختراع ظواهر تثير زوابع كثيرة لتحجب حقائق أكثر. لنتذكر ان احد أهم اهداف احتلال أميركا وبريطانيا للعراق كان اجتثاث حزب البعث والسيطرة على النفط وتقسيم البلاد. نائب الرئيس الاميركي جو بايدن تحدث صراحة عن التقسيم منذ عام 2006. مجلة «تايم» الاميركية اعادت نشر خطة بايدن الموزعة على 8 صفحات. تؤكد الخطة على انفصال كردستان كدولة مستقلة، اضافة الى دولتيين اخريين سنية وشيعية في الوسط والغرب والجنوب. اجتثاث البعث كان يعني قتل آخر فكرة عروبية في العراق. هل الامر صدفة؟

ــــ ولأنه في الحروب الكبرى التي تسبق السيطرة على مصادر الثروة، تثار زوابع كثيرة لتحجب أساليب السرقة. الى أين سيذهب، مثلاً، نفط كركوك المرشح لأن يصل الى مليون برميل يومياً؟ طريقه الوحيد حالياً هو عبر تركيا صوب اسرائيل او صوب اوروبا. هذا يفيد اسرائيل وتركيا ويطوّق روسيا. لنتذكر ان انفصال جنوب السودان حرم العرب من ثلثي الثروة النفطية السودانية (76 في المئة)، ومن ثروات زراعية وحيوانية ومعدنية هائلة يضاف اليها اكثر من 70 نهراً. لو اجريت دراسة عن الشركات الاسرائيلية والاميركية العاملة حاليا في الجنوب، رغم الحرب، مقارنة بالشركات العربية لفهمنا حجم الكارثة على الامن القومي العربي. هذا اذا بقي عرب ليفكروا بأمنهم القومي.

ــــ ولأنه في الحروب يتم انتاج ظواهر خطيرة هدفها اثارة الهلع للتغطية على خطط ايديولوجية وسياسية اكثر خطراً. فكما كان احد اهداف احتلال العراق هو اجتثاث حزب البعث وجيشه وناسه، كان اول المطالب الغربية والخليجية من سوريا الغاء المادة الثامنة المتعلقة بحزب البعث وانهاء دوره. جرى، في المقابل، تشجيع تيارات اسلامية في الوطن العربي في مقدمها جماعة الاخوان المسلمين. أليس غريباً الآن ان نرى دولاً خليجية تدعم «الثورة البعثية» في العراق بعدمها كانت هي نفسها من ساهم بقتل البعث وصدام.

لم تكن تجربة حزبي البعث في العراق وسوريا مثالية. انحرفت الافكار الطليعية الرائدة نحو احتكار السلطة والاقصاء والتهميش والفساد. سقطت بعدها كل الافكار القومية والعروبية واليسارية والاشتراكية. قامت ديكتاتوريات في معظمها عسكرية.

 لم يكن الكرد وحدهم من دفع ثمن انحراف العروبة عن خطها الحقيقي. أقليات كثيرة شعرت بذلك. لو سألت الكلدانيين والسريان والأشوريين ستجد اجابات مشابهة لمظالم الكرد.

في كل مرة كانت الدول الكبرى او الامم الاقليمية تدخل من بوابة المظالم، كانت تلجأ الى تغليب طائفة على اخرى لمنع توحيد العرب. هذا يحصل في العراق الآن.

حين تغيب المشاريع السياسية الجامعة، يعود الناس الى غرائزهم الاولى والى هوياتهم القاتلة. تصبح المذاهب مطيِّة صوب الاهداف السياسية، فتقتل الاهداف وتصبح هي الموئل. «داعش» ليست سوى واجهة دموية لمشاريع اخطر.

من يقرأ الدكتور البعثي الشيعي خضير المرشدي امين عام جبهة المقاومة العراقية يجد ان المطلوب هو «كسر حلقة مهمة من حلقات المشروع الإيراني، الذي يمتد من إيران عبر العراق وسوريا حتى جنوب لبنان». هنا تصبح «داعش» والبعثيون وبعض العشائر واسرائيل واميركا ودول خليجية موحدة الهدف.

ليس غريباً اذاً ان يتحدث مرشد الثورة في ايران السيد علي خامنئي عن «مجموعة من الحمقى وبقايا عهد صدام حسين». ليس غريباً ايضاً ان تسارع روسيا الى تسليم العراق طائرات سوخوي. ليس غريباً كذلك ان يعلن نائب وزير الخارجية الروسي سيرغي ريابكوف من عند الرئيس بشار الاسد ان «موسكو لن تقف مكتوفة اليدين امام محاولات داعش بث الارهاب في سوريا والعراق».

في المعلومات ان اميركا عرضت على ايران التخلي عن حليفها نوري المالكي واعادة توزيع السلطة مقابل المساعدة في ضرب «داعش». رفضت طهران ربط السياسي بالعسكري. اشترطت تطويق «داعش» اولاً، ثم البحث في المآلات السياسية.

تحتاج واشنطن ضغطاً على ايران يساعدها في الاتفاق النهائي حول النووي وفي ارضاء حليفتها اسرائيل وتخفيف مخاوف السعودية. وتحتاج ايران الضغط على اميركا لاقناعها بأن الارهاب في حاجة الى مقاربة سياسية مغايرة في العراق وسوريا والمنطقة، وتدرك ان السعودية تنصب لها افخاخاً على ارض العراق رغم وجود قناعة عند حلفاء ايران بأن السعودية لا تدعم «داعش»، وانما اطرافاً اخرى. تركيا تستأنف خطاباً ضد المالكي يذكّر بما كانت تقوله عن الاسد. كل طرف سيسعى الى تحويل الازمة العراقية الخطيرة لصالحه.

كان يمكن لشد الحبال ان يمتد لسنوات طالما انه يحقق اهداف تقسيم العراق، لكن عفريت الارهاب خرج عن قدرة سيده على التحكم به. عاد التهديد الى لبنان. في الاردن خرجت تظاهرات في معان رافعة علم «داعش» ومطالبة بسقوط الملك. في مصر ظهرت اصابع «داعش». في السعودية والكويت قلق جدي من التمدد صوب الخليج. صورة السعودية انهارت في الاعلام الغربي. راحت صحيفة دولة حليفة كـ «تايمز» البريطانية تدعو الى فضح الرياض لانها تمول الارهاب وتضرب المصالح البريطانية في العراق والمنطقة.

لا بد اذاً من تعاون اقليمي ودولي. حصلت لقاءات اميركية سورية في النروج اثناء زيارة الدكتورة بثينة شعبان مستشارة الرئيس السوري. كان جيفري فيلتمان واضحاً في التعبير عن القبول بالامر الواقع لجهة بقاء الاسد، لكن لا بد من مخرج دولي يخفف الاحراج عن اوباما. ثمة من يفكر بمؤتمر دولي واقليمي تدعو اليه روسيا واميركا حول الارهاب تكون سوريا شريكاً فيه. ربما اتصالات اخرى حصلت بعيدا عن الاضواء مع أميركيين وغربيين. قريباً يزور وفد من نواب اليمين الفرنسي سوريا. تعهّد العاهل السعودي الملك عبدالله بسحق الارهابيين. قال: «لن نسمح لشرذمة من الإرهابيين اتخذوا هذا الدين لباساً يواري مصالحهم الشخصية ليرعبوا المسلمين الآمنين أن يمسوا وطننا أو أحد أبنائه أو المقيمين الآمنين فيه». تكثفت اللقاءات الامنية الاميركية ــــ الايرانية ومع دول المنطقة.

ثمة قرار دولي اقليمي جدي بضرب «داعش» والارهاب. قد يحصل هذا فعلاً رغم الحاجة الى وقت طويل. قد تجري لقاءات اقليمية ودولية. ستنهزم «داعش» في نهاية الامر. نجاح الخطة الامنية في لبنان لم يحصل لولا تقارب حزب الله مع صقور تيار المستقبل مثل الوزيرين نهاد المشنوق وأشرف ريفي. لكن الاكيد ان العراق بعد انفصال شماله واهتزاز وسطه وغربه لن يعود كما كان. لا توجد فكرة جامعة للعراقيين.

سقطت العروبة اولاً بسبب صراعات اهلها وأخطائهم، وثانياً بسبب التآمر عليها وعليهم، وثالثاً بعد ان قبل العروبيون الانكفاء امام موجات الاسلام السياسي والتكفير وبعد ان قرّر بعضهم الاحتماء برايات «داعش» وغيرها. سقطت العروبة، فصار التقسيم امراً سهلاً ودخلت الامم الكبيرة الى الوطن العربي من الابواب المشرعة. كلهم سينتصرون في نهاية المطاف سوى العرب.


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Saudi king now trying to stop terrorists he enabled


According to a report in The Jordan Times, “King Abdullah ordered all necessary measures to protect Saudi Arabia against potential “terrorist threats” after chairing a security meeting to discuss the fall-out from Iraq, the state news agency SPA said on Thursday.

The world’s top oil exporter shares an 800 kilometer border with Iraq, where the militant Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other Sunni Muslim groups have seized towns and cities in a lightning advance this month.”

It seems “dem dere” chickens have come home to roost.

So Saudi Arabia, from whence several of the 9-11 terrorist attackers originated, is now afraid of those mean ol’ ISIS fellas who want a borderless Islamic caliphate. Now remember, this is the same Saudi Arabia which gets off exporting the vile Wahabbist Islamic ideology across the globe. I guess the Saudis fear the Islamic jihadists that they don’t endorse.

The Jordan Times reports, “concerned for the national security of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia against any measures that terrorist organizations or any other groups might resort to…, [the Saudi king] has ordered all necessary measures to protect the gains of the homeland and its stability, and the security of the Saudi people,” SPA said.

Saudi King Abdullah acted a day before he was due to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah to discuss the crisis in Iraq and Syria, and a day after two Saudi men were involved in a suicide bombing in Lebanon. The Saudi ambassador in Lebanon said on Thursday he was not able to rule out that Wednesday’s attack in a Beirut hotel, which killed one of the Saudis and injured three security guards, was intended to target the embassy, located nearby.”

Oh my, the proverbial “Frankenstein’s monster” has escaped and is roaming the countryside — and those who created it have no idea what to do.

This is sadly humorous, and explains why the United States — indeed the western world — needs to stop trying to figure out the good jihadis from the bad.

But what has to be the most hilarious statement in the Jordan Times piece comes from Saudi Arabia’s envoy in Lebanon, Ali Awad Asiri, who said, ““We want to know why a Saudi citizen was involved in such a criminal act,” referring to the suicide bombing in Lebanon.”

The old guard of Saudi Arabia is witnessing what may be a power shift –certainly to Qatar who is funding lots of this terrorist activity as well – and with whom, you’ll recall, we negotiated for the release of Bowe Berdgahl. Meanwhile, quietly sitting and watching is Erdogan and Turkey.

My ace in the hole is simple: the Kurdish people.

But in the midst of all this sits our beloved fearful leader Obama, who is still going around talking about the weather and trying to be a two-bit domestic tyrant – thanks, Supreme Court, for putting Little Lord Fauntleroy in his place (for now).

Rand Paul said “we armed ISIS” but forgets to say that its Headquarters is in the U.S. Embassy in Ankara


U.S. Senator Rand Paul told the TV channel CNN that the U.S. armed ISIS because it supported its allies in Syria. Paul forgets mentioning that a source close to former Lebanese PM Saad Hariri told that the U.S. Embassy in Ankara functions as headquarter for ISIS operations and that prominent U.S. citizens and members of the Atlantic Council are behind its war on Iraq.

Rand paul_USA_ADRepublican Conservative Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, appearing on CNN’s State of the Union program, said:

“I believe that we firstly need to know how we came to this point. … I think one of the reasons why ISIS has been emboldened is because we have been arming their allies. We have been allied with ISIS in Syria”.

While Senator Paul is correct in stating that the U.S. had ISIS as an ally in the U.S. war efforts against Syria, he is omitting the fact that ISIS also is an ally in the U.S. war on Iraq, waged with ISIS as a U.S. trained, financed and commanded proxy or mercenary force.

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In an article, published in nsnbc international on June 22, nsnbc editor Christof Lehmann details a conversation with a person close to former Lebanese Prime Minister, multi-billionaire and Atlantic Council member Saad Hariri.

The article revealed that the green light for the use of ISIS brigades, to carve up Iraq, widen the Syria conflict into a greater Middle East war and to throw Iran off-balance was given behind closed doors at the Atlantic Council meeting in Turkey, in November 2013, and that the U.S. Embassy in Ankara is the operation’s headquarter.

The article quotes the Hariri-insider saying that prominent U.S. citizens, along with others, have been planning the current ISIS campaign since 2013, that the headquarter for operations is the U.S. Embassy in Turkey’s capital Ankara and that no decisions are made without U.S. Ambassador Riccardione, saying:

“Who exactly pressured Obama? I don’t know who delivered the message to Obama. I suspect Kerry had a word. It’s more important from where the message came, Kissinger, Scowcroft, Nuland and the Keagan clan, Stavridis, Petreaus, Riccardione, and the neo-con crowd at the [Atlantic] Council. … As far as I know ´someone` told Obama that he’d better pressure al-Maliki to go along with Kurdish autonomy by November (2013) or else… As far as I know, nothing moves without Ambassador Riccardione”

It is possible that the information has escaped Senator Rand Paul. It is also possible that Senator Rand Paul is thinking about a possible candidacy for the 2016 presidential elections in the U.S. running on a conservative ticket.

Which one it is could possibly be determined by challenging the Senator with the information and to see if he takes tangible steps to investigate or not. Another fact that appears to have escaped Senator Rand Paul is that any U.S. support to ISIS, regardless whether they are fighting against the government of Syria or Iraq is a gross violation of international law.

Ch/L – nsnbc 29.06.2014

U.S. Embassy in Ankara Headquarter for ISIS War on Iraq – Hariri Insider

Zionist terror state’s FM Avigdor Lieberman calls for another slaughter-fest in Gaza



The Zionist Racist Bigot Foreign Minister of the equally bigoted Zionist Apartheid State, Evet Lvovich Liberman (a/k/a Avigdor Lieberman) has urged his government to invade Gaza in what promises to be a real slaughter-fest for the bloodthirsty criminals of this so-called JudenRattenStaat.  Nothing could be more satisfying than the sight of Zionist sociopaths clashing with the Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas group in Gaza where both can kill each other to the immortal bars of “We’ll meet again, don’t know how, don’t know when, but, we’ll meet again some sunny day” sung so poignantly at the conclusion of Dr. Strangelove.

Gee, doesn’t Liberman look appropriate for the Levant what with those Khazar features and split incisors?  Did you people know his primary career objective when he was in his twenties was being a bar room bouncer?  This degenerate was also a follower of the illustrious, but very dead, Rabbi Meir Kahane of the ill-fated Kach Party. Kahane was actually assassinated by the Zionist government because his declarations were so repugnant that he threatened any good will the Ghetto State might have enjoyed in the West.  He was killed by an Egyptian who was duped into killing this hero of the Palestinian liberation movement.  Nobody could have done more to help the Palestinian cause than Kahane.  And don’t believe the Zionist narrative that his killer was a Al-Qaeda member.  He worked for the Mossad.


Here’s Martin David Kahane (a/k/a Meir Kahane) exhorting fellow Khazars to oppress Palestinians because they looked “too right” for the area they want to settle.  He wanted to flood Palestine with Brooklyn Jews.


Anyways, it looks like we are going to finally see the THIRD INTIFADHA which has been long in coming. It’s the only way really.  And once it starts, we have 50,000 soldiers in Lebanon trained to infiltrate the Zionist Settler State to wreak havoc, dismantle it and put its reign of terror to an end, once and for all.  Go Lieberman!

Read more at http://www.syrianperspective.com/2014/06/zionist-fm-inaugurates-the-third-intifadha.html#Vs9sGq9gHwRjeu02.99

Egypt Bombing near Presidential Palace Kills Police Officer

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Two bombs exploded near Egypt’s main Cairo presidential palace, killing a police colonel and wounding six people. The attack came days after extremists warned they had planted explosives near the presidential palace. Cairo attack It also came almost a year to the day when the military toppled Muslim Brotherhood’s  president Mohammad Mursi, unleashing an extensive crackdown on his supporters and setting off a deadly militant campaign. The attack came almost a year to the day when the military toppled Muslim Brotherhood’s  president Mohammad Mursi, unleashing an extensive crackdown on his supporters and setting off a deadly militant campaign. It was not immediately clear if President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who led Morsi’s ouster, was at the palace at the time of the twin bombings.

Source: AFP
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Obama can’t name the ‘moderate rebels’ because there simply aren’t any

Syrian ‘moderates’ aren’t so moderate in Iraq


Well, God bless Barack Obama – he’s found some “moderate” rebels in Syria. Enough to supply them with weapons and training worth $500m. Congress wants to arm these brave freedom fighters, you see. And Obama, having sent his 300 elite Spartan lads to Iraq to help Nouri al-Maliki fight the rebels there, needs to send help to the rebels in Syria – even though most of them are on the side of the rebels in Iraq whom Obama wants Maliki to defeat.

Confusing? You bet. So first steps first. Who are the “moderate” rebels whom Obama wants to train and arm? He doesn’t name them – and he can’t, because the original “moderates” whom America swore to arm (with the help of the CIA, the Brits, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey) were the so-called “Free Syrian Army”, mostly composed of deserters from Assad’s government forces. But the FSA – briefly beloved of John McCain until he discovered a pro-al-Qa’ida fighter sharing a photo-op with him in northern Syria – has decomposed.

Its men have gone home, switched to the bearded Islamists of the Nusrah or Isis – or Isil if we heed the latest acronym – or re-deserted to the government army and taken up arms for Assad again. Some freedom fighters! They weren’t given enough weapons, we are told. Now they’ll get more. And no doubt sell them – as they did the last lot. For it is a sad fact of war that whenever a gun crosses a border, it represents not loyalty but cash.

Give an FSA man – if you can find one – an anti-aircraft missile and it will be sold to the highest bidder. In all the civil wars I’ve covered, I’ve never seen a weapon in the hands of a militia which hasn’t bought it from someone else. In a humiliating interview on Channel 4, our own Defence Secretary admitted that weapons given to Syrian rebels had fallen into the hands of the bad guys. How do you monitor all the guys whom you give a gun to? Send them off with a personal drone to make sure they don’t sell it?

Besides, how do you actually find a “moderate” these days in Syria’s war? The Islamist rebels fight to the death. No “moderates” they. And – accursed facts now intervene – these are the very same Islamist rebels now threatening the Iraqi state. And just to make things even more confusing, Maliki has just been thanking Assad’s boys for air-raiding his own rebel enemies on the Iraqi-Syrian border on the grounds that Syria and Iraq are “friends”.

So now to our own real friend, the Department of Home Truths. What’s left of the FSA has been fighting the Islamist Isis-Isil forces. So have the Kurdish militias in northern Syria. So have a few village militias. And the Syrians have a suspicion that this is Obama’s half-baked plan: to arm the anti-Islamist Syrian rebels to fight the pro-al-Qa’ida rebels and thus – indirectly – keep both the Assad and Maliki regimes in power.

The problem is that Obama must do this without revealing that the Syrian-Iraqi battle against Sunni Wahabis is one and the same war, that Assad’s Syrian army – using Russian jets – is struggling against exactly the same enemy as Maliki’s Iraqi army, also soon to be augmented (if we are to believe Maliki’s blather to the BBC Arabic Service) with Russian jets. In other words, Assad not only has the public support of Moscow; he has the private support of Washington (and therefore, of course, of Israel).

Why else would the White House say that the money for Syrian “moderates” would help “counter terrorist threats” – “terrorist” being Assad’s description of his enemies. But of course, Obama must keep calling Assad a “brutal dictator”. Difficult to explain all this on Fox News, of course. So just keep repeating the word “moderate”. Over and over again.

America Seems to Be Losing Ukraine’s War


Indications Its Kiev Regime Is Crumbling.

Blowback to America Could Be Substantial.


Eric Zuesse

Reports coming in, both from professional analysts, and from well-informed residents of the Ukrainian areas where we are bombing the residents and assassinating their leaders (whom our government calls “terrorists”), suggest that Obama’s Ukrainian coup in February, which installed a regime that is now ethnically cleansing Ukraine’s southeast, is already producing blowback that will be far costlier to the United States than if we had not done it.

If these reports prove to be correct (and the present author has checked and verified their details; so, I think they are), then Obama’s Ukrainian ploy will annihilate his reputation inside the United States, as it already is doing outside this country, where the press aren’t controlled nearly so much by the U.S. aristocracy, but instead by those of other nations — aristocracies whose interests don’t always dovetail with those of America’s aristocracy (who back him on this, especially since he’s aggressively following the Republican policy-position on it; his opponents on this are almost only progressive Democrats).

Important history is being made now, and it is not being reported to the American people while it is occurring. The present article is based upon the latest strategic reports regarding the situation in Ukraine’s conflict-area.

A report, June 24th, by an East European business-consulting firm, Geopolitics.by, which is based in Belarus, says that there is growing dissension between the oligarchs atop the current Ukrainian Government, especially between Ihor Kolomoysky ($6.3 billion in Forbes) vs. Petro Poroshenko ($1.3 billion in Forbes), and that the Kiev regime is heading quickly to exhaustion because of the difficulty of finding enough people other than former convicts to do the killing that must be done in the southeast in order to pacify the resisting regions.

This report says that Kolomoysky finances the ’Azov Battalion.’ They were created on 13 April 2014 in a decree by the secret-police chief, the regime’s SS leader, Arsen Avakov, who, along with Kolomoysky, planned the May 2nd massacre of resistors inside Odessa’s Trade Unions Building, which massacre sparked Ukraine’s civil war. The Azov Battalion troops had formerly been troops of the Social-National Assembly, of the Social-Nationalist Party, which was patterned upon Hitler’s National-Socialist (or Nazi) Party. According to wikipedia’s article on the Social-National Assembly (or S.N.A.), “In the late 2000s, Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko [who was supported by the U.S. CIA] and the Our Ukraine bloc [his Party] bolstered the S.N.A. and other far-right groups by supporting an explicitly nationalist view of Ukrainian history.[6] Following the 2009 death of Maksym Chaika, an S.N.A member who was killed in a fight with antifascists in Odessa, Yushchenko supported the far-right interpretation of Chaika’s death, describing him and others as heroes and victims driven to violence for a just cause.” So, the U.S. was backing Ukrainian Nazis, even before Barack Obama became the U.S. President. Actually, the CIA was advising Ukraine’s Nazis (both of its two Nazi, or racist-fascist, parties) at least as early as 2004, under George W. Bush’s regime. Due to this, for example, one of Ukraine’s two Nazi Parties, the Social Nationalist Party of Ukraine, changed its name to “Svoboda” or “Freedom,” in order to make it seem appealing to the rising numbers of American libertarians or supporters of “freedom” or “liberty” (a slogan heavily promoted by America’s aristocracy, who crave liberty for themselves, from and against democratic government, such as regulatory agencies). Svoboda is one of the two Ukrainian Nazi parties in the country’s present four-party ruling coalition, and the other two parties are merely fascist (not racist-fascist, or “nazi”).

Today’s Ukraine has the most-far-right government on Earth. It was appointed by Obama’s agent, Victoria Nuland, who used to be Vice President Dick Cheney’s top foreign-policy adviser. Her husband, Robert Kagan, was a co-founder, along with Bill Kristol, of the Project for a New American Century, which cheer-led America’s 2003 invasion against Iraq. Kagan also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is also an editor of The New Republic, a “neo-conservative” publication that’s designed to appeal to Americans who think of themselves as being Democrats, thus conservative “Democrats.” Victoria Nuland was also a protégé of both Hillary Clinton and John Kerry. She and her husband are highly regarded by America’s aristocracy, which controls the entire Republican Party, and also the top level (the national level — the Presidential-campaigns level) of the Democratic Party.

The Obama-team chose Arseniy Yatsenyuk to lead the post-coup Ukrainian Government, and he continues in power under the President, Petro Poroshenko, who was elected on May 25th to replace the one whom we overthrew on February 22nd, Viktor Yanukovych. Whereas Yanukovych was elected by all of Ukraine (when it was a unified country, not in civil war), Poroshenko was elected only by voters in the country’s northwest, because had Yatsenyuk  had begun on May 9th an ethnic-cleansing campaign against the residents in the southeast, to get the people who had voted for Yanukovuch to become either refugees abroad (in Russia), or else dead (if they don’t leave). This cleansing of Yanukovych’s voters will enable the Ukrainian Government in Kiev to continue as being far-right, but now presumably democratically electing its fascist rulers, rather than imposing them via a staged coup, like we did in February of this year.

There also have been other, independent, reports, saying that Kolomoysky and Poroshenko are in conflict against each other. On June 23rd, the great American journalist George Eliason, who happens to live in Ukraine, reported “Ukraine: Notes from the Southeast,” saying that Kolomoysky refuses to take orders from Poroshenko and considers him to be weak for even suggesting a “peace plan” with the people in the southeast: “In reaction to the peace plan, Kolimoisky … stated that he will not be governed by Poroshenko. He would continue military operations until all the Moskal [Russian-speakers] are killed. Take him seriously: this is a guy that rips down holocaust memorials (Crimea- before Maidan) and built luxury housing where the crematorium stood. He organized and paid for the Odessa Trade Union House massacre and the Mariupol massacre. He has challenged the legitimacy of Kiev and declared himself a separatist. Should we tell president Obama? Does Ms. Psaki [Obama’s stooge to the press] know anything about this? Is it Putin’s fault [like the stenographic U,S. press says]?” Eliason lays it on the line.

Furthermore, the Obama regime installed Kolomoysky, whereas voters in Ukraine’s northwestern half actually had a say in “choosing” Poroshenko. Kolomoysky is the monster that Obama and his operative Victoria Nuland are directly responsible for. He couldn’t be a bigger embarrassment to them (though America’s aristocratically controlled press doesn’t even note this remarkable fact — Americans are ignorant of it).

Furthermore, a Russian news-site headlined on June 27th, “Kolomoysky Said that He Would Not Obey the Peace Decree Issued by Poroshenko, and reported that, ”Oligarch Igor Kolomoisky openly declared during Poroshenko working trip to the Donbass, that he would not obey the President’s decree of achieving a peaceful settlement, and that his army ‘will, no matter what, finish off’ the resistance fighters in the South East. This information was revealed by a source in the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, on conditions of anonymity, RIA Novosti reported. ‘During Poroshenko’s working visit to Donetsk region Kolomoysky openly told the president that he will never obey and his army will still finish off «these separatists,” said the agency informer. The source added that oligarch Kolomoysky remains the main adversary not just of the ceasefire but [of] any talks with the resistance forces.”

Kolomoysky has a consistent record of violently imposing his will, and he had won control over billions of dollars of wealth in Ukraine by use of his privately hired army.

Geopolitics.by continued its report, by saying that the Kiev regime’s bombers are now flying over the southeast “blindly,” because the “militias destroyed or took control of radars on controlled territory.” If true, this would virtually doom our campaign to force the residents there to either die or else flee, because Obama’s plan requires continued success of that bombing campaign against the people who had voted for the previous Ukrainian President, Yanukovych. There are also videos and pictures of the firebombs being dropped on these people.

According to Reuters, “NATO will consider permanently stationing forces in eastern Europe, something it has refrained from doing in the 15 years since the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland joined the alliance after the fall of the Berlin wall.” The aim of the Obama Administration seems to be that Russia will be compelled, by public opinion back home in Russia, to send into Ukraine, planes, tanks, and troops, to stop the U.S. stooge-regime in Kiev from bombing Russian-speakers in Ukraine’s southeast, at which point the U.S. can then claim that “Russia’s aggression” is proven, and the U.S. can then go to war against Russia’s invading forces. Russia seems not willing to comply and to provide Washington the pretext it seeks for an outright U.S. invasion of Ukraine to protect the Ukrainian people from “Russian aggression” there. The Reuters report further says that, “the United States and NATO allies want to show Moscow that former Soviet republics on the Baltic are under the alliance’s security umbrella.” When the Soviet Union tried to show Washington that America’s nearby neighbor, Cuba, was under the Soviet Union’s security umbrella, John F. Kennedy said no, he wouldn’t allow it; and Russia’s Vladimir Putin will do the same this time around. The only difference between then and now is that, then, Khruschev could claim the capitalist-communist ideological divide as being ultimately behind his effort to threaten the United States with missiles; but, now, Obama doesn’t have any such ideological excuse. If anything, it is Putin who comes across as the seeker-of-peace here.

The mass-murder of residents in Ukraine’s southeast by Obama and his stooges will probably fail to produce the effect that he had been hoping for.

The great progressive, but former conservative, Paul Craig Roberts, recently wrote about the fissures that are now beginning to emerge at the very top of the Kiev regime’s outright Ukrainian-nazi power-structure, between Arsen Avakov and Dmitry Yarosh; and Roberts then succinctly describes what seems to be a natural reconstruction of what is going through Vladimir Putin’s mind now. It makes remarkable sense:

“This is what Putin thinks: The Americans promised Gorbachev that they would not take NATO into Eastern Europe, but the Americans did. The Americans withdrew from the ABM Treaty, which prohibited escalating the arms race with anti-ballistic missile systems  [systems designed to give the U.S. first-strike nuclear ability to wipe out Russia without Russia being able to attack the U.S. in response]. The Americans arranged with Poland to deploy anti-ballistic missile bases on Poland’s border with Russia. The Americans tell us the fantastic lie that the purpose of American missile bases in Poland is to protect Europe from non-existent Iranian ICBMs. The Americans change their war doctrine to elevate nuclear weapons from a retaliatory deterrent to a pre-emptive first strike force. The Americans pretend that this change in war doctrine is directed at terrorists, but we know it is directed at Russia. The Americans have financed ‘color revolutions’ in Georgia and Ukraine and hope to do so in the Russian Federation itself. The Americans support the terrorists in Chechnya. The Americans trained and equipped the Georgian military and gave it the green light to attack our peacekeepers in South Ossetia. The Americans have financed the overthrow of the elected government in Ukraine and blame me for the anxiety this caused among Crimeans who on their own volition fled Ukraine and returned to Russia from whence they came. Even Gorbachev said that Khrushchev should never have put Crimea into Ukraine. Solzhenitsyn said that Lenin should not have put Russian provinces into eastern and southern Ukraine. Now I have these Russian provinces agitating to return to Russia, and the Americans are blaming me for the consequences of their own reckless and irresponsible actions.”

Perhaps, to Putin, Obama looks to be stupid; but Putin’s public words regarding the America President are so conciliatory as to make excruciatingly painful Obama’s continued demonizing of him. Putin is letting Obama punch himself right over the ropes and outside the ring, into the aghast audience.

Maybe we are watching Barack Obama flush himself down history’s toilet, because Republicans need to despise him for being a “Democrat,” and Democrats have to be idiots to continue  thinking he’s actually one of them. He’s instead the greatest gift that the Republican Party (which gave us the scandalously vile George W. Bush) can have, in order to make this nation feel now actually nostalgic about Bush’s Presidency. Obama is the lowest-regarded of all living Presidents or former Presidents, considerably below GWB. Watching his Presidency collapse is sort of like watching America’s dreams about itself go up in smoke. It is amazing.

Something’s gone really bad in America. Two Presidents in a row like this, and: What’s next? As long as America’s media keep lying to us like they’ve been doing, it can only be a continuation of very bad surprises. And the aristocracy, who own those media, will blame the American public for it. How neat.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

‘US, ISIL terrorists ‘share same interests’



The United States government shares the same interests with the militants from the ISIL Takfri group which the US helped to create, an international lawyer in Indonesia says.

ISIL “is just another new brand, a new flag hoisted by the very same loose band of forces which the United States and its special allies in the region helped create, train and arm, said Barry Grossman.

The ISIL forces seem to share at least 4 points of common interest with the United States,” Grossman told Press TV on Sunday.

The notorious insurgent group has been wreaking havoc in Syria and recently in Iraq.

Grossman said those shared interests include changing the governments in Syria and Iraq, redrawing the map of the region and setting up a zone controlled by forces hostile to Iran.

US President Barack Obama has downplayed the threat posed to the US by ISIL, saying the US has been under “serious threat” throughout his entire presidency.

On Thursday, the Pentagon said that 500 US military forces were in Baghdad while Obama had authorized the deployment of 300 “military advisers” to Iraq.

“I’m not at all convinced as an outsider that Iraq stands to gain anything from having further significant US involvement on the ground,” Grossman noted.

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