War Crimes, Death and Destruction in Mosul ~ [+LIVE UPDATES]

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It’s been months since the Mosul operation began, and – unlike in the coverage of the liberation of Aleppo – Western media have lauded it. But RT journalists have been on the ground in Mosul and discovered more to the story: civilian deaths and damage caused by the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes.


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Mosul civilians flee amidst coalition airstrikes & Daesh

“It was hell for us, and when the Iraqi army came we celebrated. Our district was completely destroyed. Suicide bombers, rockets, jets bombed us all the time. Civilians are still buried under wreckage”, an elderly woman said.

“Very often the jets would miss. Seven entire families near us were killed this way. Perhaps their weapons were faulty, as they regularly went off-target”, a young female refugee in burka said.

“There are so many people hurt by airstrikes. Four children were wounded yesterday. While they were playing in the garden”, a male refugee told Gazdiev, saying that “army artillery bombed us nonstop“…[…read more…]………..


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Iraqi resistance movement “Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba” establishes a brigade to liberate Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

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Iraqi Resistance Movement Establishes Brigade to Liberate Golan Heights

(Excerpts from Tasnim News Agency, 8 March 2017) ~ The spokesman for Iraq’s al-Nujaba Movement, a major Shiite resistance group, announced that the movement has formed a special brigade to liberate Golan Heights from the Zionist regime of Israel.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Tasnim News Agency central office on Wednesday, Seyed Hashem al-Moussavi highlighted the involvement of al-Nujaba forces in the Syrian government’s military campaign against foreign-backed terrorists and said they will not leave Syria until “the last terrorist” leaves the Arab country.

“After recent victories (in Syria), we have established the Golan Liberation Brigade,” he said, adding that the forces are well-trained.

“If the Syrian government requests, we are ready to take actions to liberate Golan,” the spokesman underlined.

He went on to say that the Golan Liberation Brigade is comprised of highly-equipped special forces, who have not left a region unless they ended a conflict there.

The al-Nujaba Movement is an offshoot of Iraqi voluntary forces, also known as the Popular Mobilization Units or Hashid al-Shaabi, which is active both in Iraq and Syria…(…)…


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«L’armée pour la libération du Golan» est née

Interviewé par l’agence de presse iranienne Tasnim, le commandant al-Moussavi a évoqué la lutte contre Daech en Irak, groupe terroriste qui bénéficie d’«armes américaines», de «véhicules blindés saoudiens» et de «denrées alimentaires qataries».

«Les terroristes de Daech ont l’intention de fuir de l’Irak vers la Syrie et d’y former un émirat. Mais ce que cherchent les États-Unis va au-delà de cet objectif : les Américains veulent envoyer Daech non seulement en Syrie, mais aussi au Yémen, pour ainsi étendre le terrorisme à travers toute la région. L’Afrique figure elle aussi à l’agenda des priorités des Américains et de leur œuvre d’expansion du terrorisme»

Al-Moussavi a dénoncé par ailleurs la présence des Américains à Mossoul, où «ils cherchent à voler la victoire au peuple irakien, peuple uni que Washington a tout fait pour diviser et faire disparaître».

«Nous avons bloqué les frontières syro-irakiennes et, consécutivement à notre démarche, l’aviation irakienne a lancé des raids contre les positions de Daech en Syrie. Ces deux gestes concomitants ont provoqué la panique à Riyad, qui a dépêché son ministre des Affaires étrangères à Bagdad », a-t-il poursuivi.

Le commandant al-Moussavi est revenu ensuite sur la situation en Syrie, où son mouvement maintient «depuis quatre ans sa présence».

«Cela fait quatre ans que la Turquie détourne les richesses de la Syrie. Et à ce qui paraît, elle ne veut à aucun prix lâcher prise. Or l’Irak est bien différent. Si la Turquie ne retire pas ses forces de Bachiqa, au nord de Mossoul, le Hezbollah aura recours à la force. Sous prétexte de vouloir éviter une guerre confessionnelle, l’armée turque occupe l’Irak et dit vouloir empêcher l’entrée du Hezbollah à Tal Afar. Mais nos forces se trouvent à un kilomètre de cette ville. L’empire néottoman d’Erdogan s’est depuis longtemps effondré», a-t-il expliqué.

Et le Golan? 

Le porte-parole du mouvement al-Nujaba a insisté sur le fait que le Hezbollah d’Irak ne quitterait pas la Syrie «tant que les Syriens y seront présents»:

«Nous nous battons pour la dignité et la souveraineté des sunnites, des chiites et des chrétiens de Syrie. La question démographique n’est pas notre affaire. Et d’ailleurs, nous ne perdons jamais de vue le pays qui est le vrai ennemi de tous les musulmans, à savoir Israël. Après nos récentes victoires à Alep et ailleurs en Syrie, le mouvement al-Nujaba a formé une armée pour la libération du Golan occupé. Nous ne permettrons pas que les pays de la région soient démembrés et deviennent géographiquement plus petits qu’Israël. Car c’est cela le but des grandes puissances».

Et le porte-parole du Hezbollah irakien d’ajouter:

«L’armée du Golan est composée de forces spéciales très bien formées et équipées, forces qui ne se sont pas engagées dans les combats. C’est une armée qui attend l’ordre de l’état-major syrien pour passer à l’acte et libérer le Golan occupé des mains de l’occupant israélien».


SOURCES: Tasnimnews, 8/3/2017 Press-TV, 8/3/2017 Submitted by Cem Ertür War Press Info Network at : https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/harakat-hezbollah-al-nujaba/ ~

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Moscow to Erdogan: Either a settlement with Russian ceiling or a resolving with Iranian ceiling موسكو لأردوغان: تسوية بسقف روسي أو حسم بسقف إيراني

 Moscow to Erdogan: Either a settlement with Russian ceiling or a resolving with Iranian ceiling

مارس 7, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The Turkish President Recep Erdogan will arrive to Moscow after his mission has been changed from the incitement against Iran, to justify his regression of the calendar and the commitments of Astana, his asking for giving time till the US positions become clear, and his call to be preferred to the Iranians in the Russian treatment, so he became weak after he was thinking that he is strong. Everything has changed from the gate of Manbej, Erdgoan became the first loser after he spent the costs of the collision with ISIS in Al-Bab and gained the enmity of the organization which he sponsored, all of that was to please the Americans in order to make him having the control on the Kurds. But the result as described by the Turks was that the Americans prefer the Syrian army to the allied Turkish one, and their acceptance of its entry to Manbej instead of the Turkish army not for the sake of the Kurds, but for the preparation to the war of Raqqa which the Syrian army has become the only capable force to wage it, and because it is present in its three fronts in Palmyra, Tedef, and Dei Al-Zour under the Russian sponsorship.

Erdogan will face in Moscow castigation for his betrayal of the understandings, from his entry to Al Bab city to his regression of Astana commitments, his disabling Geneva negotiations, and his ignition of the escalation against the Iranian partner in Astana process to justify the getting out of it, but after the castigation, the Russians will say that who wants to wait the US position let him wait alone, because the developments will not wait for him. Moscow will not make use of the economic relations to exert pressure on Turkey and alienating it away from the political path, so Turkey has to choose between to wait or to join the political process with Russian ceiling quickly and clearly, otherwise Russia is going to abide by a military resolving path as in Aleppo which means with Iranian ceiling. Simply the issue depends on the presence of Syrian political military partner from the ranks of the opposition who is able to cover the participation in a government under the leadership of the Syrian President and in the war on ISIS and Al Nusra, where Turkey can reserve its seat. Otherwise there will be a war in Idlib and in the Southern of Syrian that ends the armed groups along with Al Nusra, and then the war on ISIS with the cooperation with the Americans and the Kurds, where there is no place for the Turks. Therefore the political process will be confined to those who attended Riyadh platform and the platforms of Moscow and Cairo.

The mission of the Iranian President Sheikh Hassan Rouhani who will arrive to Moscow after Erdogan was the call to exert pressure on Turkey which manipulates with the positions, but this time he was excepted from that demand, since he achieved what he wanted. Moscow will present a cooperation agenda in Syria entitled the preparation to keep the balance under the tension of surprises as the Iranians were always asking for before. Without the progress of the Syrian in Palmyra and in the northern of Syria neither was the change in Manbej nor was the Turkish transition and perhaps the American one. The Russian political ceiling protects the settlements’ opportunities, while the Iranian military ceiling produces these opportunities, so Moscow has become convinced to proceed with them together, and that the escalated US speech does not exceed the media wars, as a result of what is going on in Manbej and the practical US attitude toward the deployment of the Syrian army, and what is going to happen in the battles of Raqqa, and as what has happened through the US overlook of the role of the popular crowd in Iraq despite the too much talk and what happened with the US ship USS in confronting the Iranian boats near the Strait of Hormuz unlike the media talk.

Moscow is confident of the quantitative changes in the Syrian scene this year.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

 

موسكو لأردوغان: تسوية بسقف روسي أو حسم بسقف إيراني

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مارس 7, 2017

– يصل الرئيس التركي رجب أردوغان إلى موسكو وقد تغيّرت مهمته، من التحريض على إيران وتبرير تراجعه عن روزنامة والتزامات أستانة وطلب إمهاله ريثما تتبلور المواقف الأميركية، والدعوة لتفضيله على الإيرانيين في المعاملة الروسية، فصار في وضعية الضعيف، بعدما ظن أنه في وضعية القوي. فقد تغير كل شيء من بوابة منبج وصارأردوغان الخاسر الأول، بعدما دفع أكلاف التصادم مع داعش في الباب واشترى عداوة التنظيم الذي رعاه، كل ذلك أملاً بكسب ودّ الأميركيين لتسليمه رأس الأكراد، وكانت النتيجة ما يصفه الأتراك بتفضيل الأميركيين للجيش السوري على الجيش التركي الحليف، وقبوله أن يدخل منبج بدلاً منه، لما هو أبعد من مراضاة ألأكراد بل التمهيد لحرب الرقة، التي صار الجيش السوري القوة الوحيدة القادرة على خوضها، والحاضرة في جبهاتها الثلاث من جهة تدمر وتادف ودير الزور، وكل ذلك برعاية موسكو وعلمها.

– سيواجه أردوغان في موسكو تأنيباً لخيانته للتفاهمات، من دخوله مدينة الباب إلى تراجعه عن تعهّدات استانة وعرقلته مفاوضات جنيف، وافتعاله التصعيد مع الشريك الإيراني في عملية أستانة لتبرير الخروج منها، لكن بعد التأنيب سيقول الروس إن بمستطاع مَن يرغب بانتظار الموقف الأميركي أن ينتظرهم وحده، لكن التطورات لن تنتظره، وأن موسكو لن تستخدم العلاقات الاقتصادية للضغط على تركيا وستفصلها عن المسار السياسي ويعود لتركيا ىأن تختار بين الانتظار أو الانضمام لعملية سياسية بسقف روسي بسرعة ووضوح، وإلا فإن روسيا ذاهبة للالتزام بمسار حسم عسكري شبيه بحلب أي بسقف إيراني، وأن القضية ببساطة تتوقف على وجود شريك سياسي عسكري سوري من صفوف المعارضة قادر على تغطية المشاركة بحكومة في ظلّ الرئيس السوري وبالحرب على داعش والنصرة، فتحجز بهما تركيا دورها، وإلا حرب في إدلب وجنوب سورية تنهي هذه الجماعات المسلحة مع النصرة، وبعدها حرب على داعش بالتعاون مع الأميركيين والأكراد حليفهم المفضل، ولا مكان للأتراك فيها، وعملية سياسية تقتصر على مَن حضر من منصة الرياض مع منصتي موسكو والقاهرة.

– الرئيس الإيراني الشيخ حسن روحاني الذي يصل إلى موسكو بعد أردوغان، كانت مهمته الدعوة للضغط على تركيا التي تتلاعب بالمواقف ليجد هذه المرة أنه بغنى عن هذا الطلب فقد حصل ما يريد، وأن موسكو ستطرح جدول تعاون في سورية عنوانه الاستعداد لإبقاء الميدان ساخناً صانعاً للمفاجآت كما كان يطلب الإيرانيون دائماً، فلولا تقدم الجيش السوري في تدمر وشمال سورية لما كان التغيّر في منبج ومنه التبدل التركي، وربما الأميركي، وأن السقف السياسي الروسي يحمي فرص التسوية والسقف العسكري الإيراني ينتج هذه الفرص، ولذلك فإن موسكو باتت مقتنعة بالسير بهما معاً، وأن الكلام الأميركي التصعيدي لا يتعدّى الحروب الإعلامية، بدليل ما يجري في منبج والموقف الأميركي العملي من انتشار الجيش السوري، وما سيجري في معارك الرقة، أسوة بما جرى في التغاضي الأميركي عن دور الحشد الشعبي في العراق رغم الكلام الكثير، وبما جرى مع السفينة الأميركية «يو اس أس» في مواجهة الزوارق الإيرانية قرب مضيق هرمز عكس الكلام الإعلامي كله.

– موسكو واثقة من تغييرات نوعية في المشهد السوري هذا العام.

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Iraqi War Report – February 23, 2017: ISIS Combat Drones In Battle For Mosul

 

Iraqi War Report – February 23, 2017: ISIS Combat Drones In Battle For Mosul

Iraqi military for the first time officially admitted their losses from bombing, carried out by small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), used by ISIS. The casualties were suffered during incidents in eastern and southern Mosul on February 21. As the Daily Sabah newspaper reported, citing Brigadier General Abdul-Mahdi al-Ameri, an ISIS UAV “fired a missile” and killed two secondary school students in the district of Karaj Al-Shamal. Separately, three Iraqi servicemen were killed by a grenade, dropped from a quadrocopter in Furqan district, while two other soldiers lost their lives in the historical part of the city (the eastern part of Nineveh), and two others – in Al-Nour district.

In total, according only to the Iraqi government’s reports, 9 people were killed in attacks by UAVs. At the same time, ISIS claims that at least 30 Iraqi servicemen were killed as the result of dropping of various bombs from UAVs.

ISIS has been massively using various UAVs for the reconnaissance and correcting of artillery fire since 2014. However, since the end of 2015, the group has started to use its UAVs for aerial attacks. The compact Mosul battlespace allows to ingore problems with a lack of range of the used commercial UAVs. The fact that the city is separated by the Tigris also increases the role of UAVs in reconnaissance and ammunition supplies. ISIS members launch UAVs from roofs of civilian buildings which allow, in general, avoiding artillery and aerial strikes from US-led coalition and Iraqi forces.  Warplanes are ineffective against small UAVs and Iraqi forces deployed to Mosul don’t have means of electronic warfare to ping and mute ISIS UAVs. While this problem is not solved, ISIS UAVs will pose a threat to Iraqi and US-led coalition military personnel on the ground and to play an important role on the Mosul battlespace.

ISIS is actively promoting its UAV attacks in own media outlets, de-facto encouraging the terrorist group’s supporters to use UAVs for terrorist attacks in Europe and across the world.

 

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Iraq Dialogue …. The start of politics حوار العراق… بداية السياسة

 

Iraq Dialogue …. The start of politics

يناير 24, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

When a conference held in Iraq under the name of the dialogue, and in which the President of the Republic participated to grant it the protocol legitimacy, and when the Prime Minister, and the Speaker of the parliament participated in a speech without  compliments, and in which the political and the sectarian components involved to express publically their concerns and obsessions, and when the representatives of the Kurdistan region attend talking frankly about the self-determination and the secession, then this means that it is a public dialogue not a media manifestation that celebrates the victory of Mosul which is about to enter the crucial stage, and when you are invited to participate in this dialogue to attend, to witness, to ask , and to communicate then you have to witness that the Iraqis have surprised you that they started politics in its deep meaning, in  a way that surpasses the narrow limits of managing the authoritarian interests and the competition on sharing them. So the necessary expression must be first for the sponsor of the Dialogue the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament and the Head of the Iraqi Institute for the dialogue of thought; Sheikh Dr. Humam Hamoudi who has succeeded away from circulating his name as one of the figures of the politics-making in reserving a seat among the professional policy-makers.

In politics, it is clear that each of the main participants have recorded through his participation his interest by leaving his imprint in the success of the project of the internal settlement which is in circulation, through the attempt of reconciling between democracy that depends on voting and produces according to the Iraqi demography fears of the dominance of Shiites on the political and procedural decision, and a consonance that does not disable the mechanism of the country , confines it and abolishes the democracy, but those important players did not forget scoring points in the major conflict that is about to launch, its title is the Iraq’s Parliament 2018 which will be an image of new balances, but it will draw the new image of Iraq.

Politics and scoring points are present; it is clear from the words of Al-Abadi his announcement of the transition from the position of the Prime Minister in a way that is closer to proxy, to become a player who aspires to stay in the arena with the same position, a project of a future Prime Minister with a political speech, its basis is the success in liberating the Iraqi provinces which are under the control of ISIS and restoring them to the Iraqi sovereignty, in addition to his sponsorship of helping the army to get up from the setback of Mosul, targeting the political sect with a symbolism that targets whom he considers them rooted competitors  in the political game, at their forefront the former Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, thus the supporters of Al-Maliki responded by saying; that the popular crowd which took upon itself the accomplishment and which was the most prominent party and has protected Baghdad and has paved the way for the reformation of the army has moved on before the new government, where Al Maliki was at the forefront of its sponsors. The problem with Al Abadi was that he has returned the Americans whom were brought out of Iraq by Al Maliki, while Mr. Ammar Al Hakim the Head of the National Alliance for which Al Maliki will belong, and which took over the responsibility of nominating Al Abadi clarified that the seven points which presented by Al Abadi are the alliance project, and that the crowd has been formed by the fatwa of reference and the alliance’s decision. During the dialogue and the communication the Speaker of the Parliament Salim Al Jabouri as the most powerful representative of Sunni participated by saying that the formation of the Iraqi scene within the multiple regions alone ensures the settlement. The Kurds at the spokesman of Barham Saleh announced their sticking to the right of determining the till the secession.

This wide area of the political engagement seems closer to the entry into the serious politics instead of being a division project. The sharp political conflict is waged this time carefully in order not to fall into the traps that make the victory on ISIS a political paper inside the Shiite house, since the popular crowd is a common investment that its assets cannot be distributed, or make this victory a gateway for the exit of the Sunni leaderships from the position of the defeated. The experience has taught all, now they are professing what they have learnt. The emergence of ISIS has showed the Sunnis that the strike of politics do not leave them immune from the dangers of who targets Iraq, even when it makes the title of its war sectarian. The Sunnis have spent high cost for the expansion of ISIS in provinces most of them are from them. Their leaders know how to deal with the disputes under the roof of the quest for consensus, not linking it with the regional variables that strengthen the positions of the countries which present themselves as sponsor for them as Turkey and Saudi Arabia. It became clear their inability to adjust the balances in their favor in the light of the war of Syria, as it is clear that they adapt themselves through their special considerations with the other regional involved in Iraq, not through the Iraqis’ considerations. The Shiite leaders disclose that they learnt the meaning of depriving ISIS from the incubating background, the importance not to neglect what is going on in the Sunni arena, and to be sufficient with the legitimacy of having control over the power according to the simple equations of democracy. Both of Mr. Ammar Al-Hakim and Al Sheikh Humam Hamoudi ensure in explaining the philosophy of the historical settlement which searches in the equation of the balance the need to comply with the need of democracy, while the Kurdish speech about the self-determination does not disturb anyone, so Adel Abdul Mahdi Barham Saleh replied that the Kurds do not want the secession and its circumstances are not mature yet, but when the opposite happens no one will wait our approval. The attendance of the Kurds in Baghdad’s Dialogue is a sign that neither they want nor the circumstances have got mature. Therefore the recalling is a political negotiation and everyone is ready and willing of that negotiation.

The determination and the openness are available, they are main conditions but not sufficient. The difficult equation between the consensus and the democracy is known by the Lebanese people that it is not just a desire. The Iraqis bet on the Saudi understanding and responding to the settlement requirements as they did in Lebanon, but they do not have yet enough signals, while Iran has a high representation through the Chairman of the Commission of the Foreign Affairs in Al Shura Council Alaeddin Broujerdi to say that it blesses, and the Chairman of the Commission of the Foreign Affairs in the Egyptian and the Jordanian Parliaments attend to say that we are awaiting, but this is not enough.

The big question which is faced by the Iraqi Dialogue is how Iraq is not a playground, since through its size, wealth, and its geographical position cannot be outside the attention, so in order not to be a playground it must be a player, and this means to have a clear position in the regional geography, not to be afraid of identifying the compass of its security between a concept that sees Israel as a source of danger, and a concept which sees the danger from Iran, and not to be afraid also from the engagement in forming a security economical bilateral with Syria that is imposed by the challenges, risks, interests, and roles, because without the first part is an internal confusion and variations, and without the second part is a red US line. So will the Iraqis wage the risks through these two issues? Or will the American and the Saudi precede them to cope with the settlements, and thus the complexities will be easy? Or will ISIS precede all and target Saudi Arabia?

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

 

حوار العراق… بداية السياسة

يناير 16, 2017

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– عندما ينعقد في العراق مؤتمر تحت عنوان الحوار ويشترك فيه إلى رئيس الجمهورية لمنحه الشرعية البروتوكولية رئيسا الحكومة والمجلس النيابي للخوض في خطاب بلا مجاملات وتشارك المكوّنات السياسية والطائفية للبوح بصوت عالٍ بمكنوناتها وهواجسها، ويحضر ممثلو إقليم كردستان متحدّثين بصراحة عن حق تقرير المصير والانفصال، فهذا يعني أنه حوار في الهواء الطلق وليس تظاهرة إعلامية تحشد للاحتفال بنصر الموصل الذي يوشك على دخول المرحلة الحاسمة، وعندما تُقيّض لك المشاركة في هذا الحوار حاضراً وشاهداً وسائلاً ومحاوراً، فعليك أن تشهد أن العراقيين فاجأوك بأنهم بدأوا بالسياسة، بمعناها العميق بما يتخطّى ضيق أفق إدارة المصالح السلطوية والتنافس على تقاسمها. والشهادة الواجبة أولاً لراعي الحوار نائب رئيس مجلس النواب ورئيس المعهد العراقي لحوار الفكر الشيخ الدكتور همام حمودي، الذي نجح من خارج التداول باسمه كواحد من شخصيات الصف الصانع للسياسة في ما مضى بحجز مقعد متقدّم بين الصنّاع المحترفين.

– في السياسة، الواضح أن كلاً من المشاركين الرئيسيين سجل بمشاركته اهتمامه وعنايته بترك بصمة في إنجاح مشروع التسوية الداخلية المطروحة في التداول، بمحاولة للتوفيق بين ديمقراطية تعتمد التصويت وتنتج وفقاً للديمغرافيا العراقية مخاوف طغيان الشيعة على القرار السياسي والإجرائي، وبالمقابل توافقية لا تشل آلة الدولة وتكبّلها، وتلغي الديمقراطية، لكن لم يغب عن هؤلاء اللاعبين الكبار تسجيل النقاط في صراع كبير يوشك على الانطلاق عنوانه برلمان العراق 2018 الذي سيكون صورة لتوازنات جديدة، ولكنه سيرسم صورة العراق الجديدة.

– السياسة وتسجيل النقاط حاضران، فالواضح من بين سطور كلمة العبادي إعلانه الانتقال من رئيس حكومة الضرورة بطريقة أقرب للوكالة، ليصير لاعباً طامحاً للبقاء في الملعب وبالمنصب ذاته، مشروع رئيس حكومة مقبل بخطاب سياسي قوامه، النجاح في تحرير المحافظات العراقية التي استعادها من يد داعش للسيادة العراقية، ورعايته لقيامة الجيش من نكسة الموصل، وتصويبه على الطائفية السياسية برمزية تستهدف من يراهم منافسين متجذّرين في اللعبة السياسية، وفي مقدمتهم الرئيس السابق للحكومة نور المالكي، ليردّ مناصرون للمالكي بالقول، الحشد الشعبي الذي تولى الإنجاز أبرز من حمى بغداد، وأفسح المجال لإعادة بناء الجيش انطلق قبل الحكومة الجديدة والمالكي كان في مقدمة رعاته. والمشكلة مع العبادي أنه أعاد الأميركيين الذين أخرجهم المالكي من العراق، بينما يوضح السيد عمار الحكيم كرئيس للتحالف الوطني الذي ينتمي إليه المالكي والذي تولى تسمية العبادي، أن النقاط السبع التي عرضها العبادي هي مشروع التحالف، وأن الحشد تشكل بفتوى المرجعية وقرار التحالفز ويدخل على خط الحوار والتجاذب رئيس مجلس النواب سليم الجبوري كممثل أقوى في الساحة السنية ليقول إن تشكيل المشهد العراقي ضمن الأقاليم المتعددة، وحده يضمن التسوية، ويعلن الأكراد بلسان برهم صالح تمسكهم بحق تقرير المصير حتى الانفصال.

– هذه المساحة الواسعة من الاشتباك السياسي تبدو أقرب لتمرين الدخول في السياسة الجدية، بدلاً من أن تبدو مشروع انقسام، فالصراع السياسي الحاد يُخاض هذه المرة بعناية عالية لعدم الوقوع في فخاخ تجعل النصر على داعش ورقة سياسية داخل البيت الشيعي باعتبار الحشد الشعبي استثماراً مشتركاً لا يمكن توزيع أرصدته، أو تجعل هذا النصر مدخلاً لخروج القيادات السنية في موقع المهزوم. فالتجربة علمت الجميع وها هم يجاهرون بما تعلّموه، أن ظهور داعش قال للسنة بأن الإضراب عن السياسة لا يتركهم بمنأى عن مخاطر مَن يستهدف العراق، حتى عندما يجعل عنوانه حرباً مذهبياً، فقد دفع السنة ثمناً غالياً لتمدّد داعش في محافظات أغلبها منهم، وتعلم قادتهم معالجة الخلافات تحت سقف السعي للتوافق، وعدم ربطه بمتغيرات إقليمية تعزز مواقع الدول التي تقدم نفسها كراعٍ لهم، مثل تركيا والسعودية، بات واضحاً عجزها عن تعديل الموازين لصالحها في ضوء حرب سورية، كما هو واضح أنها تتأقلم بحساباتها الخاصة مع المعنيين الإقليميين الآخرين في العراق، وليس بحسابات العراقيين. كما يفصح قادة الشيعة أنهم تعلموا معنى حرمان داعش من البيئة الحاضنة، وأهمية عدم إدارة الظهر لما يجري في الساحة السنية، والاكتفاء بشرعية إمساك السلطة وفقاً لمعادلات الديمقراطية البسيطة، كما يؤكد كل من السيد عمار الحكيم والشيخ همام حمودي في شرح فلسفة التسوية التاريخية، الباحثة عن معادلة توازن الحاجة للتوافق مع الحاجة للديمقراطية، بينما لا يقلق أحداً الكلام الكردي عن حق تقرير مصير، فيجيب عادل عبد المهدي برهم صالح في منصة الحوار ذاته، الكرد لا يريدون الانفصال وظروفه ليست ناضجة، وعندما يحدث العكس لن ينتظر أحد موافقتنا، ومجيء الأكراد لحوار بغداد علامة على أن لا هم يريدون ولا الظروف نضجت، وأن التذكير هو تفاوض سياسي، والجميع جاهز وراغب بهذا التفاوض.

– تتوافر العزيمة وتحضر المصارحة. وهما شرطان أساسيان لكنهما غير كافيين، فالمعادلة الصعبة بين التوافق والديمقراطية يعرف اللبنانيون أنها ليست رغبة فقط، ويراهن العراقيون على تفهّم سعودي وتجاوب مع متطلبات التسوية، كما فعلوا في لبنان، لكن ليست لديهم بعد إشارات كافية بينما تحضر إيران بمستوى تمثيل عالٍ عبر رئيس لجنة الأمن والخارجية في مجلس الشورى علاء الدين بروجردي لتقول إنها تبارك، ويحضر رئيسا لجنة الشؤون الخارجية في البرلمانيين المصري والأردني ليقولا إننا ننتظر، لكن لا يكفي أهل العريس والمدعوين ليكتمل العرس، بينما العروس وأهلها غائبون.

– السؤال الكبير الذي يواجهه الحوار العراقي هو: كيف لا يكون العراق ملعباً، وهو بحجمه وثرواته وموقعه الجغرافي لا يمكن أن يكون خارج الاهتمام، فكي لا يكون ملعباً يجب أن يصير لاعباً. وهذا يعني أن يملك موقعاً واضحاً في الجغرافيا الإقليمية، لا يخشى تحديد بوصلة لأمنه وسط تجاذب بين مفهوم يرى «إسرائيل» مصدر الخطر وآخر يرى الخطر من إيران، ولا يخشى الانخراط في تشكيل ثنائية أمنية واقتصادية مع سورية تفرضها التحديات والمخاطر والمصالح والأدوار، ودون الأولى ارتباك داخلي وتباينات، ودون الثانية خط أحمر أميركي، فهل يقدم العراقيون على خوض المخاطر فيهما؟ أم يسبقهم الأميركي والسعودي بالتأقلم على خط التسويات فتهون التعقيدات؟ أم يسبق داعش الجميع ويضرب ضربته في السعودية؟

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Report: ISIL Chief Forcing Foreign Militants to Choose Suicide Attacks in Mosul or Returning Home

Report: ISIL Chief Forcing Foreign Militants to Choose Suicide Attacks in Mosul or Returning Home
TEHRAN (FNA)- The ISIL chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has set an ultimatum on foreign militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul to either carry out suicide attacks against Iraqi security forces or return to their home countries, a source told local media on Monday.

The source told Al-Sumaria News that the ISIL leader also gave the militants the promise of going to heaven and being rewarded with 72 virgins, however the ISIL leader seems desperate to talk them into conducting suicide attacks, as they are, otherwise, destined to be executed with the ISIL group being known to harshly kill militants who try to leave the terrorist outfit.

However, it can also be assumed that convincing the terrorists to return to their home countries is for conducting terror attacks or initiating their own insurgencies, he said.

The take-it-or-leave-it offer to ISIL’s foreign militants comes as other reports said earlier that the terror outfit ringleader has demoted the group’s commanders in Eastern Mosul due to dramatic losses to Iraqi government forces over the past two weeks.

A source said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi withdrew the “emir” designation from all leaders of the militant group in the Eastern part of the city due to “delinquency and escaping” at battlefields in face of advancing Iraqi government troops.

“Baghdad has proscribed the occupation of any leading position by emirs in the Eastern section, and to instead deploy them to the frontlines as regular fighters as a sort of punishment,” said the source, who asked not to be identified.

Iraqi government forces, backed by a aircraft and advisers from a US-led military coalition, launched two weeks ago the second phase of a major campaign that started in October to retake Mosul from ISIL militants. Since then, reports have been recurrent about divisions, infighting and accusations of treason among the group’s leaderships.

Iraqi military and police commanders have said recently they became in control over 90 percent of the eastern region of Mosul, and hope to move onwards to the West, where ISIL still maintains outstanding strongholds, and where Baghdadi is widely believed to shelter.

Earlier this week, Iraqi troops have retaken the Mosul University campus, the most remarkable ISIL stronghold in Eastern Mosul.

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SouthFront: Syrian Army nears total victory in Aleppo amid advances on all fronts

The situation for insurgents in eastern Aleppo seems utterly hopeless with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advancing on four fronts in the city over the past 48 hours, thus cementing the siege of increasingly isolated rebel-held districts in Syria’s largest city.

With Aleppo’s liberation arguably the top priority of the SAA’s manpower and resources, it will take a miracle or perhaps foreign military intervention for beleaguered rebels to regain the initiative in the battle for Aleppo, often dubbed ‘the mother of all battles’.

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Syria, Iraq War Report, November 21, 2016

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The Syrian army, Hezbollah, Liwa al-Quds and other pro-goverment formations have been advancing on multiple fronts inside and outside Aleppo city.

On November 20, government forces took control of the most part of Souq al Jibs near the al-Assad Neighborhood of Aleppo city. Separtely, pro-government forces seized the Tal (hill) Zuhur, a number of points in the Hanano Neighborhood and the Old Sheikh Najjar Industrial area in northern Aleppo.

Early on November 21, the Jaish al-Fatah militant coalition, led by Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki and Jabhat Fatah al-Shm (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian al-Qaeda branch), attack government forces positions in northern Aleppo, focusing on the Zuhur Hill. Pro-government media outlets argued that the army and its allies, supported by Syrian warplanes and helicopters, were able to repel the militants’ advance. According to local sources, clashes are still ongoing in the area.

Meanwhile, the army and Hezbollah continued military operation in western Aleppo, relaunching an attempt to re-take the militant controlled part of Souq al Jibs.

Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and allied militant groups have decided to surrender the town of Khan al-Shih in the Western Ghouta region of Rif Damascus province, according to local sources. Militant groups were pushed to make this decision because of a stiff military pressure from the Syrian military in the region. Recently, pro-government forces entered Khan al-Shih’s outskirts. Reports said that negotiations on the final terms and condition of surrender are in the final stage.

Government forces have repelled ISIS attack on the Deir Ezzor Airpot. Main clashes took place in the area of Al-Jafra Farms and resulted in destruction of 2 units of military equipment belonging to the terrorist group. Both sides report “major casualties among enemies”.

Iraqi security forces liberated the areas of Hayy Adan, al-Akhaa and the water project in Mosul, according to the Anti-Terrorism Directorate Sunday statement. On the same day the directorate announced that Wali of Islamic State in Hayy Adan, Marwan Hamed Saleh al-Hayali, had been killed among other ISIS members in the area.

The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units are cutting off supply lines between ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Last week, the PMU liberated the Tal Afar Airbase and the nearby villages of Zariqi and Khidr al Yas west of Mosul. Now the PMU is advancing on the key ISIS-controlled town of Tal Afar. With the liberation of Tal Afar, ISIS terrorists will have no more option to receive supplies from Syria or to flee Mosul countryside in notable numbers.

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