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Thursday, June 09, 2016
Iraq snapshot

Iraq snapshot

Thursday, June 9, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the persecution of the Sunnis continues, the civilians killed in US-led airstrikes gets a bit of attention, and much more.



In Iraq, the persecution of the Sunnis continues.


  1. Shia Militias crimes عاجل صور مسربه افضحوهم الحشد الشيعي الارهابي يعذب مئات النازحين السنه العراقين الابرياء
 
 
 

  • Iraqi Sunni civilians displaced from Fallujah tortured & killed by Shia militias
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  • Sunni mosque destroyed in Fallujah Saqlawiyah by Shia Militias
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    Thousands of male Sunni residents arrested, tortured & disappeared during goverment assault on
     
     
     







    Dr. Mordechai Kedar (ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) notes:


    Government forces and Shiite militias are being helped by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, fighting under the direct command of Kassem Suleimani, head of the Quds Force, aided by US-led coalition air power. Iran's goal is clearly the elimination of any Sunni presence in Fallujah, including both ISIS and the city's residents. Worst of all is the cooperation between the Western coalition members and Iran, together destroying a city that, as of last week, was home to an estimated 45,000 Iraqi civilians.




    Human Rights Watch issued a press release today which opens:

    (Beirut) – The announced investigation into allegations of abuse of civilians around Fallujah by Iraqi government forces is a test for the government’s ability to hold abusive forces accountable. Judicial officials should conduct this investigation transparently and impartially, assess command responsibility, and ensure protection for victims and witnesses.
    Ahead of the offensive in Fallujah against forces of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that his government had taken measures to protect civilians. Human Rights Watch, however, has received credible allegations of summary executions, beatings of unarmed men, enforced disappearances, and mutilation of corpses by government forces over the two weeks of fighting, mostly on the outskirts of the city, since May 23. On June 4, 2016, in response to allegations of abuse, al-Abadi launched an investigation into abuses in Fallujah and issued orders to arrest those responsible for “transgressions” against civilians. On June 7, al-Abadi announced the “detention and transfer of those accused of committing violations to the judiciary to receive their punishment according to the law.”
    “The Iraqi government needs to control and hold accountable its own forces if it hopes to claim the moral upper hand in its fight against ISIS,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director. “It’s high time for Iraqi authorities to unravel the web of culpability underlying the government forces’ repeated outrages against civilians.”
    Human Rights Watch also expressed grave concern about reports of ISIS preventing civilians from fleeing Fallujah and allegedly executing and shooting at those who attempted to do so. Human Rights Watch is concerned about the presence of ISIS fighters among civilians inside Fallujah, perhaps amounting to human shielding, a war crime. But the presence of fighters among civilians does not absolve forces fighting ISIS from the obligation to target only military objectives and to take all feasible measures to avoid civilian harm, Human Rights Watch said. ISIS forces should allow civilians to leave areas under their control and not use civilians to shield its military objectives from attack, Human Rights Watch said.
    Human Rights Watch directed questions about the composition of the investigative committee, its authority, and relation to the judiciary to five Iraqi government institutions in addition to the human rights section of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq. A member of the parliamentary Human Rights Committee told Human Rights Watch that the committee had started its own investigation and was liaising with the investigation by the prime minister’s office, which remained secret. The other officials contacted did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
    On June 3, Human Rights Watch received information alleging that members of the Federal Police and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an auxiliary fighting force created after ISIS advanced in June 2014, and that includes many pre-existing Shia militias, had executed more than a dozen civilians from the Jumaila tribe fleeing Sajar, a village north of Fallujah. Human Rights Watch spoke to five people, including two officials from Anbar governorate, who said they were protecting three surviving witnesses to the executions.

     Three of those interviewed confirmed the account that a survivor gave on Tigris (Dijla) Channel television that a group consisting of Federal Police and PMF had separated men from women, marched the men to where the troops’ officers were, lined them up, and shot at least 17 of them, including one teenage boy. One person said that the incident took place on June 2. The PMF are, at least nominally, under the command of the prime minister.
    One of the Anbar governorate officials provided Human Rights Watch with a list of names of those killed and said that the incident happened near the Sharhabil school in Al-Bu Sudaira neighborhood in the northern outskirts of Fallujah. The other Anbar official said that the witnesses met with senior Iraqi government officials on June 5, following which he said Prime Minister al-Abadi launched an investigation into the incident. A former Iraqi government official with good contacts in the security forces told Human Rights Watch, on June 5, that the investigation had already led to the arrest of a police officer whom survivors could name.

    Another person who said he was in the Sajar area, 7 kilometers northeast of Fallujah, at the time told Human Rights Watch that on May 28, he saw Federal Police and PMF, including dozens of fighters from the Badr Brigades and Hezbollah (two prominent Shia militias in the PMF), fatally shoot civilians with white flags raised fleeing toward the government forces that day. He said that a fighter told him his superior officer had ordered the shootings. He also told Human Rights Watch he was in Saqlawiya around May 30. This person said a villager and several PMF fighters in the area told him that PMF fighters stabbed dozens of villagers to death with knives.


    Human Rights Watch follows an earlier cry.  Tuesday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein which included:

    “There are extremely distressing, credible reports that some people who survive the terrifying experience of escaping from ISIL, then face severe physical abuse once they reach the other side,” the High Commissioner said. “Eyewitnesses have described how armed groups operating in support of the Iraqi security forces are intercepting people fleeing the conflict, separating the men and teenage boys from the women and children, and detaining the males for ‘security screening’, which in some cases degenerates into physical violations and other forms of abuse, apparently in order to elicit forced confessions. There are even allegations that some individuals have been summarily executed by these armed groups.”


    When that alarm was raised, the US State Dept played dumb.  They did so again today:



    MR TONER: We can go to Fallujah, sure.


    QUESTION: Okay. First of all, could you give us an update of what’s going on? And second, there seems to be, like, some sort of a campaign to aid the “Sunnis,” quote-unquote, in Fallujah in places like Saudi Arabia and other places. A spokesman for the ministry of interior in Saudi Arabia says we cannot stop people’s sentiments and so on. Are you concerned or would you sort of take this up with the Saudis to --


    MR TONER: You – I’m sorry, just – I missed it. You’re saying that there seems to be a – yeah, sorry, sorry. Yeah.


    QUESTION: No, two things. First of all, can you give us an update? And then I’ll follow up with --


    MR TONER: Okay.


    QUESTION: -- other one.


    MR TONER: Sure thing, hold on one second. Apologize; my book has grown too large.
    So as I think I said yesterday, Iraqi forces are making progress, are advancing on the city. I’d obviously refer you to the Iraqi authorities to speak more about what progress has been made. I do know that – and I think I’m speaking to your – maybe your second question – but we are concerned about the plight of civilians who are fleeing Fallujah, and I spoke about this yesterday. Our understanding is that ISIL [. . .] is holding tens of thousands of civilians hostage and under terrible conditions. Iraqi Security Forces are trying to screen those who are fleeing the city to ensure that [Islamic State] fighters are not hiding among these innocents – civilians. And it’s difficult work, but we expect it to be conducted in a way that respects human rights and the safety of these civilians who are fleeing the fighting.


    QUESTION: And it seems that the Fallujah battle is stirring or polarizing the Sunni-Shia schism; and in fact, in places like Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-dominated countries are collecting contributions and money and so on being sent. Some fear that it might find its way to ISIS, or others fear that it will only exacerbate this --


    MR TONER: Sure.


    QUESTION: -- sectarian schism.


    MR TONER: Well – and we’ve, again, talked about this the last couple of days. I mean, look, we’re obviously aware of the underlying dynamics and tensions inherent to this assault or this offensive to retake Fallujah. We understand Prime Minister Abadi has opened safe passageways for civilians to be able to escape. We’ve talked a lot about messages from Prime Minister Abadi as well as Ayatollah al-Sistani’s message that Iraqi Security Forces involved in this offensive should protect civilians and civilian properties.
    We are troubled by reports that civilians in Fallujah and the surrounding area have been subject to torture or abuse and in I think some cases even murder. I know Prime Minister Abadi has pledged to investigate all credible reports and hold those accountable – the perpetrators. He’s issued clear instructions to Iraqi Security Forces, including the Popular Mobilization Forces, to protect civilians and respect their human rights. And we firmly support this approach.
    I think that the Iraqi Government is saying the right things, pledging to do the right things, and we’re obviously working closely with them to ensure that they follow through.


    QUESTION: Finally, are you troubled by reports that suggest that Iranian General Qasem Soleimani is giving personal advice or field advice to – personally to Prime Minister Abadi on how to conduct the Fallujah battle? Are you aware of those reports?



    MR TONER: I mean, look, this offensive – we’ve seen the reports, certainly, and I acknowledge that we’ve seen them. We’re not in a position to confirm any of these images as accurate. We don’t know about his travel schedule or where he is. I’d have to refer you to Iranian authorities to speak to that.

    The Fallujah operation though, writ large, is under the command and control of the Iraqi Government, and we’d refer you to them to answer any questions about that. But this is a large-scale operation involving tens of thousands of Iraqi forces and with the support of these Popular Mobilization forces, and thus far it’s a difficult fight. It’s a long fight. As we talked about, there’s – we’re watching closely reports of – credible reports of abuses on civilians, but thus far we’re hearing the right things from the Iraqi Government.


    Are you hearing credible reports, spokesperson Mark Toner?


    Or are you ignoring reality?


    The same way the US government ignored the realities of abuse throughout Nouri al-Maliki's second term as prime minister of Iraq (2010 - 2014) allowed the situation to grow worse and worse until the Islamic State began to appear to be a viable alternative to some Sunnis in Iraq.

    The US government will back anyone if they think it will help with regards to oil.

    There are never real concerns for the people caught on the ground.


    Today, the US Defense Dept announced:


    Strikes in Iraq
    Bomber, fighter, ground-attack and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 18 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

    -- Near Huwayjah, a strike struck an ISIL improvised weapons factory. 

    -- Near Beiji, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb.

    -- Near Fallujah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 23 ISIL fighting positions, eight ISIL light machine guns, six ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL recoilless rifles, an ISIL supply cache and an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system and denied ISIL access to terrain.

    -- Near Habbaniyah, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

    -- Near Haditha, two strikes struck an ISIL staging facility and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL weapons cache.

    -- Near Kisik, a strike stuck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL tunnel system.

    -- Near Mosul, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.

    -- Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL weigh station, an ISIL beddown location, an ISIL headquarters and an ISIL meeting site and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.

    -- Near Ramadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

    -- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail and an ISIL supply cache.


    Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.





    On the airstrikes, Greg Jaffe and Loveday Morris (WASHINGTON POST) explain:


    The White House is on the verge of releasing a long-delayed accounting of how many militants and civilians it has killed, primarily with drones, in countries where the United States is not at war. The list will include airstrikes in countries such as Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.
    It will not include deaths in Iraq or Syria. Nor is it likely to mollify critics who say that Obama’s largely defensive, low-American-casualty approach puts too many civilians at risk and too often feeds resentment that benefits U.S. enemies. The report will mean little to Iraqis and Syrians in places such as Mosul, Ramadi and Raqqa, where the tragic consequences of American mistakes are often easily ignored and American precision bombs sometimes do not seem very surgical or precise.

    In nearly two years of fighting in Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials say they have killed as many as 20,000 Islamic State fighters and caused only 41 civilian deaths. Military analysts and human rights activists said those figures are absurd. “They don’t pass the straight-face test,” said retired Col. Christopher Kolenda, who led troops in Afghanistan and served as a senior adviser to U.S. commanders there. He recently completed a study on civilian casualties for the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations.



    AIRWARS counts 8,768 air strikes in Iraq and 4,128 in Syria with a minimum of 1,278 civilians killed.  To put just two faces on the many civilians killed in Iraq, last September, RADIO SAWA journalist Zaid Benjamin Tweeted this:





    | Mouselaon bloggers say a man & his son were killed in an airstrike by US-led coalition in Sunday
    War Criminal Tony Blair would like to play what if?

    War Criminal Tony Blair would like to play what if?

    The always ridiculous Tony Blair is in the news today.

    Fearing the Iraq Inquiry's report (I'm expecting a whitewash, myself), War Criminal Tony has begun making statements.  John McTernan (TELEGRAPH OF LONDON) quotes him stating:

    "I’m accused of being a war criminal for removing Saddam Hussein – who by the way was a war criminal – and yet Jeremy is seen as a progressive icon as we stand by and watch the people of Syria barrel-bombed, beaten and starved into submission and do nothing."


    McTernan goes on to wonder what if the protests had stopped the Iraq War.

    It's funny how this crowd loves to play what-if only when they lose.

    I have no idea what would have happened.

    I'm not a psychic.

    But if diplomacy is so ineffective, then let's all save money by gutting our state departments and foreign ministries.

    If those are just photo ops, if that's all they're good for, save taxpayers around the world a great deal of money by doing away with those departments.

    However, if they actually matter, let's start using them.

    More to the point, if you conducted an illegal war based on lies, you are a War Criminal.

    That's on you.

    So stop trying to frame it as, "Saddam Hussein would still be in power!!!!"

    Maybe he would, maybe he wouldn't.

    But you're the one who lied.

    You're the one who started the war.

    Would the world have been better off without Tony Blair's actions?

    That's a guess.

    I'd guess yes.

    But that's a guess.

    What is known is that he lied.

    What is known is that the war was illegal.

    What is known is that he's a War Criminal.

    It is dependent upon the criminal to defend themselves.

    It's not my job to present a defense for him.


    And he was long ago convicted in the world of global opinion.

    That's reality.

    And the court of public opinion is all world leaders usually ever face.

    That's also reality.

    Reality also includes that bombings today in Iraq have killed at least 7 Iraqi soldiers in Taji and at least 28  people in Baghdad.


    More blood on Tony Blair's hands.



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    Posted at 07:18 pm by thecommonills
     

    Iraq snapshot

    Iraq snapshot

    Wednesday, June 9, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue,

    Today, the US Defense Dept announced:

    Strikes in Iraq
    Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 15 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

    -- Near Fallujah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL front-end loader, an ISIL weapons cache and an ISIL heavy machine gun and denied ISIL access to terrain. 
    -- Near Habbaniyah, two strikes destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL staging area and denied ISIL access to terrain.
    -- Near Haditha, two strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL staging area and an ISIL artillery piece.
    -- Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL command-and-control node.
    -- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL staging area and an ISIL headquarters.
    -- Near Ramadi, a strike damaged an ISIL tactical vehicle.
    -- Near Rawah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
    -- Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL modular oil refinery and destroyed an ISIL supply cache.

    Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.


    The big story remains the abuses.  Abdulla Hawez (DAILY BEAST) reports:


    The stalled battle to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah from ISIS has given way to another grim development: accusations of human rights abuses against fleeing refugees by pro-Iraqi government forces.
    The largely Shia militia group officially known as Hashd al-Shaabi or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), headed by Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a U.S.-designated terrorist has, according to the United Nations, committed atrocities against Sunnis in two newly liberated areas of Saqlawiyah and Al-Karmah, are just kilometers from Fallujah city.
    Two sources in Saqlawiyah, who asked to remain anonymous due to fear of their lives, have told The Daily Beast that hundreds of civilian residents of Saqlawiyah and Karma have been heavily tortured by the PMF. Five dead bodies have been uncovered, but there are an additional 200 to 300 civilians that have been taken by the PMF; their fates are unknown.


    Abdulla Hawez has written a strong article (even gets the events of 2013 and 2014 correct).  However, most continue to ignore this issue even after the UN statement (see yesterday's snapshot).

    Why?

    Maybe they fear having to report the law.

    Because the law is quite clear about what should be happening now, US law is quite clear.

    The US government should be ceasing all operations in Iraq and stopping all aid.

    The Iraqi government made the militias part of the Iraqi forces (Haider al-Abadi did that).

    Therefore, these abuses are being carried out by the Iraqi government.


    1. Shia Militias crimes فديو مسرب الحشد الشيعي الارهابي يقتل عشرات المدنيين العراقيين السنه ويضحك فوق جثثهم
     
     
     

  • Iraqi Sunni civilians displaced from Fallujah tortured & killed by Shia militias
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  • Shia Militias crimes عاجل افضحوهم صور مسربه للمفقودين السنه النازحين الذين خطفهم الحشد الشيعي ولايعرف مصيرهم
     
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  • Iraqi Sunnis civilians arrested & tortured by Shia militias without guilt or charge in
     
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  • Shia militias crimes عاجل افضحوهم فديو مسرب خطير المفقودين السنه العراقيين مخطوفين بيد الحشد الشيعي بالمئات
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    The Leahy Amendment, among other laws, requires the backing the Iraqi government be ceased immediately.

    When Senator Bob Menendez was reluctant to approve US arms to Iraq, this was exactly what he was concerned about.

    If the law were to be followed, Barack Obama would have to cease all financial and military support of the (US-installed) Iraqi government.

    This is not minor.

    It's the law.

    While the western press largely rushes to distract from what's taking place in Iraq, War Hawk Hillary Clinton has her stupid idiots and whores who support her.

    Take 'gamer' Brianna Wu.

    Yeah, you've fought an important battle in the world of #WHITEGIRLPROB

    Posted at 12:58 am by thecommonills
     

    The day after those depressing primaries

    The day after those depressing primaries

    It's the global markets, silly.

    mariam Retweeted KATY PERRY
    what about the little girls in Iraq who lost their mothers and their sisters because of the war Hillary voted for?
    mariam added,
     
     
     


    As many a songbird before her with no real personality, Katy Perry will shortly learn what it's like to be hitless in the US.  Others who've struggled were able to ride it out via foreign markets.

    In the eyes of the world, War Hawk Hillary is very controversial.

    Katy might want to heed the Police's warning right about now -- don't stand, don't stand so, don't stand so close to me . . .

    Artists should never stand too close to politicians.

    Look at U2.

    Not a real hit since Bono got all cozy with Bully Boy Bush.

    Where was Bono on the Iraq War?

    Oh, right, he told ROLLING STONE Bully Boy Bush was helping his 'global initiative' so he couldn't speak about Iraq.

    And U2's credibility and career went right down the toilet.

    Poor Katy.

    Her teen queen audience long ago grew up.

    She's never been an attractive person to begin with.

    And her husband walked out on her.

    All of those negatives make charting risky.

    And that's before she got in bed with a War Hawk.

    Britney Spears looked ridiculous in Michael Moore's film backing up Bully Boy Bush but she was able to bounce back by exploiting her own sexuality.  Katy does not have that option.


    While Katy locks hips with Hillary, Liza Featherstone ponders what a Hillary presidency might mean?

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    So what happens now?

    Some e-mails this morning are expressing worry that Bernie Sanders will not take the battle to the convention.

    I have no idea what he'll do.

    Remember when Dennis Kucinich said he wouldn't vote for ObamaCare but then got on the plane with Barack and when he got off he was going to vote for it (and did)?

    Something similar may happen during Bernie and Barack's conversation today.

    If it does and Hillary implodes after Bernie concedes, he will have no argument for the nomination.

    If he concedes and then, afterwards, Hillary implodes, it will be an open scramble for the nomination and Joe Biden or anyone else will have as much right as anyone else to it.


    Marcia's "The world ahead" went up earlier as did:










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    Posted at 12:50 am by thecommonills
     

    Tuesday, June 07, 2016
    Iraq snapshot

    Iraq snapshot

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, war crimes in the 'liberation' of Falluja get attention from the United Nations, war crimes in the 'liberation' of Falluja get spun by the US State Dept, Moqtada al-Sadr's followers stage a big rally in Baghdad, the western press ignores it, and much more.



    The big news in Iraq today was the protest in Baghdad.

    And you know it was huge because the western media refused to report on it.

    ALSUMARIA reports that the demonstrators called for an end to corruption and demanded a government of technocrats, one free of political parties.

    The huge crowd pictured in the photo ALSUMARIA published demonstrates that even Haider al-Abadi's efforts to cut off the roads and bridges to Baghdad could not stop today's huge turnout in Tahrir Square.  Those rallying are said to be followers of Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr.  On Arabic social media, there are reports of violence carried out by the police on the protesters today.

    MP Aqeel Abdul al-Hussein (of Moqtada's bloc) has declared that Haider al-Abadi (US-installed prime minister of Iraq) will face consequences for his inability to bring about change and that the previous prime minister (thug Nouri al-Maliki) wasted government funds.


    ALSUMARIA also notes that Nouri's insulted the protesters in a Tweet and Moqtada has responded by noting that Nouri was no agent of change and failed to make a squeak as Iraq's resources were plundered by corruption.


    Meanwhile AL MADA reports that Moqtada has accused Mohammed al-Ghabban of implementing a foreign agenda.  al-Ghabban is the Minister of the Interior.  al-Ghabban is a Shi'ite politician who  is part of Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition and who belongs to the political party for the Badr militia.  IRAQ TIMES notes the statements and states they came following an arrest warrant being announced for Moqtada.


    Parliament is currently out of session and not due to return until July.  An online poll at ALSUMARIA currently finds that only 24.8% expect Parliament to convene a session before their scheduled return.  (75.2% vote there will be no emergency session.)  This belief is in keeping with statements made by MPs.  For example, Sunday NATIONAL IRAQI NEWS AGENCY quoted MP Diaa al-Asadi stating that the Ahrar bloc (Moqtada's bloc) would not end its boycott of Parliament until a vote took place on a cabinet.


    On what western media will report . . .

    Maybe you caught AFP or IANS or other outlets this week reporting on the over 400 corpses in a mass grave in Saqlawiyah ("near Falluja") -- victims of the Islamic State.

    The only problem?

    Doesn't appear to have happened.

    ALSUMARIA reports that the Iraqi military's media branch announced today that there was one corpse above ground and two buried and that the claims of 400 are inaccurate.  ALL IRAQ NEWS quotes from the statement of the Joint Special Operations Command's media division that following on-site research it's clear that there are no mass graves."



    Turning to the liberation -- or 'liberation' -- of the Sunni city of Falluja, AP reports it has hit another speed bump due "to disagreements about battlefield strategy among the disparate Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State group."

    Meanwhile the Shi'ite militias -- now part of the armed forces thanks to Haider -- continue to persecute Sunni civilians.


    ALSUMARIA offers a video report of dead civilians -- civilians who fled threats of the Islamic State in Falluja only to be shot by the militias after fleeing Falluja.  Today the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner issued the following statement:


    GENEVA (7 June 2016) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged the Iraqi Government to take immediate measures to ensure that all people fleeing the ISIL-occupied city of Fallujah are treated in strict accordance with international human rights and international humanitarian laws.

    “There are extremely distressing, credible reports that some people who survive the terrifying experience of escaping from ISIL, then face severe physical abuse once they reach the other side,” the High Commissioner said. “Eyewitnesses have described how armed groups operating in support of the Iraqi security forces are intercepting people fleeing the conflict, separating the men and teenage boys from the women and children, and detaining the males for ‘security screening’, which in some cases degenerates into physical violations and other forms of abuse, apparently in order to elicit forced confessions. There are even allegations that some individuals have been summarily executed by these armed groups.”

    “While the Iraqi security forces have a legitimate interest in vetting individuals fleeing ISIL-controlled areas to ensure they do not pose a risk to security or to identify individuals who may have committed crimes, such vetting must only be carried out by entities authorised to do so by Iraqi law. Where individuals are being held by other armed groups not legally authorised to detain individuals, the Government must ensure they are either handed over or released safely,” Zeid stressed. “It is paramount that all individuals fleeing the violence around Fallujah must be assumed to be civilians without links to armed groups, unless there is clear and cogent evidence to the contrary.”

    The High Commissioner added that the security vetting must be carried out in a transparent manner, in full compliance with international law. If there is substantive information that a particular individual may have committed crimes or may constitute a security risk, the person can be detained in compliance with the law, and the detention must be subject to appropriate judicial review.

    “The Prime Minister, and other political, community and religious leaders have made very welcome statements, calling on all those involved in the military operations to do their utmost to protect civilians in all circumstances and to ensure accountability for any individuals perpetrating violations. I urge the Government to take immediate, concrete steps to ensure that these calls are translated into action,” Zeid said.

    “The Government must show its commitment to protecting civilians by fully investigating reports that people who have suffered two and a half years of living hell under ISIL, and have faced enormous difficulties and dangers getting out of Fallujah alive, are now facing double jeopardy in the form of serious human rights violations after they have escaped. Those allegedly responsible for these violations must be brought to justice.”

    Since January 2014, when Fallujah was captured by ISIL, at least 22,169 civilians have been killed and 43,435 wounded in Iraq. These casualty figures are considered an absolute minimum as they do not include Anbar Province, where Fallujah is located, and also do not include people who died from secondary effects of violence, such as lack of water, food, medicines or health care.

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    For more information and media requests,please contact Rupert Colville (+41 22 917 97 67 / rcolville@ohchr.org) or Ravina Shamdasani (+41 22 917 9169 / rshamdasani@ohchr.org) or Cécile Pouilly (+41 22 917 9310 / cpouilly@ohchr.org )




    ALSUMARIA reports that Speaker of Parliament Salim al-Jubouri has called for an end to these abuses in the name of 'liberation.'


    When the issue was raised at today's US State Dept press briefing, spokesperson Mark C. Toner attempted to dance around the issue.


    QUESTION: Going to Iraq --

    MR TONER: Yeah, sure.

    QUESTION: -- since we’re still talking about trying to fight ISIL, among other things: Last week you talked about Fallujah. There are more reports about Shia militiamen detaining Sunni men who are trying to flee Fallujah, and there are more allegations that they’re being abused, that they’re being tortured. Dozens is one rough estimate. Even the UN high commissioner for refugees is saying – for human rights, excuse me – is expressing concern about the situation, and he is also expressing concern that the Abadi government isn’t doing enough to restrain the Shia militia from carrying out sectarian attacks. One, what is the U.S. assessment of the situation right now? What is the U.S. Government saying to Prime Minister Abadi? What is the U.S. prepared to do in order to basically keep the Shia militia away from Fallujah so that people who are trying to escape the fighting can do so safely?

    MR TONER: Sure. Lots of very good questions, and obviously, it’s a very difficult situation in and around Fallujah. The reports – and we’ve seen these reports as well – are obviously concerning. We do believe, though, that Prime Minister Abadi has made an effort to investigate abuses of Iraqi civilians at the hands of Iraqi Security Forces. I think he’s even pledged to form a committee or has created a human rights committee to look at some of these abuses. We believe the Government of Iraq has made an effort to avoid civilian casualties and to hold accountable those in isolated cases of misconduct.
    Now, there have been – and we talked – I talked about this last Friday – there have been efforts to screen citizens as they flee Fallujah.


    QUESTION: Right.


    MR TONER: And I think – I’m looking at my thing – I think some 15,000 civilians have already fled the fighting in and around Fallujah and have arrived and are safely being held at camps, and there have been screening measures put in place, and we have talked about that.


    QUESTION: Right.


    MR TONER: And partly that’s common sense that [. . .] ISIL isn’t using – trying to exfiltrate or get out of Fallujah, use it as an escape route. So – but let’s be very clear that any kind of screening, while justified, needs to be done in a manner that is respectful of human rights and common dignity, and also done in a transparent manner.


    QUESTION: There’s already been a lot of talk, though --


    MR TONER: Please.


    QUESTION: -- about the fact that in the effort to liberate these communities from ISIL, that the U.S. would not want to see Shia militia going in because of the very fundamental symbolism that represents. Is it appropriate for the Iraqi Government to rely on these militia, the PMF, to do the screening? Should the Iraqi military be using some of its own forces to do this screening? And should the Shia militia even be allowed anywhere near Fallujah? Why can’t they be held to barracks, to use an expression?


    MR TONER: Well, I would refer you to the Iraqi Government to talk about the composition of forces in and around Fallujah and how they’re being utilized. I think that given the scale and scope of this operation, that they, frankly, need all the capable fighters that they have. But of course we’re concerned about the sectarian tensions inherent to the dynamic that you just raised. And again, we have raised our concerns with the Iraqi Government, and they have also expressed a clear understanding of that dynamic as well and an effort to avoid it. The need – so if Shia militia are there, they are under the command and control of the Iraqi military. And they --


    QUESTION: But then we hear about people being dragged away, bodies being turned up, some people so badly injured that they’re now in hospital trying to get medical treatment that may not be easily attainable given that these are conditions of war. Here’s an alternative suggestion: Perhaps the U.S. doesn’t want to have its own people screening people leaving Fallujah, but there are other members of the coalition. Is it possible to ask the Arab countries that are part of the coalition to do the screening of people as they’re trying to leave Fallujah?


    MR TONER: Well, again, those are all good points and good questions better directed to the Iraqi Government. I would say that thus far in Fallujah, fully recognizing that we have seen reports and we’ve raised those reports on our concerns about them with the Iraqi Government, but we have seen thus far an effort by Prime Minister Abadi and his leadership to manage the offensive carefully, deliberately, with respect to ordering safe passageways – and I talked about the 17,000 Fallujah residents who have gotten safe passage out of the city – and made an effort to respect both property and the well-being of the civilians.
    But again, as there are cases or allegations of these abuses – and you cited some of them – the Iraqi Government has pledged to create a committee to look at these allegations in cases, or rather incidents, and follow up on them. And I think that that is absolutely commendable and necessary.
    Please.


    QUESTION: Do you have confidence in this committee that they’re standing up?


    MR TONER: I think, again, we’ll wait and see. But they have pledged to do so. Thus far, what we’ve seen largely from the Iraqi Government has given us confidence that they are aware of these tensions on the battlefield and are taking steps to mitigate them.
    Please.


    QUESTION: Did you confirm the reports by the UN human rights commissioner today that he said he have credible reports about these violations? Are you confirming his position?


    MR TONER: I have not seen those. I do note that we’ve seen reports of violations and are concerned about them. I’m not speaking to his – I have no idea what he said. I’m sorry, I don’t – I haven’t seen his comments.


    QUESTION: He said they have – he have credible reports about very sad violations against civilians fleeing from Fallujah.



    MR TONER: I mean, again, we’re aware of some of these reports and we’re concerned about them as well.


    Toner hadn't seen the UN statement so he probably also missed photographs.  Like these.


     
     
     

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    Activist and actress Rosario Dawson is supporting Bernie Sanders in the battle for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.




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    It's the stupidity, stupid

    It's the stupidity, stupid

    Here's a thought: Maybe don't write about Iraq if you're so lazy or stupid that you never pay attention to the topic.

    A documentary that's been out forever -- on two gay Iraqi males -- 'interests' Jeremy Kinser in a gossipy kind of way so he writes some garbage for NEW NOW NEXT which includes:

    The two began a romance that was not just illegal, but could lead to their deaths. ( At least 36 men in Syria and Iraq have been killed by ISIS militants on charges of sodomy, according to OutRight Action International.) 
    When Hrebid became the target of an honor killing in 2009, he obtained a visa to the U.S. and fled—but Allami was forced to remain behind.

    If you're new to the site, you should still see the problem.

    2009 is not the Islamic State.

    If you've been around here awhile, you're fully aware that far worse than some terrorist group targeting Iraq's gay community was thug Nouri al-Maliki targeting Iraq's gay community and doing so while he was prime minister of Iraq.

    Jeremy, you're too damn stupid or too damn lazy -- I don't know which.

    But as someone who had to scream and yell to friends to get the topic covered, I'm really not in the mood for your garbage this morning.

    Nouri's attacks on the gay community -- and those perceived gay -- went so far as sending Iraqi officials into the schools to demonize the gays and lesbians, to liken them to vampires and issue all sorts of scare tactics -- which, of course, Nouri denied . . . up until ALSUMARIA got a hold of the government handout the students were given -- in order to demonize the gay community.

    They were then targeted and killed by any number of means including stoning with bricks and having their anuses glued shut.

    Repeating, this wasn't by the Islamic State, this was by the government of Iraq.

    So just stop 'helping' if you're too damn stupid to know what happened.

    You're not helping anyone, Jeremy.

    Just sit your tired and lazy ass down.

    Moving on to other stupidity: Haider al-Abadi.

    The US-installed prime minister of Iraq is making more of his idiotic statements.

    RUDAW reports:

    The Iraqi Prime Minister declared on Monday that the liberation of Fallujah is “imminent” and the Islamic State will be routed from Iraq by the end of the year. His optimism is seemingly contradicted, however, by the facts on the ground.


    The Islamic State is not leaving Iraq.

    It may lose a city, it may lose all territory.

    But that doesn't mean it leaves.

    The only way you root it out is by addressing the root cause -- something all the bombs dropped from US war planes repeatedly fails to do.

    You end the persecution of Sunnis, you end the Islamic State in Iraq.

    Otherwise?

    It'll morph into something else possibly but it will remain in Iraq.

    That's why Barack failed in August of 2014 when he started the bombing campaign but  failed to start a diplomatic campaign aimed at healing the political crisis.


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    Saturday, June 04, 2016
    Iraq snapshot

    Iraq snapshot

    Saturday, June 4, 2016.  Chaos and violence continue, the assault in Falluja continues, even the State Dept rebukes the western press, the billions of US tax dollars wasted on Iraq's military still show no positive results, and much more.


    Today, the US Defense Dept announced:


    Strikes in Iraq
    Bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

    -- Near Fallujah, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL supply caches, and six ISIL staging areas and damaged three ISIL fighting positions and denied ISIL access to terrain.

    -- Near Habbaniyah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL vehicle bomb.

    -- Near Mosul, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL staging area and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

    -- Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL bomb-making facility and an ISIL vehicle bomb factory.


    Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.


    The bombing has been going on since August of 2014 and the only noticeable damage has been to the US taxpayer's wallet.


    The assault on Falluja continues.

    In Wednesday's snapshot, we noted our disbelief in western press reports that the assault on Falluja had ceased (due to concerns for 20,000 kids trapped there).  Thursday's snapshot noted that Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi had stated the assault had never been halted.


    Friday?

    Even the US State Dept was going to town on western media outlets.


    State Dept spokesperson Mark Toner,  "First of all, beginning with Fallujah. I wanted to update you on the ongoing effort to retake Fallujah. Contrary to some media reports, efforts have not stalled."


    Poor western media, so foolish, so stupid.


    It's why they also struggle to report reality -- like the War Crimes taking place in the 'liberation' of Falluja.






    These are the "non sectarian" Shia Hashd militia abusing Sunni clerics. This is the Iraqi Shia alternative to ISIS

     
     
     




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    Jill Stein is seeking the Green Party's presidential nomination.



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    Moqtada al-Sadr's protesters live chiefly in Basra (they didn't come into Baghdad today) and in the Sadr section (usually called "slum") of Baghdad.  That last group has been protesting in Baghdad, outside the Green Zone, on his orders.

    They made it into the Green Zone.




    Protests Update: Everything You Need To Know About The Civil Unrest In Baghdad’s Green Zone











    Everything you need to know?


    Not really.


    Tear gas was fired.

    After.

    After the protesters were inside the Green Zone and had stormed the Parliament.


    After they had stormed the Green Zone and made it into the Parliament.

    After.

    There's a point here, if anyone's paying attention.


    In all the years of the Green Zone, it was only almost stormed once and that was shortly after Nouri al-Maliki became prime minister in 2006.

    People were shot.

    People were shot dead.

    Immediately after, the 'Bremer walls' went up.


    Moqtada al-Sadr's protesters made it into the Green Zone today.


    Not because they're particularly smart.

    Certainly not because they have super powers.

    Clearly because either orders weren't followed regarding what to do when people attempt to breach the Green Zone or because there was a stand down order allowing them to seize the Green Zone.



    What happened?

    That emerged days later.  From the May 7th snapshot:


    Where are Motqada's zombies now?
    Better question: Where is the Shi'ite cleric and movement leader?
    Loveday Morris (WASHINGTON POST) reports:



    The Iraqi rumor mill swirled into action, with some politicians speculating he was summoned by a furious Tehran.
    "I think they are angry, maybe they blame him for what happened," Abdul Razzaq said.
    Five days later, he has still not returned, and before his departure, he had announced a two-month spiritual retreat. His supporters have remained stoic.


    And, in an aside, Morris also revealed who helped Moqtada's supporters breach the Green Zone:


    Abadi was already seen as a weak leader, and Sadr's actions have undermined him further, with members of parliament incensed by the breach of their fortified inner sanctum.
    As he attempts to regain control, and credibility, he has pledged to prevent another breach and fired the head of Green Zone security, who kissed Sadr's hand as the cleric entered the area in March.




    The difference between that earlier April day and today?

    Heads rolled in Baghdad over the heavy petting between security and Moqtada.

    This time, security wasn't going to just smile and waive as the Green Zone was breached.

    Kareem Raheem and Stephen Kaplin (REUTERS) report today, "Iraqi security forces opened fire on protesters who stormed into Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone on Friday and entered the cabinet building, drawing calls for revolt from a powerful Shi'ite Muslim cleric."

    AL ARABIYA NEWS adds:


    Iraq's powerful Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr expressed support for protesters who stormed into Baghdad's Green Zone on Friday and condemned security forces' use of force against them.
    "I respect your choice and your peaceful spontaneous revolt," Sadr said in a statement. "Curse the government that kills its children in cold blood."


    Kills in cold blood?


    Suddenly Moqtada's concerned about protesters being killed?

    Didn't raise a peep when they were Sunnis and were killed.

    And they were killed.

    One infamous example?

    The April 23, 2013 massacre of a sit-in in Hawija which resulted from  Nouri's federal forces storming in.  Alsumaria noted Kirkuk's Department of Health (Hawija is in Kirkuk)  announced 50 activists have died and 110 were injured in the assault.   AFP reported the death toll eventually (as some wounded died) rose to 53 dead.   UNICEF noted that the dead included 8 children (twelve more were injured).


    Not a peep from Moqtada al-Sadr.

    Again, the Shi'ite cleric didn't object to the slaughter of Sunnis.


    But today?

    He's denouncing "the government that kills its children in cold blood."

    Thing is, there are no confirmed deaths.


    XINHUA notes, "The breach of the restricted district left at least 120 people wounded, including many security members, by the live bullets and tear gas used by the security forces to disperse the protesters, a security source told Xinhua, citing latest reports."

    Loveday Morris and Mustafa Salim (WASHINGTON POST) report, "Hospital officials said at least 617 people were injured, largely from inhaling tear gas. They did not report any deaths or injuries from gunfire."



    THE IRISH TIMES notes people injured but as to claims of deaths?  "Authorities could not immediately verify reports of several deaths."


    Haydar Hadi, Servet Gunerigok and Fatjon Prroni (ANADOLU AGENCY) cover the storming of the Green Zone but find no deaths: "Interior Ministry sources told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions of speaking to the media that 21 people were injured in brawls between protesters and security forces."

    THE BELFAST TELEGRAPH offers:

    A reporter at the scene saw several protesters badly injured and one who was shot in the head.
    Ambulances weaved through the crowd to ferry away those hurt, and h ospital and police officials said five protesters were seriously injured.


    Only Michael Weiss (DAILY BEAST) offers hearing of deaths (from media reports).  There have been no confirmed deaths reported.

    Jason Ditz (ANTIWAR.COM) offers:

    It’s Friday, it’s Iraq, and there’s still no vote on the cabinet nominated over a month ago. That means mass protests, and as with recent weeks, the rallies centered around the walled-off Green Zone, with many protesters forcing their way in, and some said to enter the prime minister’s office.


    I've read over 70 reports in English and in Arabic.

    The Cabinet isn't an issue.

    Government corruption, a government not serving the people, etc.

    That's what the protesters mention.

    Not the Cabinet.

    The Cabinet was Moqtada's issue.

    Moqtada wasn't in the Green Zone.

    Moqtada doesn't not even appear to be in Iraq.

    He appears to be in Tehran still.

    And we warned about this.

    About how what hurts Moqtada is if his followers get hurt and he's not there with them.

    So his followers launched a demonstration that he's denying having ordered, they got hurt and he's safe in Tehran?


    Merrit Kennedy (NPR) explains, "News photos showed shocked-looking demonstrators carrying wounded colleagues out of the melee."

    They were unprepared and they were leaderless.

    That's how a backlash can start.



    Lastly, the US Defense Dept today announced:


    Strikes in Iraq
    Bomber, attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 15 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

    -- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed an ISIL mortar position.

    -- Near Albu Hayat, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb and an ISIL front-end loader.

    -- Near Rutbah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

    -- Near Fallujah, a strike destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL heavy machine guns.

    -- Near Kisik, a strike destroyed four ISIL tunnel systems.

    -- Near Mosul, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed seven ISIL assembly areas, four ISIL vehicles, an ISIL fighting position, and 26 ISIL rocket rails.

    -- Near Qayyarah, a strike destroyed four ISIL tunnels.

    -- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

    -- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL rocket rail, an ISIL weapons cache, and an ISIL rocket launcher.

    -- Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed two ISIL bed down locations and an ISIL weapons cache.

    Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.





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