Thursday, June 16, 2016. Chaos and violence continue, the 'liberation' of Falluja continues -- with all the problems and persecutions that entails, a Kurdish leader talks of splitting Iraq into three regions, US troops are said to be on the ground assisting in combat in Nineveh Province, and much more.
that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan announced that US forces were
backing Iraqi forces on the ground in Nineveh Province. The Patriotic
Union of Kurdistan is one of the three main political parties in the KRG
(the other two being the KDP and Goran). It was created in 1975 and
the head of it remains Jalal Talabai who served as President of Iraq
from 2005 to December 2012. He continued to hold office through 2014
but, in December of 2012, he suffered a stroke. The incident took
place late on December
17, 2012 (see the December 18, 2012 snapshot) and resulted in Jalal being admitted to Baghdad's Medical Center Hospital. Thursday, December 20,2012,
he was moved to Germany where he remained for approximately a year and a half, returning in July of 2014.
During the time he was in Germany, the Talabani family insisted Jalal
was fine while refusing to allow people to visit him -- including the
then-Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi.
When the first wave of rumors that Talabani had either died or was permanently incapacitated, took hold in May, Jalal was posed for a series of photos that appear to indicate his body was present but that was all.
The photos were compared to the film Weekend At Bernie's in
Arabic social media. (In the 1989 film, Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan
Silverman play two men who drag the corpse of their boss, Bernie, around
and pretend he's alive.)
The Talabani family was down playing
his condition. By doing so, they allowed him to remain as president
when he actually should have been removed from office because he was
unable to carry out the duties of the president.
Meanwhile, the US Defense Dept announced today:
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, ground-attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft
and rocket artillery conducted 20 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and
in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL bunker and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Huwayjah, a strike struck an ISIL oil compound.
-- Near Beiji, a strike destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
-- Near Fallujah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL
tactical units and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy
machine guns, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL vehicle bomb, two ISIL
rocket-propelled grenade systems and an ISIL recoilless rifle and denied
ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Haditha, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Kisik, a strike struck an ISIL foreign fighter weapons storage facility.
-- Near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
-- Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck three separate ISIL
tactical units and an ISIL vehicle bomb-making facility and destroyed
four ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL mortar systems, five ISIL vehicles,
two ISIL tunnel systems, two ISIL bunkers and an ISIL
-- Near Ramadi, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and
destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL
weapons cache, an ISIL rocket propelled grenade system and an ISIL light
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical
unit and destroyed eight ISIL rocket systems and an ISIL assembly area
and suppressed a separate ISIL tactical unit.
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
In other violence, ALSUMARIA reports 1 Iraqi soldier was shot dead in Yusufiya, a bombing in a Yousufiya cafe left an undisclosed number of people dead and wounded, a woman's headless corpse was discovered dumped in Basra, a Tuz Khurmatu shooting left one man and woman injured, a clash in the orchards of Mukhisa village (Diyala Province) left 2 Iraqi soldiers dead and three more injured, and the corpse of 1 Peshmerga was discovered in Kirkuk.
The liberation or 'liberation' of Falluja continues.
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