Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Chaos and violence continue, Nouri al-Maliki
insults Sunni politicians and Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, the US
government hopes tossing some money will let them off for assisting with
War Crimes in Iraq and much more.
Since August of 2014, the US government has bombed Iraq daily.
Today, the US Defense Dept announced:
Strikes in Iraq
Rocket artillery and bomber, fighter and remotely piloted
aircraft conducted 17 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support
of the Iraqi government:
-- Near Beiji, two strikes struck
two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed eight ISIL fighting
positions, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL improvised explosive device, an
ISIL vehicle-borne IED, four ISIL rocket rails, two ISIL mortar systems,
an ISIL supply cache and an ISIL anti-air artillery piece and damaged
five ISIL berms.
-- Near Fallujah, three strikes
struck two separate large ISIL tactical units and destroyed 11 ISIL
fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL heavy machine guns, five
ISIL light machine guns, five ISIL rocket propelled grenade systems and
two ISIL mortar systems and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Kisik, two strikes struck
an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL
tunnel and three ISIL rocket rails.
-- Near Mosul, four strikes struck
four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles, six
ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL rocket system.
-- Near Qayyarah, three strikes destroyed three ISIL rocket rails and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck
a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions,
an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL
rocket-propelled-grenade system, an ISIL boat and three ISIL weapons
-- Near Tal Afar, a strike suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
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
That they'll release.
At yesterday's Pentagon press conference moderated by press secretary Peter Cook, the following exchange took place
Q: Peter, during last week's briefing, the issue
of injured American service members came up, and you said you would take
the question and look into it.
Can you confirm that four American service members were injured in Northern Syria on June 9th?
MR. COOK: (Inaudible) -- this is -- I'm glad you raised the
question, because this does raise a question, a policy question for us
about identifying injured service members.
And as I stated last week, and probably should have stated more
clearly, our policy is not to identify wounded service members, for a
variety of reasons -- including operational security, including privacy
And so, I'm not going to be able to elaborate more fully on
that situation. Just as I wouldn't with other wounded service members,
because of that -- because of our policy in place.
Q: I believe on May 31, the Pentagon did come out and say
there were two service members, one in Iraq and one in Syria, who were
injured and I think you even gave a specific location -- (inaudible),
north of Raqqah. And I'm not asking for a specific location or name.
You know, were there American service members injured? Because in the
past, you have acknowledged when they have been injured.
MR. COOK: And what -- and of course one of the things that
we're concerned about here is not just operational security --
(inaudible), but also, we do not want to provide additional information
to the enemy that might enhance their own assessment of the battlefield
situation and their own impact.
Q: (inaudible) -- because on May 31, you did give out two numbers of Americans injured.
MR. COOK: I'm just spelling out right now our policy
consistent with what it's been in the past with regard to wounded
service members. We provide information with regard, of course, to
casualties. But for a variety of reasons, we do not provide information
on wounded service members and we're going to continue to stick to
that, again, because we don't want to provide information to the enemy
that might be helpful, we have privacy concerns that we want to address.
And again, we don't routinely release that information. There
have been some exceptions in the past, but that is our -- our basic
policy and I'm going to stick to that policy.
Cook insisted this was not a change. Idrees Ali and Leslie Adler (REUTERS) point out
, "However, the
Pentagon has released such information in the past and responded to
queries, and it was unclear how Cook's comments were consistent with
previous disclosures." At the conservative website HOT AIR, Jazz Shaw maintains
It’s hard not to read something overtly political into this policy
change, no matter how the Pentagon describes it. We’ve already seen the
President standing by his policy of not mentioning Islamic terrorism and
our own Attorney General has tried to keep mentions of ISIS out of
transcripts of conversations with terrorists attacking at home. Any news
about battlefield injuries in the war against this enemy clearly plays
against the Democrats in general and Hillary Clinton’s election hopes in
particular, so suppressing public discussion of such unpleasant
realities has a clear political side to it.
that independent politician Izzat al-Shahbandar states that while Iraq
has made gains in the battle against the Islamic State but none on the
political front. Though described in the article -- and by the press
usually -- as "independent," he is a member of Nouri al-Maliki's
political slate State of Law.
Shi'ite Nouri al-Maliki is the former prime minister of Iraq and the forever thug.
today that he's slammed Sunni politicians as "terrorists" (he did that
while he was prime minister too) and denounced Shi'ite cleric and
movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr and compared the rallies carried out by
Moqtada's followers to "robbery."
Nouri's persecution of the Sunni population provided the Islamic State the foundation they needed in Iraq.
Also on the political front, the office of the current prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, issued the following today:
استقبل السيد رئيس مجلس الوزراء الدكتور حيدر العبادي في مكتبه اليوم الاربعاء رئيس ائتلاف الوطنية الدكتور اياد علاوي.
وجرى خلال اللقاء مناقشة الاوضاع السياسية والامنية والاقتصادية التي يشهدها البلد واهمية توحيد الجهود لمواجهة
التحديات التي يمر بها العراق.
كما جرى التأكيد على ضرورة ادامة زخم الانتصارات بعد تحرير الفلوجة والدعم والاسناد لقواتنا البطلة وتوفير المستلزمات
الضرورية والعيش الكريم للنازحين.
ودعا الدكتور العبادي جميع الكتل السياسية الى دعم قواتنا البطلة في حربها ضد العصابات الارهابية والابتعاد عن كل ما من
شأنه ان يؤثر سلبا على عزيمة مقاتلينا مؤكدا في الوقت ذاته على اهمية نبذ الخلافات واللجوء للحوار لحل القضايا العالقة
للسير بالبلد الى بر الامان.
المكتب الاعلامي لرئيس الوزراء
22 حزيران 2016
The press release notes that Ayad Allawi traveled to Haider al-Abadi's
office today and the two met to discuss economic, security and political
developments within Iraq and the need to unite to face the challenges
and to carry on the momentum of victory beyond the liberation of
Allawi now leads the National Coalition. In 2010, he led Iraqiya which
offered a way forward for Iraq, a political party built not on sect but
Despite election irregularities and Nouri al-Maliki's stunts, Iraqiya
won the 2010 elections and Allawi should have been named prime
minister-designate and given the opportunity to attempt to form a
However, Nouri al-Maliki refused to step down bringing the country to a
standstill. That political stalemate lasted over 8 months and Nouri was
able to carry out that paralysis of the Iraqi government with the help
of US President Barack Obama who had US officials negotiate The Erbil
Agreement -- a legal contract that did away with the votes of the Iraqi
people and gave Nouri a second term as prime minister.
On 'liberated' Falluja, AFP notes
the large number of Iraqis it has created:
"We have to admit that the humanitarian
community has also failed the Iraqi people," said Nasr Muflahi, Iraq
head of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
serious funding shortfalls, but there is no justification why there
aren't more aid agencies helping the people of Fallujah," he said.
already existing camps filled way beyond capacity, other camps were
being set up but the newly displaced families arriving there often found
nothing to sleep on or under, nothing to eat or drink.
Salam Khoder (ALJAZEERA) speaks
with the refugees:
When Um Anwar, a resident of Fallujah, was asked to describe her life
in the refugee camps at Amiriyat al-Fallujah, she summed it up in a
sharp, clear voice: "We are staying inside the camp but living outside
Um Anwar left Fallujah on Friday June 17, with her four daughters.
"We have been sleeping out in the open for days now," she told Al
Jazeera. "My four daughters and I take turns in sleeping during the
night. Two of us have to stay up watching while the rest of us fall into
sleep. This is the only way to ensure no one is coming our way during
the night. They told us that they had no tents to spare us one as a
Her son, Anwar, fled the city 15 months ago and has been trying to
make a living in Baghdad ever since, while her husband was killed in a
bombing in Fallujah city shortly after her son left.
And the refugees also have to deal with the Shi'ite militias.
War Crimes took place throughout the 'liberation' of Falluja and continue to take place.
Awash in blood and guilt, the US government attempts to buy it's way out.
What's she talking about?
US State Dept spokesperson John Kirby explained at today's State Dept press briefing:
On Iraq, we are
pleased to announce that the United States will co-host a pledging
conference with Canada, Germany, and Japan in Washington, D.C. on the
20th of July to raise support for urgent humanitarian and stabilization
needs in Iraq. This will be an effort to help the people of Iraq weather
the humanitarian crisis and destruction wrought by [the Islamic State] in the
country, and as – to remind, as you know, I mentioned yesterday, we
announced yesterday $20 million of assistance for Iraq specifically for
humanitarian purposes. And I fully would expect that the pledging
conference will see, as I said yesterday, additional contributions by
the United States.
Now, while [the Islamic State] has suffered continued defeats on the battlefield,
we now believe we’re at a critical juncture in the fight. Iraq needs the
international community’s support to provide desperately needed items
such as food, water, shelter, medicine for those in need, and to assist
in the return of displaced families back to liberated areas as quickly
as possible. It’s critical that we focus not only on defeating [the Islamic State], of
course, but also what comes after that. Reconciliation and long-term
peace are simply not possible until Iraq’s acute humanitarian crisis is
alleviated and people can return to their homes with access to basic
services, to health care, education, and with at least a modest hope for
We believe that this pledging conference will provide a unique and
important opportunity for the international community to assist in doing
just that, and to helping Iraq’s citizens move past some of these
challenges and in remedying the harm caused by [the Islamic State] and to show
solidarity with the people of Iraq as they rebuild their nation.
Turning to politics in the US where Democrats in the House of
Representatives are staging a useless move that's supposed to lead
people to vote for them.
Not everyone's falling for the nonsense and a hashtag has been created #DemsNeverSat: