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Cost of Iraq. Ghosts of U.S. Troops Left at Kirkuk Base After Iraqi Army Fled. <br/><a href=" ABC US news</a> | <a href=" World News</a> Copy We took a trip to Kirkuk today. It was eye-opening. The road seemed perfectly safe from here in Erbil, Iraq. We went to the Kirkuk Air Base. Marines, Four US Warships Head Toward Iraq US Open To Cooperating With Iran on Iraq, Kerry Says Obama Rules Out Sending American Troops 'Back into Combat' in Iraq We saw a bumper sticker pasted onto an old Soviet MiG fighter jet. Another one displayed the American grunts' motto in this long war: "Embrace the Suck. " The U.S. turned the air base over to the Iraqi Armed Forces in 2011. This afternoon, the place seemed like no one had given a damn about it for decades. Terry Moran/ABC News PHOTO: The ghostly remnants of the American G.I.' When the ISIS forces took Mosul last week - but before they had even reached Kirkuk - the Iraqi forces fled, stripping off their uniforms and discarding them in the dirt.

US fired depleted uranium at civilian areas in 2003 Iraq war, report finds. US forces fired depleted uranium (DU) weapons at civilian areas and troops in Iraq in breach of official advice meant to prevent unnecessary suffering in conflicts, a report has found. Coordinates revealing where US jets and tanks fired nearly 10,000 DU rounds in Iraq during the war in 2003 have been obtained by the Dutch peace group Pax. This is the first time that any US DU firing coordinates have been released, despite previous requests by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Iraqi government. According to PAX's report, which is due to be published this week, the data shows that many of the DU rounds were fired in or near populated areas of Iraq, including As Samawah, Nasiriyah and Basrah.

At least 1,500 rounds were also aimed at troops, the group says. This conflicts with legal advice from the US Air Force in 1975 suggesting that DU weapons should only be used against hard targets like tanks and armoured vehicles, the report says. ISIS: are more airstrikes really the answer? Before/after. Glogin?mobile=1&URI=http%3A%2F%2Fmobile.nytimes.com%2F2014%2F07%2F16%2Fus%2Fp... Glogin?mobile=1&URI=http%3A%2F%2Fmobile.nytimes.com%2F2014%2F06%2F22%2Fworld%... Trews News Vs. Faux Nooze ~ Russell Brand Breaks Down Jihadi Propaganda. In the video below, Russell Brand brilliantly breaks down Faux Nooze jihadi propaganda. He exposes the cartoonish propaganda of old paradigm super hero Justice Judge Jeanine.

In reality, Justice Judge Jeanine (dun, dun, dunnn) is actually an extremist super villain in drag. When you exit the matrix, expand your consciousness and pierce the veil of this teleprompter reading fembot’s fancy facade, you’ll see a gun in the background and it will look and sound exactly like those grainy low-budget “jihadi infidel terrorist” videos that US propaganda outlets play to pollute collective consciousness and terrify (terrorize) the American public. All hyperbole aside, as Russell touches on, Fox News is, indeed, much more dangerous than the Iraqi ISIS militants. In fact, the mainstream media is the most effective weapon of mass oppression humanity has ever known. Much more to say after you watch this video… take it away Russell, enlighten the masses with the Trews… Bloody hell! C’mon people!! Watch Each of the Last Four U.S. Presidents Announce That We're Bombing Iraq.

Whitehouse.govDid last night's primetime presidential speech announcing expanding authorization for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria feel kind of familiar? Like you've heard it before? That's probably because you have. You've been hearing for more than two decades, from presidents on both sides of political aisle. At this point, bombing Iraq is practically a American presidential tradition. And, via the magic of YouTube and The Huffington Post's Sam Stein, you can watch every president back to the first George Bush announce a new plan to launch military strikes in Iraq. Here's George H.W. Here's President Bill Clinton in December 1998 announcing a mission, along with British forces, to "strike military and security targets in Iraq. " Here's President George Bush (the second one) in March 2003 announcing that American forces, with help from coalition partners, "are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq. " Ah, memories.

The falsehoods in President Obama's speech on the Islamic State. “I am not a crook.” “I didn’t inhale.” “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” “Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.” “Mission accomplished.” “America doesn’t torture.” “We stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity.” Presidents lie. The “freedom, justice, dignity” phrase was spoken by President Barack Obama Wednesday night during his speech articulating his strategy to combat the Islamic State (IS).

There can be no doubt that the president spoke untruths. We have already tried Obama’s “new” strategy, and it has already failed. Who are the partners Obama referred to in his speech that will belong to the U.S. coalition? Egypt, whose government is responsible for one of the greatest massacres of civilian protesters of the last century and continues to imprison and torture thousands of protesters, tighten control over civil society and even deny prominent activists the basic decency of visiting their dying parents.

All these claims are demonstrably false but useful. Glogin?mobile=1&URI=http%3A%2F%2Fmobile.nytimes.com%2F2014%2F09%2F11%2Fworld%... The American fear-mongering machine is about to scare us back into war again ... Iraq. Blowback! U.S. trained Islamists who joined ISIS. Army trainers [EDITOR'S NOTE: Since publication, this story has been corrected to clarify that the fighters trained in Jordan became members of the ISIS after their training.] JERUSALEM – Syrian rebels who would later join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.

The officials said dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq. The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida.

That report has since been corroborated by numerous other media accounts. Last March, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported Americans were training Syrian rebels in Jordan. The Clandestine Reasons for ISIS Taking Over Iraq. Brandon TurbevilleActivist Post Recent news of the rapid advance of the Islamic Fundamentalist organization ISIS across a wide swath of Iraq may indeed have come as a shock to a large number of Americans. Indeed, to the general public who pay very little attention to the affairs of other countries or even their own, the fact that the ISIS now controls a large portion of Iraq as well as a portion of Syria not only conjures up images of American foreign policy failure but also of the possibility of re-invading Iraq in order to quell the fundamentalist forces.

The irony, of course, is that “al-Qaeda” and ISIS would never have been in Iraq to begin with had it not been for the United States nor would it have been in Syria if it were not for the fact that the United States, NATO, and the West in general organized, funded, trained, armed, and directed it. Thirteen years after 9/11, extremists have gained more power in the region than they ever had before the “Global War On Terror” began. You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi... BEIRUT — The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth.

But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?” It appears — even now — that Saudi Arabia’s ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite “fire” with Sunni “fire”; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da’ish’s strict Salafist ideology. Many Saudis are deeply disturbed by the radical doctrines of Da’ish (ISIS) — and are beginning to question some aspects of Saudi Arabia’s direction and discourse. But this “cultural revolution” was no docile reformism. All this behavior, Abd al-Wahhab denounced as bida — forbidden by God. ISIS just stole $425 million, Iraqi governor says, and became the ‘world’s richest terrorist group’

An image grab taken from a propaganda video uploaded on June 8, 2014, by the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. (AFP/Getty Images) Of the many stunning revelations to emerge out of the wreckage of Mosul on Wednesday — 500,000 fleeing residents, thousands of freed prisoners, unconfirmed reports of “mass beheadings” — the one that may have the most lasting impact as Iraq descends into a possible civil war is that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria just got extremely rich. As insurgents rolled past Iraq’s second largest city, an oil hub at the vital intersection of Syria, Iraq and Turkey, and into Tikrit, several gunmen stopped at Mosul’s central bank. An incredible amount of cash was reportedly on hand, and the group made off with 500 billion Iraqi dinars — $425 million. The declaration isn’t an easy one to fact check. The Taliban, the New York Times reported, had a one-time annual operating budget of somewhere between $70 million and $400 million.