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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-21 - Original post - cached version

On Saturday, September 14th, two oil refineries and other oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia were hit and set ablaze by 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles, dramatically slashing Saudi Arabia’s oil production by half, from about ten million to five million barrels per day. On September 18, the Trump...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-21 - Original post - cached version

Even if US intelligence decisively shows that some of the drones and cruise missiles used in the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil fields originated in Iran, a decision to go to war with Iran would be inexcusable and insupportable. For one thing, such a decision would not serve US national interests...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-21 - Original post - cached version

For most Israelis, the general election on Tuesday was about one thing and one thing only. Not the economy, nor the occupation, nor even corruption scandals. It was about Benjamin Netanyahu. Should he head yet another far-right government, or should his 10-year divisive rule come to an end?...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-21 - Original post - cached version

A bomb left on a minibus killed a dozen people at a checkpoint near Karbala.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Bus Bombing Near Holy City; 30 Killed Across Country appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Today’s piece by Stephanie Savell, co-director of the invaluable Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute, goes hand-in-hand with the release of a new report by that very group, “The Human and Financial Costs of the Explosive Remnants of War...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-20 - Original post - cached version

ISTANBUL – The drone attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities on September 14 is jolting the entire Middle East, the latest incident in a months-long battle between the Trump Administration and Iran. Yemen’s Houthi movement claimed credit for the devastating attack that shut down half of Saudi...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-20 - Original post - cached version

President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran. America does not want war with Iran. Even the Senate Republicans are advising against military action in response to that attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. "All of us (should) get together and exchange ideas, respectfully, and come to a...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-20 - Original post - cached version

Small attacks in several cities took place.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Three Killed Across Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-19 - Original post - cached version

A trial in Great Britain has just concluded with potentially dangerous implications for personal freedom here. Great Britain is currently the most watched country in the Western world – watched, that is, by its own police forces. In London alone, the police have erected more than 420,000...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Joe Biden’s recent efforts to deny his record of support for invading Iraq are marvels of evasion, with falsehoods that have been refuted by one well-documented appraisal after another after another. This month, Biden claimed that his vote for war on the Senate floor was somehow not a vote for...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-19 - Original post - cached version

If there was a meter to measure White House statements – or the tweets that pass for them – the needle would be wildly swinging from "willing to talk" to "locked and loaded." But, the needle never needed to be so jittery. Iran’s Need to Enrich A gust of the wind of international law is …...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-19 - Original post - cached version

Turksih forces started another phase in their operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: New Anti-PKK Operations; Three Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-18 - Original post - cached version

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy. I considered the war in Vietnam already lost.” ~ John Bolton, in his Yale University 25th reunion book Fitting words from the gold standard in Washington “chicken hawks.” For John...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-18 - Original post - cached version

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving quickly to alter the political reality in Palestine, and facing little or no resistance. On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-18 - Original post - cached version

American democracy and capitalist prosperity are dying on the vine of Empire. And this weekend’s drone attack on the largest oil processing facility on the planet is a graphic case of why. So is the related picture below. The scene is of Yemenis burying a busload of children who were obliterated...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-18 - Original post - cached version

We are now just one week away from the end of Julian Assange’s uniquely lengthy imprisonment for bail violation. He will receive parole from the rest of that sentence, but will continue to be imprisoned on remand awaiting his hearing on extradition to the USA – a process which could last several...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

All wars require casus belli, ostensible justifications. After all, despite humanity’s long history of vicious warfare, interstate combat often requires a government distant from its working class to motivate its people to kill and die for distant institutions and esoteric ideologies. That said...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

"Iran has launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply," declared Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Putting America’s credibility on the line, Pompeo accused Iran of carrying out the devastating attack on Saudi oil facilities that halted half of the kingdom’s oil production, 5.7...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

The recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities by Yemeni Houthi forces demonstrate once again that an aggressive foreign policy often brings unintended consequences and can result in blowback. In 2015 Saudi Arabia attacked its neighbor, Yemen, because a coup in that country ousted the Saudi-backed...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

On September 14, US president Donald Trump tweeted (of course) the suggestion of a US-Israel “Mutual Defense Treaty,” citing a call with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hopefully there’s less going on here than meets the eye: The tweet may just be another mutual publicity back-scratch...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Several bombs exploded in Baghdad.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Series of Blasts in Baghdad; Seven Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

How are you with numbers? I can deal with $1.5 million. I think I can even imagine $1.5 billion, a sum a thousand times greater. But how about a million times greater: $1.5 trillion? That happens to be the estimated cost of the Pentagon’s program to build, deploy, and maintain the no-longer-so-...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

Israelis are getting ready to head to the polls for the second time in 2019. Israel’s last national elections were five months ago in April, ending in a razor-tight finish with Netanyahu’s Likud party winning 35 Knesset seats and the Blue and White party winning 35 Knesset seats. The remaining...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-16 - Original post - cached version

On September 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled in favor of Antiwar.com and against the FBI in the landmark case of Garris v. FBI (known as Raimondo and Garris v. FBI until Justin’s death), and the court ordered the FBI to destroy records it collected during its...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-15 - Original post - cached version

Militants continue attacks in Diyala.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: ISIS Attack on Soldiers; Three Killed in Iraq appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Presidential candidate Joe Biden is adding lies on top of lies to cover up his backing of the Iraq invasion. At last night’s ABC/DNC debate Biden lied about his Iraq record, just like he did at the first two debates. In the July debate, Biden claimed: “From the moment ‘shock and awe’ started,...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Many who oppose the aggressive foreign policy of the United States under President Donald Trump, which has resulted in record numbers of bombs dropped, regime change operations against Venezuela, Nicaragua, Iran and Hong Kong, the abusive use of unilateral coercive measures (sanctions) and...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Last week, in a well-received Wall Street Journal op-ed, former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis delivered a critique of Donald Trump that was as hollow as it was self-righteous. Explaining his decision to resign from the administration, the retired...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

The sudden and bitter departure of John Bolton from the White House was baked in the cake from the day he arrived there. For Bolton’s worldview, formed and fixed in a Cold War that ended in 1991, was irreconcilable with the policies Donald Trump promised in his 2016 campaign. Indeed, Trump was...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

At least one person died, and six children were wounded: A Fijian soldier died in August in Iraq. The details surrounding the death have not yet been published widely, but it does not appear to be combat-related. Six children were wounded when a bomb exploded in a playground in Yangecha near Tuz...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

Several attacks were reported in Diyala province, including the shooting down of a drone aircraft.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Five Killed; Attacks Against Troops in Diyala Province appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

National Security Advisor John Bolton became the latest American casualty of Washington’s 18-year war in Afghanistan on September 10, fired by US president Donald Trump shortly after Trump announced that he had planned, but was canceling, a meeting with Taliban leaders at Camp David to ink a “...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

The New York Times on September 10 ran six articles with the word Trump in the headlines. Two of the stories were clearly warranted – one on Trump’s continuing resolve to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan, and one on the way the commerce department played along with Trump’s false message about...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

Every Israeli prime minister – not least Benjamin Netanyahu – understands that a military entanglement with Hezbollah, Lebanon’s armed Shia movement on Israel’s northern border, is a dangerous wager, especially during an election campaign. It was Shimon Peres who lost to Netanyahu in 1996, weeks...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Forty tons of explosives were dropped on one ISIS location.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Six Killed; Coalition Carpet Bombs ISIS Target appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Years ago, a man drove me around Vietnam, day after day, taking me to villages where I interviewed people about their experiences during what they called the American War. They told me about how they had lost eyes or legs or siblings or parents. They told me...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-11 - Original post - cached version

It is a rare thing, indeed, when both establishment and media "liberals" and "conservatives" agree on anything. Nevertheless, lightning has proverbially struck this week as both sides attack President Trump with equal vehemence. Thus, here we are, and here I am – in the disturbing position of...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Washington, DC was buzzing with talk of troop withdrawals and the impact on peace talks in  Afghanistan. The US could start withdrawing troops within months, the start of what would be a gradual withdrawal of all 14,000 US troops from the country. Then on Sept. 7, President Donald Trump called...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Another warehouse mysteriously blew up in Iraq.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 22 Killed, Another Warehouse Explodes appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

Back in the 1960s, the CIA official Cord Meyer said the agency needed to "court the compatible left." He knew that drawing liberals and leftists into the CIA’s orbit was the key to efficient propaganda. Right-wing and left-wing collaborators were needed to create a powerful propaganda apparatus...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-09 - Original post - cached version

When Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev received his peace prize in 1990, the Nobel Prize committee declared that "the two mighty power blocs, have managed to abandon their life-threatening confrontation" and confidently expressed that "It is our hope that we are now celebrating the end of the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-09 - Original post - cached version

The people of Zimbabwe reacted to the death of ex-dictator Robert Mugabe with either indifference or a bitter “good riddance”. However, in the neocon-ridden precincts of the US foreign policy establishment, the reaction was different – there his passing was mourned. The US Embassy in Harare even...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-09 - Original post - cached version

When they saw Afghanistan, all they could think of was Iraq. Indeed, most military thinkers are perennially driven by the tunnel-vision of personal experience; rarely a good thing. Indeed, the generals and colonels managing the foolish, politically driven 2009-12 Obama "surge" into Afghanistan...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-09 - Original post - cached version

At least 4 bombs were planted in Kirkuk. Three of them exploded.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 15 Killed; Bombs Rattle Kirkuk appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-08 - Original post - cached version

A U.S. service member was reported wounded during a mortar attack in Mosul.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Six Killed, US Service Member Wounded appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Attack on military personnel were overshadowed by the discovery of a mass grave.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 11 Killed, 28 Found in Mass Grave appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Nine former U.S. envoys to Afghanistan put their names on an article posted on the Atlantic Council’s blog on Tuesday. The article, titled "U.S.-Taliban Negotiations: How to Avoid Rushing to Failure," makes the argument that if a major withdrawal of U.S. troops occurred in Afghanistan, the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Yemen is a nightmare, a catastrophe, a mess—and the United States is highly complicit in the whole disaster. Refueling Saudi aircraft in-flight, providing targeting intelligence to the kingdom and selling the requisite bombs that have been dropped...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

A mass grave was found just south of Mosul.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 13 Women Found in Mass Grave appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

If at first you don’t succeed, spread some money around. The Financial Times reports that the US State Department is offering cash bribes to captains of Iranian ships if they sail those ships into ports where the US government can seize them. The offers are funded from a “Rewards for Justice”...

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