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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-28 - Original post - cached version

Washingtonian elites have lived out the inverse of the popular Aesop’s Fable since at least 2008. That pivotal year – when power passed from buffoonish Emperor Bush to polite Emperor Obama – Congress formed the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) to "provide...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-28 - Original post - cached version

This time, we are told, it is different and that President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is absolutely serious about his decision to absolve his leadership from all previous agreements signed with Israel and the United States. But this time is not different, and Abbas is not...

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Turkey continued operations in northern Iraq.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 17 Killed; Ongoing Turkish Operations appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-27 - Original post - cached version

Reprinted from Truthout with permission. The spread of the coronavirus will not save Iran from sanctions, the U.S. cried. “Our policy of maximum pressure on the regime continues,” US Special Representative for Iranian Affairs Brian Hook said, as the State Department added more sanctions on Iran...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-27 - Original post - cached version

Turkish warplanes again entered Iraqi airspace to conduct operations against the PKK>

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 11 Killed; Turkey Resumes Bombing PKK appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-26 - Original post - cached version

Israeli media and Zionist apologists everywhere are busy whitewashing Israel’s globally-tattered image using the rare indictment of an Israeli terrorist, Amiram Ben Uliel, who was recently convicted for murdering the Palestinian Dawabsheh family, including an 18-month-old toddler in the town of...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-26 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Consider it strange. The U.S. has been fighting in Somalia on and off (mostly on) since the early 1990s. (Who, of a certain age, doesn’t remember the "Black Hawk Down" fiasco?) Almost 30 years later, at a time when the U.N. secretary-general, supported by dozens...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-26 - Original post - cached version

After nearly 30 years without nuclear test explosions by the United States, the Trump administration is flirting, in 2020, with resuming explosive tests. This follows on the heels of China’s new security bill on Hong Kong and the flurry of Congressional and executive attempts to accelerate our...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-25 - Original post - cached version

One of the more dangerous symptoms of the Covid-19 pandemic is the ever-increasing tensions between Washington and Beijing. The relationship could be the worst it’s been since President Nixon’s historic trip to China in 1972. This new Cold War is being played out in many theaters, including Hong...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-25 - Original post - cached version

Another Memorial Day, another holiday filled with politicians rhapsodizing about the valiant sacrifices of courageous military men and women. Freedom isn’t free, we are told, as high officials extol the armed services for protecting Americans’ liberties. It sounds so glorious. Especially...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-23 - Original post - cached version

“A ‘Neocon’ is neither new or conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell.” – Edward Abbey Being an unrepentant Neocon, such as William (Bill) Kristol, means never having to say you’re sorry. To qualify, you need to be an ideologue, who also has paid no price for recklessly cheerleading 4,...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Militants continue their attacks in northern Iraq.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 11 Killed; Attack on Refinery appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is best known for his connection to the Russiagate investigation. Lost in that hubbub, however, was Flynn’s slimy role as a lobbyist for Turkey. A Turkish businessman paid Flynn $530,000 in 2016 to push pro-Turkey, anti-Kurd policies in hopes of...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-22 - Original post - cached version

When a Wall Street Journal editorial warned this week against any precipitous U.S. withdrawal that might imperil our gains in Afghanistan, an exasperated President Trump shot back: "Could someone please explain to them that we have been there for 19 years. … and except at the beginning, we never...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-22 - Original post - cached version

The terrorist attack carried out on December 6, 2019 by a Saudi national who was in the US for pilot training at the Pensacola Naval Air Station is back in the news. Three Americans were killed and eight injured in this second surreptitious terrorist attack carried out on US soil by Saudi...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Turkish warplanes made anothe rpass at Kurdish guerrillas in northern Iraq.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Five Killed; Turkish Jets Bomb PKK Targets appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-21 - Original post - cached version

On May 15, thousands of Palestinians in Occupied Palestine and throughout the "shatat", or diaspora, participated in the commemoration of Nakba Day, the one event that unites all Palestinians, regardless of their political differences or backgrounds. For years, social media has added a whole new...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Americans treasure their veterans; or so it seems. Every solitary soldier’s life matters, or is at least accounted for. Here the exactitude of the military’s casualty statistics tells the story. Such catalogues reflect more than a simple Pentagon penchant for lists – they are imbued with meaning...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Reprinted from The Grayzone with the author’s permission. The U.S. assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in January touched off a new wave of disinformation about Soleimani, with Trump administration allies branding him a global terrorist while painting Iran as the world’s...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Seldom mentioned among the motives behind the persistent drumming on alleged Russian interference was an overarching need to help the Security State hide their tracks. The need for a scapegoat to blame for Hillary Clinton’s snatching defeat out of the jaws victory also played a role; as did the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Security forces launched several operations against ISIS militants after attacks.

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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Supports of the Shi'ite militias attacked a television station.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 14 Killed; TV Station Stormed appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Public opinion polls soliciting the views of American voting age adults on timely policy matters impacting Israel and its US lobby are scarce. Americans are only rarely asked about whether they approve of the U.S. having given the lion’s share of the foreign aid budget to Israel over the last...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has, once and for all, settled the doubts on the Court’s jurisdiction to investigate war crimes committed in occupied Palestine. On April 30, Bensouda released a 60-page document diligently laying down the legal bases...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Many observers have been mystified by the Saudi regime’s hold over President Donald Trump. For years he had criticized the gaggle of corrupt, dissolute royals. He also asked why Americans were paying to defend the wealthy, licentious al-Saud family, as it practiced totalitarianism at home and...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-18 - Original post - cached version

The surge in ISIS attacks continues.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 15 Killed; Fresh ISIS Attacks appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-17 - Original post - cached version

ISIS attacks continue in the Diyala province area and nearby.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 10 Killed; Ongoing ISIS Attacks appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-16 - Original post - cached version

Two years ago, on May 8, 2018, President Trump manufactured a crisis with Iran by withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposing brutal sanctions. This interview with Sussan Tahmasebi, director of FEMENA, an organization that supports women human rights defenders, reveals how the Trump...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-16 - Original post - cached version

“There have been as many plagues as wars in history, yet plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.” ~ Albert Camus, “The Plague” Camus’ novel of a lethal contagion in the North African city of Oran is filled with characters all too recognizable today: indifferent or incompetent officials...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-16 - Original post - cached version

The Trump administration has quietly ramped up a vicious bombing – and covert raiding – campaign in Somalia amid a global coronavirus pandemic. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon has provided any explanation for the deadly escalation of a war that Congress hasn’t declared and the media...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-16 - Original post - cached version

A surge in ISIS attacks continued.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 16 Killed in ISIS Attacks appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-15 - Original post - cached version

It is time for the United States to end its bipartisan blanket support for Israeli policies that violate the human rights of Palestinians. At this critical moment, where Israel has announced its intention to annex Israeli settlements on the West Bank with the support of the Trump administration...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-15 - Original post - cached version

My first run in with Israeli politician Gilad Erdan took place on July 1, 2018, when I arrived at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, passport and visa in hand. After seven hours of interrogation, I was told that Erdan had had my visa revoked and was sending me directly back to the U.S. "We …...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-15 - Original post - cached version

This originally appeared on May 15, 2015 Many of us have heard the song, most of those probably know its famous backstory: “Tin soldiers and Nixon’s coming/We’re finally on our own/This summer I hear the drumming/Four dead in Ohio” sang Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young in 1971. The Kent State...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-15 - Original post - cached version

On two days in May fifty years ago, American police and National Guard troops fired their weapons into crowds of anti-Vietnam-War protesters, killing six American students at two American state universities. On May 4, 1970 Ohio National Guard troops fatally wounded Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-15 - Original post - cached version

On May 12, 2000, the CBS Evening News first reported that over 1,000 American sailors were unwittingly exposed to chemical and biological warfare (CBW) agents in the 1960s and early 1970s as part of secret military experiments to study the vulnerability of US Navy ships to germ warfare attacks....

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Also, clashes between Turkish forces and the PKK took place.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 14 Killed; anti-ISIS Operations Underway appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-14 - Original post - cached version

"Heinous racism," is how the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor described a recent decision by Lebanese authorities to bar Palestinian refugee expats from returning to Lebanon. Lebanon’s restrictions on its ever-diminishing population of Palestinian refugees is nothing new....

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-14 - Original post - cached version

Ben Rhodes, who served as President Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, labeled the nation’s foreign policy elite as "the Blob." Members of this well-educated, well-connected group disagree on peripherals but agree on essentials of foreign policy. Their almost unanimous bottom line...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-14 - Original post - cached version

ISIS attacks continued in Diyala province.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Four Killed; Turkish Jets Target PKK Sites appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-13 - Original post - cached version

I recently came across a Facebook comment from a Hongkonger, arguing that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is nothing communist given China’s prosperous private sector after 1979’s reform. He then linked a video to mock the western electoral democracy that put Trump and Hitler into the office,...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-13 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Someday, America’s Afghan Wars – the first was against the Soviet Union, 1979-1989; the second began with the post-9/11 invasion of that country and has never ended – may be seen as follies of an unprecedented sort. Certainly, the wars that invasion set off...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-13 - Original post - cached version

Several small attacks in northern Iraq left a number of casualties.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 11 Killed in Several ISIS Attacks appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-12 - Original post - cached version

On April 25 the White House published a heartening and most welcome “Joint Statement by President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia” to mark “the 75th Anniversary of the historic meeting between American and Soviet troops, who shook hands on the damaged bridge over the Elbe...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-12 - Original post - cached version

Recently, there’s been rather heated debate – a sort of progressive civil war – over what’s being called "lesser evil” voting. To Biden, or not to Biden; that seems the existential question. However, most discussion centers on whether Joe Biden would be a meaningfully better than Donald Trump on...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-12 - Original post - cached version

Should the United States have fought in World War II? Given the remembrances across Europe and here this past weekend evincing the usual trope about the war being a patriotic, heroic, and unavoidable good-versus-evil clash for the United States, it’s a propitious moment to ask this unusual – and...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-12 - Original post - cached version

ISIS continues to set fire to crops.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Three Killed; ISIS Sets Fire to Crops appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-11 - Original post - cached version

Protests resumed in Baghdad and other cities in Iraq.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Eight Killed; Protests Resume appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-11 - Original post - cached version

House Intelligence Committee documents released Thursday reveal that the committee was told two and half years ago that the FBI had no concrete evidence that Russia hacked Democratic National Committee computers to filch the DNC emails published by WikiLeaks in July 2016. The until-now-buried,...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-05-11 - Original post - cached version

It has been nearly a decade since Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy suffered an ugly demise at the hands of insurgents. Few mourned his passing. When asked about his fate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cackled maniacally: "We came, we saw, he died." American and European officials declared...

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