Category: IRAQ

Iran is Fighting Tooth and Nail for Its Positions in Iraq and Syria

PETR LVOV—The question of who is going to prevail in this struggle is a serious one, because even now the punitive detachments of the Hashd al-Sha’bi and Badr groups, now notorious for atrocities committed against the Sunni population in the struggle for the liberation of Iraq from ISIS, have made it clear that should a pro-Iranian government be formed, they will move most of their units to Syria. But this cannot happen until a stable government capable of finalizing ISIS’ defeat is in place. Iran intends to create a new system and a new factor that will strengthen its position in Syria by assembling groups, consisting of criminal and semi-criminal elements gathered from the whole region, and strengthened by the Iraqi punitive detachments before being sent to war.

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TRUMP AND MOON ARE FIGUREHEAD PRESIDENTS AND IT PAINFULLY SHOWS.

JEFF BROWN—The DPRK had the honesty to state to the world that it will not allow the country and its people to end up like another Libya or Iraq, which both denuclearized, de-chemical weaponized and once defenseless, got the American freedom and democracy treatment, with millions getting slaughtered and starved to death in the process (http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/08/28/why-dprk-will-n-e-v-e-r-stop-its-nuclear-arms-program-china-rising-radio-sinoland-170828/).

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OPINION: The Anti-Imperialism of Fools

JOHN STEPPLING—The settler culture now permeates the IDF and the settlers are barking mad fanatics. Israel has government officials suggesting, openly, a genocide of remaining Palestinians in the West Bank. It is an increasingly sickening spectacle. Not to mention Israel’s openly racist treatment of black Africans. Few countries in modern history so openly flaunt their viciousness and intolerance. This is, too, a level of hubris that I think unprecedented. Israel has stopped even trying to spin elaborate narratives justifying their aggression and violence. And the shift came after the Jenin massacre, I think. The reactionaries in power decided to just go ahead and brag about their treatment of Palestinians. It became a source of pride, almost. ‘We are so badass.’

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Anti-Imperialists Coming In First And Second in Iraq’s Election Iraqi Communist Party & Moqtada al-Sadr Coalition Projected Winner

STEVEN ARGUE—The U.S. war against Iraq, starting in 1991, has murdered millions of Iraqis, destroyed its economy through privatization and military destruction, created wide scale brutal sectarian chaos, looted Iraqi oil, littered Iraq with deadly depleted uranium, cost U.S. taxpayers trillions of dollars, and cost working class families the lives of many sons and daughters, all while lining the pockets of the arms and oil industries.

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Trump Welshes on the ‘Iran Deal.’ Why (2)?

STEVEN JONAS—Hardly an expert, or even half-an-expert, on foreign policy in general and the highly complex Middle East region in particular, the Mooch made it clear that that real reason behind the move is “regime change” (which, by the time this version of my original column is appearing, has become abundantly clear).  Yes, the real reason why Trump welched on the deal (as he seems to have done so many times in his “business” career), that is maintaining/reinstating/increasing the sanctions on Iran, is to try to make life so unpleasant for the majority of Iranians that they will somehow get rid of the Mullahs and install, hopefully for him, another right-wing, but this time pro-U.S. right-wing, government.

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Lendman’s dispatches: US to Assure North Korea’s Security? New embassy in Jerusalem inauguration, a reckless affront

STEPHEN LENDMAN—America is thermonuclear armed and dangerous worldwide. Yet it demands North Korea abandon its key deterrent – developed and maintained only because of feared US aggression. Trump administration officials demand more from Pyongyang than it’s likely to accept – dismantlement of its nuclear program entirely, its nukes removed to Oakridge, TN for US-overseen destruction, leaving the DPRK vulnerable to a nation militantly opposed to all sovereign independent governments.

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