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Posts Tagged ‘ISIS’

Rex Tillerson at Hoover – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 22, 2018

US foreign policy: fight the good guys that help defeat the bad guys. Help the bad guys defeat the good guys. Provide arms to any and everyone, not knowing which side they are on.

https://original.antiwar.com/henderson/2018/01/21/rex-tillerson-hoover/

Someone not familiar with the ISIS story might conclude that Tillerson was saying that the US government defeated ISIS. Of course, if you read his speech carefully, you’ll see that he didn’t say that. What he said was that the US government had a plan and had been active in defeating ISIS. He didn’t list other entities that had fought ISIS. What ones did he leave out? Two major ones: the Russian government and the Syrian government under Assad. Why? I think it’s obvious: it didn’t fit Tillerson’s narrative. The narrative is: Assad is bad; the US government needs to get rid of him. If Tillerson had admitted what I’m sure he knows well—that the Russian government has helped Assad go after ISIS—then he would have introduced complexity into what he wanted to tell as a simple story: Assad bad; let’s get rid of him.

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US Urges Turkey to Focus on ISIS, Not Attack Syrian Kurds – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 21, 2018

What will we do if the puppet doesn’t do as it is told. Who is the puppet?

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/01/18/us-urges-turkey-to-focus-on-isis-not-attack-syrian-kurds/

Calls for Turkey to “focus on ISIS” have successfully kept them away from the Kurdish YPG for months, but with ISIS virtually defeated in Syria, Turkey likely believes they’ve already waited out that excuse…

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NGO: US-Led Coalition Civilian Killings Tripled in Iraq and Syria in 2017 – News From Antiwar.com

Posted by Martin C. Fox on January 20, 2018

https://news.antiwar.com/2018/01/19/ngo-us-led-coalition-civilian-killings-tripled-in-iraq-and-syria-in-2017/

UK-based NGO Airwars has offered a reckoning of the 2017 air operations of the US-led coalition against ISIS, involving attacks in both Iraq and Syria.Thenumber of civilians killed increased dramatically, with estimates suggesting that they roughly tripled from 2016.

In 2016, they documented an estimated death toll of between 1,243 and 1,904 non-combatants, but in 2017, the estimate was a minimum of 3,923, and potentially as many as 6,102 non-combatants killed.

That’s a huge increase, and a troubling one, in no small part because the US doesn’t admit it’s even happening, with Pentagon assessments putting deaths at no more than a few hundred annually, and around 800 over the entire past four years.

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There is No FSA, There is Only Al-Qaeda | The Libertarian Institute

Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 28, 2017

If this is brief, I would hate to see the long version of our collaboration with ISIS/Al Qaeda

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/foreign-policy/no-fsa-al-qaeda/

A brief overview of collaboration between the US-backed Free Syrian Army and al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.

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There’s no such thing as precise air strikes in modern warfare, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 4, 2017

http://www.unz.com/pcockburn/theres-no-such-thing-as-precise-air-strikes-in-modern-warfare/

 A reality check for those whose attention has slipped and have started believing the evening news and CIA WaPo about civilian casualties.

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Bombshell Revelation of US and Saudi Culpability in Creating ISIS Ignored by Mainstream Media

Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 28, 2017

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/11/03/bombshell-revelation-us-saudi-culpability-creating-isis-ignored-mainstream-media-trump.html

Bombshell Revelation of US and Saudi Culpability in Creating ISIS Ignored by Mainstream Media

JAMES GEORGE JATRAS | 03.11.2017 | OPINION

Bombshell Revelation of US and Saudi Culpability in Creating ISIS Ignored by Mainstream Media

Here it is, right from the horse’s mouth! Qatar’s former prime minister spills his guts about how his country worked with Saudi Arabia and Turkey under the direction of the United States – meaning then the Obama Administration – to funnel arms and money to jihad terrorists in Syria:

‘The explosive interview constitutes a high level “public admission to collusion and coordination between four countries to destabilize an independent state, [including] possible support for Nusra/al-Qaeda.” …  Former Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, who oversaw Syria operations on behalf of Qatar until 2013,… said while acknowledging Gulf nations were arming jihadists in Syria with the approval and support of US and Turkey: “I don’t want to go into details but we have full documents about us taking charge [in Syria].” He claimed that both Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah (who reigned until his death in 2015) and the United States placed Qatar in a lead role concerning covert operations to execute the proxy war. Read the rest of this entry »

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Did the US allow ISIS to escape to keep the fighting going?

Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 22, 2017

Does this mean that we can expect considerable fumbling and a game with no exit strategy, something like a replay of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya? You betcha.

http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/boy-is-this-stupid-or-what/

Even the U.S. media has been reluctantly reporting that ISIS has been rolled back in Syria by the joint efforts of the Syrian Army and the Russian air force with the United States and its allies playing very much secondary roles in the conflict. The Russians have, in fact, complained that Washington seemed just a tad disinterested in actually cooperating to destroy the last remnants of ISIS in the few areas that the group still controls, citing most recently an alleged incident during the Syrian government liberation of the town of Abu Kamal in which U.S. air assets on site appear to have allowed ISIS fighters to escape. Read the rest of this entry »

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US Sells Out the Kurds – Again – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by Martin C. Fox on November 7, 2017

Duplicity, how we love thee. Yet another example of how Washington has made the world is the way it is.

With friends like US…

http://original.antiwar.com/Reese_Erlich/2017/11/06/us-sells-kurds/

But the events of 2014 did cement closer ties between the US and Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) led by President Masoud Barzani. The Iraqi Army had collapsed in the face of the ISIS offensive. The Kurdish armed forces, known as peshmerga, were the only reliable Iraqi fighters allied with the US in 2014. The peshmerga moved into the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and other disputed areas, expanding the Kurdish Region by 40% with the tacit approval of the US. Read the rest of this entry »

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Watch “Head Of British Anti-Terrorism Says We Should Let ISIS Members Into UK And Be Nice To Them” on YouTube

Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 22, 2017

Alex makes non-OTT observations about pro terrorism reporting. Western culture, being white, loving your country all racist.

Listen to what the UK government says about ISIS and you will understand why the UK and the EU are in the shape they are in. Read the rest of this entry »

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Trump, Hands Off Iran

Posted by Martin C. Fox on October 17, 2017

The answer to many of the questions below is: It is what Israel wants and it is good for MIC business.

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/featured-articles/2017/october/16/president-trump-beats-war-drums-for-iran/

President Trump has been notoriously inconsistent in his foreign policy. He campaigned on and won the presidency with promises to repair relations with Russia, pull out of no-win wars like Afghanistan, and end the failed US policy of nation-building overseas. Once in office he pursued policies exactly the opposite of what he campaigned on. Unfortunately Iran is one of the few areas where the president has been very consistent. And consistently wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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