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Fallujah’s lessons for Afghanistan

Posted by seumasach on January 11, 2014


Indian Punchline

8th January, 2014

The stunning occupation of the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar province by the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Lebanon over the weekend carries grim warnings for Afghanistan. Yet, it is important that the lessons learnt should be the correct ones.

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Iraqi forces clear parts of Ramadi of ISIL militants

Posted by seumasach on January 11, 2014


11th January, 2014

The Iraqi security forces along with local Sunni tribesmen have cleared parts of the flashpoint city of Ramadi from al-Qaeda-linked militants as the UN Security Council voices support for their operations.

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Maliki in Russia for huge arms deal, Syria agreement

Posted by seumasach on October 9, 2012

This epitomises the total failure of the USA to take control of the Middle East as ,once again, a government imposed under US occupation escapes their control

Times of Oman

9th October, 2012

AFP: Russia: Russia eyes a record arms deal and rare agreement over Syria on Tuesday when it hosts Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki for the first time in almost four years.

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Tony Blair should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu

Posted by seumasach on September 2, 2012


2nd September, 2012

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war.

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Al-Qaeda behind terrorism in both Iraq and Syria: Iraqi MP

Posted by seumasach on July 24, 2012


24th July, 2012

An Iraqi parliamentarian has tied the latest chain of terror attacks and persisting insecurity in Iraq to the foreign-sponsored unrest in Syria, insisting that the sources of the violence in both countries are the Saudi-backed al-Qaeda terror elements.

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Turkey becoming a hostile state in region: Iraqi premier Maliki

Posted by seumasach on April 21, 2012


21st April, 2012

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has accused his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan of interfering in his country’s internal affairs, saying Turkey is becoming a “hostile state” in the region.

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CIA, Mossad made up fairytale al-Qaeda

Posted by seumasach on January 1, 2012


31st December, 2011

An American investigative journalist says the al-Qaeda is a fairytale terrorist group made up by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Israeli spy agency, Mossad.

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How Maliki and Iran outsmarted the U.S. on troop withdrawal

Posted by seumasach on December 19, 2011

Gareth Porter


16th December, 2011


WASHINGTON, Dec 16, 2011 (IPS) – Defence Secretary Leon Panetta’s suggestion that the end of the U.S. troop presence in Iraq is part of a U.S. military success story ignores the fact that the George W. Bush administration and the U.S. military had planned to maintain a semi-permanent military presence in Iraq.

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The untold story of US retreat from Iraq

Posted by seumasach on December 19, 2011


Asia Times

The plot was believed to be as follows: Washington wanted to keep long-term US military presence in Iraq but the popular opinion in Iraq militated against it, which ultimately left the Barack Obama administration no choice but to comply with the Status of Forces Agreement [SOFA] and to withdraw all the troops by the stipulated deadline of December 2011.

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They’re still bombing Iraq

Posted by seumasach on July 22, 2011

Panic as US Warplanes Attack Southern Iraq
Two Days of Live Ammo Raids Have Locals Scared, Puzzled

Jason Ditz

20th July, 2011

The latest indication yet that the Obama Administration’s much vaunted “end” to the war in Iraq last year was entirely illusory, reports are pouring in from southern Iraq’s Maysan Province that US warplanes launched a number of live ammunition attacks just north of Amara.

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Army of widows, orphans trail US war

Posted by seumasach on June 21, 2011


21st June, 2011

The Arab Times website published the statistics produced in 2008 by credible official sources in Iraq on the invasion that began in 2003.

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