23 February 2018
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Foreign Policy - And the White House is still pretending it hasn’t unleashed demons on the country it once could have saved. By Ali Khedery Countless memories haunt me after a decade of service in Iraq. Gripping the hands of an assassin-felled member of the provisional government as the life slipped out of her body in 2003; watching al Qaeda’s beheadings of American hostages in 2004; seeing photos of young Sunni prisoners raped and tortured by Iran-backed Shiite militias serving within…
Huffington Post/By Struan Stevenson - As the Iraq conflict continues, Iran continues to do whatever it takes to achieve its objectives in the region. The increasing numbers of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and their military activities in Iraq reveal the horrendous scale of the Iranian regime's meddling. The recent death of IRGC commander, Hamid Taqavi, in the Iraqi city of Samarra as well as the presence of the terrorist Quds force commander Qasem Soleimani among others, are distressing signs of Tehran's…

Iraq paid $10 billion for rusty Iranian arms Tuesday, 13 January 2015 17:34

Al Arabiya/By Abdulrahman al-Rashed - A recent Associated Press report spoke of Iran’s increased domination over Iraq under the cover of supporting it against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organization. According to the report’s sources, the Iranians have sold Iraq nearly $10 billion worth of weapons to confront terrorism. These weapons include Kalashnikovs, rocket launchers and ammunition and the value of this weaponry may not even exceed $50 million! Of course, it's needless to explain that $10…
BRUSSELS, (UPI) -- Iraq is burning and despite efforts by the coalition against the Islamic State, little has improved since the central government in Baghdad lost control over large swathes of its territory last June. Lawlessness, terrorism, corruption and the systematic abuse of human rights are each a daily feature of life in Iraq. The World Bank lists Iraq as having one of the worst qualities of governance in the world. 'Transparency International' lists Iraq as one of the world's most…
THE SCOTSMAN, By Struan Stevenson - ALTHOUGH the Kurdish Peshmerga has recently broken the IS siege of Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq, the Islamic State continues to make major advances across Anbar Province, posing a direct threat to Baghdad itself. Military experts admit that US airstrikes alone will not defeat IS.  They are designed to bolster the fight on the ground by the Iraqi military, which is in a state of virtual collapse. Riven with dishonesty and fraud, the Iraqi…
The Independent/By Struan Stevenson - Iraq is burning, and despite efforts by the coalition against Isis, little has improved since the government lost control over large swathes of its territory last June. Lawlessness, terrorism, corruption and the systematic abuse of human rights are each a daily feature of life in Iraq. It almost executes the highest number of people in the world, after only China and Iran. Women are constantly subject to rape and violence. The current crisis, which has been burgeoning for…

The ISIS crisis Sunday, 28 December 2014 13:11

The Hill - Although the Kurdish Peshmerga has recently broken the ISIS siege of Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq, the Islamic State continues to make major advances across Anbar Province, posing a direct threat to Baghdad itself. Military experts admit that US airstrikes alone will not lead to the defeat of the Islamic State. They are designed to bolster the fight on the ground by the Iraqi military, which is in a state of virtual collapse. Riven with dishonesty and fraud,…
Al Arabiya, By Abdulrahman al-Rashed - There is a widespread conviction amongst the majority of Sunnis that the death sentence against Iraqi MP Ahmed al-Alwani is the result of a sectarian measure engineered by the government of Nouri al-Maliki, which hunted down many of its opponents. It accused all those who were against it of terrorism, forcing them to flee or be subject to imprisonment. Therefore, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi shocked everyone when he said that he would not interfere in the…
Al Arabiya, by Abdulrahman al-Rashed  - With a scandal involving 50, 000 fake military jobs unfurling in Iraq, former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has spoken about the sacred duty to defend Syria, Iran and Hezbollah. Perhaps he thinks that it is the best way to cover up the scandals of the army, of which he was the leader, the shocking defeats at the hands of terrorist organizations, the corruption and the presence of “ghost” employees in security and military…
Lebanon, An Nahar Newspaper/ By Struan Stevenson - A refugee camp next to Baghdad airport with 2700 trapped Iranians have been abandoned by the West who broke too many promises to protect them. Struan Stevenson is having sleepless nights over what would happen to these poor individuals if ISIS gets their hands on them although the former MEP, who often visited Iraq, still insists that the country is well shot of Nouri al-Maliki. Since the Iraqi authorities took over the security of Camp…
THE HILL, By Heshmat Alavi - In the heat of the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group that has invaded large parts of Iraq and Syria, a recent report by Amnesty International gives a stark warning that not addressing extremism in its entirety and making the wrong decisions can lead to the deepening of the sectarian rift in Iraq and eventually trigger an irreversible disaster. The document, which is based on thorough research in war-torn areas in Iraq, gives horrendous…

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