From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:
Marking it, Alex Nunns had to leave it ungraded as it was “not an essay but a collection of unsubstantiated opinions.”
Mr Nunns advised Mr Blair that the piece displayed “lack of effort and vigour.”
It remains to be seen if Mr Blair will attend detention as ordered.
In testimony Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defence, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki had formally requested that the United States assist its military operations against Sunni rebels with “air power”: here.
Obama to send up to 300 ‘military advisers’ to help Iraqi army: here.
“They are high-ranking officers. They are Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, said retired Marine Sgt. Adam Banotai. Banotai, who scrapped through the brutal battle for Fallujah during the Iraq war, thinks the term ‘adviser’ is misplaced. ‘It is political semantics,’ he said. ‘We are calling them adviser now…instead of combat troops or boots on the ground. They are the most elite fighters we have,’ he added. ‘So, if they aren’t going to be combat troops — I’m not quite sure who the president is going to refer to as combat troops’”: here.
Saudi Arabia has further fuelled sectarian tensions in the Middle East with comments yesterday by Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal blaming the US-backed Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad for the escalating conflict in Iraq: here.
Saudi Arabia rejects Iraqi accusations of Isis support. Government statement accuses Iraq’s Nouri al-Maliki of false allegations in his claims that Saudis are facilitating genocide: here.
The offensive in Iraq of the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has not only revealed the destructive character of the US-led imperialist interventions in the Middle East, but also the corrupt and cynical character of its regional allies—first and foremost, the Turkish ruling class and its political representatives: here.
Listen: “Heed the Voices for Peace Amid the Tragedy of Iraq.” By Amy Goodman: here.
From Alternet in the USA: The Devastating Truth of How We Destroyed Iraq in Order to Save It…For Ourselves: here.
The US occupation opened up religious fault lines in Iraq that have now exploded, writes Ramzy Baroud: here.
The Obama administration is utilizing the crisis in Iraq as an opportunity to escalate the US war drive throughout the Middle East, with Syria in the crosshairs: here.