From daily The Independent in Britain:
If you’re still confused about what’s going on in the Middle East, look no further than Aubrey Bailey from Fleet, Hampshire.
The United States airstrikes, supposed to stop terrorism, according to this report in British daily The Guardian, have actually strenghtened terrorism by reconciling ISIS with the official al-Qaida branch in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra.
The [British] government is using deception to convince us to back the latest bombing campaign in Iraq, writes IAN SINCLAIR: here.
On Sunday, the Conservative/Liberal-Democrat [British] government announced more troops will be sent back to Iraq. This followed the briefing earlier this month that a new British naval base will be constructed in Bahrain: here.
US-backed militias commit war crimes in Iraq: here.
Washington is considering escalating the number of military “advisers” deployed in its new Middle East war following recent discussions between US and Iraqi officials in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq: here.
Last week, the Pentagon announced the death of a 19-year-old Marine, the first fatality among the estimated 1,900 US troops currently deployed in the new US war in the Middle East. This will undoubtedly be only the first of many American casualties in this war, a death toll that will be multiplied many times over for the Iraqi and Syrian men, women and children who will lose their lives in this latest imperialist intervention: here.
The Pentagon announced Friday that President Obama has approved sending another 1,500 troops to Iraq, effectively doubling the size of the US deployment there. The move is part of a rapid escalation of the war in Iraq and Syria, and comes only days after the US midterm elections. While the Obama administration maintains the pretense that this sizeable troop increase does not mean a return to combat, the distinction has become all but meaningless: here.
PRESIDENT Obama is to send 1,500 more troops to Iraq to boost the Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State (IS) militants, nearly doubling the US presence. The Pentagon said the troops would train and assist Iraqi forces throughout the country, and are in addition to the 1,600 US troops who are already there: here.
US warplanes struck across a wide area of northern Syria and northern and western Iraq over the last four days, in the most extensive bombing since President Obama ordered US military intervention in the region three months ago: here.
Obama is doubling down on an Isis war with no end in sight. Why does he get a free pass? Another 1,500 ‘non-combat’ troops in Iraq. Failing slush-fund warfare in Syria. Nobody will ask the hard question: why is the west involved on the ground again at all? Here.
Republican Hawks Already Have a War Plan for ISIS, Ukraine, and Obama: here.
The next turning point in the new Iraq War will be when President Barack Obama and Congress decide whether to maintain their promise to send no American ground troops: here.
The Pentagon has dispatched at least 50 US troops, including “advisers” and “force protection” forces, to Iraq’s embattled western province of Anbar, 80 percent of which is reportedly under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The elements that arrived Tuesday are the advance team for a much larger deployment, which will include the bulk of the 1,500 additional troops whose dispatch to Iraq the Pentagon announced last week, effectively doubling the American forces on the ground in the country: here.
Prime Minister John Key announced on November 5 that his government will send an initial 10 military personnel to Iraq to discuss a role for a larger contingent of soldiers to assist the US-led war in the country. Although precise details have not been announced, Key signalled that New Zealand soldiers would help train the Iraqi army and could also be involved in intelligence gathering. A military contingent of 45 personnel currently patrolling waters off Somalia for pirates could also be strengthened and re-deployed to assist the war: here.
The Pentagon is “certainly considering” sending US ground troops into Iraq for inevitably bloody battles to retake Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and to secure the predominantly Sunni Anbar province and its border with Syria, the top uniformed US commander told a Congressional hearing Thursday: here.
“There are always circumstances in which the United States might need to deploy ground troops” in Iraq, President Barack Obama declared at a news conference held in conjunction with the close of the G20 summit and the wrapping up of his week-long trip to Asia and Australia: here.
More troops are not going to solve the problem. It will mean more violence for Iraqis and Syrians, and they will not make us any safer here at home [in the USA]: here.
Four months into Iraq War 3.0, the cracks are showing — on the battlefield and at the Pentagon: here.
In an extraordinary appearance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry outlined the Obama administration’s demand for a congressional resolution to authorize military action in Iraq and Syria that would be unlimited in scope, time frame and methods: here.
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday and President Obama accepted it in a brief ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. Obama praised Hagel so lavishly that one might think he was in line for a promotion rather than abrupt dismissal from his government post. The US media is full of speculation as to the reasons for Hagel’s ouster, as well as the identity of his likely successor. While a clear account has yet to emerge, there seems little doubt that he was sacked because the White House wanted a more aggressive pursuit of its military goals, particularly in the Middle East: here.
WITHOUT any vote in the House of Commons hundreds of British troops are to be sent to Iraq, which is already being bombed by British jets and where the SAS has been reported to be engaged in armed actions against ISIS forces: here.
Canada’s Conservative government is now trying to concoct a pseudo-legal justification for involving the country in air strikes against Syria: here.
The new Iraq war is doomed. After years of lies and senseless military conflict, we must oppose US escalation in Iraq: here.