Big Iraqi demonstration against US military occupation


Hundreds of thousands of protesters filled the streets of Baghdad Friday in a mass demonstration demanding the immediate withdrawal of US troops from the country: here.

‘Trump brings ISIS terrorists to Iraq’

This 24 January 2017 CNN video from the USA says about itself:

Donald Trump is under scrutiny for remarks he made during an appearance at the CIA where he suggested the United States might “have another chance” to take Iraq’s oil supply. CNN’s Barbara Starr reports.

By Steve Sweeney:

Monday, January 20, 2020

US accused of sending Isis fighters to Iraq after government vote

WASHINGTON has been accused of transferring Isis fighters into Iraq to force parliament to reverse a decision demanding its troops leave the country.

The Council of Representatives voted 170-0 on January 5 in a non-binding resolution ordering an end to the US presence in Iraq where it had around 5,200 troops stationed in military bases.

This 6 January 2020 BBC video says about itself:

President Trump has threatened severe sanctions against Iraq after its parliament called on US troops to leave the country.

The Steve Sweeney article continues:

They were invited back into Iraq in 2014 to help in the coalition fight against Isis, after the jihadists took control of large swathes of the country and made Mosul its regional caliphate.

But anger has deepened after the targeted assassination of the Iranian Quds Force commander General Qasem Soleimani who was killed in a US drone strike at Baghdad International airport on January 3.

Washington has given mixed messages about whether it will comply with the request and critics have accused the US of acting as an occupying force for a second time since the illegal invasion in 2003.

Qusai al-Anbari, who leads the Badr Organisation in Anbar province, claimed on Sunday that US forces are relocating Isis fighters from Syria to the region after the area was cleansed of jihadist forces.

This claim was supported by Iraqi security commentator Karim al-Khikani who said Isis operatives had been trained at US bases in Syria, including al-Tanf.

Protests took place across Iraq on Sunday, including the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala as demands for political and economic reform continue to grow.

Preparations are under way for Friday’s “million-man march” called by Islamist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to demand that US troops leave Iraq.

Mr Sadr called for the government to refrain from attacking the demonstration.

“I hope they are committed to peace, not to harm the security of the people and to subject the country to a fierce civil war,” he said.

Million-man march today to expel all US troops from Iraq: here.

Dead American soldier’s mother against Trump warmongering

This 6 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

AOC Condemns Killing of Soleimani: This Was An Act of Aggression Committed by the United States

Over the weekend, Democracy Now! spoke with New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and asked her response to the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. “We need to be tactical about how we can actively resist further escalation on already an unprecedented level of escalation and aggression by the president, and therefore by the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “He did this on behalf of our entire country. And that’s what makes the potential illegality of his action so flagrant, because he did not consult Congress and this was not done with the support of the United States.”

By Karen Meredith in the USA, 6 January 2020:

I’m writing to you with a serious and important ask in light of Donald Trump’s recent erratic and dangerous foreign policy decisions.

Will you join me in signing VoteVets’ petition to demand Congress put a check on Donald Trump and stop him from starting a war with Iran? It only takes a minute to sign and stand in solidarity with all veterans and military families in this moment of uncertainty.

I lost my son in Iraq in 2004 when an unmanned machine gun mounted on his tank accidentally discharged during combat against members of the Iranian-backed Mahdi army.

I supported the Iran deal because had we tried diplomacy first, perhaps my son would be alive today. The deal was working, and I was shocked and alarmed when Donald Trump pulled out of it — exacerbating an already tense situation.

Now, he has brought our country back to the brink of war where the only thing we can be certain about is the uncertainty of what is coming next at any given hour.

I made a promise to my son when I buried him 15 years ago that I would do everything to stop any war, so no other mothers have to go through what I did when I buried my only son. That’s why I’m asking you today:

Will you join me and VoteVets in standing in solidarity with all Gold Star families, military families and veterans? Sign the petition demanding Congress act to stop another war with Iran today.

With no clear plan or strategy, the situation with Iran is devolving by the hour. It’s critical we make our voices heard on this issue as loud and as soon as possible to stop the possibility of a war with Iran. That’s why I’m asking you to join me in signing the petition today.

Thanks for your support,

Karen Meredith
Gold Star Families Liaison

This 6 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Iranian General Assassinated By Trump Was On Peace Mission At The Time

Desperate to justify the US drone assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that Washington had made an “intelligence-based assessment” that Soleimani was “actively planning in the region” to attack American interests before he was killed.

Read more here.

From the USA, 7 January 2020:

The people of the world must fight back and demand: No war on Iran!

On Saturday, January 25, actions across the world will oppose a new war in West Asia. Now is the time for all those opposed to war to speak up. Please join us.

Initiators for this call include the International Action Center, ANSWER Coalition, CODEPINK, Popular Resistance, Black Alliance for Peace, National Iranian-American Council (NIAC), Veterans For Peace, US Labor Against the War (USLAW), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC), Pastors for Peace/Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization (IFCO), International Workers Solidarity Network, United For Peace and Justice, FIRE (Fight for Immigrants and Refugees Everywhere), Alliance For Global Justice (AFGJ), December 12th Movement, World Beyond War, Peoples Opposition to War Imperialism and Racism (POWIR), Dorothy Day Catholic Worker, Dominican Sisters/ICAN, Nonviolence International, Food Not Bombs, No War on Venezuela and many other anti-war and peace organizations.

This 6 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Former Top Bush Official: I Saw the March to War in 2003. I’m Seeing the Same Thing with Iran Now

We look at the Trump administration’s assassination of Iran’s top military commander Qassem Soleimani with Lawrence Wilkerson, a retired United States Army colonel who served as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s chief of staff from 2002 to 2005. On February 5, 2003, he watched as Powell made the case for war in a speech to the United Nations. He has since become an outspoken critic of U.S. intervention in the Middle East. In 2018, Wilkerson wrote an article for The New York Times titled “I Helped Sell the False Choice of War Once. It’s Happening Again.”

U.S. BARS TOP IRANIAN DIPLOMAT, VIOLATING UN AGREEMENT Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s top diplomat, planned to come to the U.S. to address the United Nations Security Council in a meeting on Jan. 9, but was denied a visa. He had been expected to speak on the U.S. assassination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. [HuffPost]

U.S. WARNS CITIZENS IN ISRAEL OF ROCKET FIRE RISK The United States warned Americans in Israel and the Palestinian territories to be vigilant, citing the risk of rocket fire. The alert issued on the websites of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. embassy in Israel did not specifically mention the killing of Qassem Soleimani, but referred to heightened tensions in the Middle East. [Reuters]