Iraqi Oil Ministry Threatens To Sue Reuters and AFP for False Reports On Terrorists Controlling Baiji refinery

Oil Ministry threatens to sue my agency “Reuters” and the “French”

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BAGHDAD / obelisk: threatened and the Iraqi Oil Ministry, on Thursday to resort to the judiciary after the establishment of the Kalta News Almuten Reuters (Reuters), French (AFP) broadcast inaccurate information on the Baiji refinery, stressing that the security forces to take control of the refinery.

The ministry said in a statement obtained by “obelisk”, “The Oil Ministry deplores the agency is Almuten News, Reuters (Reuters), French (AFP) broadcast inaccurate information on terrorist gangs control parts of the Baiji refinery.”

The ministry confirmed that “the security forces in control of the refinery and vicinity and do not allow the terrorists approached him, and all the claims made otherwise is incorrect.”

The ministry noted that “the information reported by the two agencies in news reports for the past days is incorrect and contrary to truth and reality, and can be interpreted as mislead and confuse the security situation and give the implications and repercussions of the negative,” indicating that “it was incumbent upon Bolokulten information from official sources to be neutral in the transfer of information, especially since the Iraq faces a terrorist attack calls for everyone to deal with it professionally devoid of fancies and affiliations. “

The ministry stressed the need to “commitment and media professional standards and credibility in dealing with the information provided to them,” pointing out that it “reserves its legal right to deal with anyone who tries to falsify the facts and manipulate public opinion of the Iraqi and global and mislead in order to serve the interests of the enemy of the people and the homeland.”

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Understanding Iraq Is Understanding That “Kurds Are True Friends of Israel”


I am from the Middle East, but I do not celebrate the recent uprisings and regime changes. It is good to see Arabs topple their dictators, but I worry that their revolution today may harm an existing democracy that is Israel tomorrow. If Arab demonstrations can add new democracies to the region I will welcome it, but I feel that some of them want to overthrow their regimes in order to get a free hand to wage a war against Israel at some point.
 

People may wonder why I care about Israel, and my reply is because we have a lot in common with the people of that country. I am a Kurd from Iraqi Kurdistan, and as far back as I can remember, we have been repressed, tortured, killed, bombed and gassed by the same countries that vow to destroy Israel. In just one day, Saddam Hussein’s army killed five thousand innocent men, women and children in my town, Halabja, with chemical bombs in 1988. The Syrian regime denies the existence of hundreds of thousands of Kurds in Syria, and for the past three decades there hasn’t been a day in which the Islamic regime in Iran hasn’t executed a Kurdish man or woman.
Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and for us, the Kurds, who do not have our own state, Israel is a source of inspiration.
We genuinely believe the Jewish people deserve a state of their own, and I would want our state, if we one day have one, modeled after Israel than any of our neighbors.
Our neighbors are police states where citizens are detained, tortured and killed with impunity. Their dictators can give and take away life as they wish, and any voice of dissent is mercilessly silenced. But when I look at Israel and see a country where politicians, no matter how high-ranking are brought to court for any wrongdoing, where people can criticize their government without fear, where the press is free, I can’t help worrying about its future.
I cannot celebrate the fall of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak or Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali when I see protesters hailing resentful remarks at Israel as if it was Israel that repressed and jailed them. It may skip the attention of many westerners, but if you know Arabic and see the protesters’ banners, you will be surprised to find out how much of these demonstrations are about Israel.
I believe that Israel’s friendly relations with some of its neighbors, such as Egypt and Jordan, has always been fragile. Most people in those two countries dream about the demise of the Jewish state. Every Arab state, not only Egypt or Jordan — could have peace treaty with Israel, but as long as their peoples are hostile towards the Jewish entity, it would be nothing but fragile peace.
Turkey is another example. The alliance between Israel and Turkey has unfortunately, and rightly so, estranged millions of Kurds in Turkey. Turkey is a deeply religious country, and its good relations with the Jewish state for so many years only came about because secular military generals used to run that country. Now with an Islamic party in charge, no other country in the region has shown more animosity towards Israel in the past few years than Turkey.
The Kurds, on the other hand, are extremely friendly towards Israel. Unlike Arab countries whose leaders sign treaties with Israel while their people seethe with anger, in Kurdistan,www.ekurd.net people and government alike have deep respect for the Jewish people and their faith. In Kurdistan, people speak nostalgically, with tearful eyes and sorrowful hearts, about their old Jewish neighbors. In Europe or America it may be the law that stops the expression of anti-Jewish sentiment, but in Kurdistan, it is genuine sympathy that makes almost everyone friendly towards Israel.
In any Muslim country, you would find people who would happily volunteer to an army that may one day invade Israel, but in Kurdistan, you would find many people who wouldn’t hesitate to join the Israeli army to repel any such attack. Kurds are victims of genocide, centuries of persecution and displacement. That’s why we understand and relate to the Jewish cause better than anybody else.
I was walking one day in a market in Kurdistan with a Palestinian colleague who lives in Europe. At one point, we stopped to buy some dried figs and nuts, and when the shopkeeper learned that my colleague was a Palestinian, he turned to her and said, “Please leave Israel alone. Stop firing rockets at them.”
Once I was traveling from Baghdad to Kurdistan and the passenger next to me in the taxi was an old Kurdish man. He had been enlisted in the Iraqi army in 1956 and sent to the Israeli front in Jordan. He said his fellow Arab soldiers used to castigate him for not wanting to shoot at the Israelis. He would say to them, “It is not my war. I have nothing against the Jews.”
This kinship between the Kurds and the Jews is not new. Only recently did I see in the Dead Sea Scrolls the story of Tobit, who advises his sons to pack up and go to Media because they would be safe there. And guess what? The third line of the Kurdish national anthem says, “We are the children of the Media.”
The Middle East is an island on which the Jews and Kurds are stranded. In order to survive, we have to stay together. The direction our region is heading draws us closer to each other. No matter how bleak the future of the region may look, Kurdistan and the Jewish state will survive by holding on to each other.

*This article also appeared in the Canadian Jewish News.

Obama Looking To Bomb Both Iraq and Syria

The ISIS Crisis: Road to Syria or Left Cover for the Salvador Option II?

by Scott Creighton

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All about Syria? No. It’s cover for the new phase of death squads in Iraq. “Stability” as the Masters of the Universe would call it.

What to do about the deepening quagmire of Iraq? The Pentagon’s latest approach is being called “the Salvador option”–and the fact that it is being discussed at all is a measure of just how worried Donald Rumsfeld really is. “What everyone agrees is that we can’t just go on as we are,” one senior military officer told NEWSWEEK. “We have to find a way to take the offensive against the insurgents. Right now, we are playing defense. And we are losing.” Last November’s operation in Fallujah, most analysts agree, succeeded less in breaking “the back” of the insurgency–as Marine Gen. John Sattler optimistically declared at the time–than in spreading it out. Newsweek 2005

To hear the MSM tell it, the latest news (if you want to call it that) out of Iraq (our precious 52nd state) is that “the turrurrurrurrists” are rebelling and threatening to upset the Green Zone.

A call to arms has been put out and the Shite’s who have been blessed with power and access to globalist money, are signing up, shouting religious dogma and hoping on the back of trucks with AK-47′s to go wipe out “the terrorists” while basically, over here, we applaud (or we are supposed to lest we get called “conspiracy theorists” or something.

“Dozens climbed into the back of army trucks, chanting Shiite slogans and hoisting assault rifles, pledging to battle the Sunni group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which has launched a lightning advance across the country.

By God’s will, we will be victorious.” said one volunteer, Ali Saleh Aziz. “We will not be stopped by the ISIL or any other terrorists.” AP

Oh, there are scaaaaary pictures of guys with rags on their heads holding weapons, videos of guys pretending like they’re cutting off people’s heads, bodies in nifty set-pieces laying around pretending to have been shot.. all sorts of stage managed stunts designed to get the world population on board whatever decision is made to deal with this stuff.

But what is it really all about? Syria? Iran? Or something else entirely?

 

And to that end you have pretty much the same story coming from both the MSM as well as the controlled opposition sites like Di$info Jone$ and Zero Hedge.

“As The Daily Mail reports, blood-thirsty jihadists are carrying out summary executions on civilians, Iraqi soldiers and police officers – including 17 in one street alone – on their warpath to Baghdad, the UN said today. Zero Hedge via Prison Planet

“The Salafist horde currently making its way to Baghdad from northern Iraq is a secret and specialized army of terrorists funded, armed and supported by Saudi Arabia, the Sunni caliphate of Iraq and the Levant, and NATO.” Prison Planet

Now, let’s be clear: this group that supposedly is tearing up our precious Iraq is run by the CIA and our allies in Saudi Arabia. The ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ) was created in 2007 as a Wahhabist offshoot of the CIA’s al Qaeda. They are Sunni extremists but not “extremists” in terms of their religious determinations, they are far-far right Sunnis, basically worshiping whomever pays them to inflict destabilizing terror campaigns across the world.

They helped the administration regime change Libya and Egypt after we determined that the Egyptian people voted the wrong way. They’ve been in Syria fighting on the same side as ObamaGod but somehow everyone in the MSM seems to forget those facts today.

Yeah, Prison Planet and folks like “Tony Cartalucci” (whatever they call themselves theses days) are wise to that aspect of this particular destabilization campaign. And by telling you that, they will gain your trust.

However, they’re not telling you what’s really going on.

They say these guys are in Iraq in order to create a pretext to re-invade Iraq and eventually drive into Syria. After all, the ISIL is alternatively called the ISIS ( Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ) and they do claim a territory that bleeds north into Syria and Turkey as their own.

So, here we have a situation where these mercenaries who have been on our payroll in the past are now running through Iraq (with good intel mind you and military tactical training) causing all kinds of mayhem while making sure to post the most offensive and frightening videos they can on YouTube, all the while, the thrust of the story in both the alternative and controlled press is that they are “terrorists” that must be stopped.

Syria the big prize?

I don’t think so.

The key here is looking at how the Iraqis, under our control, are mobilizing the profiting Shites; rounding them up in trucks with police and military escorts and rushing them out to deal with “the terrorists”

This has been done SO MANY TIMES when we install neoliberal regimes in the past. It was done in Indonesia. It was done in Chile. It was done most recently in India. “Boko Haram”? al Qaeda in Yemen? South Sudan? “KONY 2012″? Take your pick. When our “interests” are at stake in our client states, the “turrurrurists” always seem to show up right on time to justify U.S. involvement or a good old fashioned death squad cleansing of the dissidents. Remember those bombs that went off in Egypt just as al Sisi needed justification to start rounding up the opposition before the election?

It’s such a tired little trick, it’s almost a cliche when you think about it and God knows I’ve written about it time and time again.

Hell, the same thing was done in Iraq in 2005 and 2006 under the Bush administration. That program was instigated by the Sunni Awakening; an organized revolution that was taking place in direct opposition to our “national interests” that had been profiting from the Iraq invasion.

They sent in John Negroponte first, making him our ambassador to the country. He brought in an old Salvador Option partner of his named James Steele. These guys have been creating death squads on behalf of big business for quite sometime.

“Yesterday, the Guardian published an article detailing how the US turned to the use of death squads in Iraq to quell the rise of Sunni militias.  The article provides convincing evidence that this was an intentional policy and was in fact a central tenet of David Petraeus’ often-praised counterinsurgency, or COIN, strategy. The key person in the Guardian’s reporting is James Steele, who was a veteran in organizing Central American death squads on behalf of the US during the Reagan years.”  Empty Wheel

Yes, these guys posing for “scary photos” and “jihad videos” are our assets. But they aren’t the targets of what is to come.

With our forces practically out of the country and neoliberal economics causing disastrous living conditions for the unwashed masses, the opposition to our corrupt puppet regime is growing exponentially.

The threat is that we will lose the control the Bush administration imposed on Iraq with Shock and Awe and death squads and torture and extreme renditions and a whole bunch of lies.

President Barack Obama should authorize air strikes “as quickly as possible” to thwart radical Islamist forces advancing toward Baghdad, said former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte.

Given the momentum shown by the Sunni insurgents, it is “entirely appropriate” for the U.S. to help Iraq’s government as it marshals its own defense forces, he said. Bloomberg

This threat translates to a lack of “stability” to our government’s corporate masters (i.e. the “Masters of the Universe”) and that can’t be allowed to happen on Barack’s watch.

However, President Peace Prize can’t be seen as the next Dick Cheney, going in there with guns blazing and death squads rounding up dissidents and political opposition / union leaders. So…

On Friday, President Barack Obama ruled out sending American troops “back into combat”. However, the administration is weighing whether to launch airstrikes inside Iraq to target terrorists.” Press TV

Enter the boogeyman… our favorite Wahhabist mercenaries.

Now everyone is calling for drone strikes and Special Forces teams, all in the name of “humanitarian intervention” and such.

That’s over here. In the meantime, trucks are being loaded up with Iraqi Brownshirts who are dedicated to preserving the new order of Iraq and willing to make a name for themselves in “the Party” by kicking in doors at 3 am and killing those pesky malcontents who are upsetting the neoliberal apple cart.

This isn’t about Syria. It’s a replay of an old tactic. We’ve seen it before. We will see it again.