Iraq politicians – Iraq War News http://iraqwarnews.net/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 06:54:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://iraqwarnews.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png Iraq politicians – Iraq War News http://iraqwarnews.net/ 32 32 Tucker Carlson’s “Patriot Purge” Special Leads Two Fox News Contributors to Resign https://iraqwarnews.net/tucker-carlsons-patriot-purge-special-leads-two-fox-news-contributors-to-resign/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 22:45:07 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/tucker-carlsons-patriot-purge-special-leads-two-fox-news-contributors-to-resign/ For his part, Mr Goldberg said he had thought of William F. Buckley, the late founder of National Review, who saw it as part of his mission to “put seriousness on conservative arguments” and purge certain extreme fringe groups, including John Birch. Society, from the right. Understanding the Claim for Executive Privilege in the Jan. […]]]>

For his part, Mr Goldberg said he had thought of William F. Buckley, the late founder of National Review, who saw it as part of his mission to “put seriousness on conservative arguments” and purge certain extreme fringe groups, including John Birch. Society, from the right.

“Whether it’s ‘Patriot Purge’ or anti-vax stuff, I don’t want it on my behalf, and I want to call it out and criticize it,” Goldberg said. “I don’t want to feel like I’m betraying a trust I had in being a Fox News contributor. And I don’t want to be accused of not really pulling the punches either. And then it was just unbearable tension for me. “

Now their views have put them outside the Republican mainstream, or at least outside what mainstream right-wing institutions and politicians are willing to say out loud. But while in recent years the two have appeared occasionally on the evening show “Special Report” and on “Fox News Sunday,” which the network calls current affairs, it has been years since they were. Welcome to Fox prime time, and Mr. Goldberg clashed bitterly with prime-time host Sean Hannity in 2016 (M. Hayes and M. Goldberg emailed their readers on Sunday to announce their departure.)

Despite the hopes of former contributors, Fox’s programming has adapted to Mr. Trump’s line, as have the movements of his staff. The network, for example, fired the veteran political editor who had accurately projected Mr. Biden’s victory in key Arizona state on election night and hired the former White House press secretary from Trump, Kayleigh McEnany.

Mr. Hayes and Mr. Goldberg are the first Fox payrolls to step down for “Patriot Purge,” but others have signaled their dissatisfaction. Geraldo Rivera, Fox News correspondent since 2001, captured the difficulty of internal dissent within the network when he cautiously criticized Mr. Carlson and “Patriot Purge” to my colleague Michael Grynbaum. “I’m afraid – and I’m probably going to be in trouble for this – but I wonder how much is done to provoke rather than enlighten,” he said.

On the air, two programs with audiences smaller than Mr. Carlson’s rushed after his special to refute the false theories presented in “Patriot Purge.” “Special report” called a former CIA officer on October 29 to debunk “false flag” theories. And on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace forwarded the same question to one of Mr. Trump’s few enemies in the Republican delegation to Congress, Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

Mr Carlson called the resignations of Mr Hayes and Mr Goldberg “good news” in a telephone interview on Sunday. “Our viewers will be grateful.”


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As the crisis at Europe’s borders eases, migrants face a return to the reality they sought to escape https://iraqwarnews.net/as-the-crisis-at-europes-borders-eases-migrants-face-a-return-to-the-reality-they-sought-to-escape/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 10:30:52 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/as-the-crisis-at-europes-borders-eases-migrants-face-a-return-to-the-reality-they-sought-to-escape/ BAGHDAD – The deadly crisis Belarus has been accused of creating on its border with Europe appears to have subsided this week, raising hopes for the end of what had become a spiraling confrontation between the East and the Where is. Yet as those who risked the trip in hopes of a better future returned […]]]>

BAGHDAD – The deadly crisis Belarus has been accused of creating on its border with Europe appears to have subsided this week, raising hopes for the end of what had become a spiraling confrontation between the East and the Where is.

Yet as those who risked the trip in hopes of a better future returned to Iraq with their frustrated dreams, some described being severely beaten by security forces on both sides and enduring days without food or water. in freezing conditions.

Several potential asylum seekers who spoke to NBC News at the Baghdad airport said they would never attempt the trip again and warned others not to follow their example.

They were among hundreds of Iraqis repatriated from Minsk on Thursday, while the main camps on the border with Poland have also been largely cleared, according to Belarusian state media.

The apparent descent of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko came after weeks of pressure from the United States, NATO and European leaders who accused him of bringing in thousands of people from Middle East and push them to attempt to cross the border illegally into the European Union.

But it was unclear what would happen to dozens of migrants now relocated to temporary accommodation, while Polish authorities accused Belarus of stepping up efforts on Friday to push the crowds back to the border.

Frozen swamps and violent blows

Speaking to NBC News on Thursday after landing at Baghdad International Airport on a flight from Minsk, Hussein Saadi Ahmed, 25, said he had sought to flee Iraq due to an aggravation the economic and security situation.

“Life here is difficult and we cannot find suitable jobs,” he said.

Like other asylum seekers, Ahmed, a law school graduate, said he spent around $ 3,000 to get to the border, obtaining a tourist visa through a travel agency. journey to reach Belarus.

Once there, the asylum seekers said Belarusian forces helped them reach the border, but left them to fend for themselves, navigating thick swamp forests in freezing temperatures, where they were trapped. for days without food or water.

The harsh conditions “took a toll,” Ahmed said, especially on families, including young children, who risked the trip.

Hussein Saadi Ahmed.Khalid Razak

And when asylum seekers nearly reached EU soil, many said they were pushed back by Polish forces – only to face further violence when they tried to return to Belarus.

“I lived for three days without food or water, and we had to drink the water from the dirty swamps,” Ahmed said. “And when we tried to cross the border, we were badly beaten by Polish forces … When we tried to come back, we were beaten again.”

Ahmed said he wanted to warn others not to risk the trip “because it is never possible to cross to the Polish border”.

“After going through this experience, I decided not to do it again,” he said.

Muhammad Hadi, 30, who says he spent around $ 5,000 on the trip, agreed, telling NBC News: “I have no intention of migrating again in this way after the suffering I endured for a week. after leaving the country. “

Hadi, a graduate in anthropology, also described the violence at the border.

“When we tried to cross the fence between Poland and Belarus, the Polish forces beat us to come back,” he said. “I saw an old man being severely beaten by Polish forces in front of his family.”

NBC News has contacted the Polish Interior Ministry, as well as the Belarusian government, but has not received a response either.

In a statement shared with NBC News on Friday, the Belarusian embassy in the UK said “Belarus is also concerned about the current tense situation on its borders with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia,” which it said , “has been exacerbated by the constant protests by Western politicians of willingness to accept migrants for humanitarian and economic reasons, which only serve to encourage and reassure potential asylum seekers.

He said that “in view of the total inaction of the EU and in view of the onset of cold weather, the President of Belarus has taken the decision to take care of children and women, offering them conditions of security in the territory of Belarus “.

“A kind word instead of violence”

For months, humanitarian organizations have sounded the alarm bells over the plight of a growing number of migrants and asylum seekers at the borders that neighboring Poland and Lithuania and Ukraine share with Belarus.

Lukashenko, the authoritarian leader who is a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has denied fomenting the crisis in retaliation for European sanctions against his regime.

Lukashenko repeated the denials in a BBC interview on Friday. But, when asked if Belarusian troops are helping migrants enter the EU, he replied: “I think it is entirely possible. We are Slavs. We have heart. “

“Maybe someone helped them. I won’t even look into that,” he added.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States would closely monitor the situation on the Belarus-Poland border.

“It is deeply unacceptable that Lukashenko and Belarus sought to militarize migration,” Blinken told reporters on a visit to Nigeria, according to Reuters. He also warned that the United States had the power to add sanctions if deemed necessary.

As Lukashenko, Putin and Western officials exchanged accusations, some in the region took matters into their own hands.

Katarzyna Staszewa, an activist working for a Polish base Grupa Granica, a collection of nonprofit organizations providing aid, told NBC News in a telephone interview earlier this week that many of those who risked the trip were in “bad shape” with some having “spent 20, even 30 days in the woods.”

Since September, journalists, activists and human rights defenders have largely been prevented from reaching the border after Poland declared a state of emergency.

The move made the delivery of humanitarian aid virtually impossible and left the rest of the world to trust the often contradictory accounts of Polish and Belarusian officials.

Staszewa’s group has made efforts to provide food, water, medical aid and warm clothing to migrants who manage to make it to Poland.

“Sometimes they’re so desperate, so lonely, so depressed that they just reach out to ask us to be with them, so they can meet someone who can offer a kind word instead of violence.” , she said.

While she said the Belarusian regime was “instrumenting” migrants for political ends, she said it was also the responsibility of Poland, the European Union and the international community to help them by granting asylum for eligible persons.

The EU on Wednesday pledged to send around $ 800,000 in food, blankets and other aid to migrants at the border, after criticizing it for doing too little to help those who saw the bloc as a place where they could enjoy a better future.

Maciej Szczęsnowicz, a leader of the Muslim community in the village of Bohoniki in eastern Poland, also rushed to support the migrants and provide them with food and support.

Szczęsnowicz said it was “not only my responsibility as a Pole or as a Muslim to help, it is my responsibility as a human being”.

While much of the focus has been on the Polish-Belarusian border, asylum seekers have also described being taken to the Lithuanian border by Belarusian forces.

Two of those who returned to Iraq on Thursday said they tried to reach Poland but were apprehended by Belarusian forces and taken to the Lithuanian border.

Both said Belarusian forces removed SIM cards from their phones and broke them, so that they had no way of reaching others.

Ali Kazem Hussein.Courtesy of Ali Kazem

“Leaving us without food or water, I found myself forced to drink water from the marshes,” said Ali Kazem Hussein, 21. “At one point, I expected my end to be here.”

Hussein, who said he wanted to leave Iraq to “secure my future and start a family,” warned against seeing Belarus as a gateway to the EU, saying “my advice, in especially for young Iraqis, is not to take this step because it is an experience full of risks.

“If I had the option to immigrate again, I would,” he added.

“But not through Belarus.”

Khalid Razak reported from Baghdad. Chantal Da Silva and Yuliya Talmazan reported from London.


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Carlson speaks at Fox Nation’s Patriot Awards, lashes out at DC politicians https://iraqwarnews.net/carlson-speaks-at-fox-nations-patriot-awards-lashes-out-at-dc-politicians/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 08:36:42 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/carlson-speaks-at-fox-nations-patriot-awards-lashes-out-at-dc-politicians/ Hello and welcome to Fox News First. Here’s what you need to know to start your day … Carlson attacks politicians in Washington at Fox Nation’s Patriot AwardsFox News Host Tucker carlson spoke about his personal experiences with America at Fox Nation’s third annual Patriot Awards After applauding those in the room, Carlson took the […]]]>

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Carlson attacks politicians in Washington at Fox Nation’s Patriot Awards
Fox News Host Tucker carlson spoke about his personal experiences with America at Fox Nation’s third annual Patriot Awards

After applauding those in the room, Carlson took the time to praise law enforcement, saying they “understand the human condition” in “the toughest job there is.”

“In their absence you really appreciate them so deeply. Why aren’t they treated like the most heroic people in America?” Carlson asked.

While Carlson spent time celebrating people in America, he also joked that government is run by some of the worst people.

“I often tell myself that never a better country has been run by worse people,” said Carlson.

Ultimately, the “Tucker Carlson tonight” the host praised American culture for producing a particularly nice and kind people.

“They are nice. That’s the first thing I noticed about Americans. They are nice and kind people,” he added. “Run out of gas in any other rural country and find out what happens to you. “

The Patriot Awards were hosted by “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Pete Hegseth. The evening showcased and honored America’s best patriots, including military veterans, first responders, and other inspiring everyday heroes. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:
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Biden to sign bills in favor of police and federal authorities
President Biden is expected to sign three bipartisan laws on Thursday in favor of police, law enforcement and federal officials, Fox News has learned.

The president, Thursday morning, will sign the law S. 1511, the “Protecting America’s First Responders Act of 2021”, S. 1502, the “Confidentiality Opportunities for Peer Support Counseling Act or the COPS Counseling Act”, and S. 921, the “Law on the Protection of Federal Agents and Employees of Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila”.

The president will sign the bills, which were all passed with almost unanimous bipartisan support, in a White House ceremony in the State Dining Room, a White House official told Fox News.

The Protecting America’s First Responders Act of 2021, written by Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa and co-sponsored by Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, would better ensure that law enforcement and disabled first responders in the line of having to have quick access to benefits.

The president is also on the verge of signing the “Privacy Opportunities for Peer Support Counseling Act” or the “COPS Counseling Act”, which sets out the requirements for peer support programs to be provided by a law enforcement agency.

Meanwhile, Biden will also sign the “Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act,” which was led by Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas and Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware.

The bill ensures that individuals who have killed or attempted to kill US federal officers and employees serving overseas can be brought to justice and prosecuted in the United States. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.

In other developments:
– Police report reveals Striking Details About Biden’s Arrest Name Willow Omarova For “Retail Theft”
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Another Democrat decides to resign as potential 2022 Election Day rout looms
Rep. GK Butterfield, DN.C., is set to announce his retirement from the House in a move that will deal another blow to Democrats’ chances of retaining control of the House in the midterm elections.

Butterfield, a long-time member and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, will make the announcement Thursday that he will not be running again, according to reports. The veteran lawmaker was first elected to represent the 1st Congressional District of North Carolina in 2004.

The planned announcement comes two weeks after that of North Carolina Legislature controlled by republicans adopted a new Congress card that could put Butterfield’s generally safe seat within the grasp of the GOP, with the new district moving from a seven-point Democrat to now a one-point Democrat, according to the political website FiveThirtyEight.

Democrats filed a lawsuit over the map, saying the new border would dilute the influence of black voters in the Butterfield district. Butterfield pledged earlier this month to keep fighting for its seat.

“I plan to run again. I’ll give it everything I have,” Butterfield told ABC11 at the time.

Butterfield’s scheduled retirement comes the same week as Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., And Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., announced their retirement, adding to a stream of incumbent Democrats who have announced their departure from Congress. A total of 11 Democrats have announced they will not be running for office in 2022, compared to nine Republicans who are considering retiring. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE.

In other developments:
– GOP defeats Obama-endorsed candidate in the deep blue town Biden won hands down
– The Congress will be at home for Xmas – if only in his dreams
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– Texas Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar wants VP Harris replaced as “border czar”
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– California Democratic Representative Jackie Speier will not seek re-election in 2022

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A FEW WORDS OF END

Sean Hannity Wednesday night, shared his take on what patriotism means to him at Fox Nation’s third annual Patriot Awards.

The “HannityThe host also took time to remember those who have lost their lives over the past year, including radio host Rush Limbaugh and the 13 U.S. servicemen killed in the airport attack in Kabul in Afghanistan.

“Please join me for a moment in honoring these souls and remembering their sacrifice,” Hannity said before a slide show of the soldiers was released.

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Iraq facing “governance crisis”, President Salih told MEPS21 https://iraqwarnews.net/iraq-facing-governance-crisis-president-salih-told-meps21/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 09:19:50 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/iraq-facing-governance-crisis-president-salih-told-meps21/ ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi President Barham Salih said Iraq still faces a deep “governance crisis” which must be resolved in order to achieve peace. The Iraqi president made the remarks Tuesday during the Forum on Peace and Security in the Middle East (MEPS21) at the American University of Kurdistan (AUK) in Duhok province, in […]]]>

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Iraqi President Barham Salih said Iraq still faces a deep “governance crisis” which must be resolved in order to achieve peace.

The Iraqi president made the remarks Tuesday during the Forum on Peace and Security in the Middle East (MEPS21) at the American University of Kurdistan (AUK) in Duhok province, in the Kurdistan region.

Read more: Prime Minister Barzani launches Middle East Peace and Security Forum in Duhok

“There is a deep and critical crisis in Iraq, which is a crisis of governance,” President Salih said.

This crisis, he added, began after popular grassroots protests swept Iraq in October 2019. These nationwide protests denounced widespread corruption and demanded better governance and protection. of Iraqi sovereignty.

“The problem is not the formation of the government. It is about achieving good governance that reflects the needs of Iraqi youth, people and components, ”said Salih.

The Iraqi President recalled the past hardships the country had gone through and stressed the importance of cooperation to face the challenges.

Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani greets Iraqi President Barham Salih at the Middle East Peace and Security Forum # meps21 at the American Kurdistan University in Duhok on November 16, 2021 (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

He also highlighted the lingering problems between Erbil and Baghdad, calling them “fundamental”.

“I am clearly saying that the Erbil-Baghdad issues are [still] fundamental after 20 years, ”said the Iraqi President, adding that the outstanding issues require fundamental resolution.

Serious dialogue and commitments are needed from all parties to address all the challenges facing Iraq, the senior official added. The country cannot be ruled by the “logic of force”.

MEPS welcomes local and international politicians, academics and students. They discuss the most pressing issues facing the region.

Iraq recently announced the final preliminary results of the snap parliamentary elections held in October.



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NJ vets and families facing isolation, PTSD – read this https://iraqwarnews.net/nj-vets-and-families-facing-isolation-ptsd-read-this/ Thu, 11 Nov 2021 01:34:12 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/nj-vets-and-families-facing-isolation-ptsd-read-this/ We thank them for their service, but returning veterans need more Lt. Col. Robert Vicci is the CEO of vetREST, which, according to their website, “helps vets meet their challenges in order to find peace after their hidden battles.” “Veech” has been a friend of mine since the days he came to Catch A Rising […]]]>

We thank them for their service, but returning veterans need more

Lt. Col. Robert Vicci is the CEO of vetREST, which, according to their website, “helps vets meet their challenges in order to find peace after their hidden battles.”

“Veech” has been a friend of mine since the days he came to Catch A Rising Star between deployments to Iraq. Now he spends his days on the phone or in public researching jobs for veterans, bringing vets back to the workplace, and creating places where vets can work, earn a living, and contribute to society.

I asked Veech about some of the things veterans face today.

What are the biggest issues we see with NJ veterans as we overcome the pandemic?

“Isolation, separation from family and friends, and limited access to medical care have diminished the spirit and health of our veteran population. We still see a high suicide rate, as well as unemployment rates. Our female veterans are experiencing more homelessness. / Unemployment crises.

“Plus, many charities have seen donations decline across the board, so many of us are handcuffed by the lack of available funds and the quality of help we can offer our veterans. Many of us spend countless hours on the phone with our vets, doing the best we can to keep them safe.

“I have seen several articles about the possibility of VA facilities stopping treating unvaccinated veterans. It would be a total disaster. All will lose faith in the one system designed to serve our population of sick veterans. Lost, it won’t come back. maybe never It would be devastating for the Veterans and their families.

What advice would you give them?

“Stay in the fight… never give up, seek help, call SOMEONE… call me, call the VA hotline, call VetREST or any veteran-focused charity they can find. something is better than doing nothing. We see it all the time. By the time some veterans come to me, they’re at the bottom of the hole. It takes a huge effort to get them out and get them back to good health. world needs a “fight buddy.” Find yours. “

What advice would you give to a family member of a veteran struggling with PTSD?

“Contact us at www.VetREST.org or any other agency you know within our community. There are many that help, but we’ll point you in the right direction. There are many treatment programs within the VA, and many more that are funded by the private sector. The most important thing to do is GET HELP, don’t wait, the sooner you react the better. “

“We are also working with Citizen Soldier Law to help veterans upgrade their discharge from Other Than Honorable (OTH) to at least one General (under honorable) or honorable. So many soldiers are discharged after multiple rounds of combat with negative discharge reasons for This greatly affects their ability to seek help from the VA. And now, due to the vaccination warrant, the military will also discharge soldiers with an OTH discharge. This is a crisis. “

How has the political divide we are going through across the country affect younger and older veterans?

“A very touchy subject here, Steve, but with the surrender of Afghanistan and leaving behind billions of dollars of our military equipment has had a huge impact on our veteran population.

“I survived my combat tour in Iraq thanks to the sophistication of our night vision systems, and now we have handed it over to the enemy. lack of confidence in our government and military leaders, but the lingering effects of COVID have added fuel to the fire.

“If the VA stops treating unvaccinated veterans, there will be chaos in the ranks. Many older veterans do not go to the VA at all, and this is devastating to their health and that of their families.

“I am also a mentor to many young people, not only those who wish to attend a service academy, but also those who simply want to serve. A large majority of our young people today are reluctant to join the military these days. The awakened agenda cripples recruiting, from my perspective.

“And now the compulsory vaccines for the military are causing a lot of disarray. I have many friends, men and women with whom I have served in the past, who will be laid off from their military jobs (either on active duty or as a contractor) within a month. I know of several flight instructors who are not vaccinated and will not submit to a mandatory vaccination policy, who will no longer be employed by Christmas. I think the effects to Both short and long term this situation will be devastating to our military readiness and readiness. “

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise. All opinions expressed are those of Steve. Steve Trevelise is on New Jersey 101.5 Monday through Thursday 7pm to 11pm. Follow him on twitter @realstevetrev.

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US uses Saudi Arabia to expand influence in Iraq https://iraqwarnews.net/us-uses-saudi-arabia-to-expand-influence-in-iraq/ Tue, 09 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/us-uses-saudi-arabia-to-expand-influence-in-iraq/ Since its occupation of Iraq in 2003 began to turn sour, the United States has led rearguard action against Iran, cementing its influence in the neighboring state, with opportunistic help from the United States. Russia initially, then China as well. This rearguard action initially involved the United States granting Iraq tens of billions of dollars […]]]>

Since its occupation of Iraq in 2003 began to turn sour, the United States has led rearguard action against Iran, cementing its influence in the neighboring state, with opportunistic help from the United States. Russia initially, then China as well. This rearguard action initially involved the United States granting Iraq tens of billions of dollars in financial aid, most of which ended in offshore bank accounts of various officials and did nothing to stop Iran’s extension of its power to all levels of Iraq’s political and economic infrastructure. Then the United States tried to tie financial aid to specific goals, including Iraq by halting its long-standing imports of gas and electricity from Iran, but this had no effect. neither, Iraq having recently accepted huge funding on the grounds that it stop these imports from Iran, then sign the longest agreement ever signed with Tehran to continue them. Now, however, the United States is looking to expand on an idea that came years ago from its own State Department, which is to continue to provide financial assistance to Iraq but critically tie it to Iraq by allowing large American companies to participate in key in-depth projects. in the country’s oil and gas and related infrastructure. Complementing this is getting on-the-ground support from Saudi Arabia, still pretty much an ally of the United States and Iran’s archenemy in the region, which is the origin of the announcement last week of a series of Saudi plans to be rolled out. out in Iraq.

Generally speaking, Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the United States is a much less secure on both sides than it was before the Kingdom launched the first oil price war in 2014 aimed at destroying or at least seriously deactivating the then nascent American shale oil industry. Nonetheless, from a Saudi perspective, the United States is proverbially the only game in town when it comes to stopping Iran’s plans for regional domination, so much media fanfare has been generated that the Saudi oil giant , Aramco, is in talks with various Iraqi ministries for billions. in energy, electricity, water and petrochemical contracts dollars. According to Iraqi Petroleum Minister Ihsan Ismail, one of the elements of this initiative is that Aramco concludes an agreement to explore and develop gas fields in the western desert of the country. OilPrice.com understands that the provisional agreement for these gas contracts was concluded more than a month ago and that, within this framework, the Ministry of Petroleum also started at that time serious 2D and 3D exploration work at Anbar and in Nineveh. Additional contracts between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, Ihsan said last week, could be made with the Kingdom’s ACWA Power to build clean energy, solar and water desalination plants in the country. Since Saudi Arabia itself has only recently made it known that it is interested in receiving offers with local and international companies for the construction of its own desalination plants, we can deduce that the contracts carried out by ACWA Power in Iraq are likely to also include a strong participation of American companies.

In establishing why the United States thinks it is necessary to use Saudi Arabia in such a way as to wrest Iraq from Iran, rather than doing everything itself, it is essential to note two policy points. interior. First, the electorally powerful ultranationalism practiced by the de facto Iraq’s leader, the radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, is particularly fierce when it comes to the United States, having spent years leading a bloody counterinsurgency against the American “occupation.” let him see her. Although al-Sadr clearly knows that the United States is behind Saudi Arabia’s sudden desire to invest in Iraq, he can still tell his supporters of the “Sairoon” faction (“Marching Forward That the money comes from another Arab state. In addition, ahead of the 2018 parliamentary elections, al-Sadr visited the Sunni Islamic State of Saudi Arabia, as well as a longtime U.S. ally, the United Arab Emirates. Second, there has been a drastic change over the past three or four years, especially in the prospects of at least one of the sons of the very influential Hakim family in Iraq – namely, the second son, Ammar. Contrary to his family’s pro-Iran stance, led by his iconic father, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, who headed the Iraqi Islamic Supreme Council before his death in 2009, Ammar al-Hakim stepped down from the council in 2017 and created a new political party, the National Wisdom Movement. This party was, and remains, based on non-sectarian values ​​and, as al-Hakim said at the time: because Iraq should be at peace with itself.

In tandem with Saudi Arabia’s initiatives are a host of new agreements from the United States itself. These include completed or pending transactions for Schlumberger and Halliburton, analyzed here by Oil chauffage, and before that, a series of intermittent agreements related to the development of the Iraqi gas sector, and aimed specifically at ending the country’s dependence on Iranian power, analyzed here by Oil Octobers. It remains to be seen whether any of them will ultimately succeed in driving Iraq away from Iran, China and Russia, although historical precedents do not support it. In fact, the success of the current US initiative in Iraq is inversely correlated with whether or not a new nuclear deal is concluded with Iran. As it stands, without a deal, Iran’s ability to influence Iraq is severely constrained by its lack of dollars or gold to “encourage” the pro-Iranian activities of Iraqi politicians and to pay them off. pro-Iranian paramilitary groups in the country. However, with a new nuclear deal, Iran would see a rapid influx of cash, the flow of “influence money” would resume in Iraq, and the United States would again be ostracized.

By Simon Watkins for OilUSD

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Defense Ministry Settled 417 Iraq War Compensation Claims This Year | Military https://iraqwarnews.net/defense-ministry-settled-417-iraq-war-compensation-claims-this-year-military/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 22:27:00 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/defense-ministry-settled-417-iraq-war-compensation-claims-this-year-military/ The Ministry of Defense quietly settled 417 Iraqi compensation claims and paid out several million pounds to resolve accusations that British troops subjected Iraqis to cruel and inhuman treatment, arbitrary detention or assault. The individual claims that have been settled number in the tens of thousands and follow high court decisions which concluded that there […]]]>

The Ministry of Defense quietly settled 417 Iraqi compensation claims and paid out several million pounds to resolve accusations that British troops subjected Iraqis to cruel and inhuman treatment, arbitrary detention or assault.

The individual claims that have been settled number in the tens of thousands and follow high court decisions which concluded that there had been violations of the Geneva Conventions and of human rights law during the period. of the military operation that followed the 2003 invasion.

Martyn Day, a senior partner of Leigh Day, the lawyers who brought the action, said: “While we have had politicians like David Cameron and Theresa May criticize us for allegedly running in an ambulance, the Department of the Defense quietly settled the complaints.

“The regulations here cover a mix of cases, cases of forcible confinement, assault,” the lawyer added. “What this shows is that when it comes to keeping the police in a foreign state, the military is just not the right people to do it.”

Many details of these cases remain confidential, although one concerns the death of a 13-year-old boy. However, the financial settlements were based on four test cases concluded in the High Court in 2017. The four were awarded a total of £ 84,000 based on three separate incidents.

At the time, an applicant was awarded £ 33,000 by Judge Leggatt for unlawful detention and it was determined that he had been beaten in 2007 by “one or more tools”, probably rifle butts.

Two Iraqi merchant seamen received payments after their detention in 2003: one received £ 28,000 after an assault and a hood, while a second received £ 10,000 because they had also been hooded.

Most new claims also involve a balaclava – where a sandbag or other balaclava is thrown over an inmate’s head. The practice was banned in 1972 by Ted Heath, while he was Prime Minister, although some British soldiers admitted they were unaware of the order while serving in Iraq.

The Defense Ministry has made no public announcement on the claims, but an official disclosure released this week showed the civil actions had been resolved. He noted that 417 “Iraqi private law” claims had been settled in 2020-2021 and 13 others concerning Afghanistan.

However, there is no prospect of criminal action following the 417 Civil Settlements, after several years of often politically charged debate over the conduct of British soldiers in Iraq during the years of combat operations, which came to an end. in 2011.

The government shut down the historical allegations team in Iraq in 2017, following the conclusion of the controversial al-Sweady investigation three years earlier.

This investigation revealed that the allegations that British troops murdered Iraqi detainees and mutilated their bodies had been fabricated. The lead lawyer who had filed these claims, Phil Shiner, was subsequently struck off.

In April, the government passed the Foreign Operations Act, which introduced a presumption against criminal prosecution for five years after the event and a long term stay to prevent civil suits from being brought after six. years.

At one point, Day and two colleagues were also charged with professional misconduct for the way they filed a complaint, but the three attorneys were exonerated after a hearing in the attorney’s disciplinary court.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense said: “While the vast majority of UK staff have held themselves to the highest standards in Iraq and Afghanistan, we recognize that it has been necessary to seek negotiated settlements of outstanding claims in both the Iraqi civil litigation and the Afghan civil litigation. “

They added that the military police and the prosecution service remained open to examining criminal allegations if new evidence emerged.


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Playlists, but no soundtracks, for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan https://iraqwarnews.net/playlists-but-no-soundtracks-for-the-wars-in-iraq-and-afghanistan/ Fri, 05 Nov 2021 18:19:37 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/playlists-but-no-soundtracks-for-the-wars-in-iraq-and-afghanistan/ As politicians and generals struggled to reduce the volume of bad news from America’s war zones, the troops tossed all kinds of music. The songs were pieces of freedom that burned quickly, unconstrained by the blast walls and barbed wire of Iraq and Afghanistan. Those who deployed early may have lugged cassette books around, but […]]]>

As politicians and generals struggled to reduce the volume of bad news from America’s war zones, the troops tossed all kinds of music.

The songs were pieces of freedom that burned quickly, unconstrained by the blast walls and barbed wire of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those who deployed early may have lugged cassette books around, but downloadable music eventually took over.

And in the age of curated playlists and streaming, the options were endless. Maybe that’s why the Iraq and Afghanistan soundtrack stays on the move.

One thing is certain: Vietnamese songs cannot be the cornerstone of the modern warfare soundtrack. Maybe a soundtrack could include a cool return, but that’s it.

It would be like WWII songs dominating the Vietnam playlist. Imagine if the movie “Apocalypse Now” was presented “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by the Andrews Sisters instead of the Doors “The end.”

It’s not the same thing. Yes, the Vietnam catalog is stacked (my editor disagrees), but it’s time to move on.

Here is a short list of jams made during American adventures in the Middle East after 9/11 in no special order because, well, Gen X.

Avenged Sevenfold, “Land of bats”

OutKast, “BOB”

Killers, “All the things I’ve done”

White stripes, “Army of the Seven Nations”

Switches, “Family”

Flobots, “Handlebars”

Dropkick Murphys, “Rose Tattoo”

Alabama shakes, “Hold on”

Eminem, “Without me”

Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks “

MIA, “Paper planes”

Linkin Park, “Bleed it”

Chicano Batman, “Liberty is Free”

Down system, “BYOB”

Missy Elliot, “Get Ur Freak On”

Red Hot Chili Peppers, “I can’t stop”

Toby Keith, “As Good As Before”

Rance, “Fall Back Down”

Volbeat, “Call of a Warrior”

Weezer, “The Greatest Man Who Ever Lived”


In his 2003 book, ‘Jarhead’, Anthony Swofford wrote: ‘I don’t need the Who’s and the Doors in my war.

The 2005 film adaptation echoes the feeling when helicopters playing the Doors “Break on Through” fly over the sky stained with smoke from petroleum fire. Jake Gyllenhaal, playing Swofford, said: “He’s the man of Vietnamese music – can’t we get our own (expletive) music?”

Nam’s songs infiltrating modern war stories recurred in 2019 when the Paramount Network released a trailer for “68 Whiskey,” a fictional show about combat medics in Afghanistan. The featured snippet Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son”, another highly rotating track on the Vietnamese Reading List. Paramount has largely purged the internet of that old trailer, replacing it with a new, less recognizable song.

In 1991, the American Forces Network played the “Rock the Casbah” of the Clash at the start of the Gulf War ground offensive. At the time, the song was 9 years old. It’s young when you consider the 50-year gap between “Fortunate Son” and “68 Whiskey”.

Several veterans of the World War on Terror have compiled and written playlists for their wars.

Colby Buzzell, a Californian punk skateboarder who joined the military and turned his blog about the Iraq war into a book (“my war“) and his writing career, released his” Stryker Soundtrack “playlist when it was deployed in 2004.

The roster included old and new bands, such as the Dead Kennedys, OutKast, Misfits, Metallica, Guns N ‘Roses, U2, Transplants and the Cure, with just a twist of Vietnamese music, like the Rolling Stones and John Lennon.

Pete Molin, a retired army infantry officer who writes about the intersection of war and culture, wrote, “It just doesn’t seem like that much songs about Iraq and Afghanistan there, ”and added,“ the songs that I loved were vitally important to me when I was in Afghanistan. “

The music phenomenon of blending into specific times and places seemed magnified and oddly specific abroad.

Snoop Dogg & T-Pain’s “Boom” attaches to the Baghdad convoys. The Beastie Boys’ “Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament” sets in in the warm autumn light of those first weeks back home. AWOLNATION’s “Sail” flies aboard rescue helicopters from Kandahar. Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams’ “Get Lucky” sleeps on the floor of a C-17 somewhere over the Atlantic. LMFAO’s “I’m in Miami (Expletive)” hits Taliban rockets on Mother’s Day. Blake Shelton’s “Boys’ Round Here” operates on a bomb victim at a bustling Bagram hospital.

For me, Hollywood’s favorite war on terror song, “Bodies” by Drowning Pool, doesn’t transport me to Iraq but to San Antonio. It’s the trailer song for “Stop-loss“, a movie about Iraq starring Ryan Phillippe and Channing Tatum, shot at Kelly in 2006. It turns out that I was an extra in an Iraq movie long before I set foot in the country.

Twenty years is a long time, and an estimated 3 million Americans over several generations have participated in GWOT. Then consider the Afghan audience and the coalition audience. At the height of the war, soldiers from 51 NATO countries participated. All this to say that the list of ultimate targets in the war on terror must be long and varied.

What’s in your Iraq and Afghanistan playlist?

brandon.lingle@express-news.net



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With few seats, Iraqi protest movement hopes to find voice in parliament | https://iraqwarnews.net/with-few-seats-iraqi-protest-movement-hopes-to-find-voice-in-parliament/ Wed, 03 Nov 2021 21:12:25 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/with-few-seats-iraqi-protest-movement-hopes-to-find-voice-in-parliament/ NASIRIYAH, Iraq – For the first time in Iraq, a new generation of representatives is entering parliament, born from a civil society movement tired of the corruption that has long tarnished politics. Among the newcomers is pharmacist Alaa al-Rikabi, 47, whose Imtidad (Extension) party emerged in the aftermath of the October 2019 protest movement against […]]]>

NASIRIYAH, Iraq – For the first time in Iraq, a new generation of representatives is entering parliament, born from a civil society movement tired of the corruption that has long tarnished politics.

Among the newcomers is pharmacist Alaa al-Rikabi, 47, whose Imtidad (Extension) party emerged in the aftermath of the October 2019 protest movement against the ruling political elite.

Imtidad is positioning itself as “the opposition” to governments that have emerged through an informal ethno-sectarian quota system in place since the US-led invasion in 2003, Rikabi said.

Despite a campaign with extremely limited finances, the party won nine of the 329 seats in the Iraqi Council of Representatives in the October 10 elections, according to preliminary results.

“I am aware that our size in parliament will not give us much leeway” to push forward a political agenda, said Ribaki, stressing that his party aims instead to play a watchdog role.

“We will not participate in any government set up on the basis of quotas, so we can hold the leaders to account,” Rikabi said from his home in Nassiriyah, a hot spot of protests in southern Iraq. Shiite majority.

Overall, the major political blocs retained their dominance in the election, which was marked by a record abstention rate.

The biggest winner was the Sadrist movement, led by incendiary Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr. He took 70 seats, according to the results which should be finalized within a few weeks.

Find allies

Behind the scenes, there were discussions about forming blocs to create a parliamentary majority that would distribute the next ministerial posts.

But it is precisely against this system that the protest movement and, by extension, the Imtidad was forged.

Imtidad is looking for its own alternative alliance to make its presence felt.

With only nine seats, the party “will not be able to expand its influence in parliament,” said Saleh al-Alawi, judge and political scientist.

Rikabi underlined that “according to the constitution, we need at least 25 deputies to be able to question a minister”.

To that end, he said, “we are trying to come to an understanding” to team up with other parties.

In particular, Imtidad is in talks with a small Kurdish party, the New Generation Movement, which has similar tendencies and also holds nine seats.

Protest movement

The unprecedented protest movement that erupted two years ago rose up against the political class who run this oil-rich but poverty-stricken country where youth unemployment is skyrocketing.

The streets of Nassiriyah still bear witness to anger, and posters of “martyrs” adorn the walls, honoring many of the hundreds of activists who have paid with their lives.

Factions of the Hashed al-Shaabi, a paramilitary group integrated into the armed forces and represented by the pro-Iranian Fatah (Conquest) Alliance in parliament, have been accused of targeting militants.

Hussein Ali, 28, said he had been in a wheelchair for two years since being shot in the back during a protest.

“I voted for Imtidad because I hope they can fight for the rights of the demonstrators,” he said. “Since I was injured, I have not received any compensation from the government.

Changing “stereotypes”

Unlike many established Iraqi politicians, newcomers like Rikabi have little money and have had to run low cost campaigns.

Imtidad has spent four million dinars (about $ 2,700) on posters and events in Dhi Qar province, of which Nassiriyah is the capital, a fraction of the tens of millions often spent by major parties.

In order to break with what he calls the “representative stereotype”, disconnected from voters and reality, Rikabi drives his own car and does not have an office.

Others have been even more frugal, such as Mohammed al-Anouz, who has become known on social media for placing his own campaign posters in the Shiite sanctuary town of Najaf.

For him, opposition is the only option, he said.

“The major parties have contacted me to find out my position,” he said. “I will not form an alliance with the parties that have ruled the country in recent years.

“They are the ones who put us in this situation where there are no public services and there is corruption.”


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In Iraq, allegations of electoral fraud fuel uncertainty, divisions https://iraqwarnews.net/in-iraq-allegations-of-electoral-fraud-fuel-uncertainty-divisions/ Wed, 03 Nov 2021 09:17:21 +0000 https://iraqwarnews.net/in-iraq-allegations-of-electoral-fraud-fuel-uncertainty-divisions/ BAGHDAD – More than three weeks after the Iraqis voted in parliamentary elections, pro-Iranian Shiite militias who have emerged as the biggest losers are still rejecting the outcome of the vote, plunging the country into political uncertainty and crisis. Militia supporters have pitched tents near the entrance to Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone in an […]]]>

Militia supporters have pitched tents near the entrance to Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone in an ongoing sit-in, threatening violence unless their grievances are addressed.

Unfounded allegations of electoral fraud cast a shadow over an election that has been hailed by the United States, the UN Security Council and others for having been the most fluid in years and without major technical glitches. The stalemate also increases tensions between rival Shiite factions which could reflect in the streets and threaten Iraq’s regained relative stability.

The October 10 vote came months ahead of schedule in response to mass protests in late 2019 that saw tens of thousands of people in Baghdad and the predominantly Shiite southern provinces rally against rampant corruption, the poor services and unemployment. They also protested against neighboring Iran’s brutal interference in Iraqi affairs through Iranian-backed militias.

The election results further highlighted the dangerous political divisions between the Shiite factions. Shia Muslims constitute the majority of Iraq’s 40 million inhabitants.

The biggest electoral gains came from influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who won 73 of 329 seats in parliament. While maintaining good relations with Iran, al-Sadr publicly opposes outside interference in Iraqi affairs. The Taqadum party led by Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi, a Sunni, came second with 37 seats, while the rule of law bloc of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki won 35 seats.

Meanwhile, the Iran-backed Fatah Alliance, which represents the Shiite paramilitary group known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, lost two-thirds of its seats in parliament, from 48 to around 16 – a staggering defeat. The alliance had made great strides after competing in the elections for the first time in 2018. At the time, it was riding a wave of popularity after playing a major role, alongside Iraqi security forces and a coalition led by the United States, in defeating Islam. Group of extremist states across the country in 2017.

But the mood has changed. Many began to question the need for the PMF, an armed militia force that increasingly challenged state authority. The force itself split, with some factions aligned with the senior Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, breaking up. The militias have also lost some popularity over the past two years, alienating many after brutally suppressing the youth-led protest movement in late 2019 and early 2020.

“Iraq is entering a new phase in its political history that the PMF and its Iranian sponsors are ill-equipped to handle, a phase in which coercive power may not be enough,” wrote Ranj Alaaldin, a non-resident researcher at the Brookings Institution, “Together with Iran, PMF is learning the hard way that power through the barrel of a gun is not sustainable.”

The election results do not only reflect the losses of parties allied with Iran. They have shown that even politicians who distanced themselves from Tehran several years ago, such as former prime minister Haidar al-Abadi and cleric Ammar al-Hakim, are doing poorly, political scientist Tamer Badawi said. , associate researcher at the CARPO research center based in Bonn. .

“The backlash from the streets is multi-layered and largely against the inability of the old guard parties to provide benefits and good governance,” Badawi said. He said many Iraqis also blame Iran for Iraq’s dire situation.

It is not known when the final election results will be announced. The senior electoral committee is currently reviewing more than a thousand appeals, although the results are not likely to change significantly.

Iraqi troops have been on high alert since the elections, as militiamen and their supporters take to the streets, denouncing the elections as a fraud and raising fears of clashes. Protesters chanted slogans against the United States and denounced UN officials, who monitored the election.

The protests appear to be aimed at putting pressure on al-Sadr to ensure that factions aligned with Iran are part of the next cabinet, regardless of how many seats they win. Since it has won the most seats, the al-Sadr bloc will seek coalition partners and appoint the prime minister.

“If they are outside the government, they will lose financial resources and this will weaken them,” said a senior Shiite official, adding that the leaders of the Fatah Alliance were stunned by their electoral defeat. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose sensitive information.

Al-Sadr has remained silent on plans for coalition negotiations, pending final results. But he has announced the closure of the offices of his Saraya al-Salam fighters in various provinces – a move apparently intended to show his determination to bring all weapons under state control. He also called for a new dialogue on the continued presence of US troops and condemned strikes against diplomatic missions allegedly carried out by PMF groups.

Shiite factions will need to find common ground to prevent a resurgence of ISIS, a Sunni group, Badawi said. Last week, suspected IS militants attacked a predominantly Shiite village in Diyala province, killing 11 civilians and unleashing a revenge attack on a nearby Sunni village.

But analysts say threats from Fatah-linked groups are likely to persist until they reach a power-sharing deal with al-Sadr.


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