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If the US really wants to defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda, why is it arming them?

If the US really wants to defeat ISIS and al-Qaeda, why is it arming them?

Since World War II the US has often armed, allied with, or otherwise strengthened jihadists for the purpose of undermining its adversaries. 1,240 more words

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Dreaming Impossible Dreams In Iraq

By this time I think it is pretty clear that our leaders, of both parties, are quite happy to believe that they can fix Iraq. (As honorable mention, they seem to think they can fix the Arab / Israeli and Islam / Israeli problems as well). 1,270 more words

Political Current Events

Iraqi PM: Rise of IS is failure of the World

Haider al-Abadi says majority of IS fighters are foreigners

Paris : Iraq’s leader pleaded for more global support in the fight against the Islamic State group as he outlined plans to claw back territory from the jihadists in crunch talks with his allies in Paris. 313 more words

News

ISIS's Latest Weapon: Damming the Euphrates - Middle East - News - Arutz Sheva

  • Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists have closed the gates of a dam in the Iraqi city of Ramadi which they seized last month, posing a humanitarian and security threat, officials said Tuesday.
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Hard Truths About Iraq, by Ivan Eland

Don’t tell anyone in Washington, but US policy in Iraq is an abject failure, only awaiting something equivalent to the Tet Offensive in Vietnam before the powers that be can admit without really admitting that the policy is a failure and finally, perhaps, do something about it. 362 more words

Other Views

Fake the Funk

When we deployed from Rose Barracks in Germany to Baghdad for the Surge, I had been off of the line for almost eight months; the Squadron Commander (SCO) said he had a ‘special’ assignment for me at the Squadron Headquarters (in reality, despite how much I loved the line and being on the line, I was going through a second bout of ‘adjustment disorder’ as the doctors called it – depressed and dealing with stress by drinking and working myself to the bone. 1,968 more words

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"The US invasion of Iraq created the ISIS phenomenon" says New Zealand Labour Party defence spokesperson

Atlas Monitor | 3 June 2015

“The US invasion of Iraq created the ISIS phenomenon in Iraq” according to New Zealand Labour Party Defence spokesperson Phil Goff. 546 more words

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