The uneasy relationship between the White House and US military is on full display as President Barack Obama and his top generals continue to clash over the new strategy to combat the ISIL terrorist organization. ● Obama has authorized airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria, but has ruled out American boots on the ground in a combat role. US military officials have complained privately for weeks that airstrikes alone would not be sufficient to achieve the announced goal of deafening ISIL.
A leader of the foreign-backed Syrian opposition has visited injured militants being treated at a hospital in the Israeli town of Dafed. ● Kamal al-Labwani, who lives in exile in Turkey, said militants fighting President Bashar al-Assad will never forget what he called Tel Aviv's humanitarian support. Al-Labwani, of the so-called Syrian National Coalition (SNC), also emphasized that anti-government forces in Syria see Israel as a friend. Syrian anti-government leader is scheduled to meet Israeli authorities during his ongoing trip. Tel Aviv regime has openly voiced support for Syrian militants on many occasions.
If the US fails to attack Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, the country could face the prospect of “many” terrorist attacks similar to September 11, a top-ranking Democrat says. It comes as the House debates arming Syrian rebels to fight IS. ● Speaking during a floor debate at the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Eliot Engel [Jewish](D-N.Y.) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee expressed his support for
President puppet Barack Obama’s plan to combat IS (previously known as ISIS/ISIL) and said that failure to authorize the plan would lead to devastating consequences for the US. “I understand that my colleagues are war weary. I’m war weary. I understand the American people are war weary,” Engel said, as quoted by The Hill. “But I think doing nothing would invite something very similar that happened to my city, New York City, on that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001.” [The Jews did 9/11.] “If we you do nothing, ISIS (IS) will plot and plan and we you’ll have many more 9/11s in the United States, in Europe, in the Middle East,” he claimed threatened. [Israel and Saudi Arabia created IS.]
The United States launched at least one airstrike against Islamic State militants near Baghdad on Monday, marking the expansion of the US military campaign against the extremist group. The airstrike was reportedly requested by Iraqi forces under attack. ● According to US officials cited by the Associated Press, the airstrike was authorized after Iraqi security forces requested air power support as they engaged Islamic State (IS) fighters south of Baghdad. An unnamed defense official, meanwhile, told NBC News that the most recent air attack near Baghdad was an “offensive” strike, and there was no suggestion that militants were making headway towards the country’s capital. US Central Command confirmed the air strike and affirmed that it was part of a new phase in the battle against IS. Previous airstrikes in Iraq were characterized by the US as “defensive” in nature, as they were used to protect American diplomatic sites as well as crucial Iraqi facilities like the Mosul Dam.
■ New Phase of ISIS War With Strikes Near Baghdad
■ IRAQ: THE REAL STRATEGY IS ABOUT TO SUCCEED [June 19, 2014]
■ “Going After” the Islamic State. Guess Who is Behind the Caliphate Project?
■ The CIA Engaged In Covert Terrorism to Give Government Plausible Deniability
Professor Graeme MacQueen has written a must-read book on the anthrax attacks on America: The 2001 Anthrax Deception. Even those of us who have paid close attention to – and written broadly on – the 2001 anthrax attacks will learn stunning new information. For example, we learned the following eye-opening facts from the book:
◾ There was a set of 3 letters sent around the same time as the initial anthrax mailings, which attempted to frame the Russians for the anthrax attacks, and which warned of further attacks. These letters could not have been sent by Dr. Bruce Ivins (the scientist the FBI blamed for the attacks), nor could they have been “copycat” letters
◾ Less than 3 months before the anthrax attack, the government carried out a simulated exercise called “Dark Winter”, where: a lethal germ had been aerosolized then released; anonymous letters threatened anthrax attacks; Iraq and Al Qaeda are blamed for the attacks; and preparations are made for the drastic reduction of civil liberties in the United States, including martial Law [...]
◾ There is reason to suspect that the same people who carried out 9/11 also carried out the anthrax attacks
Patrick Henningsen ■ Obama’s public agenda is the one you can see on the table, one where the US officials promise to “degrade and destroy ISIS”. Sounds great. Who can disagree with that? Then there’s the hidden agenda, somewhere under the table, and not really up for rational debate. That’s probably because it’s highly illegal and has something to do with what started the ISIS crisis to begin with. This is how Obama plans to sneak back in and re-ignite with last year’s failed bombing campaign that never was in Syria. He explains, “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria.” ■ Put aside for a minute that any US airstrikes conducted inside Syria without consultation from the Syrian government would be classed by international law and perhaps even by the UN as an act of war against Syria. Why are US politicians, bureaucrats and paid media pundits all guarding their Syrian option so closely? I thought this was an ISIS crisis, not a Bashar al Assad crisis? The central flaw in all of this is that Washington has no real policy on Syria other than hyperbole. Any policies it does have are centered around clandestine and illegal operations there. US officials will spout now and again how, “we do not recognize Syria as a sovereign state”, even though the US has no legal basis on which to maintain such a position. They simply announce in 2011 that, “Assad must go”, ala regime change per usual. ■ Here’s the real kicker: Even today, as the FSA/Moderate Rebels being backed by the US – they are also working together in joint operations with ISIS. [...] Obama wants to fund and arm rebels working with ISIS(L) in Syria. His plan will give aid and comfort to ISIS. On this basis alone, the Obama ‘strategy’ should be disqualified and the president should be dragged in front of a hearing to explain himself.
Robert Fisk ■ Bingo! Here’s another force of evil to be ‘vanquished’
Peter Symonds ■ Obama’s “coalition of the willing” against Syria, Iran
PressTV: US should work with Iran and Syria to slay ISIL monster: Michael Maloof
The Guardian: Isis: leaders gather in Paris as UK edges towards military action
The Telegraph: Demands for immediate military action against Isil as another volunteer is threatened
Patrick Martin ■ White House officials have insisted that no new resolution is required to authorize air strikes against ISIS targets in Iraq or Syria, claiming that two previous congressional resolutions, passed in 2001 to authorize military action against Al Qaeda and in 2002 to authorize the invasion of Iraq, still hold sway. This argument is remarkable from a legal standpoint, since the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) is limited to groups that carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the 2002 AUMF targets the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein. ISIS was not formed until 2012, and even its predecessor, Al Qaeda in Iraq, was established only in 2004, after the US invasion and occupation of Iraq provoked widespread opposition in Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority. In order to invoke the authority of the 2002 resolution backing the attack on Iraq, Obama would have to declare his own war against ISIS, in alliance with a US puppet regime in Baghdad, to be the continuation of Bush’s war against Iraq, which formally ended with the final US withdrawal at the end of 2011. Any congressional resolution to authorize funding the Syrian opposition—let alone a broader resolution on US military operations against ISIS—would provide a legislative fig leaf for a direct attack by the US military on the government of Assad in Syria, which is the real goal of the Obama administration’s latest intervention in the region.
The US Justice Department has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit against an anti-Iran group on grounds that the case could reveal national secrets. ● Lawyers for the government moved Friday to invoke a powerful national security law to intervene in the private lawsuit by a Greek businessman against United Against A Nuclear Iran (UANI), arguing the proceedings could “cause harm to national security.” Victor Restis, Greek businessman and ship owner, sued the New York-based UANI for defamation last year after the non-profit group accused him of violating sanctions on Iran by exporting oil from the country.
Congressional Hawks Push for Ground Operations. ● Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry loudly objected to the characterization of the new US war on ISIS as a “war,” insisting it isn’t technically a war. The argument appears to have been totally pointless, as the White House confirmed that, indeed, “we are at war with ISIS.” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said it was important to draw a distinction between the new war in Iraq and the old Iraq War, even though they both are taking place in Iraq and both involved fighting against the exact same faction, albeit this time after al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) changed its name to ISIS and split with al-Qaeda. He sought instead to draw a parallel between the new war and “success stories” in Yemen and Somalia, two much smaller air wars the US are involved in, and neither of which seems remotely successful.
PressTV: US airstrikes in Syria 'act of war': Former CIA analyst || “The United States is not at war with Syria [and] to attack Syrian territory as they’re planning on doing is an act of war and in fact to do it in this fashion is a war crime,” Giraldi told Press TV on Saturday.
President Barack Obama says the United States is prepared to expand its bombing campaign against ISIL terrorists and launch airstrikes in Syria. ● "I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq," Obama said during a speech delivered from the White House on Wednesday. "America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat," he added. The Pentagon announced that the United States already has conducted 154 airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq. During his speech, the US president outlined Washington’s strategy against the terrorists. "Our objective is clear: We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy," Obama said.
The Hill: Read full text of Obama's speech on ISIS
Kevin Barrett (interview): ISIL terrorists, West false-flag operation
RT.com: ‘No safe haven’: Obama declares airstrikes on Islamic State ‘wherever it exists’
RT.com: Obama claims ‘enough authority’ to act against Islamic State
RT.com: Count Paris in: France may join ISIS-bombing club
Stephen Lendman ■ Obama Declares Open-Ended MIddle East War
Jason Ditz ■ Obama Speech Sets Stage to Expand War on ISIS Into Syria
Patrick Martin ■ Obama announces open-ended war in Iraq and Syria
Pål Steigan ■ Obama starter enda en krig i strid med FN-pakten
Since its inception in 1776 and before, the “nascent empire” (George Washington) of the USA has been torturing and killing virtually continuously, around the clock, often taking ears, noses, teeth, skulls, skins, scalps, and people’s virginity as its trophies, in addition to taking, of course, land, forced labor, repressed labor, slave labor, cash, resources, freedom, democracy, and hope. This extremely well-researched 30 minute documentary represents the microscopic tip of the USA’s iceberg of extremism and depravity. The people in charge of the USA could not possibly care less about what ISIS does to people. ISIS is simply the latest in a never-ending series of covers for what US controllers have been doing in the Middle East since about 1948 and worldwide since the inception of the US: getting rich by building, expanding, and maintaining a brutal global empire.
NATO's friends in the Ukraine are so extreme that it defies imagination. Hromadske TV (financed by the CIA and the Dutch embassy in Kiev) has published this interview with a journalist called Bogdan Boutkevitch, in which he says, "You need to kill 1.5 million people in Donbass." He says:
Bogdan Boutkevitch: It’s perfectly simple. 1.5 million people living in Donbas have to be killed. Donbass is not just a depressed region. There’s a crazy amount of superfluous people there. I know perfectly well what I’m saying. In the Donetsk Oblast, there are about 4 million inhabitants. And no fewer than 1.5 million of them are excess. We don’t need to understand Donbass. We need to understand what is Ukraine’s national interest. And we should use Donbass, simply as a resource. As far as Donbass goes, I don’t have any prescription for how to get it done quickly. However, what’s most important – there are people who simply must be killed.
According to Stars and Stripes, the internal newspaper of the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Army Contracting Command is currently recruiting contractors for an initial one-year stint on the ground in Iraq. ● The newspaper points out that the Obama administration is not willing to deploy a large number of regular troops to fight against the Islamic State and plans to outsource some of their operations. The tasks entrusted to the contractors will be geared towards Arab-Kurdish and Shiite-Sunni reconciliation, which would mark a change of tactics by the U.S. in Iraq where, in 2005, Washington had imposed the adoption of a constitution dividing the nation into regions and communities. The extensive use of contractors was started in the early 2000s by Donald Rumsfeld, who had sought to privatize the armed forces. It gradually lost steam after the military failure in Iraq.
As the US Senate prepares to release a report documenting US torture programme after 9/11, Telegraph reveals new details about the scope of "CIA excesses". ● The CIA brought top al-Qaeda suspects close “to the point of death” by drowning them in water-filled baths during interrogation sessions in the years that followed the September 11 attacks, a security source has told The Telegraph. The description of the torture meted out to at least two leading al-Qaeda suspects, including the alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, far exceeds the conventional understanding of waterboarding, or “simulated drowning” so far admitted by the CIA. “They weren’t just pouring water over their heads or over a cloth,” said the source who has first-hand knowledge of the period. “They were holding them under water until the point of death, with a doctor present to make sure they did not go too far. This was real torture.”
The ISIL Takfiri militants, who are wreaking havoc on Iraq and Syria, are using US-made weapons supplied to them through Saudi channels, a new report says. ● The study, conducted by the London-based small-arms research organization Conflict Armament Research, documented arms captured by Kurdish forces from militants over a period of 10 days toward the end of July. According to the investigation, the ISIL militants have been using “significant quantities” of arms including M16 assault rifles marked “property of the US government’. The weapons were originally given to the so-called moderate anti-government militants in Syria, the study found.
Peter Haisenko || Dreht den Geldhahn zu – und das Morden hört auf ■ Ganz allgemein darf festgestellt werden, dass es sowieso „unerklärbar“ ist, woher nichtstaatliche Kämpfer ihre Waffen und vor allem Munition beziehen. Insbesondere die IS, deren Operationsgebiete in unwirtlichen Wüstengegenden liegen, abseits irgendwelcher Warenströme, die angezapft werden könnten. Es muss also einen soliden Vorlauf gegeben haben, bevor IS derart auftrumpfen konnte. Förderlich dafür war sicherlich die Unterstützung der Assad-Gegner und auch hier zeigt sich wieder einmal, wie gefährlich es ist, Waffen an irgendeine Partei zu geben, nur weil diese gerade für die eigenen Ziele förderlich erscheint. Das gilt natürlich auch jetzt, wenn sie gegen die IS antreten soll. ■ In den Diskussionen, wie dem Terror der IS Einhalt geboten werden kann, herrscht große Ratlosigkeit. Das verstehe ich nicht. Es dürfte das Einfachste der Welt sein, den Fluss von Kapital, Waffen und Munition Richtung IS zu unterbinden und damit ihre Aktionen einfach auszutrocknen. Aber da spielen offensichtlich Interessen eine große Rolle, die jenseits der Humanität liegen. Saudi-Arabien und Katar – „feste Burgen“ der USA am Persischen Golf – sind bekannt als Geldgeber für alle möglichen Gruppierungen, die gemeinhin als Terrororganisationen bezeichnet werden. Die USA dürfen es sich nicht erlauben, diese Staaten zu verärgern, denn sie könnten sich dem Trend anschließen, ihr Öl nicht mehr für US-Dollar zu verkaufen.
Reports say a "fugitive American Citizen" is behind the ISIL Takfiri terrorists’ vast social media operation. ● Ahmad Abousamra, 32, who was born in France and raised in an upscale Boston suburb, is the son of a prominent specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He graduated from college with a degree in a technology field and has a knack with computers. Sources say he is believed to be working with ISIL from Syria, attracting hundreds of militants from places across the world, including the United States, Britain, and Canada, through social media. The FBI says he fled the United States in 2006 and was trained by terrorists in Yemen and Pakistan. Last year, the FBI issued a $53,500 reward for information leading to the capture of Abousamra.
The Department of Homeland Security has [allegedly] lost track of 58,000 foreigners on student visas but only 6,000 of them are subjects of 'heightened concern'. ● The federal government has let more than 6,000 foreigners on student visas who represent a national security threat slip through the cracks, according to a news report released Tuesday. The Department of Homeland Security lost contact with the foreigners, who ABC News says are of 'heightened concern,' after they overstayed their visas and has been unable to reestablish contact. While only 6,000 of the expired visa holders are considered subjects of interest, DHS says it has lost track of a total of 58,000 foreigners who entered the U.S. on student visas but appear not to have left.
ISIS acting as an “Agent Provocateur” to forward US/NATO interests in destabalising the whole of the Middle East
“There is no doubt that Islamic State is an utterly reactionary sectarian force. But it is a force that came out of U.S. Policy and the destruction of the whole region. ISIS or Islamic State, is a direct result of U.S. Policy of fomenting religious, ethnic national differences, in Iraq, in Syria, as policy for the war in Iraq and for overthrowing the government in Syria. Again and again they have used absolutely reactionary groupings in these policies.” (Source: WUFYS)
Finian Cunningham ■ Saudi scare story for Western intervention
Mike Whitney ■ “There is no innocent explanation for the sudden disappearance of MH17 from the media and political spotlight. The plane’s black box has been held in Britain for examination for weeks, and US and Russian spy satellites and military radar were intensively scanning east Ukraine at the time of the crash. The claim that Washington does not have detailed knowledge of the circumstances of the crash and the various forces involved is not credible.”
Islamic State militants killed up to 770 captured Iraqi soldiers after they captured a former US military base in Tikrit back in June, a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. ● Three new mass execution sites have been discovered at the Camp Speicher air base near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, the international human rights group HRW stated in its report, bringing the total number of sites to five. According to HRW, the massacres were carried out by militants of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS or ISIL) following the siege of the city, located about 190 kilometers north of Baghdad. The report states that the hardline Islamist group killed anywhere between 560 and 770 men during the slaughter, most of them believed to be Iraqi security forces serving at the former US base.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says ISIL Takfiri terrorists have massacred hundreds of captured Iraqi troops when the militants overran a military base in the north of Baghdad. ● The New York-based group said on Wednesday that the mass killing of 770 soldiers took place at Camp Speicher near the city of Tikrit back in June. The leading international watchdog also says the number of slain Iraqi troops was several times higher than what was initially reported. The HRW also says the new number is based on analysis of new satellite imagery, videos and a survivor’s account. On June 10, the terrorists took hundreds of prisoners from a Mosul prison. They ordered the prisoners to get on their knees and then opened fire, killing up to 670 people on the spot.
In a recent op-ed, a former CIA official suggested the "removal" of Russian President Vladimir Putin, by assassination if necessary, should be the primary objective of the Obama administration in its strategy for Ukraine. Herbert E. Meyer, who served as a Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence under the Reagan administration, said the goal of U.S. sanctions against Russia “should be to get the Russians who’ve been keeping Putin in power, or tolerating Putin in power, to throw that knockout punch.”
Justin Raimondo ■ You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but what if the dog can pass off an old hoax as a new one? And that’s why I’m here: to remind you. Speaking of America’s Good Jihadists, a.k.a. the Syrian Free Army, I was struck by this nugget from an account of the killing of Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American fighting for ISIS in Syria, in the New York Times: "
The rebels who killed him were fighting for the Free Syrian Army, a rival group backed by the United States, and they went on to behead six ISIS fighters – but not Mr. McCain – and then posted the photographs on Facebook." Yes, these are the "moderate" Syrian rebels, backed by your tax dollars and the prestige of the United States government. Oh, but don’t worry, kids: they’re our barbarians – so beheading is okay, even praiseworthy, since they’re doing it on behalf of spreading "freedom" and "democracy." ■ And speaking of hoaxes, here’s a biggie: they’re telling us that the long-awaited Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine has finally arrived! Yay! You can almost hear the sigh of relief all the way from Washington. The War Party’s journalistic camarilla – which has been telling us for the past six months or so that Putin’s move was "imminent" – yelped "we told you so!" in unison. Neocon hysteric Anne Applebaum screeched that this proved that we have to prepare for "total war" with nuclear-armed Russia – which, she claims, is planning to "use nuclear weapons to bomb Poland and the Baltic countries." There’s just one problem with this alleged "invasion" – there’s zero evidence for it.
Pete Papaherakles ■ Is ‘IS’ a CIA-Mossad Creation? || IS is intended to be a provocative agent, which gives the West the justification to enter countries that are considered a threat to Israel in order to destroy them. This would then give Israel the opening it needs to take over a large swath of the Middle East and establish the Zionist dream of “Greater Israel” from the Nile to the Euphrates.
Ben Reynolds ■ Iran Didn’t Create ISIS; We Did
Former CIA contractor Steven Kelley says that the ISIL terrorist group is a completely fabricated enemy created and funded by the United States. ● “This is a completely fabricated enemy,” he said in a phone interview with Press TV from Anaheim, California on Thursday.
“The funding is completely from the United States and its allies and for people to think that this enemy is something that needs to be attacked in Syria or Iraq is a farce because obviously this is something that we create it, we control and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy.” He made the remarks as US President Barack Obama is under pressure to seek congressional approval before expanding Washington’s military air campaign against ISIL targets from Iraq into neighboring Syria. “
If you want to get to the root of the problem and remove this organization, the first thing they need to do is to remove the funding and take care of entities responsible for the creation of this group,” Kelley said. “
I believe that this ISIS group would probably go away, would be easily defeated by the armies of [Syrian President]
Bashar Assad,” he said.
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