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US Beats War Drums Over Downed MH17 Plane
Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014

French President Announces New Operation in Africa
France's president announced the redeployment of 3,000 French troops in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa as part of an operation to help fight terrorism in the region.

It Was Putin's Missile!
Why? Because the CIA said so.

US Beats War Drums Over Downed MH17 Plane, But Evidence Sketchy
Malaysia Airlines Story Continues to Change

Ukraine, rebels agree on security zone at crash site

Rebels to give MH17 black boxes to aviation group

Malaysia says believes Russia trying best to ensure safe route to crash site

Russia says agrees with U.S. to use their influence to stop Ukraine hostilities

Gaza shelling by Israel leads to deadliest day of conflict
Gaza has suffered the highest death toll since Israel's offensive began, with at least 87 people reported killed on Sunday - 67 of them in one area.

435 Palestinians, 18 Israelis Killed in Escalating Gaza War
80% of Palestinian Dead Are Civilians; 16 of 18 Israelis Are Soldiers

Death toll in Gaza reaches 337 on second day of ground invasion

1 in 5 of Gaza dead are children

Dozens of Civilians Killed in Fresh Attacks on Gaza

64 Public Figures, 7 Nobel Laureates, Call for Arms Embargo on Israel
Tutu, Chomsky, Waters, Pappe, others accuse country of 'war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.'

Medical charity official likens job to 'patching up torture victims in an open-air prison'

Harper's one-sided approach to Gaza is a betrayal of Canadian values
Certain minimal standards are expected of a national leader in what is known as the "civilized world." One of those standards would seem to be that, when massive numbers of defenceless civilians are being killed, a national leader should call for the killing to stop.

ISIS Sieges East Syria Airport, Aims to Control Main Oil Province
Military Airport Is Last Deir Ezzor Target Outside Their Control

Islamic State overwhelms Iraqi forces at Tikrit in major defeat

Israeli Ground Forces Invade Gaza
Nearly thirty additional Palestinian deaths confirmed overnight, including three children and a baby, as attack escalates

Israel ready to widen Gaza ground offensive - PM
Israel is prepared to "significantly widen" its ground offensive against militants in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

Israeli Crowd Cheers As Missile Hits Gaza Live On CNN
“I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around who are cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes.”

Investigation Demanded for Plane Shot Down over Ukraine
298 people were killed on Thursday when a Malaysia Airlines passenger was shot down over eastern Ukraine

Obama Points to Pro-Russia Separatists in Downing of Malaysia Airlines Plane

Putin Poised to Retaliate Against Obama by Trashing Iran Deal
Now that the U.S.-Russia relationship has broken down, Moscow could throw a wrench into the teetering nuclear negotiations with Iran.

Did MH17 pilot divert INTO the danger zone? Aviation expert claims captain made last-minute change of course over Ukraine because he 'felt uncomfortable'

Around 100 Attendees Heading To Australia AIDS Conference Among Victims Of Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight
About 100 of the passengers on the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over the Ukraine on Thursday were reportedly AIDS scientists and researchers heading to Australia for a conference.

Dutch Sadness Turns Into Anger Amid Missile Blame Game

Malaysia Airlines Offers Passenger Refunds
Malaysia Airlines is to refund fares for passengers no longer wishing to travel on the carrier, Sky News has confirmed.

Four Cases of Life-Threatening Plague Found in Colorado
Three more plague cases were found in Colorado, a week after the first infection of the deadliest form of the disease was reported in the state in a decade.

Chinese leader woos Latin America with deals
China's president pressed a charm offensive with Latin America on Thursday, signing deals with Brazil, meeting regional leaders and proposing a $20 billion infrastructure fund that highlights Beijing's growing interests in the region.

Washington state gives the green light to marijuana brownies – but not lollipop pot
Newly legal pot shops in Washington state are allowed to sell a variety of infused baked goods, but nothing that may appeal to children like sweets and lollipops

Japan eyes buying Ospreys as US looks to expand fleet to mainland
Japan's defense ministry wants funding to purchase Osprey aircraft starting next year, with the addition of more than a dozen tilt-rotor aircraft over the next few years, despite homegrown protests and concerns regarding the aircraft's safety.

Flight MH17 Down Over Ukraine
Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014

Israel starts Gaza ground offensive
Netanyahu's office says purpose of mission is to destroy terror tunnels and seriously harm the infrastructure of Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza.

Israeli Army: Gaza Invasion Doesn't Mean to Oust Hamas
Cabinet Eager to Escalate, But Goals Are Unclear

Israeli Crowd Cheers As Missile Hits Gaza Live On CNN
"I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around who are cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes."

Israeli tanks shelling Gaza rehab hospital: director

NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children

10 dead, including 7 children, in Israeli attacks on Gaza

Border Children: 'They Don't Speak English, but They Understand Hate'

"They Have To Die": Israeli Politician Calls For Killing of Palestinian Mothers

In Gaza, three children killed playing on roof

Through Lens, 4 Boys Dead by Gaza Shore

Israel Terrorizes Palestinians in Gaza

We single Israel out because we in the west are shamefully complicit in its crimes
The assault on Gaza has been a humanitarian disaster, yet the west's staunch support for Israel continues.

Teen beaten by Israeli police returns home to Tampa
Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15-year-old Palestinian-American student at Universal Academy of Florida high school, arrived at Tampa International Airport around 10:30 p.m., and spoke to the media shortly after.

Malaysia airliner 'shot down' over Ukraine
Malaysian Airlines plane carrying 298 passengers and crew crashes in eastern Ukraine, in apparent missile strike.

Flight MH17 Down Over Ukraine
Flying over warzone Ukraine, the probable & convenient happens.

U.S. official: Missile shot down Malaysia Airlines plane

Putin Blames Ukraine For Downing Of Passenger Plane In Pro-Russian Rebel Territory

Russia: US sanctions revenge for Ukrainian failure, Moscow may retaliate

Reports that Putin flew similar route as MH17, presidential airport says 'hasn't overflown Ukraine for long time'

Kiev deployed powerful anti-air systems to E. Ukraine ahead of the Malaysian plane crash

When the U.S. welched on Shevardnadze
The Ukraine crisis owes its roots to a deal America made and broke with the recently deceased Soviet foreign minister

More Ukrainian soldiers killed as fighting rages in east, peace move flops

Russia's Putin Says U.S. Sanctions Are Leading to 'Dead End'

Putin denies Russia to reopen Soviet-era spy post in Cuba

Syria conflict: Western countries sending millions of pounds in aid to Isis-controlled regions
Food aid and medicines sent by governments, NGOs and the UN are arriving in towns such as Raqqa, Manbij and Jarablus, which have witnessed beheadings and crucifixions since the terrorist group took over early this year

Hezbollah, al-Qaeda Fight Along Syria-Lebanon Border
Five Days of Fighting Reported at Restive Border

Over 100 Killed in Iraq As Peshmerga Clash with Militants

Swedish court to rule on lifting Julian Assange arrest warrant
WikiLeaks founder has spent two years in Ecuadorian embassy in London to avoid extradition over allegations of rape

Toll in Israel strikes on Gaza hits 186, topping 2012
Posted: Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Behind 'Smokescreen' of Charity, Global Financial Elite Pillage African Nations $60bn Each Year
"Notions of aid and charity are in reality aiding politicians and multinational corporations to continue plundering Africa behind a shroud of 'generosity'."

Scores killed as Boko Haram invades Borno villages

As Ebola stalks West Africa, medics fight mistrust, hostility

Toll in Israel strikes on Gaza hits 186, topping 2012
The death toll from Israel´s seven-day air campaign against Gaza rose to 186 on Monday, exceeding that of the last conflict in the besieged Palestinian territory, in 2012.

Israel Is Captive to Its 'Destructive Process'
Raul Hilberg in his monumental work "The Destruction of the European Jews" chronicled a process of repression that at first was "relatively mild" but led, step by step, to the Holocaust. It started with legal discrimination and ended with mass murder. "The destructive process was a development that was begun with caution and ended without restraint," Hilberg wrote.

Turkey PM accuses Israel of 'state terrorism' over Gaza

Tormenting Gaza
Disappointing global response to Israeli aggression calls for more grassroots efforts to help Palestinian struggle.

Israel Claims New "Legitimacy" as Attack on Gaza Resumes
As predicted, what was seen as a "cease-fire ploy" by many results in new justifications for vicious assault on civilian population

Terror in Gaza: 57 Seconds After 'Warning,' Israel Destroys Home

Four out of every five Palestinians killed in Gaza have been civilians, UN reports
The statistic was disclosed by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) amid mounting international concern over non-combatant casualties during an operation Israeli officials have said is aimed solely at rooting out militants and stopping rockets being fired into Israel.

Israeli Security Cabinet to Meet Tuesday on Gaza Ceasefire
Hamas, Netanyahu Both Open to Egyptian Plan

Russia Increases Troop Numbers on Border With Ukraine

Russia Considering 'Surgical Strike' on Ukraine - Report
Moscow is considering "surgical retaliatory strikes" on the Ukrainian territory after the standoff has led to first civilian victims among Russians on Russia's territory, a Kremlin source told Kommersant Monday.

Egyptian cease-fire plan for Israel-Hamas conflict quickly unravels
Hamas faced a choice between a cease-fire that met almost none of its conditions or rejection that gave Israel diplomatic cover for further escalation.

Iraq: How Saudi Arabia Helped Isis Take Over the North of the Country
A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany

UK policy of supporting Syrian rebels against Bashar al-Assad 'stupid'
Syrian minister claims Britain should apologise for backing rebel groups, and instead work with Assad against terrorism

Islamic State expels rivals from Syria's Deir al-Zor - activists

The Ex-CIA Asset Trying to Conquer Libya
Gen. Hiftar was betrayed by Gaddafi, was approached by the CIA, moved to the USA, and now says he'll purge Libya of jihadists. Really?

'It defies belief': Snowden condemns UK’s new surveillance bill
NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has denounced the UK’s emergency surveillance bill, criticizing the distinct lack of public debate it encompassed and its heightened powers of intrusion.

The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control
At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney – that's a 'totalitarian mentality'

The Senate is giving more power to the NSA, in secret. Everyone should fight it
Politicians are still trying to hand over your data behind closed doors, under the guise of 'cybersecurity' reform. Have we learned nothing?

Over a dozen CIA-recruited spies work in German ministries
US secret services have recruited more than a dozen officials in various German government ministries to work as spies, with some of them working for the CIA for many years, a German tabloid reported on Sunday.

Merkel doubts whether US will stop spying on Germany
Amid a continuing scandal over the arrests of two German government workers for allegedly spying for the US, the country's chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Saturday she was doubtful the US would ever stop spying on Germany.

German probe turns to typewriters to avoid NSA
Germany's parliamentary committee investigating the National Security Agency is mulling using manual typewriters to make sure American agents don't snoop on its work.

Germany Prepares Further Spying Clampdown
The latest revelations of US spying on Germany have unleashed unprecedented levels of distrust in Berlin. The government has already expelled the CIA's chief here and may soon be planning additional measures as it seeks answers from Washington

America's Biggest Arms Sale Of 2014 Is To A Country With Fewer Than 300,000 Citizens
Qatar is purchasing $11 billion in Patriot missile batteries and Apache attack helicopters from the United States, according to AFP. It's the largest single sale of U.S. weaponry in 2014, and it's to a country with only 278,000 citizens (and about 1.5 million expatriates).

US Foreign Policy: War for Money
Why does everyone care so much about the Middle East? The answer is obvious: it's all about the oil. Do you really think the United States would give a damn about Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, or Libya if they didn't control so much of the world's master resource? Not a chance. Seen in this light it's easy to dismiss the propaganda about American intervention in the region.

U.S. wastes billions on bad foreign policy
Along with Uncle Sam exercising his divine right to invade the other guy's turf, we've also backed, with arms, troops, and money, corrupt foreign governments and countries fractured by ethnic and religious violence.

An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country?
For America's national security state, this is the age of impunity. Nothing it does -- torture, kidnapping, assassination, illegal surveillance, you name it -- will ever be brought to court. For none of its beyond-the-boundaries acts will anyone be held accountable.

Carlos Slim's empire broken up but oligarchs still control Mexico

The Head Of 'The Central Bank Of The World' Warns That Another Great Financial Crisis May Be Coming

Israeli official: No cease-fire efforts in Gaza
Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Israeli official: No cease-fire efforts in Gaza

Bloody Aftermath of Israeli Airstrikes, Khan Younis, Gaza

Israel Strikes Gaza by Air and Sea to Halt Rocket Attacks

Hamas rockets land deep in Israel as it bombards Gaza Strip

Israelis have the upper hand when it comes to vengeance

The Israeli-Palestinian revenge cycle, take two
Hatred, anger, and desires for revenge are being driven ever higher by the dynamic of unequal violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Gaza hospitals struggle to treat injured in latest Israeli airstrikes
As Israeli assaults kill dozens of Palestinians, doctors say they don't have what they need to help treat the wounded

Jewish Hate of Arabs Proves: Israel Must Undergo Cultural Revolution

Iraq VP to U.S.: Stay Out of Our Civil War
The world may be focused on the terrorist group ISIS, but inside Iraq the group is only one part of a larger revolt that has been years in the making.

Clashes between army, supporters of fringe cleric imperil stability in Iraq's Shiite south

Islamic State rounds up ex-Baathists to eliminate potential rivals in Iraq's Mosul

Iraq parliament to meet in July, reversing earlier decision
Iraq's parliament will meet next week to work on forming a new government, reversing an earlier decision to adjourn until August despite a sweeping offensive by militants.

Mortar bombs land in Saudi Arabia near Iraq border

Ukraine takes aggressive stance toward separatists

Ukraine Threatens Rebels With 'Nasty Surprise' in New Push

EU's united front on Russia falling amid gas needs

National Endowment for Empire
Democracy Promotion Means Regime Change

1,000 Syrian rebels defect to Islamic State, activists say
A Syrian rebel brigade defected to the Islamic State this week, a sign that the extremist group continues to build strength after seizing vast territories in western Iraq and eastern Syria, anti-government activists said Tuesday.

Senate committee adopts cybersecurity bill opposed by NSA critics
Intelligence committee approves major bill that civil libertarians say would give NSA even wider access to Americans' data

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On
The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies.

Why latest US spying allegations in Germany could force Merkel to act

US 'kidnaps' Russian MP's son to 'exchange him for Snowden'

Bahrain Moves to Expel 'unwelcome' US Official for Meeting Shia Opposition Group
Tom Malinowski met with leaders of the al-Wifaq party, who claim the order shows that those opposed to reform and reconciliation within the ruling al-Khalifa family are prevailing

Obama sends up to 200 more troops to Iraq
Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Obama Orders More Troops, Gunships, and Drones to Iraq
Additional soldiers and aerial weaponry on their way to war-torn nation

Obama sends up to 200 more troops to Iraq
President Obama told Congress on Monday that he is deploying about 200 more troops to Iraq to bolster security at the U.S. Embassy and airport in Baghdad.

Tell the Imperial President: No More Wars!

5,456 Killed Across Iraq in June
Death Tolls Soaring as Iraq Falls Apart

Nearly 2,000 Killed As US Bolsters Iraq Forces
The death toll in Iraq reaches its highest monthly figure since May 2007 as goverment forces fight back in Tikrit.

'US Fighting Alongside ISIS':
Direct American Role in Strengthening Jihadists?

What does "restoration of the caliphate" really mean?

Mosul maelstrom: ISIS and the turning point of American adventurism in Middle East

Maliki's political opponents maneuver to unseat him, ISIS seeks allegiance from all Muslims

How 2 shadowy ISIS commanders designed their Iraq campaign

Iraqi officials: Mortars hit near Samarra shrine, wounding several

Little Backing for Maliki as Rivals Angle for Iraqi PM Slot
US Occupation Architect Ahmed Chalabi Among Front-Runners

Iran wrestles with tough choices in Iraq

Turkey rejects Kurdish independence, wants Iraq unity government, officials say

Ukraine: The International War-Criminal Is Obama, Not Putin

Ukraine president declares ceasefire over and vows to attack rebels
Pro-Russian separatists did not take chance to disarm and continually violated ceasefire, says Petro Poroshenko

Appeals Court Rules Victims of Torture at Abu Ghraib May Sue Private Military Contractor CACI

Beware the Dangers of Congress' Latest Cybersecurity Bill

California law removes ban on alternative currencies
The law paves the way for legal use of community currencies, bitcoin and other U.S. dollar alternatives

All but four nations are subject to NSA surveillance – new Snowden leak
Previously undisclosed files leaked to the media by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden now show that the United States National Security Agency has been authorized to spy on persons in all but four countries.

The NSA Revelations All in One Chart
This is a plot of the NSA programs revealed in the past year according to whether they are bulk or targeted, and whether the targets of surveillance are foreign or domestic. Most of the programs fall squarely into the agency's stated mission of foreign surveillance, but some – particularly those that are both domestic and broad-sweeping – are more controversial.

412 militants, 17 soldiers killed in Pakistan operation

U.S. Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches
Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court bans warrantless cell phone searches
Major ruling updates privacy laws for 21st century

At least 21 killed in rush-hour blast in Nigerian capital

John Kerry on Iraq: No decision on "American force in a vacuum"

Maliki rejects Iraqi rivals' demands as battle rages at former U.S. air base
Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday rejected demands from rival politicians for an emergency national unity government, as al-Qaeda-inspired insurgents gained more ground, assaulting a former U.S. air base and pushing toward one of the country's largest dams.

Syrian warplanes reportedly strike in Iraq, killing 57 civilians

ISIS: Iraq today and possibly Jordan tomorrow
Don't be fooled by its name: The terror group "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" plans to attack well beyond the borders of those two countries. After snatching an Iraq-Jordan checkpoint, Amman is on high alert.

Islamist fighters reportedly attempting to encircle Baghdad

Over 4,000 Killed Across Iraq So Far in June

Iraqi Insurgents Secure Control of Border Posts

Not Worth It: Huge Majority Regret Iraq War, Exclusive Poll Shows

Kurds Winning the Battle for Self-rule as Country Disintegrates
In Baghdad, John Kerry's calls for unity are falling on deaf ears

Finally: Iraq Crisis Brings Swift Rebuke of Iraq Architects

William R. Polk on American Grand Strategy for Iraq, Syria, and the Region
"We win each battle, but the battles keep happening. And to our chagrin, we don't seem to be winning the wars. By almost any criterion, we are less 'victorious' today than half a century ago."

'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback
U.S lawmakers encouraged officials in Riyadh to arm Syrian rebels. Now that strategy may have created a monster in the Middle East.

Baghdad surrounded: ‘Nightmare scenario' unfolds as ISIL takes supply routes

Russell Brand: Fox News Is ‘More Dangerous Than ISIS'

Federal Judge: Unchallengeable No-Fly List Unconstitutional
Orders Govt to Allow People to Submit Evidence of Their Innocence
In a 65-page ruling issued today US District Judge Anna Brown declare the current US “no-fly list” unconstitutional because it does not allow people on the list to challenge that status.

U.S. Lawmakers unveil major changes to FOIA
Reform legislation emerges from Senate committee that would overhaul Freedom of Information Act, increase transparency

Syrian minister warns of retaliation for Israeli strikes
‘We can now consider ourselves in an open state of confrontation with the Israeli enemy,' Ali Haidar tells Israeli Arab daily

Egypt trial: Journalists protest over al-Jazeera trio
BBC journalists held a silent protest in London and around the world

Egypt's president says will not interfere in judicial rulings

Russian Lawmakers Cancel OK for Ukraine Force

Assange Lawyers File Swedish Court Appeal to End Arrest Warrant

China shows graphic footage of Xinjiang militant attacks

For a Global Brotherhood Among the Peoples
Fifty years ago, great leaders raised the flags of the anticolonial struggle and decided to join their peoples in a march along the path of sovereignty and independence.

23 Palestinian members of parliament in Israeli jails

Obama to Peres: 'Our hearts are with kidnapped boys'
On his final foreign trip, Israeli president discusses abducted teens, Iraq, Iran, and prospects for peace in the Middle East with American counterpart.

Further blasts hit Cairo as stock market falls
Six explosions hit Cairo on Wednesday as markets tumble amid uncertainty

With eye on Iran, Saudi insists Iraq solution is internal
Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014

Israeli Air Strikes Pound Multiple Syrian Army Sites
Blames Syria for Attack in Golan Heights

Bolstered by US Vehicles, ISIS Fights Rivals in Syria's Aleppo
Seized Humvees Show Up in Battles Near Turkish Border

Syrian children recruited as anti-Assad soldiers, says HRW
Armed groups routinely recruit 15-year-olds to assist with combat operations, advocacy group Human Rights Watch finds

Fighting strains Ukraine ceasefire, Putin urges dialogue

Ukraine fighting kills 300 pro-Russia militants, 7 government troops; rebels seen driving unmarked tanks

Iran rejects U.S. action in Iraq, ISIL tightens Syria border grip

With eye on Iran, Saudi insists Iraq solution is internal

Iraq radicals capture more towns as Maliki government downplays rebel successes

Iraq Crisis: US Precision Attacks Will Hurt the Jihadists But They Won't Defeat Them

Iraqi militants seize 2 more border crossings

Iraq crisis: How extreme are the fighters in Isis?

Iraqi PM's Rivals Aim to Be US-Approved Successor
Ahmed Chalabi Positioning Himself as 'Moderate' Candidate

Iraq's Maliki: I won't quit as condition of US strikes against Isis militants
As senators say Iraqi PM's sectarian leadership must end, Maliki calls upon west to give urgent air and intelligence support

Is Iran being victimized by sanctions it doesn't deserve?
Iranian officials met this week with their six-power counterparts to try to hammer out the outlines of a comprehensive nuclear deal set to last for several years. But its precise duration remains undecided.

Obama Won't Rule Out Airstrikes in Syria
Administration Says Intervention Not Restricted to Iraq

NSA Turned Germany Into Its Largest Listening Post in Europe
The National Security Agency has turned Germany into its most important base of operations in Europe, according to a story published by Der Spiegel this week.

New leaks show Germany's collusion with NSA
Several new Snowden-leaked documents show how closely Germany's intelligence agencies work with the NSA. But did the German government deliberately soften laws protecting privacy to make life easier for them?

Washington's Iraq "Victory"
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Washington's Iraq "Victory"
The citizens of the United States still do not know why their government destroyed Iraq. "National Security" will prevent them from ever knowing. "National Security" is the cloak behind which hides the crimes of the US government.

US, UK create joint team to prepare for air strikes in Iraq – report

Iraq crisis: West must take up Tehran's offer to block an Isis victory
World View: Extremists have a grip on the country as Sunni Muslims decide that the jihadists are preferable to persecution by the official Iraqi army

US Considering Talks With Iran on Iraq Security

Iraqi, Syrian governments begin joint airstrikes against ISIL
The Syrian government has begun coordinated airstrikes with the Iraqi government against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), AFP reports.

ISIS Forces Seize NW Iraq City of Tal Afar
The forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have seized yet another city in northwestern Iraq today, this time overrunning the ethnic Turkomen city of Tal Afar, just west of Mosul.

Iraq Air Strikes Drive Civilians Into Kurdish Territory

US Begins Partial Evacuation of Baghdad Embassy
Pentagon Sends More Troops to Secure Embassy Grounds

Tony Blair: west must intervene in Iraq
Ex-PM says allies should consider military options short of sending troops after denying 2003 invasion led to Isis crisis

Obama Laments the Cynicism HE Created

America to Watch Entanglement in Iraq's Bloody Saga

Shut Off Looms as Ukraine Ends Russia Gas Talks Without a Deal
Ukraine Energy Minister Insists Govt Ready for Full Shutoff

Kenya attack: gunmen kill at least 48 people
Militants struck in coastal town of Mpeketoni while cafes and bars were packed with people watching the World Cup

The Battle for Iraq Is a Saudi War on Iran
Why the ISIS invasion of Iraq is really a war between Shiites and Sunnis for control of the Middle East. Such a setback for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been the dream of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah for years. He has regarded Maliki as little more than an Iranian stooge, refusing to send an ambassador to Baghdad and instead encouraging his fellow rulers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) -- Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman -- to take a similar standoff-ish approach.

Lavrov: Iraq developments show total failure of American-British 'adventure'
The events in Iraq are a result of the actions carried out by the US and the UK, and the situation has spiraled out of control, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told journalists.

Major General says going into Iraq was a "gargantuan" mistake we will be dealing with for 50 years
A SENIOR military figure says the UK's intervention in Iraq was a "strategic error of gargantuan proportions".

'Iraq chaos is Tony Blair's legacy': Intervention by ex-PM in 2003 destabilised the country and left it open to extremism, says Home Office minister
The disaster unfolding in Iraq was branded 'Tony Blair's legacy' last night as Britain ruled out military intervention.

Lethal legacy of Iraq crime
Aside from the tens of thousands killed directly by Western troops in Operation Shock and Awe or the 2004 destruction of Fallujah, deliberate US policy aimed at dividing opposition to their military blitzkrieg sparked a sectarian war pitting Sunni against Shia which has hardly abated since.

Blaming Obama for Iraq's Chaos
As Islamic militants gain ground in Iraq, Official Washington's neocons and the mainstream media are blaming President Obama for ending the U.S. military occupation, but they ignore their own role in destabilizing Iraq with the 2003 invasion

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