Friday, September 4, 2015

Extant (John or JD?)

I keep waiting for John to be alive on Extant -- CBS' summer show starring Halle Berry.

She plays Molly.  Her husband John was killed in the first episode of season two.

I miss him.

I don't really care for JD who reminds me of too many people -- all of them wrong.

He and Molly are a couple now so I guess John really is dead.

I keep holding out hope though


Seems to me the great story arc would be to learn at the end of season two (next Wednesday) that John really was alive, that he'd staged his own death and that he was actually the unknown evil.

That would have made more sense to me than killing him off at the start of this season.

Sorry.

JD's a little too Supernatural for me (he's from that show).

I preferred John.

Maybe, in season three, they can bring on Oliver Martinez?

He was good as Pascal on Revenge (and he's with Halle Berry in real life).

I'm not really sure I want JD to stick around for season three.



This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"


Friday, September 4, 2015.  Chaos and violence continue, that's not egg on Antiwar.com's face, the Ashraf community has waited two years for answers and a response to a kidnapping, and much more.



Shock sweeps Antiwar.com as the civilian death deniers like Margaret Griffis who have repeatedly and knowingly insisted daily that this bombing killed these 'militants' or 'terrorists' now are confronted with a reality much uglier than anything they've ever seen in the mirror.


Press TV explains:

The US Department of Defense says Canadian fighter jets killed dozens of Iraqi civilians in an airstrike against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in the country earlier this year.
The Pentagon documents obtained by CBC News revealed that the warplanes killed as many as 27 civilians during a January attack against ISIL in northwest of Mosul.




Here's how civilian death deniers at Antiwar.com described it on that day:

Ahead of attempts to recapture Mosul, Kurdish forces launched an operation that reclaimed a large amount of territory. Airstrikes and fighting in that region reportedly left hundreds of militants dead, but there is, so far, no independent confirmation of any casualty figures. Assuming they are correct, however, that would leave 361 dead and 19 wounded across Iraq.

Kurdish forces killed more than 200 militants in a large operation near Mosul that allowed them to gain back a 300-square-mile area and liberate several villages. In the city, militants killed dozens of members of the Gahaish tribe and arrested dozens more. 


And here's Griffith the day before that:

Canadian troops have been directing air strikes from the ground in northern Iraq, according to Brig. Gen. Mike Rouleau, the commander of Canadian special forces. Also, it was revealed that a firefight involving the Canadian troops last week took place near the Mosul Dam. However, those soldiers were not engaged in directing the strikes at the time.



But here's Alice Ross (Guardian) on the new disclosure of civilian deaths:

The US-led coalition’s bombing of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which has been described as the “most precise ever”, faces allegations that civilians have been killed in 71 separate air raids.
A spokesman for US central command (Centcom) disclosed the claims to the Guardian. Many of the claims have been dismissed, but he said 10 incidents were the subject of fuller, formal investigations. Five investigations have been concluded, although only one has been published.
To date, the coalition acknowledges civilian deaths in a single strike: in November 2014 a US strike on Syria killed two children, a Centcom investigation published in May found. Centcom said it will only publish investigations where a “preponderance of evidence” suggests civilians have died.

Monitoring groups questioned how thorough the investigations were.


Steven Chase (Globe and Mail) adds:



An English-speaking Peshmerga soldier told the U.S. military that as many as 27 civilians died during aerial bombardment by Canadian pilots, American military documents show.
However, the Canadian military made it clear to the United States shortly after the alleged incident that it felt no obligation under the Geneva Conventions to probe what happened, the Pentagon records show. “It should be noted that Canadian Joint Operations Command [legal advisers] opinion is that, under the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) there are no obligations for the Canadian Armed Forces to conduct an investigation,” the documents say.



It seems like just yesterday -- but it was Tuesday's snapshot -- that we were noting how lying -- and it is lying -- by the press and faux press allows war to continue.

Specifically, that Antiwar.com's decision to parrot officials claims as facts -- and not even identify them as claims -- is not "antiwar" but "pro war" and continues war.

When the deaths of civilians are covered up, the truth of war is hidden and obscured.


Antiwar.com has made the decision to daily pimp the lie that bombs dropped from the air only fall on "militants" and "terrorists."   No one forced them to do that.

When Judith Miller did similar things, she and the New York Times were rightly mocked.


And Margaret Griffis and Antiwar.com sell war, peddle death, by passing claims and lies off as truth.


If war is sanitized and precise, there's no need to worry about civilian deaths, right?


While Margaret Griffis and Antiwar.com go deeper into denial about the harm their own actions have caused, they may tend to hide behind, "One incident."

Actually know.


There are said to be many incidents that the Pentagon can document.

Michael Edwards (Australia's ABC) reports:

The United States Central Command report lists alleged civilian casualties caused by coalition aircraft in Iraq and Syria between September 2014 and April of this year.
One incident details an Australian raid on a suspected IS weapons factory, that appears to have taken place on December 21 last year.
The report said 10 minutes after the last bomb was dropped, a woman and child were observed within the targeted area.
A man then arrived and took the child away on a motorbike, and the woman was seen walking to a median strip where she lay down.
The document is based on reports by coalition pilots and/or ground forces and lists dozens of other possible civilian casualty incidents.



CBC posts an exchange they had with the Canadian government:


Here are the questions posed by CBC's the fifth estate and the answers provided by the Department of National Defence on the issue of a Pentagon report that suggests a Canadian airstrike near Mosul, Iraq on Jan. 21, 2015 may have led to civilian casualties.


the fifth estate: Please provide more specifics about the information that was provided by the source of the allegation.

Department of National Defence: As this particular review was led by U.S. Central Command, for any further information, please contact U.S. Central Command Public Affairs.

the fifth estate: How was it determined through the review that all of the targets hit that day were enemy combatants?

DND: The Coalition Headquarters conducted a review of all available reliable imagery and video. The review uncovered no evidence of civilian casualties. Furthermore, it was re-confirmed that the target struck by Canada was a valid military objective from which ISIS was firing a heavy machine gun (HMG) at Iraqi Kurdish troops. The area in question is still within ISIS-held territory in Iraq.
As this particular review was led by U.S. Central Command, for any further information please contact U.S. Central Command Public Affairs. In addition, the CAF thoroughly reviews all completed Canadian airstrikes. The CAF review identified that there were no substantive grounds to believe that civilians had been killed. Furthermore, subsequent to the allegations, there was no information from the Iraqi Security Forces or government suggesting there may have been civilian casualties.




Hey, you think Margaret Griffith and Justin Raimondo, if questioned about their constantly insisting that air strikes killed "militants," would say, "As this particular review was led by US Central Commnad, for any further information please contact US Central Command Public Affairs"?

Maybe so.

And maybe it's time for people to stop being so stupid or suck-ass?

Dahr Jamail wrote a piece of crap recently that he pretended was about Iraq.

It was partisan whoring -- shame on you, Dahr.

That a middle school student could have written.

But in it, he praised the work done by Griffith.

That work that conceals civilian deaths?

That's how you're going out on Iraq, Dahr?

Disgracing and distancing from your own work as a real reporter in Iraq and not an embed?

Just to suck up?

Do us -- and yourself -- a favor Dahr, just shut up about Iraq.

Before you tarnish your reputation further, just don't cover it.

You clearly haven't kept up.  You clearly don't know current events.

And all you do is embarrass yourself.

So just stop while some of your image is still intact.


It really is something how Panhandle Media has held Corporate Media to a set of standards but feel no need to measure up to the same ethical standards.

Imagine living in a world with standards that were applied equally and fairly -- what would a media in such a world look like?


Meanwhile, has Death Whore Margaret Griffith learned a damn thing?


No.


No, not one damn thing.


She starts her writing on Thursday's violence with this:

The Canadian government is denying reports that their warplanes killed civilians during airstrikes in northern Iraq. A Peshmerga soldier reported the event, which allegedly took place in January. Meanwhile, a U.S. report lists several incidents where Australian forces may have also killed civilians.



But she then quickly insists:





Another eight were killed in Mazraa.



Was this reported?

F to the uck of no.


She's linking to National Iraqi News Agency which has the good sense -- more sense than Griffith or Antiwar.com had -- to note these are figures supplied in statements by Iraqi government ministries.


Oh, wait, it gets worse.

We've railed -- for a year now -- against Griffith and Antiwar.com parroting officials.


Use those links and realize it's far worse.

Her count of Thursday's deaths?

If that's a typical count, her work is now in shreds.


Use the links and these Thursday deaths are actually Wednesday and Tuesday.

So her daily count is not based upon the number of deaths reported a day but actually the daily count is based upon when she discovers deaths.

Meaning if, on Thursday, she discovers deaths from Tuesday, she just lumps them into her Thursday count.


What great work from Margaret and Antiwar.com -- (a) it actually promotes war and (b) the numbers aren't even correct in terms of being reported.

Justin Raimondo has written how many columns trashing disgraced reporter Judith Miller?

At what point does he turn that critical focus onto his own outlet?


He doesn't like the Ashraf community, finds them 'creepy' so he used his outlet's power to ridicule them.

Because that's 'journalism,' right?


Deciding a group of persecuted people are 'icky' so refusing to treat them fairly?

That's 'journalism,' right?


Background:  As of September 2013, Camp Ashraf in Iraq is empty.  All remaining members of the community have been moved to Camp Hurriya (also known as Camp Liberty).  Camp Ashraf housed a group of Iranian dissidents who were  welcomed to Iraq by Saddam Hussein in 1986 and he gave them Camp Ashraf and six other parcels that they could utilize. In 2003, the US invaded Iraq.The US government had the US military lead negotiations with the residents of Camp Ashraf. The US government wanted the residents to disarm and the US promised protections to the point that US actions turned the residents of Camp Ashraf into protected person under the Geneva Conventions. This is key and demands the US defend the Ashraf community in Iraq from attacks.  The Bully Boy Bush administration grasped that -- they were ignorant of every other law on the books but they grasped that one.  As 2008 drew to a close, the Bush administration was given assurances from the Iraqi government that they would protect the residents. Yet Nouri al-Maliki ordered the camp repeatedly attacked after Barack Obama was sworn in as US President. July 28, 2009 Nouri launched an attack (while then-US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was on the ground in Iraq). In a report released this summer entitled "Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents," Amnesty International described this assault, "Barely a month later, on 28-29 July 2009, Iraqi security forces stormed into the camp; at least nine residents were killed and many more were injured. Thirty-six residents who were detained were allegedly tortured and beaten. They were eventually released on 7 October 2009; by then they were in poor health after going on hunger strike." April 8, 2011, Nouri again ordered an assault on Camp Ashraf (then-US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was again on the ground in Iraq when the assault took place). Amnesty International described the assault this way, "Earlier this year, on 8 April, Iraqi troops took up positions within the camp using excessive, including lethal, force against residents who tried to resist them. Troops used live ammunition and by the end of the operation some 36 residents, including eight women, were dead and more than 300 others had been wounded. Following international and other protests, the Iraqi government announced that it had appointed a committee to investigate the attack and the killings; however, as on other occasions when the government has announced investigations into allegations of serious human rights violations by its forces, the authorities have yet to disclose the outcome, prompting questions whether any investigation was, in fact, carried out."  Those weren't the last attacks.  They were the last attacks while the residents were labeled as terrorists by the US State Dept.  (September 28, 2012, the designation was changed.)   In spite of this labeling, Mohammed Tawfeeq (CNN) observed that "since 2004, the United States has considered the residents of Camp Ashraf 'noncombatants' and 'protected persons' under the Geneva Conventions."  So the US has an obligation to protect the residents.  3,300 are no longer at Camp Ashraf.  They have moved to Camp Hurriyah for the most part.  A tiny number has received asylum in other countries. Approximately 100 were still at Camp Ashraf when it was attacked Sunday.   That was the second attack this year alone.   February 9th of 2013, the Ashraf residents were again attacked, this time the ones who had been relocated to Camp Hurriyah.  Trend News Agency counted 10 dead and over one hundred injured.  Prensa Latina reported, " A rain of self-propelled Katyusha missiles hit a provisional camp of Iraqi opposition Mujahedin-e Khalk, an organization Tehran calls terrorists, causing seven fatalities plus 50 wounded, according to an Iraqi official release."  They were attacked again September 1, 2013 -- two years ago.   Adam Schreck (AP) reported back then that the United Nations was able to confirm the deaths of 52 Ashraf residents.

It's anniversary time for the Ashraf community and Tweets throughout the week have been noting that:



    1. UN/US should answer Y there's not been indept. investigation of abduction of 7 Ashraf residents in past 2 years?











  • A short video of September 1st 2013 to remember the 52 fallen











  • To note the anniversary, Congress should probably recall the State Dept's Brett McGurk.




    The November 14, 2013 snapshot covered a November 13, 2013 US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing.  From that snapshot:



     Chair Ros-Lehtinen told McGurk she wanted regular updates on the T-walls and how many are being put up to protect the Ashraf community from mortar attacks. He stated that there were "about 14,000 now" ready to be assembled and put up.  But US House Rep Brad Sherman pointed out there were 17,000 T-walls up when he last visited Iraq, up at Camp Liberty, but now they're are less than 200.  Clearly, T-walls were taken down (by the orders of Nouri al-Maliki although McGurk insists it was because of the desires of the Ashraf community).  US House Rep Dana Rohrabacher had one of his constituents stand.  The man lost family in the September 1st attack. He was one of the Ashraf community supporters who regularly attend hearings wearing yellow (they also turned out in full force to protest Nouri's visit to DC).  US House Rep Ted Poe noted them in his remarks to McGurk,  "These people that are here, working people, Americans, and they are concerned about people that they love in Iraq.  And they constantly are losing friends and family members to attacks."  These attacks have lasting effects and the State Dept has done very little.

    US House Rep Joseph Wilson:  . . . but a real tragedy has been the murders at Camp Ashraf.  Since December 2008, when our government turned over the protections of the  camp to the Iraqi government, Prime Minister Maliki has repeatedly assured the world that he would treat the residents humanely and also that he would protect them from harm.  Yet it has not kept the promise promise as 111 people have been killed  in cold blood and more than a thousand wounded in five attacks including the September 1st massacre, what is the United States doing to prevent further attacks and greater loss of life in terms of ensuring the safety and security of the residents

    Brett McGurk:  Congressman, first let me say thank you for your-your service and your family's service.  Speaking for myself and my team who've spent many years in Iraq and have known many friends we've lost in Iraq, it's something we think about every day and it inspires our work and our dedication to do everything possible to succeed under very difficult circumstances.  Regarding Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty, the only place for the MEK and the residents of Camp Liberty to be safe is outside of Iraq.  Camp Liberty is a former US military base  We lost Americans, right nearby  there, as late as the summer of 2010.  We lost a number of Americans to rocket fire and indirect fire attacks and our embassy compounds were the most secure facilities  in the country as late as the summer of 2010, that was when we had about 60,000 troops in the country in the country doing everything that they possibly could do to hunt down the rocket teams that we knew were targeting us.  Uh, there are cells in Iraq  -- we believe directed and inspired from Iran -- which are targeting the MEK, there's no question about that.  And the only place for the MEK to be safe is outside of Iraq.  That is why the State Dept and the Secretary have appointed a colleague of mine, Jonathan Winer, to work this issue full time. to find a place for them to go. Right now, there's about 2900 residents at Camp Liberty and Albania's taken in about 210, Germany's agreed to take in 100 and that's it.  We need to find a place for these - these people to go.  It is an urgent and humanitarian issue, an international humanitarian crisis.  And I went to the camp to meet with the survivors, to speak with the families, and what they told me and I promised them to do everything I possibly could to get them to safety.  Uh, it is incumbent upon the Iraqi government to do everything it possibly can to to keep them safe -- and that means the T-walls and the sandbags and everything else.  Uh, but the only place for the residents to be safe is outside Iraq.  Since the tragic attacks at Camp Liberty on September 1st 1300 Iraqis were killed, 52 people were massacred at Camp Ashraf.  This was a tragic, horrifying act.  But since then, 1300 Iraqis in the country have been killed.  The country is incredibly dangerous and the MEK, to be safe, have to leave Iraq and we want to find a place for them to go.  

    US House Rep Joseph Wilson:  Well I appreciate your commitment to that.  After the September 1st massacre, the State Dept called for an independent investigation by the United Nations.  74 days on, nothing's been done, let alone an independent investigation.  Could you tell this Committee whether any independent probe has been carried out or not?  If so, by whom and what is the finding?  If not, why not?  Five attacks have been launched against the residents and not one person has been arrested.  What do we do to maintain promises of protection?

    Brett McGurk: Uh, Congressman, shortly after the attack, we worked with the United Nations to make sure that they got a team up to Camp Ashraf within 24 hours of the attack to document exactly what happened because there was a lot of stories about what happened.  They went there took photographs of the bodies to make sure that it was documented as to how these people were killed and there's no question about it.  We have looked very closely at all of our information I know that I've-I've had the opportunity to brief some members of the Subcommittee in a classified setting which I'd be pleased to do again to update you on the information that we have.  We did call for an independent investigation and for the UN to be involved in this process.  The UN was also involved in making sure that the survivors got out of Camp Ashraf and out of harms way to get to get to Camp Liberty.  But, again, Congressman, I would welcome the opportunity to brief you and discuss with you in a classified setting everything we know that happened on September 1st.

    Here's a question.  Why did it take the September 1st attack for the State Dept to hired someone to work on the issue?  In fairness to Secretary of State John Kerry, maybe the question should be why, in four years, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't hired anyone?  Or how about why did she fight a federal court for years before taking the MEK off the terrorist list?


    And that person hired?  John Kerry's personal friend but no one in the press elected to report that, did they?  He did nothing.  And he no longer has the job.  Must be nice, when you need an extra pay check and something to brush up your resume, to have John Kerry pay you -- well to have the US tax payer pay you -- to do nothing.


    Kerry should be hauled before Congress and asked to explain exactly what his friend did while on the US government payroll?


    The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley  updated:





















  • Thursday, September 3, 2015

    From the doctors . . .

    To continue the last post, just got back from the doctor's, peditrician.

    It was the baby's turn.

    So no work today.  If I was smart, I would have scheduled that for Friday and be able to have  a really, really long weekend.

    So a few of you e-mailed with one of you (Daphne) really scaring me suggested I might have sulfur poisoning.  Most just said it sounded like the heat had wiped me out.

    And my doctor said?


    "Hmmm.  That's interesting."

    And offered to schedule tests.

    No, that's okay.


    Thank you.

    Thank you, very much.

    Now the baby?

    Clean bill of health.

    :D

    That's enough to make me really, really happy.


    This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"



    Wednesday, September 2, 2015.  Chaos and violence continue, Haider al-Abadi blames officials for crimes and calls them terrorists, Baiji is again lost, more reports of US forces on the ground in Iraq (not on bases), the White House may ignore the legal obligation to the Ashraf community but the community is not forgotten, and much more.




    AFP reports, "Gunmen kidnapped at least 18 Turkish employees of a company building a football stadium in Baghdad on Wednesday, officials said, but it was not immediately clear who was holding them."  NINA notes the kidnapping took place in the Sadr section of Baghdad. And, of course and no surprise, First Post adds of the assailants, "Masked men in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish employees of an Ankara-based construction company in Baghdad early Wednesday, bundling them into several SUVs and speeding away, Iraqi and Turkish officials said."

    But never accuse the military or the militia in Iraq -- not even when it turns out it was them.  Ignore that fact in every subsequent report and just continue to pretend there's a mad tailor in Baghdad churning out impostor  uniforms.

    Iraq Times notes a Baghdad police source states that armed militia (which one is unidentified) stole the 3 SUVs earlier that day.  All Iraq News reports Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi responded by declaring this was all a conspiracy by "corrupted officials"  while Kitabat notes he vowed to pursue the wrong doers as terrorists.

    Alsumaria reports Baghdad Operations Command issued a statement announcing they were opening an investigation into the kidnappings.


    Among today's other violence, Alsumaria notes 1 attorney and his nephew were shot dead outside Baquba,






    In Friday's snapshot, we were noting the lack of progress in the fight against the Islamic State.  It's even worse today.  It's no longer just that the year-plus campaign that's failed to retake Mosul and seen Ramadi seized.


    There's Baiji.  Strategy Page notes:

    The government also admits that the ongoing battle with ISIL near the oil refinery at Baiji (on the Tigris River between Baghdad and Mosul 200 kilometers north of Baghdad) is crucial. Security forces have been unable to keep ISIL away from the refinery. The ISIL attacks generally involve suicide car bombs and gunmen. These attacks are usually repulsed within a few hours. ISIL seems willing to suffer as many as several hundreds of casualties a week with these attacks. ISIL has been fighting here since mid-2014 and despite being defeated and pushed back many times, keeps returning with suicide bombers and mobs of suicidal gunmen. This year all these ISIL offensives have been repulsed but the security forces are so far unable to push the Islamic terrorists far enough away to restart refinery operations. The Beiji refinery can process 320,000 barrels of oil a day and that represents more than a quarter of Iraq's refining capacity. Until ISIL is cleared out of Baiji a major advance on Mosul will not be practical. 





    Haider was in DC when Baiji was threatened (the oil refinery -- not in use -- was overtaken by the Islamic State) and when the Islamic State made it's move on Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province.

    What to do, what to do, Haider apparently debated.

    Before sending the Iraqi military to Baiji to 'protect' a basically abandoned oil refinery.


    The people of Ramadi?

    He would wait and wait before sending the Iraqi military there.

    Reminder, Ramadi fell to the Islamic State and remains under IS control.


    Well, he didn't save the people but at least Haider saved that oil refinery, right?



    Uh, no.













  • Of the efforts to defeat the Islamic State, Strategy Page notes:




    Some members of the American led coalition providing air support are openly questioning the tactics and procedures being used. There are accusations from within the American intelligence community that political leaders are hiding the truth about how the restrictive ROE (Rules of Engagement) are crippling the air offensive against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. Another problem with the use of more ground control teams is the American political leadership wanting to put more of them on the ground while American military commanders believe that the risk of these U.S. troops getting killed or captured outweighs the benefits of more precise air strikes. That's because the ROE is obsessed with avoiding any civilian losses from air strikes and ISIL exploits this by regularly using human shields.
    Meanwhile the United States and Britain have very quietly brought in more special operations troops to fight ISIL in the "ISIL Homeland" of western Iraq and eastern Syria. The American and British commandos in Syria have apparently been operating together on raids, scouting missions and assisting the local Kurds and other armed anti-ISIL groups. One reason for keeping the commando presence quiet is that it is largely concerned with collecting more intelligence on ISIL. This means interviewing locals who deal with ISIL and observing ISIL operations in areas ISIL believes they are safe. The commandos want to make those areas less safe and, sooner rather than later, free of ISIL presence. Many of the locals agree with that.



    So US forces, as Al Mada had previously reported, are on the ground accompanying Iraqi forces on missions?

    It would appear so.


    Saturday's snapshot noted:

    In addition, Wael Grace (Al Mada) reported this week on what the people of Nineveh Province were seeing: US forces joining Iraqi forces in combat.
    The residents say this is not 'consulting' or 'advising' but that US forces are actually taking part in on the ground combat.



    So with Grace's report and Strategy Page, is there a reason the US press isn't noting that US forces are on the ground in Iraq -- off 'training bases' -- and taking part in military exercises?



    Before US President Barack Obama began bombing Iraq from US warplanes in August of last year, he'd already publicly declared (June 14, 2014) that the only answer to Iraq's various crises was a political solution.

    Then came August 2014 and, of course, he forgot all about that and just focused on dropping bombs.


    Look who's picking up Barack's slack.












  • As previously noted in the last months, Ammar al-Hakim is already powerful via his leadership of the Shi'ite political organization the Supreme Islamic Council of Iraq.

    He was also seen as a US ally for years.

    Then something happened in the summer of 2014 which caused a break.

    Some say Ammar did not feel the administration courted his opinion, others say he was upset that the US didn't back him to be the new prime minister (instead going with Haider al-Abadi).

    Whether it was either of those, both or some other reasons, the US and Ammar experienced a public break that, had the State Dept not wasted all their time on Iran, could have been fixed.

    Instead it festered and, for the first time in his public career, Ammar began publicly criticizing the US government.

    This has taken place over months and in public and the US State Dept has done nothing to rectify it.

    And now there are rumors that the powerful Shi'ite bloc the National Alliance is on the verge of naming Ammar its leader.  As the leader of SICI, he's already powerful.  Were he to be named head of the National Alliance, he would be arguably the most powerful political leader in Iraq.



    And the US government?

    Unable to even keep basic promises or follow the law.

    I'm referring to the Ashraf community now.

    When Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq, a number of dissident Iranians came to Iraq.  They were part of the Socialist MEK group.  They were considered criminals in Iran for their political goals and aims.

    Saddam protected them.

    When the US invaded in 2003, the US government asked them to disarm.

    They resided on Camp Ashraf -- hence their being known as the Ashraf community -- and because they disarmed, they fell under the Geneva Conventions -- they became protected people with a legal obligation on the part of the US government to ensure their protection.

    Barack has repeatedly looked the other way as the Ashraf community has been attacked.  They were forcibly moved to Camp Liberty.  They have continued to be attacked there.

    At least 7 were kidnapped by Iranian forces -- and all the State Dept's Brett McGurk could do was spin and lie when Congress asked him about it.

    There is no protection for the Ashraf community despite the fact that the US government is legally obligated to protect them.

    (This obligation is only in force while they are in Iraq.  The US could quickly relocate the remaining members to other countries and be done with the legal obligation.)


    Not everyone is as silent as the White House:







  • on September first of 2013 by 'i agents =crime against humanity





  • 2years after / keep silence on the faith of 7 abducted MMB



















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