Category Archive: ISIS

Feb 14 2015

Valentines Day and Never Ending Wars

Syria ** Iraq ** Pakistan ** Afghanistan ** Venezuela ** Ukraine ** Russia

Obama has requested an authorization for war on ISIS  in Iraq and Syria.     While Congress is gearing up to talk about it, the U.S. is already bombing there daily.  We have several hundred ‘advisors’ on the ground, who admit to …

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Jan 29 2015

Eye Catching Headlines

From Foreign Policy:   With Islamic State Routed from Kobani, Kurds Eye Mosul.

So, what’s wrong with this picture.   Apparently, ISIS has abandoned Kobani.   Certainly the Kurds would like to see Mosul liberated.   It is just over the border of Iraqi Kurdistan and is home to many Kurds, though they are not the majority population.

OK.  …

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Nov 05 2014

Kobane and The Middle East Shell Game

The news about the US in the Middle East has been focused almost exclusively on the fight in Kobane for weeks.   There has been a lot of conjecture in the papers about whether the rebels can be trained, whether they are moderate, whether they can fight, whether they exist at all separate from ISIS and …

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Oct 30 2014

The Non-Useful Atrocities

 by Eva Bartlett reprinted from Zero Anthropology 

This article  looks into the dark side of the Syrian war.  It begins with names and stories of Middle Eastern reporters killed by rebel forces, reporters like Yara Abbas, who is pictured below.   Eva,  goes on to report civilian descriptions of atrocities committed by opposition forces …

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Oct 30 2014

Serena Shim on Turkey

Serena Shim, a Lebanese American, reported for Press TV on the Syrian militants in Turkey.  . Her death, last week in a car crash in Turkey.  raised some serious questions.    Because Turkish Intelligence recently threatened to put her in prison, some believe that she was murdered, either by Turkish Intelligence or the CIA which …

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Oct 22 2014

McCain & The FSA, In Case You are Curious

John McCain’s meeting with commanders of the Free Syrian Army just over a year ago is old news.   But, it keeps coming back   There are some pretty damning photos of the meeting and those who attended floating around the internet..  I, along with many others, assumed that at least some of the photos were doctored …

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Oct 22 2014

ISIS or DAISH?

The aggressive spread of ISIS through Iraq and Syria has been a game changer in the region.   In all of the Arabic countries, ISIS is referred to as DAISH, which is short for ‘Dawlat al-Islamiyah f’al-Iraq wa al-Sham’, Arabic for the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (Syria).  What makes the Arabic acronym interesting …

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Oct 21 2014

Turkey Struggling with Shifting Plans in Syria

President Erdogan of Turkey has, under extreme US pressure, allowed Iraqi Kurds into Syria to fight with the PYD (Syrian Kurds) for the city of Kobane.   The international press has been following the desperate fight in Kobane with intense interest for the last few weeks, though most of the population has abandoned the city some …

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Oct 08 2014

Numbers Don’t Add Up for Kobane

We have been hearing about the Kurds battling ISIS for control of a town named Kobanè for more than a week. After reading that 100,000, 200,000 or more refugees had fled the area to Turkey, I looked up Kobanè online and found it to be a city of 45,000. That was a week ago, and …

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Sep 28 2014

The Futility of Asking Congress to Block the Next Gate

There are those who want to support emerging bills in Congress that would limit the administration’s ability to put ‘boots on the ground’ and give Obama an authorization for the current air war with an expiration date. I very much disagree with this strategy and believe that even promoting it is counter productive. Sometimes, instead …

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