Iraq

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The all-female al-Khansaa's brigade in Syria. Radicalized Islamic men aren't the only ones punishing non-compliant civilians in Syria. Now women zero in on other women for not following the group's strict brand of Sharia law.

The all-female al-Khansaa’s brigade in Syria.
Radicalized Islamic men aren’t the only ones punishing non-compliant civilians in Syria. Now women zero in on other women for not following the group’s strict brand of Sharia law.

Women Terrorizing Women for ISIS, Syria’s Female Jihad

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Fakestinian social media b.s.

via BBC

Graphic images are being shared on social media to show how people have been affected by the renewed tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

Over the past week the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times, often to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

A #BBCtrending investigation has found that while some accurate images are being shared, many #GazaUnderAttack images are not from the latest conflict and often not even from Gaza. Some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

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Aussies actively preventing jihadists from returning

The Aussies have got their head screwed on right.

Tony Abbott says if you go off to fight in Syria and Iraq as a jihadist then don’t expect to come back to Australia…ever.

AUSTRALIAN jihadists who are “trained killers” and who “hate our way of life” must be stopped from re-entering the country, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warns.

IN his strongest words yet about Australians fighting in Iraq and Syria, Mr Abbott said the government had “absolute determination” to prevent “returning jihadis”.

“The important thing is to ensure that as far as is humanly possible, they don’t come back into our country,” he told Macquarie Radio on Friday.

“And if they do come back into our country, (that) they are taken into detention.”

Australia can’t have “trained killers who hate our way of life, who hate us, making mischief with the potential to cause mayhem in our country”, he said.  Read more »

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Huh?

When looking at photos in an article about a mass killing in Iraq I was stunned to read the following caption.

This image appears to show militants from the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. Photo / AP

Huh? What do they mean appears to show? I do not recall ever seeing that kind of qualifier before when the press have posted what turned out to be staged propaganda photos of  supposed killings by the Israelis.

These photos were taken by the  Islamic militants and it is the Islamic militants who are proudly crowing about the massacre so why the hesitation to accept them as factual?

It would make more sense given historical incidents of staged photos and video to question the photos if they were supplied by those killed in the images rather than those who claim to have both taken the photos and massacred the unarmed soldiers.

This image appears to show militants from the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. Photo / AP

This image appears to show militants from the al-Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. Photo / AP

The Islamic militants who overran cities and towns in Iraq last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show their gunmen massacring scores of captured Iraqi soldiers, while the prime minister vowed to “liberate every inch” of captured territory.

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Cunliffe’s changing stance on Iraq

Iraq is a basket case.

The left wing lobbied for years for US withdrawal and once that happened the inevitable sectarian violence erupted. Basically though Iraq is destined to split into 3 parts. The Kurds in the north, and a Sunni, Shia split for the rest.

David Cunliffe though is hedging his bets.

Here is what he said last Friday.

He said the situation is complex and he wasn’t ruling any actions in or out.

Then On Saturday we got the inevitable David Cunliffe flip flop. He says no way to troops, no way ever.  Read more »

Mitchell Muscles up on Dodgy Dotcom

Mark Mitchell has accused Kim Dotcom  of meddling in our parliament under parliamentary privilege today.

He outlines an altercation last year where  Kim Dotcom made threats against the Prime Minister. Mark is no sook, he’s stood up to scumbags like Joseph Kony, Victor Bout, Muqtada al-Sadr, all of whom came off second best. The incident in An Nasiriyah was perhaps the most brutal:

The closest Mitchell and his men came to being killed was in 2004, during a five-day siege of the An Nasiriyah compound, home to diplomats, officials, coalition forces and security staff.

The uprising Shi’a militia, led by Muqtada al-Sadr, was putting coalition forces under pressure across the country. The Italian-controlled compound was surrounded and under sustained attack. Mitchell was charged with defending it.

“They’d hit us during the day with mortar fire, and at night mount a physical attack. My team’s responsibility was the roof. We were very exposed. It was hot, dusty. We didn’t get much sleep and we had to ration our food. I saw every human emotion over those days.”

Armed with AK47s and two 50-calibre machine guns, they kept the militia at bay until coalition forces regained control. Their efforts would later be rewarded with a commendation from the Italian government.

The compound was evacuated and within 48 hours, Mitchell was having a barbecue and talking to his neighbours in Taupo. “That was surreal. I couldn’t really talk to people about it, as it was hard to comprehend.”

Did he kill anyone? “We were fighting for our lives, and the lives of the diplomats. There were casualties on both sides.” That’s all he’ll say on the matter.

During the siege, Mitchell worked closely with British Governor Rory Stewart, who headed the compound’s diplomat contingent. Stewart has made the leap into politics, and is a Conservative MP for Penrith, England. Stewart wrote a book on his time in Iraq, and Brad Pitt’s production company has bought the rights to his story.

So who’ll play Mitchell in the movie? “I’m hoping George Clooney, rather than Danny de Vito.’

He’s certainly not afraid of an overweight sour Kraut.

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Photo Of The Day

The Associated Press: Jean-Marc Bouju / March 31, 2003.

The Associated Press: Jean-Marc Bouju / March 31, 2003

War Prisoner Holds Distraught Son

 

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A good politician

A straight forward apology and carrying the cost.

Iraq’s transport minister apologised for a row in which a Lebanese airliner en route to Baghdad was ordered to turn back mid-flight to pick up his son.

Hadi al-Ameri pledged to turn his son in if an Iraqi investigation found he had carried out any wrongdoing and insisted he would personally bear the costs of the Middle East Airlines flight having to turn around while travelling from Beirut to Baghdad.  Read more »

Friday nightCap

Oh dear, how sad, never mind. Suicide Bomb Instructor blows up his Iraqi Pupils

Promoted from the General Debate.

A suicide bomber instructor took his job literally and took out his entire class. Let me just take a moment to…oh stuff it…good job.

A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said.

The militants belonged to a group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, which is fighting the Shiite-dominated army of the Iraqi government, mostly in Anbar Province. But they are also linked to bomb attacks elsewhere and other fighting that has thrown Iraq deeper into sectarian violence.

Twenty-two ISIS members were killed, and 15 were wounded, in the explosion at the camp, which is in a farming area in the northeastern province of Samara, according to the police and army officials. Stores of other explosive devices and heavy weapons were also kept there, the officials said.

Eight militants were arrested when they tried to escape, the officials said.

The militant who was conducting the training was not identified by name, but he was described by an Iraqi Army officer as a prolific recruiter who was “able to kill the bad guys for once.”  Read more »

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