Glenn Beck Unaware That Shi’ite Iran Is Fighting Sunni ISIS


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Glenn Beck posted a message on Facebook about the Iran deal and warned of dire consequences, including “a Holocaust, perhaps bigger than the last.”  Beck is currently on medical paid medical leave from his radio show.

Beck wrote how people “mocked him” for warning about the “rise of the caliphate,” but now he’s more convinced that the U.S. has done a deal with a nation that believes in the “end times,” writes MediaITE.

Keep in mind that Sunni ISIS and Shia Muslim Iran are mortal enemies in the Middle East.  They are not on the same side of the war.  Beck:

“For years I have warned the world against turning a blind eye to those who run Iran. They are beyond radical Islamists. They, like ISIS are psychotic Islamists.

“When I predicted the rise of the caliphate, those who had not done their homework on what was really happening in the Middle East spent their time mocking me. Once again, I warn the American people and the people of the world again. This particular strain of Islamists, like ISIS, believe they can “hasten the return of the promised one”, and usher in the literal end times.

“No one in their right mind would sign treaties with a Christian country that believed these things. Remember, it does NOT require you to believe it, just that you fully understand that THEY believe it.

“What this president has done will be remembered as something far worse than Neville Chamberlain. It will only be a matter of time before millions cry out his name in despair and contempt. A Holocaust, perhaps bigger than the last, where millions of Christians and even Muslims who are not Muslim enough will die at the hands of the Islamic State.

“Anyone who believes ‪#‎lovewins‬ must let their voice be heard. This is a nation that denies homosexuality even exists in their country and they whip or kill any that they find. This is a country that is holding Americans in prison now for political or faith crimes. This is a nation that kills those who leave Islam and stone women.

“This is a sad day for the right of conscience and the freedom and safety of not only us but the entire world. It is a tragic day for our ally Israel.

“‪#‎neveragainisnow‬. It is time for good, decent and God fearing Americans stand and be counted. This deal yet again proves that our governments are not the solution to our problems. For me, my family and my team we will serve the truth and against injustice no matter the price. We will serve The Lord.

“This must not stand but you must.”

Was Saddam Hussein’s Body Stabbed On The Day Of His Death?

Sources claim that Talal Misrab – the head guard at Saddam Hussein’s tomb who helped in the burial – stated that Hussein’s body had stab wounds after he was executed.

Wikipedia states that the (late) head of Saddam’s tribe (the Albu Nasir tribe) and governor of Salaheddin, Sheikh Hasan al-Neda, denied this claim. According to The Independent, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq’s security advisor, stated, “I oversaw the whole process from A-Z and Saddam Hussein’s body was not stabbed or mutilated, and he was not humiliated before execution.”

Saddam’s body was buried in his birthplace of Al-Awja in Tikrit, Iraq, near family members, including his two sons Uday and Qusay Hussein, on December 31st, 2006 at 04:00 local time (01:00 GMT).  His body was transported to Tikrit by a U.S. military helicopter.

“He was buried about three kilometers (two miles) from his two sons in the same cemetery,” states The Independent (Irish edition).

The Independent (Irish edition) also writes that the head guard at Hussein’s tomb – Misrab – said that the body had six stab wounds.  Much of the information on the story comes from The London Times.

Mr. Misrab said that four of the wounds were in the late President’s front and two in his back. The guard alleged that 300 other people witnessed the injuries when the body was buried in the early hours of the morning, the day after Hussein was hanged.

The Independent also confirms that Saddam’s body was handed over from Iraqi Government possession to Sheikh Ali al-Nida, to be buried.

Saddam’s eldest daughter Raghad Hussein, under asylum in Jordan, had asked that “his body be buried in Yemen temporarily until Iraq is liberated and it can be reburied in Iraq”, said a family spokesperson to one of the sources. 

The family also said his body might be buried in Ramadi, citing safety concerns, though there are no plans to do this.

The Iraqi government also denies that any mutilation took place after the dictator was hanged on December 30, 2006, for crimes against humanity.

Another tribesman said that he had been told by Sheikh Ali al-Neda (the former head of Hussein’s tribe) that the body had stab wounds.

Sheikh Hasan al-Neda, the leader of Hussein’s tribe, also dismissed the suggestion that anyone had interfered with the body.

The circumstances of Hussein’s death are not in dispute, however.  His execution caused international outrage after leaked video footage showed that he was taunted by guards who chanted Shia Muslim slogans as the noose was placed around his neck, writes The Independent.

There was another amateur video that purports to show Saddam Hussein in an autopsy room on a gurney after his death.

An autopsy photo on the internet shows a gaping wound on the outer neck of Saddam.  It can be seen below:

Saddam Hussein hanged, December 2006

The home-made video supposedly taken at Hussein’s autopsy is also on the internet and can be seen at the link below:

https://reasonablyliberal.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/saddam-autopsy-footage/

Sources:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/11/01/Guard-says-Saddam-Husseins-body-stabbed/UPI-19981225553550/

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/middle-east/saddams-body-stabbed-six-times-after-execution-26488924.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Execution_of_Saddam_Hussein

http://upstart.bizjournals.com/multimedia/slideshows/2007/09/Phone-News.html

(Updated article)

Car-Bombs In Baghdad

Baghdad attack

Is ISIS in Baghdad, Iraq? At least 10 people were killed in bombings in Baghdad on June 27th. Some sources claim 12 have died.

In the deadliest attack, five people were killed and 13 wounded in a car bombing near shops selling car parts in southeastern Baghdad. Another bomb went off at an outdoor market on Baghdad’s eastern outskirts, killing three and wounding eight. An explosion at a fruit and vegetable market in southern Baghdad killed two people and wounded three, writes Radio Free Europe.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Prime Minister – Haidar al-Abadi – announced on June 27th that security forces arrested Abdel Baqi al-Sadun, a senior official in Saddam Hussein’s former Baath Party.

Sources claim no one has as of yet claimed responsibility for the car bombings.

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/deadly-blasts-hit-baghdad-fugitive-baathist-captured-20150628-00036

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2015/0627/Baghdad-bomb-blasts-targeting-public-places-kill-12-people

http://www.rferl.org/content/at-least-10-dead-in-baghdad-blasts/27097025.html

British Teen Was Suicide Bomber In Iraq, Another British Person Killed In Kenya

Talha AsmalA British teenager is among four suicide bombers alleged to be behind an attack in Iraq on Saturday that killed at least 11 people, illustrating the front-line role foreign fighters from the West are playing in the conflict in Iraq and Syria.

Saturday, the family of 17-year-old Talha Asmal, from Yorkshire in North England, said their son was one of four men that Islamic State supporters alleged were responsible, writes the Wall Street Journal.

In separate news, a senior Kenyan official told The Wall Street Journal on Monday that Kenyan authorities believe another British man, Thomas Evans, had died while fighting for the Somali militant group al-Shabaab.

A collect picture of Thomas Evans

Authorities are waiting for forensic confirmation that Mr. Evans was among 11 militants and two Kenyan soldiers killed in an al-Shabaab raid on an army base close to the country’s northern border with Somalia, the official said.

(Updated article)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/15/dewsbury-in-utter-shock-at-over-talha-asmals-death-in-iraq-suicide-bombing

http://www.wsj.com/articles/british-teenager-among-four-suicide-bombers-in-iraq-1434382079

Donald Rumsfeld States Bush Was ‘Unrealistic’ About Democracy In Iraq


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Former Secetary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said in a recent interview with The Times of London that he disagreed with George W. Bush on one key aspect of the Iraq War.

During the Bush years, Rumsfeld had defended the administration and the decision to go into Iraq, but recently he said that he disagreed with Bush’s idea that it would be possible to bring democracy to the region.

“The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words,” Rumsfeld told the newspaper, reports Talking Points Memo.

It is unlikely that either Rumsfeld or former Vice President Richard “Dick” Cheney will be prosecuted by the Obama administration for their roles in the Iraq war, states Thom Hartmann writing for truth-out.org.

“And now 40 years after Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon, the precedent has been set that the standing president simply ignores the crimes of his predecessor,” he writes on truth-out.org.

(Updated article)

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/donald-rumsfeld-iraq-democracy

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/31294-why-we-shouldn-t-look-the-other-way-on-bush-s-iraq-war-crimes#

CNN: Why ISIS Is Winning?

CNN recently asked “Why is ISIS winning?”

Earlier, Iraqi government troops and / or Kurdish fighters defeated ISIS at the border town of Kobane, near Turkey, and took control of the Baiji oil refinery, the largest oil refinery in Iraq.  CNN was referring to the recent take-down of the Iraqi army at Ramadi.  Still, does the CNN headline comes across as biased?

Earlier this year, The Fiscal Times reported that ISIS has been “defeated in every front in Iraq in unprecedented way – from Mosul to the north to Anbar to the west and Diyala to the east…”  Iraqi government forces, Shiite militias, Sunni tribes and Kurdish forces were all victorious in battle, read the report.

In April, ISIS was beat back from the city of Tikrit.  “ISIS just suffered its worst defeat yet – losing the Iraqi city of Tikrit,” reported Vox.

In March, The Washington Post stated:  “Reports of rising tensions between foreign and local fighters, aggressive and increasingly unsuccessful attempts to recruit local citizens for the front lines, and a growing incidence of guerrilla attacks against Islamic State targets suggest the militants are struggling to sustain their carefully cultivated image as a fearsome fighting force…”

So, the question is:  Who’s right?  Is CNN being biased by stating that ISIS is winning?  Or is ISIS being defeated, as other publications have stated?

Just as important – are some news outlets more likely to claim ISIS is “winning” than other media? Does politics come into play? For example, is Fox News more likely to report that ISIS is winning because it makes the President look bad? Just a thought…

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/isis-suffers-heaviest-defeat-iraq-101500786.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/28/middleeast/isis-how-to-stop-it/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/18/iraq-beji-refinery-isis-attack_n_7092080.html

Death Toll Discrepancy With Suicide Attacks Near Fallujah

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly carried out a series of suicide / car bomb attacks on military convoys northeast and southeast of the city of Fallujah, killing at least 55 people, according to Al Jazeera.

Brigadier General Saad Maan Ibrahim, the spokesman for the Joint Military Command, told The Associated Press that 17 troops were killed in the attacks.

Three blasts on Tuesday hit Iraqi army convoys travelling in Anbar province to take part in a planned offensive aimed at retaking the provincial town of Ramadi from ISIS, Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said. He said that the attacks were a “very big blow” to the military.

ISIS has routinely used car bomb attacks to a “devastating effect” against Iraqi forces, he added.

“Car bombs have proven to be a very big problem for the Iraqi security forces,” said Khan. The tactic reportedly played a major part in the capture of Ramadi.

The bombings come as Iraqi forces prepare for a massive bid to retake Ramadi, which is the capital of the Sunni Anbar province.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/suicide-blasts-isil-iraq-fallujah-ramadi-150527080550499.html

British Adviser To U.S. General In Iraq Speaks To CNN


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Emma Sky, is a British expert on the Middle East. From 2007-2010, she served in Iraq as the political adviser to U.S. General Ray Odierno. She served as the Governorate Coordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority from 2003-2004, according to Wikipedia.

She is currently a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where she lectures on Iraq and Middle East politics.

She speaks with CNN about the future of Iraq.

Nevada College Student Tells Jeb Bush ‘Your Brother Created ISIS’

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When people say George W. Bush “created ISIS,” they do not mean that he “created” them on a secret military base somewhere and brought them together – Alex Jones conspiracy style – in order wreak havoc.  Generally, people mean that Bush “created the conditions” that allowed ISIS to happen.

In a “collapsed” dystopian post-war society with few employment opportunities and many left-over weapons, radical Islam seemed to offer a “way out” for some.

Many joined the group, and were able to gain power and influence in the chaotic situation of post-Saddam Iraq.

Recently, college student Ivy Ziedrich confronted Jeb Bush at a town hall event in Reno, Nevada, about the Iraq war, writes the British newspaper The Guardian.  Ziedrich is a 19-year-old student at the University of Nevada, according to The Guardian.

She questioned Bush amid a group of reporters about his belief that the jihadist group developed because Barack Obama had overseen the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq.

“You stated that ISIS was created because we don’t have enough presence and we’ve been pulling out of the Middle East,” Ziedrich said, shifting blame instead on to the consequences of George W Bush’s invasion of Iraq. “The threat of ISIS was created by the Iraqi coalition authority, which ousted the entire government of Iraq.

“It was when 30,000 individuals who are part of the Iraqi military – they were forced out. They had no employment, they had no income, yet they were left with access to all the same arms and weapons. Your brother created ISIS!”

(Updated article)

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Interviews Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush On Iraq


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In a recent Fox News interview with host of The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly, Jeb Bush didn’t seem to differ much from his brother on the subject of Iraq, nor did he seem worried about the trillions of dollars spent or the thousands of lives lost from the war.

The Huffington Post:

“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) would have authorized the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, putting the likely 2016 presidential contender on the same page as his brother George W. Bush, the president who actually did so.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/10/exclusive-jeb-bush-says-hillary-clinton-would-have-backed-iraq-invasion/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/10/jeb-bush-iraq-hillary-clinton_n_7251872.html