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US Strikes Iraq’s Sunni Arab Heartland For The First Time

The United States launched its first air strikes in Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland, bombing jihadists near a key dam on the Euphrates River, the US military said on Sunday. “At the request of the government of Iraq, US military forces attacked ISIL (Islamic State) terrorists near Haditha in Anbar province in support of Iraqi security [...]

Pope Francis has approved the use of force in Iraq as a means to end Islamic militants from persecuting religious minorities. In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression I can only say that it is legitimate to stop the unjust aggressor. I underscore the verb ‘to stop’. I am not saying ‘bomb’ or [...]

President Obama has notified Congress about air strikes in Iraq as required by the War Powers Resolution. The strikes are to help the Iraqi government retake the Mosul Dam. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the mission is consistent with Obama’s directive that military protect U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq. The failure of [...]

The Guardian is reporting that US Marines and Special Forces have landed on Iraq’s Mt Sinjar to evacuate trapped Yazidis. More than 100 US marines and special forces landed on Mount Sinjar in Iraq on Wednesday to organise an escape route for 30,000 Yazidi civilians threatened by Islamic extremists and worn down by hunger and [...]

Now we are being told U.S. ground troops could be used to help refugees in Northern Iraq. Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, told reporters on Martha’s Vineyard that President Obama would probably receive recommendations in the next several days about how to mount a rescue operation to help the refugees, who are [...]

Eric Garris of antiwar.com appeared on radio with me Tuesday night to argue, persuasively, that we shouldn’t be sending bombs, troops or anything else to Iraq, or anywhere else. Confronted with ethnic cleansing, Garris opines, we have never been able to fix it. We’ve never gone into a country where there hasn’t been mission creep, [...]

If the leader of any other country had been in charge with the king of chaos we are now seeing in Iraq, they would have been gone a long time ago. Nouri al-Maliki has been forced out, but so far says he has the right to continue as Prime Minister. Maliki had appeared to be [...]

It was during a series of meetings Wednesday and Thursday, as he realized that humanitarian aid wasn’t enough, reports Carrie Budoff Brown at Politico. The president received detailed assessments of the threat that Islamist militants posed to American interests and the consequences of not aiding the Yazidis, a religious and ethnic minority, who were trapped [...]

The Pentagon released this video of military aid being dropped on Northern Iraq, mostly food and water. (h/t Buzzfeed Politics) Now read this:Koran-Burning Pastor Wears ‘Nuke ISIS’ Shirt To Court (Oct 9, 2014) Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter Falsely Claims ‘At Least’ 10 ISIS Fighters Apprehended On Texas Border (Oct 9, 2014) Michele Bachmann Blames Obama [...]

From the people who brought us the first Iraq war come dire warnings about how much jeopardy America will be in if we don’t start another one. “Are you saying we should go back to war in Iraq?” Wallace wondered. “I’m saying that Iraq and Syria combined represent a direct threat to our homeland,” he [...]

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