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August 19, 2014
If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden • Discussing the video purportedly showing photojournalist James Foley being killed at the hands of ISIS, reported as retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on Iraq. Though it’s not confirmed, Foley has been missing for nearly two years, reportedly kidnapped while on the ground in Syria. Our policy on the video follows perzadook's: We ain't linking to it.
20:59 // 3 days ago
January 15, 2014
14:05 // 7 months ago
January 4, 2014
While many Iraqis are responsible for this strategic disaster, the administration cannot escape its share of the blame. When President Obama withdrew all U.S. forces … over the objections of our military leaders and commanders on the ground, many of us predicted that the vacuum would be filled by America’s enemies and would emerge as a threat to U.S. national security interests. Sadly, that reality is now clearer than ever.
Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham • In a joint statement on the capture of Fallujah by al-Qaeda forces in Iraq. The duo call this situation “predictable.” Our question: Just because something is “predictable,” does that mean that we should continue to have a military presence in a country with no direct influence on our own? Where is the line here?
18:19 // 7 months ago
October 28, 2013
11:30 // 9 months ago
October 21, 2013
The only reason we went into Iraq, I tell people now, is we were looking for somebody’s ass to kick. Afghanistan was too easy.
Oh great. A former Bush aide says in Peter Baker’s new book “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.”
9:30 // 10 months ago
October 13, 2013
The truth is that there are hundreds and thousands of other Malalas. They come from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other places in the world. Many are victims of the West, but we conveniently forget about those as Western journalists and politicians fall over themselves to appease their white-middle class guilt also known as the white man’s burden.
Interesting angle from writer Assed Baig on the widespread disappointment felt when Malala wasn’t chosen for the Nobel Peace Prize this past week. 
11:59 // 10 months ago
September 22, 2013
10:00 // 11 months ago
August 26, 2013
16:47 // 12 months ago
July 23, 2013

Dual prison attacks free hundreds of captured al-Qaeda members in Iraq

  • 500+ incarcerated al-Qaeda members were freed on Monday following attacks on two Iraqi prisons, including Baghdad’s infamous Abu Ghraib facility, lead to the deaths of more than two dozen local security force members. The attacks were the apparent culmination of a year-long “Breaking the Walls” campaign which was revealed by local al-Qaeda leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last July. source
19:56 // 1 year ago
July 13, 2013

High death toll in two bombings of Sunni mosques in Baghdad

  • 21Iraqis killed by a pair of bombs detonated in the capitol of Baghdad, at Sunni places of worship. The blasts injured another 50 people. Iraq is currently stricken with fearfully high levels of sectarian violence, with 2,600 people left dead since the start of April. source
20:56 // 1 year ago