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Scuffle Between Syrian Civilians and US Soldiers Reflects Increasing Hostility to US Troops

    Scuffle Between Syrian Civilians and US Soldiers Reflects Increasing Hostility to US Troops

As resistance to U.S. troop presence in both Iraq and Syria gains steam, a rare scuffle between Syrian civilians and U.S. forces broke out on Wednesday resulting in the death of one Syrian, believed to be a civilian, and the wounding of another. A U.S. soldier was also reportedly injured in the scuffle. The event…

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US Announces Three New Bases in Iraq After Iraqis Demand Full Withdrawal

    US Announces Three New Bases in Iraq After Iraqis Demand Full Withdrawal

Less than a week after millions of Iraqis took to the streets demanding the U.S. military leave for good, the United States announced that is planning to build three new military bases in Iraq, according to military news service Breaking Defense. The three sites chosen – Erbin, Sulimania and Halabja – are all extremely close…

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Enormous Crowds at Iraq’s Million Man March Tell America to Leave for Good

    Enormous Crowds at Iraq’s Million Man March Tell America to Leave for Good

People from all over Iraq have descended upon its capital Baghdad, heeding the call from influential Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for a “million man march” calling for an end to the nearly 17 year-long U.S. occupation of the country. Images from the event show seas of peaceful crowds walking together through the city center. Sayed…

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How a Hidden Parliamentary Session Revealed Trump’s True Motives in Iraq

    How a Hidden Parliamentary Session Revealed Trump’s True Motives in Iraq

Since the U.S. killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis earlier this month, the official narrative has held that their deaths were necessary to prevent a vague, yet allegedly imminent, threat of violence towards Americans, though President Trump has since claimed whether or not Soleimani or his Iraqi allies posed…

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Iraqis to the United States: What Part of “Go Home” Don’t You Understand?

  Iraqis to the United States: What Part of “Go Home” Don’t You Understand?

Iranian forces launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against two military bases housing US troops in Iraq early hours of Wednesday morning. The al-Assad airbase in western Iraq was hit by 17 missiles, and 5 targeted at a base in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil.  No US casualties were immediately reported. Iran’s supreme…

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A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq

  A New Year and a New Trump Foreign Policy Blunder in Iraq

It’s a new year, and the U.S. has found a new enemy—an Iraqi militia called Kata’ib Hezbollah. How tragically predictable was that? So who or what is Kata’ib Hezbollah? Why are U.S. forces attacking it? And where will this lead?  Kata’ib Hezbollah is one of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) that were recruited to fight…

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The Israel Lobby’s Hidden Hand in the Theft of Iraqi and Syrian Oil

  The Israel Lobby’s Hidden Hand in the Theft of Iraqi and Syrian Oil

KIRKUK, IRAQ — “We want to bring our soldiers home. But we did leave soldiers because we’re keeping the oil,” President Trump stated on November 3, before adding, “I like oil. We’re keeping the oil.”  Though he had promised a withdrawal of U.S. troops from their illegal occupation of Syria, Trump shocked many with his…

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Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi: Washington Couldn’t Create a More Convenient Villain 

  Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi: Washington Couldn’t Create a More Convenient Villain 

With US-backed militants having already reached the full extent of their gains on the battlefield and now facing incremental but inevitable defeat – the US appeared to be out of time and out of options. Then suddenly – as if on cue – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – alleged leader of the so-called “Islamic State in…

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Is Trump’s Designation of Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as Terrorist Organization a Set-Up for War?

  Is Trump’s Designation of Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps as Terrorist Organization a Set-Up for War?

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an elite group of that country’s military, as a foreign terrorist organization early Monday, confirming a report published last Friday in the Wall Street Journal that suggested that such a move was likely to occur in a matter of days. In a statement…

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Lee Camp: We Are Being Lied Into War Again

  Lee Camp: We Are Being Lied Into War Again

I was 23 when we invaded Iraq, and I wasn’t sure it was based on lies, but something deep down in me—just behind the spleen—told me it was based on lies. Kinda like if your blind date shows up and you notice he has a 2004 flip phone. It seems vaguely worrisome, and no explanation…

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