an aerial view of the Iraqi city of Mosul. © Global Look Press / Murtaja Lateef

US ‘War on Terror’ Claimed Half a Million Lives in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iraq

Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the so-called US ‘war on terror’ launched following 9/11 in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan alone, a new study says. The real death toll might be even higher, the author warns. Between 480,000 and 507,000, including civilians, local military and law enforcement forces, militants as well as …

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The US Pretends to Support the Independence of Syria and Iraq

During the International Institute for Strategic Studies 14thdialogue in the Bahraini Capital Manama, Bert McGurk, the US envoy for the global coalition to defeat the Islamic State group (ISIS), took leave of his designated function by expressing unusual solicitude for Syria when he said it is “necessary for the Iran-Backed militias to leave Syria to ensure …

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Arab League Prepares to Resume Ties with Damascus

The October 15 deadline agreed to by Turkey, Russia and Iran for Turkey to evacuate all heavy weapons and jihadist groups along a 15-20 km demilitarised demarcation line around Idlib and its rural area, including rural Latakia, has come and gone. Nevertheless, despite serious Turkish pressure on jihadists to leave Syria or move out of …

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Forming an Iraqi Government: Secret Talks and Exchange of Messages in Mesopotamia

Secret talks between the UN and Hezbollah, threats by the US establishment against Iraqi leaders and Hezbollah, exchanges of messages between Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and the US representative, and a constant tug of war… All this and more has been registered – according to sources close to Soleimani – during the last four months …

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The ruins of buildings near the Clock Square in Raqqa, Syria, October 18, 2017 © Reuters/Erik De Castro

Bush & Blair’s Iraq War was Key that Opened Door to Syria’s Current Hell

If the pain of birth is the price of life, Syria’s birth as a truly independent nation has come at the price of eight years of brutal and merciless struggle. As with the Vietnamese people, so with the Syrians. Their struggle against imperialism and hegemony has earned them a place at history’s table that can …

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US Military Increasingly Defenseless Against Formidable New Enemy (No, It’S Not Russia)

America is forever researching and developing new weapons for defending itself against enemies, both real and imagined. Yet it seems to have been taken unawares by a deadly new adversary in the form of suicide in the ranks. Many people have asked themselves at one time or another how soldiers are able to come to …

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Iraq: A Ticking Time Bomb for Oil Markets

Iraq’s ministry of oil has published a very optimistic report on the country’s capability to ramp up production, but internal political issues could lead to a new crisis after this weekend. At the same time that a new Iraqi government is forming, a government that is increasing Iranian influence within Iraq, another election is threatening …

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Blowback From U.S. Policy in the Greater Middle East

He was shot in the back, the ultimate act of treachery. On September 3rd, a U.S Army sergeant major was killed by two Afghan police officers -- the very people his unit, the new Security Force Assistance Brigade, was there to train. It was the second fatal “insider attack,” as such incidents are regularly called, …

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Iran’s Anti-Terrorist Missile Strike in Iraq Sent Several Important Messages

Iran admitted to a recent missile strike against Kurdish militants in Iraq. The attack took place almost two weeks ago on 8 September and was shortly thereafter confirmed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), but Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari commented on it last Thursday by remarking that the “IRGC’s recent revenge against the terrorists …

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