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650,000 Civilians Trapped in US-Backed Siege of Mosul and Nobody is Talking About It

Iraqi forces, backed by American airpower, are set to launch a long-awaited offensive to retake West Mosul. There are reportedly 3,000 ISIS fighters left defending their last major stronghold in Iraq, and an estimated 650,000 civilians are trapped in the western-held area of the city. The U.N. has warned that these civilians are at “extreme … Continue reading 650,000 Civilians Trapped in US-Backed Siege of Mosul and Nobody is Talking About It

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Politicizing Victimhood: Human Rights as a Propaganda Weapon in Aleppo and Mosul

Despite continued clashes between the government and rebel forces, the ceasefire brokered by Turkey and Russia appears to have significantly reduced the violence in Syria. Following the fall of Aleppo to Assad’s forces, we should be reflecting upon what lessons can be drawn from Syria. I would offer a few. First, in wars that involve … Continue reading Politicizing Victimhood: Human Rights as a Propaganda Weapon in Aleppo and Mosul

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US Seeks to Extend Military Presence in Iraq ‘Indefinitely’

US policy makers plan an "indefinite" military presence in Iraq and will double the number of American soldiers in the country to 10,000, a senior Iraqi official said on Saturday. The reports come amid heated controversy in Baghdad concerning the presence of the US forces in Iraq following the expected defeated of Islamic State group … Continue reading US Seeks to Extend Military Presence in Iraq ‘Indefinitely’

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Why Everything You’ve Read about Syria and Iraq Could be Wrong

The Iraqi army, backed by US-led airstrikes, is trying to capture east Mosul at the same time as the Syrian army and its Shia paramilitary allies are fighting their way into east Aleppo. An estimated 300 civilians have been killed in Aleppo by government artillery and bombing in the last fortnight, and in Mosul there … Continue reading Why Everything You’ve Read about Syria and Iraq Could be Wrong