Discussion in 'world politics, current affairs and news' started by brogdale, Aug 15, 2014.
Yeah she's done some all-round top notch reporting.
What the hell are they going to do with the Daesh prisoners?
Says a lot about the Kurds that theyre even bothering.
Iraq collectively punishing Islamic State families: rights group
Stream of floating bodies near Mosul raises fears of reprisals by Iraqi militias
In The NYT Iran Dominates in Iraq After U.S. ‘Handed the Country Over’
And this is a country the young Islamic Republic fought a brutal WWI like war with a few decades ago. Long article details how Iran's influence is pervasive across a spectrum of activities. It's similar to what they did in Lebanon. It's much like what they are doing in Syria with commerce often being as important more cliched revolutionary activities. Points out Iran's heavy hand does cause a good deal of resentment. US influence has increased during the war with IS but not as much as Iran's. Baghdad plays a game of balancing these two competitors to maintain some autonomy.
Why the sad face?
Do you think it would be justice if you got murdered because of shit one of your cousins did?
Ironically IS's greatest achievement. Sistanis's unifying fatwa in 2014.
On Niqash.org Iraq After The Islamic State: No Unity On The Sunni Side Of The Street
As in Syria foreign backers divide an already fragmented Sunni Arab population. The al-Nujaifi's are also close to Turkey.
For anyone wondering why extra-judicial killings are a bad idea it is worth remembering that the battle against IS particularly in Iraq has a sectarian dimension to it and said killings are only going to prolong the hatred and distrust. This is touched on in the linked article below.
Mosul’s agony is far from over
and why whilst the Caliphate may be over, IS is not.
Isis may be on its knees but it will rise again if we don’t break the cycle
On Musings On Iraq Post Mosul Liberation Day 6 Jul 16 2017
On TNI I Interviewed the War-Weary Residents of Mosul. The Fight for the City Is Far from Over.
IS was undoubtedly well rooted in and especially around Mosul. IS often splits tribes on class and generational lines. IS offered a dole of bread and cultivated its base amongst the poor and its Salafi ways attracted some. Rural folk from around Mosul were reported to have flowed into the city after IS took it. That's where IS regrew its support after defeat in 08. This class/rural-urban tension was also evident in civil war Aleppo. It's an old pattern; when the revolutionary Baath came to Mosul it was also from the Rif around it.
As in the snip above the poor also lacked the resources to leave and had to make tough choices. Young men will have opportunistically collaborated with the city's new main employer just as folk in France pragmatically collaborated with the Nazis. A lot of people will be compromised by this. As in post-Nazi France innocent people and relatives will also be falsely accused and targeted.
This also isn't France but a rough country of hard people where internecine retribution is common. With tribal folk in Iraq there's an obligation to avenge injuries that can only be headed off by paying blood money. The Americans were busily doing that after the last round. I assume the Iraqis are now though its not been reported.
After the initial recapture of cities it's really been this background violence of traumatised Sunni division and distrust that has more characterised post-IS Iraq in areas like al Anbar than sectarian trouble which you do see in mixed, Badr ruled Diyala if on a smaller scale than in the far bloodier first stage of the civil war.
On Defense One How Can Iraq Rebuild?
Like a lot of petro-states representatives of voters are essentially bought with oil revenues that they then redistribute to consolidate there position. Rather than paying taxes and demanding the state serve them the basic political transaction runs in the other direction. That model's at the root of a lot of corruption but hard to escape. This piece compares Iraqi reconstruction to the Marshall Plan but it's probably inevitable the $100 billion post-IS reconstruction effort will be an Ali Baba boondoggle.
Weird stuff going on here looks to be Turkish propaganda being repeated by the BBC as fact
Yup not true
US-led Coalition, SDF officials deny suspension of anti-ISIS operations in Raqqa - ARA News
On Rudaw US officials, SDF report continued progress against ISIS in Raqqa
All these outlets have their biases. Rudaw is KDP state press but that's also CENTCOM talking and later than Col. Dillion whose also quoted here. CENTCOM is also known to be prone to optimistic porkies on op progress. Sometimes the situation on the ground just isn't very clear and next steps are being disputed. A pause would not really be big news. Sources making a big noise about that is odd.
Davis was also saying they are taking a lot of casualties. It's to be expected. The Iraqis admit to losing a thousand guys taking Mosul and far more were injured. Raqqa is much smaller but the defensive force is maybe half the size of that in Mosul and it's been densely sown with IEDs in places. Medical facilities were often swamped with casualties and here they seem far more limited. Losses are to be expected if they're not simply flattening the place with air strikes and artillery. There's civilians they should try to avoid killing. ISW in general is reporting slowing progress in Raqqa due to the assault encountering dense defences. There are also clear problems with holding forces. The SDF has really limited reserves of veteran PKK cadres who can take urban ground. It appears they're conscripting ever Kurdish lad they can lay hands on just like when Manbij was ongoing. A Turkish attack in their rear can't be ruled out. In these circumstances pausing would often make military sense as Davis suggests above. The Iraqis with a massively bigger better equipped and trained assault force did that more than once in Mosul. So did the R+6 in East Aleppo. IS is a very dangerous and far from passive enemy in this sort of fight. They'd be wise to take their time.
On Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi blog Islamic State Treatise: Ruling of Shari'a on the Shi'a Sects
Of course apostasy is punishable by death.
On Musings On Iraq Post Mosul Liberation Day 8 Jul 18 2017
Just for scale the battle of Aleppo lasted four years and recorded 31K dead in the whole provence, by some counts 76% of the dead were civilians.
These figures are also probably low but Mosul was clearly a far more intense battle and perhaps more appalling in some ways. Prosecuted to rescue a trapped civilian population that too often became collateral damage. They endured the additional risk of large punitive massacres by the defenders. IS executed more civilians here than AQ murdered at 9-11. And a residual IS presence probably will remain in the area planning a return as they did before. It can't even be said to have been mercifully short but a continuation of a much smaller battle in 08 that proved inconclusive.
IS fighters are unlikey to make it to a POW camp invent and video new ways to kill prisoners don't expect any mercy if the tide of battle turns. unlikely to be any human rights investigations Iraqi forces 'take revenge on ISIS with beheadings, and mutilations' | Daily Mail Online
On Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi's blog The Myth of ISIS's Strategic Brilliance
Makes a strong argument that IS fucks up and then spins an unfortunate situation as well they can. Actually like a lot of other human entities.
Thread with 15 or so posts lots of pics with explanations also some filmed reportage but in Arabic
I can't help but find that all a bit Daily Mail outrage. Beheadings? Torture? Homophobic murder? Terrible.
But DRUG ABUSE! Honestly, is there nothing these beasts won't do.
(Not that all that paraphernalia is evidence of fuck all drug abuse anyway, all those have legitimate medical usage.)
No need to overreact and get all hysterical. I have heard of ISIS abusing drugs on and of for the last few years, everything from prescription drugs to speed. Is it any surprise, whether you need to come down from all the stress of being in a brutal, psychopathic, totalitarian organisation or to pep yourself up for battle or to commit a massacre, that many ISIS members abuse drugs?
I use drugs myself but I am not going to deny that some people use drugs as a means to lower their moral inhibitions to commit acts they otherwise wouldn't do. Why should ISIS be the exception?
Also, ISIS executed people for smoking tobacco and drinking, so highlighting their hypocrisy regarding their own drug use is more than fair game in my opinion.
Yeah, wasn't commenting on the posting of the link. Just struck me as a funny issue and very BBC/outraged of Tunbridge Wells. Funny peculiar, not funny haha.
Opinion pice on the extra judicial killings. No shit Sherlock
Post-ISIL Iraq: Breaking the cycle of violence
Ordnance expended by one A-10 on a six month det.
Bulldog One. You are Weapons Free.
From ISIS-Lands to the Netherlands: Jihadists Try to Get the Press to Help Them Come Home
Hopefully nobody is dumb enough to waste their compassion on these people and let them back in. They wanted to live by the sword so let them die by it.
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