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U.S. Airstrikes Slaughter 230 Innocent Civilians in a Single Night in Mosul*

U.S. Airstrikes Slaughter 230 Innocent Civilians in a Single Night in Mosul*

By Matt Agorist

Reports coming out of Iraq this week are downright terrifying with local media reporting up to as many as 230 innocent civilians slaughtered in U.S. coalition airstrikes — in a single night.

According to the Kurdish media company, Rudaw, 137 people – most believed to be civilians – died when a bomb hit a single building in al-Jadida, in the western side of the city on Thursday. Another 100 were killed nearby.

As the British Telegraph reports, the casualties were “mostly women and children,” and “were pulled from three adjoining houses in the Jadida neighbourhood of west Mosul overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, according to witnesses.”

“There was so much bombing, and so many deaths,” an elderly woman said of the strikes.

“Pieces of human flesh were flying in all directions.”

According to Antiwar, Central Command said that they were “aware of the loss of life” and were carrying out “further investigation,” while insisting that all of their strikes against Mosul overnight “comply with the Law of Armed Conflict.”

Centcom also reported that “military forces conducted nine strikes consisting of 67 engagements coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq against ISIS targets.”

Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker, reporting from Erbil in northern Iraq, said fighting in the area had intensified in the last few days.

“For more than a week there was a stalemate as Iraqi forces struggled to advance on the Old City, but in the last few days, the fighting has intensified.

“There are air strikes and ISIL is also using civilians homes with civilians in them. People have been caught in crossfire and targeted by ISIL … The shelling is indiscriminate,” said Dekker.

“There is no safe passage out of the city. Civilians are literally everywhere.”

Reports from civilians in Mosul say ISIS fighters are employing tactics such as establishing fighting positions on the rooftops of apartment buildings. These buildings are occupied by innocent civilians and are also the targets of U.S. coalition strikes.

“ISIS made us keep our door open, so they could get onto the roofs at any time. They even broke down the walls between houses so they could move around,” a local resident told RT.

“There were so many killed in the airstrikes, rockets, and mortars… Our entire neighbourhood is in ruins. There are maybe ten houses still standing. The children are traumatized. When the jets start flying, they start crying,” another woman said.

If the aim of ISIS is to maximize civilian casualties by manipulating the US military into striking these targets, that, they have done. If their aim was to reduce the airstrikes, they have failed.

However, if we examine the mission of ISIS more closely, the former is far more likely.

The mission of ISIS is to create a rift in society in which there are extremists and everyone else. They want to eliminate the ‘gray zone’ — the area in which different religions and cultures peacefully coexist — by any means necessary. By using civilians as human shields, knowing that US forces will bomb them anyway, this tactic plays right into their strategy.

The men, women, and children who watched their father, mother, son, or daughter explode right before their eyes this week, as a U.S. bomb destroyed their home, will undoubtedly foster resentment toward the West. This approach is the most powerful recruiting tool the terrorist regime has.

As the Free Thought Project has previously reported, the West, in their constant bombardment, interference, meddling, and policing of the world, has fostered a breeding ground for terrorism. Indeed, America’s foreign policy, alone, since 9/11, has created a million Osama bin Ladens — all funding and arming of ISIS excluded.

Sadly, the military industrial complex shows no signs of slowing its cancer-like growth.

As long as Americans keep buying the lies spewing from the warmongering tyrants in power, nothing will change. As long as Boobus Americanus continues to believe “It’s our freedom they hate,” death and destruction will rain down — until there is nothing left.

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U.S. Deploying Thousands More Ground Troops to Kuwait to Fight in Iraq and Syria*

U.S. Deploying Thousands More Ground Troops to Kuwait to Fight in Iraq and Syria*

By Jason Ditz

Instead of directly deploying thousands of additional ground troops into Iraq or Syria, the sort of precipitous escalation that might get Congress voting on the war, the Trump Administration appears to have decided that the solution is to send thousands of  U.S. ground troops to Kuwait, and let the commanders in Iraq and Syria just take what they want.

Early reports of this strategy emerged Wednesday, when officials said there were considerations of sending around 1,000 troops into Kuwait for this operation. Just two days later, the figure was up to at least 2,500, with signs that it is continuing to grow all the time.

While President Obama was micromanaging the escalations, particularly in Iraq, where every couple of weeks another hundred or two troops would be sent, the Trump Administration appears to be throwing the troops into a big pile and leaving the deployments up to the commanders.

This adds credence to the sense that President Trump is going to be a bit more hands-off on his escalations, giving the military commanders additional leeway on actions, and even on troop levels, which is likely to raise further questions about what those commanders intend to do in the war, if they no longer have to get permission first.

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U.S. Marines Invade Syria, helping ISIS and Turkey*

Trump-Israel Struggling to Save ISIS to divide and Conquer Syria and Iraq*

Syria’s Water Cut off by Turkey Following McCain, Erdogan Meeting*

U.S. Admits Using Radioactive Weapons in Syria that Left Thousands of Iraqi Babies Deformed*

Aid Shipments Arrives in Lattakia from Armenia and Syrian Communities in Italy*

“E.U. has been supporting the terrorists in Syria from the very beginning”*

Syrian Education Ministry Launches the Psychological and Social Support Guide*

Amnesty Int’l Admits Syria’s ‘torture prison’ Report Fabricated Entirely in U.K.*

Priceless Ancient Seed Bank Saved from Destruction in Syria*

Turkey Continues Repeated Violations against the Sanctity and Unity of Syria’s Sovereignty*

Trump To Continue Bankrupting The U.S. Through Foreign Wars*

Iraq Officially Declared Safer For Women than Sweden*

Iraq Officially Declared Safer For Women than Sweden*

By Sean Adl-Tabataba

Respected war correspondent Magda Gad claims that war-torn Iraq is a safer place for women than Stockholm, Sweden. 

According to the award-winning war reporter, women are far less likely to be physically assaulted in Mosul than they are in Sweden’s capital city.

There is no law on the Islamic veil here, and it’s safer for women to be outdoors than Stockholm,” Magda Gad tweeted from Iraq.

Breitbart.com reports:

Asked by another user to clarify whether she “feel[s] safer outdoors in Iraq than Stockholm”, the Expressen reporter — who has been covering the fight against Islamic State in Iraq since June last year, said “Yep”.

Gad said Stockholm on a weekend evening is “much worse than any night in Iraq”, in response to a suggestion by the user ‘Per Anders Englund’ that it “can’t be easy being a good looking woman” in Sweden’s capital with “groping” men about.

In another tweet, the multi-award winning journalist described Iraq as “quiet, apart from the war”.

“In cities unaffected by fighting, it’s very quiet and no one bothers you when you walk the streets,” she wrote.

@BorenNon @MrJeedi Det är lugnt utöver kriget. I städer utanför kriget är det ingen som stör dig när du går på gatorna, det är väldigt lugnt

— Magda Gad (@gad_media) March 4, 2017

For her war coverage in Iraq, Gad has been nominated for an INMA Global Media Award in the Best Use of Social Media category, where she is competing with finalists including U.S. TV channel NBC.

She also co-founded the Blank Spot Project, a news site focused on long-form reports from places with very little or no journalistic coverage.

The Swedish establishment has been keen to counter the image that the country is beset with crime after U.S. President Donald J. Trump highlighted how its “having problems like they never thought possible” as a result of its open border migration policies.

Last month, just hours after Sweden’s prime minister attacked the president for linking mass migration with rising violence, riots broke out in a suburb where a majority of residents were born overseas.

The riots, in which cars were set ablaze and shops were looted, resulted in the Stockholm suburb looking “like a warzone” according to a journalist who was at the scene.

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A Fly-kick Saves a Woman from Being Raped*

How Feminism Destroys Society*

Sweden in Satanic Death Grip*

Making Cities Women Friendly!

 

Trump-Israel Struggling to Save ISIS to divide and Conquer Syria and Iraq*

Trump-Israel Struggling to Save ISIS to divide and Conquer Syria and Iraq*

By Gordon Duff, Nahed al Husaini

We add “Petraeus” to the list, one he may be head of, “blackmailed Americans working for foreign intelligence agencies.

To this list which includes a president we now find was accused, and this is in legal filings hidden away, of killing a 12 year old girl along with Jeffrey Epstein, an Israeli agent/handler, the nightmare is ongoing.

First for Petraeus:  Petraeus, former CIA Director, former American commander, both Iraq and Afghanistan, is a man whose military accomplishments include the creation of ISIS.  When Bush tasked Petraeus with “pacifying” Iraqi Sunnis including Baathist extremists, who make up what we now know is ISIS, this is what he did.

Petraeus was told that unless he could end the fighting in Iraq temporarily, the planned false flag attacks on the U.S. in the Gulf, attacks we were told about by former National Security Council member and White House advisor Gwenyth Todd, would not bring about the needed war with Iran.

With Petraeus emptying Iraq’s prisons and pumping $300m into what is now the leadership of ISIS, the U.S. would not have a safe base of operations for the land war on Iran.  The war was to start based on assassinations planned by key members of Naval Intelligence, loyal to the neocons, who would blame them on the Shiite majority in Bahrain, which they could then blame on Iran.

Gwenyth had to be spirited out of Bahrain when her murder failed and the Navy, including 5th Fleet Commander, played their hand and tried to feed her back to Bahraini security.  This story was published by Jeff Stein in the Washington Post and was featured on the Australian Broadcasting Company as well, after the Bush FBI tried to kidnap Gwenyth, a VT editor married to an Australian defense official, from that country.

Now Petraeus is trying to buy off Abadi, and we are in direct contact with Abadi, Maliki and others in the Iraqi government.  The article below is pretty incredible.  You see, the Iraqi military, largely trained and supplied by accidental joint efforts of both the U.S. and Iran, is doing well.  What Petraeus has been tasked to do by his blackmailers is drive a wedge between Syria and Iraq.

Iraq is ready to cross into Syria, actually thousands of Iraqis already have, knowing that the artificial border is not respected by ISIS or Turkey, their real backer along with Israel and Saudi Arabia, Petraeus’ paymasters, handlers and blackmailers.

They are also the handlers, blackmailers and paymasters, as it were, of Trump as well.

There is a long story here but yesterday VT broke the blackmail story but waited a day to share it with mainstream sources as well, in trade for confirmations.  They came out with their own version in the Daily Beast, covering only the superficial foreign intelligence agency programs during the election but failing to mention why and what they were doing and what the result was.

We are deeply suspect of the Daily Beast, owned by Jane Harman, former member of Congress and defender of Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli nuclear spy that nearly took down the U.S., long story there as well.  Harman has long ties to Israeli intelligence. We are going to be developing this story.  Here is what is being hidden from you.

That rape story involving Trump, the civil case, has some interesting aspects, which we dug out yesterday when reviewing it.  Where there may have been doubts before, we now have several weeks of “Trump watching,” temper tantrums and in particular a flurry of paedophile accusations coming out of the White House through select bloggers, not just Pizzagate but new ones every day.

Based on Trump’s behaviours, this leads us to taking a better look at his problem with Jeffrey Epstein and we find that relationship was not a casual one but that Trump was a partner with Epstein, with him continually and that it was Trump, not Epstein, that is by far the most guilty.

We also have considerable very real material, which we can site FBI sources for, and let them come and interview me if they want, that involve extensive paedophile activity, including kidnapping and child murder, going back decades, all of which is pure GOP.

Then again, we did just make the case for Trump turning to intelligence agencies of Pakistan, Israel and Russia to blackmail Congress and the Pentagon.  Think of what all those generals got into when visiting Israel.  Colonel Jim Hanke, a VT editor, was attache to Israel and would gladly explain the process, but Israel burned everyone that has ever visited there, diplomats, police, military and more.

Now our concern is what does Israel have on Abadi and how is he going to be used against Iran and Syria, what this article is about:

Iraqi anti-terrorism strongest forces in the Middle East, and the lion “made a mistake”

 

Description former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Gen. David Petraeus, the Iraqi anti-terrorism device as a “stronger, especially in the Middle East forces,” he said, adding that the Iraqis did not fall into the “errors” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as he put it.

He said in a statement quoted by the Kuwaiti newspaper Gazette for other sites on Monday, that the Iraqis that they “did not fall into the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad errors during the battles, but he said that the conclusion of the settlement Baghdad urgent and reconciliation with Sunni forces,” he said.

“The Iraqis have succeeded in reducing the number of civilian casualties and the extent of destruction through the restoration of their areas from the grip of the organization Daesh battles and this is what Amaisahm for Bashar al-Assad that caused the destruction of a large part of Syria.”

U.S. general described the Iraqi Anti-terrorism as “the most powerful special forces in the Middle East,” explaining that “the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was right when he said that anti-terrorist units in his country is the strongest in the region, but it has faced, however, up to 30% of the losses.”

He said Petraeus, “I know the city of Mosul well because I lived in when I was the commander of Division 101, which entered Nineveh province in 2003”. He predicted that “the recovery of Mosul more difficult because the narrow streets of the old city and cannot enter the cars.”

Petraeus pointed out that “there must be combing buildings and neighbourhoods successively so that the enemy does not come back from behind, unlike what is happening in Syria, and in the end, will triumph on Daesh in Mosul.”

U.S. General said that “the organization of Daesh got two years to prepare for the defense of the city in order to dig tunnels and traps prepared in homes and they have drones and snipers strong, but it was the way the Iraqis overcome this situation in a banner way.”

The Prime Minister and Commander of the Armed Forces Haider al-Abadi said in a February 19, 2017, the start of the third phase of the “battle coming, Nineveh” to restore west of Mosul, after enabling the joint Iraqi forces to regain the left coast of the city in full in January 24 last from the control of the organization.

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Egypt’s U-Turn on Iraq and Syria*

72 ISIS Mass Graves Containing up to 15,000 Discovered in Iraq and Syria*

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Drastic Changes in the Middle East Happen Unbelievably Fast*

Drastic Changes in the Middle East Happen Unbelievably Fast*

By Peter Korzun

The situation in the Middle East is changing at an incredible speed. The things unbelievable yesterday, become reality today. Each of the events becomes part of a bigger picture, with the region gradually moving away from abyss to become a better place.

On March 1, Iraqi forces were reported to have taken control of the last major road out of western Mosul, preventing Islamic State (IS) militants from fleeing the city. The route leads to Tal Afar, another IS stronghold that is 40 km further west. They have since driven militants from the international airport, a military base, a power station and a number of residential areas. IS fighters began to flee. Total control over the city by Iraqi forces seems to be a matter of a few days, maybe hours.

Being almost defeated in Iraq, the IS has nowhere else to go but Syria – the country where they have just suffered a defeat, with Palmyra retaken by Syria’s government forces. Russia’s support has been crucial in the Syrian army’s push. Raqqa, the last remaining stronghold of the IS, will be the place of the final battle the extremist group is doomed to lose as many influential actors want it to be wiped away from the earth.

Turkey has announced its intent to launch an offensive to retake Raqqa but only after taking control of Manbij, the town held by the Kurds-dominated Syria Democratic Forces (SDF). The parties were in for a fight to benefit the IS and other terror groups. The US was at a loss as to how to prevent a clash between the NATO ally and the Kurds – the force it relies on in the fight against the IS. That’s when Moscow stepped in to avoid the worst, using its unique position as a mediator. It managed to do what nobody thought was possible. The military council in Manbij said on March 2 it will hand over areas west of the flashpoint town to Syrian government troops, after an agreement brokered by Russia.

Now the town is in Arab hands and Turkey has no reason to attack it. Syria and Turkey are not at war.

The United States had promised Turkey that Kurdish forces would withdraw from Manbij to the east of the Euphrates, but it never happened. Now Russia did what America had failed to do.

As a result of Russia’s effective mediation, Turkey can double down on its plans to advance to Raqqa, while Syria’s government has greatly strengthened its position. Turkey’s President Erdogan has just said he is ready to fight the IS together with Russia. He is coming to Moscow on March 9. It means no clash between Turkey and Syria will take place.

Many things are changing for the Syrian government and it has been going on for some time. It’s not a coincidence that voices get louder, calling for inviting Syrian President Assad to the March 29 Arab Summit in Amman – five years after Syria was expelled from the 22-member organization. Russia, Jordan and Egypt are applying efforts to reconcile the Arab community with the Syrian government. Last month, Egypt’s parliamentary committee for Arab affairs called for the return of Syria to the Arab League. This would signify the reconciliation between Saudi Arabia which backed the Syrian rebels – something unthinkable some time ago.

In 2015, then U.S. President Obama predicted Russia would get stuck in Syria’s quagmire. He appears to have been wrong. Thanks to Russia’s involvement, one can see the light at the end of the tunnel to make the quagmire a thing of the past.

Moscow can facilitate the process of Iran joining with Arab states in the effort to reach agreement on Syria, bringing it to some mutual understanding with Saudi Arabia. Not much has been reported about some recent events of special significance. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Kuwait and Oman on February 15. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir made a trip to Iraq on February 25, to be received by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. The trend is visible – Shia and Sunni are on speaking terms again and they are discussing something very important. It would have sounded incredible a short time ago but these are the facts.

All these events and emerging trends are taking place against the background of the ongoing U.N.-brokered Geneva talks on peaceful settlement in Syria. Here too we have an unexpected turn of events – the Syrian opposition seeks to meet with Russian officials!

According to Paul Vallely, a retired US Army Major General and senior military analyst for Fox News, Russia-US consultations on Syria are to start in two months after the presidents hold a summit. He said Russia is to play a key part in any scenario.

The recent days have literally shaken the Middle East. So many unexpected things happen to push things forward. Right in front of our eyes the impossible becomes possible.

As said before, Moscow is in a unique position to act as an intermediary and it plays its role aptly to achieve tangible results. If the current trend continues in the same direction, leading to the desired outcome, Russia’s effort will go down in history as an extraordinary achievement of military success combined with effective diplomacy.

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U.S. Keeps Stealing Iraq’s Oil*

U.S. Keeps Stealing Iraq’s Oil*

Despite remarks by Defense Secretary James Mattis, U.S. presence in Iraq is aimed at “stealing oil,” an analyst says.

Gordon Duff, senior editor at Veterans Today, made the statement while commenting on Monday remarks by Mattis ahead of an unannounced visit to the war-ravaged country.

In an apparent attempt to distance himself from recent remarks by President Donald Trump regarding Iraq and its oil, the Pentagon chief, who was en route to Iraq, asserted that Americans are “not in Iraq to seize” oil.

In the course of one year after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the U.S. “stole 40% of Iraq’s oil that was sent out thought the Kirkuk pipeline to the Mediterranean port, south of Seyhan, Turkey,” Duff told Press TV.

“And it was loaded on the tankers owned by, well oddly enough, mostly Exxon corporation.”

The former ExxonMobil CEO, Rex Tillerson, currently serves as Trump’s state department secretary.

“Those tankers would be loaded, supertankers one after another, with Iraqi oil that was never paid for and then again we have the issue of ISIS (Daesh) and their 12,000 trucks that the U.S. never saw.”

Photo taken on October 19, 2016 shows a man taking a selfie in front of a fire from oil that has been set ablaze south of Mosul

 

“The oil trade is still going on,” asserted the Ohio-based commentator. “That oil [is] being shipped into Turkey, where it’s processed for the Turkey market or it’s put in the same Seyhan pipeline.”

The stolen oil is also being sold at a “highly discounted price” to ExxonMobil, “and that would be Rex Tillerson.”

Duff noted that Mattis himself “knows all about this.”

There remains the question, he asked, “why does he [Mattis] say this?”

“We are not there in Iraq to steal oil? Or we’re not there to steal oil anymore? Or perhaps we are there to stop stealing oil because the U.S. is still stealing oil from Iraq?”

In March 2003, the U.S. and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant violation of international law, over Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction,” but no such weapons were ever discovered in the country.

Commenting on Iraq in a speech to CIA staff on January 21, Trump said, “We should have kept the oil. But okay. Maybe you’ll have another chance.”

Later he clarified his saying, by stating that the U.S, “should have taken the oil. You wouldn’t have ISIS (Daesh) if we took the oil.”

Iran, Iraq seal deal to export Kirkuk oil

Iran and Iraq have signed a basic agreement that envisages exporting Iraqi oil through the Iranian territory – a scheme that would remove Baghdad’s reliance on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to export its oil through a pipeline to Turkey.

The agreement was signed during a meeting between Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi and his visiting Iranian counterpart Bijan Zanganeh.

Both sides also agreed to commission an international consulting company to conduct a feasibility study over the project, Iran’s Shana news agency reported.

This came against the backdrop of a long-standing dispute between Baghdad and the KRG over a scheme to pipe Iraq’s oil from Kirkuk to the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan.

The flow of the pipeline was interrupted for several months last year as the Iraqi government disagreed with the Kurds on their share in the national oil revenue and budget, Reuters wrote in a report on Iran-Iraq agreement.

Last August, a top Iraqi official was quoted by media as saying that Baghdad was considering shipping its crude oil through Iran.

This was raised after indications grew that Iraq and the KRG were unable to resolve disputes over a demand by the Kurds for a bigger share of the oil proceeds.

“If the negotiations [between Iraq and the KRG] come to a close without an agreement, we will start to find a way in order to sell our oil because we need money, either to Iran or other countries,” Reuters quoted Iraq’s Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh al-Nema as saying in a report last August.

Under the scenario, the Iraqi government would be shipping about 150,000 barrels per day of oil through Iran from fields in Kirkuk, the report added.

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U.S. Admits Using Radioactive Weapons in Syria that Left Thousands of Iraqi Babies Deformed*

U.S. Admits Using Radioactive Weapons in Syria that Left Thousands of Iraqi Babies Deformed*

By Matt Agorist

One of the least talked about war crimes committed by the United States is the use of depleted uranium — a highly controversial radioactive waste that’s been dumped into Iraq by the ton. In spite of multiple international watchdog groups and health organizations pointing out the dangers of using DU, and in spite of the Pentagon claiming they wouldn’t use it, the United States just admitted to using it in Syria.

For those that aren’t familiar with the radioactive waste that is DU, it is the byproduct of the production of enriched uranium for use as fuel in nuclear reactors and in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. It is also the U.S. military’s preferred material to use for armour plating and armour-piercing projectiles.

In the first three weeks of the conflict in Iraq in 2003, the U.S. Military dumped more than 2,000 tons of this chemically toxic and radioactive waste onto the Iraqi people.

Because the half-life of DU is millions of years, the massive quantities dropped in Iraq over the course of the invasion continue to pose a serious health risk to those exposed to it. Amounts in bullets, shells, and bombs vary from 300 grams to 7 tons in the bunker-busters missiles — which rained down from the skies over Iraq — for years.

In the course of the two U.S.-led wars in Iraq, it is estimated that tens of thousands of tons of DU have dropped from the sky onto the people.

The admitted use of DU is solely reserved to the United States and the United Kingdom. Since its adverse effects first began appearing, there’s been a massive effort to conceal the true and horrifying impact it’s had.

However, on Monday, a spokesman for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) told Foreign Policy that 5,265 armor-piercing DU rounds were used in November 2015, during two air raids against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) oil tanker convoys in the Deir ez-Zor and Hasakah provinces in eastern Syria.

Officials confirm the US used depleted uranium weapons on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria: https://t.co/oCtsYgFpXq

— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) February 14, 2017

A-10 ground attack aircraft fired the projectiles from their 30mm rotating cannons, destroying about 350 tanker trucks, according to CENTCOM spokesman Major Josh Jacques.

This admission by the U.S. that it used DU comes in contrast to a March 2015 statement from the coalition spokesman who had explicitly ruled out its use in Syria, saying, “U.S. and coalition aircraft have not been and will not be using depleted uranium munitions in Iraq or Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve.”

While the U.S. loves to tout the exceptional toughness of DU, they continue to ignore, and, in fact, have covered up and denied the contamination of ground and water, and the significant risk of toxicity, birth defects, and cancer when inhaled or ingested by humans or animals.

Not only does DU pose a significant risk to those who live in the areas where the U.S. has dumped it but it is also linked to tens of thousands of potential cancer cases among American troops.

However, those numbers are only estimated because immediately after the U.S. began dumping tons of it in Iraq, the Veteran’s Administration began blocking medical journals from accessing cancer stats in its registry.

In spite of horrific cases of cancer among us troops — who were proven to test positive for DU in their urine AFTER coming back stateside — the DoD continues to claim it is safe.

The World Health Organization (WHO) even got on board with the cover-up in 2013.

“The rates for spontaneous abortion, stillbirths and congenital birth defects found in the study are consistent with or even lower than international estimates. The study provides no clear evidence to suggest an unusually high rate of congenital birth defects in Iraq,” wrote the WHO in their summary findings of birth defects related to DU in Iraq.

However, this was in stark contrast to the findings from Iraqi Ministry of Health officials, who were involved in the same study. Doctors at the Basra maternity hospital in southern Iraq have told the BBC that they have seen a 60% rise in birth defects since 2003, according to the BBC.

The MOH officials confirmed that the joint report would furnish “damning evidence” that rates of birth defects are higher in areas experiencing heavy fighting in the 2003 war. In an early press release, WHO similarly acknowledged “existing MOH statistics showing high number of CBD cases” in the “high risk” areas selected for study, as reported by the Guardian.

However, none of that happened.

In spite of this cover-up in the West, Iraqi doctors and multiple peer-reviewed studies have documented a dramatic increase in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the aftermath of U.S. military bombardment. In Fallujah, doctors are witnessing a “massive unprecedented number” of heart defects, and an increase in the number of nervous system defects, according to the Guardian. 

Analysis of pre-2003 data compared to now showed that “the rate of congenital heart defects was 95 per 1,000 births – 13 times the rate found in Europe.”

Official Iraqi government statistics show that, prior to the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, the rate of cancer cases in Iraq was 40 out of 100,000 people. By 1995, it had increased to 800 out of 100,000 people, and, by 2005, it had doubled to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people. Current estimates show the increasing trend continuing.

In a 2010 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health article, Busby and two colleagues, Malak Hamden and Entesar Ariabi, reported a 38-fold increase in leukemia, a 10-fold increase in breast cancer, and infant mortality rates eight times higher than in neighboring Kuwait.

These numbers are also likely far greater than reported as women in Iraq who give birth to babies with deformities feel stigmatized and often don’t report them according to Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, a Michigan-based environmental toxicologist who won the 2015 Rachel Carson Award.

It is also estimated that the rate of congenital malformations among newborn babies is 14 times higher than that of Japan — immediately following the detonation of two atomic bombs.

And now, the people of Syria will begin their horrifying journey down the deadly path to the same fate as Iraq.

As the disturbing images in the video below from Democracy Now illustrate — War is hell.

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