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Life returns to Hammar Marshes, Iraq*

Life returns to Hammar Marshes, Iraq*

After the fall of Saddam Hussein, thousands of Iraqis returned to the wetlands hoping to resume their old way of life

The Hammar Marshlands in the town of Chibayish, 350 km south of Baghdad, are a central part of Iraqi lives (Photo courtesy of Ali al-Ghuraiffi)

By Suadad al-Salhy

“These are our lands. Who would dare to come and work here without our permission?” said Sajad Hussein as he steered his small black wooden boat along a waterway between dense forests of reeds and papyrus plants that grow through the marshes in southern Iraq.

The 27-year-old, dressed in brown ragged sports clothes, is too young to remember the Hammar Marshes before they were drained by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the 1990s. After the Shia-led southern uprising against his rule in the aftermath of the first Gulf War, Saddam wanted to prevent rebels from using them as hide-outs.

Wetlands once full of life

One of the world’s most important wetlands, the marshlands used to be a source of fresh water, and home to wide range of fish, rare birds, reptiles and animals. They once covered more than 22,000 square kilometres, but Saddam’s campaign to flush out the marshes forced thousands of families to move elsewhere as their traditional livelihoods were destroyed.

Families enjoy time on the banks of the marshlands (MEE/Suadad al-Sahly)

 

“My family had to leave the marshes after we lost all our livestock due to the lack of water,” said Hussein, then added sarcastically,

“I do not remember what happened at that time, but I still cannot imagine how you used to live inside the water and suddenly you cannot find water to drink.”

After Saddam was toppled from power in a 2003 U.S.-led invasion, locals tore down the dams and canals built under his orders, allowing waters from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers to flow back to the marshes.

Other efforts to revive the marshes and ensure their protection have been under way, with the backing of local authorities, national and international NGOs. Yet so far, no more than 10,000 square kilometres have been submerged, local officials told Middle East Eye.

Last year, UNESCO listed Iraq’s southern marshes, also known as al-Ahwar, as a world heritage site, describing them as “unique,” and “one of the world’s largest inland delta systems, in an extremely hot and arid environment”. East and West Hammar are part of the four wetland marsh areas listed by UNESCO.

No more fish

Hussein and his family are among thousands of people who have returned to the area following Saddam’s fall, hoping to resume their old way of life on the marshes. But since leaving school, Hussein said he had been jumping from one temporary job to another.

The marshlands once covered more than 22,000 square kilometres (MEE/Suadad al-Sahly)

 

“There are not many jobs here. Few people have governmental jobs, women and the old men are taking care of the buffaloes and other cattle, and the rest are hanging around most of the time,” said Hussein while trying to change the direction of his boat by planting a long pole into the water.

“I have worked as a fisherman for a while, but now there are not so many fish. For what we are earning, it’s a waste of time.”

The scarcity of fish has been caused by the high levels of salinity in the south and a drop in water levels in both the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, due to the proliferation of dams and irrigation schemes in Turkey and Syria. This also made the water undrinkable.

Last year, local authorities had to replenish fish stocks and introduce other organisms to sustain the aquatic life of the marshes, local officials and fishermen told MEE.

Tourist attraction

In lieu of fish, Hussein has turned to tourism in search of a steady income. Despite the ongoing government offensive to retrieve Mosul from Islamic State group militants and suicide bombings recently taking place in Baghdad, the southern provinces of Iraq – including Dhi Qar where the marshes lie – are considered safe and stable areas that have rarely witnessed attacks.

More than 3,000 people visit the marshlands each week (Photo courtesy of Ali al-Ghuraiffi)

 

According to Badie’a al-Khayoon, the mayor of Chibayish town in Dhi Qar province, the marshes’ UNESCO status is a draw for both local and international visitors, with more than 3,000 people coming to the area each week. The locals usually come from neighbouring cities and regions like Baghdad and the Kurdistan region, as the trip is relatively cheap and safe.

Visitors from the U.K. and U.S. are also interested in the marshes. Last month, the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad visited the marshlands with a group of U.S. officials and investors.

“Great visit to Iraqi marshes at Chibayish, Dhi Qar the #RealGreenZone has great potential for tourism,” Douglas Silliman, the ambassador, said on his Twitter account on 9 April.

Lined up with another seven men on the bank, Hussein waits for a group of tourists mainly from Baghdad, offering trips around the marshes. They converted their wooden boats into water taxis of various sizes, which are powered by a petrol engine and furnished with old coloured carpets and cushions for comfort.

“We are getting 25,000 to 30,000 dinars ($20-25) every tour. Sometimes the tourists are generous, sometimes they’re not, but in general we are getting a good daily income,” Dhafir Mohammed, a boat owner, told MEE.

“Some days, we get more than 100,000 dinars (about $80).”

Taking a 30-minute tour with Hussein is to enter a tranquil world in which the water becomes a mirror of the perfect blue sky and the line between the two disappears on the horizon.

Water buffalo are a frequent site on the marshlands (Photo courtesy of Ali al-Ghuraiffi)

 

Occasionally a buffalo appears or a water snake swims away, startled by the sound of the engine.

Several small islands covered by reeds and papyrus float here and there, one of them occupied by a family eating a simple lunch of grilled fish, bread and yoghurt.

Local investments

Yet despite the marshes’ ecological importance and UNESCO status, residents and local officials complain that investment in the area has been lacking.

“The government, until this moment, has not allocated any money to build even simple tourism facilities,” said al-Khayoon.

“So we set up our own plan [to attract] investments.”

The proposed plan is being funded by Iraqi investors and is made up of more than 10 projects including a tourism village, playgrounds, cafes, restaurants, a river taxi service and a water park. Some have already been approved by the local government and contracted to Iraqi companies. According to Yahiya al-Nassiry, the governor of Dhi Qar province, the projects are expected to be complete within three years.

But the construction of these project has been met with opposition from some disgruntled residents.

Iraqis make use of local resources, such as straw, to build shelter around the marshlands (Photo courtesy of Ali al-Ghuraiffi)

 

“Absolutely, there will be a problem. These lands are under the control of several tribes… and these tribes should be satisfied,” said Sheikh Hassan Sabri, leader of the al-Hadadien tribe, which controls most of the marshlands in Chibayish.

“They [the investors] should sit with these tribes (which occupy the lands) to compensate them and provide jobs for their men,” he added.

Nassiry told MEE that officials were aware of the challenges and ready to deal with them, adding that the local government had recently resolved similar complaints from another tribe.

“We either compensate the tribes by giving them land elsewhere to satisfy them, or ask them to be a part of the project, so they can benefit from it. If not, we will follow the legal direction,” he explained.

Most of these lands are legally owned by the government, but the tribes took control of them decades ago. They are either covered by water or lie on the bank of the marshes, with no inhabitants.

“People here suffered a lot after the drainage of the marshes. They lost their money, their homes, their cattle and were forced to leave their lands. It’s time to compensate them,” said Sheikh Sabri.

On his part, Hussein said that many of the residents welcomed outside investments and projects that would draw more tourists to the area, provided that the profits were reinvested in further developing their communities.

“If they [the investors] want to invest here, they should pay us and pledge to provide opportunities for our people,” he said in a firm voice.

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U.S. Tax Dollars and Companies Support Sex Traffickers in Iraq*

U.S. Tax Dollars and Companies Support Sex Traffickers in Iraq*

By Jonas E. Alexis

Iraq and Libya have been flooded with sex-traffickers. We can thank the Warmonger Party and the Israelis for that.

“Thousands of women and girls have been trafficked out of Iraq for sexual exploitation since the U.S. invasion in 2003.”

 

If you don’t think that NWO agents continue to carve out an essentially diabolical ideology in the Middle East and much of the world, then put your thinking cap on and start doing some mental exercise. A few years ago, Benjamin Netanyahu told CIA officials that

“that if you want to advance regime change in Iran, you don’t have to go through the C.I.A. cloak-and-dagger stuff — what you want to do is take very large, very strong transponders and just beam ‘Melrose Place’ and ‘Beverly Hills 2050’ and all that into Tehran and into Iran, because that is subversive stuff. They watch it — the young kids watch it, the young people. They want to have the same nice clothes and the same houses and swimming pools and so on.”

The ideological plot thickens: Benjamin Netanyahu thinks that sitcoms and sexually suggestive materials like Beverly Hills 2050 are actually “subversive stuff,” which is another way of saying that they are weapons in the ideological war. But how does he know that? Has he done some experiment on this?

Of course.

Back in 2002, right after Israeli military forces took over Palestinian TV stations in Ramallah in the West Bank, they immediately shut down all other TV stations and started broadcasting pornography.

The Israelis know that pornography destroys lives; they know that one quick way to annihilate your enemy is through sexually explicit material. And the scientific studies on these issues are just an embarrassment to riches.

Netanyahu, one of the most persistent and lying politicians in the twenty-first century so far, was right this time. This is one reason why Jewish subversive movements operate outside the moral order; this is why they fight for unrestricted pornography in the United States. They know that pornography will bring moral corruption, so they use it against the Goyim. Scientists are now saying that pornography is even more harmful than crack cocaine.

One particular expert in the branch of medicine, Jeffrey Satinover of Princeton, declared that pornography “does what heroin can’t do.” Some neurosurgeons such as Donald L. Hilton of the University of Texas have even gone so far as to say that prolonged exposure to pornography can cause brain damage.

Why don’t those studies lead to the closing of the pornographic industry? The love of money, as we all know, is the root of all evil. The pornography industry has a $97 billion revenue every year.

In a nutshell, pornography promotes an appetite for sexual destruction. Augustine made it clear centuries ago that lust makes one blind, and once that happens, the person in question can literally be controlled by unbridled passion—be it sexual or lucrative.

The oligarchs have been leading people into destruction through subversive means since the beginning of time, but through technology, they have invented a new system known as pornography. And if it is not pornography, then they substitute things like sex trafficking.

This is exactly what happened when the Warmonger Party invaded Iraq and Libya. Both countries have been flooded with sex-trafficking business. Even the Associated Press, of all places, had to admit that something fishy is going on in Iraq:

“That gap illustrates the limits of U.S. oversight for billions of dollars in contracts run by companies that have cashed in on the fight to protect Americans from extremism.”

Companies “have cashed in on the fight to protect Americans from extremism”? What if there is no fight or war? Would those companies be able to cash in?

Of course not.

The logic here is pretty clear: perpetual wars are good for companies and the oligarchs. That is one reason why they have been able to invent one stupid idea after another and throw it out in the public as if we are all idiots and zombies. Well, dear oligarchs, we are not. Get that through your heads.

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ISIS Launches 2nd Chemical Attack in Mosul in 2 Days, Injures 6 Iraqi Soldiers*

ISIS Launches 2nd Chemical Attack in Mosul in 2 Days, Injures 6 Iraqi Soldiers*

© Iraqi Special Operations Forces / Facebook

 

At least six Iraqi soldiers have suffered inhalation problems following a chemical attack launched by Islamic State on Sunday. This is the second time in two days that the terrorists have used chemical agents to push back government forces in Mosul.

The chemical attack on Sunday occurred in a recently-liberated area of Mosul, where the Federal Police and Rapid Response forces are advancing towards the old city which is still roaming with Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) jihadists.

The spokesman for the Joint Operation Command in Iraq, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, told the Associated Press that six soldiers suffered “breathing problems” from the attack.

The victims are now being treated at a field clinic, the spokesman added. An investigation has been launched to determine what type of gas was used.

ISIS launched gas attack in liberated area of Mosul

 

Meanwhile, security sources told the AhlulBayt News Agency that missiles were loaded with chlorine and were fired at the al-Abar neighbourhood.

This is the second time in as much days that IS terrorists have used chemical weapons in an effort to stop government troops’ advance on the old city.

“The Daesh terrorist gangs tried to block the advance of our forces by using shells filled with toxic chemical material, but the effect was limited,” Iraq’s Joint Operations Command said in a statement, referring to Saturday’s incident on their Facebook page.

The statement added that the attack on Saturday did not cause any deaths, only “limited injuries” to an unspecified number of troops who were immediately treated after being evacuated from the area.

Officers in Iraq’s Federal Police told Reuters that the chemical weapons agents were fired from the Urouba and Bab Jadid districts on Saturday.

Some 400,000 people are trapped in the area controlled by extremists, as Iraqi forces make slow progress in liberating the rest of the city from the jihadists.

The initial operation to liberate Iraq’s second largest city began exactly six months ago on October 16.

After securing the eastern part of the megapolis earlier this year, fighting in heavily populated west Mosul was expected to turn into a tough challenge for Iraqi forces due to the city’s narrow alleyways and streets which does not allow for armoured vehicles and tanks to go through.

While coalition forces have been reporting on their military advances, civilian casualties have been piling up – both at the hands of terrorists and sometimes as a result of indiscriminate shelling by the US-led coalition.

International human rights groups, as well as the Russian Foreign Ministry have warned that the humanitarian plight in war-torn Mosul has “escalated to the limit.” Iraq’s president has described it as a “full-on catastrophe.”

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A Father Describes Saving His Daughter from U.S. Bombardment of Mosul*

A Father Describes Saving His Daughter from U.S. Bombardment of Mosul*

Awra Ali, 4, sits in her hospital bed at West Erbil Emergency in Erbil, Iraq on March 30, 2017. Photo: Cengiz Yar for The Intercept

 

 

By Anna Lekas Miller

On March 17, Ala’a Ali left his wife and 4-year-old daughter at the home of relatives in the al Jadida neighbourhood of Mosul, and went home to wash before the morning call to prayer. Two minutes after he arrived home, a deafening explosion ripped through the neighbourhood, engulfing the narrow street in black smoke.

“I hid in the corner of the building, and smoke crept in through the windows,” 28-year-old Ali told The Intercept.

“Then the smell hit me, and I could barely breathe.”

As soon as he could, he bolted from his hiding place and ran to the scene of the explosion, and the house where he had left his family.

It had been hit by an airstrike from U.S.-led coalition forces bombing Islamic State fighters.

Corpses were everywhere in the ruins of the building; more than 200 people were reportedly killed. Ali’s wife was among them, but he wouldn’t know that until Iraqi civil defense forces found her body later that day. Ali heard the sound of a child groaning underneath the rubble. It was his daughter, Awra. Her body was charred black with severe burns, and shrapnel had pierced through the side of her head, cutting across her face, and sealing her eyes shut. Miraculously, she was breathing.

“I lifted her up, and started carrying her through the streets, but then an ISIS sniper started to shoot at the army,” Ali said.

“I finally was able to leave her at the neighbours for a few minutes, and then take her to the field hospital once the fighting calmed down.”

A hospital bed at West Erbil Emergency in Erbil, Iraq on March 4, 2017. Photo: Cengiz Yar for The Intercept

 

Transferred between field hospitals and waiting for hours at checkpoints, Ali and Awra made it to the casualties ward of the West Erbil Emergency Hospital, 50 miles from Mosul and away from the front line. Doctors treated Awra’s infections and set her broken leg in a cast. A few days ago, they operated on her to dislodge a piece of shrapnel from her eye, restoring her vision for the first time since the airstrike.

Though her face is still scarred from burns and shrapnel cuts, Awra is enjoying her newly-recovered sense of sight. She flipped through a picture book and played with leftover gauze, winding and unwinding a fake cast on her uninjured leg, laughing and energetic.

Her grandmother, Alia, tried to keep the child from itching the raw wounds on her head, scolding gently,

“You can’t touch it — you will make it hurt more.”

With Awra’s mother’s passing, Alia is tending to her full-time. The doctors at West Erbil have been overwhelmed with patients from the airstrike in al Jadida, and so it is Alia who dresses Awra’s wounds.

“Every day, there is more shrapnel,” Alia said, sitting on the linoleum floor of the hospital, stroking the tuft of brown hair on Awra’s head that is growing back after it was shaved to remove the first pieces of metal when she arrived at the hospital. Bits of shrapnel are still coming out of her head wounds, and larger pieces remain lodged in her legs.

Ala’a Ali, 28, stands in his 4-year-old daughter Awra’s hospital room at West Erbil Emergency in Erbil, Iraq on April 10, 2017. Photo: Cengiz Yar for The Intercept

 

“These airstrikes are the biggest of all of the crimes in this war,” Alia said.

“They’re killing families and children. We can’t live in safety, so long as they continue.”

Downstairs, Mubasher Zanoon sat next to his sleeping brother, who is his last remaining sibling after 20 of his family members perished in the same strike that nearly blinded Awra. The brother’s arm is pinned in place, barely intact.

“We don’t have anything left to go back to,” he said.

Zanoon escaped the attack by seeking shelter in one of the adjacent homes, and it was four days before he was able to find his brother in the ruins.

The month of March saw an unprecedented number of civilian casualties from coalition airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria. While the strikes have been crucial in assisting the Iraqi Security Forces to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State, as the fight moves closer into the Old City, narrower streets and older buildings means a greater concentration of civilians — and greater potential for deadly incidents like the strike that hit Awra.

The Pentagon has acknowledged that it struck a truck full of explosives in the area on March 17, and that the attack may have caused civilian deaths, though there are conflicting reports about the precise number of casualties and their cause. Major General Najim al-Jabbouri, the Iraqi Security Forces Commander in charge of Mosul operations, told The Intercept that there may have been an ISIS car bomb or “an ISIS booby trap that also contributed to civilian casualties.” He stated that the airstrike had hit one building, killing 101 civilians; an Iraqi civil defense official told the Los Angeles Times that there were several homes struck, and 278 victims had been removed from the rubble. Other local groups put the death toll even higher.

Adding to the confusion, the March 17 strike was not the only coalition airstrike in al Jadida that week; just four days before, another attack killed as many as 29 civilians, according to the U.K.-based monitoring group Airwars. Due to the neighbourhood’s dangerous position near the front line, Iraqi civil defense forces did not reach the scene until after March 17, and some of the bodies included in their casualty count may have been rotting for days.

“What is absolutely clear is that a significant number of civilians died primarily as a result of incoming air and ground bombardments from both the U.S.-backed coalition and the Iraqi forces,” said Chris Woods, a conflict specialist with Airwars.

In all, Airwars estimates a minimum of 2,900 civilians have died from coalition strikes in both Iraq and Syria since 2014. The Pentagon has acknowledged killing 229.

Awra Ali, 4, on her hospital bed at West Erbil Emergency in Erbil, Iraq on April 10, 2017. (posed) Photo: Cengiz Yar for The Intercept

 

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Modern Science Confirms Ancient Knowledge*

Modern Science Confirms Ancient Knowledge*

By Jason Martell

Recent advances in DNA research have established that there was an Eve who lived about 250 to 270 thousand years ago, a first mother from who all modern humans stem, no matter what their racial heritage.

[In 1987, scientists from the Universities of California and Michigan announced that all human beings descended from a single mitochondrial Eve: who lived in Africa.]

Then came news a few years later that there also was an actual Adam. Finally, genetic advances made test-tube babies possible by mixing the male sperm with the female egg and re-implanting it.

The knowledge that we have acquired corroborates what the Sumerians knew six thousand years ago. You wonder how is it possible, how could they know?

How, as another example, could their symbol of the entwined serpents, that we still use today to denote medicine and healing and biology, be 6,000 years ago, the symbol of Enki, who engaged in genetic engineering to bring about the Adam?

That was a symbol of the DNA, the double helix of DNA.

Notice in the image, the two entwined snakes and the ladder like ribbons between the serpents bodies…..does it remind you of anything?

What does the emblem of entwined serpents, the symbol for medicine and healing to this very day, represent?

The discovery by modern science of the double helix structure of DNA offers the answer: The entwined Serpents emulated the structure of the genetic code, the secret knowledge of which enabled the creation of the Adam.

The first man the Anunnaki created called the “Adam”.

So, you say, “Ok. There were Anunnaki.” Now, who were the Anunnaki and where were they from? The Sumerians say, “They came here from Nibiru.”

And you say, “What is Nibiru?” So they say, “It is one more planet in our solar system.”

Now, if you say,

“I’m really impressed by the Sumerian knowledge, and, maybe they knew what they were talking about regarding the Anunnaki.

But I don’t think there is another planet with these advanced beings on it near Earth.”

However, this is not science fiction.

“There is a tablet in the British Museum, its catalogue number is such and such; it was discovered in this and this place; the text was first published by this and this scholar, here is what it says.”

All the information, all the sources that I am giving, are academically, scientifically, scholarly known and accepted sources. At no time do I invent my own source.
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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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“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*