Iraq: a boomerang for the United States





November 30, 2006 - Iraq Is Bush's Boomerang War

20 January 2008 - Al Qaeda and the “War on Terrorism”

July 17, 2012 – USA and Al Qaeda: Holy Alliance:

June 17, 2013 - Obama Lies America Into Another War:

Jun 21, 2013 - Russia Says U.S. Risks Al-Qaeda Boomerang With Syria Rebels:

September 25, 2013 - Breaking: Whistleblower Reveals U.S. State Dept. Ships Arms Directly to al-Qaeda - A former CIA gun runner revealed that the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in order to cover up the U.S. State Department’s direct arm shipments to al-Qaeda

December 16, 2013 - Al-Qaeda Now Has Weapons US Sent To Syria
For those worried that dumping US arms into the Al-Qaeda dominated Syrian opposition areas was a bad idea, you win. After President Obama bypassed a rule on funding terrorists, US arms began flowing to the Syrian opposition. The arms were, in some abysmally stupid theory, supposed to go to the “moderate” opposition only.

21.1.2014 - US secretly backs rebels to fight al-Qaeda in Syria: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10588308/US-secretly-backs-rebels-to-fight-al-Qaeda-in-Syria.html


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Syria: Iraq Calls for Peaceful Solution

Iraqs-permanent-Arab-League-representative.jpgIraq's Envoy to AL Renews Call for Peaceful Solution to Crisis in Syria

May 23, 2013

CAIRO, (SANA) - Iraq's envoy to the Arab League, Qais al-Azzawi renewed on Wednesday Iraq's call for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Syria.

In statements to journalists in Cairo on Thursday, al-Azzawi said that ''since the outset of the crisis in Syria, Iraq has emphasized a political solution; for violence does not solve problems but complicates them further…Violence breeds violence.''

He considered the Russia-US agreement on holding an international conference on Syria ''Geneva 2'' a 'big leap' on the right path for solving the crisis peacefully.

He added that the meeting at the Arab League headquarter is aimed at thrashing out the Arab, regional and international efforts for solving the crisis.

Al-Azzawi said that the loss of thousands of innocent human lives in Syria was due to violence, pointing out that ''shifting course to the peaceful solution is the right path to go down.''

Iraq, Algeria and Oman have adopted a clear position since the onset of the crisis in Syria, based on rejecting foreign interference and commitment to constitutional mechanisms for reforms and a solution to the crisis by the Syrians.

M. Ismael


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China daily: 'Iraq war a bitter lesson for US'

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On March 20, 2003, former US president George W. Bush joined hands with Tony Blair, then British prime minister, to invade Iraq without declaring a war, saying that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and was harboring al-Qaida.

Although the US-led coalition overthrew Saddam Hussein, it got entangled in a long "counter-terrorism" and "counter-insurgency" war that not only claimed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis' lives, but also eroded US hegemony. It was left to Bush's successor Barack Obama to get the US out of the mess by withdrawing American troops from Iraq by the end of 2011.

By wantonly demonizing Saddam Hussein and waging an unjust war against Iraq, the US wanted to dominate the Middle East and consolidate its hegemony over the world. Colin Powell, then US secretary of state, even gave false testimony before the UN Security Council and presented fake "evidence" to prove Iraq had unconventional weapons in an attempt to get the council's authorization to launch an attack on Iraq.

After failing to obtain the approval, the US-led coalition bypassed the Security Council and launched an all-out war against a sovereign state on the pretext of "liberating" its people from a "tyrant". The US action was a blatant violation of the UN Charter and the norms governing international relations, and had repercussions across the face of the globe. It was clear right from the beginning that the US invasion of Iraq was not for the "liberation" of Iraq but to consolidate American hegemony.

After the Sept 11, 2001, attacks, the US used its might as the only superpower (and to a lesser degree the sympathy of the international community) to launch a war in Afghanistan at the end of 2001.

But instead of withdrawing from Afghanistan after ousting the Taliban from power, Washington broadened the scope of its "war on terror" by trying to orchestrate a "democratic" transformation in the Islamic world, labeling some countries as "axis of evil" and pursuing unilateralism in international relations. In the process, the US extended the "war on terror" to Iraq.

The US-led invasion of Iraq resulted in mass civilian casualties and huge economic loss, leaving the country in tatters and fuelling bloody sectarian violence that gave birth to a new faction of al-Qaida in a country where it never had any base. The blame for this mayhem and chaos rests squarely on US shoulders.

The Iraq war (along with that in Afghanistan) has also had strategic implications on international relations.

First, it signaled the decline of US hegemony. Along with the US-led "war on terror" and the Afghanistan war, the Iraq war led to a sharp increase in US military spending that put the federal government under heavy debt and indirectly triggered the 2008 financial crisis. The highly expensive Iraq war is also closely related to the "fiscal cliff" and debt crisis facing the US today.

Second, the two wars indirectly accelerated the multi-polarization process in international relations, allowing emerging powers to come into the limelight. The two wars and the "war on terror" have greatly denuded the US of its strategic resources and eroded its "sole superpower" status.

As a result, the Obama administration has made extensive changes in its foreign policy by ending the "war on terror", withdrawing US troops from Iraq, speeding up the withdrawal from Afghanistan and shifting its strategic focus to the burgeoning Asia-Pacific region. The US has also begun using smart power in greater measure in its foreign affairs.

Third, the war in Iraq broke the existing balance of power in the Middle East, especially that between Iraq and Iran. It changed the political landscape of and severely weakened Iraq, leaving Iran, which the US considers its "enemy No 1" to become stronger. The rise of pro-Iran Shiites to power in Iraq has been favorable to Iran and detrimental to US interests, which is a bitter irony of history.

The Iraq war has been more than a lesson for the international community.

An important reason why the US could wage wars in two countries was the serious imbalance of power that prevailed in the world a decade ago. Had global checks and balances been in place, the US could not have had its way.

Now that the global financial crisis and the emergence of BRICS have checked the marauding policies of Washington and brought about some sanity in the global power balance, the US-led West can no longer continue its hegemonic policies. Hegemonism and wars of aggression, no matter how high-sounding they are made out to be, are doomed to fail.

Only with the authorization of the UN Security Council can a country (or a group of countries) exercise the right to intervene in another. Countries that pursue unilateral intervention violate international law.

Toward the end of 2010, some North African and Middle East countries experienced political upheavals. One among them, the Syrian civil war, is still on. Some Western powers are eager to seize the opportunity to "intervene" in the country and have stepped up efforts to arm Syrian opposition forces in an attempt to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad government and minimize Iran's influence in the region.

The security situation in the Middle East has become increasingly sinister, which should remind the Western powers of the painful lessons of the Iraq war. If they ignore that lesson, they will end up shooting themselves in the foot.

The author is deputy director of World Politics Research Institute, affiliated to the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.


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Iraq was 'liberated'…


3 January, 2003

US will liberate Iraq, says Bush

US President George W Bush rallied US troops on Friday, telling them that a war in Iraq would be "not to conquer but to liberate".
He urged Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to "end his defiance" of UN resolutions and avoid US-led military action.

As the US continued to amass troops in the Gulf region, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday his government supported US pressure on Iraq, but warned that the Turkish people opposed American forces being based in their country.

In Iraq, weapons inspectors have carried out more searches ahead of a report to the UN Security Council later in January.

President Bush told cheering soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas - the largest US Army base - that America was winning its war on terror around the world.

He said terrorists were "nothing but a bunch of cold blooded killers and that's the way we are going to treat them".

"Terrorists will not be stopped by mercy or by conscience, but they will be stopped," he said. "They will be stopped by the will and might of the United States."

He said America was confronting the threat of "outlaw regimes" that sought weapons of mass destruction.

Referring to North Korea, which has threatened to restart its nuclear programme, he said the world had to speak with one voice to "turn it away from its nuclear ambitions".

Iraq 'a threat'

Mr Bush said the world had already spoken with one voice on Iraq, but President Saddam Hussein had "chosen the path of defiance".

He described the Iraqi regime as a threat to America and to its friends.

"Saddam Hussein was given a path to peace, thus far he has chosen the path of defiance.

"He knows what he must do to avoid conflict. Even now he could end his defiance - he has that choice to make.

"We prefer voluntary compliance from Iraq. Force is our last choice but if force becomes necessary to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction... to secure our country and to keep the peace, America will act deliberately, America will act decisively, and America will prevail because we've got the finest military in the world."

He added: "Should Saddam seal his fate by refusing to disarm, by ignoring the opinion of the world, you will be fighting not to conquer anybody but to liberate people."

Turkish doubts

Turkish Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis, in an interview with private NTV television, said the US was right to "narrow the circle" around Iraq.

But asked about US troops being based in Turkey - which borders Iraq - he said: "The United States is our ally but there might be issues on which the interests of allies do not meet.

"I think it is a very important decision and there are signs of opposition in the public against the deployment of tens of thousands of troops."

He said such a decision could not be taken without public and political support.

US and British warplanes already fly patrols over the northern no-fly zone in northern Iraq.

If Washington was allowed to deploy large numbers of troops in Turkey it could attack Iraq from the south and north.

The US already has about 60,000 troops stationed in the Gulf region with more on the way.

It was confirmed on Friday that units of the 45,000-strong US 1st Marine Expeditionary Force are being ordered to the Gulf. The force already has a forward base in Kuwait.

United Nations weapons inspectors continued their searches on Friday, visiting a factory north of Baghdad that makes solid fuel for missiles.



American 'liberation' of Iraq


Photo: Iraq, after the American 'liberation'...

"We've always said it could be days, weeks, or months and we don't know. And I don't think you need a timetable. What you really need to know is it's going to end and it's going to end with the Iraqi people liberated."
Donald Rumsfeld, March 30, 2003.

"Iraq is free, and today we are joined by representatives of a liberated country."
George W. Bush, Sept. 23, 2003.

"Just in this administration, we've liberated 50 million people from the Taliban in Afghanistan and from Saddam Hussein in Iraq -- two terribly oppressive regimes that slaughtered hundreds of thousands of their own people."
Dick Cheney, May 31, 2005.

A  study published by The Lancet in 2006, estimated 655,000 Iraqis, the vast majority of them innocent civilians, have been killed as a result of the bombing and occupation of Iraq. Was this a human price worth paying for the supposed liberation of an oppressed people? How does freedom in Iraq under Bush's mandate compare with Saddam Hussein's regime?


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Syria: Iraqi support

Iraq.jpgIraq.. Giving Syria seat at AL to Doha Coalition violation of Charter

Mar 25, 2013

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari underlined that giving Syria seat at the Arab League to Doha coalition is a precedent and violation of the AL convention, saying "Iraq had reservation about the AL decision."

"The name of the League is the Arab League.. representatives of the member states are the elected governments which have legitimacy, express and represent their people," Zebari said in a TV interview on Monday.

He added "Iraq would not recognize any side other than what the Syrian people decide, we will keep our stance and the reservation we have adopted.

Zebari said that the attempts by some Arab countries to reach outcomes, put an entity instead of a state or raising an alternative flag without the Syrian people's opinion were to " close the door in front of any political settlements and complicate issues in future," reiterating his country's rejection of arming any side in the opposition.




Latest News Syria: Iraqi Media Delegation supports Syrian people


February 23, 2013

DAMASCUS, (SANA) – A delegation of the Iraqi Arab Journalism Association for Supporting Syria visited on Saturday the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) and inspected the work situation and its role in defying the media war launched against Syria.

SANA Director-General, Ahmad Dawa, pointed out that the war launched against Syria is aimed at undermining the Arab national spirit of Arab citizens in a systematic way to keep the Arab countries weak with no independent political decision.

The Director-General briefed the delegation on the work situation at the Agency, pointing out that the agency seeks to provide accurate and detailed information and to convey facts, while several other media outlets have abandoned all professional standards of journalism.

The Iraqi delegation stressed the support of the Iraqi people to the Syrian people, noting that Syria is being targeted today because of its national stances which support the resistance.

They stressed that Syria's victory over its enemies is inevitable thanks to the steadfastness of the Syrian Arab Army.

The delegation noted that the association is working to launch a newspaper titled "the Mother of Arabism" dedicated to the Syrian issue, hailing the steadfastness of the Syrian people.




Arms smuggling from Iraq to Syria

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Sep 23, 2012 - BAGHDAD, (SANA) - Religious authorities in Iraq issued fatwas forbidding buying or selling weapons across the country, as unknown groups purchased weapons from areas in central and southern Iraq, amid confirmed reports that this campaign is backed by intelligence services of some countries to smuggle the weapons to Syria.

RT television said in a report on Sunday "There have been ample reports in Iraq about an organized campaign by unknown groups to buy Kalashnikovs, guns, PKCs from the locals in central and southern Iraq.'

Iraqi MP Mohamed al-Lakkash said ''There are arms traders in Iraq, and weapons are bought from the locals due to the deteriorating living conditions of people who bear arms, which gave rise to an organized campaign of buying weapons.'

'There is Saudi and Qatari intelligence operating on the Syrian-Iraqi borders who are trying to promote the weapons trade to support the Syrian armed opposition, that's why the citizens have to be cautious not to sell weapons to those who are trying to empty the area of weapons,'' Iraqi MP Abboud Wahid said.



Who's responsible for terrorist attacks and the suffering of the Syrian people ?

Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, approved earlier this year and known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. The weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would step up its support for the armed groups in Syria, providing them with an additional £5 million (US$7.8 million). The money is used for bomb attacks in Syria.

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