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Iraq - The End Of The Kurdish Independence Project

Mon, 2017-10-16 15:38
Today the Iraqi government took Kirkuk back from occupying Kurdish forces. This marks the end of the Kurdish independence project in Iraq. in 2014 the Islamic State occupied Mosul. At the same time the regional Kurdish government under Masoud Barzani...
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Open Thread 2017-37

Mon, 2017-10-16 00:33
Last week's posts at Moon of Alabama: October 7 - Syria - Erdogan Is Afraid Of Entering Idleb Turkish forces eventually entered Idleb (see below). But not as the Astana agreement had foreseen. October 8 - Missing - A Motive...
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Free Passage Deal For ISIS In Raqqa - U.S. Denies Involvement - Video Proves It Lies

Sun, 2017-10-15 00:51
After free passage negotiations with the U.S. and its Kurdish proxy forces, ISIS is moving its fighters out of Raqqa city. When the Syrian government reached similar agreements the U.S. childishly criticized it. The U.S. coalition claims that it was...
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Iran - Trump Has No Strategy, Only Aims And No Way To Achieve Them

Sat, 2017-10-14 00:42
Trump hates the international nuclear deal with Iran. The agreement put temporary restriction of Iran's nuclear program and opened it up to deeper inspections. The other sides of the deal committed to lifting sanctions and to further economic cooperation. Trump...
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8 Out of 10 Will Only Read This Headline

Thu, 2017-10-12 23:43
An Australian example of current headline writing: Top secret information about Australia’s military hacked The lede: TOP secret technical information about new fighter jets, navy vessels, and surveillance aircraft has been stolen from an Australian defence contractor. A relevant story...
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Spy Spin Fuels Anti-Kaspersky Campaign

Wed, 2017-10-11 19:14
Since May 2017 certain U.S. circles campaign against security products provided by the Russian company Kaspersky Labs. Three recent stories claim involvement of the software in rather fantastic "Russian hackers" stories. But these stories seem inconsistent, lack logic and evidence....
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"Russia Interfered!" - By Purchasing Anti-Trump Ads?

Tue, 2017-10-10 22:37
After the ludicrous "Russian hacking" claims have died down for lack of evidence, the attention was moved to even more ludicrous claims of "Russian ads influenced the elections". Some readers are upset that continue to debunk the nonsense the media...
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Impressive Videos Of Santa Rosa Fires

Tue, 2017-10-10 13:21
Below the fold: An impressive video of a ten minutes bicycle ride, at night, through a burning Santa Rosa neighborhood. The people got out. But those plywood buildings had no chance. (One wonders why such buildings are seen as investments.)...
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Syria - Turkey Violates Astana Agreement - Renews Alliance With Al-Qaeda

Mon, 2017-10-09 16:35
Yesterday Turkish army forces entered the Syrian Idleb governate from the west. The move is officially part of a de-escalation supervision process agreed upon between Syria, Turkey, Russia and Iran. One point of the agreement is to continue the fight...
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Missing - A Motive For The Las Vegas Killing Spree

Mon, 2017-10-09 00:51
The currently known tale of the Las Vegas mass murder feels astonishingly incomplete. Several rumors and reports appeared about a potential second shooter. But there is no hard evidence. The police keeps saying there was only one person involved. It...
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Syria - Erdogan Is Afraid Of Entering Idleb

Sat, 2017-10-07 23:04
The Turkish President Erdogan announced the start of a Turkish operation in Idleb province of Syria. Idelb has been for years under the control of al-Qaeda in Syria, currently under the label Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. In the talks in Astana,...
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Open Thread 2017-36

Sat, 2017-10-07 00:46
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Syria - Russia Issues Third Warning Against U.S. Cooperation With Terrorists

Thu, 2017-10-05 14:00
The Syrian Army was on its way across the Euphrates river to liberate the oil- and gas-fields east of Deir Ezzor city. The U.S. countered the move. It sent a small forces of Arab tribal mercenaries who were earlier allied...
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Intercept Augments Its Anti-Syrian Stable

Wed, 2017-10-04 23:59
We wrote on the dubious outlet that The Intercept has become. It has long taken anti-Syrian positions. The new hire of a prejudiced author will reinforce its hostile stand against the Syrian government and its people. On September 21 The...
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"Russian Ads" On Facebook? A Click-Bait Campaign.

Wed, 2017-10-04 01:09
Congress is investigating 3,000 suspicious ads which were run on Facebook. These were claimed to have been bought by "Russia" to influence the U.S. presidential election in favor of Trump. It now turns out that these Facebook ads had nothing...
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Another Day, Another U.S. Mass Shooting

Tue, 2017-10-03 00:20
"Turn down the music. You know uncle Stephen goes berserk when one disturbs his sleep." /snark One Stephen Paddock rented a room on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel. Over three days, he brought some ten guns into...
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On Catalonia's Referendum

Sun, 2017-10-01 17:16
Some people in Catalonia, a rich and culturally distinct area in north-east of Spain, want to secede from the larger country. According to polls less than half of the people in the area support the move. The local government prepared...
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The "Russian Influence" Stories Promote Russia's Might - Is Putin Paying For Them?

Sun, 2017-10-01 13:52
It was probably premature to write The "Russian Influence" Story Falls Apart: The story about "Russian influence" was made up by the Democrats to explain Clinton's loss of the election and to avoid looking at her personal responsibility for it....
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Strom Hits Foreign American Island - Reveals System's Failure

Fri, 2017-09-29 05:50
A new example of how little Americans know about their own country - Washington Post, September 28 Puerto Rico is not a foreign country, at least it isn’t if you live in the United States. It is a U.S. territory,...
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By The Grace Of Israel - The Barzani Clan And Kurdish "Independence"

Thu, 2017-09-28 21:22
The Kurdish region in Iraq held a "referendum" about splitting off from Iraq to form an independent state. The referendum was highly irregular and the outcome was assured. That such a referendum was held now had more to do with...
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