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OPINION: A long trail of blood and tears in #Iraq. @Hisham_Melhem writes: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2015/03/07/A-long-trail-of-blood-and-tears.html …
For 35 years, Iraqis with a little help from their regional and international ‘friends’ have put Iraq on a steady trajectory towards state collapse and societal fragmentation. Four years after the completion of the American military withdrawal from Iraq, and four years after the beginning of the Syrian popular uprising, the United States finds itself in those two countries being eclipsed by an ascendant Iran acting as the custodian of two sectarian regimes in Baghdad and Damascus, and acquiescing – with the occasional protest- to its sectarian and regional designs. For all of their public claims that they are not cooperating militarily against the Islamic State (ISISI) the U.S. and Iran are surreptitiously fighting alongside the Shiite based regime in Iraq and the Alawite (an offshoot of Shiite Islam) based regime in Syria by leading an international air campaign against their Sunni enemies.
US-led airstrikes, Iran help key to retake Tikrit: top US general http://shar.es/1fmJyV via @DailyStarLeb
Syria to West: Accept that Assad is here to stay http://bit.ly/17Zkhhf
Hamas accused of interfering in Jordan MB http://almon.co/2dqi
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The Islamic State (ISIS) governor of Mosul was killed in an airstrike Friday night, said a Kurdish official.
Ismat Rajab, head of the 14th branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) said that coalition fighter jets targeted the vehicle of Shakir al-Hamdani, the ISIS governor of Mosul, killing him and a number of his bodyguards.
Rajab who represents the KDP in the Mosul area said that the airstrike hit al-Hamdani’s vehicle in Salamiya, south of the city.
This is the second ISIS governor to be killed since coalition air forces went into battle against the radical group last summer.
Radhwan Hamoudi known as Abu Laith, the first ISIS governor of Mosul was killed in an airstrike outside the city on November 19.
Heavy coalition airstrikes last night from 3 to 4 am in #Mosul.
Iraqi media portrays #Mosul as a city of 2million traitors. Mosul is a city of unarmed hostages.
Misconceptions about #MOSUL: people attacked iraqi forces with IEDs for years. No. AlQaeda & others did. The civilian population did not.
Civil servants in #Mosul receive 1salary every 3months as opposed to what nyp stated. Not even close to $130m per month.
Approximately 50% of civil servants now reside in Kurdistan or Turkey
Salaries of Christian, Shia, and Yezidi employees have been either frozen or transferred to other areas out of Mosul.
Rasha Al Aqeedi retweeted
@RashaAlAqeedi The people of Mosul are unarmed. What are they supposed to do? Charge at Daesh singing Kumbaya?
Armageddon-theory obsession with #ISIS and the Iranian-backed militias is a major tool for recruiting & mobilizing on both sides. #Tikrit