how do you like that drone war now?

This is a whistleblower: a former U.S. drone tech says drone-killings are terrorism.

there are a lot of great twitter feeds but i always start with glenn greenwald's because he covers so many different topics.

this 1 is especially important.

we need to face facts that the drone war is not helping and that we are killing innocent people.

we've been doing that for some time now.

yes, barack is guilty too.

it's time we faced what we are doing and how wrong it is.

maybe because it's donald trump now carrying out the drone war we can find our voices and finally object?

i hope so.

let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'

Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

As noted yesterday, the Turkish government has yet again bombed Iraq.

This time, the reaction is a bit different.

CNN notes:

US officials said they were "deeply concerned" after Turkey carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday against US allies fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
A senior US defense official told CNN that the US was given about one hour's advance notice of the strikes by the Turkish military. The official added that no US or coalition advisers were in the vicinity. 

The Turkish government claims it is targeting the PKK.   Aaron Hess (INTERNATIONALSOCIALIST REVIEW) described the PKK in 2008, "The PKK emerged in 1984 as a major force in response to Turkey's oppression of its Kurdish population. Since the late 1970s, Turkey has waged a relentless war of attrition that has killed tens of thousands of Kurds and driven millions from their homes. The Kurds are the world's largest stateless population -- whose main population concentration straddles Turkey, Iraq, Iran, and Syria -- and have been the victims of imperialist wars and manipulation since the colonial period. While Turkey has granted limited rights to the Kurds in recent years in order to accommodate the European Union, which it seeks to join, even these are now at risk."

These strikes have gone on throughout the Iraq War -- often with 'clever' names -- such as Panther Operation in 2012.  When Bully Boy Bush occupied the White House, the US government did not object to these strikes -- even when civilians were killed.  Under Barack Obama's presidency, the Turkish attacks were still tolerated.

Loveday Morris and Kareem Fahim (WASHINGTON POST) report on the US government reaction:

“These airstrikes were not approved by the coalition and led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against ISIS that includes members of the Kurdish peshmerga,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters, using another name for the Islamic State. He said the United States was “deeply concerned” about the strikes.  “We have expressed those concerns to the government of Turkey directly,” he added.

Seth J. Frantzman (JERUSALEM POST) offers:

In a paper published on April 12 by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Fabrice Balanche argued that Sinjar could be a strategic necessity for the Kurdish Rojava region of Syria as a corridor for trade to Iraq and Iran. The argument is part of a larger narrative that sees Iranian designs on Sinjar as part of its “Shia crescent” linking Tehran with Syria. In this sense, Turkey’s bombing could be part of a large regional contest for Sinjar.

The reality on the ground is more tragic, with thousands of Yazidi refugees on Sinjar Mountain still taking shelter, since some 5,000 Yazidis were murdered by Islamic State in 2014, and hundreds of thousands wish to return home to Sinjar. But they want infrastructure and security.

The Turkish intervention adds to the tensions and makes return difficult.

Turkey is also sending a deeper message to the US in Syria. While the US may conquer Raqqa with the SDF, the Turkey wants to show that they will act with impunity against the PKK or YPG in Syria or Iraq, overflying US forces to do so if needed.

Onur Ant and Firat Kozok (BLOOMBERG NEWS) explain, "Turkey classifies the YPG as terrorists, while the U.S. sees it as one of the most effective allies against Islamic State and has deployed special forces to work alongside the group. The division has fueled tensions between the NATO allies."  SPUTNIK adds, "Turkey's actions in Iraq violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, Tehran supports Baghdad's position on the issue, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said in a statement Wednesday."  RUDAW notes, "The Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Advisor said the Turkish airstrike on Mount Shingal which left five Peshmerga soldiers dead and nine others wounded 'was a surprise' and that they had asked Ankara for 'clarification' with regards to the incident."  And ALMASDAR NEWS reports:

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-‘Abadi issued a statement on Tuesday condemning the Turkish military’s unauthorized incursion into Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains today.
‘Abadi not only condemned the the Turkish military’s incursion into northwest Iraq, he also issued a stern warning to Ankara about carrying out such attacks in the future. 

Meanwhile, it's day 189 of The Mosul Slog.

Hunar Ahmed (RUDAW) reports, "US advisors, Iraqi Shiite paramilitaries converging west of Mosul."  And Jim Michaels (USA TODAY) notes that the Iraqi military is now using drones to attack the Islamic State.

Yes, the Iraq War continues.

And I often wonder about the stooges of #theResistance who have no clue that the Iraq War didn't continue under Barack Obama.

But then THE GUARDIAN publishes crap like the latest by Tom Engelhardt (for TOMDISPTACH) entitled "Presenting the Trump doctrine: 'forever war'."

What a joy it is for Tom to have a Republican in the White House again -- it's back to trashing the government for the Iraq War.

Something, please note, that did not happen under Barack.

I'm not remember reading about the Barack doctrine "forever war."

Even though Barack was elected to end the Iraq War but, as president, he elected to continue it.

And the Afghanistan War as well.

The problem with trash like Tom is he's not independent.

He is paid by The Nation Institute.

So like Katrina vanden Heuvel, he's going to ignore wars under Democrats or offer weak opposition.

But when he can spew against a Republican, he'll go to town.

That's now peace, that's not anti-war.

That's partisan.

And it helps no one.

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    clara jeffery is an idiot

    oh, those idiots.

    1.   Retweeted
      It's 2017 and liberal white women still shout about "white men". Clara Jeffery (who is white) said only white men criticise Chelsea.
    2.   Retweeted
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      if you're going to write an article about how Men are being rude to chelsea by saying she's running, include women like me and too

    a number of women on the left have been speaking out against chelsea nepotism clinton.

    i'm 1.

    so to pretend that this is a male response and it is sexism?

    you have to really be a liar.

    and an idiot.

    let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, tensions simmer between Iraq and Turkey, Chelsea Clinton toys with a political run, and much more.

    Let's start with politics.

    Donald Trump doesn't know where Crimea, Syria, Iraq or the White House is. This is his World Map 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻

    She knows where Iraq is.

    She knows.

    So clearly she must be Tweeting about it, right?


    Scroll through day after day and find nothing.

    But she thinks she's better than Donald Trump because she knows where Iraq is.

    She knows where Iraq is and yet she chooses to ignore it.

    March for science, march against Donald Trump, et al -- she can do that.

    She just can't object to the ongoing Iraq War.

    But don't worry, when she feels the need to use Iraq as a political football again, she will.

    Otherwise, she doesn't give a damn.

    Day after day, she doesn't give a damn.

    Turkey has again bombed Iraq.

    Turkey says it bombed Kurdish terrorists in Syria and Iraq but US Kurdish allies say they were hit

    The Turkish government always says that -- that it killed terrorists.

    Then reality comes along.

    And it turns out to be, for example, farmers and sheep.

    But for a news cycle or two, the Turkish government gets to pretend otherwise.

    And this bombing?

    Turkish strike in Iraq kills six Kurdish security forces: official

    AL JAZEERA notes the Turkish government's official statement:

    The targets were hit to prevent the PKK from sending "terrorists, arms, ammunition and explosives to Turkey," the statement said, adding that the operation was conducted "within the scope of the international law".

    AFP adds:

    Zardasht Shingali, a spokesman for the YBS [Yazidi Protection Units], said the strikes lasted three hours and hit five of his group's positions in the area.
    He told AFP that the targets included a radio station, a position in the strategic Shilo Valley west of the mountain and another in the town of Sinuni, which lies at the foot of the mountain's northern flank.

    Five Iraqi Peshmerga fighters killed by mistake in raid on PKK: Kurdish sources

    By mistake?

    There have been a lot of 'mistakes.'  And the Iraqi government has objected repeatedly to Turkey bombing Iraq.

    NRT reports:

    The Iraqi Parliament’s deputy speaker denounced the Turkish air raids in Sinjar saying the airstrikes have no “justification.”
    “I call upon the Iraqi Foreign Ministry to summon the Turkish ambassador to condemn the attacks,” Deputy Speaker Aram Sheikh Mohammed said in a statement on Tuesday (April 25).

    The deputy speaker added that air raids by the Turkish government are a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty, international agreements, as well as an agreement between neighboring countries.

    That's only one statement from a government official.

    Do the statements mean anything?

    Some don't think so.

    MFA: airstrikes in mountain is violations of Iraq's sovereignty.
  • MFA: airstrikes will not bring "Peace", will complicate and destabilize the area.
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    is that all he has to say? how about sending their (few) jets to defend Iraqi airspace?
    Replying to  
    It's all lip service, Iraq won't do anything to stop 🦃

    Meanwhile, the same political problems remain in Iraq, the ones that led Barack Obama to insist June 19, 2014 that the only solution to the crises was a political solution.

    Iraq will be holding elections soon.

    The vote for the IHEC came down to the wire. 252 parliament members attended. 119 not convinced 118 convinced 15 didnt voted

    On the political front in the US, Chelsea Clinton is toying with running for public office.

    Your father starved 576 thousand children in Iraq to death

    It's not "anti-American" to be opposed to AUMF & Afghanistan war. Should've protested mom's Iraq war vote & dad's sanctions that killed 500k

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