THE HIGHLY SECRETIVE CRANKY CLINTON WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT.
SHE DOESN'T WANT TO BE ACCOUNTABLE.
SHE DOESN'T WANT TO BE TRANSPARENT.
BUT SHE WANTS TO BE THE PRESIDENT?
WHAT THE HELL KIND OF ATTACK ON AMERICA IS SHE SECRETLY PLOTTING?
We've been noting the threats Shi'ite officials have made, threats of violence, against the United States over a bill in the House which calls for the Sunnis and the Kurds to be armed independently of Baghdad since Haider al-Abadi, prime minister of Iraq, has failed to keep his promise to distribute the US provided equipment and weapons equally to the Shi'ites, Kurds and Sunnis. See yesterday's snapshot and this from this morning especially.
Mustafa Habib (Niqash) reports on the controversy:
The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and a number of his ministers denounced the plan and some prominent Shiite Muslim figures, such as the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, threatened US interests with violence. The military wing of al-Sadr's supporters organised parades in two southern Iraqi cities in a demonstration of strength. And one of the best known female MPs, Hanan al-Fatlawi, a member of the State of Law coalition previously headed by al-Maliki, said that the US embassy in Baghdad should be closed and the US ambassador expelled.
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When al-Abadi took on the Prime Ministership he declared his willingness to form a National Guard in Iraq. Such a force would effectively allow local people to form their own military units and police their own areas and was considered an antidote for the marginalization of Iraq's Sunnis and Kurds that seemed to be one of al-Maliki's central policies.
Two months after al-Abadi's government formed, the different parties in Parliament agreed that the National Guard should happen, with tens of thousands of members; around 70,000 from Iraq's Shiite-dominated provinces, 50,000 fighters from Sunni-dominated provinces and further additions from the Iraqi Kurdish forces. The plan was to have the National Guard armed and controlled by the Iraqi government, so that all of those currently fighting in, and being paid through, informal militias would be back under state control.
But that was months ago.
From Congress to the State Dept, if you missed it, there's a propaganda war and supposedly ISIS is winning. Like anyone could ever be better at propaganda than the US State Dept?
They released the following video to 'honor' World Press Day.
For those with streaming issues, the piece is basically a silent film -- set to bad music. It's one screen shot after another with title cards.
Journalists often put their lives and safety at risk to keep the world informed
In Iraq and Syria, ISIS has kidnapped, tortured, and murdered journalists.
ISIS has used these acts of brutality to terrorize journalists, extort ransoms, and silence reporting on their atrocities.
Here are some of the Iraqi and Syrian journalists whom ISIS has killed.
Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili, an Iraqi freelance cameraman who was filming the fighting in the Aleppo province.
On 4 December 2013, he was detained and shot by ISIS at the Syria-Turkey border.
Bashar al-Nuaimi, a cameraman with al-Mosuliya TV.
On 24 October 2013, he was shot to death near his home in Mosul.
Nawras al-Nouaimi, an Iraqi presenter working for al-Mosuliya TV, covering stories related to women and children.
On 15 December 2013, she was shot near her home returning from school
Employees at the Salaheddin TV station -- cameraman Jamal Abdulnasir; Arabic language expert Ahmed Khattab Omar, newsroom director Raad Yassin al-Baddi; archives director Mohammed Abdul-Hameed and news anchor Wassan al-Azzawi.
On 23 December 2013, following a car bomb detonation outside the TV station near Tikrit, suicide bombers entered the station and shot all five before detonating their vests.
Al-Mutaz Billah Ibrahim, an anchor with the Sham News Network.
On 4 May 2014, he was executed after being held hostage and tortured for over two months.
Bassam al-Rayes, a freelance cameraman who was shooting footage of the Syrian opposition.
On 30 June 2014, he was abducted, tortured, and murdered.
ISIS Threatens Journalists with:
Threats against their families
Under ISIS rule, there is no freedom of speech, there is no truth beyond what they say, and there is no such thing as mercy.
Think Again Turn Away
The State Dept ignored the assassination of Iraqi journalist Thaer Ali last week in Mosul by the Islamic State. Ignored it all last week -- in one briefing after another. But then created the video above to pretend to care about Iraq and journalists (and Syria).
They don't care. They're little liars. Ned Parker had to flee Iraq last month due to threats against him as a result of his reporting. The threats came from Shi'ite militias supporting the Iraqi government.
They don't care about that, not the State Dept.
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