HAGTRESS ALYSSA MILANO GOT HEADLINES LAST WEEK FOR A CHANGE AND SHE WAS THRILLED TO BE BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT -- EVEN IF IT WAS FOR REVEALING SHE HAD TWO ABORTIONS IN 1993.
ASKED BY THESE REPORTERS IF THERE WERE ANY QUESTIONS SHE WAS SURPRISED NOT TO BE ASKED IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING HER STATEMENTS, SHE RESPONDED, "YEAH, I'M KIND OF SURPRISED NO ONE ASKED ME IF I WAS USING BIRTH CONTROL OR WHY, IN 1993, THE FIRST ABORTION DIDN'T MAKE ME PAY A LITTLE MORE ATTENTION TO BIRTH CONTROL."
WE'RE SURPRISED TOO.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
The Israeli government has once again bombed Iraq. Monday, they bombed Balad Air Base where the Iraqi militia (Popular Mobilization Forces -- Shi'ite forces linked to Iran) have stored weapons. The Iraqi militias -- linked to Iran or not -- are part of the Iraqi government forces. The previous prime minister, Hayder al-Abadi, oversaw that incorporation. This was at least the fourth bombing the government of Israel has carried out on Iraq..
Israeli media first began reporting about this at the end of June. Dropping back to the July 30th Iraq snapshot:
How is this not an act of war?
Israel has expanded its operations against Iranian targets to Iraq, where Air Force jets have struck twice in ten days, a report said Tuesday morning.
Israel commonly conducts strikes in Syrian territory, targeting Iranian missile shipments meant for Lebanese terror group Hezbollah to use against the Jewish state, but strikes in Iraq by Israel have not been reported since the 1981 bombing of a nuclear reactor.
That's from Michael Bachner's report for THE TIMES OF ISRAEL.
Repeating: How is this not an act of war?
What if it was the US that was bombed?
Let's use Recep Tayyip Erdogan as an example because on his visit to the US he had his goons attack peaceful protesters -- and by the way, Barack Obama was president and refused to condemn that publicly. But Recep decides peaceful protesters are terrorists so he decides to send Turkish war planes over Baltimore to bomb the city.
We would rightly see that as an act of war.
How is this any different?
It's not any different. And now Lolita Baldor and Josef Federman (ASSOCIATED PRESS) report, "Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq l[a]st month, U.S. officials have confirmed, an attack that would mark a significant escalation in Israel's years-long campaign against Iranian military entrenchment across the region." AL JAZEERA adds:
Earlier this week, the deputy head of the Iraqi Shia militias, known collectively as the Popular Mobilization Forces, openly accused Israeli drones of carrying out the attacks, but ultimately blamed Washington and threatened strong retaliation for any future attack.
Such attacks are potentially destabilising for Iraq and its fragile government, which has struggled to remain neutral amid growing tensions between the United States and Iran.
Al Jazeera's Natasha Ghoneim, reporting from Baghdad during the latest round of air raids, said Iranian-backed armed groups have been operating in Iraq with the full support of the government since 2014, when they joined the fight against ISIL.
"A new law that came into effect on July 31 requires all paramilitary groups to report to the Iraqi security forces, or put down their weapons," Ghoneim reported.
Alissa J. Rubin and Ronnie Bergen (NEW YORK TIMES) explain:
The Israeli move also holds potential hazards for the United States, whose troops remain in Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State. Because the United States is a close Israeli ally, Iraqis are quick to blame it for allowing the Israelis to carry out attacks in Iraq.
A senior American official said that Israel was pushing the limits with the strikes in Iraq. Speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss delicate diplomatic matters, the official said the airstrikes could get the United States military removed from Iraq.
As the US has confirmed what was already out there, many are now issuing statements -- including former prime minister and forever thug Nouri al-Maliki.
Senior US officials told @nytimes that Israel has carried out “several strikes in recent days”,the most recent of which took place on Monday,north of Baghdad. Former Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki is warned of a"strong response" if it is proven that Israel was behind recent airstrikes.
Former Iraq PM warns of 'strong response' if Israel proven responsible for strikes: Nouri al-Maliki's comments come hours after U.S. officials confirm to NYT that Israel was responsible for bombing of Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month dlvr.it/RBlG0Y Haaretz
Nouri was prime minister from 2006 to 2010.
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