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How The US Is Arming Both Sides Of The Iraqi Conflict

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Recall a week ago we wrote "US Begins Delivering F-16s To Iraq This Week, A Decade After It Wiped Out Iraq's Air Force" in which we said:

... the US will deliver the first of 36 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq in what Baghdad's envoy to the United States called a "new chapter" in his country's ability to defend its vast borders with Iran and other neighbors.


....the US earlier in March provided Iraq with some 100 Hellfire missiles as well as assault rifles and other ammunition. Then in April the US sent more arms, providing Iraq with 11 million rounds of ammunition and other supplies.

It is unknown how many of these have fallen into Al Qaeda/ISIS hands (we do know that at least one Iraqi Black Hawk chopper was captured during the rush for Mosul). What is known is that as PBS Frontline reported two weeks ago, while the administration has denied arming Syrian "rebels", i.e. the same ISIS militants that have crossed the border and are now fighting in Iraq... 

... the reality is that it has. From: "Obama Says Not Arming Syrian Rebels, Syrian Rebels Say He Is"

... the Syrian rebels themselves say they are already armed and trained by US in the use of sophisticated weapons and fighting techniques, including, one rebel said, "how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush." The interviews are the latest evidence that after more than three years of warfare, the United States has stepped up the provision of lethal aid to the rebels, as PBS notes "it appears the Obama administration is allowing select groups of rebels to receive US-made anti-tank missiles."


The commander of the unit also told Ali that their American contacts had asked him to bring 80 to 90 members of his unit to Ankara for training.


One of the fighters said they received three weeks of training in how to conduct ambushes, conduct raids and use their weapons. They also said they received new uniforms and boots.


“They trained us to ambush regime or enemy vehicles and cut off the road,” said the fighter, who is identified only as “Hussein.” “They also trained us on how to attack a vehicle, raid it, retrieve information or weapons and munitions, and how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.”

To summarize: the US was arming and training the same Al Qaeda/ISIS groups of Jihadists, that it concurrently gave Iraq weapons to fight. And since the Iraq army has so far proven utterly incapable of any resistance, it is now up to US drones to "fight" the same "rebels" that the US itself was collaborating with until a month or so ago.

The clear winner here? The US military-industrial complex, of course, as well as the banks who lend money to the governments to fight wars provoked by various "developed nation" spy agencies.

Collateral damage? Millions of innocent people on the ground in Syria and Iraq, and everywhere else too.

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Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:31 | 4849550 bam
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long lockheed martin 


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:37 | 4849565 hedgeless_horseman
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How The US Is Arming Both Sides Of The Iraqi Conflict

Our politicians learned this tactic from the banks that donate to bribe both party's candidates.

This way they are sure to win!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:39 | 4849591 john39
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chaos is how a tiny (evil) minority rules the world...  or tries to anyway.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:42 | 4849599 Joe Davola
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We're breaking our own windows!?!?!  Someone better give Krugman a paper bag to breath into.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:47 | 4849616 Dr. Engali
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How about a plastic bag wrapped around his head?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:56 | 4849657 cossack55
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Still, to this day, do not know how this scene ever saw the light of day.  My only explanation is large brass balls by the banksters.



Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:11 | 4849722 Four chan
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all that prayer softens the brain and turns them into perfect pawns to do whatever bidding the head maniac shouts.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:14 | 4849739 Manthong
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O’bomber seems to have the same dispositions as Captain Tupelov.


a.     Arrogant ass

b.    Killing us with our own money and weapons


Fri, 06/13/2014 - 03:42 | 4851787 Davalicious
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The Jews plan, and tactics, haven't changed.

The "Young Turks" and "Committee for Union and Progress" were Jewish led. They broke up the Ottoman Empire and murdeded 1.5 million Armenians to pave the way for the creation of Israel. Back then they funded both sides, Muslims and Christians, so that they could mutually annihilate each other.

The "Russian" Revolution wasn't very Russian when Lenin spoke Yiddish and Stalin was married to a Jew who's father headed the secret police. Churchill wrote that Jews from the underworld of Europe had risen up and become literally the masters of a vast empire. Actually, most of the leading reds were from the lower east side of New York.The Red Terror claimed 100 million victims world wide.

The present crisis in the Middle East has been engineered to kil more of us and make way for "Greater Israel".

Their weakness is their small numbers. It only takes a small percentage of the world population to wake up and give them the boot.


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:32 | 4849753 ZerOhead
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And in other breaking news...


Looks like the NeoCon plan to break up a Pro-Iranian leaning Iraq under al Malaki into EASILY DIGESTABLE AND CONTROLLABLE PIECES is intensifying as the Kurds now take over the important oil producing city of Kirkuk.

Yup.... when the MSM tell you it's all about religious fanatics it's a reasonably safe bet it isn't...


 "The forces of Iraq's autonomous ethnic Kurdish north, known as the peshmerga, took over bases in Kirkuk vacated by the army, a spokesman said: "The whole of Kirkuk has fallen into the hands of peshmerga," said peshmerga spokesman Jabbar Yawar.

 "No Iraqi army remains in Kirkuk now."

Kurds have long dreamed of taking Kirkuk and its huge oil reserves. They regard the city, just outside their autonomous region, as their historic capital, and peshmerga units were already present in an uneasy balance with government forces.

The swift move by their highly organised security forces to seize full control demonstrates how this week's sudden advance by ISIL has redrawn Iraq's map - and potentially that of the entire Middle East, where national borders were set nearly a century ago as France and Britain carved up the Ottoman empire."


Tony Blair has set up his Kurdish contacts on speed dial...


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:43 | 4849600 hedgeless_horseman
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It's not like divorce lawyers foment hatred between their clients...that would be unethical...and very profitable.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:34 | 4849567 TeamDepends
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The enemy of my enemys' friends' banker buddy is my....

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:38 | 4849587 Dr. Engali
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The enemy of my enemy's banker's enemy is the enemy of my enemy's friend.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:11 | 4849726 COSMOS
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After reading all this enemy enemy menemy stuff I need and ENEMA

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:16 | 4849746 Gigliola Cinquetti
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prepping for anal ? nahh not your style

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:23 | 4849779 Canadian Dirtlump
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Our dear leaders and their able handmaidens in the MSM are the ones that are full of shit.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 00:08 | 4851522 newbie vampire
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"Our dear leaders and their able handmaidens in the MSM are the ones that are full of shit."

The MSM are the whores hawking the elites' "truths and facts".

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:46 | 4849612 doctor10
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Cute little federale warmongers-being whipped by the central bankers. Nasty little S&M games.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:55 | 4849658 RmcAZ
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The Al Qaeda fighters in Syria that we support who are fighting the Assad regime we do not support, are now marching through Iraq which we do not support, to take over the Iraqi government we support, and are being opposed by Iran which we do not support, all with weapons we supplied on both sides.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:01 | 4849678 cossack55
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That, my friend, is a solid business plan.  BTFATH

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:23 | 4849776 optimator
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And our own anti aircraft missiles will be used to shoot down our own planes?  I'm having a problem figuring out the game plan.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 16:28 | 4850012 TheSecondLaw
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Yes...but some of the bad guys will die too. So that's at least something. 

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 23:57 | 4851506 icanhasbailout
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I'm not having any trouble figurng out the game plan.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 00:10 | 4851525 newbie vampire
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"And our own anti aircraft missiles will be used to shoot down our own planes?  I'm having a problem figuring out the game plan."

Are the Iraqis paying for the planes or is it some kinda foreign assistance program ?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:56 | 4849903 disabledvet
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You forgot the exclamation point!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 23:41 | 4851474 pickupthatcan
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Defense contractors gotta eat, same as worms.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:32 | 4849553 NOTaREALmerican
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Ya gotta hand it to them smart-n-savvy people, they sure know how to create bullshit for the dumbasses.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:32 | 4849557 Dr. Engali
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Don't worry Hillary will save us.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:34 | 4849564 BigJim
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It's about time we had someone with a different genital configuration to lead us. We've tried everything else, so this must work.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:35 | 4849571 TeamDepends
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Don't fork over any cash until you look under the hood.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:39 | 4849592 ziggy59
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I'll take their word for it...ty

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:27 | 4849796 TeamDepends
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See, that's the kind of thinking that got us here in the first place.  Now we're stuck with no title and a bad tranny.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:41 | 4849595 12ToothAssassin
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Hillary is uniquely qualified to run the empire

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:52 | 4849642 drendebe10
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"There ain't nuthin uglier than and old white woman."    Fred Sanford, Sanford and Son

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:01 | 4849682 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Think she has a set of those "Maleficent" horns to wear?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:47 | 4849614 ACP
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So, when Hillary doesn't work, we'll have to try something really new, like a multi-racial bi-sexual transgender hermaphrodite, because that's sure to work.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:53 | 4849646 TeamDepends
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Let's just cut to the chase and elect a Brown Nosed Weasel.  Why not?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:53 | 4849648 sfisher
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Or we could try something different, like Rand Paul.  If he is 15% true to his father's principals, we will certainly be trying something different!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:55 | 4849655 NOTaREALmerican
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That would make him 85% true to the principals of the smart-n-savvy people currently running things.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 00:19 | 4851546 newbie vampire
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"And our own anti aircraft missiles will be used to shoot down our own planes?  I'm having a problem figuring out the game plan."

The plan is to sell more planes.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:54 | 4849650 NOTaREALmerican
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I'm tellin ya,  you might just be onto something here.   

There's gotta be some combination that will work!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:03 | 4849696 viahj
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it works for the SFPD   /s

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:05 | 4849700 semperfi
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but that's what we got now (?)

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:37 | 4849580 Winston Churchill
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How are you so sure who has the balls in that family.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:37 | 4849584 john39
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>>different genital


yeah, but he was talking about Hillary, so no dice.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:50 | 4849637 piss pants
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She definitley makes me think they're right on the burka thing

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:53 | 4849645 Dr. Engali
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She does have an uncanny resemblance to Dr. Evil:


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 15:59 | 4849919 disabledvet
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I'm gonna use Bill Clinton's head as a candleholder.

I lend some of his teeth for her to hang around her neck tho.

"Each one for everyone one of those phucking whores he's stilling banging."

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:33 | 4849559 BigJim
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Who said being a Hegemon was easy?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:34 | 4849566 screw face
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