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Syrian And Iraqi Al-Qaeda Groups Merge As US Troops Arrive: The Full Iraq Update

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Here are the most notable news updates from overnight events in Iraq.

  • Syrian, Iraqi Al-Qaeda Groups Merge

As we noted previously, Iraq scourge ISIS is well-versed in the ways of corporate marketing, branding and etiquette, having released annual reports for at least the past two years. As it turns out, in what may be the most stunning update overnight from Iraq, ISIS is also proficient in corporate finance, namely mergers and acquisitions, after what Reuters reports was an effective merger of unequals after Syria's al Qaeda, aka the Nusra Front, pledged allegiance to the formerly rival group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in a Syrian border town, a monitoring group said, strengthening ISIS's control of both sides of the Syria-Iraq frontier.

From Reuters:

Fighters from Nusra Front, the Syrian wing of al Qaeda, took an oath of loyalty to ISIL in the town of Albu Kamal, close to the Iraqi border, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and an Islamist website said on Wednesday.


The central leadership of al Qaeda has disowned ISIL and proclaimed the Nusra Front as its official Syrian affiliate.


ISIL, which seized Iraq's main northern city Mosul on June 10, has since marched virtually unopposed towards Baghdad and is in control of major border posts on the frontier with Syria.


The group also controls large parts of eastern Syria, where it has both clashed with rival rebels groups and occasionally fought alongside them, complicating the three-year-old insurgncy against President Bashar al-Assad.


Twitter users posted a photo they said showed the Nusra Front leader of Albu Kamal, Abu Yusuf al-Masri, swearing loyalty to one of ISIL's prominent fighters. "It is very important because Nusra is strong in Albu Kamal," the Observatory's Rami Abdurrahman said. "We cannot say (ISIL) controls Albu Kamal but we can say they are now in Albu Kamal."

So now that Al Qaeda has mastered mergers, can they please already hire Goldman for the IPO as well? There is a lot of other people's money burning a hole in the pockets of the 1%, and it will find its way to ISIS. One way or another.

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  • Maliki defies Kerry agreement, rules out national emergency government

According to AFP, as if John Kerry wasn't humiliated enough in Egypt already, today his "accomplishment" to get Maliki to agree to a emergency government, is also up in flames.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday ruled out forming a national emergency government to confront a Sunni militant offensive that has overrun large parts of the country.


“The call to form a national emergency government is a coup against the constitution and the political process,” Maliki said in a televised address. “The dangerous goals of forming a national emergency government are not hidden... It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voters,” said the Iraqi leader.


Maliki’s electoral bloc won by far the most seats in April 30 parliamentary elections with 92, nearly three times as many as the next biggest party, and the incumbent himself tallied 720,000 personal votes, also far and away the most. But he fell short of a majority in Iraq’s Council of Representatives, and has had to court the support of rivals in order to form a government.


A recent militant offensive led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, has put pressure on Maliki from both domestic opponents and overseas, with critics alleging his policies are sectarian.

So with the democratic route out of the picture, it means the US flipflops on the ground will have to be activated.

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  • US Troops Arrive In Baghdad On ISIS Mission

According to SkyNews, about 40 US special operations personnel have arrived in the Middle East to assess the Iraqi response to the invasion of ISIS.

The first team of American military advisers has arrived in Iraq to help the country tackle the threat from Islamist insurgents. About 40 of the 300 expected to be deployed to the Middle Eastern country were described by the Pentagon as having "started their mission".


Admiral John Kirby told reporters that two "initial assessment teams" have been deployed in Baghdad.


He said their role would be to assess the Iraqi army and not to engage in attacks on militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who have seized several towns north of Baghdad.


Admiral Kirby said: "This isn't about rushing to the rescue.


"These teams will assess the cohesiveness and readiness of the Iraqi security forces ... and examine the most effective and efficient way to introduce follow-on advisers."

Scratch flipflops, make that boots.

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  • Syrian Warplanes Strike in Western Iraq, Killing at Least 50 People

So now the US is allied with Iraq, Iran, Saudi, and, drumroll, Syria in chasing the same band of Jihadist extremist it itself was cultivating and funding over the years in Syria. Brilliant. From the WSJ:

Syrian warplanes carried out airstrikes in western Iraq, stepping up the military role of the U.S. adversary in helping Baghdad's Shiite-dominated government fight Sunni insurgents.


The strikes on Tuesday came as the Pentagon announced that the first 130 members of a potential 300 U.S. military advisers were in place in Baghdad to start assessing and improving the Iraqi army's ability to counter the gains of rebels led by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.


At least 50 people were killed and more than 132 others wounded Tuesday when missiles fired from what appeared to be Syrian government planes hit a municipal building, a market and a bank in the district of Al Rutba, according to an Anbar provincial official and Mohammed Al Qubaisi, a doctor in the district's main hospital.


Those people said Tuesday was the second consecutive day of airstrikes by Syria, which has joined Iran in aiding the embattled Baghdad government against the ISIS-led rebels. Tehran has deployed special forces to help protect the capital and the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala, which Shiites revere.


U.S. State Department and military officials weren't able to confirm the reports of the Syrian attack either. Marie Harf, a State Department spokeswoman, said the U.S. was trying to do so. "It wouldn't be surprising," she said. "The Syrian regime has bombed marketplaces and civilians many, many times." [ZH: as has the US regime, although mostly via drones]


U.S. officials have previously confirmed strikes by Syrian fighter planes and helicopters on Iraqi border crossings controlled by ISIS on multiple occasions in recent weeks. Tuesday's strikes, if confirmed, would be the first to incur a large number of civilian casualties.

Syria denied the report. In other news, Jordan helicopters are now patrolling the Iraq border too as every country in the region is terrified it could be next to fall to ISIS.

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  • Militants attack Iraq air base, seize control of small fields

The finaly update from Reuters, shows that any hopes to contain ISIS for now are in vein. Militants attacked one of Iraq's largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields on Wednesday as U.S. military experts arrived to set up an operations centre to help Iraqi security forces counter a mounting Sunni insurgency.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is fighting for his job and is under international pressure to create a more inclusive government, said he supported starting the process of forming a new government within a week.

In northern Iraq the Sunni militants extended a two-week advance that has been led by the hardline Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) but also includes an amalgam of other Sunni groups angered by Maliki's rule.

They blame him for marginalising their sect during eight years in power. The fighting threatens to rupture the country two and a half years after the end of U.S. occupation.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Iraqi officials to form an "inclusive" government during a visit this week and urged leaders of the autonomous Kurdish region to stand with Baghdad against the onslaught. [ID:nL6N0P51PO]

A parliament session is planned within a week that will start the process of forming a new government based on the results of elections held in April.

"We will attend the first session of parliament," Maliki said on state television, adding the commitment stemmed from "loyalty to our people" and respect for a call by Iraq's foremost Shi'ite clergy.

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In conclusion, here is the latest event map from the Institute for the Study of War:


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Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:13 | 4892503 AAA
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Were they ever separate

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:19 | 4892511 Headbanger
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Bullish for CAT to start digging the Saudi to Turkey pipeline along the now open western border of Iraq.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:23 | 4892524 Joe Davola
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Wonder what the going rate is for an Al Qaeda franchise?

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:29 | 4892537 Winston Churchill
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Brings a whole new meaning to death by friendly fire.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:41 | 4892900 Pinto Currency
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US Military branches:

Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines - and Al Qaeda.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:30 | 4893179 loonyleft
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and academi

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:33 | 4892547 Debt-Penitent
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Many more "costs" than the "Alan's Snackbar" francise.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:03 | 4892705 DeficitAlchemist
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Ask the CIA they are the key originators.. They awill also provide a very Western and Media friendly rebranding --


See ISIS :

 'Islamic'  = Bad guys,

'State' = We have global empire building Intent as bad guys mwahahahaha mwahhahah (persian cat stroking on lap may help)

of 'Syria & Iraq' = Our real enemy US wants to Bomb 'Syria' but were blocked by Putin, How we will get there via mission creep from a familiar enemy we have trampled all over and largely bombed into the medieval ages 'Iraq' and have a well worn mandate for all forms of general destruction.

You can also buy some Heroin from the Wahlmart for all Drug companies.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:03 | 4892706 DeficitAlchemist
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Ask the CIA they are the key originators.. They awill also provide a very Western and Media friendly rebranding --


See ISIS :

 'Islamic'  = Bad guys,

'State' = We have global empire building Intent as bad guys mwahahahaha mwahhahah (persian cat stroking on lap may help)

of 'Syria & Iraq' = Our real enemy US wants to Bomb 'Syria' but were blocked by Putin, How we will get there via mission creep from a familiar enemy we have trampled all over and largely bombed into the medieval ages 'Iraq' and have a well worn mandate for all forms of general destruction.

You can also buy some Heroin from the Wahlmart for all Drug companies.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:40 | 4892895 Citxmech
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US Spooks sure are good at growing things in the desert, huh?  Of course the only problem is we apparently have little contol into what they end up growing into.  Not that we seem to care mind you.  As long as we have an enemy of our enemy, they must be our friends, even if they are still our enemy on another front.  

I don't think it's ever been more obvious that we're playing both sides.  To what end, I'm not even sure if "we" know anymore.  Access to resources and the continuation of the Petrodollar must be mission priorities - but these goals don't seem to be being served very well right now.  Makes me wonder if pure conflict and mayhem is their means to an end.  Discusting.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:32 | 4893185 Panafrican Funk...
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Middle east conflict raises oil prices.  Notice how Saudi Arabia never gets shit stirred in their own backyard.  

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:16 | 4893708 Citxmech
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Saudi/US ties go back to Roosevelt.  There is a lot of history there that we are not privy to (although it seems like there might be a bit of trouble in paradise these days)

We closed a long-term 60 BILLION dollar arms deal with SA ( a while back.  (Odd, that Israel didn't object, hm?)

The House of Saud seems to think that they need some pretty serious firepower at their disposal - of course I wonder how much of that shit will actually end up leaving Saudi soil.  Either way, I'm not so sure that SA will be able to stay untouched for long. . . 

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:18 | 4893420 Cathartes Aura
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Access to resources and the continuation of the Petrodollar must be mission priorities - but these goals don't seem to be being served very well right now.

the whole gig is part of the plan -

MIC manufactures the weaponry = profit

uni-form'd men volunteer to fight each other with shiny new weaponry = death/chaos/destruction

death/chaos/destruction = fewer humans, more ill health, less "resistance" to the overall rape 'n' pillage of global resources in artificially named "Homelands"


overall it is an ongoing Agenda, extracting resources globally while profiting from death/destruction, manipulating "sides" to kill

in perpetual wars for perpetual profits.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:30 | 4893465 Ghordius
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yes, yet I don't agree on the "fewer humans" part. yes, we humans engage in wars. but mostly, it's men that are killed. you know, the expendable sex

there is no evidence that population in general decreases because of wars. quite the contrary, females facing a dearth of suitable mates... become less choosy, and more fertile, more willing to have children immediately. Russia after the WWII is a very good example for that. Germany too

imho there is evidence though that "somehow having fewer humans" is a specific, isolated cultural obsession. sponsored by the old Rockefeller, if I'm not mistaken. and more common in... sparsely populated places (strange, eh?)

and very useful to get young men in uniform, which leads back to the MIC

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:01 | 4894608 Cathartes Aura
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while it's "mostly men" killed in uniform, I'd argue that plenty of "women" and children end up murdered by military ordinance/fallout.

as to the breeding/population explosions that often happen after "wars" - depleted uranium and other man-made terrors will ensure fewer folks able to birth anything but massively deformed/early death babies.

this go-round is for keeps, there WILL be fewer people going forward once the fleecing is completed.

"growth" game over, humanity lost.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:21 | 4892516 PartysOver
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Dang, the Ivey League Intellectuals currently in power really excell at screwing things up.   I never understood the allure of Havard, Yale, Columbia........  Those Alums are just plain delusionally stupid.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:25 | 4892529 cossack55
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Gateways to the "Power Elite" don'tjaknow.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:07 | 4893017 Matt
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It's all about networking. Getting a "C" average from an Ivy League school is what it is all about, you got to party it up, make those connections. It is not about what you know, or who you know, but about who knows you.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:26 | 4892534 Da Yooper
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Ya but they are owned by the bankers who love to play both sides of the game


What could go wrong

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:23 | 4892522 NoDebt
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I wonder if Nursa Front was one of the "moderate" islamic groups we were trying to arm in Syria against Assad.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:39 | 4892889 thamnosma
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Supposedly no, since they are "al Qaeda".  However who the fuck actually were the groups "we" were supporting?  Did they even exist?  They paraded some Syrian opposition members around at meetings but those guys were clearly frontmen stooges dredged up by the West.   I love how "exiles" of these various countries, living fat in the West, are chosen to be the new leaders, especially when their last residences were in Northern Virginia.   The American population is so incredibly ignorant.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:11 | 4893046 Matt
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I suspect moderate people protest, maybe riot. I do not think moderate people fight civil wars against their government for several years. At some point, any moderates will be displaced or absorbed by the radicals.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:29 | 4893469 BorisTheBlade
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Even if not, where is the guarantee that moderate groups don't lose their weapons to complete lunatics during armed conflict? Fog of war. It could be the case that initially weapons were tarnsferred to what could be considered moderate and legitimate opposition and then lost to Al Qaeda. End result is the same, the explanation only defines whether it was done thanks to evil intent or sheer stupidity. I vote stupidity, it seems to explain a lot these days.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 17:08 | 4895218 SyriaL Stowlker
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No need to wonder , I have a friend , ahmm , wink-wink , who says can prove Al-Nura was being supported by Western Intel especially when they invaded Aleppo in July 2012 .

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:32 | 4892546 TideFighter
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Filing annual reports, completing mergers, acquring key manangement, and all with a cash hoard too? Don't worry, the Community Organizer has sent the mighty 300 (poor fellas) to the rescue. 


Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:09 | 4892744 southern_oilman
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yes they were, very much so. a glimpse of the ISIS road to fame can be found via the following link (translation from arabic):

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:16 | 4893094 FMR Bankster
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Yes. That's the thing about these religious nuts. Under normal circumstances they spend their time trying to kill each other over minor religious differences. Bin Laden was able to do the improbable, bring these groups together. In the early 1980's the blind Sheik (head of The Islamic group)and Ayman al-Zawhiri (Head of Islamic Jihad) were jailed together, and grew to hate each others guts. Best way to break them up is to get them together.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:22 | 4893434 Cathartes Aura
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they're ALL "religious nuts" in that they ALL believe in their inherent righteous-ness, and their gods-given rights to kill other humans on behalf of their superstitions.

and those "religious nuts" have been at it for centuries - raping the globe for their righteous banking class

over - LORDS.

give men a religion and some weapons, and turn 'em loose.

same as it ever was.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:37 | 4893200 Canadian Dirtlump
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Re: were they ever separate?


I hate to keep saying it, but more slow and or wrong and or confusing reporting on this from Zerohedge, which is beneath them. Go ahead and shoot the messenger, but in the end you just get less mail.


First off ISIS largely WAS in Syria, ergo, ISIS never had to merge with anyone in Syria as their presence straddled the border which they don't largely recognize.


Secondly, ISIS only split with Jabhat al Nusra recently and there has been a spate of ceasefires and then open warfare between all sorts of factions - so the idea of anyone formally splitting or merging is asstarded.


Thirdly, I'm not sure if Zerohedge has mentioned, once, the most important group ISIS has allied with the Naqshbandi who are led by Al-Duri, Saddam Hussein's former strong man.


Fourth, nice work on picking up the fact that the SAF bombed Iraq which was known and reported last week, including mentions in the comments section here.


SO whatever the opposite of keep up the good work is, do that.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:17 | 4892506 buzzsaw99
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iraq would be better off joining iran, syria, and russia

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:41 | 4892899 thamnosma
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There is no more Iraq.  I imagine the new Shiite state in the south will indeed join Iran and Syrian.  

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:13 | 4893066 Matt
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Kurdistan will have to be allied with NATO, since their oil goes through Turkey and Israel. Sunnistan will probably be informally allied with the West via Saudi Arabia. 

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:38 | 4893508 Cathartes Aura
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Israel is already getting one-third of their water from Syria, and oil from the Kurds.

A tanker delivered a cargo of disputed crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan's new pipeline for the first time on Friday in Israel, despite threats by Baghdad to take legal action against any buyer.

everything is going to plan.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:41 | 4893224 Canadian Dirtlump
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says who, john bolton?


The inconvenient thoughts of the thousands of sunni iraqis clamoring to join the fight against isis contravenes your fairy tale. If it wasn't for western meddling this would be a non issue. The West has been trying to ENGINEER a smashed state for years, and to blithely play armchair political analyst is both hilarious and embarrassing.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:14 | 4893070 Matt
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America has no gold, so it would have to be a non-redeemable standard based on ficticious holdings. 

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:54 | 4893287 Panafrican Funk...
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Completely accurate.  Another point that gets missed is that, while gold convertability is suspended, the amount of gold held by various nationalities/entities affect the value of the currency from an intergovernmental settlement standpoint.  We all know the 8K tonnes of gold in Ft. Knox is fictitious, but that number is still used to "support" the value of the USD (in conjunction with the GDP and military).  I don't think other countries like Russia or China are going to do gold convertability for their respective currencies, but I do think they will eventually update their official holdings and signal that their currency backing is near/at/above where the USD is as far as the gold valuation chunk.  

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:21 | 4892512 robertocarlos
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Their employees take way too many long vacations.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:21 | 4892514 a growing concern
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What a clusterfukishima...

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:21 | 4892515 Gumbum
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US operatives are obviously only there to protect US assets. Not in a million years are they going to combat Saudi ISIL.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:45 | 4892600 BurningFuld
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I thought they were there just to further inflame the situation. Silly me.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:42 | 4892904 thamnosma
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I'm guessing there are mass evacuations, other than military contractors, out of the US Embassy compound and we are simply not being told about it.  Expect massive evasion, denial and lies from Obama regarding the entire situation until it falls apart completely.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:23 | 4892517 Gunga
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The rebels the US Federal government funded and supplied in Syria joined with the rebels that suddenly appeared in the desert along the Syrian border with Iraq. Amazing.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:21 | 4892518 Platinum
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"However, the groups will retain separate stocks and associated tickers on the spirtual stock market. ISIS and ISF were up 3 and 2 virgins respectively on the news."

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:22 | 4892519 IReallyDontCare
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So the real play is coming into focus,Syria...

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:21 | 4892520 supermaxedout
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The cat is out of the sack! US/UK is fighting now Iraq and Syria at the same time.   This is going to become a "30 years war" if not the US Dollar is going bust earlier.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:26 | 4892532 buzzsaw99
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our troops are eager and morale is high [/sarc]

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:46 | 4892915 thamnosma
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That may be the real reason for no "boots on the ground".   In fact, such orders might result in lots of desertions, refusals, who knows.   The installation of Obama ushered in the new strategy of using a combo of air strikes and mercenaries to do the 3rd world destabilization campaign.   This was brilliant actually in that the brain-dead left was easily bought off with Obama, that "invasions" no longer appeared as they did under Bush regimes, no anti-war movement, the media brainwashed and bought off....

As long as American infantry are not sent, we are not "at war".

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:30 | 4892523 Tucson Tom
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I can almost hear the rotors of the evac helicopters warming up on the top of the US Embassy.Lets see,get all the cash out of the safe and load pallets on C-17,check! Destroy hard drives,check! Set timers on fuses,check! For rent sign in window,check!

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:27 | 4892527 Space Animatoltipap
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It's only a designed mess. Indeed, by the US/GB fiat money elite, the envious and cynical zionists. They even hate themselves.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:47 | 4892611 SmallerGovNow2
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Don't forget the house of Saud...

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:34 | 4893189 my_nym
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Islamists are just as bad as Talmudists.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:26 | 4892531 sudzee
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ISIS/ISIL never refered to as terrorists. MSM doing the bidding of US and SA.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:26 | 4892533 redbird
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Where's that picture of McCain with AlNusra ?


Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:27 | 4892536 redbird
Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:29 | 4892540 JenkinsLane
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John Kerry walks into a bar...


[Shit just never gets old.]

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:31 | 4892543 russwinter
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A Saudi-Russian Deal:


Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:32 | 4892545 therover
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I have no fucking idea who is fighting who any more.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:00 | 4892688 TheReplacement
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You are not fighting me.  I am not fighting you.  Whomever comes after you or me will have to fight both of us.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:07 | 4892726 lakecity55
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Neither does your pResident.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:34 | 4892553 Last of the Mid...
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after the senate briefing yesterday, the first things out of their mouths as they hit the microphones for cnn etc was that al quieda is after the us citizens in their homes and is coming for them so we must send more soldiers to die to get rid of the current threat. What bullshit. Senate briefing was more scare propaganda than anything else I bet. More politicans testing the waters for another iraq war. These guys are absolutely shameless in their wanton destruction of american lives. I'm talking about us politicians here, not ISIS. The bullshit factories for another war are ramping up, get your hip waders on, you're gonna need 'em.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:35 | 4892557 grekko
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So, the ISIS/ISIL business model is Rape, Pillage, Burn and Murder, then pump oil.  Does anyone have a recent chart of the Caliphate Index from Goldman?  Also, is JPM shorting or going long this index?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:36 | 4892558 grekko
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So, the ISIS/ISIL business model is Rape, Pillage, Burn and Murder, then pump oil.  Does anyone have a recent chart of the Caliphate Index from Goldman?  Also, is JPM shorting or going long this index?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:56 | 4892962 Wahooo
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Wait, that's the US business model. I guess we have some local competition.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:37 | 4892561 homiegot
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"President Barack Obama has described al Qaeda as having been “decimated,” “on the path to defeat” or some other variation at least 32 times since the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya,..."

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:49 | 4892632 BurningFuld
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He only said that because he is an idiot.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:05 | 4892716 lakecity55
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Backdoor Barry is the Reverse Hitler: Opening as many fronts as possible against the Reich.


Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:31 | 4893178 Matt
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He's right. ISIS was kicked out of Al-Qaeda. They are a seperate entity. ISIS waxes as Al-Qaeda wanes.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:43 | 4892584 orangegeek
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the easy answer is just drone ISIS


but if the US arms both sides, it will be great for business


US body bag business will get a kiss too


take a guess at which one will occur

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:47 | 4892615 dbTX
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John Kerry, John Kerry he's our man, if he can't do it nobody can.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:50 | 4892640 sudzee
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False flag:

Syria is the problem.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 08:57 | 4892678 Hannibal
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Next stop....Saudi Arabia

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:03 | 4892700 lakecity55
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"Abdul, log off your Scot Trade account and help me with this bomb!"

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:10 | 4892749 nah
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Axis vs Allies makes it a world war


this is everybodys money bitchez

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:12 | 4892760 Son of Captain Nemo
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday ruled out forming a national emergency government to confront a Sunni militant offensive that has overrun large parts of the country.

 “The call to form a national emergency government is a coup against the constitution and the political process,”

Looks like the "coup virus" within the last 4 months just spread from Eastern Europe to the Middle East by someone other than the standing indigenous government(s) in charge?...

They should change the name of the U.S. Government with that title -

Coups R' Us

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:25 | 4892822 d edwards
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Need a coup here!


Instead of sending in 40 Spec Ops (aka targets) the US should be sending 40 fighter/bombers on runs-cluster bombs are bitchin'.


Or a B-1 Stealth-they'd never know what hit 'em.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:01 | 4892988 Son of Captain Nemo
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d e

You must be taking your queues from this guy... 

After all he's done it before and he's obviously trying very hard to do it again cause he's desperate and "losing money". Who in their right minds would say something like this after all the indictments and prisons that are waiting for him should he step foot outside the U.S.???

I'd like to see how effective we'd be if we decided to use those cluster bombs and B-1's somewhere between the Russian and Ukraine border?...  The tribe you belong to may have to at this point given all the "open for business signs" going up in Moscow and members of the EU jumping ship.

Can't say that it's happening back here at home. 


Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:27 | 4894713 Paveway IV
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That article made my day. 

“I think there will be another attack. And next time, I think it’s likely to be far deadlier than the last one,” Cheney told radio host Hugh Hewitt. “You can just imagine what would happen if somebody could smuggle a nuclear device, put it in a shipping container, and drive it down the Beltway outside of Washington, D.C.”


Cheney's right. Just imagine if:

The U.S. constitution would be restored? 

The U.S. becomes a nation of individual rights and respect, not a nation of rigged laws?

Foreign military and government welfare of any kind ends and the money is diverted back to U.S. taxpayers?

The fed and big bankster welfare ends and the money is diverted back to U.S. taxpayers?

Income taxes would drop 85%?

Americans could quit their 29.9 hr/wk Wal*Mart job for a real one and not have to depend on cheap, slave-made goods?

Those new jobs would be in manufacturing and production, not the service sector or government?

The fed is abolished, gold publicly audited and the USD is put back to a gold standard?

Corporations lose super-citizen status and permission for their business activity in or with the U.S. is granted and revokeable anytime by the citizens of the U.S.?

The boards of directors of any corporation are held personally liable for crimes and theft committed by those companies?

Foreign corporations are welcome to do buisiness in the U.S. as long as they agree to the same terms and serve any imposed criminal sentences in U.S. prisons?

Corporate lobbying remains perfectly legal to them, but is declared an act of sediton by politicians or any government officials?

 Foreign interests lobbying perfectly legal, but considered as an act of treason by politicians or any government officials?

People from other countries that hate us would actually start to think of the U.S. as the good guys?

Imagine that.


But Cheney's right - it's an irrational fantasy best avoided by the useless eaters. The stampede of replacement psychopaths to seats of power alone would kill more citizens than the original nuclear D.C. enema.

The 7%-approval-rating congress is the devil I know <sigh...>.  Must... protect... the red/blue devil and... eat... tasty HotPockets. 

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:21 | 4892807 swmnguy
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People keep saying this is a disaster of US foreign policy, a screwup, a clusterf*ck, etc.  No, it's not.  Failed states are appearing all around the perimeter of Russia and China.  What were once nations are being broken down into smaller areas dominated by whomever locally has the most guns.  No local warlord can relax for a second because any lapse in vigilance would mean a quick and nasty death.  Note that chaos is breaking out on top of reserves of strategic resources, and along the paths those resources have to travel to get to market.  This includes Nigeria, and the nations along the route a pipeline would have to follow to get to the Mediterranean.

It's just Brzezinski, Wolfowitz and Kissinger's collected writings being implemented.  It's actually going very well.  Brutal?  Sick?  Psychopathic?  Sure.  Or you could just call it "RealPolitik," or "Empire."  Any citizen of 1st or 2nd century AD Rome would recognize the pattern.  The only parts that look stupid or incompetent have to do with the rhetoric served up to the US masses, who apparently don't have access to maps with political boundaries, ethnographic information, and resource deposits on them.  Because once you spend an hour with a good atlas, you can't even listen to the PR bullshit long enough to be confused anymore.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:38 | 4892886 Eirik Magnus Larssen
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Interesting perspective.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:54 | 4892951 Wahooo
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Or in sum: We fight for oil.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:17 | 4893419 blindman
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or, in other words, we kill for money and
claim moral clarity and superiority.
22 June 2014
David Cay Johnston: The Impact of American Inequality

"It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes...

No free government can stand without virtue in the people and a lofty spirit of patriotism, and if the sordid feelings of mere selfishness shall usurp the place which ought to be filled by public spirit, the legislation of Congress will soon be converted into a scramble for personal and sectional advantages...

It is one of the serious evils of our present system of banking that it enables one class of society--and that by no means a numerous one--by its control over the currency, to act injuriously upon the interests of all the others and to exercise more than its just proportion of influence in political affairs."
Andrew Jackson

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:31 | 4892847 shovelhead
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Assad uses chemical weapons on ISIL. Kills American advisors...

Coming in 3...2...1...

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:34 | 4892861 thamnosma
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There is no more "Iraq".  It's over.  "Helping the Iraqi government" is simply helping the Shiite state of Southern Iraq.   This is one true clusterfuck and it's expanding.  Syria now bombing Iraq, LOL, the cat is out of the bag, humpty dumpty, and every other cliche you can conjure up.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:46 | 4892914 shovelhead
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It used to be Southern Iraq.

Soon to be named North-Western Iran.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:49 | 4892932 thamnosma
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For sure, something like that.  If ISIS/ISIL take Bag-dead, the Iranians may just simply annex those southern oil fields and Basra and be done with it. 

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:36 | 4892872 esum
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TERRORISTS take their OATHS seriously

unlike our "president" and his libtard crew.......

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:06 | 4893015 blindman
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I suspect you have erred in your summation
and characterizations and suggest you revisit
the drawing board if you get my drift.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:29 | 4893170 blindman
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Washington Is Beating The War Drums

Paul Craig Roberts
I wish I had only good news to bring to readers, or even one item of good news. Alas, goodness has ceased to be a feature of US policy and simply cannot be found in any words or deeds emanating from Washington or the capitals of its European vassal states. The Western World has succumbed to evil."

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:39 | 4893218 blindman
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"...The movie, The Matrix, is a true depiction of life in the West. The population lives in a false reality created for them by their rulers. A handful of humans have escaped the false existence and are committed to bringing humans back to reality. They rescue Neo, “The One,” who they believe correctly to have the power to free humans from the false reality in which they live. Morpheus, the leader of the rebels, explains to Neo:

“The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system, and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.”

I experience this every time I write a column. Protests from those determined not to be unplugged arrive in emails and on those websites that expose their writers to slander by government trolls in comment sections. Don’t believe real reality, they insist, believe the false reality. " ... pcr

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:47 | 4892925 rsnoble
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Are the advisors coming with tanks and missles?  As in I advise you to stop or i'll blow you up?  Or more like I don't have time to advise you i'm going to blow you up.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:51 | 4892939 blindman
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I,__________, do herby declare this day, _______,
international global peace day. anyone participating
in any conflict either personal or professional can
take the day off and work on that neglected skill or
project that has been patiently waiting, the world
of war will not miss you.
signed, _________.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 09:57 | 4892967 blindman
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[KR618] Keiser Report: Wall Street Jihadists

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Stacy Herbert
23 June 2014
Gold Daily and Silver Weekly Charts - Standing on the Deck of the Titanic
"Legitimate if you can, coerce if you have to, accommodate if you must."
Jürgen Habermas, as paraphrased by Robert Johnson
don't miss the Robert Johnson clip/quote. Standing on the Deck of the Titanic ..........

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:12 | 4893055 blindman
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Project for the New American Century

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2006 (hahahahaha)
Public policy think tank

Washington, D.C.


The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was an American think tank based in Washington, D.C. established in 1997 as a non-profit educational organization founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan. The PNAC's stated goal is "to promote American global leadership."[1] Fundamental to the PNAC were the view that "American leadership is good both for America and for the world" and support for "a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity."[2][3] With its members in numerous key administrative positions, the PNAC exerted influence on high-level U.S. government officials in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush and affected the Bush Administration's development of military and foreign policies, especially involving national security and the Iraq War.[4][5]
(get the moral clarity phrase, great stuff)

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:12 | 4893057 GrowingWorse
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Whatevever the Obama regime recommends, that's what not to do.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:24 | 4893143 Paracelsus
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George Washington is spinning in his grave.

Tell me again why all those Marines had to die in Fallajuh and elsewhere....

I guess it is true.Nature hates a vacuum.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:37 | 4893206 Ungaro
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We are so blessed with a cohesive Middle-East foreign policy. If this was Japan, John Kerry would commit seppuku and BHO would resign with his head hung in shame.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:20 | 4893323 virgilcaine
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My elderly aunt was brain washed by Rupert Murdoch. She spends the day reading the ny post and watching fox news. She has lost all sense of reasoning. When I see her I am amazed at the power the msm has over the mind of those who succumb to it. She was not happy when I tell her Isis is funded by the Cia and Ronald Reagan funded the Taliban.

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:45 | 4893538 basho
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just how f**ked up can the United Society of A**holes get. goin' to be a hot summer. LOL

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:06 | 4893686 zipit
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They did the merger right except for the timing.  Supposed to announce it on a Monday morning.

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