The Media Says The US Just Liberated Mosul: Here's What Really Happened

Authored by Darius Shahtahmasebi via,

The mainstream media appears to be celebrating ISIS’ recent defeat in Mosul, albeit with some reservations. The media is largely using the word “liberation,” which indicates the people of Mosul have been freed from a monstrous force by a friendly, benevolent one.

In reality, the “liberation” of Mosul paints a dark, horrifying picture of America’s foreign policy when one realizes how ISIS took hold of Mosul in the first place.

As Anti-Media in summarized in September of last year, the U.S. allowed ISIS to gain control of Mosul quite deliberately:

“In June 2014, ISIS crossed the Syrian border into Iraq, effortlessly taking the strategic oil-rich cities of Mosul and Baiji and almost making it as far as Baghdad. Amid the terror group’s frightening victory, they uploaded images and footage of drive-by-shootings, large-scale death marches, and mass graves (following the mass executions of Iraqi soldiers).


“ISIS militants claimed massive quantities of American military equipment, including entire truckloads of humvees, helicopters, tanks, and artillery as their own. This was no secret to Washington, or even the world, as the militants photographed and recorded themselves and publicly flaunted their activity on social media.”

Was there a good reason the American military sat on its hands despite knowing full well that this was going on? As Anti-Media explained further:

“What did the U.S. do in response? Nothing. In spite of all the American bases in Iraq and the government’s ability to perform all manner of illicit activity — including assassinating Muammar Gaddafi in Libya using a drone that was flown out of Sicily by a pilot who operated the vehicle from a naval base in Nevada‚ the U.S. couldn’t do anything to stop ISIS rapid advancements. Was there a problem preventing the U.S. military from conducting air strikes? Clearly not, as the U.S. had been launching drone strikes in Pakistan at around the same time ISIS advanced.”

The U.S. allowed ISIS to gain this significant portion of territory before moving into Iraq with an air war that was designed to pave the way for a segued operation into Syrian territory. The U.S. couldn’t justify an intervention into Syria without going into Iraq first, and this was quite clearly the underlying intention of this operation the whole time, as evidenced by the U.S.’ obsession with the Syrian conflict throughout both the Obama and Trump administrations.

Since the U.S. moved back into Iraq in 2014, the U.S. has dropped 84,000 bombs in Iraq and Syria up until the end of May 2017. As Counterpunch explains, this is nearly three times the number of bombs and missiles dropped on Iraq during  George W. Bush’s “Shock and Awe” campaign in 2003.

Monitoring group Airwars’ currently estimates that the minimum number of civilians killed by the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign in Iraq and Syria has reached roughly 4,354 since the operation began in 2014. The number is likely higher, but we will never know the exact total because up until a month ago, the U.S. only had two personnel investigating casualties in Iraq and Syria full time.

Under President Trump, the number of bombs being dropped increased rapidly after Trump gave complete control to the military generals on the ground to call in airstrikes with little oversight. One such air raid in Mosul saw close to 300 civilians die, and the fact that the strike had been called in by Iraqi forces on the ground demonstrates the immense amount of scope that Trump has delegated to call in airstrikes with little regard to international law and the principle of proportionality.

The battle for Mosul also drew in Iran-backed Shia militias, who have been known to terrorize Iraq’s Sunni population (including torturing civilians). No one doubts that ISIS is a brutal and abhorrent group, but the people who are supposedly “liberating” the local population — whether it’s the U.S. military, the Iraqi armed forces, or the various militia on the ground — appear to be no better.

Now that these Iran-backed militias have firmly planted themselves in Iraq, the U.S. is left with an ultimate dilemma of how to kick them out and counter Iran’s expanding influence. In all seriousness, the battle for Mosul is only paving the way for further occupation and laying the groundwork for America to pursue its regional ambitions in its never-ending quest to confront Iran.

According to the U.N., more than 742,000 Iraqis have fled the battle in Mosul, with approximately 10,000 new civilians fleeing every day. For a country that hates refugees, the U.S. certainly plays a significant role in creating an endless supply of them.

And for those civilians still trapped in the city, their lives will never be the same.

As Airwars explains:

“According to city officials, as much as 80 per cent of West Mosul has been completely destroyed. Civilians still emerging from the battlefield are often bloodied and starving – traumatised by Iraqi and Coalition bombardments; and by atrocities commited [sic] by ISIS.


“According to reporters accompanying Iraqi forces, the stench of death is everywhere in the Old City – with civil defence officials reporting that as many as 4,000 bodies still remain unrecovered in the rubble. It is likely to be many months before the full death toll is known.”

That is quite the liberation. Even if Mosul really has been “liberated” by the U.S.-backed coalition, no one seems to be talking about the fact that ISIS was only able to conquer strategic areas like Mosul under the safety of the Obama administration’s policies. Leaked audio of former Secretary of State John Kerry when he was a senator confirmed the U.S. was watching ISIS grow, and in turn, the hoped this would bring Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the negotiating table (you can listen to the full audio here).

You can’t target a group as an enemy in one location and view it as a useful proxy army in another. Indeed, ISIS was always a useful proxy force for the anti-Assad coalition, as Kerry admitted.

Essentially, the U.S. allowed ISIS to gain control of large swaths of Iraq and Syria so they could justify interventions in these war-ravaged nations.

As far as the people of Iraq are concerned, there is only one winner here: the military-industrial complex, which secured massive years-long contracts to make, supply, and drop over 84,000 bombs on a territory that never should have been in the hands of ISIS in the first place.


lew1024 HalinCA (not verified) Thu, 07/13/2017 - 05:49 Permalink

George, Jason and Trish continue to lead the crowd source researchers.  Today they exposed John McCain and Lindsey Graham and the other members of the Senate Self Service Committee as being owners of 'Arsenal', a Bulgarian arms manufacturer that has been providing arms and ammunition to ISIS, et al.  The articles neglect that ISIS made its major wins using Sarin gas.Our members of congress profit very directly from the wars because they get paid by the Saudis for those arms and ammunition and by the US government to fight them. was one of 7 videos they did, about 3.5 hours worth, packed with information on the corruption in our government.Child theft and trafficking, organ harvesting and trafficking, distribution of 1/4 strength Pakistani governments through the FDA and Rite-Aid (no doubt others, those are known), schemes to impovrish followed by sex trafficking, theft and sale of the nation's technology, ...Oh, yes. Nearly forgot that the overdose deaths in the US are a direct result of our rulers schemes. 1/4 strenth oxycontin mixed into the drug supply produces overdoses, which are now a common source of organ donors.  In the last day or so, they received a letter from a family telling about their near-physical confrontation with hospital staff who wanted their relative's organs.Beyond evil. This has to be ended.  It is entirely the US Deep State running this, including US military units, Navy, Army, Air Force. 

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LetThemEatRand Wed, 07/12/2017 - 20:42 Permalink

"I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you the difference in Iraq and Iran"  - Alan Jackson and quite a few Americans.Try telling the average American (Red or Blue) that America created ISIS, that Syria is about a pipeline, that the US created the Ukraine "crisis" that made Russia into the boogey man again, or any number of other well documented facts, and be prepared to be told you need your tinfoil hat adjusted.

Blankone Wed, 07/12/2017 - 20:46 Permalink

This piece of propaganda says the US "allowed" ISIS to take territory when ISIS has been supported by the US, funded by and through the Saudis, US and Israel, and Israel gives medical aid and support (including air strikes) in support of ISIS.

Then the author does his duty to blame the "real" threat as being - Iran. He/she links Iran as being no less evil as ISIS and that Iran is expanding (like a terror exporter). All to do a little part to set up the coming destruction of Iran.

Duc888 Wed, 07/12/2017 - 20:49 Permalink

  Ahhhh yes, the loser NEGRO who loves to kill non whites.  Nobel Peace Prise winner and FRAUD, King Obama, the Democratic Progressive.  

gregga777 samsara Wed, 07/12/2017 - 21:13 Permalink

I was vehemently against the First Gulf War.  Iraq could have kept Kuwait and gone on to Saudi Arabia for all that I care.  No US troops should have ever been stationed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  And that evil Zbizniew Brzinski and his "giving the Soviet Union their own Vietnam" was another stupidly wrong-headed policy by the evil leaders of the United States.  I might go along with their wars of aggression if they'd load themselves and their kids up with battle rattle and went out to do battle alongside of us.  But, NO!  They NEVER risk their own lives or that of their children.  They NEVER come home in body bags, or missing legs and/or arms, or with their brains turned to mush by an IED or with PTSD where they still wake up with nightmares 30 years later.  NO!  They NEVER have any skin in the game.  They NEVER pay for their war crimes.  Our Demo-Marxist and Repussican political parasite leaders could all off themselves tomorrow and I wouldn't shed a tear for them.

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samsara Wed, 07/12/2017 - 20:52 Permalink

Take a look at the pictures again.

"You folks can go back to your homes now, it's safe..."

"I think we will just move to Germany, or Sweden.

See? Cause and effect.