16 September 2021
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The War on Terror Was Corrupt From the Start Tuesday, 14 September 2021 05:03

The war in Afghanistan wasn’t a failure. It was a massive success — for those who made a fortune off it. Consider the case of Hikmatullah Shadman, who was just a teenager when American Special Forces rolled into Kandahar on the heels of Sept. 11. They hired him as an interpreter, paying him up to $1,500 a month — 20 times the salary of a local police officer, according to a profile of him in The New Yorker. By his late…
Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Following the disastrous U.S. capitulation and withdrawal from Afghanistan, handing victory to the brutal Taliban, there are growing fears that President Joe Biden may also withdraw the American military totally from Iraq. The lightning advance of the Taliban across Afghanistan caught the United States and the world by surprise. They control every part of the country, including the remote region of Panjshir province in the Hindu Kush mountains north of the Afghan capital Kabul, which finally fell on Monday. The…
As Afghans grapple with fear and uncertainty in the wake of the U.S. military pullout from their country, Iraqis are beginning to wonder if it will be their turn next. The Biden administration, doubling and tripling down on the president’s defense of his Afghanistan withdrawal, has been deploying Washington’s current catchphrase, “forever wars,” as well as invoking old shibboleths about the “national interest.” Pursuing the latter, so the theory goes, requires ending the former. Iraq, where the U.S. military presence is…
Iraq made a move to unite the Muslim world, extending an invitation to Shi'ite Islam Iran to join its upcoming Baghdad summit that the country hopes will include Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Islam Gulf allies. This move could represent a major shift in a relationship that has come close to open conflict over the past few years. By inviting both Iran and Saudi Arabia, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi could turn the page on a conflict that has been…
America is on the verge of pulling out its remaining combat troops from a war-torn country, scarred by jihadist violence and hollowed out by endemic corruption. Sound familiar? It’s not Afghanistan, however. The country in question is Iraq, and Washington will be desperate to ensure that (very recent) history doesn’t repeat itself. Joe Biden has said US forces will end their combat mission in Iraq by the end of this year. Iraq’s beleaguered prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi flew to Washington last month to…
Analysts and researchers have urged the federal government in Iraq to take immediate measures to reduce poverty rates in Iraq, while stressing the need to achieve justice in the distribution of wealth. Economic expert Abul-Hasan Al-Musawi explained: "The poverty rate in Iraq has reached 42 per cent, according to a statement issued by the Federal Minister of Planning." He noted: "One of the main reasons for the surging rates of poverty is the lack of justice in the distribution of wealth." Al-Musawi…
AGHDAD—The spot where Ehab al-Wazni was gunned down is just out of reach of the security cameras that project onto a TV screen in the corner of his family’s living room. His mother Samira casts a nervous glance at the screen whenever the sound of an engine echoes down the narrow alleyway that leads to their house in the Iraqi city of Karbala. “Why did you kill him? What did he do to you? Did he hurt you? He did nothing wrong,”…
WASHINGTON — As the Afghan capital, Kabul, teetered in the face of a relentless onslaught by Taliban forces, the first contingents of U.S. Marines tasked with rescuing Americans and others were set to arrive in Afghanistan over the weekend, administration officials said Friday. The urgency of the new mission was underlined by fierce Taliban advances that have startled the world as diplomats face rising regional instability and a widening humanitarian crisis. By Friday, Taliban fighters, who are seizing U.S.-funded military equipment as they roll, seemingly unchallenged, across the…

Of Iraqi refugees and Europe Thursday, 05 August 2021 13:21

As their beleaguered nation continues to struggle with rising political discontent and an uncertain future, growing numbers of Iraqi refugees have started to arrive in Europe, writes Salah Nasrawi Four times a week, an Iraqi Airways Boeing 747 leaves Baghdad Airport for Minsk, the capital of Belarus, with hundreds of Iraqis on board. The passengers are not going to one of Europe’s newfound tourist destinations but are refugees seeking shelter in the Old Continent. Once they are in Belarus, the…
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is one of the most water-scarce regions in the world. With approximately 6 percent of world population, the region has about 1.4 percent of the world renewable fresh water. As oil-producing countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Israel, have resorted to water desalination to mitigate water shortage, most other countries have resorted to their ground water resources, which are getting systematically depleted. There is risk of…
The boycott of Iraq's parliamentary elections is showing no sign of slowing after the Iraqi Communist Party announced this weekend it would not be taking part. The party said during a press conference on Saturday that it was boycotting the election because it does not believe that the 10 October elections will change Iraq for the better, blaming "uncontrolled weapons and political money".  Other parties are citing security concerns as a reason why the elections should not take place.  A representative from the Al-Fatah coalition said that…
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