In September of 2017, the Kurdish people will hold a referendum vote to separate from Iraq and form their own country. However, the leaders of Iraq and Turkey both say they will refuse to recognize a Kurdish nation state, never-mind seceded territory to them. By continuing to arm, fund and support the Kurds, why is the US continuing to turn its back on a strategic NATO ally and coalition partner, and what does this mean for the future of the Middle East?
US led coalition forces are using White Phosphorus munition against the Islamic State in both Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria. The use of these weapons is strictly forbidden in certain circumstances under international law, most notably as an “offensive weapon.” The US maintains they are using it as a “smokescreen” to shield fleeing escaping civilians from IS snipers. Despite this however, there are already reports circulating of civilian causalities, something which is not uncommon whenever these weapons are used.
The phrase “One mans freedom fighter is another mans terrorist” could not be more applicable. Despite the US arming and funding Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria, Turkish forces continue to bomb them. Whats behind this conflict of interest and what does it mean for NATO?
An Investigative report published by Amnesty International goes on the ground inside the battle for Mosul, including eye witness reports from areas struck by civilian casualties as the battle rages on.
Full Report | Edits and Tweets Added by Alt_Medi4
I honestly do not know why the American media is afraid to report on this and release the information for what it really is, but more people deserve to know. The Islamic State has not made their home in Mosul by accident and they are not fighting so hard in it for no reason. So, with that said, why are we currently fighting this battle and why will its conclusion be much more important than its beginnings?
The more things change the more things basically stay stay the same. Under Donald Trump is appears as though the US military is prepared to go “all in” inside the Middle East. Logistically speaking this will mean the deployment of even more US groups troops into several War torn nations – most notably Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.
The battle for Mosul, in the first week and a half of fighting, rough estimates from US intelligence and sources around the world place the death tolls as follows – Islamic State Fighters: 800 – 900 | Innocent Civilians: +1,000.
This is one of the largest developments in the last 5 years, a sure sign that the Islamic State is living their last days. Mosul, home to over 2 million, is the capitol city of the Islamic State Caliphate.