As ridiculously out of touch as USA Today is, so is the US Socialist Worker which runs a lame statement from a bunch of regional idiots including Iraq's Union of Iraqi Communists -- that's the group that can't stop kissing Nouri's ass which is why we stopped noting it over two years ago. We also don't link to the filth of US Socialist Worker because they're just cheap whores for the Obama administration. (We do link to other Socialist organizations and other Communists ones. We just don't link to cheap, lying whores.)
The Iraqi Communist Union takes its tongue out of Nouri's ass long enough to note they're appalled by the brutality of the rebels (which they falsely refer to solely as ISIS). It's a shame the Communists of Iraq couldn't take their tongue of Nouri's ass in April of 2013.
Remember the April 23, 2013 massacre of a sit-in in Hawija which resulted from Nouri's federal forces storming in. Alsumaria noted Kirkuk's Department of Health (Hawija is in Kirkuk) announced 50 activists have died and 110 were injured in the assault. AFP reported 53 dead -- indicating that some of the wounded did not recover. UNICEF noted that the dead included 8 children (twelve more were injured).
They want to talk about brutality but they never want to talk about Hawija. Not in real time, not now. 8 children killed and the useless Communist Party of Iraq said nothing, did nothing and now they're upset that rebels fighting the Iraqi government's security forces are "brutal."
I picture the Iraqi Communists' skulls being like soft-shell crab.
And, for the record, these fighters and suspects killed by the security forces who announce X number of vehicles burned?
They're burning people alive in those vehicles.
So maybe the Iraqi Communists can just bury their faces in the crack of Nouri's butt, go to town there and please him because their lies won't please anyone else.
Sophie Shevardnadze (RT -- link is video and text) speaks with the former Mayor of Tal Afar Najim Abed al-Jabouri. Excerpt.
SS: So far, the ISIS is operating in the predominantly Sunni areas of Iraq. Will their success be stalled once they move into Shia-majority territory?
NAAJ: It’s not only ISIS that is responsible for what’s happening in the Sunni regions. It’s tribes, retired officers, and Baathists. Baathists must be more prominent in southern regions. There’re also people who sympathize with former officers who feel offended because they were dismissed and not given what they were entitled to. Some time ago the government conducted a number of operations in Nasiriyah and Diwaniyah, something that the government called a pre-emptive strike designed to curb any possible insurgency. We heard reports from Karbala about skirmishes between the army and the guards of Shia cleric Mahmoud al-Sarkhi which left several people wounded. The situation in the south is also tense. They might be the so called dormant cells in the Sunni areas which could be exploited by the rebels and armed groups, be it ISIS or others. They could exploit them whenever they want to.
SS: Does ISIS have any chance of taking over Iraq?
NAAJ: I don’t think so. ISIS is not that strong, at least in our interpretation. ISIS acts like a shock force, they can capture territory and then hand it over to other groups. Take Mosul, for example. ISIS is no longer there. It took the city and handed it over to the local tribes, to its supporters and some former officers who back them. According to the data that I have, ISIS accounts for no more than 5 percent of the total force active in the Sunni regions. There are other groups that cooperate with them. I don’t think ISIS has the capacity to take control of the whole of Iraq. I don’t think so.
Rufiz Hafizoglu (Trend AZ) reports cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr has called on the Iraqi people to refute Nouri al-Maliki's efforts to secure a third term as prime minister.
A third term for Nouri?
When is anyone going to point out that he told AFP, in early 2011, that he'd never seek a third term?
Nouri's a liar. That's why the Iraqi Communist Party embraces him, they're attracted to their own kind.
In fairness, I should be noting this is the leadership of the Iraqi Communist Party.
I should point out that the rank and file probably don't support the whoring the Party is doing.
Just like, in the 1970s, when the Iraqi Communist Party leadership sold out to Saddam Hussein, whored out, the rank and file didn't support that either.
The Iraqi Communist Party isn't just a dirty joke, it's an old, dirty joke.
That's a look at Iraq.
I'm traveling in some vehicle
I'm sitting in some cafe
A defector from the petty wars
That shell shock love away
-- "Hejira," written by Joni Mitchell, first appears on her album of the same name
The number of US service members the Dept of Defense states died in the Iraq War is [PDF format warning] 4489.
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