Sunday, June 26, 2016


It should be a great day for Haider al-Abadi . . . what with the Iraqi government (again) claiming Falluja is fully liberated.

Should be.

But WORLD BULLETIN reports that Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr declared yesterday, "I call on the current Iraqi government to tender its resignation."  ALSUMARIA adds that he stated if this did not happen, he would join the call for the three presidencies to resign.

Meanwhile Iran shelled northern Iraq.

Kurdish civilians victims of the Iranian air strikes near the (Haj Omran) in the north of Erbil

Not a good day to be Haider al-Abadi, alleged leader of Iraq.

Today, the US Defense Dept announced:

Strikes in Iraq
Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 18 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Baghdadi, a strike struck an ISIL staging facility.

-- Near Rutbah, a strike struck two ISIL vehicle bomb facilities.

-- Near Fallujah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units; destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL boat, eight ISIL light machine guns, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL staging area, an ISIL vehicle bomb and two ISIL rocket-propelled grenade systems; and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb storage facility and five bed-down locations.

-- Near Qayyarah, five strikes struck three ISIL tactical units; destroyed two ISIL boats, an ISIL assembly area, three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL vehicle bomb and an ISIL front-end loader; and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Ramadi, two strikes destroyed two ISIL boats, an ISIL front-end loader and an ISIL supply cache.

-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL assembly areas and damaged an ISIL vehicle.

Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

Yes, Haider still has the support of the White House.

But for how long will that continue?

Nouri al-Maliki used to think it was forever.

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] 4517 (including 20 in Operation Inherent Resolve which includes at least 3 Iraq War fatalities).

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