Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day 213 of The Mosul Slog

Day 213 of The Mosul Slog.

How's that going?

is almost over only 2 districts left.

Still an ongoing disaster.

And the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for violence throughout Iraq.

AP reports a Basra bombing left 8 dead and forty-one injured.  EURONEWS adds:

One man, whose sister has been missing since the attack, told reporters:
“When we arrived here we saw the bus burning. When we entered it, we saw three to four bodies. They were charred beyond recognition. We could not extract them. They were blackened.” 


The bombings, which hit Iraq the previous night, came as Iraqi forces battle IS in Mosul in a massive operation launched more than seven months ago to retake the country’s second city from the jihadists.
In Baghdad, suicide car bombers attacked in the area of a checkpoint in the city’s southern Abu Dsheer area, killing 24 people and wounding 20, Brigadier General Saad Maan told AFP.

Security forces were able to kill one of the attackers, but the second blew up his car bomb, Maan said.

The war never ends.  It appears to many still make money off it.

Niles Niemuth (WSWS) reports:
Defense Secretary James Mattis announced at a press briefing on Friday that President Donald Trump had approved a new Pentagon plan that would escalate the war for US domination of the Middle East and North Africa.
Mattis told reporters that the plan would aim to militarily encircle strongholds of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to “annihilate” the Islamist militia, which still controls significant portions of Syria and Iraq.

The immediate target is the ISIS capital of Raqqa in northern Syria, where a major offensive is being prepared by the US in coordination with the various Kurdish and Arab Syrian militias it has built up during the five-year conflict. The civil war has been stoked by the US and its regional allies with the aim of unseating Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

The Iraq War continues and there's an apparently bottomless pool of children to misuse:

Due to cuts in military spending, former child soldiers were hired to fight in the US war in Iraq.
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Children are the victims of the Iraq War.  They grow up in a war that's now lasted longer than many of them have (14 years if you only start counting with the 2003 US-led invasion).

Iraqi child singer flees Baghdad: 'I love Iraq, I don’t want to leave’

Ahmed Twaij (MIDDLE EAST EYE) reports on Tara Moneka who participated in THE VOICE KIDS and impressed many but whose singing in Iraq resulted death threats:

Tara, who in 2014 was featured on the pan-Arab talent show, The Voice Kids, and won over the judges, has a clear talent for music. Throughout the interview, she hums melodies to classical Arab musicians such as the legendary Egyptian singer Um Kulthum.
“I enjoy singing because I enjoy the happy reaction people give me when I sing,” said Tara.
Yet it was after her appearance on the show that the threats against Tara and her family began.
“The militias don’t want Tara to sing,” explained Tara’s mother, Salama, who is nicknamed "Auntie Salama" by most of Baghdad or "Mama" by close friends of the family.

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