Saturday, April 14, 2018

Trump joins The Hall of War Criminals

Look who popped up -- Little Dicky Durbin, the Senate's foremost cry baby.

Pres. Trump’s action again raises the constitutional question of his authority to unilaterally attack another nation without congressional approval. It is time for Congress and the American people to have that debate about military force in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Dicky suffers from dysfunction.  He's not going to do anything.

Okay, maybe he'll sob in public again.

That's about all he'll ever do.

He has no concerns about the innocents in Syrian being killed by the bombings Donald Trump ordered.  He just has concerns about . . . procedure?

As many are noting on Twitter, Donald's just following Barack Obama's lead:

-In 2016 alone, Obama dropped 12,192 bombs on Syria. -In 2016 alone, Obama dropped 12,095 bombs on Iraq. -In 2016 alone, Obama dropped 3 bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Liberals worshiped at Obama’s feet while bombs fell from the sky... Yet they bash Trump

Grasp that the bombings Barack carried out paved the way for this.

Donald is an idiot for bombing Syria.  He's a War Hawk.  He owns these crimes against humanity.  In other words, he's truly an American president now.

What a sad moment for the world.

Syria shares a border with Iraq.  What's Iraq's take on this?  REUTERS reports:

Air strikes carried out by the United States, France and Britain against Syrian military targets could give terrorism an opportunity to expand in the region, the Iraqi foreign ministry said on Saturday.
The air strikes marked a “a very dangerous development”, the ministry said in statement.
“Such action could have dangerous consequences, threatening the security and stability of the region and giving terrorism another opportunity to expand after it was ousted from Iraq and forced into Syria to retreat to a large extent,” it said.
The ministry called on Arab leaders to discuss the situation at a summit due to be held in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.  

XINHAU notes, "Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari is participating in the foreign ministers meeting in Saudi Arabia ahead of the 29th Arab summit scheduled on April 15."  Nathalie Goulet (AL ARABIYA)  offers:

This summit, in which Syria is not invited, is expected to meet urgently and might support the strikes and mark the beginning of a new era of foreign policy in the GCC.

The attentive spectators of this region who had predicted a confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia on an external ground at the end of the year could have made believe that Lebanon would pay for this war, and it is Syria which offers today to Saudi Arabia the opportunity to strike indirectly but surely at the Iranian regime via its allies and ground troops.

The France-UK-US coalition strikes resonate as a counter-power to the talks held for a way out of the Syrian crisis last week in Astana between Presidents Putin, Erdogan and Rouhani.

The government of Jordan notes:

State Minister for Media Affairs and Government Spokesman Mohammad Momani on Saturday reiterated Jordan's unwavering stance calling for a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

"As this crisis enters its eighth year, a political solution is the only path to end it in a manner that guarantees Syria's stability, territorial unity and securiity," he said.

He pointed out that a political solution would preserve the unity of the "brotherly" people of Syria and restore security and stability in the country," adding that the contiuation of violence in Syria would lead to more conflict, killing, destruction and displacement whose victims are the Syrians.

AMN adds, "Iraq joined Lebanon and Algeria to become the third Arab nation to condemn the US-led attack on Saturday."

Friday, the US Defense Dept announced:

Strikes in Syria
The following strikes took place in Syria:
-- On April 12 near Abu Kamal, coalition military forces conducted two strikes consisting of six engagements against ISIS targets, damaging an ISIS-held building.
-- On April 11, coalition military forces conducted one strike consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets near Abu Kamal, destroying three improvised explosive devices.
-- On April 9, coalition forces conducted three strikes consisting of three engagements against ISIS targets. Two strikes near Dashisha engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed two vehicles and a logistics hub, a strike near Shadaddi engaged an ISIS tactical unit and destroyed a logistics hub.
-- On April 7 near Abu Kamal, a strike consisting of three engagements destroyed a vehicle and a fighting position.
-- On April 6, four strikes consisting of five engagements near Shadaddi destroyed two vehicles.
Officials today also reported results of 11 strikes conducted April 5 through March 18 in Syria that were not reported in previous releases:
-- On April 5, a strike near Abu Kamal destroyed a logistics hub, three strikes near Shadaddi destroyed a logistics hub and two vehicles, and two strikes near Shadaddi destroyed a logistics hub.
-- On March 31 near Abu Kamal, a strike engaged an ISIS tactical unit.
-- On March 27 near Abu Kamal, a strike destroyed an ISIS headquartersand a strike near Shadaddi destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
-- On March 22, a strike near Abu Kamal destroyed an ISIS headquarters.
-- On March 18, a strike near Shadaddi destroyed an ISIS vehicle.
Strikes in Iraq
The following strikes took place in Iraq:
-- On April 12 near Qaim, coalition forces conducted a strike against ISIS targets.
-- On April 11 near Qaim, coalition forces conducted a strike against ISIS targets.
-- On April 8, two strikes near Rutbah destroyed an ISIS-held building and six fighting positions.

-- On April 6 near Tuz, a strike destroyed 11 bunkers, two fighting positions, two ISIS-held buildings, two vehicles, four caves and two tunnels.

As the bombs fall, campaigning takes place in Iraq ahead of the May 12th elections.  RUDAW reports:

Campaigning began Saturday for Iraqi parliamentary elections with some candidates embroiled in controversy after aides pulled down pictures of fighters killed in combat with jihadists and replaced them with their own posters.

Around 7,000 candidates have registered to stand in the May 12 poll, with 329 parliamentary seats up for grabs.

As the clock struck midnight on Friday, volunteer workers spread across the country to put up posters of the candidates, AFP reporters said.

"At midnight sharp, they began pulling down pictures of the martyrs and replaced them with posters of the thieves," said Baghdad resident Settar Tourki.

Martyrs refer to the thousands of government forces and allied militiamen killed fighting to push back the Islamic State group after the jihadists launched a sweeping offensive in 2014.  

Ali Jawad (ANADOLU AGENCY) notes, "A total of 24 million Iraqis are eligible to cast their ballots to elect members of parliament, who will in turn elect the Iraqi president and prime minister."

  1. Campaigning begins for Iraq parliamentary elections
  2. I am running for ’s parliamentary elections 2018 with the Alliance, representing the Governorate of .
  3. May elections in : - PM Abadi's list is the only list that has candidates in all the 18 provinces of Iraq. - KDP is the only Kurdish list that boycotted elections in Kirkuk province, while KDP's largest number of candidates is in Mosul.
  4. As the campaigns kicked off for the upcoming parliamentary elections on 12 May 2018, the eyes of the world turned to . Everyone is awaiting to see whether or not we will unveil a democratic and civilized face to deserve change and progress.
  5. On the first official day of campaigning for Iraq’s national elections, a single election poster hangs next to a sign warning of unexploded devices in Mosul’s devastated Old City.

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