The violence never ends in Iraq. XINHUA reports:
Islamic State (IS) militants executed seven people in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala after kidnapping them, a provincial police source said on Friday.
The incident took place late on Thursday night when IS militants set up a fake checkpoint on the main road between Baghdad and the provincial capital Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, and kidnapped seven passengers from a minibus, Major Alaa al-Saadi told Xinhua.
Hayder al-Abadi based his re-election as prime minister on the claim that he had vanquished the Islamic State. Are you starting to get why he came in third?
The US media could -- and did -- portray ISIS as defeated. It even tricked many news consumers; however, those living in Iraq were harder to fool.
Now AFP reports on (yet another) major operation to combat ISIS.
Mustafa Saadoun (AL-MONITOR) reports:
In other violence, ALSUMARIA reports 1 corpse was found dumped north of Baghdad -- the corpse was handcuffed and had been shot in the head, a roadside bombing near Baji left two people injured, a sticky bombing outside Baghdad left two people injured, a bombing to the west of Baghdad left one Iraqi soldier and one civilian injured, and a Taji bombing set a police station on fire. Dropping back to Thursday's violence, Margaret Griffis (ANTIWAR.COM) notes, "At least 25 people were killed, and eight were wounded in recent violence, while six bodies were recovered in Mosul."
As the war continues, critiques of it become more apparent.
I know this is a critique from hindsight but your plan to break iraq into three pieces aka Biden plan would have caused more violence. The sectarianism was exacerbated by the US imposed gov structure and the butcher colonel James steele. The US doesn't want iraq to be stable
The US is ostensibly a secular gov't. The invasion of Iraq killed more and destroyed more lives than ISIS could dream to. Yet our analysis doesn't dare condemn or blame them. That sorta stuff is why we say "Religion causes wars" but are blind to much much worse secular violence.
Turning again to the topic of the drought in Iraq, today, the temperature in Basra right now is 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Below is a video from last month that UNESCO put on Iraq's water issues.
As we've noted repeatedly, this drought was not unexpected and politicians have had years to address it. They have done nothing. Histyar Qader and Awara Hamid (NIQASH) report on one failed attempt to address the issue:
The nature of those problems is a little more difficult to trace back. Money was not the issue apparently. In 2005, as the Iraqi Kurdish authorities resumed contact with the Iraqi government, Baghdad promised to put US$5 billion into the dam’s completion.
“During the al-Maliki government, we followed up on the amount of money for the project and we note that the Iraqi ministry of water resources did discuss the issue with authorities from the Kurdish region,” says Mahmoud Raza, an MP in Baghdad. “The plan for the dam changed several times. But the Kurdish authorities wouldn’t agree to it being built.”
Apparently the problem was the level of water in the dam and its size. There was concern about how much water the dam would collect and whether this would block the flow of water into the rest of Iraq.
Alternative plans were suggested by the Kurdish authorities but these were not viable, Zafer Abdullah, an adviser to Iraq's ministry of water resources, told NIQASH. “Other plans involved reducing the water level in the dam and the size of the reservoir,” he said. “At that time, the Kurdish presidency was against the dam being constructed and some said there were political reasons behind this.”
“It was the Kurdish leadership who would not accept the construction of the dam, despite the fact that the Iraqi government gave them three alternative designs for the project,” Mohammed, head of the regional department for dams in Iraqi Kurdistan, confirms.
Over the course of two weeks researching this story, NIQASH tried to contact the Kurdish government’s spokesperson, Safeen Dizayee, several times to ask why but had no response.
A large part of the “political” reason behind the lack of progress on the Bekhme dam also has to do with the fact that around 54 villages in the area would be submerged, says Karwan Karim Khan, mayor of Khalifan, where the Bekhme dam would be located.
The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley and PACIFICA EVENING NEWS -- updated: