Saturday, January 05, 2019

Iraq -- still targeting women and girls

We've called out the fools who say that US troops must stay in Syria to protect the Kurds from Turkey.  Faith Hafiz Mehmet (BRINKWIRE) reports on the announcement from the Defense Ministry of Turkey that they have (yet again) bombed northern Iraq.  If only US troops were in Iraq . . . .



They are.

They are in Iraq and it doesn't make a difference and it hasn't made a difference so the next time some War Addicted Idiot starts insisting US troops have to stay in Syria to protect the Kurds from Turkey, grasp that they're lying.

Meanwhile, MENAFN reports:

The U.S. Army has prepared a sum of fourteen military bases for its ground forces in many parts of Iraq, containing the Iraqi Kurdistan region, media sources affirmed.
The Arabic-language al-Maloumeh news website quoted security specialist Safa al-Asam as stating that the U.S. has created 14 ground force bases in Iraq.

Again, US troops remain in Iraq.

ALJAZEERA typed the following:

A fire at a women's shelter in Iraq's capital has killed several lodgers, according to police, who gave conflicting accounts of the tragedy.
Mohammed Jihad, Baghdad's police lieutenant colonel, called the incident a "group suicide" caused by women rioting in the shelter on Friday.

Why are women in a shelter rioting?

Apparently, they weren't in a shelter, they were in a women's prison. Whether they rioted or not is not clear.  But MIDDLE EAST MONITOR reports:

In a statement to Anadolu Agency, Police Captain Ahmed Khalaf said that the prison – which was specifically for homeless female prisoners – experienced riots, though he did not elaborate on the cause of the disturbance. The riots then seem to have sparked a fire, causing an unspecified number of inmates to suffocate.
[. . .]
Iraqi security forces take all displaced or homeless people from the streets and places them in a prison, which is run by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

In addition, this prison also imprisoned women who had children but were not married.  How the hell do prisons like that exist in Iraq?

What the hell did Hillary Clinton do to help any woman in Iraq when Hillary was Secretary of State?  Not one damn thing.  And where has the media been all this time, ignoring what was taking place to Iraqi women?

In other news, noted product of War Criminal Dick Cheney, his daughter Elizabeth, attempted to trash Bernie Sanders.  Jessica Corbett (COMMON DREAMS) reports:

After Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.)—daughter of the notorious warmonger former Vice President Dick Cheney—attacked the so-called "fraud of socialism" in a "Trumpism-inflected" speech on the U.S. House floor on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) clapped back with a reference to what has been called her father's "biggest lie."
"Really? I wasn't aware that it was 'socialism' that lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and got us into a horrific war that we should never have started," Sanders tweeted Friday, a clear reference to Dick Cheney's hand in misleading the American public ahead of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq that launched a war that killed hundreds of thousands of people—including, by some estimates, more than than 200,000 civilians.

The following community sites -- plus DISSIDENT VOICE, Jody Watley, PACIFICA EVENING NEWS and THE GUARDIAN (probably with an AP story) -- updated: