Saturday, April 08, 2023

Turkey continues to terrorize Iraq and now threatens the US military

Michael R. Gordon (WALL ST. JOURNAL) reports that the Turkish government carried out an attack Friday on a convoy in Iraq which included three US military members.  The attack took place in Sulaimani which is in the Kurdistan.  Azhi Rasul (RUDAW) reports:

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) confirmed on Saturday that their Commander-in-Chief Mazloum Abdi was in Sulaimani during an alleged Turkish drone attack on the airport the day before.

SDF spokesperson Farhad Shami had initially denied reports that Abdi was the target of a suspected Turkish drone attack. In his statement on Saturday, he said the denial was a deliberate move to ensure Abdi’s safety until he arrived back in northeast Syria (Rojava).

“As part of our emergency security response related to the safety of our forces' command, we deliberately restricted the release of information about the Turkish attack on Sulaymaniyah airport, where our Commander-in-Chief, Mazloum Abdi, was present,” Shami tweeted.

A drone strike hit near the perimeter of Sulaimani’s airport and was first reported by local authorities as an explosion with no mention of a cause or persons involved. Unnamed US officials told the Wall Street Journal that Abdi was in a convoy that was targeted. The SDF dismissed the reports as “fake news.”

In his own statement, Abdi did not confirm he was the target, but he did assign blame. "We strongly condemn the targeting of Sulaimani airport by Turkey,” he said in reply to a tweet from Bafel Talabani, leader of Sulaimani’s ruling Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). 

“These violations continue in Iraq and Syria and have serious implications for the region,” added Abdi without confirming that he was the target. Turkey regularly carries out drone strikes against alleged PKK targets in the Kurdistan Region and northeast Syria, as well as ground invasions in both countries.

For years, the US government has looked the other way while Turkey has invaded and terrorized the Kurdistan.  It has used War Planes to bomb the area -- killing and wounding civilians -- while insisting this was part of the war on 'terror' while, in fact, the terrorist has been the Turkish government.

As happened in the previous century, they're carrying out a genocide.  Today's targets are the Turks, just as earlier it was the Armenians.  In violation of international law, they have bombed the Kurdistan, they have sent soldiers in on the ground, they have established base camps -- standing base camps.  And they have done this while the US government has kept its thumb up its ass and said nothing. 

The only prominent politician to object to this terrorism has been the UK's Jeremy Corbyn.  Everyone else is apparently comfortable letting it slide.  This has been going on for years.

Having enabled it for years and looked the other way (is that southern CIA outpost in Turkey that important?), the US government now finds that the same government of Turkey will carry out a strike on a convoy that includes three US military members.  

The US military remains in Iraq because of the US government.  It is past time that the US government gets off its knees and stand up to Turkey.  I think even the cowards in the US government can muster a strongly worded response.

This is unacceptable.  

Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY "Bigot Becky Barks" went up earlier tonight.  He's got another comic going up shortly.  The following sites updated:


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Isaiah's latest THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Bigot Becky Barks."  A transphobe explains, "It's me, Titless Wonder.  I took my sore loser ass and bigotry to San Francisco and couldn't find support.  Just like I can't find my breasts.  Did steroids destroy my body?"  A KKK member says, "We with you, girl."  Isaiah archives his comics at THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS

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Community notes real quick:

1) Isaiah has at least one comic going up in a few hours.  One? He has two.  Some of his comics he takes to the community newsletters.  He thinks one of the two may need that.  I'm fine with it going up here.  He's calling out a transphobe and I don't feel we need to be caring or kind to hate merchants.  He calls the hate merchant "titless."  I have no problem with that.  I've noted her appearance as well -- and how this 'girl' trashing transgendered people looks like she herself spent too many years on steroids.  "Titless"?  Not a problem for me.  He's going to sound off a few other people.  So we'll have one comic for sure but we may have two.

2) In the gina & krista round-robin three weeks ago, there was a question of whether Ava and I would tackle the Brooke Shield's 'documentary.'  We said no.  We've had to change our minds on that.  We'd still prefer not to write about it (we know and like Brooke) but everything that's wrong with that awful 'documentary' goes to what's wrong with American right now.  So we'll be addressing that in a piece that we'll start writing in about four hours.  It may be up on Sunday.  It'll probably go up Monday night.

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