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Four Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in Iraq Shootings – NBC News.com

WASHINGTON — A federal jury on Wednesday returned guilty verdicts for the four former Blackwater security guards charged in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad.

The jury found Nicholas Slatten guilty of first-degree murder, and the three other three guards — Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard — guilty of at least three counts of voluntary manslaughter. The four men were charged with a combined 33 counts in the shootings, but the jury had reached verdicts on only part of the charges after weeks of deliberations. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth allowed the jury to announce the verdicts agreed upon, with the expectation jurors would continue deliberating on the other counts.

The shootings on Sept. 16, 2007, caused an international uproar over the role of defense contractors in urban warfare. The State Department hired Blackwater to protect American diplomats in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, and elsewhere in the country. Blackwater convoys of four heavily armored vehicles operated in risky environments where car bombs and attacks by insurgents were common.

via Four Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in Iraq Shootings – NBC News.com.

Activist Post: Associated Press Investigates Americans Supporting ISIS – Forgets John McCain

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

In the latest attempt at misdirection by the mainstream media, the Associated Press has attempted to investigate and present a focus on Americans who become jihadist fighters in battlefields across the world such as Syria and Iraq and, eventually, the United States.

In their article, “ Tracing Shift From Everyday Americans To Jihadis ,” The Associated Press writers present the profile of American jihadists as lonely, unhappy individuals feeling lost and hopeless in the land of the free and endless entertainment. These individuals are simply unable to get on board with Americas war on the Middle East and become radicalized by those preaching jihad in mosques around the world. The sermons simply make sense to these people, the AP writers claim, and a jihadi is soon born.

For instance, they write,

A college dropout from Florida. A nurse’s aide from Denver. The owner of a pizza-and-wings joint from upstate New York.

Except for their embrace of Islam, there’s no common profile for the 100-plus Americans who have traveled to Syria to join Islamic fighters or are accused of supporting them from the United States.&

Their reasons for joining an extremist cause a half-world away are as varied as their geography and life stories.
Some seek adventure and camaraderie. Others feel a call to fight perceived injustice.
But a common strain of disaffection, a search for meaning, seems to emerge, at times stronger than any motivation tied to religious devotion.


Read more at http://www.activistpost.com/2014/09/associated-press-investigates-americans.html#AfeKF1UXiOXLTIzy.99

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENED – ISIS Threatens America: ‘We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House’

By Mike Rivero

This reeks of stolen incubators and Saddam’s nuclear weapons.

At present there is only this one image found by Google of the threat made to fly the flag of Allah over the White House.

It is rather small, just 150×150 and I started wondering why this was the largest image of what is being promoted as the new Adam Gadahn. So I found the original video and grabbed a screencap from that.

Take a close look at the top of the beard and how sharp it is. It looks fake to me. This person’s cap is slightly too small and looks brand new. His shirt is clean and pressed, also looking new. The vest he is wearing is not body armor but simply a belt of pouches sand serves no other purpose than to make him look “military” for the cameras.

This is yet another fake to sell us yet another war in Iraq, no different than the stolen incubator hoax that tricked us into the first Iraq war or the lies about Saddam’s nuclear weapons that tricked us into the second. And frankly I do not think it will get much traction because for a lot of Americans ANY new flag flying over the White House looks like an improvement! 🙂

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Russia Reignites The Proxy War: Putin Offers “Complete Support” To Iraq Prime Minister Scorned By Obama

It was the bolded text that was of biggest interest because as we noted the next day, when discussing the next steps for ISIS, we said that “One wonders how long until the mercenary force finds its latest major backer, because for all the western, US-led intervention, both Russia and China are oddly missing from the scene. We expect that to change soon.

Because clearly one can’t have a global proxy war without China, and certainly without Russia.

Well, we said we expected Russia’s conspicuous absence to “change soon”, and so it did: within just 24 hours. Because apparently all Putin was waiting for was for Obama to pick sides (i.e., not Maliki) before the Russian leader made it clear whom he sides with. US, helpfully obliged yesterday morning when we also reported that “US Slams Its Former Iraq Puppet: “The Maliki Government, Candidly, Has Got To Go“.”

So what does Putin – who as a reminder is heavily invested in Iraq’ massive West Qurna-2 oil field via Lukoil – do? Why announce his undying support for Maliki, of course, and as AP reported, the former KGB spy offered Iraqi premier Nuri al-Maliki Russia’s total backing for the fight against fighters who have swept across the country, as well as his full support for the embattled prime minister.

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PressTV – Iraq may ask Iran help against ISIL, says Iraqi foreign minister

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says the Iraqi government may request Iran’s assistance to counter the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.

Speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the 41st session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Wednesday, the Iraqi foreign minister said that “everything is possible” in view of Iran’s assistance in the Iraqi battle against terrorists, Reuters reported.

The remarks come as Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has said that the Iraqi nation will push back terrorists and their supporters, stressing that the Islamic Republic will spare no effort to protect holy shrines in Iraq.

“These terrorist groups and those who are supporting them, both in the region and across the world, are no match for the Muslim people of this land (Iraq) and they (Iraqis) will repel them, God willing,” Rouhani said on Wednesday.

via PressTV – Iraq may ask Iran help against ISIL, says Iraqi foreign minister.

A Brief History of Iraq for Westerners | War Is A Crime .org

By davidswanson

Iraq was saved from ignorant subhuman barbarism by a gentlewoman named Gertrude at the time that the civilized nations of the world were, in a quite advanced and sophisticated manner, slaughtering their young men in a project now called the First World War.

Because the Arabs were too backward to be allowed to govern themselves, or even to contemplate creating a world war, and because tribes and ethnicities and religions never really garner much loyalty or support that can’t be wiped away with a good cup of tea or a few clouds of poison gas, and because the French were too dumb to know where the oil was, it became necessary for the British to install an Iraqi leader who wasn’t Iraqi, through a democratic election with one candidate running.

The great Winston Churchill explained the governance of Iraq and the new civilizing technique of bombing civilians thusly: “I am strongly in favor of using poison gas against uncivilized tribes.” Others failed to see the wisdom, and the Royal Air Force used non-chemical “terror bombing, night bombing, heavy bombers, [and] delayed action bombs (particularly lethal against children)” to police disobedient Iraqis. Only by developing these techniques on Iraqis were the world’s civilizers prepared to use them on Nazis when the time came to level German cities in the name of defeating Nazis, which of course also places the rest of this paper beyond the reach of moral criticism.

via A Brief History of Iraq for Westerners | War Is A Crime .org.