Stephen Lendman: Sanitizing the Killing Fields of Mosul

Sanitizing the Killing Fields of Mosul:

The smell of rotting corpses pervades the city. Over 40,000 civilians were ruthlessly massacred, mostly by US terror-bombing – discussed in a previous article.

The city resembles a moonscape, few signs of life visible anywhere. Civilians able to get out are displaced refugees, largely on their own to survive – their homes, possessions and futures destroyed.

Tens of thousands of others are buried under rubble. Mosul is an open-air graveyard, one of many examples of US viciousness, what imperialism is all about – a rage for wealth, power and dominance no matter the human cost.

Contrast a sanitized NYT report with a candid one by Professor Seyed Mohammad Marandi after visiting the city and witnessing the devastation firsthand.

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Mosul’s Bloodbath: ‘We Killed Everyone – IS, Men, Women, Children’

Mosul’s Bloodbath: ‘We Killed Everyone – IS, Men, Women, Children’:

Iraqi soldiers receive brutal, final order in last days of battle with IS – Kill anything that moves. Results can be found crushed in the rubble

By MEE Contributor

July 27, 2017 – The Iraqi soldier looks out from his tiny three-walled room across a wasteland of rubble that crumbles steeply down to the banks of the Tigris River and contemplates the last days of the savage fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

“We killed them all,” he says quietly. “Daesh, men, women and children. We killed everyone.”

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Iraqi forces nab nearly two dozen Daesh female militants in Mosul’s Old City. They are from Germany, Turkey, Canada and Russia.

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The Media Says the US Just Liberated Mosul: Here’s What Really Happened

The Media Says the US Just Liberated Mosul: Here’s What Really Happened:

The mainstream media appears to be celebrating ISIS’ recent defeat in Mosul, albeit with some reservations. The media is largely using the word “liberation,” which indicates the people of Mosul have been freed from a monstrous force by a friendly, benevolent one.

In reality, the “liberation” of Mosul paints a dark, horrifying picture of America’s foreign policy when one realizes how ISIS took hold of Mosul in the first place. As Anti-Media in summarized in September of last year, the U.S. allowed ISIS to gain control of Mosul quite deliberately:

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ISIS Blows Up Historic Grand al-Nuri Mosque In Mosul

ISIS Blows Up Historic Grand al-Nuri Mosque In Mosul:

The Islamic State on Wednesday night destroyed the famous Grand al-Nuri Mosque located in Mosul, best known for its leaning minaret, known as the “hunchback” and one of Iraq’s most famous landmarks.

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4-yo survivor of US-led coalition airstrike still has shrapnel in her legs & face (VIDEO)

4-yo survivor of US-led coalition airstrike still has shrapnel in her legs & face (VIDEO):

A little girl who miraculously survived an airstrike in western Mosul last month has had her sight restored, but still needs more surgery to remove shrapnel from her body, the family told Ruptly at their new home in the eastern part of the Iraqi city.

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US Just Admitted “ISIS HQ” They Blew Up Was Actually An Innocent Family’s Home

US Just Admitted “ISIS HQ” They Blew Up Was Actually An Innocent Family’s Home

H/t reader squodgy:

“New levels of incompetence in making America great again?”

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‘Destroy town to save it – Mosul may become US’ My Lai in Iraq’

‘Destroy town to save it – Mosul may become US’ My Lai in Iraq’:

Americans seem to be willing to step into the fray in Iraq, which takes one back to Vietnam and the My Lai massacre, where the concept of the US was to destroy the village to save it, said Jack Rice, former CIA officer, and international lawyer.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that Moscow is alarmed by American actions in Mosul, which may have resulted in mass civilian casualties. He also said Russia had requested a special briefing of the UN Security Council in connection with the deadly incident.

An airstrike made headlines around the world after more than 200 people were killed.

 

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Price of liberation: Civilian exodus, bombed-out streets filmed by RT in Mosul (VIDEO)

H/t reader squodgy:

This was a wonderful statement…..

FLASHBACK—Obama: ‘We’re Leaving Behind a Sovereign, Stable and Self-Reliant Iraq’

Now the truth….

Price of liberation: Civilian exodus, bombed-out streets filmed by RT in Mosul (VIDEO)

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At #ISIS base in southern #Mosul, American missiles were found. Was it McCain who brought them there?

McCain?

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ISIS Suicide Bomber Identified As Former Guantanamo Detainee

Nowadays the CIA could program (within a very short period of time) almost anybody to kill one’s own family.

What can they do if they are given plenty of time?


ISIS Suicide Bomber Identified As Former Guantanamo Detainee

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ISIL militants abduct 8,000 families from around Mosul and take them into city to use as human shields

H/t reader squodgy:

“Just when you thought it was fizzling out.”


Isil militants abduct 8,000 families from around Mosul and take them into city to use as human shields:

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has abducted tens of thousands of men, women and children from around Mosul to use as human shields in the imminent battle for the city, the UN has said.

The militants forced more than 8,000 families to leave their homes before marching them into Iraq’s second city, which they are defending from advancing troops.

“Isil’s depraved, cowardly strategy is to attempt to use the presence of civilian hostages to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations,” said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesman for the UN rights office.

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60 civilians killed, 200 injured as US-led coalition strikes Mosul residential areas – Russian MoD

60 civilians killed, 200 injured as US-led coalition strikes Mosul residential areas – Russian MoD:

Over 60 civilians have been killed and at least 200 injured during three days of US-led coalition airstrikes on residential areas in Mosul, the Russian military reported.

There were numerous attacks of the US-led coalition targeting residential areas, schools, and other civilian objects both in Mosul and in other parts of the Iraqi Nineveh Governorate,” Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, head of Operations in the Russian General Staff, told journalists on Tuesday.

We are closely monitoring the situation around Mosul. So far we see no substantial progress in liberating this city from the terrorists of ISIS,” he added, referring to the terrorist organization Islamic State by its former name.

According to the Russian military, among the civilian objects hit by US-led coalition airstrikes was a school for girls in southern Mosul, which was attacked last Friday.

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Sniper of Mosul: Sick ISIS leaders being picked off one at a time by jihadi assassin

Sniper of Mosul: Sick ISIS leaders being picked off one at a time by jihadi assassin

ISLAMIC State (ISIS) leaders are being picked off by a mysterious ‘Sniper of Mosul’ – who is heading the city’s resistance against the death cult.

The apocalyptic fighters are now living in fear of the prolific marksman, who has killed a number of ISIS soldiers over the last 24 hours. 

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William Engdahl: Washington’s Machiavellian Game in Syria

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Washington’s Machiavellian Game in Syria:

By F. William Engdahl

One of my often-cited sayings is around 2,500 years old. It’s from the respected Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu in his small masterpiece, The Art of War. For centuries it’s been one of the most influential strategy writings not only in Asia, but also the Western world. It goes as follows:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

In geopolitical analysis, when I examine a major political or economic development, it’s very important that I first look into myself, to feel if I’m blurring my analysis because of deep-felt personal wishes for a peaceful, more harmonious world, blurring the reality of a given nation or groups of nations. Similarly, if I take those malevolent patriarchs who dominate American and NATO policies today, I must be certain I know, not merely the surface of what an American President or Secretary of State might say on a given day. It can be a lie, a slick maneuver or it can be even honest. The work of any serious analyst is to sort out which it is, to go deeper, to “mine” the lode in order to see the real strategic implications.

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US military warns of ‘catastrophic’ Mosul dam collapse

potential collapse of Mosul dam in northern Iraq

US military warns of ‘catastrophic’ Mosul dam collapse:

The US military is gearing up to deal with the catastrophic consequences of a potential collapse of Mosul dam in northern Iraq, the top US general in the Arab country says.

US Army Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, head of the US-led coalition against Daesh (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria, said Thursday that Iraqi authorities are aware of “the potential” for the collapse and the need for constant grouting of the hydroelectric dam’s foundation to prevent it.

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