The Root of all Evil.
(via movedtoanewplace)Source: robertariail.com
“When President Obama announced last month that he was barring a Baghdad bank from any dealings with the American banking system, it was a rare acknowledgment of a delicate problem facing the administration in a country that American troops just left: for months, Iraq has been helping Iran skirt economic sanctions imposed on Tehran because of its nuclear program.”
“Over 12,000 soldiers are taking part in the war games, representing 19 countries, including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Qatar, Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Australia.”
“We reject any arming of the opposition, we reject attempts to bring down the regime by force, because it will leave a wider crisis in the region.”
An IDF veteran explains why this is Israel’s last chance to strike Iran. More strikingly, he was one of the fighter pilots that struck the Iraqi Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981.
“We told him about the risks we foresaw: running out of fuel, Iraqi retaliation, how a strike could harm our relationship with America, and the limited impact a successful mission might have — perhaps delaying Iraq’s nuclear quest by only a few years. Listening to today’s debates about Iran, we hear the same arguments and face the same difficulties, even though we understand it is not 1981.”.
A piece of footage in an Al-Jazeera English segment showing Free Syrian Army fighters showed a black-and-white flag similar (but not the same) as that used by the Islamic State of Iraq and Somalia’s Al-Shabab. The footage also shows a banner reading, “Al-Bara’ bin Malik Brigade,” named after a prominent Companion of the Prophet Muhammad who is renowned for his bravery and military prowess. This historical personage is popular. Al-Qa’ida in the Land of the Two Rivers (Iraq) named its martyrdom brigade after him.
We’ve also seen the Al-Qaeda flag openly flown in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt
“The U.S. military’s fast-approaching Dec. 31 exit from Iraq, which has no way to defend its airspace, puts Israel in a better place strategically to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iraq has yet to assemble a force of jet fighters, and since the shortest route for Israeli strike fighters to Iran is through Iraqi airspace, observers conclude that the U.S. exit makes the Jewish state’s mission planning a lot easier.”
“Hundreds of Iraqis set alight U.S. and Israeli flags on Wednesday as they celebrated the impending pullout of American forces from the country in the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah.”
“Newly acquired intelligence reports indicate several Arab countries in the Middle East are lobbying the US to strike Iran this year, Israel’s Channel 10 reported.”
The countries lobbying for the attack include: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Gulf states. They fear that the US departure from Iraq will create a vacuum that Iran will take advantage of.
“Syria says it will boycott upcoming Arab Games in Qatar’s capital Doha to protest against an Arab League decision to suspend the country’s membership.”
It should be noted that Lebanon and Yemen voted along with Syria against the suspension from the League. Iraq abstained.
Hezbollah Official Predicts Shiite Islamists Will Destroy Israel After U.S. Leaves Iraq…
If, following the U.S. withdrawal, Iraq becomes a bridge linking Iran to Syria, the Iranian forces could cross Iraq and arrive in Syria, in order to participate in a direct war on the Golan front.
In that case, Israel would not be fighting Hizbullah alone. It would be fighting Hizbullah, Syria, Iraq, and Iran. This is the so-called ‘Shiite Crescent’ that they fear…”