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Iran, Russia create joint operations headquarters to fight ISIS

Reportedly, the Iranian and Russian military experts are helping the Iraqi commanders in the fight against the IS.
“Over 60 military experts from Russia and Iran created a joint operations headquarters in the Al Rasheed Hotel in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad,” the report said.
The terrorist organization known as the ‘Islamic State’ (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.

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US jury convicts Blackwater security guards in deaths of Iraqi civilians

US jury convicts Blackwater security guards in deaths of Iraqi civilians | US news | theguardian.com
The massacre in 2007 left a total of 17 people dead and 20 seriously injured after the guards working for the US State Department fired heavy machine guns and grenade launchers from their armoured convoy in the mistaken belief it was under attack by insurgents.
Nicholas Slatten was found guilty of first-degree murder. The jury found three other three guards — Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard — guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
During the trial’s emotional closing arguments, jurors were told of the “shocking amount of death, injury and destruction” that saw “innocent men, women and children mowed down” as they went about their business in downtown Baghdad.

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US ordered to explain withholding of Iraq and Afghanistan torture photos

By 12 December, Justice Department attorneys will have to list, photograph by photograph, the government’s rationale for keeping redacted versions of the photos unseen by the public, Judge Alvin Hellerstein instructed lawyers. But any actual release of the photographs will come after Hellerstein reviews the government’s reasoning and issues another ruling in the protracted transparency case.
While Hellerstein left unclear how much of the Justice Department’s declaration will itself be public, the government’s submission is likely to be its most detailed argument for secrecy over the imagery in a case that has lasted a decade.

“The only thing that bothers me is that we’re taking a lot of time,” Hellerstein told a nearly empty courtroom.


UK Drones Deployed in Syria And Iraq

UK Reaper drones ready to attack Isis in Syria and Iraq - Middle East - World - The Independent  
The RAF has flown 37 missions and conducted 10 successful strikes over Iraq since Parliament authorised action, the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, told MPs yesterday. The unmanned Reaper drones will be based in Kuwait after their move from Kandahar, The Independent understands. They will be controlled via satellite link from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.
The decision to fly over Syrian territory is certain to lead to charges of “mission creep” and opposition in some quarters of Parliament. Several Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs who voted for the Iraq operation indicated that they would object to moving it on to Syria.

Cars Abandoned by Kurdish Refugees Fleeing ISIS near Kobane


Serena Shim

Serena Shim Death - Black Ops Involvement?

American journalist killed in car crash in Turkey just days after she claimed intelligence services had threatened her over her coverage of siege of Kobane. 

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The Real Winners of the War on ISIS?

Shares in Lockheed Martin – maker of the “All for One and One for All” Hellfire missiles – are up 9.3 per cent in the past three months. Raytheon – which has a big Israeli arm – has gone up 3.8 per cent. Northrop Grumman shares swooped up the same 3.8 per cent. And General Dynamics shares have risen 4.3 per cent. Lockheed Martin – which really does steal Alexandre Dumas’ Three Musketeers quotation on its publicity material – makes the rockets carried by the Reaper drones, famous for destroying wedding parties over Afghanistan and Pakistan, and by Iraqi aircraft. MORE

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Ozymandias By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Many of the later temples of the Egyptian kings (2000-1800 BC) are found on the Western Bank of the Nile at Thebes. The most imposing of all in some respects is the Ramesseum, where the huge granite colossus of Ramses II is found, which Diodorus knew as the statue of Osymandyas. This name is a late corruption of Ramses II's throne-name, User-maat-Rà, pronounced Ûsimare. This is the statue to which Shelley refers in the poem.

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

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ISIS Bomb Kills Iraqi Police Chief

(AGI) Baghdad, Oct 19 - Islamic State (IS) militants killed the chief of police of Salahuddin province in Iraq on Sunday.
According to Aalatjah Television, Hamad Nams died when a car bomb went off near the vehicle in which he was travelling to Tikrit together with other officers. At least 20 people were injured in the blast. On Saturday, 12 people died in bomb attacks in southwest Baghdad.