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Iraqi Museum Unveils 100 'Looted' Artifacts

(AFP) -- Over 2,000 artifacts, including about 100 that were looted and found abroad, were unveiled Tuesday in a museum in Basra province on the southern tip of Iraq, authorities said.
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Trump says IS territory in Syria nearly eliminated

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the last of the Islamic State’s territory in Syria will be freed by U.S.-backed forces “by tonight.” Trump spoke as he left the White House and displayed maps of IS-held territory in Iraq and Syria on the day he was elected and as of Wednesday morning. The most […]
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On this anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, make a decision about the AUMF

Today is the anniversary of the March 20, 2003 invasion of Iraq. That day added to what is now nearly 18 years of ongoing war. We deployed over 175,000 troops on that day, and doubled the number of wars we were engaged in.  We also set down a path committing the families of millions of servicemembers and veterans to bear the sacrifices required by these wars. On that day, I was a junior officer stationed on a Navy warship in the Arabian Gulf, in support of the invasion of Iraq. At that time, I w...
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We Can Ignore The Iraq War Dead-Enders

Ari Fleischer has taken to Twitter to defend his former boss George W. Bush from accusations of lying America into the Iraq War. As Matt Shuman amply shows elsewhere on TPM, Fleischer was quickly and thoroughly demolished by critics. Fleisher’s hapless performance got me thinking about how the debate over the Iraq War, the most consequential American foreign policy decision in the last fifty years, is now over. The only people still defending the Iraq War are those whose personal reputation is...
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Former Bush Spox Tries To Debunk ‘Bush Lied, People Died,’ Fails Miserably

Ari Fleischer, who served as former President George W. Bush’s press secretary through the early months of the Iraq War, attempted on Tuesday night to argue that his former boss did not “lie” to the American public during the run-up to what became a two-decade, multi-trillion-dollar war and occupation. It did not go well for him. The Iraq war began sixteen years ago tomorrow. There is a myth about the war that I have been meaning to set straight for years. After no WMDs were found, the lef...
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North Macedonia: 7 plead guilty to joining, fighting for IS

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Officials in North Macedonia say seven of the country’s nationals have pleaded guilty to joining the Islamic State group and fighting with it in Syria and Iraq. The North Macedonian prosecutor’s office said late Tuesday the men on trial in a Skopje criminal court were arrested last August in Syria […]
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A 3,000-Year-Old Tablet Likely Looted During the Iraq War Is Being Returned by the U.K.

The stone tablet from Babylonia is to be flown home after museum experts verified its provenance
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Cry Out rallies prayer around Arab Bedouins during Lent

Middle East North Africa (MNN) -- Christians worldwide are observing Lent, a 40-day period spanning from March 6 to April 19. Specific reasons vary, but most believers generally view Lent as a time for reflection and practicing spiritual disciplines. While Lent is often associated with fasting, prayer is also a critical component of the season.  Cry Out is offering a free 40-day prayer guide during Lent that focuses on the Arab Bedouins.  Speaking on behalf of Cry Out, Peter* says, “This is...
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Kurdish rebels say Kirkuk is set to fall – archive, 20 March 1991

20 March 1991: Kurdish forces have almost completed the capture of the northern Iraqi oil town of KirkukKurdish rebels have almost completed the capture of the northern Iraqi oil town of Kirkuk, a Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) spokesman said last night. Related: Kurds lay claim to oil riches in Iraq as old hatreds flare Continue reading...
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Is The AR-15 A ‘Weapon Of War?”

Joe Scarorough: As a longtime gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment, I agreed with the Supreme Court’s “Heller” holding that concluded Americans had the right to keep and bear arms. But that constitutional protection did not, and will not, extend to guns designed as weapons of war. One should expect such things from a mindless dolt like Scarborough, but we should be able to expect better from people who should know better.  Apparently, it has become all the rage to throw around a few g...
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Argument analysis: Sorting out a thorny statute-of-limitations question in False Claims Act case

The Supreme Court engaged in a relatively lively argument today over a thorny issue of statutory interpretation under the False Claims Act: how two separate statute-of-limitations provisions apply to whistleblower, or “qui tam,” actions when the federal government has not intervened in a suit brought by a private party, or relator. “These types of actions are exceptional in many ways,” Chief Justice John Roberts observed about the qui tam suits brought under the 1863 statute that was meant to ba...
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Islamic State loses big part of enclave, SDF sees defeat 'very soon'

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian forces said they were close to defeating Islamic State in its final scrap of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria after seizing an encampment from the jihadists on Tuesday, though the battle was not over yet. Hardened militant fighters holed up in the encampment had been mounting a last-stand defense of the Baghouz enclave, all that is left of Islamic State's self-proclaimed "caliphate" that once spanned a third of both Syria and Iraq....
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, Syria, Daesh, SDF, U S backed Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Mustafa Bali, Baghouz, DEIR AL ZOR PROVINCE Syria Reuters U S

Home Office apologises for failings that led to detention centre death

Officials admit shortcomings at inquest into death of man who was killed by another detaineeA senior Home Office official has repeatedly apologised for shortcomings that led to the killing of a “gentle and polite” man in immigration detention at an inquest into his death.West London coroner’s court is exploring the role of the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice, health professionals and detention centre subcontractors in the death of Tarek Chowdhury, from Bangladesh. The 64 year old was killed...
Tags: Iraq, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Heathrow, Bangladesh, West London, Colnbrook, Zana Assad Yusif, Tarek Chowdhury, Home Office the Ministry of Justice

Iran's Furtive Occupation of Iraq's Assyrian Communities

Will the Middle East's shattered Christian villages, towns and cities somehow retain their religious and cultural heritage -- which dates back to the first century? No one knows for sure, but due to Iranian aspirations, the answer is far from encouraging.
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Troops celebrate as U.S.-backed force seizes IS camp in Syria

By PHILIP ISSA BAGHOUZ, Syria — U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said, signaling the group’s collapse after months of stiff resistance. A group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed four Americans in northern Syria were among militants captured by the Kurdish-led forces. The taking of the IS camp was a major advance but not the final...
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Islamic State on brink of defeat as Western-backed forces corner fighters on river bank

Western-backed forces look on the brink of defeating Islamic State in its final holdout in eastern Syria after seizing control of all but a tiny sliver of land on a river bank. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made major gains on Tuesday after more than 150 “experienced” Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants became the latest to surrender. Hundreds of fighters, most of them foreign, have abandoned the fight in recent days. The SDF had offered those left in the pocket a safe corrido...
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Here's what you should do if you feel drowsy while driving, according to a Chevy safety engineer who saw the danger of tired driving firsthand when serving in Iraq (GM)

Maureen Short is a West Pointer and former US Army Captain who learned about drowsy driving firsthand when she was a company commander in Iraq. She now studies drowsy driving as a safety engineer at GM's Chevrolet brand. Her advice is to get adequate rest or pull over when sleepy — don't try to push through with coffee. Maureen Short joined Chevrolet three years ago as a safety engineer, but her career was already something of a professional highlight reel.  The US Military Academy graduate f...
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Islamic State loses big part of enclave, SDF sees defeat "very soon"

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian forces said they were close to defeating Islamic State in its final scrap of territory at Baghouz in eastern Syria after seizing an encampment from the jihadists on Tuesday, though the battle was not over yet. Hardened militant fighters holed up in the encampment had been mounting a last-stand defense of the Baghouz enclave, all that is left of Islamic State's self-proclaimed "caliphate" that once spanned a third of both Syria and Iraq....
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, Syria, Daesh, SDF, U S backed Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, Mustafa Bali, Baghouz, DEIR AL ZOR PROVINCE Syria Reuters U S

Babylonian treasure seized at Heathrow airport returned to Iraq

The precious document was seized in 2012 [Author: Kirsty Bosley]
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ISIS Suspects In Killing Of 4 Americans Captured In Last ISIS Territory Standing

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — A spokesman for U.S.-backed forces fighting the Islamic State group in Syria says they have captured a group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed four Americans in a town in northern Syria. Mustafa Bali says the suspects were captured following technical surveillance by the group known as the Syrian Democratic Forces. He did not elaborate on the number of suspects or when they were captured. The Americans were killed in a suicide bombing in January in the t...
Tags: Isis, News, Bali, Islamic State, Iraq, Syria, SDF, Syrian Democratic Forces, Manbij, Cristina Cabrera, Mustafa Bali, Baghouz, Syria Mustafa Bali, BAGHOUZ Syria, AP story

They Go to the Desert to Hunt for Truffles. But ISIS Is Hunting Them.

The militants are targeting Iraqis who venture into the wild to search for the delicacy, demanding ransom for those they don’t simply kill.
Tags: Isis, News, Iraq, Terrorism, Deserts, Truffles, Shiite Muslims, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Muslims and Islam, Sunni Muslims, Kidnapping and Hostages, Anbar Province (Iraq

Is Trump really about to attack Venezuela?

Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered the last of the US diplomats out of Venezuela, saying their presence was a “constraint” on US policy toward the country. The wording seemed intended to convey the idea that the US is about to launch military action to place a Washington-backed, self-appointed politician to the presidency. Was it just bluster, designed to intimidate? Or is the Trump Administration really about to invade another country that has neither attacked nor threatened the U...
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Partisan polarization and America’s perpetually ballooning national debt

Last week, President Trump submitted his 2020 budget to Congress. It reflects familiar policy priorities. Recipients of food stamps, public housing, and Medicaid will have to show they are working or actively seeking work. (That standard already exists for federal welfare.)  Savings are asserted in Medicare and Social Security Disability programs from eliminating fraud and tougher negotiations on prescription drug prices. Money for EPA, climate change and renewable energy research, and the US di...
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Assault on IS jihadist redoubt in Syria grinds on

A shroud of black smoke covered the Islamic State group's last redoubt in eastern Syria on Monday as US-backed forces battled holdout jihadists after a night of shelling and heavy air strikes. The SDF has been closing in on IS fighters holed up in a small sliver of territory in the eastern village of Baghouz since January. A cluster of rudimentary tents and vehicles is all that remains of the once-sprawling "caliphate" declared across large swaths of Syria and neighbouring Iraq in 2014.
Tags: News, Islamic State, Iraq, US, Syria, SDF, Baghouz

Syria's defense minister slams 'illegitimate' US presence

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's defense minister on Monday slammed what he called the "illegitimate" U.S. military presence in his country, vowing that Damascus has a right to self-defense, while Iraq said a border crossing with Syria will open in the coming days.
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Beto O'Rourke raises $6.1m in first 24 hours, smashing Bernie Sanders' record

Stunning sum is more than every other Democratic challenger who has disclosed their first-day totals The former Texas congressman, like Sanders and some of his other colleagues, has shunned Pac donations of any kind. Photograph: Kathy Willens/APDemocratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke raised an unprecedented $6.1m during the first 24 hours of his official run for the White House, his campaign announced on Monday.The stunning sum is more than rival Bernie Sanders and every other 2020 Democratic rival wh...
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The future of borders in the Middle East

The collapse of Arab regional order during the 2011 uprisings provided a chance to reconsider the Middle East’s famously misshapen states. Most rebels sought to control the central government, not to break away from it. Separatist, in contrast, unilaterally sought territorial autonomy or outright secession. They took advantage of the breakdown of security services to set up their own peripheral enclaves. In the last eight years, separatists have served as foot soldiers in the coalition that defe...
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Syrian, Iranian, Iraqi military chiefs to meet in Damascus: paper

The military chiefs of staff of Syria, Iran and Iraq will hold a rare meeting in Damascus to discuss "ways to combat terrorism", the pro-Syrian government al-Watan daily reported on Monday. Iran has been one of the most steadfast supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during eight years of civil war, and is also a close ally of Iraq. The United States has said it wants to limit what it calls Tehran's destabilizing influence in the Middle East, including in Iraq and Syria.
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Who Are The Private Contractors Fighting In Iraq And Afghanistan? An Inside Look At This Invisible Military Force

A new study looks at obituaries of private military contractors killed at war. The majority are white men with significant military experience.
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