Breaking: Iraqi President Condemns US, Duff on Press TV (tour de force analysis)

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Fast moving interview on the current meltdown between Iraq and the US with broad historical background.  Great television.

The targeted Kata’ib Hezbollah forces belonged to brigades 45 and 46 of the PMU, according to PMU official Jawad Kazim al-Rabi’awi.

Following the strikes, the Pentagon issued a statement saying that it had targeted three locations of the Iraqi fighters in Iraq and two in Syria in response to alleged attacks targeting American forces.

The air raids were welcomed by Israel’s foreign minister, Yisrael Katz, who described the event as a “turning point in the regional response to Iran and its proxies”.

Washington and Tel Aviv regularly label popular resistance movements opposed to US presence in Iraq as “Iran-led terrorist groups”, a label which has been vehemently rejected by Iraqi officials.

Kata’ib hezbollah, along with other units operating under the PMU, have had a major role in defending Iraq from the Deash Takfiri terrorist group, which swept across Iraq in 2014.

Calls for united anti-US front 

In a short statement, Kata’ib Hezbollah described the attacks as “disregard and humiliation for the sovereignty and honor of the Iraqi nation”.

The attacks targeted “our sons which were defending our country’s western borders,” the statement said, calling on the country’s security forces to “prepare for a new page” of “honor and dignity” in dislodging US forces from the country.

Iraq’s Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, which is part of the PMU, also issued a statement calling for all of the country’s political factions to respond to Washington’s “cowardly attack”.

“Today, ending US military presence in Iraq is essential by all means necessary before it lasts any longer,” the statement read.

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the PMU’s second-in-command, stressed that American forces will receive a harsh response for the incident.

Falih Khazali, a lawmaker affiliated to Iraq’s Fatah parliamentary bloc, said that the raids signaled that the US “has entered into a clear war with Iraq” and that it has not yet “learned from the consequences of its occupation of Iraq”.

Senior Iraqi Shia cleric and political leader Ammar al-Hakim also described the American raids as a clear violation of Iraq’s sovereignty and security agreements signed between the two countries.

He urged the government and parliament to adopt a firm position in response to the American strikes.

According to the Yemeni al-Masirah news network, Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has also condemned the US attacks and has called on Arab and Muslim countries to reject foreign intervention in the region and to support the government and people of Iraq.

Following the developments, Iraq’s al-Hadath TV reported that the US has withdrawn dozens of civilian workers from its Baghdad embassy.

Author Details
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.

Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. All wars are banker wars. That is basically true. However, there are side benefits such as the Yinon plan for a greater Israel. We, the USA, have been a disquieting force in the ME since WW2, and but for 1 reason, Israel. “Israel controls the Senate, anything Israel wants it gets”. That was Sen. Wm. Fulbright in 1974. Today it’s 10x worse. Nathan Perlmutter, deceased 1987, once head of the ADL, believed peace was “The Real Anti-Semitism In America”. In his book, of the same name, he declared those who protested the Vietnam war, or as he called them “the peacemakers”, were the ‘real’ anti-Semites. His reasoning was simple. Without a huge American military budget, and a US presence in the ME, Israel would cease to exist. Hence, those who desire a peaceful America are real anti-Semites. I guess what I am saying is this: the ME wars are forever wars.

  2. Sorry but it is not that simple.

    Whilst what you say might be correct it is how societies have operated for 1000s of years. Those in power do what they want and the rest of us are dragged along, sometimes into a better life but more often not. Those in power in the States are fully onboard with what their united states, the US, is doing, after all, they are feeding from the trough being refilled by the nefarious activities you describe.

    The US is the current tool of the prime malevolent influence in our World and has been for a very long time. Get over it.

    • Not only in the USA, but in almost every nation, the people who are alleged to be in power are just lying puppets; they have no power when it comes to important decisions, that is none, zero, zilch, nada.
      The US military is of course the tool of the fat controller crato-crats, but not the only one. Television, Hollywood, school curricula, it’s a long list, and the control freaks have not had national allegiances for thousands of years. People point the finger at various groups and races…that is just playing into enemy hands.
      While their attention is on these labels, someone is picking their pocket.

    • The various “blocs” that come and go are contrived. The bloc of the present, involving America, is the “five eyes”: countries: NZ, Australia, Canada, U.K. and USA. The USA may look like the senior partner here, but it’s at least as likely that the big strings are pulled in London. We are just pawns in a game. We have had the theory correct for at least two millennia, that is: love your neighbour as yourself. As long as we are prepared to get wealthy while people in Asia work for peanuts, we are sitting ducks.

  3. The “United States” is doing this, the “United States” wants that, the “United States”…dabedabeda… how many times in this interview?… the United States to my knowledge is a conglomerate built from grass-roots counties and States, which, as far as i know, still have more autonomy and real power than their equivalent in any other country. The “United States” to my knowledge is not a land-grabbing, enslaving, murdering destructive entity… but the corporate money-mining-medical-educational-media empire is exactly all those things. Please do not malign the United States. Please sheet the blame home where it belongs; to the obscenely wealthy and almost anonymous banking and warmongering families.

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