ISIS seizing chemical materials creates pretext for Iraq power change

July 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

RT 07-17-14

The seizure of Saddam-era chemical weapon stockpiles by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) not only will have dangerous implications for the security situation in Iraq, but also enflame an already combustible situation in neighboring Syria.

According to Iraq’s UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim, ISIS fighters seized the Al Muthanna chemical weapons complex northwest of Baghdad in mid-June, underscoring the continued progress that ISIS has made in terms of controlling territory. The takeover by ISIS of the Al Muthanna site – Saddam Hussein’s premier chemical weapons research, development, and storage facility – represents far more than a tactical success for the terrorist group; it opens up new and frightening possibilities for ISIS in its war against the governments of Maliki and Assad.   (Read entire article)delimeter3

Benghazi and US Political Theater

July 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM Draitser of provides his analysis of the US congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack and the Veterans Affairs Administration scandal.  Draitser explains that, far from being legitimate investigations, these probes are political smear campaigns that Republicans are using for electoral purposes.  He notes that none of the real questions relating to Benghazi will be answered, and instead the panel will seek to damage the credibility of Obama and Democrats with elections coming in November.  Draitser also explains that the US has a long history of ignoring the plight of its veterans and that this will continue regardless of the investigation.delimeter3

The Politics of Terrorism in Pakistan

July 8, 2014 at 12:44 PM


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ISIS, Maliki, and the Politics of the War in Iraq

July 3, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Eric Draitser of appears on Bullet Points with Navid Nasr to discuss the conflict Iraq and the real motivations of the interested parties.  Draitser and Nasr discuss the latest developments on the ground, including the obvious regional nature of the war.  They examine a number of important aspects to this story including Maliki’s “sins,” the rise of ISIS, the legacy of the US war on Iraq, Iraqi politics, and much more.  delimeter3

The Strange Case of Nouri al-Maliki

July 3, 2014 at 2:31 PM


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