July 20th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo: Exodus

20th July: The Iraqi Security Forces have opened up another from against Daash and are now making a push westwards towards Fallujah. The army claims that “98% of Ramadi is now clear of terrorists.” 20th July: Maliki calls on the world to unite against Daash after the exodus of Christians in Mosul. He claims that the “true face” of the rebels is apparent and that there are genuine rebels, just

July 19th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo: Daashing Christians in Iraq

Quote of the Day (Courtesy of Robert Fisk), Jonathan Whittall of the Médecins Sans Frontières referring to his job of providing medical aid to Palestinians in Gaza being akin: “to patch(ing) up prisoners in between their torture sessions “ 18th July: The Iraqi Government is coordinating with French authorities is trying to reclaim Iraqi assets of the previous regime in France. 19th July: The representative of the Secretary General of

July 18th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo

Iraq SITREP 18th July: Who wants to live forever? Quote of the day, Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib on being hit by the (Muawiya’s) assassin’s sword when in prayer: Today Ali is successful/has succeeded! 18th July: Abdul Raqib Amin, 26, a Daash fighter killed near Ramadi by Security Forces is believed to be one of the three British Nationals who appeared in a recruitment video last month 18th July: State

July 17th Iraq SITREPby Mindfriedo: Being Played

Quote of the Day, George Galloway: Gaza people are all Sunni. But the only people helping them are all Shia, Think! In the last two SITREPs part of the short analyses was justifying Shia actions and Shia militias. This video linked by augmentedether, in my opinion, justifies in part the anger, hatred, and hurt felt by many of the everyday Iraqi Sunnis (on the receiving end of some of these

Ukraine SITREP July 17th, 15:55 UTC/Zulu: the complete failure of Poroshenko’s “surprise” (UPDATED)

I will begin this SITREP by re-posting the video of the interview made by Ukrainian TV by phone with a solider of the Ukie forces in the so-called “southern cauldron”.  Please make sure to press on the ‘cc’ button to get the English subtitles:Speaking of videos, the I wanted to point out that the video I posted yesterday of what appeared to be Grad systems firing a Ukie forces from

July 17th Ukraine Combat SITREP by Juan

1. Strelkov has allowed the Uke Army to enter in to a trap of their own making in a narrow long corridor between Army of Novorossiya and the Russia Border known as ‘The Cauldron’. Never underestimate your enemy. In this case it seems the Ukeland Army has violated that truism. 2. Minimum 35 Uke soldiers have been taken across the border to Russia for medical treatment. Confirmed.3. Border point near

July 16th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo: Of Presidents and men

Thank you everyone, Saker in particular, and open minded Sunni commentators who were open about my “sectarian” post and only sought to guide me in their replies. I will try to keep religion out till the next library burns. But I have answered some of the issues raised in this SITREP. Quote of the day: I am a Muslim, neither Shia nor Sunni, and I go to Shia Mosques as

July 15th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo: Burn Shia, burn!

Quote of the Day, Lebanese Sunni Scholar Sheikh Maaher Hammoud: If you want Arabs to fight Israel, tell them Israel converted to Shiaism Quote of the Day Two, Patrick Cockburn: In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany Thought of the Day: Enemy of Enemy is my Friend? 15th July: Tribal Fighters in Dhuluia have fought and forced out Daash Fighters from the entire

July 14th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo: Power Corrupts

Quote of the Day, US Senator John McCain: the restraint of the Israelis, in my view, is admirable Thought of the Day: What if this man had won the election along with Sarah Palin? 14th July: Unconfirmed: Sistani has sent a verbal message to Maliki to find a replacement for his post within a week. The Marja has said that failure to do so will force him to take a

Iraq SITREP 13th July: The time of the Kurds, and Terroristan

Quote of the Day (Khamenei on the US demanding the closure of the underground nuclear facility at Fordow): it is laughable that the US demanded Iran to shut down its Fordow nuclear facility because it happens to be inaccessible and cannot be targeted in an air strike Thought for the day: To bury or not to bury…everything 13th July: The Iraqi Parliament session is adjourned to Tuesday. Problems arose on

July 12th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo

Iraq SITREP 12th July: Tony Blair and the orphans of Iraq Quote of the (an earlier) day: General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on hearing of Ayatollah Sistani’s call for defensive Jihad, “the call that the Ayatollah Sistani put out for volunteers is being answered and it complicates the situation, frankly, a bit.” Thought for the day: What did it complicate? The falling of Baghdad?

July 11th Ukraine combat SITREP by Juan

The retreat from Slavyansk and surrounding area was successful. Losses occurred but they were minimal. ‘Minimal’ is a terrible term. Sounds fine unless you happen to be one of the ‘minimal’. The world’s eyes and minds were focused on The Cauldron (Slavyansk and Kramatorsk) and the Novorossiya/Russia borders for over two months. During that time many things happened in other areas of Novorossiya, away from prying eyes. The donations of

July 11th Iraq SITREP: Tug of War

I would like to thank the Saker for allowing these Iraq SITREPs. As I’ve stated before they are a compilation or summary of Iraqi news. If anybody finds anything missing or amiss please point it out and it will be added/corrected in the next days SITREP. 10th July: Kurdish officials declare that they will boycott parliament after Maliki accused them of harbouring terrorists. Massoud Barzani referred to Maliki as having

July 11th Ukraine SITREP: important developments for the Resistance

Besides the apparently devastating attack on a Ukie armored column, there are several important development which have recently taken place which I feel must be reported here: Alexander Khodakovskii 1) With Strelkov’s return to Donetsk, order and unity of command in the Resistance forces have apparently been restored and the disagreements between Strelkov and Alexander Khodakovskii (ex-commander of the Donetsk “Alpha” unit) settled.2) In a joint press conference, Igor Strelkov

July 10th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo

Funny Quote of The Day: From the BBC “Israel under renewed Hamas Attack.” Funny Quote of the Day Two: Iranian representative to Iraqi Kurdistan “The Kurds should not RUSH to declare independence.” It’s Elementary Deduction: In a famous Sherlock Holmes short story, Silver Blaze, Holmes got the key to the murder in this dialog: Scotland Yard detective: Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my

July 9th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo

NB: Please note that I am not mentioning/addressing the Israeli Palestinian conflict in these SITREPs. I expect very little to change there in terms of (im)Balance of Power, unless Hezballah decides to step in (unlikely for now). The suffering of the people there, is endless. Correction: In yesterday’s SITREP I referred to Tom Malinowski as the US Ambassador to Bahrain. He is not, he is the US Assistant Secretary of

July 8th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo

Iraq SITREP 8th July: Battle for Tikrit A VERY INTERESTING LINK: YOUTUBE LINK: It shows Daash/ISIS being a proxy of US interests. It’s Rolex wearing Caliph America’s man. A subversion similar to the government backed Islamists during the Algerian Civil War. 7th July: Three mortar shells land near the Northern Saudi town of Arar. It is unclear who fired the rounds near the Iraqi Saudi border 7th July:

July 7th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo

Iraq SITREP 7th July: Gloves are coming off!!! A VERY IMPORTANT LINK: It shows Daash/ISIS being a proxy of US interests. It’s Rolex wearing Caliph America’s man. A subversion similar to the government backed Islamists during the Algerian Civil War. I will be posting this again in tomorrow’s SITREP for those that may miss it today. 6th July: Iranian Brigadier General Massoud Jazeyri refers to America as the intelligence

July 6th Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo

5th July: Rumour spreads that Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi is killed in airstrikes near the Syrian border and has been taken to Syria for medical treatment. Daash disputes this and releases a video of Baghdadi addressing Friday worshippers in Mosul. The government in Baghdad calls the video a fake. 5th July: Two civilians are killed and six injured when two car bombs go off in Basra, Southern Iraq. The number

July 5th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

4th July: Iraqi and US security personnel are warning of rebel sleeper cells within Baghdad numbering 1500 in Western Baghdad and 1000 on the outskirts that are waiting for “zero hour.” Their plan would be to attack and hold sections within the city in anticipation of a rebel push from without. Sunni residents of Baghdad are complaining of atrocities being committed by Shia militias such as the Asahb Ahl al