SITREPs

4th July Iraq SITREP by Mindfriedo

“defendants will be safe in our hands; for as Imam Ali said, ‘If you have the ability to oppress people, then you should remember the power of god over you.’” —Kurdish judge Ra’ouf Rashid Abdul-Raham who sentenced Saddam to death. 4th July: The Iraqi army has taken over the village of Awja, birth place of Saddam Hussain. The village lies 8 kilometres south of Tikrit. Fighting has left 50 rebels

3rd July IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

2nd July: Iraqi Parliament got delayed when Najiba Najib, a Kurdish lawmaker, asked that dfederal funds withheld from Kurdistan be released. This was asked when the speaker was being decided. This angered Kadhim Al Sayadi of the state of the law coalition who responded by threatening to crush the Kurds in their bid for independence. Sunni MPs left when mention of the DI of Daash was made. Most of the

June 2nd IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

Iraq SITREP July 2nd MINI CIVIL WARS How strange! How strange! By Allah my heart sinks to see the unity of these people on their wrong…and your scattering away from your right. Woe and grief befall you. You have become the target at which arrows are shot” —Ali ibn Abi Talib (as) to the people of Iraq Today’s SITREP has been divided for clarity; a lot can happen in 24

Ukraine SITREP July 2nd, 12:33 UTC/Zulu: A first evaluation of the latest Ukie offensive on Novorussia.

Yesterday I wrote “hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and settle for anything in the middle”.  Today, and while it is way too early to make any kind of definitive judgments, I feel that I can say with some confidence that the worst has not happened and that, in fact, there are signs that the Ukrainian offensive has, so far, yielded no useful results.I have not heard from

1st JULY IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

1st July: Iraqi MPs are sworn in but fail to reach consensus or after interval quorum needed. The 225 MPs present were supposed to start by selecting a speaker for the house; the speaker has to be a Sunni as per the constitution. The house has been adjourned to Tuesday next week. Kurdish MPs and those of the Union of National Forces withdrew their members resulting in the minimum quorum

Ceasefire over – a short SITREP from Juan

From the website of the US Gauleiter in Kiev, Petro Poroshenko: “We will attack and liberate our land“. And attack they sure did. Below is the report which Juan has just sent me. The Saker ——The situation deteriorated. Kramatorsk is being flattened by intense bombardment. The ukes are using everything they have including gas and multiple Grad and Hurricane salvos. 04:00 Heavy armor moving on Kramatorsk. A full regiment including

30th June IRAQ SITREP by Mindriedo

29th June: On the first of Ramadan, Daash has declared itself and the territory it holds an Islamic State. It has changed its name to Daulat Islamia or Islamic government/state or its acronym DI. The new caliph and “successor” of Muhammad (sawa) and the “commander of the faithful (Amerul Momineen)” of Daulat Islamia is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. DI has asked all fighters within its borders to pay allegiance to their

29th June IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

29th June: Qassem Atta’s claims for today: 142 terrorists killed, 51 vehicles destroyed (no army in the world must be prouder of destroying its own looted equipment), 102 sorties undertaken. 29th June: Majeed Aqa Babaei, from the Iranian Interior Ministry claims that Daash will not dare attack the Iranian border for fear of retaliation. (He is trying to reason with mad men) 29th June: The Iraqi authorities are denying claims

June 28th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

28th June: A leader of the Naqshabandi order, Khalid Ibrahim, has been killed in the north east of Baqouba. He was killed along with five associates by SWAT, a Special Forces group. 28th June: Daash has destroyed three Shia mosques: Husseniyeh, AhlulBayt, and Al-Hakim mosques and three mausoleums/shrines: Khader Elias, Imam Saad bin Aqeel, Ar Mamut shrine in Tal Afar. Daash has made announcements that shrines and mausoleums within its

June 27th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

26th June: Another 50 US advisors arrive in Baghdad taking the tally up to 180, of the legendary 300 promised. Hope they don’t face the same fate as the Spartans. 26th June: Main backers of the Sunni insurgency meet with their Godfather in Paris: http://jordantimes.com/jordan-takes-part-in-four-way-meeting-on-iraq-syria-in-paris 27th June: The Iraqi government releases a video showing Baiji refinery in government hands. Army spokesperson Qassim Atta: “ISIL militants who tried to approach the

June 26th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

22nd June: Umaya Naji Jbara, the advisor to the governor of Tikrit was killed by a Daash sniper. She was holding a RPG at the time of death and had killed three fighters of Daash before she was martyred. 25th June: The airstrikes carried out on rebel positions around the town of Qaim were by the Syrian air force. Nouri al Maliki in an interview to the BBC stated that

June 25th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

24th June: First batch of US “Advisors” arrive in Iraq. Most arrive in Baghdad but some have been sent to Kirkuk to try and establish a coordinated intelligence gathering centre in Kirkuk and in Baghdad. The US plans to fly 30-35 reconnaissance missions over Iraq soon. The Iraqi government has agreed to share intelligence with the US. 24th June: Iraqi news sources are reporting on US drones carrying out strikes

Ukraine SITREP June 24th, 14:33 UTC/Zulu

It appears that the ceasefire has had a bigger impact on the big cities of Lugansk and Donetsk than in the smaller cities on the frontline like Slaviansk or Kramatorsk were combat operations have apparently continued.  Furthermore, as Juan has reported, Ukrainian troops are further being resupplied and reinforced.  The junta’s Minister of Defense has officially confirmed that the notorious “Battalion Aidar” death-squad, which had been wiped out by the

June 25th Combat SITREP by Juan

1. There was and is no ‘cease fire’ in Novorossiya. Right sector/nats guard never stopped their attacks and bombardments nor have units of Ukraine Army. We know what West Media is saying, blaming all incidents on us. They are liars. We can not stand down while under attack from the enemy. 2. Bombardments of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Donetsk City, Lugansk City and outlying towns and villages continues day and night.  3.

Ukraine SITREP June 24th, 17:10 UTC/Zulu: a watershed moment?

When I heard this morning that Putin had asked the Federation Council to repeal the resolution on the use of Russian armed forces on the territory of Ukraine I was frankly baffled.  Truly, I had not expected such a move.  I had noticed yesterday that the so-called “consultations” (as opposed to “negotiations”) between the Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, a senior representative for the OSCE Tagliavini, Ukraine’s second president

June 24th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

22nd June: Rouhani’s warning to the West and Saudi/Turkey: “feed terrorists by their petrodollars…Rest assured, tomorrow will be your turn. The barbarous terrorists will go after supporters of terrorism in the future.” 23rd June: A twitter mobile link to a Daash promotional photo. It compares the corpses of a burnt out Shia Iraqi government soldier and a Daash fighter supposedly at peace after death. The photo: Pic.twitter.com/djKixIU0kD The supporter: http://twitter.com/AbuHamzaDK

June 23rd IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

20th June: Putin confirmed Russia’s complete support for the efforts of the Iraqi government to speedily liberate the territory of the republic from terrorists. 20th June: Thirty Shia militiamen are killed in Muqdadiyah, a town north east of Baghdad. The town lies on the main approach to Baqouba in Diyala province. The militants attacking the town were repulsed. 22nd June: The leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, has opposed any US

June 22th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

22nd June: The Shia Khafaja tribe in Iraq is volunteering every able bodied man to the government in Baghdad to fight Daash. Shaikh Raad al-Khafaji has converted his tribes guesthouse into a recruitment centre for volunteers. Many from his tribe were fighting in Syria protecting Shia shrines there. These fighters have now returned to fight Daash in Iraq. 22nd June: A third militant of Daash from its recruitment video has

June 21th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

20th June: David Petraeus, the former commander of US forces in Iraq: “We must be careful not to take sides if we offer military support. But the growing threat posed by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL) means that military action will be necessary, we must realize that ISIS poses a threat not only to Iraq but to the UK and other countries as well.”20th June:

June 20th IRAQ SITREP by Mindfriedo

19th June: Obama dithers and delays in his decision to bomb anti regime forces in Iraq. The BBCs John Simpson: “President Obama’s statement wasn’t the lifeline the Iraqi government hoped for. They wanted immediate airstrikes to stop ISIS in its tracks.” 19th June: The Iraqi Army claims to have taken back full control of towns in the province of Diyala and claims to be gaining ground in the neighboring Salahuddin

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