News has been coming out about the growing Al Qaida violence in Iraq. Late last month I wrote about the worsening situation, how Al Qaida has taken the Iraqi cities of Fallujah, Ramadi and others. The latest rounds of violence happened Wednesday February 5th as there were shootings and explosions across Iraq from Baghdad and Mosul, with ongoing violence in Fallujah, Ramadi and across Anbar, Salaheddin and Nineveh provinces.
Reports say there were three bombings in Baghdad which happened in the morning, killing at least 25 people. The worst, when a suicide bomber targeted a security checkpoint near the International Zone near a heavily fortified area that houses Iraqi government offices and the U.S. and British embassies. Police and residents said a second blast, a car bomb exploded in a parking lot opposite to Iraq’s Foreign Ministry building. The third happened one at of Baghdad’s main commercial areas, Al-Sanak.
In Mosul a car bomb exploded outside the Turkish consulate, and a car bomb exploded at an Iraqi army convoy, killing three soldiers and wounding eight people, four of them soldiers. At Um al-Rabiein police station, a car bomb exploded, followed by a rocket-propelled grenade attack and shooting. At least five people were killed, four of them police officers, and 23 were wounded, 14 of them police.
When Obama promised to end the war in Iraq, he said, “The last American soldier will cross the border out of Iraq with their head held high, proud of their service.”
Last August I wrote about Al Qaida and other insurgent groups fighting in Syria, and of Iraqi Sunnis who were fighting with the ‘rebels’ against Abbas in Syria. Al-Qaida influence was strong in Iraqi/Syrian border areas. Iraqi government forces had clashes with smugglers and insurgents sending fighters and weapons into Syria. Iraqi Al Qaida’s local chieftain, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi pledged last summer of a renewed jihad to recapture areas lost in Iraq during the years of conflict with American forces. He also warned Americans, “The war has only just started.”
Obama may have ended the battle, but he didn’t win the war, and the way things are going for Iraq, his policies are erasing everything good our troops did there, everything they died for- -and he’s doing the same thing in Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan the latest news is of secret talks between President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban. Need anyone be reminded that our troops are still in Afghanistan, and still fighting, and being targeted by Taliban insurgency groups? According to CNSNews, when asked if there was disapproval of the talks by the Obama Administration, “State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a briefing that the administration has “long strongly supported an Afghan-led reconciliation, which would, of course, be Afghans talking to Afghans. So the notion that we wouldn’t support that dialogue is inaccurate… And our objective continues to be, and our focus continues to be, promoting and supporting an inclusive, Afghan-led process.”
Last June, the Afghan Taliban opened an office in Qatar, to help restart talks on ending the 12-year-old Afghan war, saying it wanted a political solution that would bring about a just government and end foreign occupation of Afghanistan. Senior Obama administration officials described the office opening to as a stepping-stone to full Taliban renouncement of al Qaeda, yet the very day the scheduled talks were announced, insurgents attacked Bagram Air Base killing 4 US Soldiers and wounded 6 others. The Taliban claimed responsibility.
Keep in mind as well, while Karzai talks with the Taliban with praises of the Obama Administration, the Taliban has still refused to release American POW Bowe Bergdahl, who at the time I’m writing this, has been held for 1,683 days.
Speaking of American prisoners, they may not be POW’s but Iran is still refusing to release American Pastor Saeed Abedini or Amir Hekmati a former Marine from Michigan, both of which have spent more than two years in an Iranian prisons. So why is the Obama Administration inviting Iran to the Geneva talks on the Syrian war next week? According to Debkafiles, a recent comment made by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s special emissary to Tehran, Jibril Rajoub in which he said that Tehran must be part of the negotiating process ongoing between the Palestinians and Israel. In Moscow, the leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, said “there was no doubt that Syrian opposition would attend” the second round of Geneva 2 next week. This was after he had privately said that Iran must participate henceforth in the talks for there to be any chance of progress toward a resolution of the Syrian conflict.
As for Syria, it’s been reported that US Intelligence officials estimate that at least 50 US citizens are fighting in Syria against President Bashar Assad, and are liable to bring terrorism back to the US once the war is over. The US director of national intelligence, James Clapper expressed concern about the threat the US fighters could pose once they return, citing evidence that Al Qaeda has been training foreign nationals to bring the Islamic holy war outside of the Middle East. No Kidding!
Onward to Israel, where Secretary of State John Kerry is creating waves, apparently in a rush to provide as many concessions to Palestinians as possible, he’s forgotten the 1994 Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty. Again according to Debkafiles, King Abdullah II filed a strong protest with Kerry against the failure of the security-political clauses in his framework accord to address issues involving Jordan’s political future and security. He also criticized the plan for failing to factor in past treaties concluded between Jordan and Israel with US encouragement.
There are also the remarks Kerry made Feb. 1st, when he threatened Israel that a failure in the peace talks would lead to global boycotts and delegitimization of the Jewish state. According to WorldNetDaily, Kerry is facing heavy criticism from Israeli leaders because of his outrageous comments in which he said, “You see for Israel there is an increasing delegitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very sensitive to it… The risks are very high for Israel,” he continued. “People are talking about boycott. That will intensify in the case of failure… Do they want a failure that then begs whatever may come in the form of a response from disappointed Palestinians and the Arab community?”
While all of this is going on, it was reported that Obama had a meeting at the White House with UK Muslim Brotherhood lobbyist Anas Altikriti. Altikriti is the son of Omar Al-Tikriti, one of the leaders of the Iraqi Islamic Party. Alikriti is one of the leaders of the British Muslim Initiative (BMI), part of the U.K. Muslim Brotherhood and also heads up the Cordoba Foundation. Altikriti in the past blamed US and British “occupation forces” for being the “real cause of destruction in Iraq” and called upon members of the Iraqi resistance to “embolden its true patriotic image before the world and refrain from killing for the sake of killing but only to resist the occupation.”
The White House meeting included Osama al-Nujaif, top Sunni Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, and it’s been reported that Altikriti was acting as interpreter. While it’s clear that Obama is working with and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, his inclusion of someone who spoke against our military during a time of war, now while the possibility of American forces training Iraqis and boots on the ground in Iraq again arises, is a blatant disregard for American Military lives lost.
The Obama administration is working with what many consider the enemies of our Nation; Sunni Muslims are made up of the Brotherhood, Al Qaida and other terrorist organization. Clearly Obama does not care that these enemies are still fighting against our military in many Middle Eastern and North African countries, and no one else in our government seems to care that this is treasonous.