President Bashar al-Assad agreed with the Iraqi National Security Advisor Faleh al-Fayyad to reactivate coordination of tribal groups in northeast Syria with Iraqi forces. “Assad gave the green light to Iraq to coordinate with the Arab tribes in Syria and to push Iraqi security forces into Syria when and if needed to end ISIS control if the US is not willing to finishing the job quickly”.

Jeffrey St. CLAIR - At the close of the first Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was denounced as a ferocious villain for ordering his retreating troops to destroy Kuwaiti oil fields, clotting the air with poisonous clouds of black smoke and saturating the ground with swamps of crude. It was justly called an environmental war crime. But months of bombing of Iraq by US and British planes and cruise missiles has left behind an even more deadly and insidious legacy: tons of shell casings, bullets and bomb fragments laced with depleted uranium. In all, the US hit Iraqi targets with more than 970 radioactive bombs and missiles.

L’Irak continue de juger quasi-quotidiennement des accusés parmi les quelque 20.000 personnes arrêtées pour suspicion de terrorisme depuis la percée djihadiste de 2014. En tout, « 616 hommes et femmes, accusés d’appartenance à l’EI [groupe Etat islamique] ont été condamnés » cette année « en vertu de la loi anti-terrorisme » qui prévoit jusqu’à la peine de mort, a détaillé dans un communiqué le juge Abdel Settar Bayraqdar, porte-parole du Conseil supérieur de la magistrature.

Donald Trump’s visit this week to US forces in Iraq has to be seen as a highly peculiar move. Following his announcement to pull troops out of Syria and Afghanistan, which caused a split with senior Pentagon figures, it seems that Trump was making a desperate bid to reassure the military establishment. Perhaps even to forestall a feared coup against his presidency.