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Weekly Security & Humanitarian News from Iraq for October 5 -11 2018

Yazidi Human Rights Defender Nadia Murad of Iraq Receives the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her Efforts to End the Use of Sexual Violence in Warfare and Seek Justices for Victims
On October 5, along with Dr. Denis Mukwege of the Congo, Nadia Murad, 25, was co-awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of the Yazidi community and genocide survivors. Murad was kidnapped and sold as a slave by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants in 2014, after ISIS captured her hometown of Kojo in Sinjar District, Ninewa Province. She was subjected to rape and other human rights abuses before being able to escape from captivity three months after the kidnapping. Murad has shed light on the Yazidi genocide and the ongoing needs of survivors. Through her organization, Nadia’s Initiative, she published a March 2018 report on the status of Sinjar, finding that since the beginning of the genocide, 90,000 Yazidis fled Iraq, mostly to Germany, the United States, and Canada. The …
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Demonstrable Horseshit From US State Department's Mike Pompeo

Destroying Yemen as Humanely as Possibleby Charles Pierson What a relief to learn that even though Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are bombing the crap out of Yemen, they are doing so humanely.  On September 12, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, pursuant to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (“NDAA”), certified that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are “undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure” in their war on Houthi rebels in Yemen.
This was demonstrable horseshit.  The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report on Yemen at the end of August.  Kamel Jendoubi, chairperson of the Group of International and Regional Eminent Experts on Yemen which authored the report, stated: “There is little evidence of any attempt by parties to the conflict to minimize civilian casualties.”  This puts the lie to Secretary of…

China Calls for Investigation into the Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Douma, Syria

Beijing, SANA - Chinese Foreign Ministry called for conducting a “comprehensive, objective and impartial investigation” into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Douma, warning of the consequences of the use of force on the basis of accusations.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that before a “comprehensive, impartial and objective investigation” had been conducted into the incident, no party should “prejudge the results and come to conclusions randomly.”

He added that his country was “opposed to the wanton use of force or threat of force” and that “military means will lead us nowhere.”


No Trace of Chemical Munition Attack in Douma - Russian MoD

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – The Russian military has found no evidence that chemical weapons were used by any party in the east Damascus district city of Douma according the Russian Ministry of Defence.

A statement by the Russian MoD claims that the reported site of the alleged chemical attack in Douma was assessed by military specialists and that no trace of any chemical weapons usage was found.

The Russian MoD added that photos released by the White Helmets (a self-declared civil rescue organization only found in
areas of Syria held by jihadist militants) depicting victims of the alleged chemical attack were ‘fake.’

On Saturday afternoon, Islamist rebels in Douma accused Syrian government forces of attacking the city’s residents with
chemical weapons; the claim has since gained traction in the Western world with the US and French heads of state now
threatening a possible counter-strike in response to the supposed attack.

Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - The Arab Source…

Russian Ministry of Defense Confirms Israeli Jets Attacked Syrian Airbase in Eastern Homs

Title: Breaking: Russian MoD confirms Israel attacked Syrian airbase in east Homs, releases details on what happened
Author: Andrew Illingworth
Date: Mon, 09 Apr 2018 03:31:12 -0400

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Defence has released information stating that Israeli forces were
responsible for attacking the Syrian military’s T-4 airbase in eastern Homs province on early Monday morning.

According to the Russian MoD, two Israeli F-15 warplanes were involved in the attack against Syria’s T-4 military
airport, having fired missiles at the site from Lebanese airspace.

Furthermore, the Russian MoD claims that eight missiles were fired by Israeli aircraft (compared to earlier reports of
20 missiles being used in the attack) of which Syrian air defense units were able to intercept five; of the three
missiles that did …

Iraq: Security & Humanitarian News for the Week Ending April 5, 2018

Key Takeaways:
report compiled by ISHM Reports Conflict on PKK Presence in Sinjar - On April 1, Fahad Amir Omar, head of Sinjar District, confirmed that Iraqi Security Forces, including the Iraqi Army, Popular Mobilization Units, and local police are deployed throughout the district and along the road to the Syrian border. Omar stated that there are no Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) elements in the city. Two days later, Haydar Qasim Shesho, leader of the Yazidi Protection Force, said that more than 500 PKK fighters have not yet left Sinjar and suggested that they are embedded with PMUs. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish army “may enter Sinjar at any time” if the PKK presence continues, although the Iraqi government is also committed to ousting the U.S.-identified terrorist organization.  more...Abadi Rejects Peshmerga Redeployments to the Disputed Territories - On March 29, Secretary-General of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga Ministry, Jabar Yawar, t…

Trump's Appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor is Worrisome

Trump Finds Fellow Bully in Bolton
ByMarjorie Cohn

Nothing Donald Trump has done since his inauguration 14 months ago is more dangerous – to the United States, and indeed, to the world – than his selection of John Bolton for National Security Adviser. It is not surprising the president would feel most comfortable receiving advice from a fellow bully. Trump bullies people on a nearly daily basis, directing his ire at immigrants, Muslims, women, LBGTQ people, the poor and the environment. He hurls Twitter attacks at those who disagree with him. The president has encouraged police brutality, suggesting in a Long Island speech that law enforcement officers bang suspects’ heads against police car doors. “Please don’t be too nice” when arresting people, Trump advised. “Like when you guys put somebody in the car, and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put your hand over” their head, “I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’” After being told someone might throw tomatoes at him …