The anti-US thread

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  1. JohnnyBravo300

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    Imagine having a time machine and taking this and other slices of modern life back to 1915 to play on the in-ship movie channel for those cruising to the Middle East.
     
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    MENAANGLO 5HEADLINE NEWSIRAQ
    MAJOR: US Continues Military Aid To ISIS In Western Iraq
    https://www.fort-russ.com/2019/12/m...=wp&utm_campaign=push&utm_content=new-article
    WASHINGTON, D.C./BAGHDAD – The US bases in western Iraq still dispatch weapons and military equipment to ISIS troops deployed in the region, an official said. An informed official with Iraq’s Hashd al-Shaabi (popular forces) told the Arabic-language al-Ma’aloumeh news website on Monday that the US sends military aid to ISIS in western Iraq, especially areas in Makhoul mountain and al-Hazar island.
    He added that Hashd al-Shaabi forces have discovered and seized US weapons during the operations against the ISIS in al-Hazar island. The source also said that the Americans misuse their military bases in western Iraq and have warned the Iraqi security forces, specially Hashd al-Shaabi, to keep away from their bases, making the chasing of ISIS terrorists very difficult in those areas.

    In a relevant development earlier this month, the US relocated tens of families of ISIS terrorists to Iraq as Washington still continues supportive measures for the terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. The US troops transferred more than 200 ISIS families from Syria to neighboring Iraq, Syria’s state news agency SANA reported.

    The ISIS terrorists were relocated to Iraq from al-Hawl Camp in Syria’s Hasaka Province. The US troops have dispatched thousands of ISIS terrorists and their families from different regions in eastern and northeastern Syria to Iraq and their illegal military bases in Syria.

    Other reports also said earlier this month that the US troops relocated 300 ISIS family members from al-Hawl Camp to Iraq. According to the latest UN report released in November, a sum of 69,000 people are residing in al-Hawl Camp, including 40 percent Syrians, 45 percent Iraqis and 15 percent from other nationalities. Al-Hawl Camp is under control of the predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
     
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    What does Nord Stream 2 have to do with anything?
    For example, the NDAA for 2020 contains the “Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act,” which targets the government and armed forces of Russia by imposing sanctions that punish Russia for alleged war crimes committed by targeting civilian populations, and restricts Russian efforts at reconstruction inside Syria. A second rider, the “Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act,” calls for the president to impose stringent sanctions on companies and individuals that provide assistance in the construction of two major Russian gas pipeline projects, Nord Stream 2 and Turk Stream. The co-sponsors of this legislation, Senators Ted Cruz and Jeanne Shaheen, view these pipelines as representing a grave threat to the national security of the United States and its European allies, contending that the act counters Russian “expansionism” and “economic blackmail.”
    For all its anti-Russian posturing, however, the NDAA for 2020 will likely have little actual impact on Russian activities, malign or otherwise. Russia has shown itself impervious to the anti-Russian posturing of the US in recent years and, if anything, the US actions have only entrenched Russia further, resulting in countermeasures –for instance, in the field of missile defense and missile technology– that nullify any advantage the US might have sought to begin with. The rider bills on the NDAA are mainly for domestic political consumption, having little meaningful impact on foreign policy. In Syria, Russia continues to aid the Syrian government, undeterred (or, more accurately, unconcerned) about any threatened sanctions. The same holds true regarding the threats against the Russian gas pipeline projects. Turk Stream is too far advanced to be impacted at all, and Russia had anticipated possible US sanctions targeting Nord Stream 2 and will introduce measures that will enable the project, which is near its end, to be completed regardless. Moreover, Russia’s principal Nord Stream 2 partner, Germany, has taken umbrage at any and all efforts by the US to halt that project, further straining relations between the two NATO allies. https://on.rt.com/a7tk
     
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    I sometimes wonder how the warriors view their country putting them in foreign wars such as Afghanistan in order to protect poppy fields, pedophiles and minor warlord's patches for corrupt politics and outright criminal enterprises.

    The Taliban destruction of the opium crops being, of course, the reason for the renewed invasion of Afghanistan. Not to chase down Bin Laden but to get the poppies blooming again and heroin back in circulation.

    The tragedy of fake news, poor reporting and collusion of news services with government is that the rackets of war are hidden beneath simplistic jingoism.

    Despite president Trump’s announced US troop withdrawal, the Afghan opium trade continues to flourish. It is protected by US-NATO occupation forces on behalf of a nexus of powerful financial and criminal interests.


    In 2004, the proceeds of the Afghan heroin trade yielded an estimated global revenue of the order of 90 billion dollars. This estimate was based on retail sales corresponding to a total supply of the order of 340,000 kg of pure heroin (corresponding to Afghanistan’s 3400 tons of opium production) (See Michel Chossudovsky, America’s War on Terrorism, Chapter XVI, Global Research, Montreal 2005)

    Today a rough estimate based on US retail prices suggests that the global heroin market is above the 500 billion dollars mark. This multibillion dollar hike is the result of a significant increase in the volume of heroin transacted Worldwide coupled with a moderate increase in retail prices.

    Based on the most recent (UNODC) data (2017) opium production in Afghanistan is of the order of 9000 metric tons, which after processing and transformation is equivalent to approximately 900,000 kg. of pure heroin.

    With the surge in heroin addiction since 2001, the retail price of heroin has increased. According to DEA intelligence, one gram of pure heroin was selling in December 2016 in the domestic US market for $902 per gram.

    The Heroin trade is colossal: one gram of pure heroin selling at $902 is equivalent to almost a million US dollars a kilo ($902,000) (see table below)

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/war-i...ade-rising-heroin-addiction-in-the-us/5664319

     
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