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The National Review Was Wrong About Kyle Rittenhouse and Nick Sandmann

The Eric Metaxas Show

01:48 min | 4 d ago

The National Review Was Wrong About Kyle Rittenhouse and Nick Sandmann

"I was talking about how national reviews at the Kyle rittenhouse story wrong. They also got Nick Sandman wrong. Oh yeah. For their top editors, we're sniping at and denouncing Nicklaus salmon within minutes based on a few garbled minutes of CNN footage, which we're as propaganda. I again was one of the few people speaking out within minutes of in defending Nick salmon's right to constitutional free speech at a political rally, which is what the march for life was. Turns out he didn't even speak. He didn't even do anything. He just stood there. Standing while white, while pro life. But David French again was attacking Kyle rittenhouse as basically irresponsible and reckless, you know, young man with a gun had no place being there. And it struck me. David French was fine with 17 year old Americans handling rifles as long as they were in Iraq. As long as they were protecting a foreign country in a misguided war based on lies and propaganda that George W. Bush sold us. David French was all up for that. In fact, even when served as a military attorney in the green zone of Baghdad, which, of course, was safer for an American than living in Baltimore or any other blue city. But David French got his veterans credentials for political purposes by serving as an attorney in the safe little enclave of the green zone. But actual soldiers were taking actual risk with their lives in that war for no reason. Son of mosaic had nothing to do with 9 11. There were no weapons of mass distraction. Antifa has done far more to harm America than Saddam Hussein ever

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Rep. Claudia Tenney Shares Her Stance on America's Security Leadership

America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast

02:40 min | Last week

Rep. Claudia Tenney Shares Her Stance on America's Security Leadership

"And we are delighted to have with us somebody who I don't even want to call her a politician because she is and every time she comes on the show every time we see her speak, it's like an American. It is a citizen and that's what we need more of. Representing the 22nd congressional district of New York, congresswoman Claudia, welcome to one on one. Well, thank you for thank you for that great introduction. It's an honor to be on, of course. We have so much to discuss, especially we're going to talk about what a zuckerbuck is and your special, yes, your election integrity efforts will discuss that just give me lots of like a box. We'll talk about what is happening to the economy. We'll talk about recent events in D.C.. But first things first, tell us a little bit about your take as a mother of a marine as somebody who is deeply vested in the security of this nation. I want people not to forget what happened just barely a couple of months ago in Kabul. Give us your take from the inside from a member of the political elite of the last ten months of national security leadership in this nation. Yeah, let me just first say my deepest condolences to those families on the death of those 13 service members and women two women were also killed. Needlessly, we honor our gold star families, we actually did a vigil in my community to honor those 13 that were killed in August. And we also honored our gold star families from the latest wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nothing is more. Nothing more painful than to see service members killed in action, especially in a situation which shouldn't have happened. And that is why it's so tragic to watch. This whole I can't express how sad it was to see that that it actually happened. But we saw the chaos, developing on the ground, each day got worse, as Biden put forth his mission to remember how it started. And I remember the first committee. He said, I want to move out of Afghanistan and pull all our troops out on September 11th because it was symbolic day. Yeah, he wanted that photograph. He wanted that sound. I told that us out of Afghanistan. Is if the mission were not to advance freedom to ensure the safety and security of America, to protect our foreign assets, there are bases 85 billion in change of equipment left there with our enemy the Taliban to leave them to take back over and not understanding the callousness of President Biden to not see how devastating that was, especially to a New

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Brian Kilmeade Knew Fox News Was Special 25 Years Ago

The Eric Metaxas Show

01:42 min | Last week

Brian Kilmeade Knew Fox News Was Special 25 Years Ago

"And today I get to talk to the author of a book called the president and the freedom fighter, Abraham Lincoln Frederick Douglass and their battle to save America soul. And the author of the book is someone you may know, named Brian kilmeade, Brian, you look very familiar. Eric, thanks so much for your support over the years. Every time I have a book out, you always say come down to this cathedral. And this place is the nicest studio I've ever seen. Period. Thank you very much. Look, this, I think I told you this. And by the way, people, if you're just tuning in, this guy has been on Fox and Friends for how many years now? 25. Radio show for 13. Well, hold on a second. Did you just say 25? Yeah, I started doing it in junior high. I thought so. Yeah, it was crazy. Playing pop Warner football and they grabbed you. It took me 12 years to be to get to Fox. And then once I got there, I realized how great it was, even though no one had heard of it yet. So when it started, I started filling in as a sports guy, and then it evolved and things started going crazy from the war from the election mess to the war on terror to the Iraq War. First election mess. Failure to a 2000 Chad hanging chads. Yes. So you are the youngest living institution in the country. Seriously, that's amazing 25 years from the beginning. Yeah, I mean, I knew when I walked into that place who was going to be special, they were all about winning. They're all about substance. They're all about getting things done completion oriented. Every time they would be a negative story out, they would put their headline on the wall. I'm like, wow, they're not running for negative stories. They would laugh at being laughed at. These guys, this is like Bill Parcells. And the Giants before they were even 500. Until recently, I'm talking about the build ourselves just 25 years. Good

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Biden salutes troops as 'spine of America' on Veterans Day

AP News Radio

00:46 sec | 2 weeks ago

Biden salutes troops as 'spine of America' on Veterans Day

"On his first veterans day as commander in chief president Biden is saluting those he calls the nation's soul at Arlington National Cemetery the president's saluted during a wreath laying ceremony at the tomb of the unknowns and minutes later saluted all those who served you are the very spying of America and the nation will forever onerous solemn duty to care for that his administration's announced a new effort to better deal with medical conditions suffered by troops deployed to toxic environments the president suggested a potential link between his son beau's death from an aggressive brain cancer and his exposure to burn pits in Iraq Sager mag ani at the White House

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Jill Biden honors kids of injured troops as 'hidden heroes'

AP News Radio

00:59 sec | 2 weeks ago

Jill Biden honors kids of injured troops as 'hidden heroes'

"For veterans day First Lady Jill Biden is honoring the people she calls he didn't heroes the kids and caregivers of American troops my job is to give life and bring light to my dad's day nine year old Gabby Rodriguez and six year old sister eva do what they can for their father a marine who suffered a brain injury in Iraq I could take some Sundays and my sister likes to ask how's the weather which is asking about his Mitt doctor by D. says the sisters are examples of kids with the nearly impossible job helping care for the sometimes invisible wounds of war from a young age can help first learned the cost of war close up earlier this year the White House launched a program called he didn't helpers to support the kids of America is five and a half a million military care givers injuries can be felt throughout generations Sager make ani Washington

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MSNBC and CNN Never Report on High Black-on-Black Crime

Mark Levin

01:04 min | 2 weeks ago

MSNBC and CNN Never Report on High Black-on-Black Crime

"Slaughter takes place in this country every night particularly on the weekends especially on our inner cities it is a horrific fact Black on black crime It is horrific Those of the statistics And in Chicago 50 people were shot last week and did you know that mister producer 50 50 Like it's a war zone in Afghanistan or Iraq or something like 50 people were shot And most of them were black And you hear almost nothing So why are all the focus on Kyle rittenhouse America Why all the focus on Kyle rittenhouse CNN and MSNBC enjoy read Why not some focus on other shootings and killings that have taken place Why is this reached Such a pitched voice

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 Iraqi PM survives assassination attempt, ramping up tensions

AP News Radio

00:35 sec | 2 weeks ago

Iraqi PM survives assassination attempt, ramping up tensions

"Security was tightened around Baghdad ultra failed assassination attempts on Iraqi prime minister Mostafa kind to me at least two one trains targeted the residents of Iraq's prime minister in the heavily fortified green zone in Baghdad several of his security personnel were injured in an attack which has significantly ramped up tensions archer Ron backs militias refused to accept last month's parliamentary election results yeah I'm kind to me was on home despite corruption TV looking calm with a bandage on his left hand's cavity rockets in trying to tax third bill time lines and build a pizza the

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Leadership Lessons from a US Army General  Maj Gen John Gronski (retd) - burst 11

A New Direction

06:37 min | 3 weeks ago

Leadership Lessons from a US Army General Maj Gen John Gronski (retd) - burst 11

"A gunnery. Sergeant michael burkhart was the who was the explosive ordinance disposal team leader went down to that site with two young marines and they were going to conduct a post blast analysis to determine a tactics techniques procedures insurgents. Were using so we could try to prevent these attacks from happening again in the future and when gunny burkhardt got down there with two young rains was chaotic. The soldiers were cisterna. Seen the ad that a chaos there were two reporters from the omaha world herald newspaper there there were embedded reporter so anyway going burkhard gets down. There sees the destroyed up. Armored humvee sees a crater near that up armored humvee bow four feet in diameter a couple of feet deep makes an assumption that that's for that roadside bomb that destroyed that humvee was placed jumps down into crater. Take a closer look as soon as he did that. He realized he made a mistake because he could see in the dirt in front of him to artillery shells. Red detonation cord running in the nose was a roadside bomb. That an insurgent have placed their so. He took his k bar knife. Cut the red debt. Detonation cord to neutralize that roadside bomb. He didn't see a third artillery shell into dirt behind him in that crater. An insurgent was off in the distance. Hit a button. On a that nation device that artillery shell exploded not going burkhardt about fifteen feet into the air lands on the dirt road unconscious pants soaked with blood. Our soldiers call a medevac helicopter. Ride away go up tomb start. Cut his pants off. Start tending to his boons after few minutes burkhart regains consciousness. The soldiers couldn't believe that and and he's laying there and he asked the soldiers if he has both of his legs because they had no no sensation from the waist down. They sure to me had both of his legs. They continue to work on 'em couple minutes later. He gets a tingling sensation in his legs. He tells the soldiers he wants to stand up. Soldiers couldn't believe that this guy had just gotten blown up and so we struggles to his feet. He standing there to soldiers around him. The medevac helicopter comes in lands on the ground behind them. The soldiers point to the stretcher On the ground in front of the misogony. We've got you know. Gotta put you on a stretcher and carry you to that helicopter. He looks at the soldiers and he says i'm not going to have you carry me that helicopter on a stretcher. I'm going to walk there under my own power. Because i don't want the insurgents of the pleasure of seeing me being carried that helicopter and easy. He says that he raises his hand into the air and gives the insurgents which i will call a one finger salute reporter reported from the omaha world heritage takes a picture of him standing there Groin protector. you know. In in front of his private area there. No pants on finger thrown up into the air soldiers around him. You'd say the helicopter the background. That picture became an iconic picture of the iraq war but what is deleted Point of the story. And the reason i tell this story and the reason. I think it's important. The leadership point of this story is member told you. He had two young marines with them that day. He knew he was going to have to recover from his wounds. He knew what all the roadside bomb attacks were getting that those two young marines were going to have to be out there probably later on that day routes realizing roadside bombs. The reason he wanted to walk to that helicopter instead of being carried there had nothing at all to do with what he thought and surgeons for thinking. He wanted to walk to that helicopter so we would not shatter the confidence of those too young marines. Pseudo leadership point is even after getting blown up ten minutes earlier. His main concern was not with his own wounds. His bank concern was with those two young marines. Who he was leading an isn't that what leadership is all about. And we talked about that looking out for the welfare of those you lead rather than your own welfare and that's exactly what gandhi burkhardt exemplified that day. And that's why. I like to tell that story that i read read that story. I had to read it again. Because i was laughing because i could just see i. I have friends who are marines right by the way. There's no such thing as an ex marine okay. the just doesn't exist. I've been told that countless times by my friend there's just no such thing they they may be quote unquote have retired at the end of their name. But they're still all. And and and i just thinking about them go. That's exactly what jimmy would. That's exactly what he would have done. That's what bob would have done. He would have done the same thing. I i can. Just see it. I just great story but it was truly the surprise in that lesson was not. I thought it was going to be resiliency. It is but the point is that he cared so much about making sure that those other two young marines were their that their mental emotional state was not shaken. Yeah and you know jay that think about this as leaders we face adversity almost every day in whatever organization were leading the some degree and and sometimes things get tough honest and the point is as a leader. You can't be thinking. I'm an figuratively. I'll use this. You know you can't be thinking. I'm cold i i'm hungry. You know i. I'm shivering right. No you you've got to show those you're leading that you know what i've got the resiliency to overcome this. And because i do you have the resiliency to overcome. They might be called. I might be hungry. I might be weak. But i'm going to take care of you before i take care of myself. And that's the essence of leadership. We underestimate the modeling of behavior. Don't we when it comes to leadership absolutely. Yeah and you know what the other thing i learned in my forty years of leading soldiers also leading teams in the business sector. Is the people you lead are always watching you practice. You know you could. You could put down in writing. What your leadership philosophy is or you could verbally give some guidance about behaviors. You're looking for but those you lead are going to be watching to see you. Know how do you adhere your own guidance. Behaviors that you're looking for you. Exemplify those behaviors and your followers are always watching and your actions speak so much larger than larger louder than your words. Do

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The Media Wants You to Believe Five People Died on January 6th

Mark Levin

01:48 min | Last month

The Media Wants You to Believe Five People Died on January 6th

"8 one one What's particularly obnoxious about linz chaney and what she's doing Is when her father came under vicious attack Claims were made that he had been lying about weapons of mass production in Iraq and that he just wanted to go to war in Iraq things of this sort You recall Well I didn't believe those were true did you I didn't believe those were true and most of us of course defended him But what I'm saying here is Should there been a special committee set up by the Democrats with her father being subpoenaed With George W. Bush being subpoenaed The column power being subpoenaed And others And their staffers They talk about 5 people who died on January 6th 5 people didn't die on January 6th One person was killed on January 6th and that was a young woman who was a veteran In a Trump supporter she was shot for no apparent reason And of course the individual who shot her has been celebrated as so brave and so forth he shot her dead and cold blood Now others would pass away from various maladies having nothing to do with any direct nexus to what took place that day But the media want you to believe otherwise

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Blinken praises Colin Powell as 'beloved' at State Department

AP News Radio

00:51 sec | Last month

Blinken praises Colin Powell as 'beloved' at State Department

"Colin Powell earned adoration as a history making military officer but his reputation later took a big hit Powell retired in nineteen ninety three as the first black joint chiefs of staff chairman I have never wanted to be anything but a soldier a decade later as America's top diplomat Saddam Hussein and his regime will stop at nothing until something stops him Powell's state department was dubious of military and intelligence claims that Saddam had what was developing weapons of mass destruction but he went before the U. N. security council to make the case for war against Iraq citing faulty information it was seen as a low point in Powell's legendary career in eighteen months later he acknowledged no stash was found the intelligence community

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Colin Powell, First Black Secretary of State, Dies at 84 From COVID-19 Amid Cancer Battle

Mike Gallagher Podcast

01:10 min | Last month

Colin Powell, First Black Secretary of State, Dies at 84 From COVID-19 Amid Cancer Battle

"Show. The first black U.S. Secretary of State and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff a major political historic cultural figure has died at the age of 84, general Colin Powell died of complications from COVID-19, according to his family. Of course, lots of controversy during his career. He went before the UN Security Council made the case for war against Iraq. He, of course, reveal himself to be an Obama supporter and to many of us who at one point thought he might be a viable Republican candidate for office, that was all scuttled when he confirmed that he was essentially a liberal. And our political differences with colon Powell don't change our respect for his life and his legacy and most important the pain and grief that his family is feeling at his loss.

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Colin Powell dies at 84 due to complications from COVID-19

AP News Radio

00:40 sec | Last month

Colin Powell dies at 84 due to complications from COVID-19

"The first black man to serve as both the nation's chief military officer and top diplomat has died his family says Colin Powell has passed away at eighty four of covert nineteen complications noting he'd been fully vaccinated the world lost one of the greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed defense secretary Lloyd Austin called Powell a mentor Powell served as joint chiefs chairman under both Republican and democratic presidents earning a stellar reputation which was later tarnished as secretary of state he made the bush administration's case for war against Iraq in two thousand three the gravity of this moment is

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Colin Powell dies at 84 due to complications from COVID-19

AP News Radio

00:40 sec | Last month

Colin Powell dies at 84 due to complications from COVID-19

"Retired general Colin Powell has died from cold with nineteen complications Powell was the first African American to serve as joint chiefs chairman under George H. W. bush and secretary of state under George W. bush who calls Powell highly respected at home and abroad his reputation though was stained in two thousand three when he went before the U. N. security council to make the U. S. case for war against Iraq citing faulty information that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction Powell's family says he was fully vaccinated against Kobe nineteen before dying of complications at age eighty four Sager

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"iraq" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

03:26 min | Last month

"iraq" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

"And make it stick that this is one country we do all live here and we do need to find a way to make this work. I think if there's one lesson that we've learned in the last few years, after these popular protest emerged calling for real reform to that political system, the one lesson that we've learned is the political system is incredibly resilient, and it can outlast protests. Not just outlaws protests, but it has stomped on protests. You've seen for the last few years, a systematic campaign of violence that has targeted activists that have targeted leaders who could mobilize. You no longer have protests in Iraq and public squares because the system has stopped that. It's targeted any individual who could potentially mobilize in the squares. You had the killing of many activists, the jailing of many activists across the south in Baghdad. So we've learned that the political system is resilient and is here to stay and protesters who emerged in 2019, calling for a change that system have been silenced. And usually our conversation is very pessimistic or negative and critical, but there is a kind of in my conversations with protesters and some of the society activists this week. If you look at the election result, there are some positive signs, for example, if some seats have gone to a party that came out of the protest movements. Also, there are a few not all but a few independents that are themselves surprised that they somehow one vote and are now in the parliament. The third highest personal vote went to a leader of the protest movements. So what you have is this loose coalition of protest minded reform minded truly independents who are now going to go into the parliament, but the question becomes what happens during that very nasty horse trading government formation process can these protests coalitions stay together? They will be attacked. There will be the big bosses coming after them, and they will be isolated to answer your question of, is there any signs of hope from the protest will have to see whether this loose coalition are very weak, but driven reform minded protest leaders now going into parliament, whether they'll be able to withstand very strong political forces. You spoke of that system being incredibly resilient if perhaps vexing so, is it possible to say the same though about Iraq as a country? It really isn't very long since a huge swath of it was conquered by an extremely or relatively lightly armed terrorist cult that you wouldn't have thought should pose any kind of threat to a serious country with a serious military, is Iraq still existentially vulnerable. I think that if you look at where ISIS is today, it was militarily defeated. It was territorially defeated. But the roots that led to the rise to the surprisingly rise of just a few thousand celery jihadi fighters, those roots have not been addressed. Those socioeconomic political challenges that you have in many Iraqi provinces and localities have not been addressed. So where the memory of ISIS, the traumatic history of what ISIS did in its very few years, is still very real, still very vivid in many Iraqis in those areas..

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"iraq" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

05:26 min | Last month

"iraq" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

"Project director of the Iraq initiative at chatham House. Renard, let's start with the question of turnout. It was very low about 41%, so one of the challenges awaiting the new Iraqi government, whoever it turns out to be, will be to try and entrench some sense of legitimacy. How can they do that? Well, this has been the big story in Iraq for many years now. A growing portion of the population does not believe in the political system that was set up in 2003. If you look at the turnout in the first Iraqi election, the first one after regime change, it was almost 80%. It was very high, but each time with every election that passes that turnout has gone lower and lower. And that is because a growing Iraqi population doesn't feel that this government can provide the basic services. They're basic needs for their daily lives. They think that elections in themselves have just proven to be a reinforcement of the same cast of characters. Iraq has gone through so many different types of conflicts since 2003, yet there's been no accountability that has been no reform and the same leaders continue to govern without any accountability. The key figure as we have been discussing earlier in the program is, of course, Muqtada Al Sadr, and though he will not be the next prime minister of Iraq because he declined to stand as a candidate himself, he obviously is even more entrenched in the kingmaker role than he was after the last election. Do we know who he wants to govern Iraq? Who is his preferred prime minister? Well, first of all, I think we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves. He doesn't have a majority. He doesn't have enough to be able to form a government that he could actually run. Every time in Iraq, we've seen that the end result of government formation, notwithstanding elections is consensus government is negotiations back and forth. Now you're right that the subjects have increased their seats and some of their competitors and opponents have blossomed seats, which give them a bit more political power to end those negotiations. And as you say, the saddest in the last few years developed an interesting technique, which is to put up independence to put up these technocrats who are weak and not political and instead to focus on the senior civil servants of the Iraqi state to plant inside the Iraqi state powerful people who can vent tell the ministers what to do or tell the prime minister what to do. So power in that way in Iraq has gone down away from what we would think are the powerful people to the second layer. And that's where the suture is focused. And that is their game. And so this allows them to have scapegoats to move away from accountability when they fail and allows them to continue governing de facto. So it's hard to say right now, who the judges will choose, because at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter for the subject. Their key criteria is they want the government at the top level that is weak that is unable, but critically willing to do whatever they want when it comes to contracts, procurement, and the daily politics..

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"iraq" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

04:58 min | Last month

"iraq" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

"He didn't have anything to do with the violence that went on. And we're talking about death squads. We're talking about sectarian cleansing of neighborhoods. But he is in fact blamed for a lot of the sectarian violence that happened under his watch. What do we know about what kind of paramilitary capacity he has now? Is he still in charge of a serious armed force? Serious armed forces an interesting word. It is an armed force. The thing with Sutter's troops and Sutter's militia, which has had a variety of incarnations as he reinvents it. Is that sometimes they will be out in the streets sometimes they will be doing social organizational things like providing food and helping widows and orphans. So it is not a militia that now has a visible if you're an ordinary Iraqi citizen. Military presence, although it is part of the popular mobilization forces, which sprung up after 2014 to fight ISIS. But it's a group that always has those weapons and that armed capability waiting in the wings, as it were. He has created this image of being a somewhat both forbidding and elusive character. Is this something that works for him? Is this something that gives him political leverage? I guess what I'm asking is, are we looking at some sort of maybe Ayatollah Khomeini like personality cult? That's a really interesting thing. Sutter first of all is not only an Iraqi nationalist. He is someone who has an uneasy relationship with Iran. And he does not believe as Ronnie and religious leaders do that this should be a country run by religious leaders. So there's a difference there. But in terms of personality, certainly, he's seen as a charismatic figure. And I think the difficulty we have with that is that it's hard to explain and hard even to understand the times the appeal of religion, which is overlaid over politics. So his followers and their vast numbers of his followers would do anything for him. In the polling stations on Sunday, I met some of the satirists in Sutter city voting for him. And there was actually an election official who said if sayid mucked to that asked me to jump off the roof, I would jump off the roof. As you know, that doesn't come from when he sort of rational reckoning. It is a visceral loyalty to this family, which is revered. And revered not only for what they do now what they've done for generations revered because there is a belief that this will help them in the next life as well. Which I guess brings us to the big question concerning other Al Sadr, which is what does he want now, which is to ask what kind of country does he want Iraq to be and what kind of role does he want to play in that? Because I guess another possible difference between him and an Ayatollah Khomeini figure. If he has any Ardent desire to actually run the place himself, he's been quite quiet about that so far..

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Defense Bureaucrat Robert Gates Gives Lackluster 60-Minutes Interview on Afghanistan

Mark Levin

01:47 min | Last month

Defense Bureaucrat Robert Gates Gives Lackluster 60-Minutes Interview on Afghanistan

"So Robert Gates is on 60 minutes And he's asked about this Afghanistan's situation Cut 6 go It was really tough For a few days there I actually wasn't feeling very well And I realized it was because of what was happening in Kabul and I was just so low About the way it had ended if you will And I guess the other feeling that I had was that it probably did not need to have turned out that way Well prison Biden said any withdrawal is messy Certainly the military considers the withdrawal the most dangerous part of an operation But they really had a lot of time to plan Beginning with the deal that president Trump cut with the Taliban So that was in February of 2020 Robert Gates who oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 to 2011 told us president Trump failed to plan properly for the evacuation of Afghans who'd helped the U.S. fight the Taliban Don't you love this part where they narrate Don't you love it We don't get to hear Robert Gates say that We don't hear We hear Anderson Cooper Whose career Top interview was of stormy Daniels Remember that mister balus Three boobs there at least two boobs as far as I can tell And so he says Robert Gates he told us why are you here Robert Gates told us about Trump Why don't you have him say what he said

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 Early results show record low turnout in Iraq's election

AP News Radio

00:40 sec | Last month

Early results show record low turnout in Iraq's election

"The turnout in Iraq's weekend elections with little more than forty percent according to preliminary results announced the turn ons a record low in the post Saddam Hussein Iraq signaling widespread distrust of the country's rulers the independent high electoral commission says early results show turn out from the Sunday vote at forty one percent that's down from forty four percent in the twenty eighteen elections which itself was an all time low the voters being mauled by widespread apathy and the bloody close by many young activists who thronged the streets of Baghdad and Iraq's southern provinces in late twenty nineteen calling

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Iraqis vote for new parliament hoping for change

AP News Radio

00:43 sec | Last month

Iraqis vote for new parliament hoping for change

"Iraqis head to the polls amid widespread apathy in parliamentary elections that some hope will deliver much needed reforms after decades of conflict and mismanagement Iraq close to it says basis basis took part in an election which had been put forward by a year in response to a popular uprising in late twenty nineteen in the uprising tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest endemic corruption pool services and rising unemployment the protests and didn't get the full size Iraqi security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas which of the six hundred people were killed however many young activists and demonstrators who took part in the protests have called for a boycott of the polls hi I'm Karen Thomas

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EXPLAINER: Why do Iraq's elections matter to the world?

AP News Radio

00:44 sec | Last month

EXPLAINER: Why do Iraq's elections matter to the world?

"Iraq's elections on Sunday come with enormous challenges Iraq's economy has been battered by years of conflict endemic corruption and more recently the corona virus pandemic state institutions are failing while the country's infrastructure crumbles as well powerful paramilitary groups increasingly threaten the authority of the state and hundreds of thousands of people are still displaced from the years of war while few Iraqis can expect meaningful change in their day to day lives the parliament elections will shape the direction of Iraq's foreign policy as a key time in the Middle East including as a rock is mediating between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia I'm Charles de Ledesma

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Islamic State figure charged with supporting terrorist group

AP News Radio

00:50 sec | 2 months ago

Islamic State figure charged with supporting terrorist group

"A leading Islamic state media figure has been charged in US federal court in Virginia with conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization federal officials say Mohammed Khalifa was captured overseas by the Syrian democratic forces in January twenty nineteen and recently transferred into FBI custody the Saudi born Canadian citizen was a leading figure in the Islamic state of Iraq he's alleged to have fought for ISIS on the battlefield in Syria and also to have played a leading role in translating narrating and advancing the group's online propaganda prosecutors say Khalifa's efforts furthered its worldwide recruitment efforts expanding the reach of videos that quote glorified the horrific murders and indiscriminate cruelty of ISIS if convicted Khalifa faces a maximum penalty of life in prison I'm Ben Thomas

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"iraq" Discussed on Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM

Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM

06:27 min | 11 months ago

"iraq" Discussed on Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM

"Iraq and mortgage squares Dad can coming up this morning and this hour here on the D A show the dog. We are stunned to a news in 20 minutes and in 40 minutes, Kyrie Irving is back with the Brooklyn Nets, but no real answers about where he was over the last two weeks. We'll discuss whether Kyrie owes an explanation to the fans for where he was the last couple of weeks. Also later on in the show him excited if you are a mothership loyalist if you were a D a show Loyal member of the alien since the Aughts, Shall we say then you remember the Kansas City days in the fun we had there. And at 16 sports in Kansas City. We were the morning show and the mid morning show after us. The mid day show was anchored by Tim Grown hard. Tim Grunhard was a long time member of the offensive line of the Chiefs of the nineties, and Granny always had a larger than life personality. Grady was always very good to me and very good to our show. We were a bunch of young bucks now, or 20 is trying to figure out how to make people laugh and do a sports talk radio show in a big market and Some of it works. Some of it didn't But Granny always laughed along with us, and some of it was ridiculous. And Granny was always a great sport about all of it. So I'm very excited that he decided to join us. We reached out to him. And Granny was a member of that chief's team that played the Bills in the A F C title game in January. 1994 at that point in time, the bills Had been to the Super Bowl in 1990 finally broke through when, of course, lost to the Giants, The Scott Norwood game. And then in 91 got back and lost to Washington in a blowout loss. That was where Thurman Thomas forgot his helmet of the tunnel early. 1992 had lost to. Ah young, brash Cowboys team got thrashed in the 1993. It was the final gasp for those bills teams. We didn't know it at the time, but they got through the A C title game again and in 93. The way that it went down was that the bills again Had this incredible team filled with future Hall of Famer is that just would never say Die. And how about this? Their head coach Marv Levy is going to join us on Sunday morning football this weekend, which I'm super excited about Hall of Fame head coach Marv Levy on Sunday morning Football. Young Connor grain Drop the mic. Yet again. The booking has been incredible. Baikonur. So in that season. The bills were the machine of the A F C going to their fourth consecutive Super Bowl. The upstart was actually the chief. The chief had turned things around the late eighties under Marty Schottenheimer. They had really been bad or of leaving with their head coach by the way, it points in the eighties. They just really couldn't get anything. No traction. But Schottenheimer came in, and 89 immediately turned things around, and they started going to the playoffs every year, but they couldn't get over the hump. They could get to the wild card round the divisional around. They couldn't get over the hump it primarily because They had this rotating door of quarterbacks. So they sign Joe Montana. After Montana's career ends in San Francisco and the Niners hand the baton over to Steve Young. And they believe Joe Montana is the missing piece. They'd also signed Marcus Allen that these two guys, the old lions and went to gonna be their final piece, and Montana in 93 goes on. This incredible run has He's awesome moments. These great comebacks and then in the playoffs, the divisional round the chief of the underdog, and they gotta go to the House of paying the Astrodome, the divisional round against Buddy Ryan's Houston Oilers team. And Montana leads the come back on the road in Houston gets the victory and their trip to Buffalo is the prize of the A F C title game. And Unfortunately for Joe Montana, the chief's that's where it ended. But It was an unbelievable run and buffalo in Kansas City had that is very memorable. A F C championship game. So Tim Grunhard was the center that day for Joe Montana on a cold. Freezing rain kind of day in western New York, and now we've got chiefs and bills again coming up on Sunday, and Granny's gonna join us coming up here and our number four. So about two hours from now, and I'm super stoked about that. So, speaking of the Chiefs, we don't know what's gonna happen with Patrick Mahomes. Yet It sounds very up the mystic Out of Kansas City. I think most people in Casey believe he's going to play. Andy Reid sounds optimistic as well. Although he can't really say it. He did say that the toe is not a problem. Here is why, and this reports really interesting. The Patrick Mahomes may not have suffered a concussion but is in concussion protocol. Here's why When Mahomes got up from that hit And with staggered Was light on his feet. Had to be helped up in his knees kind of buckled. That was a sign. That Obviously he's out of it, and the NFL immediately deems you in concussion protocol If you show something physical like that, even if it's not a concussion. The Institute of this rule a couple of years ago and said, if you were visibly showing signs of something like that, you're automatically in concussion protocol. That's it. And so that clarifies what happened on Sunday. With being out because of concussion protocol, even if he didn't suffer concussion. He is a back at practice. But here's concussion protocol. There's five steps. Okay, so it's a very Have slow process. You've gotta clear all five steps. Now he can clear all five this week to get back on the field. He's got to be number one symptom free and passing baseline tests, okay?.

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"iraq" Discussed on Fresh Air

Fresh Air

14:55 min | 2 years ago

"iraq" Discussed on Fresh Air

"Let's get back to my interview with James Reisen senior national national security correspondent for the intercept. We're talking about his reporting on secret Iranian intelligence documents that were leaked to the intercept the intercept. I'm sharing the documents with the New York. Times were reisen formerly reported on national security and Intelligence and won two Pulitzer prizes the intercept and the Times worked together and simultaneously published their first story on the documents in November. Those documents have become even more relevant in the aftermath of the US drone strike that targeted and killed General Qassem Suleimani who headed. Iran's elite could force and oversaw Iran's proxy oxy wars in Iraq and Syria. The leaked documents reveal how Iran has embedded itself in the politics economy and military of its neighbour Iraq and reveals unintended consequences of the US invasion of Iraq so Among many things you learned from these leaked documents is is that after the. US pulled out our troops in two thousand eleven that the people who were working with the US often secretly felt abandoned by the US and switched sides and told the Iranians secrets about about American intelligence in Iraq. Right yeah I mean there's a great story about Iraqi who worked for a secret. Cia Da Program called amax which was a counterterrorism program and Basically as you said in two thousand eleven he was left unemployed Loyd by the CIA the CIA is pulling out or or reducing its Presence in Iraq as US troops were pulled out and he was it left without a job and so he applied to the MIS to become their sources paid sources. And it's really interesting saying that the way the Iranians deal with these Iraqis is fascinating because they tell them. Look if you want to work for us. You're going to have to tell us everything you did for or the CIA and we want a written report from you before we agree to bring you on and make you a source of paid source. We want a written written report describing everybody you worked with at the CIA and everything you did for them and the sky says Oh sure here and he tells them all the things is that he did. And then there's other people one of the really Interesting characters is a guy who had worked for Saddam. Saddam Hussein's intelligence service and then when when Saddam was overthrown he went to work for the CIA. And then when the see I left. He goes to apply to the Iranians and the Iranians say even though he's a Sunni and he hates us. He wants to work for us because he's the money. So what are some of the things that you learned from these people who used to work with the US and then felt abandoned when we pulled Out and they had no more income from the US so they switched sides and went to the Iranians. What did they tell your own hands while they told him everything about every individual from the CIA that they'd worked with every kind of program? They done every kind of technical secret that they knew they gave him basically chapter and verse on every operation. They'd ever run. Did they. Leak like where the safe houses were. They told him exactly everything and they do they name names of people and then they at the end they say I swear. Basically I swear to God that I've told you everything I know and I will never again worked for the Americans. And it's it's like a formal vow uh-huh what these documents also shows that Iran was using Iraq as a espionage platform against the United States. It's it's at least one case. We know of where they had a they were developing or trying to develop a spy said the State Department someone who had been and working in Iraq. We don't have the name of that person and also there is a really fascinating case of a top Iraqi military terry intelligence official going to the Iranians and telling them I wanna it basically just shows up one day at one of their consulates. Since I wanNA give you everything I know about what we do. And what the Americans have done here and He then shocks knocks the Iranians. By telling them you know before I came here I went and told my boss that I'm coming to spy for you. And they go. What and and He says yes and my boss said Oh. Greet the brothers and tell them that. We're at your service so it just shows you like the the Iraqi intelligence service that the United States helped create after the fall of Saddam we tried to create a new service is is completely at open accessible to the Iranians. Let me quote with this guy. Says his boss said to tell the Iranians tell them we are at your service. Whatever ever you need is at their disposal? We are Shia and have a common enemy. We are now in conflict with Isis. We must cooperate to eliminate it all of the Iraqi army's intelligence since considerate yours. If you have a new laptop give it to me. So I can upload the program onto it what program yeah I think that was Zeh targeting program it's fascinating and I remember when we went to the. US Government to get responses. They just kind of shook their heads but this is their heads indicating. No we didn't do it or we don't know about it. Yeah I mean I'm not sure I mean I think it was like this sense though. Well you know what are you GonNa do it's I think the American government kind of knows they've been had in Iraq by the Iranians and there's deep anger and resentment over that but also sensor resignation that they now know you know the. US invaded Iraq. Iran won the war. Yeah I mean in one article of yours you quote a recent in two volume history of the Iraq war published by the US Army. That details are campaigns missteps and it staggering cost in lives and money and this report says this report from the. US Army says that an emboldened and expansionist Iran appears to be the only victor the Iraq war. Yeah that's the official. US Army history of the war in Iraq that was delayed its publication was delayed for a long time because because it was kind of considered controversial within the army and they finally published it when they realize well. We've got to just tell the truth. Do you think we're any closer now to a military conflict with Iran or do you think that Iraq is any closer now to a military conflict. Yeah I think Well one of the things that's interesting to me is that Abdul Mahdi the prime minister of Iraq. Who said he was going to resign in? November is still prime minister the parliament and the the Iraqi government still hasn't figured out what they WanNa do the leadership situation. They're still kind of paralyzed. So the prime minister is still aligned with Iran. Yeah So where things go in Iraq is going to be fascinating. I think one of the things that a Lotta people explained to me which I think is fascinating. Reading is one reason why Sulamani had gained so much power in Iraq. Y being essentially the viceroy of Iran's Viceroy Viceroy in Iraq with such a powerful position for an Iranian leader was that Iraq is the outlet for the the way Iran gets around Western sanctions. They go through. Iraq provides the money laundering the oil smuggling the currency manipulation and all kinds of other economic benefits for the Iranian regime. And it's the primary outlet for Iran to get out from under American sanctions and so two Iran. Iraq is a critical part of its survival. You know it's control over over. Iraq is very important and I think that's why Sulamani was so adamant on keeping Abdel Mahdi in power And it's why he played such a central role and why I think he saw himself as that his success in Iraq with something that could elevate him to president of Iran because Iraq had become so important to Iran survival and that'll be Interesting to see if Iraq it's government that's willing to shut down some of Iran's access to Iraq what that will mean for Iran what how Iran will respond. Let me reintroduce you here. If you're just joining us my guest is journalists. James Reisen isn't he's the senior national security correspondent for the intercept formerly reported on national security and intelligence for the New York Times where he went to Pulitzer prizes. He's part of a team of reporters who reported undocumented in an archive of secret Iranian intelligence cables that were obtained by the intercept. Let's take a short break back and then we'll talk some more. This is fresh air support for. NPR comes from Newman's own foundation working to nourish the common good by donating all profits from from Newman's own food products to charitable organizations that seek to make the world a better place. More information is available at Newman's own foundation dot org. I'm Peter Segal. I hope you're enjoying this very serious. NPR podcast that provides important information presented in a respectful way. When you get tired of that try wait wait? Don't tell me the NPR show so unlike NPR were kind of amazed it's on NPR. Wait wait don't tell me from. NPR listen now. My guest is James. Reisen he's a senior national security correspondent for the intercept and formerly reported on national security and intelligence for the New York Times where he won two pulitzers blitzer. He's part of a team of reporters WHO's reported on documents in an archive of secret Iranian intelligence cables obtained by the intercept and then shared with the New York Times. These are hundreds of reports and cables written mainly between two thousand thirteen and fifteen by officers of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and security thirty who were serving in the field in Iraq and this reporting was published simultaneously in the intercept and the New York Times so the US killed General Sulamani and the word that one uses to describe what they did to Sulamani is very loaded. If you say assassination that we assassinated him. Assassination in is illegal if you say it was a targeted killing. That's a different story. So the language is very charged Assassination has been illegal since when this estimating of foreign leader of the United States in the wake of the Church Committee in the Mid Nineteen Seventies. He's created a ban on US nations. It's an executive order. One two triple three. I think it's the name of it and it's never been taken off the books since the days of the Church Committee so it's still in place this committee that was formed after the discovery every of how the US tried to assassinate Castro and had their eyes on other political leaders in Latin America. Right the church committee was basically the the the first congressional investigation into CIA and FBI abuses In the postwar world there was virtually no Oh congressional oversight of the CI before the Church Committee and they uncovered all of these Assassination plots that had taken place years earlier by the CIA against Castro and other leaders and their investigation led to this executive order being passed banning banning assassinations and. That is still on the books. The problem is that since nine eleven in particular the US has engaged in in countless targeted killings of terrorists and they have the US has used the with the authorization station for the use of military force the a UMF. The congressional resolution that was passed right after nine eleven for to allow out for the war on terror and the Warren Afghanistan that's the legal justification the legal Legislation that allows for targeted killings in against terrorists. But the math was never envisioned as something that would allow the the assassination of foreign government leaders like Sulamani. That's the clear red line between the targeted killings of terrorists in the war on and terror and what trump did in the case of Sulamani. This is what major suspicious. When the trump administration declared declared the Kurds force which was led by Sumani and the Revolutionary Guard which oversaw the Kurds force on the trump administration declared them terrorist groups so by declaring them terrorist groups? Do you think that kind of opened the door to killing still Amani and legally justifying it. I I believe that's probably part of the The legal the secret legal justification. I I you know the in in all these kind of cases the what happens usually is that the Justice Department and the White House and the Pentagon or the CIA. The lawyers for all of those organizations get together and they create create a legal opinion that approves whatever action the president wants to take. And we've seen time and time again. What we call now office of Legal Counsel Legal Opinions? The Justice Department office of Legal Counsel is the final drafter of these legal opinions ends after they consult.

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"iraq" Discussed on Fresh Air

Fresh Air

14:55 min | 2 years ago

"iraq" Discussed on Fresh Air

"Let's get back to my interview with James Reisen senior national national security correspondent for the intercept. We're talking about his reporting on secret Iranian intelligence documents that were leaked to the intercept the intercept. I'm sharing the documents with the New York. Times were reisen formerly reported on national security and Intelligence and won two Pulitzer prizes the intercept and the Times worked together and simultaneously published their first story on the documents in November. Those documents have become even more relevant in the aftermath of the US drone strike that targeted and killed General Qassem Suleimani who headed. Iran's elite could force and oversaw Iran's proxy oxy wars in Iraq and Syria. The leaked documents reveal how Iran has embedded itself in the politics economy and military of its neighbour Iraq and reveals unintended consequences of the US invasion of Iraq so Among many things you learned from these leaked documents is is that after the. US pulled out our troops in two thousand eleven that the people who were working with the US often secretly felt abandoned by the US and switched sides and told the Iranians secrets about about American intelligence in Iraq. Right yeah I mean there's a great story about Iraqi who worked for a secret. Cia Da Program called amax which was a counterterrorism program and Basically as you said in two thousand eleven he was left unemployed Loyd by the CIA the CIA is pulling out or or reducing its Presence in Iraq as US troops were pulled out and he was it left without a job and so he applied to the MIS to become their sources paid sources. And it's really interesting saying that the way the Iranians deal with these Iraqis is fascinating because they tell them. Look if you want to work for us. You're going to have to tell us everything you did for or the CIA and we want a written report from you before we agree to bring you on and make you a source of paid source. We want a written written report describing everybody you worked with at the CIA and everything you did for them and the sky says Oh sure here and he tells them all the things is that he did. And then there's other people one of the really Interesting characters is a guy who had worked for Saddam. Saddam Hussein's intelligence service and then when when Saddam was overthrown he went to work for the CIA. And then when the see I left. He goes to apply to the Iranians and the Iranians say even though he's a Sunni and he hates us. He wants to work for us because he's the money. So what are some of the things that you learned from these people who used to work with the US and then felt abandoned when we pulled Out and they had no more income from the US so they switched sides and went to the Iranians. What did they tell your own hands while they told him everything about every individual from the CIA that they'd worked with every kind of program? They done every kind of technical secret that they knew they gave him basically chapter and verse on every operation. They'd ever run. Did they. Leak like where the safe houses were. They told him exactly everything and they do they name names of people and then they at the end they say I swear. Basically I swear to God that I've told you everything I know and I will never again worked for the Americans. And it's it's like a formal vow uh-huh what these documents also shows that Iran was using Iraq as a espionage platform against the United States. It's it's at least one case. We know of where they had a they were developing or trying to develop a spy said the State Department someone who had been and working in Iraq. We don't have the name of that person and also there is a really fascinating case of a top Iraqi military terry intelligence official going to the Iranians and telling them I wanna it basically just shows up one day at one of their consulates. Since I wanNA give you everything I know about what we do. And what the Americans have done here and He then shocks knocks the Iranians. By telling them you know before I came here I went and told my boss that I'm coming to spy for you. And they go. What and and He says yes and my boss said Oh. Greet the brothers and tell them that. We're at your service so it just shows you like the the Iraqi intelligence service that the United States helped create after the fall of Saddam we tried to create a new service is is completely at open accessible to the Iranians. Let me quote with this guy. Says his boss said to tell the Iranians tell them we are at your service. Whatever ever you need is at their disposal? We are Shia and have a common enemy. We are now in conflict with Isis. We must cooperate to eliminate it all of the Iraqi army's intelligence since considerate yours. If you have a new laptop give it to me. So I can upload the program onto it what program yeah I think that was Zeh targeting program it's fascinating and I remember when we went to the. US Government to get responses. They just kind of shook their heads but this is their heads indicating. No we didn't do it or we don't know about it. Yeah I mean I'm not sure I mean I think it was like this sense though. Well you know what are you GonNa do it's I think the American government kind of knows they've been had in Iraq by the Iranians and there's deep anger and resentment over that but also sensor resignation that they now know you know the. US invaded Iraq. Iran won the war. Yeah I mean in one article of yours you quote a recent in two volume history of the Iraq war published by the US Army. That details are campaigns missteps and it staggering cost in lives and money and this report says this report from the. US Army says that an emboldened and expansionist Iran appears to be the only victor the Iraq war. Yeah that's the official. US Army history of the war in Iraq that was delayed its publication was delayed for a long time because because it was kind of considered controversial within the army and they finally published it when they realize well. We've got to just tell the truth. Do you think we're any closer now to a military conflict with Iran or do you think that Iraq is any closer now to a military conflict. Yeah I think Well one of the things that's interesting to me is that Abdul Mahdi the prime minister of Iraq. Who said he was going to resign in? November is still prime minister the parliament and the the Iraqi government still hasn't figured out what they WanNa do the leadership situation. They're still kind of paralyzed. So the prime minister is still aligned with Iran. Yeah So where things go in Iraq is going to be fascinating. I think one of the things that a Lotta people explained to me which I think is fascinating. Reading is one reason why Sulamani had gained so much power in Iraq. Y being essentially the viceroy of Iran's Viceroy Viceroy in Iraq with such a powerful position for an Iranian leader was that Iraq is the outlet for the the way Iran gets around Western sanctions. They go through. Iraq provides the money laundering the oil smuggling the currency manipulation and all kinds of other economic benefits for the Iranian regime. And it's the primary outlet for Iran to get out from under American sanctions and so two Iran. Iraq is a critical part of its survival. You know it's control over over. Iraq is very important and I think that's why Sulamani was so adamant on keeping Abdel Mahdi in power And it's why he played such a central role and why I think he saw himself as that his success in Iraq with something that could elevate him to president of Iran because Iraq had become so important to Iran survival and that'll be Interesting to see if Iraq it's government that's willing to shut down some of Iran's access to Iraq what that will mean for Iran what how Iran will respond. Let me reintroduce you here. If you're just joining us my guest is journalists. James Reisen isn't he's the senior national security correspondent for the intercept formerly reported on national security and intelligence for the New York Times where he went to Pulitzer prizes. He's part of a team of reporters who reported undocumented in an archive of secret Iranian intelligence cables that were obtained by the intercept. Let's take a short break back and then we'll talk some more. This is fresh air support for. NPR comes from Newman's own foundation working to nourish the common good by donating all profits from from Newman's own food products to charitable organizations that seek to make the world a better place. More information is available at Newman's own foundation dot org. I'm Peter Segal. I hope you're enjoying this very serious. NPR podcast that provides important information presented in a respectful way. When you get tired of that try wait wait? Don't tell me the NPR show so unlike NPR were kind of amazed it's on NPR. Wait wait don't tell me from. NPR listen now. My guest is James. Reisen he's a senior national security correspondent for the intercept and formerly reported on national security and intelligence for the New York Times where he won two pulitzers blitzer. He's part of a team of reporters WHO's reported on documents in an archive of secret Iranian intelligence cables obtained by the intercept and then shared with the New York Times. These are hundreds of reports and cables written mainly between two thousand thirteen and fifteen by officers of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and security thirty who were serving in the field in Iraq and this reporting was published simultaneously in the intercept and the New York Times so the US killed General Sulamani and the word that one uses to describe what they did to Sulamani is very loaded. If you say assassination that we assassinated him. Assassination in is illegal if you say it was a targeted killing. That's a different story. So the language is very charged Assassination has been illegal since when this estimating of foreign leader of the United States in the wake of the Church Committee in the Mid Nineteen Seventies. He's created a ban on US nations. It's an executive order. One two triple three. I think it's the name of it and it's never been taken off the books since the days of the Church Committee so it's still in place this committee that was formed after the discovery every of how the US tried to assassinate Castro and had their eyes on other political leaders in Latin America. Right the church committee was basically the the the first congressional investigation into CIA and FBI abuses In the postwar world there was virtually no Oh congressional oversight of the CI before the Church Committee and they uncovered all of these Assassination plots that had taken place years earlier by the CIA against Castro and other leaders and their investigation led to this executive order being passed banning banning assassinations and. That is still on the books. The problem is that since nine eleven in particular the US has engaged in in countless targeted killings of terrorists and they have the US has used the with the authorization station for the use of military force the a UMF. The congressional resolution that was passed right after nine eleven for to allow out for the war on terror and the Warren Afghanistan that's the legal justification the legal Legislation that allows for targeted killings in against terrorists. But the math was never envisioned as something that would allow the the assassination of foreign government leaders like Sulamani. That's the clear red line between the targeted killings of terrorists in the war on and terror and what trump did in the case of Sulamani. This is what major suspicious. When the trump administration declared declared the Kurds force which was led by Sumani and the Revolutionary Guard which oversaw the Kurds force on the trump administration declared them terrorist groups so by declaring them terrorist groups? Do you think that kind of opened the door to killing still Amani and legally justifying it. I I believe that's probably part of the The legal the secret legal justification. I I you know the in in all these kind of cases the what happens usually is that the Justice Department and the White House and the Pentagon or the CIA. The lawyers for all of those organizations get together and they create create a legal opinion that approves whatever action the president wants to take. And we've seen time and time again. What we call now office of Legal Counsel Legal Opinions? The Justice Department office of Legal Counsel is the final drafter of these legal opinions ends after they consult.

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"iraq" Discussed on Fresh Air

Fresh Air

05:34 min | 2 years ago

"iraq" Discussed on Fresh Air

"You describe it as the first major victory over Isis in Iraq. What did he do? What were the consequences? Well that was a classic example of the use of the Shia militias backed by the Kurds force To basically launch a campaign of ethnic. I think you have to call it. Ethnic cleansing almost genocidal cleansing Dir. Sikora was basically early on the in the way of the road between Baghdad and the holy cities of the Shiite world and and there were a lot of pilgrims from Iran. Going down those roads and they were afraid of Sunni extremists attacking Iranian pilgrims and so it was just as brutal campaign to wipe out the entire village and they after they killed any male who they thought was as part of Isis. They forced all of the Sunnis out of the city and it turned into a ghost town. I think it's still ghost town today. And they changed the name of of the town and it was just a an example of the level of atrocity that has never been no one has been held to account for it and I think to me. This is one of the cases where we as the United United States allowed this kind of atrocity to happen as part of the larger anti Isis campaign. You say no one was held to account for that the US did kill the Monti oversaw. Yeah that's true although it wasn't because of that Anyway it's it's there was is a document in the files where the Iranian ambassador to bag to Iraq goes to to Jeff Zucker an mis officer accompanies him and the the document is just one of the most heart wrenching things? I've ever read from that. You you will find in these in these files Where they he talks about how they've even slaughtered the cattle and the and torn you know Oh? Cut Down all the trees in the orchards and It's just a phenomenal phenomenal description of what the Anti Isis campaign was like. And you're right. The tens of thousands of people were displaced from this from this town You say that Iran's intelligence ministry was was afraid that Iran's gains in Iraq or being squandered because Araki's resented the Shia militias like the coulds force. That's sponsored this kind of massacres right. Yeah I mean I. It led to a lot of resentment among Sunnis. But now I think what you've seen gene is in. These protests in Iraq in the in the fall was a more general uprising by all Iraqis against Iranian influence in the country And I think that was one of the key drivers of these protests. was that you you saw Shia Iraqis for the first time really protest Iranian influence is not just Sunnis anymore. And what are they protesting against. Well you know the. There's a lot of complaints that heff against the government about corruption and lack of services but overall Behind that is a Sense that they are angry at Continued Iranian influence in the country and that Iran runs. They're they're they're are angry. That Iran runs they're covering their government. And what was the money's role in running the Iraqi government was the number one guy. He was the top Iranian official in the country. Top official in Iraq in Iraq. What I didn't realize until we got into this was that the Iranian ambassador sitter to Iraq was a former could force officer who worked for Sulejmani? You know so. The top Iranian diplomat worked for Sir Lemani or had previously worked for Suleimani and so the could force not only ran the militias the Shiite militias. They also ran the Iranian embassy embassy since Iran helped drive isis out of Iraq Why are Shia in Iraq protesting against Iran Orion influence? Now they believe that The government the Iraqi government is deeply corrupt that they're not getting public services that they should be getting based on the level of oil production oil that they wealth that they should have and they believe that a big part of that is because Iran has a de facto occupation of the country through its control of the government and top government officials. And they believe that There needs to be basic reform in the political system and a big part of that is to get Iranian influence out. My guest is James Reisen senior national security correspondent for the intercept. WHO's been reporting on secret? Iranian intelligence documents Kamenz that were leaked to the intercept. We'll talk more after a break and David Being Cooley will review the new BBC Nature Documentary Seven Worlds One planet which explores explores the land.

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Fresh Air

06:42 min | 2 years ago

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"I talked to a State Department official for our project. One of them said you know one of the things that the US was irked about was that Abdel Mahdi the Prime Minister When Donald Trump came to Iraq I think in for Christmas Two Thousand Eighteen Abdul Almighty refused to meet him and then when Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo went to Iraq I think November Abdul Mahdi refused to meet them but Abdul Mati was constantly traveling between Tehran and Baghdad meeting with Sulamani and other Iranian officials? And so the it's fair to say the Iranians and Sulamani in particular had a better relationship with the prime minister of Iraq than President Trump. Did you mentioned that sue. Moroney was responsible for some atrocities while I'm fighting Isis in Iraq An example that you learned about from these leaked documents was in a place called Europe also car and this was in late two thousand fourteen. You describe it as the first major victory over Isis in Iraq. What did he do? What were the consequences? Well that was a classic example of the use of the Shia militias backed by the Kurds force To basically launch a campaign of ethnic. I think you have to call it. Ethnic cleansing almost genocidal cleansing Dir. Sikora was basically early on the in the way of the road between Baghdad and the holy cities of the Shiite world and and there were a lot of pilgrims from Iran. Going down those roads and they were afraid of Sunni extremists attacking Iranian pilgrims and so it was just as brutal campaign to wipe out the entire village and they after they killed any male who they thought was as part of Isis. They forced all of the Sunnis out of the city and it turned into a ghost town. I think it's still ghost town today. And they changed the name of of the town and it was just a an example of the level of atrocity that has never been no one has been held to account for it and I think to me. This is one of the cases where we as the United United States allowed this kind of atrocity to happen as part of the larger anti Isis campaign. You say no one was held to account for that the US did kill the Monti oversaw. Yeah that's true although it wasn't because of that Anyway it's it's there was is a document in the files where the Iranian ambassador to bag to Iraq goes to to Jeff Zucker an mis officer accompanies him and the the document is just one of the most heart wrenching things? I've ever read from that. You you will find in these in these files Where they he talks about how they've even slaughtered the cattle and the and torn you know Oh? Cut Down all the trees in the orchards and It's just a phenomenal phenomenal description of what the Anti Isis campaign was like. And you're right. The tens of thousands of people were displaced from this from this town You say that Iran's intelligence ministry was was afraid that Iran's gains in Iraq or being squandered because Araki's resented the Shia militias like the coulds force. That's sponsored this kind of massacres right. Yeah I mean I. It led to a lot of resentment among Sunnis. But now I think what you've seen gene is in. These protests in Iraq in the in the fall was a more general uprising by all Iraqis against Iranian influence in the country And I think that was one of the key drivers of these protests. was that you you saw Shia Iraqis for the first time really protest Iranian influence is not just Sunnis anymore. And what are they protesting against. Well you know the. There's a lot of complaints that heff against the government about corruption and lack of services but overall Behind that is a Sense that they are angry at Continued Iranian influence in the country and that Iran runs. They're they're they're are angry. That Iran runs they're covering their government. And what was the money's role in running the Iraqi government was the number one guy. He was the top Iranian official in the country. Top official in Iraq in Iraq. What I didn't realize until we got into this was that the Iranian ambassador sitter to Iraq was a former could force officer who worked for Sulejmani? You know so. The top Iranian diplomat worked for Sir Lemani or had previously worked for Suleimani and so the could force not only ran the militias the Shiite militias. They also ran the Iranian embassy embassy since Iran helped drive isis out of Iraq Why are Shia in Iraq protesting against Iran Orion influence? Now they believe that The government the Iraqi government is deeply corrupt that they're not getting public services that they should be getting based on the level of oil production oil that they wealth that they should have and they believe that a big part of that is because Iran has a de facto occupation of the country through its control of the government and top government officials. And they believe that There needs to be basic reform in the political system and a big part of that is to get Iranian influence out. My guest is James Reisen senior national security correspondent for the intercept. WHO's been reporting on secret? Iranian intelligence documents Kamenz that were leaked to the intercept. We'll talk more after a break and David Being Cooley will review the new BBC Nature Documentary Seven Worlds One planet which explores explores the land.

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"From whyy in Philadelphia. I'm terry gross with fresh air today. Secret Iranian intelligence reports that were leaked to the news organization the intercept except the documents reveals secrets behind. How the Iranian general that the? US recently killed Qassem. Suleimani wielded power in Iraq. He did transform that's former himself from just being kind of military figure into also being the political godfather of Iraq. He could walk into any room in Baghdad the government and get what he wanted. That's Pulitzer Prize. Winning reporter James Reisen who now covers national security for the intercept. He'll tell us how Iranian spies co opted Iraqi leaders and paid Iraqi agents working for Americans to switch sides. And we'll talk about the unique role played by Sulamani. Nater David in Cooley reviews. The new BBC nature documentary series. Seven worlds one planet support for this podcast comes from the Neubauer family foundation supporting putting. WHYY's fresh air and its commitment to sharing ideas and encouraging meaningful conversation. We're going to talk about a trove of secret Iranian on your intelligence reports and cables that were leaked to the news organization the intercept they reveal the unique military and political role. Played by General General. Qassem Suleimani who led Iran's elite coulds force and oversaw Iran's proxy wars in Iraq and Syria. Sulamani is the general the US killed earlier this month in a drone strike the leaked documents. Also reveal how Iran has embedded itself in the politics of its neighbour Iraq by by coopting leaders and buying off Iraqi agents who had worked for the Americans getting them to cross over to the Iranian side and reveal American. Reckon intelligence secrets last year the US army released. Its official history of the Iraq war which concluded that the only victor appeared to be a. and emboldened an expansionist Iran. These leaked documents. Help explain why my guess is James Reisen senior national security correspondent for the intercept. He's part of the team of reporters examining these documents. The intercept shared the documents with the New York Times and they published the first story simultaneously. Last November reisen used to cover intelligence and national security for the times and won two pulitzers. He's also the author of the Book State of of war the secret history of the C. I. A. and the Bush Administration James Horizon. Welcome back to fresh air. Thanks for having me. Can you explain what the documents documents are that you acquired. Yeah the intercept received from an anonymous source a large file about seven hundred pages which amounts mounts to several hundred reports and cables of the Iranian intelligence service known as M S or Ministry of Intelligence and security of the Iranian government. It's the first time that a western news organization has ever received a leak like this from the Iranian national security apparatus and it's a phenomenal archive of documents. That date date primarily from two thousand thirteen through two thousand fifteen and they are essentially almost all cables between gene. MIS intelligence officers in other words Iran and spies working in Iraq and they are filing cables back back to headquarters in Tehran about their operations in Iraq and the provides an amazing picture. Her of the degree to which Iran has gained dominance over Iraq. And it shows that Iran spies kind of had the run of Iraq and The really interesting aspect of this is that the documents reveal by name name. Many of the top officials in Iraq top Iraqi government officials who are secretly working for the Iranians on have secret intelligence relationships with Iran and many of the reports are about private meetings between Iranian Ronin. MOLIS officers what we what the see. I would call a case officer someone who goes out and meet say source and they are there reports courts back to headquarters about meeting all kinds of Iraqi officials at the highest levels and then down into the lower levels as as well as reports about things going on in Iraq at the time. One of the things of note in these documents is that a General Assoumani who the US recently killed You say he leaps off the pages and I was surprised hoop to read you. Consider him like the U. considering them Iran's political fixer in in the whole Middle East. I thought he was just more of Military leader but he was both yes. I mean I. That's one of the things that jumps off the page in. These documents is Qassim Suleimani. Suleimani was The commander of what's called the codes force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran. It is the EH The interesting thing from these documents is it's the I.. R. G. C. is a parallel organization to the Amoy S. The MOS are the. AH The professional spy service the I. R. G. C. is more of a paramilitary ideologically driven Intelligence and Military Organization the could force which Sulamani was the head of was the foreign Entity foreign unit of the I. R. G. See the most kind of the special forces of the special forces so he had a military very leadership role but after the invasion the US invasion of Iraq. Where we kind of threw out Saddam Hussein and there was chaos that developed Sulamani and the cooks force became may very dominant political player in Iraq did transform himself Over the last fifteen years or so from just being kind of a military figure into also being the political godfather of Iraq where Iran had enormous power. He was the representative of Iran in Iraq in virtually all always always and he he was the man you went to see in Iraq. If you had a problem and there's one great document document. I can read briefly from where he the Iraqi top. Iraqi officials are so intimidated by him and his power. That in there was one document where he where the Iraqi Transportation Minister Describes Sulamani coming to see him because Sulamani wanted clearance from the Iraqi Transportation Ministry to have flights Iranian and flights go through Iraqi airspace to Syria to help in the Iranian involvement in Syria. And he this one this Iraqi official is telling an MIS officer about his meeting with Sulamani and he's just it reads like something out of the Godfather. It says Sulamani came to me in requested that we let Iran and airplanes use the Iraqi airspace to pass onto Syria. The Iraqi Transportation Ministry officials said then the officials tells the Moya's I put put my hands on my eyes and said absolutely as you wish then he stood up and came close and kissed my forehead. And that's Sulamani Mani the power. He had he could walk into any room in Baghdad and in the government and get what he wanted but then the transportation minister sure basically rats out Sulejmani by reporting him group in Iran. That's the fascinating thing about these documents. Is that it. Reveals feels that the MOH s the professional spy service hated Sulamani. And they hated the I. R. G. C.. They saw them as the you know the roughneck paramilitary militia types and there's a lot of reports in this where they are criticizing Sulamani Johnny in criticizing the I. R. J. C.. For the atrocities that they committed in the war against Isis still monies critics in Iran. Saw Him as a showboat yes and that becomes clear in these documents. There's one document where Moya's officers reporting back to Tehran. And at the top of the document it says do not share with the I heard you see and these attacking Sulamani for going to every battlefield in the Isis war and having his picture taken and making it clear that Iran is behind these Shiite militias that are attacking Isis and. He says he's clearly running for president of Iran while we're on the subject of Sulamani. This isn't from the documents. But you've reported on what Sulamani did in Iraq to try to stop the protests against the Iraqi government and tried to protect the Iraq then Iraqi prime minister. Yeah right the really interesting thing is that as the protest built in the fall of last year in Baghdad and other cities in Iraq it became clear that the protesters in the streets were anti Iranian one of the goals of the protests. US has been to get rid of Iranian influence in Iraq and Sulamani was backing the Iraqi government government against these protesters. How backing them? The Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi was being pressured to resign in the face of these protests because he was seen as being too close to Iran and Sulamani came to Baghdad met with him met with a lot of other top Iraqi officials in October of two thousand nineteen and negotiated among the top Iraqi officials to keep Abdelhadi power. The interesting thing about that is that in the documents that we do have. There is one document that describes Abdul Mahdi as having a special relationship with Iran and so that really provides provides the context for why Sulamani felt so determined to keep Abdul Mahdi and power was. He had a special relationship with Iran and they didn't want somebody else who didn't have that kind of relationship in power. So what did you learn about pseudomonas role in driving isis out of Iraq. And that's a goal that Iran and the US shared although we're on opposite sides of so many other issues. Yeah I mean that's the fascinating anything to me is that You know the United States Just killed a guy who in many ways was as responsible as anyone else for the defeat of Isis in Iraq the Shia militias of Iraq were organized is largely by the I. R. J. C. by the cuts force and they were re they really were run and directed by custom Soleimani. The let's say you're you're saying that Sulamani really was responsible for overseeing the Iraqi forces that were trying to drive isis out of Iraq. Yes to a great degree the Shiite light militias which in many of the Earl especially the early battles took a real lead role in fighting isis on the ground and along with some Iraqi military units. Were really responsible to Suleimani. Sulamani helped develop and create them any any random and paid for them and he directed them and he was through the cuts force. Basically running the ground you know a large chunk punk of the ground war against Isis at the same time the United States was conducting the air war. Now there's no evidence in these documents of cooperation between American forces and Iranian forces in the Isis War. But it's clear that we were fighting the same war in parallel and we we were going along with a campaign by Sulamani that was filled with breath. Awful atrocities against Suny villages in their campaign against Isis the US strike that killed so money was in Baghdad. How much time did Sulamani actually spend in Iraq when he was overseeing the ground war in Iraq against Isis a lot? I mean I don't know exactly but he was. He was a constant presence in Iraq and in Baghdad. He was completely out in the open he was. He wasn't trying to hide. Did you know he was a top government official of Iran and he was constantly welcome at the highest levels of the Iraqi government. I talked to a State Department official for our project. One of them said you know one of the things that the US was irked about was that Abdel Mahdi the Prime Minister When Donald Trump came to Iraq I think in for Christmas Two Thousand Eighteen Abdul Almighty refused to meet him and then when Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo went to Iraq I think November Abdul Mahdi refused to meet them but Abdul Mati was constantly traveling between Tehran and Baghdad meeting with Sulamani and other Iranian officials? And so the it's fair to say the Iranians and Sulamani in particular had a better relationship with the prime minister of Iraq than President Trump. Did you mentioned that sue. Moroney was responsible for some atrocities while I'm fighting Isis in Iraq An example that you learned about from these leaked documents was in a place called Europe also car and this was in late two thousand fourteen..

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"From whyy in Philadelphia. I'm terry gross with fresh air today. Secret Iranian intelligence reports that were leaked to the news organization the intercept except the documents reveals secrets behind. How the Iranian general that the? US recently killed Qassem. Suleimani wielded power in Iraq. He did transform that's former himself from just being kind of military figure into also being the political godfather of Iraq. He could walk into any room in Baghdad the government and get what he wanted. That's Pulitzer Prize. Winning reporter James Reisen who now covers national security for the intercept. He'll tell us how Iranian spies co opted Iraqi leaders and paid Iraqi agents working for Americans to switch sides. And we'll talk about the unique role played by Sulamani. Nater David in Cooley reviews. The new BBC nature documentary series. Seven worlds one planet support for this podcast comes from the Neubauer family foundation supporting putting. WHYY's fresh air and its commitment to sharing ideas and encouraging meaningful conversation. We're going to talk about a trove of secret Iranian on your intelligence reports and cables that were leaked to the news organization the intercept they reveal the unique military and political role. Played by General General. Qassem Suleimani who led Iran's elite coulds force and oversaw Iran's proxy wars in Iraq and Syria. Sulamani is the general the US killed earlier this month in a drone strike the leaked documents. Also reveal how Iran has embedded itself in the politics of its neighbour Iraq by by coopting leaders and buying off Iraqi agents who had worked for the Americans getting them to cross over to the Iranian side and reveal American. Reckon intelligence secrets last year the US army released. Its official history of the Iraq war which concluded that the only victor appeared to be a. and emboldened an expansionist Iran. These leaked documents. Help explain why my guess is James Reisen senior national security correspondent for the intercept. He's part of the team of reporters examining these documents. The intercept shared the documents with the New York Times and they published the first story simultaneously. Last November reisen used to cover intelligence and national security for the times and won two pulitzers. He's also the author of the Book State of of war the secret history of the C. I. A. and the Bush Administration James Horizon. Welcome back to fresh air. Thanks for having me. Can you explain what the documents documents are that you acquired. Yeah the intercept received from an anonymous source a large file about seven hundred pages which amounts mounts to several hundred reports and cables of the Iranian intelligence service known as M S or Ministry of Intelligence and security of the Iranian government. It's the first time that a western news organization has ever received a leak like this from the Iranian national security apparatus and it's a phenomenal archive of documents. That date date primarily from two thousand thirteen through two thousand fifteen and they are essentially almost all cables between gene. MIS intelligence officers in other words Iran and spies working in Iraq and they are filing cables back back to headquarters in Tehran about their operations in Iraq and the provides an amazing picture. Her of the degree to which Iran has gained dominance over Iraq. And it shows that Iran spies kind of had the run of Iraq and The really interesting aspect of this is that the documents reveal by name name. Many of the top officials in Iraq top Iraqi government officials who are secretly working for the Iranians on have secret intelligence relationships with Iran and many of the reports are about private meetings between Iranian Ronin. MOLIS officers what we what the see. I would call a case officer someone who goes out and meet say source and they are there reports courts back to headquarters about meeting all kinds of Iraqi officials at the highest levels and then down into the lower levels as as well as reports about things going on in Iraq at the time. One of the things of note in these documents is that a General Assoumani who the US recently killed You say he leaps off the pages and I was surprised hoop to read you. Consider him like the U. considering them Iran's political fixer in in the whole Middle East. I thought he was just more of Military leader but he was both yes. I mean I. That's one of the things that jumps off the page in. These documents is Qassim Suleimani. Suleimani was The commander of what's called the codes force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran. It is the EH The interesting thing from these documents is it's the I.. R. G. C. is a parallel organization to the Amoy S. The MOS are the. AH The professional spy service the I. R. G. C. is more of a paramilitary ideologically driven Intelligence and Military Organization the could force which Sulamani was the head of was the foreign Entity foreign unit of the I. R. G. See the most kind of the special forces of the special forces so he had a military very leadership role but after the invasion the US invasion of Iraq. Where we kind of threw out Saddam Hussein and there was chaos that developed Sulamani and the cooks force became may very dominant political player in Iraq did transform himself Over the last fifteen years or so from just being kind of a military figure into also being the political godfather of Iraq where Iran had enormous power. He was the representative of Iran in Iraq in virtually all always always and he he was the man you went to see in Iraq. If you had a problem and there's one great document document. I can read briefly from where he the Iraqi top. Iraqi officials are so intimidated by him and his power. That in there was one document where he where the Iraqi Transportation Minister Describes Sulamani coming to see him because Sulamani wanted clearance from the Iraqi Transportation Ministry to have flights Iranian and flights go through Iraqi airspace to Syria to help in the Iranian involvement in Syria. And he this one this Iraqi official is telling an MIS officer about his meeting with Sulamani and he's just it reads like something out of the Godfather. It says Sulamani came to me in requested that we let Iran and airplanes use the Iraqi airspace to pass onto Syria. The Iraqi Transportation Ministry officials said then the officials tells the Moya's I put put my hands on my eyes and said absolutely as you wish then he stood up and came close and kissed my forehead. And that's Sulamani Mani the power. He had he could walk into any room in Baghdad and in the government and get what he wanted but then the transportation minister sure basically rats out Sulejmani by reporting him group in Iran. That's the fascinating thing about these documents. Is that it. Reveals feels that the MOH s the professional spy service hated Sulamani. And they hated the I. R. G. C.. They saw them as the you know the roughneck paramilitary militia types and there's a lot of reports in this where they are criticizing Sulamani Johnny in criticizing the I. R. J. C.. For the atrocities that they committed in the war against Isis still monies critics in Iran. Saw Him as a showboat yes and that becomes clear in these documents. There's one document where Moya's officers reporting back to Tehran. And at the top of the document it says do not share with the I heard you see and these attacking Sulamani for going to every battlefield in the Isis war and having his picture taken and making it clear that Iran is behind these Shiite militias that are attacking Isis and. He says he's clearly running for president of Iran while we're on the subject of Sulamani. This isn't from the documents. But you've reported on what Sulamani did in Iraq to try to stop the protests against the Iraqi government and tried to protect the Iraq then Iraqi prime minister. Yeah right the really interesting thing is that as the protest built in the fall of last year in Baghdad and other cities in Iraq it became clear that the protesters in the streets were anti Iranian one of the goals of the protests. US has been to get rid of Iranian influence in Iraq and Sulamani was backing the Iraqi government government against these protesters. How backing them? The Prime Minister Abdul Mahdi was being pressured to resign in the face of these protests because he was seen as being too close to Iran and Sulamani came to Baghdad met with him met with a lot of other top Iraqi officials in October of two thousand nineteen and negotiated among the top Iraqi officials to keep Abdelhadi power. The interesting thing about that is that in the documents that we do have. There is one document that describes Abdul Mahdi as having a special relationship with Iran and so that really provides provides the context for why Sulamani felt so determined to keep Abdul Mahdi and power was. He had a special relationship with Iran and they didn't want somebody else who didn't have that kind of relationship in power. So what did you learn about pseudomonas role in driving isis out of Iraq. And that's a goal that Iran and the US shared although we're on opposite sides of so many other issues. Yeah I mean that's the fascinating anything to me is that You know the United States Just killed a guy who in many ways was as responsible as anyone else for the defeat of Isis in Iraq the Shia militias of Iraq were organized is largely by the I. R. J. C. by the cuts force and they were re they really were run and directed by custom Soleimani. The let's say you're you're saying that Sulamani really was responsible for overseeing the Iraqi forces that were trying to drive isis out of Iraq. Yes to a great degree the Shiite light militias which in many of the Earl especially the early battles took a real lead role in fighting isis on the ground and along with some Iraqi military units. Were really responsible to Suleimani. Sulamani helped develop and create them any any random and paid for them and he directed them and he was through the cuts force. Basically running the ground you know a large chunk punk of the ground war against Isis at the same time the United States was conducting the air war. Now there's no evidence in these documents of cooperation between American forces and Iranian forces in the Isis War. But it's clear that we were fighting the same war in parallel and we we were going along with a campaign by Sulamani that was filled with breath. Awful atrocities against Suny villages in their campaign against Isis the US strike that killed so money was in Baghdad. How much time did Sulamani actually spend in Iraq when he was overseeing the ground war in Iraq against Isis a lot? I mean I don't know exactly but he was. He was a constant presence in Iraq and in Baghdad. He was completely out in the open he was. He wasn't trying to hide. Did you know he was a top government official of Iran and he was constantly welcome at the highest levels of the Iraqi government..

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"Iraq are safe say categorically one way or another that the plane was not shot down I cannot it is too early to speculate I would encourage people not to not to speculate we are certainly aware that this is a terrible terrible tragedy our focus today is on that many many families who are grieving and our focus in the days and weeks to come we'll be on answering the questions that they have an indeed we all have as to how this happened at a minimum the disaster adds to the burden facing Boeing's incoming CEO David Calhoun as he tries to repair the iconic up playmakers balance sheet and reputation following the twin disasters of the seven thirty seven MAX flights that killed more than three hundred people and a rift is developing at the highest level of Britain's royal house as prince Harry and his wife Meghan announced plans to go their own way while still honoring the queen Megan say they plan to split their time between the UK and North America they also want to become financially independent Wednesday's announcement took senior Royals by surprise the conflict dominated Britain's press and broadcast outlets Thursday with breathless coverage of the shock announcement it's not known exactly where in the Americas the couples plan to spend their time now the British media out what after Meghan Markle big time when the two decided to Mary and she didn't need the oil money she was an American success on our own an ad now and they really don't need the royal money and heads are spending more breaking news on the way you're.

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"A missile attack on Iraq we're just getting word of this right now repeating running state TV confirming a missile attack on Iraq president trump says his administration and plenty of intelligence to go on before he ordered last week's airstrike in Iraq which took out a top Iranian general idid from says his order to kill the Iranian military leader prevented an American tragedy we saved a lot of lives by terminating his life a lot of lives of say they were planning something and you're going to be hearing about it select members of Congress will get briefings on Wednesday Andy field ABC news Washington Senate Republicans say they have enough votes to move ahead with an impeachment trial even if they have not yet settled the matter of witnesses at that trial worries about the ongoing tensions in the Middle East forcing stocks lower today the Dow the nasdaq and the S. and P. five hundred all closing in the minus column Terry Alden or ABC news Carmel news one thousand have been ninety seven seven our top stories now from the como twenty four seven news center I'm Rick fan sites with a Lisa Jaffe a local man from Puerto Rico says the series of strong earthquakes that have hit near the island in the past few days are really making a bad situation worse couples Ryan Harris talked to him mark Mendes tells me a church schools and scores of homes have been damaged or destroyed by the main quake and strong for an after shocks Mendez says most of the danger with those buildings is from collapse because he says many a Porter Rico's buildings are very old and realize that stand one of the oldest city in the United States of America old buildings are three hundred years old or older and all the way to the island's old buildings are in our injures collapsing Mendes's power is slowly being restored to parts of the island with the southwest likely to take the longest because it was hit the hardest he reminds us the Porta Rico is still trying to recover from hurricane Maria and still waiting on billions of dollars in federal aid Mendez even started an organization called solar ice Porter Rico to encourage sustainability and resilience after disasters Brian Harris como news the twenty twenty legislative session has not started yet but some are already hoping to see a new bill on prescription drug prices pastors come mostly Romero senator Karen Kaiser has pre filed five bills on prescription drug costs including a measure that would cap the cost of insulin at one hundred dollars a month Kathy Estrada's Kennewick says passage of that bill would make a huge difference as her daughter needs for vials of insulin a month for her type one diabetes at a cost of three hundred dollars each and they struggle to pay the twelve hundred dollars every month I sat would be feasible we could afford to four hundred distraught it's as if the proposal doesn't pass will have to keep getting insulin in Canada where costs around seventy dollars a vial senator Kaiser's other bills include creating a board on prescription drug affordability and allowing state employees to get prescriptions from Canada the new legislative session starts January thirteenth two Romero comma news I get an update on what we heard at the top of the hour run state TV saying that tens of surface to surface missiles at a I have been fired and rocks and on a side air base housing U. S. troops and we are getting the latest now we were going to get an a an update from ABC news this and we're hearing that this is and a rocket attack at an air base that houses U. S. forces several rockets have been fired at this air base in western Iraq.

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"iraq" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK

"Iraq in response to an attack which killed a contractor much more from ABC news will be coming up in four minutes uber it is one of the companies suing the state of California over a new law that is set to go into a fit into affected matter of days cave because Jordan Christmas reports uber and delivery company post mates are suing California over a new law that would reclassify contractors for the companies as employees the law would go into effect on January first and would fundamentally change the relationship between companies like uber and the people who drive for them the lawsuit which was filed on Monday in federal court argues that the new laws unconstitutional and will stifle companies and workers who were previously argued for some sort of alternative that would give contractors flexibility but still provide them with protections like health care subsidies Jordan Christmas news ninety three point one K. F. B. K. a federal judge's temporarily blocking a new California law outlawing mandatory arbitration agreements critics say they could make it more difficult for workers to sue their bosses for sexual harassment the law had been set to take effect tomorrow about two thirds of California nonunion private sector workplaces have mandatory arbitration policies but labor groups say it leaves workers at a disadvantage a new California law will change the way livestock is raised in California proposition twelve increases the space farmers must provide animals they raised by two he twenty just walk with the Humane Society says current conditions are barbaric user cages barely larger than their own body they're basically forced to live in a call center for roughly four years you know if if this was done to a dog or cat would be arrested for felony cruelty charges farm groups have filed a legal challenge saying the law will hurt small family farms Jewish leaders in Los Angeles want the federal government to do more to fight anti semitic attacks we get more now from reporter Andrew Mollen back the founder of LA Simon Wiesenthal center has called for an F. B. I. task force to go after anti semitism rabbi Marvin hire says anti semitic attacks in the US or at the worst level he's seen this is a moment in American history which change must come we can't address this question the way we've addressed that for the last decades he says he will take a special division of the FBI to guard against future attacks it belongs outside the responsibility of states and local governments he says he hopes to talk to president trump about the task force idea I'm answerable in back all of our featured audio clips this morning have the same theme predictions for twenty twenty this hour's featured audio clip the housing market what will prices do in twenty twenty Erin psoriasis is Zillow's senior economist he says twenty twenty will continue to be a seller's market but it could turn into a buyer's market at the end of twenty twenty if one of two things happens here's what he told CNBC the morning line the housing market homebody version of slowed but it's still trouble it's historic pace three times the the weight of the rate of wage growth it's still a seller's market is going to continue being a seller's market unless there's some dramatic shifts in inventory or rapid increase in mortgage rates our our panel of economists including Susan on on aggregate points to the not shifting teleport a buyer's market until sometime in twenty twenty so that's the way it's shaping up right now more of the same unless one of two things happens a changing inventory which means more homes become available not likely right yeah everybody's kind of holding steady on then number two arrays in mortgage rates which means read a raise in interest rates that could happen and if that happens that changes the entire dynamic not just for the housing market or the entire market I mean former reserve a chair Alan Greenspan came out with the last name two to three weeks and said he's concerned that if these interest rates creep up by a point two points three points this could have a devastating effect on the federal government's ability to pay back that debt so there are lots of implications if interest rates go up in twenty twenty it's we we got to keep our eye on that that's a really critical number so but for now there you go still a rollers red hot so you've got a house and people want to buy that's right all right now to the top national stories and news ninety three point one K. of B. K. and the big story of course the US embassy in Baghdad has been stormed by protesters from ABC news I'm Michelle Franzen protesters outside the U. S. embassy in Baghdad still demonstrating with mourners upset over US.

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"iraq" Discussed on Dispatches from the Multiverse

Dispatches from the Multiverse

01:48 min | 2 years ago

"iraq" Discussed on Dispatches from the Multiverse

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"iraq" Discussed on KOMO

KOMO

02:19 min | 2 years ago

"iraq" Discussed on KOMO

"Iraq at facilities link to Iran or Iranian backed groups you're listening to ABC news stay informed the com au afternoon news zero two we have clouds in a little bit of some break here and there currently seventy two in downtown Seattle finally said Jaffe with brick fan sites here are the top stories from the come on twenty four seven news center more calls for governor Insley to pay back the security costs of his presidential campaign come on Jeff partial has the latest from Olympia the state Republican Party is now getting into the mix calling on Ainsley to pay back the state costs of his campaign which the GOP estimates at two million dollars chairman Kayla behind like we started with the request from the state patrol right so they requested four million dollars in additional funding over the course of two years so you take half of that which is one year that's two million dollars so state patrol estimates put the cost much lower the G. O. P. once Insley to pay back his salary and other costs for the time he was campaigning Insley however has thus far declined to pay the state back we're gonna fall the law of the state of Washington I think that's a good thing to follow at the state capitol Jeff totally come on news state law requires the governor to be protected by state patrol regardless of where he goes or what he does Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson settling his first No poach lawsuit Jersey Mike's will pay a hundred fifty thousand dollars in his internet contract that ends the practice which keeps workers from moving from one store to another among franchises within the same chain a condom is say such practices are aimed at keeping wages lower Jersey Mike's is the sixty seventh company to end no poach practices and the only one so far to be sued by Ferguson no pre trial release for the Seattle woman charged with stealing the information of a hundred million Capital One customers come as Ryan Harris with an update page Thompson listen this our federal public defender claim that because she's a risk of suicide and doesn't belong in the men's wing of the federal detention center in seatac because she's a transgender woman she should be released to a place where she can get better care federal prosecutors argued the Thompson is a flight risk end of physical risk to herself and others in part because of a threat to shoot up a cow for his social media company they also raised concern she can create more havoc in the financial world because of her computer abilities Thompson's roommates previously told como it's unlikely she would have sold the data US.

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"iraq" Discussed on KIIS 102.7

KIIS 102.7

01:58 min | 2 years ago

"iraq" Discussed on KIIS 102.7

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"iraq" Discussed on KGO 810

KGO 810

01:35 min | 2 years ago

"iraq" Discussed on KGO 810

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