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More than 50 women in DRC allege abuse by Ebola aid workers
"REPORTER ONIS AOL Kerry. Restart today here in. Africa more than fifty women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have accused international aid workers of sexual abuse. The women reported multiple incidents of abuse that happened during the twenty eighteen ebola crisis. He told me to come to his hotel and Phil illegal if. We had heard splint thinks about this four winless. The men worked for organizations like the world, Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders five women said, their abusers worked for the Christian nonprofit World Vision the women said multiple men had coerced them into intimate acts in exchange for a job or fire them. When they refused some reported, the abuse happened as recently as March. The World Health Organization promised a full investigation and serious consequences for abusers. The allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers are deeply heartache and heartbreaking. World Vision also launched an investigation into the allegations. Next we go to. Asia. Plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia a facing accusations of human rights abuses that's according to a recent report by US investigators. The report found that Malaysian palm oil plantations use forced child labour abused their workers and house them in inhumane living conditions. The industry has been built on a backbone of modern slavery and it's being built on the backbone of these companies being our to violate human rights norms, left right and centre with no consequence. As a result US costume officials said they will block all palm oil products from one of Malaysia's largest producers. US manufacturers use palm oil in more than half of all packaged consumable products everything from cosmetics to animal feed. Indonesia and Malaysia of the world two largest producers. Tequila. Next to the Middle East. The United States has threatened to close its embassy in Iraq following a string of attacks on American troops in recent weeks, number militias. Groups have targeted Baghdad's Green Zone. That's where the Iraqi government and several embassies are based a rocket attack killed six women and children last week. The next day, a roadside bomb targeted a US led convoy south of the capital Secretary of State Mike pompeo warned that the trump administration may close the embassy. If Iraq doesn't take steps to halt the attacks last week, Iraq's foreign minister said if the United States shuts down its embassy other nations might follow. He also said the move might encourage extremists to increase tax. Addict. And finally we end today in. Euro. A massive storm, hit the border regions between France and Italy over the weekend. It brought record rainfall and heavy floods that swept away roads. Two people died and nine are missing. One hundred homes were damaged or destroyed officials. Report had twenty four inches of rain in twenty four hours. That's more than the region usually gets in three months. The water level in one. Italian. River jumped nine feet the same day blocking access to several mountain villages. That's this week's wall tour reporting for World Amnesia or he carry in Buda. Nigeria.
Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks
"Department is demanding immediate action against those responsible for a rocket attack that killed at least five Iraqi civilians on Monday in Baghdad. Police say the rocket was aimed at Baghdad airport. The attack followed a US threat to close its embassy unless the Iraqi government reined in Iran back militias responsible for recent attacks in the region. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al Kadhimi warns that closing any diplomatic mission with threatened regional security.
US general: US strikes destroy weapons depots, more remain
"What should now be obvious to everyone is you're not gonna be able to fire those at a U. S. or coalition based hurt or kill our people an escape unscathed general Frank McKenzie America's top Middle East commander says there are other sites the U. S. has not hit because of potential civilian casualties and sensitivities with the Iraqi government Baghdad is angry over the strikes with Iraq's military saying three commandos and two police officers were killed McKenzie says the Iraqis knew the attack was imminent if Iraqis were there an Iraqi military forces were there I would say it's probably not a good idea to position yourself with a team has bought in the wake of a strike that killed Americans and coalition members soccer make Connie at the White House
Here's why Patriot missile defense systems aren't in Iraq yet
"Three weeks after Ron fired ballistic missiles that American forces in Iraq defense secretary mark S. persist patriot air defense systems have not been allowed to deploy to protect thousands of US troops boxes Jennifer Griffin asked esper if the Iraqi government was blocking the move we need the permission of the Iraqis that's one issue there may be others with regard to placement and things like that are more tactical more operational so it's a combination of things fox news first reported patriot surface to air missiles would likely deployed to Iraq in the wake of Iran's ballistic missile attack the chairman the joint chiefs of staff general mark Millie later said Iran had intended to kill American troops but early warning and dispersal save
Dr. Patrick Clawson Breaks Down the U.S.-Iran Crisis
"After after the US assassinated Iranian General Qassem Sulamani last Thursday night cable news and social media were inundated with people sharing their thoughts. What's on what the strike would mean for the future of the Middle East and whether it might mean war between the US and Iran? This week I spoke with two foremost Middle East. Experts is to clear the noise and get the real sense of what this all means. I here's my interview with Dr Patrick. CLAWSON director of research at the Washington Institute a fluent Farsi Speaker an eminent Iran expert. Who helped us understand what is going on right now inside Iran? Patrick thank you so much for joining us. Yes thanks for having me now. I saw a few people comparing the other night. The assassination of Qassams Sulamani to if an enemy had killed the American American Vice President Chairman of the joint she says staff of the Armed Forces and the director of the CIA all rolled into one. I'm not sure if that's exactly Accurate but it certainly gets. The point across that Sumani was a hugely important figure in Iran. Who did most of his work outside of the country? So maybe you can tell us who was costume Sumani when he was only responsive to the supreme leader so he was somebody operated outside completely outside of the control rule the elected government and he had had quite a low profile until the battle against Isis when is is the Islamic state launched some spectacular tax writing Tehran against the modulus parliament and against Khomeini's tune. Many the Iranians became afraid that Isis was going to wound their country your same way that it unexpectedly rolled across northern Iraq and over much just Syria and there was the perception that was the role luminary guards particular vessel money who saves the country from that fate and that really is what launched him on this past being so incredibly popular and then he capitalized on on this by showing up on the front lines and the battles against Isis and the battles against the opponents of the Syrian regime and he showed up on the front lines. It's both in Iraq and Syria repeatedly tried to claim credit for Iran For the battle against Isis which was not very deserved of course the irony is that it was the sectarian policies ultra sectarian policies. That Isis had the knicks had a push the Iraqi government to adopt which. We're so responsible for young Sudanese turning to Isis. They're only possible savior. And it's this part of the broader kind of complexity the day of the Middle East that you know when we think of maybe America's enemies or or Western enemies in the Middle East. We often think of well. I guess nowadays now as we think of the Sunni extremists Isis but kind of historically we think of Shiite extremists backed by Iran groups like Hezbollah for instance. Right right right and Iran has a long history of being prepared to work with the Sunni radicals at the same time that it's fighting. That's what it did with the Taliban with what with al Qaeda in Iraq would simultaneously work with and fight these organizations and so that history of Iran being both the firemen and the arsonist is what he wrong same approach Brought to the fight against Isis. What do we know about the specifics of the attack last week? That Killed Sumani. Well we know that it was remarkably stupid on the part are risky shall always say on the part of Some money and his key Iraqi interlocateur arguably the most important person in Iraq effectively able to control all the militia. Many who adopted the The Sudan Hondas To be in the same car they made a very attractive target so so the United States was able to track some of these movements across the Middle East he had become much less discreet over the years and decided they would interact attack attack him here at the Baghdad airport at a spot where there was no possibility of collateral damage is very isolated area now in the hours after the attack a lot out of elected officials and foreign policy types you know landed on roughly the same assessment. I would say they felt that Sumani was a bad actor Dr. no-one should shed any tears that he is dead. But without any serious strategy for what comes next they felt that the assassination wouldn't be helpful. Awful step do you share that assessment. Oh I think the fascination clearly had to be accompanied by a whole lot of additional steps and We won't have to see how things things unfold for instance. I would say that. It was pretty obvious that after the assassination Iran would pick some reprisals and the hope would be that The reprisals would be like like the ones that we saw the other night in the missiles fired at Iraq year basis actions which Iran could claim were bowled strikes against United States dates but which in fact inflicted very little damage. And if that's all Iran does well and Mr Trump's decision to take out Mr Solomon need look pretty good The question is what will come next. Will Iranians Start Planning something which they will carry out in the months ahead. That'll hokey much damage than what we've seen to date. Of course that wasn't the only staff writer. The Iranian regime also announced an additional degree of noncompliance with the JCP with twenty fifteen Iran. Deal right but that had nothing to do with saw money. I mean they've been saying for some time that they plan to announce that on January fifth and sure enough. They did so since we've been told ever since November fifth that every sixty days Iran would be announcing the next step. It was hardly surprised that Iran announced measures January fifth breath. And when they did they measures were markedly less veer than what people had fought in that the expectation ever since the November fifth actions of reducing adducing Iran's commitment to nuclear deal had been announced that a good chance that on January Feron would announce it's going to stop cooperating with the enhanced inspections nations by the International Atomic Energy Agency. He wanted nothing of the sort And Iran is still cooperating. Those enhanced inspections So what Iran announced in January fifth was if anything less than what people have thought they might get. Maybe you just have a cooler demeanor but you sound rather less concerned than a lot. Lot of people out there on Cable News on twitter. Would you say that there's less to be concerned about. Then some people are portraying the situation. Well I'm a believer in the muddle through theory of history three and the dramatic events or not as likely as muddling along. I would simply say that You always have to ask yourself once the alternative So for instance a number of people partially criticizing the decision to kill someone. Money are people harshly criticized trump's decision not to respond militarily early after the attack on Saudi oil facilities and if salamone in fact was planning terrorist attacks with killed dozens or more Americans uh-huh and he'd carried those out. Then these some of these critics would have been complaining that Mr Trump hadn't done anything to forestall the actions so I would just simply say that Often when you're in a tough situation all the options facing you are tough and imperfect and in this case Mr trump came down a very different side. They come down on over the last six months. I think that we calibrating had some merit to it. Call the goodness knows. This step was a very bold and potentially dangerous injury step. Let's just turn before ran. Let's just turn quickly to a little bit about how this killing has been received inside of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ron. You mentioned that Sumani is seen or had been seen within Iran kind of the figure who saved Iran from Isis or or from other bad actors in the region there were reportedly millions of Iranians at his funeral a gathering so massive that fifty people actually died in a stampede in the middle middle of the proceedings so to what degree is that due to him truly being a revered and beloved figure or is there some degree to which the turnout was is more a sign of fear of the regime and kind of a sense of needing to fall in line. Well the government's certainly encouraged and siltation people turning out. I wouldn't say that he was beloved and revered I would say that he was respected and that many people who can't stand the Islamic republic. We'll tell you look. We don't like the Revolutionary Guards yards at all but in their hand they did save us from a worse fate namely the Dash and furthermore that last summer when Iran I was having a record floods. It was the goods for us. which effectively organized relief thought areas after the government had turned out to be utterly incompetent doing that and so there were large numbers of people in several of the cities where the funerals were held Who felt a personal gratitude to for the coots force had done for them and their neighbors? But I don't think that he was so much loved as he was respected And the image that the regime constructed for him was not really entirely accurate. Put it mildly. I mean this is a man who is also a brutal thug at home as well as a terrorist abroad and It really was a clever marketing to take advantage of the role that you played against Isis. Won't he played in flood relief to make him into a popular figure. The last question. Since president trump reimpose sanctions on Iran. The value of the Iranian riyal has plummeted. I think the exchange rate eight today stands somewhere around forty two thousand riyal to a single. US dollar there have been major protests against the regime in recent months over over economic dissatisfaction. Yes but also interestingly pushing back on repression of women and and perhaps other social issues does the US killing Sulamani Johny weaken or strengthen the standing of the regime at home. I think that it makes a lot of rainy INS scared where the future is headed. And I don't think that's good for the regime so while it's certainly true that some of the money was a unifying figure in Iran. People Kinda got S- care net the possibility that it'll be war with the United States while all this is certainly something that will be watching very closely over the coming days and weeks weeks and months. Patrick thank you so much for joining us and sharing your
Iran's U.N. Ambassador: Strike On U.S. Bases Was 'Measured, Proportionate Response'
"Majed talks Revlon she is Iran's ambassador to the United Nations he spoke yesterday afternoon after his country launched missiles at the US and its allies in Iraq Iran called in retaliation for the U. S. drone strike in Iraq that killed a running in general Qassem Soleimani as ambassador of on she came to the line in New York news bulletins were flowing into our news room in Baghdad rockets were landing in the green zone near the US embassy in Washington a US general said it was too early to tell if Iran's attacks were done so we asked ambassador reminds you to tell us is Iran's retaliation against the United States finished what we have said the is that we took care I measured proportionate response to terrorist assassination all of on top general Qassem Soleimani and last night and the as far as the lawn is concerned that the action was concluded last night so it depends on the United States if the US ventures to attacking it on again definitely proportionate response will be and verification he spots so that's attack okay and you said that this concluded the retaliation so if there are people concerned about other forms of attacks such as cyber attacks on U. S. interests or attacks by allies of Iran throughout the region you're saying Iran would not endorse that you were done and V. are responsible for the actions that that you take we do not consider that any any sort of actions to be taken by others the action was taken in accordance with all rights which was proportionate and which was a in response to the killing off of course simply money when you said you don't take responsibility for the actions of others are you saying it is entirely possible that Iraqi militias aligned with Iran could still lash out and Iran would not accept responsibility for what they're doing I'm not suggesting anything anything in this in this regard we are not responsible for any other people to do whatever it is that they they are going to do so we don't have as I said I'm not suggesting anything to accept or to reject any any sort of actions by others Iran's supreme leader speaking after this retaliation said the next step was to push the United States out of the region US forces out of the region how does Iran intend to do that the people of all of the region are calling for the US withdrawn from from this neighborhood just look at their decision all there is okay parliament the Iraqi parliament decided that to to say to the whole of lord that there is no place for the US forces in Iraq the American forces are not welcome in our neighborhood ambassador you're correct that Iraq's parliament did vote to expel forces from Iraq but we should be clear they didn't vote to expel the United States from a rock they voted to expel foreign forces from Iraq and that leads us to notice that the general sort of money a member of Iran's military was in Iraq when he was killed what was he doing there he was he was there to help the dog he on forces to fight to terrorist at the invitation of the Iraqi government he was a popular figure not only need on but in the in the neighboring countries because he sacrificed a lot to preserve the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all of these countries but wasn't general Soleimani this symbol of Iran's involvement in Iraq which is something that Iraqis have been protesting against in recent months you know there are different voices within Iraq but then he was more to it than in Iraq you saw and the they don't you people how they don't keep people reacted in anger and he sacrificed himself for the for the southern center total integrity off you don't as you must know ambassador to the United States or search the general Soleimani was plotting attacks against Americans against the United States are you able to say if he was plotting such attacks it is the beauty of the United States to to prove otherwise I mean to prove a that he was he was in fact plotting to to kill Americans because what I can also ask you was he was he plotting to kill Americans no he as I said he was there in order to help the Iraqi government to to better I mean find terrorists that and then if you are a simple let me tell you but let's be clear Iran is defined the United States as terrorist once he or his organization planning attacks against the United States or its interests at the time as I said if he's if he's the duty of the United States to provide any evidence that the claim that he was about to kill American citizens and cannot be acceptable to all on hand if he's if he's not being accepted even by the members of Congress SO one cannot accept the discipline from the US administration that the threat was imminent one final thing investor president trump in making his statement responding to a runs retaliation began with this sentence quote as long as I am president of the United States Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon Iran is that it doesn't want a nuclear weapon is that a statement on which you can agree with the president once I can tell you is that the not seeking nuclear weapons it is not in our interest to have nuclear weapons it is against the religious verdict all of our supreme leader but the V. ten knots and accept the fact that the US in contravention of NTT in contravention all of the JC puree the resolution twenty to thirty one of the US security council is acting to to try to beat on from its right sold the question should be posed to the US administration then they want to join the international community and acts like a normal country in distress international agreements Majid Takht trevan she is Iran's ambassador to the United Nations is in New York investor thanks so much thank you Sir now here at the end how Iran turns U. S. rhetoric against the US the United States accuses Iran of terrorism Iran accuses the US of terrorism the US has said it wants Iran to act like a normal nation Iran's ambassador just made the same remark about the United
U.S. knew Iranian missiles were coming ahead of strike; Trump announces new sanctions
"So according to US officials telling USA today US officials did have advance warning of runs missile assault the damage to Iraqi bases housing US and coalition forces I hanger Dallas on a sprawling complex one hundred miles west of Baghdad that houses about fifteen hundred coalition forces was severely damaged according to US officials speaking to USA today on the condition of anonymity the official added the early warning systems gave US forces advance knowledge the missiles had been launches also possible by the way we're hearing about the early warning system to cover up for the fact that Ron actually created a back channel to the Iraqi government saying that they were not going to kill Americans so get your guys out right now because the last thing we want is a full scale war with you guys we now save face you get to claim that we are a failure we all go home happy and then maybe we work toward negotiating a new agreement the fact is the water run Justin forces the Europeans into a bad situation Europeans would love nothing better than to go back to the failed J. C. P. L. eight year run nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration is basically an active appeasement by like that sucker was ten years long it was set to expire like very very soon was signed in two thousand thirteen so it's been awhile nothing was was already going to be the phone can run is gonna start its nuclear testing its nuclear missiles programs nuclear weapons program right back up in the next couple of years no matter what so trump saying that we need to cut a new deal with Iran and that they had that has to be done on the basis of no more terrorism no realistic missile testing no more nuclear technology that is exactly right one of the things you keep hearing from the media is that the Iran nuclear deal is keeping a running track what only with regard to their nuclear program at best at best in reality what was doing his bribing them but the possibility of greater regional power and economic strength so that one day they could move forward with an actual nuclear weapons program that that is why the the democratic takes on all of this are so silly so well in the in the middle of all of this the Iranians basically back down around issued all these sort of empty warnings one there on the leaders tweeted a picture of the Iranian flag supposedly sort of the the response to from two in a picture of the American flag is he treated the Iranian flag because wow look at us we're just like the United States yeah except for the fact that you shot a bunch of missiles and even had a camel the **** so there there's that and then around issue for the warranty they're going to attack you by they're going to attack hi fi in Israel which of the Tel Aviv which of course is just silly talk and then provides a reef basically the the foreign minister who is talking tough just a few moments ago they all the same he is backing down that's what he's a run took and concluded proportionate measures in self defense under article fifty one of you and charter targeting base from which powerfully armed attack against our citizens and senior officials were launched it wasn't against our citizens who literally had terrorists in the country of Iraq a foreign country where your facilitating terror terror attacks we do not seek escalation award will defend ourselves against any aggression does it is a re basically said we're done now we're done we're not we're we're we're finished at this point and from thence we yeah okay then I'm gonna be done I guess we're done a dream that last night all is well this is lunch from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq assessment of casualties and damage is taking place now so far so good in most powerful and welcomes military anywhere in the world by far I will be making a statement tomorrow
Iraqi Parliament votes to expel U.S. troops. What now?
"Can return to our top story now the ramifications of the U. S. assassination of the powerful Iranian come on the custom so the money his killing took place in Iraq a country in which he wielded a great deal of power and controlled Iraqi Shia militias Iraq sees the attack as an attack on its sovereignty and the parliament has voted to force US troops to leave it's not a binding lore yet but tensions are running high one powerful Iraqi Shia cleric politician and militia leader Muqtada al sadr has tweeted his response to president trump's various threats in the wake of the assassination here is an excerpt that we've always stop you son of cabaret are you threatening people with hunger you son of casinos are you threatening people with embargo you son of night clubs are you threatening people with sanctions do you believe that your arsenal of weapons will help you do you believe watcher spies will tell you no by the lord of the speedy camels your house is weaker than the house of a spider your weapon is weaker than a mosquito bite your voice in your tweets some more hideous than the brain of the donkey did you forget Vietnam or are you longing for another clock my the words that all the political decision and militia leader Muqtada al sadr let's hear from a lace but now he is a senior adviser to the interim Iraqi prime minister Adel Abdel must be is the unanimous votes on Sunday in the Iraqi parliament to expel foreign troops in the country country likely to become little number one it's a political move that I think a in fact part of parliament this block and parliament had to do F. for multiple domestic reasons so it was necessary number two I don't think it stops there I think there is a genuine push and drive to remove US bases from Iraq Iran has made that a goal and do a multiple rocket groups have made that a gold too and this has been inflamed by the fact that walls a violation of national sovereignty so it goes beyond Iran's position this happened it has been a violation of Iraq's sovereignty and I think it has been a breakdown in communication between the Iraqi government and the U. S. so we have a problem there and it should gray nobody knows exactly how it's going to be resolved so when when we looked at the way in which that vote when it was predominantly Shia MPs who voted in favor of the US foreign troops leaving Iraq one rate will sit there and that the Sunni MPs and Kurdish MPs decided to stay away because clearly this is a major rift insights domestic politics in Iraq it's a major rift and it sets an emotional moment in Iraq so politicians F. factored in those emotions street emotions those emotions are you she eighty is there nothing Kurdish areas that often so be eighty is so the politicians from these areas do not find themselves at two old under pressure to participate in such a vote plus the fact get our direct benefits from let's say the European and American presence in Iraq in terms of grants aids training and they do not want to be too deprived of all that and she areas it's exactly the opposite there is a strong influence and there is a lot of emotions and the streets so politicians just find it difficult to escape that position but isn't pulse of the emotion on the street manifest in the demonstrations that we have seen in Iraqi cities in the past months also Paulson which have been to do ways objecting to foreign interference in Iraq and that includes the presence of Iran the US it is yes there is that amongst the she asked to day there is a division on Iran's influence but let us not forget the current position is to try to cut or foreign influence and some of them are including Iran and that it's too good a to explore currently which way it's going to go but the leader most of the subjects who is not in Iran's pocket it has also aligned his position with getting all troops out of Iraq that's what gave it more popularity but when you hear the the rhetoric from the president trump at in the aftermath of the votes in the parliament regardless of whether it's legally binding a whether it happens or not when the president says you know Iraq will have to pay for the bases in the investment that it's made in the country it does feel as though the whole still see coming from the United States is pretty profound I mean I wonder what you make about current relations between the United States and Iraq cannot context if you come into relationships between the United States and the region a different parts of the world is problematic because in particular and the Middle East it doesn't have a clear our strategy and its policies there are not clear especially if you rely on the tweets of president trump that contradicted and I think they created outrage and backlash multiple fronts so I do not take the U. S. simply as the tweets of president trump the U. S. had has more let's say off institutional presence in the region and I'd like to read the under current there rather than to simply follow the tweets of president trump what if anything can you tell us about the diplomacy that was taking place behind the scenes that costs and so the money was involved in calming tensions between the big regional powers Iran and Saudi Arabia I don't know the details but everybody knows awesome feeling that he was not only the architect of Iran's regional policy who was also the build that if the contractor to the operator and he was actually involved hands on in all these areas and I will not be surprised I told a few was directly involved in trying to re design Iran's relationship with Saudi Arabia and with other countries on security issues how far has this gone I know that the prime minister to the Iraqi prime minister has referenced that did walls and ongoing efforts to docked but I don't have details on and is it your sense now that that has been entirely de railed I think V. V. S. fascination or for shooting ninety has put at CBS and it's a setback all the efforts that Iran had the region it's a serious one because of his significant role not only in deciding but building and operating system and the region so I think this has been set back for years they could be a senior adviser to the Iraqi prime minister adult adult Mathy
Trump was reportedly given a 'menu' of options for the Iran strike that included ships, missile facilities, and militia groups
"Have woken up to a more dangerous work. That is what a French government official told The Washington Post about president. Trump's trump's choice of the most extreme option presented to him to deal with Iran's aggressions in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East that extreme option was of course the killing of Iran's top military commander journal Sulejmani last week a team of New York Times reports using sources inside the trump administration reported on on the options presented to the president. This way the options included strikes on Iranian ships or missile facilities or against iranian-backed militia groups in Iraq the Pentagon also oh tacked on the choice of targeting General Sulamani mainly to make other options seem reasonable when Mr Trump chose the option of killing killing General Sulamani top military officials flabbergasted. Were immediately alarmed about the prospect of Iranian retaliatory strikes on American troops in the region The Times reports that the execution of the plan to kill the general depended entirely on who might greet the general when he arrived at Baghdad or airport. If General Sulejmani had been met by an Iraqi government official or someone else who the United States was unwilling to kill General Sulejmani would be alive today. Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo was not one of the trump administration officials who was flabbergasted. By the President's decision to kill General Sulejmani The Washington Post reports that Mike Pompeo had been urging the president to kill General Sulejmani for months. Sanitary Pompeo did a victory lap. On Sunday morning. Television television saying quote we took a bad guy off the battlefield. We made the right decision. I'm proud of the effort that president trump undertook. Someone else who wasn't wasn't flabbergasted is Donald Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton. He tweeted his congratulations. Congratulations on the killing of General Selemani. But unlike Mike Pompeo John Bolton refused to name president trump as the person responsible for the killing John. Bolton's tweet simply said congratulations to all involved in eliminating some Sola money. Hope this is the first step in regime change in Tehran. Warhawks hawks like John Bolton frequently. Try to avoid the real language of what they advocate so they like to use words like eliminating when they mean killing and regime change when they mean all out war. No one is more aggressive toward Iran than John Bolton and it may be the John Bolton is now so confident that Donald Donald Trump has now put the United States on an irreversible path to all war with Iran the John Bolton no longer needs Donald trump in the White House especially with the Washington Post reporting that Vice President Mike Pence was also urging the killing of General Sulejmani along with Secretary the State Pompeo because today of all days as the situation got worse and worse for the United States in Iraq with the Iraqi parliament having voted one hundred seventy two zero to expel the American military and American government officials from Iraq. Today of all days is the day that John Bolton decided added to publicly announce in writing on his website that he is ready willing and able to testify in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump in the United States set quote. I have concluded that if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony I am prepared to testify now. You can believe in in coincidence cements. We've all seen instances of it in our own lives. John Bolton doesn't do coincidence John Bolton does calculation and John Bolton calculated the worst thing he could possibly do to Donald Trump. Today is say I am prepared to testify and John Bolton and did that no one has dreamed of war with Iran and regime change in Iran more fervently John Bolton and the reward the the John Bolton gave the present today who has brought us closer to that war than any previous president was the announcement. I am prepared to testify testify in the impeachment trial of that president. Does that mean now. That war with Iran is simmering. John Bolton wants the steady steady your hand of Mike Pence at the controls John Bolton doesn't want a rerun of the time when president trump called off an attack on Iran ten minutes before scheduled. It'll take place. John Bolton doesn't WanNa President tweeting that he will commit war crimes by bombing non military sites in Iran including cultural sites. John Bolton wants war with with Iran done right. If it's going to be done he wants it. Done Pompeo and pence style and the Obama White House. Susan Rice was the president's National National Security Adviser the same job John Bolton hat and the trump White House and op ed piece for the New York Times. She writes Donald. Trump's action against around quote now locks our two countries in dangerous escalatory cycle but will likely lead to wider warfare. Americans are not safer. American citizens are at greater risk of attack across a far wider battlefield than before. It's hard to envision how this ends ends short of war leading off our discussion tonight. Is Susan Rice. Who served as President Obama's national security advisor after serving as President Alabama's ambassador to the United Nations? She used the author of tough love. My story of things worth fighting for Susan Rice. Thank you very much for joining us. Really appreciate it it I want to go first of all to this tweet. That the president put out where he basically said basically committed the United States committing war-crimes attacking cultural sites saying there are fifty two targets and that number was chosen simply for symbolic purposes Not necessarily military tactical purposes of your in. Mike Pompeo now trying to walk that back and say we won't do that. Administration officials saying. We won't do that. The commander in chief has said we will well Lawrence. It's very disconcerting to say the least when the president of the United States is publicly and recklessly threatening to commit war crimes and I should hope that saying our heads would prevail that in in the State Department certainly in the Defense Department that they understand what the laws of war are what our domestic law also requires and and would refuse to execute an order that was in stark violation of international and domestic law. War So I'm mm is hard as it is to swallow some of the the rank craziness that comes out of the president's twitter feed their. At least I think it would be a very difficult thing for the president to execute assuming that the leadership that that is even now in the Pentagon has its its own. Say What would you be looking for. I know the OP ed piece. You wrote is not autumn optimistic one But if you were looking for signs of that. The trump administration is capable of steering away from war. Here her. What would you need to see them do? Well I think. In the first instance we would need actually to see efforts by the administration ministration to de-escalate you had mike pompeo blanket. The Sunday shows and claim that this was all about deescalation. And you had the president earlier. You're saying this was about stopping the war. And in the same moment the president you know issues as extraordinary threat to retaliate against fifty two sites including cultural sites. He's now threatened Iraq with sanctions which is even more mind. Boggling in some ways because the Iraqis are threatening to throw the United States out of Iraqi territory and so frankly eh you know. It's very hard to understand what to expect out of this This crew I want to go to the announcement that Iran made aide about the nuclear deal. What they're what they now intend to do in that arena? It seems a little more complicated than is generally being recorded. I want to read the the near the Washington Post text on this says Iran announced over the weekend that it would no longer respect limits set. On how many centrifuges it can use to enrich uranium Iranian. Foreign Minister said the move was a remedial step but taken within the framework of the nuclear deal and he said that it could and be reversed I heard of commenters on the BBC Today. Also being more optimistic British observers more. We're optimistic about the possibility of salvaging the deal of especially for example if a new president is inaugurated a year from now. Well I'm not L.. optimimistic I think this really might have been the the last blow to the Iran nuclear deal but it was an interestingly crafted statement on the part of the Iranians Arabians. It said they would no longer be constrained by any of the restrictions that they adhered to in the context of the nuclear program and that can be interpreted win and then a number of ways and they said that would sanctions be removed and the United States come back into compliance that they would be prepared themselves to come back into compliance so that could be construed as a potential off ramp but given everything else. That's going on given president. Trump's extraordinary INARI disdain for the nuclear deal given the crippling sanctions that have been imposed in now this latest escalation by killing Sulamani. It's it's hard hard to see how that happens in the near term of course is very hard to in this world. Is You know to have any prediction about where we'll be a year from now and so I'm not I'm not gonNA jump off that cliff of the New York Times kind of backstage reporting at the White House indicates that the options that were given the president in this case case included the options of killing the general only to make the other options. Look better and look more reasonable. Did you present options is to President Obama that way and include one that you firmly believed should not be an option but did it just to steer him in another direction no lawrence. I didn't and I don't believe the Pentagon did you know.
What's Happening In Baghdad Following Iraqi Parliament Vote To Expel U.S. Forces
"And secretary Mar Casper says there's been no decision whatsoever for US troops to leave Iraq defense secretary mark asper says the US is not pulling troops out of Iraq but does say some US forces in the region have been re positioned this follows a letter sent to the Iraqi government from a commander which says troops would be repositioning over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for our onward movement it also told Iraqi leaders we respect your sovereignty decision to order our departure some members of Iraq's parliament want to evict American forces following the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad last week the Pentagon says the administration remains committed to defeating the Islamic state group in the
What's Happening In Baghdad Following Iraqi Parliament Vote To Expel U.S. Forces
"The US has informed the Iraqi government it is moving some forces in the country in line with the request from the Iraqi parliament our parliament has voted request US forces leave in the wake of the killing of an Iranian general in Baghdad Tom Bowman says there were no plans at the moment for US forces to leave entirely defense secretary markers for told a small group of reporters at the U. S. is not made a decision about withdrawing troops from Iraq there was a letter that went out for the American command in Baghdad that talked about re positioning troops within a rack but not actually leaving Iraq and then the general mark Millie the chairman joint chiefs of staff told us that letter was a mistake it should not have been sent out and clearly it cause some confusion NPR's Tom Bowman meanwhile general asper seem to suggest today contrary to comments on Twitter by president trump would be no US attack against Iran in cultural sites Ronnie leaders meanwhile are promising to avenge the U. S. killing of one of their top generals but the country does have other options that do not involve a direct attack on U. S. targets here's NPR's Greg wiry around his long sought to drive US military forces out of the region Trina Parsi of the Quincy institute says the Iranians have no prospect of doing that by force but now there's a potential political path to that goal with Iraq calling on U. S. forces to pack up and go if in the meantime the political situation in the rock leads to the U. S. leaving in may actually enable the values of the clear their little victory and not take any action against the last one Ronnie an attack remains a strong possibility analysts say the country is wary of an open ended military conflict with the U.
US Defense Secretary Esper says no decision to leave Iraq
"The Pentagon says it hasn't made a decision on whether it will withdraw US troops from Iraq defense secretary mark asper says the US is not pulling troops out of Iraq but does say some US forces in the region have been re positioned this follows a letter sent to the Iraqi government from a commander which says troops would be repositioning over the course of the coming days and weeks to prepare for our onward movement it also told Iraqi leaders we respect your sovereignty decision to order our departure some members of Iraq's parliament want to evict American forces following the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad last week the Pentagon says the administration remains committed to defeating the Islamic state group in the region Jackie Quinn Washington
Iraqi parliament votes US troops out but next step unclear
"Iraq's parliament has voted to ask that US forces leave the country after last week's killing of Iran's top general in Baghdad but the next step is unclear it's not a binding votes in the Iraqi government would still have to approve the request experts are split over whether Iraq's caretaker prime minister has the authority to ask the US to leave Iran expert Henry Rome at the razor group says if it happens it's a big boost for Tehran which has long wanted American forces out of Iraq they are very happy with how this is turning out but there are serious worries objecting U. S. troops would allow an Islamic state resurgence plus president trump is warning a rock of heavy sanctions if it forces a withdrawal and says America won't leave without first being paid for its military investments in Iraq sadr may gunny at the White House
'We need to presume that we are in a state of war with Iran': Former envoy Brett McGurk
"Brett mcgurk served as senior director for Iraq and Afghanistan in the George W Bush White House who was also special presidential envoy to the global coalition to defeat. Asus I under President Obama and under president trump. Mr mcgurk left that role late two thousand eighteen after trump announced a plan to pull. US troops out of Syria. Mr mcgurk thank thank you so much for joining us tonight on on short notice and on a very serious evening. Thanks for having me. I know you've been following the news as we all have. I assume you've been able to talk with some of your former colleagues from from government and other experts in the region. Let me just ask your top line response to this news tonight. That the head of the KUDZU force Qassem Soleimani has been killed in a US military strike in back that way as an American who has served a lot of time in Iraq including including in two thousand seven two thousand eight period where we were really in a very hot war with a lot of these iranian-backed groups. I really feel that. It's it's a measure of justice done I feel that as an American someone who has been out there for a significant period of my life and I know I have colleagues who are killed by some of these groups also hearing from former colleagues in the region a lot of concern. Obviously about where this goes and I think we need to presume now as a country like it or not. We need to presume that we are in a state of war with Iran This has been a covert war shadow war for forty years But with this action. I think we need to presume to protect our people in the region to protect Dr Interests that were in a state of war with Iran and that is not something that the trump administration appears to have been prepared for. I mean they're they're national. Security Strategy is actually premised on the notion of getting out of the Middle East commitments and reprioritising to Asia to a great power or competition against China. So I think that is now pretty much over. We're now drawn back into the Middle East and we need to be very well prepared not over coming days and weeks. I'm Ron might take some time to respond. But over the coming months and even over the coming years to protect our people and our interests It's a very serious situation if we are as you say it's to presume that we are in a state of war with Iran not that it is threatening but we are there because of this action and What should Americans expect from a war with Iran? What should we expect in terms of risk to the United States into US US allies and U. S. forces in assets around the world? Well it means that we are now we have been trying now really for two ministrations restrictions to try to reprioritize out of the Middle East Because there's just such a resource kind of black hole for us and we tried to do that in various ways ways and it turns out now to ministrations. We're kind of sucked back in. I think it would be very difficult now to to really significantly move forces and resources out. I mean president trump. Even as he says he's bringing forces out of the Middle East he's actually sent fifteen thousand troops in the Middle East since May because of the increasing tensions against Iran on and because of the consequences that began on fold when he got out of the Iran. Deal another thing here if you want to take on a situation like this and set a very very maximalist objective which is basically to bring down the Iranian regime. That seems to be a policy that is a maximalist objective for which we very few allies You know in Iraq right now it's not just. US troops. We have. And I was a part of this effort to build a coalition. So we didn't do this on our own. We built a coalition of almost almost twenty military contributors interact with US France. UK Denmark Australia New Zealand. They're all interact with us And they are on these bases and facilities with us and has been a very successful endeavor. I think they're all AL also asking what comes next just on that point. A strategic risk is that we'll be asked to leave Iraq. I think the Iraqi government now is extremely weak There's a protest movement kind of a dual protest movement among Shia groups. Some of whom are backed by Iran. Some of these young patriotic liberal oriented Iraqis WANNA see significant reforms with. That's going to be very difficult. And there's a very good chance now. The Iraqis will ask us to leave Iraq. which would open up another vacuum which would be filled by extremist groups both on the Iranian backside and Isis so all the gains against Isis over last five years could also begin to unravel all that said? I want to emphasize that as an American I feel that this is a measure of justice but I'm also concerned that the second and third order consequences have not been adequately prepared for and I think it's incumbent upon Congress Congress and others to demand answers to those questions. Where does this go? How are we mitigating risks? And what our next moves
U.S. Strike That Killed Soleimani Leaves Questions About Fallout
"Trump ordered an air strike in Iraq overnight that killed a powerful Iranian military leader Kacem Sulejmani. President trump spoke about the strike and remarks from his mar-a-lago resort. This afternoon. We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war. I have deep respect for the Iranian people. They are a remarkable people with an incredible heritage Gen unlimited potential. We do not seek regime change. However the Iranian regime's aggression in the region including the use of proxy fighters riders to stabilize? Its neighbors must end in a must end now. But Iran has vowed revenge for the airstrike the. US Embassy in Iraq has urged all all American citizens to leave the country immediately and the US is planning to send an additional thirty five hundred troops to the region. Joining me now from Washington is National Security reporter Warren Strobel Warren. What can you tell us about what you've learned about? The factors that led to president trump's decision to launch this strike. I think in the first instance it was the death of a US contractor A week ago today and a military base in Iraq trump sort of drawn a red line regarding Ron's actions and that red line being deaths of Americans and so that happened that led to retaliatory strikes Last weekend a Sunday by the United States and then the siege of embassy in Baghdad over this past week and from there the US they had good intelligence on pseudomonas movements and they are saying without providing a lot of detail all that he was planning to oversee massive series of operations against US interests. That would have Killed Lots of Americans and that's why they acted now the. US had declared declared the group that Sulejmani commended the cubs forces a terrorist group. Did that designation play any role here in authorizing the president to carry out this strike. There has been some conversation about whether whether or not it was legal to proceed without congressional approval. Yeah there's the administration has not sort of laid out yet What it's legal reasoning is or the legal legal rationale for doing this? One could argue that it was self defense which is allowed by the UN Charter and U. N. Resolutions Sion's and I think generally by international law. But they haven't sort of gone into detail beyond saying this was legal. This was legal. I think you know the fact that the cuts force was named a terrorist organization Organization of designated terrorist organization could be part of that but I think the primary rationale here is if they acted to prevent the deaths of more Americans and others in preventing terrorist attack. What can you tell us about the reaction in Washington today? The strike took place overnight. You know the reaction has been very mixed I don't think you have anybody not either on the Republican or Democratic side whose morning Qassem so the money and he's been a factor in the region for years and has killed a lot of Americans and advanced. Iran's is interest in Iraq Syria Lebanon Yemen and beyond but there does seem to be a partisan split with the Republicans very much supporting this. The Democrats grads supporting the action but asking questions like what's the legal rationale. Why wasn't Congress briefed beforehand? What's our strategy for dealing with our allies and most importantly perhaps was their strategy for dealing with any Iranian response and retaliation which is almost certain to come at some stage keeping in mind? We're less than twenty four hours from. I'm this as we're speaking. How does this change you as policy regarding Iran and Iraq where this strike took place? I think there's three possible places where this will impact the first. I is the fight against Isis where there had been some tacit cooperation between running back forces in Iraq and the US led coalition because the Iranians also very much oppose isis. And you could see a situation where that task cooperation goes away and Islamic state is. It's not the way it was with with the Caliphate but it is starting to slowly regenerate and parts of Iraq. So that's worrisome. The second impact is the US relationship with Iraq which I think officials shows have told us and analysts is very worse. Because there's talk now of moves within the parliament or the Iraqi government to Force US troops out the argument being that the the US action against the demonic violated the terms of the US presence there so you could see a situation where the US presence in Iraq is reduced or eliminated entirely in who benefits benefits from that while Iran does then Iran question the third place where impacts on us around relations. It's really hard to tell at. This point spoke with a few analysts who believe that Iran will take its time retaliating. They don't rush to retaliate. The calibrate their responses. And so you could see just as the months go by weeks and months go by ahead of us. More of the sort of shadow war tit for tat without blowing up into a full-scale armed conflict which I don't think either side wants and Iran has said it will retaliate. Anything anything else you can tell us about what we can expect in the next few days and weeks. Well I mean Iran has so many options to retaliate The retaliate talk with the cyber attack. They could retaliate by getting the groups. The militia groups that they back in Iraq to attack US troops in US bases. They could do things in the Persian Gulf. That would you know tax shipping that would interrupt the flow of oil raise the cost of shipping or they could They have done operations ends in Bulgaria and Argentina and South East Asia so they could buy their time and reach out at some point in the unspecified future to attack. US Embassy or diplomats in far our phone corners of the world. So I wouldn't necessarily say we're going to see in Iranian response in the next day or two if we could. But I don't think that's a foregone conclusion and the next the other thing I think we'll see a lot of debate in Congress about authorizations of the use of force in whether there needs to be changes in the what's called the authorization for use of military force that covers us US operations Nine eleven that's Wall Street Journal National Security Reporter Warren Strobel joining me from Washington. Thank you so much Warren. Thanks pleasure
Tensions rising in the Middle East after embassy attack
"Carried it is risk off across global markets after that U. S. airstrike in Iraq killed one of Iran's most powerful generals let's get the very latest now from Bloomberg's mark mills Qassem Soleimani the head of Iran's elite Quds force was killed in an air strike at Baghdad's International Airport and attacked the Pentagon says was ordered by president trump to Jersey democratic senator Cory Booker said solemn money at American blood on his hands he's quiet planned and executed attacks on American citizens American soldiers sum of money was a huge figure in Iranian military and political affairs the death of Saddam on a heightened fears that rising tensions between the US and Iran could lead to an armed confrontation mark mills member daybreak remark thank you those fears of an armed confrontation are well founded according to Barbara son of and she senior fellow at the Atlantic council and director of the future of around initiative you no this is the worst it's been in forty years in my view the worst it's been since Iran held American hostages at or in the city this is a huge crisis I'm not sure Donald Trump understands the implications of what he has unleashed we have to see what happens in Iraq how does the Iraqi government survive this you know it wasn't just because of the money was assassinated but also a very prominent Iraqi head of one of these militias and someone with a great deal of political power as well we're going to see the rebels flowing out from this for a long time Iran's top leaders all condemned the attack was supreme leader Ayatollah Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowing to eventually monies death global stocks fell immediately on word of the attack beginning in Asia here with Morris Bloomberg Selena weighing in our Beijing bureau good morning Selena good morning Megan and Karen the risk on sentiment that ushered in the new year took a hit as tensions flared in the Middle East stocks in Asia reversed gains in treasury futures advanced the risk off move was given extra momentum when a Ron's leader said severe retaliation awaits the commanders killers the US airstrike lifted London's Brent crude to as much as sixty nine dollars a barrel the highest since the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil infrastructure in September gold prices rose and again strengthened in Beijing I'm Selena weighing Bloomberg
How the U.S. Embassy in Iraq Became a Target
"The Iran backed militia that attacked the US embassy compound in Baghdad has built into a force that has a lot of popular support in Iraq correspondent are what Damon reports the group the forces behind the violent protests Kerry important influence in the Iraqi government is not only a heavy military entity within Iraq but also has significant political weight when it comes physically to get that ball of the group that was targeted by the US they for example are currently stationed along the Iraqi border they have in the past sent fighters into Syria to fight alongside resident by shot at aside and among the other groups and viewed as being one of the many tentacles that Iran has to extend its influence our group was hit by a U. S. air strike which killed two dozen of their
"iraqi government" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Learn more at indeed dot com slash higher. It's all things considered from NPR news. I'm Audie Cornish. And I'm Mary Louise Kelley these Lubbock state once controlled a territory the size of Great Britain today. What is left of its forces are under siege? In the small town of bogus in the southeast of Syria with them is an unknown number of civilians who are unable to leave or who have chosen to stay NPR's. Tom Bowman joins us from the Pentagon with the latest. Hi, tom. Hey, mary. Louise. So what is the latest? It seems like we have been hearing for months that the final battle with ISIS was imminent is this it. Well, this appears to be it. But somebody told me over the weekend, we expect the caliphate to be no more. But there is a last meeting area to listen to square miles, but there's estimated five hundred zero fighters they're very much Doug in functions and tunnels. They also have vehicle bombs of fighters and suicide vests and just this morning. The American led rebel fighters said they'd killed dozens of these ISIS fighters. But also took some casualties on their own. And there've been American airstrikes. But the US says they're trying to be careful because there are also some two thousand or so civilians, mostly ISIS, family members of women and children still in this village area. So that means you have to kind of work your way in on the ground building to building very very tough fighting. So it could be a few days, but some people say it could be a week or more or two weeks. Well, look ahead with me, assuming that the city does fall at some point days weeks, whenever it it actually comes what will it mean for Syria. What's the significance? Well, then it's even more complex pair. Louise, because then you move onto it's called stabilization you have to bring back water sewer electricity to some of these areas that you've basically destroyed also you have many thousands of ISIS fighters were filtered back into the population. I was in Syria last fall in there were reports of these fighters mounting bombings and assassinations of local leaders ears. It were cleared. So the next step. After the goose's taken is to train local security forces to police these areas general Jo- done for chairman of the joint chiefs talked about this back and December. Let's listen. We estimate for example, about thirty five to forty thousand local forces have to be trained in equipped in order to provide stability. We're probably somewhere on along the line of twenty percent through the training of those forces. But with regard to stabilisation, we still have a long way to go. And so I'd be reluctant to fix the time. Of course, just two weeks after general made those comments the president said all US troops would leave. He has since reverse that. And now about four hundred of the estimated two thousand Americans will remain in also the Osas talking with France and Britain about staying there as well. They have smaller numbers of troops helping out. So, but I'm told the stabilization effort will take at least many months if not longer and just in the moments. We have lifetime to circle you back to the question. I asked you first, whether this is the final battle, you said, you know, when it comes to the caliphate at some point that will be no more. But but on another level, certainly not the end of ISIS. Absolutely, not ISIS retains following in both Syria and neighboring Iraq. Ideologies still attractive to many and even some of the women coming out with their. Kids mary-louise from bugaboos these other areas, they say they still want to fight for ISIS. NPR pentagon? Correspondent Tom Bowman reporting there from the Pentagon. Thank you, Tom. You're welcome. As the bombs fall in Syria and government, stand poised to announce the end of ISIS. There remains the incredible challenge of what to do with tens of thousands of people involved with ISIS recent report from Human Rights, Watch raises alarms about how children suspected of involvement are being treated describes torture. Forced confessions and quick trials without lawyers. Joe Becker is advocacy director for the children's rights division at Human Rights Watch. She joins us now via Skype. Welcome to the program. Thank you very much. Let's begin by talking about who you interviewed for this report. How old are these children? And how did they get to ISIS? We interviewed nearly thirty children in northern Iraq who had been arrested and were being prosecuted for suspected association with ISIS. So for example, and that Salaam who was just fourteen years old and attending school when ISIS took over Mosul where he was living with his family his school soon. Shut down. And with little to do he said he joined ISIS to earn a salary. He got twenty days of training. And then worked as a cook. Making fifty dollars a month. He told us I never wanted to fight. That's why I stayed cook. And yet he was captured in the military offensive and detained interrogated and convicted of terrorism when we met him he had been in prison already for more than two years. We estimate that there are approximately fifteen hundred children. These are Iraqi children largely between thirteen and seventeen who are being detained for alleged association with with ISIS. And when we say detained what is the process? How are the forced confessions coming in? So what happens is oftentimes if these children are passing through a government checkpoint. Authorities will check their wanted lists of ISIS suspects. And if they see the child's name on the list, the child will be arrested and detained and often interrogated and even tortured. These lists are compiled of tens of thousands of names and a. Child could be arrested simply because someone from their village reported them whether rightly or wrongly as connected to ISIS just being seen in the company of ISIS fighters or being suspected of having a father or an uncle who is part of ISIS is enough ticket a child on one of these lists. When it comes to teens who did commit horrible crimes, what should happen to them. I mean, what what what would make sense in terms of the process? So international law says that children should never be recruited by armed groups in the first place and by children, we're talking about anyone under the age of eighteen the real perpetrators. Here are the adults who recruit the children children should be perceived primarily as victims. And in fact in most armed conflicts around the world, that's the norm. If the children that I met in Iraq had been fighting in south Sudan, or the Central African Republic chances are that already back in school or getting vocational training. So that they could resume their lives. If that's the case, why is this different? Well, what we're increasingly seeing is that in conflicts where a so called terrorist group or armed extremist group is involved governments often take a very punitive approach. We should say that the Carragee the Kurdish regional government said in a statement that it disagrees with your report in Human Rights, Watch notes that it couldn't independently verify the ISIS affiliation of these children. What else have you heard from the Kurdish regional government or are the Iraqi government while we were preparing our report, we we wrote twice to both the Iraqi government and the government the K R J responded to both of our letters. But the Iraqi government never responded at all does the US have a responsibility here to to be involved in this process as it was trying to fight and defeat ISIS. We would like to see if the United States and other governments encourage Iraq to take a different approach towards these children, and instead of using prison and torture to work with qualified agencies. Like UNICEF to setup credible rehabilitation and reintegration programs for these children throwing them in prison. Charging them with terrorism is only gonna foster future grievances. It's not going to help Iraq, achieve Justice or rebuild it society. That's Joe Becker. She's the advocacy director for the children's rights division at Human Rights Watch. Thank you for speaking with us. My pleasure..
"iraqi government" Discussed on News Radio 920 AM
"Impact of the Iraqi government formation process and how it is. We can together ensure that we create better lives and democracy here in Iraq. The secretary says conversations with the Kurds are ongoing to ensure safety and security in the region but concerns that Turkish president Erdogan has about terrorism will still be addressed Palmdale says even after the American presence ends we're prepared to support whatever countries ready to go. After that includes Turkey and others. US troops have been serving with Syrian Defense forces since two thousand fifteen Grenell. Scott, Fox News routine. Food inspections aren't getting done because of the partial government shutdown, but checks of the riskiest foods are expected to resume next week the food and Drug administration said yesterday, the agency said it's working to bring back about one hundred fifty employees to inspect riskier foods. Such as cheese infant formula and produce FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb said the agency can't make the case that a routine inspection of Nebraska Nabisco cracker facility is necessary during the shutdown. However, the FDA doesn't oversee meat and poultry and those inspections are continuing President Trump is going to the southern border today. The president is scheduled to visit a border patrol station in mcallen, Texas for a round table meeting on immigration and border security. You'll also get a security briefing. Mcgowan is in the Rio Grande valley, which is the section of border with the most illegal border crossings some house. Republicans have joined Democrats in passing a Bill that would reopen. The government the house on a to forty to one eighty eight vote yesterday passed a Bill to fund the treasury department, the IRS and several other agencies eight Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the measure of the Bill does not include funding for a border wall. Which President Trump has required for him to sign any spending..
"iraqi government" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"What is his political future? Or is it now is he a figure of history that people will look back on and how will people reflect on that? And what lessons should this new government draw from that experience that he had dealing with kind of a Ray of crises that Iraq face during his tenure. Well, I would say I mean, he took over at a point in time, basically inherited the sort of the peak of ISIS territorial control in Iraq. When he came into office, and he mmediately had to deal with that situation. I think history will look fairly kindly on his tenure. Yes, there were. There was no real progress in tackling corruption. Yes, he had these violent was shown out violent protests over services and unemployment cetera in southern Iraq. But I think he led Iraq through this ISIS crisis. He was able to navigate pretty tricky geopolitical terrain walking sort of tight rope between Iran, the US Gulf it cetera. We saw a number of regional crises in Licken Syria. This GCC below up with cutter instability in Bahrain, etc. And Abbadi manage to keep Iraq of most of that stuff. While also, you know by the time, he left I had a negligible toehold in Iraq. So I think from that standpoint it'll be remembered positively in so far as the lessons to the incoming government elite that to Russia, I agree with Jared. I think I think about the is going to be viewed very positively also in just sort of the way that he conceded and welcomed the new prime minister without any drama. We all we have to remember what magic you did. And how he did not accept being pushed down at all. So that was very positive, and it was very endearing to see also as for the lessons. I would say I think it Abidi basically, I wouldn't say failed. But he was not successful in tackling the local the local concerns there was a lot of. Yes. A lot of focus on. The conflict against ISIS, but that was in certain parts of Iraq. The the other parts remained, neglected and basic services were still not provided lessons of this government is just look into that at the end of the day, the people can it rockets democracy, not a not an ideal one. But people do get to vote. And if you do not carry out, your promises, you will be voted out. Great closing point Russia. Jerod. Thank you so much for joining me. Thank you. Thank you..
"iraqi government" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"It's not a threat. So why are we still in Iraq? Why are we engaging so much? I believe this is the popular opinion in also a government levels. There's not too much investment and not too much interest in Iraq beyond the fight against extremism or terrorism in general, and again when it relates to Iran, I see that the Iraqi the currency rocky government again will try to balance in just to achieve one thing, basically Iraq, not becoming the crossfire between the United States, Iran. That's the the line. They're going to play on. I don't think they're going to try to mediate between the two nor achieve too much adopted me, I believe is trying to push sort of to achieve at least more exemptions from from the sanctions because it will harm. It will harm a lot of Iraqi businesses beyond that, I don't see much. Changing. And this comes from both sides kind of lacking the ability to achieve more thoughts. I generally agree that we're we're probably going to see. So the question is are we going to see the Iraqi government in short order throw, the United States out of Iraq and say they can no longer have a military presence there. I think that would be very unlikely I think within the Iraqi security forces. There's a lot of recognition that the continued role that US surveillance and air power plays is actually pretty important in making sure there, isn't is infiltration across the Syrian border into Iraq and monitoring of existing ISIS cells in places like new on bar, Dalek, your cook, so iden-, etc. So I think that it wouldn't you know, there would be some pushback on parliament, for example, from the Iraqi security forces if there was a political move. To kick the US out of Iraq. And I don't also I'm sort of speculating wildly here. But I don't think that Iran is hell bent on there being zero US troop presence in Iraq. I don't think they wanna see a dramatic uptick in the number of US courses in Iraq. And can we started talking about tens of thousands that might make the Iranians nervous? But I think a few hundred to a few thousand isn't thing that they are going to dial up their Iraqi political allies and say do something about this. So I think that there's a pretty compelling case the status quo in the security relationship is going to continue. So I generally agree with Russia there. So obviously with the rise of this new government, we see the exit of another government that's played a strong role or significant role in a major chapter interacts history. This question of the ISIS conflict and the care conflict that. Prime minister Eiter Alabama led Iraq through just as a closing point. What are your thoughts about what the legacy for Alabama will be coming out of his government?.
"iraqi government" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"We're not saying Iran's allies, but we're not going to make your on enemy because the United States wants us to and the ball is now in America's court needs to sort of separate its Iraq policy from Iran policy. I often say I've been in DC now for six months there is no Iraq policy, there's an Iran policy. So let's get a good Iraq policies try to separate that from Iran, and we'll see how things go from there. I think that's a great point that Russia made that we've we've recently seen this sort of dramatic uptick in diplomatic engagement with Iraq by the US, but cannot because of some deep strategic interest in Iraq of the Iran sanctions snapback and an effort to get. Some degree of compliance out of the Iraqis so current engagement with Iraq from the US standpoint seems to largely be about a continuation of the coalition and then beyond that Iraq in so far as it relates. So there's not allow focus on Iraq outside the ISIS. Securities fear, just for the sake of Iraq. And I generally agree with Russia. I it doesn't make sense for Iraq to damage its relations with Iran that would be stabilizing. I don't think anybody really wants that on the rocky political side. And I think this government the Iraqi government in many ways in terms of how it wants to the dynamics on the ground of changed, but how it wants to balance relations between Iran Turkey, Saudi US, etc. Looks a lot like the Abbadi government. So I think there is some continuity there, although some new challenges. Deal with given the Iran Sankt and how Iraq played into that. But the the I think we intend to the Iraqi government hasn't changed a whole lot that brings us to. I think the other side of the question, which is the American side, which were a lot of listeners is the one that's probably most relevant to them directly as we remember American listening audience. You know, we saw obviously the United States has been involved in Iraq in a very long time in ways that are often quite controversial, but has been involved with this kind of ISIS campaign at Jared mention that's obviously still a major focus on parties. But there is always a question about how much tolerance is there for the continuing US military presence and other coalition forces military presence in Iraq. And the extent to which they may have a tolerance for presence that has a mission. That's a broader set then just kinda Rizal towards kind of providing security systems having a security relationship like the United States in Iraq had before two thousand eleven will we see in also. Some actions take place that have been put back in the middle of the sort of struggle. We saw the United States so shut down its consulate in Bosra over security concerns. Attributing those concerns to the Iranians now is this new damatic engagement that described with Americans pushing to see sanctions implemented in Iraq Iraqis kind of coming back trying to come up. I think most recently with them toward sort of food for gas equation that they're trying to get permission for to get through sanctions the sort of tension that are ex finding stuff in the United States. Is there, you know, with this government for a stronger, US Iraqi relationship are we going to see a continuation of the status quo which arguably was a flat line or perhaps a slowly decreasing line towards lightly less, lower levels of engagement and the about government which way is this all headed Russia. I'll start with you believe this status co is going to be maintained a simply because also in the United States in general, there's no longer really appetite for Iraq in general and. Once ISIS is defeated. Again. I'm using quotation marks because there is no Calif in mostly or elsewhere. We have this idea here in the US right now that there is no longer. Isis concern dash is not important anymore..
"iraqi government" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"To tackle corruption. In a meaningful way where Iraq moved up for tens of spots on the Transparency International index something like that would be absolutely consuming job probably dangerous job for somebody to take on. So I'm sure that will be a focus, but doing something that's more than window-dressing will be very difficult that being said, I think there are several other key points. Focus one is addressing the grievances of protesters in Boston particular elsewhere in Iraq, who have certainly very gripe that have been these building issues that just simply haven't been adequately addressed potable water trinity to name a couple. I'm Scott are Anderson, and this is the law fair podcast for November. Twentieth. Two thousand eighteen earlier this year, just as the United States was preparing to kick off its national elections. The country of Iraq was finalizing there's of its own and finally stalling new government after months of debate. It was the fourth parliamentary election under the Iraqi custody that the United States helped put in place and the first Iraqi government declared victory in the conflict with ISIS has dominated the country's attention since two thousand fourteen. Tell me understand what this new government may mean for rack its relationship to the United States. I spoke to Jared Levy, the director of research services for the Iraq oil report, a premier resource for rack, watchers everywhere and Russia, Aleki native, Mosul Iraq, and the Robert FOX fellow at the foreign policy research is to as well as the managing editor of raise your voices digital platform that focuses on Iraqi society post, ISIS, we discussed the politics behind our recent elections, what to expect of the main figures in the new Iraqi government and how they may try to navigate the growing tensions between the United States Iran that are increasingly evident throughout the region. It's a law fair podcast episode three hundred sixty six what to expect from the new racket? Russia. Let me start with you. We know that this election process that we saw gotta close in Iraq last month to kind of final close close to a close. I think we're going to get started back in may. And it came after a tumultuous couple of years in Iraq to say the least beginning two thousand fourteen arguably even earlier, but at least in two thousand fourteen we saw the ISIS conflict breakout. A major threat to Iraq taking its territory than multinational intervention effort there to combat ISIS. And then as soon as that begins to wind down we begin to see more record territory taken back. We see this new conflict break out in late two thousand seventeen between our own Kurdistan region, and the central government in Baghdad wipe that down before the election, but nonetheless, very kind of fresh on the minds would were the big national questions national issues that Iraqis were facing going into these may two thousand eighteen election's of all probably the security and in the post ISIS. We construction. In these areas that had been under ISIS control. Also, managing armed groups the militias, and they were being incorporated with the Iraqi security et parentis, but it was also problematic and how they were going to be properly managed, and then just the basic services, which is the concern of the vast majority of Iraqis as we saw later on. The Kurdish issue is also very important on whether or not the government was going to be able to contain cook continue to contain cook. As it had these were the main issues, absolutely Jerry Jimmy thing. Going to kick in there. The only thing I would add to that is I think there was sort of this higher level question of regionally and internationally which way did Iraq's political elites wanna tilts. Did they wanna maintain kind of balanced regional relations with Iran with Saudi Arabia with Turkey and more broadly with the US west or did they wanna tilt more sharply towards Iran, and you had sort of? Different political blocks running in the election who were were speaking to those two different possibilities. So I think that was sort of like a an overarching question that I don't I don't want to say that that that was that was driving voters sort of at the ground level, but that was sort of a higher level dynamic that political parties at least were wrestling with the in the lead up to the election. But otherwise, I think Russia touched on all of the key issues that that were facing Iraqis Jeremy let me follow up on that a little bit..
"iraqi government" Discussed on KQED Radio
"And then obviously this the largest guerrilla peche this year iraqis is it almost seems like sometimes they get leftarm they they've been running the iraqi army the iraqi government and an end there's a number of shiite had militias some of which are iranianbacked if where did they fit in so we'll live this there's a lot of developments there two some of them quite quite positive but but clearly the biggest challenge facing the the uh the government of iraq is is essentially how to manage the more than one hundred thousand young men who joined the popular mobilization force militias as you rightly said sabah got quite close ties to iran heavy rating revolutionary got advises attached to them or of security faultline sitting opposite the peshmerga in different parts of iraq in the north some have gone too far in syria but i should say that there are many of these militias that haven't gone to syria that the to have some distance from iran you have thought both grand ayatollah ali stunning and multilateral cetera who were nationalists who have openly called back cold for the militia any iraqis to go to syria oil swayed appeared to come back to i soil and then there's a very nice sheila streak among the ship political parties as will sir iraq not going to become iran um but they've got this very real practical problem of what do you do when she give all of these young men weapons and therefore some ivory bravely and what caught of reward and recognition to they get how do you jeweled them back into a you know a neutral political force and how to prevent some of these militias turning into servants of political parties and or seizing land and grabbing as its resources like oil and getting involved that business and i think there is a question that a lot people have been asking uh with the us support of the iraqi military and they iranian simple art of the iraqi military i is that a conflict is that is that and i think it was a little bit more understood under the obama administration now with a new trump administration seems like that could get even more it can send an ivy say not something that trump at least outwardly would support shaw i mean you know this is the interesting fact of of of.
"iraqi government" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"The coming days no doubt as we head to northern iraq the united states has appealed for calm there after fighting broke out on friday between the iraqi armed forces in kurdish fighters near to the oil rich city of cook cook the violence has raised fears of yet another civil war earlier this week iraqi troops and allied shiite militias were deployed to northern iraq in response to the referendum held in the kurdish autonomous region a month ago in which voters said a resounding yes to independence corresponded richard galloping reports now from the kurdish capital bureau the fighting which erupted on friday morning was intense kurdish fighters known as the press mega exchanging artillery and machinegun fire with the iraqi armed forces there were many casualties the push mega was soon pushed back further away from the key city of kirkuk another gain for the iraqi federal forces which has spent the past week retaking territory which had been in kurdish hands a big blow for the kurds longcherished dream of an independent state particularly as the oilfields in kirkuk province a now also back under central government control we visited one of the biggest fields by hasaan and watched as iraqi troops waved the national flag jubilantly from a high building how significance is this for the iraqi government's have control of this area pub unnammed half of manila had committed to hearty narcomoney hatton pharos told me the oilfields in this region belonged to a rock not could is staunchly it was a good thing he said they will now once again in the hands of the governments in baghdad well for the kurds living in their capital beal and the other kurdish areas of northern iraq it's been a very sudden reversal fool gene sat come to the old historic parts of the city hair and overlooking the citadel and around me is the markets area that bizarre and i want to gauge opinion amounts people hereabouts their view on the referendum now given everything that has happened since then colored abdulah a money changer at the market believes independence has once again become a distant dream and blames the kurdish leadership as little above would belong mm who own property look with delivered delivery the referendum was a good idea but we didn't listen to europe and other countries when they said do not go ahead with it and we didn't thing is the result of.
"iraqi government" Discussed on KMJ NOW
"The iraqi government to go into the northern part of iraq there the or beal area but uh but i know they already made him leave to crete yell and this is a this is a concern now now you know this is all the it's a complicated area as everyone knows but let me briefly to kinda give people the the geographic lay out so you've got the kurds in northern iraq you've got the kurds in northern northeastern syria you have kurds in southwest a southeast turkey and then you also have kurds in iran and and those that one time that was kurdistan and so uh you're one of the concerns is that if you allow for kurdish independence is is that all the other countries around that get get nervous now a lot of this was done after the fall of the ottoman empire when lines were redrawn a m a look this is one of the problems all over the globe that we that that we deal with this is lines that were drawn that actually cut up areas and regions that were at one point a together in a made up of similar people so uh i raised these issues with the trump administration and i've continued to uh continue to raise this and i and i do worry that uh that that something bad could happen to the kurds but i don't believe we would ever let anything happen like what what saddam tried to do to them good but it's on our radar jeremiah hello there hello to you both some glad i could be on the radio hey i just curious what was it a thank you nor whose advice was it that.
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"Uh in 2014 isis was sweeping across rock and uh they just took it they sent troops in because the iraqi government couldn't hold kirkuk anymore the kurds were like we want this on this is harsh now and so the iraqi government wasn't invading kirkuk technically right now or at what they were doing is now that isis has has been battered and basically controls no territory inside iraq not disappeared but they don't govern any the covering almost no territory there uh they they have the band with to start dealing with the political situation inside iraq and the chaos that isis created and part of that is retaking kirkuk which is legally still part of the iraqi government belongs to it yeah no i think that's a really important point to to kind of give the broader frame here so you know like that said like literally only three months ago iraqi federal troops and the kurdish peshmerga fighters and the popular mobilization forces the iraqi sanctioned she uh largely shia militias that fight on behalf mostly of the iraqi government so the iraqis and the kurds were all fighting together alongside each other to retake mozell literally just three months ago just two weeks ago they expelled isis from who asia so the isis last stronghold in iraq so literally just two weeks ago all these groups were fighting not necessarily together but alongside each other toward the same goal which was kicking out isis so essentially uh a lot of analysts think the reason that must bersani the abm president of iraqi kurdistan at the reason that he decided to hold this independence referendum and to have startled this drama right now is because kurdistan is having elections coming up.
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"This is the bbc for details of all complete range of programmes dirt bbcworldservicecom ford slush fulfills welcome to the latest global news compiled in the early hours of tuesday the 17th of october i'm jackie leonard with a selection of highlights from across bbc world service news today coming up civilians are fleeing the city of kirkuk in northern iraq as government forces take more territory in facilities from kurdish forces we've seen people with belongings on top of their cars people with frightened children on their laps an elderly woman who was almost in tears told us that she didn't dare to remain in the city the philippine military says it's killed two top islamic state militants in the southern city of marawi after months of fighting a nobel laureates on why he's been marching across india sixth relive uses rapes and trafficking became a model epidemic millions of children are suffering also in the program started running a monument to complete installed potatoes need to bury and picked depleted drown mcknight the crew day simply him interrupted supply that calling it chippo clips troops loyal to the iraqi government have seized parts of the northern city of kirkuk from kurdish fighters the soldiers entered the provincial government headquarters in the center of the city after taking control of a number of key facilities on the outskirts kirkuk was seized by kurdish fighters in recent years as they defeated islamic state militants in the area thousands of kurds have been fleeing we'll garin watch them go.
"iraqi government" Discussed on Global News Podcast
"But the city has been shutting up shop in the past few hours with the roads emptying and people rushing for home as we filmed at the main checkpoint at the southern edge of kirkuk there was a sudden bursts of automatic gunfire it seemed to come from a location where she emily she units allied to the iraqi government are in position locals told us the peshmerga had come under fire from there or look garin i found out more about the disputed territory from bashir of eighty of bbc arabic the dispute over to the distill of could cook has the other since two thousand three actually the could descend region worst thing that could cook belongs to kurdistan and it is part of kurdistan ended at this an essential part of kurdistan which was rejected by the iraqi government and there is an article in the iraq constitution about kirkouk it at the it is a disputed area and this should be negotiations on took but at this kind of a defector all by kurdish government actually to to seize the city and to deploy its forces the security forces fishmonger forces despite egyptian of the uk government so there was a dispute is kirkouk kurdish our arabic or is it admixture of ethanol cities so did the identity of of the city itself has been an issue disputed over many many years actually and has this dispute been intensified in any way by last month's independence referendum it kurdistan were they voted to become independent of iraq.
"iraqi government" Discussed on Global News Podcast
"That's all coming up but first shortly before recorded this podcast the iraqi army announced that it had taken over cooks airport and military base during a major operation to seize control of the city from kurdish forces the clashes were reported to have left ten kurdish fighters dead and thirty seven wounded and thousands of residents have fled tension has been building since kurds in northern iraq voted overwhelmingly for independence in a controversial referendum last month ari a spokesperson for the kurdish president must through bersani accused iraqi forces of launching a war against the kurds instead of because she aging they won't talks about mutual administration of the disputed territories but instead of coming four iraqi government send us troops and their attacked kurdish forces the area around kirkuk have been held by the kurdish peshmerga forces after isis militants swept across northern iraq but now bagdhad wants to take back control and its troops have captured several key positions including major roads and orleans deletions the bbc's or lagoon is incur cook and has been speaking to locals on the streets of kirkuk we have seen armed kurdish civilians old and young but almost no kurdish security forces one man told us he was ashamed that peshmerga had abandoned some positions outside the city overnights we have heard plenty of defiance from locals if we have to die we will die here in our city one man said where are the americans now asked another we have helps them so much to fight isis.
"iraqi government" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"This morning thank you all right over the past few years two crucial allies have helped the us fight isis in a rocket as allies are the iraqi army and the other kurdish peshmerga forces but this is a very complicated part of the world and now those two groups are fighting one another the kurds want their own state they held referendum last month iraq's government rejects that referendum and now the iraqi army which is backed by iran is assaulting the kurdishheld city of kirkuk the question is could this blow up into a civil war very question let's put it to a fasel hall rami he's a journalists our whittingham on his cellphone in iraq fossil thanks for being here a fossil why is the iraqi government doing this right now well were you by open awful young what they a lot of that oh the panel at you got it will you you pay oil lake cook or uh y yeah he hit a rock oh in her go oh fun uh by toko etc uh uh what uh if you at him but he got okay let me just repeat what you've said because it is such a rough line you're saying that the iraqi security forces are taking advantage of this moment because the kurds just have this independence vote that would clearly be a risk to the sovereignty of arague as a as a country and security forces are attacking kirkuk obviously it's an oilrich city and you're saying civilians are taking up arms i mean fasel this has been a long brewing kurds have wanted an independent state for generations so how does this ever get resolved and we've got now this conflagration in this moment but even if it's tamped down this is not an issue that is going to go away the ultimate aim of the kurdish people i've been able to an but but credited for foreign affairs there won't at five five god and they said that the 25th ben franklin but it went up the cubs beat a diving an independent audit found that out dan vogel ovechkin the central government of fun of a we however before five on earth dude game one on one of eight hundred crushed.
"iraqi government" Discussed on KQED Radio
"The sacrifice at the peshmergas the kurdish fighters who have been such a key part in the fight against the group that calls itself islamic state how do you think the fight in iraq at gate that organization is going fish markets have been in the forefront of the fitting crisis the defeat than demystify says while the rest of the world was actually praising fish maragos it was once again the iraqi government that the objected to providing the heavy equipments to the pitch margets to win this war against isis much quicker and it was at the time where we need that financial support when we were finding a common enemy that the iraqis cut the budget of kurdistan while we were also hosting one point eight million id them and refugees from other parts of iraq and in syria that were in kurdistan so we were hoping that the international community especially arague would come to our support now the fish maga's we're praised all those times but now that they are talking about how freely and democratically they want to shave their future relationship with baghdad we are once again are coming under attack while the international community's very absent and very silent and in fact their silence has emboldened both baghdad and encourage the neighboring countries to take this harsh measures against our people not entirely sal tell they this was rex tillerson said after the referendum he said the fight against the good calls itself islamic state is not over an extremist groups seeking to exploit instability in discord we urge iraqi pound is to remain focused on defeating i ask before they start thinking about things like holding referendums on whether they stay part of iraq you're right i mean they were not absence.
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"The iraqi government is taking measures to punish the kurdistan region for holding a referendum yesterday on independence it says he won't sit down to negotiate as the kurds have been asking npr's chain raff has more from iraq's kurdistan region iraq says its reasserting control over its borders after kurds yesterday went to the polls to vote for independence kurdish leaders are using the referendum as a mandate to try to negotiate independence with the iraqi government the baghdad has made clear it won't negotiate it's asked other countries not to recognize kurdish authority over border crossings in north iraq that are controlled by the kurds turkey for instance is the for its biggest trading partner most of the goods come through land borders in the kurdish region turkey and iraq are conducting joint military exercises today near the border of iraqi kurdistan jana raff npr news reveal a published report says at least six trump administration officials and former aides have used private email account france for official business the new york times reports former aides steve bannon and writes priebus are among those who sometimes used private email accounts for official business the trump administration had criticised hillary clinton for her exclusive use of a personal email account while she served as secretary of state you're listening to npr we are from kqed news good morning i'm brian watt a san francisco judge has ruled that the statements of the defended than catherine stein lease 2015 murder trial can be used in court that's over the objections of defence lawyers who say police coerced to confession he kqeds alex emslie reports ena's garcia he is a raw taste defense attorneys tried to exclude the interrogation due in part to an officer's misstatement of the miranda warning and garcia suratis repeated demands to end the questioning defense attorney mac absolves i think we'd be able to make the case the jury dead the end of the cops engaged in tactics it they thought were very effective which we can now crude resented he making statements that are not true in a related ruling the judge barred presenting the jury with a television interview gersi is rotate gay from jail days after the.
"iraqi government" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Through we turn now to iraq in a situation in the city of mostly iraqi forces say they have recaptured the majority of the old city from the islamic state fighters in the battle is now focused on just a few streets in the historic centre but there was a major counterattacking district to the west of the old city reports suggest that isis fighters attacked civil lions and set fire to houses and vehicles into district's that iraqi government forces had recently recaptured and it comes less than a week since the eight hundred and fifty year old mosque of ground out nearing was completely destroyed their authorised on an altogether and is in the city heading to the frontline in most old you have to run and he wear of snipers but troops from iraq emergency response division are advancing every day urbanwarfare at its most intimate while near enough to throw a hand grenade then this or the fight hair close quarter as this is the most forward position iraqi troops how they tell us that the nearest iaaf of by the way a where there firing hair persistence as south law that sometimes quickened say the faces of the eye hospital now their caliphate is turning to ash their positions being pounded from above with a series of air strikes we counted three in an hour part of the final push to eliminate an enemy that once controlled a third of iraq these he's or lagaan reporting there on intense fighting at very close proximity in mosul now the full of the city would mark the end of the socalled caliphat in iraq akg that the islamic state aimed to create in the region and although this has not happened yet how would 'peace be implemented after years under the socalled islamic state rule were earlier i spoke to martan chu love who covers the middle east where the guardian newspaper he joined us from beirut will certainly the place where it all began for us is than to thousand and food chain is very close to fooling this is the were talking about civil streets of the old city in the western districts of mosul where the holdouts to die hards of the islamic state are holed up now they will be defeated in coming weeks this will be a decisive defeat for them and i a a resounding victory for iraqi.