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Thursday, 13th December 2018

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MOSUL SET TO BECOME ANOTHER ALEPPO God only knows who’s actually taking it back

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


When 70,000 soldiers descend on 5,000 it’s a good bet that the more numerous army will prevail, but at what cost? Mosul is a city of 2 million. That figure has shrunk by half as civilians heed the many warnings of an imminent Iraqi invasion and flood through Turkey to Germany and relative safety.

                                        Orphans look for safety among the Kurds

The invading “army” which is being promoted by Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi as an Iraqi led invasion, is actually a hotch potch of anyone who wants to don an Iraqi uniform, even Mosul's Sunnis but mostly Shia Iranians who don’t usually drop their guns and run in the way that Shia Iraqi soldiers do when they hear the first bomb explode. 

But Iranians don’t want the glory they just want to kill as many Sunnis as inhumanely as possible and Secretary of State Kerry and Obama have just ensured, via a nuclear treaty, that Iran is sufficiently cashed up to carry that out.

                                              There are many scores to be settled 

Then there’s the critical Kurdish Peshmerga, a seasoned fighting force that has been effectively fighting ISIS and defending itself from the Turks, under-manned and under-equipped, despite unanswered pleas to the US for help.

Turkish “special forces”, a term also used by the US and Australia when not intending to get involved in close quarter combat, yet close enough to “advise” on tactics. The Turks are terrified a Kurdish Peshmerga enemy might establish a new or expanded Kurdish State after the blood stops flowing around Mosul and anyway for the Kurds to be fighting shoulder to shoulder with the Turks seems a crazy concept.

But this war has thrown up many strange bedfellows over tribal conflicts.

The coming battle is set to become yet another US led debacle with forces involved wanting nothing more than to kill each other as is the case in Syria if Bashar Assad falls.

But there is an interesting scenario likely to unfold if ISIS flees the coming invasion, as Muslims are apt to do when others are well armed, and it involves the massive Mosul Dam. 

According to an assessment two years ago by the US State Department, more than half a million people could be killed and over one million rendered homeless should one of the Middle East’s biggest dams collapse sending a cascading Tigris river south, inundating everything in its path all the way across the lowlands to six million people in Baghdad city and another four million in the greater Baghdad area, cutting electricity to major infrastructure and possibly ten million citizens... a catastrophe not yet seen even in the Middle East and one the ISIS has been contemplating for years. 

The fact is that the Mosul Dam (previously the Saddam Dam) is already seriously in need of repair, it is falling apart, and a retreating ISIS could blow it without much trouble. The reason it has not blown the dam yet is that it intended to capture Baghdad as part of its caliphate.

But ISIS is no longer an expanding force and like Iraq's Republican Army in retreat from Kuwait, it will destroy all in the Coalition's path including dams and oil wells.  

US army general, Sean MacFarland, noted, "If this dam was in the United States, we would have already drained the lake behind it. We would have taken that dam out of commission", he said.

                Sec of State Kerry with the Iraqi Shia Obama plant, PM, Haider al-Abadi. 

Many ISIS fighters have already hightailed it back to al Raqqa headquarters after having booby trapped much of Mosul and that should indicate their intentions.

Those who remain are citizens who have witnessed the setting of IEDs and other booby traps and will inform the quasi “Iraqi army” of how and where to disarm them. So the last of the fleeing ISIS fighters will certainly kill as many citizens as possible at the first sound of gunfire.

Obama and his CIA gave ISIS plenty of notice to prepare for this coming invasion, supposedly to warn local citizens to escape to the Turkish refugee camps, but instead he may have given ISIS sufficient time in which to ensure every mother and child is raped and then murdered first. 

And anyway the Turks have closed the border after being seen shooting dozens of escapees for sport.

Oh and don’t forget the Turkish contribution to this imminent holocaust. Erdogan has killed or imprisoned 30,000 possible opponents in preparation for his new Islamic Ottoman Empire. 

North of Mosul is the agrarian south-east of Turkey that will rise up in league with the Kurds to put a NATO member in a civil war to top Syria’s five million dead or displaced. 

Obama should now consider talking to Putin as a major player rather than imposing even more sanctions on him. 

              Oh yes, I remember now, it was Donald Trump who suggested that, wasn’t it?  


I understood that some Kurdish women do take on combat roles, but also that all muslims fear being killed by (any?) female, because it supposedly stops them from entering their anticipated 'paradise'.

I thought Mosul Dam is under Kurdish control since they overtook ISIS there about 18 months ago.

RT is the only place that actually looks like it tells the news it as it truly is.


"A man is in police custody after his wife died in a house fire in Western Sydney.

Abdul Barati, 43, and the couple’s two sons, aged 9 and 6, escaped serious injury when their Guildford home caught fire at 3.35am on Tuesday.

Adel Barati, 30, was heard screaming for help as her husband sought help to put the fire out. When firefighters arrived the Clement Street St fire was well-alight and there was little they could do to save Mrs Barati."

Muslim suicide bombers in Britain are set to begin a three-week strike on Wednesday in a dispute over the number of virgins they are entitled to in the afterlife. Emergency talks with Al Qaeda have so far failed to produce an agreement. The unrest began last Tuesday, when Al Qaeda announced that the number of virgins a suicide bomber would receive after his death would be cut by 25% this October, from 72 to 54. A spokesman said increases in recent years in the number of suicide bombings has resulted in a shortage of virgins in the afterlife. The suicide bombers' union, aka the British Organisation of Occupational Martyrs (B.O.O.M.), responded with a statement saying the move was unacceptable to its members and called for a strike vote. General Secretary Abdullah Aloud Bang told the press, "Our members are literally working themselves to death in the cause of Jihad. We don't ask for much in return, but to be treated like this is like a kick in the backside". Speaking from his shed in Tipton in the West Midlands, Al Qaeda chief executive Aisheet Mapants explained, "I sympathise with our workers concerns, but Al Qaeda is simply not in a position to meet their demands. They are simply not accepting the realities of modern-day Jihad in a competitive marketplace. Thanks to Western depravity, there is now a chronic shortage of virgins in the afterlife. It's a straight choice between reducing expenditures or laying people off. I don't like cutting benefits, but I'd hate to have to tell 3,000 of my staff that they won't be able to blow themselves up." Spokespersons for the union in the Northeast of England, Ireland, Wales, and the entire Australian continent, stated that the change would not hurt their membership as there are few virgins in their areas anyway.

Little known fact about the Kurds - Kurdish is an Indo-European language.

Kurds are Shi ite , they HATE Sunni in IRAQ , SAUDI . They should be given half of IRAQ and a slice of SYRIA as the POMS promised them in 1917 .

New post up.

Yes - the women wear the burka and plant a knife between IS ribs.

Reported on Russian news two days ago that the terrorists advised Mosul being bombed and they left to Syria. So all terrorists depart - Mosul attacked and liberated. Makes about as much sense as Boris Johnson apologizing to Hillary Clinton over the comments he made about the new lady Macbeth ....

I didn't know Bruce proposed to you BK but I suppose birds of a feather.Hope it goes well for you.

It has to be the dump of Goldman Sachs emails and the 2014 gold bullion deal.

Hands up anyone who wants to start up a business in South Australia?

This is why bk,

History repeating itself, Beirut was known as the 'Venice of the east' and muslims destroyed it. Muslims are always moving on to a new place to destroy and they won't be satisfied till they destroy everything

You may be right Bruce. Payoff rather than pressure.

Clinton and Obama are two heads on the same snake. You have to get rid of both of them to feel safe.

They may be having second thoughts on this matter CC..........

Westpac Bank has now including hijiabs as part of the bank uniform. Bloody Great.