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    With Friends Like These: US Stalls Kurdish Offensive Against Daesh in Iraq

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    Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq are forced to abide by the rules set by Washington, a French volunteer told Sputnik.

    François Mauld d’Aymée, a volunteer from France who joined the Peshmerga about a month ago, is currently stationed in the town of Sinjar, liberated from Daesh in November, about a kilometer away from the frontline.

    "We’re locked in a static warfare here where the frontline doesn’t move. But Daesh fighters are about 500 meters away from us, right now even as we speak," d’Aymée told Sputnik. "They shell us with mortars and their snipers try to spot us, and we respond in kind."

    He also lamented that the Peshmerga is currently unable to advance in no small part due to instructions from Washington.

    "I know that the gains made by Kurds in Syria were to a significant extent made possible by Russian airstrikes… But here in Iraq, close to the Syrian border, we cannot advance because the government in Baghdad, completely subordinated to Washington, didn’t allow the Peshmerga in Iraq to advance further. If we were to attack, the coalition could’ve opened fire on us," d’Aymée explained.

    He remarked that while the US-led coalition does provide air support to the Peshmerga, it’s not very effective as the airstrikes are "often launched much later than required."

    D’Aymée also confirmed the presence of Turkish military units in the northern regions of Iraq.

    "We’re unable to drive them off as they’re equipped with more advanced weaponry and their presence here is in a way approved by the US," he said.

    Sometime after the interview, d’Aymée also sent word that Daesh had deployed chemical weapons against his unit.

    "Daesh started shelling us with makeshift chlorine shells, and we only have medical masks for protection,” he wrote. “The medics were working all night. I hope that answers your question about the use of chemical weapons by Daesh."

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    • support
      IMO Daesh works for the White House which micromanages their every move including targeting & scheduling of terrorist attacks in the West. The latest Turkish moves are a direct result of Biden's informal visit to Turkey last month to set up the same relationship.
    • jj42
      The USA phony war on terror. the USA are the ultimate terrorist there should be a war against them.
    • Baybarsin reply tosupport(Show commentHide comment)
      support, Yes, U.S. control becomes more apparent with each new event and each report from the ground.
    • michael
      interesting, but what else could be behind it?
    • rmukarutabana
      US a terror state, EU, its slave...
      Otherwise they'd join Russia in declaring the US subject to UN resolution 2254, article 8, which "calls on Member States to prevent and suppress terrorist acts committed specifically by Daesh, Al-Nusra Front, and all other individuals, groups, undertakings, and entities associated with them..."
      www.un.org/press/en/2015/sc12171.doc.htm
      But they are all low forms of life now, wallowing in their crimes against humanity, inaccessible to any human sentiments, let alone thought. Demons in human form.
    • vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, nothing more than a full containment. Iraq is under control, Syria isn't.
    • supportin reply toBaybars(Show commentHide comment)
      Baybars, consider this, too: there is not a single bank with electronic funds transfer capabilities anywhere in the world that cannot be locked out and de facto shut down altogether remotely by any one of the dozen or so banking IT regulators, yet the bank in Mosul regularly receives and transmits funds in support of Daesh. It is also impossible for me to believe that the buyers and sellers cannot be identified for Daesh oil and contraband.

      If it were the Walt Disney organisation making and editing all of Daesh's videos prior to their distribution as US Federal government subcontractors, I would not be surprised in the least.

      The lesson taught by Sir Michael Caine's and Brendan Fraser's excellent film called The Quiet American (based on the book by Graham Greene) should be taken to heart. It speaks to the truth directly.
    • Baybarsin reply tosupport(Show commentHide comment)
      support, Good analogy. One might also look to places like Haiti (www.thewe.cc/weplanet/news/americas/haiti/haiti_un_massacres_continue.htm), Africa and South America for similar actions. It is a sad state of affairs when a man is not permitted to do what is right.
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