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Armed Iraq groups threaten to strike US forces if no withdrawal date is set

Iraqi troops
© AP/Khalid Mohammed
Iraq's elite counter-terrorism forces
The Coordinating Body of the Iraqi Resistance Factions yesterday warned that it would direct large and accurate strikes against US forces in Iraq if no clear date is set for their final withdrawal from the country, Anadolu reported. The body, which includes Iran- backed militia groups such as the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades, said in a statement:
"Today, the resistance finds itself obliged (...) to direct large and precise blows if this dialogue does not include a clear and explicit declaration of the final withdrawal date for the occupation forces: by land, air, and completely."
Yesterday, Iraqi and US officials held the third round of strategic dialogue to discuss a number of issues including cooperation in combating terrorism. In a joint statement after the talks, the two governments said the mission of US forces was now focused on training Iraqi troops to fight Daesh and as a result US combat troops wouldn't be needed in the country. They added that they had agreed on the eventual withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq and that the two governments would hold further talks to work out the timing.

The Iraqi Resistance Factions said the meeting's final statement was "vague.. and does not contain any indication of the implementation of the Parliament's decision to expel American occupation forces from Iraq."

Comment: 'We don't need you. We can do it ourselves!':
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said Wednesday:
"A significant growth of our security services potential and the changing nature of the terrorist threat across the world have in recent months provided the ground for the pullout of some 60 percent of international coalition forces from Iraq ... This allows Iraq to move to the stage where there is no more need for the presence of foreign troops."
The prime minister said that foreign forces can soon be limited to advisory, logistical support and intelligence sharing functions until Iraq gains total self-reliance capabilities in these areas as well. The upcoming US-Iraq consultations will deal with a broad range of issues apart from foreign military presence, such as cooperation in politics, economy, health and culture, according to the prime minister's statement.

In August 2020, the sides agreed to pull all foreign troops out of Iraq within three years. In October, a coordination group was formed to set up a timetable for the withdrawal. Since then, the US handed a number of military sites back over to Iraq, including airbases and army headquarters.
Removal of US troops is in progress:
Some 2,700 military advisers out of 5,200 have left Iraq according to Hussein Allawi, adviser for security sector reform to the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office. The Iraqi prime minister additionally ordered a technical committee to be set up for overseeing the negotiations process.
"The American side reduced the number of its troops, 2,700 American advisers left Iraq, and yesterday the US said that there will be no troops in Iraq in the future ... right now there are no foreign combat units in Iraq, all military personnel present are advisers who share information with Iraqi personnel, help structure the Iraqi army and provide support to the Iraqi air force when asked to do so by the Iraqi military command."
The adviser ruled out the possibility that Washington would change its mind, saying that "no one can violate Iraq's sovereignty."

During Wednesday's talks, after discussing security matters, the US and Iraqi sides discussed trade, economy and culture, including the return of cultural artifacts and archives to the country.
Whatever the underlying reasons were for the US troops to remain so long in Iraq, they no longer pertain:
After a first "strategic dialogue" under President Joe Biden's administration, the two nations said that the Iraqi military had made substantial improvements. The moves comes amid near daily rocket fire on US forces attributed to Shiite paramilitary groups linked to Iran, which led Biden to order airstrikes on affiliated camps in Syria.

But Biden, in a rare point of agreement with his predecessor Donald Trump, has been looking for ways to wind down what have come to be dubbed "endless wars." Trump had ordered a drawdown in his final months from Iraq as well as Afghanistan with the number of US troops in each country dipping to 2,500 by January 15.

A joint statement said:
"The transition of US and other international forces away from combat operations to training, equipping and assisting the ISF (Iraqi Security Forces) reflects the success of their strategic partnership and ensures support to the ISF's continued efforts to ensure ISIS can never again threaten Iraq's stability."
Iraq in the statement pledged to protect bases with US-led forces, who Washington said were present "solely in support of Iraq's effort in the fight against ISIS."



Laptop

No doubt Hunter Biden's laptop 'was his all along'. Forensic expert verifies drugs, prostitution and porn pics

Hunter Biden
© Reuters/Tom Brenner
Hunter Biden
A digital forensics expert has reviewed the contents of Hunter Biden's infamous laptop, and claims that the contents within - which reveal dodgy business deals, drug abuse and sexual misadventure - are "authentic."

Hunter Biden's laptop was the subject of a smoking-gun story by the New York Post just three weeks before the 2020 presidential election. Retrieved from a Delaware computer repair store in 2019 and handed to Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's lawyer, the laptop contained a tranche of emails and texts that appeared to implicate the Biden family in numerous foreign corruption schemes, all while Joe was first in the White House as vice president.

Joe Biden himself dismissed the laptop story as "debunked" and "garbage," his campaign and party claimed it was fabricated by Russia, and much of the mainstream media refused to report on it. However, the Daily Mail hired a computer forensics firm to examine the computer, who declared its contents "authentic."

The firm, Maryman & Associates, is run by a 29-year FBI veteran, and "used the same forensic tools to pick apart the drive as federal and state law enforcement use in criminal investigations," according to a Daily Mail article published on Thursday. The firm concluded:
"The operating system timestamps appear to be authentic, and no evidence was found to suggest that the timestamps or data were altered or manufactured. No indications were found that would indicate the data was manufactured."

Rocket

Senior NASA official to RT: A 'great working relationship' will allow Russia & US to travel 'further out into space together'

Soyuz MS-18 ISS
© NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS
The Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft carrying the crew formed of Mark Vande Hei of NASA and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos blasts off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan April 9, 2021.
Despite their disagreements on Earth, Moscow and Washington enjoy friendly relations in outer space and their continued cooperation will help advance human exploration of the cosmos, a NASA administrator told RT.

"We have a great working relationship with our Russian counterparts. We love working with them. We've worked together for a long time now," said Kenneth Bowersox, acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at NASA, while visiting Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Bowersox added that both countries understand each other's "weaknesses and strengths," and that while sometimes they don't see eye-to-eye on certain matters, like in any friendship they find ways to resolve their differences.

Comment:


Chess

Trump, other potential 2024 GOP contenders, gather at major retreat — on The Donald's home turf

Trump speaks at vaccine press conference
© Fox News
President Trump speaks at one of his many press conferences on the development of a covid vaccine
The GOP's wealthiest contributors and biggest fundraisers will be in Palm Beach, Fla., this weekend for a Republican National Committee (RNC) donor retreat that's also attracting more than half a dozen potential 2024 presidential contenders.

Among those expected to show up and mingle with some of the Republican Party's biggest powerbrokers and rainmakers - according to multiple sources -- are Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rick Scott (the National Republican Senatorial Committee chair) and Marco Rubio of Florida. All six politicians are considered possible hopefuls in the next race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Also speaking at the conference is another GOP politician who's flirting with a 2024 White House run - former President Trump.

Comment: Oh to be a fly on the wall at this gathering. Will it be a love-fest for far and way the Republican Party's most electable prospect, Donald Trump, or quiet melee of backstabbing, as lesser lights jockey for position?


Eye 1

Ice Age Farmer Report: ABSOLUTE SLAVERY: Zero Carbon Agenda Deconstructed

ice age
What is a zero-carbon future? What does it look like? To imagine, turn off your heater. No airports. No shipping. No animals. Perfect surveillance state.

In this Ice Age Farmer special report, Christian breaks The "Absolute Zero" plan and how governments are actively taking drastic steps every day to meet these dystopian goals for Travel, Transport, Energy, Manufacturing, Recycling, and Food.

We must understand the reality underneath their flowery philanthropic language: Absolute Slavery.


Eye 1

Ice Age Farmer Report: FARMERS FIGHT BACK: French, Croatians Protest Seed Law & Takeover of Food

FARMERS
Farmers in France and Croatia are standing up to EU policies that are designed to end traditional farming and ranching: Even as a new seed law CRIMINALIZES traditional seed saving, drones and satellites are launched to monitor all fishing in realtime.

Croatians are wary of the EU Ag Census which takes total inventory of all food production -- farms, animals, bees, anything -- because it was only 1945 when Yugoslavia LAST conducted a census ... right before they collectivized the farms and kicked people off their land. They remember. They recognize a total takeover of food. Do you?


Sources

Attention

Amazon is shielding Hunter Biden's memoir from bad reviews

amazon sign
© AP Photo/Michel Spingler
As an author, I have a love-hate relationship with Amazon. In the past, Amazon has inexplicably purged reviews from conservative books, including my own, without explanation.

My book, The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama, is routinely targeted by the Left for bogus negative reviews. Roughly 25 percent of the book's reviews have always been bogus one-star reviews that are not tagged as a "verified purchase" that simply accuse me of being racist, claim the book is poorly researched (it has over 1,000 endnotes), or involve some other attack. Since its original publication in 2016, the percentage of these bogus reviews appears virtually unchanged.

I've made many complaints to Amazon over the years for the incredible number of undeniably bogus reviews that make it through the company's screening process.

Comment: The "right sort of people" have been getting this cushioning for a while. Amazon has not confined itself to protecting favored political figures and views, but has actively suppressed the opposite, in a kind of digital book burning:


NPC

Twitter posturing: Will not allow access to Trump account archive on platform

trump twitter
Twitter will not allow an archive of former President Trump's @realDonaldTrump account on its platform.

A Twitter spokesperson told The Hill that the platform has been working with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on preserving tweets from the account, as they've done in the past with government Twitter accounts.

However, content from the account will not appear on the platform itself.

Comment: Empty bravura from libtard Twitter. The alternate social media site Gab archived all of Trump's tweets back in January, where they continue to be available to the public. Trump posts there on a daily basis.

Gab CEO pulls off the impossible for Trump...
Gab CEO completely backed up President Trump's Twitter account before it was deleted and recreated him on Gab! What's even more impressive is the did this while traffic was up 700% and under attack from leftists. Gab is currently having servers upgraded to handle the large influx in traffic but we're told it should stabilize soon.

President Trump's new account: https://gab.com/realdonaldtrump
From Trump's page:
About

Reserved for the 45th President of the United States of America This account is an uncensored Twitter archive and shares email statements sent by The Office of Donald J. Trump.



Sheeple

Are you ready to become a 'digital asset' of the globalists' Great Reset?

bill Gates
Few are aware of it but the digitalization of the human race is advancing at break-neck speed.

Don't look now but the world is racing down a path that has been interlaid with landmines of control and surveillance and yet almost no Western politician of any party seems concerned enough to even talk about the impact this will have on personal privacy. If you're curious about what the near future holds, listen to technocrats like Bill Gates.

One year ago, in March 2020, as governments were shutting down their economies citing a mysterious virus, Gates did a series of media interviews calling for a globalized "digital certificate" for every human being on the planet.

He said this was the only way to keep up with who has the virus and who has been vaccinated. Note that no vaccine was known to be in the pipeline in March 2020, but Gates talked about the vaccine as if it was just around the corner. He knew.

In a March 18, 2020 "Ask Me Anything" online forum sponsored by Reddit, Gates was asked what changes needed to be made to the way businesses operate to ensure public health without ruining the economy.

Black Cat 2

Financial tyranny: Footing the tax bill for the government's fiscal insanity

US money
We're not living the American dream. We're living a financial nightmare.

The U.S. government — and that includes the current administration — is spending money it doesn't have on programs it can't afford, and "we the taxpayers" are the ones who will be forced to foot the bill for the government's fiscal insanity.

We've been sold a bill of goods by politicians promising to pay down the national debt, jumpstart the economy, rebuild our infrastructure, secure our borders, ensure our security, and make us all healthy, wealthy and happy.

None of that has come to pass, and yet we've still been loaded down with debt not of our own making.

This financial tyranny works the same whether it's a Democrat or Republican at the helm.

Let's talk numbers, shall we?