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Both the US military and the Obama administration’s Deputy Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (the outdated acronym for the Islamic State) issued statements that praised the role the Shiite militias played in recapturing Baiji.
Brett McGurk, the Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL [another acronym for the Islamic State], tweeted that the “US commends progress by Iraqi Security Forces and popular mobilization forces [emphasis ours] against ISIL terrorists in Baiji.” He also confirmed that the the US has launched around 130 airstrikes in support of these groups since August.
2/3 We’re proud of our partnership w/Iraqi forces in this battle, including 130 precision airstrikes since August & training key ISF units.
— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) October 21, 2015
3/3 These units performed heroically over months of fighting, and we now look forward to strengthening our partnership in coming offensives.
— Brett McGurk (@brett_mcgurk) October 21, 2015
McGurk’s plaudits for the role that the “popular mobilization forces” have played in Baiji was echoed by the US military, which called these units “Shiia [sic] security forces.”
Army Major Mike Filanowski, an officer in the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), said that “The people who did the heavy lifting [in Baiji] were the Iraqi special forces.” He continued by saying, “they not only secured the [Baiji] oil refinery, but also the power plant to the north all the way up to the al-Fatah Bridge.” While the Iraqi special forces did help capture the refinery, they were not the only forces doing the “heavy lifting.”
The Department of Defense press release that quoted Filanowski admitted that the Popular Mobilization Committee (also called Popular Mobilization Units or Popular Mobilization Forces), was conducting operations.
“In the last three days, a special operations team from the elite Counterterrorism Service spearheaded the attack,” the DoD statement said. “The team worked with Iraqi army soldiers, Popular Mobilization Front forces — essentially Shiia security forces — and federal police” [emphasis ours].
So while the US commends the Iraqi Security Forces and the Popular Mobilization Committee, it is also lauding designated terrorists and a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The Popular Mobilization Committee is led by Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, a former commander in the Badr Organization who was listed by the US government as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in July 2009. The US government described Muhandis, whose real name is Jamal Jaafar Mohammed, as “an advisor to Qassem Soleimani,” the commander of the Qods Force, the external operations wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).
The Iranian-backed Shiite militias that played a prominent role in the assault on Baiji include: Asa’ib al Haq (League of the Righteous), whose leader Qais al Khazali is thought to be involved in the murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in 2007; Hezbollah Brigades, which is listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the US government; Harakat al Nujaba, which recently called for the expulsion of US troops from Iraq; Harakat al Nujaba, which is led by Akram Abbas al Kaabi, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist; Kata’ib Imam Ali, led by Shebl al Zaydi, who is close to Qods Force commander Qassem Soleimani; Kata’ib Sayyid al Shuhada, which is commanded by Mustafa al Sheibani, who is also a Specially Designated Global Terrorist; and Badr Corps, another large militia supported by Iran. For more information the role these militias played in the retaking of Baiji, including photographs and video of Iraqi forces operating alongside these militias, see LWJ report, Iraqi Army, Shiite militias report success in Baiji.
Sadly, this behavior by US officials is nothing new. Earlier this year, General (retired) John Allen, the former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, claimed that the US is only supporting so-called moderate Shiite militas, and not the “extremist elements.” Allen’s statement is below:
With regard to militias, it’s really important to understand that the militias are not just a single monolithic entity. There are the militias that you and I are used to hearing that have close alignments with Iran. Those are the extremist elements, and we don’t have anything to do with that. But there are elements of the Shia militias that volunteered last year to try to defend Iraq from the onslaught of Daesh [Islamic State] who were called to arms by Grand Ayatollah Sistani, and those elements, or the Popular Mobilization Force, as they are known, have been subordinated to the Iraqi higher military campaign or command. And they will provide maneuver capacity and additional firepower to the Iraqi Security Forces as we continue to build them out, as we continue to build the professionalization of the Iraqi forces.
So the fact that militias are involved and tribes are involved in this part of the campaign, this part of the implementation of supporting Iraq ultimately to recover the country, should not alarm us. We just need to ensure that we manage the outcome of this. Prime Minister Abadi’s been clear that these organizations within the Popular Mobilization Force, the Shia volunteers, will eventually either transition into the security forces themselves or go home. That’s the solution that he intends and I think that that’s a supportable outcome. So for now – this goes back to the point that you made about urgency – urgency is an important factor here in helping us to focus on supporting the Iraqis, the tribes, and the Popular Mobilization Force to take those actions necessary to defeat Daesh locally.
Allen said that the fact that the US is supporting the Popular Mobilization Committee “should not alarm us.” Except it should alarm us. Because as we detailed, the organization’s operational leader is a Specially Designated Terrorist, and its most effective militias are Iranian pawns that are responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers and remain openly hostile to the US.
Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of The Long War Journal. Caleb Weiss is an intern at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a contributor to The Long War Journal.
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ALREADY BLESSED wrote ANY ATTORNEY WORTH THEIR SALT WOULD HAVE ADVISED THEM (Sterling) NOT TO SAY ANYTHING AT ALL WHILE AN ACTIVE INVESTIGATION IS GOING ON.
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RedBaron wrote AB, I appreciate what you're trying to do for those in distress over Sterling. How would a "plan B" work for those folks who have had multiple reserve orders in the past week with Sterling not responding to Service Ticket requests, phone or taking payments? Thanks for your thoughts. RB
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All I can say on the Sterling situation is that yesterday (8th) I tried to roll over some reserves I have been paying on for 20 months that expired over the weekend (allowing me to roll over on Monday). When I tried to execute the roll over I got a message saying "we are not able to accept orders or payments at this time please check again later" (tried 3 times during the day), and got the same when I tried to purchase outright. When I called the phone number after there was no chat function, all I got was voice mail navigation and no matter what option you picked it disconnected the call or started the message again. No one was picking up.
Today I got an automated e-mail stating "Your Guaranteed 30 Layaway order has Expired because we did not receive your Final Payment by the expiration date Payment." "We will automatically ship you ________ IQD in 4 business days" (an amount equal to my original deposit 20 months ago). I tried all the message extensions and all of them looped back to the original message.
I watch "American Greed" and when the FBI comes in and raids a place, it means they have been watching and gathering information and evidence for a long time. Someone is caught and the Feds are preparing their case for trial. I am a super positive and optimistic person, but the writing on the wall doesn't look good. There certainly won't be a quick resolution to this event. Those of us involved with Sterling need to prepare mentally that it could all be gone. My guess is if we see anything from Sterling - it won't be for 2-3 years and it will be in the form of a settlement, if anything at all.
Having said that I'm confident they sold legitimate currency and if you have it in hand I'm sure you're fine. It just isn't likely that there will be anything coming from reserves with Sterling. Better to count it as 0 and then be surprised when something comes out in a couple of years - who knows - maybe the Dinar will have gone up so much in value by then that any reserve settlement will be a chunk of money?!
Thank you GAPeach, it's a point I also wanted to emphasize. Emails about expiration we all know are generated automatically. People may not receive their equivalent in currency until they are cleared to do so....and may even have an option to continue their rollover. Right now, it's obvious that Sterling has higher priorities to take care of. It's only in a worse case scenario should plan B be activated, and at this juncture we have no clue regarding outcomes. So please, those who wish to strike matches, stay away from my hair. Thanks ever so much.
I agree...I see no reason to worry about the zim expiring, or the dinar or any other currence we hold. America has tons of dinar, zim, dong, rial, rupiah....if ours expires so will theirs. So will China's. So will all countries that own them. It defeats the purpose of rv'ing if the currencies become no good. China is going to jump on the zim we hold as soon as it is legal to do so. They almost own Zimbabwe now. No worries. The only people who should ever worry is the politicians who have already exchanged. They've got no where to hide. It is my personal bet, probably a better bet than American Pharoah was that there is some R.I.C.O. employees who have currencies and are waiting in the wings for this currency reset. Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Las Vegas.
Rolling over a reserve for 20 months, what did that cost? Just curious.
Not sure what his is.. but... mine for 2 years was about $25 per million per month to maintain option..... thus $600 over the last two years PER million....
NEVER thought it would go 6 months past June 28th, 2013.. when Iraqi was trying to be recognized independent in the United Nations. Boy was I wrong... but it sure looked good December 2013
for some. I appraised these costs every month... and treated it like an option bet, paying pennies on the dollar on option to renew the next month. A gamble every month, but sure did not see Sterling be shutting down in this mess. But....
I sure expected that all the dealers would have to be quickly shut down for selling anything when the RV happened,.... a good sign if all dealers were shut down