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When Mongols sacked #Baghdad in 1258 & killed almost all its residents, only lives of the city’s Nestorian Christians was spared (they were asked to stay in their church)

Reason?

Because mother & favorite wife of Hulagu (Khan of invading Mongols) were both Nestorian Christians
The threatening letter sent by the Mongol’s Hulagu Khan to #Egypt ‘s Mamlouk ruler Qutuz warning him of what to come if he did not agree to surrender.
Having just made this 👇legendary threat, Hulagu Khan had to return to Mongolia. He picked Nestorian Christian General as successor.

Mongols would soon suffer their first ever close combat at Ain Jalut which would also end their entire existence in the Middle East region
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IT BEGAN NOT by tapping enemy insurgents’ phones or capturing their emails, but by #FollowingTheMoney

Cache of 328 NS theintercept.com/2018/08/15/nsa…

#Snowden
Aug. 15 2018, 13:00 p.m.

The Intercept's largest-ever SIDtoday release, with 328 documents

#Qanon
#FlashbackFriday
#WWG1WGA
When the #NSA discovered that #Iran may have been buying computer chips from the #UnitedStates routing them through a U.S. ally
&
Potentially supplying them to detonate #bombs against U.S. forces in Iraq & #Afghanistan
It credited so-called economic intelligence with the find.
The solution wasn't a death blow delivered by the #military but rather a new regulation on the export of certain #technologies via the #CommerceDepartment which the #NSA said would end up “saving #American & coalition lives.”

#Qanon
#DARKtoLIGHT
#WWG1WGA
#FridayThoughts
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Where Umayyad rule shunned non Arab converts and looked west, Abbasids Caliphate embraced non Arabs and especially Persian Moslems. The end result was spectacular both culturally & militarily. #Baghdad was built under the supervision of a Jew and a Zoroastrian.
Abbasid Caliphate Al-Ma'mun (Persian mother & son of Haroun al-Rashid) was so keen on education & learning that he paid the court’s top translator (Christian Assyrian) in gold for every book he translated from Greek to Arabic. Gold’s value was said to equal weight of the book
Abbasid Caliphate Al-Ma'mun exposure to Greek rationalism & time spent in Persia appeared to cause him to stray from Islamic Orthodoxy & eternal nature of the Quran. Ahmad Ibn Hanbal rejected to go along & was sent to die in prison. His orthodox followers are today’s Wahhabis
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The US pretends to support the independence of Syria and Iraq ejmagnier.com/2018/10/30/the…
#Iraq Hashd al-Shaabi attacked #ISIS in Baghuz, disregarding #US recommendation to keep away from the #Syrian borders.

Iraqi counterterrorism leaders believe the US officials would like to see #ISIS in the area to stop the reopening of albu Kamal crossing between #Syria & Iraq.
Hashd commanders said two #ISIS commanders abu Sayyaf and Abu Leith were killed during the #Iraq/i bombing.

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#SRO | URGENT - Abu Murshid al-Bardan, former commander inside #Daraa #FSA S-F Jaysh al-Thawra, has won many things from #Russia, with #Syria'n regime very angry against Russia. Fifth Division to be led only by #FSA leaders with the troops they want to recruit (1).
#SRO | URGENT - This Fifth Corp / Division to be only answering to #Russia (contrary to the first attempt, recently dissolved, that was linked to #Syria'n regime forces). Yes, here we are : a large "#FSA" army, under #Russia protection and command, is now formed in S-#Syria (2).
#SRO | URGENT - Imagine the face of regime officials, officiers and supporters... #Russia giving amounts of money, power and support for a "terrorist al-Qaeda group" (not anymore ?) as Jaysh al-Thawra to become de facto an autonomous army (Fifth Corp) in S-#Syria (3).
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#BreakingNews: #Iraq

In the next hour, the largest coalition, even if below 165, may be formed and will be resgistered tomorrow at the parliament. It all depend on one party (40 to 42) expected rto join Dawlat al-QWanoon and al-Fath (so far they have gathred 110).
#Iraq
I'll explain: #Kurds are not going to join any coalition tomorrow, waiting for the biggest coalition to register its name. Kurds have requests that won't be met this night. So their voices and seats won't be included.+

a Coalition of #Shia #Sunni will come together to form 150-152 MPs tomorrow (if Sunni sign this evening 40-42 MPs) and will be eligible to choose a Prime Minister.

Once this coalition is registered, Kurds will join in.

If this happen #USA will lose.

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1⃣July 14_ #Najaf, #Iraq
Protests in Iraq against meddling of #Iran's regime
Footage of people occupying Najaf's airport & preventing the #IRGC's Mahan Air flight from taking off for Mashhad in northeast Iran.
#IranoutofIraq & Region
@ClareMLopez @MPPregent @RJBrodsky @mdubowitz
2⃣July 13- #Iraq
Widespread rallies across the country / People protesting poor economic conditions & #Iran's meddling
Protesters have reportedly set fire to the Dawa Party building, affiliated to Nouri al-Maliki, the former PM & a known puppet of Tehran's regime.
#IranoutofIraq
3⃣July 13 -Maysan, southern #Iraq
Protesters angry at Tehran's meddling in their country are seen attacking offices of political parties affiliated to #Iran.
This includes:
Dawa Party of former PM Nouri al-Maliki
Offices of the ruling party
Offices of the Supreme Iraqi Council
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Top international adviser to #Iran's SP Ali Akbar Velayati speaking @ValdaiClub now:says term #MiddleEast is British concept, he'd rather use West Asia/North Africa,argues due to #US influence some countries seek to play greater regional role (than they can)
Velayati:*throughout history external powers sought to dominate Mideast, #US no exception here, #Libya, #Somalia brought manifestations of western FP,#Trump seeks to undermine region,he wants to partition #Syria as they did w/ 🇱🇾 & #Iraq - bith once big, important states
Velayati: New element is after Islamic Revolution #Iran able to conduct policies independent of Western states, this is real reason why #US seeks to counter IRN.But if ot were not for #Russia & IRN, Leader of Nusra would be ruling today in #Damascus, head of #ISIS-in #Baghdad.
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Make no mistake - the #ISIS problem is a long, long way from going away, in both #Syria & #Iraq.

Raids, ambushes, assassinations, IEDs, kidnappings, extortion/intimidation etc. It’s all continuing, while everyone proclaims “victory” and the fight [near] “over."
#ISIS is back to bombings, assassinations, kidnappings across #Diyala, #Kirkuk & Salah ad Din - in scenes eerily reminiscent of 2011-2014.

This has been building for weeks, but thanks @LizSly for bringing more attention - the fight is **far** from over.

wapo.st/2mrXJPQ?tid=ss…
@LizSly Former #Iraq-i National Security Advisor al-Rubaie:

- “There's going to be an imminent resurgence of #ISIS. You can see it in the records & the intelligence reports”

More deeply worrying reports, this time from @AbdoGeneive:

reuters.com/article/us-abd…
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1/ This week marked the 15th anniversary of the fall of #Baghdad. The ground invasion, toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein and the outbreak of lawlessness all happened in the space of three days. From our archives, this is what those 3 days sounded like.
2/ Journalist and Iraqi Kurd @ayubnuri recalls the initial days of jubilation after the removal of Saddam Hussein. bit.ly/2quEY0G
3/ As we know, the celebration in #Iraq didn’t last. Journalists @maassp and @EllenKnickmeyer both went into the war zone without being embedded or protected by US forces. They witnessed the ongoing violence that followed the toppling of the capitol. bit.ly/2EK8gwt
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1) Today afternoon #Iraq, 10/21/2017, all #Yazidis in #Sinjar that are receiving a salary from #KRG were informed to leave Sinjar & go to =>
2)#Kurdistan or their salary will be cut off.
3) This move will cause a further humanitarian devastation on the already suffering #Yazidis who have hardly anything to begain with post =>
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1) A MONUMENTAL DAY: The #KDP has FULLY WITHDRAWN from #Sinjar. I'm completely SPEECHLESS—(well, not completely): Bye-bye KDP!
#Yazidi #Iraq
2) After over 3 years of fighting for this outcome, the #Yazidi community has finally scored a major victory in reclaiming their homeland.
3) After #Peshmerga withdrew from Kirkuk yesterday (for which the PUK was hit w/ blame), the effect continues in KDP-controlled areas today.
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