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This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today:
Monday, May 9, 2022. The suffering continues in Iraq -- even without visits from the US First Family.
How much is the life of a Kurd worth?
The world makes clear that the amount is zero. Kurdish lives do not matter at all. Which is why Turkey can bomb those areas, invade the areas with ground troops and set up bases in those areas -- bases on foreign soil. All these acts of war are ignored by the world.
US military intelligence believes Iran-backed militias have been coordinating with Kurdish guerrillas to launch attacks on Turkey’s military presence in northern Iraq, according to a Pentagon inspector general report released today.
Prominent Iran-backed militias have publicly slammed Turkey’s military operations targeting fighters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from the mountains of northern Iraq, citing violations of Iraq's sovereignty.
The militias are also behind a small but increasing number of rocket attacks on Turkish forces in both Iraq and Syria in recent months, according to the declassified report. Some of the strikes in Iraq were carried out “in cooperation with the PKK,” the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) reported.
“Following Turkish airstrikes in February that targeted the PKK in northern Iraq, a new Iran-aligned militia group conducted a rocket attack against a Turkish expeditionary base north of Mosul,” the report read. The Turkish outpost near Zlikan, northeast of Mosul, has repeatedly come under rocket fire in the past year.
“The DIA assessed that the militias probably will continue to coordinate with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a US-designated foreign terrorist organization, in response to Turkish air and UAV strikes on PKK positions,” the report read.
Is it true?
But if it is true, then what does that say about the US?
The Kurds have been the strongest partner with the US government throughout this ongoing Iraq War and this is how the US government says thank you? By refusing to help the Kurds. By driving them into the arms of Iran. Why? So the us can reward Erdogan who, of course, attacked American citizens when he visited the US, physically attacked them. They were protesting and he had his guards attack them.
That's who we reward.
Don't see the First Lady jetting off to Kurdistan on Mother's Day to call out the deforesting of Kurdistan by Turkish troops. Don't see her landing in Kurdistan and speaking of the rights of the Kurdish people and their right to live freely. Thousands are pouring out of the region because of the terrorism that the Turkish government is carrying out but not a word from the White House.
Joe Biden's so-called friendship with the Kurds was always a one way street. As a US senator, as a vice president and now as a president, he did nothing to help or assist the Kurds. He constantly pressured them to make concessions 'for the greater good but he never did a damn thing for them and that continues to this day.
The Yazidis are in that territory as well.
Remember them? Barack Obama's excuse for sending more US troops into Iraq?
They're fleeing because of the Turkish bombings and assaults.
Joe Biden doesn't care about them either.
Turkey daily carries out attacks, violates Iraq's sovereignty and comits Acts of War and Joe Biden's too scared to call out Erdogan.
That tells you everything you need to know about pathetic Joe.
A question pops up on Twitter:
David McHutchon Tweets:
And the Kuridstan Solidarity Network Tweets:
In other news, the water buffalo are at risk.
Moving to another topic, let's note this from the CDC:
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is caused by infection with a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus) in the family Bunyaviridae. The disease was first characterized in the Crimea in 1944 and given the name Crimean hemorrhagic fever. It was then later recognized in 1969 as the cause of illness in the Congo, thus resulting in the current name of the disease.
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever is found in Eastern Europe, particularly in the former Soviet Union, throughout the Mediterranean, in northwestern China, central Asia, southern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent.
Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever usually transmitted by ticks. It can also be contracted through contact with viraemic animal tissues (animal tissue where the virus has entered the bloodstream) during and immediately post-slaughter of animals. CCHF outbreaks constitute a threat to public health services as the virus can lead to epidemics, has a high case fatality ratio (10-40%), potentially results in hospital and health facility outbreaks, and is difficult to prevent and treat. CCHF is endemic in all of Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and in Asia.
The disease was first described in the Crimea in 1944 and given the name Crimean haemorrhagic fever. In 1969 it was recognized that the pathogen causing Crimean haemorrhagic fever was the same as that responsible for an illness identified in 1956 in the Congo. The linkage of the two place names resulted in the current name for the disease and the virus.
Why are we noting this? Because Iraqi is currently dealing with it. Sinan Mahmoud (THE NATIONAL) reports:
Iraq is on high alert after an unusually high number of cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, which has killed eight people so far this year.
Authorities said one person died on Friday as cases of the virus spread to the country's north, AFP reported.
The virus, which has a death rate of up to 40 per cent, is primarily transmitted to humans through tick bites or infected livestock, said the World Health Organisation.
Human-to-human transmission can occur as a result of contact with the blood, organs, secretions or other bodily fluids of infected people, the WHO said.
There is no vaccine available for people or animals.
* aches in muscles, bones or joints
* nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
* "bleeding under the skin, in internal organs, or from the mouth, eyes or ears"
* nervous system malfunction
* kidney failure
* liver and respiratory failure
AFP notes that the most recent death was a butcher and "People are generally infected through contact with the blood of infected animals, often after slaughtering livestock." THE NATIONAL notes that in response the disease, Iraq is spraying crops and livestock.
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