Mosul & Aleppo:
Forever Under Fire
The Battleground of
Good & Evil For Centuries:
Iraq & Syria Suffered Many
Invasions From The West
(M. Javed Naseem)
وَٱلَّذينَ كَفَرُواْ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَآءُ بَعْضٍ
إِلاَّ تَفْعَلُوهُ تَكُنْ فِتْنَةٌ فِى ٱلأَرْضِ وَفَسَادٌ كَبِيرٌ
“The unbelievers are protectors, one of
إِلاَّ تَفْعَلُوهُ تَكُنْ فِتْنَةٌ فِى ٱلأَرْضِ وَفَسَادٌ كَبِيرٌ
“The unbelievers are protectors, one of
another. Unless you do this, (protect each
other), there would be tumult and oppression
on earth, and great mischief.”
Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim), (peace be upon him), delivered the message of Islam to the nation ruled by Nimrod in a country called Babylonia (or Mesopotamia, or Iraq today). They threw him into the fire but Allah saved him. Then he left Iraq and went to Syria, Palestine and neighboring lands to spread the word of God. Since then, that particular region of the modern Middle East has constantly been a battleground between Good and Evil. There’s always bloodshed and looks like it would continue till the end of the world.
It’s All Economics & Politics!
Terrorism, Islamic Extremism, WMD, Taliban,
Boca Haram, Al-Shabab, Daesh, ISIS/ISIL/IS:
These are all lame excuses to invade the oil-rich
Islamic Middle East, especially Iraq, Syria, Libya,
etc. History tells us that Anglo-American West
invaded or attacked these countries in every
century (many times in 20th & 21st centuries)
with no mention of terrorism!
The Middle Eastern region of Syria-Palestine-Iraq-Egypt has on it the stamp of great Muslim ruler and crusher of the Crusaders, Saladin (Salahud-Din Ayyubi). He ruled a powerful empire that included Egypt, Syria/Palestine and parts of Mesopotamia (Iraq of today).
During the 12th century, the Muslim Syria was split between the Turkish ruler Zangi, who controlled Aleppo and Mosul, and the rulers of Damascus. Zangi died in 1146AD and his empire split. Mosul went to his older son, Saif ad-Din Zangi, and Aleppo to his second son, Nur ad-Din Zangi. This divide didn't last long. Saif ad-Din died in 1149AD and his successor acknowledged Nur ad-Din as his superior. Damascus fell to him in 1154AD, giving Nur ad-Din the control of all of Syria. Egypt officially became part of his empire after three wars between 1164AD and 1169AD, giving Nur ad-Din Zengi the control of a large part of the Muslim world.
At the time of his death in 1174AD, Nur ad-Din Zangi ruled Damascus and Aleppo directly, while his nephew Saif-ad-Din Zangi ruled Mosul under him. Salahud-Din was officially in the same position in Egypt, but there was little trust between the two regimes
Mosul (or al-Mawṣil) is the second biggest city of Iraq after Baghdad and the chief commercial center of the north-western Iraq. From its original site on the western bank of the river Tigris, the modern city has expanded to the eastern bank and now encircles the ruins of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh.
The Ottoman Turks ruled the region from 1534AD to 1918AD (the region was ravaged by the Mongols under Hulegu (Halaku) Khan in 1258AD), during which time Mosul became a trade centre of the Ottoman Empire and the headquarters of a political subdivision. After World War-I (1914–18), the Mosul area was occupied by Britain until a border settlement (in 1926) placed it in Iraq rather than in Turkey.
The city has been vastly expanded since World War-II (1939–45) and has a population of about 2 million. Most striking has been the expansion on the eastern bank of the Tigris. There are now five bridges connecting the two sides of the city. The University of Mosul (1967) is the second largest university in Iraq, after the University of Baghdad.
From religious point of view, Iraq or
Mesopotamia (or Babylonia) is the
‘Land of Prophets’ where one of the
biggest encounters between Good and
Evil took place between Prophet Abraham
(Ibrahim) and Nimrod. It was also the
home of Prophet Jonah (Yunus) whose
tomb (along with the mosque) was
destroyed by the ISIL in recent years.
The Zionist Globalists fooled the world when they declared that US-allied forces have withdrawn from Iraq. It was a deception, as usual, as there are still 30,000 US troops in Iraq. Similar withdrawal happened in Afghanistan too but thousands of troops stayed behind under different titles/covers. In addition, they are now sending another 5,000 troops to Syria to combat terrorists they themselves created and supported.
The Iraq invasion of 2003 was probably discussed and planned by political ‘hawks’ years ahead of creating the pretext of “9/11”. Retired American General Wesley Clark (the Supreme NATO-Allied Forces Commander), wrote in his book:
"As I went back through the Pentagon in November 2001,
one of the senior military staff officers had time for a chat.
Yes, we were still on track for going against Iraq, he said.
But there was more. This was being discussed as part of a
five-year campaign plan, he said, and there were a total of
seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon,
Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan."
--- Gen. Wesley Clark
So, we are almost there! Out of the seven countries mentioned, six are already down, one more to go (i.e., Iran). But Iran always had secret agreements with Zionists and Anglo-American fronts to stay out of harm’s way.
War History of Mesopotamia (Iraq):
The military history of Iraq, due to a rich archaeological record, is one of the longest in written human history. The region of Iraq, which used to be Mesopotamia, has been referred to as the ‘cradle of civilization’, and wars of conquest have been recorded in this region as far back as the third millennium BC. The area possesses strategic value, initially for the rich, fertile agricultural region in the Mesopotamian plain, and more recently for large petroleum/gas deposits and access to the oil-rich Persian Gulf.
539-538 BC: Cyrus the Great, founder of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, defeated the Neo-Babylonian Empire and conquered the region.
331 BC: Alexander the Great defeated Darius III Darius of Persia at the Battle of Gaugamela, east of present day Mosul. Alexander died in Babylon (Iraq) in 323 BC.
190 BC: In later centuries, starting from 190 BC, the Persians ruled Iraq for hundreds of years under different dynasties including the Parthian and Sassanid dynasties, after the first conquest in the 6th century BC.
627 AD: The Byzantines sacked Ctesiphon, which was invaded again by Arabs.
637 AD: The Muslim Arabs invaded Persia. The battle between 18,000 Arab tribesmen led by General Khalid bin Walid (The Sword of Allah) and the Persians led by Rustam (Rostam Farrokhzad), was fought at al-Qaadisiyyah), south of Baghdad.
Muslim Arab forces led by Khalid bin Walid and Saad bin Abi Waqqas conquered the area from the Sassanid Persian Empire during the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 8th century, despite the occupying Persian forces being numerically and technologically superior.
Later on, there were several revolts in that region.
680 AD: Hussein bin Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was killed at Karbala, in the Battle of Karbala, on October 10.
701 AD: Syrian armies crushed a revolt.
747 AD: Revolt by Abbas, leading to Abbasid caliph proclaimed in 750 AD.
762 AD: Baghdad was founded by the Abbasid caliph. Baghdad was the centre of the
Abbasid Caliphate from the 8th century, an empire which ruled much of the Arab world.
809 AD: Baghdad was sacked after a civil war.
865 AD: The new northern capital of Samarra and Baghdad were at war.
945 AD: The Buvid people from the Caspian Sea took over Baghdad, with the Abbasid caliphs becoming puppet rulers.
977 AD: Mosul was captured.
1055 AD: The Seljuk leader Togrul Beg overran the central area of Iraq.
1135 AD: The Abbasids regained control.
1245 AD: Baghdad repelled an attack by the Mongols.
Hulagu's army attacks Baghdad:
Baghdad was sacked on February 10, 1258 by Hulagu (or Halaku) Khan in the Battle of Baghdad, with between 250,000 and 800,000 people killed during the Mongol invasion. It had been under siege for several weeks.
1401 AD: Baghdad was sacked by Tamerlane (Taimur Lang).
1405 AD: Turkish tribes from Anatolia took over Iraq and there was much infighting between themselves, and against local groups.
The Black Sheep Turkmen at first ruled Iraq until 1466 AD when the White Sheep Turkmen took control.
1508 AD (or 1509 AD): Iraq was conquered by the Safavid dynasty of Iran.
1533-1534 AD: Iraq was conquered by the Ottoman Empire.
1623-1638 AD: Baghdad was put under Persian rule between 1623 and 1638, when Murad IV restored Ottoman rule and massacred many local Shiites.
1776 AD: Basra was occupied by the Persians. They held it until 1779 AD when Karim Khan Zand’s death precipitated a period of internal disorder and resulted in withdrawal from Basra.
1918-1932 AD: British Mandate of Mesopotamia:
The British invaded Iraq during World War I in the Mesopotamian Campaign. They invaded southern Mesopotamia in November 1914. The Battle of Ctesphon was fought in November 1915. The undermanned and overstretched British forces were defeated by the Turks, who besieged the British in the city of Kut-al-Amara for 143 days in the Siege of Kut, ending with a British surrender, with 10,000 men becoming prisoners in April 1916.
The British took the Middle Eastern campaign more seriously following this defeat, transferring command from India to the main British command, and General Frederick Stanley Maude was put in charge of British forces, leading the British to a series of victories. The battles of Mohammed Abdul Hassan, Hai and Dahra were won by the British in January 1917. In February, they recaptured Kut. On March 11, 1917, the British occupied Baghdad.
Between 1920 and 1922, the British put down an Iraqi revolt costing them 40 million pounds to do so.
In January 1921, the Royal Air Force’s Mesopotamian Group was formed by raising Mesopotamian Wing to group status.
On 1st October 1922, Mesopotamian Group was absorbed into the newly formed RAF Iraq Command which was given control of all British forces in Iraq.
Faisal-I, leader of Iraq from 1921–33, helped make his country fully independent in 1932.
The Kingdom of Iraq (also referred to as Mesopotamia) was governed by the United Kingdom under a League of Nations (predecessor of UNO) mandate, the British Mandate of Mesopotamia, until 1932 when Iraq became nominally independent.
Before granting independence, the United Kingdom concluded the Anglo-Iraqi Treaty of 1930. This treaty had several conditions, which included permission to establish military bases for British use and provide all facilities for the unrestricted movement of British forces through the country upon request to the Iraqi government. The conditions of the treaty were imposed by the United Kingdom to ensure continued control of Iraq's petroleum resources. Many Iraqis resented these conditions and felt that their country and its monarchy were still under the effective control of the British Government.
The Anglo–Iraqi War was the British campaign against the rebel government of Rashid Ali in the Kingdom of Iraq during the Second World War. Operations lasted from 2 to 31 May 1941. The campaign resulted in the re-occupation of Iraq by British armed forces, and the return to power of the ousted pro-British regent of Iraq, Prince Abdallah. The campaign further fuelled Iraqi nationalist resentment toward the British-supported Hashemite monarchy.
1942 AD: On the 1st of April 1941, Rashid Ali and four generals overthrew the pro-British Iraqi government. The British were concerned that the Axis powers might get involved in Iraq since the new government was pro-Axis. The British landed troops at Basra while Iraqi forces besieged RAF Habbaniya.
On the 2nd of May, the British launched pre-emptive air strikes against Iraqi forces. On 7th May, the Iraqis abandoned the positions above RAF Habbaniya. By about 11th May, the Iraqi Air Force was neutralized. From about 13th May, the ‘Flyer Command Iraq’ (Fliegerfuhrer Irak) of the German Air Force started to arrive. They started to fly sorties under Iraqi colors from Mosul against the British and Commonwealth forces. For a variety of reasons, Fliegerführer Irak was able to achieve little in the way of results. British ground forces from RAF Habbaniya attacked Iraqi forces in Fallujah and, by 22nd May, had withstood an Iraqi counter-attack. The British forces then attacked Baghdad. Rashid Ali and his government fled, and an armistice was signed on 31st May.
The pro-British Iraqi government was restored and the Kingdom of Iraq declared war on the Axis on 17th January 1943.
1948 AD: The Iraqi Army participated in the 1948 Arab-Israel War against Israel.
1954: The US began military aid to Iraq in 1954, and Iraq joined the pro Western Baghdad Pact in 1955. Iraqi troops along with the Syrians occupied parts of Jordan during the 1956 Suez War.
1961: A garrison in Mosul rebelled against Qassem, and Kurdish leader Barzani returned from exile in the Soviet Union to suppress them. Iraq claimed sovereignty over Kuwait after it gained independence from Britain in 1961, but it backed down after the British sent troops to Kuwait.
Iraq sent troops and planes to Jordan during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
1968-1979: Iraq was ruled by Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr.
Iraqi divisions fought in the 1973 October War against Israel.
1979-2003: Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq. Saddam Hussein came to power as President of Iraq in 1979.
1980-1988: Iran-Iraq War.
Iraq invaded Iran on 22nd September, 1980, and with some initial successes, eventually the war dragged on into a long stalemate, with between 1 and 2 million casualties. The war ended with a ceasefire on August 20, 1988.
1981: On June 7, 1981, Israeli F-15s and F-16s bombed and destroyed the Osirak nuclear reactor, 18 miles (29 km) south of Baghdad, following the orders of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
1987: On May 17, 1987, in retaliation to blockade and provocations, an Iraqi Mirage fighter fired two Exocet missiles at the American ship USS Stark (FFG-31), killing thirty-seven of the crew. This was the pretext to the Gulf War.
1990: Gulf War:
On August 2, 1990, Iraq invaded and annexed Kuwait. The United States led an international coalition which heavily bombed Iraq and freed Kuwait in 1991. After this war, sanctions were imposed on Iraq as well as a north and south no fly zones, and during the 1990s, Iraq was frequently bombed by American and British aircrafts in small sorties.
1993: In January 1993, the US launched a Cruise missile attack against Iraq, because of it not dismantling police posts near the border with Kuwait. In June 1993, another US cruise missile attack was launched because of a suspected assassination plot against former US president George H.W.Bush. (How ridiculous!)
1996: In 1996, Iraqi troops moved into northern Iraq to support the Kurdish Democratic Party against the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. The US responded with limited air attacks in the south. There were Iraqi attacks against allied aircraft in the no fly zones in January 2001, with American and British responding with bombing of targets in northern Iraq in February.
(It’s getting more and more ridiculous! A country is invaded, divided into zones, no-fly zones created for the locals and when they fight back or retaliate, they are accused of ‘attacking’ Anglo-American invading armies.)
2003: Invasion of Iraq:
Oil filled trenches were set on fire in Baghdad on April 2, by the Iraqis to try to hinder Allied air strikes.
The United States led a "coalition of the willing" which invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, in a war that took three weeks to get control of the country, yet the fighting lasted much longer. Baghdad was captured on April 9. Saddam Hussein was deposed, but remained in hiding until December 14, 2003, when he was captured by the US, tried by a US appointed court and killed as a result of a death sentence.
And you know the rest (and you know the truth too!).
Note: Most of this information from Wikipedia has been fed by the West as part of their media campaign. The percentage of truth in it, the angle, the tilt, the propaganda contents, and the objective narrations cannot be guaranteed.
DW of Germany adds:
Civilian casualties soared in Iraq in 2016Iraq had not seen peaceful times since the US invasion in 2003. Violence was still commonplace in 2016. According to a report drawn up by the project "Iraq Body Count"(IBC), in the past year, a total of 16,361 civilians were killed in the country. Even though the number of civilians killed has declined compared to previous years (17,587 in 2015 and 20,218 in 2014), the civilian death toll ranged between 4,000 – 5,000 people in the years prior to 2013 - in other words, the numbers are still relatively high. "An average of more than 1,300 civilians were killed in violence every month, the main exception being the September low of (935) which was however immediately followed by a peak of more than double that in October (1,969)," the report stated. Over two-thirds of the victims were male. Women and children each accounted for 10 percent of civilian deaths.
A hotbed of violence: Mosul
Geographically, the violence is not spread equally throughout the country. Almost half of the civilian victims, 7,431 people, were killed in Ninevah province, where Mosul, with a population of approximately one million, is situated. Deadly violence had been most significant in the northern city of Mosul and surrounding areas, the authors write in their report. In the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, 3,714 civilians were killed, followed by Anbar province with 1,742 and Tameem with 1,085.
And that was a few months or a year ago. The numbers have definitely gone up.