The US-directed assault on Mosul and imperialist hypocrisy — James Cogan | World Socialist Web Site

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The US-directed assault on Mosul and imperialist hypocrisy

By James Cogan

Source: World Socialist Web Site

17 October 2016

The long-planned, US-directed offensive to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has begun. On Monday morning, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared on national television: “Today, I declare the start of these victorious operations.”

The assault on Mosul starkly raises the boundless hypocrisy of the US and European resolutions in the United Nations, and incessant media coverage, accusing Russian-backed Syrian forces of “war crimes” against civilians as they attempt to retake the eastern sectors of Aleppo from Islamist militias. In Iraq, the US, its allies and its puppet government in Baghdad have begun a savage onslaught against a far larger city, in which as many 1.5 million civilians, including 600,000 children, are trapped.

Lise Grande, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, told…

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