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US strikes targets in Iraq with drones and jets

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. forces launched a second wave of air strikes against Islamic extremists near Arbil in northern Iraq on Friday, destroying a militant convoy and killing a mortar team, the Pentagon said.

Shortly after 1400 GMT, U.S. drones destroyed a mortar position and killed a group of militants. Just over an hour later four F/A-18 jets hit a seven-vehicle Islamic State convoy with eight laser-guided bombs.

“The U.S. military continued to attack ISIL targets near Arbil today conducting two additional air strikes to help defend the city where U.S. personnel are assisting the government of Iraq,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

U.S. President Barack Obama announced Thursday that he had authorized air strikes to prevent fighters from the so-called Islamic State from attacking the capital of the Iraqi Kurdish region.

The strikes are also designed to break the siege of Mount Sinjar, where IS forces have cornered and reportedly threatened to kill thousands of civilian refugees from the Yazidi religious minority.

Overnight, a first strike saw an F/A-18 hit an IS artillery position with a 500lb bomb. Shortly beforehand U.S. military planes had dropped food and water to the beleaguered Yazidis.

Friday’s second wave saw unmanned drones brought into action.

“Remotely piloted aircraft struck a terrorist mortar position. When ISIL fighters returned to the site moments later, the terrorists were attacked again and successfully eliminated,” Kirby said.

“At approximately 11:20 a.m. EDT, four F/A-18 aircraft successfully struck a stationary ISIL convoy of seven vehicles and a mortar position near Arbil,” his statement continued.

“The aircraft executed two planned passes. On both runs, each aircraft dropped one laser guided bomb making a total of eight bombs dropped on target neutralizing the mortar and convoy.”

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Ettore Greco

When Moses spoke, in the name of God from Mount Sinai and lied to those slaves running away from Egypt, Moses did not know he was also becoming the founder of 3 Religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. In fact, these 3 Religions base their Belief on the Old Testament and the 10 Commandments. Moses was the first historical “prophet” of these 3 Religions. There is no historical evidence of Abraham, Noah or other “prophets” before Moses with the exception of the Bible invented by the same Moses. To maintain a sort of credibility, the Bible continues to be re-interpreted today as it was for the past 3,000 years and like it is shown by the accumulation of all Jewish literature. This is all compiled in the Talmud and conveniently written and rewritten still in our days to justify the contents of the Bible with the new understandings and new discoveries. In other words, the text of the Talmud is used like the key to reading the Bible although this key is constantly changing in time. From the very beginning, the interpretation of the Bible came to a split between the writers from Babylon and those from Jerusalem. The method of interpretation of the Talmud Bavli, or Babylonian Talmud, favors the art of debate for the search of one possible “truth” hidden in the Bible. Its sages and writers concluded with optimism in regard to the existence of Humankind and its future. Instead, Talmud Yerushalmi, or the Talmud written by the sages from Jerusalem, is presented to the followers with one Divine authority. It emphasizes that future generations should listen with reverence to the teachings of the sages and it is more about the law of private property than debates for philosophical research. Also, the sages from Jerusalem, in their moral pessimism, concluded that Humankind would have been “evil” if left unchecked. Therefore, from the beginning, the Jewish Religion started to divide between Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews. This evident fracture became a contagious example. Like a cut almost down to the roots, a Jewish man about two thousand years ago founded a new Religion: Christianity. Jesus separated from his Religion to found one new Belief. This was described in the so called the New Testament although for the most part this is much like a sequel to the Old one. The difference is in the words of Jesus that was spreading the concept of Equality. After Jesus had died, his followers built the Church to supposedly carry his message. But, the Church instead ended up being built also like a pyramid with priests and bishops, cardinals and popes. Since the times of Jesus, Christianity has made a U turn, rejected Equality and returned to that same pyramidal concept divinized by the Jewish Torah. Six centuries after Jesus, the Religion of Islam started with Mohammed as a reaction from the dark skinned men. In the same area of the World where Moses was born and where the Jewish Religion was expanding, the dark skinned man had felt like a second class citizen on the ladder of the Jewish casts. Although separate from Jewish and Christian Religions, Islam maintained the same teaching from the Old and the New Testament which are both included in the book of the Koran. Over the course of time, Christianity and Islam also continued to split and to form numerous sects. Protestants, Catholics, Orthodox and others between the Christians. Sunnis, Shiities and others between the Muslims. The pyramidal structure of these 3 Religions from Moses shows how they have all refused Equality and led their followers into a mystical submission to serve their Supreme Ego personified by each Religion as a rabbi, a pope or an imam. In their doctrines, hence in theory, the only difference between Christians and Jews in one word is Equality. They both celebrate on the same day Good Friday and Passover but in memory of different events. For the Jews this is the happiest day as they celebrate their escape from Egypt while for the Christians, instead, this is the day that Jesus was crucified. Jesus was a Jew who was killed by his own people only because he opposed their concept of one “chosen people” and had invoked Equality. The concept of Equality is still today misunderstood among many Christians whose values remain anchored to the Jewish Culture and their celebrated Individualism. In principle, the difference is at the root of the Christian teaching. For example, the Protestants have been taught that Respect must be gained from the other while the Catholics instead remain more loyal to the message of Jesus whereas Respect is offered to begin with.

Christians who do not believe in Equality are no different than the Jews in their Belief.

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