The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

London (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urged Iraq’s political factions to unite against the jihadists who have already overrun several cities and are pushing towards Baghdad.

“Make no mistake: this needs to be a real wake-up call for all of Iraq’s political leaders. Now’s the time for Iraq’s leaders to come together and to show unity,” Kerry said on a visit to London.

“Political division fuelled by ethnic or sectarian differences simply cannot be allowed to steal from the Iraqi people what so many have given so much for over the course of these last years,” he said.

Iraq was facing a “brutal enemy” that poses a threat to U.S. interests, as well as those of its allies in Europe and the Middle East, Kerry said.

He said that given the gravity of the situation, he would anticipate “timely decisions” from U.S. President Barack Obama in tackling the challenge.

“We are laser-focused on dealing with the crisis ahead,” the top U.S. diplomat said.

He said the fight was on for a “pluralistic, tolerant society”.

It was time for Iraqi leaders of “all different stripes” to come together to put the national interest ahead of their own interests.

On Thursday, the Iraqi parliament failed to muster enough lawmakers to vote on a request to call a state of emergency to deal with the offensive from jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Kerry was speaking at the end of a conference in London on combating sexual violence in conflict zones co-hosted by Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Republicans in the Arizona state Senate are officially off the hook for the $2.8 million needed to replace hundreds of voting machines ruined during the GOP-led, scandal-ridden "audit" of the 2020 election results in the state, the Arizona Republic reported.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in August to force GOP state senators — who had signed an agreement saying that they would be responsible for any costs incurred from their "forensic audit" of the state's 2020 election — to pay the millions for the machines.

Keep reading... Show less

In December 2019, when then-President Donald Trump was facing his first of two impeachments, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched the nonprofit Right Direction America to defend him. The 2022 campaign of far-right Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, a hardcore Trumpista, donated $100,000 to the nonprofit earlier this year during Trump's second impeachment — and journalist Roger Sollenberger, in an article published by the Daily Beast, stresses that the donation raises some questions.

Keep reading... Show less
x
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}