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Al Qaeda seizes partial control of 2 cities in western Iraq
Long War Journal ^ | January 2, 2014 | Bill Roggio

Posted on 01/02/2014 10:16:28 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

Over the past several days, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, al Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq, has taken control of large sections of two western Iraqi cities that were once bastions for the terror group.

ISIS fighters entered the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, after the Iraqi military withdrew from them following clashes with tribes over a political standoff that resulted in the arrest of a Sunni member of parliament.

The ISIS has posted videos of its fighters entering the cities in force after clashing with Iraqi police and overrunning several checkpoints. In the videos, a large convoy of ISIS fighters driving technicals, or pickup trucks with heavy machine guns mounted on the back, is seen moving through Ramadi. The fighters are flying al Qaeda's black banner while singing praises to al Qaeda and its "Islamic state." [See more videos here.]

Officials from the Iraqi Interior Ministry acknowledged that parts of Fallujah and Ramadi are under al Qaeda control.

"Half of Fallujah is in the hands of ISIS (the Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham) group," an anonymous interior ministry official told AFP.

"In Ramadi, it is similar - some areas are controlled by ISIS," the official continued. The other parts of the city are controlled by "tribesmen," likely a reference to the Sahwa ("the Awakening"), the tribal militia that with US backing ejected al Qaeda from control of large areas of Anbar between 2006 and 2009.

In Fallujah, ISIS fighters stormed the main police headquarters, freed more than 100 prisoners, and seized weapons and ammunition. "Other police stations in the city were torched by fighters as most police abandoned their posts," Al Jazeera reported. . .

(Excerpt) Read more at longwarjournal.org ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; anbar; fallujah; genocide; iran; iraq; ramadi; syria; threatmatrix; waronterror

1 posted on 01/02/2014 10:16:28 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Part of Barry’s legacy


2 posted on 01/02/2014 10:17:30 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Ping.


3 posted on 01/02/2014 10:20:26 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: NonValueAdded
Impossible. Al Queda is "on its heels".
4 posted on 01/02/2014 10:22:33 PM PST by RC one
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To: Brad from Tennessee
As the parent of two Iraq war vets (and as a vet from a time of an earlier conflict myself), I find this to be disturbing news.

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5 posted on 01/02/2014 10:26:20 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Nothing to see here...... Barry is on vacation...


6 posted on 01/02/2014 10:29:52 PM PST by Hogblog
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To: Seaplaner

Your children nobly gave a good part of their lives serving their country. In the future our political leaders must learn to never take such service for granted or squander such sacrifices. It will be, as it always has been, up to the Iraqis themselves to work out some sort of a consensus and to build for themselves the country they want. When they threaten or do us harm, then more sacrifices will be necessary.


7 posted on 01/02/2014 10:34:50 PM PST by allendale
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To: Seaplaner

Ditto.
Territory won with American blood.


8 posted on 01/02/2014 10:36:06 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

AQ = Sunni.


9 posted on 01/02/2014 10:37:12 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“Al Qaeda is on the run... and... ummm... where’s my teleprompter?”


10 posted on 01/02/2014 10:37:25 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Brad from Tennessee

2014 and Al Qaeda still exists, fail.


11 posted on 01/02/2014 10:38:08 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Fallujah and Ramadi

Should have flattened them when we had the chance.

12 posted on 01/02/2014 10:44:16 PM PST by McGruff (I stand with Phil.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee; 1_Rain_Drop; 2111USMC; 2ndDivisionVet; Absolutely Nobama; acapesket; ...
We should have bombed mecca on day one after 9/11 followed closely, as in minutes, by tehran and medina.

Of interest.

13 posted on 01/02/2014 10:48:15 PM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: Seaplaner
As the parent of two Iraq war vets (and as a vet from a time of an earlier conflict myself), I find this to be disturbing news.

I'm very much bothered Americans died there to secure those cities, and now they are simply back in the hands of the enemy.

14 posted on 01/02/2014 10:49:36 PM PST by PGR88
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To: PGR88

Wait until the last U.S. helo lifts out of Kabul.

The Taliban will be chopping heads on the soccer field the following day.


15 posted on 01/02/2014 10:51:38 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

“Al Qaeda has been decimated!” - Barack The Liar


16 posted on 01/02/2014 11:03:16 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: MestaMachine
We should have bombed mecca on day one after 9/11 followed closely, as in minutes, by tehran and medina.

I agree with you completely and quite seriously.

17 posted on 01/02/2014 11:05:44 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: RC one

The NYT will report what he really said was “AlQ is on the heal.”


18 posted on 01/02/2014 11:19:40 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: TigersEye

Bush’s fault!


19 posted on 01/02/2014 11:34:14 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Seaplaner; MestaMachine; Arrowhead1952; ConorMacNessa; BIGLOOK; HiJinx; SandRat; mylife; ...

Seaplaner, your kids ate the same dirt I did.

Ramadi was MY town. It was Dodge City until the surge. But no, we had to give it back.


20 posted on 01/02/2014 11:53:09 PM PST by Old Sarge (And Good Evening, Agent Smith, wherever you are...)
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To: Old Sarge

Prayers and good rest.


21 posted on 01/02/2014 11:58:50 PM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Sickening, but the current generation is being forced to learn the Vietnam era term, “wasted”. The politicians have done it again.


22 posted on 01/03/2014 12:00:04 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

So a lot of our men died in vain?? This is sad.


23 posted on 01/03/2014 12:03:53 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Impy

It isn’t Al Qaeda, it’s only a random group of concerned Muslims mad about that American made video. It’s our fault...


24 posted on 01/03/2014 3:03:30 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

We lost 51 brave Marines taking Fallujah the second time.

It should have been obliterated from the air after warning the civilians to leave.

Same thing with Ramadi.

This is the only thing Islam understands. Brute force which they cannot overcome.

I don’t care if all of Iraq falls under Al Qaeda.

Even after we spent a trillion dollars and thousands of American lives, it is still an Islamic sh#thole.

I throw my sandals at them.


25 posted on 01/03/2014 3:16:38 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Travis McGee
Wait until the last U.S. helo lifts out of Kabul.

The Taliban will be chopping heads on the soccer field the following day.

I suspect they will start sooner than that. After all, our current ROE won't even stop them from doing it now.

26 posted on 01/03/2014 3:20:28 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Nation Building is a lousy reason to go to war, and declaring war with a euphemism (War on Terror) is a tepid response.


27 posted on 01/03/2014 3:28:21 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: MestaMachine

Indeed, and Kabul and Kandahar while we we at it.

I have been saying this for a dozen years.


28 posted on 01/03/2014 4:02:18 AM PST by left that other site
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To: NonValueAdded
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The "Sodomite Bastard Kenyan's" new year gift to his false moon-god child-molesting prophet mohammed ...


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29 posted on 01/03/2014 4:45:39 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Swine Piss be upon the Sodmite Obama, and his Child-Rapist False Prophet Mohammed)
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To: MestaMachine

You are absolutely right.


30 posted on 01/03/2014 5:40:22 AM PST by Valentine Michael Smith (You won't find justice in a Courtroom)
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To: Old Sarge; Seaplaner
But no, we had to give it back.

But, remember 0 bummer saying "Al Qaeda is dead and GM is alive". Yeah right Barry.

31 posted on 01/03/2014 5:48:15 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: MestaMachine; All
We should have bombed mecca on day one after 9/11 followed closely, as in minutes, by tehran and medina.

Exactly. Then torn down every totalitarian base camp/mosque/madrass in western civilization. Yet death and plunder, internal and external, are actions that can legitimize totalitarians of all stripes.

1400 years of appeasing BIG TOTALITARIANISM does not work.

But who are we? A couple of hundred years old upstart republic? BIG TOTALITARIANISM is not impressed.

32 posted on 01/03/2014 6:12:06 AM PST by PGalt
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To: exit82
"It should have been obliterated from the air after warning the civilians to leave."

Heavy artillery, it's cheaper and does a better job.

33 posted on 01/03/2014 9:57:00 AM PST by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: Seaplaner

Imagine how the families whose kids died are feeling about this....

My whole family has members who have served and are serving....if my kids came to me today to sign up I would do all in my power to stop them until Obama is out of office!


34 posted on 01/03/2014 10:31:17 AM PST by caww
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To: caww
...if my kids came to me today to sign up I would do all in my power to stop them until Obama is out of office!

I understand the sentiment, my FRiend, I really do.

However, one wonders if this could be what Mister Obama wants...to make our members of our fine Military feel unwelcome and not respected (both the people and the mission), and to leave the service. (I'm not saying this is the case, I'm saying I don't know.)

Given the critical state of the world, and the (sadly) declining state of our wonderful Country, I would try to convince those who consider wearing the uniform to do so, and to weather the bad time with an internal sense of importance and of pride that overcome lack of respect. Their service is vital to us.

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35 posted on 01/03/2014 2:06:36 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Seaplaner

Well, I guess I can agree that it’s worth it for them to join just the same...You never know what Obamas motives are except destruction....I won’t trust a thing this administration presents to the public...they are worse than having an enemy, who at least doesn’t pretend to be otherwise, and we have to pay for this creep!


36 posted on 01/03/2014 3:15:10 PM PST by caww
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