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Al Qaeda Flag Flies over City Where Marines Fought Largest Battle of Iraq War
Mediaite ^ | Friday, January 3, 3014 | Noah Rothman

Posted on 01/03/2014 5:13:21 PM PST by kristinn

Just over two years since American troops entirely withdrew from Iraq, the black flag of Al Qaeda flies over the city of Fallujah’s government buildings in Iraq’s western Anbar Province. It was there that several American contractors were killed and strung up over a bridge in 2004 and American Marines fought the biggest battle of the Iraq War.

“The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, the Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war,” reads a report in the Washington Post.

From the WaPo article:

...“At the moment, there is no presence of the Iraqi state in Fallujah,” said a local journalist who asked not to be named because he fears for his safety. “The police and the army have abandoned the city, al-Qaeda has taken down all the Iraqi flags and burned them, and it has raised its own flag on all the buildings.”

At Friday prayers, held outdoors and attended by thousands of people, a masked ISIS fighter took the podium and addressed the crowd, declaring the establishment of an “Islamic emirate” in Fallujah and promising to help residents fight the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Iranian allies.

“We don’t want to hurt you. We don’t want to take any of your possessions,” the masked man told the crowd, according to the journalist, who attended the prayers. “We want you to reopen the schools and institutions and return to your normal lives.”..

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaedainiraq; alqaedairaq; anbar; bho44; bhogwot; bush; fallujah; iran; iraq; isis; islamicimperialism; obama; obamaforeignpolicy; obamalegacy; obamasfault; obamaswars; proislamist; ramadi; shia; sunni; syria; terrorism; threatmatrix; waronterror; whywefight
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I wonder what kind of reception Obama will get from the Marines if he goes to the gym or golfs at Marine Corps Base Hawaii tomorrow morning.
1 posted on 01/03/2014 5:13:22 PM PST by kristinn
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2 posted on 01/03/2014 5:15:34 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: kristinn

Heckuva great job Barry...


3 posted on 01/03/2014 5:19:07 PM PST by rotstan
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To: rotstan

Don’t the camel-jockey iraqis know how to fight for their country? It’s their turn now.


4 posted on 01/03/2014 5:20:14 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: rotstan

According to O Afghanistan was the “real war” we should have fought, and he has wasted our treasure there as well


5 posted on 01/03/2014 5:21:03 PM PST by woofie
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To: kristinn

“We want you to reopen the schools and institutions and return to your normal lives.”..

Funny, that’s what Obama is always telling us...


6 posted on 01/03/2014 5:21:35 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: woofie

What do you think we should do about these nations? (That is politically realistic.)


7 posted on 01/03/2014 5:26:24 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Resurrect Saddam?

Invading Iraq was the biggest blunder is US foreign policy history.

Oh, and Bush gave us ethanol and banned Edison light bulbs too.


8 posted on 01/03/2014 5:28:29 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: kristinn
My cousin for in the battle for Fallujah. He was seriously wounded, and that wound stopped his Marine Corps career.

I am asking God to condemn Obama and send him from the presidency in His and by His way.
9 posted on 01/03/2014 5:32:20 PM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

Shoot, he killed my dog and got my sister pregnant.


10 posted on 01/03/2014 5:33:44 PM PST by davetex (Location: The Alamo)
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To: kristinn
All in accordance with the Marxist-in-Chief's grand design.



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

11 posted on 01/03/2014 5:34:23 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Mlichael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: davetex

Bailed out the banksters too! And GM. And Chrysler!


12 posted on 01/03/2014 5:38:56 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: EEGator
"What do you think we should do about these nations? (That is politically realistic.)"

There is no solution against barbaric Islam, including their moderates. The West either capitulates or goes all out and wipe them out with everything we have. Of course, that will not happen.

13 posted on 01/03/2014 5:39:00 PM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever!)
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To: A Navy Vet

I agree on all counts.


14 posted on 01/03/2014 5:40:35 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

>> Invading Iraq was the biggest blunder is US foreign policy history.

Opinions are not necessarily facts.


15 posted on 01/03/2014 5:41:04 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: EEGator

Nothing. Not our country, not our problem. Unless and until they’re a direct threat to us it simply isn’t our concern.

Unfortunately, I believe that saddam was a direct threat. But our involvement should have ended when he was swinging from a rope.


16 posted on 01/03/2014 5:43:32 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Having some small say in who gets to hold the whip doesn't make you any less a slave.)
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To: kristinn
As an American citizen, and in the interest of providing for the common defense, I would tend to endorse the idea launching an attack against any location flying the Al Qaeda flag. I would consider it an invitation for a military engagement at that very spot.

Again, flying the Al Qaeda flag at any specific location should be interpreted by the United States in one of the following ways:

That way, the people who live in such an area would be highly motivated to ensure that the Al Qaeda flag did not fly anywhere within a bomb blast radius of them or their loved ones.

Freedom isn't free. Not for Americans, and not for Iraqis.

The Iraqi government and its People have to do better...

17 posted on 01/03/2014 5:44:20 PM PST by sargon (I don't like the sound of these here Boncentration Bamps!)
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To: EEGator; Tea Party Terrorist

At this point its too late for anything but a strike on Iraq to prevent their going nuclear... ( which I doubt Obama will do) I think we are looking at decades of turmoil

Fox covered this tonight and did a good job. Obama must have pleased some Bush haters like Tea Party Terrorist by throwing away anything that was gained .... but history shows that weakness such as this ultimately leads to larger conflicts. Lets hope we will be ready when that conflict embroils us again.


18 posted on 01/03/2014 5:45:32 PM PST by woofie
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To: kristinn

Guess we’ll be back.

Frickin roaches ....


19 posted on 01/03/2014 5:47:02 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

Since returning from a year tour in Iraq in 08, I have often wondered what would happen to the country with the opportunity that was given to them. The answer is now coming in, and it does not look very good. The lives lost or altered all for seemingly nothing are an insignificantly small price to pay for the greater glory of our dear leader.

Our political masters treat us as less than serfs.


20 posted on 01/03/2014 5:47:24 PM PST by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: woofie

“At this point its too late for anything but a strike on Iraq to prevent their going nuclear...”

What?


21 posted on 01/03/2014 5:54:08 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

Sorry I meant Iran


22 posted on 01/03/2014 5:55:20 PM PST by woofie
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To: kristinn
America cannot prop up the world. We are broke. Perhaps Europe could start saving the world, or perhaps even 'moderate' countries in the Middle East, ha ha, could do some heavy lifting.

It was always a fools errand to have any intervention. Now we are left with this.

23 posted on 01/03/2014 5:57:03 PM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: kristinn

“We want you to reopen the schools and institutions and return to your normal lives.”..


“Relax for now.. enjoy the weekend.. we’ll wait to commence with the beheadings of your wives and children until Monday.”


24 posted on 01/03/2014 6:00:06 PM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: woofie

LOL, okay. I thought I had missed some huge news event.

I agree that things will be interesting over there for the foreseeable future.


25 posted on 01/03/2014 6:01:07 PM PST by EEGator
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To: righttackle44

My stepson lost an arm and leg at Fallujah, and his younger brother and my son also fought there. November 2004, USMC.


26 posted on 01/03/2014 6:03:02 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: EEGator

Nothing.

We made a bad situation far worse by toppling the existing power structure. Secular dictatorships are the least worst option for Muslim countries.


27 posted on 01/03/2014 6:03:25 PM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Vendome

Guess we’ll be back.


Good God, I hope not.


28 posted on 01/03/2014 6:06:01 PM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: ScottinVA

I agree.


29 posted on 01/03/2014 6:06:14 PM PST by EEGator
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To: kristinn; All

30 posted on 01/03/2014 6:09:28 PM PST by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: kristinn

Another foreign policy success of the Obama administration.


31 posted on 01/03/2014 6:09:45 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: kristinn

I am sure he went way overboard but some of Saddam’s brutality was probably necessary in that particular country.


32 posted on 01/03/2014 6:12:05 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: kristinn
Why is it so hard for people to understand? Al Qaeda works for the US/NATO or, more precisely, the Globalists that control the US/NATO. Al Qaeda was used to attack the Russians, the Serbs, the Iraqis, the Libyans, and right now, the Syrians. The US/NATO funds and arms Al Qaeda to kill Christians in Syria. Next they'll be attacking the Olympics in Sochi.

Of course they are flying their flag over Iraq, just like it flies over Libya and over Syria. We put them there.

33 posted on 01/03/2014 6:14:57 PM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: NEMDF

I’m so terribly sorry about your stepson and hope he is (at least relatively) okay. Semper Fi to all your boys.

My brother is now a colonel in the USMC (he was in Afghanistan most of 2002, on top of all the other places/wars).


34 posted on 01/03/2014 6:18:22 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: hal ogen

We bailed after we lost so much blood there.I blame only ONE person. Obama. We won the war, we could have had an ally in the mideast, access to bases and oil and a stand against Iran...all we needed to do was to help them along AFTER we won.

ITS WHAT WE DID IN EUROPE WITH OUR BASES AND THE MARSHALL PLAN.

Yeah, we should have said that to the europeans”Its their turn now.”


35 posted on 01/03/2014 6:29:14 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: righttackle44

I echo your sentiment!!!!!!


36 posted on 01/03/2014 6:29:56 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Gene Eric

thank you for the succinct comment.

Krauthammer said tonite, History will show that bailing on Iraq after we won the war will be seen as Obozo’s first and worst foreign policy mistake..all done for his poll numbers.


37 posted on 01/03/2014 6:31:53 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

thank you for your service!

It is heart breaking and depressing to watch some moron like Obozo trash a hard won victory and set us up for more pain. It is a hard call to know if we had stayed to assist after the alquida was sent running, if things would have turned out different for sure. But for sure, we doomed our chances by just bolting..because of politics. and now I must get ice cream to deal with the pointlessness of it all politically.


38 posted on 01/03/2014 6:36:25 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: hal ogen

It was always their turn. Janeane Garofalo was right. What an incredible waste of blood and money.


39 posted on 01/03/2014 6:43:35 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

>> History will show that bailing on Iraq...

Agreed.


40 posted on 01/03/2014 6:50:21 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: kristinn

If one wants to read a book that will chill you to the core read, “House to House” which involves an Army portion of the fight in Fallujah. Here’s a short write up on it:

One of the great heroes of the Iraq War, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia captures the brutal action and raw intensity of leading his Third Platoon, Alpha Company, into a lethally choreographed kill zone: the booby-trapped, explosive-laden houses of Fallujah’s militant insurgents. Bringing to searing life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, this stunning war memoir features an indelibly drawn cast of characters, not all of whom would make it out of the city alive, as well as chilling accounts of Bellavia’s singular courage: Entering one house alone, he used every weapon at his disposal in the fight of his life against America’s most implacable enemy.


41 posted on 01/03/2014 7:08:43 PM PST by Portcall24
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To: Portcall24

House to House was excellent.

This one provides a solid overview of the entire battle(s).

42 posted on 01/03/2014 7:20:31 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: kristinn

We lost. Because the State department chose not to win.

This was expected under Bush.


43 posted on 01/03/2014 7:34:01 PM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: ScottinVA
We made a bad situation far worse by toppling the existing power structure. Secular dictatorships are the least worst option for Muslim countries.

Exactly !! Your words should be carved in stone. Just ask the people of Egypt or Libya.

44 posted on 01/03/2014 7:35:03 PM PST by Dartman (CDN PM Stephen Harper may not be perfect, but we don't have to be ashamed or embarassed of him.)
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To: kristinn

Never ever get involved in another war with similar rules of engagement.


45 posted on 01/03/2014 7:42:11 PM PST by School of Rational Thought
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To: phormer phrog phlyer

Thanks for your service man. Lets channel this sorrow and anger.


46 posted on 01/03/2014 7:43:45 PM PST by sgtyork (Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy)
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To: NEMDF

I’m sure you have, but tell them thanks for their service. My nephew is in Afghanistan now...but short, should be back soon.


47 posted on 01/03/2014 7:52:31 PM PST by mykroar (We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. - Nathanael Greene)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

An amazing book. Our men have plenty to be proud of. They did their job.


48 posted on 01/03/2014 7:52:32 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

I worked with Bing West both while in Checkmate as well as at the Center for Low Intensity Conflict. He has an exceptional analytical mind.


49 posted on 01/03/2014 7:54:20 PM PST by Portcall24
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To: kristinn

That hellhole needs to be bulldozed into the sand.


50 posted on 01/03/2014 7:55:54 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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