Skip to comments.Al Qaeda Flag Flies over City Where Marines Fought Largest Battle of Iraq War
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 Fallujahs government buildings in Iraqs 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 dont want to hurt you. We dont 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...
(Excerpt) Read more at mediaite.com ...
Heckuva great job Barry...
Don’t the camel-jockey iraqis know how to fight for their country? It’s their turn now.
According to O Afghanistan was the “real war” we should have fought, and he has wasted our treasure there as well
We want you to reopen the schools and institutions and return to your normal lives...
Funny, that’s what Obama is always telling us...
What do you think we should do about these nations? (That is politically realistic.)
Invading Iraq was the biggest blunder is US foreign policy history.
Oh, and Bush gave us ethanol and banned Edison light bulbs too.
Shoot, he killed my dog and got my sister pregnant.
America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!
Bailed out the banksters too! And GM. And Chrysler!
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.
I agree on all counts.
>> Invading Iraq was the biggest blunder is US foreign policy history.
Opinions are not necessarily facts.
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.
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...
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.
Guess we’ll be back.
Frickin roaches ....
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.