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Insurgents seize Iraqi city of Mosul as troops flee
Washington Post ^ | June 10, 2014 | BY LIZ SLY AND AHMED RAMADAN

Posted on 06/10/2014 5:53:39 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

BEIRUT — Insurgents seized control early Tuesday of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, including the provincial government headquarters, offering a powerful demonstration of the mounting threat posed by extremists to Iraq’s teetering stability.

Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, overran the entire western bank of the city overnight after Iraqi soldiers and police apparently fled their posts, in some instances discarding their uniforms as they sought to escape the advance of the militants.

In Baghdad, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced a “general mobilization” and asked parliament to declare a state of emergency, saying the government would not allow the area to fall “under the shadows of terror and terrorists.”

Iraq’s speaker of parliament, Osama Nujaifi, said Mosul, Iraq’s third-largest city and the effective capital of northern Iraq, is now entirely in insurgent hands.

“When the battle got tough in the city of Mosul, the troops dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts, making it an easy prey for the terrorists,” he told a televised news conference in Baghdad.

All key facilities are now controlled by the insurgents, including the airport and the prisons, said Nujaifi, who is from Mosul.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; leadingfrombehind Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: Oldeconomybuyer

Nero....zero....


2 posted on 06/10/2014 5:56:33 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Paging John McCain. Your DoD executive jet is standing by...


3 posted on 06/10/2014 5:57:52 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Aria

Been following it for hours....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3165742/posts?page=23

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3165736/posts?page=30

cluster**** in action.


4 posted on 06/10/2014 5:59:45 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Can someone please explain why we ever went to that hellhole to begin with??? I cant see a single thing there worth American lives!! What a foolish waste of lives/treasure... :(


5 posted on 06/10/2014 5:59:46 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
All that hard work down the drain.

Ah, well. At least Ubama gave peace a chance.

Maybe next time he can try buying the world a Coke.

6 posted on 06/10/2014 6:00:58 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

Iran now getting involved, great....

Iran Govt points out that the shia holy shrines in Iraq (Kerbala, Najaf, Samara Khazemain) are “red lines” for Iran.


7 posted on 06/10/2014 6:03:43 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

Does this mean that the terrorists that the US is arming in Syria are working with the terrorists in Iraq who want to topple the gov that replaced the one we toppled?

8 posted on 06/10/2014 6:04:00 AM PDT by grania
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To: grania

That sounds about right!


9 posted on 06/10/2014 6:05:29 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: grania

Got it in one......and this lot ISIS, i can tell you are renowned for being brutal and much worse than the normal AQ, if that can even be comprehended.


10 posted on 06/10/2014 6:05:37 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: grania

....aaaand Zero is preparing US to become province of Caliphate.


11 posted on 06/10/2014 6:07:12 AM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepeesssssed)
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To: sunmars

This “offensive” is being financed by the Saudis. They are attempting to establish an Arabic speaking Sunni confederation that would include large parts of Syria and Iraq to oppose Iran. Post bin Laden al Queda is a Saudi financed international Sunni fighting force. The capture of Mosul is the high point of this campaign. Soon Iran will be forced to intervene to protect Shi’ite interests in Iraq.


12 posted on 06/10/2014 6:09:16 AM PDT by allendale
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To: wyowolf

Sorry if you think it was a waste, but I spent 2 years there as a contractor, and what I can say is that the US Military was killing those a$$holes by the thousands. Now that we pulled out, they are getting to run another country and have a base of operations. Gee, when they had Afghanistan it really didn’t work out for us so well.


13 posted on 06/10/2014 6:12:51 AM PDT by mikefive (RLTW)
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To: mikefive

oh great more loons getting involved...

PKK, we are ready to support KRG against ISIS


14 posted on 06/10/2014 6:15:21 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars

Bet a lot of heads are rolling in Mosul today.


15 posted on 06/10/2014 6:17:34 AM PDT by gatorhead
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To: sunmars

Jihadi sources claim 15 “attack helicopters” seized along with missiles at Mosul airbase.

great, just great.


16 posted on 06/10/2014 6:17:42 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars

ISIS have also seized the al-Ghazlani military base in Mosul area

“Iraqi soldiers take off their uniforms and leave posts in #Musul as ISIS forces take over the city ... Iraq pic.twitter.com/YOe0WN80Mn”


17 posted on 06/10/2014 6:18:58 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars

70 years later we still have troops in both Germany and Japan. 60 years later we still have troops in Korea. All have strategic interest to the US. If we take a look a map, Iraq is to the west and Afghanistan is to the east of one of our next wars. But obozo is going to pull us out of both and give Iran the advantage. The PKK has been a thorn in the Iraqi’s side as well as Turkey and want their own autonomous region. But IIRC, their idealogy based on marxism. I could be wrong though.


18 posted on 06/10/2014 6:21:43 AM PDT by mikefive (RLTW)
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To: wyowolf

I agree with your sentiments, but all the Obama White Hut had to do when coming into office was negotiate a Status of Forces Agreement with the Iraqi government. They didn’t take it seriously because it wasn’t “the right war” and now Iraq has been overrun by Al Queda.

A total cluster.


19 posted on 06/10/2014 6:23:16 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I agree Zero totally F’d it up, but my point was even being there in the first place was a huge mistake. So many good American lives wasted for muslim filth!!


20 posted on 06/10/2014 6:24:39 AM PDT by wyowolf
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Aymenn J Al-Tamimi ‏@ajaltamimi 56s BREAKING: #Iraq: ISIS claims to have seized al-Qayara, al-Shura, al-Sharaqat, Zamar, Ba'aj, al-Mahalbiya and Jaban in Ninawa province. and moving forward.
21 posted on 06/10/2014 6:26:13 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars
Radio Free Iraq ‏@iraqhurr_eng 1m #Iraq's parliament speaker Usama al-Nujayfi: "We are facing a very serious crisis" (#ISIL #ISIS #Mosul)
22 posted on 06/10/2014 6:27:58 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: Aria

Obama and his crew said we would leave Irag stable and prosperous. BS. Of course everything he says is BS.


23 posted on 06/10/2014 6:55:36 AM PDT by armydawg505
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To: grania

“...the terrorists that the US is arming in Syria are working with the terrorists in Iraq ...”
**********************************************************************

President Obama was “as mad as hell” when he read in the papers that the US is arming terrorists!!


24 posted on 06/10/2014 7:03:24 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: allendale

Keep in mind the following:

* Soetoro, now posing as “Obama,” has helped Pakistan as much as possible.

* Soetoro’s first homo “wife” at Haaaavud was from Pakistan.

* Soetoro and wifey secretly disappeared while in Pakistan for many months.

* Pakistan already has the A-Bomb.

* The territorial joining of the “Poppies of Afghanistan” and the Plutonium of Pakistan” will pose an interesting challenge to “The Plan of Iran.”


25 posted on 06/10/2014 7:06:01 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: All
Iraqi soldiers and police apparently fled their posts, in some instances discarding their uniforms as they sought to escape the advance of the militants

They liked wearing the outfit and collecting the paycheck until they realized the job came with other responsibilities. Reminds me of some Guardsmen during the run up to Desert Storm.

"Whaaaat??? We've gotta fight too? But I'm a conscientious objector."

26 posted on 06/10/2014 7:09:14 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Aria

Al Qaeda in Iraq. The Taliban in Pakistan. Maybe Obama can release some more terrorists.

The Democrats hitched their wagon to Obama and he has pulled them over a cliff.
EVERY terrorist operation from now belongs to the Democrat Party.


27 posted on 06/10/2014 7:28:49 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: grania

Makes you wish Saddam was back in charge.

He was a double edged sword — ran Iraq as any Muslim state should be run and he kept Iran in check.


28 posted on 06/10/2014 7:48:49 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: wyowolf
Can someone please explain why we ever went to that hellhole to begin with??? I cant see a single thing there worth American lives!! What a foolish waste of lives/treasure... :(

Visit the Iraqi Kurdistan Region some time then and talk to the Kurds. I have. It was worth it just as much as the blood and fortune we spent when we liberated France was worth it.

I just pray that the KRG and Peshmerga can keep these lunatics out of their relatively peaceful territory and my friends there stay safe. Mosul is dangerously close to Iraqi Kurdistan.

29 posted on 06/10/2014 7:55:35 AM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: blueunicorn6

Only until the media and the rats figure out how to blame it on a Republican.


30 posted on 06/10/2014 7:55:49 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Aria

Well this is special...

Iraq confirms helicopters on ground in Nineveh are in the hands of ISIS. these pic.twitter.com/ruaYngb8x1


31 posted on 06/10/2014 8:08:28 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: Aria

I saw recently Iraq is getting some F16 fighters. I guess al Qeada has pilots?


32 posted on 06/10/2014 8:12:01 AM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: mikefive

Actually, you’re right...PKK (Kurdistan Worker’s Party) is a Marxist/Leninist group.

Ocalan, the currently-jailed leader, once referred to himself as “...the Lenin of the 21st Century.”


33 posted on 06/10/2014 8:42:44 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: wyowolf

The best argument I knew of at the time was that Saddam was trying to acquire nuclear weapons. There were experts (including Clintonistas) who believed that was a real likelihood. That may be part of the reason the Left put so much emphasis on the whole Valerie Plame/Joe Wilson dog and pony show. Of course there is no way now to know if Saddam would have succeeded.


34 posted on 06/10/2014 10:36:24 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Aria

The army guys who ran were probably Sunnis who didn’t want to fight fellow Sunnis. Putting in Shiite forces might fix that, but might start a civil war.


35 posted on 06/10/2014 10:52:06 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (Socialists want YOUR wealth redistributed, never THEIRS!)
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