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ISIS takes control of Bayji, Tikrit in lightning southward advance
Long War Journal ^ | 6/11/2014 | Bill Roggio

Posted on 06/11/2014 10:24:20 AM PDT by mojito

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham continues its lightning advance southward after seizing control of Mosul, the country's second largest city, and the province of Ninewa and other areas of Salahaddin and Kirkuk provinces yesterday. ISIS has now captured the Salahaddin cities of Bayji, which has Iraq's largest oil refinery, and Tikrit, the provincial capital.

ISIS units traveling in a convoy of more than 60 vehicles advanced into Bayji last night, and torched several government buildings, court houses, and police headquarters, according to ITAR-TASS and Reuters. ISIS fighters are said to have surrounded the refinery and sent a delegation to security forces who are holding out in the complex.

According to Reuters, the 250 security personnel agreed to withdraw from the refinery complex, the largest in Iraq.

After seizing Bayji, ISIS fighters moved to take control of Tikrit, the provincial capital and home town of former dictator Saddam Hussein.

Tikrit is now said to be effectively under ISIS control.

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


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Syria
KEYWORDS: bayji; iraq; iraqmeltdown; isis; mosul; oil; tikrit
ISIS now controls Iraq's largest refinery.

On to Baghdad.

1 posted on 06/11/2014 10:24:20 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

They need to send John Kerry to talk to them and get them to be satisfied with their Sudetenland.


2 posted on 06/11/2014 10:26:41 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: mojito
..and there are threads here indicating that they looted the banks of currency and bullion - to the tune of nearly a half billion dollars.

If Achmed had financial troubles, they're now apparently over.

3 posted on 06/11/2014 10:28:47 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: mojito

Gee, an ally being attacked by mooselimbs (piss be upon them). No response from the Muslim in the Whitehut.


4 posted on 06/11/2014 10:29:06 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: mojito; All

This is bad, really bad. If they are not stopped very soon-the entire world is in peril. Onto Bagdad and beyond!


5 posted on 06/11/2014 10:29:18 AM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary & remove the son of a kenyan mooslimb)
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To: ErnBatavia
They are scooping up huge quantities of munitions and military hardware.

6 posted on 06/11/2014 10:31:15 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: mojito
Are we about to be treated to television images of helicopters taking off from our embassy roof with desperate folks beseeching the pilot for help with outstretched hands?

By the way, how many billions did we spend on that embassy and how long will we keep it?


7 posted on 06/11/2014 10:32:09 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: mojito

Power flows to a vacuum. I wish the papers would publish more about this so that Dear Leader will find out.


8 posted on 06/11/2014 10:32:51 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ErnBatavia
“The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (Isis) has become the richest terror group ever after looting 500 billion Iraqi dinars - the equivalent of $429m (£256m) - from Mosul's central bank, according to the regional governor.

Nineveh governor Atheel al-Nujaifi confirmed Kurdish televison reports that Isis militants had stolen millions from numerous banks across Mosul. A large quantity of gold bullion is also believed to have been stolen.”

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/mosul-seized-jihadis-loot-429m-citys-central-bank-make-isis-worlds-richest-terror-force-1452190

Half a billion, and an unknown quantity of gold bullion, and Iraq's largest refinery. I'd say these fellows are set.

Not many sounds coming from the WH or the MSM though.

9 posted on 06/11/2014 10:34:25 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

in ISIS controlled areas, how does ISIS provide...
food, gasoline, electricity, water, etc

to people in the area it controls?

please note that Bush is no longer president.


10 posted on 06/11/2014 10:36:26 AM PDT by RockyTx
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To: nathanbedford
By the way, how many billions did we spend on that embassy and how long will we keep it?

I don't know what we spent, but I'd say the time we have to keep it can be counted in hours. And if you thought Benghazi was bad....

11 posted on 06/11/2014 10:37:21 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

UK Telegraph now getting reports of mass beheadings in Mosul and Tikrit. More to follow


12 posted on 06/11/2014 10:39:13 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: RockyTx

It looks like ISIS is just seizing what it needs to press its movements south, and is letting the civilian population look after itself.


13 posted on 06/11/2014 10:39:54 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

BBC thread
Iraq crisis: Militants ‘seize Tikrit’ after taking Mosul (Next up? Place your bets)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3166356/posts

On to kuwait!!

Uhhhh..

Pres__ent Obama, when informed of the latest action, responded..

Huh? Where’s my sand wedge, my 9 iron?


14 posted on 06/11/2014 10:41:10 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Covenantor; mojito

Per the Telegraph:

Breaking from Reuters: US ‘stands ready’ to provide assistance to Iraq.

No detail yet on what that means - but almost certain to be diplomatic and equipment, rather than actual military intervention.


15 posted on 06/11/2014 10:41:39 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: RockyTx
in ISIS controlled areas, how does ISIS provide... food, gasoline, electricity, water, etc to people in the area it controls?

I'm guessing the same way the Wehrmacht did in occupied Russia: it doesn't.

16 posted on 06/11/2014 10:42:56 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: mojito

Obozo loses Iraq to terrorist.
Obozo loses Afghanistan to Taliban.
Obozo loses Syria to terrorists.
Obozo loses Ukraine to neo-communists.
Obozo loses Libya to terrorists.

Looks like everything is right on schedule..................


17 posted on 06/11/2014 10:44:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Covenantor

Got a link?................


18 posted on 06/11/2014 10:44:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Covenantor

In on of the updates in that Telegraph article there’s this:

“STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS U.S. UNDERSTANDING IS THAT IRAQ’S BIGGEST OIL REFINERY “REMAINS UNDER CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT”

If that’s what they’re saying in Washington, you can be sure that ISIS is in control of the facility.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10892299/Iraq-crisis-al-Qaeda-forces-seize-Mosul-and-Tikrit-live.html


19 posted on 06/11/2014 10:46:21 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Genoa
US ‘stands ready’ to provide assistance to Iraq.

I think it means that John Kerry is ready to write a strong letter and a UN resolution or two. Barry will never, ever reinsert US combat forces back into Iraq.

20 posted on 06/11/2014 10:48:43 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: Red Badger

At 19.


21 posted on 06/11/2014 10:49:24 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: seeker41

This is “really bad” because we still have that ass hat Obama and the rest of his incompetent cronies in the WH.

Get prepared for an attack on the homeland.


22 posted on 06/11/2014 10:50:15 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: mojito
Not many sounds coming from the WH or the MSM though

The commies in the press must be getting soft. I figured they would be all over this 24/7 with 3 minutes hate about the evil Bush!

23 posted on 06/11/2014 10:51:58 AM PDT by gr8eman (A good rant should have the word "crap" in it at least 4 times!)
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To: ThomasMore

That is my thinking as well. All the while Congress twiddles it’s thumbs-worrying about keeping their seats!


24 posted on 06/11/2014 10:53:25 AM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary & remove the son of a kenyan mooslimb)
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To: mojito; All

According to Al Reuters, the 250 security personnel agreed to withdraw from the refinery complex, the largest in Iraq. Looks like another lie from this admin.


25 posted on 06/11/2014 10:56:19 AM PDT by seeker41 (take your country back by whatever means necessary & remove the son of a kenyan mooslimb)
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To: mojito

Thanks!..............


26 posted on 06/11/2014 11:02:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: mojito
Also from the Telegraph FWIW:

David Cameron rules out British military intervention

27 posted on 06/11/2014 11:05:27 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: seeker41
More from al-Reuters, as reported in the Telegraph:

NATO AMBASSADORS HELD EMERGENCY MEETING ON WEDNESDAY AT TURKEY'S REQUEST TO DISCUSS IRAQ SITUATION - NATO OFFICIAL

28 posted on 06/11/2014 11:06:24 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito
Can't somebody do something like get some has#htags# going? Quick?

This is an emergency!!

29 posted on 06/11/2014 11:07:33 AM PDT by Gritty (Climate hysterics shriek on. Loud and apocalyptic is the only setting on the machine.-Mark Steyn)
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To: Genoa
The US and UK are going to let Iraq fall after all the blood and treasure, and let an al-Qaeda state form on its ruins.

I thought that was the main thing we wanted to prevent.

But I guess Barry has other priorities. He's going to stand with the Muslims.

30 posted on 06/11/2014 11:09:16 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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Killing Osama Bin Laden, just to help you win an election you were gonna steal anyway, sure did work out great. Did Obama ever stop to think why GWB had not killed Osama ? Nope. Not Obama. Did he even contemplate that killing Osama would create one the worlds greatest Islamic martyrs in history. Nope. Not Obama. He never cares about the ends, only the means.


31 posted on 06/11/2014 11:56:01 AM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: Billthedrill

LOL, good comment.


32 posted on 06/11/2014 11:57:35 AM PDT by dforest
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To: mojito
The WH needs to start a hashtag quick #stopterroristsinIraq! That should do it!

It worked for those girls in Nigeria didn't it?

33 posted on 06/11/2014 12:29:31 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: mojito
Well at least the F-16IQ's are not in country yet.

I guess Obama will wait until ISIS has the entire country before delivering them.

34 posted on 06/11/2014 1:00:19 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: mojito; All

35 posted on 06/11/2014 1:06:12 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: fortheDeclaration
What, #bringbackourrefinery? :)
36 posted on 06/11/2014 1:12:10 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: Genoa

“David Cameron rules out British military intervention”

As if he had a choice.


37 posted on 06/11/2014 2:17:55 PM PDT by Blackyce (French President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure.")
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To: CodeToad
No response from the Muslim in the Whitehut.

Probably Mr. Flexibility is in on the whole operation.

38 posted on 06/11/2014 2:28:07 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: mojito

Washington spokesman confirms:

In on of the updates in that Telegraph article there’s this: “STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS U.S. UNDERSTANDING IS THAT IRAQ’S BIGGEST OIL REFINERY “REMAINS UNDER CONTROL OF THE GOVERNMENT”

39 posted on 06/11/2014 2:51:37 PM PDT by Mat_Helm
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To: Vigilanteman

“They need to send John Kerry to talk to them and get them to be satisfied with their Sudetenland.”

Our SEAL transport teams should take Kerry and Ms Clinton up over Iraq and do a Halo Drop with them into the ISIS lines.

Then, Kerry and Ms Clinton can nuance with the ISIS serial killers.


40 posted on 06/13/2014 2:04:47 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obozo, the WonDoer, will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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