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Iraq crisis: Militants 'seize Tikrit' after taking Mosul (Next up? Place your bets!)
BBC News ^ | 6/11/14 | BBC

Posted on 06/11/2014 10:31:39 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

Islamist insurgents in Iraq have seized the city of Tikrit, their second major gain after capturing Mosul on Tuesday, security officials say.

Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein, lies just 150km (95 miles) north of the capital Baghdad.

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki vowed to fight back against the jihadists and punish those in the security forces who fled, offering little or no resistance.

The insurgents are from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

ISIS, which is also known as ISIL, is an offshoot of al-Qaeda.

It controls considerable territory in eastern Syria and western and central Iraq, in a campaign to set up a Sunni militant enclave straddling the border.

There were also reports on Wednesday of fighting further south, in Samarra, 110km north of Baghdad.

Separately, at least 21 people were killed and 45 hurt by a suicide bomber at a Shia meeting in Baghdad, police said.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; baghdad; crisis; iraq; iraqmeltdown; isis; militants; mosul; tikrit
AQ is decapitated.

The War on Terror is Won!!

Famous lies from the mouths of babes... and scoundrels.

1 posted on 06/11/2014 10:31:39 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

They’re offering to behead anyone who doesn’t surrender. Many are choosing the surrender option.


2 posted on 06/11/2014 10:33:35 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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They have newer vehicles..

Probably hot off the car lot, no doubt, free.



3 posted on 06/11/2014 10:34:49 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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Ya know where this is headed.


4 posted on 06/11/2014 10:35:40 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Where is the Iraqi Air Force? A 60 vehicle convoy to the largest refinery in Iraq? That’s a hell of a target for a determined government. Unless they are not determined.


5 posted on 06/11/2014 10:36:04 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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IS in Iraq

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has 3,000 to 5,000 fighters, and grew out of an al-Qaeda-linked organisation in Iraq

ISIS has exploited the standoff between the Iraqi government and the minority Sunni Arab community, which complains that Shia PM Nouri Maliki is monopolising power

It has already taken over Ramadi and Falluja, but taking over Mosul is a far greater feat than anything the movement has achieved so far, and will send shockwaves throughout the region

The organisation is led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi - an obscure figure regarded as a battlefield commander and tactician. He was once the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq, one of the groups that later became ISIS.


6 posted on 06/11/2014 10:36:59 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
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.

7 posted on 06/11/2014 10:39:12 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Tikrit = Saddam’s home town.


8 posted on 06/11/2014 10:40:17 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: NormsRevenge

Supposedly the American equipped and trained Iraqi army has almost 300,000 men and that army is getting crushed by a force one hundredth the size.


9 posted on 06/11/2014 10:41:44 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: Genoa

Probably means they are ready to provide assistance to the ISIS.


10 posted on 06/11/2014 10:42:41 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Genoa

Maybe they can unretire Weasley Clarke and send him back to war.. from 30K feet.


11 posted on 06/11/2014 10:44:03 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: Genoa
Breaking from Reuters: US 'stands ready' to provide assistance to Iraq.

Oh, joy. They're halfway to Baghdad and we're going to do what, exactly?

12 posted on 06/11/2014 10:45:20 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: NormsRevenge

And not a few FReepers.


13 posted on 06/11/2014 10:47:07 AM PDT by Romulus
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To: Billthedrill

4000+ gave all they had for Iraq, thousands more came very close to that. President Obowma squandered away their sacrifice for a perceived short term political gain. AQ and it’s affiliates now control more territory than they ever have.

Standing by for oil prices to spike.

Pray for guidance.


14 posted on 06/11/2014 10:56:43 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: NormsRevenge

A map of currently Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham controlled areas detailed here:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/06/isis_take_control_of_1.php#


15 posted on 06/11/2014 11:02:57 AM PDT by Freemeorkillme
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To: C19fan
Another ARVN army. They have a lot of U S equipment that they barely know how to use and no will to use it. So American weapons end up falling into enemy hands to be used against us.
16 posted on 06/11/2014 11:06:16 AM PDT by bonehead4freedom
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To: bonehead4freedom

I see this as a direct result of failed foreign policy. The Obama administration failed to secure a new Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq. Unforgiveable and unheard.

We would still have bases there had he not been such a novice and failure. I don’t think we would have ISIS become even close to what it is now had not this President failed.


17 posted on 06/11/2014 11:14:58 AM PDT by Freemeorkillme
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To: NormsRevenge

Next: Afghanistan, Syria, Jordan. Their main goal, as with any good Muslim or liberal, is the destruction of Israel.


18 posted on 06/11/2014 11:15:25 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: Dallas59

Obama makes even Jimmy Carter look like Winston Churchill.


19 posted on 06/11/2014 11:22:40 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: NormsRevenge
Has anyone heard the rumor that Al-Qaeda is going to rename Mosul?

Mosul's new name will be Obamabad in honor of the man who made their recent victories possible.

20 posted on 06/11/2014 11:23:54 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: NormsRevenge
Ramadi, Fallujah, Mosul, and Tikrit down? I'll place my money on them taking Baghdad before the end of next week.
21 posted on 06/11/2014 11:24:20 AM PDT by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: Freemeorkillme

I’m guessing this will end with Iraq being partitioned between Al Qaeda to the West and Iran to the East. Iran will likely move in to safeguard the Shite population—no doubt with the tacit approval of Obama.

Mission accomplished.


22 posted on 06/11/2014 11:32:51 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: NormsRevenge

How about we do our version of the media’s daily body count that turned people against Iraq by its relentless, never-ending drumbeat? Whenever the jihadis take back a town, we keep track of the number of Americans who died taking it. Obama is purposely making each and every one of those sacrifices for naught.


23 posted on 06/11/2014 11:52:12 AM PDT by Defiant (Illegal aliens being allowed to stay legally is my definition of amnesty.)
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To: SisterK

Dubya won Iraq for the Shia, but the Sunnis are going to take it back — unless Iran intervenes.


24 posted on 06/11/2014 1:22:36 PM PDT by expat2
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To: NormsRevenge

They’re plunderers and looters from way back. They have a history.


25 posted on 06/11/2014 3:48:06 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: bonehead4freedom

The ARVN performed admirably in defending the South until the Democrats pulled the plug and even then they lasted longer than many supposed.


26 posted on 06/11/2014 3:50:06 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Freemeorkillme

Failed? How can you fail when your intention is to rewrite all of history by destroying the West?


27 posted on 06/11/2014 3:50:39 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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