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Al-Qaeda rebels take Tikrit, force 500,000 to flee Mosul
Hotair ^ | 06/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 06/11/2014 11:53:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Tikrit may be remembered more for being Saddam Hussein’s home town. Today it fell to radical Sunni extremists linked to al-Qaeda as western Iraq spins out of Baghdad’s control. ISIS also tightened its grip on Mosul and took aim at the Iraqi oil infrastructure, hoping to establish its own transnational state with territory it controls in Syria:

Iraqi security officials say al-Qaida-inspired militants have seized the northern city of Tikrit.

The two officials in Baghdad told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Saddam Hussein’s hometown was under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, whose fighters this week took control of Mosul, the country’s second largest city.

The BBC reports that 500,000 refugees have fled Mosul to escape ISIS, and that the terrorists have seized diplomatic personnel from Turkey:

As many as 500,000 people have been forced to flee the Iraqi city of Mosul after hundreds of Islamist militants took control of it, theInternational Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

Troops were among those fleeing as the jihadists from the ISIS group took the city and much of Nineveh province.

The head of the Turkish mission in Mosul and 24 consulate officials have been seized, local sources say.

PM Nouri Maliki has asked parliament to declare a state of emergency.

The US said the development showed ISIS was a threat to the entire region.

Yes, but what is the US prepared to do about it? Not much more than cheerlead from the sidelines, according to McClatchy:

U.S. officials were quick to express solidarity with the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, who was elected to his post originally during the American occupation and whose administration the U.S. has backed with weapons shipments and military training. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States was working closely with the Maliki government, and Brett McGurk, the State Department’s top diplomat for Iraq and Iran, pointed out via Twitter that U.S. and Iraqi soldiers “have suffered and bled together, and we will help in time of crisis.”

But the nature of that help was perhaps best encapsulated in the response of Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby that made it clear that the U.S. was unlikely to become directly involved in Iraq’s battle with ISIS. “This is for the Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi government to deal with,” Kirby said.

In comments Tuesday, U.S. officials left no room for direct involvement in the conflict there, where ISIS, analysts said, had demonstrated that it could successfully and simultaneously control parts of two major Iraqi cities, while battling multiple forces inside Syria, including the Lebanese militant organization Hezbollah and al Qaida’s Nusra Front. …

The performance of the Iraqi military at Mosul was another source of embarrassment for American officials, who had spent billions of dollars training and equipping the Iraqi military, only to have its soldiers shed their uniforms and flee before the ISIS attackers.

As I wrote earlier, there isn’t much we can do now. Despite the predictable return of al-Qaeda and ISIS to western Iraq, the Obama administration failed to reach an agreement with the Maliki government for a residual force to support Iraq’s security services in that eventuality. We have no footprint on the ground any longer in Iraq, and other than long-range bombing missions that would do damage to the Iraqis as well as ISIS thanks to the latter’s integration into urban areas, no immediate way to impact the fight.

Our materiel on the ground is worse than useless now, thanks to the Iraqi army’s flight:

With the fall of Mosul on Tuesday, Iraq’s al Qaeda offshoot has not only seized the country’s second-largest city, it appears it also has come into possession of the heavy weapons and vehicles the U.S. military had provided Iraq’s military to fight them.

That’s terrible news for America’s few allies left in Iraq as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) morph from terrorist menace to a military force capable of over-running an army the U.S. military trained for nearly a decade. It also calls into question the American government’s decision to withdraw the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011. Three years later that withdrawal now appears premature. …

General Najim al-Jabouri, a former mayor of Tel Afar, which is a little more than 31 miles from Mosul, told The Daily Beast the bases seized by ISIS this week would provide the group with even more heavy weapons than they currently control. “The Iraqi army left helicopters, humvees, cargo planes and other heavy machine guns, along with body armor and uniforms,” the general, who is now a scholar at the National Defense University, said. He said he was able to learn about the equipment from soldiers and other politicians in and around Mosul with whom he keeps in touch.

General Najim is not alone in this assessment. Jack Keane, a retired four-star Army general who was a key adviser to General David Petraeus during the counter-insurgency campaign in Iraq in 2007 and 2008 known as the surge, said ISIS has now established itself as a formidable military force.

Speaking of premature, the troops we trained to replace us ended up demoralized when confronted in the field — and are now deserting in large numbers:

After months of grinding conflict against a resurgent militant movement, the Iraqi Army is having its power blunted by a rise in desertions, turning the tide of the war and fragmenting an institution, trained and funded by the United States, that some hoped would provide Iraqis a common sense of citizenship.

In a nation tearing apart along sectarian lines, Sunnis and Shiites have served together in the military. But the defections of Sunni soldiers threatened to deepen the growing perception among Iraq’s Sunnis that the military serves as an instrument of Shiite power, even while Shiites soldiers have also fled.

The toll of the desertions came into sharp relief on Tuesday, as soldiers and their commanders abandoned bases in Mosul, all but ceding Iraq’s second-largest city to extremist fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The fleeing troops left weapons, vehicles and even their uniforms behind, as militants took over at least five army installations and the city’s airport. In a desperate bid to stem the losses, the military was reduced to bombing its own bases to avoid surrendering more weapons to the enemy. American officials who had asserted that the $14 billion that the United States had spent on the Iraqi security forces would prepare them to safeguard the country after American troops left were forced to ponder images from Mosul of militants parading around captured Humvees.

The Wall Street Journal puts the blame on the Obama administration for its decision to completely abandon Iraq:

Since President Obama likes to describe everything he inherited from his predecessor as a “mess,” it’s worth remembering that when President Bush left office Iraq was largely at peace. Civilian casualties fell from an estimated 31,400 in 2006 to 4,700 in 2009. U.S. military casualties were negligible. Then CIA Director Michael Hayden said, with good reason, that “al Qaeda is on the verge of a strategic defeat in Iraq.”

Fast forward through five years of the Administration’s indifference, and Iraq is close to exceeding the kind of chaos that engulfed it before the U.S. surge. The city of Fallujah, taken from insurgents by the Marines at a cost of 95 dead and nearly 600 wounded in November 2004, fell again to al Qaeda in January. The Iraqi government has not been able to reclaim the entire city—just 40 miles from Baghdad. More than 1,000 Iraqi civilians were killed in May alone, according to the Iraq Body Count web site. …

Its promise of a “diplomatic surge” in Iraq to follow the military surge of the preceding years never materialized as the U.S. washed its hands of the country. Mr. Obama’s offer of a couple thousand troops beyond 2011 was so low that Mr. Maliki didn’t think it was worth the domestic criticism it would engender. An American President more mindful of U.S. interests would have made Mr. Maliki an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Mr. Maliki had to plead for emergency military equipment when he visited the U.S. last year, and the U.S. has mostly slow-rolled the delivery of arms. Now that stocks of U.S. military supplies have fallen into ISIS’s hands in Mosul, the Administration’s instinct will be to adopt an ultra-cautious approach to further arms deliveries. Mr. Maliki is likely to depend even more on Iran for aid, increasing the spread of the Sunni-Shiite regional conflict.

The Administration’s policy of strategic neglect toward Iraq has created a situation where al Qaeda effectively controls territories stretching for hundreds of miles through Anbar Province and into Syria. It will likely become worse for Iraq as the Assad regime consolidates its gains in Syria and gives ISIS an incentive to seek its gains further east. It will also have consequences for the territorial integrity of Iraq, as the Kurds consider independence for their already autonomous and relatively prosperous region.

We gave away all that we won in Iraq, and now the same terrorist network we have explicitly named as our enemy since 9/11 is coming close to creating its own state in the Middle East, complete with standing army and American arms. We may pretend to be able to wash our hands of this outcome, but sooner or later those oil resources will generate billions of dollars that will flood terrorist accounts and fuel attacks against Israel and the US. Right now, we don’t appear to want to do much about it, even to the extent we still can.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; iraq; mosul; tikrit
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1 posted on 06/11/2014 11:53:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s send em gift cards they can redeem anywhere.

I think we’re out of traitors to trade for...


2 posted on 06/11/2014 11:56:01 AM PDT 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: SeekAndFind


3 posted on 06/11/2014 11:58:55 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mullah Baraq will find room for them on our military bases.


4 posted on 06/11/2014 11:59:10 AM PDT by clintonh8r (Can Juan Williams possibly be that stupid?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama’s foreign policy is just wonderful isn’t it?


5 posted on 06/11/2014 11:59:20 AM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: SeekAndFind

Miss us yet?


6 posted on 06/11/2014 11:59:39 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: SeekAndFind

At this point, I really don’t care what happens in Iraq. We gave them their chance. They screwed up. Too bad, so sad.


7 posted on 06/11/2014 12:01:22 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Assault on Samarra (Shiite holy city) was repulsed.


8 posted on 06/11/2014 12:03:17 PM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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To: SeekAndFind
Great Democrat Party Military Victories:

April 30th 1975 - North Vietnam Takes Saigon

June 10th 2014 - Al-Qaeda Takes Mosul


9 posted on 06/11/2014 12:04:13 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: Iron Munro
TIKRIT IS HALF-WAY BETWEEN MOSUL AND BAGHDAD. IS BAGHDAD NEXT? ( THE TERRORISTS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN FALLUJAH ):

10 posted on 06/11/2014 12:07:36 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
We may pretend to be able to wash our hands of this outcome, but sooner or later those oil resources will generate billions of dollars that will flood terrorist accounts and fuel attacks against Israel and the US.

I am sure the Mosul banks didn't have time to export their money and the Sunni terrorists will get that bank money, and be well funded for awhile. -Tom

11 posted on 06/11/2014 12:08:41 PM PDT by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse U.S. citizens and Americans. They are not necessarily the same. -tom)
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To: SeekAndFind

In less than 5 years this incompetent teleprompter reader/fundraiser and his incompetant administration has made the world a very, very dangerous place.


12 posted on 06/11/2014 12:11:20 PM PDT by A message
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To: SeekAndFind
Nah. This just can't be. I mean emperor 0bama told us that We "Decimated Al Qaeda"
13 posted on 06/11/2014 12:11:42 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SeekAndFind

As long as we have a Communist Muslim in the White House and crazy leftists in every position of power, it will be FAR better to do nothing than to send in more troops to get killed.

Let the Iranians handle it.

As for the oil, Bush handed most of that over to the French and the Chinese. Let them defend it.


14 posted on 06/11/2014 12:18:21 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SeekAndFind; LucyT; azishot

“The head of the Turkish mission in Mosul and 24 consulate officials have been seized, local sources say.”

Erdogan, the Calif-in-waiting, is getting paid for arming terrorists in Syria. Those are the same terrorists, ISIS, who took his people hostage!

Assad is slaughtering al qaeda and ISIS in Syria and doesn’t mind going after them with Maliki for self-preservation of both of them.

Meanwhile, the 0h0mallah regime is...monitoring the situation closely...

Tick...tock...


15 posted on 06/11/2014 12:22:48 PM PDT by melancholy
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To: SeekAndFind
Great post from "Bob H." found on a yahoo board:

The Islamic state of Iraq recently over ran Mosul, Iraq’s second city, after regular army troops fled. It wasn’t bad enough that they gained all the arms and weapons on the military base that we supplied to the Iraqi army. After taking the city and government offices they began to loot all of the banks netting an estimated $429 million in American dollars, leaving them richer than small nations such as the Falkland islands. If anyone thinks that this is not going to come home to roost on us, I think that they are sadly mistaken.

Whether through intention or just sheer stupidity, this administration has now made an Al Qaeda affiliated group the best funded terror organization on the planet. As extremist Muslim insurgencies burn across the middle east, Africa and Asia, ISIS now has it’s hands on more money than Al Qaeda itself. The “War on terror” is now showing itself as an abysmal failure as we prepare to abandon Afghanistan to our enemies. The entire balance of power has been shifted in the middle east after country after country has fallen to revolutions covertly supported and funded by our own government.

Every major government that kept Al-Qaeda at bay is either out, or in transition except Iran. From Libya to Syria to Afghanistan Al-Qaeda is going to have a free reign. Karzai’s government will not stand a chance once the Taliban coupled with Al Qaeda start flooding back into the country. As each of these countries fall, more and more money is going to be channeled into terrorist groups. With this destabilization, our own government has almost made it certain that Jihad will fall on our shores. Once they are done fighting among themselves they will be turning their eyes to us. Don’t think that for one second that they have forgotten one single Sunni death caused by America.

They will now have the funding of entire countries to focus their terror on us. Here at home that will only mean more justification for DHS and NSA to restrict our rights in the name of fighting terrorists. More surveillance, more searches and more infringements. The gross irony here is that they have made and empowered these enemies for them to be in the position to attack us, and we, not them will pay the price.

16 posted on 06/11/2014 12:24:58 PM PDT by LivingNet
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To: A message; All
"In less than 5 years this incompetent teleprompter reader/fundraiser and his incompetant administration has made the world a very, very dangerous place."

That about sums it up. I wish I had something "pithy" to say, but all I can say is, this is a terrible turn of events, and potentially very dangerous. Shocking to me, but probably shouldn't be.

Not to mention the squandering of all that our soldiers worked and sacrificed for over there.

So just pinging to follow...

17 posted on 06/11/2014 12:25:09 PM PDT by 88keys (broken glass GOP; it matters, replace the Dems. 2014!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

So, all the lives, all the wounded, all the severely injured in ways we don’t yet know and all the years have been wasted. And, we have nothing of value to show for it, not even oil.


18 posted on 06/11/2014 12:29:57 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: melancholy; LucyT
Meanwhile, the 0h0mallah regime is...monitoring the situation closely...

Yeah, to be sure it's going the way they want it to.

19 posted on 06/11/2014 12:31:31 PM PDT by azishot
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To: SeekAndFind

And they just robbed a bank there for <$450M. Makes “Kelly’s Heroes” look like amateurs.


20 posted on 06/11/2014 12:42:56 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The world would be better off if Sadaam Hussein had been left in power.

Back in 2003 no one could anticipate thet a US president would be backing the terrorists throughout the mideast.


21 posted on 06/11/2014 12:53:14 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: SeekAndFind

It seems to me that one of the devices we should include in weaponry given to other nations is a simple ‘kill switch’. If the weapons fall into the wrong hands or are going to be used against us, we hit a button and the technology gets fried.


22 posted on 06/11/2014 12:58:06 PM PDT by jimbug
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To: SeekAndFind

Bush’ fault for having invaded Iraq.

If Saddam had been alive, all this would not have happened and there would have been “peace” in Iraq.

Muslim “peace” perhaps, but better than what they have now.


23 posted on 06/11/2014 12:59:26 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: A message

Is it due to his “incompetence”, as you state, or is it all done intentionally and premeditated as part of his overall plan to destroy this nation?

This is all about the “change” he promised during the first campaign of his presidency.


24 posted on 06/11/2014 1:09:40 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Servant of the Cross

Can we rescind the “Nobel Peace Prize” yet?


25 posted on 06/11/2014 1:10:03 PM PDT by Undecided 2012
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To: Parmy

BINGO!


26 posted on 06/11/2014 1:11:14 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Iron Munro

The correct response is the world would be better off if Democrats did not control the Presidency, Senate and State Department. Together these Democrats collectively abrogated and abandoned US regional stabilization policies and treaties dating back to WWII.


27 posted on 06/11/2014 1:14:37 PM PDT by Justa
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To: Justa

They have taken more than Mosul now.....Maliki is trembling...they’re taking over the entire major cities one after the other.

This looks to me like Irans doing.


28 posted on 06/11/2014 1:16:48 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

“This looks to me like Irans doing.”

ISIS is a hyper radical Sunni group. It would not surprise me if Maliki calls for Iran’s help.


29 posted on 06/11/2014 1:23:01 PM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: LivingNet

Iraq Updates:

.....Amnesty Washington Watches As Iraq Speeds Toward Disaster ... ‘Mass beheadings’ by al-Qaeda Forces in Mosul and Tikrit ..

......Fresh off victory Mosul, militants in Iraq Wrest control of Tikrit.....Pushing Deeper into Sunni Areas

.....ISIS seized Turkish Consulate in Iraq ‘s Mosul

.....Turkey just requested a emergency NATO meeting about Mosul situation.

.....Analysts Say some Former Officers and Soldiers of Saddam in Army Ranks of ISIL or at Least Fighting Alongside Group


30 posted on 06/11/2014 1:27:52 PM PDT by caww
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31 posted on 06/11/2014 1:30:22 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Is not wearing a helmet a Muzzie religious thing?


32 posted on 06/11/2014 1:31:12 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: caww
Refugees leaving in hundreds and fast...they know what's coming from their own thugs!...already reported beheading people


33 posted on 06/11/2014 1:33:15 PM PDT by caww
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To: nascarnation
I don't know but the one guy looks like he's got a suicide belt on......

Well...they'll be fighting each other there in Iraq yet again...only now we've built their nation up so much it's ready for them to take over...go figure that!

34 posted on 06/11/2014 1:34:53 PM PDT by caww
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To: nascarnation
The ISIS has become the richest terror group ever after looting $500 billion Iraqi dinars - the equivalent of $429 million from Mosul Central Bank.


35 posted on 06/11/2014 1:38:18 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww
Currently the Gov. doesn't have control of the areas...


36 posted on 06/11/2014 1:42:24 PM PDT by caww
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To: Justa
Creepy looking characters...beheading people as they go from the reports now...after robbing the banks of millions they can dress their killers all the same


37 posted on 06/11/2014 1:44:57 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww
Grand Exodus of refugees out of Iraq's Mosul and other cities under attack...


38 posted on 06/11/2014 1:48:29 PM PDT by caww
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To: Cowboy Bob

In hindsight, we were better off leaving Saddam in power...He was the Devil We Knew.


39 posted on 06/11/2014 1:49:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama’s got America on the run.


40 posted on 06/11/2014 1:49:42 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: caww

Wow has Hillary 2016 sent them a fundraising mailer yet?


41 posted on 06/11/2014 1:50:14 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: dfwgator

Agree with your post, I still like GWB but I always felt he was after Saddam because of his plot to blow up GHWB in Kuwait.


42 posted on 06/11/2014 1:53:33 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: caww
Islamic terrorists seize Saddam Hussein’s hometown after 500,000 flee unrest in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul...Here we go again!!!!


43 posted on 06/11/2014 1:53:45 PM PDT by caww
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To: dfwgator

I agree....that’s why SiSi in Egypt needed to be.

Islam will never bring peace for very long...the fighters love the taste of death.

BTW It can also become an addiction....these fighters get all jacked up on drugs so the combination of that and the adrenaline rush they have when they behead people...these folks are as close to being utterly lost to evil.


44 posted on 06/11/2014 1:57:34 PM PDT by caww
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To: nascarnation

No doubt it’s on the way..lololol

You know I really don’t care if they take each others lives anymore. Sounds heartless perhaps but I really have seen enough since 9/11 and learned enough of these people that war is in their blood one way or another and they will never really do what they need to do to have peace as Islam is diametrically opposed to that.

So I expect the East to be at war....


45 posted on 06/11/2014 2:10:26 PM PDT by caww
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To: nascarnation
Here's the guy with the 10 million dollar bounty on his head who is leading this charge throughout Iraq...guy is worse than Benladin it's been reported, so not surprised his followers are beheading people without blinking an eye...that's how he works.


46 posted on 06/11/2014 2:15:41 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

I read this book about Afghanistan

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/103088.The_Man_Who_Would_Be_King

And it convinced me that these regions will never be anything but perpetual warmongers.


47 posted on 06/11/2014 2:17:37 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama Hussein intentionally flubbed the status of forces. He hates America and the dupes elected him twice.


48 posted on 06/11/2014 3:11:53 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: caww

ISIL is composed of Sunnis, so Iran cannot be behind them. More like Turkey in perhaps some spoils-of-oil agreement for profit-sharing of the Kirkuk fields and Baiji refinery proceeds.

If the ISIL offensive moves into Shia territory Iran may ultimately get involved if for no other reason than to give cover for their utilizing Basra port and oil facilities to export their own crude, avoiding sanctions. They’re already doing that so they’ll likely just take over the southern fields and run it under the guise of the Iraqi government.

Maliki should be able to bring enough Shia into the fight to make them fight for Baghdad. The reason the IA has folded so far is that they deploy Sunni troops into Sunni areas and Shia into Shia territory.


49 posted on 06/11/2014 3:43:04 PM PDT by Justa
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To: caww

Where’s a A10 or AC130 when you need one?


50 posted on 06/11/2014 3:46:36 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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