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How The US Is Arming Both Sides Of The Iraqi Conflict
Zero Hedge ^ | June 12 2014 | Tyler Durden

Posted on 06/12/2014 12:36:42 PM PDT by PoloSec

Recall a week ago we wrote "US Begins Delivering F-16s To Iraq This Week, A Decade After It Wiped Out Iraq's Air Force" in which we said:

... the US will deliver the first of 36 F-16 fighter jets to Iraq in what Baghdad's envoy to the United States called a "new chapter" in his country's ability to defend its vast borders with Iran and other neighbors.

....the US earlier in March provided Iraq with some 100 Hellfire missiles as well as assault rifles and other ammunition. Then in April the US sent more arms, providing Iraq with 11 million rounds of ammunition and other supplies.

It is unknown how many of these have fallen into Al Qaeda/ISIS hands (we do know that at least one Iraqi Black Hawk chopper was captured during the rush for Mosul). What is known is that as PBS Frontline reported two weeks ago, while the administration has denied arming Syrian "rebels", i.e. the same ISIS militants that have crossed the border and are now fighting in Iraq...the reality is that it has. From: "Obama Says Not Arming Syrian Rebels, Syrian Rebels Say He Is"

... the Syrian rebels themselves say they are already armed and trained by US in the use of sophisticated weapons and fighting techniques, including, one rebel said, "how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush." The interviews are the latest evidence that after more than three years of warfare, the United States has stepped up the provision of lethal aid to the rebels, as PBS notes "it appears the Obama administration is allowing select groups of rebels to receive US-made anti-tank missiles."

The commander of the unit also told Ali that their American contacts had asked him to bring 80 to 90 members of his unit to Ankara for training.

One of the fighters said they received three weeks of training in how to conduct ambushes, conduct raids and use their weapons. They also said they received new uniforms and boots.

“They trained us to ambush regime or enemy vehicles and cut off the road,” said the fighter, who is identified only as “Hussein.” “They also trained us on how to attack a vehicle, raid it, retrieve information or weapons and munitions, and how to finish off soldiers still alive after an ambush.”

To summarize: the US was arming and training the same Al Qaeda/ISIS groups of Jihadists, that it concurrently gave Iraq weapons to fight. And since the Iraq army has so far proven utterly incapable of any resistance, it is now up to US drones to "fight" the same "rebels" that the US itself was collaborating with until a month or so ago.

The clear winner here? The US military-industrial complex, of course, as well as the banks who lend money to the governments to fight wars provoked by various "developed nation" spy agencies.

Collateral damage? Millions of innocent people on the ground in Syria and Iraq, and everywhere else too.


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1 posted on 06/12/2014 12:36:42 PM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec
Collateral damage? Millions of innocent people on the ground in Syria and Iraq, and everywhere else too.

Really? Do they think these militant psychos mysteriously showed up from "somewhere else?" Like another planet? No, this war and destruction is in the backyards of where they came from. Let them kill each other off. I'm perfectly content that we arm both sides until there are no sides left alive.

2 posted on 06/12/2014 12:40:01 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: PoloSec

Good! The world would strongly benefit from a crippled Iraq, given that they were unwilling to accept many of America’s terms. We gave the Iraqis freedom, but the ungrateful little Iraqi weasels were unwilling to acquiesce to our demands as reciprocation. Ultimately, it’s best that the rest of the world let the savage Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds kill each other. If Americans can make a profit off of these ingrates, that’s even better.


3 posted on 06/12/2014 12:53:30 PM PDT by Objective Scrutator (All liberals are criminals, and all criminals are liberals)
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To: PoloSec

4 posted on 06/12/2014 12:53:50 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party ...or else it's more of the same...)
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To: PoloSec

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi shows why he’s the world’s most dangerous man (ISIS leader in Iraq)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3166656/posts


5 posted on 06/12/2014 12:57:52 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: PoloSec
Syrian rebels themselves say they are already armed and trained by US and Iraq also get weapons from us. We're not the only one winding up in a bifurcated position. Turkey also supports Syrian rebels.

What happens now that

the Kurdish region is in the conflict and Turks are being held hostage; both the Kurds and Turkey have a lot at stake. Not just the oil pipelines. (This has nothing to do with Marxist Kurdish terrorists PKK against Turkey. That's another matter all together.)

The Kurd - Turkey economic ties already rile (Iran-controlled?) Baghdad. If Iran enters the battle will it be a united effort against ISIS or will it wind up Sunni against Shi'a?

6 posted on 06/12/2014 12:59:42 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: PoloSec

“Velcome! I am your Amerikanski instructor!”

What a mess.


7 posted on 06/12/2014 1:07:56 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: henkster

It is apparent that that is exactly what’s happening. Unfortunately, when you play both sides against the middle, you sometimes wind up in the middle!


8 posted on 06/12/2014 1:13:06 PM PDT by gr8eman (A good rant should have the word "crap" in it at least 4 times!)
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To: gr8eman

I learned a long time ago that when you step in between two brothers in a fight, you are going to take on both of them.

No intention of doing that. But we can give the brothers just enough in cheap obsolescent weapons to keep them fighting. And no more than that.


9 posted on 06/12/2014 1:16:04 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
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To: PoloSec

This is what nuance looks like right before it explodes.


10 posted on 06/12/2014 1:18:16 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: PoloSec
LEADER
11 posted on 06/12/2014 1:23:06 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: PoloSec

“The commander of the unit also told Ali that their American contacts had asked him to bring 80 to 90 members of his unit to Ankara for training.”

Heh. This ‘global force for good’ stuff just doesn’t stop.


12 posted on 06/12/2014 1:24:36 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Happier than a Svoboda skinhead with a free new armband.)
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To: Ray76

Please post this picture on this thread...
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3166924/posts


13 posted on 06/12/2014 1:29:30 PM PDT by huldah1776
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