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Evacuations in Iraq as Chaos Spreads
UK Telegraph ^ | Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Colin Freeman

Posted on 06/12/2014 3:35:56 PM PDT by kristinn

A growing sense of panic was gripping Iraq last night as the al-Qaeda uprising in the country’s north led to US contractors being evacuated from the region and European countries ordering their citizens to leave Baghdad.

With militants threatening to advance on the capital, signs emerged of diplomats making preparations to leave the country in the event of civil war erupting.

Three planes carrying American diplomats and contractors stationed at a training mission at an Iraqi airbase in Balad, north of Baghdad, flew out amid fears that the base could be surrounded by the militants. Germany ordered all its citizens to leave the Iraqi capital, as did Turkey, which has already had 80 people kidnapped by the militants, including the consul to the northern city of Mosul.

British officials said they had no immediate plans to evacuate staff from Baghdad’s heavily guarded “Green Zone”. As troops stood guard at the city’s northern flanks, queues formed at the main airport while banks saw large number of customers attempt to withdraw money. Last night the internet also went down in Baghdad for an hour, adding to the atmosphere of unease.

Meanwhile, the militants, who operate under the banner of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS), issued threats to anybody who defied a harsh code of Sharia they have imposed in captured territories. Rule-breakers who ignored edicts banning drinking, smoking and “immodest” behaviour by women could expect “be killed or crucified, or have hands or feet cut from opposite sides.”

The mounting sense of crisis came as Iran seemed poised to steal the military initiative in the conflict, despatching battalions of elite troops to assist Iraq’s prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; iraq; obama

1 posted on 06/12/2014 3:35:56 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Obama has got ‘em on the run. End of conversation


2 posted on 06/12/2014 3:36:48 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: kristinn

US policy in the middle east has all but unraveled, but it’s a safe bet that this is happening on purpose.


3 posted on 06/12/2014 3:40:20 PM PDT by kingattax (a real American would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.)
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To: kristinn

4 posted on 06/12/2014 3:40:46 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Viennacon
Do you at least get a choice of which hand they cut off?

Maybe someone would think "Hey I'm righthanded. Cut off my left hand."

But then you'd be without a left hand in an Arab country and could never wipe your butt again.

Decisions, decisions.

5 posted on 06/12/2014 3:41:01 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

It sounds disastrous. Money flooding out of banks, airports packed. There is no will to save Iraq. Its Isistan now.


6 posted on 06/12/2014 3:42:04 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: kristinn

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


7 posted on 06/12/2014 3:42:12 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: kristinn
Real good job King Obama. What the hell did he expect. Oh, that's right, hasn't the brains to figure it out and Americans voted for this incompetent. Everything thing this fake butt head turns into pure crap.

By the way, miss Romney yet, you all.

8 posted on 06/12/2014 3:43:45 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Viennacon

I feel so bad for these people. The Iraqis who are fleeing are the good ones. The bad ones will prosper, and the poor ones who couldn’t flee will either be put to the sword or enslaved for the rest of their lives.

This is the fall of Saigon redux.


9 posted on 06/12/2014 3:46:00 PM PDT by livius
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To: kristinn

In the coming days the media will parrot the line “what should the US do?”. The immediate and unwavering response should be “impeach Barack Hussein Obama at once”.


10 posted on 06/12/2014 3:47:21 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: kristinn

So in other words, given the traitorous cowardice/complicity of the current mulatto usurper, all the lives and untold billions expended on that shithole were as dust in the wind.


11 posted on 06/12/2014 3:47:46 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: livius

Absolutely, and think about the blood and treasure we wasted. Worse than wasted, since what comes next will be 10 times worse than Saddam ever was.

But the media will let Obama get away with it. Politico already blaming Bush


12 posted on 06/12/2014 3:48:17 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Logical me

It’s all Chuck Hagel’s fault.


13 posted on 06/12/2014 3:49:01 PM PDT by Walrus (I love the America that used to be ---I hate the America that now IS!)
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To: kristinn
Civil war?

These ISIS terrorists are foreign invaders

14 posted on 06/12/2014 3:49:15 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: kristinn

Wouldn’t this be the perfect time for Iran to take over the country of Iraq? Seems strange they are willing to help, unless they have another motive.


15 posted on 06/12/2014 3:49:43 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Logical me
Mostly it's Maliki's fault. The US under Bush and Obama would have provided him more help if he had allowed the US to determine how and where we deployed our troops and materiel. But just like Karzai in Afghanistan he wanted to make as much money for himself and his friends as he could.

The only way that Iraq would have ended up OK is if we had installed a benevolent dictatorship there for 10-20 years.

Since we weren't going to be able to do this I was against the war from the very start. Even if we had known that Saddam had something to do with 9/11 and even if we had hard evidence of weapons of mass destruction, I would still have been against a ground war unless we were willing to stay there until the natives had been educated and/or bludgeoned into tolerating each others' existence.

Either that or we should have split the country into three at the very beginning and re-instituted no fly zones to keep them from messing with one another.

16 posted on 06/12/2014 3:51:17 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Logical me
Real good job King Obama. What the hell did he expect. Oh, that's right, hasn't the brains to figure it out and Americans voted for this incompetent. Everything thing this fake butt head turns into pure crap.


What the hell did he expect? He expected exactly what is happening right now.

Not only did he expect it, he counted on it

17 posted on 06/12/2014 3:52:07 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Viennacon

All one can say is, “Thanks Mr. Obama, thanks for nothing.”


18 posted on 06/12/2014 3:53:38 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Viennacon

The only thing we can do is to protect what we have left here and Israel.


19 posted on 06/12/2014 3:55:07 PM 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: Blue Highway

Iran is already there. They’ve sent their “special forces” and are supporting the Iraqi government.

Way to go, Bambi. Lose the whole thing. Hey, who the heck cares. It was like years ago, dude.


20 posted on 06/12/2014 3:55:36 PM PDT by livius
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To: kristinn
Headlines on Oct 21, 2111: Iraq rejects US request to maintain bases after troop withdrawal.

Obama announces the full withdrawal of troops from Iraq but fails to persuade Nouri al-Maliki to allow US to keep bases there

Sorry guys. You are on your own. Deal with it. Good luck.

21 posted on 06/12/2014 4:04:58 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama stands for the corruption of America in all aspects.)
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To: kristinn
The mounting sense of crisis came as Iran seemed poised to steal the military initiative in the conflict, despatching battalions of elite troops to assist Iraq’s prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki.

The Shia against the Sunni? Maybe they will neutralize each other. Islamists seem to view war as a contact sport.

22 posted on 06/12/2014 4:16:49 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: rdcbn

Not all of them. One of the most dangerous and ruthless commanders is a Hussein era baathist official who eluded capture all these long years and has publicly said that he is returning to settle scores. He has a large contingent of sunni fighters.


23 posted on 06/12/2014 4:18:12 PM PDT by bill1952 (taxes don't hurt the rich, they keep YOU from becoming rich.)
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To: kristinn
These are the same "freedom fighters" that want to install a "democracy" in Syria. We were going to help these guys just last year.

Now Iran is going to step in and "help" their friend and in the process turn Irag into a client State.

24 posted on 06/12/2014 4:19:21 PM PDT by wmfights
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To: kristinn
Iraqi refugees: Where do you think they will end up?

America: Are you ready for a rush of refugees seeking a home in the United States beginning any day now? Sad.

25 posted on 06/12/2014 4:42:19 PM PDT by john mirse
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To: tet68
All one can say is, “Thanks Mr. Obama, thanks for nothing.”

******

Did anyone here vote for Obama? If you did, when will you wake up and admit that you made a terrible mistake, because you now sadly realize that the man you thought was so smart has no idea what he is doing?

26 posted on 06/12/2014 4:50:31 PM PDT by john mirse
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To: kristinn

Time to go to Costco to buy a case of poppable popcorn to watch this stuff unfold:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3167041/posts?page=1

As jihadists take aim at Baghdad, Iran steps in to help historical foe
FOX News ^ | June 12, 2014 | By Lisa Daftari
Posted on 6/12/2014 4:16:43 PM by Oldeconomybuyer

Iran is coming to the aid of its historic nemesis, sending elite fighters to Iraq in the wake of a Sunni insurgency that has claimed two key northern cities and now threatens Baghdad, Fox News has learned.

Some 150 fighters from the Revolutionary Guards elite Quds force have already been dispatched by Tehran, and the division’s powerful commander, Qassem Suleimani, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Thursday and pledged to send two notorious Iranian brigades to aid in the defense of Baghdad. That could amount to as many as 10,000 soldiers sent to fight the Sunni group known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Maliki is believed to be considering the offer, especially in light of reported decisions by the U.S. to reject his request for American airstrikes.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com


27 posted on 06/12/2014 5:02:37 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obozo will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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To: kristinn

Thanks for posting. BTTT!


28 posted on 06/12/2014 9:36:03 PM PDT by PGalt
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