Skip to comments.Evacuations in Iraq as Chaos Spreads
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 countrys 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 Baghdads heavily guarded Green Zone. As troops stood guard at the citys 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 Iraqs prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki.
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Obama has got ‘em on the run. End of conversation
US policy in the middle east has all but unraveled, but it’s a safe bet that this is happening on purpose.
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.
It sounds disastrous. Money flooding out of banks, airports packed. There is no will to save Iraq. Its Isistan now.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi shows why hes the worlds most dangerous man (ISIS leader in Iraq)
By the way, miss Romney yet, you all.
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.
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”.
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.
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
It’s all Chuck Hagel’s fault.
These ISIS terrorists are foreign invaders
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.
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.
What the hell did he expect? He expected exactly what is happening right now.
Not only did he expect it, he counted on it
All one can say is, “Thanks Mr. Obama, thanks for nothing.”
The only thing we can do is to protect what we have left here and Israel.
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.