Skip to comments.Breaking: US Security Contractors Engage in Gun Battles to Escape Iraq
Posted on 06/12/2014 7:18:34 PM PDT by kristinn
The Washington Post inexplicably buried the lede in Thursday nights story on U.S. contractors starting evacuations from Iraq.
One has to read to the ninth paragraph (out of eleven) to read of the report that U.S. security contractors traversing embattled areas are engaging in gun battles as they try to evacuate other civilian contractors:
Contractor evacuations began Wednesday, if not earlier, said Ginger Cruz, CEO of Mantid International LLC, a consulting firm that works with numerous companies in Iraq
On Thursday, the electronics giant Siemens was working to get about 50 employees out of Baiji, Cruz said. It was not clear exactly what their operation there entails, but the company announced in February that it had signed a deal to provide service and maintenance to a large gas power plant there. The oil refinery city is some 130 miles north of Baghdad.
Cruz said that her firm has recommended using teams of U.S. and Kurdish private security firms to evacuate the contractors because the semi-autonomous Kurdish government in Iraqs north had sent its security forces known as pesh merga to take control of the city of Kirkuk after Iraqi security forces abandoned their bases and equipment and fled. The Kurdish forces now control roads in the region.
Negotiations were ongoing to secure the safety of foreign personnel in Baiji and to get them out of harms way. U.S. security contractors involved reported that they engaged in gunfire to get through the region, Cruz said.
The article closed noting the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Iraq are currently maintaining a full staff.
I pray they return home safely.
Active Duty ping.
MSM lackeys are running out of options to protect the WH Pretender from his embarrassing incompetencies. Latest tactic? Bury a huge jaw dropping story on pg. 10
Well, it's here again. Last helicopter out of occupied Baghdad. The Muzzies won.
Joe Biden owns Iraq
>> Bury a huge jaw dropping story on pg. 10
The Leftist dirtbags in Media are the Country’s greatest threat.
I don’t travel to Mexico, Detroit, Newark...... Why the hell would anyone go to Iraq, Libya, Syria, Egypt, etc.?
UAV FAC’s - B-52’s - carpet bombing
Keeping your son in my prayers. Hope he makes it out of there safely.
The situation seems to be spiraling out of control rapidly.
In exchange for the Gitmo prisoners...
Well heck, everyone knows it's the food.
Let us pray for their safety.
The smidgens are coming home to roost. It appears our “government” has spent way too much time forcing Americans to love the sexual deviants and trying to come up with a slick way to move the populations of Mexico, Central and South America to the Divided States of Amerika.
"Latest tactic"???? Hardly. That's been SOP for years.
Sounds like Benghazi 2.
Leave everybody behind, except for the four Dead guys and the Deserter.
I was offered 20 grand to go there for one month’s work.
It appears that a handful of American security guards are doing more fighting than the entirety of the Iraqi military.
Coincidentally, five top level enemy war generals were expediently returned to the battle field ten days before Iraq was set on fire. Now we should understand why another PR nightmare was sacrificed and it wasn’t to save the life of an American military deserter.
On my second trip to Afghanistan, I got the opportunity to talk in depth to a few of these contractor types. It's an entire sub-culture. These guys have been doing this overseas contractor stuff their entire lives. They're basically ex-pats. And they make a fortune, too.
When the ISIS takes Baghdad and holds Embassy staff hostage...Obammy will save the day.
as obama desires this, you know he ain’t gonna do thing one. and by “thing one” i don’t mean mooch.
I’m sure these people don’t want to wind up being cast as leads in Benghazi 2: Baghdad Boogaloo. I hope that these people get out safely.
“And they make a fortune, too. “
Got to be alive to spend it....
“The article closed noting the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Iraq are currently maintaining a full staff.”
Does this mean John Kerry will soon be hitting his head, rendering him unavailable to account for his failures?
I’d say there are no Rules of Engagement right now.....Engage as needed.
A contagious Hillary tumble PING!
don’t worry, I’m sure 0bammy is deeply concerned about the situation
what am I saying? he couldn’t be bothered when an ambassador was under siege. does anyone thing he cares about some lowly private sector Americans? especially as the majority of them are prolly white
And, coincidentally, the leader of ISIS, one Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was released from a military prison in Afghanistan by the Obama administration in 2009.
well... the food is better then anything in the newark area
“The Leftist dirtbags in Media are the Countrys greatest threat.”
You got it. My cuz’ who’s stationed in SE Asia tells me every soldier except for the REMF’s hates the US media.
Thousands of veterans tonight are experiencing incomprehensible betrayal.
These young people signed up and swore to their nation to protect and defend our constitution - while their “commander” has utterly and completely and WILLFULLY abandoned them at home in the aftermath of battle and on the battlefield itself.
This is evil.
May God protect our citizens still in Iraq- as it’s a certainty their president won’t .
Yep. And heartbreak, for the lives of our brothers- and sisters-in-arms, whose ultimate sacrifice has now been trampled and spat upon, and for their families and friends.
To call the POtuS a backstabbing, cowardly, traitorous collaborator would be an insult to all the backstabbing, cowardly, traitorous collaborators out there.
YES I SAID IT!
What does it take for Boehner to begin Articles of Impeachment for the Democrats Obama?
This will literally be a fight for their lives.
Getting captured by ISIS forces is a very poor option.
Remember when we met in 2007 @BarackObama? You said you were proud of our sacrifices. So why did you throw them away? pic.twitter.com/NYrX8Xllbx
Yep.soetoro gave the islamists Libya, Iraq, soon Afcrapistan and tried to give them Egypt and Syria.
My son was in Mosul. .he and his fellow soldiers are in shock - but not even a little bit surprised . From their view this was entirely predictable given the policies of this administration. Lives ended ..others forever scarred. All given for....what. ..that’s what they’re asking tonight.
I’ve not read much in depth yet about how this mess in Iraq has happened - but it strikes me as the result of planning and preparation. And serious financial resources. Did you notice the large number of NEW trucks Isis is driving?
For the flu$$.
What a nightmare. What a huge nightmare. Racing ISIS to the Baghdad airport?
Just don’t get captured alive.
The country hasn’t been listening to what Obama has always said from the beginning — that when the chips were down he would side with the muzzies. SIDE with them.
When he lies, they don’t believe him and when he speaks the truth, they ignore it or don’t pay any attention.
Hope they left bombs in the facility when they left.