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ISIL militants 'executed 1,700 Shiite soldiers', UN alarmed
Hürriyet ^ | June/13/2014

Posted on 06/13/2014 8:32:15 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

Concerns are growing over executions and mounting abuses by militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), amid a warning from the United Nations that hundreds of people were killed, many of them summarily executed, after the seizure of Mosul.

“The full extent of civilian casualties is not yet known but reports received by UNAMI, the U.N. mission in Iraq, to this point suggest that the number of people killed in recent days may run into the hundreds and the number of wounded is said to be approaching 1,000,” Rupert Colville, the spokesman of the U.N.’s human rights chief Navi Pillay, told reporters in Geneva on June 13. UNAMI has its own network of contacts and had interviewed some of the 500,000 who fled Mosul, he said. A further 40,000 people were estimated to have fled from Tikrit and Samara, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Reports of retribution attacks and rape

The statement came as reports suggest that the ISIL militants executed 1,700 Shiite soldiers who surrendered in Tikrit on June 12. “We’ve received reports of the summary execution of Iraqi army soldiers during the capture of Mosul and of 17 civilians in one particular street in Mosul city on June 11,” Colville said. The “great majority” of the militants were Iraqis, Colville said, citing UNAMI reports. Prisoners released by the militants from Mosul prison had been looking to exact revenge on those responsible for their incarceration and some went to Tikrit and killed seven former prison officers there, Colville said.

Meanwhile, leading Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called on Iraqis to take up arms against militants marching on Baghdad. Thrusting further to the southeast after their seizure of Mosul and Tikrit, ISIL entered two towns in Diyala province bordering Iran on June 13. Saadiyah and Jalawla had fallen to the insurgents after government troops fled their positions, along with several villages around the Himreen Mountains that have long been a hideout for militants, security sources said.

“Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists, defending their country and their people and their holy places, should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose,” al-Sistani’s representative announced on his behalf during the main weekly prayers in the Shiite shrine city of Karbala. The elderly al-Sistani, who rarely appears in public, is the highest religious authority for the Shiites in Iraq.

Al-Sistani’s call to defend the country came as U.S. President Barack Obama said he was “exploring all options” to save Iraq’s security forces from collapse.

Obama said Iraq was going to need “more help from the United States and from the international community” to strengthen security forces that Washington spent billions of dollars in training and equipping before withdrawing its own troops in 2011. “Our national security team is looking at all the options ... I don’t rule out anything,” he said. One option under consideration is the use of drone strikes, like those controversially deployed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen, a U.S. official told Agence France-Presse.

Separately, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iraq’s political factions to unite against the jihadists. “Make no mistake, this needs to be a real wake-up call for all of Iraq’s political leaders. Now is the time for Iraq’s leaders to come together and show unity,” Kerry said on a visit to London. Iraq was facing a “brutal enemy” that poses a threat to U.S. interests, as well as those of its allies in Europe and the Middle East, Kerry said. He added that given the gravity of the situation, he would anticipate “timely decisions” from President Obama in tackling the challenge. “We are laser-focused on dealing with the crisis ahead,” he said.

The Iraqi Interior Ministry said it had adopted a new security plan for Baghdad to protect it from the advancing jihadists. “The plan consists of intensifying the deployment of forces, and increasing intelligence efforts and the use of technology such as [observation] balloons and cameras and other equipment,” ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said. “We have been in a war with terrorism for a while, and today the situation is exceptional.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; isil; isis; shiites; sistani

1 posted on 06/13/2014 8:32:15 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

time for Obama and the Sec general of the UN to send a strongly worded letter.


2 posted on 06/13/2014 8:34:24 AM PDT by sniper63 (If Obama pats himself on the back anymore, his shoulder will dislocate.....)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Our billions were apparently only hired someone to hold a gun in peacetime, not professional soldiers who would fight.


3 posted on 06/13/2014 8:36:15 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

As long as Muslims are killing other Muslims what’s the problem?


4 posted on 06/13/2014 8:36:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sniper63

Then go on vacation.


5 posted on 06/13/2014 8:37:21 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Has the Iraqi military put up any kind of fight against ISIS?


6 posted on 06/13/2014 8:38:40 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Considering what ISIL is doing and will do to their country and their small numbers in relation to the Iraqi army, I am very suprised that the Iraqi army did not stand and fight. There is definitely a reason why they are not fighting. A very good reason.


7 posted on 06/13/2014 8:44:29 AM PDT by TheDon (Californians are losing their right to keep and bear firearms one firearm at a time.)
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To: sniper63

Maybe even cutting back, just a little, on re-supplying them with spare parts for the Hum-Vees and other US equipment that they have captured?


8 posted on 06/13/2014 8:44:48 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

None of ISIS’ political goals require restraint. The opposite is true. The type of recruits they want are turned on by this type of stuff, and their enemies melt away before them in terror. There will be literally millions of beheadings and rapes if Iran doesn’t step in soon.


9 posted on 06/13/2014 8:46:21 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

If you kill one man its murder. If you kill a million its only a statistic. Stalin


10 posted on 06/13/2014 8:46:47 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: TheDon

They don’t fight because they are there only to draw a paycheck.


11 posted on 06/13/2014 8:48:44 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

To all Iraq War vets from this Vietnam War vet, welcome to the club.
Those serving in both wars have watched the political class walk away from our commitments, squander our meager gains and abandon those who stood beside us to a terrible fate and the harsh reality that the United States is not to be relied upon or feared.
It is impossible to ignore the comparison of Saigon on the eve of the North Vietnam occupation on April 30, 1975 and Baghdad on June 12, 2014. Some of us will always remember the photos of the scramble to board helicopters atop the roof as the last of the U.S presence was withdrawn. I am confident Iraq vets will be haunted by their own symbols if things turn out, as it appears today they will, in Baghdad.
In the case of Vietnam the U.S. failed to enforce the Paris Peace Treaty when December 13, 1974 North Vietnam invaded the south at Phuoc Long, predictable after the passage of the Case-Church Amendment the previous year. As for Iraq, failure of the U.S. to reach a new status of forces agreement with the Iraq government left no means to influence events on the ground leading to the current insurgent offensive.
Both demonstrate the absence of political will. No matter the arguments regarding the justification or methods of conduct of these wars the result for those South Vietnamese and Iraqis who tied their futures to the U.S. proves devastating.
In Southeast Asia friends of the U.S. suffered relocation, reeducation camps and deaths numbering hundreds of thousands; in Iraq they may very likely lose their head.


12 posted on 06/13/2014 8:49:12 AM PDT by pasodave
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To: DeaconBenjamin

“He added that given the gravity of the situation, he would anticipate “timely decisions” from President Obama in tackling the challenge.”

As soon as he finds out about it in the paper.


13 posted on 06/13/2014 8:51:18 AM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

This looks promising:

“The plan consists of intensifying the deployment of forces, and increasing intelligence efforts and the use of technology such as [observation] balloons and cameras and other equipment,” ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said.”

They are going to run around like mad, try to get a clue, play with balloons and take some selfies. That ought to do it.


14 posted on 06/13/2014 8:56:37 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Odd, I thought the UN stated yesterday that they weren’t worried about ISIS. Funny how a few thousand severed heads will affect your outlook on that sort of thing.


15 posted on 06/13/2014 8:57:58 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: pasodave

Agree 100%.


16 posted on 06/13/2014 9:04:15 AM PDT by dainbramaged (Don't tell me, I'll tell you.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Another day, another Obamagumbe cock-up.


17 posted on 06/13/2014 9:06:02 AM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Unam Sanctam

Word of the executions needs to be passed to the Iraqi military. It may be the only way to get them to fight.


18 posted on 06/13/2014 9:08:03 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: dfwgator
As long as Muslims are killing other Muslims what’s the problem?

They won't be getting any virgins...........................

19 posted on 06/13/2014 9:13:56 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: pasodave

Well Stated!
I have a bet with a friend and hope that I lose it.
My money is we get hit on USA soil before 12/31/14, midnight.
Like I said I hope I lose the bet.


20 posted on 06/13/2014 9:14:28 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Waiting for the Golden Screw to be removed from Obama's navel and his a$$ falls off!)
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To: TheDon

They were taught to be nice by their American instructors. It does no good against evil mooselimbs.


21 posted on 06/13/2014 9:17:50 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Did you just get off the short bus or what?)
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To: pasodave
In Southeast Asia friends of the U.S. suffered relocation, reeducation camps and deaths numbering hundreds of thousands; in Iraq they may very likely lose their head.

If I were a retreating Iraqi soldier, knowing that if I surrendered I'd be executed, I think I'd fight a bit harder rather than surrendering.

If my choice to die was with a gun in my hand killing my enemies, or bound and kneeling in the street waiting for someone with a dull knife or sword to hack my head off, I'd prefer the former...

22 posted on 06/13/2014 9:19:04 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

We sacrificed a lot to give them a chance for freedom and they cut and run. No more. Muzzie on Muzzie violence. We got winner.


23 posted on 06/13/2014 9:23:44 AM PDT by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Obama is Sunni, as is the Muslim Brotherhood, they’re not alarmed


24 posted on 06/13/2014 9:27:45 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: dfwgator
As long as Muslims are killing other Muslims what’s the problem?

True, but unfortunately right now there are thousands of Americans in Iraq. And a freeper reported that his only child is over there right now for two. Also the Islamic terrorist have acquired half a billion in gold and money and there are over a hundred Abrams tanks for the taking etc. etc.

25 posted on 06/13/2014 9:38:23 AM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

All those weapons from Libya that we sent to Syria along with our training up the anti-Assad terrorists is really paying off now in Iraq.


26 posted on 06/13/2014 9:41:44 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Bookmark


27 posted on 06/13/2014 10:27:51 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: DeaconBenjamin

500,000 people cannot protect their city from invasion?


28 posted on 06/13/2014 10:29:34 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin; jazusamo

Meanwhile Herr Obozo and his Wookie have other important plans!

Amid Foreign and Domestic Crises, Obama Plans to Fundraise and Golf This Weekend

Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
Posted on 6/13/2014 12:29:17 PM by jazusamo

The Iraqi government is pleading for help from the U.S. as ISIS militants close in on Baghdad; Syria is still in the grips of war; veterans are dying from long wait times at the VA; and we’ve got a humanitarian crisis going on at the Southwest border.

With all this at the forefront, you’d think the president would work tirelessly to address these problems. Alas, he’ll be doing what he does best this weekend: fundraising and golfing.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama should land at Palm Springs International Airport at about 6 p.m. Friday, straight from a visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. Saturday, they’ll jump over to Laguna Beach for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser, followed by the commencement address to UC Irvine’s Class of 2014 at Angel Stadium, which wraps up at 1 p.m.

That puts the Obamas back in the desert at about 2 p.m. Saturday. They will stay for Father’s Day, before flying home to Washington, D.C., mid-morning on Monday. It’s unclear if their daughters, Malia and Sasha, will tag along.

What is Obama’s plan here in the Coachella Valley? Presumably a short vacation, and likely a round of golf or two – though the details remain fuzzy.

Priorities.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3167418/posts


29 posted on 06/13/2014 2:23:53 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obozo, the WonDoer, will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

#Bringbackourheads


30 posted on 06/13/2014 2:29:13 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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