Skip to comments.200 U.S. contractors surrounded by jihadists in Iraq
Posted on 06/13/2014 10:51:34 AM PDT by tcrlaf
About 200 Americans under contract with the Department of Defense at Balad Air Force Base in Iraq are trapped by the al-Qaida-inspired jihadists who have seized control of two cities and are now threatening Baghdad, according to WND sources.
The sources, private contractors who have recently returned to the U.S. from Iraq, said Friday their former colleagues effectively have been abandoned by the U.S. military and are fighting for their lives against an army of jihadists surrounding the base who belong to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
The U.S. contractors are at Balad to help the Pentagon prepare the facilities for the delivery of the F-16 aircraft the Obama administration has agreed to provide the Iraqi government.
The surrounded Americans said they currently are under ISIS fire from small arms, AK47s, and rocket propelled grenades, or RPGs.
The contractors so far have been able to hold the base, but those on the scene reported it was only a matter of time before the ISIS terrorists succeed in breaking through the perimeter.
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Somehow, I don't think this ends well...
WND has learned from sources that the jihadists have closed down escape routes, and the U.S. Air Force is in a stand-down position. U.S. forces are not assisting even with air cover so a private extradition flight could land for a rescue, the sources said.
Privately scheduled exit flights have fallen through, sources said, as several private pilots originally scheduled to make the flights have quit.
NOTE: This is WND, so take it accoedingly
Well at least they know not to kill them. With Obama at the helm, they can trade 200 of them for 1000 terrorists.
We have THOUSANDS of Americans over there teaching girls to read, building bridges, training troops, driving POL, etc. This is an unmitigated disaster and if we don't get them out of there RFN, I fear the worst. Prayers for the Christians and Westerners captured by ISIS. They don't have a chance.
Wait for the President to tell our assets near by to turn their backs on these folks.
Typical Obama behavior we have learned.
leave no one behind. /s
This traitor/idiot POS POTUS needs to go.
In 20 years and beyond, the Obama surrender in Iraq is going to be seen as possibly the greatest mistake ever by a President.
He played politics to get reelected instead of serving our interests and fulfilling promises made to our allies.
But all options are on the table....
scotch, whiskey, brandy, wine, beer....
this may interfere with obamas fundraising and golf weekend
and the USAF is on standdown awaiting orders as the clown in chief dithers yet again? It will be harder for barry’s handlers to vote “present” this time than it was during the Benghazi massacre
This half-Kenyan in the White House just doesn’t get it. Grow a pair, Obama or you’ll have your own Middle East “I” country hostage drama like the former worst President of the United States.
Here’s to hoping we get another Ronald Reagan as a result.
It’s not unprecedented for Obama to leave besieged folks to die so I feel very ashamed and depressed for what I expect will soon happen.
Too bad the pilots on Air Force one don’t stand down.....
GD World Services, a name you’re unlikely to ever come across, maintains heavy vehicles for our allies. There were no job openings (you have to know where to look) until Obama announced the US was pulling out. Then the number of openings mushroomed. Of course, by that time I was no longer interested in applying.
I’ll bet these guys were all making a king’s ransom. But the problem is, the danger makes all money look like peanuts.
These people do not meet the criteria for assistance.
Prisoner exchange - every swinging d*ck in GITMO goes free.
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Now all Obama and Kerry have to do is check the ISIS dayplanner and see how long the attack is expected to last so they can determine whether we could get any help to them before it’s all over.