Skip to comments.Iraqi Air Force evacuating besieged American contractors
Posted on 06/13/2014 1:38:08 PM PDT by yoe
A U.S. contractor in Iraq told WND the Iraqi Air Force has begun evacuations from Balad Air Force Base, where 200 American contractors were trapped by the al-Qaida-inspired jihadists who have seized control of two cities and are now threatening Baghdad.
Frank Biggs, a contractor with Sallyport Global, told WND through a Skype instant message that he was transported from Balad to Baghdad and was communicating from a C-130 preparing to take off to Dubai.
Biggs said 300 in total have been evacuated from Balad and another 100 are still awaiting airlift. He said the Iraqi Air Force is trying to evacuate everyone by midnight local time.
WND previously reported Friday that private contractors who have recently returned to the U.S. from Iraq said their former colleagues effectively had been abandoned by the U.S. military and were fighting for their lives against an army of jihadists surrounding the base who belong to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
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Privately scheduled exit flights had fallen through, sources said, as several private pilots originally scheduled to make the flights quit.
The sources contended the U.S. military could provide the necessary air cover to protect C-130s or other air transport craft sufficient to make the evacuation, but far officials had refused to get involved.
Officials had refused to get involved? Obama refuses to get involved in this mess of his own making...for the Muslim Brotherhood?
Why do they need air cover? Stingers?
Yet another impeach able offense that will be ignored.
We should just change our motto to “embrace the suck”.
Obama always drags his feet.
Obama always acts opposite to what his US Military Personnel advise, never takes responsibility of any blunders that he makes, and then leaves his employees to die on the battlefields caused by his blunders.
REMEMBER BENGHAZI !
It will be wonderful if we can somehow get the Iranians to send troops to help the Shiites in Iraq. The Iranians shouldn’t let the Sunnis get away with what they’re trying to pull!!
REMEMBER BENGHAZI !
I’m waiting for the true conservatives in congress to reach that “THAT’S IT!” point and start going nuts on the rinos, sort of like they do sometimes in the British parliament.
That would make for some really good youtube footage! I mean, there has to come a breaking point.
Tell Obama, he’ll be rescuing more American deserters and collaborators.
Relax. Obama will help Iraq by giving refugee status to 10m Iraqi Shiites as they flee the al Qaeda onslaught.
Couldn’t he just declare Baghdad a national monument?
During the cartoon riots in Morocco an armored column appeared at the compound where GD personnel maintained Morocco’s tanks. They took the GD personnel to the airport and guarded them until they were all on a jet and airborne. When the riots were over Morocco guaranteed their safety and invited them back. They returned. The government in Arab countries know that if the tanks stop working they are in serious trouble. If I recall they have 400 M60’s. (Oh, and a bunch of other assorted frames from Soviet to German.)
We don’t leave any American behind - Obama
Exactly what I was worried about. Damn it!
I hear Rocky and Bullwinkle, Bugs and Daffy were all involved.
I am not sure about that. Is 0bama a Sunni or a Shi’a?
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