Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

US evacuating Baghdad embassy staff as Islamic militants ramp up attacks
FoxNews ^ | June 15, 2014 | FoxNews.com

Posted on 06/15/2014 7:31:23 PM PDT by WhiskeyX

The Obama administration said Sunday the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad will remain open amid the growing sectarian violence in Iraq but will increase security and that some embassy staff will be temporarily evacuated.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the staff will be moved to U.S. Consulate Generals posts in Basra and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman, Jordan.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq; isis

1 posted on 06/15/2014 7:31:24 PM PDT by WhiskeyX
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

Comment #2 Removed by Moderator

Comment #3 Removed by Moderator

To: Robe

Q:Why is zero letting 10K ragamuffins destroy billions in investment in Iraq?

A: Because he can.


4 posted on 06/15/2014 7:39:59 PM PDT by txhurl (2014: Stunned Voters do Stunning Things!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: WhiskeyX

Just what is going on here? How many ISIS fighters are there? Do they number in the tens of thousands? Or is this the case of one wolf against 100 sheep?


5 posted on 06/15/2014 7:40:03 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Robe; kristinn; maggief

Thank you for update.

My fervent prayers are with all our citizens in Baghdad.


6 posted on 06/15/2014 7:45:47 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Leaning Right

“Just what is going on here? How many ISIS fighters are there? Do they number in the tens of thousands? Or is this the case of one wolf against 100 sheep?”

The Sunni and Baathists are cooperating with ISIS to overthrow the Shiite dominated Iraqi government and Iraqi Army. The Sunni coalition painstakingly assembled by the U.S. Government is dissolving in the aftermath of al-maliki and his Shiites systematically persecuting the Sunni and former Baathists, who are now revolting and handing over control of the government, police, and Army assets to a relative handful of ISIS jihadi fighters.


7 posted on 06/15/2014 7:47:56 PM PDT by WhiskeyX
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Robe

bump


8 posted on 06/15/2014 7:49:49 PM PDT by Myrddin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: WhiskeyX

There are thousands of ISIS fighters, and I am sure their numbers are growing. They are winning the way the goths and mongols won: it is more frightening to stand and lose, than it is to run and live. Fear is a horrific weapon.


9 posted on 06/15/2014 7:50:53 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Robe

Dig’m deep because here comes mortar and artillery strikes.

I see at least 4ea M198 type howitzers coming there way.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2b7_1402692007


10 posted on 06/15/2014 7:51:03 PM PDT by Red Steel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: F15Eagle

The only person standing between Obama and his well-deserved Impeachment is crybaby Speaker of the House, John Boehner, PERIOD.


11 posted on 06/15/2014 7:52:39 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Robe

Roger that!


12 posted on 06/15/2014 7:58:52 PM PDT by milagro (There is no peace in appeasement!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: SE Mom

Ditto!


13 posted on 06/15/2014 7:59:35 PM PDT by milagro (There is no peace in appeasement!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Robe

Prayers up, Robe. I pray He surrounds them and protects them to bring them safely home.


14 posted on 06/15/2014 8:04:52 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: WhiskeyX

Bookmark


15 posted on 06/15/2014 8:06:16 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Leaning Right
From other threads the Gulf Cooperation Council is behind ISIS. Iran and Syria against. Don't know if that is true but from a religious perspective it is Sunni / Shiite Also posted were last word out “Too late Alamo.” Pray for all still there fighting this evil. Or just fighting for their lives.
16 posted on 06/15/2014 8:11:45 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: txhurl
[Q:Why is zero letting 10K ragamuffins destroy billions in investment in Iraq?]

Why was Obama so anxious to go to war against Syria despite almost universal opposition?

Why has Obama delayed the Keystone project when most Democrats support it?

Why does Obama treat Israel—the only civilized country in the Mideast—like a second rate banana republic?

The answer is that the Gulf oil states own the White House and dictate all policy that affects them.

17 posted on 06/15/2014 8:15:32 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

I have had a bad feeling all evening with the media blackout on every cable station. I keep praying we are not going to see a tragedy.


18 posted on 06/15/2014 8:23:12 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

ya know, down deep I feel we need to let them kill each other and then just nuke the winners !!!!


19 posted on 06/15/2014 8:28:36 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Robe
ya know, down deep I feel we need to let them kill each other and then just nuke the winners !!!!

Probably a good idea. We should never get in the middle of intra-Arab, intra-Muslim squabbles. Let Allah sort it out.

20 posted on 06/15/2014 8:29:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Robe

There are a lot of Americans in Iraq. If they get out alive, it won’t be because of this government. Pray. Please.


21 posted on 06/15/2014 8:39:58 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Robe

I’m about at that place, too.


22 posted on 06/15/2014 8:43:08 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: demshateGod

Done. Very worried.


23 posted on 06/15/2014 8:45:17 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: WhiskeyX

This embassy cost upwards of ONE BILLION to build. It is super fortified. I will be amazed if ISIS takes it over and takes over Baghdad.

ISIS might try lobbing rockets into it


24 posted on 06/15/2014 8:48:25 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dennisw

You must assume they have sleeper cells inside the Green Zone. That would be prudent.


25 posted on 06/15/2014 8:57:26 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: WhiskeyX

Smart move. They know any request for extra security will be ignored because of some silly YouTube video. Besides, what difference does it make it?


26 posted on 06/15/2014 9:01:32 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conservatives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: justa-hairyape

From Sept 2011

American combat troops in Iraq may be heading to the exits — or not — but the U.S. government’s enormously expensive intervention there is hardly coming to an end.

In a telling sign of how dangerous and chaotic Iraq remains more than eight years after President George W. Bush launched the war against Saddam Hussein, U.S. diplomats, military advisers and other officials are planning to fall back to the gargantuan embassy in Baghdad — a heavily fortified, self-contained compound the size of Vatican City.

The embassy compound is by far the largest the world has ever seen, at one and a half square miles, big enough for 94 football fields. It cost three quarters of a billion dollars to build (coming in about $150 million over budget). Inside its high walls, guard towers and machine-gun emplacements lie not just the embassy itself, but more than 20 other buildings, including residential quarters, a gym and swimming pool, commercial facilities, a power station and a water-treatment plant.

Yet the embassy is turning out to be too small for the swelling retinue of gunmen, gardeners and other workers the State Department considers necessary to provide security and “life support” for the sizable group of diplomats, military advisers and other executive branch officials who will be taking shelter there once the troops withdraw from the country.

The number of personnel under the authority of the U.S. ambassador to Iraq will swell from 8,000 to about 16,000 as the troop presence is drawn down


27 posted on 06/15/2014 9:03:49 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: justa-hairyape

Islam will always be in love with stealth, backstabbing, subversion and intrigue. They are eternal schemers. Nothing is simple and straightforward with these cultists


28 posted on 06/15/2014 9:05:44 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: dennisw

Hopefully they put a bunch of helicopter landing pads in that embassy.


29 posted on 06/15/2014 9:41:47 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

We are in the Middle East to stay.

The US has a defense pact with Saudi Arabia and we are there to assure the free flow of oil to the world.

Why do you think all these Gulf countries are so filthy rich when they cannot even defend themselves? It’s because of Uncle Stupid’s protection.


30 posted on 06/15/2014 9:43:29 PM PDT by 353FMG
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: 353FMG

We could have been energy independent years ago if we only had the will to do so.


31 posted on 06/15/2014 9:44:41 PM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

Comment #32 Removed by Moderator

To: Red Steel

Is that our equipment?
Nice upgrades for the rag heads


33 posted on 06/15/2014 10:07:34 PM PDT by FBD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: FBD

Yeah, I’d say so. I went looking and I saw we gave 120 M198s to Iraq.


34 posted on 06/15/2014 10:21:57 PM PDT by Red Steel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: txhurl
In response to your question, obozo works with Al Queda & the Taliban because he is a collaborator with our enemy, the enemy who bombed us on 9/11. He is also working with the communists/socialists/marxists, he being one of them himself. They all want the same thing..to destroy this country and fundamentally turn it into a socialist/communist/marxist/muzzie haven. This was explained by Glenn Beck on Fox TV, when he had his TV program some years ago. Apparently, Glenn learned of this, annonymously I believe, by some insider willing to talk, who provided him with the info, and some hard copy documents, that spelled it all out. They are all in this together, as each has something to gain..the eventual overthrow of this country. Notice how many dangerous muzzies AND commies/socialists, etc. are in positions of power in this country, in our White House, all by design. Obozo is aiding and abetting the enemy, and he's doing it from OUR White House, on OUR shores. As Mark Levin has remarked, we are experiencing a bloodless coup, takeover of this country!

We had better devote all our waking hours, aside from our family & work responsibilities, to the elimination of obozo and his successful attempt, for the most part, to take over this country, or we will lose this country & our freedom & liberty. This is WAR, people! And we're the target...understand this clearly and get off your duffs and become involved with like minded people and work to stopping this enemy, before it's too late. So help us, God.

35 posted on 06/16/2014 2:22:01 AM PDT by itssme
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: WhiskeyX

A quote from knankles “What difference does it make, they are only American’s.”


36 posted on 06/16/2014 9:37:07 AM PDT by chiefqc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: WhiskeyX; Fred Nerks
The Obama Cut and Run strategy......Oh Yes.....he is in the Saudi's pockets deep....very deep.

Laissez Le Bonne ISIS Rouler!

 photo Baghdadweb_944_1_zps40f7728a.jpg

( Note RPG/grenade/IED defensive measures )

Not even a surprise Delta Force welcome party for them when the arrive at Al-Kindi Street in the International Zone Baghdad?

Apparently they are still hiring:

http://iraq.usembassy.gov/iraqis.html

Any bets that ISIS will avoid the US Embassy like the plague, on the Saudi string?

37 posted on 06/17/2014 1:38:47 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: WhiskeyX

Do you mean someone at the State Department figured out that you should evacuate Americans who are in danger when a foreign country is either in the middle of a civil war or one is impending? Hmm. I wonder why the “smartest woman in the world” didn’t think of that.


38 posted on 06/17/2014 3:04:50 PM PDT by CJM1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dennisw

You must be joking. A fixed position can NEVER survive a determined attack. Iwo Jima was

“super fortified” too. How did that work for the Japanese? Whoever was responsible for siting and designing it was dumb enough to put it next to the river on the EDGE of the “Green Zone” instead of the CENTER.

Do the embassy security forces have jurisdiction on or even ACCESS to the Tigris River? After Benghazi do you REALLY trust the State Department to do ANYTHING right when it comes to security?


39 posted on 06/17/2014 3:04:50 PM PDT by CJM1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson