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U.S. Doesn’t Know Who to Hit in Iraq
Daily Beast ^ | 06/17/2014 | Eli Lake and Kimberly Dozier

Posted on 06/17/2014 11:44:08 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The U.S. military has the capability to conduct air strikes over Iraq within hours. The problem is they don’t know exactly who they are supposed to be targeting.

President Obama is repositioning military assets closer to Iraq, in case he wants to strike at the terrorists that are threatening to tear the country apart. The problem is, the U.S. doesn’t know who it’s supposed to hit.

Current and retired American defense and intelligence officials tell The Daily Beast that the CIA and the Pentagon are not certain who exactly makes up the forces that have taken so much of Iraq. Moreover, these intelligence and defense officials says that they believe that some of the people fighting with Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) are former U.S. allies who could be turned against the hard-core fanatics—if they can be identified.

“We don’t have boots on ground providing intelligence and we don’t have confidence in information that the Iraqi government provides, because they’ve [been] so heavy-handed in the use of force against Sunni villages,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee.

In other words, the American intelligence community is only now scrambling to draw up a potential target list in Iraq, and possibly Syria—even though the threat of ISIS has been visibly growing for years. And while the analysts are trying to figure out who they should zero in on, Obama administration lawyers are wrestling with what legal authorities the president might have to carry out an attack.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bombing; iraq

1 posted on 06/17/2014 11:44:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama doesn’t want to hit anyone who may present a long term threat to his enemy, Americans.


2 posted on 06/17/2014 11:45:17 AM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yea, civil wars are like that. The only targets we should hit are those tanks being stolen, otherwise, let them fight it out.


3 posted on 06/17/2014 11:45:35 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hit them all. We’ll be better off.


4 posted on 06/17/2014 11:46:21 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: SeekAndFind

Obama is bonded with all sides ... against America.

Obama trained ISIS/ISIL in Jordan and armed them
with antiaircraft missiles in Libya (MANPADs)
and Egypt (SAMS) and sarin.

Obama’s controller was born in Iran and both regard
the mullahs as their natural ally against the
American people.


5 posted on 06/17/2014 11:47:26 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: SeekAndFind

... Yup .... turns out that the fine upstanding members of ISIS we actually trained for combat in a secret training facility in Jordan by American forces ........ DOH!!!


6 posted on 06/17/2014 11:49:26 AM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, a good place to start would be the columns of trucks moving American weapons and humvees as well as Iraqi tanks to Syria and the ISIS/Al Qaeda insurgents who are driving

Unfortunately, this administration considers them allies

7 posted on 06/17/2014 11:53:21 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: SeekAndFind
Iranian Guards, ISIS, Muqtada al Sadr, Al Qaeda proper, Saddamite revanchists, oh I don't know:


8 posted on 06/17/2014 11:58:52 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Radicalized via the Internet)
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To: Uncle Miltie

So, with the above solution, the good die with the bad?


9 posted on 06/17/2014 12:00:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I still love the delicious irony of how the aircraft carrier George Bush is the principal base of our military assets for launching these attacks.


10 posted on 06/17/2014 12:03:34 PM PDT by lonestar67 (I remember when unemployment was 4.7 percent / Cruz 2016)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gosh! It’s easy!

Hit the people we secretly trained in Jordan to fight the Syrians. We know their first names.


11 posted on 06/17/2014 12:05:50 PM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: SeekAndFind

I was being excessive, as half a joke.

I suspect about half of Iraq deserves the nuking. The other half would be unfortunate collateral damage. Therefore, I don’t actually recommend nuking Iraq.

It just tempts the devil on my left shoulder sometimes.


12 posted on 06/17/2014 12:26:48 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Radicalized via the Internet)
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To: SeekAndFind
Carpet bomb Iraq in a crosshatch grid pattern until nothing is moving and
nothing is left standing. Then move to the east and repeat with Iran.
13 posted on 06/17/2014 12:28:04 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Any pickup truck with a machine guy mounted to it is a target. Anyone who’s face is hidden is a target.

We should have hit them when they were on the road to (enter city here). And every piece of ammo should be dipped in pork fat. Not only kill them, but don’t let them get to Allah.


14 posted on 06/17/2014 12:29:12 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: R_Kangel

Why do I smell the distinct odor of Benghazi in your post?


15 posted on 06/17/2014 12:32:27 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: Uncle Miltie

16 posted on 06/17/2014 12:37:24 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: SeekAndFind
I think they're slow on airstrikes because we've provided these ISIS angels Stinger missiles. We don't need to have US warplanes shot down with our own weapons. God forbid the truth about Libya gets out.

We should destroy all of the military assets we left behind though.

At the end of the day, these people are barbarians and if the locals aren't willing to step up and fight to eradicate them, why would we? That would ultimately fail when we left again.

Islam is leading us to a World War III. We're going to have to fight it sooner or later. We don't have the stomach or leadership for it now and it'll be a long time until we do.

17 posted on 06/17/2014 12:37:38 PM PDT by Paco
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To: SeekAndFind

Look for anyone carrying a black flag, driving a toyota or wearing a mask.

Personally, I’d King Herrod on them and put the sword to any male under the age of 35...


18 posted on 06/17/2014 12:42:05 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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U.S. Doesn’t Know Who to Hit in Iraq

Translation, Valerie hasn't told mr. mulato yet.

19 posted on 06/17/2014 12:52:34 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Uncle Miltie

You can get a cleaner bang for your buck using a humongous fuel air bomb, same difference to the camel humpers on the ground.


20 posted on 06/17/2014 12:54:36 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: SeekAndFind
I remember the military practically begging O and the dems to keep a small force in Iraq. But no... one after another they (dems) said it would be fine. Bring all the troops home no matter what the military wanted-The geniuses at the WH knew better.

Whoa boy-what a mess .

21 posted on 06/17/2014 12:57:58 PM PDT by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here is a clue for you, they are waving giant black Al Qaeda flags.


22 posted on 06/17/2014 1:28:20 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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