Skip to comments.Iraqi Military Out of Hellfires in Battle Against ISIS
Posted on 06/21/2014 4:38:05 PM PDT by kristinn
The Iraqi military ran out of Hellfire missiles six days ago, and though the U.S. is rushing more missiles into the country, Iraq has only two modified Cessna aircraft to launch them in their battle against the radical Islamic militia ISIS.
ISIS has captured 28 tanks and shot down three helicopters, a significant percentage of the government force, and the militia killed an entire Iraqi Security Force brigade in the last couple of days at the border with Syria, which ISIS now controls.
The losses have left the Iraqi military with no offensive capability, and no real air force.
With the brigade at the border at Al Qaim wiped out, ISIS now controls the territory from Rubiya to Al Qaim. The tribes in Al Qaim tried to fight them, but ISIS unleashed a major artillery barrage, then a major assault, and they could not hold the back.
Taking Al Qaim opens up the entire Euphrates Valley to the insurgents, and ISIS has a safe haven across the border in Syria, which makes air strikes difficult.
Threat of a massive drive into Baghdad has receded somewhat, but fear remains that the radical militia will try big attacks for propaganda victories, or that its forces might take small neighborhoods and publicize its victories on YouTube in an attempt to scare the Shia into overreacting with the militias.
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Ha! They should ask Mookie.
Meanwhile, Mookie el-Sadr’s ungrateful Shiites say they’ll attack any US forces they see, even though we’re helping them.
We screwed up by de-stabilizing Iraq. Still, a little devil in me wonders what would happen if somebody vaporized Mecca.
Well the Shia government of Iraq did KICK OUT the US Military a few years ago because they thought they had big enough britches to handle things themselves. That’s what they get for their idiocy!
Ran out because they were sold to AQ/Isis
Oh that’s okay, they can just fight Glowbull Warming now instead.
Never play all your cards at once. Medina first, as a warning.
Didn’t the Iraqi government take away the guns of its citizens a few years ago?
They’re not my cards to play.
Maybe a false-flag operation from Putin—after all, Russia is energy self-sufficient.
Or, if the Caliphate really gets going, an Israeli “Samson Option” operation.
Plausible deniability is everything. It would be a record-setting whodunit; with short-term historical truth determined by propaganda.
Nuking Mecca would do nothing but enrage the savages. Nuking Medina would strike terror in their hearts.
They didn’t want around and now we should help them amd protect Chinese interests in Oil production?
GTH and burn
WHY would anyone want to? It's a dirty, dusty, stinky old hole like the rest of the KSA.
If it did happen then Medina would become Islam's holiest of cities.
If someone nuked Medina then they would go to their THIRD holiest city: Jerusalem.
No one will ever nuke Jerusalem because we give the (American trained) Israelis HALF of our foreign aid budget to defend it.
BEST for all that the Muslims keep their dusty, dirty, stinky Mecca hole.
However, if all three HOLY cities were to be nuked then Islam would choose a fourth city: Hoboken, New Jersey.
“....devil in me wonders what would happen if somebody vaporized Mecca.”
Peace at last.
Knew it was only a matter f time before fat boy would rear his repulsive head. They sure are good at waiting. He should have been torched years ago.
No they didn't. They wanted the US to stay and were taken by surprise when we broke off negotiations. Hillary completely dropped the ball by refusing to budge on the issue of immunity for US soldiers. Anyone familiar with the region could have told her that this issue was a non-starter. Opposition to immunity for US military personnel was the very issue that first brought the Ayatollah Khomeini to national prominence back in the 1970's.
We had to relent a little on the question of immunity for US military personnel in Japan. We could have done it here as well. Even if it was just for serious crimes like rape and murder that probably would have been enough. But blanket unconditional immunity is never going to happen.
If the Shah goes to New York runs over a dog he can be prosecuted for it. Here in Tehran if an American cook runs over the Shah he can not be prosecuted for it. ...Khomeini
They need those new, cheap, guided Hydra 70mm missiles —6 of them per launch unit.
PERFECT weapon for trucks, technicals, bunkers, etc., minimal overkill.
You could put 12 on those Cessnas very easily and affordably.