Skip to comments.Sunni Militants 'Capture Key Iraq Border Crossings' (Jordan and Syria)
Posted on 06/22/2014 11:17:58 AM PDT by kristinn
Sunni militants have reportedly captured two more key border crossings, to Jordan and Syria, in western Iraq.
The rebels, who include Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) fighters, now control three border crossings in Anbar province, Iraq's largest.
Meanwhile, in the north, reports say the airport in the town of Tal Afar has also fallen to the rebels.
The militants' gains in large parts of western and northern Iraq have alarmed the international community.
They have taken four strategically important towns in the predominantly Sunni Anbar province - Qaim, on the Syrian border, and Rutba, Rawa and Anah - in the last two days.
Gunmen reportedly captured the border posts of al-Waleed, on the Syrian frontier, and Turaibil, on the Jordanian border, on Sunday after government forces pulled out.
The BBC's Jim Muir in Irbil:
After a bit of a pause and some patchy fighting in a belt around 70km (43 miles) north and north-east of Baghdad, the Sunni rebels seem to be on the move again.
The focus has shifted partly to Anbar, the vast, mainly Sunni-populated province to the west of Baghdad, an area where the tribes are particularly strong.
The reported fall of two more border posts, one on the main road to Jordan, and the other to Syria, means that the government has lost control of all its western borders.
One tribal leader said that 90% of the province is now in rebel hands.
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Last weekend Obama was golfing and fundraising in CA when plans should've been made to quickly defeat ISIS. Dereliction of duty?
In mid July I will be attending a wedding here in NorCal. I have
known the bride since she was 18mths old in the early 1980s. She
& her sisiter call me Uncle _ _. She works in Jordan as a US State Dept
analyst. Her fiance is also based in Jordan as a special ops trainer.
Sounds like the set-up for a movie but it is true. I wish she would transfer to somewhere other than the Middle East. I don’t trust
anything this Administration could or would do and I will tell her
so if I can catch her ear at the reception.
The herd has not been thinned out. You can,t dictate government from the point of a spear.
Nice! Obama has achieved his goal with referring to this as a “Sunni-Shiite” sectarian war...covering up the relentless advance of the radical and post-Sunni/Shiite AQ faction, ISIS, as they build the new caliphate right under our noses.
I’ve seen people here actually say, that’s fine, let them build it, it will be easier to deal with one government than many. Clearly these people are ignorant of Islam, and ignorant of the fact that much of the East and even a large part of the West was violently conquered from Turkey during the time of the caliphate. These people don’t negotiate. They are Muslim nutcases driven by the lust for personal benefit and power - which was, after all, what motivated Mohammed himself.
ISIS make Al Qaeda look like a chimps tea party
Obama has it all solved and there is no problem brewing in the middle east. He is tackling the pressing concern of saving the honey bees in Oregon, turning our military in to a homosexuals only club, and reassuring us there is not a smidgen of corruption in any federal agency.
Iraq? Isn’t the Ben Ghazi’s brother?
Way out there in the deep and open desert .....can someone tell me why we are using this as a perfect opportunity to utterly flatten them? We have moved both B-2’s and B-52’s to forward bases in England . Let um have it ! Rolling Thunder .
Will someone with some balls get in there and tell the puppy n’ chief what the hell to do and to demand that we DO IT NOW !....I am so sick of these whimps in uniform ( brass) that will not stand up to this punk . We should be supporting the Kurds with close air support and hammering everything else
with high altitude strategic bombers , using UAV for FAC’s
Come on , get it done people . Easy meat!....