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Kerry promises 'intense and sustained' support for Iraq (Borders Disappearing - Caliphate Here)
Reuters and Yahoo News ^ | 23 June 14 | y Lesley Wroughton and Ahmed Rasheed

Posted on 06/23/2014 4:17:56 PM PDT by SkyPilot

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday promised "intense and sustained" U.S. support for Iraq, but said the divided country would only survive if its leaders took urgent steps to bring it together.

Hours before Kerry arrived in Baghdad, Sunni tribes who have joined a militant takeover of northern Iraq seized the only legal crossing point with Jordan, security sources said, leaving troops with no presence along the entire western frontier which includes some of the Middle East's most important trade routes.

U.S. President Barack Obama has offered up to 300 American advisers to Iraq but held off granting Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite Muslim-led government's request for air strikes to counter the two-week advance by Sunni militants.

Officials have meanwhile called for Iraqis to form an inclusive government. The insurgency has been fuelled largely by a sense of marginalisation and persecution among Iraq's Sunnis.

"The support will be intense and sustained and if Iraq's leaders take the necessary steps to bring the country together, it will be effective," Kerry told reporters in Baghdad.

He said Maliki had "on multiple occasions affirmed his commitment to July 1" as the date to start the formation of a new government bringing in more Sunnis and Kurds to share power, a move Washington is keen to see.

Iraqi and Jordanian security sources said tribal leaders were negotiating to hand the Turabil desert border post to Sunni Islamists from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who took two main crossings with Syria in recent days and have pushed the Shi'ite-led government's forces back toward Baghdad.

Iraq state television said late on Monday that the army had recaptured both the crossing with Jordan and the al-Waleed crossing with Syria. Reuters could not independently confirm reports due to security restrictions.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: caliphate; endtimes; iraq; isis; islam

1 posted on 06/23/2014 4:17:56 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: F15Eagle

Ping brother.


2 posted on 06/23/2014 4:18:30 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
Obama does what he's told in this case....because just like all the other countries we intruded into, he doesn't know and doesn't care.

His legacy is...."Black" and nothing more.

3 posted on 06/23/2014 4:19:52 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SkyPilot

4 posted on 06/23/2014 4:21:32 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: SkyPilot

“The support will be intense and sustained and if Iraq’s leaders take the necessary steps to bring the country together, it will be effective,” Kerry told reporters in Baghdad.

Hmmmm... Sounds much like Ghengis Khan... right, Johnny Boy!


5 posted on 06/23/2014 4:22:00 PM PDT by navyguy (The National Reset Button is pushed with the trigger finger.)
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To: SkyPilot

If the ISIS loonies keep up with commands to the populace like “send all your unmarried women to service the soldiers” they may lose popular support in the areas they’ve conquered. See the threads on the ISIS mufti who issued that edict (or face the full weight of Sharia Law).


6 posted on 06/23/2014 4:22:30 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: ExTexasRedhead; Alouette; Jim Robinson
Pray for Israel.

The War might start this year.

7 posted on 06/23/2014 4:23:32 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
He said Maliki had "on multiple occasions affirmed his commitment to July 1" as the date to start the formation of a new government bringing in more Sunnis and Kurds to share power, a move Washington is keen to see.

Hey dopey. This isn't the period right after the war when we had to create a coalition government. Iraq had elections to create "power sharing." They obviously didn't work, or didn't work to each group's satisfaction so now they are back to killing each other. Kerry is just babbling meaningless nonsense.

8 posted on 06/23/2014 4:25:18 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

FreepU, John French’n Kerry!!


9 posted on 06/23/2014 4:25:20 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: SkyPilot

Arab leaders think they want the caliphate, but I can guarantee each one only wants it if they’ll be the caliph. Can you imagine a Saudi king bowing to somebody else? How about the Ayatollah? And if there is a caliphate, will it be Sunni or Shiite? It makes a difference as they hate each other...and with darned good reasons. What’s going on now is the prescription for ongoing war until the population has been reduced by starvation. But the rest of the world will be flooded with refugees. Those refugees will reignite the same sectarian war from Paris to London to New York and Boise.


10 posted on 06/23/2014 4:25:47 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: SkyPilot

Baghdad is the key to reconstituting the Caliphate, which is the goal of the Islamists. That’s another reason why it was important for us to keep troops in Iraq.


11 posted on 06/23/2014 4:26:52 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Sacajaweau

So let’s see if I’ve got this right: we arm them in Syria and bomb them in Iraq? Yeah, that’s what I thought.


13 posted on 06/23/2014 4:39:16 PM PDT by Stand W ( You can't fight in here! This is the War Room!)
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To: SkyPilot

You forgot Al-Andalus! Spain will not fight.


14 posted on 06/23/2014 4:41:26 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: SkyPilot

“Sunni tribes”

aka, 7th century troglodytes-from-hell.

Until they evolve into a civilization, there will be no peace at any price.


15 posted on 06/23/2014 4:42:19 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: SkyPilot

`Kerry promises intense, sustained support’
Translated: Under the bus with you, Iraq.


17 posted on 06/23/2014 5:00:00 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: SkyPilot

“shelter in place ... intensely”


18 posted on 06/23/2014 5:05:24 PM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: tumblindice

JF’nK is Bammy’s Muzzie Bro. point man.


19 posted on 06/23/2014 5:06:36 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SkyPilot

Yeah, John, we know. Gonna go through those guys like Jen-Jiss Khan, right? Intense and sustained, like the time General Patton personally sent you into Cambodia? Seared in the memory, John-john. Seared in the memory.


20 posted on 06/23/2014 5:11:29 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SkyPilot

I said months ago Assad was the best of all the bad choices in Syria.


21 posted on 06/23/2014 5:13:26 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: SkyPilot
I sleep better in my bed each night knowing that the splendid American Patriot John Kerry has reported for duty!



Now please excuse me while I go barf my guts out!



America demands Justice for the Fallen of Benghazi!

O stranger, tell the Lacedaemonians that we lie here, obedient to their command.

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

22 posted on 06/23/2014 5:24:47 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in Battle!)
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To: SkyPilot

If Kerry ever catches Obama off the golf course he should remind Obama that at the leader of the anti war movement in Vietnam, Kerry came home to defame his country and throw his fellow soldiers under the bus with blanket accusations of “atrocities”. Kerry has no credibility and no business being in Iraq now. “It’s the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Sept 6, 2004 John Kerry referring to war in Iraq, that he voted for in 2002.

No American sons should go to war under these circumstances.


23 posted on 06/23/2014 5:48:00 PM PDT by mgist (.)
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To: SkyPilot
Kerry's promises means exactly this much: 0.

24 posted on 06/23/2014 7:01:23 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: SkyPilot
"Kerry promises 'intense and sustained' support for Iraq "

Is this like the intense and sustained support we promised the Ukraine?

25 posted on 06/23/2014 8:27:19 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: SkyPilot

A promise from Kerry is worthless. Less than worthless.


26 posted on 06/24/2014 2:25:31 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SkyPilot

I remember a book set in the future, with a space station / habitat looking to use quantum string theory to essentially relocate to distant parts of the universe.
It has a polyamory family, political conservatives trying to prevent them from being allowed to have children in space, vaguely Heinlein-like.
What caused the greatest suspension of disbelief to me at the time was the “Middle East Sweep”. The author had imagined that Muslim extremists had risen up against modernity, and through massive campaigns of terror, reverted back to Shariah law. One of the main female characters was raised by a mother/grandmother who escaped that nightmare and lived in Canada.

Fascinating that the “return to oppressive Caliphate” is now the most likely element of the book”.


27 posted on 06/24/2014 7:17:08 AM PDT by tbw2
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