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Iraqi air strikes kill 38 in Baiji
Gulf Daily News ^ | June 25, 2014 | Gulf Daily News

Posted on 06/25/2014 10:34:15 AM PDT by thackney

Air strikes killed at least 38 people yesterday as security forces held off attacks on a strategic town and an oil refinery, officials and witnesses said.

In the town of Baiji, north of Baghdad, air strikes killed at least 19 people and wounded at least 17 in the morning, while further raids in the evening killed six more. Officials said the dead and wounded were civilians, and it was unclear if there were any casualties among the militants, who were the target of the strikes.

State television said 19 "terrorists" were killed in the earlier Baiji raids.

In the Husseibah area of Anbar province, west of Baghdad, another air strike killed seven militants and six civilians.

Elsewhere in Anbar, security forces and allied tribesmen held off an assault on the strategic town of Haditha, located on the road to provincial capital Ramadi.

Militants also launched a renewed push to seize Iraq's largest oil refinery, which is located near Baiji, but the overnight attack was repelled by security forces, officials said.

The refinery, which filled around 50 per cent of Iraq's demand for refined petroleum products in better days, has been the scene of heavy fighting since militants launched a major offensive on June 9, sending jitters through world oil markets.

The militants, led by jihadists from the ISIL, have overrun major areas of five provinces and driven to within 100km of Baghdad.

Security forces performed poorly during the initial onslaught, and are now struggling to hold their ground in the face of the relentless militant push.

Meanwhile, the US military began deploying assessment teams in Baghdad yesterday to evaluate the state of Iraqi security forces and decide how to help them counter the Islamist insurgency that has overrun part of the country, the Pentagon said.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said about 40 special operations personnel already in the country and assigned to the US Embassy's Office of Security Co-operation had been deployed as part of the first two assessment teams.

About 90 additional troops arrived in Iraq to begin helping establish a Joint Operations Centre in Baghdad with Iraqi forces. Another 50 US military personnel working in the region are expected to arrive within the next few days to create four additional assessment teams.

US military personnel also are flying regular manned and unmanned reconnaissance flights over Iraq to give better insight about the situation, Kirby said.

The deployments took place a day after US officials announced they had received assurances from Baghdad that American troops engaged in the assistance effort would not be prosecuted for any alleged wrongdoing in Iraqi courts.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: baiji; energy; iraq; refinery

1 posted on 06/25/2014 10:34:15 AM PDT by thackney
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To: thackney

“Officials said the dead and wounded were civilians”

What a clown show. Does Malaki think this will help him win people over? ISIS now has a propaganda tool, you dolts!


2 posted on 06/25/2014 10:40:47 AM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: thackney
"US military personnel also are flying regular manned....reconnaissance flights over Iraq"

This can turn out very, very bad.

3 posted on 06/25/2014 10:52:32 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: thackney

what are the Iraqis flying?


4 posted on 06/25/2014 10:54:15 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Psalm 73

Can you say “Gulf of Tonkin”?


5 posted on 06/25/2014 10:55:39 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Viennacon
“Officials said the dead and wounded were civilians”

The US is probably feeding them incorrect coordinates in order to protect our ISIS pals.

6 posted on 06/25/2014 10:57:03 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle

Would not surprise me. Hagel loves anything that endangers the security of Israel.


7 posted on 06/25/2014 10:59:17 AM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: silverleaf

unknown to me

related video at:
http://english.cntv.cn/2014/06/24/VIDE1403566803653975.shtml


8 posted on 06/25/2014 11:32:50 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/381187/flier-got-thad-cochran-elected-john-fund

9 posted on 06/25/2014 11:42:44 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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Sorry, wrong thread.

sigh....


10 posted on 06/25/2014 11:43:19 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Viennacon

They have never cared about collateral damage, and never will. It was only imposed on the US and allies.


11 posted on 06/25/2014 11:46:05 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: thackney

Hahaha, and now for a commercial break from our sponsors....


12 posted on 06/25/2014 11:47:34 AM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: SgtHooper

Too much multi-tasking. I’m just glad I didn’t insert it into one of my drawings I should be working on instead of Freeping....


13 posted on 06/25/2014 12:09:09 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney

Bush’s fault.


14 posted on 06/25/2014 12:41:17 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: thackney; All

well well well
all of a sudden ... for the first time since 1992...
IRAQ HAS AN AIR FORCE- a BIG Air Force

130 of Saddam’s aircraft (mostly MiGs and a few Mirages, I presume) refurbished and returned by IRAN- with weapons

Now, who is flying them????? And who trained them?

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/12300-iran-returns-military-aircraft-to-iraq-after-20-years


15 posted on 06/27/2014 1:33:53 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: silverleaf

Now, who is flying them????? And who trained them?

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Good questions, thanks for the link


16 posted on 06/27/2014 1:37:37 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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