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Expansion of ‘secret’ facility in Iraq suggests closer U.S.-Kurd ties
Miami Herald ^ | 07.11.14 | BY MITCHELL PROTHERO

Posted on 07/14/2014 12:43:39 AM PDT by Trapper6012

IRBIL, Iraq -- A supposedly secret but locally well-known CIA station on the outskirts of Irbil’s airport is undergoing rapid expansion as the United States considers whether to engage in a war against Islamist militants who’ve seized control of half of Iraq in the past month.

Western contractors hired to expand the facility and a local intelligence official confirmed the construction project, which is visible from the main highway linking Irbil to Mosul, the city whose fall June 9 triggered the Islamic State’s sweep through northern and central Iraq. Residents around the airport say they can hear daily what they suspect are American drones taking off and landing at the facility.

Expansion of the facility comes as it seems all but certain that the autonomous Kurdish regional government and the central government in Baghdad, never easy partners, are headed for an irrevocable split _ complicating any U.S. military hopes of coordinating the two entities’ efforts against the Islamic State.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia; Syria; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: armenia; azerbaijan; chaldeans; iran; iraq; jordan; kurd; kurdistan; kurds; russia; syria; turkey

1 posted on 07/14/2014 12:43:39 AM PDT by Trapper6012
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To: Trapper6012
SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSShhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...it's a secwet!
2 posted on 07/14/2014 12:49:09 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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Earth to Kurds:

NEVER ALLY WITH THE TREACHEROUS USSA!!!!!

Israel may be a good ally.

3 posted on 07/14/2014 12:53:39 AM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (Peace On Earth! Purity of Essence! McCain/Ripper 2016)
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And why is the Miami Herald publishing this?


4 posted on 07/14/2014 2:02:23 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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5 posted on 07/14/2014 2:21:16 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Trapper6012

a well-known secret.....okay


6 posted on 07/14/2014 2:59:36 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Forgotten Amendments
"Earth to Kurds:..."

Was thinking the exact same thing - but the Kurds are pretty smart, maybe they just string us along for some bling, no strings attached.

(They smile while we give them food, ammo, some heavy equipment, update some of their facilities - and then kick us out before Obozo can betray them....)

7 posted on 07/14/2014 4:24:06 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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They might as well write about it. I was in Irbil in 2010-2011. Everyone new where the OGA compounds were then. Irbil was then and likely still is a place where Mata Hari would thrive. There were two western bars in the mostly Christian city of Ankawa, which is a bedroom community of Irbil. Western contractors, some locals, and whomever else used the two waterholes. It was a obvious place for someone who needed to have an ear for conversation. We additionally left a bunch of Bradley and M1 Abrams on one of our walled in compounds up there. Lots going on there and over in Jordan.


8 posted on 07/14/2014 4:29:46 AM PDT by Trapper6012
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And..... the Kurdish region of Syria will be incorporated into former Iraqi Kurd region.


9 posted on 07/14/2014 4:40:36 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. GOPc.+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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Western contractors hired to expand the facility and a local intelligence official confirmed the construction project, which is visible from the main highway linking Irbil to Mosul

Iraq is a cash cow for the contractors and will provide wealth and riches at taxpayer expense for generations to come.

U.S. instigated turmoil will prevail because peace is not in the best interests of the contractors.

10 posted on 07/14/2014 5:10:24 AM PDT by varon (Para bellum)
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I’d say ‘some’ Israelis can pretend to be Arabs really well, if it were necessary.


11 posted on 07/14/2014 8:44:57 AM PDT by odds
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
Note: this topic was posted 7/14/2014. Thanks Trapper6012.

12 posted on 08/03/2014 9:20:02 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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