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U.S. air support helps Kurdish forces expel Islamic State fighters from two Iraqi towns
Washington Post ^ | 08/10/2014 | By Loveday Morris and Karen DeYoung

Posted on 08/10/2014 11:16:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Aided by U.S. airstrikes, embattled Kurdish forces began to reverse a string of losses on Sunday, expelling Islamic State extremists from two northern Iraqi towns.

Makhmour and Gweir, the first areas targeted in the U.S. air campaign that began Friday night, were cleared of the al-Qaeda-inspired militants on Sunday, Kurdish officials said.

“It’s thanks to the strikes that we have been able to move forward,” said Mahmood Haji, an official in the Kurdish Interior Ministry. The Kurdish television channel Rudaw showed live footage of security forces advancing in Makhmour, and later crowding around a government building in the town, where the Kurdish flag had been raised once more.

President Obama said Saturday that the American air campaign would not expand beyond the limited objectives he has outlined. He tied more extensive assistance to the formation of an inclusive Iraqi government in Baghdad.

Kurdish President Massoud Barzani on Sunday expressed gratitude for the military assistance but cautioned that regaining lost territory would not be easy.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq; isis; islamicstate; kurds

1 posted on 08/10/2014 11:16:13 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Good! That’s a great name of one of the writers of this piece too, btw. Loveday, that’s a wonderful name! (Just hope she’s a girl!)


2 posted on 08/10/2014 11:21:14 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: SeekAndFind

I distrust any article that requires two or more authors...


3 posted on 08/10/2014 11:27:57 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can’t see why they just don’t go for the throat and drone the leadership in Mosul and Raqqa. Vice News has these guys on camera using VHF/UHF transceivers, all it takes is a bit of guesswork and translation to hit a rally.

There would be civilian casualties, but think of the reaction:
1. IS would not think themselves safe blending into the populace.
2. The populace would not think themselves safe being around IS.
3. The mujahdeen might get more recruits as a result, but if their leadership is hit, IS becomes momentarily scattered. The Kurds, Shia, and Assad would just have to strike strongly to mop them up.

I pray that IS is destroyed.

End this now.


4 posted on 08/10/2014 11:28:10 AM PDT by struggle
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To: SeekAndFind
He tied more extensive assistance to the formation of an inclusive Iraqi government in Baghdad.

That condition almost assures very limited assaitance.

5 posted on 08/10/2014 11:28:11 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: luvbach1

Make that assistance.


6 posted on 08/10/2014 11:29:44 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Obama not pleased.


7 posted on 08/10/2014 11:29:51 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: MuttTheHoople

“I didn’t mean for the bombing to actually work.”


8 posted on 08/10/2014 11:31:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

““We are not only fighting a terrorist group, we are fighting a terrorist state with advanced weapons,” he [Obama] said in a news conference”

The media hasn’t been interested in exactly how this group became armed with advanced weapons.


9 posted on 08/10/2014 11:39:50 AM PDT by Usagi_yo (I don't have a soul, I'm a soul that has a body. -- Unknown)
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To: struggle

The whole thing is an Obama “band-aid” to help dems in the mid-terms, he could care less about the victims. He needed his own “baby food factory”, and this is it.


10 posted on 08/10/2014 11:57:49 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: FrankR
Very Useful Site:

Institute for the Study of War

Daily updates.

11 posted on 08/10/2014 12:07:59 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: FrankR

It makes me wonder why Iraq doesn’t do it themselves. They can listen in on the groups transceiver communications and shoot a missile themselves. When a leader gets blown apart in a loosely connected group like this, it tends to fall apart temporarily while the underlings fight each other for position.


12 posted on 08/10/2014 12:11:46 PM PDT by struggle
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To: struggle
end this now

I doubt anyone would object if the military went a little bit rogue and vaporized ISIS.

13 posted on 08/10/2014 12:14:40 PM PDT by grania
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To: struggle

It would be great if ISIS is a footnote.


14 posted on 08/10/2014 12:21:27 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: struggle

It would be great if ISIS is a footnote.


15 posted on 08/10/2014 12:21:27 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: struggle

Iraq doesn’t have much of an airforce. A few Cesssnas armed with Hellfires, some helos, and recently 5 Russian SU25s, possibly flow by Russian pilots. I doubt they could do something like that.


16 posted on 08/10/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: demshateGod

I think the best we can hope for is the Kurds hold their own, and ISIS and the Shiites kill each other wholesale.


17 posted on 08/10/2014 12:47:52 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: Usagi_yo

Well, as Obama said, ISIS is just the junior varsity team of jihadis. Not a real threat like Al Qaeda. Putting them in Lakers uniforms doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.

More deep thinking from “smartest man in any room”.


18 posted on 08/10/2014 12:51:16 PM PDT by Hugin ("Do yourself a favor--first thing, get a firearm!")
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To: publius911

Thanks for the site address, have added it to favorites.


19 posted on 08/10/2014 5:40:13 PM PDT by gettinolder
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To: SeekAndFind; Salvation; nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; ...
Has no one noticed that as Assad gains the upper hand against Obama's Christian-crucifying friends in Syria, the Christian-murdering jihad has shifted to Iraq?

Old story with our POTUS. In 2006 he supported the Christian-killing jihadi-communist Raila Odinga in Kenya. Politicked to have him made Prime Minister despite his loss of an internationally monitored election, and invited him to his Inauguration.

Kenya, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, and now Iraq. Common thread: those whom Obama supports with money and weapons kill Christians.

Silent: CAIR, the Catholic bishops, who seem more focused on aiding and abetting Abortionist Obama's sick "Children's Invasion."

20 posted on 08/11/2014 6:34:39 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Program. Plan. Leader. Winner.)
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To: SeekAndFind
....inclusive Iraqi government in Baghdad.

When the hell is America going to wake up to the fact that there is no such thing as Iraq. The Kurds need their own state. The Shia and Sunni are never going to make it in harness without a brutal dictator to weld them together against their will. There is literally no such thing as Iraq.

Iraq was invented in 1916 by The British Foreign Office as a cartographic expedient, not a cultural or tribal entity. They installed the Hashemite dynasty as kings of Iraq and Jordan (another invention,) in exchange for kicking them out of their hereditary kingdoms in Arabia, which went to the Saudis.

21 posted on 08/11/2014 6:47:12 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Program. Plan. Leader. Winner.)
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22 posted on 08/11/2014 6:51:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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