Skip to comments.Breaking news update! Iraqis shut down internet at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad
Posted on 06/15/2014 3:51:52 PM PDT by Star Traveler
A three word text was released from inside the Embassy about six hours ago: Too late Alamo. That message is open to interpretation.
Just minutes ago news came from within the United States Embassy in Baghdad that the Iraqis have shut down internet service for those barricaded inside. Limited text messages via private cell phones are still coming through.
It is unknown how many of the more than 5,000 U.S. civilians in Baghdad are actually taking refuge inside the embassy compound. NBC war correspondent, Richard Engel reported last night that civilians in and around Baghdad have boarded up residences and businesses.
The embassy lockup is a reminder of when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in August of 1990 and U.S. civilians were held hostage for months, including those from the State Department and Department of Transportation.
This week ISIS terrorists operating in Iraq have toppled Fallujah, Ramadi, Tikrit, and Mosul, robbing the Bank of Mosul for more than $450 million dollars. ISIS leaders now claim they are the richest terror group in the world, topping al Qaeda and Hamas. This militant group has vowed to overrun Baghdad, the nation's capital, and eliminate the Shiite ruling party.
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I hadn't heard that. Excellent documentation to add among the list of 1000 other things needed for impeachment.
Tell Obama they’re against gay marriage. Maybe then they’ll get as stern a condemnation as Uganda.
Maybe the question should be, how many Americans will ISIS behead?
the war has arrived at the airport
how are these folks going to get out?
I’m sorry. It sounds like the Alamo to me. The time to get them out was three days ago, but they did not because it was “too politically sensitive”.
aljazerra reporting that Iraqi army has retaken two towns from ISIS.
Pope Francis doesn’t think he’s Barack Obama.
Yes, and no help was forthcoming.
I am an American Soldier...defender of freedom against tyranny
and when I enter the valley of death
and the agent of Satan appears at my shoulder
I will be resolute and fear no evil
And my Lord in heaven will guide my sword.
Keep in mind that unless they come from a known Journo, they are “unconfirmed”.
-Control tower of International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq hit by missile attack.
-ISIS winning ISF all around Baghdad, city nearly surrounded w fighters entering suburbs from multiple sides
-Spanish ABC newspaper reporter - rebels entering Camp Taji, north of Baghdad
If necessary, by helicopter from the embassy roof, just like Saigon. Unfortunately, ISIS has the MANPADS Obama gave them so when they take off...
(insert Obama ‘tee hee’ here)
... they’ll be blown out of the sky
Going into Baghdad against the terrorists that Barry armed, he might as well be securing a noose around that soldier’s neck.
Is Camp Taji a military installation, or a camping site?
And if we know that, the people in positions to have done something THEN, refused.
It is that simple. Every one of these people shares responsibility through negligence if not open collusion with Obama and his admin.
BREAKING ISIS claims that many top officials of Iraq get stucked in Baghdad international airport....
That could be devastating to Malaki’s government.
Glad you like. Ultimate Force for the first couple of seasons was very good. There were some cast changes and it went downhill some. I liked it way better than I ever liked the UNIT.
It looks like there are some whole episodes out there.
Henno is just one very bad dude. I love him. The SAS version of DCI Gene Hunt.
A few years back we were at a Dragoncon and Jamie Bamber was there. He was in UF for a while as an officer. We passed his table and there was small talk going on. I mentioned Ross Kemp (Henno) and he laughed and said he wouldn’t wish Ross Kemp on anybody.
I don’t think that Obama is a mastermind of evil, but he IS evil, petty, and sides with Islam over the United States. Not sure if siding with Islam is because he is one or because he’s a liberal who thinks that they’re minorities.
Taji’s a former coalition facility about 30 miles north of Baghdad.
The Announcement of the U.S. Embassy “redeployment” was the call to EVERYONE that the end was near in Iraq.
It was the signal to anyone and everyone that ever had anything to do with helping the US that it was now time to get the hell out.
very ominous, can invasion be seen on google?
if this is all factual (which it probably is) this is a very very sad day for us
and guess what? it will probably not change bummer’s ratings - the left has no regard for life. none.
Remember the media telling us just this week how “Exhausted!” Obama is, and how much he NEEDED this vacation??
CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE THE REPORTING IF AN “R” was in office right now???
So no doubt ISIS now has more firepower
I prefer the term “deja vue” to flashback; flashback reminds me to much of the doped out hippies that were decorating all the gutters when I got back to the world.
Now those same doped out hippies are running the government and making a mess of it.
I don’t really want to have to correct you, but don’t you mean Piece of Sh#t in Chief?
This FR thread, leftist media notwithstanding, is Obama’s legacy. This thread is how history will remember him. Not Obamacare, not bin Laden, not Gitmo, but this thread contains all the information that people will remember about the 44th President of the United States 100 years from now.
Well, IF the report is true, and IF there was anything there, and IF it actually was ISIS and not the Baathist militia or a Sunni militia group (which is frankly more likely), then yeah.
Rami now reporting tribal fighters have entered Baghdad
I picture this like when the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh.
Could somebody hop on the air travel websites and check what the last reported flight arrival in Baghdad was? There’s discussion about the “massive ISIS attack on the airport” actually being four mortar rounds that were lobbed in from a nearby neighborhood and caused a brief disruption, but flights have resumed. It’d be nice to find some actual data. It’s 3:40 am in Baghdad.
I thought they evacuated!
I stand corrected.
A flight just touched down there, but it had very few details. Then another flight took off at a sharp altitude, again, no details or callsign on that flight.
Looks like all the flights are going past Baghdad, up north and turning around. One, without a callsign, just took off and is headed toward Cairo. It's a big 777 long-range... maybe has our embassy people on it...who knows.
Link to flight radar tracker site: link
Just got home ..catching up.
What a SNAFU this is. .
I cannot begin to describe the state of mind of my Screaming Eagle son and the buddies he fought with. The betrayal is beyond words.
Wow. Makes me wonder.
Is that the USA Embassy in Iraq that represents the seventh wonder of the world both in cost and absurdity? Too many of our political leaders are not only corrupt but incompetent. They never pay a price.
Sorry but that’s the way I feel. We never should have borrowed and spent that Chinese money that had nothing to do with making our America a stronger better country.
Well that’s special.
This isn’t important.
What’s important is King Fubo’s golf score on his visit to Palm Springs, and how much money he raked in for the DNC.
Australia ready to supply humanitarian aid to Iraq if called upon, says Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop
Published: June 16, 2014 - 9:35AM
Australia stands ready to supply humanitarian aid to Iraq and has begun evacuating staff from diplomatic posts in Baghdad, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said.
Ms Bishop has also reissued pleas for Australians visiting the country to leave immediately, if it is safe to do so, via the commercial airport in Baghdad.
The Foreign Minister again talked down the likelihood of Australia becoming involved in military action against jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, who last week seized control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul.
The offensive is part of ISIL’s plan to establish a Sunni Islamist state that runs from Iraq across the border into Syria and beyond.Ms Bishop said the federal government had been given “no indication that the United States would like us to help”.
“At present our focus is on protecting Australian citizens and our interests in Iraq,” she told ABC’s Radio National on Monday.
But she said Australia would assist in the supply of humanitarian aid if called upon to do so.
“We have been talking with our British friends who have a team on the ground,” she said.
“Britain is supplying sufficient humanitarian aid at this stage but we’ve not received a request to assist.
“We certainly stand ready to provide assistance should that be required.”
She said the government was aware of more than 90 Australians in Iraq and said her “strong advice” was that they should leave.
“The international airport in Baghdad continues to operate normally,” she said.
“There are commercial flights available, indeed, Turkish airlines has announced additional flights.
“I do reiterate advice that Australians in Iraq should depart immediately.”
Ms Bishop said Australians concerned about family and friends in Iraq should try to contact them directly as consular assistance had been reduced because of the crisis.
People unable to do so are encouraged to call the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 24-hour consular emergency centre on 1300 555 135, or +61 2 6261 3305 if calling from overseas.
Ms Bishop said the government had made arrangements for several diplomatic staff to leave the country.
“We will keep an essential core there but we’ve already made arrangements for some of our staff to leave,” she said.
I know my Roman history pretty well. Do you know all the things Caligula did? I thought of Nero but Caligula’s relentless pursuit of personal power to the point of naming himself a god; his totally corrupt nature; and his utter contempt of other branches of governemt reminded me a lot of Obama. Caligula appointed his horse to the Roman Senate and made Senators trot alongside his chariot. Hard to choose between Nero and C. but I think C. was probably the bigger S.O.B.
I think Caligula also once declared war on the ocean, and had his soldiers stab at the waves.
Thanks. The scheduled Iraqi Air flight from India took off about an hour and a half late, but is in route Baghdad, due about 07:30 from the looks of it.
Blurry picture by Jihadist, you can sort of make out a hazy smoke that he claims is from the airport
Looks like all flights are being diverted North.
Is the video that caused all this still up on YouTube?
(R4*) RUS Aviation 1001
(SHJ) Sharjah, AE to (BGW) Baghdad, IQ
Last change to status more than 3 hours ago
Scheduled Departure: Scheduled Arrival:
2:00 AM - Mon Jun-16-2014 4:30 AM - Mon Jun-16-2014
Departure Terminal: N/A
Departure Flight Notes:
It is currently later at the departing airport than the expected departure time and the flight is not yet active. while this may indicate a delay or cancellation, it may also be that the departure information is not available or has not yet reached one of our data sources.
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We do not have the necessary data sources to detect the arrival or departure of this flight.
“The Charge of the Light Brigade”.......most were lost in this battle in Crimea.