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  • Iraq Begins Liberating Heart of Fallujah

    05/28/2016 7:32:13 PM PDT · by drewh · 7 replies
    al arabiya english ^ | five hours ago | staff
    The Iraqi Army has declared on Saturday the start of an operation to liberate Fallujah’s city center, considered to be ISIS stronghold in the western province of Anbar, Al Arabiya News Channel reported. Iraq’s counter-terrorism forces deployed on the edge of Fallujah Saturday for the first time since an operation was launched to retake the militants-held city, top commanders said. The counter-terrorism service (CTS), Iraq’s best-trained and most battle-tested fighting unit, moved into position on the boundaries of Fallujah. “CTS forces, Anbar emergency police and tribal fighters... reached Tareq and Mazraa camps” south and east of Fallujah, Abdelwahab al-Saadi, the...
  • 50,000 Civilians Reportedly Trapped Inside Fallujah as Iraqi Forces Surround ISIS Stronghold

    05/28/2016 7:02:46 PM PDT · by drewh · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 28 2016
    Over 50,000 civilians are reportedly trapped inside ISIS-controlled Fallujah as Iraqi forces surround the town and prepare for an all-out assault on one of the militant's last major strongholds in the country.The Iraqi forces have been backed by air power from the U.S.-led coalition. It is believed that between 500-700 ISIS fighters remain in the city. "Our troops are now in the process of surrounding the city from all (sides)," said Lt. General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, the head of the counterterrorism forces' Fallujah operation. "By doing so, we will besiege the city of Fallujah in full. And then we will start...
  • Five ISIS fighters who tried to flee Fallujah have their TONGUES cut off in public

    05/25/2016 10:13:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 25, 2016 | Simon Tomlinson
    Five ISIS militants had their tongues cut off by their own fighters after they tried to flee Fallujah amid a military operation to recapture the Iraqi city. The terror group has led a brutal and desperate crackdown on deserters after government forces launched a massive offensive on its Iraqi stronghold. Sources inside the city said five of its members had their tongues hacked out after being sentenced by a sharia court.
  • Battle begins for city where 100 American troops died

    05/23/2016 9:38:28 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Charlie D'Agata
    The Iraqi government said the long-awaited battle to recapture the city of Fallujah began in the early hours of Monday. Video published online overnight purportedly shows heavy bombardment of the city before the advance of ground troops. Prime Minister Haider al Abadi made a televised announcement that the operation had begun, vowing that Iraqi forces would "tear up the black flags" of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Fallujah. Backed up by U.S. and coalition airstrikes, a combination of Iraqi troops, police and Shiite militias made early progress, pushing ISIS militants back out of the farmland surrounding...
  • Iraqi operation kicks off to retake Falluja from Islamic State group

    05/22/2016 9:03:14 PM PDT · by Mariner · 7 replies
    Reuters via AFP ^ | May 23rd, 2015 | Unattributed
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launching of an offensive to retake the Islamic State group's stronghold of Falluja. The military told residents on Sunday to get ready to leave before fighting started. "Zero hour for the liberation of Falluja has arrived. The moment of great victory has drawn near and Daesh has no choice but to flee," Abadi said on his official Twitter feed, using an Arabic acronym for the jihadist group. He said the offensive would be conducted by the army, police, counterterrorism forces, local tribal fighters and a coalition of mostly Shi'ite Muslim militias. A US-led...
  • ISIS burns 15 people alive for trying to escape from Fallujah after arresting a woman who pleaded

    04/08/2016 1:34:49 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 6, 2016 | Julian robinson
    ISIS has burned 15 people alive for trying to escape from Fallujah after arresting a woman who pleaded for the West to 'save us or bomb us' on television. The civilians were sentenced to death for trying to flee the city, which is under siege by Iraqi troops having been held by the terror group since January 2014. Militants have also detained a dissident who went on television to reveal how desperate residents are starving to death while there was now no more medicine to treat the sick. She told the Al Arabiya News Channel: 'People are dying because of...
  • Obama Decision on U.S. Military Deployments to Iraq Expected in 'Coming Weeks'

    04/01/2016 8:20:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Mar 31, 2016 | John Hayward
    “Those recommendations are being made and the president will have an opportunity to make some decisions here in the coming weeks,” Dunford said about plans to send in more American troops to help recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State. “I brought it to the Secretary. The Secretary will engage with the President,” Dunford said, referring to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The number of troops deployed in Iraq is already much higher than the American people were led to expect, as the public learned after ISIS fired on a Marine artillery position near Mosul two weeks ago,...
  • Inside Fallujah: ISIS-held ghost town ruled by fear, paranoia as battle looms

    01/20/2016 6:43:02 PM PST · by IDontLikeToPayTaxes · 5 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | January 20, 2016 | Hollie McKay
    Two years after Fallujah became one of the first prizes claimed by ISIS, the Iraqi city is a ghost town where fearful residents turn on one another and resistance is met with unspeakable brutality, according to sources trapped inside the Pittsburgh-sized community just 40 miles west of Baghdad.
  • Turkey: Al Qaeda suspect admits planning attacks on Israeli tourists

    08/11/2005 10:00:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 228+ views
    A Turkish court on Thursday charged a Syrian national suspected of plotting to slam speedboats packed with explosives into cruise ships loaded with Israeli tourists, lawyers and police said. According to The AP, defense lawyer Ilhami Sayan said the suspect, identified in the Turkish media as Lu'ai Sakra, was charged with membership in an "illegal organization." He was arrested earlier this month. Police said Sakra was linked to al-Qaeda. "I have no regrets," Sakra shouted to journalists as he was led into the courthouse. "I was going to attack Israeli ships. If they come, my friends will attack them." "I...
  • Islamic State overruns Iraqi base near Fallujah

    08/20/2015 6:23:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | 8/20/15 | Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss
    The Islamic State overran an Iraqi military base and killed dozens of soldiers and policemen in an attack near Fallujah in Anbar province, where the government has been trying to dislodge the group for the past year.In a newly released video, the Islamic State showcases its forces overrunning a military outpost near the city. The video shows jihadists attacking the base with armored personnel carriers packed with explosives and a ground assault team. The Islamic State seized tanks, armored personnel carriers, Humvees, and other vehicles. The bodies of dozens of dead Iraqi security personnel are displayed.The exact date the assault...
  • Pentagon Official Reacts Angrily to Obama’s ISIS Strategy Claim: ‘What the F— Was That?’

    06/12/2015 2:51:39 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 23 replies
    Fox News via pjmedia.com ^ | june 8, 2015 | Fox News via Debra Heine
    On Special Report tonight, Charles Krauthammer noted that Obama occasionally stumbles on the truth, as he did when he admitted that his administration does not yet have a strategy to defeat ISIS; but as is always the case with this president it’s never his fault when something goes wrong. “The reason is Obama’s entire strategy rests on the notion that trained Iraqis under this government are going to carry the fight to ISIS,” Krauthammer said, noting that strategy has failed in Mosul, Ramadi and Fallujah. “This is a country that was abandoned by Obama in 2011 and threw in its...
  • Iraqi troops reportedly advance against ISIS in key refinery town

    06/07/2015 9:05:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | June 7, 2015
    Iraqi troops and Shiite militias recaptured key parts of the refinery town of Beiji from ISIS Sunday, a general said. The victory comes a day after Iraqi forces were able to withstand two attacks from ISIS in the hotly contested Anbar province Saturday. The commander of the Interior Ministry's Quick Reaction Forces, Brig. Gen. Nassir al-Fartousi, told state TV that the Iraqi flag was raised on a local government building in Beiji and that troops were advancing to other areas, without elaborating. The spokesman of Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim, said the security forces "are now controlling"...
  • Iraq: ISIS fighters close Ramadi dam gates, cut off water to loyalist towns

    06/04/2015 12:24:14 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | June 4, 2015 | y Hamdi Alkhshali and Laura Smith-Spark
    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)ISIS has closed off a dam to the north of the Iraqi city of Ramadi -- seized by its forces last month -- cutting water supplies to pro-government towns downstream and making it easier for its fighters to attack forces loyal to Baghdad, local officials and residents said. ISIS militants are opening only two or three of the dam's 26 gates on the Euphrates River for brief periods daily, the officials and residents said. The head of the security council in the town of Khalidiyah, Sheikh Ibrahim Khalaf al-Fahdawi, and two residents of the nearby town of Habbaniya...
  • An American “Son of Fire” we must remember on this Memorial Day

    05/25/2015 8:09:45 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/25/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Let us never forget those who gave their life for our freedoms. Remembering the brave men and women who gave their “last full measure of devotion” for our freedoms requires us to take a moment on this Memorial Day to focus on the individuals behind the numbers and remember they are not just names on a wall. One of those individuals who gave everything he had for us was Marine Captain John J. McKenna IV who was killed on August 16, 2006 during an operation in Fallujah, Iraq. The story of John McKenna’s life and death is the story of...
  • Delusional Obama links Climate Change And Terrorism

    05/22/2015 10:14:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies
    American THinker ^ | May 22, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    President Obama’s assertion in his commencement address to cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy that the rise of ISIS in Syria and Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the brutality of both, is somehow linked to climate change shows just how dangerously detached from reality U.S. foreign policy has become. For those who wondered why upwards of two hundred thousand have died in Syria, Boko Haram abducts Christian schoolgirls, and ISIS beheads and burns people alive in its reign of terror, the president placed a major part of the blame on fossil fuels and your SUV. I understand climate change...
  • Sculptor Captures Son's Spirit to Salute the Marine Corps

    03/20/2015 6:44:11 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 11 replies
    wshootingjournal ^ | 3/20/2015 | Matt Burke
    With every stroke of sculptor John Phelps’ steady hand, the clay began to take shape. First, there was a skeleton that soon began to look more and more like one Marine in uniform; then there were three. Before long, their faces twisted and contorted to depict the horrors of combat. The nonprofit veteran service organization Hope for the Warriors commissioned Phelps to immortalize the now-iconic “Hell House” photo taken by Lucian Read during the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. The photo depicted two Marine lance corporals carrying a bloodied 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal out of a house following a...
  • One year on, Iraq’s struggle to retake Fallujah from ISIL continues (JV Team)

    01/18/2015 6:35:22 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The National (Abu Dhabi) ^ | January 18, 2015 | by Youssef Hamza
    BAGHDAD - - A year after ISIL fighters captured Fallujah in Iraq’s Anbar province, the country’s Shiite-led government remains incapable of mounting a major offensive to retake the city or any of the key areas still held by the group. In January last year, Fallujah, 70 kilometres west of Baghdad, became the first major city to fall to ISIL. This was followed by a summer campaign that seized the country’s second-largest city, Mosul, and Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, along with most of northern and western Iraq. Iraq’s slow-moving fight against ISIL has also highlighted the country’s sectarian tensions, given...
  • 2002 Document: Orders To Watch For Americans Burying WMD in The Western Desert (Translation)

    07/05/2006 7:28:40 AM PDT · by jveritas · 78 replies · 6,665+ views
    Document ISGQ-2003-0044 ISGQ-2003-00044390 390 contains a November/27/2002 Top Secret and Urgent memo from the Baath Party Command in Fallujah and in relation to another letter from the office of the Presidential Secretariat (Saddam Hussein Personal Secretary) and it is addressed to all the People Commands in the Anbar Province (The Western Desert) asking them to watch for Americans or Zionists (Israelis) forces that can potentially bury prohibited materials, WMD, in the Anbar province so it will frame Iraq and find an excuse to punish Iraq according to the memo. The Anbar province which is the hot bed of the terrorists...
  • One ISIS Thug Suspected of Killing 150 Girls, Women

    12/18/2014 7:52:29 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-18-2014 | Nadiah Sarsour
    Nadiah Sarsour December 17, 2014 FoxNews.comOne Islamic State militant is alone responsible for killing 150 women, including pregnant women and young teenagers, because they refused to marry members of the barbaric militant army, according to Iraqi officials. Abu Anas Al-Libi is suspected of mercilessly gunning down the women,most of whom were Yazidi, because they refused to enter into sham temporary marriages with Islamic State fighters simply to have sex in what the terrorists believe to be a Koranic loophole. “Abu Anas Al-Libi killed more than 150 women and girls, some of whom were pregnant after refusing to accept Jihad marriage,”...
  • TMZ Reveals Photos of U.S. Troops Burning Dead Bodies in Iraq

    01/15/2014 10:28:46 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 93 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 1/15 | Joe Coscarelli
    With Fallujah back under the control of Sunni insurgents, the nightmare of Iraq in 2004 is alive again. Today, TMZ published eight horrifying images, allegedly taken nearly a decade ago in Fallujah, which appear to show U.S. Marines posing next to dead bodies, soaking them in gasoline, and lighting them on fire. The gossip site claims to have published just a few of the 41 photos it obtained — "Many are just too gruesome" — and the military has opened an investigation. "The actions depicted in these photos are not what we expect from our service members, nor do they...
  • Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There

    01/10/2014 12:14:05 PM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    Adam Banotai was a 21-year-old sergeant and squad leader in the Marine Corps during the 2004 invasion of Falluja, a restive insurgent-held city in Iraq. His unit — which had seven of 17 men wounded by shrapnel or bullets in the first days of the invasion — seized control of the government center early in the campaign. So when Sunni insurgents, some with allegiances to Al Qaeda, retook the city this month and raised their black insurgent flag over buildings where he and his men fought, he was transfixed, disbelieving and appalled.
  • The Fall of Fallujah

    01/09/2014 12:22:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2014 | Nightwatch
    Iraq: Late reporting indicates that al-Qaida-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters have begun withdrawing from Fallujah to the suburbs. This report has not been confirmed. The government announced that it would not attack Fallujah for now in order to minimize civilian casualties. At least one source in Iraq, however, reported that government forces have low morale because they lack the supplies and equipment to mount an operation that has any prospect of success. Meanwhile in Ramadi, also west of Baghdad, a government and tribal night operation on 6 January failed to oust Islamists from southern Ramadi, according...
  • For U.S. Vets, Violence In Fallujah Brings Mixed Feelings [Marine: "I'm Absolutely Pissed"!]

    01/08/2014 8:17:55 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    CBSNews ^ | January 08, 2013 | JAMES SPERRY
    For U.S. Vets, Violence In Fallujah Brings Mixed Feelings BY JAMES SPERRY The home of some of the most ferocious fighting during the U.S. war in Iraq is once again witnessing extreme violence not seen in the country since the last of U.S. troops left two years ago, as al Qaeda insurgents regain control of the city of Fallujah in Anbar Province. In total, almost a third of the 4,486 U.S. troops killed in Iraq died in Anbar Province. Fallujah was the scene of two significant battles in 2004 - Operation Vigilant Resolve and Operation Phantom Fury – where U.S....
  • The New Battle for Fallujah Shows Obama's Failure in Iraq

    01/08/2014 4:16:21 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 21 replies
    RightWingPatriot.com ^ | January 8, 2014 | RightWingPatriot
    It was with a great deal of dismay, and yet a sense of acknowledgement that this was inevitable, that I read that Al-Qaeda terrorists captured the city of Fallujah in Iraq. This is a huge reversal as Iraq slips further into chaos after the United States left the country at the behest of Obama. The Iraqi army is currently surrounding the city and is planning to retake it, but the capture of the city is a huge blow, both militarily and psychologically. Civilians have fled the city as the Iraqi Red Crescent estimates that over 13,000 families have left Fallujah...
  • NBC Blames Bush for Al Qaeda Takeover of Fallujah in 2014

    01/08/2014 7:57:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/08/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Apparently we’re on George W. Bush’s fourth term. And here I’ve been making a fool of myself criticizing some Illinois senator for messing up the country. If only NBC News had told me this piece of breaking news sooner. Introducing a report on Monday’s NBC Nightly News about Al-Qaeda forces seizing control of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, anchor Brian Williams went out of his way to blame the President George W. Bush for the deteriorating security situation: “U.S. fighting forces are gone from Iraq. But as so many predicted when President Bush chose to go to war there after...
  • The Worst Defeat for the United States Since 9/11

    01/08/2014 6:17:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2014 | John Ransom
    Two years after Obama declared that the administration has decimated Al Qaeda worldwide, Al Qaeda has delivered the most devastating blow to the United States since the 9/11 attacks that precipitated America’s war on Islamic terrorism. The fall of the Iraqi Anbar province towns of Ramadi and Fallujah recently to foreign fighters under control of Al Qaeda, called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, represents not just a tactical defeat in Obama’s “Smart Power” strategy, but a strategic surrender of the entire U.S. foreign policy conception for the last 50 years. “US policies and leaders in three...
  • WE WON THE IRAQ WAR

    01/07/2014 6:14:28 AM PST · by shortstop · 80 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 01/07/14 | Bob Lonsberry
    I have a friend who fought in Fallujah. He is boisterous and confident and full of life. He has the can-do spirit that defines himself and all who have worn the blue cord of the Army Infantry. But yesterday he was broken. As he talked about the Iraq war, and specifically the fight for Fallujah, there was a sadness that doesn’t come out in the speeches and books. There wasn’t the never-say-die confidence of a veteran non-commissioned officer, there was instead the dazed uncertainty of a man who looks back and wonders what the hell it was all about. Why...
  • In Iraq, a Sunni revolt raises specter of new war

    01/06/2014 6:19:18 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, January 6, 2013 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — An eruption of violence in Iraq is threatening to undo much of what U.S. troops appeared to have accomplished before they withdrew, putting the country’s stability on the line and raising the specter of a new civil war in a region already buckling under the strain of the conflict in Syria. In the western Iraqi province of Anbar, Sunnis are in open revolt against the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Militants affiliated with al-Qaeda have taken advantage of the turmoil to raise their flag over areas from which they had been driven out by American troops,...
  • The Costs of U.S. Retreat (Al Qaeda revives in Iraq and Syria's contagion spreads to Lebanon.)

    01/05/2014 9:04:13 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    Americans want to forget about Iraq and Syria, especially since President Obama walked back from his bombing threat in September, but Syria and Iraq haven't forgotten America. The contagion from Syria's civil war is spilling across borders in ways that are already requiring U.S. involvement and may eventually cost American lives. The casualties include the stability of Lebanon, which like Syria is riven by Shiite-Sunni divisions. Thousands of Shiite Hezbollah militia have joined the war on behalf of Syrian strongman Bashar Assad, and the opposition is retaliating with a terror campaign inside Lebanon.
  • Fallout From Syria Conflict Takes Rising Toll on Mideast

    01/05/2014 8:46:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 5, 2014 | ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JAY SOLOMON
    BEIRUT—Spiraling violence and advances by al Qaeda-linked fighters in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are underscoring the cost of Syria's civil war as it increasingly spills over the country's borders. The rise of the Islamist forces in Iraq is particularly worrisome to the Obama administration. In response, U.S. officials said Sunday they were seeking to boost military support—though they emphasized no troops—for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to help in his campaign to push back al Qaeda. U.S. officials are also considering new military aid for Lebanon, which is plagued by rising sectarian violence. Resurgent al Qaeda-allied forces battled Sunday in...
  • Iran offers to help Iraq in fight against al-Qaida

    01/06/2014 8:26:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 6, 2014 1:50 AM EST
    A senior Iranian military official says Iran is ready to help Iraq battle al-Qaida “terrorists” in the neighboring country’s Sunni-dominated western Anbar province. Iraqi troops have been trying to dislodge fighters from the al-Qaida group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant from two key cities the militants overran last week. […] Tehran is an ally of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. …
  • US officials say Iran can play helpful role on Syria

    01/06/2014 8:13:07 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    BRUSSELS - Iran could improve its chances of playing a role on the sidelines of Syria peace talks this month by working with Damascus to stop the bombardment of civilians and improve humanitarian access, US officials said on Monday. "There are ... steps that Iran could take to show the international community that they are serious about playing a positive role," one of the officials said in Brussels. "Those include calling for an end to the bombardment by the Syrian regime of their own people. It includes calling for and encouraging humanitarian access." Another official made clear that the comment...
  • Kerry: No troops to rescue Fallujah and Ramadi from Al-Qaeda

    01/06/2014 8:22:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/06/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The US fought for years to free Anbar province from the grip of al-Qaeda during the Iraq War. Fallujah and Ramadi turned into pitched battlefronts, and later “the surge” convinced local Sunni tribes to join the US effort to dispel AQ from the region. More than two years after the US pulled all of its forces out of Iraq, AQ is back — and Ramadi and Fallujah appear to have fallen once again: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO The city center of Iraq’s Fallujah has fallen completely into the hands of fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State in Iraq...
  • McCain, Graham blast Obama for Al Qaeda-related takeover of Fallujah, call situation 'predictable'

    01/04/2014 6:05:49 PM PST · by Kaslin · 111 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 4, 2013
    Republican senators on Saturday blamed the Obama administration for Al Qaeda affiliates over-running parts of Iraq, including the city of Fallujah, which the United States secured before President Obama removed all U.S. forces from that country in 2011. Sen. John McCain, Arizona, and Lindsey Graham, South Carolina, called the recent turn of events “as tragic as they were predictable” and suggested Obama misled Americans into believing that Iraqi leaders wanted U.S. forces out of their country. “While many Iraqis are responsible for this strategic disaster, the administration cannot escape its share of the blame,” the senators said in a joint...
  • Fallujah falls to al-Qaeda, Obama goes golfing

    01/04/2014 8:39:03 PM PST · by TheMantis · 44 replies
    Examiner ^ | 1/4/14 | Robert Elliott
    One hundred and fifty Americans died fighting for this city, and hundreds more were wounded. And now it has been retaken by the enemy. Commander-in-chief Obama's response: another round of golf.
  • Al-Qaida sweep in Iraq cities revives battleground (Fallujah and Ramadi)

    01/04/2014 10:23:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 3, 2014 11:33 PM EST | Qassim Abdul-Zahra
    Two Iraqi cities that were strongholds of Sunni insurgents during the U.S. war in the country are battlegrounds once more after al-Qaida militants largely took them over, fending off government forces that have been besieging them for days. The overrunning of the cities this week by al-Qaida’s Iraqi branch in the Sunni heartland of western Anbar provinces is a blow to the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Malik. His government has been struggling to contain discontent among the Sunni minority over Shiite political domination that has flared into increased violence for the past year. […] Government troops, backed by...
  • ANOTHER Obama Success Story – Flag of Al-Qaeda Flies Over Fallujah

    01/04/2014 5:11:24 AM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 1/3/2013 | Jim Hoft
    Another Obama success story… When George Bush left office the War in Iraq was won. Today the flag of Al-Qaeda flies over Fallujah. It only took five years for Obama to lose all US gains in Iraq.(video at link)The Washington Post reported: A rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago.The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western...
  • Qaeda-linked fighters control parts of two Iraq cities

    01/03/2014 2:38:14 PM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Arab News ^ | Published — Thursday 2 January 2014
    Qaeda-linked fighters control parts of two Iraq cities  Published — Thursday 2 January 2014 Last update 3 January 2014 2:17 am RAMADI, Iraq: Militants linked to Al-Qaeda on Thursday controlled half of the Iraqi city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, after days of violence that erupted as a protest camp was removed. Clashes first broke out in the Ramadi area on Monday as security forces tore down the country’s main Sunni Arab anti-government protest camp near the city west of Baghdad, and continued for two days. The violence also spread to nearby Fallujah, and security forces have since...
  • In Iraq, two groups join to fight common enemy - al Qaeda

    01/03/2014 1:30:14 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri January 3, 2014 | Ashley Fantz. Salma Abdelaziz and Mohammed Tawfeeq
  • Al Qaeda seizes partial control of 2 cities in western Iraq

    01/02/2014 10:16:28 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 35 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 2, 2014 | Bill Roggio
    Over the past several days, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, al Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq, has taken control of large sections of two western Iraqi cities that were once bastions for the terror group. ISIS fighters entered the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, after the Iraqi military withdrew from them following clashes with tribes over a political standoff that resulted in the arrest of a Sunni member of parliament. The ISIS has posted videos of its fighters entering the cities in force after clashing with Iraqi police and overrunning several checkpoints. In...
  • Al-Qaeda-Linked Force Captures Fallujah Amid Rise In Violence In Iraq [Liberated Fallujah Falls!!]

    01/03/2014 10:49:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 03, 2013 | Liz Sly
    Al-Qaeda-Linked Force Captures Fallujah Amid Rise In Violence In Iraq By Liz Sly, January 3 BEIRUT — A rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago. The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly...
  • Al Qaeda Flag Flies over City Where Marines Fought Largest Battle of Iraq War

    01/03/2014 5:13:21 PM PST · by kristinn · 104 replies
    Mediaite ^ | Friday, January 3, 3014 | Noah Rothman
    Just over two years since American troops entirely withdrew from Iraq, the black flag of Al Qaeda flies over the city of Fallujah’s government buildings in Iraq’s western Anbar Province. It was there that several American contractors were killed and strung up over a bridge in 2004 and American Marines fought the biggest battle of the Iraq War. “The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, the Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war,” reads...
  • The November War (Vanity, Fallujah Battle)

    11/06/2013 4:22:38 AM PST · by EBH
    the November War ^ | 2013 | Garrett Anderson and Antonio de la Torre
    One Day of Fighting. Ten Different Perspectives Fallujah 2004 Garrett Anderson and Antonio de la Torre have been creating digital films together since they met at a high school digital media production class in the year 2000. Several of the students from that class are working in similar professional fields today. Garrett served as a U.S. Marine infantryman from 2003-2007; during which he deployed to Iraq as well as Afghanistan and continued to collaborate with Antonio when visiting home on vacation. The two filmmakers decided in late 2011 to interview members of Anderson’s former platoon who fought alongside each other...
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/ He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • Inspector General: Much of Money for Iraq Reconstruction Wasted

    03/07/2013 6:46:57 AM PST · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 March 2013 | Bob Adelmann
    In his final report, released this month, on how $63 billion of American taxpayers’ money was spent in reconstructing Iraq after the end of the Iraq war, Special Inspector General Stuart Bowen asked two questions: “What happened to the money?” and “What effect did it have?” The next 185 pages of his report reviews where it went, how much was wasted, and what effect it had in restoring Iraq’s infrastructure so that life there could return to some sort of normal. The answer to the first question, “what happened to the money?” is that much of it was wasted. He...
  • How Al Qaeda executioners were captured by SAS using Bisto granules

    06/17/2012 8:20:22 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17th June 2012 | Mark Nicol and Ian Gallagher
    'They killed with apparent impunity, effortlessly dodging capture by the world’s deadliest special forces. Nothing, it seemed, could stop Al Qaeda’s two top Iraqi terrorists as they orchestrated a campaign of high-profile kidnappings, car bombings and executions in Baghdad and beyond. At the height of their reign, one of them, Maher Ahmed Mahmoud az-Zubeidi, better known by his alias Abu Rami, was believed to have been responsible for the murders of 200 people each month. Yet perhaps even more ferocious was his charismatic co-leader, Abu Uthman, whose exploits in two battles in Fallujah earned him the nickname Abu Nimr –...
  • UK Guardian gives a platform to US Iraq vet who supports jihadist attacks on coalition forces

    04/18/2012 3:41:26 AM PDT · by sussex · 4 replies
    The Commentator ^ | Raheem Kassam
    I have my own concern about lack of remorse based on a recent Guardian Comment is Free article written by an Iraq War veteran who, as free as he walks, insists that what he did in Fallujah was ‘terrorism’ and writes openly in the Guardian, “I, too, support the right of Muslims to defend themselves against US troops, even if that means they have to kill them.” This shocking statement from Ross Caputi is the kind of dangerous nonsense from someone tied up with the Stop The War Coalition, who recently introduced Noam Chomsky at an event and who seems...
  • Blackwater suit ends 7 years after Fallujah deaths

    01/06/2012 1:12:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/6/12 | EMERY P. DALESIO
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Days after the last U.S. troops left Iraq, a federal appeals court ended a lawsuit over an episode that produced one of the more disturbing images of the war: the grisly killings of four Blackwater security contractors and the hanging of a pair of their bodies from a bridge in Fallujah. Families of the victims reached a confidential settlement with the company's corporate successor, Arlington, Va.-based Academi, and the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the suit last week. The settlement was first reported Friday by The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. The deal ends the...
  • Hundreds in Fallujah burn U.S. flag to celebrate troops pulling out of Iraq

    12/14/2011 7:11:21 AM PST · by LibFreeUSA · 108 replies
    National Post ^ | Dec 14, 2011 | Agence France-Presse
    FALLUJAH, Iraq — Hundreds of Iraqis set alight U.S. and Israeli flags on Wednesday as they celebrated the impending pullout of American forces from the country in the former insurgent bastion of Fallujah. Shouting slogans in support of the “resistance,” the demonstrators held up banners and placards inscribed with phrases like, “Now we are free” and “Fallujah is the flame of the resistance.” Surrounded by the Iraqi army, demonstrators carried posters bearing photos of apparent insurgents, faces covered and carrying weapons. They also held up pictures of U.S. soldiers killed and military vehicles destroyed in the two major offensives against...
  • The American Platoon - The Battle of Fallujah and its impact on a group of young Marines

    11/17/2011 2:25:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | November 17, 2011 | Patrick K. O’Donnell
    The American PlatoonThe Battle of Fallujah and its impact on a group of young Marines Following your dream shouldn’t cost you your life. But for many of the members of First Platoon, that’s exactly what happened.This week marks the seventh anniversary of the Battle of Fallujah. During the battle, I was embedded as a combat historian with the Marine First Platoon, Lima Company, 3/1, as they fought house-to-house. First Platoon suffered some of the highest casualties in Fallujah: four killed in action — Lance Cpl. Nick Larson, Lance Cpl. Nathan Wood, Lance Cpl. Mike Hanks, and Lance Cpl. Benjamin Bryan...