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  • Iraq's Beleaguered Christians Make Final Stand on the Mosul Frontline

    07/07/2014 7:20:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Some Christian families from Mosul have sought refuge in St Matthew’s Monastery, writes Richard Spencer. Others vow to take a stand against the Islamists - whatever the cost.Captain Firaz Jacob knows he may well be mounting a last stand at the frontiers of the Christian settlement of Bartella on the outskirts of Mosul. Less than a mile down the road are the jihadists of Isis, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, and the portly, middle-aged Mr Jacob is aware that his home-grown militia are outnumbered. “I stand here waiting for my destiny,” he said, as he stood this week...
  • Why Obama Ignored Iraq

    07/07/2014 4:20:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 7-7-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    ISIS marching through Iraq has smashed the media’s taboo against criticizing Obama’s foreign policy. Substantive discussions are taking place about why his foreign policy is such a miserable failure. And they mostly miss the point. Liberal journalists still proceed from the fallacy that there was a foreign policy debate between neo-conservative interventionists and liberal non-interventionists. These are a series of digested Bush era talking points that have no relationship to reality since Bush’s foreign policy on Iraq carried over from Bill Clinton. It’s why Hillary gets so uncomfortable when she has to discuss her vote on Iraq. The liberals weren’t...
  • Why We Stuck With Maliki -- And Lost Iraq [Important read!!]

    07/05/2014 1:37:03 PM PDT · by Enchante · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/05/2014 | Ali Khedery
    <p>"The crisis now gripping Iraq and the Middle East was not only predictable but predicted — and preventable. By looking the other way and unconditionally supporting and arming Maliki, President Obama has only lengthened and expanded the conflict that President Bush unwisely initiated. Iraq is now a failed state, and as countries across the Middle East fracture along ethno-sectarian lines, America is likely to emerge as one of the biggest losers of the new Sunni-Shiite holy war, with allies collapsing and radicals plotting another 9/11."</p>
  • Iraqi capital nervously awaits Isis attack

    07/03/2014 8:51:28 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies
    FT ^ | July 1, 2014 | Borzou Daragahi
  • Iraq chases Baghdad sleeper cells as 'Zero Hour' looms over capital

    07/03/2014 7:33:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 3, 2014 | By Ned Parker
    Iraqi insurgents are preparing for an assault on Baghdad, with sleeper cells planted inside the capital to rise up at "Zero Hour" and aid fighters pushing in from the outskirts, according to senior Iraqi and U.S. security officials. Iraqis speak of a "Zero Hour" as the moment a previously-prepared attack plan would start to unfold. A high-level Iraqi security official estimated there were 1,500 sleeper cell members hibernating in western Baghdad and a further 1,000 in areas on the outskirts of the capital. He said their goal was to penetrate the U.S.-made "Green Zone" - a fortified enclave of government...
  • Shoebat: Our aiding and abetting the Free Syrian Army (and Benghazi video connection to Obama)

    06/28/2014 10:00:26 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 6 replies
    http://therightscoop.com/ ^ | June 27, 2014 | The Right Scoop
    Walid Shoebat says that quagmire that is going on in Iraq is just going to increase and there isn’t much America can do about it at this point. But when it comes to what started this quagmire in Iraq, Walid blames the US for ‘aiding and abetting’ the Free Syrian Army in Syria, which we all know is a terrorist group: We’re indirectly aiding and abetting an Al-Qaeda like operation, when it comes to Syria, and that’s what started the quagmire. Our aiding and abetting the Free Syrian Army — which is a terrorist group and we’ve been showing this...
  • Iran reportedly sent military advisers, head of Quds Force to Iraq

    06/27/2014 3:11:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/26/2014 | Justin Fishel
    Iran reportedly has sent military advisers into Iraq and dispatched the head of its infamous Quds Force to help Baghdad strategize in its fight against Sunni militants, as the United States takes similar steps despite concern about Tehran's involvement.... Fox News confirms that Iran is flying surveillance drones over Iraq, something the U.S. also is doing. The New York Times reported that Iran, in addition, is sending tons of military equipment to the fellow Shiite-led government in Iraq and is dispatching military advisers. According to the Times, about a dozen officers from Iran's Quds Force have been sent into the...
  • Pentagon: Armed drones guard US interests in Iraq

    06/27/2014 2:46:45 PM PDT · by don-o · 2 replies
    AP - via Yahoo ^ | June 27, 2014 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has armed drones flying over Baghdad to protect U.S. troops that recently arrived to assess Iraq's deteriorating security, the Pentagon said Friday. The military for more than a week has been flying manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq, averaging a few dozen sorties daily for reconnaissance.
  • King orders high alert to fight terror (worried about ISIS)

    06/27/2014 1:35:40 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 13 replies
    Arab News ^ | 6/27/2014 | Arab News
    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah ordered all necessary measures to protect the Kingdom against potential "terrorist threats," a Royal Court statement said Thursday. The king gave the order after chairing a meeting of the National Security Council to discuss fallout from developments in neighboring Iraq. “Concerned for the Kingdom’s national security against any measures that terrorist organizations or any other groups might resort to, that could destabilize security of the homeland, he (the king) has ordered all necessary measures to protect the gains of the homeland and its stability, and the security of the Saudi people," the...
  • Iraqi troops air assault into Tikrit

    06/27/2014 11:14:50 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | June 27, 2014 | By Bill Roggio
    Yesterday the Iraqi military launched an air assault into the insurgent-held town of Tikrit. At least three helicopters landed at a stadium in Tikrit University, which is about six miles north of the city. According to Reuters, "the helicopters were shot at as they flew low over the city and landed in a stadium at the city's university." One of the helicopters was said to have been shot down. "One helicopter crash-landed in the stadium. Another left after dropping off troops and a third remained on the ground. Army snipers were positioning themselves on tall buildings in the university complex,"...
  • A Questionable Game of 'Shut Up' on Iraq

    06/25/2014 2:05:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    It's a fact of human nature that it's easier to talk about who's to blame for a problem than it is to figure out what to do about the problem. Case in point: There's a near-riot in liberal circles over the very idea that supporters of the Iraq War should even be allowed to criticize the president's handling of the current Middle East crisis, never mind offer advice on how to proceed. The Atlantic's James Fallows says Dick Cheney and company "have earned the right not to be listened to." Slate magazine's Jamelle Bouie says that prominent public intellectuals...
  • The United States Doesn't Know With Certainty Who Just Launched Airstrikes in Iraq

    06/25/2014 2:21:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Slate ^ | 25 June 2014 | Ben Mathis-Lilley
    United States officials are not entirely confident they know who is behind the airstrikes being reported against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces in western Iraq. From ABC News: According to the U.S. official, the United States has “pretty good information that the Syrians are behind the fighter aircraft bombing in western Al Anbar,” a province in Iraq that includes the Syrian border. The official said the United States is still trying to gather more information that Syria was behind the strikes...A U.S. official also said it was not clear whether the Iraqi government requested or authorized Syrian air...
  • John Kerry ignored by everyone as Iraq dissolves

    06/25/2014 5:58:47 PM PDT · by xzins · 36 replies
    Red State ^ | 25 Jun 14 | Streiff
    Three things have happened in the past weeks that are making it obvious that the nation that has been Iraq since 1919 will soon cease to exist. First, the Turks have spoken in an approving way of the idea of an independent Kurdistan inside of what is now Iraq and has moved to address the issues that have fueled a long running Kurdish insurgency in Turkey. Second, Iraqi Prime Minister Nour al-Maliki has cast his lot firmly and unambiguously with Iran. In his weekly televised address, Mr Maliki called on “all political forces to reconcile” in the face of a...
  • Obama’s Iraq War Crime: A Missed Opportunity to Transform the Muslim World

    06/24/2014 4:25:02 AM PDT · by FredDardick · 31 replies
    Political Kryptonite ^ | June 24, 2014 | Fred Dardick
    George Bush had much bigger plans for Iraq than simply killing Saddam Hussein, securing his WMDs and handing over control of the oil rich nation to whatever remained of the Ba’ath Party once hostilities ended. Some might consider him naive, but Bush believed that a modern Iraq, one that respected minority and woman’s rights, one ruled by the rule of law rather than the rule of the mullahs, could act as a catalyst in the Muslim world bringing Judeo-Christian values and justice to hundreds of millions who lived their lives in Islamist chains. It was an audacious goal, one that...
  • ISIS Holds Military Parade In Mosul Update: Parade With Captured US Military Vehicles

    06/26/2014 11:45:19 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    War News Updates ^ | Junre 26, 2014 | Staff
    Original Title:ISIS Holds Military Parade In Mosul -- Threat Matrix Update: ISIS Holds Parade With Captured US Military Vehicles -- Zero Hedge The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's Ninewa Division continues to crank out images of its conquest of Mosul and the surrounding province. Earlier today, the Ninewa Division released photographs of its forces seizing control of several bases, displaying captured military hardware, and executing Iraqi soldiers. Then, the Ninewa Division published a set of photographs of a military parade in the city of Mosul. The photographs provide a glimpse of the ISIS' military strength in Mosul. Scores...
  • Power Precedes Politics

    06/27/2014 2:39:19 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 6/27/2014 | Matthew Continetti
    The situation on the ground: Iraq in flames. The black flag of al Qaeda over Sunni-majority cities, Shiite militias cleansing Baghdad neighborhoods of other sects and ethnicities, car and suicide bombs exploding daily, the government of Nouri al-Maliki looking insolent and ineffective, the Kurds hinting at independence. Civil war. Iranian meddling. American defeat.I’m not talking about today. I’m talking about 2006. Then, too, liberal internationalists had the following prescription: America can’t solve Iraq’s problems. A major diplomatic initiative, involving the entire region, might persuade Maliki to be inclusive. There is no military solution in Iraq—just a political one.“We cannot save...
  • Iraqi Kurdish leader Barzani says Kurdish self-rule in Kirkuk to stay

    06/27/2014 5:08:52 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies
    Hürriyet ^ | June/27/2014
    Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani said June 27 there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in oil city Kirkuk and other towns now defended against Sunni militants by Kurdish fighters. "Now, this (issue) ... is achieved," he said, referring to a constitutional article meant to address the Kurds' decades-old ambition to incorporate the territory in their autonomous region in the north over the objections of successive governments in Baghdad. Kurdish forces stepped in when federal government forces withdrew in the face of a jihadist-led offensive earlier this month. Speaking at a joint news conference with visiting British Foreign...
  • Saudi armed forces on high preparedness. Egyptian troops ready to defend kingdom

    06/26/2014 10:17:04 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 6 replies
    Debka ^ | June 26, 2014 | Debka
    Thursday, June 26, the day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Riyadh, King Abdullah summoned a National Security Council meeting “upon the current security events in the region, especially in Iraq,” and ordered “all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against terrorist threats.” This meant a general call-up of military units for a high level of preparedness. DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that Egypt is assembling an expeditionary commando force to fly to Saudi Arabia and bolster its border defenses. This flurry of Saudi-Egyptian military steps comes in the wake of intelligence gathered by Saudi reconnaissance planes...
  • PIPES: Turkey’s support for ISIS Islamist terrorists

    06/26/2014 10:12:08 AM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 6/17/2014 | Daniel Pipes
    ...Ankara may deny helping ISIS, but the evidence for this is overwhelming. “As we have the longest border with Syria,” writes Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a Turkish newspaper columnist, “Turkey’s support was vital for the jihadists in getting in and out of the country.” Indeed, the ISIS strongholds not coincidentally cluster close to Turkey’s frontiers. Kurds, academic experts and the Syrian opposition agree that Syrians, Turks (estimated to number 3,000), and foreign fighters (especially Saudis, but also a fair number of Westerners) have crossed the Turkish-Syrian border at will, often to join ISIS. What Turkish journalist Kadri Gursel calls a “two-way...
  • As first US advisers reach Baghdad, Iranians and Saudis airlift weapons to opposing sides in Iraq

    06/26/2014 10:09:22 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 16 replies
    DEBKA ^ | June 26, 2014 | Debka
    When the first of the 300 military advisers US President Barack Obama promised the Iraqi government arrived in Baghdad Wednesday, June 25, Iranian and Saudi Arabian arms shipments were already in full flow to opposing sides in embattled Iraq, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. At least two cargo planes from bases in Iran were landing daily at Baghdad’s military airport, carrying 150 tons of military equipment. More than 1,000 tons were flown in this past week alone. Tehran has replicated for the Iraqi army the routine it established for Bashar Assad’s army, furnishing its needs on a daily basis as per...
  • The Third Iraq War

    06/25/2014 7:01:01 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 25, 2014 2:33 PM | Cmdr. Daniel Dolan
    Opinion: The Third Iraq War By: Cmdr. Daniel Dolan Published: June 24, 2014 12:57 PM Updated: June 25, 2014 2:33 PM In the Naval War College’s Strategy and Policy course students have an opportunity to critically analyze both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). These two historical case studies are commonly referred to by students and faculty alike as the First Iraq War and the Second Iraq War. Now, before us we see the Third Iraq War unfolding. Despite what some pundits and former administration officials are saying America is still playing an active role in Iraq’s wars....
  • White House to Congress: We Did Not See ISIL Coming

    06/25/2014 2:01:15 PM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 25, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    Senior Obama administration officials’ closed-door briefing to senators Tuesday night revealed that the White House did not anticipate and was not prepared for the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), which has wreaked havoc in Iraq and seized many key cities in recent weeks. Top State Department and Defense Department officials joined senators Tuesday evening for a briefing on the quickly developing chaos in Iraq and future U.S. plans for a response. Sources familiar with the brief said that the administration officials repeated talking points issued over the past several days in both...
  • ISIS Fighters Advance Toward Large Iraqi Dam

    06/25/2014 10:14:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2014 | By ALISSA J. RUBIN and ROD NORDLAND
    Iraqi security officials said Wednesday that fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were advancing on the Haditha Dam, the second-largest in Iraq. Worried that the insurgents would reach the dam on the Euphrates River, about 120 miles northwest of Baghdad, army officers told employees to stay inside and to be prepared to open the dam’s floodgates if ordered to do so, an employee said. “This will lead to the flooding of the town and villages and will harm you also,” the dam employee said he told the army officer. This would not be the first time that...
  • Report: Kurds offered to help stop ISIS months ago — but didn’t hear back from the White House

    06/24/2014 9:19:07 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 24 2014 | Allahpundit
    It’s not some shadowy anonymous source from the peshmerga’s middle management who’s claiming this, do note. It’s Nechirvan Barzani, the Kurds’ prime minister. That’s the second time in four days that a major foreign official has accused Obama’s America of being a fickle, disengaged ally. Thoughtfully considering the Kurds’ offer and declining so as not to get sucked back into Iraq would be one thing, but that’s not what happened according to Barzani. Apparently, we simply didn’t respond. The Kurds became especially alarmed at signs that ISIS had already formed a shadow government in Mosul, weeks before initiating the carefully...
  • Iran Secretly Sending Drones and Supplies into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

    06/25/2014 8:18:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 25, 2014 | By MICHAEL R. GORDON and ERIC SCHMITT
    BRUSSELS — Iran is directing surveillance drones over Iraq from an airfield in Baghdad and is secretly supplying Iraq with tons of military equipment, supplies and other assistance, American officials said. Tehran has also deployed an intelligence unit there to intercept communications, the officials said. The secret Iranian programs are part of a broader effort by Tehran to gather intelligence and help Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s government in its struggle against Sunni militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the head of Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force, has visited Iraq at least twice to help...
  • Al-Maliki rejects calls for unified Iraqi government

    06/25/2014 5:41:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/25/2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Wednesday rejected calls to create a new national unity government that the Obama administration has been pushing. "The call to form a national emergency government is a coup against the constitution and the political process," Maliki said in a televised address, according to Agence France-Presse. "The dangerous goals of forming a national emergency government are not hidden,” he added. "It is an attempt by those who are against the constitution to eliminate the young democratic process and steal the votes of the voters.”Al-Maliki, however, said he is still committed to launching the process that...
  • Kerry urges Kurds to save Iraq from collapse

    06/24/2014 3:09:29 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 24 2014 | Lesley Wroughton
    (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged leaders of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Tuesday to stand with Baghdad in the face of a Sunni insurgent onslaught that threatens to dismember the country. Security forces fought Sunni armed factions for control of the country's biggest oil refinery on Tuesday and militants launched an attack on one of its largest air bases less than 100 km (60 miles) from the capital. More than 1,000 people, mainly civilians, have been killed in less than three weeks, the United Nations said on Tuesday, calling the figure "very much a minimum". The...
  • The Jihadi Menace Gets Real

    06/23/2014 1:50:59 PM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 6/23/2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    ISIS is bigger, badder, richer, and better organized than any jihadi threat the United States has faced thus far. Its rise represents a foreign policy disaster of the first order. A group more radical than al-Qaeda, better organized, better financed, commanding the loyalty of thousands of dedicated fanatics including many with Western and even U.S. passports? And this group now controls some of the most strategic territory at the heart of the Middle East? Welcome to President Obama’s brave new world. [....] One wishes we had a Republican President right now if only because when a Republican is in the...
  • Senior Arab Diplomat: John Kerry Is 'Greatly Misinformed' About Iraq

    06/23/2014 6:53:45 AM PDT · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 23, 2014 | Michael B Kelly
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meet at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad June 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry just finished a meeting with Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, which not expected to be friendly, after the U.S. entertained the idea that the Iraqi Prime Minister should resign. A few days prior to his Middle East trip, the senior U.S. diplomat held a conference call with Sunni Arab leaders. According to a senior Arab diplomat briefed on the call, the U.S. contingent did not fully grasp the situation. "We felt...
  • Al Qaeda Hits Baghdad —- Obama Hits the Beach

    06/23/2014 7:07:14 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 20, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    “This was the moment,” Barack Obama had told the cheering audience in St. Paul, Minnesota. “When we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war.” St. Paul has an Ocean Street. It has an Ocean Spa and Salon. It even has an Oceanaire Seafood Room. It does not however have an ocean. But with ObamaCare an unpopular subsidized failure, the few new jobs around being confined to...
  • Abdication has a price

    06/20/2014 4:29:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 19, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    Yes, it is true that there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq when George W. Bush took office. But it is equally true that there was essentially no al-Qaeda in Iraq remaining when Barack Obama took office. Which makes Bush responsible for the terrible costs incurred to defeat the 2003-09 jihadist war engendered by his invasion. We can debate forever whether those costs were worth it, but what is not debatable is Obama’s responsibility for the return of the Islamist insurgency that had been routed by the time he became president.
  • Saudi Arabia, Russia focus on crises in Syria and Iraq

    06/21/2014 9:04:29 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    6-21-2014
    Russia and Saudi Arabia Saturday stressed the importance of preserving Syrian and Iraqi territorial integrity after talks in the Saudi city of Jeddah. Riyadh and Moscow have opposing positions on the conflict in Syria, with Russia backing President Bashar Assad and Saudi Arabia supporting the rebels seeking to topple him for more than three years. But Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov said they had agreed "to work together to apply the Geneva I agreement that provides for a peaceful transfer of power in Syria," a Saudi spokesman said after the meetings. The ministers also...
  • IRAQ: Crazed ISIS Death Squads Engage In Organized Drive-By Killings of Unarmed 'Enemies'

    06/21/2014 9:10:46 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 26 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 20 June 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Video here, but I'm warning you- it's pretty graphic (and unsettling)  to watch desperate, unarmed souls hunted down like animals... especially the last one on foot.
  • 4 Western Iraqi Towns Fall to Advancing ISIS Militants

    06/21/2014 4:00:14 PM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 6: 34 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 21, 2014 | Michael Martinez, Mohammed Tawfeeq and Nic Robertson
    A strategic border crossing and three other towns in western Iraq fell Saturday to the control of ISIS militants, a senior Iraqi security official said. In addition to their offensives in northern Iraq, the militants have now strengthened their hand in the western province of Anbar, the country's largest geographically, and were controlling Al-Qaim, Rawa, Ana and Huseiba, said the senior official, who's based in Anbar. Most importantly, the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, or ISIS, controlled the strategic town of Al-Qaim on the border with Syria, where the enemy fighters enjoy a stronghold, Iraqi security officials said Saturday....
  • Don’t Blame Bush for Al Qaeda in Iraq, Blame Obama

    06/23/2014 8:12:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Like Birkenstocks and ironic t-shirts, blaming Bush has never gone out of style on the left. When Al Qaeda’s resurgence in Iraq became so obvious that even the media, which had been pretending that Obama’s claims about a successful withdrawal were true, could no longer ignore them, their talking points were all lined up and ready. It was all Bush’s fault.Defenses of the war by pivotal figures like Dick Cheney and Tony Blair only enraged them further. “Why wouldn’t they admit it was all their fault?”But the left’s lazy talking points about Iraq, like their talking points about the economy,...
  • Mosul has fallen, and al Qaeda is on the march towards Baghdad

    06/14/2014 6:49:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 6/14/2014 | Max Boot
    Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, has long been hard for the central government to control because of its combustible mix of Arabs and Kurds. The first time I visited Mosul was in August 2003 when a tenuous calm was maintained by the 101st Airborne Division. Its commander, a then-obscure two-star general named David Petraeus, had on his own initiative opened the Syrian border to trade, struck deals with Syria and Turkey to provide badly needed electricity, restored telephone service, and held elections to elect local leaders. Along the way he also managed to kill Saddam Hussein’s poisonous offspring Uday and Qusay.
  • Rouhani says Iran is ready to help in Iraq

    06/14/2014 11:00:43 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    CSM ^ | 06.14.2014
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday, Iran would be willing to help fight militants in Iraq, if asked. More than 4,200 Iranians have reportedly volunteered to go into Iraq to protect Shiite shrines.
  • Report: Hundreds of American Civilians Besieged by Terrorists at Air Force Base in Iraq

    06/14/2014 8:18:02 AM PDT · by blueyon · 58 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | 6/14/14 | By Soopermexican
    As the Al Qaeda aligned ISIS jihadists roll on towards Baghdad, there are reports that at least 200 Americans were trapped and surrounded at the Balad Force Air Base. An anonymous contractor claiming to be among the besieged U.S. citizens posted this call for help on CNN’s “IReport” website yesterday: I am writing from ballad Iraq as a employee of sallyport, ksillc..there are approx 500 US citizens on balad air base north of Baghdad trapped..we are part of a little known F16 iraq support mission here…The company has reportedly for the last 3 days to fly us out, we are...
  • Obamas Kick Off Long Weekend In Southland

    06/14/2014 9:51:30 AM PDT · by kristinn · 44 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | Friday, June 13, 2014
    President Barack Obama is spending a long Father’s Day weekend in the desert oasis of Rancho Mirage. The president and the first lady arrived at the Palm Springs International Airport Friday night after visiting an Indian reservation earlier in the day. SNIP The Obamas are staying with White House decorator Michael Smith and his partner, U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos, at their vacation home. The president’s handlers scoped out some golf courses and gave a list to Obama just in case he wants to spend Father’s Day on the links. SNIP Obama plans to take a short flight to...
  • President Obama: Iraq Crisis Speech (Video, Transcript) June 13, 2014

    06/13/2014 5:18:21 PM PDT · by Iron Munro · 11 replies
    Here is the full replay video and transcript of President Barack Obama’s speech on the situation in Iraq. He delivered the statement on Friday, June 13, 2014 at the White House. The text and complete video are below, after the jump. See more at: http://www.shallownation.com/2014/06/13/president-obama-iraq-speech-video-transcript-june-13-2014/#sthash.y7VTvu2d.dpuf
  • British fanatics heading to Iraq to join ISIS militants in their HUNDREDS

    06/13/2014 12:52:09 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 13 2014 | Harriet Arkel
    Full Title: British fanatics heading to Iraq to join ISIS militants in their HUNDREDS amid fears 'they could bring terror to UK'//// British Muslims are heading to Syria to fight with extremist rebel group, ISIS Now hundreds of them are feared to be crossing the border to fight in Iraq Security services looking at suggestion Brits fighting with insurgents there Ultra-violent ISIS has already taken Mosul, Iraq's second city, and Tikrit Pictures emerge today of more bloodshed as they head towards Baghdad Meanwhile, experts fear ISIS-trained Brits may bring terror tactics home PM David Cameron has spoken to head of...
  • US not considering strike against ISIS in Syria

    06/13/2014 12:48:24 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 25 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/13/2014 | MICHAEL WILNER
    US President Barack Obama is not considering military action against al-Raqqa, Syria, the self-declared capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a US official tells The Jerusalem Post. "At the moment, the options being considered are focused on Iraq," the official said. "Of course, that could always change." The terrorist militia ravaging the sovereignty of Iraq is headquartered in Syria, where the group gained strength through the strife of the civil war there. The US is now considering military strikes against the group, two years after pulling troops from the country after nine years of war. But...
  • Obama’s Iraq

    06/13/2014 12:45:01 PM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | June 13, 2014 | Max Boot,
    Obama’s Iraq Mosul has fallen, and al Qaeda is on the march towards Baghdad Author: Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies June 13, 2014 Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, has long been hard for the central government to control because of its combustible mix of Arabs and Kurds. The first time I visited Mosul was in August 2003 when a tenuous calm was maintained by the 101st Airborne Division. Its commander, a then-obscure two-star general named David Petraeus, had on his own initiative opened the Syrian border to trade, struck deals with Syria and Turkey to...
  • How al-Qaeda Terrorized Its Way Back in Iraq (January 2014)

    06/13/2014 12:39:37 PM PDT · by robowombat · 12 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | January 5, 2014 | Max Boot
    How al-Qaeda Terrorized Its Way Back in Iraq Author: Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies January 5, 2014 The climactic battles of the American War in Iraq were fought in Anbar Province, with U.S. forces at great cost retaking the city of Fallujah at the end of 2004 and Ramadi, the provincial capital, in 2006-07. The latter success was sparked by an unlikely alliance with tribal fighters that turned around what had been a losing war effort and made possible the success of what became known as "the surge." By 2009, violence had fallen more...
  • Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria

    06/13/2014 12:36:44 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | June 12, 2014 | Zachary Laub, Associate Writer, and Jonathan Masters, Deputy Editor
    Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria Authors: Zachary Laub, Associate Writer, and Jonathan Masters, Deputy Editor Updated: June 12, 2014 Introduction Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), a predominantly Sunni jihadist group, seeks to sow civil unrest in Iraq and the Levant with the aim of establishing a caliphate—a single, transnational Islamic state based on sharia. The group emerged in the ashes of the U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein as al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), and the insurgency that followed provided it with fertile ground to wage a guerrilla war against coalition forces and their domestic allies....
  • On The Subject of Last Helicopters

    06/13/2014 12:44:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies
    PJ Media/Belmont Club ^ | 6/13/2014 | Richard Fernandez
    ...Although precautionary preparations have been made, the US embassy in Baghdad itself has not been evacuated. “The State Department said in January that it had about 5,000 personnel working at the embassy and at consulates in Basra and Irbil, including 2,000 Americans. Embassy personnel are protected by some 200 Marine Corps security guards.” If the embassy is evacuated, it will leave what is perhaps one of the most lavish and expensive diplomatic facility in history in the hands of al-Qaeda. It contains what is probably a huge intelligence facility. “The 104-acre compound — already its biggest and most expensive in...
  • Meet the Most Successful Terrorist Leader [ISIS] Since Osama Bin Laden [Must see video]

    06/13/2014 12:33:47 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    TIME ^ | June 12, 2014 | Francesca Trianni
    Emboldened by its success in Syria and Iraq, al-Qaeda is widening its reach There’s a name that you should remember: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the commander of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), whose fighters now control large swaths of Iraq. There are few photos of al-Baghdadi, and even fewer details about his life are well-known. But as Iraq is engulfed by conflict and the country’s second largest city fell to Sunni extremists, the influence of Islamic terrorism’s newest star is set to grow. TIME’s International Editor Bobby Ghosh explains the danger behind al-Baghdadi’s rise to power, and what...
  • Amid Foreign and Domestic Crises, Obama Plans to Fundraise and Golf This Weekend

    06/13/2014 12:29:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    The Iraqi government is pleading for help from the U.S. as ISIS militants close in on Baghdad; Syria is still in the grips of war; veterans are dying from long wait times at the VA; and we’ve got a humanitarian crisis going on at the Southwest border. With all this at the forefront, you’d think the president would work tirelessly to address these problems. Alas, he’ll be doing what he does best this weekend: fundraising and golfing. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama should land at Palm Springs International Airport at about 6 p.m. Friday, straight from a...
  • Clinton: Don’t provide military aid to Iraq

    06/13/2014 12:18:19 PM PDT · by maggief · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday said the U.S. shouldn’t provide military assistance to Iraq despite the threat from an Islamist militant group that has captured major cities. [READ MORE] “I agree with the White House’s rejection and reluctance to do the kind of military activities that the Maliki government is requesting, mainly the fighter aircraft to provide close support for the army and also to go after targets,” the former secretary of State said on BBC’s “Newsnight.” Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reportedly asked the Obama administration to launch airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)....
  • U.S. companies pulling contractors from Iraqi bases as security crumbles

    06/13/2014 12:15:45 PM PDT · by mojito · 13 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/12/2014 | Dan Lamothe
    The crisis in Iraq has prompted U.S. contractors with personnel there to evacuate them from areas near Baghdad that are increasingly in the line of fire as insurgent fighters capture more territory with the apparent end goal of seizing the Iraqi capital. The individuals are being “temporarily relocated by their companies due to security concerns in the area,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Thursday evening. The individuals involved include U.S. citizens who are currently working under contract with Iraq’s central government in support of the Pentagon’s foreign weapons sales program. [....] On Thursday, the electronics giant...