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  • Iraqi city of Ramadi, once home to 500,000, lies in ruins

    01/17/2016 8:59:26 PM PST · by IDontLikeToPayTaxes · 27 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | January 17, 2016 | AP
    RAMADI, Iraq - So complete was the destruction of Ramadi that a local reporter who had visited the city many times hardly recognized it. "Honestly, this is the main street," Amaj Hamid, a member of Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces, told the TV crew as they entered from the southwest. He swerved to avoid the aftermath of months of fighting: rubble, overturned cars and piles of twisted metal. Airstrikes and homemade bombs laid by the Islamic State group had shredded the poured-concrete walls and ceilings of the houses and shops along the road.
  • ISIS Burns Its Own Jihadis Alive After Losing Ramadi to the Iraqi Army

    01/12/2016 6:06:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/12/2016 | By Michael van der Galien
    In what's just more proof that ISIS is by far the most diabolical terrorist organization in the world, Fox News reports that its leaders burned their own jihadists alive because they fled when the Iraqi city of Mosul was attacked by the Iraqi army. ISIS fighters who fled to the terror group's Iraqi stronghold of Mosul after being defeated in Ramadi were burned alive in the town square, sources told FoxNews.com, in an unmistakable message to fighters who may soon be defending the northern city from government forces. Several residents of Mosul recounted the grisly story for stateside relatives,...
  • The bad news about ISIS's defeat in Ramadi

    12/30/2015 1:22:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | 12/29/2015 | James Poulos
    The Iraqi Army announced on Monday that it had reclaimed the Sunni-majority city of Ramadi from the Islamic State. But Iraq and its Western allies had best curb its enthusiasm: Counting the win as a major victory obscures how bad Iraq still has it. While the reduction of Islamic State territory is a delight in the abstract, in this case it comes with a reminder that the ongoing collapse of Iraq has much less to do with ISIS than we'd like to believe. We can trace the reason why back to Ramadi's fall this May, when approximately 6,000 Iraqi police...
  • Iraqi forces just scored a major victory against ISIS [Ramadi Recaptured]

    12/28/2015 8:18:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider via AFP ^ | 12/28/2015 | Ahmad al-Rubaye and Jean-Marc Mojon in Baghdad, AFP
    Iraqi forces swept the devastated streets of Ramadi for bombs Monday, after recapturing the city they lost in May and clinching a major victory against the Islamic State group. Pockets of jihadists may remain in parts of the city, but the army said it had faced no resistance since fighters from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh, abandoned the flashpoint government complex on Sunday. Iraqis celebrated in the streets of several cities late Sunday, and officials congratulated the federal forces on their biggest victory since ISIS overran large parts of the country last year. "The security...
  • No mention of US air support as Maliki salutes Ramadi liberation

    12/28/2015 1:06:44 AM PST · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Rudaw ^ | Dec 28, 2015 32 minutes ago
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Iraq’s Vice President Nouri al-Maliki congratulated the armed forces and the people of Iraq on the liberation of Ramadi from Islamic State (ISIS) militants, making no reference to the US-led coalition air support. In a statement the former prime minister said that the army, anti-terrorism squad and the Iraqi air force inflicted a fatal blow to ISIS in Ramadi. “We salute our heroes that returned the trust of their people and proved the power of success when the forces are united,” said Maliki. He, in particular, praised the Shiite militia forces for their role in the liberation of...
  • Iraqi forces to retake Mosul from Islamic State after Ramadi secured: PM

    12/25/2015 7:32:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/25/2015
    raq's armed forces will move to retake the major northern city of Mosul from Islamic State once they capture the western city of Ramadi, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Friday. Capturing Mosul would deprive the militant group of its biggest population center in both Iraq and Syria, effectively abolishing the state structure of IS in Iraq, depriving it of a major source of funding and dealing a blow to its influence. The capture of Ramadi would give the army a major psychological boost in its move toward Mosul. The cities are about 420 km (260 miles) apart by road....
  • Pentagon: Fall of Ramadi 'inevitable' as Iraqi forces pour in

    12/23/2015 9:20:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/23/2015 | By AUSTIN WRIGHT
    Iraqi forces have crossed the Euphrates River from the West and are moving into downtown Ramadi, which has been under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since May, according to Col. Steven Warren, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad. "The fall of Ramadi is inevitable," Warren told reporters this morning in his latest update on operations against ISIS. He said there were about 250 to 350 ISIS fighters left in the city and that Iraqi forces are working now to drive them from the dense, urban terrain. He also noted that the Iraqi government had...
  • Iraqi Troops Close in on IS Fighters in Battle for Ramadi

    12/23/2015 8:07:56 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    VOA ^ | December 23, 2015 8:58 AM | VOA News
    Iraqi troops closed in on Islamic State fighters Wednesday in central Ramadi, where they are trying to retake the city they lost seven months ago and further shrink the IS "caliphate." In the second day of a major offensive, forces led by an elite counterterrorism unit pushed toward the government complex in Ramadi, capital of Iraq's Anbar province. Several hundred Islamic State fighters are believed to have barricaded themselves in the city center. Iraqi military officials say government forces expect to be in control of Ramadi in a few days. A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition that is backing Iraqi...
  • Air strikes target ISIS positions in Kirkuk and Mosul

    12/23/2015 8:03:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    Rudaw ^ | yesterday at 04:49 | Rudaw
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region--Over the last two days US-led coalition jets hammered Islamic State (ISIS) positions in Kirkuk and Mosul, killing a number of militants, Kurdish military officials said. In Mosul two air strikes on houses believed to be occupied by a local ISIS commander resulted in the death of 12 civilians on Monday, Reuters reported today. Eight militants were also reported killed. On Tuesday coalition jets covered a Peshmerga ground offensive against ISIS in Kirkuk. "Peshmerga obtained intelligence on an ongoing ISIS maneuver on the front," Kamal Kirkuki, the Peshmerga commander in Western Kirkuk, told Rudaw. The ISIS militants were...
  • The secret to ISIS's success: Over 100 former Saddam Hussein-era officers run jihadi group's

    08/10/2015 4:21:14 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies
    AP via Daily Mail ^ | 08/08/2015 | TOM WYKE
    Once part of one of the most brutal dictator's army in the Middle East, over 100 former members of Saddam Hussein's military and intelligence officers are now part of ISIS. Now they make up the complex network of ISIS's leadership, helping to build the military strategies which have led the brutal jihadi group to their military gains in Syria and Iraq. The officers gave ISIS the organization and discipline it needed to weld together jihadi fighters drawn from across the globe, integrating terror tactics like suicide bombings with military operation
  • Pentagon Official Reacts Angrily to Obamas 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 its never his fault when something goes wrong. The reason is Obamas 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...
  • US 'preparing shift in Iraq policy'

    06/09/2015 8:53:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 10, 2015 | By Raf Sanchez
    The White House is reportedly planning a shift in strategy in Iraq that would see hundreds of American military trainers deployed to help retake Ramadi and the delay of long-held plans to drive the Islamic State from Mosul. Six months after US forces began training Iraqi troops to take on the jihadist fighters, a string of defeats on the battlefield has prompted the Obama administration into a recalibration of its plans. The American military hopes to build up enough well-trained and well-equipped Iraqi forces to retake the city of Ramadi, which fell to Isil in mid-May. The plan would see...
  • Obama to send hundreds more advisers to Iraq

    06/09/2015 6:53:10 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 9, 2015 | Kristina Wong
    The Obama administration is planning to send as many as 400 additional trainers to Iraq to train Iraqi forces against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to the New York Times . The decision comes after an embarrassing defeat of Iraqi forces at Ramadi last month to the terrorist group, prompting the administration to reconsider its training and equipping program for Iraqi forces. Sunni tribal fighters in Ramadi had complained of not receiving any training or equipment from the central government. After the defeat, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he had asked a team of top military...
  • 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...
  • Reports of Assads fall have been greatly exaggerated for now

    06/02/2015 6:52:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 1, 2015 | AVI ISSACHAROFF
    A look at the Arab press in recent days gives the impression that the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria is on the verge of elimination. But before we pop open the champagne, its worth recalling that Assads rule has been in the same situation in the past. The old Syria has been slowly falling apart for four years and two months, and as far back as July 2012, following the bombing of the Syrian armys headquarters in Damascus, commentators (including this writer) predicted it would be a matter of days, weeks, or months at most before Assads fall. But...
  • While nobody was looking, the Islamic State launched a new, deadly offensive

    06/01/2015 4:42:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 1, 2015 | Liz Sly
    GAZIANTEP, Turkey Syrian rebels appealed for U.S. airstrikes to counter a new offensive by the Islamic State in the northern province of Aleppo that could reshape the battlefield in Syria. The surprise assault, launched over the weekend, opened a new front in the multi-pronged war being waged by the extremist group across Iraq and Syria, and it underscored the Islamic States capacity to catch its enemies off guard. The push which came on the heels of the miltants capture of the Syrian city of Palmyra and the western Iraqi city of Ramadi late last month took them...
  • New Battles Rage Near Aleppo Between Syrian Insurgents and ISIS

    06/02/2015 1:31:11 PM PDT · by McGruff · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 2, 2015 | ANNE BARNARD
    Syrian insurgents rushed reinforcements into combat on Tuesday against rival Islamic State militants who have seized crucial territory near the northern city of Aleppo in recent days, building on the momentum the group has achieved in other battlefield successes in Syria and Iraq. Amid increased fears that Aleppo could be the next big prize to fall to the Islamic State in the latest twist to the four-year-old Syrian civil war, Syrian opposition leaders accused the government of essentially collaborating with the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, by bombing other rival insurgent groups, even though the government and...
  • Obama's JV team ISIS now threatens the entire global oil supply.

    06/01/2015 5:32:38 PM PDT · by free_life · 12 replies
    Now the End Begins ^ | May 31, 2015 | Geoffrey Grider
    "We have very little food and ammunition, and we can't withstand the suicide bombers, snipers and rockets....All of us are thinking of committing suicide - Iraqi Federal Police Officer. Against this cataclysmic backdrop of bombs falling in Sanaa and with ISIS literally at the gates of the major Iraqi city of Ramadi, many US energy and security experts were shocked to hear President Barack Obama ignore the danger in a recent keynote speech in which he pinpointed global warming as an equally big risk for Americans. Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our...
  • ISIS's Latest Weapon: Damming the Euphrates (Ramadi)

    06/02/2015 11:42:25 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6-2-2015 | Staff
    Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists have closed the gates of a dam in the Iraqi city of Ramadi which they seized last month, posing a humanitarian and security threat, officials said Tuesday. ISIS fighters have repeatedly attempted to control dams in Iraq, in some cases reducing the flow of water to areas under government control or flooding swathes of land to impede military operations, reports AFP. Anbar provincial council chief Sabah Karhout said ISIS "closed all the gates" at a dam in Ramadi, capital of Iraq's largest province. The move lowered the level of the Euphrates River and cut water...
  • Qods Force commander Soleimani reportedly spotted in Anbar province

    06/01/2015 10:58:32 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | June 1, 2015 | By Bill Roggio & Caleb Weiss |
    Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commanding officer of Qods Force, the special operations branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, has reportedly been photographed in Iraqs Anbar province alongside Shiite militiamen. Additionlly, Soleimani was photographed with the head of the Popular Mobilization Committee, who is listed by the US as a terrorist, and the leader of the Imam Ali Brigade, an Iranian-backed Shiite terror group. The photographs of Soleimani in Anbar and Baghdad were published by Haidar Sumeri, an Iraqi who is supportive of Soleimani and the Iranian-suported Shiite militias that make up the Popular Mobilization Committee. The Long War...
  • Iraq forces edge towards Ramadi, retake area: army

    05/30/2015 5:52:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/30/2015
    Baghdad (AFP) - Iraqi forces retook an area west of Ramadi on Saturday as they pressed their operation aimed at sealing off the jihadists who captured the city two weeks ago, commanders said. "The Iraqi army and the Hashed al-Shaabi liberated the Anbar traffic police building in the 5K area west of Ramadi after a fierce fight," an army officer said. Hashed al-Shaabi ("popular mobilisation" in Arabic) is an umbrella for mostly Shiite militia and volunteers that has played a key role in Iraq's fight against the Islamic State (IS) group. "The battle forced IS to withdraw from the building,...
  • Pat Dollard Gets Final Stmt From PHX Mosque Rally Organizer Before He Goes Into Hiding (update #12)

    05/30/2015 1:49:27 PM PDT · by AlbertRoss · 26 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 05/30/2015 | Pat Dollard
    I was at the Phoenix mosque rally briefly last night and caught sight of its organizer, retired Marine Jon Ritzheimer. He was sweating, exhausted and removing his body armor outside of the vehicle he was in a hurry to get into to leave. I introduced myself. As we started talking, we both quickly realied that we had been in Ramadi with the same unit (me as an embedded filmmaker) at about the same time, which is to say, both of us have been in the streets battling Al Qaeda/ISIS jihadis long before doing a civil version of it this night...
  • Odierno Opens Door To U.S. Troops Embedding With Iraqi Security Forces [Obama's Costly Error!]

    05/29/2015 10:17:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    The WashingtonTimes ^ | May 29, 2015 | Douglas Erns
    Odierno Opens Door To U.S. Troops Embedding With Iraqi Security Forces By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2015 Gen. Raymond Odierno, the U.S. Army chief of staff, introduced the possibility of U.S. military personnel embedding with Iraqi security forces during battle. Embedded advisers, with increased risk to our soldiers, probably would make this more effective, the general said Thursday, Defense One reported. You have to weigh the risk versus the outcome. Iraqi security forces were dealt an embarrassing defeat May 17 when the Islamic State group took control of Ramadi. A series of coordinated suicide...
  • ISIS militants advance towards Damascus

    05/26/2015 3:29:00 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 5/26/15
    Syrian regime strikes against ISIS in and around the ancient city of Palmyra have failed to halt their advance towards Damascus, a monitor said on Sunday.The intense strikes came after the fall of Palmyra, named Tadmor in Arabic, to the militants last week. But so far, the strikes had failed to halt the militants, who advanced towards the capital Damascus and overran major phosphate mines about 70 kilometers south of Palmyra.ISIS has made further progress on the Tadmor-Damascus highway and grabbed the Khnaifess phosphate mines and nearby houses, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network...
  • Obamas Iraq War

    05/26/2015 3:02:30 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    We all know Bushs Iraq War, but we dont know much about Obamas Iraq War. Republicans fight wars. Democrats engage in police actions, impose No-Fly Zones and provide security for humanitarian missions. They dont do anything as vulgar as fight wars. That would be warmongering.
  • How Islamic States Win in Ramadi Reveals New Weapons, Tactical Sophistication and Prowess

    05/26/2015 7:20:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Margaret Coker
    In late April, a commander for Islamic State said his forces were ready to launch an offensive to take Ramadi, and the group called for fighters to redeploy to Iraq from Syria.
  • The Center Is Not Holding (From ISIS at Ramadi to riots at home, nothing is going right)

    05/26/2015 3:09:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/26/15 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. W. B. Yeats, The Second Coming Things are starting to collapse, abroad and at home. We all sense it, even as we bicker over who caused it and why. ISIS took Ramadi last week. That city once was a Bastogne to the brave Americans who surged to save it in 2007 and 2008. ISIS, once known at the White House as the Jayvees, were certainly on the run right into the middle of that strategically important city. On a smaller scale, ISIS is...
  • Iraqi forces regain ground from Islamic State near Ramadi

    05/25/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palmyra. The fall of Ramadi and Palmyra, on opposite ends of the vast territory controlled by ISIS fighters, were the militant group's biggest successes since a US-led coalition launched an air war to stop them last year. The near simultaneous victories against the Iraqi and Syrian armies have forced Washington to examine its strategy, which involves bombing from the air but leaving fighting on the...
  • Joe Biden Tries to Smooth Iraq Ties After Pentagon Outburst

    05/25/2015 3:24:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/5/15
    US Vice President Joe Biden on Monday sought to end an embarrassing rift between Washington and Baghdad after Pentagon boss Ashton Carter blamed Iraqi forces for the fall of Ramadi. The White House said Biden called Iraqi's prime minister Haider al-Abadi, just hours after the US Defense Secretary's suggested the Islamic State group won control of the city because "Iraqi forces showed no will to fight," according to AFP. Biden "recognized the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces over the past eighteen months in Ramadi and elsewhere," the White House said. As well as rowing back Carter's comments, Biden...
  • Exclusive Video Shows Battle Before ISIS Captured Ramadi

    05/25/2015 10:07:19 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | May 25, 2015
    Ash Carter & the official WH line is that the Iraqis don't have the will to fight. The video doesn't quite agree. *No air support; *No ammunition
  • Memorializing Our Fallen in Ramadi

    05/25/2015 9:21:35 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-25-15 | Wordsmith
    Why Ramadi matters: The fall of Ramadi is highly symbolic and of substantial strategic significance, despite the protestations to the contrary of Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. In a joint press conference with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on April 16, Dempsey stated: "The city itself is not symbolic is any way. It's not been declared part of the (Islamic State) caliphate or central to the future of Iraq, but we want to get it back. The issue here is not brick and mortar, it's about defeating ISIL." In fact, Ramadi is considered by ISIS...
  • Ramadi and Obamas Phony Air War Against ISIS

    05/25/2015 8:56:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/25/15 | MICHAEL FUMENTO
    But it's not just Ramadi that Obama has neglected. Fact is, the so-called air war against ISIS is a fraud The Cemetery of the Americans. Thats what graffiti said in the western Iraq city of Ramadi when I first embedded there in 2006. Indeed, my two journalist predecessors in Camp Corregidor were both shot be snipers. Within weeks the first SEAL to die in Iraq would be killed, another mortally wounded. My own Public Affairs officer was killed, and later the first SEAL to win the Medal of Honor in Iraq would die there. It was the hardest-fought battle of...
  • The Battle of Ramadi

    05/24/2015 12:47:40 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 8 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 5/24/15 | Steve Berman
    In April and May 2004, the 4th Marinesthe very same units that stormed the beach at Iwo Jimatook heavy losses while engaging insurgents loyal to Saddam Husseins Baath Party in heavy fighting for the city of Ramadi. USA Today posted this report, On April 6, Lance Cpl. Deshon Otey, 24, of Hardin, Ky., was the sole survivor of an attack on his Humvee that killed seven of his comrades in Echo Company. His only wounds were nightmares, Otey said later. "I always see these guys with turbans. They come up and just start slaughtering all of us," he said. A...
  • (Defense Secretary Ash) Carter: Iraqis showed 'no will' in Ramadi

    05/24/2015 11:02:28 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 40 replies
    WCVB.com/CNN ^ | May 24, 2015 | Barbara Star
    WASHINGTON (CNN) Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in his first comments since the key town of Ramadi fell to ISIS, blamed the weak state of Iraq's military as one major reason for the city's fall, in an exclusive interview on CNN's "State of the Union" aired Sunday. "What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight," Carter told CNN's Barbara Starr. "They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight, they withdrew from the site, and that says to me, and I think to most of us,...
  • Do Not Underestimate the Islamic State; White House Denies Reality

    05/24/2015 10:41:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/24/15 | Jim Emerson
    This week the world received a wake-up call when the Islamic State seized control of Ramadi and Palmyra in Syria. Obamas so-called JV team just made military forces abandoned the capital of Iraqs largest province handing a defeat to team Obamas strategy to defeat the extremist group. Not stopping to celebrate victory, ISIS forces are heading east to attack retreating Iraqi forces. While Iraq talks about gathering pro-government forces the Islamic State is heading to Fallujah to set up a launching point for Baghdad. The world was shocked when the Islamic State militants captured the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra....
  • [SecDef] Carter says Iraqs will to fight at issue after Ramadi

    05/24/2015 9:08:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2015 11:46 AM EDT | Ken Dilanian
    The Islamic State groups takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the will to fight, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged, a harsh assessment that raised new questions about the Obama administrations strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East. Although Iraqi soldiers vastly outnumbered their opposition in the capital of Anbar province, they quickly withdrew last Sunday without putting up much resistance from the city in Iraqs Sunni heartland, Carter said on CNNs State of the Union. [] The White House declined to comment on...
  • ISIS: A Bolshevik Precedent?

    05/20/2015 6:49:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | May 20, 2015 | Andrew Stuttaford
    For all the horror of the reports coming out of the Islamic State, there seems to have been a fairly widespread assumption that ISIS is, if not beaten at least contained, and that in due course it will burn out/be burnt out. Historical parallels are dangerous to draw and they often lead to some wildly incorrect conclusions, but ISISs position in Syria and Iraq reminds me more than a little of the situation in which the nascent soviet state found itself during the early years of the Russian Civil War. The Bolsheviks were encircled by hostile forces, who, on paper,...
  • Opinion Journal: 'War Is Interested in You'

    05/22/2015 1:47:18 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies
    Opinion Jounal ^ | 22 May 2015 | Mary Kissel interviews authro Bret Stephens
    Global View Columnist Bret Stephens on President Obama's reaction to the fall of Ramadi and Palmyra. Video 3:28
  • New York Times Op-ed: Calm Down. ISIS Isnt Winning.

    05/22/2015 1:29:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/22/2015 | Ahmed Ali
    WASHINGTON THE fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday, and of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, is a big gain for the Islamic State, but not an utter disaster, as many observers fear. Rather than inducing panic in Western capitals, it should lead to a realistic assessment of the Islamic States strengths and weaknesses. One setback in a long war must not trigger hasty strategic shifts that lead to foreign countries becoming mired in Iraq once more. Palmyra has economic and cultural significance, as it sits among gas fields and is home to renowned ruins....
  • 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 Obamas 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...
  • Dumbfounded Americans UNLOAD on Marie Harfs unbelievable statement: Iraqi forces held their lines

    05/21/2015 11:21:50 AM PDT · by McGruff · 54 replies
    BIZPAC Review ^ | 5/21/2015 | Tom Tillison
    Doing her best impression of Baghdad Bob, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf gave the Iraqi army props following the fall of Ramadi. Never mind that Iraqi forces cut and ran, surrendering the city to Islamic State militants. The Iraqi security forces have held their lines on the outside of the city, Harf told CNNs Wolf Blitzer Wednesday.
  • Islamic State expands its 'state'

    05/22/2015 8:01:10 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 22 May 2015 | Samia Nakhoul
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government. Nobody talks of Mosul or recapturing it from Islamic State. It is a forgotten city. Now it is all about the fall of Ramadi, the neighbouring ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in central Syria and beyond - the Libyan city of Sirte, hometown of former leader Muammar Gaddafi. To the eyes of many in the region,...
  • Obama on Fall of Ramadi: Hey, Were Winning in Shiite Areas

    05/22/2015 7:21:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 21, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama on Fall of Ramadi: “Hey, We’re Winning in Shiite Areas”Posted By Daniel Greenfield On May 21, 2015 @ 1:32 pm In The Point | 12 Comments [1]And you know by “we”, he means Iran.There’s a pattern to Obama’s rhetoric after a disaster. His crisis management rhetoric after the fall of Ramadi follows the predictable blueprint. Step 1. Disavow Responsibility“There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time, primarily because these are not Iraqi security forces that we have trained or reinforced.” Step 2. Mention All the Parts of Iraq Not Taken Over...
  • Obama: We Are Not Losing War Against ISIS Loss of Ramadi Just a Setback

    05/22/2015 6:09:39 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 05/21/15 | Jim Hoft
    Barack Obama says,Were not losing, the war against ISIS in Iraq. Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, May 21, 2015, 10:54 PM Barack Obama says,Were not losing, the war against ISIS in Iraq. Baghdad Barack Tell that to the Ramadi refugees. After ISIS takes Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria, Barack Obama insists we are not losing. Yahoo reported: US President Barack Obama has described the loss of key Iraqi territory to Islamic State as a tactical setback, while insisting the war against the jihadist group is not being lost. I dont think were losing, Obama said in an interview with...
  • Obama: We're definitely not 'losing' in Iraq - ISIS storming into Ramadi was just a 'setback'

    05/22/2015 2:55:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/21/15 | Francesca Chambers
    Obama: We're definitely not 'losing' in Iraq - ISIS storming into Ramadi was just a 'setback' and it would be a mistake to send in U.S. ground troops President Barack Obama echoed the many claims of his administration officials in an interview released today and said that the fall of Ramadi is a mere 'setback.' 'No, I dont think were losing,' the president told The Atlantic in the Tuesday interview. 'Theres no doubt there was a tactical setback,' he said, but 'Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time.' The president dug in his heels and said he would...
  • Obama: 'I Don't Think We're Losing' War Against ISIS

    05/21/2015 5:29:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 74 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/5/15
    Video US President Barack Obama has described the loss of key Iraqi territory to Islamic State as a tactical setback, while insisting the war against the jihadist group is not being lost. "I don't think we're losing," Obama said in an interview with news magazine The Atlantic published Thursday, days after the Iraqi city of Ramadi was overrun. Shia militias converged on Ramadi Monday in a bid recapture it from jihadists who dealt the Iraqi government a stinging blow by overrunning the city in a deadly three-day blitz. The loss of the capital of Iraq's largest province was Baghdad's worst...
  • You want hypotheticals? Heres one. (Krauthammer Opines)

    05/21/2015 8:53:46 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    WAPO ^ | May 2, 2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, its the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of whos in charge while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and Americas alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall. It gets worse. The Gulf states top leaders, betrayed and bitter, ostentatiously boycott President Obamas failed Camp David summit. We were Americas best friend in the Arab world for 50 years, laments Saudi Arabias former intelligence chief.Note: were,...
  • ISIS seizes large weapons arsenal abandoned by Iraqi Army in Ramadi says US Department of Defense

    05/20/2015 1:28:26 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 80 replies
    IraqiNews ^ | 5-20-2015 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    The US Department of Defense Pentagon accused the Iraqi army of leaving behind large quantities of weapons and ammunition when it pulled out of the city of Ramadi on Sunday. The weapons, which have been seized by ISIS, include tanks, armored vehicles and heavy guns. After the fall of the city of Mosul at the hands of ISIS last June, the latter have seized massive amounts of American weapons and sophisticated gear left by the Iraqi army. After this date ISIS became stronger; it doubled its strength and its fighters became roaming by Humvee vehicles and American tanks and they...
  • Obama Snatched Ramadi Defeat From Bush Victory

    05/20/2015 10:38:57 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 20, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The White House description of the fall of Ramadi to ISIS forces we have supposedly been busy degrading and destroying as a setback is like the British calling Dunkirk in World War II a strategic withdrawal. Ramadi is a defeat, the result of the precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by President Obama against the advice of military minds who know better about these things than the former community organizer from Illinois. It is a defeat for President Obamas foreign policy, a rebuke of his fundamental transformation of Americas role in the world from a leader who shaped events...