Thursday, December 24, 2015

Archive Iraq: June 10 - March 9, 2015

Continued on the Live Blog


March 9, 2015

Battle of Tikrit Decisive For The War Paradigm


Another great article by Hasan is a stark reminder about what this conflict is essentially all about: Sunni and Shia forces are pitted against each other for hegemony of the region.




March 1, 2015

US Rethinking Planned Offensive on Mosul

IS attacked the Iraqi Shia stronghold of Samarra early this morning. The army has set in a defense overseen by the PM himself. In the meantime the US is re-thinking the wisdom of the spring offensive against IS in Mosul.



Feb. 26, 2015

Mosul Offensive Under Way Despite Leaked Plans? 


Iraq's Defense Minister is furious with US commanders publicly divulging details of the plans. The official, who works for U.S. Central Command, the branch of the U.S. military that plans and conducts operations in the Middle East, divulged details about how and when the large-scale attack would be launched during a teleconference with major news networks and regional trade publications. (Source)

U.S. commanders pressing for an attack on Mosul perhaps as early as this spring may be underestimating the importance of the city to its Islamic State occupiers, who are likely to put up a huge fight to retain their control, experts who’ve studied the extremist organization say. Iraqi officials have been resisting what a U.S. Central Command briefer said last week were plans for the assault to begin in April or May and involve an Iraqi force of about 25,000. (...)

In televised comments that aired Tuesday night in Baghdad, Iraq’s defense minister, Khaled Obeidi, blasted the briefer, saying it was irresponsible to alert the enemy to possible plans and that the decision on the timing of such an operation would be made by Iraqi officials in Iraq, not American officials in the United States. “A military official should not disclose the date and time of an attack,” Obeidi said. “The timing is up to (Iraqi) military commanders. Where this American official got his information from, I don’t know.”



Feb. 17, 2015

IS Burn To Death 45 Security Officers Near Ain Al Asad


UPDATE: Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, the local police chief says. Exactly who these people were and why they were killed is not clear, but Col Qasim al-Obeidi said he believed some were members of the security forces. IS fighters captured much of the town, near Ain al-Asad air base, last week. Col Obeidi said a compound that houses the families of security personnel and local officials was now under attack. He pleaded for help from the government and the international community.




Feb. 17, 2015

US DEPLOYS LARGEST GROUND FORCE IN MIDEAST



Gregory Sierra, commander, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, (left) salutes during the playing of the National Anthem, at Fort Carson's Special Events Center.

UPDATE: More than 4,000 U.S. troops head to Kuwait as Obama seeks approval from Congress to use military force against Islamic State terrorists.
  • The President has ruled out large-scale U.S ground combat operations.
  • However he has asked for the option to use military force against militants.
  • Brigade will become America's biggest ground force in the Middle East.
  • Deployment comes as Iraqi prime minister announces an offensive.
  • Haider Abadi said work had begun on plans to liberate Mosul, the country's third largest city which was overrun by ISIS last June.




Jan. 23, 2015

Progress on the War on the Caliphate


Who knew? Yesterday saw an "international summit of the Coalition against IS". As we said at the time, this Coalition in practice is meaningless, because no Islamic country except those directly involved, can morally condemn and fight a Caliphate. The totalitarian Muslim state is a central piece of the Islamic faith.



Jan. 7, 2015

Iran's Shia Militias Are A Growing Threat in Iraq




Jan. 3, 2015


ISIS Jihadists  'Have Contracted Ebola'

World Health Organisation investigating reports militants showed up at Iraqi hospital with lethal disease.

  • Militants allegedly attended hospital in Mosul showing signs of disease 
  • WHO spokesman said they are trying to 'reach out' to officials in ISIS areas 
  • Disease reportedly brought to Mosul by 'terrorists from several countries' 
  • Extremist group said to have executed 11 Mosul doctors in past few weeks






President Bush’s Prophetic Iraq Warning on 7/12/2007

Nov. 7, 2014

US Deploying Up To 1,500 More Military to Iraq

Elections over, Obama is stepping up military commitment in Iraq. More boots on the ground, but they're non combat, of course.


Nov. 5, 2014

Canada Foils IS Plan To Breach Euphrates Dam in Iraq

The coalition has dealt two major blows against the Islamic State.


Nov. 3, 2014

Islamic State Committing Mass Murder in Iraq



Sept. 17, 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga Success Against Islamic State

Backed by US airstrikes, the Kurdish Peshmerga are making considerable progress in pushing back the Caliphate fan boys. Of  course, Obama gave away the game plan, so IS have gone to ground in their 'capital' Raqqa (Syria).



Sep. 6, 2014

Counter Offensive in Iraq





Sep. 3, 2014




ISIS Tactics Online Show High Level of Social Media Skill: Dozens of Twitter accounts. Thousands of media-savvy followers. Slick propaganda videos. H/t @JacquelineWXXX Click the following link for a safe PDF copy of the Caliphate's glossy, Islamic State — “Dābiq Magazine #1

Frmr US Amb/dor to Iraq: "We Didn't Finish the Job"





Aug. 28, 2014

Obama's Strategic Contradiction in Iraq and Syria

This is the conundrum Obama must solve: to fight IS without helping the regime of Assad. Great article on The Federalist on that strategic imperative. But there are more contradictions that must be solved.




Aug. 7, 2014: "The Spread of the Caliphate: The Islamic State" (Part 1). Above part 2. Part 3Part 4Part 5.  Also watch the 5 part video "Fighting Back Against ISIS: The Battle for Iraq", published June 17, 2014. The Making Of.


Aug. 24, 2014

Iran has deployed hundreds of troops into Iraq to assist the Kurds in combating IS, asccording to Al Jazeera



Aug. 23, 2014 

A Doctrine to Combat the Islamic State IS 

The Islamic State IS is raping, pillaging, slaving, crucifying and beheading its way through the Middle East. The savagery seems to attract countless young Muslims from East as well as West. What went wrong? (Source)



Aug. 22, 2014

Obama In Denial About IS' War on Western Values

Yesterday we saw that Obama is dealing with IS(IS) from the wrong premises. In a declaration after the beheading of James Foley Obama said that IS "speaks for no religion" and that "no faith teaches people to massacre innocents". But Islam does and infidels are no innocents in Islam. And then there's the moral issue: working from the idea that IS fan boys are our equal citizens, when in fact they are the enemy within, waging war on Western values. They are a Trojan horse. The State Dept. is now upping the ante. Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf on Wednesday stated that the ISIS threat "is not about the United States and what we do. This is about countries in the region coming together to fight a shared threat, and this is not about us," she said. Those who are here to protect us are clueless about the nature of the threat. This is is probably as bad as the danger itself. (Source)



How To Deconstruct the Caliphate Within?

The Islamic State is located in the border area of Syria and Iraq, but the Caliphate also lives in the hearts and minds of Muslims in the West. The BBC had a look at a Muslim enclave in the Dutch city of The Hague. (Source)



Aug. 21, 2014

Obama Wrongly Frames IS(IS) 

In the UK and the Netherlands law enforcement are moving in to blame the messengers of the news that IS has beheaded James Foley. The Left's legitimization of IS(IS) is taking shape on the grounds that it is representing 'the oppressed'  and all its crimes are therefore 'our fault'. Obama is leading the deception of the world by declaring that IS(IS) "speaks for no religion" and that "no faith teaches people to massacre innocents". Actually, Islam does. IS is perfectly emulating the life of Mohammed as they are bound to as good Muslims. We must get rid of the notion that religion is by definition good in itself: it isn't! Religion is no more than an idea, and as is well known, there are good and very bad ideas. The world's leader wrongly framing this major scourge, is not boding well for a strategy to successfully combat the Caliphate in the future. (Source)




Aug. 20, 2014

World In Denial As IS Beheads James Foley

The savages of the Islamic State have beheaded the American photojournalist James Wright Foley. In the video showing off the murder, the killer has a London accent, evidence that IS doesn't do borders, the rule of law, or human morality. In a reaction typical of a world in denial, the New York Post was condemned in a series of meta-articles for showing the video; Twitter accounts were suspended as some call it, for providing a 'platform to ISIS propaganda'. But how is exposing these savages for what they are in any way 'a platform'?  It's so much easier to attack the messenger when the actual perpetrator is too dangerous to hold to account. The mass psychology these days is fascinating to behold!

Bloodthirsty militants in Iraq released a horrific video Tuesday that shows the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley — with the execution aimed at forcing President Obama to end US airstrikes. Foley, 40, who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago, was forced to recite anti-American hatred before a masked Islamic State killer put the knife to his neck. The video — posted on YouTube before being yanked — shows Foley dressed in prisoner orange and on his knees in the desert. His head is shaved. Behind him is his knife-wielding killer, covered from head to toe in black. Its title is “A Message to America.” (Source)



Aug. 19, 2014

Kurds Secure Mosul Dam, Fail to Retake Tikrit from IS

Good and bad news: the Kurdish Peshmerga has secured the frail Mosul dam, but failed to take Tikrit from the orc army. The sad thing about this story is that 'moderate' Muslims, rather than condemning IS for atrocities against primarily other Muslims, would rather be dead than disloyal to the collective.

Text states: From D'Aggurai, our artillery furious about the mutilations inflicted on (...) took revenge. Original: retweeted 54 times so far.

Protest Tweet of the Day:



Dutch Artist Creates Grafitti Art Against IS(IS) Terror

Renowed Frisian artist L.J. van Tuinen has transformed part of a bypass in his residence, Leeuwarden, into a statement of protest. He decided to create the grafitti art to protest against the violence of IS(IS) which currently terrorises swathes of northern Iraq. L.J. sees it as his calling as a man and as an artist to warn humanity against the blind extremism of terrorists. (Source, includes video)




Aug. 17, 2014

Eureka! The Left Is Already Whitewashing IS(IS)

Well, that didn't take long! While only a week ago we were witnessing the fascinating spectacle of the Left struggling for a position in the face of the indescribable cruelty of IS(IS), today we are already faced with them having discovered an angle for whitewashing the sheer absence of humanity. And it's pretty obvious too! Boilerplate Marxism is a bromide for anything. Turns out, IS is a magnet for alienated Sunnis. Their explanation is, that in the face of Shiite and Western oppression it's only natural that they'd turn to such unadultered evil, that even Al Qaeda shrinks from it. This narrative rather emphasizes the fellow Muslim Shia role and understates the capability of the West (including Israel) to subjugate Muslims, but that is a tweak that no doubt will be done later, once this paradigm has established itself in the minds of the Left. Read it all in The Guardian, by Hassan Hassan:
"Isis: a portrait of the menace that is sweeping my homeland The rise of Isis is rooted in a mix of politics, a Sunni sense of isolation and a shakeup in Salafist doctrine. Here, an analyst whose Syrian home has seen some of its bloodiest excesses, explains its dramatic surge". (Source)
Meanwhile, even Mr. David "Big Society" Cameron isn't having any! Oh, and Al Qaeda is back!




Aug. 13, 2014

Arming the Kurdish Army

Two separate Kurdish demos were held today, one in London and another in Tel Aviv. Almost a thousand American military 'advisors' are now on the ground in Iraq. The next couple of days are crucial in the world aligning against the evil forces of the Caliphate. The French and the CIA are already funnelling arms to the Kurds. There are reports in the Aussie media, IS has seized uranium for a dirty bomb.

Should Germany arm the fight against IS Jihadists in Iraq? The media say so


Aug. 13, 2014

Unadulterated Evil Requires More Than 'Pin Pricks'

BREAKING NEWS: AN IRAQI HELICOPTER DELIVERING AID TO STRANDED MINORITIES IN NORTHERN IRAQ HAS CRASHED
Disgusting and obscene! Syrian Muslims infected with Kuru, a disease caused by cannibalism. (Source) Dealing with pure and unadulterated evil will require more than Obama's pin pricks. And a video of a battle in The Hague over the weekend, 'capital of Peace and Justice' between anti ISIS protesters, ISIS fan boys and the police




Aug. 10, 2014

Helping the Kurds is a No Brainer

Helping and arming the Kurds to the teeth might seem like a no brainer, were it not for fear Iraq might break up along ethnic lines. The people that bring up this argument don't understand there is a hierarchy in principles. Yes, this is important, as we have seen when Russia stole the Crimea, citing ethnicity as the argument. But there are even larger issues at stake here. The survival of ancient minorities, their INDIVIDUAL rights as human beings and the most evil movement in the history of mankind getting a foothold on real territory, with all the wealth and assets that come with it, are at stake The West has been waging wars of liberty on lesser, and the wrong grounds: Bosnia, Kosovo to name but two (read here, why?). In the case of Crimea we did nothing! Ultimately that was against Western interests. How about acting in our interests for once and also end up on the right side of history? Erdogan of Turkey won't like it. But Turkey, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar are to thank for the existence of IS in the first place. Help the Kurds!




Aug. 9, 2014

Bolton: "Obama Is Wearing Blinders Against IS"

Ambassador John Bolton is weighing in on the situation.



Bolton: "Obama is wearing ideological blinders. He can't admit his war on terror is a disaster.




Obama in Iraq Is Caught Up In a Contradiction

General McCaffrey has said the air strikes against IS must be seen as a political gesture rather than a military, let alone having any strategic weight. (Source) He's right. The problem can be summed up thusly. Obama, in Iraq and Syria, is caught up in a political contradiction of his own making:





US Navy Release Video of Strikes on IS Targets




How the Saudis Help IS Take Over Iraq

For the strategic terror masters the main target of the Sunni onslaught are the Shia. The destruction of other minorities in Iraq is simply a perk to keep their boys happy. But their political masters have created a Frankenstein's monster over which they are rapidly losing control.
How far is Saudi Arabia complicit in the Isis takeover of much of northern Iraq, and is it stoking an escalating Sunni-Shia conflict across the Islamic world? Some time before 9/11, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, once the powerful Saudi ambassador in Washington and head of Saudi intelligence until a few months ago, had a revealing and ominous conversation with the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove. Prince Bandar told him: "The time is not far off in the Middle East, Richard, when it will be literally 'God help the Shia'. More than a billion Sunnis have simply had enough of them." (...)
Coverage of Dearlove's speech focused instead on his main theme that the threat from Isis to the West is being exaggerated because, unlike Bin Laden's al-Qa'ida, it is absorbed in a new conflict that "is essentially Muslim on Muslim". Unfortunately, Christians in areas captured by Isis are finding this is not true, as their churches are desecrated and they are forced to flee. (...)  The forecast by Prince Bandar, who was at the heart of Saudi security policy for more than three decades, that the 100 million Shia in the Middle East face disaster at the hands of the Sunni majority, will convince many Shia that they are the victims of a Saudi-led campaign to crush them. (Source)


Sept. 17, 2014


"Flames of War", Islamic State Open Threat To USA

To date psyops and propaganda have been more important than actual war fare against the Islamic State. Which suits Obama fine, since he doesn't want to define these kinetic movements as war anyway. Sustained counter-terrorism  operation suits the Obama paradigm just fine.



Sept. 17, 2014: The Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS and ISIL) has produced a new flashy propaganda clip intended to influence American public opinion against U.S. military action against the jihadist entity.

The Obama administration is conducting this incoherent non-war under a total mis identification. This counter terrorism operation has "nothing to do with Islam" (although the Caliph holds a PhD in Islamic studies); because in Obama's postmodern logic "no religion condones terrorism".  The boots on the ground to fill the vacuum aren't American, but belong to non existent 'moderate' Muslims (define!) that will amount to 5,000 men by the year's end. But on the side of 'the coalition of the reluctant' Obama's doctrine is also failing. Here's why Islamic countries can't afford to go wholeheartedly against the will of  their populations, and why the epithet Islamic needs to be separated  from Islamic State.



Aug. 8, 2014

ISIS FAN BOYS LAUNCH HASHTAG AGAINST CRUSADERS #AMESSAGEFROMISISTOUS




PENTAGON JUST CONFIRMED 2ND ROUND OF AIR STRIKES ON IS


The US launched the first air strikes against the Caliphate in defense of Kurdish Peshmerga and local minorities faced with extinction. BREAK: a second round of air strikes was just confirmed. (Source)
The anti war crowd have a problem attacking this operation: the altruism aspect is without question. Even the obscure Yazidi sect is brought up by the press so as to de-emphasize the Christian beneficiaries. There's hardly anything to bring to the fore in defense of the Caliphate. Nevertheless, they will think of something to render this mission evil. Grayson goes for the principle of the matter: violence is evil, no matter what the cause. But Grayson is an infamous nut job. Libertarians will probably play the same card (update: yip).
The ISIS fan boys are struggling whether to go for "genocide is good" or to choose what they do best - denial - "there is no genocide".




KURDISH REPORTER: HUNDREDS OF JIHADIST CASUALTIES

Kurdish sources told Rudaw Kurdish website that the US air campaign against IS positions had begun at 2 a.m. local time. They said the positions hit were in Gwer and Makhmour in Nineveh province, where the Peshmerga have engaged the Islamists for days in intense fighting. Sirwan Barzani, a Kurdish commander in Makhmour, said that US fighter jets had accurately struck IS artillery positions that were pounding Peshmerga forces near Gwer. Kurdish forces have held back IS advances near Gwer, west of Erbil, in intense clashes for the past several days. (Source)



US AIR STRIKES ON NORTHERN IRAQ 

IS fighters are already outside Arbil, a major Kurdish city. Aiding Kurdistan should have been a no brainer, even for Obama! IS were bringing artillery into action against Kurdish forces defending the city.



Confusion Over US Action in Iraq

Guess it IS really happening.

Humanitarian airdrops in Iraq, not airstrikes, have begun — or have they? The Pentagon has flatly denied a New York Times report that the United States conducted airstrikes in Iraq Thursday. ABC News, however, reports that airdrops of humanitarian aid have begun. Yes, no, yes, no, glad we cleared that up. (Source)




Obama okays US Strikes Against the Caliphate in Iraq

Obama wakes up to genocide against minorities!



Humanitarian food droppings and airstrikes against the forces of IS which now closing in on Arbil, Kurdistan and moved into Lebanon.

President Obama announced Thursday night in a televised address that he has authorized the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes "if necessary" against Islamist militants in Iraq, and the military has conducted a mission to drop humanitarian aid there to help religious minorities stranded amid the violence. He declared that "America is coming to help," and also said that the U.S. decided to conduct the drops to the 50,000 or so religious minorities stranded on a mountaintop in the country's north, who have been forced to flee their homes as the militants advanced. (Source)
In the meantime the General in the video makes abundantly clear that the Kurdish Peshmerga is outgunned against the Caliphate. The Kurds should have received military aid last month! This is a no brainer and truly outrageous!



Aug. 7, 2014

The UN Security Council has started its deliberations.





Obama Weighs Airstrikes, Aid to Minorities in Iraq

More on the persecution and ethnic cleansing by the Caliphate on the dedicated Live Blog. In the meantime there's the issue if the West ought to step in with aid and air strikes. These genocides are intolerable.

President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among as many as 40,000 religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst on a mountaintop after death threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, administration officials said on Thursday. (...) “There could be a humanitarian catastrophe there,” a second administration official said, adding that a decision from Mr. Obama was expected “imminently — this could be a fast-moving train.” The administration official said that “the president is weighing both passive and active options,” defining passive action as dropping humanitarian supplies. He added, using an alternative name for ISIS, “More active, we could target the ISIL elements that are besieging the base of the mountain.” (Source)


Aug. 4, 2014

Caliphate Takes Yazidi Villages 

The Islamic State (IS) has conquered Yazidi villages (non Muslim Kurds) in Iraq. Thousands of Kurds fled. ISIS have taken control of Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam. Daniel Pipes on the issue (Source)



Hey Hussein, send these guys some ammo! (Source)


July 20, 2014

Iranian Commanders On Front Line in Iraq

A Iranian general has emerged as the chief tactician in Iraq’s fight against Sunni militants, working on the front lines alongside 120 advisers from his country’s Revolutionary Guard to direct Shiite militiamen and government forces in the smallest details of battle, militia commanders and government officials say. The startlingly hands-on role of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani points to the extent of the Shiite-led Iraqi government’s reliance on its ally Tehran. It also strikes a strong contrast with the more methodical, cautious approach of the United States, Iran’s rival for influence in Iraq. Shiite fighters have come to idolize the Iranians who have moved into the heat of battle alongside them — with two Iranian advisers killed in fighting — while government officials grumble the United States has failed to come to their aid. (Source)




West to Christians in Middle East: Drop Dead!

Ayn Rand pointed out that the individual is the smallest minority. Although the Left bring arguments about protecting minorities up for opportunistic reasons, in fact they couldn't care less. Their target is the West's power structure. How do we know? (Source, includes video docu)



July 19, 2014

ISIS Cleanses Mosul's Christian Community

In the meantime in Iraq and Syria religious cleansing by the boys of the Caliphate continues unabated. The EU is keeping schtum. In Europe minorities are serving the purpose to hammer the West, but in the Middle East they are of no consideration.




July 15, 2014

ISIS Capture 52 US Howitzers From Iraqi Army




July 2, 2014

Iran Sends More Fighter Jets to Iraq With US Approval

Obama has decided to send yet another 150 'advisers' to Baghdad. In Tehran in the meanwhile..
IRGC-AF has transfered all it's operational Su-25 type close air support aircraft to Iraq to be employed against ISIL and it's allies during the ongoing 2014 Northern Iraq Offensive. The seven Su-25 type aircraft are now deployed at Imam Ali bin Abi Talib Air Force Base (ICAO: ORTL / LID: TAL), along with recently delivered ex-RuAF Su-25 type aircraft. (...) The aircraft transfer and support contract is said to provide Iran's IRGC-AF with six Sukhoi Su-30K multirole combat aircraft previously designated for Iraq. It has been further speculated future IRGC-AF Su-30 aircraft will be deployed at BuMusa ("Abu Musa") Island. [source: ACIG.org member] The aircraft transfer deal appears in effect with American acquiescence or approval.
 (Source, includes video)



June 29, 2014

First Batch of Russian Su-24 Jets Arrives in Iraq

Obama's neutral stance of not wanting to "choose one Muslim sect over another" in Iraq is pushing the country out of the free world and into the orbit of Assad, Iran and Russia. So much for smart foreign policy. Iran and the Shia are not sitting idly by while ISIS is making daily gains.




June 28, 2014

Obama's Moderate Syrian Rebels Are Refugees 

Obama Wants $500m Aid For ISIS in Syria. It's now becoming clear who these moderates John Kerry talks about actually are:
(...) US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jordan Friday laid out another piece of the Iraq-Syria imbroglio. He estimated that the Syrian rebel recruits enlisted from among the nearly one million Syrian refugees sheltering in Jordan could be deployed in Iraq for fighting ISIS. His words were accompanied by the Obama administration’s application to Congress for half a billion dollars to arm and train such a force. President Obama is therefore in the midst of yet another U-turn on the Syrian-Iraqi war scene – this one involving Israel too. Until now, the Syrian rebels undergoing training by US instructors in Jordan were sent into southern Syria to hold a line up to the outskirts of Damascus and act as a buffer between the Syrian, Iranian, Hizballah and Iraqi Shiite militia units and the Israeli and Jordanian borders. Their presence in this sector of the Syrian warfront was to have provided Washington with a bargaining chip against the Assad regime. This operation was run from an underground US-Jordanian-Israeli war room situated not far from the Jordanian capital of Amman. Kerry’s latest statement gave this bunker-command a new war focus and diverted Jordan-based Syrian rebel forces from their mission south of Damascus to contesting the rapidly-advancing Sunni Islamists in Iraq. Our military sources note that these forces – albeit with full US-Jordanian-Israeli intelligence and logistical back-up - were not an outstanding success in their Syrian mission and should not be expected to do much better in Iraq. 
Also in the news:
Obama announced that drones will be deployed over Baghdad to protect the US Embassy in the Green Zone. Most of thee 5,000 staff have already been evacuated as a precaution. Obama has again affirmed that no US soldiers will take part in combat in Iraq. But American military personnel on the ground will be there to guide the drones to their targets. Those targets were defined Saturday, June 28, by Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, as striking at ISIS leaders and defending Iraq’s strategic facilities. He did not elaborate. DEBKAfile reports that he was referring to the Haditha dam on the Euphrates. ISIS fighters have been battered the town of Haditha on and off for some days. Its dam is the key to the water supply of most of Iraq, including Baghdad. With its capture, Al Qaeda’s affiliates will have gained control of northern Iraq’s oil refineries and pipeline networks. (Source)



June 27, 2014

Obama Wants $500m Aid For ISIS in Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry is attempting to enlist “moderate” Syria mercenaries to battle against ISIS in Iraq. News of Kerry’s effort follows an announcement on Thursday that the Obama administration has asked Congress for $500 million for groups fighting both the al-Assad regime in Syria and ISIS and other radical jihadist groups in Iraq.


More than a year ago, members of the window dressing moderate Free Syrian Army were defecting in large numbers, pledging allegiance to Jabhat al-Nusra, the radical Muslim group now aligned with ISIS. Al-Nusra is armed by the United States and ISIS trained by the Pentagon. In April it was reported the CIA transfers weapons from “moderate” mercenaries in Syria to al-Nusra. The delivery was revealed by Jamal Maarouf of the Syrian Revolutionary Front. Earlier this month it was reported the U.S. military stationed in Jordan on the Syrian border was training ISIS terrorists. Secretary of State Kerry’s remarks are designed to create the appearance the United States is doing something about ISIS and the situation in Iraq. In fact, as Jamal Maarouf and others have revealed, the U.S. is arming and training radical Islamists. (Source)




June 26, 2014

What a Caliphate Would Mean For the West

Christians in the West are simply not a category. They aren't seen as a valid minority because in the West they are not. They are in the Middle East, but somehow that doesn't count. Which just goes to show that the Left doesn't support minorities as they claim. They are simply against everything that broadly represents The West.


What a Caliphate would mean for the West.




June 25, 2014

Saudi Arabia and Qatar Driving Forces Behind ISIS

Update:



June 24, 2014

ISIS THREATEN NUKE ATTACK ON ISRAEL

Alan West and Lt.Gen. Tom McInerney talk to Sean Hannity about the situation in Iraq.



Contrary to John Bolton on Saturday (top video), they advocate airstrikes against ISIS, followed by mopping up operations on the ground.

The well-organized army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, claims it has access to nuclear weapons and a will to use them to “liberate” Palestine from Israel as part of its “Islamic Spring,” according to a WND source in the region. Franklin Lamb, an international lawyer based in Beirut and Damascus, said the move is part of the ISIS aim of creating a caliphate under strict Islamic law, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to Iraq. Lamb, who has access to ISIS fighters and sympathizers, said ISIS has been working with a “new specialized” unit organized at the beginning of 2013 to focus “exclusively on destroying the Zionist regime occupying Palestine.” Lamb added that the ISIS “Al-Quds Unit” is working to broaden its influence in more than 60 Palestinian camps and gatherings from Gaza, across “Occupied Palestine,” or Israel, to Jordan and from Lebanon up to the north of Syria “seeking to enlist support as it prepares to liberate Palestine.” (...)

As WND reported, the Sunni group may have given ISIS access to its ongoing sarin production facility in northwestern Iraq. (...) Lamb said ISIS has established a capital for its caliphate in the Syrian city of Raqqa. (...) ISIS estimates it will take 72 months to “liberate” “Occupied Palestine,” or Israel, according to Lamb. (...) The WND source said ISIS appears “eager” to fight Israeli armed forces “in the near future despite expectation that the regime will use nuclear weapons.” “Do you think that we do not have access to nuclear devices?” Lamb quoted the ISIS member as saying. “The Zionists know that we do, and if we ever believe they are about to use theirs, we will not hesitate. After the Zionists are gone, Palestine will have to be decontaminated and rebuilt just like areas where there has been radiation released.”

ISIS access to nuclear weapons could come from Sunni Pakistan, which is home to more than 30 terrorist groups. Pakistan possibly has transferred nuclear weapons to the chief bankroller of its nuclear development program, Sunni Saudi Arabia, as WND previously has reported. The Saudis, who also have provided billions of dollars to ISIS, have threatened to acquire nuclear weapons if Iran were to develop its own. The WND source said ISIS denies any interest in training and directing foreign fighters to attack Europe, claiming its goals are to establish the al-Sham caliphate and “liberate Palestine.” (...) (Source)





June 23, 2014



June 22, 2014

ISIS IN CONTROL OF ALL IRAQI BORDER POSTS WITH SYRIA AND JORDAN

ISIS is expanding its territory while consolidating its gains. After taking two more border posts in western Iraq this weekend, an Iraqi security official has confirmed that a border post near Jordan has fallen to ISIS fighters.
Consequently, the ongoing crisis has expanded to within 100 miles of two U.S. allies. ISIS now claims to control all Iraqi border posts with Syria and Jordan. Given the mobilization of Shia militias in and around Baghdad, it appears that the spreading sectarian chaos will only get more intense.



CIA IN IRAQ HAS NO HUMAN INTELLIGENCE

CIA Spies in Iraq Are a Casualty of the Sunni Insurgency. The “surprising” collapse of the Iraqi army and the defection of key Sunni tribal leaders to al-Qaeda-inspired insurgents has largely stripped the CIA of spies in the embattled country, according to knowledgeable intelligence sources. As a result, according to a U.S. intelligence official, the CIA is mostly relying on “technical means”—electronic intercepts of all kinds—and the support of friendly regional secret services, like Jordan’s, to monitor the rapidly deteriorating situation. President Obama’s announced dispatch of 300 Special Forces advisors to Iraq will have little effect on the advance of the rebels, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant—and may even worsen the situation...



WHO'S FUNDING THE CONQUEST OF THE MIDDLE EAST

ISIS is funded by Gulf Sunnies, looting and the extortion of minorities. Thanks to the spoils of war ISIS is increasingly independent. #BBCtrending: mapping ISIS followers around the world (Source)


Last week, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, and continued its offensive towards Baghdad. Operating in both Iraq and Syria, ISIL -- now one of the world's wealthiest and most powerful terrorist organizations -- is employing a complex funding scheme to enable its rapid expansion. Just a few months ago, the terrorist organization was on the edge of collapse after facing defeats from the al-Nusra Front and the Islamic Front in Aleppo, Syria. Now, ISIL is deeply entrenched in two countries -- a testament to its accelerating growth. Its diverse and increasingly self-sufficient revenue scheme is fundamental to its continued ascent to regional power. (...) It is difficult to estimate the extent of this international funding, but Fabrice Balance, the director of France's Research and Study Group on the Mediterranean and the Middle East (GREMMO), told Today's Zaman in an interview that ISIL obtained such funding because it is considered to be the “best wall against Iranian influence in Iraq and Syria.” According to Eric Lorber, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer specializing in terrorist financing, ISIL secured much of its Gulf funding because it is one of the few “inheritors of a lot of Sunni organizations that were based in Iraq from 2005 to 2007.” Whereas the organization initially relied upon the Gulf to establish its operations in Syria, it has since transitioned to self-sufficient means of funding. This independence has allowed ISIL to pursue its goals with stricter ideological rigidity and greater operational control. Such autarky has been created, in part, by focusing its insurgency on stabilizing control in strategic, resource-rich territory -- including oil-rich parts of Syria. According to Hassan Hassan, a research associate at the Delma Institute in Abu Dhabi, ISIL “brands itself as a state” wherever it firmly establishes control, a strategy which further promotes self-sufficiency. In Syria, ISIL reportedly confiscates property from Christians and Muslims with whom it does not agree. In its northern Iraqi strongholds, Balance says it has collected taxes for more than a year. (Source)



June 21, 2014





Megyn Kelly talks to Ambassador John Bolton and author Andrew McCarthy (June 21, 2014). Bolton: At this time the West has no stake in Iraq.


BREAK! SADDAM'S WMD PLANT EXISTS AFTER ALL! 

It's not the first time this facility surfaces. It's just that the media refuse to report it.


The Empire of Trolls versus the Kingdom of Orcs





Today a view from the other side: the Shiite Mehdi Army "Peace Brigades". H/t @Hayder_alKhoei



June 19, 2014




ISIS rounding up Iraqi loyalists.


Obama Refusing To Choose 'One Muslim Sect Over Another'



Obama has just said how he intends to approach the crisis in Iraq: as a morally neutral conflict mediator. He refuses to choose one Muslim sect over another. "There is no military solution to this problem", he's said. So Obama is sending 300 military advisors and John Kerry, who now ends up stuck in Iraq. The cause of terrorists in the Obama playbook is inequality. So, if Maliki can be nudged into behaving like a non sectarian, the problem is solved. The statement is full of postmodern contradiction. But in effect, Obama is calling for regime change, because the Sunni side is much stronger than the Shia forces.




ISIS and Iraqi Army Join Battle Over Refinery, Smoke Plume Visible From Space





June 18, 2014

ISIS Take Over of Iraq Leads to Jerusalem

Contradicting reports about ISIS taking the oil refinery. About the rest however there seems very little doubt:

The View from Israel.: The ISIS take over of Iraq leads to Jerusalem! http://t.co/wlUtgDUSLI



June 17, 2014

SAUDI ARABIA OPENLY SUPPORTING ISIS

Saudi Arabia is now openly supporting ISIS. Yesterday the country has called for a unity government in Iraq and have denounced outside interference. This means the Saudi's reject American and Iranian intervention. That would leave Iraq at the mercy of ISIS. (Source (Dutch)). Now that there is no doubt where the kingdom stands...



June 15, 2014

TONY BLAIR'S THOUGHTS ON IRAQ


GUESS WHO'S ISIS' MYSTERY GUEST?


It's Bilal Erdogan, son of Tayyip of Turkey!






THE EPIC BATTLE OF TROLLS AGAINST ORCS

The daughter of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Raghad Hussein, thinks ISIS and her father's Baath party are one and the same. This needs some qualification. The Assads of Syria were also running a Baath party with a secular, national socialist ideology. To Raghad this somehow feels identical to the radical Islamism of ISIS. What it is of course, is a Sunni Nazi bloc. But the other guys are no better: that's the Shia Nazi Party. What we got is an epic battle of the Empire of Trolls against the Kingdom of Orcs. (Source)

Some in Iraq take Khomeini posters in the Diyala capital Baquba as evidence that Iran is already ruling parts of the country. Which is evidence that the central government is Baghdad has failed. (Source)

Primer on ISIS.




IRAN SENDING ADVANCE OF 2000 BASIJ INTO IRAQ


The confirmation comes as the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, said Iran was ready to support Iraq from the mortal threat fast spreading through the country, while the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, called on citizens to take up arms in their country's defence. (...) 1,500 basiji forces had crossed the border into the town of Khanaqin, in Diyala province, in central Iraq on Friday, while another 500 had entered the Badra Jassan area in Wasat province overnight (...) the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force, had arrived in Baghdad to oversee the defence of the capital.


June 14, 2014

MORE IRAQ WAR LOOT FOR ISIS JIHAD EFFORT





ANALYSES FROM VARIOUS PERSPECTIVES

A number of good analyses from various perspectives has now been posted:
  • The Sunni view: "Inside Mosul: why Iraqis are celebrating Islamic extremists’ takeover of their city" *
  • American Conservatives: "Americans Shocked And Angered By Iraq Conflict"  *
  • The remarkable U turn by the Mullahs: "Iran says "can think" of Iraq role with US if US tackles regional militants"  *
  • International Progressivists: "The Battle for Iraq Is a Saudi War on Iran" * (requires registration)




June 13, 2014

IRAN WILLING TO COOPERATE WITH US ON IRAQ

Shi’te Muslim Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to cooperate with Washington in helping Baghdad fight back, a senior Iranian official told Reuters.


The elite Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

The idea is being discussed internally among the Islamic Republic’s leadership, the senior Iranian official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official had no word on whether the idea had been raised with any other party. Officials say Iran will send its neighbour advisers and weaponry, although probably not troops, to help its ally Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki check what Tehran sees as a profound threat to regional stability, officials and analysts say. Islamist militants have captured swathes of territory including the country’s second biggest city Mosul. Tehran is open to the possibility of working with the United States to support Baghdad, the senior official said.

Rouhani on Thursday strongly condemned what he called violent acts by insurgent groups in the Middle East. “Today, in our region, unfortunately, we are witnessing violence, killing, terror and displacement,” Rouhani said. “Iran will not tolerate the terror and violence ... we will fight against terrorism, factionalism and violence.” Asked on Thursday about Iranian comments, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “Clearly, we’ve encouraged them in many cases to play a constructive role. But I don’t have any other readouts or views from our end to portray here today.” Fearing Iraq’s war could spill into Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged the international community to back Maliki’s administration “in its fight against terrorism.”

Brigadier-General Mohammad Hejazi said Iran was ready to supply Iraq with “military equipment or consultations,” the Tasnim news agency reported. “I do not think the deployment of Iranian troops would be necessary,” he was quoted as adding. The senior Iranian official said Iran was extremely worried about the advance of ISIL, also a major force in the war against Iran’s close ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, carving out a swathe of Syria territory along the Iraqi border. “The danger of extremist Sunni terrorist in Iraq and the region is increasing ... There have been several high-ranking security meetings since yesterday in Tehran,” the official said. “We are on alert and we also follow the developments in Iraq very closely.” (Source)


ISIS PROPAGANDA PICTURES AND CLIPS

Screenshot from March of an ISIS’ leader’s now-suspended Twitter account telegraphing what they planned to do in Iraq:


ISIS Taunted America About Plans To Seize US Weapons From Iraqi Army. (Source)




OBAMA: SHORT TERM US AID WON'T HELP IRAQ





OBAMA'S LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT



  

The Iraqi Defense Ministry released footage which is said to show "deadly airstrikes on militants in the Salah al-Din and Nineveh provinces" from Wednesday night, shortly after ISIS captures two strategic Iraq cities. (Source)


IRAN'S TOP GENERAL LEADING PUSH AGAINST ISIS


Thursday afternoon, Iran’s most powerful gun, the Al Qods Brigades chief Gen. Qassem Soleimani, arrived in Baghdad to take over the push against ISIS, in the same way as he has managed Bashar Assad’s war in Syria, and pull together the demoralized and scattered Iraqi army. Those steps by Washington and Tehran pave the way for the US and Iran to cooperate for the first time in a joint military endeavor. (Source)


TOP CLERIC CALLS SHIA TO ARMS

During Friday prayers the influential Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani made a call to arms from the city of Karbala. "Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists, defending their country and their people and their holy places, should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose," a representative announced on behalf of the elderly cleric, who rarely appears in public. "He who sacrifices for the cause of defending his country and his family and his honor will be a martyr," he added. The Iraqi government says it will arm any civilian who volunteers to join it in its battle against ISIS militants, and in Baghdad willing residents have been seen pouring onto army trucks. Sistani is highly influential in the Shia Muslim world and is adored by millions. (Source)

Recommended article by Joe Pappalardo:
4 Things You Need to Know About the Collapse of Iraq Tikrit has fallen to rebels. So have Mosul and Fallujah. Baghdad could be next. What happened, and what's next? *


Deployment of two Iranian Quds batallions hasn't made any difference. A full scale battle between Sunni and Shia forces is now under way. The West is torn: the parties they are supporting in Syria are the enemy in Iraq. So much for postmodern foreign policy.


June 12, 2014

Iran Deploys Quds Forces To Support Iraqi Troops, Helps Retake Most Of Tikrit (Source)





Thousands of men arrested by ISIS walk through Tikrit hands behind their heads, alledgedly security forces. But part II is clearly showing these are just civilians. 



IRAQ'S SPOILS OF WAR BROUGHT TO SYRIA





POMO 'HUMOR'



OBAMA REFUSED IRAQ MILITARY SUPPORT

According to sources ISIS has vowed to press on to Baghdad. A spokesman has said ISIS has an axe to grind with the central Government. He said the group will also march on the sites of Shiite shrines, the cities Najaf and Karbala. Which may have prompted Iran to send special forces into Iraq.

The Iraqi Parliament meanwhile has voted against imposing the state of emergency.

The New York Times has reported that the Iraqi Government requested the US last month for more military support. PM Nouri al-Maliki secretly requested air strikes on positions of Sunni fighting forces. But the White House declined since Obama considers the war in Iraq to be 'over'.

Foreign Affairs Minister Hoshyar Zebari proposed deploying US drones as early as last year. But Obama declined the invitation. The maps of the wider region show that indeed this assault was in fact rather predictable.



IRAN SENDS QUDS AND SPECIAL FORCES SENT INTO IRAQ

This means the proxy war is potentially turning into a full scale epic war between Shia and Sunni Islam.
Iran has sent special forces and a unit of elite troops to Iraq to bolster floundering efforts by the Iraqi government to halt the advance of militants from an al-Qaeda splinter group. A 150-man unit of the Quds Force, the elite section of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, has deployed to Iraq, supported by a team of Saberin, Tehran’s equivalent of the SAS. The troops will assist Iraqi forces as they regroup after the catastrophic loss of Mosul and Tikrit. (Source)



EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: KURDISH PESHMERGA FORCES



CONFLICTING REPORTS ABOUT TURKISH HOSTAGE SITUATION IN MOSUL





ISIS SHARIA COMPIANT RULES FOR MOSUL



The only system they haven't tried is Liberty. But that would be evil, so it isn't even considered.



June 12, 2014

LEADER OF ISIS EX US CON

Ex US con freed 4 years ago leading ISIS assault on Iraq
The FBI “most wanted” mugshot shows a tough, swarthy figure, his hair in a jailbird crew-cut. The $10 million price on his head, meanwhile, suggests that whoever released him from US custody four years ago may now be regretting it. Taken during his years as a detainee at the US-run Camp Bucca in southern Iraq, this is the only known photograph of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the new leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  (Source)



MOSUL UNDER ISIS RULE





A day after taking over Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, militants gained nearly complete control of the northern city of Tikrit.


THE LATEST HEADLINES

  • US says it "stands ready" to provide assistance to Iraq
  • David Cameron rules out British military intervention 
  • Turkey "will retaliate" if its 80 hostages are harmed 
  • 500,000 flee Mosul as al-Qaeda pushes into new town *
  • What is ISIS? *
  • Known for its ruthless tactics and suicide bombers, ISIS has already controlled the Iraqi city of Fallujah for five months, and is also arguably the most capable force fighting President Bashar al-Assad inside Syria.
  • The jihadist behind the takeover of Mosul *
  • The FBI “most wanted” mugshot shows a tough, swarthy figure, his hair in a jailbird crew-cut. The $10 million price on his head, meanwhile, suggests that whoever released him from US custody four years ago may now be regretting it.
  • Why Mosul is the 'forgotten' insurgent stronghold *
  • Mosul’s relative absence from the news headlines belies its status as one of Iraq’s most enduring insurgent strongholds.
  • Al-Qaeda seizes Iraq's second city as terrified residents flee *
  • The loss of the city, home to around one million people, is potentially a huge challenge to the Iraqi government, which has been struggling to quell a regalvanised al-Qaeda insurgency for more than two years.


June 11, 2014

PRIMER ON THE SUNNI JIHADIST GROUPS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA






ISIS CLAIMS IT OWNS AN AIRCRAFT FLYING OVER MOSUL




EXPLOSIONS STRIKE SHIA AREAS OF BAGHDAD

Heavy fighting erupted inside Tikrit -- the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein -- as the military tried to regain control of the city. Two police stations in Tikrit had been set on fire and a military base taken over by ISIS. The governor of Salaheddin province, of which Tikrit is the capital, was missing. Suspected ISIS militants raided the Turkish Embassy in Mosul on Wednesday, capturing 48 people, including diplomats. They also seized parts of Baiji, the site of Iraq's largest oil refinery. Meanwhile, explosions struck three Shiite areas in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 25 people and injuring 56. The deadliest attack was in Sadr City, where a car bomb exploded near a funeral tent, killing 15 people and wounding 34, police said.






Residents are fleeing Mosul. Thugs of ISIS are roaming the streets in pickup trucks. Smoke plumes are visible everywhere. 

UPDATE:


A TERROR STATE THE SIZE OF THE MIDDLE EAST

That's where it will eventually end without intervention. But something is wrong with this picture. It assumes the wars in Iraq and Aghanistan were in good hands with the Obama. But it was he who dropped the ball.

ISIS has reached Saddam's home town of Tikrit. Government forces have started to attack Falluja. Heavy bombardments are reported. ISIS now control one tenth of the territory in Iraq, approximately the size of Portugal and 3,5 million inhabitants. Washington is having hearings on the Bergdahl swap.

The news this morning shed some light on two mysterious tweets posted yesterday.
ISIS fighters have moved in on the Iraqi oil refinery center of Biji (Baiji), 200 km southeast of Mosul, torched the court and police buildings and warned local police and soldiers not to challenge them. They contacted the most prominent tribal sheikhs in Biji via cellphone and told them: 'We are coming to die or control Biji, so we advise you to ask your sons in the police and army to lay down their weapons and withdraw.' With the Mosul refinery, the Islamists now control Iraq’s northern oil refining facilities. Their push has so far met with no military resistance. (Source)


MOSUL MAY HAVE BEEN BETRAYED FROM INSIDE




June 10, 2014

THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ & SHAMS (MAPS)



The nation state and borders are Western constructs on an area that once was the Ottoman Empire. To understand the situation on the ground we must look beyond state lines. This map of Syria (left) shows the sectarian division on the ground. It makes clear how ISIS could overrun Mosul as easily as it did: ISIS already controls the western side of the border (present situation).


Click for enlargement



KURDS DEFIANT IN THE FACE OF ISIS CONQUESTS





THE SPOILS OF WAR IN MOSUL





MOSUL, WHAT DOES IT MATTER? 

The spokesman of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) confirms the rumor that the Kurdish army has taken Rabia, is incorrect.


ISIS GLOSSY WITH GRAPHIC PICTURES OF MOSUL

In the meantime, the ISIS online glossy Islamic State News lost no time in showing pictures of the sacking of Mosul, including executions (GRAPHIC!) (PDF)






WILDCARD: THE KURDISH ARMED FORCES

The question is, will the Kurdish armed forces just defend Kurdistan or will they support the central Government of Maliki in Baghdad? Twitter account of official spokesman of the People's Protection Units (YPG) @YPGRJAVA




IRAQ DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY






Defenses collapsed in Mosul. Residents are throwing stones at Iraqi army as they flee the city. The central government is dominated by Shia.


ISIS/L, the most powerful militant group in Iraq, in April launched a new campaign in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, which borders Nineveh, aimed at carving out an Islamic state along the frontier. It adjoins eastern Syria, where ISIL fighters are a key force in the civil war and which an Iraqi general said was behind the Nineveh operation. Provincial capital Mosul, 350 kilometres (220 miles) north of Baghdad, is the second city after Fallujah, west of Baghdad, that the government has lost this year. "All of Nineveh province fell into the hands of militants," parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi told a news conference, adding that the militants were heading towards neighbouring Salaheddin province. An interior ministry official earlier said that Mosul "is outside the control of the state and at the mercy of the militants" and that some soldiers and police had fled after removing their uniforms. He said militants announced over loudspeakers they had "come to liberate" the city of an estimated two million people and that "they would only fight those who fight them." A brigadier general in the command responsible for Nineveh told AFP clashes with hundreds of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) began late Monday. Military units first withdrew from the city's east, heading to its west, and then began leaving the city, along with thousands of residents, he said. An AFP journalist, himself fleeing the city with his family, said shops were closed, security forces had abandoned vehicles and a police station had been set ablaze. One east Mosul resident said his neighbourhood had been lost to the militants in just an hour, amid heavy gunfire.  (Source)


MIDDLE EAST: VIOLENCE IN THE POWER VACUUM

Karachi airport for a second day under attack, mass kidnapping of university teachers in Afghanistan, 5 ISAF forces killed, Mosul under control of extremists: this is the result of Obama's leading from behind. Postmodernists have no concepts, certainly not of the nature of power. Once your leave a vacuum, the most assertive forces step into it. The Middle East, far from becoming an oasis of peace and democracy is falling to extremists.



ISIS HEADED NEXT FOR TIKRIT, HOME OF SADDAM






THE ISIS CALIPHATE IN SYRIA AND IRAQ

Mosul has officially fallen. The question is, will the Kurdish Peshmerga join forces with the central Government in Bagdad or go it alone?



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WAR IN SYRIA EXTENDED TO KURDISH IRAQ



AL QAEDA RELATED GROUP, ISIS TAKES MOSUL



An Iraqi official says dozens of militants have overrun the provincial government headquarters in the northern city of Mosul. Ali Mahmoud, the media official for Ninevah province, says insurgents armed with machineguns and rocket-propelled-grenade launchers stormed the government building in Mosul late on Monday night. He says they overpowered the building guards after a short firefight. A former al-Qaida stronghold, Mosul is 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad and is Iraq's second-largest city. Mahmoud says the governor, Atheel al-Nujaifi, was in a nearby guest house but managed to escape from the area unharmed. Earlier, the gunmen torched several of the city's police stations, freeing the detainees there. The attack on Mosul comes as Iraq grapples with its worst surge in violence since the sectarian bloodletting of 2006 and 2007. (Source)



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