Second Iraq city falls to Al Qaeda-aligned militants


B00Mer
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Second Iraq city falls to Al Qaeda-aligned militants



BAGHDAD – Al Qaeda-inspired militants pushed deeper into Iraq's Sunni heartland Wednesday, swiftly conquering Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts and yielded ground once controlled by U.S. forces.

The advance into former insurgent strongholds that had largely been calm before the Americans withdrew less than three years ago is spreading fear that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, struggling to hold onto power after indecisive elections, will be unable to stop the Islamic militants as they press closer to Baghdad.

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group took control Tuesday of much of Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, sending an estimated half a million people fleeing from their homes. As in Tikrit, the Sunni militants were able to move in after police and military forces melted away after relatively brief clashes.

The group, which has seized wide swaths of territory, aims to create an Islamic emirate spanning both sides of the Iraq-Syria border.

The capture of Mosul — along with the fall of Tikrit and the militants' earlier seizure of the western city of Fallujah — have undone hard-fought gains against insurgents in the years following the 2003 invasion by U.S.-led forces.

The White House said the security situation has deteriorated over the past 24 hours and that the United States was "deeply concerned" about ISIL's continued aggression.

There were no reliable estimates of casualties or the number of insurgents involved, though several hundred gunmen were in Tikrit and more were fighting on the outskirts, said Mizhar Fleih, the deputy head of the municipal council of nearby Samarra. An even larger number of militants likely would have been needed to secure Mosul, a much bigger city.

The militants gained entry to the Turkish consulate in Mosul and held captive 48 people, including diplomats, police, consulate employees and three children, according to an official in the office of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkish officials believe the hostages are safe, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment to reporters on the sensitive issue.

Turkish officials did not make any public comment on the seizure, but the state-run Anadolu Agency reported that Erdogan convened an emergency Cabinet meeting. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the abductions and the seizure of Iraqi territory by the militants, urging "the international community to unite in showing solidarity with Iraq as it confronts this serious security challenge."

"Terrorism must not be allowed to succeed in undoing the path towards democracy in Iraq," Ban said.

While the insurgents have advanced southward, Baghdad did not appear to be in imminent danger from a similar assault, although Sunni insurgents have stepped up car bombings and suicide attacks in the capital in recent months.

So far, ISIL fighters have stuck to the Sunni heartland and former Sunni insurgent strongholds where people are already alienated by the Shiite-led government over allegations of discrimination and mistreatment. The militants also would likely meet far stronger resistance, not only from government forces but by Shiite militias if they tried to advance on the capital.

Mosul, the capital of Ninevah province, and the neighboring Sunni-dominated province of Anbar share a long and porous border with Syria, where the Islamic State is also active.

Mosul's fall was a heavy defeat for al-Maliki. His Shiite-dominated political bloc came first in April 30 parliamentary elections — the first since the U.S. military withdrawal in 2011 — but failed to gain a majority, forcing him to try to build a governing coalition.

Al-Maliki said a "conspiracy" led to the massive security failure that allowed militants to capture Mosul, and warned that members of the security forces who fled rather than stand up to the militants should be punished.

He stopped short of assigning direct blame, however, choosing to focus instead on plans to fight back — without giving specifics.

"We are working to solve the situation," al-Maliki said. "We are regrouping the armed forces that are in charge of clearing Ninevah from those terrorists."

Al-Maliki has pressed parliament to declare a state of emergency over the Mosul attack — a decision expected later this week.

Iranian airlines cancelled all flights between Tehran and Baghdad due to security concerns, and the Islamic Republic has intensified security measures along its borders, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.

Shiite powerhouse Iran has strong ties with Iraq's government. Some 17,000 Iranian pilgrims are in Iraq at any given time, the agency quoted Saeed Ohadi, the director of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, as saying.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest warned that the instability was rapidly becoming a humanitarian issue requiring a coordinated response by Iraq's leaders to halt ISIL's advance and wrest territory away from insurgents.

"We condemn ISIL's despicable attack on the Turkish consulate in Mosul, and we call for the immediate release of Turkey's kidnapped diplomatic and security personnel, Earnest said.

Earnest told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama that ISIL poses a "different kind of threat" to American interests than core Al Qaeda, which had repeatedly and publicly vowed to attack U.S. soil. Still, he said the U.S. was watching the threat from ISIL "very carefully" because the group has proven itself to be violent and willing to consider attacking U.S. interests and American allies.

Zaineb al-Assam, a Middle East analyst at IHS Country Risk, said ISIL's success in holding onto Mosul would significantly weaken Baghdad's control over Sunni-dominated provinces.

"The objective would be to keep Iraqi security forces off balance, tying them down on passive security duties, as well as to erode (the government's) presence and its ability to sustain services," al-Assam said.

Tikrit residents said the militant group overran several police stations in the Sunni-dominated city. Two Iraqi security officials confirmed that the city, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad and the capital of Salahuddin province, was under ISIL's control and that the provincial governor was missing.

The major oil refinery in Beiji, located between Mosul and Tikrit, remained in government control, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk to reporters. There were clashes and gunmen tried to take the town but were repelled in a rare success for Iraqi government forces protecting an important facility, the officials said.

In addition to being Saddam's hometown, Tikrit was a power base of his once-powerful Baath Party. The former dictator was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole in the area and he is buried south of town in a tomb draped with the Saddam-era Iraqi flag.

The International Organization for Migration estimated 500,000 people fled the Mosul area, with some seeking safety in the Ninevah countryside or the nearby semiautonomous Kurdish region. Getting into the latter has grown trickier, however, with migrants without family members already in the enclave needing to secure permission from Kurdish authorities, according to the IOM.

Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Mosul's fall must bring the country's leaders together to deal with the "serious, mortal threat" facing Iraq.

"We can push back on the terrorists ... and there would be a closer cooperation between Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government to work together and try to flush out these foreign fighters," he said on the sidelines of a diplomatic meeting in Athens.

Mosul residents said gunmen went around knocking on doors there Wednesday, reassuring people they would not be harmed. The situation appeared calm but tense, they said.

Violence raged elsewhere in Iraq on Wednesday.

Police and hospital officials said a suicide bomber struck inside a tent where tribesmen were meeting to solve a dispute in Baghdad's Shiite Sadr City neighborhood, killing 31 and wounding 46.

Car bombs in Shiite areas elsewhere claimed another 17 and maimed dozens, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Car bombs and suicide attackers are favorite tools of the ISIL.

source: Second Iraq city falls to Al Qaeda-aligned militants | Fox News

1. Obama trades 5 key players to the Taliban for a soldier that ran to aid the enemy.

2. Obama refuses to help the legitimate Iraq gov't that 5000 US lives helped put in power and waist of 1 trillion dollars.

The new leader of ISIL is worse than Osama Bin Ladin and will have control of most of the worlds oil.. do expect an increase in Oil Prices, close to $1 a gallon..

Obama, is not only the worse president in history of the USA, a coward and yellow, he is a traitor, and should be impeached and the very least by the US Gov't for crimes against the USA and it's people.!!!
Last edited by Locutus; Jun 13th, 2014 at 04:21 AM..
 
Locutus
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Iran to the rescue.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post

Iran to the rescue.

Of course, were you expecting someone else?
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Of course, were you expecting someone else?

Putin..
 
petros
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Broke as$ Russia? Good luck.
 
Spade
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That is crazy talk, Boomer. You will end up in the hoosegow.
 
Walter
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This is what happens when you let BHO negotiate.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/23/politi...raq/index.html
Last edited by Walter; Jun 12th, 2014 at 10:04 AM..
 
petros
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It's what happens when mercs are hired to fight proxy wars.
 
Locutus
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Quote: Originally Posted by WalterView Post

This is what happens when you let BHO negotiate.
CNN Fact Check: Romney, Obama and Iraq - CNN.com

well, he gots him a peace prize ya know.
 
petros
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I still don't understand why.
 
Locutus
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because soros said he would get one.
 
EagleSmack
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Idea...

Lets give them weapons in Syria... and take them off their dead bodies in Mosul... then resell them to the cartels.
 
Praxius
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Insurgents take control of second major city in Iraq


3rd thread in the last few hours discussing all of this.


Surprisingly due to time zones, mine was the first one.


Now pat me on the back and tell me how awesome I am.
 
Colpy
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Quote: Originally Posted by PraxiusView Post

Insurgents take control of second major city in Iraq


3rd thread in the last few hours discussing all of this.


Surprisingly due to time zones, mine was the first one.


Now pat me on the back and tell me how awesome I am.

Pat pat

You're awesome.

Helicopters on the Roof :: SteynOnline

Obama is an idiot.
 
petros
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The idiots are those who cheered on the needless destruction of Iraq in the first place.
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

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2. Obama refuses to help the legitimate Iraq gov't that 5000 US lives helped put in power and waist of 1 trillion dollars.

They just got out. I doubt very many Americans would support going into Iraq again. If the Iraqi government can't stand on its own thats their problem.

Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

I still don't understand why.

Even he doesn't.
 
Zipperfish
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Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post



Obama is an idiot.

No kidding. First thing I thought too, while reading about the ascenddance of Islamists in Iraq: Thanks Obama.


 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

That is crazy talk, Boomer. You will end up in the hoosegow.

How's that, I said the US Gov't do the deed under their laws for treason. I did not make a personal threat.. knucklehead. Of course you want to try and make a mountain out of a molehill and twist words around..

Spade another Obamabot offended by anti-Obama statements LOL

What does the USA do to traitors.. firing squad. However, I don't think the US Gov't has executed anyone for treason lately, he should be at least impeached.

He should be found to be a traitor.. and has put US lives in danger by releasing terrorists and providing material support to terrorists..

Quote:

(1) Unlawful conduct.— Whoever knowingly provides material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both, and, if the death of any person results, shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life. To violate this paragraph, a person must have knowledge that the organization is a designated terrorist organization (as defined in subsection (g)(6)), that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorist activity (as defined in section 212(a)(3)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act), or that the organization has engaged or engages in terrorism (as defined in section 140(d)(2) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1988 and 1989).

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2339B

He gave them their leaders back..
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Spade
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

The idiots are those who cheered on the needless destruction of Iraq in the first place.

Bush and Blair and willing fools.

Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

How's that, I said the US Gov't do the deed after a trail. I did not personal threat..

that is a fine line, Boomer. Does Homeland Security make that distinction?
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Bush and Blair and willing fools.

Yup. I believe Bush was f-cked over on 911 and Iraq. Cheney, Rummy, Wolfowitz worked him well.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by WLDBView Post

They just got out. I doubt very many Americans would support going into Iraq again. If the Iraqi government can't stand on its own thats their problem.

He could have droned the insurgents when they had the opportunity and they were in known locations working on military equipment and supplies.

Now they are dressed as civilians and mingling so now they don't know who to shoot

Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

that is a fine line, Boomer. Does Homeland Security make that distinction?

Yawn.. keep trolling Spade..
 
BaalsTears
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I thought Obama had ended the war in Iraq! That's what he claimed. Or did Obama just cut and run?
 
Kreskin
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Ya Iraq is Obama's fault. Or is it Carter's?
 
BaalsTears
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Quote: Originally Posted by KreskinView Post

Ya Iraq is Obama's fault. Or is it Carter's?

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Kreskin
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Nyah's 30 day war plan was a farce from the start. There was no end game due to the fact there was justification.
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by BaalsTearsView Post

 
Colpy
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Quote: Originally Posted by ZipperfishView Post

No kidding. First thing I thought too, while reading about the ascenddance of Islamists in Iraq: Thanks Obama.


Dubya may have started it, but Obama willfully lost it.

If Obama was an Islamist mole in the White House seeking to destroy America, what would he do differently??

Not much.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

Dubya may have started it, but Obama willfully lost it.

If Obama was an Islamist mole in the White House seeking to destroy America, what would he do differently??

Not much.

The funny part is that when Obama was taking credit for getting us out of Iraq, the Obama-haters were screeching that he was only following the timetable Bush put in place before he left office. Now that things are coming apart, the Obama-haters have completely forgotten that Obama was following Bush's timetable.

Not surprising. ODS leaves little cranial capacity for anything like facts.
 
Corduroy
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Quote: Originally Posted by ColpyView Post

Dubya may have started it, but Obama willfully lost it.

If Obama was an Islamist mole in the White House seeking to destroy America, what would he do differently??

Not much.

Fail to prevent the worst terrorist attack in American history.
Invade two countries without an plan; get the country bogged down two insurgencies with no end.
Use the war as an excuse to enrich his friends with government contracts. Blow trillions of dollars.
All of this actually fails to capture those responsible for the terrorist attack. Not give a ****.
Do nothing while an American city is destroyed by a natural disaster.
Oversee the collapse of the economy.
 
Cliffy
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