Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Iraq jihadists seize another town from Kurdish forces
AFP ^ | 8/3/2014 | By Shwan Mohammed

Posted on 08/03/2014 7:01:37 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Sulaimaniyah (Iraq) (AFP) - Jihadists raised their black flag in Iraq's northern town of Sinjar Sunday in a second straight day of advances against Kurdish forces, sparking mass displacement the UN called a humanitarian tragedy.

The Islamic State's capture of Sinjar raised fears for minority groups that had found refuge there and further blurs the border between the Syrian and Iraqi parts of the "caliphate" which the IS declared in June.

"The (Kurdish) peshmerga have withdrawn from Sinjar, Daash has entered the city," Kurdish official Kheiri Sinjari told AFP, using the former Arabic acronym for the IS.

"They have raised their flag above government buildings," the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party official said.

Other officials confirmed the fall of the town between the Syrian border and Mosul, which is Iraq's second city and has been the IS hub there since it launched a major onslaught on June 9.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Syria
KEYWORDS: braking; iraq; isis

1 posted on 08/03/2014 7:01:37 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

What’s the chance of the Obama administration supporting the Kurds and sending them weapons? I make myself laugh...


2 posted on 08/03/2014 7:04:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

Looks like the Kurds are strategically withdrawing. Don’t know why. Maybe to put additional pressure on Baghdad to launch a real offensive


3 posted on 08/03/2014 7:05:39 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2banana

“Maybe to put additional pressure on Baghdad to launch a real offensive”

Like that’ll happen. Iraq is gone. And Obama lost it.


4 posted on 08/03/2014 7:06:51 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: 2banana

Yeah dream on.


5 posted on 08/03/2014 7:08:22 PM PDT by Williams
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Lurker

Stop the hatin. That’s our foreign policy.

What’s not to hate?


6 posted on 08/03/2014 7:09:56 PM PDT by Williams
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

About the same chance that he will help Christians in Iran. ZERO!


7 posted on 08/03/2014 7:10:41 PM PDT by fhayek
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: 2banana

Kurds want to protect their people and their territory. Beyond that, they don’t care what happens to Iraq.


8 posted on 08/03/2014 7:11:03 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Williams

Is that the voice Harry Reid said Obammy could speak in when warrented?


9 posted on 08/03/2014 7:13:06 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Illegals Are Getting Flat Screet TV's....NOT TB Screenings!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

Oh dose wascally militants

I just know mr. Pres__ent will give them a good butt whuppin


10 posted on 08/03/2014 7:16:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican
Champagne toast in the White House between Barack Hussein Ebola and Valerie Jarrett.
11 posted on 08/03/2014 7:18:13 PM PDT by SkyPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2banana

Thinning out IS’ forces would make it easier to defeat them.


12 posted on 08/03/2014 7:18:46 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: 2banana
Looks like the Kurds are strategically withdrawing. Don’t know why.

Check the map. The town is between eastern Syria (controlled by ISIS) and Mosul(controlled by ISIS). There's no way realistic it could be held.


13 posted on 08/03/2014 7:30:20 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Straight Vermonter

The main ethnic group in Sinjar (pop. 22,000) is Yazidi, who are mainly Kurdish-speaking pre-Islam Zoroastrians. The Ottomans variously slaughtered and converted them. It now looks like the end of their road at the hands of al Baghdadi.


14 posted on 08/03/2014 7:51:33 PM PDT by Kennard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Kennard

Perhaps the Islamic State will give them 24 hours to leave town? That’s what happened to the Christians in Mosul.


15 posted on 08/03/2014 7:54:50 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

The New Caliphate “ISIS” has seized some oilfields and is selling the production. We are talking about a million dollars a day that is going directly to the coffers of this virulent anti Christian, anti Western terrorist organization.

Your can not sell oil if you can not get it to market. This means pipelines and pumping stations. It would be very simple to stop this flow. A few cruise missiles will take out those pumping stations. The loss of human life would be very minimal.

My question is why Obama will not shut down a pipeline of oil which is a pipeline of terrorist dollars. ISIS are evil bastards. They will use these dollars to do evil against the people of Iraq and as their leader said, “I will see you in New York.” If their was ever a logical target and easy decision this is it.

Yes, you can rebuild the pumping stations. Yes, we can take them out again with ease. Actually it would be rather difficult to get workers to rebuild them after their former colleagues were killed as they attempted to rebuild the pumping stations. The pumping stations are equipment that comes from the West. We will not send them the parts to repair them. Russia could supply the parts and compressors. Russian equipment blows up just as good as ours when hit with 500 lbs of high explosive.

I ask the following, “Obama, why have you not done this?” “Obama, to whom is your loyalty.” “Obama, where is your anger and criticism of what ISIS has done to the Christians in Iraq.”

“OBAMA WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON, ISIS OR AMERICA?”


16 posted on 08/03/2014 7:55:14 PM PDT by cpdiii (deckhand, roughneck, geologist, pilot, pharmacist. The constitution is worth dying for!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fhayek

Many of the Christian refugees have fled into this Kurdish area. IS wants a blood bath and they’ll get it. A recruiting tool, “You too can be like the Australian Jihadi with a bucket of bloody heads in either hand!” “Kill, kill, kill and then take your new found skills and practice them for Allah in your home country.”


17 posted on 08/03/2014 8:00:54 PM PDT by JimSEA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: 2banana; no-to-illegals; All

Sure hope you’re right.


18 posted on 08/03/2014 8:07:53 PM PDT by gleeaikin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

>The Islamic State’s capture of Sinjar raised fears for minority groups<

That would be Christians


19 posted on 08/03/2014 8:35:18 PM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimSEA

We’ll be back in Iraq the third time. Count on it.


20 posted on 08/03/2014 8:46:43 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

There have been open press reports of a buildup at a US Intelligence/Special Forces base in the Iraqi Kurdish area, including a buildup of combat vehicles.


21 posted on 08/03/2014 9:01:41 PM PDT by BeauBo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Lurker

If Iraq launches an offensive, they will be with Iranian soldiers.


22 posted on 08/03/2014 10:57:33 PM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

One again we fail the Kurds. Of course, the MB in the White Hut would have it no other way.


23 posted on 08/03/2014 11:08:47 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Kerry, as Obama's plenipotentiary, is a paradox - the physical presence of a geopolitical absence")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

The world grows dark


24 posted on 08/03/2014 11:13:57 PM PDT by onona (I’ve pretty much given up on sanity returning.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: onona

I haven’t seen a story that hasn’t concerned me in weeks. Everything going on; Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Gaza, Our southern border, Iraq. The most concerning to me is why is the media downplaying the biggest outbreak of a highly contagious and deadly virus that has already killed more people than all the other viruses the media have panicked over that killed a few people. I’m actually quite concerned with Israel and Gaza, it seems like the whole world is turning against the Jews. I really wish I could just stay home for at least a month and feel this out. Something is not right with all this. It doesn’t seem right. Disaster after disaster after disaster, the world is going to hell before our eyes, and no one is playing safe. That to me is very worrisome.


25 posted on 08/04/2014 1:13:37 AM PDT by FreedomStar3028 (Evil must be punished.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Lurker

You got it! Iraq is DEAD.


26 posted on 08/04/2014 2:37:13 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: All

The King of Kings is coming soon and very soon.


27 posted on 08/04/2014 2:38:13 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: cpdiii
“OBAMA WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON, ISIS OR AMERICA?”

Obama is routinely on the side of the Islamist transnational terrorists. He has destabilized governments and transported weapons to those who kill Christians with alacrity. He has been doing all that he could to bring about the Greater Caliphate and now the seed is starting to grow.

28 posted on 08/04/2014 2:56:56 AM PDT by Truth29
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

ISIS is now the major strategic threat in the region. From the Turkish border to the Red Sea.

The culture of the area is to follow winners. They are winning. We had better have a plan before Saudi falls.


29 posted on 08/04/2014 5:16:14 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2banana

The towns between Mosul and Syria are pretty much useless to the Kurds anyway and too easy to be encircled by ISIS forces. Better to withdraw and make your stand at Dahuk and Kirkuk. If ISIS spreads too thin over that region, the Peshmurga might even be able to retake Mosul.


30 posted on 08/04/2014 5:19:35 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Future Snake Eater

I’m pretty sure there are old boundaries being restored and both side knw where they are


31 posted on 08/04/2014 5:26:40 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: cpdiii

They’re using trucks.


32 posted on 08/04/2014 6:29:43 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (The GOP-e scum enlisted Democrats to steal the Republican primary. The GOP-e can go to Hell.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

Ten years of American blood and treasure went into rebuilding Iraq after the war. Now we just let the enemy take it all back.

Not even a few A-10 sorties to peel open soft targets of Toyota Tundras.

Iraq was worth fighting for then...it’s not. Obama, you suck Dem Donkey Dick.

I’m not saying send troops back in, just provide some air cover for Kurdish forces and Iraqi troops.


33 posted on 08/04/2014 10:01:55 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FreedomStar3028

“Disaster after disaster after disaster, the world is going to hell before our eyes, and no one is playing safe. That to me is very worrisome.”

It’s all pretty much spelled out in the last chapters of The Bible.

There. THAT should cheer you right up! :)


34 posted on 08/04/2014 10:17:34 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

The Kurds keep running out of ammunition. Can’t House GOP order a Berlin Airlift-type operation?

I suspect that just about everyone on their borders would like to see the Kurds dead or enslaved. Plus, there’s a fellow in the WH...


35 posted on 08/04/2014 10:52:46 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cpdiii

Oh Please. Remember how the left excoriated Bush for saying “If you are not for us, you are against us”. Not nuanced enough. I am sure that President Obama has a carefully nuanced reaction to these events. We just have to “trust” their judgement.

May God return on his head the promises of the Torah. “I will curse them that curse thee.”


36 posted on 08/04/2014 11:39:01 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: cpdiii

Hey, yo, easy on the Grand Kenyan. He knows how to shut down a pipeline. He’s got Keystone shut down without firing a shot. Just dragging his two-tone butt across the paperwork is all he needs.


37 posted on 08/04/2014 12:47:29 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: redgolum

Here’s my plan for the Soddy Royals: start digging 5,000 graves. I’ve been saying since 1993 that the Soddies are going to get their throats cut. When they double Xed Bin Laden they probly sealed their fate. Their oil money is the oldest money fueling the whole anti-Jew pattern. Without it there never would have been much of an anti-Israel movement. King Flubbadubba needs to keep his head on a swivel.


38 posted on 08/04/2014 12:56:45 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican
We’ll be back in Iraq the third time. Count on it.

Not while Obama sits in the White House. This is too good a deal for him.

39 posted on 08/04/2014 1:20:10 PM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: cherokee1

Ok, but then you turn over the oil supplies to a group that does not care about genocide. They will burn down the wells and refineries without any negotiations.

See, the prior batch of jihadi’s had a code. We had few mass causality attacks, few insurgencies in “new” countries, and few (that are recognized) NBC attacks.

ISIS doesn’t care. They have been killing other Sunni’s, blowing up mosque’s, and burning out all who will not join them.

In short, we are seeing the seeds of a new religion here. The brand of islam that ISIS is preaching is very different from the current strains of Sunni and Shiite. They are acting like the rise of Mohammed right now.

We can’t just write these guys off. If they get a hold of Saudi, the world will be in a lot of hurt.


40 posted on 08/04/2014 1:28:01 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]


We need your help to keep the lights on.
FR is funded solely by contributions made by
liberty loving people who enjoy and use it.

Every donation counts no matter how big or small.
If you can donate $5, $10, $20, $100 or more,
it would be greatly appreciated.


Two percent a day keeps the 404 away.

41 posted on 08/04/2014 4:20:47 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

So much for the notion that Iraqi Kurds are doughty warriors, I reckon! It may be that Iran is the last viable line of defense against the Islamic State, as bizarre and unsavory as that would be.


42 posted on 08/04/2014 6:46:59 PM PDT by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kennard; MinorityRepublican; no-to-illegals; All

The Yazidi have already fled to the mountains with little food or other supplies. ISIS requires its captives to convert to its brand of Islam. The Yazidi are very devoted to their religion and it is predicted many will be killed. ISIS is also trying to capture a major hydroelectric dam, which I believe the Kurds are trying to protect. The electric is essential to many Iraquis and for AC, and this is the HOT season.


43 posted on 08/04/2014 10:09:13 PM PDT by gleeaikin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: cherokee1; All

Saudi financing of the Madrassas all over the world, teaching the most backward, primative version of Islam is a major curse to all humanity, and especially Muslim women.


44 posted on 08/04/2014 10:20:01 PM PDT by gleeaikin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: eater-of-toast

Iran IS the Islamic state right now! Said is too_corrupt to support.
And The house of saud is nothing more than the Taliban with money.

They both can’t fall fast enough!


45 posted on 08/05/2014 6:40:21 AM PDT by bill1952 (taxes don't hurt the rich, they keep YOU from becoming rich.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: MinorityRepublican

Not a single reference nor mentioning of ISIS.

Are the media and mediots not referring to ISIS as IS?


46 posted on 08/09/2014 8:36:14 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Obama's Storm of Illegal immigrants, aka, new democRat voters and his 2016 FDR 3rd term attempt!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bill1952

It can always get worse in the Middle East, and when regimes in predominantly Muslim countries fall, it does. Just ask Iraq’s Christians and Yazidis.


47 posted on 08/10/2014 12:46:17 PM PDT by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson