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  • Turkey nears intervention in Syria, Iraq

    09/30/2014 9:00:47 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    WP via Herald Net ^ | Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:13 p.m | Erin Cunningham and Karen DeYoung
    BAGHDAD — Turkey’s government edged closer Tuesday to direct intervention in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, bolstering security along its border with Syria and asking parliament to authorize sending troops to the two war-ravaged countries. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters the proposal sent to parliament would include a wide range of options, including opening Turkish bases to foreign troops and deploying soldiers to establish safe zones for refugees inside Syria. The government wants the motion to be broad enough to avoid needing another parliamentary mandate for military action, he said. The motion is to be voted on...
  • The undoing of the Iraq and Syria revisionists

    09/30/2014 10:45:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 30, 2014 | BY JENNIFER RUBIN
    If President Obama and his spinners won’t accept conservatives’ take on the failures and missteps leading up to the Islamic State and the region-wide chaos in the Middle East, maybe they will believe the New York Times. Strangely enough, it confirms the facts and arguments conservative critics have been making for years now. What is also evident is that President Obama picked on the wrong people; the intelligence community is striking back by going to the media with chapter and verse of the president’s dereliction. The report substantiates eight key points: 1. Leaving Iraq with no troops was a disaster....
  • Britain carries out first air strikes against IS in Iraq: minister

    09/30/2014 9:48:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    AFP via Daily Star ^ | Sep. 30, 2014 | 07:41 PM
  • Iraq Pilots Mistakenly Gave Food, Ammunition to ISIS Militants

    09/30/2014 9:33:41 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 23 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 09/30/14 | staff
    An investigation was underway Tuesday after Iraqi military pilots mistakenly gave food, water and ammunition to enemy ISIS militants instead of their own soldiers, a senior security official and a brigadier told NBC News. The supplies were supposed to help besieged Iraqi army officers and soldiers who had been fighting Islamist extremists for one week in Saglawyah and the village of Al-Sijar in the country’s western province of Anbar.
  • The rise in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, in one graphic [TARGETS HIT LIST]

    09/30/2014 9:36:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    WP ^ | September 29 at 12:43 PM | Dan Lamothe
    The rise in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, in one graphic As outlined a short time ago on Checkpoint, the cost of the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State is likely closing in on $1 billion, and could rise at a cost of between $200 million and $320 million per month as it continues. This graphic was produced by colleagues at The Washington Post with information released by U.S. Central Command and compiled in this spreadsheet I posted on Google Docs. It shows that the pace of U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have increased rapidly, especially...
  • Peshmerga Forces Free Rabia and Head Towards Sinjar

    09/30/2014 8:02:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 30.09.2014
    Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Rabia on Tuesday morning News / Kurdistan Peshmerga Forces Free Rabia and Head Towards Sinjar 30.09.2014 BasNews, Erbil   Early Tuesday morning, Kurdish Peshmerga forces attacked Islamic State (IS) militants in Rabia and Zumar in Northern Iraq and were able to take control of Rabia, a strategically vital town on the Iraq - Syria border.   According to Peshmerga in the area, Kurdish forces have begun an operation to re-take the areas surrounding Sinjar. They plan to open a route that will facilitate the liberation of the majority-Yazidi town in northern Iraq.   BasNews has...
  • U.S. strikes help Iraq Kurds, army advances against Islamic State

    09/30/2014 7:52:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey Tue Sep 30, 2014 10:14am EDT | Isabel Coles and Jonny Hogg
    (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish forces captured a strategic border crossing and several villages from Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq on Tuesday, scoring gains as the militants were pounded by heavy U.S.-led air strikes and the Iraqi army advanced from the south. An Iraqi Kurdish political source said Kurdish peshmerga fighters took control of the Rabia border crossing with Syria in a battle that began before dawn. "It's the most important strategic point for crossing. Once that's taken it's going to cut the supply route and make the operation to reach Sinjar easier," the source said, referring to a mountain...
  • Liberal doves run as war hawks

    09/30/2014 4:58:27 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | September 30, 2014 | James Hohman
    Democrat Kay Hagan didn’t mince words about the Iraq War during her 2008 Senate campaign against Republican Elizabeth Dole. “We need to get out of Iraq in a responsible way,” Hagan declared in May of that year. “We need to elect leaders who don’t invade countries without planning and stay there without an end.” Hagan is striking a different chord these days. Locked in a tough reelection battle, the first-term senator boasts that she’s more strongly supportive of airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants than her Republican challenger, Thom Tillis, and says she’s been pressing the...
  • Iraq was then, Syria is now

    09/30/2014 2:59:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 7 replies
    Nattional Review Online ^ | Sept. 30, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Iraq War lies now mostly in the realm of myth. We have forgotten exactly how we got both into and out of the war. The October 2002 joint congressional authorization to go to war was not just about fears of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Other worries prompted broad bipartisan support for the resolution. A majority of Democratic senators (as evidenced by their passionate speeches from the Senate floor) cited many of the resolution’s 23 writs. The latter were mostly concerned with things other than WMD: harboring terrorists, offering bounties for suicide bombers, giving refuge to at least one...
  • Syriac-Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III: 'Dialogue Cannot Stop Extremists'

    09/29/2014 9:23:05 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need via AINA ^ | 2014-09-29 | Oliver Maksan
    "We Christians in the Middle East will have a future if the family of nations stand up for their principles, such as democracy and freedom, and especially religious freedom. Then we will be able to live in civilised countries. But this will take time." With these words the Syriac-Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III Yusuf Yunan addressed the global community. Talking to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) the Patriarch, who lives in Lebanon, made clear recently that the nations represented in the UN Security Council in particular had a responsibility to exert political pressure on Middle Eastern...
  • IS Moves Forces to Syria from Northern Iraq

    09/29/2014 9:04:56 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 39 minutes ago
    Islamic State militants in western Iraq. Photo: ISIS video ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Large numbers of Islamic State (IS) militants withdrew from Shingal region on Monday and headed to the Syrian border, Kurdish Peshmerga forces told Rudaw. “Around sunset a convoy of about 30 IS vehicles left the area and drove towards the Syrian border,” said Haji Ibrahim, a veteran Yezidi Peshmerga. Ibrahim said that the IS militants were holding their front lines against the Peshmerga forces until Monday. Ibrahim said that the IS positions around Shingal have been the target of intense US airstrikes in the past few weeks. IS...
  • ISIS militants less than 2 miles from Baghdad, fierce fighting reported near Iraqi capital

    09/29/2014 4:03:51 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 154 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 09/29/14 | Dan Friedman , Sasha Goldstein , Corky Siemaszko
    Fierce fighting has gotten closer and closer to Baghdad, with some reports saying the Islamic State is within one mile of the city limits.
  • Where’s the Outrage? US Airstrikes on ISIS Have Had “Very Little Impact”

    09/29/2014 2:43:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | September 29, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: This morning on CBS This Morning. Holly Williams is the foreign correspondent for CBS News, and she was reporting about the war against ISIS in Syria and the impact of US air strikes there. WILLIAMS: The fighters in Mahmoodin village told us that the US-led air strikes against ISIS in Syria have so far had very little impact on the ground. Like many people, in this part of the world, they would like to see more of them. RUSH: What? What? What? Whoa, whoa! Wait, wait, wait. That's not right. Last week John Kerry said that they...
  • Iraqi Strikes Halt Jihadi Advance toward Capital: Reports

    09/29/2014 3:03:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 9/29/2014
    Iraq’s military has halted Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) militants 40 kilometers outside of Baghdad according to news agency reports, stalling a potentially devastating drive toward the Iraqi capital. Iraqi airstrikes on Sunday held the jihadist fighters at Ameriyat al-Fallujah, a strategic town west of Baghdad and south of ISIS-controlled Fallujah. But panic spread in the capital as rumors circulated of IS attacks in the city’s immediate suburbs. Amid confusion on the ground about the exact location of IS fighters, the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, an Anglican group, wrote on its Facebook account that the...
  • New Iraqi comedy show aims to counter Islamic State extremists

    09/29/2014 10:04:01 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 29,2014 | Loveday Morris
    BAGHDAD — Reclining on a gold-rimmed purple sofa, the leader of the Islamic State extremist group mulls his social-media strategy as an overaffectionate sword-wielding dwarf looks on.
  • Mission Relaunched

    09/29/2014 9:13:49 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | September 27, 2014 | The Economist
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  • Iraq: Islamic State militants close in on Baghdad

    09/29/2014 8:10:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 09/29/14 | Carey Lodge
    The BBC reports that there has been "fierce fighting" between ISIS and government troops to the west of Baghdad, and intense airstrikes from the US-led coalition against the jihadists. However, "the insurgents have not retreated". "The Islamic State are on the verge of entering Baghdad...Over 1,000 Iraqi troops were killed by them yesterday," warned Canon Andrew White, vicar of Baghdad this morning. "As I said all military strikes are doing nothing. If we ever needed your prayer it is now."
  • ISIS fighters now 'at the gates of Baghdad'

    09/29/2014 6:06:50 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 28 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 09/29/14 | John Hall
    ISIS fighters now 'at the gates of Baghdad': Islamic militants fighting 'just one mile from Iraqi capital' despite days Western airstrikes ***** The fighting is taking place just one mile to the west of the city, with government forces desperately trying to hold off the militants, who allegedly killed up to 1,000 soldiers during clashes yesterday. ISIS have held a number of towns and villages close to the Iraqi capital since earlier in the year, when government troops melted away following a lightning advance in the west of the country - enabling the terrorist group to seize further swaths of...
  • Blackwater Jury's Lengthy Talks Bode Well For Defense

    09/28/2014 5:07:38 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 8 replies
    Law 360 ^ | September 25, 2014, 7:11 PM ET | Erica Teichert
    Washington -- Jurors in the murder and manslaughter trial of four Blackwater Worldwide security guards concluded their 15th day of deliberations on Thursday with no verdict in sight, showing that the group of 12 is painstakingly considering the issues of the complex case, which may work in the defense's favor, experts say. For 10 weeks, the Blackwater jury heard testimony alleging that Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, Dustin Heard and some other members of Blackwater's Raven 23 convoy fired shots in Baghdad's Nisour Square on Sept. 16, 2007, killing 14 Iraqis and injuring 18 others. But the 12-person jury...
  • Obama: U.S. underestimated rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria

    09/28/2014 11:56:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 28, 2014
    The U.S. had expected the Iraqi army to do more against extremists, president says in acknowledgment of intelligence shortcomingsresident Obama acknowledged that the U.S. underestimated the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, also called ISIL) and overestimated the ability of the Iraqi military to fend off the militant group in an interview that will air Sunday on 60 Minutes.
  • Obama: US misjudged Iraqi army, militants’ threat

    09/28/2014 11:45:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2014 2:10 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    President Barack Obama acknowledged that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq’s army to fight. Questioning Obama’s strategy to destroy the group, House Speaker John Boehner said the U.S. may have “no choice” but to send in American troops if the mix of U.S.-led airstrikes and a ground campaign reliant on Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and soon-to-be trained Syrian rebels fails to achieve that goal. …
  • Poll: 72 Percent Of Americans Think Ground Troops Will Be Deployed Against ISIS

    09/28/2014 10:46:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 28, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Will America put boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria? Well, some are already there serving as military advisers, but in terms of divisions of ground troops being deployed; 72 percent of Americans think this will happen if we continue to engage ISIS. The figure comes from a NBC poll, which also noted “45 percent are in favor of using them if military commanders think they’re the best way to defeat the ISIS army, while 37 percent are opposed.” Right now, the European Union estimated that more than 3,000 Europeans have flocked to the Middle East to fight for ISIS; there are about 12...
  • The Keyword That Unlocks The Secret Master Plan Of ISIS

    09/27/2014 6:36:31 PM PDT · by Vince Ferrer · 53 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | September 27, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    So who is behind ISIS and what do they really want from the West and why are they so focused on Syria and Iraq and what is the key to unlock their Islamist plans and how does that pertain to western Christians? Here, the key to unlock everything ISIS wants is hidden deep in a Turkish vault which we will reveal in one word: Dabiq. Us, the x-Muslim Christians who are the collaborators with the western crusaders perhaps can explain a thing or two for you from what we know; Dabiq is what ISIS is all about, preparing the way...
  • Hezbollah squeezed out of Golan by Jabhat al-Nusra, Israel

    09/27/2014 4:30:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Al-Monitor Pulse ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jean Aziz, tr by Sami-Joe Abboud
    The infiltration of Syrian militants into Lebanon threatens Hezbollah’s presence in the strategic Golan Heights. First, Jabhat al-Nusra has taken control of the Syrian side of the border facing the Lebanese area of Shebaa, which is occupied by Israel, isolating Hezbollah from the Syrian extension in the Golan Heights. Hezbollah considers the area a strategic position in its conflict with Israel... Jabhat al-Nusra’s control of the Syrian-Lebanese-Israeli triangle has put an end to this and prevented it from being used as a multidisciplinary card in the hands of Hezbollah. Second... It isolates Hezbollah and its supporting forces in Lebanon and...
  • Lines blur for US troops in fight against ISIS

    09/27/2014 3:30:41 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 27, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    President Obama insists he will not have “boots on the ground” in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but the line between a combat and advisory role is blurry. Obama plans to send more than 1,600 troops to Iraq as “advisers” to the military, and all of them could find themselves in harm's way. About 800 of the troops are providing security for diplomatic personnel and property, including infantry soldiers and Marines. Although they do not have a combat mission, they are armed and prepared to defend themselves. Several hundred more troops will work closely...
  • Islamic State fight could breathe new life into the A-10

    09/27/2014 12:18:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 26, 2014 | Jennifer H. Svan
    An A-10 Thunderbolt II banks after a strafing run on Aug. 21, 2014, during the Red Flag-Alaska 14-3 exercise at the Yukon Training Area, Alaska. Months after staving off a trip to the boneyard, the embattled A-10 Thunderbolt II is headed to the Middle East where it could be used to fight Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria. An Indiana Air National Guard unit that flies the Cold War-era gunships, known as Warthogs, is planning to deploy about 300 airmen and an unknown number of its aircraft to the U.S. Central Command region early next month, says a Sept. 17...
  • US Syria Airstrikes 'Ineffective' Against ISIS

    09/27/2014 1:30:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    INN ^ | 9/27/2014, 9:41 PM | Ari Soffer
    US-led airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group (IS or ISIS) in Syria continue Saturday night, but are failing to slow the jihadis’ advance on the Kurdish border town of Kobane. […] But though US airstrikes—which President Barack Obama pledged would “degrade and destroy” ISIS—have extended from Iraq to Syria to aid the defense of Kobane, local sources say the strikes have been largely ineffective. “They struck empty buildings,” YPG’s chief of defense for Kobane, Ismat Sheikh Hassan, told The Independent. “ISIS fighters used to be there, but they left; so they haven’t helped us. If anything, they are now...
  • Latest Rout Raises Questions About Iraqi Military’s Ability To Defeat ISIS

    09/25/2014 7:20:18 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/25/2014 | cnn
    This is what an ISIS rout looks like in Iraq: Up to 300 troops killed. Others missing, possibly dead or having fled. Dozens of military vehicles, from tanks to ambulances, destroyed or seized. And the Iraqi military in disarray, so much so the country’s Prime Minister has sent “anti-terrorism forces … to hold the negligent (military) leaders responsible.” What happened Sunday east of Falluja, around military encampments in Saqlawiyah and Sejar, is bad enough for the Iraqi government. Yet what makes it worse is that it’s happened before. This latest incident was particularly galling because, according to surviving Iraqi soldiers,...
  • Weeks of U.S. Strikes Fail to Dislodge ISIS in Iraq [Obama's Failing "Counter Insurgency"]

    09/22/2014 7:37:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    NYTimes ^ | September 22, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and OMAR AL-JAWOSHY
    Weeks of U.S. Strikes Fail to Dislodge ISIS in Iraq By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and OMAR AL-JAWOSHY SEPT. 22, 2014 BAGHDAD — After six weeks of American airstrikes, the Iraqi government’s forces have scarcely budged the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State from their hold on more than a quarter of the country, in part because many critical Sunni tribes remain on the sidelines. Although the airstrikes appear to have stopped the extremists’ march toward Baghdad, the Islamic State is still dealing humiliating blows to the Iraqi Army. On Monday, the government acknowledged that it had lost control of the...
  • O'Reilly: Does President Obama Have the Guts to Raise An 'Anti-Terror Force' to Fight ISIS?

    09/22/2014 7:37:10 PM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    Fox Insider ^ | SEptember 22, 2014 | Fox News Insider
    In tonight's Talking Points Memo, Bill O'Reilly said he is tired of the phony rhetoric surrounding the ISIS terror threat, tired of hearing the phrase "boots on the ground" and tired of being misled by the Obama administration. 'We Can't Be Waiting for Other Countries': King Says It's in Our 'National Interest' to Hit ISIS in Syria and Iraq 'God, Get Me Home to My Girls': Navy SEAL Shot 27 Times by Al Qaeda Tells His Amazing Survival Story "Here is the truth: Syrian moderates cannot defeat the ISIS terror group," O'Reilly said. "Let me repeat: Even if the USA...
  • White House pans ‘unfair’ magazine cover with Obama in Bush’s flight suit

    09/27/2014 4:42:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 63 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9-27-14 | Dave Boyer
    The White House is bristling at the suggestion that President Obama is becoming more warlike and, therefore, more like his predecessor, George W. Bush. At the White House press briefing on Friday, reporters asked presidential spokesman Josh Earnest for his reaction to the cover photo of the Economist magazine, which depicts Mr. Obama in the flight suit worn by Mr. Bush during the Iraq war in 2003, with the new caption “Mission Relaunched.” It’s a reference to Mr. Obama renewing the war against Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria. But Mr. Earnest called “unfair” the suggestion that the president...
  • BREAKING: Britain goes to war as MPs vote for action against Islamic State [Yes: 524 No 43]

    09/26/2014 9:24:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Express.co ^ | Fri, September 26, 2014 | Sarah Ann Harris
    BRITAIN WILL go to war again after politicians today voted overwhelmingly to join airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State terrorist group. RAF jets could now fly bombing missions over Iraq within hours after all three major parties backed action against the brutal regime, which David Cameron called a "clear" threat to Britain. The vote comes amid warnings that the action to defeat the Islamic terrorists could take years. Initially British airstrikes will only take place over Iraq, despite the IS group controlling areas of Syria in its bid to establish an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East. The vote comes...
  • A Basket of Snakes

    09/26/2014 6:12:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 26, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    "Once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. "War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision." So said Gen. MacArthur in some of the wisest counsel the old soldier ever gave his countrymen. Yet, "prolonged indecision" would seem the essence of the war the president has begun to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State. For, following only one night of bombing in Syria, Gen. Bill Mayville, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs, asked to estimate how long this new war would last,...
  • Russia to join coalition against ISIS in Iraq?

    09/26/2014 5:50:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/26/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    So they say… kind of. According to state-run TASS, Sergei Lavrov met with new Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi during the UN General Assembly currently taking place in New York, and pledged to support them against ISIS: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov confirmed Russia is ready to support Iraq in its efforts to fight the terrorist threat, first of all the one from the Islamic State (IS). Lavrov had meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. …“During the meeting, Lavrov confirmed Russia’s support for Iraq’s independence, territory integrity and sovereignty,” the ministry said....
  • US air strikes in Syria 'destroy IS tanks' [Denmark To Send Seven F-16s]

    09/26/2014 5:18:38 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 26 September 2014 Last updated at 12:06 GMT
    US-led air strikes on Islamic State (IS) militants have destroyed four tanks and damaged another during a fourth night of bombardments in Syria. ... The Danish government says it is sending seven F-16 fighter jets to join anti-IS operations - but only in Iraq.
  • US to Build Three Military Bases in Kurdistan Region

    09/26/2014 4:46:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 31 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 26.09.2014
    US to have three military bases in Kurdistan News / Kurdistan US to Build Three Military Bases in Kurdistan Region 26.09.2014    BasNews, Erbil    Pentagon is planning to build three different military bases in Iraqi Kurdistan region in a near future.   According to Kurdish sources, Washington wants to build more military presence in the region in the wake of recent Islamic State (IS) militants against Kurdistan region in northern Iraq.   BasNews has learned through a close source from the matter, that United States to build three military bases in Erbil and around the Kurdistan Capital.  ...
  • Army’s ‘Big Red One’ HQ going to Iraq: 1st Infantry Division soldiers deploy in October

    09/26/2014 4:35:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 25, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    <p>Roughly 500 soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division headquarters are headed to the Middle East, with 200 of them to end up in Iraq.</p>
  • Liberal Activist: Anti-War Left Giving Obama a Pass Because He's Black

    09/25/2014 9:51:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 25, 2014 | Tony Lee
    As President Barack Obama launches air strikes in Syria, anti-war activists are frustrated that he is getting a pass from groups traditionally opposed to military intervention. According to the Washington Post, only 22 anti-war activists protested near the White House this week, and "it was the latest display of how Obama has neutralized the left." Left-wing activist David Swanson, "who voted for Obama in 2008 before switching to the Green Party," told the Post that "if George W. Bush were launching wars with Congress out of town, oh, it would be flooded." But he said liberals give Obama a pass...
  • Latest rout raises questions about Iraqi military's ability to defeat ISIS. Up to 300 troops killed.

    09/25/2014 8:03:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/25/2014 | By Greg Botelho and Chelsea J. Carter
    This is what an ISIS rout looks like in Iraq: Up to 300 troops killed. Others missing, possibly dead or having fled. Dozens of military vehicles, from tanks to ambulances, destroyed or seized. And the Iraqi military in disarray, so much so the country's Prime Minister has sent "anti-terrorism forces ... to hold the negligent (military) leaders responsible." What happened Sunday east of Falluja, around military encampments in Saqlawiyah and Sejar, is bad enough for the Iraqi government. Yet what makes it worse is that it has happened before. This latest incident was particularly galling because, according to surviving Iraqi...
  • Army sending division HQ element to Iraq (1st Infantry)

    09/25/2014 7:13:35 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 9/25/2014 | Jon Harper
    The 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq soon as the U.S. military steps up its campaign against Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said Thursday. It will be the first division headquarters assigned to Iraq since U.S. forces withdrew from the country at the end of 2011. About 500 soldiers from the Fort Riley, Kan.-based division will be heading for the Middle East next month with about 200 of them going to Iraq, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. “They’re going to provide command and control of the ongoing advise-and-assist effort in support of Iraqi and peshmerga...
  • Congress in No Rush to Return for ISIS War Authorization

    09/25/2014 4:15:11 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9/23/2014 | Matt Fuller
    The United States has begun a bombing campaign in Syria, but don’t bet on Congress returning to Washington to vote on a new war authorization anytime soon. Shortly after airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria started, some lawmakers started pushing again for an authorization vote. But so far, leaders aren’t gearing up to bring their members back to town. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., tweeted Monday night it was “irresponsible and immoral” that congressional leaders had chosen to recess for nearly two months instead of debating and voting on war. And the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, Chris Van...
  • Use Mercenaries to Fight ISIS?

    09/25/2014 11:58:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    On his Fox News show Monday night, Bill O'Reilly suggested using mercenaries to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) instead of U.S. ground forces, which President Obama has repeatedly vowed not to deploy. The use of mercenaries is as old as warfare itself. Alexander the Great used them. King George III hired German mercenaries to fight for the British in the American Revolution. Today mercenaries go by other names, like “contractor." The president is to be commended for assembling a coalition that includes Arab states, but why are our European allies not part of it? Britain hasn't sent planes, though British...
  • Islamic State crisis: US 'no evidence' of subway plots

    09/25/2014 11:13:55 AM PDT · by McGruff · 34 replies
    BBC News ^ | 25 September 2014
    US officials have no indication of a plot by Islamic State militants to attack underground rail systems in the US and Paris.
  • U.S. and Arab aircraft attack oil refineries seized by Islamic State in Syria

    09/25/2014 10:32:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    WaPo ^ | September 24 at 9:50 PM | Rebecca Collard and Craig Whitlock
    The U.S. military and two Arab allies on Wednesday bombarded a dozen small-scale oil refineries in eastern Syria as part of an expanding campaign to cut off key sources of financing and fuel for the Islamic State, according to the Pentagon. ... The Islamic State is estimated to produce between 25,000 and 40,000 barrels of oil a day, earning as much as $1 million a day, according to industry experts. The attacks on the refineries came on a day when U.S. military forces reported hitting an Islamic State convoy in Syria near the Iraqi border and Syrian opposition groups reported...
  • Memo From GWB: 'Welcome, Mr. President, to the War on Terror'

    09/25/2014 10:30:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Larry Elder
    To: President Barack Obama From: Former President George W. Bush Topic: Iraq Message: "We're ba-a-a-ack!!!!!" I've been quiet these last six years. But your belated decision to "destroy" ISIS prompted me to write. You repeatedly scorched my presidency, said that I so botched up things, so destroyed American foreign policy that all you had to do was not be George W. Bush. "Don't do stupid stuff" was your West-Wing mantra. What a difference six years of Presidential Daily Briefings on national security threats can make. I re-read your 2002 speech, the one where you called the Iraq war "dumb." The...
  • ISIS tortures, kills female rights lawyer in Mosul, U.N. mission says

    09/25/2014 9:55:12 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 49 replies
    AP via San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/25/2014 09:04:34 AM PDT | Vivian Salama
    BAGHDAD -- Militants with the Islamic State group publicly killed a human rights lawyer in the Iraqi city of Mosul after their self-styled Islamic court ruled that she had abandoned Islam, the U.N. mission in Iraq said Thursday. Samira Salih al-Nuaimi was seized from her home on Sept. 17 after allegedly posting messages on Facebook that were critical of the militants' destruction of religious sites in Mosul. According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, al-Nuaimi was tried in a so-called "Sharia court" for apostasy, after which she was tortured for five days before the militants sentenced her to...
  • German Weapons Arrive in Erbil, With Minister in Tow

    09/25/2014 8:07:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 1 hour ago | Alexander Whitcomb
    German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen and President Massoud Barzani. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — A cargo plane carrying the first delivery of high-tech German weapons arrived in Erbil today, ready to boost Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against Islamic State militants. "We assure you that we are beside you to tackle this crisis," German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Massoud Barzani at a press conference.  “It is clear that a lot of support has arrived but more is needed,” she added. The minister landed in Erbil shortly after a plane...
  • US Issues Terror Warning to Citizens in Turkey

    09/25/2014 4:58:46 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 25, 2014
    The U.S. Embassy in Turkey has issued a security warning, urging U.S. citizens to be vigilant against possible terrorist attacks in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group.
  • Peshmerga Bring Mosul Dam Back Online

    09/24/2014 10:08:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 22.09.2014 | Hoshmand Sadiq
    Kurdish Peshmerga forces guarding Mosul dam News / Kurdistan Peshmerga Bring Mosul Dam Back Online 22.09.2014 Hoshmand SadiqBasNews, Erbil After retaking control of it in the middle of August, Kurdish Peshmerga forces, have re-activated Mosul Dam. “On Monday Peshmerga forces re-activated Mosul Dam and brought all  employees, engineers and experts back to work,” the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official in Mosul Saed Mamuzini told BasNews. “The dam now provides water and electricity to local residents. A large number of villagers, refugees and as some other towns around will be benefit,” he added. Mosul Dam is one of the biggest...
  • What if everything we've done in Iraq has been a mistake?

    09/24/2014 10:08:04 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 134 replies
    Radix News ^ | September 2, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    What if Iraq is not a country of people with common cultures and interests and generally accepted borders, but rather an amalgam of warring groups cobbled together by British and American diplomats? What if only a strongman like Hussein — however evil and ill suited for government by Western standards — can keep peace and stability in an artificial country like Iraq?