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US-led forces halt operations against ISIS amid threat of retaliation from Iran
Washington Examiner ^ | January 05, 2020 11:40 AM | Tim Pearce

Posted on 01/05/2020 11:13:18 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum

American-led coalition forces have paused operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as officials brace for a strike by Iran.

President Trump authorized a drone strike on Thursday that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, one of Iran’s highest-ranking and most powerful officials. Iran has vowed retaliation for the strike.

Forces led by the United States in the region are now focused on preparing for a potential attack and have temporarily stopped pursuing ISIS targets.

In a statement, the Combined Joint Task ForceOperation Inherent Resolve said, "Repeated rocket attacks over the last two months by elements of Kata'ib Hezbollah have caused the death of Iraqi Security Forces personnel and a U.S. civilian."

It continued, "As a result we are now fully committed to protecting the Iraqi bases that host Coalition troops. This has limited our capacity to conduct training with partners and to support their operations against Daesh and we have therefore paused these activities, subject to continuous review."

The coalition said it remains "ready" to resume operations against ISIS but did not provide a timeline for when the effort would restart.

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1 posted on 01/05/2020 11:13:18 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I thought they were wiped out. Has Syria now morphed into an anti Assad operation?

2 posted on 01/05/2020 11:16:28 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

An odd and somewhat misleading headline from a supposed “conservative publication”.

We help to train others on how to take care of ISIS should they pop up from time to time.

3 posted on 01/05/2020 11:20:37 AM PST by traderrob6
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4 posted on 01/05/2020 11:30:19 AM PST by oldplayer
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

If I were to guess. Many of the fighters for ISIS were comprised of former Sunni Iraqi military working as paid for ISIS fighters, and are out of favor with the new Shiite Iraq majority government.

Seems that Iraq is set up for another civil war with a Sunni Shiite conflict forthcoming.

President Trump appears to be setting the table for this conflict to proceed in the most favorable terms for the United States.

Maybe even pulling forces out of inner Iraq and intervening only from the outskirts as needed.

Having Iran control Iraq is not an option. And bolstering Sunni and Kurd’s in the area to better confront Iran will allow the local population to control their own destiny with minimal American intervention and concurs with Trumps middle east doctrine.

5 posted on 01/05/2020 11:44:22 AM PST by MagillaX
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Great, now we take out their nuclear facilities.

6 posted on 01/05/2020 12:43:14 PM PST by New Jersey Realist (MAGA!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Why stop pushing them when we have them on the run or dead? It’s like stopping the Christmas bombings of North Vietnam maybe a week early when we could have had total victory had we pushed just a bit longer and had the balls to tell the NVA, you lose.

7 posted on 01/05/2020 12:44:29 PM PST by Midwesterner53
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Interesting word, amid. It means in the middle of. I don’t think you can be in the middle of only one thing.

8 posted on 01/05/2020 12:56:07 PM PST by webheart
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
You know me -- there's nothing I like better than media spin. One of the stooges for the mullahcracy claimed that the dead terrorist had been the primary fighter against ISIS.

The Three Amigos

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan meet in Sochi, Russia November 22, 2017. (photo credit: SPUTNIK/MIKHAIL METZEL/KREMLIN VIA REUTERS)

Column One: Portents of quagmires in Syria

9 posted on 01/05/2020 12:58:17 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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Rojava Network
#Raqqa: The Justice Office belonging to Raqqa Civil Council has released 83 ISIS suspects, arrested in Raqqa countryside.
2:37 PM · Jan 5, 2020·Twitter Web App

Did CENTCOM order the Kurdish “allies” to do this?

10 posted on 01/05/2020 1:44:32 PM PST by sockmonkey (I am an America First, not Israel First FReeper.)
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To: webheart

If you want to be a teacher of English, you should take an English class.

Yes, you can be in the middle of a situation.

11 posted on 01/05/2020 5:14:36 PM PST by Arones
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To: DesertRhino

Lots of diseases were “wiped out” only to spring back w/o constant vigilance...
They were effectively wiped out to the point it would take killing a much higher percentage of people who ain’t with them than the remaining viruses.

12 posted on 01/06/2020 3:04:14 AM PST by trebb (Don't howl about illegal leeches, or Trump in general, while not donating to FR - it's hypocritical.)
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To: traderrob6

Makes it sound like if we are not leading the fight their military just folds. If true they deserve to live as slaves to these demons.

13 posted on 01/06/2020 9:18:59 AM PST by spudville
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