|2014-06-17, 23:37||Link #1|
Join Date: Jan 2008
The Iraq Conflict
Time for this subject to get its own thread.
Iraq crisis: ISIS advances on Baquba as U.S. moves firepower to region:
"As Islamic militants continue their murderous advance across Iraq, they have a new
target in their sights: the city of Baquba, less than 40 miles north of Baghdad.
Gunbattles erupted in the city, only a 45-minute drive from the capital, on Tuesday as
fighters and Iraqi government forces clashed."
Wow, Iraq’s Military Is Sad:
"Militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s strategy in its expanding invasion
of western Iraq are quite simple. ISIS induces terror with gruesome acts of
savagery—and then takes advantage of the government’s sectarian infighting
and infiltrates cracks in the army’s defenses.
ISIS captured Mosul on June 10 without having to do much intensive fighting.
Divided, leaderless and afraid, the Iraqi army retreated after a few brief
skirmishes, leaving itself exposed to pursuing militants.
The Iraqi army lost fewer than 100 men in the initial stages of Islamists’ offensive.
It lost another 2,000 during its pell-mell retreat."
Humiliation at rout hits Iraqi military hard:
"The Iraqi soldiers tell of how they can hardly live with the shame of their rout
under the onslaught of the Islamic militants. Their commanders disappeared.
Pleas for more ammunition went unanswered. Troops ran from post to post only
to find them already taken by gunmen, forcing them to flee."
Top Iraq Officers Booted After Fall of Mosul to Sunni Militants:
"Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Tuesday fired four of his top security officers
for abandoning their "professional and military duty," a week after the fall of
Mosul to Sunni militants, according to a government statement read on state
Iran Offers Iraq ‘Everything it Needs’ to Fight ISIS:
"As ISIS marches closer to Baghdad, the world's leading sponsor of terrorism,
Iran, is offering the Iraqi government the use of its army and spies."
Iraqi Forces Can Hold Baghdad, Pentagon Says:
"Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are bearing down on Baghdad,
reportedly as close as 30 miles away, but Pentagon officials believe Iraqi security
forces will hold the nation’s capital.
“We’re seeing indications that Iraqi security forces in and around Baghdad are
stiffening … that’s encouraging,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said
Tuesday. The Iraqi troops are being helped by Shiite militias, but Kirby couldn’t
say how many. “It certainly appears that they have the will to defend the
US-made Stinger missiles have likely fallen into ISIS hands, officials say:
"U.S. officials with access to the latest U.S. intelligence on Iraq told Fox News it
"appears likely/probable" that U.S.-made Stinger missiles have fallen into the
hands of Sunni insurgents.
It is possible that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters acquired them
from army bases they have taken over in recent days, the sources said."
|2014-06-18, 23:03||Link #2|
Join Date: Jan 2008
US flying F-18 surveillance missions over Iraq, Obama reviews options with
"The United States is flying F-18 surveillance missions over Iraq from an
aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, officials confirm to Fox News, as
President Obama weighs options for "increased security assistance" in the
The surveillance missions are being launched from the USS George HW Bush. It
was already known that the Obama administration had authorized "manned and
unmanned" surveillance flights, but F-18's are not traditional surveillance
aircraft -- they are attack aircraft.
"It's not so much about looking as it is being seen," a U.S. official told Fox
Someone Is Spilling ISIS’s Secrets on Twitter:
"The terror group may be on a rampage in Iraq. But ISIS is being threatened from
inside, it seems. And no one is sure who’s behind the tweets disclosing the group’s
Saddam Hussein's Old Party Is Behind A Lot Of The Chaos In Iraq:
"ISIS managed to achieve their blitz across Iraq by forming an unlikely
coalition with upwards of 41 different armed Sunni groups throughout the
country. Though ideologically diverse, the groups had all grown tired of
Baghdad's preferential treatment of the Shia majority in the country.
Among the more noteworthy of the parties aligned with ISIS is the Army of the
Men of the Naqshbandi Order.
The Naqshbandis, located primarily in Mosul, were formed in 2007 by former
members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam's
former deputy and the head of the Baath party following Saddam's execution in
2007, is in charge of the group.
Douri has been in hiding since the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and he managed to
evade capture despite a $10 million bounty for his capture or death. Douri was
the king of spades in decks of playing cards distributed to U.S. soldiers
during the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Today, Douri is openly directing operations of the Naqshbandis in Mosul."
The Massacre Strategy:
"Why ISIS brags about its brutal sectarian murders."
Iraqi Security Forces to investigate 59 senior security officials for
"An additional 59 senior Iraqi security officials will be investigated for
abandoning their posts during the ISIS-led offensive against key Iraqi cities,
an Iraqi Security Forces spokesman announced Wednesday, as Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki insisted "military operations are on the rebound."
In Washington, growing chorus calls for Iraq's Maliki to go:
"President Barack Obama came under pressure from U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday to
persuade Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step down over what they see as
failed leadership in the face of an insurgency threatening his country."
Iraq Official Says Iran's Military Mastermind Is In Charge:
"A former CIA operative described Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran's Quds
Force, as the "most powerful operative in the Middle East today."
Qassem Suleimani, the head of the Qods Force, the foreign arm of Iran's
Revolutionary Guards Corps, is leading the Iraqi reaction to a radical Islamist
group's takeover of much of the country, according to a senior Iraqi official
quoted by The Guardian.
"Who do you think is running the war? Those three senior generals who ran
away?" the unnamed official asked The Guardian's Martin Chulov. "Qassem
Suleimani is in charge. And reporting directly to him are the militias, led by
Asa'ib ahl al-Haq.""
Iraq Update: Corporate Kidnappings:
"40 Indians working for a Turkish construction company in Mosul, Iraq were
taken hostage by ISIS.
During the last Iraqi insurgency, the kidnapping of foreign workers provide
Contractors Could Help Americans Bug Out of Iraq:
"U.S. State Department likely has dozens of choppers in country"
Official: 150 Australians fighting in Syria, Iraq:
"Around 150 Australians have fought with radical militants in Syria and Iraq,
raising fears of a terrorist threat to Australia if the fighters return home,
the foreign minister said on Thursday.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had canceled a number of passports on
the advice of security agencies in a bid to reduce the security threat to
Australia. She did not say whether the passports were canceled to prevent
Australians leaving or returning."
Militants in Iraq, Syria 'plan to attack Britain': PM:
"Prime Minister David Cameron warned Wednesday that militants making advances
in Iraq and fighting in Syria were also planning to attack Britain."
|2014-06-19, 23:00||Link #3|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Obama Sends Advisers to Baghdad; Aides Say US Could Strike Inside Syria:
"The United States is already flying manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq to
collect intelligence, a senior administration official said. As part of the
ramp up in US aid, American drones could eventually be used to hit ISIL targets
— even if some of those targets reside in Syria."
What the U.S. Footprint in Iraq Will Look Like:
"A senior U.S. official said the first of several small teams — roughly one
dozen each — will begin their mission "very soon."
These are the troops already on the ground or in the region supporting Iraq:"
Here's What Average Iraqis Are Saying About The Return Of US Troops:
""Everybody wants their own side, their own benefit, the Sunnis vote for the
Sunni leader, the Shia for the Shia and the Kurds for the Kurds, nobody votes
for the nation, for Iraq," he said.
Most Iraqis are as skeptical that the country will hold together as they are
that foreign intervention will bring about positive change."
Turkey Gives Up On Unified Iraq:
"With ISIS advancing on Baghdad, the Turkish government has indicated it may
support the division of Iraq into sectarian provinces."
Is the A-10 Right for Iraq?:
"The battle over the future of the A-10 has largely centered around the Air
Force’s argument that the plane doesn’t match future needs in a contested air
environment. Proponents of the “Warthog” dispute that, and point to the types
of mission the plane still performs to protect troops on the ground today –
missions they say perfectly fit with battling ISIL forces if President Obama
gives the ok for airstrikes."
The Iraqi Government Is Airing This Bizarre PSA To Turn People Against ISIS:
"The Iraqi government, which has been vehemently criticized for failing to fend
off ISIS militants, has apparently tried to ramp up anti-ISIS sentiment using
this very creepy television commercial:"
Facing ISIS threat, Kurdish fighters favor US air power:
"Kurds have carved out a semi-autonomous homeland in northern Iraq that's now
threatened by Sunni militants. Kurdish officials say they can help US warplanes
Of Course Iraq’s Military Is Weak and Incompetent. Maliki Wanted It That Way.:
"At times, Maliki’s government has seemed to be almost purposely corroding the
Here's The New Kurdish Country That Could Emerge Out Of The Iraq Crisis:
"Chaos is spreading in Iraq as the militant jihadi group the Islamic State of
Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and its affiliated members launch operations
throughout the country, and Syria's civil is still grinding on. There might be
only one possible winner in these ongoing and merging conflicts — the Kurds."
The Monster of Mosul: How a Sadistic General Helped ISIS Win:
"ISIS’s success in Mosul could have something to do with the Iraqi government
putting a general accused of carrying out systematic torture in charge of the
250 to 300 workers evacuated from Iraq's Baiji refinery during brief truce in
"The last of the trapped workers in Iraq's Baiji refinery were freed during a brief
truce in the fighting between the Iraqi military and Sunni militants for control of
the strategic facility, according to one of the workers who was released."
Challengers Emerge to Replace Divisive Maliki:
"Iraqi officials said Thursday that political leaders had started intensive jockeying
to replace Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki and create a government that would
span the country’s deepening sectarian and ethnic divisions, spurred by what they
called encouraging meetings with American officials signaling support for a
ISIL using Twitter app ‘Dawn’ to keep jihadists updated:
"The Islamic militant group ISIL is using its own Twitter application to keep
jihadists all over the world updated on its terror efforts in Iraq and Syria.
Hundreds of users have signed up for Dawn, or The Dawn of Glad Tidings,
through the Google Play store since its inception in April. Its posting activity
has ramped up since ISIL captured the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last week,
The Atlantic reported."
|2014-06-20, 02:02||Link #4|
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Monterrey N.L. Mexico
You make no attempt whatsoever to discuss anything and you are simply copy/pasting stuff from news sites. Heck, even the headlines are copy/pastes from other sites. As it is, I fail to see the difference from this and the news thread.
If you are only going to post links without adding anything to them, then please continue posting them in the news thread as you used to.