Mosul falls to al-Qaeda as US-trained security forces flee

posted at 8:31 am on June 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

And not just Mosul, according to some reports, but the entire northern province of Nineveh has now fallen into al-Qaeda’s control.  Parliamentarians from the region want a declaration of emergency and immediate government intervention, but the forces that had been in Mosul have fled — some of which abandoned their uniforms as well as their posts as the ISIS forces swarmed into the city:

Insurgents seized control early Tuesday of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, including the provincial government headquarters, offering a powerful demonstration of the mounting threat posed by extremists to Iraq’s teetering stability.

Fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, overran the entire western bank of the city overnight after Iraqi soldiers and police apparently fled their posts, in some instances discarding their uniforms as they sought to escape the advance of the militants.

Iraq’s speaker of parliament, Osama Nujaifi, said the city that ranks as the capital of northern Iraq is now entirely in insurgent hands.

“When the battle got tough in the city of Mosul, the troops dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts, making it an easy prey for the terrorists,” he told a televised news conference in Baghdad.

CBS reports from Iraqi and Arab media that the first goal of the attack may have been to free more than 2,000 prisoners held by Iraq in Mosul. Their next goal may bring ISIS a lot closer to Baghdad:

Iraqi Parliament speaker Usama al-Nujaifi said the terrorists are now setting their sight on Salahuddin, a province just north of Baghdad.

“They have already seized the Shergat air base in Salahuddin”, Nujaifi said, adding that terrorists laid their hands on weapon depots, heavy equipment and army helicopters from abandoned army bases in Mosul.

Nujaifi appealed to the US ambassador for an American military intervention:

Nujaifi said he spoke to US Ambassador Lukman Faily, requesting U.S. support to repel the terrorists’ attack by virtue of the Joint Cooperation agreement between the two countries. Ambassador Faily promised to promptly convey our request to the U.S. administration, Nujaifi said.

This will be almost impossible to do, and entirely impossible to do quickly. We pulled out all of our forces three years ago when the Obama administration failed to negotiate for a residual force for this exact scenario. In order to land an effective fighting force to defend Baghdad and retake Mosul, we would need to commit tens of thousands of troops and a large amount of materiel in a big hurry. Logistically speaking, that would be a feat worthy of George S. Patton and the Battle of the Bulge in order for us to get to Baghdad before ISIS does, especially with Iraqi security forces collapsing.

Politically speaking, it’s a dead letter. Obama just coughed up five prizes to the Taliban in his haste to get the US out of Afghanistan. Does Iraq really expect Obama to restart the Iraq War all over again after spending his entire national political career speaking out against it? Agreement or no, Obama almost certainly won’t send combat troops into Iraq, even if it’s to fight al-Qaeda, and very certainly not before the midterm elections.

This puts Iraq in a very dangerous position, though, and the entire region. The ISIS threat now stretches from Baghdad to the Mediterranean, engulfing both Syria and Iraq. The Kurds are in danger of being cut off (which is why they’re offering Peshmerga forces to relieve Mosul if possible), and the Iranians will eventually have to intervene if no one else does, on behalf of the Shi’ites in the eastern part of Iraq. This is the reason why it made sense to keep American forces in Iraq as a back-up to Iraqi security forces, but that option is all but dead now. Unless Iraq finds some deep well of nationalistic strength and repels ISIS on its own, the only democratic Arab republic may be very short-lived indeed.


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لكاميرا تتجول في شوارع الموصل وعودة النازحين لها بعد تحريرها // الدولة الإسلامية
Published on Jun 10, 2014

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM

English translation:

The camera roams the streets of Mosul and the return of displaced people after the Edit//Islamic State

Translation courtesy of Bing Translator

Newtie and the Beauty on June 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

3h
Photo: Iraqis fleeing violence wait at a Kurdish checkpoint in Aski Kalak, west of Arbil, capital of the Kurdish region – via @AFP

https://twitter.com/AFP/status/476370776783089664/photo/1

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM


https://twitter.com/CathyOCeallaigh

Photo: Abandoned US armored vehicles captured and in hands of ISIS in Mosul – @CathyOCeallaigh

https://twitter.com/CathyOCeallaigh/status/476378681443880960/photo/1

Cathy O’Ceallaigh @CathyOCeallaigh · 3h

Calls for UN inquiry to prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in #CAR http://m.aljazeera.com/story/20146781117534173 … … #R2P

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Cathy O’Ceallaigh @CathyOCeallaigh · 3h

Abandoned US armored vehicles captured and in hands of ISIS in Mosul.

https://twitter.com/CathyOCeallaigh/status/476378681443880960/photo/1

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Published on Jun 10, 2014

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM

English translation:

The camera roams the streets of Mosul and the return of displaced people after the Edit//Islamic State

Translation courtesy of Bing Translator

Newtie and the Beauty on June 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

NATB: Hey, thanks, and the links.

Saw this breaking throughout the night:)

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

What a tragedy. All our brave men and women who sacrificed so much. And for what? A new Al Qaeda base? I feel sick to my stomach.

Jack_Burton on June 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

And how could they expect any different? You braindead neocons actually think that the US can occupy every Middle Eastern country in the world for eternity until a western style democracy is established? Oh….that’s right….just a few trillions more spent, just a few 1000′s more dead US soldiers….and maybe it will work. Just keep trying, huh?

nottakingsides on June 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM

“be smarter”

And this is coming from someone that just compared Japan and Germany to the Middle East.

nottakingsides on June 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Just goes to show that the accomplishments of decades of sacrifice can be undone in the short time one bad administration is in power. Elections have consequences, but not for the elected.

Oldnuke on June 10, 2014 at 2:22 PM

https://twitter.com/ajaltamimi

Aymenn J Al-Tamimi @ajaltamimi · 1m

New hashtag for recent claims of advances by ISIS and others in #Kirkuk province: “Kirkuk is being liberated”. #Iraq

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Aymenn J Al-Tamimi @ajaltamimi · 7s

Since Alexander the Great= Dhu al-Qarnayn in Qur’an,then maybe in ISIS’ view, ISIS army= Alex’s army and Baghdad govt= Achaemenid Empire #pt

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Aymenn J Al-Tamimi @ajaltamimi · 1m

I did an exam on Alexander the Great today here at Oxford; ISIS gains in #Iraq remind me of the speed of Alex’s takeover of Mesopotamia.

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Aymenn J Al-Tamimi @ajaltamimi · 32s

IMPORTANT: #Iraq: pro-government outlets preliminary admission of ISIS seizure of various areas of Kirkuk province: http://bit.ly/1mDCp0c

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Results for #Kirkuk

https://twitter.com/hashtag/Kirkuk?src=hash

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 2:28 PM

This was always going to be the end game for Iraq once we (and by we I of course mean the right) decided to support the baathists controlling Iraq and oppressing the Shia majority and kurd minority violently. You can’t do that for decades and not create huge psychological problems in the society that will take a lot of time and bloodshed to resolve.

Same thing in Egypt, although to be fair the right is less directly to blame for that one, Mubarak is on all of us.

The impulse of the “war fixes everything” crowd will of course be to o the very worst thing- send us right back in to muck it up some more.

Tlaloc on June 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Al-Janabi #باقية ‏@AbuBakrAl_Janab 13m

The burning of the government army barracks on the road between #Kirkuk & #Baiji http://youtu.be/-3wl5SP-wTY #ISIS
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احراق ثكنات الجيش الحكومي على طريق بيجي كركوك بتاريخ 10-6-

The Government army barracks burned on the road to Baiji, Kirkuk on 10-6.

Published on Jun 10, 2014
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3wl5SP-wTY

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Mujahid Al-Muhajir ‏@MujahidAlShami 4m

After taking Hawija in #Kirkuk, #Isis moves to #Baiji were prized oil fields situated. pic.twitter.com/eaDXNG35tJ”

https://twitter.com/HalaJaber/status/476434445633736704/photo/1

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM

https://twitter.com/HalaJaber

Retweeted by Hala Jaber
Elijah J Magnier @EjmAlrai · 17m

#Iraq : Al Wehda #Christian #Church burning North of #Mosul #ISIS

https://twitter.com/EjmAlrai/status/476434791320256513/photo/1

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Zaid Benjamin ‏@zaidbenjamin 46s

#Breaking: #ISIS says it took #Hawijah near #Kirkuk north of #Iraq

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:30 PM

The Associated Press @AP · 5h

RAW VIDEO: Iraqi government forces battle militants in Mosul: http://apne.ws/1oIGyEI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lk9VzaUXvug

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM

https://twitter.com/HalaJaber

Hala Jaber @HalaJaber · 6s

Dear god, in the meantime the sound of huge explosions going off in the distance in #Damascus. Really serious stuff.

canopfor on June 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Libya, Syria, now Iraq. When the Iraqi Army capitulates and ISIS gets all its equipment the United States will become de facto the primary arms supplier to Militant Radical Islam.

The Faithful are prostrating themselves silly thanking Allah that the weakling pig Obama controls America. They wish him and his successor in the pantsuit many, many more years in power, thus assuring their ultimate triumph. Yes, it’s a wonderful time to be in the worldwide jihad. Everybody’s focused on the final act. Iran probably has enough highly enriched uranium for a few low-yield devices already. Two or three detonations in America, plus Tel Aviv of course, and the US economy will collapse.

spiritof61 on June 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Nujaifi said he spoke to US Ambassador Lukman Faily, requesting U.S. support to repel the terrorists’ attack by virtue of the Joint Cooperation agreement between the two countries. Ambassador Faily promised to promptly convey our request to the U.S. administration, Nujaifi said.

It’s 1975 all over again. And golly gee, it’s another President who promised to get US out of the war, instead of willing it.

This was always going to be the end game for Iraq once we (and by we I of course mean the right) decided to support the baathists controlling Iraq and oppressing the Shia majority and kurd minority violently. You can’t do that for decades and not create huge psychological problems in the society that will take a lot of time and bloodshed to resolve.
Tlaloc on June 10, 2014 at 2:30 PM

What a load of guano. “We” did not particularly support anyone, let alone the Baathists oppressing the Shia. In fact, we were the guarantee that that would not happen. Of course, once Our Glorious Leader (PBUH) decided to retreat from Iraq, things got worse and the oppression commenced.

As for “occupations”, remember that the British ruled India for a century – and at the end, the Indians were the better for it, having learned to get along with each other and be civilized. We should have been able to do it quicker in Iraq, and Afghanistan, had His Islamic Majesty been so inclined. But noooo – we had to bug out ASAP.

And now, it’s 1975 all over again.
And there’s no way for the “boat people” to get away, this time.
…When will they ever learn? When will they ever, learn?

ReggieA on June 10, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Libya, Syria, now Iraq. When the Iraqi Army capitulates and ISIS gets all its equipment the United States will become de facto the primary arms supplier to Militant Radical Islam.

So you don’t know how the Mujahadeen got started? Hint- we were already the biggest arms supplier to them.

The Faithful are prostrating themselves silly thanking Allah that the weakling pig Obama controls America.

Because it’s obama’s fault the right first built up Saddam and then knocked him over. Got it.

Tlaloc on June 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM

It’s 1975 all over again. And golly gee, it’s another President who promised to get US out of the war, instead of willing it.

Willing it? I assume you mean winning. there is no winning of a war on an abstract noun. Ideas don’t surrender. Tactics can’t be bombed.

You started a war you an’t win and now you complain that others aren’t willing to play along.

“We” did not particularly support anyone, let alone the Baathists oppressing the Shia.

Bull. Saddam was Rumsfeld’s guy from back in the day. He was the strong man we put in charge of Iraq according to the geopolitical theory that we needed a balance against Soviet influence in Iran. The right in this country loved Saddam and armed him to help him establish his firm control of Iraq. When he gassed the kurds it was the US that voted against the UN security council recognizing that fact. This was in 1986, remind me who was president then?

You don’t get the whitewash the history of atrocities you cheered.

Of course, once Our Glorious Leader (PBUH) decided to retreat from Iraq, things got worse and the oppression commenced.

So your plan was to stay there forever? Great plan. And you were going to convince the US public to support that how? You guys screwed up Iraq and hoped to push off the inevitable collapse until after a dem was in the white house. Congrats, it worked, but it was still your fault from start to finish. Man up and own it.

And now, it’s 1975 all over again.

Yes, yes it is, and you’ve still failed to learn the lesson. How many more decades do you plan to spend in your fantasy land that US military power can effect social change?

Tlaloc on June 10, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Locate the largest equipment stashes and blow them off the planet. Pity the fools who stand too close.

8thAirForce on June 10, 2014 at 4:11 PM

sorry the 1986 UN vote was to recognize the use of chemical weapons against Iranians not kurds. When Saddam gassed the kurds Ted Kennedy tried to pass the Prevention of Genocide Act which cut US support to Saddam. Guess who opposed the bill? Saint Ronnie.

Tlaloc on June 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

This is why the Kurdish Regional Guards [Peshmerga] are being offered for duty in Kirkuk and Ninawa if Baghdad asks and is willing to deal on the disputed zone…

If Maliki had not reneged on comissioning the IA 15th and 16th Mountain Divisions out of the Peshmerga in 2008 – there would have been 50% more forces available in Ninawa – and Kurds are better fighters…

DJ Elliott on June 10, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Not to mention the 6th FP Division [Zerevani].

Malaki is a fool. You don’t start new fights [w/KRG] when you haven’t finished the current fight…

DJ Elliott on June 10, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Libya, Syria, now Iraq. When the Iraqi Army capitulates and ISIS gets all its equipment the United States will become de facto the primary arms supplier to Militant Radical Islam.

…the weakling pig Obama controls America.

spiritof61 on June 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Don’t you just love how the neocon’s knowledge of foreign policy begins with Obama? Obama is expected to clean up decades of neocon filth and idiocy.

nottakingsides on June 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

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