As militants advance in Iraq, U.S. Embassy in Baghdad readies evacuation

posted at 9:31 pm on June 11, 2014 by Noah Rothman

According to U.S. sources who spoke with The Blaze reporter Sara Carter, the United States Embassy in Baghdad is preparing plans to facilitate the evacuation of that massive facility as Islamic militant groups continue their blitz across that country.

“The U.S. official told TheBlaze that the U.S. Embassy, United Nations and other foreign organizations with a presence in Iraq are ‘preparing contingency plans to evacuate employees,’” The Blaze reported.

A counterterrorism expert added that the level of violence in Iraq is at levels “not seen since 2007,” just prior to the implementation of the “surge” strategy which temporarily pacified the growing insurgency in that country.

The $750 million complex is the world’s largest foreign embassy facility and was built to house tens of thousands of government employees and contractors, but it has not been fully staffed since the end of 2013.

The al-Qaeda-linked group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have already captured the cities of Mosul, Tikrit, and Fallujah, and may be setting their sights on the Iraqi capital. The group’s aim is to create a pan-Islamic state that stretches from the Mediterranean coast to the Iranian border.

The State Department has warned American citizens against traveling to Iraq amid the escalating violence.


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Tom Gara @tomgara · 20m

Amazing quote from U.S. official re the roving bands of orc taking over Iraq: http://on.wsj.com/1plD7FS

https://twitter.com/tomgara/status/476921571739967488/photo/1

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

Why are you so invested in claiming they have some ties to Assad?

He’s not a native English speaker. I’m guessing he’s a Muslim with an axe to grind.

Whatever. Who can figure them out anymore? Two divisions of Iraqis armed with howitzers and tanks fled from 800 riflemen? On what planet does that happen?

It’s time we give up on all Muslim countries and just let them battle it out. They’re hopeless.

Wanna make a bet that our pal here thinks Israel is also supporting Assad? At the beginning of the Syrian civil war, Muslims were constantly jabbering about the Israeli support for al Qaeda.

Madness. The whole region except for Israel is insane. I say let them rot.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

https://twitter.com/jaketapper

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Becky Anderson @Becky*NN · 18m

“Audio purportedly of ISIS spokesman promises fighting in more Iraqi cities, including Baghdad, in message on its website” via @*nnbrk

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CNN Breaking News @*nnbrk · 2h

Situation in Iraq “extremely urgent,” U.S. looking for ways to help, officials say. http://*nn.it/1nwIQFG

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 11:39 PM

If so, she prefers blindfolds. We know Plugs does.

Steve Eggleston on June 11, 2014 at 11:26 PM

Steve Eggleston: Dat, was a good one.–:)

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Because that way the Al-Nusra/Al-Qaeda affiliated groups can be the ‘moderates’ deserving military support and intervention, and Assad/ISIS the radical bad guys who need to be deposed.

But Assad isn’t as dumb as they think, he’ll throw some verbal support to Iraq, maybe drop some bombs on a ISIS held spot in Syria and presto chango, he undercuts Obama again.

lowandslow on June 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Smart Power starting to have some effect.

Kenosha Kid on June 11, 2014 at 11:42 PM

A Chair of Some Kind on June 11, 2014 at 11:38 PM

You are making a lot of stupid assumptions/accusations moron… Muslim? LOL… Think Israel supports Assad? Absolutely not… I am a strong supporter of Israel… Do not make dumb accusations and assumptions of what you do not know…

mnjg on June 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

But Assad isn’t as dumb as they think, he’ll throw some verbal support to Iraq, maybe drop some bombs on a ISIS held spot in Syria and presto chango, he undercuts Obama again.

lowandslow on June 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Yes Assad will certainly do this but the cat is out of the bag on this one and he will not be believed after both him and ISIS have been fighting the rebels but doing nothing to each other for many months… Anyway Obama the most incompetent fool has no intention to do anything in Syria or Iraq… His only enemies are the Republicans and anyone who opposes his socialist destructive domestic agenda… He does not give a damn if the rest of the world goes on fire…

mnjg on June 11, 2014 at 11:48 PM

But Assad isn’t as dumb as they think, he’ll throw some verbal support to Iraq, maybe drop some bombs on a ISIS held spot in Syria and presto chango, he undercuts Obama again.

lowandslow on June 11, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Syrian air support for Baghdad after Obama refuses, would be excruciatingly embarrassing for Obama.

sharrukin on June 11, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Syrian air support for Baghdad after Obama refuses, would be excruciatingly embarrassing for Obama.

sharrukin on June 11, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Well he should start bombing ISIS in Syria first rather than letting them kill thousands of Syrians as it has been the case since January of this year… He should bomb them daily and relentlessly as he has been doing for over 3 years to the Syrians who oppose him… But of course all what he will do small and insignificant raids here and there but nothing to change the de-facto on the ground where both him and ISIS are fighting the rebels and wanting to destroy them…

mnjg on June 11, 2014 at 11:55 PM

Yes Assad will certainly do this but the cat is out of the bag on this one and he will not be believed…

mnjg on June 11, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Assad ain’t the one with credibility issues.

US/rebel lies about the fake poison gas attacks.

Erdogan…”Start A False Flag War With Syria”

A constant battle for the ultimate state of control
After you’ve heard lie upon lie
There can hardly be a question of why

sharrukin on June 11, 2014 at 11:55 PM

It is a sad thing, because so many courageous Americans died there, but this chaos in Iraq was inevitable once we decided to try to teach them how to play ‘Democracy.’

Liberal democracy is not something a culture can be given. It has to be earned.

fadetogray on June 11, 2014 at 11:56 PM

But of course all what he will do small and insignificant raids here and there but nothing to change the de-facto on the ground where both him and ISIS are fighting the rebels and wanting to destroy them…

We get it.

Could you please stop writing the same post word for word? It’s really boring.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM

sharrukin on June 11, 2014 at 11:55 PM

LOL… So you are one those who believe in the crazy stories that the rebels conducted the chemical attack in August 2013?…

mnjg on June 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Liberal democracy is not something a culture can be given. It has to be earned.

fadetogray on June 11, 2014 at 11:56 PM

Islam and democracy are polar opposite ideologies, that simply cannot coexist.

Rebar on June 12, 2014 at 12:02 AM

ISIL attacking the SAA in April.

I guess they didn’t get the memo that the SAA were their allies.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 12, 2014 at 12:10 AM

Islam and democracy are polar opposite ideologies, that simply cannot coexist.

Rebar on June 12, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Of course. The only Islam I’ve heard of that might be compatible with liberal democracy is Ahmadiyya, and that is why Pakistan legally bars them from even calling themselves Muslims. They’ve stripped out the malevolent, intolerant insanity that makes Islam so special.

fadetogray on June 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM

So you are one those who believe in the crazy stories that the rebels conducted the chemical attack in August 2013?…

mnjg on June 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Experts agree that the chemical weapons attack in the Syrian capital of Damascus could not have happened the way the US government contends.

This statement has now come under fire. In a 23-page report, two US experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) concluded that the attack could not have originated from “the heart” of the regime-controlled area.

This finding is not entirely new. A month ago, UN weapons inspector Ake Sellström also questioned the US version of the atrocity, having already come to the conclusion that the range of the missiles was much shorter than had previously been assumed. “We don’t know the weight, or a few other factors, but two kilometers is a good estimate,” Sellström told a press conference.

Having read the MIT study, former German army General Egon Ramms is equally certain that the rockets could not have flown very far. “I would assume that the range is much shorter than could initially be reached with these rocket launchers, because of the adjustments that were made,” he told DW.

sharrukin on June 12, 2014 at 12:17 AM

It would’ve been much better to keep no-fly zones in perpetuity while the UN sanctions broke down and Saddam smuggled in whatever he wanted by bribing those who oversaw Oil for Food.

And we should’ve just ignored this.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 11, 2014 at 11:02 PM

‘No good option’ is the phrase that comes to mind.

Bigbullets on June 12, 2014 at 12:30 AM

A major part of Obama’s legacy.

Mason on June 12, 2014 at 12:40 AM

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NATOSource @NATOSource · 8h

Erdogan & Davutoglu consulted with top US leaders & NATO about hostages taken in Iraq by #ISIL http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/turkey-is-on-alert-after-al-qaeda-affiliate-seizes-turkish-hostages-in-iraq
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June 11, 2014
Turkey is ‘On Alert’ After Al Qaeda Affiliate Seizes Turkish Hostages in Iraq
By Hurriyet Daily News
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“All institutions of Turkey are on alert”

Full Text: Hurriyet Daily News

The state of Turkey was “on alert” late June 11 after 80 Turkish citizens, including Consul General Öztürk Yılmaz, have been taken hostage by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, as Turkish authorities talked to their U.S. counterparts on phone and briefed their NATO allies at an emergency meeting.

“All institutions of Turkey are on alert,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ has told the members of the Parliament, stressing that Ankara “takes all necessary initiatives in international organizations.”

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a phone conversation with U.S. Vice President John Biden over the crisis.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu also held a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government officials for release of Turkish citizens.

Meanwhile, Turkey has called for an emergency meeting of NATO and Turkish Ambassador Fatih Ceylan informed member states of the alliance regarding the situation in Mosul.

Turkey did not invoke NATO’s article 4 of the alliance’s charter, which allows any ally to call for consultations if the security of any of the member countries is threatened. The June 11 meeting was merely on information purpose, a Turkish diplomat told Hürriyet Daily News. . . .

AP reported that the ISIL seized effective control of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit on June 11, expanding their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts following clashes with the insurgents.

Fighters from the ISIL took control a day earlier of much of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, in a major blow to the authority of the country’s Shiite government and a sign of Iraq’s reversals since U.S. forces withdrew in late 2011.

An estimated half a million residents fled the economically important city. . . .

Two Iraqi security officials confirmed that Tikrit, the capital of Salahuddin province, was under the control of the ISIL, and said the provincial governor was missing. Tikrit is 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad. . . .

The stunning assault in Mosul by the al-Qaeda-inspired group saw black banner-waving insurgents raid government buildings, push out security forces and capture military vehicles as residents fled for their lives.

Mosul is the capital of Ninevah province. It and the neighboring Sunni-dominated province of Anbar share a long and porous border with Syria, where the Islamic State is also active.

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NATOSource @NATOSource · 8h

Turkey PM Erdogan discussed Iraq crisis w/ VP @JoeBiden, FM Davutoglu talked 2 @JohnKerry ISIL http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/turkey-is-on-alert-after-al-qaeda-affiliate-seizes-turkish-hostages-in-iraq … pic.twitter.com/HswCWRym9Y
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Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ: “All institutions of Turkey are on alert” #Iraq #ISIL #hostages http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/turkey-is-on-alert-after-al-qaeda-affiliate-seizes-turkish-hostages-in-iraq … pic.twitter.com/2HBksDSNPs
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Turkey is ‘On Alert’ After Al Qaeda Affiliate Seizes Turkish Hostages in Iraq #ISIL http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/turkey-is-on-alert-after-al-qaeda-affiliate-seizes-turkish-hostages-in-iraq … pic.twitter.com/MoTUt2M7GS
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.@LukeDCoffey NATO official specified that Turkey meeting was held for information purposes & not under Article 4 http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/turkey-calls-for-emergency-nato-meeting-on-security-situation-in-iraq

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Turkey FM @A_Davutoglu_eng: “Any harm to our citizens & staff would be met with the harshest retaliation” #Iraq #ISIL http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/turkey-calls-for-emergency-nato-meeting-on-security-situation-in-iraq

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Turkey’s emergency mtg not under NATO Article 4 (consultations when territorial integrity of ally is threatened) http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/turkey-calls-for-emergency-nato-meeting-on-security-situation-in-iraq

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canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 12:46 AM

I might be wrong, but I would have thought there are probably too many westerners in Baghdad to be evacuated, so the future for them looks grim for them.

As we know, this administration is too incompetent to have foreseen this or to do anything substantive about it now.

Obama, Valerie and their pajama-boys are the ones that need to evacuate.

virgo on June 12, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Barry says don’t worry. The Islamic terrorists love him and wouldn’t dare do anything that he doesn’t approve of. After all Obama gave them 5 of their highest leaders, and man did they get to work fast on rejoining the other terrorists.

leader4hru on June 12, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Vietnam Redux!

Momma on June 12, 2014 at 2:59 AM

I guess al-Qaeda is on the run…just in the wrong direction.

bopbottle on June 12, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Iraq
18m
Iraqi Kurdish forces say they have taken full control of oil city of Kirkuk after country’s army fled http://t.co/nGqFgmznLJ – @BBCBreaking

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 5:04 AM

The Associated Press @AP · 31s

BREAKING: Al-Qaida-inspired group says it will march on Baghdad after seizing 2 key Sunni cities in Iraq.

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

The Times of London ‏@thetimes 2h

Islamic insurgents push Baghdad to the brink | Map: the spread of Isis http://thetim.es/1oeKDCM #Iraq pic.twitter.com/qxliMjTUm4

https://twitter.com/thetimes/status/476952319095877634/photo/1

canopfor on June 12, 2014 at 5:06 AM

Will this be the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, yo?

Prepare for a massive spike in oil prices since it was Iraqi production
suppressing the latest surge.

casuist on June 12, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Were I Ambassador Beecroft I would be on the next flight out of Baghdad after what happened to the honourable Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi, yo. Hey, Beecroft, DO NOT WAIT UNTIL ISIL SHOWS UP AT YOUR COMPOUND. GET THE **** OUT OF DODGE NOW, DUDE. NO ONE HAS YOUR BACK!

casuist on June 12, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Helicopters on the RoofTop

Good going america, another Post-war win , like Vietnam, Lebanon, … Iraq..

I remmeber a time (im a student of History) when the US won their wars, Germany/Japan anyone

Not anymore…
JMG

Gauthijm on June 12, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Not anymore…
JMG

Gauthijm on June 12, 2014 at 6:53 AM

with out tails between our legs….

pathetic.

CW on June 12, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Winter is coming.

socalcon on June 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Gee, who could have seen that coming?

Vietnam will be Barack Obama’s Vietnam

Bueler? Bueler?

imperfectamerica on June 12, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Is or is not ISIS part of Al Qaeda? Why are we not referring to these terrorists this way? Why are they being referred to as “militants?”

Has HA gone all milqutoasty or what?

Need a cup of cocoa and a hug?

dogsoldier on June 12, 2014 at 8:03 AM

Obama should be removed from office and tried as a criminal.
Period.

justltl on June 12, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Hey, everyone, don’t fret–Obama’s on his way to Baghdad to give a speech!…

Pest on June 12, 2014 at 9:25 AM

You mean, on Hopey’s Watch, as Bush left it in good shape,
till Obama neglected it, same goes for Afghanistan!!

canopfor on June 11, 2014 at 11:33 PM

We shouldn’t have been there in the first place.

weedisgood on June 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM

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