Iraq launches offensive on ISIS in Tikrit, Mosul

posted at 1:01 pm on June 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

After weeks of retreats and collapses in the face of a smaller terrorist army, the Iraqi military has launched an offensive aimed at retaking two strategic positions previously lost to ISIS. Iraq now claims to have Tikrit back under its control, and they are attempting to push ISIS out of Mosul in a strategy aimed at stopping the advance on Baghdad:

Iraqi security forces retook the city of Tikrit on Saturday, a local tribal leader and state media said, as they went on the offensive against the Sunni extremist militants who have seized swaths of northern and western Iraq.

Sheikh Khamis al-Joubouri, a key tribal leader in Tikrit, told CNN that the Iraqi security forces entered the city supported by special forces and fighters from among the local tribes, and had gained control.

He said that fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) retreated in the direction of Kirkuk and Nineveh provinces.

However, amid claim and counter-claim, a combatant told a CNN freelance reporter that ISIS fighters remained in control of Tikrit, but that there are fierce clashes in an area about 20 kilometers from the city center, toward Samarra.

ABC News and AP report that most of the effort is focused on Tikrit, but that Mosul is also part of the offensive:

Iraqi troops backed by helicopter gunships launched an operation early Saturday aimed at dislodging Sunni militants from the northern city of Tikrit, one of two major urban centers they seized in recent weeks in a dramatic blitz across the country.

After watching much of Iraq slip out of government hands, military officials sought to portray the push that began before dawn as a significant step that puts the army back on the offensive. They said the operation includes commandos, tanks and helicopters, as well as pro-government Sunni fighters and Shiite volunteers.

Tikrit residents reported clashes on the outskirts of the city and to the south, but the extent of the fighting was unclear.

Jawad al-Bolani, a security official in the Salahuddin Operation Command, said the immediate objective is Tikrit, the hometown of former dictator Saddam Hussein and one of two major cities to fall to the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and allied Sunni militants. He said there was no concrete timeline for the operation to conclude.

Helicopter gunships conducted airstrikes before dawn on insurgents who were attacking troops at a university campus on Tikrit’s northern outskirts, Iraqi military spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

ABC also provides some background on the situation in Baghdad itself:


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The offensive may be having an effect on the terrorists. CNN also reports that ISIS now claims that Iraqi forces are committing atrocities against their fighters, a rather ironic complaint coming from an organization that bragged about the mass executions they were committing. This video contains graphic images, so be warned:

Back in Baghdad, the war has definitely had an impact on politics. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani publicly demanded a change at the top, and it looks like Nouri al-Maliki’s run as Prime Minister may come to a crashing end in the next few days:

Iraqi party leaders planned delicate talks that could end Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s divisive rule after a top Shi’ite cleric called for a new premier to be chosen without delay to tackle Islamist rebels threatening to tear apart the country.

Major powers are pushing for a new inclusive government, rather than one pursuing Shi’ite sectarian domination, to be formed fast to counter the insurrection that has spilled across the border with Syria and could menace the wider Middle East.

In a striking political intervention on Friday that could signal the demise of Maliki’s eight-year tenure, influential Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani urged political blocs to agree on the next premier, parliament speaker and president before a newly elected legislature meets in Baghdad on Tuesday.

“The next 72 hours are very important to come up with an agreement…, to push the political process forward,” said a lawmaker and ex-government official from the National Alliance, which groups all Shi’ite Muslim parties.

That may well be why the military offensive launched today. If Maliki can regain key territory, he might be able to convince the power players in Baghdad to keep him in harness for a while longer. If not, though, a new PM might call Barack Obama’s bluff and form a unity government in order to demand US military intervention against ISIS.

Update: Marco Rubio warns that the US had better not stay on the sidelines for long:

As we have learned in the past, terrorists seek safe havens from which to operate, often in failed or failing states. They use this territory to train and equip themselves, raise funds and plot attacks.

In addition to the threat to the U.S. homeland, we also need to be concerned that if Iraq begins to fragment, the resulting chaos and instability will ripple throughout the region.

ISIS has sown incredible instability in Syria and is now seeking to do the same in Iraq. If we allow ISIS to spread further, their next targets will be U.S. allies and partners already under sufficient strain from the ongoing conflict in Syria, such as Jordan and even Saudi Arabia. …

Some will argue that the challenges faced by Iraq or countries such as Jordan are none of our business. That we have spent too many years, lives, and dollars trying to make Iraq and the broader Middle East a better place.

None of the options before us are ideal, but the question is whether we take action against ISIS now or deal with the consequences later here on U.S. soil.

The stakes are too high for us to continue to ignore this problem.

So far, though, the West’s interventions in the region have mainly proven to be either entirely mistaken or inadequately prosecuted. I’m not sure that our tenacity for seeing even a good strategy through to success has improved over the last 22 years since the Gulf War, either.


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Russia is a better friend than the USA.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:04 PM

I’m not sure that our tenacity for seeing even a good strategy through to success has improved over the last 22 years since the Gulf War 69 years since World War II, either.

FIFM

ShainS on June 28, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Sorry, but any atrocity committed on ISIS pales in comparison to what they’ve already perpetrated.

No sympathy.

Go Iraqi forces. Crush them.

hawkdriver on June 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

GM is something something.

rogerb on June 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Marco Rubio warns that the US had better not stay on the sidelines for long… In addition to the threat to the U.S. homeland…

Marco, the threat to the “US homeland” is the invasion now occurring in the SW. Regarding that problem, can you do better than this?

Akzed on June 28, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Sorry, but any atrocity committed on ISIS pales in comparison to what they’ve already perpetrated.

No sympathy.

Go Iraqi forces. Crush them.

hawkdriver on June 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

PLUS ONE!

HDFOB on June 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Dust to dust.

CW on June 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

It is way too late for Iraq.

The intelligence chief testified this week that they’ve been telling obama to bomb the ISIS convoys when they first left Syria, back in Jan. and on.

obama was busy whining, golfing, telling students to “not be cynical…because…the Republicans…”, golfing some more, raking in dough, preaching on “climate change” while staying at 10,000 square feet mansion, fully air-conditioned in the desert, letting the terrorists through the open border he crated.

I hope he gets this, for bringing the terrorists and HIV to the land. It w/b the ultimate irony and justice.

ISIS, like Putin, are way smarter than obama. They dispersed and now can’t be bombed any more because…population…the children.

Soon ISIS will slip through the open Southern border, even more than they did already. They’ll play soccer with American heads and obama will whine some more…at stupid women in Minnesota, and at fundraisers.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

PS, from the Syrian conflict. It’s been pretty well established that Jabhat Al Nusrah, ISIS and ISIL have killed civilians and fellow rebels for the sole purpose of blaming the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

hawkdriver on June 28, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Meanwhile, the obama enablers, the DIABLOs, who are way worse than obama, because they let him be.

Picture the DIABLO senate:

Cochran can’t pee, without McCain holding his pen*s.

McCain can’t pee, without Miss Lindsey holding his pen*s.

Miss Lindsey has no pen*s.

End of the line.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Rumor has it that Russian Sukhoi jets will be in Iraq within hours.

sharrukin on June 28, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Add more irony – obama asked for 500 million to help crate more ISIS in Syria.

Work harder…the IRS/obama need more funding for new terrorists.

If you’re smart you’ll stop paying taxes.

obama and the DIABLOs destroy America from with-in/out.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM

PLUS ONE!

HDFOB on June 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Thanks. Plus this one also.

It is way too late for Iraq.

The intelligence chief testified this week that they’ve been telling obama to bomb the ISIS convoys when they first left Syria, back in Jan. and on.

obama was busy whining, golfing, telling students to “not be cynical…because…the Republicans…”, golfing some more, raking in dough, preaching on “climate change” while staying at 10,000 square feet mansion, fully air-conditioned in the desert, letting the terrorists through the open border he crated.

I hope he gets this, for bringing the terrorists and HIV to the land. It w/b the ultimate irony and justice.

ISIS, like Putin, are way smarter than obama. They dispersed and now can’t be bombed any more because…population…the children.

Soon ISIS will slip through the open Southern border, even more than they did already. They’ll play soccer with American heads and obama will whine some more…at stupid women in Minnesota, and at fundraisers.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Well said. Except I really hope it’s not too late for them.

hawkdriver on June 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Meanwhile the USA is destroyed with your taxdollars directly funding LaRaza, via obama’s border influx.

If you visit the Southwest Key website (link above), you will see that the chairman of the board is Victor Garza, a ranking member of La Raza.

I.e., “fundamentally transform” the USA and make money, too. Bonus: it’s US taxpayer, money!

This is a nightmare.


obama funds Southwest Key to take care of the invaders
. They advertise in Mexico and South of it, since your taxes pay for each head.

Work harder, fools.

Yes, it’s all on the same topic. ISIS comes in through the open Southern border.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Except I really hope it’s not too late for them.

hawkdriver on June 28, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Of course, hope is eternal, but my good copter friend, it’s too late, for them and for the USA.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Remember back when everybody was saying bomb the convoys. Looks like we weren’t the only ones. Funny how they focus on Iraq comletely ignoring the invasion on our own border. Is there anyone that knows how to do anything anymore.

crankyoldlady on June 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM

The terrorists are complaining about atrocities? Hmmmm….looking for some sympathy….nope can’t find any. Even war has rules you jack wagons–you started it, now you’re reaping what you sowed.

Doc Holliday on June 28, 2014 at 1:21 PM

IF only the our pResident was actually an American, he might have had some inclination (let alone, tenacity) to follow through on previous American administrations’ commitments, strategies and interests.

Why should ANY ally trust the US anymore when its electorate will elect and then tolerate such filthy communist scum occupying their own WH, ignoring its Constitution and laws, and ruling as a naked fascist? Our once-great republic just acts like a psychotic, destructive, drug-addled old libtard fool now, with no concept of the real world as it is, anymore.

The only way any ally could ever trust the US again would be for its people to forcibly remove the criminal cabal currently in power. It won’t happen, and we will therefore never regain our status as “the shining city on the hill”. And, we will never be that again if the Obamanation isn’t forcibly removed, tried and punished for their crimes.

Harbingeing on June 28, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Remember back when everybody was saying bomb the convoys. Looks like we weren’t the only ones. Funny how they focus on Iraq comletely ignoring the invasion on our own border. Is there anyone that knows how to do anything anymore.

crankyoldlady on June 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM

They know that the two are directly related but the media lets them fool the fools, from all sides.

The US media NO longer earn their rights from the 1st Amendment.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Is there anyone that knows how to do anything anymore.

crankyoldlady on June 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Who is John Galt?

Harbingeing on June 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM

They’ll play soccer with American heads and obama will whine some more…at stupid women in Minnesota, and at fundraisers.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:10 PM

“Phony Scandals” is the new “Hope and Change” my how far the libtards have fallen.

VegasRick on June 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

obama caused most of the global discontent. He definitely owns all the blood in the ME, good chunks of Africa, soon Asia. He also forged the Russo-Asian alliance.

Hillary is always his sis, not by choice but by calculation. For that she can burn in the same layer or Hell with him.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM

“Phony Scandals” is the new “Hope and Change” my how far the libtards have fallen.

VegasRick on June 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

They are enabled by the RINO/DIABLOs in DC.

I hate, no despise, Boehner and McConnell, and all related. They allowed all this to go on. Thus, they are worse than the D-latrine rats.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

The terrorists are complaining about atrocities? Hmmmm….looking for some sympathy….nope can’t find any. Even war has rules you jack wagons–you started it, now you’re reaping what you sowed.

Doc Holliday on June 28, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Well said, Doc.

hawkdriver on June 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Who is John Galt?

Harbingeing on June 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM

He died.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

http://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/russian-sukhoi-airplanes-arrive-in-iraq-says-mp/

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) MP Abbas al-Bayati of the State of Law Coalition revealed that the first group of the Russian used airplanes has arrived in Iraq.

Bayati stated to Iraqi News “The first group of the Russian Sokhoi Airplanes arrived in Iraq and will start the fighting tasks in the next few days to consolidate the capacities of the Iraqi Army,” without revealing the number of these fighting jets.

“The arrival of these airplanes will create a big difference on the ground and effectiveness of the Iraqi troops,” he added.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2014/06/27/be172f43-cf98-4677-8e6d-4d64a5ae5e1d_story.html

BAGHDAD — Frustrated with the pace of U.S. jet and attack helicopter deliveries, the Iraqi government has resorted to negotiating the return of decades-old planes from Iran as it desperately tries to cobble together air power to turn the tide against al-Qaeda-inspired insurgents.

So there may also be Iranian aircraft with Iranian? plots flying missions?

sharrukin on June 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Add more irony – obama asked for 500 million to help crate create more ISIS in Syria.

Big diff.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Add more irony – obama asked for 500 million to help crate create more ISIS in Syria.

Big diff.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Yep. If it was $500,000 to CRATE them I would have been ok with that but of course obaME! would have none of that.

VegasRick on June 28, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Go Iraqi forces. Crush them.

hawkdriver on June 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I think they are both bad. One is Shia and the one Sunni. However, both will cut your throat.

Oil Can on June 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

He died.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I fear that may be true, due to the metastasized cancer of “political correctness” that has destroyed all freedom of thought and speech, and instilled the mindset of fear, uncertainty and doubt on the body public.

John Galt died the same way that thousands of vets have now – just waiting.

Harbingeing on June 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Marco Rubio warns that the US had better not stay on the sidelines for long

Rather than trying to get still more American troops killed fighting for Shiite Muslims against Sunni Muslims in Iraq, even though Rubio supports the Sunni Muslims against the Shiite Muslims and Alawites and Christians in Syria, shouldn’t Rubio be on America’s southern border pursuing his main dream by holding up a sign saying, “Welcome Invaders Amigos, my country is your country”?

VorDaj on June 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

shouldn’t Rubio be on America’s southern border pursuing his main dream by holding up a sign saying, “Welcome Invaders Amigos, my country is your country”?

VorDaj on June 28, 2014 at 1:42 PM

He and obama s/b there, and contract this…since they give it to the land.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM

http://www.punchng.com/news/iraq-army-launches-offensive-to-retake-tikrit/

The main ground operation, which began on Saturday, followed heavy fighting in the city between Sunni rebels and Iraqi special forces, who were trying to establish a foothold at Tikrit University.

Iraqi military sources claimed to have captured the university but the rebels led by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said they had successfully repelled the attack.

Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad, said Iraqi armoured divisions have been moving towards Tikrit from Sammara, a nearby city where government forces had been massing.

The army, augmented by Shia militias, is now making a concerted push north towards Tikrit. Helicopter Gunships have attacked rebel positions in advance of the army’s assault.

http://www.syrianperspective.com/2014/06/retired-syrian-pilots-flying-sukhois-for-iraq.html

The Iraqi government has wasted no time asserting its air supremacy by purchasing close to 90 Sukhoi-25 Fencers* multi-role bombers from the Russian Federation and Belarus. But who is going to pilot the jets? Enter 400 retired Syrian Air Force pilots trained to fly Sukhois who will complement a few Iranians.

*The Su-25 is actually the Frogfoot. The Fencer is the Su-24. The Su-25 Frogfoot makes more sense.

Interesting if true. The Syrians have already conducted airstrikes inside Iraq against ISIS, so we may be seeing the beginnings of a Syrian-Iraqi-Iranian alliance against ISIS stretching from Tehran to Damascus.

sharrukin on June 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Marco, the threat to the “US homeland” is the invasion now occurring in the SW. Regarding that problem, can you do better than this?

Akzed on June 28, 2014 at 1:08 PM

This. Way to stay focused. Pass it on!

HiJack on June 28, 2014 at 1:52 PM

BAGHDAD — Frustrated with the pace of U.S. jet and attack helicopter deliveries, the Iraqi government has resorted to negotiating the return of decades-old planes from Iran as it desperately tries to cobble together air power to turn the tide against al-Qaeda-inspired insurgents.

So there may also be Iranian aircraft with Iranian? plots flying missions?

sharrukin on June 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I think those were originally Iraq planes that Saddam sent over to Iran for protection when we attacked Iraq.

butch on June 28, 2014 at 1:56 PM

I think those were originally Iraq planes that Saddam sent over to Iran for protection when we attacked Iraq.

butch on June 28, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Yeah. They won’t be in the best of shape, but its better than a Cessna.

sharrukin on June 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Interesting if true. The Syrians have already conducted airstrikes inside Iraq against ISIS, so we may be seeing the beginnings of a Syrian-Iraqi-Iranian alliance against ISIS stretching from Tehran to Damascus.

sharrukin on June 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

With Russia serving a supply role.

butch on June 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

They won’t be in the best of shape, but its better than a Cessna.

sharrukin on June 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The first manned drones

faraway on June 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Interesting if true. The Syrians have already conducted airstrikes inside Iraq against ISIS, so we may be seeing the beginnings of a Syrian-Iraqi-Iranian alliance against ISIS stretching from Tehran to Damascus.

sharrukin on June 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

With Russia serving a supply role.

butch on June 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

And people say Obama isn’t a uniter!

sharrukin on June 28, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Give Aaron Hernandez a.38Sp S&W, spill a drink on him, and send him over. He’ll clean out the lot of them.

butch on June 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Who is John Galt?

Harbingeing on June 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM

He died.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Heh.

He lives on in millions of us, and there WILL come a day when those of us being coerced into supplying our blood to the parasites … decide to stop.

And a lot of different blood will be spilled … that Tree of Liberty is almost dead from thirst.

ShainS on June 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

OT – Hawkdriver, incredible story.

This, of course, too.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Sorry, other link

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Maliki is a piece of crap that needs to go. Iraq cannot go on with him in charge.

Jack_Burton on June 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

that Tree of Liberty is almost dead from thirst.

ShainS on June 28, 2014 at 2:18 PM


Wyatt’s Torch

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

I would hope that they were sent off with the same sentiment that the mothers of Sparta said to their sons in referring to the shields that they carried:
Son, either with this or on this.’
For, without victory, there will be damn little to return home to.

Another Drew on June 28, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Go Iraqi forces. Crush them.

hawkdriver on June 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Plus one more.

dogsoldier on June 28, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Maliki is a piece of crap that needs to go. Iraq cannot go on with him in charge.

Jack_Burton on June 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

He won’t go willingly. So, while they’re tied up fighting about that, the whole battle settles into Sunni-Shia trading of atrocities and trying to gain propaganda advantage. He’ll have to be assassinated, ’cause that’s just how they roll.

butch on June 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

hawkdriver on June 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

+ 6.022 x 10²³

NaCly dog on June 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Conflaguration. That’s what it is.

I just can’t see it resolved without a lot of people dieing.

It’s the only way.

They have been arguing for what? 1400 years?

It’s just another battle for them.

We call them wars and we can’t face the brutality it would take to win, even one.

The last 4-5 years have imazed me. Look at the geound lost.

wolly4321 on June 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

From the HA Headlines:

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2014/06/isis_water_scarcity_is_climate_change_destabilizing_iraq.single.html

So…

Old thinking: ISIS=warriors for Islam

New thinking: ISIS=warriors for climate justice issues

These friggin’ enviro-whackjobs. It really is The End of the World as We Know It.

Maybe it really is time to join Jesse Ventura in Baja for The Final Days of the Republic.

Bruno Strozek on June 28, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Schade is correct, the feds under HHS is funneling money, your money to groups like southwest key. And others .

Local dem city council is bypassing zoning codes to accomadate them..

School union hacks in lesser beaurocracies are pitching in too.

Like rep RAOOOOOUL. Grigalvas commie raughter, Adele.

She inherited daddys TUSD el presedente’ position.

The school board. Unions, and la eaza. Hispanic catholic refugee non-profits.

wolly4321 on June 28, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Meanwhile, Obama has requested $500 million to arm the so-called “moderate” rebels in Syria. Are there actually “moderate” rebels? Wouldn’t these weapons probably wind up in the hands of ISIS? Sounds pretty stupid to me – but I’ve come to expect that from Generalissimo Obama.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/obama-proposes-500-million-to-aid-syrian-rebels-1403813486

WASHINGTON—The White House on Thursday proposed a major program to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, in a significant expansion of the U.S. role in a civil war that officials fear is bleeding into Iraq and across the region.

The Obama administration requested $500 million—a larger amount than expected—to aid the Syrian opposition, reflecting growing U.S. alarm at the expanding strength of Islamist forces in Syria, who in recent weeks have asserted control of large parts of neighboring Iraq and now pose threats to U.S. allies in the region.

TarheelBen on June 28, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Hey Schade, this is how I learned about southwest key

It’s block from where I work.

wolly4321 on June 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

The so-called “prophet” of islam, mohammad, personally beheaded several hundred Jewish prisoners of war.

Murder and torture is baked into the islamic cake, it’s a dog-bites-man story.

Rebar on June 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Marco Rubio warns that the US had better not stay on the sidelines for long:

Rubio is looking more and more like a airhead…strategically speaking.

As we have learned in the past, terrorists seek safe havens from which to operate, often in failed or failing states. They use this territory to train and equip themselves, raise funds and plot attacks.

Yes they do, Syria and Iraq are not going to be one of those. Too many players involved, like Turkey, Iran, Israel, Jordanian Kings, Kurds, Shia Arabs…this is not Afghanistan or Yeman where you can plot for years in some cave surrounded by crazy Sunnis like yourself and with safe supply lines from Pakistan. It is going to be a battle royal to hold on to what they got.

As for funding who does that Marco? You mean our “Arab Allies”…Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar?

In addition to the threat to the U.S. homeland, we also need to be concerned that if Iraq begins to fragment, the resulting chaos and instability will ripple throughout the region.

Oh brother…that part of the world is always chaotic. Learn to deal with it.

ISIS has sown incredible instability in Syria and is now seeking to do the same in Iraq. If we allow ISIS to spread further, their next targets will be U.S. allies and partners already under sufficient strain from the ongoing conflict in Syria, such as Jordan and even Saudi Arabia. …

LOL…who was the one who wanted to remove Assad in the first place. When you remove a strongman in the Islamic world you Islamic Thunderdome! See Egypt, Libya, Iraq, etc.

The rest just shows how clueless he is about military affairs or strategy. ISIS is not the Prussian Army.

Some will argue that the challenges faced by Iraq or countries such as Jordan are none of our business. That we have spent too many years, lives, and dollars trying to make Iraq and the broader Middle East a better place.

It has nothing to do with it being our business or not. Staying out is a good STRATEGIC move on our part.

None of the options before us are ideal, but the question is whether we take action against ISIS now or deal with the consequences later here on U.S. soil.

Oh…We keep letting Muslims into the country Marco…they then to do the Jihad thing every so often. It will happen no matter what we do in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Syria as long as we keep allowing them to immigrate here in significant numbers.

The stakes are too high for us to continue to ignore this problem.

It is not ignoring…it is a sound strategic move. Sometimes doing nothing is better than something….should have learned that from your immigration blunder.

William Eaton on June 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

This is when it turns into a blood feud.

formwiz on June 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

I hope that they kill each off. Let Allah sort them out.

307wolverine on June 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

I hope that they kill each off. Let Allah sort them out.

307wolverine on June 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

And that we bomb the winner.

V7_Sport on June 28, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Barry the Marxist and GW Bush regret to inform you that you gave up your children and treasure for yet another failed nation building experiment.
They would also like to apologize for creating the most prolific safe haven for terrorists that the world has ever seen.

Exninja on June 28, 2014 at 5:29 PM

The so-called “prophet” of islam, mohammad, personally beheaded several hundred Jewish prisoners of war.

Murder and torture is baked into the islamic cake, it’s a dog-bites-man story.

Rebar on June 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

And was a thief.
And was an admitted liar.
And was a rapist.
And was a serial murderer.
And was a slave trader.
And was a pedophile.

Seriously, according to the Qur’an and the especially the Hadith he was the very definition of evil. The quintessence of evil.

V7_Sport on June 28, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Oh, and W is amazingly silent, just as he was on 9/11/2001.
Don’t worry though Bushies ( original big government RINOS ) Thad Cochran is safe from those evil conservatives, thanks to the GOPe

Exninja on June 28, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Wow, this is outrageous BS! I have tried to contact the Repub Senate candidate in my state to find out her position on this, but so far no response of course.

What is the Left thinking will happen? These “kids” will be here in their little camps and all Americans will have sympathy on them & want amnesty for them? I don’t see that happening.
Does Ogabe think he can give them amnesty via Exec order? I don’t see that either.

8 weight on June 28, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Of course, hope is eternal, but my good copter friend, it’s too late, for them and for the USA.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Not sure about that.

Iraqi commandos launched a truly courageous, Israeli-style air assault into Tikrit, landing three Hind helicopters in the soccer stadium.

One helicopter was hit by ground fire and crash landed, but the commandos suffered no casualties and created a bridgehead for the conventional forces that followed.

The radio said that eyewitnesses saw commandos absolutely massacre ISIL. I’ve read that the British SAS regard the Iraqi commandos as their equals, so it makes sense that a handful could inflict a huge amount of damage.

Eight SAS commandos routed an entire company of Iraqi motorized infantry in Desert Storm. Sean Bean (weird that his name isn’t pronounced “Shawn Bawn” or “Seen Been”) is in a pretty decent film about it, Bravo Two Zero.

It shows how they overwhelm numerically superior forces with firepower.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 28, 2014 at 6:58 PM

These battle reports could be Ramadan celebrations that look noisy but are just a big party. Happy Ramadan Islam!

BL@KBIRD on June 28, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Drones: Force Protection,..High Altitude Assests (ISR) over Iraq:
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RADM John Kirby Pentagon Presser
June 27 2014
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VIDEO:(39:51)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMNO3ZHZOQ0&list=UUZQCVeB3SHX6lDn94VtpmQQ

http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePentagonChannel

canopfor on June 28, 2014 at 8:39 PM

https://twitter.com/ChadPergram

Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 4h

#benghazi suspect Khatallah being held at detention center in Alexandria, VA. Same place where “20th hijacker” Zacarias Moussaoui was held.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 4h

“U.S. Marshals have taken custody of..Ahmed Abu Khatallah who is now confined at a..facility in the national capital region.” #benghazi

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 4h

Khatallah indicted for terrorist conspiracy connected to attack in #benghazi

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 5h

#benghazi suspect Khatallah pelases not guilty to terrorism charge. Detention hrng schedule for July 2. Status hrng July 8.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 7h

Sen Ayotte on #benghazi suspect: I’ve asked the Defense & Justice Departments..whether he has been told he has the right to remain silent

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 7h

Sen. Ayotte has “serious concerns” over #benghazi suspect Khattalah & turning him over to civillian court after “rushed” quesitoning at sea.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 7h

Only in #FIFA soccer & roll call votes on House/Senate floors does time wind down and action continues for a few minutes.

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 7h

#benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah to be presented before court at 3:30 pm et today at U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 11h

Chris McDaniel: We have our team looking over.. the records & we anticipate we’re going to find literally thousands of..ineligible voters

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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 11h

#Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah is formally in US custody now. At the DC courthouse to be presented to a judge.

canopfor on June 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM


LIBYA:

Ahmed Abu Khattalah:

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/us-consulate-attacked-in-libya/

US consulate attacked in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012
Bengazi, Benghazi, LY

4h
More: Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khattalah will appear in court again on July 2; authorities declined to say where he will be held in the meantime – @NBCNews

Bengazi, Benghazi, LY
5h
Libyan suspect in Benghazi attack pleads not guilty to terrorism charge in US district court – @Reuters, @ABC

Bengazi, Benghazi, LY
6h
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, expresses concerns over ‘rushed interrogation’ of Benghazi suspect; asks justice and defense departments for update on his status – @NBCNews

Bengazi, Benghazi, LY
6h
More: Public documents to be made available after Benghazi suspect’s hearing today in Washington, DC, @FBI says

Bengazi, Benghazi, LY
7h
Update: Benghazi suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah to appear in court at 3:30 pm ET today in Washington, DC – @ChadPergram
see original on twitter.com

Bengazi, Benghazi, LY
11h
More: Ahmed Abu Khatallah was flown by helicopter from a Navy warship, where he had been held since his capture in Libya by American Special Operations forces – @nytimesworld

Bengazi, Benghazi, LY
11h
Alleged Benghazi mastermind Ahmed Abu Khatallah arrives in US, to appear before DC district court judge today – @jimsciutto, @PeteWilliamsNBC
see original on twitter.com

Bengazi, Benghazi, LY
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US officials: Benghazi, Libya, attack suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah expected to arrive in US this weekend – @Reuters

canopfor on June 28, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Oh, and W is amazingly silent, just as he was on 9/11/2001.

Exninja on June 28, 2014 at 5:32 PM

I know you don’t get out much. But he isn’t president anymore.

hawkdriver on June 28, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Well, I told you guys this would happen. Everyone forgets this is not unusual for Iraq. Saddam used to lose control of vast swathes of the country for long periods of time.

So, Syria’s civil war spilled over across the border along historical lines. It’s a lot easier to take these cities than to hold them. The ISF will lurch into action just long enough to expel ISIS before returning to their usual occupation of somnambulant graft. Obama will take credit and cast aspersions on all who doubted his genius, while AQ gradually takes over Sunni Syria.

TallDave on June 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Give Aaron Hernandez a.38Sp S&W, spill a drink on him, and send him over. He’ll clean out the lot of them.

butch on June 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Really? You think it’s funny to trade on the pain of three families who lost their sons to make a stupid joke?

AYNBLAND on June 28, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Barry the Marxist and GW Bush regret to inform you that you gave up your children and treasure for yet another failed nation building experiment.
They would also like to apologize for creating the most prolific safe haven for terrorists that the world has ever seen.

Exninja on June 28, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Seriously? Bush created a safe-haven for terrorists in Iraq? No, I think we all know who did that.

If you remember your (recent) history, Obama supported terrorists in the Egyptian government, until the military put an end to it. He (and Hillary) also supported terrorists in Lybia, and then again in Syria.
No, the paw-prints are all Obama’s.

virgo on June 30, 2014 at 12:27 AM