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Iraq update 6-22-14
« on: June 22, 2014, 09:04:06 PM »
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  • Now that the Iraq proxy war scene is set, and as we reported on Friday, Prime Minister Maliki has become a pawn in yet another middle-east war between the west and the petrodollar (with both Saudi Arabia and the US making it clear Maliki has to go) and Russia (with Putin expressing his full support for the prime minister), events will likely unfold at an even faster pace. Sure enough, even this otherwise quiet weekend, in which the world is supposed to put wars on the backburner and focus on the world cup, is chock-full of Iraq news upates.

    Let's begin.

    Perhaps the leading update out of the civil war-torn country is that ISIS militants, whose ultimate goal is to create a caliphate that encompasses Syria, Jordan and Iraq are well on their way to achieving what in Europe would be called a "customs union", after they captured two border crossings, one with Jordan and another with Syria, as they press on with their offensive -largely unobstructed - in one of Iraq's most restive regions.

    The officials said the militants on Sunday captured the Turaibil crossing with Jordan and the al-Walid crossing with Syria after government forces there pulled out.
     
    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
     
    The capture of the two follows the fall since Friday of the towns of Qaim, Rawah, Anah and Rutba, all of which are in the Sunni Anbar province where militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have since January controlled the city of Fallujah and parts of the provincial capital Ramadi.
    As AP notes, with the capture of another town in Iraq's western Anbar province, the fourth to fall in two days, it appears that the ISIS Baghdad offensive has for now been put on hold, and instead the jihadists are focusing their efforts on a major offensive in the western provinces to cement their control and seamless crossing to and from Syria and Jordan.

    The following latest maps from the Institute for the Study of War map out the most recent clashes.





     

    This follows the deployment on Friday of volunteer fighters, a mix of new recruits and Shi'a militias, to multiple locations including Tal Afar and Taji. Asa  reminder the cities of Tal Afar and Muqdadiyah, as well as the Baiji refinery town, remain the key front lines against the advance of ISIS from the north. As of late Friday, the ISF had not launched a counter-offensive against ISIS.



     

    But why is Iraq not taking advantage of the slowdown in the ISIS offensive and seeking halt the military momentum? Simple: its army is running out of supplies!

    As ABC reports, the Iraqi military ran out of Hellfire missiles six days ago, and though the U.S. is rushing more missiles into the country, Iraq has only two modified Cessna aircraft to launch them in their battle against the radical Islamic militia ISIS.

    ISIS has damaged 28 tanks and shot down three helicopters, a significant percentage of the government force, and the militia killed an entire Iraqi Security Force brigade in the last couple of days at the border with Syria, which ISIS now controls.

    The losses have left the Iraqi military with no offensive capability, and no real air force.

    Perhaps this is why, in order to avoid a loss of confidence in the country's offensive (and defensive) weaponry, the Iraq government released the following video footage on Sunday, which reportedly shows the bombing of suspected ISIS miitant hideouts. In a world in which YouTube has become the biggest propaganda tool, we wouldn't be too surprised if this footage was doctored by the NSA or merely taken from the archives.



    Meanwhile, ISIS is taking advantage of its involuntary restocking by the US army, after its plunder of an unknown number of US Black Hawk helicopters and Humvees (the topic of choice in ISIS' trolling of Michelle Obama as reported yesterday) during its Mosul offensive several weeks ago.

    That wraps up the military deployments (or lack thereof) in the past 48 hours.

    Parallel with the fighting, perhaps an even more important development were the statements by the regional religious leaders, those of both Iran and Iraq.

    First, it was in Iraq where a Shiite Muslim cleric threatened to attack U.S. military advisers when they arrive in the country to help Iraq’s government fight Sunni extremists.

    As The Hill reported, in a sermon on Friday, Nassir al-Saedi, a loyalist to Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, warned of an attack against the U.S., whom he called “the occupier,” Sky News reported.

    "We will be ready for you if you are back," said al-Saedi.

    The warning comes days after President Obama announced he was sending 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to bolster government security forces and help combat Sunni militant members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

    The British Telegraph also reported that tens of thousands of heavily armed fighters from al-Sadr’s militia, the Mahdi army, paraded through the streets of Baghdad Saturday.

    The Shiite militia said it does not need or want help from the U.S.

    So much for a friendly third welcome of the US "liberators."

    "If the Americans are thinking about coming back here, all of we Iraqis will become time bombs - we will eat them alive," said Adel Jabr Albawi, who marched in Saturday’s parade, according to the Telegraph. "We can deal with Isis ourselves."

    The threats from al-Sadr supporters could potentially open a second front for U.S. forces heading to Iraq.

    But it was not just Iraq clerics who raged against a return of the US. Also joining the anti-US chorus was - perhaps surprisingy all things considered- Iran's own top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who has vocally come out against US intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists and Sunni militants opposed to Tehran have seized a number of towns and cities.


    "We strongly oppose the intervention of the U.S. and others in the domestic affairs of Iraq," Khamenei was quoted as saying by the IRNA state news agency on Sunday, in his first reaction to the crisis.

    "The main dispute in Iraq is between those who want Iraq to join the U.S. camp and those who seek an independent Iraq," said Khamenei, who has the final say over government policies. "The U.S. aims to bring its own blind followers to power."

    Well, he is right after all.

    As a reminder, Shiite Iran supports the Shiite-led government in Baghdad, and has said it would consider any request for military aid.

    Which covers the religious influence of both Iran and Iraq. But what about that other staple in everything "middle-east"- Israel? Well, they too made an appearance this weekend when it was revealed that the surprise winner from the ISIS surge, the Kurdish Regional Government, which suddenly finds itself as a major oil producer and exporter, has found its first buyer of oil. None other than Israel.

    According to the WSJ, oil piped from Iraqi Kurdistan has been successfully delivered directly by the region's semiautonomous government for the first time, despite opposition from the U.S. and the Iraqi central government. The oil comes from a new pipeline built to bypass Baghdad’s pipeline, which will help maintain Iraqi Kurdistan’s financial independence.

    The Kurdish Regional Government said late Friday that one million barrels of its oil piped through the Turkish port of Ceyhan "was safely delivered to the buyers." The KRG declined to say who the buyers were.

    It didn't take long to discover just who the buyers were thought: "The oil is currently being unloaded at an Israeli port, according to officials at the terminal."

    The U.S. State Department confirmed the delivery, criticizing the semiautonomous region's unilateral sale without Baghdad's approval and warning buyers of its oil. "The export or sale of oil absent the appropriate approval of the federal Iraqi government exposes those involved to potentially serious legal risks," a State Department official told The Wall Street Journal.

    But while the US boycotted the Kurdish sale of oil, it had surprisinglylittle to say about the Israel purchase of said product.

    Iraq already boycotts Israel, and won’t sell oil to the Jewish state, so Israel is not overly concerned with Iraqi threats of sanctions, unlike other countries who have oil contracts with Iraq.

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    Finally, president Obama, in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" airing Sunday, warned that the al-Qaida-inspired militants in Iraq could grow in power and destabilize the region. He said Washington must remain "vigilant" but would not "play whack-a-mole and send US troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up." Why not, one wonders? What has changed from US' "whack-a-mole" policies, all "beyond successful" to date?

    And that concludes the weekend Iraq event roundup.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-22/iraq-update-air-force-runs-out-missiles-isis-controls-border-shiite-clerics-threaten
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    Offline RomanCatholic1953

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    Iraq update 6-22-14
    « Reply #1 on: June 22, 2014, 09:23:14 PM »
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  • We are going all pay for listening to the stupid advice of the Jewish
    neocons and believing them.
    They are duel citizens, and their loyalty is with Israel, not the U.S.
    The goal of ISIS is to capture Iraq, Iran, and Syria and install very
    militant Islam governments.
    Their actual goal is to take Israel.

    And they might do it.


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    Iraq update 6-22-14
    « Reply #2 on: June 22, 2014, 11:23:54 PM »
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  • The news of a church under construction which exploded east of Mosul is already on social networks. Together with the news that the monastery of Mar Behnam - dating back to the fourth century, one of the most important historical sites of the Assyrian Christianity – is in the hands of militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant since yesterday, after taking control of Iraq's second city.  Many question marks are also concentrated on the fate of the churches in Mosul itself, hastily abandoned by the clergy and the faithful who, despite all the suffering experienced by Iraq over the last decade, had always had the courage to remain.  Now, they too are among the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing towards Kurdistan.

     

    With the dramatic news that has been arriving from Mosul since yesterday, there is also the totally particular drama of the local Christian community, struggling with the nightmare of a jihadist militia which they know well and who have already shown  what they are capable of in the Syrian province of Raqqa.  There is an email that expresses all the drama of the climate that reigns in these hours in Northern Iraq, sent last night by a Dominican religious in Mosul to his provincial superior: “I am writing in a critical and apocalyptic situation - reads the message - The majority of the inhabitants of the city have already fled their homes and have ran away to the villages; they sleep out in the open without anything to eat and drink. Thousands of gunmen of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have attacked Mosul in the past two days. They murdered adults and children. Hundreds of bodies have been left in the streets and in the homes, without any mercy.  Even the Army and the regular forces have abandoned the city, along with the governor.  From the mosques you hear the cry: “Allah Akhbar, long live the Islamic state” ».

     

    From the message you can imagine that even in Qaraqosh - the most important town of the plain of Nineveh, where in recent years many Christians had taken refuge - the situation is disturbing. «Qaraqosh - wrote yesterday the Dominican religious from northern Iraq - is flooded with all kinds of refugees, without food or accommodation. The checkpoints and Kurdish militias are preventing many refugees from entering Kurdistan. What we are seeing and we are living in the last two days is horrible and catastrophic. The monastery of Mar Behnam and other churches have fallen into rebel hands ... and now they have arrived here and five minutes ago they entered Qaraqosh. We are surrounded and threatened with death ... Pray for us. I'm sorry but I cannot go on writing ... They’re not very far from our monastery ... ».

     

    Another equally dramatic testimonial was published on the French site Famille Chretienne by Father Pius Affas, the parish priest of the Syrian Catholic Church of Mar Thomas in Mosul, he too is now an exile like all the others: «I ​​have always remained in Mosul, even after being kidnapped and then released in 2007 - he says -. Today is also my anniversary, forty-two years of priesthood. Instead I had to leave a church with 150 years of history and a very important Christian heritage that I do not know if I will ever see again. I’m heartbroken. All the churches in Mosul have been left to their fate, although we hope to return. This is an immense treasure because Mosul was one of the earliest centers of Christianity, some of its churches date back to the seventh century».

     

    To confirm the gravity of the situation is also the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, Mons. Emil Shimoun Nona, reached on the phone by the agency AsiaNews. Nona is the successor of the martyr Bishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, who was kidnapped and later killed by Islamists here in 2008.  He himself has moved to a location outside the city, but assures: «I have no intention of leaving my diocese».  «People have had a lot of fear - continued the prelate – the Christians have almost all run away, also many Muslims have fled their homes too. A city of nearly three million inhabitants, is now almost emptied, many have fled».  Mons. Nona denounces as «very strange» the attitude of the Iraqi army: although security forces were present in a consistent manner, «they left the entire field free, without even a feeble attempt of defense».  That is why, he adds, «people got scared and started to run away».

    The condition of the refugees - already more than 500 thousands according to a first estimate of the World Migration Organization - is desperate. In northern Iraq, in fact, there are no more NGOs to cope with the emergency and the Archbishop of Mosul says that the inhabitants of the villages of the plain of Nineveh feel «the effort of having to accommodate other people, soon there will be no  more food nor water, it is not possible to accommodate everyone ...».



    The Chaldean prelate - still reports AsiaNews – calls for «a real and lasting solution of the Iraqi crisis», a long-term project «for a nation divided between religious, political and ethnic groups»;  what is needed is a «strong State», he concludes, that « will put an end to the killing and violence ... The Iraqi people are good, they deserve a common vision and a solution that is a source of peace».

     

    Along the same theme is also a widespread appeal from the Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Sako, raised by the agency Fides: «We believe that the best solution to all these problems is to establish a government of national unity, in order to strengthen the control of the State and the Rule of Law to protect the country, its citizens and their property and preserve national unity»

    http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/world-news/detail/articolo/34673/
     


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    Iraq update 6-22-14
    « Reply #3 on: June 25, 2014, 09:23:08 PM »
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  • We are in Iraq and went to war to steal Iraqs Oil and pump it to Haifa Israel.
    Its been planned for decades prior.  
    In Reuters and Haaretz News.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/netanyahu-says-iraq-israel-oil-line-not-pipe-dream-1.91911






    Israel:

    Has 254 km of Apartheid Wall
     562 Armed Check Points
     Has Racial Apartheid Laws of Jew ONLY Marriage, Roads, Housing, Bussing, Schools, and License plates.
     Has Created as Outlawed marriage to Non- Jews
     Has Destroyed 350 Christian Churches & Mosques
     4 million+ Refugees
     Holds World’s recordfor UN Violations at 69+,
     Killed more innocent civilians per capita than any other country 50,000
     Has Imprisoned more civilians per cap 250,000
     Has Rendered more civilians Handicapped per cap 50,000
     Demolished more homes than any other country 60,000+
     Has Ethnically cleansed 531 Villages.

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    Iraq update 6-22-14
    « Reply #4 on: June 27, 2014, 06:49:47 AM »
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  • IRAQ Update 6-27-2014

    ISIS Militants Captures Iraq's Largest Oil Field.


    From: RT.Com

     


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    Iraq update 6-22-14
    « Reply #5 on: June 27, 2014, 06:56:49 AM »
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  • Quote from: RomanCatholic1953
    IRAQ Update 6-27-2014

    ISIS Militants Captures Iraq's Largest Oil Field.


    From: RT.Com

     


    I made an error, Largest Oil Field should be largest Oil Refinery.

     

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