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Al-Qaeda Takes Tikrit?

Posted on | June 11, 2014 | 100 Comments

When Donald Douglas told me this news, I was stunned. Iraq is falling apart and the terrorists are taking over:

BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida-inspired militants pushed deeper into Iraq’s Sunni heartland Wednesday, swiftly conquering Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts and yielded ground once controlled by U.S. forces.
The advance into former insurgent strongholds that had largely been calm before the Americans withdrew less than three years ago is spreading fear that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, struggling to hold onto power after indecisive elections, will be unable to stop the Islamic militants as they press closer to Baghdad.
Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militant group took control Tuesday of much of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul, sending an estimated half a million people fleeing from their homes.

Again — “militants,” “insurgents,” the media won’t call them terrorists:

The insurgents are from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).
ISIS, which is also known as ISIL, is an offshoot of al-Qaeda.
It controls considerable territory in eastern Syria and western and central Iraq, in a campaign to set up a Sunni militant enclave straddling the border.
There were also reports on Wednesday of fighting further south, in Samarra, 110km north of Baghdad.
Separately, at least 21 people were killed and 45 hurt by a suicide bomber at a Shia meeting in Baghdad, police said. . . .
The US has condemned the militants, but BBC world affairs correspondent Paul Adams says the West’s response is not going to be military, as there is no appetite to return to a battleground that claimed thousands of British and American lives.

The terrorists control “considerable territory in eastern Syria,” so this is just a bonus dividend of the “Arab Spring.”

Way to go, Barack Obama.






  • Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    The Biden plan in action!

  • K-Bob

    If this were 2003, writing something like that would get you laughed out of nearly any conservative/libertarian forum for sounding like a Lyndon Larouche type nutjob.

    Now it’s merely the plain truth, and nearly any gradeschooler knows it.

    Once we went over the cliff, the smashup happened pretty fast.

  • hiernonymous

    You hit the nail on the head. Gradeschool mentality has gone mainstream, and contemptible nutjobbery that should be laughed out of the room is being applauded by people who should know better. It’s a shame that we can’t simply acknowledge that there are others who love their country every bit as much as we do even if they disagree with our politics.

    Yep, once we went over the cliff, the smash up was pretty fast.

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  • Chris Wysocki

    What makes you think Barry will rescue anyone from Baghdad? I’m envisioning Benghazi 2.0.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Very good point.

  • Boston You

    Why would he hate democracy? He was elected twice.

    Why do you think he is opening the borders?

    He loves democracy. In fact, it’s a gateway to the religion of socialism that is far easier than revolutionary marxism.

    The fundamental problem with democracy, in the era of fast mass global transportation, is that it’s extremely vulnerable to foreign ideology and, thus, becomes incapable of defending itself.

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  • ThomasD

    Also consider that if we do intervene now we will be working alongside similar efforts from Iran and in the interests of Bashar Assad.

    Obama’s ignorance and feckless wishcasting has well and truly effed the Middle East up in new and exciting ways

  • K-Bob

    We do laugh at your contemptable nutjobbery. It’s all you have.

  • Quartermaster

    I think partition is what is going to happen. Under the Ottoman Iraq was 3 provinces. The Ottoman were probably onto something.

  • Quartermaster

    If the wacko left loves their country so much, why are they trying to kill it? The truth is, they hate the country and what made it great.

  • Adjoran

    How pathetic is Obama’s policy when Biden’s idea is likely the best realistic outcome?

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