Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Iraq: Jihadists take control of Mosul

Despite the "democracy" and the purple fingers, Iraq was destined to slide back into the 7th century once our nation-building was done.  Now that one of the largest cities in Iraq is controlled by  Al-Qaeda, I wonder if Obama will finally admit that his suppression of any talk of Islam as the driving force behind Al-Qaeda has enabled the jihadists to take over Mosul?


From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty June 11

Islamic Militants Take Control Of Iraq's Mosul

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is asking parliament to declare a state of emergency after Al-Qaeda-linked militants seized control of one of the largest cities in the country.

State TV said parliament will convene on June 12 to discuss the request.

Fighters believed to be affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized key buildings in the northern city of Mosul late on June 9.

Officials said dozens of heavily armed insurgents seized the provincial capital's headquarters, occupied police stations, overran the airport, and freed prisoners from jails.

The governor of the northern province of Nineveh, Athil al-Nujaifi, said the military and police forces abandoned their positions.

Residents were quoted as saying that black flags associated with jihadist groups were flying from buildings and that the militants had announced over loudspeakers that they had come to "liberate"
the city of nearly 2 million people.  
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Earlier on June 9, Governor Nujaifi made a televised plea to the city's inhabitants to fight the Al-Qaeda-linked militants who have been regaining ground in Iraq.

Nujaifi escaped Mosul unharmed before the provincial government's headquarters fell.

His brother, parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, called on the Iraqi government and the regional government of Kurdistan to send reinforcements to Mosul. He also said he had asked the U.S. ambassador for help.

"When battles intensified inside the city of Mosul, the [Iraqi] forces abandoned their weapons and the commanders fled, leaving behind weapons and armored vehicles -- their positions were easy prey for terrorists, even the Mosul airport," parliament speaker Nujaifi said in Baghdad.

"Planes and command positions -- all of them have fallen in addition to weapons caches. Also prisons were stormed and criminals have been set free. What happened is a catastrophe by any measure."

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