Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Iraq

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Iraq

Obama has decided that Iraq needs more American troops to fight against ISIS, but didn’t we already win in Iraq?

When President Bush wanted to go to war with Iraq in 2002 he went to Congress and got permission. We went in and took care of the problem.

Then Obama took office and took every American troop out of Iraq even though top Generals and advisors said it would be wise to leave in troops to stop uprisings, but Obama didn’t listen.

By 2012 all the troops had been pulled out and by 2014 ISIS re-took the city of Mosul. Now we are trying to take it back.

Obama has committed over 500 more troops to Iraq with the plan to recapture Mosul from ISIS control in the very near future.

The fight is guaranteed to see serious war casualties and civilian deaths and we will be right in the mix of it all.

In total, there are about 5,000 American troops on the ground in Iraq, and this is after Obama pulled out everyone.

Most of the 560 troops that are being sent over to help in the recapture of Mosul will be soldiers that are also engineers, and communications experts that will upgrade local bases and get ready for the attack.

There is only one problem; the troops that are being sent to Iraq can’t land right now because of rocket fire from ISIS.

The situation in Iraq is bad but getting better. American and Iraqi forces recently retook Fallujah, and Mosul is the last big fight in Iraq, hopefully.

We thought that last time, then Obama pulled everyone out and now we are back in. Hopefully Obama will learn from his mistakes this time, and we won’t have to go retake Mosul again after this attack.

What do you think about sending more troops to Iraq? Let us know in the comments below.

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ISIS fighters like to act tough and talk tough, but it turns out a group of ISIS fighters in Iraq were just acting like a bunch of girls.

The US supported coalition that has been fighting to take back Fallujah has destroyed the ISIS power structure in the city and the enemy is leaving.

The terrorist fighters who did not die in the shootouts are now trying to find ways to flee the city. Most tried to hide under the cover of refugees but a group of ISIS fighters tried something different.

Some dressed up as women and even put on makeup to try and sneak past the military and escape Fallujah.

A handful of bearded men pretending to be ugly women were stopped by Iraqi security forces and arrested.

An Iraqi commander said the ISIS fighters “have completely lost their morale and they have disguised in order not to be identified by the Iraqi security forces”, but it didn’t work this time.

Seeing the cross-dressing radical terrorists was a “beautiful” site, according to the commander. ISIS men dressed as women are not something you see everyday.

There is only one city in Iraq that is still being held by ISIS, but Iraqi forces are heading there next.

Mosul will see more fighting in the next few months and when the fighting is done and the good guys win, we can only hope that somebody is able to get some video or at least a few pictures of the ISIS men, dressed up as women trying to escape.

Did you think you would ever read a story on cross-dressing ISIS members? Let us know in the comments.

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Al-Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, had some big news in a recently-released audio message.

He called on young Muslims to attack the United States with so-called “lone wolf” attacks–and possibly extended an invitation to work together with ISIS.

“I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate,” Zawahri said, referring to Western nations like the United States.

“We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America.”

Al-Zawahiri also offered an olive branch to ISIS. While calling their “caliphate” illegitimate, he also offered to work together to further their collective mission of damaging the United States and other Western countries.

Al-Qaeda has been in a public battle with ISIS since early 2014, over their differing tactics. ISIS was once part of the Al-Qaeda network, known as “Al-Qaeda in Iraq,” but were publicly disowned by the parent group after they invaded Syria.

Jabhat al Nusra, Al-Qaeda’s existing Syrian wing, is also hostile towards ISIS.

Al-Qaeda, which had been seen as declining since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as the death of one-time leader Osama bin Laden, has been somewhat resurgent recently–and it’s clear that they’re now ramping up their rhetoric towards the United States.

However, it’s also clear that Al-Qaeda remains a shadow of their former self–but, in teaming up with ISIS, that marriage could change the entire balance of power in the Middle East.

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The Syrian Archbishop of Aleppo, Jean-Clement Jeanbart, slammed Barack Obama and America’s Western allies for failing to help Christians fleeing persecution from ISIS.

America’s reluctance, according to Jeanbart, is “unjust” for Christians worldwide.

“If you like us, help us stay in Syria and Lebanon and Iraq and continue to be a presence of Jesus Christ in that part of the world,” Jeanbart said during a news conference in Philadelphia, at a Knights of Columbus event.

He was joined by the Iraqi Archbishop of Erbil, Bashar Matti Warda, who urged Americans to “speak up for Christians in the Middle East.”

“They have been subject to all kinds of violence because they are Christians,” Warda said. “It is your responsibility–it is your duty to speak for them. This is part of being an American.”

The plight of Christians in ISIS-controlled lands in Syria and Iraq has been underplayed in the media over the past few years. But some Middle Eastern Christian communities date back over 2,000 years–to the time of Jesus.

When ISIS invaded the Iraqi city of Mosul last year, for instance–a city with a large Christian minority–they gave Christians just one night to leave their homes, or face death by behading. Many of those Christians had nowhere to go but refugee camps across the border.

Iraq has lost more than 1 million Christians–nearly 75% of its Christian population–over the last ten years. Few of them have been able to enter the U.S., due to America’s immigration policy.

Despite the Archbishops’ urgings, there seems little chance that Obama–or America’s allies–will take action to help save Middle Eastern Christians from persecution in the near future.

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Shortly after the Iraqi city of Fallujah fell to the Islamic State (ISIS) in January 2014, President Obama was interviewed by The New Yorker. When asked about the loss of such an iconic city from the U.S. war in Iraq, Obama responded with his usual glibness: “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” Less than six-months after he made those comments, Obama’s “jayvee team” would establish an Islamic “Caliphate” spanning two countries, with an estimated 31,000 fighters from all over the world pouring into its territory for a chance to die martyrs’ deaths while fighting the western armies of “Rome.”

Yet, even as ISIS grows in size and brutality, Obama and his Administration continue to harbor a fantasy world in which, to them, these horrendous acts of terrorists are on par with those committed here in America by Christians during the Jim Crow era;and fueled today in the global jihad not by religious zeal, but by poor economic conditions and anti-immigrant racism. This sophomoric view of the world is neither funny nor tolerable; it is in fact emboldening our adversaries from Moscow to Mosul, and from Havana to Beijing, with potentially devastating harm to the interests of the United States and our allies.

With few exceptions, Obama’s predecessors in the Oval Office navigated the complex and high-stakes arena of international diplomacy based on a sober assessment of the world as it is. Now, Obama and his advisors make decisions based on the world as they dream it to be; and, if reality happens to fall outside their tightly crafted narrative, it is either marginalized or dismissed outright.

This desperate attempt to shoehorn an increasingly unstable international environment into a situation in which Obama remains the stoic “Savior,” has turned the State Department into a sideshow, with spokespersons spouting gibberish that would be comical if not for the fact that these people represent the United States to the rest of the world.

In the tense standoff between Russia and Ukraine, then-State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki (who recently was promoted to the White House staff) tweeted a picture of herself holding a piece of paper with “#UnitedForUkraine” scrawled on it. The childish “diplomatic” gesture immediately prompted headlines such as, “Russia sends troops, Obama administration sends a selfie.” More recently, as ISIS leaders publicly execute Americans, Christians, homosexuals, and others it does not consider true believers, a State Department spokesperson suggested with a straight face a “root cause” for the growth of ISIS was a “lack of opportunity for jobs.”

As the White House tried to convince Americans that ISIS sprang-up out of Mesopotamia overnight – a fantasy that fit nicely with the reality that the Administration was utterly unprepared to deal the threat for many months — ISIS was very public about articulating its goals in the region; even publishing annual reports about its progress. In fact, it was Obama’s ill-advised and Hillary-backed intervention in Libya, sending that country tumbling into chaos, that ISIS found the foothold in the region it needed to expand.

“Obama’s intervention in Libya was an abject failure, judged even by its own standards,” writes Alan Kuperman, a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. “Rather than helping the United States combat terrorism … Libya now serves as a safe haven for militias affiliated with both al Qaeda and [ISIS].”

The reason the Obama Administration so badly bungled the Libya intervention is the same reason why State Department spokespeople continue to speak of the war with ISIS in the same terms it would use to explain drug addiction or inner-city poverty: It refuses to accept the world and the actors on the international stage cannot be controlled with political messaging and spin. Therefore, rather than admitting even basic truths about the challenges it faces — like Islamic terrorists are actually Islamic and adhere zealously to a “theology that must be understood to be combatted” — this Administration prefers to trumpet so-called intelligence reports focused on specters and boogeymen with which it feels more comfortable, such as domestic “right-wing sovereign citizen extremist groups.”

Obama’s “Amateur Hour” foreign policy has managed to both inject America blindly into action in the name of preventing terrorism, while at the same time marginalizing other legitimate terror threats. At this juncture, halfway through Obama’s second term, and with the Congress seeming to lack the backbone to force the Administration to remove its rose-colored glasses and forsake its trademark “hashtag” diplomacy substituting for true statesmanship, we and our allies will continue to play defense while ISIS and other terror groups flourish in the vacuum left by America’s exit as a true leader on the world stage.

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