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Al Qaeda Freed 500 Iraqi Prisoners – Is Growing

From an unfazed Reuters:

Al Qaeda says it freed 500 inmates in Iraq jail-break

By Suadad al-Salhy [sic] | July 23, 2013

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Al Qaeda claimed responsibility on Tuesday for simultaneous raids on two Iraqi prisons and said more than 500 inmates had been set free in the operation, one of its most brazen in Iraq.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, formed earlier this year through a merger of al Qaeda’s affiliates in Syria and Iraq, said it had stormed Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib jail and another, some 20 km (12 miles) north of capital, after months of preparation.

Perhaps it was a protest against some YouTube video?

Monday’s attacks came exactly a year after the leader of al Qaeda’s Iraqi branch, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, launched a "Breaking the Walls" campaign that made freeing its imprisoned members a top priority, the group said in a statement…

The group said it had deployed suicide attackers, rockets, and 12 car bombs, killing 120 Iraqi guards and SWAT forces in the attacks in Taji, north of Baghdad, and Abu Ghraib, the prison made notorious a decade ago by photographs showing abuse of prisoners by U.S. soldiers.

And never mind that those Abu Ghraib prisoners have long since wanted their gentle US guards back.

Interior ministry and medical sources said 29 police and soldiers were killed, and 36 wounded…

Happy Ramadan!

Meanwhile, we have this from the Christian Science Monitor:

Al Qaeda growing, but less focused on US, study finds

By Anna Mulrine | July 22, 2013

Washington – Al Qaeda not only remains a threat to the United States, but its capabilities and scope are expanding, a new analysis from a respected think tank has concluded.

“There has been a net expansion in the number and geographic scope of Al Qaeda affiliates and allies over the past decade, indicating that Al Qaeda and its brand are far from defeated,” argues Seth Jones, an analyst at the RAND Corporation and the study’s author…

What’s this?! Could we have been misled by our Commander In Chief?

Why, after a decade of wars – the longest in America’s history – is the terrorist organization that the US military set out to defeat still active and growing? And does it really have an impact on the everyday safety of most Americans?

There are a few reasons for the growth of the terrorist group, Mr. Jones argues. “One is the Arab uprisings, which have weakened regimes across North Africa and the Middle East, creating an opportunity for Al Qaeda affiliates and allies to secure a foothold.” …

Lest we forget, Mr. Obama has done everything in his power to promote these ‘Arab uprisings.’ (Thanks to the advice of experts like Huma Weiner.)

The bottom line is that US policymakers, the analysis ominously concludes, “should view the Al Qaeda threat as a decades-long struggle like the Cold War.”

Which, we are now told, was just another paranoid Republican fantasy.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Al Qaeda Freed 500 Iraqi Prisoners – Is Growing”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Truly the sleep-afflicted national socialists are usually too wrapped up in their own mission of how to save earth that they cannot see that they’re fanning the flames of a huge fire elsewhere.

    Kinda like the three stooges only not funny and with real, actual and dire consequences.

    Like throwing water on a grease fire. Well intentioned but the lack of a simple education on the subject results in the whole kitchen burning up, if not the entire house. Meanwhile, they, the well-intentioned fireman cries for sympathy because their intentions were good.

    Like the drunk guy trying to save his drunk buddy from drowning and ends up drowning himself.

    As is well-known but far less understood, the road to hell, etc etc.

    Those good intentions, however, nowadays don’t seem so much like good intentions as they do fits of anger and calls for vengeance. This is the source for my sarcasm and cynicism. Please do not claim you’re trying to help me while you’re taxing me into poverty. Don’t tell me I can keep my doctor when you have no intention of letting that happen.

    And on and on and on. Lies, lies, lies. The propaganda arm of the national socialists is very long and very willing to cooperate. They have made an organization that the Mafia must surely envy. They control all the money, all the information and soon, our very lives with this abomination of Destructo-care.

    Rome had its power-mongers but they had to be up front about it and eliminate their competition with physical violence. In some sense, that was at least more honorable though no less despicable at the same time. Now, here, in this nation, the insidious evil that comes stalking towards us pretends to be our buddy and pal and makes a big show of it while having some operative wires a bomb into our lives.

    Sadly, as in all cases of human history, the evil will never be fully recognized until well after its implementation and well after the evil has passed, if it ever does. For decades after WWII there were roundups of escaped nazis and there were and still are those who believe the nazi way is the only way.

    It comes in varying degrees to various people. But they all want to be part of something powerful, unrelenting and overwhelming, regardless of how wrong it may be. The human mind has this curious ability to justify anything. The citizens of Dachau rationalized what the smell was and refused to acknowledge that evil lurked at their very doorstep.

    It always starts small, incrementally. Some liken it to the temperature being raised in the pot and we’re frogs swimming in that pot. An apt analogy.

    In my own short lifetime I’ve watched as the GOVERNMENT takes more and more of my (our) freedom away. All in the name of “goodness” and “protecting” us. From seatbelt mandates to helmet laws to the workweek hours, school in-session requirements, testing, etc etc.

    EPA, DOJ, DOE, all of them. Bloated, Inefficient, full of bloviating bureaucrats. Jerk-wads who can’t function in anything but a severely structured environment. Usually lacking in character, creative ability or a working brain, save the ability to lick a boot and move up politically.

    I think the vast majority of humanity has been, historically, sheep willing to be run to the slaughter. Willingly, happily, voluntarily. “Get on the train, we are taking you to a new place for your own protection.”

    “Wann danke ich in der Lage bin, meine Kinder wieder zu sehen?”

    (Thank you, when will I be able to see my children again?)

    Genocide, slavery, cruelty, oppression, destruction….It appears to be the human way.

    Only in the last 230 years has it ever been slowed in a place once called The United States.

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    So all you naysayers left and right who criticized Bush’s fight in Iraq (at the time I was there we were fighting the AQIZ, Zarqawi’s Al-Qaida in Iraq) pay heed to what is happening now. We had more national security and economic justification for Iraq then we ever did staying around in Afghanistan, which is why under Bush the Stan received less focus. Not calling him a saint, and I wish he could have shed a little light on our plan and policy to the public, but the fact remains that under obama we have given up all we gained in the GWOT, and he increased or installed many strategy and policy decisions to ensure this. I for one feel that an accurate history will regard my peers and I as having been as screwed over if not more so than the Nam vets, no disrespect. Oh I could write a book, but I have a feeling it would be blamed for some foreign policy failure an I’d end up in jail or a Moscow airport.

    • Noyzmakr says:

      Thank you. I imagine their are many Iraqis who would say the same but I’m afraid their corrupt government won’t keep the freedom you and your fellow warriors gave them.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Thank you. Sincerely.

      But like the sage said, “what difference at this point does it make? I’ll be honest Iraqi freedom was a cute moniker, and I’m proud to say that ultimately we made people’s live better, but I was fighting for America’s security an the hopes that we would use this oil rich, geographically convenient country to better America’s interests. H
      That got losses away, and those Iraqis who wanted to help us to that end and in the process achieve freedom got thrown in with the mix. Like the south Vietnamese. Believe me it wasn’t just their corrupt government that punted this one.

      However do not take my bitterness as not appreciating your gratitude and I assure you I reciprocate with my own. Concerned American patriots out of uniform have every bit as much of a hand in keeping the country free and secure, sometimes more so. I like to tell other service men when they get too high on themselves that the greatest American military achievement was accomplished by farmers and tradesmen against the proudest military in the world at the time. I stumbled into this line of work and used my principles to do whatever I have done since, and in that I am certainly no better than any other real American.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Thank you for your service to our nation.
      ‘Nam Vet 72-73
      I had hoped this would never happen again.
      Steve…….I respect this A.O. and all my family here.
      I am biting my tounge………bro

    • Noyzmakr says:

      I realize that it’s our freedom you guys fought for. It’s just that many people around the world also owe their freedom for your sacrfices and I’m sure they aren’t all ungrateful. I sincerely mean it when I say thank you. Thank you too LD and all you vets.

      My uncle and namesake died on the USS West Virginia. My dad joined the Marines shortly thereafter. U.S.M.C. 1ST Marine Division, “G”Btry, 3rd. Battalion, 11th Marine Division. He fought at Guadalcanal and was wounded there on 11/24/42, and also
      fought at New Guinea, Cape Gloucester, New Britain and Peleliu. These battles haunted him. He never spoke of it and we only learned of his full record after his death. He wouldn’t allow us to keep our hunting rifles in the house. We couldn’t figure out why. One day he showed me a LOOK magazine picture of a dead Jap rolling around in the surf of some far away pacific island and said; ” I ate breakfast on one of them”. He was drunk and I dismissed it but I later learned he was most likely giving me a hint of what he saw.

      I was too young for ‘Nam and too old for GWOT. I tried to join when I was a teenager but my ill-spent youth made that impossible.

      You guys make so many sacrifices that many people will never know and sadly, many don’t appreciate, don’t care and don’t deserve. I’m not one of them.

      It just really irks me that all that was won in Iraq is being squandered by incompetents. Here and there.

  3. captstubby says:

    years ago, at the Final Viewing of my father in law,

    the memorial home director,preparing the casket for closing,

    asked about his Purple Hearts pin to the cushion.

    they were all that his departed Wife and Helper managed to hold on to.

    he never kept anything from Korea.

    except the bullet holes and shrapnel.

    the family was silent for a moment ,

    so turning to the Sons and Daughters i remarked

    ,”let him keep them.

    he earned ’em.”

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