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Iraq Terrorists Becoming An Army – Using US Supplies

From Eli Lake at the Daily Beast:

Iraq’s Terrorists Are Becoming a Full-Blown Army

By Eli Lake | June 11, 2014

… With the fall of Mosul on Tuesday, Iraq’s al Qaeda offshoot has not only seized the country’s second-largest city, it appears it also has come into possession of the heavy weapons and vehicles the U.S. military had provided Iraq’s military to fight them.

That’s terrible news for America’s few allies left in Iraq as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) morph from terrorist menace to a military force capable of over-running an army the U.S. military trained for nearly a decade. It also calls into question the American government’s decision to withdraw the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011. Three years later that withdrawal now appears premature…

Eli Lake must a racist to criticize Obama like that. Even indirectly.

General Najim al-Jabouri, a former mayor of Tel Afar, which is a little more than 31 miles from Mosul, told The Daily Beast the bases seized by ISIS this week would provide the group with even more heavy weapons than they currently control…

General Najim is not alone in this assessment. Jack Keane, a retired four-star Army general who was a key adviser to General David Petraeus during the counter-insurgency campaign in Iraq in 2007 and 2008 known as the surge, said ISIS has now established itself as a formidable military force.

“This organization has grown into a military organization that is no longer conducting terrorist activities exclusively but is conducting conventional military operations,” he said. “They are attacking Iraqi military positions with company- and battalion-size formations. And in the face of that the Iraqi security forces have not been able to stand up to it.”

If the Iraqi security forces couldn’t stand up to the ISIS when they were merely terrorists, they won’t have a chance against them when they have tanks and artillery.

There were signs this was coming. Sheik Jassim Muhammad Suwaydawi, one of the remaining pro-American tribal leaders in western Iraq, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that his forces have fought ISIS companies that drove tanks in western Iraq. “ISIS is using heavy weapons, in some cases even tanks because of the weakness of the Iraqi Army.”

It was not supposed to be this way.

Yes, it was. At least according to Obama and the Democrats. This is exactly the outcome they have always desired and planned for.

Back in 2008, U.S. counter-insurgency commanders touted the Iraqi city of Mosul, 200 miles northwest of Baghdad, as a model success in the American “troop surge” that helped contain the Sunni-Shia civil war. But today Mosul became the de facto capital of a jihadist newcomer that is not only crumbling the authority of the Iraqi government but also overshadowing al Qaeda…

With its overrunning of Mosul ISIS has taken a significant step in its carving out of a caliphate that is reshaping both Iraq and Syria.

And the Caliphate is something Obama and the Democrats would also welcome. After all, that was the whole idea behind the ‘Arab Spring.’

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, June 12th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Iraq Terrorists Becoming An Army – Using US Supplies”

  1. I’m happy because Baghdad needs more immigrants. Immigrants are vital to Iraq’s health. Immigrants for everybody!


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