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ISIS Captures 4 More Iraqi Cities And 3 Border Crossings

From a probably quietly cheering Associated Press:

Militants blitz through Iraq’s western desert

By HAMZA HENDAWI [sic] and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA [sic] | June 23, 2014

BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni militants have blitzed through the vast desert of western Iraq, capturing four towns and three border crossings and deepening the predicament of the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Apparently, ISIS didn’t hear Mr. Obama on Friday, when he said: "There won’t be a military solution to the problem."

Their latest victories — including two border posts captured Sunday, one along the frontier with Jordan and the other with Syria — considerably expanded territory under the militants’ control just two weeks after the al-Qaida breakaway group started swallowing up chunks of northern Iraq, heightening pressure on al-Maliki to step aside.

Yes, Maliki stepping aside will satisfy them for sure.

The lightening offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant takes the group closer to its dream of carving out an Islamic state straddling both Syria and Iraq…

The word the AP is reaching for here is ‘caliphate. The Reuters version of this news has the headline: ‘Iraq militants take Syria border post in drive for caliphate.’ Which is what the ‘Arab Spring’ was all about.

Sunday’s capture by the militants of crossings bordering Jordan and Syria followed the fall on Friday and Saturday of the towns of Qaim, Rawah, Anah and Rutba, all of which are in Sunni-dominated Anbar province, where the militants have since January controlled the city of Fallujah and parts of the provincial capital, Ramadi…

Names that are all too familiar to anyone who has followed the war and our soldiers’ sacrifices. They are now all back in enemy hands.

The militants now appear poised to march toward a key dam in the city of Haditha, the destruction of which would damage the country’s electrical grid and cause major flooding…

Yet another all too familiar name. Let’s hope the terrorists don’t harm any civilians.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, June 23rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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