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Shiite cleric issues threat to
US military advisers as Iraq
militants take border post

Fox News, by Staff*

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Posted By:earlybird, 6/21/2014 10:31:06 AM

A high-level Shiite cleric in Iraq issued a warning to American military advisers bound for Iraq Friday, hours before Sunni militants captured a crossing on Iraq´s border with Syria and Shiite militia members paraded in Baghdad and other cities. Sky News reports that Nassir al-Saedi, a cleric loyal to the firebrand Muqtada al-Sadr, referred to America as "the occupier" in a sermon during Friday prayers and added "We will be ready for you if you are back." On Thursday, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would send 300 military advisers to provide intelligence and training to the Iraqi army in its

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I fear that our advisers are being set up to be sitting ducks.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 6/21/2014 10:36:06 AM     (No. 9894624)

Three hundred advisers are going into this "wild card" situation?

But the Shiite militias formed in response to the current ISIS offensive could represent a dangerous wild card in the new battle for Iraq. The Mahdi Army, a militia loyal to al-Sadr, battled U.S. troops and was blamed for attacks on Sunni civilians during the height of the country´s sectarian bloodletting in 2006 and 2007. The same was true of several Iran-backed militias in the years prior to the American withdrawal in 2011. Last week, in the wake of the capture of the cities of Mosul and Tikrit by ISIS, al-Sadr has called for the formation of "peace brigades" to repel attacks on sites holy to Shiites across Iraq.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: horacer, 6/21/2014 10:44:08 AM     (No. 9894637)

They have no business going. Baghdad has already been taken by al sadr and the Iranian quds. Which army would we advise? The one that runs or the shia elements which will only strengthen Irans hand in Iraq. Syria is a mess, Iraq is turning into the same mess. All we should do is try to help our allies like Jordan. They are going to be overrun by even more refugees. It´s important the King is not toppled. Maybe Kerry can take a reset button with him when he goes to meet al-malaki.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hotrod, 6/21/2014 11:30:41 AM     (No. 9894682)

I have the same fear: The ´´advisors´´ are being sent to their slaughter. Obama is doing a half-a** thing here, instead of doing it right. If we are going to send Americans in harm´s way, give them enough manpower and resources to have a fighting chance!!!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 6/21/2014 5:15:38 PM     (No. 9894973)

Obama announced to the world he would not send in troops, but is now sending in advisers. Sounds like an invitation to capture them, or worse.

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