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A Guide to Fast-Moving Events in Iraq
Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 6/22/2014 4:16:05 AM

BAGHDAD -- Sunni militants who have been sweeping through northern Iraq shifted their focus to Anbar province, taking two strategic towns in the volatile region west of Baghdad. Heavily armed Shiite rivals, meanwhile, paraded in several cities in a show of force that underlines risks that the conflict could be headed toward a sectarian showdown. A guide to the events that unfolded Saturday: CAPTURED TOWNS Spearheaded by al-Qaida breakaway group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Sunni fighters took the town of Qaim on the Syrian border after a daylong battle Friday, while Rawah along the Euphrates River fell on Saturday.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: privateer, 6/22/2014 6:28:39 AM     (No. 9895274)

Capsule summary: group A seeks to wipe out group B. May they both succeed totally.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: abiner, 6/22/2014 8:23:39 AM     (No. 9895369)


Remember "Stormin´ Norman" Schwarzkopf: "It is the Islamics´ highest goal to meet Allah. It is our highest goal to make sure it happens."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 6/22/2014 8:31:25 AM     (No. 9895379)

In the school yard when your sworn enemy is fighting the school bully...you stay out of it, and don´t hand anyone a weapon that can later be used on you!!!
Hopefully at least one of them will be weakened and you only have to fight the one that survives.
Suppose you join in the fight and then find out that they are cousins, and they both turn to fight you together.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bpl40, 6/22/2014 8:46:03 AM     (No. 9895399)

I am still looking hard for the bad news here.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: chicodon, 6/22/2014 11:16:16 AM     (No. 9895564)

Since we have been leaderless for 5-1/2 years, Iraq is lost. The 300 soldiers being sent in are probably sent to evacuate Americans.

We had a perfect opportunity to surround Iran via Iraq and Afghanistan and we let it slip away.

The Israelis were right. The Iraq War was one of the greatest military blunders in history.

Winner: Iran and Russia

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 6/22/2014 11:23:28 AM     (No. 9895573)

The Obama gang´s Iraq strategy is to not kill any terrorists in Iraq. If this strategy gets Americans killed, Obama does not view that as a problem since we won´t have any troops on the ground.

Our goal should be to kill as many terrorists as possible without the use of ground troops. Take out their leadership. No discussion on nation building until the terrorists are destroyed. Leave it to the countries to form their own governments. We should not care as long as they do not support terrorists. Also need to work at turning the Islamic population away from supporting the terrorist groups. Either an Islamic reformation or conversion to other religions.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: horacer, 6/22/2014 11:35:25 AM     (No. 9895589)

There are no longer any good guys. It´s a terrible thing for their are many fine people in Iraq. But it is devolving into what Syria is. A divided nation at the mercy of the worst elements in the region. None of this should have happened. Now we have to ensure it doesn´t spread to Jordan.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: NotaBene, 6/22/2014 11:48:43 AM     (No. 9895595)

Invading Iraq was a good move. Now we have given the Muslims that brought our World Trade Center down a headache that will keep them fighting for generations. Hussein provided the 9/11 Saudis and Baluchis with passports in occupied Kuwait and the support of Iraqi embassies world-wide in case one forgets.



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Reply 9 - Posted by: uno, 6/22/2014 12:03:25 PM     (No. 9895612)

So the big take-away here should be that in the midst of lawlessness and chaos, thugs take over.
Does that ring any bells anyone?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 6/22/2014 1:03:13 PM     (No. 9895669)

If the chaos gets too great it could choke off the flow of oil to the West - at least from this region. Too bad so many natural resources are found in such a radical, unstable part of the world.

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