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Baghdad Bomb Blitz Feared
as Next Stage of ISIS Offensive

NBC News, by Robert Windrem and Richard Engel

Original Article

Posted By:NorthernDog, 6/24/2014 2:55:40 PM

With ISIS forces nearing Baghdad´s city limits, U.S. officials don´t believe the relatively small, ill-equipped army of Islamic militants will be able to take the city by a frontal assault. Instead, they fear that ISIS will terrorize Baghdad by launching a wave of suicide bombings and possibly cutting off water and electricity to the city of 7.5 million. The strategy, according to the officials, appears aimed at demoralizing residents of the city and inciting a new wave of sectarian violence that could further undermine the ruling Shia-led Iraqi government. Asked if the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a

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Baghdad Bomb Blitz Feared
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NBC News, by Robert Windrem and Richard Engel    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/24/2014 2:55:40 PM     Post Reply
With ISIS forces nearing Baghdad´s city limits, U.S. officials don´t believe the relatively small, ill-equipped army of Islamic militants will be able to take the city by a frontal assault. Instead, they fear that ISIS will terrorize Baghdad by launching a wave of suicide bombings and possibly cutting off water and electricity to the city of 7.5 million. The strategy, according to the officials, appears aimed at demoralizing residents of the city and inciting a new wave of sectarian violence that could further undermine the ruling Shia-led Iraqi government. Asked if the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a

   

 

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Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/22/2014 3:24:53 PM     Post Reply
LOS OLIVOS, CALIF.—From outside the gates of Neverland Ranch, it appears as if Michael Jackson’s former home and fantasyland has been frozen in time. The backyard circus is long gone, but heartfelt notes placed by saddened fans at the property’s entrance remain intact five years after Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009. And visitors are still making the pilgrimage. “I figured it would just be a closed gate, but I still wanted to see it for myself,” said James Chen of Seattle, a fan who stopped outside Neverland during a recent road trip with his father. While many Jackson ventures

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and long-term threat´ to the US
Guardian [UK], by Rory Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/22/2014 3:18:12 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles - The Islamic extremists who have seized swathes of Iraq could destabilise the entire region and threaten the United States, President Barack Obama has warned. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) could spread conflict to neighbouring states and pose a “medium and long-term threat” to the US, Obama said in an interview aired on Sunday. "We´re going to have to be vigilant generally,” Obama said. “Right now the problem with Isis is the fact that they´re destabilising the country. That could spill over into some of our allies like Jordan." Secretary of state John Kerry,

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New York Times, by Thomas Erdbrink    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/21/2014 7:48:02 PM     Post Reply
NAJAF, Iraq — It had been quite the morning for Jamli Umm Saif, a mother of four. After morning prayers on Saturday, she sent off her husband and eldest son to join a military parade by the Mahdi Army, a Shiite militia run by the populist cleric Moktada al-Sadr. Then she phoned her girlfriends and told them to come watch the parade wearing white shrouds draped over their black chadors, as a sign that they, too, the women of the Mahdi Army, were ready for martyrdom. “Yes, we are women,” said Umm Saif, a nickname meaning “mother of Saif,” giggling from behind her black face cover. “But don’t be mistaken. We can fight, too.

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Iraq has long played a major role in President Obama´s political life, going back to his earliest days as an Illinois state senator barely known outside of his Chicago district. Obama´s early anti-Iraq war stand would become a centerpiece of his first run for the White House, but it´s since been a persistent crisis that´s been his to manage, despite his every effort to put it behind him. In late 2002, before the Iraq war had begun, then-state Sen. Obama appeared on Public Affairs, a Chicago television program hosted by Jeff Berkowitz. He was asked how, given the chance, he

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Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/19/2014 8:49:17 AM     Post Reply
There are no good options in Iraq right now. But some are worse than others. Three of the worst, unfortunately, are also the most popularly debated in Washington today: launch U.S. airstrikes without U.S. boots on the ground; work with Iran to fight ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria; and/or break up Iraq into separate Shiite, Sunni Arab and Kurdish states. All three options are alluring, but their appeal is fool´s gold. Start with the idea of hitting ISIS with U.S. drones, sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles and, possibly, manned bombers. This is the easiest policy, but it is

   

 

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Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/18/2014 2:22:12 PM     Post Reply
HARTFORD, CONN.—A U.S. woman described by police as an apparent hoarder was crushed to death when a floor piled with clutter collapsed into her basement, medical officials said Tuesday. The Connecticut state chief medical examiner’s office said 66-year-old Beverly Mitchell died of accidental and traumatic asphyxia. Mitchell’s body was found Saturday as crews were using a backhoe to remove debris from her home. She may have been dead for more than a week, police said. Authorities have said they believe the first floor collapsed under the weight of all the clutter, which was stacked as high as the ceiling in

Obama Should Have Seen
Iraq Unrest Coming, Experts Say
NBC News, by Perry Bacon Jr. and Andrew Rafferty    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/16/2014 6:21:49 PM     Post Reply
Lawmakers from both parties and even some non-partisan analysts say the Obama administration should have better anticipated the rise of Sunni militants, who captured Iraq’s second-largest city last week and could pose a terrorism threat both within and outside the country’s borders. With U.S. officials now scrambling to respond to the advances by The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the insurgent group that seized Mosul last week, some critics say there was either a failure by U.S. intelligence officials in assessing the strength of ISIS or Obama and his policy team didn’t react quickly enough. “It was very clear

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Criticism mounting of Obama
administration’s inaction in Iraq
Washington Times, by Tom Howell Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/15/2014 2:40:31 PM     Post Reply
Members of Congress called on President Obama Sunday to link up with Arab allies and quell a quick-moving crisis in Iraq, where Islamic militants swept toward Baghdad and left a bloody trail in their wake. Republican lawmakers said the administration has sat on the sidelines for too long as sectarian violence threatens to undo what U.S. troops accomplished during the war in Iraq. The bloodshed spurred by militants from an al Qaeda splinter group could topple the country’s fragile government while civil war rages in neighboring Syria, they said, offering a magnet for extremists from Iran and even western nations.

Is It ISIS Or ISIL? Jihadist Group
Expanding In Iraq Has Two Names, One Goal
International Business Times, by Erin Banco    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 6/14/2014 6:54:03 PM     Post Reply
This week, the stunningly fast advance in northern Iraq of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a Sunni militant group, has taken the world by surprise. As it takes over cities, including Iraq´s second-biggest, Mosul, in its quest to establish an Islamic caliphate, the group is threatening to draw regional powers into an armed confrontation. (Snip) Is it ISIS or ISIL? Both are correct. ISIS and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are the same, the group which emerged during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and was once led by the feared Abu

   

 

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In Iraq, an al Qaeda splinter group is threatening Baghdad after seizing control of two cities. In Pakistan, the Taliban attacked a major airport twice in one week. And in Nigeria, the Islamist militant group Boko Haram was blamed for another mass kidnapping. A cluster of militant attacks over the past week is a reminder of how the once-singular threat of al Qaeda has changed since the killing of Osama bin Laden, morphing or splintering into smaller, largely autonomous Islamist factions that in some cases are now overshadowing the parent group. Each movement is different, fueled by local political and



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