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Islamic State grabs Iraqi dam,
oilfield after defeating Kurds

Reuters, by Ahmed Rasheed and Raheem Salman

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 8/3/2014 10:23:55 AM

BAGHDAD - Islamic State fighters seized control of Iraq´s biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns on Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping through the region in June. Capture of the Mosul Dam after an offensive of barely 24 hours could give the Sunni militants the ability to flood major Iraqi cities, sharply raising the stakes in their bid to topple Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki´s Shi´ite-led government. Islamic State, which sees Iraq´s majority Shi´ites as apostates who deserve to be killed, also seized the Ain Zalah oil field, adding to four others already under

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Looks like they have turned their ire on the Kurds and areas outside of Baghdad, for now.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: FilAm, 8/3/2014 10:33:29 AM     (No. 9951667)

Where´s Obama ?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pros7767, 8/3/2014 10:43:24 AM     (No. 9951679)

Golfing and celebrating his birthday #1.

This is really bad news. I had hoped the Kurds would survive this onslaught.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: curious1, 8/3/2014 11:00:51 AM     (No. 9951704)

#2, the Kurds aren´t like the Iraqi soldiers. They´ll likely be back for round 2.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Pearson365, 8/3/2014 11:05:12 AM     (No. 9951711)

Just 7 months ago Obama described the Islamic State as the jayvee team of terrorism. Obama used the analogy that simply putting on a Lakers´ jersey didn´t make one a Kobe Bryant. This frightening dismissal of IS was to remind us that even though terrorists were now besieging the entire Middle East, that "core al Qaeda" was still, somehow, somewhere, on the run thanks to Obama´s leadership.

This bogus core al Qaeda phrase has been used repeatedly by Obama and his propandists to deflect all criticism that Obama´s policies have failed in Libya (which he never mentions), Egypt (thankfully), Iran (those aren´t "core" nukes), Iraq (Iraqi army is the actual jayvee squad), Afghanistsn (Iraq in 18 months), Israel (new Obama slogan - Hamas & Chains) and elsewhere.

Also missing from media reports are what the 750 US military advisors are doing in Iraq. Obama surely wants a press blackout and our media are complying.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: periwinkel, 8/3/2014 11:10:37 AM     (No. 9951724)

This is the second time the US has failed the Kurds...the first was under the presidency of George HW Bush. Tell me again why we should elect another Bush?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: harleynyc, 8/3/2014 11:19:24 AM     (No. 9951737)

Is there an ebola bomb ?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: richwill, 8/3/2014 11:41:01 AM     (No. 9951767)

Sounds like this is all about the oil. Sadly, the US has refused to help the kurds.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GW_Rider, 8/3/2014 12:53:18 PM     (No. 9951838)

The Mosul dam is on the Tigris.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: califedup, 8/3/2014 1:51:11 PM     (No. 9951906)

This is rapidly coming to the point where the Iranians will send in regular army units, including armored divisions, to crush the ISIS and convert Iraq into a vassal state with the backing of Putin of course.

Nice work Dictator Obama, but of course the only war you care about is the one you are waging on this country.

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