Friday, August 15, 2014

Iraq Updates ( August 15 , 2014 ) -- US ditches so called humanitarian rescue of Yazidis in a heartbeat ( without rescuing one Yazidi ) and now are focusing on the new War and new missions , like reinvading Fallujah ! ISIS seems to have quickly adapted to US intervention and tactics ( as if they had been schooled in same ) .....



BasNews attacks PKK claiming trying to make Sinjar into their Syrian region and keep it out of Kurdistan!

Sunni offer to battle Islamic State if conditions are met, but Shiite politicians in Baghdad show little enthusiasm.

air-forces have targeted positions near dam.

gave up the power to is like gives the up power to his brother Maher.. Not significant and is irrelevant.

sources report a drone has bombarded a convoy in north mistakenly..

As PM, Abadi must restore KRG budget & seal rev-sharing deal as first priority, to forge unity needed to fight ISIS

My latest article profiling an Sunni insurgent group called Jaysh Thuwar :

Talk within National All to limit new govt to 20 ministers & decentralize power to provinces

Iraqi military analyst ISF making no progress in Anbar Salahaddin Ninewa

Anti War......

Iraq Escalation: US Troops Headed Back to Fallujah

Anbar Governor Confirms Deal for US Presence 'Very Soon'

by Jason Ditz, August 14, 2014
Having ditched the Yazidi rescue pretext for the new US war in Iraq, after discovering there weren’t really many Yazidis to rescue in the first place, the US has reportedly set its sights on the Anbar Province, site of some of the bloodiest US battles during the previous occupation.
In an interview with Reuters, Anbar Governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi confirmed meetings with US diplomats and senior military officials, and secured a promise of not only air strikes against ISIS holdings in the province, but a military presence on the ground.
“No date was decided but it will be very soon and there will be a presence for the Americans in the western area,” Dulaimi confirmed. ISIS controls materially all of the Anbar Province at this point.
Anbar was the first major territorial gain for ISIS in Iraq, way back in January when they seized Fallujah and Ramadi, the main cities in the province. Since then, they’ve expanded, and were believed to have recently taken the Haditha Dam, one of the last sites outside their control in the province.
The US launched several major invasions of Fallujah during the last war, in both 2003 and in 2004, During Operation Phantom Fury, the last of the sieges, the US Marines invaded the city in a battle that left an estimated 1,500 insurgents and 800 civilians dead, along with 95 US troops.
Anbar is also the site of the city of Haditha, where in 2005 US Marines carried out thenotorious Haditha Massacre, where they killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians, including women and children, in response to an IED explosion that killed a solider near the city.
In addition to being the ISIS heartland in Iraq, the checkered history of US military operations in the major cities suggest troops will not be particularly welcomed in this new invasion. The Pentagon has yet to confirm the details of the plan, but Governor Dulaimi’s comments suggest it is already a done deal, and will begin with airstrikes before expanding to a ground war.

US Ends Iraq Aid Drops, Looks to Expand Airstrikes

Obama Declares 'Mission Accomplished,' But War Goes On

by Jason Ditz, August 14, 2014
President Obama had his “mission accomplished” moment today in Iraq, declaring an end to the aid drops on Mount Sinjar and taking credit for the resolution of the Yazidi refugee crisis, which yesterday was revealed to have been largely untrue.
And like all American presidents declaring mission accomplished in Iraq, the war is clearly just going on like before, as Obama insisted the end to the aid drops will not end the airstrikes, nor the plans to arm the Kurds.
The Pentagon is still calling it a “humanitarian mission,” even if the humanitarian air drops are over, and are talking up the expansion of the air waras they look around for more “human suffering” to address in the country.
“Nobody is doing high-fives here at the Pentagon because there are fewer people on the mountain than we thought,” noted Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby, adding that there “may yet be humanitarian needs elsewhere in Iraq” for them to address.
And by address, of course, they mean bomb. The airstrikes will continue at the current levels for now, with an eye toward future escalation whenever a pretext can be found, and reports also have ground troops heading to the Anbar Province, because the post-mission accomplished period of Iraq wars is always when things start getting worse.

ISIS Forces Mass Near Iraqi Kurdish Town

Qara Tappa Looks to Be Latest Site of Fighting

by Jason Ditz, August 14, 2014
Despite US officials patting themselves on the back for their military intervention, the situation in northern Iraq remains largely the same as last week, with ISIS continuing to broaden its offensive against Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
The latest target is Qara Tappa, a small Kurdish-held town just outside of Mosul, in Nineveh Province. The town itself is relatively unimportant, but reflects a growing effort to open more fronts in the ISIS-Peshmerga fight.
ISIS has been remarkably effective at doing this, apparently able to coordinate its fighters across a much wider front than the Peshmerga are able to, and keeping the Kurds off-balance and on the defensive.
The US airstrikes have aimed to keep ISIS out of the immediate vicinity of the Kurdish capital of Irbil, though ISIS seems to have simply shifted their tactics and continued to push the offensive anywhere and everywhere else.



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