January 30, 2014

Meanwhile in Baghdad

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ISIS suicide team assaults Iraqi ministry
By BILL ROGGIOJanuary 30, 2014

A suicide assault team likely from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham, al Qaeda's branch inside Iraq, killed 24 people after attempting to storm the Transportation Ministry today.

A heavily armed team of six suicide bombers "took a number of hostages .. and killed nine of them inside the building, which was used to receive visiting delegations," Reuters reported. "It was not immediately known where the other eight victims died."

Iraqi security forces responded and killed the suicide assault team in a firefight. At least one policeman was killed while battling the insurgents, the National Iraqi News Agency reported.

While no group has claimed credit for today's attack, the ISIS is currently the only group in Iraq staging suicide assaults of this magnitude in the Iraqi capital. Ansar al Islam (or Ansar al Sunnah), another al Qaeda linked group that operates in Iraq, occasionally deploys suicide bombers against Iraqi security forces and civilian targets, but has yet to claim what the ISIS calls a "storming operation."

Obama said in the State of the Union that he would take the US off of a permanent war footing or out of a permanent state of war.

I'm cool with that but al-Qaeda apparently didn't get the memo.

By Howie at 11:37 AM | Comments |

January 09, 2014

ISIS: Yeah, We're Murdering Tribal Leaders in Iraq

I think maybe I forgot to mention in that last post about al Qaeda now controlling more actual territory that there is also an actual shooting war going on in Iraq, with ISIS pretty much taking over Fallujah and Ramadi.

And just to remind people that things haven't changed much, here's a pic tweeted just a few hours ago by al Qaeda itself. The caption is "Implementation of the judgment of God on the awakening leader in Salahuddin province".

This isn't even Muslims shooting other Muslims in the back of the head for being the wrong kind of Muslim. Presumably most of the tribal Awakening leaders are themselves Sunnis like al Qaeda, and not Shiites like those in government power.

This is Sunni Islamists murdering other Sunnis because they don't show the appropriate amount of enthusiasm for al Qaeda's "liberation" of Anbar province, aren't the right kind of Islamist, aren't Islamists at all and believe in a more secular governance, or wish to retain tribal power at the expense of al Qaeda's power.

In the end it doesn't matter which. All that matters is that they got on the wrong side of al Qaeda. And no matter how much al Qaeda wishes to refashion themselves as the "Islamic State" of this or that, in the end they are really just a bunch of thugs with a cause and with guns.

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I'll remind you that it's al Qaeda themselves putting these photos out. They take great pride in murdering people.

Meanwhile, Iraq's leadership is complaining that we've kind of dropped the ball. Really, ya think?

I'm not saying this is our mess to fix. I'm done with these people. It's a problem, but it's not our problem.

But it would be nice if the media would force Obama to own the consequences of the mess he's made with his policy choices.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:46 PM | Comments |

January 06, 2014

Meanwhile in Fallujah

I thought Bronco Bamma endeded the war in Iraq, no?

Marine Times

raq’s prime minister on Monday urged residents and tribes of Fallujah to “expel” al-Qaida militants from this western city to avoid an all-out battle — remarks that may signal an imminent military move to retake the former insurgent stronghold.

Nouri al-Maliki’s message came as dozens of families were fleeing from Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in fear of a major showdown.

Iraqi government troops have surrounded the city, which lies in the western Sunni-dominated Anbar province and which was overrun by al-Qaida fighters last week.

Guess not.

By Howie at 09:03 AM | Comments |

November 20, 2013

Meanwhile in Baghdad

al-Qaeda set off two car bombs, following yesterday's bombing of the Iranian embassy in Beirut. The Syrian conflict is escalating very quickly outside of Syria.

A wave of attacks, mostly by car bombs, hit mainly Shiite and commercial areas of Baghdad on Wednesday morning, killing at least 24 people and wounding 87, Iraqi officials said.
The bombings were part of a surge in violence that has rocked Iraq over the past months as insurgents seek to thwart the Shiite-led government's efforts to stabilize the country.
Its apparent that AQI can now act in co-ordination from Beirut through Syria all the way through to Baghdad.


By Howie at 08:49 AM | Comments |

November 08, 2013

Meanwhile, Iraq Continues Death Spiral into Post-Apocolyptic Chaos

On the bright side if things continue along the same trajectory my dreams of seeing Thunderdome will finally come true:

Twin suicide car bombings at an Iraqi army base just north of Baghdad killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens more, security and medical officials said. The late-night blasts struck the base in Tarmiyah, a predominantly Sunni Arab town about 45 kilometers (30 miles) from the capital.
Of course, I'll have to go to Iraq to watch two men enter, one man leave -- but the bad always comes along with the good. It's a yin-yang thing or something.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:11 AM | Comments |

November 06, 2013

Iraq Terror Death Toll at 5,500+ in Single Year

Which makes 2013 the worst year in terms of terror attacks since 9/11, possibly ever:

Attacks in Iraq killed 10 people on Tuesday, including eight security personnel, officials said, the latest casualties in a country-wide spike in violence that the government has failed to stem.

Iraq is mired its worst violence since 2008, a surge in bloodshed that has killed more than 5,500 people this year despite several major military operations and tightened security measures.

And by worst year I don't mean in Iraq, I mean in the world. In Syria it's even worse.

But, you know, Hopenchange!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:24 AM | Comments |

Shias in Iraq Celebrate Eid in Traditional Way by Blowing up Sunni Mosque

TROP:

A bomb exploded near a mosque in Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing eight Sunni worshippers after the first prayer of the Eid al-Adha. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Eyewitness Ibrahim Mohammed said, "I was on my way home nearby when I heard the explosion. I ran back to see what had happened and there were many killed and wounded people. There is drilling work on one of the mosque pillars and the bomb was placed there".

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:33 AM | Comments |

October 10, 2013

Iraq Executes 42 in 48 hours

You'll have to excuse Reuters' use of quotation marks around "terrorist". Reuters doesn't believe that there are terrorists. But this reminds me of an old joke.

What do you call executing 42 terrorists in Iraq over a two day period? A good start:

Iraq executed 42 people, including a woman, for mass killings and other "terrorism" offences over two days this week, the justice ministry and the United Nations said on Thursday after a surge in sectarian violence....

Sixty-eight death sentences were carried out in 2011, according to Amnesty International. The 42 hanged this week amounted to almost a third of the total number the campaign group said were executed in all of 2012.

"The criminals were found guilty of terrorist crimes... (that) led to the deaths of dozens of innocent citizens, as well as other crimes aimed at destabilizing the security and stability of the country and causing chaos and terror among the people," Minister of Justice Hassan al-Shimary said in a statement.

Thanks to Lou

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:56 PM | Comments |

August 28, 2013

Muslims in Iraq Kill 50+ Other Muslims in Iraq for Being the Wrong Kind of Muslims

I worry far more about Iraq falling into total chaos than Syria. Iraq has oil. It's called national interest. Perhaps President Obama should look that phrase up?

A wave of bombings has killed at least 51 people in the Iraqi capital.

The explosions Wednesday hit mainly Shi'ite areas of Baghdad, including the Kazimiyah and Sadr City neighborhoods, leaving at least 140 more people wounded.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:31 AM | Comments |

August 27, 2013

Meanwhile, in Iraq ....

.... 11 killed in a single day:

Attacks killed 11 people in Iraq yesterday, officials said, including six who were snatched from their homes and shot dead, the latest in spiralling violence.
Let's do a little historical quasi-experiment in cause and effect.

Before the US invaded: Iraqis were killing each other.
During the US occupation: Iraqis were killing each other and killing Americans
After the US left: Iraqis continue killing each other.

If the goal of US military intervention in the Middle East is to stop these people from killing each other then .... why do we think this is going to work?

H/T: Rantburg

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:35 AM | Comments |

July 22, 2013

Awesome News: Mass Jailbreak in Iraq Includes "Senior al Qaeda"

Yes, by all means, continue to discuss the new royal baby. There's nothing else happening in the world worthy of news merit:

Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, broke out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free them, authorities said on Monday.
If the reports are true, then it was a fairly sophisticated and coordinated attack:
Suicide bombers drove cars packed with explosives to the gates of the prison on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday night and blasted their way into the compound, while gunmen attacked guards with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.

Other militants took up positions near the main road, fighting off security reinforcements sent from Baghdad as several militants wearing suicide vests entered the prison on foot to help free the inmates.

How many escaped? Close to 500. Many of them "senior members of al Qaeda" carrying death sentences.

Naturally it remains to be seen just who escaped and what is meant by "senior" here. Best case scenario: they make their way to Syria, kill a few of Assad's thugs, and then bite the bullet themselves.

Win-win.

But I think one question remains: did they coordinate the jail break to start on the news of that the Duchess of Cambridge had started labor?

Just thought I'd throw that out there for no particular reason.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 05:17 PM | Comments |

July 11, 2013

Post US Iraq: Not a Whole Lotta Change

The bad news? People in Iraq continue killing each other:

Militants killed 25 Iraqi security forces in a wave of attacks on Thursday, and 15 other people died in other attacks including 10 mourners in twin bombings, officials said.

The latest attacks come as Iraq witnesses a surge in violence that has killed more than 2,500 people already this year, including over 240 so far this month.

Analysts point to widespread discontent among Iraq's minority Sunni community, and the failure of the Shia authorities to address their grievances, as the main factors driving the increase in violence.

The good news? Not a single US soldier was killed in the violence.

When I say Iraq was a success, I don't mean to convey the notion that by "success" I mean we turned it into post-war Germany or Japan. No, by success I mean that we successfully defeated one of the world's largest standing armies in a matter of weeks, successfully set up a central government, successfully defeated an insurgency which threatened that government, and then successfully left that government able and willing to fight future threats themselves.

I think anything more than that was just wishful thinking. So, yes, Iraq was a success. And it's not nearly in Iran's pocket as a lot of people are being led to believe.

It's ironic how this has all turned out, isn't it? That the "bad" "unwinnable" war in Iraq turned out so well, while the "good" and "winnable (?)" war in Afghanistan is probably going to end up .... well ... not so great.

So, what is the best case scenario for a post-ISAF Afghanistan? That's a real question.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:37 PM | Comments |

March 05, 2013

Things Not Looking So Great in Iraq

I think that it would be wise to remember that the movement toward democracy in the Muslim Middle East began with the invasion of Iraq. For all the talk of the "Arab Spring", it was preceded by the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon and the failed Green Revolution in Iran. Both, in turn, were spurred by Iraq's forced democratization.

To be honest, I don't know how democratization is going to turn out in the Middle East. Some of my friends who are experts in third-world development assure me that what is going on in the Middle East is quite common to all developing nation-states. That after several decades of fits and starts that they will get it right in the end. They see the fall of dictatorships as a good thing.

I hope they're right, but I don't think they are. The near term evidence seems to suggest that my pessimism is warranted:

A local leader of anti-Al Qaeda militiamen was shot dead Tuesday in western Baghdad, one of four people killed in violence in different parts of Iraq, officials said.

The pro-government militiamen, known as the Sahwa group, joined forces with U.S. troops to fight Al Qaeda during the Iraq war. Since then, the group has been a target for Sunni insurgents who consider its members to be traitors.

Perhaps there's a longer view here in which Muslim countries in the Middle East learn to reconcile competing versions of Islam and the state, but I just don't see that happening any time soon.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:14 PM | Comments |

February 12, 2013

Iraq: What Is With Cross-dressing Terrorists?

Iraqi police nab 3 terror suspects disguised as women

The Iraqi police on Tuesday (February 12th) arrested three men wanted by the judiciary on terrorism charges in the Ur neighbourhood, eastern Baghdad.
Omar, how many times did Muhammed tell you not to wear a short burkah?

Busted again and again and again.

By Stable Hand at 09:57 PM | Comments |

January 30, 2013

Cornhole Watch: Two Iraqis Sentenced in Kentucky

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Q: At what point does the watch out for the cornhole quote get less funny? A: Never:

Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 25, received his [life] sentence hours after Waad Ramadan Alwan was given a lesser sentence...

The two men were arrested in May 2011 and pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to help al-Qaeda in Iraq.

They admitted using improvised explosive devices against US soldiers in Iraq were also accused of plotting to send weapons and money to the organisation.

Thanks to The Realist of Queensland for the image.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:05 AM | Comments |

January 13, 2013

How the Muslim Brotherhood is Trying to Take Over Iraq

Click image for history of The "Brotherhood"

Alternate title: Arab Spring Is Coming To Iraq

FPM

The Muslim Brotherhood has taken over Egypt and it’s the official rebel Syrian government, as determined by Qatar, France and Obama. Muslim Brotherhood protests are mounting in Jordan and the Muslim Brotherhood is a definite player in Libya’s future.

But Iraq remains an obvious and gaping hole in their map of the region. Perhaps not for long.

[Read It All]

Thanks bronco bama!

This sucks the suckiest of all.

h/t @MeanKitteh1

By Stable Hand at 02:01 PM | Comments |

January 08, 2013

Iraq: The 'Blood For Oil' Conspiracy Is Dead

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....10 years after the invasion of Iraq, who is profiting most from the country’s oil reserves? The US? The UK? No. PetroChina, Russian Lukoil, and Pakistan Petroleum – fierce opponents of the war.

On the other hand, as Germany’s leading weekly news magazine DER SPIEGEL reported this week, “America has not a single, significant oil deal with Baghdad” anymore.

EXXON is moving out of Iraq and PetroChina has taken the lead in the auction of West Qurna – one of the largest oil fields in the world – with Russian Lukoil as a potential competitor. If the Chinese bid is successful, the country will account for 32 per cent of total oil contracts in Iraq.

The “blood for oil” conspiracists owe President Bush an apology.

I won't hold my breath on the apology to GW. Besides, isn't it bronco bama's turn? There are a few protesters out there except the MFM doesn't want to see or report on them.

They will report on this, though. Crazy birther Terry Jones is gonna burn images/effigies of bronco bama.

By Stable Hand at 11:54 AM | Comments |

July 26, 2012

Among the Female Fighters in Kurdistan

I had high hopes for this 3 part Vice series on female fighters in Kurdistan. It turns out, I wasn't let down. It was entertaining. But not for the reason I expected.

Go watch the video. It's almost comedy. Not so much the female soldiers, as the pencil necked emo guy they sent to do the story.

Imagine a guy who is the spitting image of Rahel Maddow showing up to interview a bunch of left wing guerrillas wearing brightly colored Izod polos and jeans rolled up just enough to reveal designer boots. The tone of the video though doesn't seem to indicate that the narrator is really the brunt of the joke.

I guess this guy seems pretty normal in New York. In Kurdistan, not so much.

So, think of this as kind of a reverse Crocodile Dundee. Which I think is the plot of Crocodile Dundee II. Only instead of the Australian outback, you get the mountains of Kurdistan. And instead of that hot blonde chick, a gay guy that looks like Rachel Maddow.

Yeah, I know the description isn't really the video's selling point. But there's comedic value. And along the way you might learn a thing or two about the various armed Kurdish groups in Northern Iraq.

I'll also use this as a reminder that Kurdistan ought to be an independent sovereign country. These people love us, and I think they would be a much better partner in the region than the current Iraq regime. Certainly more so than the Turks.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:40 PM | Comments |

July 23, 2012

al-Qaeda in Iraq Announces Offensive Promptly Murders 91

Just wonderful:

CAIRO — The first online statement from the new leader of al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq claims that the militant network is returning to strongholds from which it was driven by U.S. forces and their Sunni allies before the American withdrawal at the end of last year.
Today AQI murdered in a spree of bombings and shootings.
A torrent of violent attacks ripped through Iraq Monday, killing at least 91 people and wounding 172 in the deadliest day of attacks this year.

The spate of shootings and bombings comes days after the head of the al-Qaida group in Iraq warned last week that he was stepping up operations in areas vacated by U.S. troops last year.

By Howie at 07:22 AM | Comments |

July 07, 2012

Iraq: Suicide Bomber Kills 7 Of Own Family

Because they were pro- government

The bomber entered the home of his cousin, the local Sahwa leader, on Friday night as the extended family was gathered for a meal, said a police official in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, 115 kilometres west of Baghdad.

He approached the militiaman and detonated his explosives, killing his target as well as his wife, three of their teenage children, his brother and another relative, said the official.

h/t The ROP

By Stable Hand at 01:57 PM | Comments |

June 13, 2012

Iraq Bombings

Have you noticed that since Sectarian violence in Syria has been on the increase that sectarian violence in Iraq has correspondingly increased?

By Howie at 09:34 AM | Comments |

May 10, 2012

Interpol issues Red Notice for Iraq Vice-President

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Tariq Al-Hashemi, on suspicion of guiding and financing terrorist attacks in the country.

LYON, France – At the request of Iraqi authorities, INTERPOL has published a Red Notice for Iraq’s Vice-President, Tariq Al-Hashemi, on suspicion of guiding and financing terrorist attacks in the country.

The Red Notice for Al-Hashemi represents a regional and international alert to all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries to seek their help in locating and arresting him, following the issue of a national arrest warrant by Iraq’s Judicial Investigative Authority as part of an investigation in which security forces seized bombing materials and arrested individuals.[More...]

This certainly is different to seeing an alert like this from Iraq
“This case also clearly demonstrates the commitment of Iraqi authorities to work with the world police community via INTERPOL to apprehend individuals facing serious charges,” added the Head of INTERPOL.
h/t American Jihad Watch

By Stable Hand at 09:49 PM | Comments |

April 20, 2012

Possible Motive in Shaima Alawadi Murder

I read this on Huffington Post yesterday. Shaima Alawadi's daughter Fatima was involved in an incident where she jumped out of her mom's car after being caught with a boy. Its also known that Fatima wanted to marry this boy who turns out to be an Iraqi Chaldean Christian against the wishes of her family who had arranged for her to marry someone else.

The person who witnessed the incident and called police also wrote an online posting about it on a website before Shaima Alawadi was murdered.

Huffpo: When college student Enrique Cervantes wrote an essay about seeing two people having sex in a car in front of his house, he never expected that it might shed light on a murder investigation.

However, that story -- submitted as part of an oral history of El Cajon, a city just east of San Diego -- may help explain the murder of Iraqi refugee Shaima Alawadi, and offer a possible motive for her family members.

A few months after the vehicle incident and two months prior to Alawadi's death, Cervantes wrote about seeing Alhimidi in the car for SoSayWeAll.com, a San Diego-based nonprofit that is currently collecting "a people's history of East San Diego County."

Cervantes said he saw two people having sex in front of his house in the middle of the day and called the police.

Before police arrived, Cervantes went to the car to warn them and saw a teenage girl in a hijab with a man who looked to be in his early 20s. His piece describes the encounter:

The guy saw me coming and adjusted his pants. The girl pulled a blanket over her legs and smiled, her cheeks blossoming into red. What the f***, I almost said out loud. She was wearing one of those things on her head that Muslims wear. It was light purple; it looked nice on her skin. Her skin was brown as mine. It looked nice with that shade of purple, like an Egyptian princess.
This sheds a whole new light on possible motive and highlights the folly of allowing Shaima's husband to leave the country for Iraq. Kassim Alhimidi took his son and his daughter Fatima with him to Iraq. He told CAIR he would return within two weeks of his wife's funeral. Its already been more than two weeks and no Kassim.

I for one doubt he will return of his own free will and its likely that his story will play sympathetically to the Iraqis should he be indicted. Getting extradition will be a challenge.

Also Fatima Alawadi is in danger. ts likely that Kassim will stand to benefit financially from the arranged marriage of 17 year old Fatima, who is quickly approaching the age of consent, wants to marry the Chaldean Christian, Yacub.

Besides forced marriage against her will its also possible that Fatima's virginity or lack thereof could become an issue. We already know there may have already been one honor killing in the family, no?

The previous story of a hate crime against Muslims because of a note at the crime scene that was parroted by CAIR and many media outlets gave cover for Hassim to leave the country.

Where is CAIR and all those media outlets now? They are suddenly silent.

By Howie at 07:33 AM | Comments |

April 17, 2012

al-Qaeda in Iraq Leader Blows Up His Wife and Kids

What a Loser!

Daily Star:

BAQOUBA, Iraq: An alleged Al-Qaeda member blew up his house in Iraq’s Diyala province during a raid Monday, killing himself and four family members, while five people died in other attacks, security sources said.Just before Iraqi soldiers entered the home “of an Al-Qaeda member in Saadiyah, he blew up the house and killed himself, his wife, and three children,” who were between 5 and 15 years old, Iraqi army First Lieutenant Abbas al-Tamimi said.

The suspected Al-Qaeda member, Hussein Abdul-Sattar, destroyed the house northeast of Baqouba, the capital of Diyala in central Iraq, about noon (0900 GMT), Tamimi said.

Iraqi army Major Ahmad al-Juburi confirmed that “the terrorist was killed with his family, which consisted of his wife and his children.”

By Howie at 07:47 AM | Comments |

March 11, 2012

New Iraqi Government Complicit In Emo/Gay Teen Massacre?

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(List of targeted teens. The warning at the top reads: "In the name of Allah. We strongly warn you, every licentious man or woman: if you didn’t stop this dirty behavior in four days then the punishment of Allah will be accomplished by the hands of Almojahdeen.")

The list was posted on March 8th in several neighborhoods. It warns that those named, and others who dress in similar 'emo' styles, have four days to alter behavior, leave the area, or face the consequences. That means tomorrow, March 12th, may see new bloodshed against innocent young people in Iraq.

From GME.com:

The Iraqi Interior Ministry knew about the plan to massacre ‘emo’ youths and LGBT people and are complicit in up to 100 killings, new evidence suggests.

GME can exclusively reveal that Iraqi officials had a list of people who were scheduled for slaughter but did nothing to protect them.

And a new list has been posted, posted on Palestine Street. It was put up three days ago and warns men and women in universities and colleges to stop behaving and dressing ‘immorally’ within four days. This means that a new wave of massacres may occur as early as tomorrow or Monday (12.3.12).

As GME reported yesterday, the kidnappings, torture and murders started on 6 February and have targeted those with alternative dress codes or have differing sexualities.

Not only was the Iraqi Government aware of the list, but they may have compiled a list of their own as a part of the investigation into the 'emo phenomenon'. It is not clear if the government's list contained the same names as the list posted around the neighborhoods.

Below the fold and NSFW, an image purportedly showing one teen after being stoned to death for having an 'emo' style haircut.

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By DMartyr at 09:48 PM | Comments |

February 07, 2012

Major Troy Gilbert's Family Searches for His Body in Iraq

WFAA:

Maj. Troy Gilbert took off in his F-16 in November 2006 for a mission near Baghdad.

Now that U.S. forces have left Iraq, his family wonders who will look for his body to bring it home to Texas.

The 22nd combat mission for the Texas Tech grad would earn him the Distinguished Flying cross with valor, one of the nation's highest military awards.
He's credited with saving about 20 American commandos under fire.

"They say he was very calm," said the hero's mom, Kaye Gilbert. "He told this young man on the ground, 'I will not leave you.'"

According to witnesses, Maj. Gilbert destroyed one gun truck, then turned sharply to attack a second.

"Of course, he was already too low to begin with to do a strafing run," said his father, Ronnie Gilbert. "He went ahead and did it."

Kaye finished her husband's thought: "...because they were calling him from the ground saying, 'We're dying down here.' And when someone says, 'I'm dying down here,' you do everything you can."

The jet's tail hit the ground. Maj. Gilbert died instantly.
Later, when Ronnie and Kaye Gilbert learned why their son flew so low, it would only add to the cruelty of their ordeal.

It began just hours after the crash.

Insurgents posted a video on the Internet, showing men walking on the wings of the shattered jet. The cockpit canopy lay off to the side.

Three-hundred yards away, the pilot's broken body lay at the end of his unopened parachute. By the time U.S. forces reached the plane, Maj. Gilbert's body was gone.

The cockpit contained a tiny bit of tissue — enough for confirmation of death and burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Long story short Major Gilbert's family is looking for help to bring the rest of Troy's body home.

I've uploaded the report from WFAA. Please link the story or run the video. We'd like to get as many eyes on this story as possible.


http://youtu.be/C5nSxffBpko

Hat Tip: Lady Raven.

By Howie at 10:15 AM | Comments |

December 22, 2011

Multiple Bombings in Baghdad

The minute we turn our back the Iraqis are back to their old selves.

BBC:

The interior ministry told the BBC 14 blasts hit various locations, including al-Amil in the south and Halawi and Karrada closer to the centre.

The bombings are the worst in months - and follow the withdrawal of US troops.

They come amid fears of rising sectarian tensions as the unity government faces internal divisions.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks.

However, analysts say the level of co-ordination suggests a planning capability only available to al-Qaeda in Iraq, which is a mainly Sunni insurgent group.

The bombs exploded as many people were travelling to work during the morning rush-hour.

Four car-bombs and 10 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were detonated, officials told the BBC.

A security spokesman in Baghdad, Maj Gen Qassim Atta, said the attacks had not been aimed at security targets.

"They targeted children's schools, day workers and the anti-corruption agency," he told AFP news agency.

Raghad Khalid, a teacher at a kindergarten in Karrada, said "the children were scared and crying".

There has been no claim of responsibility but things that come to mind are AQ or Iran fostering mayhem. The other is the history of power struggles in Iraq. Specifically the both Saddam and Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr set the standard in Iraq for eliminating political opponents.

I guess we'll find out as things digress.

By Howie at 08:47 AM | Comments |

December 09, 2011

Canadian Indicted for Terrorism in Iraq

A Canadian citizen has been indicted for aiding in the murder of American servicemen in Iraq:

NEW YORK—Today, a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, N.Y., returned an indictment charging Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa, 38, aka “Faruk Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa,” “Sayfildin Tahir Sharif” and “Tahir Sharif Sayfildin,” with aiding in the murder of five American soldiers in a suicide-bomb attack in Iraq in April 2009.

Specifically, he is charged with the murders of Staff Sergeant Gary L. Woods, 24, of Lebanon Junction, Ky.; Sergeant First Class Bryan E. Hall, 32, of Elk Grove, Calif.; Sergeant Edward W. Forrest Jr., 25, of St. Louis; Corporal Jason G. Pautsch, 20, of Davenport, Iowa; and Army Private First Class Bryce E. Gaultier, 22, from Cyprus, Calif.

The indictment also charges the defendant with conspiring to kill Americans abroad and providing material support to that terrorist conspiracy to kill Americans abroad.

In January 2011, the defendant was arrested and detained in Canada after he was charged by a federal complaint in the Eastern District of New York. The United States is seeking the defendant’s extradition from Canada in relation to the federal complaint in the Eastern District of New York. He remains in custody, and the defendant’s extradition hearing in Canada is currently scheduled for Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2012.

The charges were announced by Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Lisa Monaco, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and Janice K. Fedarcyk, Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the FBI.

The government’s investigation is being conducted by the FBI New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, with assistance provided by the Department of Defense, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the government of Tunisia.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zainab Ahmad, Carter H. Burwell and Berit W. Berger, with assistance provided by Mary Futcher and Stephen Ponticiello of the Counterterrorism Section in the Department of Justice’s National Security Division. The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs also provided assistance in this matter.

The charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Unfortunately, he won't face the death penalty as the wussies up in Canada won't extradite prisoners if the death penalty is an option.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:52 PM | Comments |

December 01, 2011

Good News: Quds Force Agent Involved in Murder of US Troops Will Probably Walk

I see this case as revealing a number of problems in the way we fought in Iraq, our legal rules, and in our soon to be hasty exit. For instance, with treating terrorists as "enemy combatants": once the war is over, you have to let them go:

Ali Mussa Daqduq, a Lebanese militant accused of involvement in the murder of several U.S. soldiers in Iraq, has been in U.S. military detention in Iraq since 2007 -- but likely not for much longer.

As the last U.S. forces depart Iraq, Daqduq may soon go free without facing trial....

The prospect that Daqduq -- a veteran operative of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia -- may escape U.S. justice....

Daqduq was accused of organizing a kidnapping in the Iraqi city of Karbala in January 2007 that left five U.S. soldiers dead....

But officials identified him as a 24-year veteran of Hezbollah who had commanded a special operations unit and been sent to Iraq to develop "Special Groups" within Shiite militia.

They said he admitted working with the Quds Force, a branch of Iran's Revolutionary Guard....

Daqduq has been held by the U.S. military as an "enemy combatant." Now the withdrawal of U.S. forces is almost complete and he can no longer be held without trial once hostilities are over. But U.S. officials are reluctant to hand over such a high-profile suspect to the Iraqi justice system. Their anxiety is that under pressure from Iran, Iraqi authorities would soon let Daqduq go free.

I'm not sure I get how a Lebanese national fighting on behalf of Iran would be considered an "enemy combatant". Wouldn't he be considered an "unlawful combatant"? And if that's the case, then why do we need Iraq's permission to try him as such?

This seems to me one of the results of turning over these kinds of decisions to the State Department which can be trusted on getting pretty much every decision wrong every time.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:39 PM | Comments |

October 21, 2011

Obama Announces Complete Withdrawal of U.S. Forces From Iraq by End of 2011
Iraq War Is Dah Jews Fault!!

The One is calling this a campaign promise...not in any sense of what he promised.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki insisted on the remaining soldiers be under his control and would be subject to arrests if the Iraqi government felt the need.

They would be sitting ducks so to speak.

Good on Obama for refusing but bad on Obama for not telling the public why all will return home.

We lost our finest and bravest, Iran is gaining ground and right now this sucks.

Islam sucks...

Oh, and its the Jews fault we were in Iraq or something:

www.foxnews.com screen capture 2011-10-21-12-14-23_troops coming home.jpg

By Stable Hand at 12:26 PM | Comments |

October 04, 2011

$10 Million Bounty Offered for al Qaeda in Iraq Leader

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Whatever happened to the good ol' days of "Wanted: Dead or Alive"? At what point did we decide the money would only be given for information leading to the man's arrest?

Because, personally, I'd find it a lot more gratifying if he was just dead.

The U.S. State Department's Rewards for Justice page:

Wanted
Abu Du’a
Up to $10 Million

Place of Birth : Samarra, Iraq
Date of Birth : 1971
Sex : Male
Hair : Black
Eyes : Brown
Complexion : Olive
Aliases : Dr. Ibrahim ‘Awwad Ibrahim ‘Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai’, Ibrahim ‘Awad Ibrahim al-Badri al Samarrai, Abu Duaa’, Dr. Ibrahim, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Abu Du’a is the senior leader of the terrorist organization, al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI). Abu Du’a is in charge of overseeing all AQI operations and is currently based in Iraq. AQI was listed by the UN 1267 Committee in 2004 under permanent reference number QE.J.115.04. Abu Du’a is responsible for managing and directing AQI large scale operations, such as the AQI August 28, 2011 attack on the Umm al-Qura mosque in Baghdad which killed prominent Sunni lawmaker Khalid al-Fahdawi.

In a statement eulogizing Usama bin Ladin, Abu Du’a threatened violent retaliation for bin Ladin’s death. Three days after bin Ladin’s death, Abu Du’a claimed responsibility for an attack in Hilla, Iraq, that killed 24 policemen and wounded 72 others. On August 15, 2011, a wave of AQI suicide attacks began in Mosul, Iraq, which culminated in over 70 deaths. Shortly thereafter, Abu Du’a pledged on AQI’s website to carry out 100 attacks across Iraq in retaliation for bin Ladin’s death.

So, if you know where Abu Du'a is please call the nearest US embassy.

Or just kill him and save us all the hassle.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:00 PM | Comments |

September 10, 2011

Young Iraqis find solace in the symphony

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Ali Muhsen

Via CSM

Baghdad

Fatima Odei's love affair with the violin started in the dark days of the war when, only six years old and sequestered at home, she began watching symphony orchestras on TV.

I saw a Japanese girl playing violin and I really liked her," says Fatima, now 12 and one of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra's youngest trainees[...]

Fatima and her fellow musicians aren't the only young Iraqis performing classical music. There is the more established National Youth Orchestra of Iraq, but it performs only in the calmer northern region of Kurdistan and outside Iraq.

In contrast, the young INSO members' unlikely musical careers have been forged amid the heat of war in Baghdad, bringing a sweet escape from the daily challenges of a city hardened first by conflict and then the chaos of reconstruction. For some of the students who walked past bodies in the street on the way to school, knowing they had music made them feel they had something to hang onto.

"Everything around us just makes you feel like you live in hell, so when I am holding my violin and start to play it's the only way I can express myself," says Ali Muhsen, a young electrical engineer about to step on stage for the first time with the orchestra.

The "story behind the story"
Reporters on the Job: The story behind the story

One of correspondent Jane Arraf’s most indelible memories of the Iraq war was the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra’s first public concert after Saddam Hussein was toppled from power.

It was June 2003, and what was left of the orchestra after a decade of sanctions and war gathered at the Convention Center. The guest of honor was L. Paul Bremer, the US administrator of the new Iraq. Flanked by Blackwater guards with submachine guns, Mr. Bremer declared that the concert signaled Iraq’s return to normalcy.

It wasn’t. But that didn’t matter.

As the well-dressed Iraqis sang “My Homeland,” Iraq’s de facto national anthem, many had tears streaming down their faces.

“I’ve known some of those musicians since the 1990s, when they drove taxis to survive,” says Jane. They suffered much since. “Hearing them rehearse and perform is never just a musical experience – it’s an affirmation that there’s an Iraqi spirit that can’t be extinguished.”

They risk their lives to practice and perform, I wish them the best of luck, especially after we pull out of Iraq....

By Stable Hand at 10:06 AM | Comments |

September 07, 2011

Iraq Town Opens First Escalator, Hilarity Ensues

Comedy gold, people. Comedy gold.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:51 PM | Comments |

September 02, 2011

More Evidence we Won in Iraq

August marks the first month of not a single US military casualty.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 09:55 AM | Comments |

August 27, 2011

Deadly Day in Iraq: 33 Killed

ABC

Bombs in Baghdad killed six people Saturday night, capping a deadly day in which at least 33 people died across Iraq, officials said.

Late Saturday night, a bomb hidden in a bicycle outside a Sunni mosque killed three worshippers and wounded eight others leaving evening prayers at the Omer Bin Abdul Aziz mosque just north of Baghdad, police said.

A half hour later, three policemen died nearby while responding to an explosion under a bridge in the predominantly Christian al-Ghadeer neighborhood in the capital's east, officials said. A second bomb killed them. Eight people were wounded in the blasts[...]

The deadliest incident in Iraq on Saturday, however, was a traffic accident.

A bus carrying vacationing families through northern Iraq collided head-on with a car and burst into flames, killing all 24 people trapped on the bus and three people in the car, police said.

Yes, there is still Islamotarded terrorists sploding themselves and taking other Muslims/Christians with them.

Plus keep our finest and bravest in your thoughts and prayers, it is still dangerous for them in Iraq.

By Stable Hand at 08:46 PM | Comments |

August 15, 2011

Messaging: Death to Zionist-Crusader Infidels
Reality: al Qaeda Kills 60+ Muslims

Messaging vs reality:

A string of coordinated bomb blasts across Iraq blamed on al-Qaeda killed at least 66 people on Monday in the country's bloodiest day of the year so far.

More than 230 were wounded in bloodshed which underlined the fragility of security less than five months before American troops are scheduled to complete their withdrawal.

~iPhone + dee-lic-ious donner kebab = happy Rusty

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:22 PM | Comments |

Salon (TL;DR version): America Sux!

While discussing Iraq's financial outlays that the Iraqis agreed to, we get this little tidbit.

Iraq today is a shattered society still picking up the pieces after decades of war and crippling sanctions. Prior to its conflict with the United States, the Iraqi healthcare and education systems were the envy of the Middle East, and despite the brutalities and crimes of the Ba’ath regime there still managed to exist a thriving middle class of ordinary Iraqis, something conspicuously absent from today’s "free Iraq." In light of the continued suffering of Iraqi civilians, the agreement by the al-Maliki government to pay enormous sums of money to the people who destroyed the country is unconscionable and further discredits the absurd claim that the invasion was fought to "liberate" the Iraqi people.

See, Saddam wasn't so bad. You could buy apples and get prostate exams. Really good prostate exams. Stupid America!

By Ronin at 08:24 AM | Comments |

July 12, 2011

Good News: Iranian Forces Cross Iraqi Border

So, a few backpackers accidentally cross into Iran and it's an act of 'espionage'. If that's true then how is this not an act of war?

Iranian forces are stationed about a 1 1/2 miles inside the Iraq border as part of an operation targeting Kurdish militants, a border official said.

A source inside the border patrol in the northern Kurdish provinces of Iraq said Iranian forces crossed the border during the weekend in pursuit of members of the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan, or PJAK.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:59 PM | Comments |

July 02, 2011

Non Blog Sabbath Caption Contest: Muqtada al-Sadr Finger This Edition (Bumped: Fatwas Issued)

Fatwas will be issued

I'll start: See the shit on my teeth? Yah, it came from my finger, and Allah knows best.

Thanks to ElmiraViking for suggesting this

UPDATE: What, no meetball reference?

The "i will cut ur neck" fatwa issued against Nanabozoh for

Screen capture from bin Ladin's porn library entitled "POV al-Sadr's Nasheeding Anus".
The "devil will do meetballs from your bodies fatwa issued against Nevermind for
After removing finger from rectum...rub horizontally against teeth thusly." Excerpt from the perplexing, yet popular Youtube video,” Sadr's Desert Hygiene for the Jihadist.”
The "why u insult holly quoran" fatwa issued against 72 virgin dental hygienists for
Wishing you a very long life
The "mojahedin will separate your dirty head from your dirty heart" fatwa issued against Andrew for
Allah is wise, merciful, all knowing ... and I think he just shat in my mouth!

By Stable Hand at 05:29 PM | Comments |