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Qaeda-Aligned Militants Threaten Key Iraqi Cities

Posted on January 4th, 2014 at 12:27 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Radical Sunni militants aligned with Al Qaeda threatened Thursday to seize control of Falluja and Ramadi, two of the most important cities in Iraq, setting fire to police stations, freeing prisoners from jail and occupying mosques, as the government rushed troop reinforcements to the areas.

Dressed in black and waving the flag of Al Qaeda, the militants commandeered mosque loudspeakers to call for supporters to join their struggle in both cities in the western province of Anbar, which have increasingly become centers of Sunni extremism since American forces withdrew from the country at the end of 2011.

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  1. lol, since the mission of the USA was to get Saddam Hussein removed from Iraq government, it was accomplished. As for the state of Iraq, well that is the responsibility of the Iraqi people, after all they are free now. It would be wrong to think that a western country could solve the problems of an ancient culture like Iraq. The Sunni/Shia fighting has been going on for 1400 years, ever since the Prophet died.

  2. No, the mission was, at least officially, disarmament:


    At a press conference on 31 January 2003, Bush again reiterated that the single trigger for the invasion would be Iraq’s failure to disarm, “Saddam Hussein must understand that if he does not disarm, for the sake of peace, we, along with others, will go disarm Saddam Hussein.” As late as 25 February 2003, it was still the official line that the only cause of invasion would be a failure to disarm. As Blair made clear in a statement to the House of Commons, “I detest his regime. But even now he can save it by complying with the UN’s demand. Even now, we are prepared to go the extra step to achieve disarmament peacefully.”

  3. lol, well as we all know Iraq didn’t have any “weapons of mass destruction” so I would say that that goal was accomplished also, if vacuously. The real goal was to get rid of Saddam Hussein, even if the government would never really admit it, GW Bush had a personal hate for Saddam and he used his position as President to accomplish his goal for revenge.

  4. And to think I predicted the country would have split into two, possibly three, separate countries by now. While the US in its continued presence has staved that off, it’s definitely heading that way.

  5. Was the photographer being ironic, applying a halo to Mr. Bush?

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