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    Iraqi Government lose Fallujah.

    After all that trouble and lose of lives it appears the locals don't want it that way.
    Iraq government loses control of Fallujah
    PM Maliki vows "terrorists" will be eliminated after Islamic State of Iraq and Levant takes over town in Anbar province.
    Last updated: 04 Jan 2014 19:54


    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has vowed to eliminate "all terrorist groups" from Anbar province after al-Qaeda-linked fighters gained control of the town of Fallujah.

    Maliki, speaking on state television on Saturday, said his government would end "fitna", or disunity, in the province and would "not back down until we end all terrorist groups and save our people in Anbar".

    His comments came after a senior Iraqi security official told the AFP news agency that the government had lost control of Fallujah to fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    The police chief of Anbar, Hadi Razeij, later said the centre of Fallujah had fallen completely into the hands of ISIL fighters. "The walls of the city are in the hands of the police force, but the people of Fallujah are the prisoners of ISIL."

    Videos showed ISIL fighters also in control of the main Fallujah highway, and officials and witnesses inside the town told the Reuters news agency that ISIL was in northern and northeastern parts of the town.


    Imran Khan talks about Maliki's options on Anbar violence.
    The ISIL has been tightening its grip in the Sunni-dominated desert province, near the Syrian border, in recent months in its effort to create an Islamic state across the Iraqi-Syrian borders.

    In Ramadi, the other main city in Anbar, local tribesmen and the Iraqi security forces have worked together to counter the ISIL.

    But in Fallujah, the Iraqi army has been prevented from entering by local Sunni tribesmen who, despite not supporting al-Qaeda fighters, are opposed to the Shia dominated government of Maliki.

    Military shelling

    Al Jazeera's Imran Khan said: "The Iraqi army is on the outskirts of the town, negotiating with tribal leaders to go and fight the ISIL. They need cooperation from the leaders to go in and root out the militants.

    "The military had a base just outside, from where they were shelling the city. They have withdrawn from that base and the tribal leaders have moved in, claiming a victory, but it isnít clear yet from the army if it was rather a tactical withdrawal."

    More than 100 people were killed on Friday during fighting in Fallujah and Ramadi, one of the worst days since violence flared when Iraqi police broke up a Sunni protest camp in Anbar on Monday.

    The escalating tension shows the civil war in Syria, where mostly Sunni rebels are battling President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Shia Iran, is spilling over to other countries such as Iraq, threatening delicate sectarian balances.
    Iraq government loses control of Fallujah - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

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    To me, the only shocker is that it took this long. Watch how fast Astan slips back into the 4th century.

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    But...But..they have Democracy now.
    I saw it on TV, Bush gave it to them...

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    ^ Yup,

    A Shiite Theocracy.

    Smart move there, American Neo-Cons.

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    My condolences to the Family,s of Americans that lost their loved ones here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo
    After all that trouble and lose of lives it appears the locals don't want it that way.
    after over 5000 Americans killed in Afghanistan, I think AQ can finally claim their "Mission Accomplished"

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    The mission is accomplished, and it's precisily what American soldiers died for. Iraq will be busy with infighting for many years ahead, remain poor and destroyed, can't oppose Israel and support Palestine, can't go for ideas like Pan-Arabism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainfall View Post
    The mission is accomplished, and it's precisily what American soldiers died for. Iraq will be busy with infighting for many years ahead, remain poor and destroyed, can't oppose Israel and support Palestine, can't go for ideas like Pan-Arabism.
    No more Scud missiles launched from Iraq towards Israel ever again.
    When those Scud Missiles did happen to land in Israel it was the first time Israel did not retaliate , in its History.
    why,
    their cousins in New York would later send in the U.S.A military Christians soldiers to die for what you have just described .

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    I think Americans are inching for another 9/11, you know they want one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainfall View Post
    The mission is accomplished, and it's precisily what American soldiers died for. Iraq will be busy with infighting for many years ahead, remain poor and destroyed, can't oppose Israel and support Palestine, can't go for ideas like Pan-Arabism.
    They never did, and now thanks to that dickhead Bush, Iran can extend its swathe of influence from Pakistan right the way down to Lebanon.

    But the mission was really only to make Bush and his buddies billions of dollars.

    On that, mission definitely accomplished, the cvnts.

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    Saw Mr President Obama's speech tonight in Afghanistan, rallying the troops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi View Post
    Saw Mr President Obama's speech tonight in Afghanistan, rallying the troops.
    The best way to rally them is to tell them they can come home and write off Afghanistan as a toxic Bush escapade.

    The Taliban will be right back in power anyway.

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