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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 11:27 AM

UN warns of 'tragedy' as militants take over Iraq towns

Source: BBC

The UN has warned that up to 200,000 people have been forced to flee their homes after militants took over more towns in northern Iraq.

Islamic State (formerly known as Isis) militants are reported to have taken over the town of Sinjar near Syria.

It follows the IS takeover of the town of Zumar and two nearby oilfields from Kurdish Peshmerga forces on Saturday.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28631770



Islamic State grabs Iraqi dam, oilfield in victory over Kurds

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 or withhold water from farms, sharply raising the stakes in their bid to topple Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's Shi'ite-led government.

"The terrorist gangs of the Islamic State have taken control of Mosul Dam after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces without a fight," said Iraqi state television.

The swift defeat of Kurdish "peshmerga" troops dealt a sharp blow to one of the only fighting forces in Iraq that until now had stood firm against the Sunni Islamist fighters who aim to redraw borders of the Middle East.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/03/us-iraq-security-idUSKBN0G20FU20140803

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Reply UN warns of 'tragedy' as militants take over Iraq towns (Original post)
muriel_volestrangler Aug 2014 OP
AzDar Aug 2014 #1
whereisjustice Aug 2014 #2
candelista Aug 2014 #3
Fred Sanders Aug 2014 #4
msongs Aug 2014 #5
hack89 Aug 2014 #10
Comrade Grumpy Aug 2014 #14
hack89 Aug 2014 #15
jwirr Aug 2014 #6
Throd Aug 2014 #11
jwirr Aug 2014 #13
happyslug Aug 2014 #7
The2ndWheel Aug 2014 #8
happyslug Aug 2014 #9
Strelnikov_ Aug 2014 #12
sufrommich Aug 2014 #16

Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 11:37 AM

1. Mission Accomplished!!

 

Right, Dubya?

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 11:44 AM

2. more proof that when you occupy a country, killing 100,000+ innocent men, women and children,

you probably won't leave behind a blooming democracy.

But from the safety of Washington corridors and America's living rooms, there's good money in the slaughter of war and innocent men, women and children are in ample supply to keep the titans of the industry (and our supposed safety) alive and well.

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Response to whereisjustice (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 11:57 AM

3. Yes, amazingly stupid.

 

The most cursory look at history is enough to reveal that people don't like having their country invaded, even if they dislike their own government.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 12:16 PM

4. Who cares? There is Israeli killing to defend and fill the airwaves now!

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:34 PM

5. Israelites and ISIS are 2 peas in the same pod. nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #5)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 05:44 PM

10. Hamas = ISIS nt

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Response to hack89 (Reply #10)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 06:55 PM

14. Ah, propaganda by equation. Both are Islamist movements, but...

 

Hamas has very narrow and clearly defined goals of creating a Palestinian state.

ISIS has global hegemonic pretensions.

Hamas = ISIS is about as truthful and helpful as Israel = Nazi Germany.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #14)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 06:58 PM

15. Hamas better hope ISIS is stopped

There will be no room for an independent Palestine in the Caliphate.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 02:04 PM

6. This whole mess in the ME is classical blowback. I hope someday there is an end to it.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 05:50 PM

11. Blow-back from when? 10 years ago? 50? 100? 1,000?

It's hard to tell in that part of the world.

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Response to Throd (Reply #11)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 06:10 PM

13. Right.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 04:48 PM

7. So ISIS now control the most dangerious dam in the world.

 

Some comments on the Mosel Dam:

The earthen embankment dam is located on top of gypsum, a soft mineral which dissolves in contact with water. Continuous maintenance is required to plug, or "grout" new leaks with a liquefied slurry of cement and other additives.[7] More than 50,000 tonnes (49,000 long tons; 55,000 short tons) of material have been injected into the dam since leaks began forming shortly after the reservoir was filled in 1986, and 24 machines currently continuously pump grout into the dam base. A September 2006 report by the United States Army Corps of Engineers noted, "In terms of internal erosion potential of the foundation, Mosul Dam is the most dangerous dam in the world." The report further outlined a worst-case scenario, in which a sudden collapse of the dam would flood Mosul under 65 feet (20 m) of water and Baghdad, a city of 7 million, to 15 feet (5 m), with an estimated death toll of 500,000.[8] A report on 30 October 2007 by the US Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) said that the dam's foundations could give way at any moment.[9]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosul_Dam


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7070706.stm#infographic

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Response to happyslug (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 04:59 PM

8. Sounds like the dumbest dam in the world

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Response to The2ndWheel (Reply #8)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 05:28 PM

9. Its Saddam Hussein's baby

 

Saddam was told NOT to build it there but it is in his home district. Should be torn down and built where a solid foundation can be found.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 05:51 PM

12. ISIS reminds me of the Bolsheviks

in the way a relatively small group has seized power. Filling a vacuum, striking at the weakest point.

And their fall, IMHO, will be reminiscent of the Khymer Rouge.

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Response to Strelnikov_ (Reply #12)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 07:07 PM

16. They are deadly beyond belief:

In an interview, Mohammed al-Khuzai, an official with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, said that ISIS had taken more than 100 Yazidi families to the airport at the nearby town of Tal Afar, where it executed the men and is believed to be keeping the women to force them to marry jihadi fighters.

“ISIS killed all the men,” Mr. Khuzai said, “and are planning to keep the women for jihad marriage.”

Mohammed al-Dulaimi, a Yazidi from Sinjar, said he had seen families being kidnapped. “I’ve seen them taking those families,” he said. “They claim they are infidels and they deserve to die.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/05/world/middleeast/iraq-agrees-to-help-kurds-battling-sunni-extremists.html?smid=tw-share

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