Iraq

US forces launch strikes targeting Iran-backed militias after deadly rocket attack, official says

The U.S. military launched multiple strikes using warplanes targeting multiple bases used by Iranian-backed Shia militias believed to be behind the rocket attack on Camp Taji, Iraq, the day before that killed two Americans and one British soldier, according to a senior U.S. military source. The launch began after 1 a.m. Baghdad time. The U.S. military strike was “proportional,” according to the U.S. military source, and hit multiple bases used by the Kata’eb Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed militia that fired 30 Katyusha rockets yesterday at the Taji Base, which housed American and British troops. Of the 12 troops wounded yesterday, five are in serious condition. “The U.S. does not want to escalate the conflict with Iran,” the U.S. military source said. but wanted to send a deterrent message, according to a message telegraphed by the Defense Secretary and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs during a briefing to Pentagon press earlier Thursday. President Trump authorized the strike earlier in the day. The Pentagon released a statement following the strikes, confirming that they were conducted in response to the rocket attacks on Wednesday. “Earlier this evening, the United States conducted defensive precision strikes against Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH) facilities across Iraq,” the Defense Department said. “These strikes targeted five weapon storage facilities to significantly degrade their ability to conduct future attacks against Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces. These weapons storage facilities include facilities that housed weapons used to target U.S. and coalition troops.” “These strikes were defensive, proportional, and in direct response to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups (SMG) who continue to attack bases hosting OIR coalition forces,” the Pentagon added. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said: “The United States will not tolerate attacks against our people, our interests, or our allies. As we have demonstrated in recent months, we will take any action necessary to protect our forces in Iraq and the region.” U.K. Defense Minister Ben Wallace released a statement later Thursday expressing the country’s support of the U.S. and the strikes. “The coalition stands should to shoulder in Iraq,” he said. “Our forces work together to help the country resist the malign activity of terrorists. When we and others are attacked, we reserve the right to defend ourselves.” “We support the right of the United States to defend themselves, as they have done tonight,” he added. “We reiterate that those who seek to harm our armed forces can expect to receive a strong response.” The U.S. has two aircraft carriers in the region: USS Harry S Truman in the Arabian Sea and USS Dwight D Eisenhower in the Red Sea. But these strikes did not involve Tomahawk cruise missiles, Fox News is told, just multiple aircraft, but it is not clear what jets were used and from which bases they launched. The U.S. Air Force keeps dozens of fighter jets in Qatar and the UAE and B1 bombers in Saudi Arabia.

We still don’t know the names of the two U.S. service members who were killed.  But, the Brit was a young female enlisted soldier.  Hopefully we got those responsible in this air strike.

Herd of Stampeding Wild Boars Kills Three Islamic State Jihadists

A herd of stampeding wild boars killed three Islamic State terrorists in a fiercely contested area of Northern Iraq, according to local sources. The Times of London reports that a group of Islamic State jihadists was preparing an ambush in a field 50 miles from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk before being overwhelmed by a stampeding herd of wild boars, killing three terrorists and leaving five seriously injured. Sheikh Anwar al-Assi, chief of the local Ubaid tribe organizing anti-ISIS forces, told The Times that some militants had escaped death by managing to hide in large areas of reeds, but others had not been so lucky. “It is likely their movement disturbed a herd of wild pigs, which inhabit the area as well as the nearby cornfields,” he said. “The area is dense with reeds, which are good for hiding in.” A group of refugees fleeing the region discovered the bodies. According to deputy head of the Kurdish intelligence service Brigadier Azad Jelal, jihadists in the area responded to the incident by going on a killing spree of the area’s wild boars. Anwar al-Assi also revealed that the incident happened shortly after the militants had slaughtered 25 people to death in Hawija, one of the few districts the Islamic State still controls, and a site where they regularly carry out mass killings. In August last year, the group massacred 85 civilians in Hawija as an apparent show of strength. Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, remains the last major Islamic State stronghold in Iraq, as Kurdish forces fight to reclaim it.

Stories like this are evidence that there truly is a God in heaven.  I mean, c’mon..  For some Islamic wacko..  What is a more degrading and humiliating way to die…then by being stampeded to death by a heard of pigs?!?  That is like Mastercard; “priceless.”    🙂

Christianity in Iraq is finished, says Canon Andrew White, ‘vicar of Baghdad’

He is one of the world’s most prominent priests, but Canon Andrew White – known as the “Vicar of Baghdad” – has reached a painstaking conclusion: Christianity is all but over in the land where it all began. “The time has come where it is over, no Christians will be left. Some say Christians should stay to maintain the historical presence, but it has become very difficult. The future for the community is very limited,” White told Fox News this week. “The Christians coming out of Iraq and ISIS areas in the Middle East all say the same thing, there is no way they are ever going back. They have had enough.” Thirty years ago, there were approximately 1.4 million Christians in Iraq. The number dwindled to around 1 million after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, and a year ago it was estimated that there were less than 250,000 left. Numbers have continued to decline as families flee, and today even approximate figures are difficult to obtain.

And, as we all know..  It was Obama’s foolish decision (against the advice of virtually EVERY General officer on active duty at the time, and retired) in 2010 to just unilaterally pull all U.S. military forces out of Iraq, that caused a power vacuum, and the emergence of ISIS/ISIL, which then in turn led to a wholescale genocide of Christians in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere in the Middle East.  What an incredible moron he was..  And THIS is the consequence of that liberal agenda-driven idiocy.  To read the rest of this tragic story, click on the text above..

Biblical king’s palace uncovered beneath shrine destroyed by ISIS

Archaeologists in Mosul have made a stunning find beneath the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah that was destroyed by Islamic State militants in 2014: the long-hidden palace of ancient Assyrian King Sennacherib. Experts were documenting the jihadists’ destruction of the tomb’s ruins when they located the palace, which dates back to 600 B.C. ISIS had dug tunnels into the site in a search for ancient artifacts to plunder, according to media reports. The Telegraph reports that Iraqi archaeologist Layla Salih found a marble cuneiform inscription of Assyrian King Esarhaddon inside one of the tunnels. The inscription is believed to date to 672 B.C. when the palace was part of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. One of the earliest forms of writing, cuneiform harnesses wedge-shaped marks and was widely used in ancient Mesopotamian civilizations. The palace was built for the Assyrian King Sennarcherib, expanded by his son Esarhaddon, and renovated by his grandson King Ashurbanipal, according to the Telegraph, which notes that the palace was partly destroyed during the sack of Nineveh in 612 B.C. Sennacherib’s invasion of the ancient kingdom of Judah is extensively documented in the Bible. Esarhaddon and Ashurbanipal are also mentioned in scripture, although feature less prominently. Elsewhere in the tunnel, archaeologists found ancient Assyrian stone sculptures of a demi-goddess, the Telegraph reports. The Tomb of Jonah, or Nebi Yunus in Arabic, is located on a hill in Eastern Mosul. The site was recaptured from ISIS by the Iraqi army last month during its Mosul offensive. Jonah is revered in Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions. The Prophet’s tomb, which was located within a Sunni mosque, was destroyed by ISIS militants in July 2014.

Just awful..  To read the rest of this article, click on the text above.

‘Sniper of Mosul’ strikes fear in hearts of ISIS fighters

A renegade sniper has been striking fear into the hearts of ISIS thugs in Mosul — picking them off one-by-one, reports claim. The mysterious marksman — dubbed the “Sniper of Mosul” — is believed to be behind shootings in four separate neighborhoods in Iraq’s second largest city. But officials think the resistance fighter could be receiving help from other gunmen, according to the Daily Star. The sniper has been hunting down militants in broad daylight, with the most recent hit unfolding during a public beheading. Iraqi media outlets on Monday reported the shooter had killed an ISIS executioner just seconds before he could behead a local teen who was accused of supporting resistance movements within Mosul. His bullet struck the terror thug just as he was taking aim at the boy’s neck, sources said. The attack prompted the terrorists to frantically open fire and scatter as they attempted to find cover. The recent shootings have already left a “number” of jihadis dead, according to Al Sumaria News. Despite the sniper’s efforts, sources said ISIS fighters shot and killed the boy before he was able to escape. The gunman has been targeting extremists in Mosul for several days now as Iraqi-led coalition forces continue their battle to retake the jihadi stronghold. “The emergence of the ‘Sniper of Mosul,’ as the residents call him, increased the pace of the popular resistance against ISIS,” Al Sumaria News reported. “The presence of the sniper in four neighborhoods emphasizes that there are many snipers and not only one.” Some believe the “Sniper of Mosul” could be part of an elite, Special Forces team — though it is unclear whether they would be Iraqi or allied soldiers.

Excellent!!!      🙂

Saddam Hussein kept torture chamber in basement of Iraqi mission in NYC

The Mission of Iraq, which sits on a wealthy Upper East Side block near Central Park, has a dark secret: it’s basement was used as a jail equipped for torture under Saddam Hussein’s regime, The Post has learned. When he rose to power in 1979, the despot had the terrifying “detention room” installed inside the five-story building at 14 East 79th Street — right across from billionaire former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s home, according to two Iraqi officials speaking on the condition of anonymity. Saddam’s henchmen – known as Mukhabarat agents — frequently imprisoned local Iraqis in the basement for up to 15 days at a time, using them as leverage to get their relatives back in the homeland to surrender and cooperate with the tyrannical government, the officials said. “It was a dark room. The doors were reinforced in a way that nobody could break in or out. You didn’t need to sound proof it,” one official said. The other official added, “You’re not going to hear someone screaming down there.” The prison chamber was similar to detention rooms in Iraqi embassies around the world, including Eastern Europe and Arab countries, where evidence of torture was uncovered, the officials said.

What a crazy story!  To read the rest, click on the text above..

ISIS believed to have attacked US base in Iraq with chemical agent

ISIS fighters are believed to have attacked U.S. and Iraqi forces with a “crude” chemical weapon Tuesday evening, a U.S. official told Fox News. The U.S base outside Qayyarah, 25 miles south of Mosul, was struck by a rocket and traces of a “mustard agent” were believed to be present, the official said. The attack was first reported by CNN. A Pentagon official told reporters that a “tar-like black oily substance” was found on the shell, which landed within the base hundreds of yards from U.S. forces. An initial test for the agent was positive, but “could be false,” the official said. The second test was negative, possibly because the shell had been exposed to the elements. No one was injured in the attack and there were “no signs of exposure” shown by any U.S. troops, including the two soldiers who inspected the shell. Two to four soldiers who were near the shell received full decontamination treatment. “Unless you are right next to [the shell], exposure is unlikely,” the official said. U.S. troops at the base are equipped with chemical weapons exposure suits. The official said the base is attacked “fairly often” with conventional weapons, but Tuesday’s assault is believed to be the first chemical attack on U.S. forces in Iraq since they returned to the country in 2014. Nearly 5,000 U.S. troops are currently on the ground in Iraq and “hundreds” of those forces are located at the base, the official said. The ordinance and residue from the shell are being sent to Ft. Detrick, Md. for processing to confirm the presence of a chemical agent. Unlike mustard gas, which can spread, mustard agent leaves an oily residue behind. The official said the security posture at the base had not changed. Mosul is the last major Iraqi city controlled by ISIS, which overran much of the country more than two years ago.

IF, in fact ISIS/ISIL is trying to use any form of chem or bio warfare against U.S. troops, then the paradigm has definitely shifted there, and we need to respond accordingly.  This story is developing…