Friday, August 8, 2014

Obama's Iraq: Leave a vacuum that ISIS filled, wait until it's too late and then do nothing!

More empty and feckless rhetoric!
In typical Obama administration fashion the President did nothing while Iraq was overrun by ISIS with thousands of Christians and non-compliant Muslims being slaughtered!

Then, once it was too late and the country has basically been lost (see map below), he announced last night that his plan was to do basically nothing to help while seeking a diplomatic solution with what may be the worst terrorist organization in the world.

If this scenario sounds all too familiar it's because the same broken record has been heard from the United States most leaderless leader since he took office.

He supports extremist groups taking power (i.e. Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt) while tens of thousands of innocents are killed (i.e. Syria and Coptic Christians in Egypt to name two) while he seeks diplomatic solutions with groups whose basic reason to exist is to kill every single man, woman and child on earth that does not believe in its brand of Islam.

What, many may ask, is his endgame?

By the time Barack Obama leaves office in 2016 after eight long years in office, the world will have been reshaped in an extremely dangerous way that is completely the opposite of what is in the national security interests of the United States and our allies!


List of ISIS controlled territory prior to Barack Obama taking any action!

Deir al Zor
ISIS controls half of the city.
Raqqah
Fell under ISIS control in March 2013.
Al Hasakah
In alliance with Islamic Front and other rebel groups.
Albu Kamal
The Al Nusrah Front is said to control the town of Abu Kamal in March 2013, but ISIS controls areas outside of the town. Al Nusrah appears to be allowing ISIS transit the town; captured Iraqi military...
Manjib
Al Bab
Jarabulus
Fallujah
Second largest city in Anbar province and seat of al Qaeda's insurgency from 2004-2007. Fell under ISIS control in January 2014.
Al Qaim
Control of the Al Qaim and the border crossing has alternated several times between the Iraqi military and ISIS since Mosul fell on June 10. ISIS currently controls Al Qaim.
Hit
Hit is contested.
Rawa
Fell under ISIS control in January 2014.
Anah
Fell under ISIS control in January 2014.
Haditha
Haditha is contested. The Iraqi military controls the dam.
Saqlawiyah
Fell under ISIS control in January 2014.
Karma
Fell under ISIS control in March 2014.
Abu Ghrab
Gateway city to Baghdad. Fell under ISIS control in March 2014.
Jurf al Sakhar
Fell under ISIS control in March 2014. Iraq forces claimed to retake control of Jurf al Sakhar multiple times in May, June, and July. But the area still appears to be under ISIS control.
Mosul
Iraq's second largest city and provincial capital of Ninewa province. Fell under ISIS control in June 10, 2014.
Qayarrah
Qayarrah fell under ISIS control on June 11.
Hawija
Fell under ISIS control on June 11, 2014.
Riyad
Fell under ISIS control on June 11, 2014.
Abbasi
Fell under ISIS control on June 11, 2014.
Yankaja
Fell under ISIS control on June 11, 2014.
Rashad
Fell under ISIS control in June 11, 2014.
Sharqat
Fell under ISIS control on June 11, 2014.
Siniyah
Fell under ISIS control on June 11, 2014.
Sulaiman Bek
Fell under ISIS control on June 11, 2014.
Tikrit
Fell under ISIS/Baathist control on June 11, 2014. Iraqi government launched an offensive on June 27 to retake the city; heavy fighting has been reported and Iraqi forces withdrew. Tikrit is the capit...
Bayji
Fell under ISIS control on June 11, 2014. The refinery is said to be under ISIS control; ISIS is still battling with Iraqi forces there. Home to Iraq's largest oil refinery. Also hosts large oil field...
Bayji oil refinery
ISIS and Iraqi forces each control parts of the refinery.
Tuz Khumatu
Fell under ISIS control on June 11, 2014.
Muthanna Chemical Weapons Facility
The Islamic State took control of the Chemical Weapons Facility on June 12.
Saadiyah
Fell under ISIS control on June 13, 2014.
Jalula
Fell under ISIS control on June 13, 2014.
Tal Afar
Tal Afar fell to the ISIS after heavy fighting on June 15, 2014.
Adhaim
Fell under ISIS control on June 16, 2014.
Samarra
Iraqi forces stopped two attempts by the ISIS to overrun Samarra in June.
Taji
ISIS fighters are reported to have launched attacks on Iraqi forces in Taji and neighboring towns on June 12.
Tarmiyah
Sinjar
The Islamic State took control of Sinjar on Aug. 3, 2014 after Kurdish forces withdrew.
Khalis
Rabiah
Occupied by Kurdish Peshmerga after the fall of Mosul. As of Aug. 3, the Islamic State is said to be clashing with Kurdish forces in an effort to take control of Rabiah.
Al Kasik military base
Occupied by Kurdish Peshmerga after the fall of Mosul.
Kirkuk
Khanaqin
Ishaqi
Baqubah
ISIS forces briefly seized control of several districts in Baqubah and killed 44 prisoners during fighting on June 17.
Miqdadiyah
ISIS clashed with Iraqi forces on June 16. Much of Miqdadiyah is said to be under ISIS control.
Dujail
Al Walid border crossing
ISIS took control of the crossing to Syria on June 22. Iraqi officials claimed to retake the border on June 24.
Tarbil border crossing
ISIS is reported to have taken control of the crossing on June 22. Iraqi officials claimed to retake the border on June 24.
Ramadi
ISIS routinely clashes with security forces in Ramadi. ISIS controls some neighborhoods in Ramadi as well as some areas outside of the city. Most of the city was under ISIS control in January 2014.
Rutbah
Rutbah fell under ISIS control on June 21.
Nukhaib
The ISIS is said to have taken control of the town on June 24.
Al Muhassan
ISIS is in control of Al Muhassan, according to SOHR on June 25.
Al 'Alam
ISIS took control of the town of Al 'Alam and the nearby Al Ajeel oil fields and refinery on June 25.
Balad Air Base
ISIS attacked Balad Air Base on June 25. ISIS is said to surround the base from three sides.
Al Omar oil facility
ISIS controls the Al Omar oil fields, according to SOHR on June 25.
Mansuriyah 1 oil well
ISIS seized control of the Mansouriyat al-Jabal (Mansuriyah 1) Oil Well on June 26.
Ajeel oil wells
ISIS seized the Ajeel oil wells on June 25. There are four Ajeel wells listed: Ajeel, Ajeel 6, Ajeel 24, and Ajeel North 1
Mayadin
ISIS took control of Mayadin in June 2014.
Tikrit University
Iraqi troops air assaulted into the university on June 26. One helicopter was shot down. Iraqi forces later withdrew.
Mahmudiyah
ISIS and insurgents have been conducting attacks in Mahmudiyah and surrounding villages. ISIS is said to have taken control of Mahmudiyah by the end of June.
Camp Speicher
ISIS is said to have taken over control of much of the base on June 29. The base was completely overrun on July 17.
Shuhail
ISIS took control of the town on July 3. Shuhail is the home of Al Nusrah Front leader Abu Muhammad al Julani.
Tabqah Dam
ISIS controls the Tabqah Dam and the nearby city.
Maskanah
Maskanah is under ISIS control.
Al Suwar
Al Suwar is under ISIS control.
Tebni
Tebni is under ISIS control.
Khsham
Khsham is under ISIS control.
Al Ashara
Tribes and several jihadist groups vowed to continue fighting the ISIS.
Sarrin
Sarrin is under ISIS control.
Fallujah Dam
ISIS is in control of the Fallujah Dam.
Ash Shaddadi
Ash Shaddadi is under ISIS control.
Awja
The Iraqi military claims to have taken control of Awja on July 4. However reports from July 5 indicate the town is still under ISIS control.
Khalidiyah
Fighters from the Islamic State ambushed and destroyed a column of Iraqi M1A1 tanks and M113 armored personnel carriers in Khalidiyah.
Iskandariyah
ISIS is said to have taken control of Iskandariyah (Alexandria) by the end of June. Iskandariyah is contested.
Dhuluiyah
Dhuluiyah is contested. The town has changed hands multiple times since June 13.
Madain
The Islamic State frequently launches ambushes and IED attacks against Iraqi forces and local militia in Madain.
Mosul Dam
The Islamic State took control of the Mosul Dam on Aug. 3, 2014 after Kurdish forces withdrew.
Zumar
The Islamic State took control of Zumar on Aug. 2 after fighting with Kurdish forces.
Ain Zalah Oil Field
The Islamic State took control of the Ain Zalah Oil Field on or about Aug. 3.
Butmah Oil Field
The Islamic State took control of the Butmah Oil Field on or about Aug. 3.
Regiment 121
The Islamic State took control of Regiment 121's headquarters in late July.
Qaraqosh
Qaraqosh (Bakhdida) fell under Islamic State control on Aug. 7, 2014.
Bartella
The Islamic State took control of Bartella on Aug. 7
Tall Kayf
The Islamic State took control of Tall Kayf on Aug. 7.
Karemlesh
The Islamic State took control of Karemlesh on Aug. 7.




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