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Militants’ Siege on Mountain in Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:43:25 AM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/world/middleeast/iraq-yazidi-refugees.html?_r=0

Militants’ Siege on Mountain in Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says

By HELENE COOPER and MICHAEL D. SHEARAUG. 13, 2014

WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials said late Wednesday that United States airstrikes and Kurdish fighters had broken the Islamic militants’ siege of Mount Sinjar, allowing thousands of the Yazidis trapped there to escape.

An initial report from about a dozen Marines and Special Operations forces who arrived on Tuesday and spent 24 hours on the northern Iraqi mountain said that “the situation is much more manageable,” a senior Defense official said in an interview.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking to reporters Wednesday night at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., said it was “far less likely now” that the United States would undertake a rescue mission because the assessment team reported far fewer Yazidis on the mountain than expected, and that those still there were in relatively good condition.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, credited American airstrikes and humanitarian airdrops as well as efforts of the Kurdish pesh merga fighters in allowing “thousands of Yazidis to evacuate from the mountain each night over the last several days” and to escape the militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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Re: Militants’ Siege on Mountain in Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2014, 01:15:16 PM »
Somehow I don't believe this bs... ISIS can always come back. Also we just threw the Kurds under a bus.
GOP House members came to Paul Ryan to be Speaker. He didn't come to them. And he was everybody's conservative darling back in 2012. So unless 1 of the remaining 240 wants to step up & do a better job in budgeting & negotiations & herding the party cats, then everybody please STFU. You go to battle with the army you have, not the one you want but don't have.

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Re: Militants’ Siege on Mountain in Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2014, 02:06:05 PM »
If someone hadn't gotten a photo of him dancing he wouldn't have said a thing today about ISIL.



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Re: Militants’ Siege on Mountain in Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2014, 02:06:35 PM »
Somehow I don't believe this bs... ISIS can always come back. Also we just threw the Kurds under a bus.
They didn't say ISIS was repelled off the mountain, or that the siege had ended as a result of the US force getting involved.

They just said, "it's over".

Well, when I read about 600 women and little girls captured and being sold for ten bucks....just where did they find them?

IOW...were we too 'late'?  Or put another way, was did Obama's foot-dragging on this rescue what he wanted?
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Re: Militants’ Siege on Mountain in Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2014, 02:42:20 PM »
Somehow I don't believe this bs... ISIS can always come back. Also we just threw the Kurds under a bus.

This doesn't pass the smell test with me either. One,  the way it was dished out by the media, each station a carbon copy statement report like the others stations – with no objective analysis.   Had propaganda written all over it.     And two, whether it is “tens of thousands” of refugees, or just a couple of thousand, what difference does it make?   A holocaust is a holocaust and needs to be stopped, regardless of how many zeros the number has. 
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Re: Militants’ Siege on Mountain in Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2014, 02:47:29 PM »
They didn't say ISIS was repelled off the mountain, or that the siege had ended as a result of the US force getting involved.

They just said, "it's over".

Like everything else Bambi does, "it's over" because Bambi says "it's over".

If it happens again, that's a new thing and not an indication that it wasn't "over" when he said it was "over"...

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Re: Militants’ Siege on Mountain in Iraq Is Over, Pentagon Says
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2014, 04:14:27 PM »
Its a miracle I tell you; a miracle. :amen:  One day the UN thinks the situation is as desperate as it can be and the next its all over because the US bombed a few places and killed some people happy to go to allahland.   It would be a wonderful thing if all military situations were so easy to take care of. :bs:
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