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How long before Iraq gov. falls, and/or the US...

Postby Mr.Bill » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:58 am

sends in troops to prop up the Iraqi military? It is a complete mess..

Iraq city of Tikrit falls to ISIL fighters

Last updated: 11 Jun 2014 15:13


ISIL launched a lightning campaign to seize areas in the north of Iraq [REUTERS]
The Iraqi city of Tikrit has been seized by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, security sources have said, the second city to fall to the group in two days.

Sources told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that gunmen had set up checkpoints around Tikrit, which lies between the capital Baghdad and Mosul, which was caputured by ISIL on Tuesday.

"All of Tikrit is in the hands of the militants," a police colonel told the AFP news agency. A police brigadier general told AFP that fighters attacked from the north, west and south of the city, and that they were from ISIL.

A police major told the agency that the militants had freed about 300 inmates from a prison in the city, the capital of Salaheddin province.

Meanwhile, sources said the nearby city of Kirkuk, home to Iraq's biggest oil refinery, was also being attacked by ISIL.

Sources told Al Jazeera that the fighters had guaranteed the safety tol Iraqi soldiers if they gave up their weapons.

In Samarra, south of Tikrit, witnesses told the AFP news agency that fighters had arrived in trucks mounted with machineguns, while a policeman said his unit was involved in fighting at the northwest entrance the city.

Half a million people are believed to have fled Mosul, a quarter of the city's population, since the city was taken over by ISIL on Tuesday.

The Geneva-based International Organisation for Migration said the Mosul takeover had "displaced over 500,000 people in and around the city".

The Turkish government also said that ISIL had stormed its consulate in Mosul, taking staff and the consul captive.

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from Baghdad on Wednesday, said aid agencies were under pressure to deliver humanitarian aid as nobody had expected Mosul to fall quite so dramatically.

Earlier on Wednesday, ISIL advanced into the oil-refinery town of Baiji before Iraq's Fourth Armoured Divison forced the group to retreat.

The group had threatened local police and soldiers not to challenge them and warned the town's most prominent tribal leaders to lay down their weapons.

"We are coming to die or control Baiji, so we advise you to ask your sons in the police and army to lay down their weapons."

In Baghdad on Wednesday, a suicide bomb destroyed a tent where elders were meeting in the Sadr City district, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/06/iraqi-city-tikrit-falls-isil-fighters-2014611135333576799.html

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Re: How long before Iraq gov. falls, and/or the US...

Postby exploited » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:00 am

Dupe. You lose Bill.
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Re: How long before Iraq gov. falls, and/or the US...

Postby eynon81 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:14 am

To be fair mine was about Mosul falling.
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Re: How long before Iraq gov. falls, and/or the US...

Postby exploited » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:17 am

Sorry Bill, I got my shitholes messed up.

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Re: How long before Iraq gov. falls, and/or the US...

Postby jimmyz » Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:09 pm

Since Obama is Sunni there is 0% of US intervention.
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Re: How long before Iraq gov. falls, and/or the US...

Postby Kane » Wed Jun 11, 2014 10:33 pm

Wait, they're in Samarra now?! That would represent them going down the freeway towards Baghdad....the distance between Mosul and Tikrit isn't a small jog...

Holy shit....
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Postby The Dharma Bum » Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:04 am

the shitty result of shitty foreign policy is a a world of shit
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Re: How long before Iraq gov. falls, and/or the US...

Postby Professor » Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:39 am

23 days from now, in response to thread title.
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Re: How long before Iraq gov. falls, and/or the US...

Postby Kane » Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:02 pm

I give it 7 days.

It looks like the ISIL knows it has a limited window to assert itself. The international community is already talking about intervention.
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Re: How long before Iraq gov. falls, and/or the US...

Postby Spider » Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:37 pm

^Even leaving Iraq aside, ISIS needs to be f**k up on general principles. This just adds fuel.
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