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US Military Operations in Iraq

Postby fstarcstar » Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:44 am

So, as we all know now, the US has began air support targeting ISIS in Iraq.

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The U.S. launched a new airdrop Saturday to aid thousands of members of an Iraqi minority group who fled from Islamic extremists, as Iraq's foreign minister said U.S. airstrikes have helped Kurdish forces counter the militants' advance.


An American military team is currently in the Kurdish regional capital Irbil, working to ensure tactical coordination with Kurdish peshmerga forces, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told a press conference late Friday.

"Air strikes are intended to degrade the terrorists' capabilities and achieve strategic gains — and have been very effective," Zebari, a Kurd, said.

The airstrikes marked the first time U.S. forces have directly targeted the Islamic State group and the first tentative military engagement in Iraq since U.S. troops withdrew at the end of 2011.

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Many of America's allies backed the U.S. intervention, pledging urgent steps to assist the legions of refugees and displaced people. Those in jeopardy included thousands of members of the Yazidi minority whose plight — trapped on a mountaintop by the militants — prompted the U.S. to airdrop dozens of crates of food and water.

The extremists have captured hundreds of Yazidi women, according to an Iraqi official, while thousands of other civilians fled in fear as the militants seized a string of northern towns and villages in recent days.

Yazidis belong to ancient religion seen by the Islamic State group as heretical. The extremist group considers Shiite Muslims apostates, and has demanded Christians either convert to Islam or pay a special tax.

American planes conducted a second airdrop of food and water early Saturday for those trapped in the Sinjar mountains, said Pentagon chief spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby.


http://news.msn.com/world/us-aids-displ ... help-kurds

Since this is the front page news I'd like to see this as a discussion of the ongoing operations in Iraq. I was also reading we dropped a couple of 500 pound laser guided bombs with FA/18s and some drone strikes. I was wondering if some of you military guys could enlighten me, but don't laser guided bombs have to be targeted by ground forces? Would that mean we might have some spec ops on the ground or using some of the Iraqi/Kurdish forces? Just curious is all.
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Re: US Military Operations in Iraq

Postby Spider » Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:25 am

No, LGBs can be guided by the aircraft dropping them. Or by another plane, even. The weapon just follows the light.
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Re: US Military Operations in Iraq

Postby Mr.Bill » Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:49 am

This^^^^^^

But we can be 110% sure there are special ops and US 'advisers' on the ground too..
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Re: US Military Operations in Iraq

Postby Kane » Sat Aug 09, 2014 1:32 pm

Bitches dun got too close to dat dere Erbile.
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Re: US Military Operations in Iraq

Postby Saz » Sat Aug 09, 2014 2:01 pm

It's pretty f**k embarrassing the carrier the planes used to bomb Iraq yesterday took off from a carrier named after the president who bombed Iraq the first time. Not a single president in my lifetime has not, at some point, ordered a bobbing run on Iraq. Do we need bigger bombs or something? How many people can be left in that f**k country? Can we at least let the country break apart, so the next time we have to bomb the place it will at least be called something different?
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Re: US Military Operations in Iraq

Postby Saz » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:51 pm

Kane wrote:Bitches dun got too close to dat dere Erbile.


Seriously though, Erbil is f**k Saigon right now. Americans are pulling everyone out and they are burning documents in the consulate. ISIS will be fighting in the city by this time next week.
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Re: US Military Operations in Iraq

Postby spacemonkey » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:46 pm

The problem today is war is not waged in the true spirit of war anymore. That is vanquish the enemy, take their stuff, make them slaves. If we waged war in its true spirit, we would not be going back. Today, we kick their ass, then kiss their ass. And that is why we are not done.
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Re: US Military Operations in Iraq

Postby eynon81 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:04 pm

spacemonkey wrote:The problem today is war is not waged in the true spirit of war anymore. That is vanquish the enemy, take their stuff, make them slaves. If we waged war in its true spirit, we would not be going back. Today, we kick their ass, then kiss their ass. And that is why we are not done.


It's a fad. We've only been waging bi-polar war since the 1950s, a pretty small time-frame in the span of human events. As soon as someone touches off a nuke in London or Chicago or whathaveyou things will get back to normal.
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Re: US Military Operations in Iraq

Postby fstarcstar » Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:57 pm

Just confirmed. US special forces and US Marines on the ground assisting with evacuations. Spec ops have been there for days apparently.

More than 100 US marines and special forces landed on Mount Sinjar in Iraq on Wednesday to organise an escape route for 30,000 Yazidi civilians threatened by Islamic extremists and worn down by hunger and thirst.

The force flew in on V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that can land vertically. They joined a small number of American special forces soldiers who have been on the mountain for some days, assessing the military and humanitarian situation and guiding US air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) fighters encircling the mountain.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/a ... zidis-iraq
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Re: US Military Operations in Iraq

Postby eynon81 » Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:58 pm

Hollywood shit right there.
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