ISIS boss Al Baghdadi now tops Most Wanted Terrorist list:
Cited on 6.14.2014
“Leading Shi’ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on Iraqis to take up arms against Sunni extremists as thousands volunteered to bolster the capital’s defences.
“Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists, defending their country and their people and their holy places, should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose,” Mr Sistani’s representative announced on his behalf during the main weekly prayers in the Shi’ite shrine city of Karbala.
“He who sacrifices for the cause of defending his country and his family and his honour will be a martyr.’’
The deteriorating situation in the key global oil supplier reverberated through financial markets yesterday, sending oil prices sharply higher, pushing US stocks lower and igniting the latest rally in safe-haven bonds.
On the ground, US-armed and trained Iraqi security forces put up almost no fight throughout the militants’ rout as they captured major cities, witnesses said.
Iraq’s government girded to protect the capital from advancing insurgents, as Iranian security officials said their forces had joined the battle on Baghdad’s side and the US weighed military assistance, including air strikes.”
6.12.204: Boehner: “Obama ‘taking a nap’ on Iraq”
A writer for the Huffington Post is as riddled with questions about all of this as I am:
“First things first: the Blitzkrieg advance of the jihadist ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is astonishing. Why was such an invasion, which required extensive planning and gathering of fighters, not scoped out by the intelligence services of several highly equipped countries, including the U.S.? How is it possible that ISIS has taken over several major Iraqi cities with so few fighters, estimated at between three and five thousand? Mosul alone has a population of 1.8 million. How could so few invaders take it so easily, then take Tikrit, threaten Kirkuk and head toward Baghdad? How is it that a major Iraqi defense force collapsed and deserted in the face of a few hundred ISIS attackers?” See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ronald-tiersky/isis-what-does-it-mean-fo_b_5489756.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics
On 6.12.2014 I came out of “news blogging retirement” and launched the following tirade below against the incompetent useless tripe manufacturing industry that we are forced to endure in the United States which is referred to comically as “the news media.” About 5-6 hours later, one by one, the major news networks began to reluctantly begin reporting what was taking place in Iraq. The reader might not believe me, but I think there is a cause and effect relationship going on there.
Earlier I wrote on 6.12.2014:
“Iraq is Falling to ISIS Jihadi Terrorists and the American TV News Media Doesn’t Care”
Finally around 2 pm pacific time on 6.12.2014, the US based news media people seemed to finally grasp the gravity of what was taking place, and periodic “light” reports began to be broadcast. I still find it unnerving that it took American news orgs fully 3 days to get their heads around this story and set aside their filler content to begin to actually report ACTUALITY as it was taking place in Iraq.
What’s wrong with American news reporting organizations? Is the script so concrete that they are literally not allowed to deviate from it until “cleared” to do so? It was inexcusable that I had to wait for 3 long days – 72 hours – for US news media outlets to begin reporting what was being broadcast all over the internet about the crisis in Iraq.
Were it not for the hard work of the BBC I would not have learned of this urgent world event for 3 long days after it began to unfold. It took the American news media fully 3 days to STOP talking about OJ Simpson and get on board that there was a news event breaking out of the Mideast which could alter the history of the world and re-draw the borders of nations there.
THANK GOD some news org out there is awake at the wheel, because it certainly is not the American news reporting community, which is either collectively on vacation, or has been instructed in their news scripts to ‘IGNORE Iraq events’.
“How do wildfires begin to burn out of control? We all know they begin with smaller fires, which then are whipped by high winds and begin spreading faster than firefighters can arrive to quench the smaller scattered flames. That is the easiest way to describe what is happening right now in the Mideast. A series of small fires ignited by ISIS is building toward a wildfire of renewed war and violence which will be impossible to put out in just a few more months. It’s not rocket science and I am not a military woman, but I’m not blind. What we have here is a growing conflagration, and it must be extinguished NOW, before it spreads into to Israel and every other important city of the Mideast which values the attributes of civilized living over chaos and sudden violent death.” – author, Screenshots news blog on 6.12.2014
During the events of the past three days in Iraq, [ 6.9.14 through 6.12.2014 ] I have repeatedly scoured every TV news outlet I can find, looking for ANY in-depth reporting which would attempt to explain to the American people how the bitter war in Iraq – including military aid work rendered over 13 years, the terrible cost of 1+ trillion dollars spent, 4,500 American lives lost, 12,000+ US soldiers maimed, and nearly 200,000 Iraqis lost – could suddenly come crashing down down to the ground and be washed away in three short days, as ISIS Jihadi terrorists swept down into Iraq and took city after city, virtually unopposed.
ISIS Marching Toward Baghdad
Cities Under Siege in Iraq
“The jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and looted $450 million from it’s banks, becoming the world’s richest terror group.” – IBT News
In the video below watch the street scenes closely and you will see several BRAND NEW US military vehicles sitting in ruins in the streets, burning. Many others are being hauled off to Syria to be used to fight Jihad in that “ruinous heap” against the tyrant Assad. Those burning tanks are your tax dollars. That is your kids’ debt to the FED that they will be paying on for the rest of their natural lives, now stolen from the crumbling Iraqi military and being ported away to be used to wage Jihad in the Mideast. I don’t doubt that many of those expensive US armaments, including missiles, tanks, rifles, etc will end up being used to attack Israel at some point very soon. The American people had better pay attention right here, right now, to what is happening in Iraq. You paid for all this, and your children will continue to pay for it for decades to come. You better sit up and take notice.
The preposterously inadequate news report below RE: Iraq aired at 3 am in the dead of night from ABC News and lasted exactly 15 seconds. Are you kidding? Do you believe NOW that scripted TV news operates to “blacklist” certain news stories, no matter how urgent or important they are? These reporters spent more time chuckling about a man in Florida who was feeding alligators, than they spent reporting the most important news story in the Mideast in more than 60 years. THAT’S PSYCHOTIC. That’s “denial” of actuality on a scale that makes me shiver. That’s the kind of “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” news reporting that lead directly to 9-11, when all the signs were there, and no one was paying attention.
How could this happen? And why has the American news media chosen to stand aside and virtually refuse to report the story?
I reported on 6.12.2014: “It is my understanding from what little I have been able to glean off of alt news sites, that between 30,000 and 90,000 Iraqi troops, all of whom had been meticulously trained and armed by the US military over the past 8 years, for the most part simply laid down their arms, disrobed, changed into civilian clothes, left their military uniforms lying in the dust, and fled, as a mere 800 ISIS insurgents stormed into Mosul and took the city with virtually no opposition. Many deserting soldiers reported that their own commanders had ordered them to stand down and leave. It’s believed by some that Iraqi military commanders had cut a secret deal with ISIS prior to their attacks on Iraqi cities. It was also reported that Iraqi military commanders were the first to flee the coming confrontation, leaving thousands of their own enlisted men with no commanders to lead them. Most of the abandoned Iraqi soldiers then followed suit, and in the biggest act of collective cowardice observed in the modern era, they too removed their uniforms, left their rifles lying in the street, and fled to their homes, where they gathered their families and left the city. By several hours later highways were clogged with tens of thousands of vehicles trying to get out of Mosul, most heading for the northern border of Iraq that leads into Kurdistan. THAT unbelievable report, is what I am finding on the few US based sites and newscasts which have made an effort to report the gist of the story on how Mosul fell in 12 short hours. On 6.11.2014 while all of this was taking place, nearly every news outlet in the United States was re-telling the OJ Simpson story instead of reporting any news out of Iraq.”
Outrage does not begin to describe my own personal emotional reactions to what is taking place. As if the events themselves were not catastrophic enough to rivet the sudden attention of the entire free world – back toward the heart of the Mideast – our own news organizations in the US have utterly failed to even begin to address the magnitude of these events or to adequately report them to the American people. We need the astute reporting of alternative news media now as never before.
All I can do is to urgently call upon all alternative news media people, journalists, bloggers, videographers who might be close to, or in the region of the mayhem, to post and report as much as you can about actual conditions on the ground, as our own news media here in the US is failing the American people on a scale I have never seen, as they insist on ignoring the biggest news story out of the Mideast since 1947.
At what point do the American people besiege their news media to URGENTLY begin reporting the actual news, and to cease and desist wasting our time with trifles, if this is NOT that moment?
“Ultimately, ISIS seeks to create an Islamic state from where they would launch a global holy war. Perhaps that war is now beginning as Baghdadi’s ISIS eclipses Zawahiri’s al-Qaeda.”