Monday, March 23, 2015

U.S. Trains Iraqi Forces As Battle For Tikrit Continues

The question here is are these the SAME IRAQI FORCES THAT BUGGED OUT AND LEFT U.S. ARMOR AND HEAVY WEAPONS TO CIA/ISIS GOAT-HERDERS, and if not HOW are these "forces" different from their predecessors  

AP
By Vivian Salama and Qassim Abdul-Zahra
03/23/2015

TAJI, Iraq (AP) — 

As the U.S. mission to Iraq expands, so do its efforts to arm and train the country's security forces to combat the Islamic State group, with large-scale operations continuing to recapture territory from the Sunni militants.


It's Halloween and Christmas combined for the newest
crop of Iraq army idiots; more U.S. weaponry to sell
or abandon on the field to CIA/ISIS goat-herders
Hundreds of American advisers are working at the Camp Taji military base just north of Baghdad to train Iraqi forces on issues like weaponry and better coordination and integration of ground action with coalition airstrikes.

The goal, U.S. military officials say, is to teach the different divisions of the Iraqi military how to harmonize the operations of its various fighting units.

"This Iraqi commander ... has a company worth of infantry soldiers, he's got some armor assets from the Iraqi army, he's got two helicopters that are flying ... and then he's got engineers and (explosive ordinance disposal)," said Maj. Russell Wagner, one of the U.S. officers conducting training.


They "are all out here working in unison in order to get him through this obstacle and into the town that lies beyond," Wagner said.

In November, President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more American troops to bolster Iraqi forces, which could more than double the total of U.S. forces to 3,100. The boost in advisers and trainers complements the air campaign launched by the U.S. in August 2014.


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The Iraqi military has struggled to recover from its collapse in June when the Islamic State group captured country's second-largest city, Mosul, and swept over much of northern Iraq. 

In the face of the advance, commanders disappeared. Pleas for more ammunition went unanswered. 


Entrance exam for new Iraq army recruits
In some cases, soldiers stripped off their uniforms and ran.

U.S. advisory teams had been operating in Iraq since August, stationed in joint operations centers in Baghdad and Irbil, as well as in some of the outer provinces, including volatile Anbar province, which has been under partial control of the militant group since early 2014.


The Iraqi military — backed by at least 20,000 Shiite militiamen — is fighting to regain control of Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, one of several predominantly Sunni towns to fall to the militants last year. It's one of the first major operations in which the U.S.-led coalition is not taking part, with U.S. officials saying they weren't ask to participate. Iranian advisers have played a prominent role on the front lines of Iraq's Salahuddin province.

If Iraqi forces are unable to push IS back and recover lost territory, Obama would be faced with a choice of accepting failure in Iraq or committing U.S. combat troops — something both U.S. and Iraqi officials have spoken firmly against.


CIA/ISIS gleefully awaits next shipment of U.S. weapons and gear from Iraq army

"The soldiers now are absolutely eager to learn, their leaders eager to learn," said Lt. Col. John Schwemmer of the 5th Squadron, 73rd Calvary. "They are eager to get on the training lanes that we have here, to learn the skill they need to go against the enemy."

At the Salahuddin command center at Tikrit University, ambulances come and go with a handful of Iraqi soldiers, injured in clashes with the Islamic State group. Operations to recapture Tikrit have been on hold for nearly a week, with Iraqi officials saying they're trying to minimize casualties by not rushing the final assault.


Without a doubt CIA/ISIS goat-herders will be scared shitless by this mob of Iraq army losers in their Halloween masks, who look like rejects from Mexican drug cartels

At the provincial military headquarters, Iraqi soldiers sleep four to a room and pass the downtime by playing backgammon or volleyball — no soccer fields are available — or by listening to music.

Many of the young men fighting alongside the Shiite militias, known locally as Popular Mobilization Units, joined the battle last year when Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, called upon Iraqis to defend their nation.


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While the U.S. has been working to train Iraqi military brigades, it has not worked with the militias, since doing so would bring them uncomfortably close to Iran, which offers significant assistance to the various militias.


Definition of insanity: Repeating the same mistakes over
and over again expecting a different outcome
CIA director John Brennan said having the leader of Iran's elite Quds Force direct Iraqi forces against the IS militants is complicating the U.S. mission. In an interview with "Fox News Sunday," Brennan described Gen. Qassem Soleimani as being "very aggressive and active" in advising the Shiite militias. 


Some of the militia fighters had previously served with the Iraqi armed forces, but many have no previous combat experience.

Across the grounds of the university-turned-command center, several bodies lay decomposing on the pavement. The unburied corpses are allegedly of Islamic State militants, and senior military officials say they are kept there to raise fighter morale and remind them of victories past. 


"Indeed Ghazwan, these new weapons will buy the best quality LG air conditioners for our barracks!"

The men carry their weapons wherever they go — the mess hall, the latrine, even to bed. They realize their opponent has launched surprise attacks in the past.

"My wife and my kids were crying when I left, but I told them I am not afraid," said Amjad Ali Karim, a 31-year-old member of the militias. "I'm trying not to think of how many days are passing because then it will cause me extreme grief."




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Barack Obama To Announce Slower Afghan Withdrawal Through 2016

More LIES, More BULLSHIT, More NEEDLESS AMERICAN MILITARY DEATHS  

AP VIA THE ECONOMIC TIMES
03/21/2015

WASHINGTON: 

President Barack Obama is meeting next week with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and is expected to announce plans to slow down the pace of troop withdrawals between now and the end of 2016 to maintain security in Afghanistan. 


It is never too late to IMPEACH
Current plans call for a U.S. drawdown to 5,500 troops by year's end. But the Obama administration has said previously it might keep more troops in Afghanistan next year. 

Jeff Eggers of the White House's National Security Council said Friday the U.S. still intends to pursue its longer-term withdrawal strategy, which calls for a U.S. security cooperation office in Kabul beyond 2016 of about 1,000 U.S. troops, but no major troop presence. 



Eggers appeared to leave open the possibility that the U.S. role after 2016 could also be reconsidered. "The question of the post-2016 plan will, of course, flow from that, and it's fair to say that will need to be considered in the same way given the intent to maintain this ongoing dialogue with President Ghani and his team," he said. 

But officials later said that Eggers was alluding to discussions about the breadth of the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan after 2016, and that the size of the U.S. footprint and the troop levels in Afghanistan that Obama called for in May would not change. 




White House spokesman Josh Earnest earlier emphasized that point, saying Obama and his national security team have been discussing changing the pace of the troop drawdown and the rate of base closures in Afghanistan up through the end of 2016 to deal with the security situation in the country. 

Earnest said that after 2016, Obama envisions a smaller military footprint designed to protect embassy personnel and to engage in military-to-military relationships with the Afghan armed forces _ a figure that experts place at about 1,000 troops. 




"That's been the policy that President Obama put in place a number of years ago. That hasn't changed," Earnest said. 

"But the United States is interested in making sure that we have a troop presence that can protect forces that are on the ground," he said. "We want to make sure that we can continue to have some counterterrorism capability in Afghanistan, because there are still extremist elements operating in Afghanistan that do pose a threat to our interests."



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U.S. Marines Advise "Check Online Footprint" After ISIS "Hit List" Goes Online

Marines, Veterans would make short work of CIA/ISIS goat-herders given the opportunity  

03/22/2015

The U.S. Marine Corps urged personnel to ‘check their online footprint’ after the so-called Islamic State released the alleged identities and addresses of 100 staff officials, calling on adherents to kill them.


"Vigilance and force protection considerations remain a priority for commanders and their personnel," U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel John Caldwell said in a statement. 

"It is recommended Marines and family members check their online/social footprint, ensuring privacy settings are adjusted to limit the amount of available personal information."



According to the monitoring group SITE Intelligence, which has an uncanny ability for finding obscure jihadist postings online, the threat was issued by a group that calls itself the ISIS Hacking Division, which allegedly retrieved information from military personnel and sent it over the Internet.




The group said it hacked the private information from government servers.


The message alluded to a “huge amount of data we have from various different servers and databases,” saying the group released the information on 100 Marines, who allegedly fought against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, “so that our brothers residing in America can deal with you.” Now we have made it easy for you by giving you addresses, all you need to do is take the final step, so what are you waiting for?"


However, as NYT reported, quoting an unnamed Defense Department official, the information that was exposed most likely came from public databases and not the US military servers.




The personal data on the “kill list” could have come from news articles that at one point may have mentioned the servicemen by name.


The United States is leading an international coalition targeting IS strongholds in Iraq and Syria, where the Islamist militants aspire to a caliphate across the region.




IS in the past has called for attacks in coalition countries, including the United States, Canada, and Italy.




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