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Iraq crisis: Baghdad requests US air strikes against Sunni militants – live updates

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posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 12:16 PM
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Iraq has formally asked for the US to use air strikes against ISIS.

www.bbc.co.uk...


Iraq has formally called on the US to launch air strikes against jihadist militants who have seized several key cities over the past week.

"We have a request from the Iraqi government for air power," confirmed top US military commander Gen Martin Dempsey in front of US senators.

Earlier the Sunni insurgents launched an attack on Iraq's biggest oil refinery at Baiji north of Baghdad.

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki earlier urged Iraqis to unite against the militants.

Government forces are battling to push back ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) and its Sunni Muslim allies in Diyala and Salahuddin provinces, after the militants overran the second city, Mosul, last week.

US President Barack Obama is due to discuss the Iraq crisis with senior Congress members on Wednesday.

Ahead of the meeting Senate leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, said he did not "support in any way" getting American troops involved in the Iraqi "civil war".

But Gen Dempsey told a Senate panel that it was in America's "national interest to counter [ISIS] wherever we find them".

Map showing ISIS activity


This site has live updates on the current situation in the Middle East.

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The senior US military officer has confirmed for the first time that Iraq has formally requested air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), a long-suspected pleading that complicates President Obama's hesitation about launching a new air war, reports Guardian US national security editor Spencer Ackerman




The Turkish and Iraqi foreign ministers have met in Saudi Arabia. The United States and others are encouraging the Baghdad government to form a coalition with Kurds in northern Iraq to fight Isis and related militias. The Kurds have taken advantage of the unrest to consolidate their control of regional oil infrastructure. Turkey, which has waged a long war against Kurdish separatists, is leery of increased Kurdish autonomy. Turkey has provided support to the Sunni opposition in the Syrian civil war. But Isis currently is reported to be holding dozens of Turkish diplomatic personnel, construction workers and other Turkish citizens hostage inside Iraq, a factor that makes Isis a shared problem of Ankara and Baghdad.




Obama said to be weighing military options
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Kilometers-long fuel lines
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Iraq crisis: Isis planning to attack Britain, says Cameron - live

Latest developments and news from the Iraq crisis, where David Cameron has warned that Isis jihadists seeking to build an Islamic caliphate also plan to "attack us here at home in the United Kingdom"


The Telegraph live updates


McCain has just spoken on the US Senate floor:

Quote "We have to act. We have to act. We must act. I know there are always people who will tell our leaders reasons why we can't, but I know of no military expert who believes that doing nothing is a recipe for anything but further chaos and, eventually, threats to the United States of America. Our secretary of homeland security has stated it, our director of national intelligence has stated it. People from this part of Iraq and Syria will be planning attacks on the United States of America."

McCain suggested bringing high ranking military figures from the war in Iraq, such as former General David Petraeus, back into the fold. He also endorsed targeted airstrikes, and "making it very clear to Maliki that his time is up and he must arrange for a transition."

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posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 12:31 PM
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Strange how they seem to be "hesitating" with this and were gung-ho about striking Syria?

Now they can do both and really get Russia P.O.'d



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 12:37 PM
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They have planes let them do it. There is no need for more American taxpayer money to be wasted on Iraq.



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 12:53 PM
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a reply to: buster2010

Seeing as Cameron here in the UK has just said they are planning on attacking the UK and McCain in the US basically saying they should agree to bombing, it looks like they will be.

Obviously it isn't an easy decision to make though it would have been far easier if they hadn't ever gone into Iraq in the first place.

There is jihadism to combat and there is allegiance of sorts to something that they are already in some ways tied to.

I do think the entire thing could have been handled better and nations should be spending wiser than overseas wars, but there is a threat there that has to be dealt with somehow.

The Middle East is like a giant sinkhole, it can't be avoided, it can be ignored but it's still there and it's influence expanding, either way it is forcing the hands of the west, purposefully.



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:02 PM
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originally posted by: xuenchen
Strange how they seem to be "hesitating" with this and were gung-ho about striking Syria?

Now they can do both and really get Russia P.O.'d



The difference is they weren't concerned about ISIS in Syria.. But no worries bombing the crap out of the Syrian Government though.



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:05 PM
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a reply to: theabsolutetruth

The truth of the matter is if we let this go and the Extremists get the upper hand, we will only have issues down the track somewhere.. If people think that the likes of ISIS are going to stop in Syria and Iraq, they better be ready for disappointment. I'm sure they have Israel on their radar also.



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:16 PM
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a reply to: DarknStormy

Exactly, it has to be dealt with. Burying heads in the sand isn't an option.



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:19 PM
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Their military FLED, they refused to fight for their own country..........

NO...........

Not one more bomb, not one more bullet, not one more american life, not one dollar from America......

We spent too long with this.........

And I agree with what Glenn Beck said yesterday on his show , the liberals were right on this, we should have stayed the hell out of there.......

Pull everything back, pull our funding to them back , everything.........the damn terrorist already have weapons we armed them with , AGAIN......



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:20 PM
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originally posted by: DarknStormy
a reply to: theabsolutetruth

The truth of the matter is if we let this go and the Extremists get the upper hand, we will only have issues down the track somewhere.. If people think that the likes of ISIS are going to stop in Syria and Iraq, they better be ready for disappointment. I'm sure they have Israel on their radar also.



No, we secure our own damn borders, we bring our men and women home to protect this piece of land, and we protect our own......



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:22 PM
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originally posted by: buster2010
They have planes let them do it. There is no need for more American taxpayer money to be wasted on Iraq.


I dont agree with you very often Buster but im fully on board with this.......

Its past time we pull our military back and secure ourselves and our own country.......

Not one more cent, not one more piece of equipment,

We trained them we gave them weapons, we spent billions to help them have a standing army and they refuse to defend their own country.......

No more



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:22 PM
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Letting ISIS get what it wants is not in anybody's best interest..

As far as I am concerned we should have been bombing them already.



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:22 PM
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a reply to: ManBehindTheMask

The answer is to refrain from arming them but also to counteract the threat they are to civilization in general and prevent them from gaining any more oil fields, finances and political power.

Drones will probably be used instead of direct deployment of personnel.
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posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:22 PM
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McCain has become the poster boy for hawks. His answer seem to always be blow it up.



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:23 PM
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a reply to: theabsolutetruth

Well Air strikes should be minimal risk.

Doubt they will do much though. You cant just bomb your problems away.....well unless that problems japan



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:24 PM
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originally posted by: buster2010
They have planes let them do it. There is no need for more American taxpayer money to be wasted on Iraq.


Id view it as free training for you pilots. should be a chicken shoot.



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:25 PM
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originally posted by: ManBehindTheMask
No, we secure our own damn borders, we bring our men and women home to protect this piece of land, and we protect our own......


So what are yous going to do when the first shot is fired at Jerusalem? Sit back and watch the Jews get slaughtered also? This is where it's heading, you do understand that, don't you?



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:28 PM
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originally posted by: DarknStormy


So what are yous going to do when the first shot is fired at Jerusalem? Sit back and watch the Jews get slaughtered also? This is where it's heading, you do understand that, don't you?


Let the Jews defend there own land.

Israel been nothing but trouble anyway. Let it fall or stand on its own merits. If it falls? O well not my country that's life country's rise and fall, should have played the game better.

Don't see why I should defend a country I don't live in, don't share any affection for nor plan on ever setting foot in.

Anyway Israel has one of the worlds biggest military's, they can use it.
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posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:34 PM
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a reply to: crazyewok

They couldn't defeat Hezbollah who are also now fighting against the likes of ISIS in Syria. How the hell are they going to survive against groups who are successfully romping governments in larger countries? USA will be going to war if Israel is attacked, there is no doubt about it.



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:35 PM
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originally posted by: DarknStormy

originally posted by: ManBehindTheMask
No, we secure our own damn borders, we bring our men and women home to protect this piece of land, and we protect our own......


So what are yous going to do when the first shot is fired at Jerusalem? Sit back and watch the Jews get slaughtered also? This is where it's heading, you do understand that, don't you?


Im honestly in favor of protecting our country and letting them fend for themselves, we cant even protect our own country from whats happening within RIGHT NOW, our police are out of control, our borders are flood gates.....

Nothing is getting taken care of here at home while we are blowing money like crazy in other countries.....

Why should we spend any more time, money , lives and equipment in countries that DONT WANT US THERE.....



posted on Jun, 18 2014 @ 01:35 PM
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originally posted by: DarknStormy
a reply to: crazyewok

They couldn't defeat Hezbollah who are also now fighting against the likes of ISIS in Syria. How the hell are they going to survive against groups who are successfully romping governments in larger countries? USA will be going to war if Israel is attacked, there is no doubt about it.



Again why should I care about Israel?

I don't care when African country fall and rise every other year so why should I be itching to fight for Israel?

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