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More recently, Irbil has become a destination in its own right for "the internationals" - the expat employees of multinational firms and aid agencies whose presence in Iraq remains a visible legacy of the US-led invasion.
Global oil giants have been setting up shop in the city, lured by the promise of Iraqi Kurdistan's untapped energy reserves. They have driven up real-estate prices and transformed a dusty backwater into an even dustier boomtown. The sand now is from countless building sites, as well as the nearby desert.
originally posted by: FlyersFan
...Two airdrops of food and water supplies were also flown in to about 50,000 refugees who took shelter on a barren mountain after being ordered by ISIS to convert or face death.
The extremists have taken hundreds of women from a religious minority captive, according to an Iraqi official,
A spokesman for Iraq's human rights ministry said hundreds of Yazidi women had been seized by the militants. Kamil Amin, citing reports from the victims' families, said some of the women were being held in schools in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul.
'We think that the terrorists by now consider them slaves and they have vicious plans for them,' Amin told The Associated Press.
'We think that these women are going to be used in demeaning ways by those terrorists to satisfy their animalistic urges in a way that contradicts all the human and Islamic values.'
Obama being in control of this makes it a disaster in the making. Doing things neatly or quickly is not something Obama is known for.
President Barack Obama’s authorization of air strikes on ISIS targets in Iraq serves as an opportunity to remind ourselves which countries are bankrolling the deadly terror group.
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originally posted by: TDawgRex
I'm curious as to why there doesn't seem to be any AC-130's on site. They can air-to-air refuel and lioter for a period between rotations of other AC-130's. They're very accurate as well.
If we're to engage ISIS from the air, I think the ideal mix would be...
The fast movers can't loiter that long and carry a limited weapons load.
originally posted by: Kram09
To say that the U.S. is launching these airstrikes out of the goodness of their heart is ridiculous.
I was watching the news earlier and it said quite openly that the strikes were to protect American interests. Are a group of Christians and Yazidis (who let's face it 95% of Americans had probably never heard of until today) America's interests? No they're not but they certainly go down well in the media and make it more palatable for the average American Joe, especially after the U.S. has only just extricated itself from Iraq.