June 10, 2014

Al-Qaida Overruns Mosul

Thanks, Obama.

“[T]he American combat mission in Iraq has ended,” Barack Obama triumphantly proclaimed from the Oval Office in August 2010. “Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country.” How’s Obama’s cut-and-run strategy working out? “Insurgents seized control early Tuesday of most of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, including the provincial government headquarters, offering a powerful demonstration of the mounting threat posed by extremists to Iraq’s teetering stability,” reports The Washington Post. American-trained Iraqi security forces reportedly dropped the weapons and fled, and al-Qaida now controls virtually the entire northern province of Ninevah. According to Robert Ford, Obama’s former ambassador to Syria, the resurgence of al-Qaida in Iraq is fueled by cells out of Syria: “These al-Qaida offshoots … now pose a potential threat to our security,” he said. “These extremists enjoy a sanctuary from which they may mount attacks against Europe or the United States.” Obama really has worked to ensure that America’s incredible sacrifice in Iraq was for nothing. More…

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