Al Qaeda Recaptures Fallujah

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Obama claimed that Al Qaeda had to be fought in Afghanistan, where it no longer was, instead of Iraq, where it actually was. Now Al Qaeda in Iraq is not only making a credible bid to take over Syria, but is also making a big comeback in Iraq.

A rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago.

In Fallujah, where Marines fought the bloodiest battle of the Iraq war in 2004, the militants appeared to have the upper hand, underscoring the extent to which the Iraqi security forces have struggled to sustain the gains made by U.S. troops before they withdrew in December 2011.

The upheaval also affirmed the soaring capabilities of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the rebranded version of the al-Qaeda in Iraq organization that was formed a decade ago to confront U.S. troops and expanded into Syria last year while escalating its activities in Iraq. Roughly a third of the 4,486 U.S. troops killed in Iraq died in Anbar trying to defeat al-Qaeda in Iraq, nearly 100 of them in the November 2004 battle for control of Fallujah, the site of America’s bloodiest confrontation since the Vietnam War.

Events Friday suggested the fight may have been in vain.

It was in vain because Obama threw away the gains Americans had made and turned a blind eye to the Shiite takeover of Iraq’s government. That left the Sunnis with few options and helped Al Qaeda make a major comeback.

At Friday prayers , held outdoors and attended by thousands of people, a masked ISIS fighter took the podium and addressed the crowd, declaring the establishment of an “Islamic emirate” in Fallujah and promising to help residents fight the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his Iranian allies.

In the past year, al-Qaeda has bounced back, launching a vicious campaign of bombings that killed more than 8,000 people in 2013, according to the United Nations. Sectarian tensions between Iraq’s Sunnis and the Shiite-led government have been further inflamed by the war in Syria, where the majority Sunni population has been engaged in a nearly three-year-old struggle to dislodge President Bashar al-Assad, a member of the Shiite Alawite minority.

These are also the wages of Obama’s disastrous Arab Spring which turned over major portions of the Middle East to Islamic terrorists.

Republican senators on Saturday blamed the Obama administration for Al Qaeda affiliates over-running parts of Iraq, including the city of Fallujah, which the United States secured before President Obama removed all U.S. forces from that country in 2011.

“While many Iraqis are responsible for this strategic disaster, the administration cannot escape its share of the blame,” the senators said in a joint statement. “When President Obama withdrew all U.S. forces … over the objections of our military leaders and commanders on the ground, many of us predicted that the vacuum would be filled by America’s enemies and would emerge as a threat to U.S. national security interests. Sadly, that reality is now clearer than ever.”

  • A Z

    This is what happens when Democrats (Obama et al) care more about making a America a European style social Democracy and ignore all else.

    Long War Journal is a great site on the Islamic Groups, Syria & the Global War on Terror (GWOT) such as it is (misnamed, renamed & ignored).

    Al Qaeda, tribal allies ‘control’ Fallujah
    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/01/al_qaeda_tribal_alli.php

    Al Qaeda seizes partial control of 2 cities in western Iraq
    http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/01/al_qaeda_seizes_cont.php

    Read the comment by KalashniKEV

    • A Z

      “America’s Social Democratic Future”
      (The Arc of Policy Is Long But Bends Toward Justice)

      By Lane Kenworthy

      “LANE KENWORTHY is Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of Arizona.”

      1. This article proves my point made in the post above.

      2. This proves David Horowitz’s or the editor’s point that sociology is a leftwing field.

  • dollabiIIz2

    When Obama used our taxes to buy his friends Al Qaeda all those weapons last year back when their worst crimes were simply beheading and eating their own people, who could have predicted that they would later use them to re-take Iraq?

  • darnellecheri

    The ferocity of the American battle in Fallujah has been compared to Stalingrad and its”Rattenkrieg” style of warfare by US military experts. The American lives, limbs and resources expended to free this area, as well as this ME country are forever remembered and cherished by all of us, despite our horribly misguided and clueless political leadership in the White House.

    • Never Midbar

      I am no supporter of Obama but Bush was equally clueless about getting involved in this fight without understanding that the core motive for this sectarian fighting is in the Quran. Instead of risking solders lives and getting involved in a 1400 year-old struggle, we should put pressure on Sunnis and Shias to expunge the Quran from its genocidal teachings and remove the sharia from being the governing law of these Muslim lands. I know this is a tall order but it’s the only way to make a meaningful positive change in the Muslim world.

      • darnellecheri

        I wouldn’t disagree with you. I would also like to see a world without nuclear weapons, psychopaths banned from running/ruining nations, and peaceful equality extended for personal beliefs, but until then, nations must battle for self-interests and national security.

        • alericKong

          He has rational thoughts. There have been greater compromises. Historical religion is usually the first thing people give up.

          The major problem is that politics motivate the decisions of US leadership. Obama is ashamed to be called a war monger and withdraws too early. Bush is ashamed to be called a crusader racist and refuses to demand real reform in Islam.

          • Drakken

            There is never going to be a reform of islam, you going to have to kill it.

      • Drakken

        Your going to have to killem all and let allah sortem out before these savages give up islam, Start calling in arclight strikes on these cities and call it a day.

  • John Smith

    Obama said AQ is on the run…

    • A Z

      Running Circles around Obama