Last week President Obama authorized the U.S. military to begin air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in northern Iraq as well as provide humanitarian air drops to the Yezidis, a small and ancient religious sect, that has been surrounded and threatened with death by the ruthless terrorist organization.
“Today I authorized two operations in Iraq -- targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death,” the President said.
The new ultra-violent Islamic terror group, ISIS, has proven to be capable of exacting barbaric violence to those who do not convert to Islam as well as consolidate gains like an organized military. A video released by VICE News describes exactly what the terror group wants and how dangerous their goals are to American security.
“I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established. Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq… We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House,” Abu Mosa, a spokesman for ISIS told VICE News.
The President warned Americans that the airstrikes would continue and the military operation is expected to last for weeks. So what exactly is the president saying about re-entering Iraq and how could ISIS affect national security and homeland security?
Watch Kimberly’s San Diego 6 News TV Segment here: http://www.sandiego6.com/news/sd6-in-the-morning/Are-air-strikes-in-Iraq-enough-270671431.html
For a more in depth perspective on the terrorist group ISIS read last week’s August 7th story: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-islamic-state-seemingly-moves-with-impunity-and-precision-iraq-lebanon?no_cache=1407783459
With the Israeli assault on Gaza reaching a fever pitch last week, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) quietly changed its name to the Islamic State or IS to reflect its broader ambitions and promptly set its sights on Lebanon. The IS attack in Arsal, that shares a northern border with Syria, began when Lebanese security forces arrested a popular Islamic commander. Once word spread, al-Nusra and the competent and deadly Islamic State jihadis stormed the town killing a number of security forces.
Conditions on the ground remain tenuous. "The situation is bad. Families are blockaded inside the city. Refugees are on the streets. There is a severe shortage of bread. The medical situation is very bad," a Syrian witness told Reuters News Service.
"It's a war right now," Mayor Ali Hujeiri said.
After the initial assault a Lebanese Army statement concluded; "It appears the armed operation was not spontaneous, but planned and studied, and the army will be firm and decisive in its response… (We) will not allow any party to transfer the battle from Syria to its (Lebanese) land." While the government said Hezbollah, a designated terrorist group, was not assisting the Lebanese security forces officials on the ground say they are partially involved in the fight.
Read part one “Obama trained insurgents launch killing spree against Iraq then turn to Syria”: http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-trained-insurgents-launch-killing-spree-against-iraq-then-turn-to-syria
Read: Iraq, ISIS and trained Islamic insurgents (Part Two)
The headlines splashed across most major publications this week centered on the growing destabilization of Iraq. After a decade of war, peace and prosperity remain elusive and the “hearts and minds” COIN policy is officially dead. For the Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds, peace was nothing more than an American dream: www.examiner.com/article/iraq-isis-and-trained-islamic-insurgents-part-two
Obama’s Regime change train stops in Ukraine: http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-s-regime-change-train-stops-ukraine
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