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State Dept. focuses on oceans as Iraq disintegrates under Islamist attacks

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On Tuesday, the State Department issued a tweet saying it condemns the attack on Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, but officials sparked anger from a number of people after apparently switching its focus to oceans, Twitchy reported Thursday.

"Show your love of our oceans! Join our #thunderclap and spread the word about protecting our oceans," the State Department said.

"Russia is annexing Ukraine. Radical Islamists are taking Iraq. Iran wants nukes. And you're focused like a laser beam on fish," said Twitter user "Razor."

"Hey speaking of thunderclaps.. How's Iraq?" another person asked.

The situation in Iraq is not good, as militants with the group have now taken over Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, and Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's birthplace. Worse yet, The Blaze said, The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is preparing contingency plans to evacuate if the situation warrants it.

Making matters worse, the administration has refused to provide military air support -- support the Iraqi government requested -- but has said it would provide non-military aid and "will continue to work closely with Iraqi political and security leaders on a holistic approach to diminish ISIL’s capacity and ability to operate within Iraq’s borders."

Mortar rounds have hit Bagdad International Airport and one U.S. counterterrorism official said the violence in the region has reached “levels not seen since 2007.”

Nevertheless, the State Department is concerned with oceans. And, it says, human beings are to blame.

"Our ocean today is at grave risk – and it’s not happening by accident," the State Department said at its Thunderclap page. "Human activity is the cause. Harmful fishing practices, even illegal fishing; giant garbage patches; hundreds of dead zones; and rising carbon dioxide levels – all of it threatens life under the sea. That’s the bad news. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Governments, communities, and individuals can act now to reverse these trends. We can protect the ocean if we all start treating it like ‘our ocean.’"

The page also has a link to a YouTube video where Secretary of State John Kerry explains how followers can help mitigate human damage on the oceans.

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