A massive car bomb exploded early Sunday in the heart of one of Baghdad’s busiest commercial areas, killing at least 121 people and wounding many others, security officials said.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing, the extremist group’s first major attack on the Iraqi capital since losing the nearby city of Fallujah to Iraqi forces late last month. A series of defeats in Syria and Iraq since last fall has prompted the militants to revert to more guerrilla-style tactics such as suicide attacks on civilians in urban areas.
The blast in the upscale central neighborhood of Karrada occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday in front of a Shiite mosque, damaging it and setting nearby buildings ablaze, interior ministry spokesman Saad Maan said. The streets were packed with young people and families reveling the breaking of the Ramadan fast, with many watching the European soccer tournament on a cafe TV at the blast site.
The bombing kindled new expressions of ire over the deteriorating security situation in the capital. When Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi toured the site hours after the explosion, angry crowds jeered him, calling him a thief and throwing shoes and rocks at his convoy.
Suicide Bomber Killed Near U.S. Consulate in Saudi Arabia
If this happened 10 years ago we would be hearing “this just shows how desperate the terrirists are”
The invasion and later occupation of Iraq was the largest foreign policy mistake in our history
It completely destabilized the Mideast
@John: This would not have happened 10 years ago dumb ass!
2006 was the deadliest year in Iraq
from WikiFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2006 in Iraq marked the onset of sectarian war, making it the deadliest year of the war.
1 January to March 2006
2 April 2006
3 May 2006
4 June 2006
5 July 2006
6 August 2006
7 September 2006
8 October 2006
9 November 2006
10 December 2006
January to March 2006
January 1: Two suicide car bombs kill one Iraqi soldier and wound 24 others north of Baghdad.
January 2: A suicide bomber kills seven people on a bus in Baquba.
January 4: A suicide bomber struck a Shiite funeral, killing 32 and wounding 40.
January 5: A suicide bomber in Kerbala detonated an explosive belt laced with ballbearings and a grenade, killing 51 and wounding 138. A suicide bomber in Ramadi blew himself up near a group of police and Army recruits, killed more than 60 and wounded around 70. Two other suicide car bombs explode in Baghdad.
January 6: A suicide bomber targeted an Interior Ministry patrol, and one policeman was killed in the explosion which wounded seven others.
January 9: Two suicide bombers disguised as police infiltrated the heavily fortified Interior Ministry compound in Baghdad and blow themselves up killing 29.
January 20: A suicide car bomber killed two U.S. soldiers in Haqlaniyah.
January 23: A suicide bomber kills three people and injures seven others near the Iranian embassy in Baghdad.
February 14: A suicide car bomber killed two U.S. marines near Qaim.
February 22: Al-Askari Mosque bombing, blamed by U.S. and Iraq on al Qaeda in Iraq.
March 10: A suicide truck bomber kills eight and wounds 11 at a checkpoint in Falluja.
March 14: A suicide bombing in Northern Iraq killed at least one person: America security contractor Chaz Benjamin Crawford.
March 27: A suicide bomber kills 30 to 40 people at a security-forces recruitment center in northern Iraq
March 29: Two suicide bombers on a mini-bus filled with explosives attempted to attack a police station in Haswa, south of Baghdad, but the bus exploded prematurely when police opened fire on it, wounding 11 policemen and a female bystander.
March 30: A suicide car bomber rammed a police convoy in west Baghdad’s Yarmouk neighborhood, killing one police commando and wounding three others. Two civilians also were hurt.
April 3: Ten die and 38 are wounded during a suicide truck bomb attack near a Shiite mosque in northeastern Baghdad
April 7: Two or three suicide bombers target the Baratha mosque in Baghdad, killing 85 people and wounding 160.
April 11: A suicide bomber kills an American soldier in Raweh.
April 17: A suicide bomber attacked a market in the town of Mahmudiya killing at least 13 people and wounding 19. Two or three suicide car bombers targeted the Government Center in Ramadi, wounding one U.S. Marine.
May 1: A suicide bomber attacked a US army patrol killing one Iraqi civilian and wounding two others in Iskandariya south of Baghdad.
May 2: Ten people die and six are injured when a suicide bomber explodes near a convoy carrying the governor of Anbar in central Ramadi.
May 3: Suicide bomber kills 16 and wounds 25 at a police recruitment center in Falluja.
May 4: A suicide bomber attacked a crowd of police officers and civilians outside the civil court building in Baghdad.
May 6: Suicide bomber kills three Iraqi soldiers at a base in Tikrit.
May 7: Suicide bomber kills five and wounds 18 in Karbala. A suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi army patrol as it left a base in the neighborhood of Azamiyah in Baghdad killing 10 people and wounding 15, most were Iraqi soldiers.
May 9: A suicide car bombing kills 22 and wounds 134 in Tal Afar.
May 14: A double suicide car bomb attack outside the Baghdad airport, near the Victory Base checkpoint, killing 14 people and wounding six others.
May 20: A suicide car bomber attacked a police station in Al-Qaim, killing five people and wounding ten. Victims were both civilians and policemen.
May 21: A suicide bomber kills 13 and wounds 18 in a restaurant in central Baghdad.
May 29: A suicide car bomber attacked a police patrol in Baghdad wounding two police and killing one.
May 30: A suicide bomber killed at least 12 people and wounded 36 in Hilla.
June 3: A suicide bomber attacked a market in Basra, killing 28 people and wounding 62 others.
June 11: A suicide car bomb explodes at an Iraqi Army checkpoint in Baquba, killing three Iraqi soldiers and wounding six.
June 12: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a gas station in Tal Afar killing four civilians and wounding more than 40.
June 13: As many as five suicide attacks hit Kirkuk on this day. In the central Quraya neighbourhood, a suicide car bomber struck the house of a senior police officer, Colonel Taher Salah al-Din, seriously wounding him and killing one of his bodyguards. Shortly afterwards, a suicide bomber in a car was shot by guards as he tried to attack Kirkuk’s police headquarters. He blew himself up, killing two policemen. Across town a suicide car bomber blew himself up outside the offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, wounding two people. A second suicide car bomber then targeted the same building but was shot and killed by guards before he could detonate his bomb. Another suicide bomber struck a security building in the Wasit neighbourhood, wounding four civilians.
June 14: Police shot and killed a suicide bomber as he tried to attack a police checkpoint in Kirkuk.
June 16: A suicide bomber slips into a Shiite mosque in Baghdad, killing 11 and wounding 25 during Friday prayers.
June 17: A suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near a police checkpoint in Mahmoudiya, killing four people and injuring 15.
June 19: A suicide bomber killed four civilians and wounded 10 in an attack on an Iraqi army checkpoint in central Baghdad.
June 20: A suicide bomber kills two and injures two in a senior citizens’ home in Basra.
June 24: A suicide bomber in Dhuluyia killed five Iraqi policemen.
June 25: A suicide bomber killed a police commando and wounded nine people in an attack on a police checkpoint in Baghdad’s.
June 26: Two Iraqi police commandos die and four people are injured when a suicide bomber explodes at a military checkpoint in western Baghdad.
June 27: A suicide bomber attacked a gas station in Kirkuk killing at least three people and wounding 17.
June 28: A suicide car bomber attacked a Sunni mosque, near a market in Baqubah, killing three people.
June 29: A suicide car bomber kills five and wounds at least 31 during a wake for an Iraqi soldier in Kirkuk.
July 1: a suicide car bombing at a crowded market in Sadr City, a Shi’ite district of Baghdad, killed 62 people and wounded 114. A group calling themselves The Supporters of the Sunni People claimed responsibility for the attack. Also, a suicide bomber killed two policemen and wounded six people in an attack on a police patrol in Mosul.
July 3: A suicide car bomber attacked a security patrol in Baghdad, wounding two policemen, two soldiers, and one civilian.
July 5: A suicide car bomber attacked a police checkpoint in Mosul, killing two people, including a policeman.
July 6: A suicide bomber attacked two buses carrying Iranian pilgrims outside a Shi’ite Muslim shrine in Kufa killing 12 people and wounding 41, eight of the dead were Iranians.
July 10: A suicide bomber attacked the offices of the Kurdish PUK party in Kirkuk killing three and wounding eight. A suicide bomber attacked a crowd of civilians gathered at the site of an earlier explosion in Baghdad’s Sadr City district killing 8 and wounding 41 people.
July 11: More than 50 people were killed in Baghdad in violence that included a double suicide bombing near busy entrances to the fortified Green Zone.
July 12: A suicide bomber blows himself up in a restaurant in southern Baghdad, killing seven and injuring 20.
July 13: A suicide bomber attacked a police patrol killing three people and wounding eight in Kirkuk. A suicide bomber attacked the city council of Abi Saida, north of Baghdad, killing six people and wounding three, including the head of the city council. A suicide car bomber attacked a police patrol in Mosul, killing two policemen and three civilians and wounding five, including two policemen.
July 14: A suicide bomber attacked a police patrol killing five people, including three civilians, in Mosul.
July 15: A suicide bomber attacked a police commando checkpoint in eastern Baghdad killing two police commandos and wounding four. A suicide car bomb attacked a police patrol in Baghdad, wounding six people, including two policemen.
July 16: A suicide bomber strikes a cafe in Tuz Khurmatu, killing 28 people.
July 18: A suicide car bomb kills 53 to 59 people and injures more than 100 at a market in Kufa. A suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi army patrol in Mosul killing four people and wounding two.
July 21: A suicide bomber killed six policemen and wounded 13 others near Falluja. A suicide bomber killed six policemen and wounded 13 others near Falluja. A suicide bomber broke into the home of As’ad Ali Yasin, the head of the Samarra local council, and blew himself up, killing himself but not harming Yasin or anybody else.
July 23: 32 to 34 are killed and 65 to 70 are wounded when a suicide bomber driving a minibus blows it up near a market in Sadr City, Baghdad.
July 24: A suicide bomber killed five Iraqi soldiers and wounded four in an attack on their patrol in Mosul. A suicide bomber attacked a Samarra Emergency Battalion checkpoint killing a civilian and wounding six policemen.
July 25: A suicide bomber attacked a house used by the Iraqi police in Samarra killing one person and wounding seven other people.
July 29: A suicide bomber attacked a police checkpoint near Qaim, killing himself and wounding two policemen.
July 30:A suicide car bomber attacked a police patrol in Mosul killing a policeman and wounding three other officers.
July 31: A suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi observation post outside Mosul killing four soldiers and wounding six.
August 1: A suicide car bomber kills at least 10 soldiers and four civilians and wounds 22 near an Iraqi army convoy in central Baghdad.
August 4: A suicide bomber in a pick-up truck blew up in an athletic field in Hadhar, killing 10 and wounding 12.
August 6: A suicide bomber attacks a funeral in central Tikrit, killing 15 people and injuring 17.
August 7: Nine soldiers die and 10 civilians are injured due to a suicide truck bomb in Samarra.
August 10: A suicide bomber struck a checkpoint near a shrine in Najaf, killing 35 and injuring 122.
August 13: Insurgents used a rocket, a car bomb, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle and two other devices to attack the Zafaraniya neighbourhood of southeastern Baghdad over the course of an hour. 57 people were killed, and almost 150 wounded.
August 15: A suicide truck bomber killed nine people and wounded 36 outside the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan in Mosul.
August 19: A suicide car bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Baghdad’s Doura district killing one person.
August 23: A suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters in Mosul killing one person and wounding ten. A suicide bomber dressed as a policeman wounded six policemen in an attack on a police station.
August 27: A suicide truck bomber killed two Kurdish guards and wounded 16 people in an attack on the party offices of the PUK. A suicide car double suicide bombing in Kirkuk near the home of Peyrut Talabani, a cousin of President Talabani, 9 people were killed and 22 wounded.
August 28: In Baghdad, 16 people died, including 13 policemen, when a suicide car bomber attacked a compound of the Iraqi interior ministry. In Baghdad, dozens of people were injured in the mid-morning blast outside the interior ministry. The ministry complex has been frequently targeted in the past and is heavily guarded. The Baghdad bomber struck as UK Defence Minister Des Browne was in the capital for talks with Iraqi officials. A suicide car bomber attacked a line of cars waiting for fuel at a gas station in the Dora district of Baghdad killing three and wounding 15 people.
August 29: A suicide car bombing somewhere in Iraq killed at least one person: American interpreter Saher Georges.
August 31: A suicide bomber attacked a gas station in eastern Baghdad killing 2 people and wounding 13.
September 3: A suicide bomber attacked a police patrol in Mosul killing two policemen and wounding three.
September 7: A suicide bomber attacked a police fuel depot in Baghdad killing 12 policemen. A suicide bomber attacked a police patrol killing 3 people and wounded 10 in a tunnel in the Bab al-Sharji district of Baghdad.
September 9: A suicide bomber killed one policeman and wounded 10 civilians after police at Baghdad’s Adhamiya police station fired at the bombers car and it to detonated prematurely.
September 10: A suicide car bomber attacked a police raiding party killing 3 people and wounding 14, mostly policemen.
September 11: A suicide bomber blew himself up on a bus full of army recruits in Baghdad killing 16 people and wounding 7.
September 14: A suicide truck bomb hit a U.S. Army outpost in Baghdad killing three soldiers and wounding 25. A suicide bomber strapped himself with explosives and detonated them at an Iraq police checkpoint in Tal Afar, killing one police officer and wounding two others.
September 16: A suicide bomber attacked a U.S. patrol in Ramadi killing four civilians. A suicide bomber attacked a well-fortified police station in Baghdad’s Doura district killing one civilian and wounding 22 others.
September 17: A suicide car bomber attacked a police checkpoint in Kirkuk killing only himself.
September 18: A suicide bomber attacked a police recruitment centre in Ramadi killing 13 people and wounding 10. A suicide bomber attacked a Tal Afar market killing at least 21 people and wounding 17.
September 19: A suicide bomber attacked a crowd of people who had gathered at the scene of an earlier bomb attack on an army base in Sharqat. At least 21 people were killed and 50 wounded in both attacks.
September 20: A suicide bomber attacked the house of Khalid al-Fulalli, a Sunni leader of the Bazi tribe, in Samarra, one child was killed and 26 people were wounded in the attack. A suicide truck bomber attacked a police checkpoint in the Doura district of Baghdad, killing seven police commandos and wounding 11 other, among them three civilians. A suicide bomber attacked a Tal Afar market killing at least 22 people and wounding 24.
September 24: A suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint in Tal Afar killing two Iraqi soldiers and wounded three, including a civilian.
September 25: A suicide bomber attacked a police checkpoint in Ramadi 7 policemen and wounding 7 others.
September 26: A suicide bomber attacked a new police station in Jurf al-Sakhar killing 2 policemen and wounding 4 policemen and 8 U.S. soldiers.
September 27: A suicide bomber attacked the Iraqi Communist Party’s headquarters in Baghdad killing five people and wounding fifteen.
September 28: A suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint near the U.S. military base at Kirkuk airport killing one policeman and wounding eight. A suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi army headquarters killing two civilians and wounding 25, including nine soldiers, in the Shaab district of Baghdad.
September 30: A suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint in Tal Afar killing two people and wounding 30.
October 3: A suicide bomber killed three and wounded 19 at a fish market in Baghdad.
October 4: A suicide car bomber struck an Iraqi police and army checkpoint in the northern city of Tal Afar, wounding three policemen, two soldiers and nine civilians. A suicide truck bomber blew himself up outside the Iraqi army headquarters in western Ramadi, police said. No one other than the bomber was killed but a number were wounded. In Ramadi, a car bomber rammed his vehicle into the entrance of a police station and wounded four.
October 7: A suicide car bomb killed 14 people, including four soldiers, and wounded 13, including nine civilians, at an Iraqi Army checkpoint in the northern Iraqi town of Tal Afar.
October 9: A suicide car bomber killed a policeman and wounded 11 others, a policeman and 10 civilians, at a police checkpoint in the northern town of Tal Afar, about 420 km (260 mi) north of Baghdad. A suicide car bomber rammed a police checkpoint wounding six officers and commandos near the Jordanian border at Trebil.
October 12: In Kirkuk a suicide bomber rammed his car into an Iraqi Army checkpoint wounding one soldier. A suicide bomber attacked the army headquarters in Ramadi, there were no casualties.
October 13: A suicide bomber attacked a patrol in Mazraa killing three Iraqi soldiers.
October 15: Suicide bombers attacked at least six targets in Kirkuk killing 18 people and wounding more than 70 others. A suicide bomber in Tal Afar killed five people, including three policemen. A suicide bomber attacked a market in Al Qaim killing eight people.
October 17: A suicide car bomber targeting police commandos killed two police and wounded nine, including four civilians, in Baghdad’s southern Saidiya district. A suicide car bomber targeted an Iraqi army checkpoint, killing a soldier and wounding two others in the town of Shirqat, 300 km (190 mi) north of Baghdad. Two suicide bombers attacked the police academy in Kirkuk, there were no casualties.
October 19: A suicide car bomb killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded four more some 35 km (22 mi) southwest of Kirkuk. Six suicide bombers in vehicles, including one in a fuel truck, attacked Iraqi police and U.S. patrols, and insurgents fired mortars and clashed with police, the violence killed at least 20 people in Mosul. A suicide car bomber killed at least eight people and wounded 70 others in the oil city of Kirkuk, 250 km (160 mi) north of Baghdad.
October 21: A suicide bomber blew himself up on an Iraqi bus in Baghdad killing five passengers and wounding 15 others.
October 22: A suicide bomber killed six people and wounded 20 on Palestine Street in central Baghdad.
October 25: A suicide bomber attacked a hospital in Baquba killing two policemen.
October 26: A suicide bomber wounded two Iraqi soldiers in Tal Afar.
October 30: A suicide attacker blew himself up inside a police headquarters in Kirkuk, killing two policemen and a three-year-old girl and wounding 19, including 10 policemen. A double suicide attack hit an Iraqi army checkpoint at a border pass near Syria, killing six soldiers and wounding one.
November 1: Two suicide car bomb attacks on police positions north of Ramadi killed five policemen and wounded three.
November 7: A suicide bomber walked into a cafe in the Shi’ite Greyat district and blew himself up after dark, killing 17 people and wounding 20.
November 10: A suicide car bomber hit an army checkpoint, killing a colonel and four soldiers, and wounding 17 people including 10 soldiers in Tal Afar, about 240 km (150 mi) northwest of Baghdad.
November 11: A suicide car bomber attacked a police station, killing two people, including one woman, in the town of Zaghinya to the north of Baquba, 65 km (40 mi) north of Baghdad.
November 12: A suicide bomber walked into a police recruiting centre in Baghdad and blew himself up, killing 35 people and wounding 58.
November 18: A suicide car bomb at a police checkpoint in Haditha, west of Baghdad, killed one policeman and wounded another.
November 19: A suicide car bomb near a funeral procession killed three people and wounded 22 in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
November 20: A suicide car bomber exploded his vehicle near a police checkpoint and killed two people, including a policeman, and wounded six others, including four policemen, in Ramadi. A suicide car bomber rammed his car into a joint Iraqi police-army patrol and killed three soldiers and wounded four others, including a policeman, in a town west of Mosul.
November 23: Mortar rounds and five car bombs, at least three of which were suicide attacks, killed 215 in bombings in Baghdad’s Sadr City.
November 24: A double suicide attack killed 22 people and wounded 45 at a market in a Shi’ite district in the northern city of Tal Afar, near the Syrian border.
November 29: A suicide car bomber targeting a police station killed one civilian and wounded 23 in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 mi) north of Baghdad. A suicide car bomber targeting a police patrol killed a policeman and wounded seven people, including three policemen, in southwestern Baghdad. A suicide car bomber exploded near a police patrol, killing a policeman and wounding five civilians in al-Nidhal street in central Baghdad.
December 1: A suicide bomber attacked a U.S. patrol in Kirkuk killing two civilians.
December 3: A suicide bomber attacked a police patrol in Mosul killing two people. A suicide bomber attacked the convoy of a police official near Kirkuk killing three policemen.
December 6: A suicide bomber attacked a minibus in Baghdad killing three people.
December 9: A suicide bomber killed seven people in Karbala in an attack on a market.
December 11: A suicide bomber killed one police commando in Baghdad.
December 12: A suicide bomber struck a crowd of mostly poor Shiites in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 71 people and wounding 220 after luring construction workers onto a pickup truck by offering them jobs as they were eating breakfast. A suicide bomber attacked a police checkpoint in Baghdad killing one person.
December 13: A double suicide attack on an Iraqi army base in Riyadh, near Kirkuk, killed seven soldiers and wounded 15. A double suicide attack on the headquarters of the Iraqi army’s 2nd Battalion, near Kirkuk, killed 4 soldiers and wounded 10.
December 20: A suicide car bomber attacked a police checkpoint in Baghdad killing 11 people.
December 21: A suicide bomber attacked a police recruitment centre in Baghdad killing three police officers and 12 recruits. A suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint near Kirkuk killing one soldier. A suicide bomber killed two people in Baghdad.
December 24: A suicide bomber walked into a police station in the Iraqi town of Muqdadiya in Diyala province and detonated his explosives, killing at least seven police officers and wounding 30 more.
December 25: A suicide bomber killed three people and wounded 20 others when he blew himself up aboard a crowded bus in the Shi’ite Talibiya district in northeastern Baghdad. A suicide bomber targeting a police checkpoint near the main entrance of Anbar University killed three policemen and wounded two students in the city of Ramadi, 110 km (68 mi) west of Baghdad.
December 28: A suicide bomber using a minibus attacked the offices of the KDP in Mosul, two people were killed and 19 were wounded.
December 29: A suicide bomber a Shi’ite mosque in Khalis killing 10 people.
December 30: A suicide bomber killed five people in Tal Afar.
Randy when did you first think that you were smarter than me ?
Randy please try to remember this before you try and insult me. Does insulting others make you feel better about being yourself ?
@john: None of these would have happened where it just happened. Especially 10 years ago. It happened because Obama pulled out our troops who were keeping the police and the intel quite up to date. Check where your incidences happened and try to refute my statements. I just happened to be within a mile of this site and know what I am talking about. Where were you?
@john: This bomb was another unintended consequence of your liberal president not knowing what he was doing. General Petraeus had a good handle on Baghdad and especially this neighborhood. When the troops were pulled out the Iraqi security suffered a t least a 90% reduction in capabilities. I am not insulting you. I am making an accurate description of a person who writes posts with no personal knowledge. .
Randy the troops were pulled out of that neighborhood AND the rest of Baghdad because the Iraqis demanded that, they put that in the SOFA. Bush HAD to sign whatever they wished as a SOFA protected American military from Iraqi law. That SOFA said all US forces had to leave all Iraqi cities by 06/09 that would be 5 short months after Obama was sworn in. And of course Petraeus was well aware of the time limits and by Obama’s inauguration there most had already left. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S.%E2%80%93Iraq_Status_of_Forces_Agreement
Now when Bush signed the SOFA he gave the solemn word of the USA. It was obvious to many/most that there could be no military “victory” in Iraq. Neither the Shia majority nor the Sunni minority wanted the “peace” that the USA was hoping for.
During the time that the US military WAS in those neighborhoods (Karrada) there were car bombs http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/08/01/iraq.main/
Central Baghdad was blowing up 10 years ago. If that is where you were then you should be able to remember especially if you have “personal knowledge”
@Randy: Do you think Kerry will put out a statement tomorrow saying this is further proof ISIS is losing? Every time we are told the JV team is contained they strike hard. There is a pattern of either deceit or just plain not having a good handle on the situation by some.
As there are over 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, and as increasing numbers of them are setting off bombs ALL OVER THE WORLD, just how much policing of Muslims are you prepared to undertake?
By going INTO Iraq, Bush wrote a check that he was in no position to cash. He COULDN’T guarantee that America would support a police occupation of Iraq indefinitely, and the American public ELECTED a president who chose NOT to play that game… and they elected him TWICE.
I’m GLAD that Obama backed out of Bush’s mistake. Not because I LIKE that wacko ISIS blossoms in unstable countries (countries that are NOT ruled by totalitarian regimes) but because American police actions in every world country that is unstable is a terribly inefficient and enormously costly way of insuring security HERE.
The rest of the world is in this, too. Radical Islam is everywhere, and unless I am mistaken, we were just about going it alone in Iraq and footing a bill we couldn’t afford to keep paying. There has to be a better answer. I don’t know what it is, but I sure know what it isn’t, and policing the world won’t cut it. There simply aren’t enough of us to do that job.
A bunch of cowards kill more people with a car bomb then did some maniac witha gun yet Obama the Fink and Hillary the Hag want to disarm americans Dirty Demacrats anyway
Unhappy here? apply for a passport
Read John’s #8.
That’s what happened.
Bush set up the withdrawal.
Bush was YOUR president.
Stop blaming Obama for it.
We could do it on the cheap if all those in the USA who favored fighting ISIS just went over as volunteers
But for some (?) reason that doesn’t happen
@George Wells: Are there troops in Iraq now? If so, were the Iraqis able to change their minds by being persuaded by Obama? You can blame Bush, but Obama wanted us out of Iraq under any circumstances for political gain against all of the advice of his military advisors. Obama is responsible for the ISIS situation because he allowed them a foot hold in Iraq and failed to do anything about Assad when the line in the sand was crossed.
10 years ago, I was in the Intel section of MNF-I with a TS SCI clearance. I have no idea what information that I was privy to read has been declassified. I do know that if I revealed classified information, I would be spending time in FT Leavenworth, KS.
One of the biggest frauds that Curt followed up on was that the US media was reporting on many incidences that never happened, some of which were reported as fact above by John. A Captain Jamile supposedly a member of the Iraqi police confirmed these incidences. So, the media reported the incidences as fact with out confirming their source. The Captain Jamile was later determined to be part of AQI and was not even a police man. When you lefties post items on FA with out having knowledge of the event/incident, you are exactly as I described you.
Obama didn’t convince Iraq, ISIS did. Iraq/Bush created the vacuum that ISIS moved into, and THEN Iraq BECAME willing to fudge on the SOF agreement, something they WEREN’T willing to do BEFORE ISIS started fking things up. Chain of events counts here.
Fine that you know of an irrelevant bit of misinformation. Given the time and place, there’s way more of that than fact, I’m sure. But it doesn’t CHANGE the facts of the agreements between the USA and Iraq, and that’s why your detail about the Iraqi cop is irrelevant to John’s timeline. Obama didn’t invent the crisis in Iraq, he inherited it from Bush. We DID go back in (limited) when we were finally INVITED (Iraq IS a sovereign nation, remember, and we are not at war with Iraq) but there is only a limited number of things we can do about ISIS EVEN WHEN WE ARE IN IRAQ, and exterminate the problem is not one of them. There is NO number of “boots on the ground”, not in Iraq and not in Syria, that will ever extinguish Islamic extremism and the terrorism it foments. “Boots” are not the answer.
Randy before you post something which you “remember” something that happened 9 years ago I suggest you use google to refresh that memory here is the wiki cite
As for your experience in “military intelligence” (oxymoron that it is) certainly you must have learned that personal emotion can only cloud analysis. ISIS was in fact birthed by our invasion and occupation of Iraq. And the unholy alliance between the Baathists and the radical jihadists could only happen because of the USA and began before 2009 and Obama
As far as the Jamil Huessin controversy being one of the biggest frauds, THAT was simply one small ( 6 killed) item and certainly whether real or not accurately foresaw the colossal ethnic cleansing that was to shortly begin. And please remember that Malkin first denied that there were any attacks on mosques and later when she went over found 6 that had been attacked and retracted that part of her story. As far as Captain Jamil Huessein not being a policeman that seems to be factually incorrect.
If YOU were there at that time did you personally see the ethnic cleansing of 3000 in January of 2007?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamil_Hussein_controversy#AP_source_identity
The AP initially identified Jamil Hussein as a police captain with an office at the Yarmouk police station in western Baghdad. The AP later identified their source as Jamal Gholaiem Hussein of the al-Khadra district 
The AP issued a statement to Editor & Publisher reporting that Ministry spokesman Abdul-Karim Khalaf, who had previously denied Hussein’s existence, had formally acknowledged that Hussein was an officer assigned to the Khadra police station. The Ministry also released information about the pending arrest and disciplinary action against Hussein for “breaking police regulations against talking to reporters.” 
On 15 February 2007, Pajamas Media reported that Iraqi Interior Ministry Spokesman Brigadier General Abdul-Karim Khalaf said that an Associated Press reporter had confirmed to him on two occasions that the real name of the AP source was Iraqi Police Captain Jamil Gulaim Innad al-Jashami.
It DOES seem to beggar the facts that you bring up a case where 6 people were/wern’t killed when the enormity of the ethnic cleansing in 3 months was 400 times as great https://www.iraqbodycount.org/analysis/numbers/2007/
Much of our “intelligence” data in Iraq was bought from people who sold us what we wanted to hear.
@john: Right John. You were there. You also have no idea how our intelligence was developed. You continue to exhibit the ignorance of those who drink the Kool-Aid.
@john: You obviously will never understand the difference between fact and opinion. Unfortunately, I can not expand more on the facts of this unless I was part of the Clinton family or some other prominent Lefty family.
No Randy I was not there. However the intelligence that was developed failed to predict the realities that Iraq became.
It told us what we wanted to hear, that we had reached a tipping point, that the actions against us only showed how desperate the insurgents were, that we woukd be greeted with flowers and of course mission accomplished
Did military intelligence ever tell Bush or Obama that the 30 billions spent on the Iraqi army bought us nothing? Or that our hand picked Maliki was an Iranian puppet who really didn’t care if ISIS in any of its earlier incarnations took brutal control of the Sunnis?
We should not be the ones to move, if the left doesn’t like the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of this exceptional Christian country they should be the ones to go elsewhere. That precious document has been around long before all of us. For those that want to keep our creator, not government, given rights we are the ones that love our freedoms and the country.
Probably inadvertently you’ve made a great case for STRONG USA border control, STRONG US vetting of legal immigrants, and strong punishments (including all family involved) whenever a jihad attack happens here (homegrown or not.)
It is MUCH easier to put a wall around a country than it is to put up walls around EVERYONE inside that country.
As to going after jihadists in foreign lands, I think bombing, especially smart bombing, is the best way to go.
There was a Hamas founder who started an ”Intafada” against Israel several years ago.
Yassim was his name. He was in a wheelchair.
When the IDF hit him with a smart bomb it was not even carrying an explosive payload! All that happened was that the bomb itself bored through his body as he sat in his wheelchair near a car. There was a hole in the seat of the chair and his head was across the street.
Jihadis do not emerge out of the ether.
They are influenced by individual charismatic leaders either in person or on line.
How many charismatics want to die rather than influence others to die for their cause?
You quickly run out of charismatics.
Hamas did and had about 10 years of relative peace with Israel until a new charismatic emerged.
I give credit where it is due:
Obama killed two charismatics, maybe more.
He had Osama bin Ladin killed.
He had Anwar al-Awlaki killed.
He may have had al-Baghdadi killed as well.
But he rests on his laurels too soon.
He needs to kill these leader types and keep up that pressure for a long time.
Nanny chopping of the head doesn’t work the body just grows another and often one more diabolical
Look at how many Mafia leaders we have sent away
What we should be doing and should have done is too stop people from wanting to become jihadists
Of course in the 80s we gave billions to the most radical jihadists because they were the best at fighting the Russians in Afghanistan
Remember “blowback”? And of course then Reagan also had to allow the Pakis to develope their A-bomb in return for allowing us to stage our aid to the radical jihadists in their country
Now we still have our best ally in the Mideast the Saudis still spreading their version of Islam Waahabism
As long as they sold us our fossil fuel cheap we looked the other way
When we get rid of one bad thing something worse comes in to fill that vacuum
Happened with Saddam too
@Nanny G #22:
Well, not quite right. Thanks for giving Obama a shred of credit. But the wall idea isn’t the answer, either. Too many nuts already here. Don’t get me wrong, EXCLUSION is a very powerful deterrent. But the wall thing only works on people who aren’t already here, and we’ve got millions of Muslims already here. Building a wall to keep the ones OUTSIDE who are STILL outside doesn’t matter a stitch to the ones already here. Like you pointed out, all it takes is one.
The Bill of Rights has always been determined to be what the SCOTUS says
We leftists look forward to a new SCOTUS with new rulings
They have recently ruled against machine guns perhaps they will expand on that next term
What WAS the original meaning of “arms” to our founding fathers? Just who has a right to bear arms ?
What does a well regulated militia entail as far as regulations ?
@John: No John you are very wrong the SCOTUS was to never determine what rights they grant or how they should be equated to the citizens. Arms what ever type and as many as a man can afford. The founders were well aware that man would advance in technology.
The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution protects the right of …. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Do you see the comma? Not only a militia but the right of the people, how far did you advance in school that you can nor read and understand this document.
For the president to suggest he is a constitutional scholar is either a lie or he doesn’t protect nor defend it.
The Dick Act of 1902 also known as the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, of June 28, 1902 invalidates all so-called gun-control laws.
If a person commits a crime with a weapon let him be punished as the law designates. A lawful citizen should be left alone and not infringed.
As you seem to have misplaces your copy of the constitution and bill of rights
Article 2 section 2
This is the power granted to the Supreme Court”
“The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;-to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;-to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;-to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;-to Controversies between two or more States;—between a State and Citizens of another State;-between Citizens of different States;—between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects.”
I didn’t see the part about them granting or limiting rights because it is not there, never was.
How about atomic bombs, Kitt? I bet Bill Gates could afford a few.
Seems to me that “arms” includes weapons of mass destruction. Even if it doesn’t, at what point of killing potential does an “arm” BECOME a weapon of mass destruction? At twenty kills? A hundred? A thousand? Where is the NRA willing to draw the line?
Since you assume to give out elementary school language guidance, how about addressing what Article 2 meant by “regulated” in that “well regulated militia”? As y’all are so vehemently opposed to gun “control,” isn’t “control” more or less synonymous with “regulate”?
Hint: Look up “regulate” in a dictionary.
@George Wells: State militias to be regulated by the State to set or adjust the amount, degree, or rate of (something). : to bring (something) under the control of authority. : to make rules or laws that control
What is confusing?
The peoples arms were not to be regulated, notice regulated militia.
What is it about liberty, freedom and self governance so foreign to some peoples minds.
If Obama and Clinton can allow 2 of the craziest regimes to have nukes why not Gates I find him closer to sane than Kim.
The learning of the constitution should be pressed before sex education in our elementary schools. Then such ignorance wouldn’t be spouted about it like the Supreme Court has the say over our constitutional rights.
It was written in plain language for a reason, no lawyer whereas the party of the first part to be now and hitherto referred to as dumb-ass control freak leftist progressive socialist democrat.
George and John, here’s a chain of events:
Zarqawi is the “father” of ISIS; and you can trace its direct genealogy back to 1999. That predates Bush.
I’ve been reading a lot of low information comments on Trump’s “praise” of Saddam as a terrorist killer. Commenters think ISIS is primarily made up of former Baathists (Gee, whatever happened to that claim that a “secular” Saddam and Baath Party would never collude with Islamists and jihadis?); and also ignore how the situation in Syria gave AQI it’s new life after it was effectively decimated in Iraq by the time Bush left office.
Now, it’s arguable that OIF contributed with directional evolution of AQI’s history. But in the absence of OIF ever happening, what do you suppose Zarqawi and a number of other committed jihadis (not just bandwagon jumpers attracted to adventurism, tribalism, but actual religious fanatics) would be doing today?
Islamic terrorists seem to be multiplying these last 7 years. Is that due to Bush or Obama? Or can we spread blame around beyond the decisions and indecisions of two U.S. presidents?
If OIF gave life to AQI, it was effectively decimated by the time Bush left office at the end of 2008. The group re-emerged and gained power in Syria as it morphed into present day ISIS.
CIA director Brennan last December in a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies:
“[ISIS] was, you know, pretty much decimated when US forces were there in Iraq. It had maybe 700-or-so adherents left. And then it grew quite a bit in the last several years, when it split then from al-Qaida in Syria, and set up its own organization.”
Former Baath officials may have been given positions of leadership; but they are controlled by the global jihadis who are at the heart of ISIS ideology and direction.
Yes, SoFA was signed by Bush Dec 2008 (for which Obama took credit by claiming he ended the war in Iraq and is responsible for bringing the troops home- until 2014, when ISIS began pouring back into Iraq and taking over cities; then it was back to “Bush blame”).
In 2010, we did not support the Iraqi election results and kept Maliki in power. No, we didn’t “install” him. The Da’wa Party Conference elected him to that PM position, and the US agreed to it.
Two months before the SoFA was set to expire, Obama finally sent a team to negotiate a new deal (as was always intended and expected since the first signing). Argument is: 1. Iraqis wanted us out. 2. Iraqi Parliament would never grant troop immunity
On the first issue, here’s what Leon Panetta (and he’s not alone in this) said in his book, “Worthy Fights” page 392:
“Privately, the various leadership factions in Iraq all confided that they wanted some U.S. forces to remain as a bulwark against sectarian violence. But none were willing to take that position publicly,”
On point 2,
Maliki offered to sign an executive order granting troop immunity but the Obama Administration didn’t want it (State Dept lawyers insisted on going through the Iraqi Council of Representatives). This is the same protection our current forces Obama resent into Iraq are currently operating under.
There were other means around the Troop Immunity issue, such as putting the remaining troops on the embassy’s diplomatic rolls, which would automatically give them immunity.
A number of people believe that the Obama White House did not push hard enough for a renegotiation (HIllary Clinton at the time advocated for a sizable troop presence in Iraq and like Panetta, believed in renegotiating a new SoFA). That they were more interested in fulfilling a campaign promise and wanted nothing better than to wash their hands of Iraq.
In 2013, Iraq began showing concerns of a rising Sunni militancy (in the absence of the U.S. flexing its influence over moderating a sectarian Maliki- plus in 2010 not supporting Iraq election results that saw Maliki lose- Sunnis were once again being alienated) and asked the White House for airstrikes and military aid (Oct 2013). Obama refused. In 2014, Iraq asked again (by this time, Obama already dismissed ISIS as a JV team in January) and was once again denied. Then by mid-June, the al Muthanna chemical weapons factory was seized by ISIS; and cities began to fall. Finally, the johnny-come-lately risk-averse, slow-deliberating (re: dithering) president sends some troops back into Iraq in advisory/training roles along with some airstrikes.
Iraq was fragile but stabilized in 2009 (re: Troop Surge which Senator Obama opposed and Sunni Awakening). AQI decimated there. Biden called Iraq possibly the Obama Administration’s “greatest achievement” in 2010.
And here we are today.
But yeah…..Bush & Cheney. [/sarcasm]
IF you wish more links, check the comments section (as well as the post itself) here.
I have no quarrel with your historical account, OR with your political assessment of it. In fact, I think that you rather nicely support by logical extension my argument that we have no business being the World’s police. In particular, we should NOT be in the business of propping up “fragile regimes.” The World is full of them, and they are the business first of the populace in their respective countries, and second they are the business of the World Community. Let the United Nations police what it will and be done with it.
I DO have a quarrel with the effort to blame one US administration OR the other for the rise of Islamic-inspired terrorism, and also the related idea that there resides somewhere an Islamic extremism’s “snake’s head” that can be cut off to kill the beast. Islamic extremism and terrorism have been perennial features of the human condition for far longer than I have been alive, and the connection between them and American culture/morality/capitalism/Christianity is only recent and by no means exclusive. Terrorism in Malaysia and Indonesia is instigated by the same radical interpretation of Muslim scripture (or whatever other psychotic influence is at work) that encourages similarly inspired violence throughout Western Civilization, and there is NO POSSIBLE WAY that this widespread insanity is the responsibility of the office of the American president.
When a population of rats is progressively stressed by confining the rats to inadequate space and restricting their food supply, the incidence of rat-on-rat violence increases logarithmically. This same consequence of over-population is likely a factor in OUR case, though the effect is almost certainly compounded by the fundamentally violent nature of the Quran’s massage. The United States is in no position to significantly mitigate either of these conditions, and no president can affect them either. Bombing crazy people is like trying to extinguish a fire by pouring gasoline on it. It won’t work, and blaming a president for NOT doing enough of it is a bad idea.
But, of course, it’s good politics!