Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fallujah Today and Yesterday

So, it's time to try to take Fallujah, Iraq back from the bad guys.  Again.  For the second time.  Years ago, American Marines, primarily, as well as Army forces paid a HUGE price in freeing Fallujah from the grip of al Qaeda in Iraq.  Then, of course, Barack Obama stepped in and handed the city back to the likes of ISIS.  So now, Iraq is going to try and repeat the efforts of U.S. forces years ago.

But there is a difference.  Back when it fell upon the Americans to free this Iraqi city, those American fighting men and women were on a short leash - they had to go street to street, house to house, room to room to gut Fallujah of the jihadis of al Qaeda.  But NOW, now when it isn't American blood that will be shed, there's this big warning to the civilians of Fallujah.....why?  Here's why - because the city is going to be bombarded - something the Americans years ago WERE NOT ALLOWED TO DO, because it might hurt some Iraqi civilians.  You wait and see, the Iranian overlords are in command posts outside of Fallujah right now getting ready to lay Fallujah flat and you think those Iranian Shiite pricks give one shit about an Iraqi Sunni living in Fallujah?  Exactly.

The story comes from Al Arabiya.

50,000 Iraqi civilians ‘at great risk’ in Fallujah

The United Nations called Monday for "safe corridors" to be set up to allow Iraqi civilians to flee a military offensive against ISIS in Fallujah.

Some 50,000 civilians in the city are at "great risk" during a campaign against ISIS fighters by the Iraqi army backed by militias, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

"One of the problems is that civilians are under grave danger as they try to flee," he said.

"It is important that they have some safe corridors they could use."

Iraqi forces on Monday launched an offensive to retake Fallujah, which became an ISIS stronghold after its fighters seized the city in January 2014.

The UN spokesman said some civilians were able to flee and were receiving emergency assistance, shelter and water, but he did not provide figures.

Women and children were taken to a location south of Fallujah and men to central Anbar for security screening, said the spokesman.

The United Nations is "very concerned" about the fate of civilians and mobilizing its aid partners to assess the situation and send help, he added.

On Sunday, Iraq's Joint Operations Command warned civilians still in the city to leave.

It urged families that could not depart to raise a white flag over their location and stay away from ISIS headquarters and gatherings.

Fallujah and Mosul, the capital of the northern province of Nineveh, are the last two major cities ISIS holds in Iraq.

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