US Secretly Unleashed Drones Over Iraq But Admits "Not Like It Did Any Good"

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Because drones have done so much for the "we love American exceptionalism" belief across the middle east, the US decided that since last year, secretly flying unmanned surveillance aircraft over Iraq - to collect intelligence of insurgents - would be good idea. The intelligence (and use the term loosely) was share with Iraqi forces but as WSJ reports, one secnior US official admitted "It's not like it did any good," as the rapid territorial gains by the Islamist forces loyal to Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot, caught the U.S. by surprise.

As The Wall Street Journal reports,

The program was limited in size and proved little use to U.S. and Iraqi officials when Islamist fighters moved swiftly this week to seize two major Iraqi cities, the officials said.

Before the Islamist offensive, the program was expanded based on growing U.S. and Iraqi concerns about the expanded military activities of al Qaeda-linked fighters.

Officials wouldn't say what types of drones were being used but said the flights were conducted only for surveillance purposes.

Following this total clusterfuck, administration and military officials say they are drawing up short- and long-term options to combat the Islamist threat in Iraq.

The shortlist ranges from possible U.S. airstrikes, intelligence sharing and accelerated delivery of military equipment already in the pipeline.


Long-term options include expanded training of Iraqi and Kurdish forces, officials said.

We are sure this will all end well..

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Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:38 | 4850777 ninja247
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The Drones

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:41 | 4850786 SWRichmond
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So drones are ineffective when the whole fucking country hates you?

Ruh Roh

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:41 | 4850790 max2205
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This is such BS

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:46 | 4850804 knukles
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So between the drones and the NSA, it's all "aces, mate!"

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:56 | 4850833 nmewn
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They do love their drones looking down and beaming images back to DC/Langley, did the same thing in Benghazi.

Yep, all's well, nothing to see here!!!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:03 | 4850850 knukles
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It was so comforting for the Transportation Secretary to see the live drone images of that 23 mile long line of sand colored, machine gun mounted Toyota pickups all driving so safely with their lights on, separated by reasonable pickup lengths, at moderate speed... 
The Arab Army of Armageddon has been nominated for the "Better Safe than Sorry Obama Good Driving Award.".


The Government would have had more information about these assholes if they all had Facebook accounts, FFS

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:10 | 4850864 LetThemEatRand
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You know what they say.  Click it or Tikrit.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:21 | 4850881 ZerOhead
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" Long-term options include expanded training of Iraqi and Kurdish forces, officials said"


So... tell me again... exactly how did that work out for them the last time? Right.

Not a training issue.

These kids merely didn't wish to risk their lives to protect a corrupt government or the foreign multinational oil companies... and until that changes nothing is going to change...

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:48 | 4850970 0b1knob
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< Everything is a surprise to Obama.

< Everything is a miracle to an idiot.


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:57 | 4851007 markmotive
Thu, 06/12/2014 - 21:07 | 4851027 ZerOhead
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No no.... don't despair.... our oil companies are still there... plus it's never over until we win.

And we always WIN.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 03:21 | 4851776 svayambhu108
Fri, 06/13/2014 - 06:36 | 4851892 BigJim
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As long as they demand the USD we're winning, regardless of who 'owns' the oil, if we own the currency it gets paid for with, we own the oil.

as the rapid territorial gains by the Islamist forces loyal to Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot, caught the U.S. by surprise.

lulz, yeah, right, they had no idea! Pet Sunni mini-caliphate to keep Iran occupied, anyone?

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 22:33 | 4851268 KnuckleDragger-X
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The Kurds don't need it and the Iraqi's won't make use of it.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:17 | 4850870 nmewn
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lol...and brand new pick-em-ups too!

Now just think, if they would have run a few those along the US-Mexican border they might have stopped four year old children from scaling barbed wire fences and saved them from the dysentery of Taco Bell-style American food in the military internment camps.

But I guess that IS part of the plan, nice guys.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 22:20 | 4851219 CCanuck
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US Military Intelligence Ehhh??


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 22:19 | 4851233 CCanuck
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Great news for ISIS:

The shortlist ranges from possible U.S. airstrikes, intelligence sharing and accelerated delivery of military equipment already in the pipeline.

Reaction from ISIS:

The idiots are delivering more weapons soon, we just gotta hang out in the caves for a few days....Barak Ahkbahr!!!!!


How the fuck is US Military Intelligence considered the best in the world???


Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:51 | 4852561 SAT 800
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It isn't. Both The Germans and Russians consider it a joke.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 00:15 | 4851536 ceilidh_trail
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"What difference does it make?!"

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:08 | 4850869 1stepcloser
Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:41 | 4850787 max2205
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Training...that worked in Iraq

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:46 | 4850806 sleigher
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Iraq III  The drone wars.  Is Obama Darth Vader?  I would say no because he is a ball less turd.  just askin...

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:56 | 4850830 JuliaS
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Next to Obama, Vader's as pale as a cracker.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 00:05 | 4851515 jeff montanye
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now that's just not true.  in africa when they are told u.s. people consider obama black they laugh.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:01 | 4850852 DarthVaderMentor
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Please don't insult Darth. 

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:04 | 4850863 knukles
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I can just hear Darth now; "Bend Over"

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:47 | 4850808 NOTW777
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just in time to mesh with the new 24 tv series - how bizarre; hopefully the enemy doesnt hijack the drones in real life

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 00:06 | 4851516 jeff montanye
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they already got helicopters.

too bad for the zionists that reality doesn't work as well for them as do their hollywood versions of it.  

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:13 | 4850887 DavidC
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Drones - designed and built by experts so that morons can use them.


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:36 | 4850936 NidStyles
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Umm, designed and built by the lowest bidder...

The opposite of a free market, which is why it will never work properly.


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 21:16 | 4851074 swmnguy
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Well of course we have and will use drones in Iraq.  How else is Al Quaeda going to get the stuff they order from Amazon?  We can't allow anything to hamper the MoMo's parabolic ascent.   Drones it is.  Hopefully the Al-Quaeda guys submit favorable reviews of their transactions, and are willing to respond promptly to questions from prospective buyers.  "Why, yes, I did purchase the Sarin gas from seller 'NSA.'  The instructions were difficult to follow and a bit sketchy, and the shipping through Turkey was needlessly time-consuming, but the results spoke for themselves.  Yes, I would recommend this purchase, and I would buy it agin."

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 01:10 | 4851625 StychoKiller
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swmnguy FTW!!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:41 | 4850782 LetThemEatRand
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Plan C -- train and arm camels.  They can store extra ammo in their humps, and they can walk long distances in the desert to designated targets.  Their spit could be laced with all manner of toxic nerve agents for the unsuspecting enemy.  Anything to avoid the political suicide of sending American GIs back in to reAccomplish the Mission.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:51 | 4850812 knukles
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Well, come on, now.  After all, HObie-in-Chains did say that everything including military action was on the table, then excluded some shit, so we know that....
Er... maybe that's a pretty good idea, after all....

Y'all know that if we did decide to do something we'd first better figure "whose" side "whose" is on ....
OK, everybody in favor of Omar the Tent maker raise your hands.  Not that hand, the one you eat with, FFS..
I mean...

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:53 | 4850821 LetThemEatRand
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They actually do have a secret plan.  Turns out that ISIS has one weakness -- a reactor shaft.  With a perfectly placed shot, the whole insurgency blows up.  Chewie is gassin' up the Falcon as we speak.  

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:59 | 4850846 CrashisOptimistic
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Oil this second is $107.59.


Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:03 | 4850860 LetThemEatRand
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Good thing the American consumer has extra spending cash laying around for the new higher normal prices at the pump.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:07 | 4850865 CrashisOptimistic
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Just means a higher student loan next semester.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:41 | 4850785 erkme73
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Wonder if they got any Stingers along with those Blackhawks as they abosrbed all our equipement...

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:43 | 4850792 max2205
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Hope UPS is on the lookout for those

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:52 | 4850822 knukles
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Nah... no Stingers.  But fully racked with a buncha Hellfires, no doubt.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 06:42 | 4851894 BigJim
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What I'd like to know is: who is flying them? You can't just strap yourself in and go for a joyride in one of these things. They require training, and lots of it.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 08:01 | 4851995 Zwelgje
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Mahmood and Abdul disagree, Allah will guide them and help flying these bitches. Expect some crazy LiveLeak video's. 

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:41 | 4850789 Caviar Emptor
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Send in the drones...there ought to be drones....don't bother, they're here

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 20:00 | 4850851 nmewn
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Now I got Send in the Clowns on the brain, thanks a bunch ;-)

Must purge!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 22:36 | 4851279 KnuckleDragger-X
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Waaaay too appropriate...

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 22:36 | 4851281 KnuckleDragger-X
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Waaaay too appropriate...

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:44 | 4850795 Buttertooth
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"The intelligence was share"  Way to call someone unintelligent and totally fuck it up in the same sentence.  This (zerohedge) is becoming a fkn rag!

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:47 | 4850800 orangegeek
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"...but as WSJ reports, one secnior US official admitted "It's not like it did any good," as the rapid territorial gains by the Islamist forces loyal to Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot, caught the U.S. by surprise. ..."


The US uses these engagements to test new technologies in live situations. 

The US has done this many times in the past.


Desert Storm (early 1990s) was a beta for many new missile technologies.


So it does do good, but not the kind of good you would expect - testing technology on live targets.


Surveillance is like walking the bases before a baseball game.  It doesn't stop the game, it just vets details before the game is played.

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:46 | 4850803 jonjon831983
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When you leave a power vacuum and have extremists stalking the lands all over the area... what do you expect.

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