US Orders Partial Evacuation Of Baghdad Embassy As Aircraft Carrier Arrives In Gulf

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Earlier today we reported that despite, or rather due to, all the confusing propaganda from either side, it was not exactly clear whether and how far away from Baghdad the ISIS offensive had been halted (if at all). It appears the confusion has also impacted none other than the US State Department, which moments ago announced it would evacuate an "substantial number" of the whopping 5,500 staff situated in the US embassy in Baghdad on the banks of the Tigris river, staff which incidentally is the largest of any US embassy. Additionally, the State Dept said that some additional U.S. govt security personnel will be added to Baghdad staff as result of instability and violence in certain areas of Iraq.

 

According to the NYT, The exact number of people being evacuated was not clear Sunday. The embassy would remain open, a person familiar with the planning said, and much of its staff of about 5,500 would stay in Baghdad. The American government is expected to call the move a relocation, suggesting that it is a temporary precaution, the person said.

Many staff members who are leaving will be flown to Amman, Jordan, where they will continue their work at the embassy there. Not Benghazi? Oh wait, what difference does Benghazi make. 

Others will be shifted from Baghdad to consulates here in Erbil, in the northern Kurdish region, and in Basra, in the south, which are not now under threat by the militants.

 

Other Americans in Iraq, particularly contractors working for companies that had been training the Iraqi military on weapons systems purchased from the United States, have already been evacuated from the country.

President Obama, on top of things, has said he is weighing a range of actions to help the Iraqi government turn back the insurgents, including airstrikes or other military aid. For now, however, as we reported last night, he is in Palm Springs hobnobing with the local donors, and looking at potential home purchases once his second term ends - the closer to the local golf courses, the better.

And in other news, to make the evacuation as seamless as possible and as we reported last week, the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and two other U.S. Navy ships arrived in the Persian Gulf Sunday, as Iraqi troops mobilized to defend their country from a wave of Sunni insurgents taking over cities, NBC News reported. The USS George H.W. Bush was ordered to the Persian Gulf Saturday to protect American interests in the region.

Meanwhile, at least 15 people were killed and more than two-dozen were injured in explosions in Baghdad on Sunday, Iraqi police and hospital officials told the Associated Press. It was unclear if these were related to the ISIS offensive, and if, as unconfirmed reports on Twitter have suggested, ISIS advance forces have already entered the capital's neighborhoods.

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Sun, 06/15/2014 - 16:53 | 4859172 Millivanilli
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The fall of Saigon, oh different fucked up US war, should be interesting.   Shock and awe played backwards.

 

O said no ground troops, so it looks like we'll see boots on the sand.    In other news, it looks like Ukraine's gas is going to get turned off tomorrow.  lol

Ukrainian PM orders govt: 'Prepare for Russian gas imports to stop'

 

 

 

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 16:54 | 4859183 JLee2027
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Well there goes another billion dollars to build that thing.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 16:58 | 4859194 TeamDepends
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Sheeit, those bitches be eating hearts and lungs.  All we wanted was help with tuition....

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:14 | 4859236 New World Chaos
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All part of larger plans to wreck America and destabilize the Middle East.  Nobody could have forseen that arming cannibal terrorists in Syria puts Iraq at risk?  The government agencies responsible are deviously clever at fucking people over, yet they're so stupid they didn't see this coming?  Bullshit.  All part of the infil-traitors' plans.  How much do you want to bet Jeb wins, we get Iraq War 3.0, and Krugman creams his shorts?

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:18 | 4859258 Bay of Pigs
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I wouldnt touch that bet because you are most likely correct on whats going to happen.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:25 | 4859269 kliguy38
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that's right pig......all scripted and the sheep will cry O failed or GW failed or Jeb will change it or Billary will change it...........when they all take orders from the SAME power and the sheep are just TOO FOCHIN STUPID to get it.......heheheheheheheeheel; just look at how many on this thread still go after O or the repukes or demidumbs......hehehhehehehee......still drinkin' the koolaid and the masters just laugh

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:36 | 4859295 mjcOH1
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"The fall of Saigon, oh different fucked up US war, should be interesting.   Shock and awe played backwards."

 

Queue the video of Iraqis hanging off of helicopter skids on the US embassy roof.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:56 | 4859324 Manthong
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In order to fit all the civilians that we need to rescue on the deck of the GHW, we’ll have to make room by shoving all the F-18’s overboard.

That will make Boeing, Raytheon and a bunch of other defense contractors very happy.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:58 | 4859328 bag holder
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And Krugman. All that demand!

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:22 | 4859364 sushi
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Anyone know what the 5,500 personnel at the USSA embassy in Bagdad actually do?

There cannot be that many US tourists to assist.

The commercial relationships are not great.

Don't see why we would need Iraqui immigrants when we have all these mexicans.

So apart from porn and updating facebook pages what do they do all day?

And why am I paying for it?

 

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:39 | 4859387 MeMadMax
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No, ochooma was gathering intel about ISIS long before they attacked and knew they were gathering in large numbers but did not warn the iraqi government. If our military was allowed to warn the Iraqis then this would never have happened. 

In conclusion, all the evidence that has come to light in the past week has shown(politically, economically, and militarily) that ochooma wants Iraq to fall for a number of reasons: 1. To screw over putin(he is drilling oil there) 2. To open the door to iran for saudi arabia. 3. To open the door for US to drill there(we don't drill, but we buy at outrageous prices) 4. A backdoor way of rearming ISIS because they are pretty much defeated in Syria. 5. To further the saudi arabian agenda of taking over the entire middle east. 6. Iraq is an alternate path for the pipeline that was supposed to go thru syria into turkey. 7. Saudi arabia is getting nervous. Syria has proven to be a tougher nut to crack than they thought and Iraq was also banging on ISIS at the Syrian border. Take out Iraq to relieve pressure.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 21:30 | 4859828 EscapingProgress
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I'm sure that the CIA is in complete control of ISIS. I have total confidence in the intelligence apparatus of my overlords to get the job done with minimal blowback.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 05:53 | 4860543 jeff montanye
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o may have had more and better intel on isis/isil (not just the emails but the attached pictures of the kids/summary executions with cannibalism) but maliki certainly asked for and was refused air strikes against the sunni insurgency he knew was growing; i read it in the ny times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/world/middleeast/iraq-asked-us-for-air...

wait, i read it in the ny times? i have no idea what happened as this involves the zionazis, and so could be entirely made up (cf judith miller). still pretty dependable for sports, book reviews and celebrity doings though.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 06:36 | 4860573 Ying-Yang
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US quietly evacuates former joint base Balad which was the largest AFB in Iraq.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/3619922245001/senior-us-official-americans-ev...

US funded the construction of Balad, handed it over to the Iraq gov in 2011 and now is evacuating the thousands of contractors training the Shia controled military how to use the F16s and drones.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/26/iraq-withdrawal-us-bases-equipm...

US today will talk with Iran to coordinate a response to Sunni advances.

Will Bagdad fall?

Saudi Arabia is Sunni and Iran is Shia so what is the endgame Obama is playing?

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 06:42 | 4860581 AnAnonymous
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Obama is your typical 'american' president.

The endgame he wants is easy to determine because it is the same for every case that happens:
a friendly to 'americans' government in Bagdad.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:28 | 4859373 DoChenRollingBearing
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The Google overhead photo does not match the map.  Where's the Tigris River?  Or is the photo of our current/older embassy?

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:37 | 4859385 max2205
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Half a billion for an embassy?   Ho Li Fuk.

 

 

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:38 | 4859386 knukles
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That's to trick the OpFor... that OpFor being you, mate.
The local cabbies all know where the real one is.

The whole Green Belt is like the sets in Plan 9 From Outer Space ... cheesy cardboard ... helps the gross margins at Halliburton...
See see see

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 20:03 | 4859563 StychoKiller
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Meh, keep that creepy chick away from me!

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 06:24 | 4860560 jeff montanye
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ed wood is to hollywood directors a bit like barack obama is to u.s. presidents.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052077/

as implied by "because obama", (http://my.firedoglake.com/hotflashcarol/2013/09/10/help-kickstart-world-...) the current plan may well also involve solar-powered bombs (easier on the green belt? doesn't let all that desert sun go to waste?). it certainly seems to involve some zombies and vampires (e.g. victoria nuland, resurrected from the bush administration, and these guys: http://www.businessinsider.com/meet-the-lobbyists-inside-the-obamas-admi...

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:44 | 4859399 knukles
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Public Notice

Has anyone but me noticed how the Islamist rebels (whatever) are all of a fucking sudden no longer called Al-Ciada, but have a brand new name of ISIS, all of a sudden contemporaneous with this new fangled attack upon the bastions of ....

Huh?
And didja also note that the "ISIS" name appeared magically upon the first moment of the trouble showing up and...AND... it showed up everywhere on every media outlet.. all of a sudden, as if they had been studied extensively for 100s of years...
Oh, fuck me, mate!

This is one Big Goddamned Media Perceptions Management, Propaganda Coverup of ClusterFuck Proportions

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 19:06 | 4859417 Quus Ant
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be sure and tell all your friends about it. 

Then be sure to find some new friends.

I've wondered at what point we go full Orwell and old web pages are edited or new ones backdated.  We've always been at war with ISIS. Yeah.  I'll tell my friends about that too.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 19:31 | 4859483 Cathartes Aura
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the best friends to have are ones that tell about this shit

first.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 19:51 | 4859529 Everybodys All ...
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Because there never ever was Al Qaeda in Iraq. Don't you remember or do we have to send you to re-education camp?

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 20:11 | 4859593 elegance
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ISIS (or ISIL) name has been mentioned for years now. That you are a barely functioning 300 pound analphabet lapping up the reverse propaganda and incapable of thinking one tiny bit explains why you never heard of them.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 06:39 | 4860578 AnAnonymous
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'Americans' discover the world as it is brought to them by the free press.

Any attempt to do the job by themselves would threaten them with facing the real world.

And 'americans' prefer fantasy over all.

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 06:39 | 4860579 jeff montanye
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you forgot to mention they were thrown out of al qaeda for excessive violence.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/al-qaeda-disavows-any-ti...

http://time.com/3469/why-al-qaeda-kicked-out-its-deadly-syria-franchise/

note same dates.

although i defer to you as an analphabetologist in calling knucs illiterate (s/he may very well employ a vui), how do you guess the weight on the internet?

gravitas?

 

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 21:16 | 4859791 kliguy38
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excelllent knucky

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 22:16 | 4859937 PiratePiggy
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ISIS = "Core Al Qaeda"

 

How can you tell?  Because they are one the run as Obama/Biden/Hilary say.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:03 | 4859332 Ahmeexnal
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ISIS captured attack helos in iRaq. Now it's time for ISIS to capture themselves an aircraft carrier, complete with a crew of "don't ask don't tell" asswipes.

It'll be interesting how Ofucktard will handle the hostage rescue. Either he will empty Gitmo and most mainland prisons (most inmates have already converted to iSlam) in exchange for his boys or he will beg Putin to send half a dozen Spetsnaz to rescue the crew of the HMS GHWB.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:44 | 4859397 Xibalba
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We'll find out in about 20 miles. 

20 miles away." (from US Embassy)

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:22 | 4859363 earleflorida
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'even the masters all, must answer to a higher authority-- the peasants'

their vengance is swift, deliberate and cruel, yet forgotten as quickly as a summer storm?

simple justice, that's all,... simple justice! 

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:33 | 4859290 ebworthen
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Broken windows!

The State Dept. should have hired me to do I.T. over there.

I could have had a Winter of warmth then a helicopter ride.

I might have even bought a car after the carrier cruise home.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:13 | 4859347 Quus Ant
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And purchased some Iraqi souven-ears off industrious marines.

Islamists aren't the only sick fucks around, dontchaknow.

 

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 21:21 | 4859804 EscapingProgress
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You overestimate these buffoons.

Hanlon’s Razor – Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 23:16 | 4860111 Radical Marijuana
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Cogent phrase:

"infil-traitors"

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:11 | 4859238 TahoeBilly2012
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Not the Green Zone....I bought a timeshare there! OMG!

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:54 | 4859410 RafterManFMJ
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I give it 5 weeks before some dude wearing a ski mask is atop the embassy, waving a black flag. Oh, and just before that, a brace of Blackhawks hurry into the air while chased with small arms fire.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:04 | 4859213 roadhazard
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I don't see Baghdad falling. Supposedly only 8,000 ISIS. Not enough to take it and the citizens plan to defend it. Besides the Iranian Guard is going to help. This should be interesting.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:19 | 4859259 Dorelei
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From what I've read around it seems their might try to blast at least one hundred  IEDs inside the city at the same time to block it and then rush in !!

Total chaos in persepective !

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:49 | 4859317 Freddie
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You would think if they sent 2,000 Marines and armed those lazy 5.500 useless govt workers - they might be able to beat back McCain's ISIS boys. 

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:15 | 4859336 Everybodys All ...
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Do you really think this Marxist in the WH would lift a finger when he can hoist more embarrassment on this country? If he isn't the Manchurian candidate I've never seen one. Fuck McCain and Graham for being so damn stupid to fall or jump in head first into this insanity in Libya and Syria.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:02 | 4859339 TBT or not TBT
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Iran will protect the American embassy in Iraq.   Makes sense. 

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 00:01 | 4860204 Jerk_Store
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Iran will protect the American embassy in Iraq.   Makes sense.

Iran will make a deal with ISIS to not attack the embassy and share the payoff from the US..

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:35 | 4859382 Herodotus
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Are there any Sunni muslims living in Baghdad?  What side are they on?

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:58 | 4859419 August
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In the near future, the involved parties will draw lines to separate their forces, which in time will become recognized international borders. end of (acute) problem.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 23:58 | 4860196 Jerk_Store
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Besides the Iranian Guard is going to help.

I wonder at what price.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:12 | 4859246 Rootin' for Putin
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No gas for the Ukraine, Baghdad burns, it all evens out.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 18:21 | 4859359 Quus Ant
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One day, perhaps not too far off, Americans will look up, astonished, from their digital New York Times, Huffpos and TMZs and collectively whisper,  "holy shit.  It's all about oil..."

And that's when the red phone will ring.

Sun, 06/15/2014 - 17:16 | 4859254 jonjon831983
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Instead of dropping helos into the ocean cue giving humvees and abrams to locals?

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