Mission Creep: From Rescuing Iraq Refuges, The US Is Now Assisting Kurds In Fighting ISIS With Drones, F-18s

Tyler Durden's picture

Just over a week ago, Obama announced that the US military intervention in Iraq would be solely under the pretext of "humanitarian intervention" while US troops would be deployed exclusively as "advisers", and nothing else. 7 days later, the siege on Mount Sinjar is virtually over with the US announcing that "far fewer Iraqi refugees were found on mount Sinjar", and yet the US finds it difficult to leave: something which the current president crusaded against his predecessor over. And today it was finally confirmed that the latest US airborne assault of Iraq (so far without a land invasion force) has just suffered terminal mission creep, when US airstrikes, by both F-18s and drones, were used not to protect and safeguard the besieged refuges but to aid Kuridsh forces in retaking the critical Mosul dam from ISIS militants who took control of the critical piece of infrastructure in early August.

BBC reports that the operation to recapture the country's largest dam began early on Saturday with raids by F-18 fighters and drones, US officials said.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have shelled militants' positions, and there is an unconfirmed report of a ground attack. Supposedly no US troops are involved in the ground attack, although with the level of lies lobbed around by everyone, it is almost assured that US marined are currently engaged in combat with ISIS.

US military officials told NBC News the decision to try to retake the dam came after intelligence showed IS militants "were not yet at a point where they could blow up the installation".


A Kurdish commander, Major General Abdelrahman Korini, told AFP that the Peshmerga had captured the eastern side of the dam and were "still advancing".


Rudaw, a Kurdish news website, said the air strikes appeared to be the "heaviest US bombing of militant positions since the start of air strikes" against IS last week. At least 11 IS fighters were killed by the air strikes, sources in Mosul told BBC News.


The dam, captured by IS on 7 August, is of huge strategic significance in terms of water and power resources. Located on the River Tigris about 50km (30 miles) upstream from the city of Mosul, it controls the water and power supply to a large surrounding area in northern Iraq.


The BBC's Jim Muir in Irbil says there are fears the dam is structurally dubious and many have warned that it could unleash a catastrophic flood if it was breached.

One wonders if it is extensive military planning that has green-lighted an operation as having "no risk" of dam breach as F-18s are launching missiles at militants located at or near the dam wall.


Image said to show IS gunmen on the Mosul dam, Iraq, 9 August
An image said to show Islamic State gunmen on the Mosul dam on 9 August

An FA-18 fighter bomber takes off from the flight deck of the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in the Gulf, 15 August


An FA-18 takes off from the US Navy aircraft carrier USS George HW Bush in the Gulf on Friday

Map of Mosul dam, Iraq


For the latest update on the combat theater we go to the usual source: the Institute for the Study of War with its most updated Iraq situation plan:

So now that Obama is the latest president to suddenly find it next to impossible to extricate himself from a "land war in Asia" and mission creep for the indefinite future virtually assured, one wonders just what humanitarian excuses will be used when the first US pilot (let alone marine) is brought back home in a bodybag, and less relevantly, if the Nobel peace prize-awarding committee will suddenly have an epiphany and finally demand its trophy back.

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logicalman's picture

It's not 'mission creep

It's how can we make our hegemonic plan work without awakening the populace?

InjectTheVenom's picture

...and now, for the next 12 months or so, they will have the perfect cover , "Trayvon 2" , to keep the sheep looking the other way ...     baaaahh    baaaahhh     baaaaahhhhhhhhh     btw hey Don Lemon go choke on a big bag of hairy dicks you MSM tool buttbandit 

knukles's picture

He only got the Nobel Peace Prize beacuse he is.......
ouhgta get some shit flowin'

AssFire's picture

a nagger. (someone had to say what everyone initially thinks)

tenpanhandle's picture

Call me what you will but it seems to me that bombing ISIS is a humanitarian mission.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

ISIS is Goldilocks

US is the Three Bears.

These terrorists are too weak! *add weapons + advisors*

These terrorists are too strong! *add F18s + drones + kinetic bombardment + other 'war-like' actions*

These terrorists are just right!

jballz's picture

The first President from Hawaii!

Aloha, bitchez

Abitdodgie's picture

He was born in Kenya in 1963 , Kenya was under British rule then so he is of Engilsh decent, so you have your first King of America , just remember that you US CITIZENS or subjects as the crown likes to call slaves.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

That there is Obama's "father figure" as per his autobiography.

Chicago commie, Frank Marshall Davis, suspected author of Sex Rebel: Black.  I haven't read it, but apparently Barack's mama makes an appearance.

Save_America1st's picture

yup...Frank Marshall Davis was definitely his dad.  This whole thing with obama has be a coverup from very high up to conceal that fact by making up all this Kenyan bullshit.  He's nothing but a Marxist, commie, traitor, just like FMD was...a scumbag by any other name. 

For serious evidence which I believe proves FMD is o-fuck-tard's father, just watch this documentary movie:  Dream From My Real Father


Bill Ayers wrote o-shit-head's stupid-ass book for him but included a whole lot of clues that lead back to FMD as the real father.

And the photographic evidence comparing o-shit-for-brains side by side with the Kenyan and FMD seems more than obvious immediately. 

Not to mention all the porno pictures of o-kneel-and-bob's scumbag slut whore "mother" in FMD's house in Hawaii posing nude all over his living room pretty much seals the deal on this bullshit coverup story to conceal a planned plot to overthrow America with a Manchurian Marxist Trojan Horse traitor, our current Dick-taster In Chief.


EDIT:  Just found a link to watch the documenatry movie for free:  http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/dreams_from_my_real_father

palmereldritch's picture

Awesome.  Thanks for that last link. Been wanting to watch that flick for a long time.

jeff montanye's picture

if this turd is a marxist, karl marx was a supporter of the aristocracy.

he is indistinguishable from george w. bush on all metrics that count.

jballz's picture

Like it fucking matters. Dude hasn't called an audible since his seventh round of golf when Arlen Specter pulled him aside and showed him the other Zapruder film.

Neocon shitstack runs foreign policy, corporate shitstack runs domestic policy, fed shitstack owns them both. Might as well just have a fucking muppet in the Oval Office and it's really tragic how much time seemingly intelligent people spend obsessing over which color muppet they run with.

jeff montanye's picture


imo much closer to the truth.  and what matters.

shovelhead's picture


showed up and spelled him name correctly at the top of his paper?

tvdog's picture

... not Bush. Or so they thought.

omniversling's picture

"He only got the Nobel Peace Prize beacuse he is......." 

 co-opted to the re-write of history in the current epoch's dialectic of psychologically weakening cynicism. Gives material manifestation to Orwell's planned-predictive rollout of Newspeak. Confuses and disorientates the masses. All the more easily manipulated and reprogrammed. Breakup of language, family, culture, bonds, social cement etc. Good article here on Soviet Union manual on how to take over a civilisation. The Tribe are pretty good at it, and covering their tracks for decades after it's done. 

'Peace Prize' is to give the 'community organiser' (are you being 'organised' yet? Ferguson? Are you there Ferguson? Come in Ferguson....) cover and free hand to  wage unlimited war. According to the laws of Inverse Orwellian Newspeak, the more robust the prize, the more robust the authority to wage war. His public imprinture is 'peacemaker'. (Like the ICBM missile).

War is Peace

Slavery is Freedon

Ignorance is Strength

UK programme but relevant internationally: (4.03 min) http://www.richplanet.net/starship_main.php?ref=182&part=1


 Yuri Bezminov - Subversion and Demoralisation - YouTube


tonyw's picture

someone recently said its difficult to get rid of those russians but with 1,000 (?) american bases around the world and regular bombing it sure looks like its way more difficult to get rid of americans.

MontgomeryScott's picture

"Surge 2.0"

An effective technique for males in order to keep performing sexually after ejaculation involves refusal to withdraw. Mental focus and concentration that forces one to maintain erection takes but two minutes or so, and the exersize of full masculinity becomes apparent after practicing this method. Sessions that last two to three hours each day (or night) can thusly be achieved (and anywhere from 20 to 30 orgasms OR MORE will be experienced by your female partner). (NO SARC)


I thought you were discussing sex. My mistake.

I'll have to go look up the ancient goddess 'ISIS' for further understanding.

In the case of Soetoro's contnued fucking in the ass of Iraq, I'll have to reference 'Michelle' and  'Strap-ons'.

knukles's picture

Krugman's gotta be pissed what with no windows left to break.

AlaricBalth's picture

ISTANBUL — Yazidi leaders and emergency relief officials on Thursday strongly disputed American claims that the siege of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq had been broken and that the crisis was effectively over, saying that tens of thousands of Yazidis remained on the mountain in desperate conditions.


It's obviously not a humanitarian mission. It's about oil, nothing more.

knukles's picture

Hey, wait a minute.  Bammy said the resuce operaiton went off "flawlessly"
'Cuz I beez da commandah in da chef, momma

Paveway IV's picture

Yazidis don't have any oil, so they're useless to Obama and Nettanyahu. 

Western Kurds are already there helping. The PKK and PYD crossed the mountains from Syria last week and engaged ISIS to rescue the Yazidis. But the PKK and to a lesser extent the PYD are considered terrorists and enemies of NATO. Why? Well, they want autonomy and independence from Turkey. And... they have no oil. The Western Kurds don't even have an interesting location for U.S. or Israeli spy posts or military bases, so they're even more useless. 

They're just farmers and laborers that happen to live on the Syrian/Turkey border. They're not rich and not politicians. They have no lobby in D.C. like the Southern (Iraqi) Kurds. They have no luxurious mansion as a proto-embassy in D.C. (like the Southern Kurds) to wine and dine pedophile politicians. Worst of all. Israel has no (like zero) interest in them. The Western Kurds don't even exist. 

The Southern Kurds guarding Sinjar just picked up and left rather than defending the Yazidis - they knew full well the town would be immediately overrun by ISIS and the Yazidis slaughtered. Why didn't they defend the Yazidis' home? Because there's no fucking oil there. The Southern Kurds will be glad to claim the land as part of an independent Kurdistan, but they have no intention of protecting non-Kurds on non-oil-bearing land.

So for Obama and the Southern Kurds: ethnic cleansing mission accomplished. Throw the Yazidi garbage over the border to the Western Kurd Terrorists where they can all be killed by the FSA, be bombed by Turkey or die of starvation. 

loonyleft's picture

that's a pretty depressing analysis. maybe it hits too close (exactly on) to the truth. It makes me uncomfortable. I'm off to play some angry birds.

tvdog's picture

Now you see Yazidis, now you don't. This is proof of Satanic influence - they are able to appear and disappear at will.

MontgomeryScott's picture


Well, it isn't 'CHRISTIAN'.

WE used to call them 'ZIDS'.


The following description is believed to be accurate:

Their religion appears to shows elements absorbed from:

Ancient Persian religions, including Zoroastrianism;



Sunni, Shiite and Sufi traditions within Islam;



Mithraism -- a close rival to Christianity in the Roman Empire, particularly among the military and civil service before it was crushed; and perhaps

Other ancient Pagan religions from the Middle East and Greece.



DAMN if it doesn't sound just like like ZIONISM!

If you put an Atheist in a foxhole, he'll find God.

If you put a Yazidim in a foxhole, he'll be too busy trying to figure out which 'god' he needs to pray to, to see the incoming shells.

If you put an Ashkenazim in a foxhole, he'll be working on methods of owning it by cheating those around him.

If you put a Khazarim in a foxhole, he'll be looking at ways to take it over by force from the 'inside' angle.

(Sorry, ladies, but your place isn't in the middle of the war).




omniversling's picture

Great post...thnx 4 th laff..!

palmereldritch's picture

And so we see the southern border of the fledgling state of Kurdistan being established in real time...

tempo's picture

isis can have the worthless desert, we will keep the oil safe. Its simple.

johngaltfla's picture

Yet no on in the media has the balls to ask why we are flying from the Persian Gulf, with a refueling mission, all the way to northern Iraq instead of 20 minutes away flying time from our NATO airbase in Incirlik, Turkey. Of course if anyone did they would discover that it is Turkey and the CIA supplying arms and logisitics equipment to ISIS courtesy of a Qatari paycheck.



tenpanhandle's picture

Remember the scene in Braveheart where the leper King Bruce told his his son Robert "support him (William Wallace) from our lands in the south and oppose him from our lands in the North (or something like that).

stilletto's picture

Its over 1hr flight time from Incirlik to Mosul - then mission time on task,  then return = 2.5hrs. You need Air refueling to do it from Incirlik. I know cause I flew missions over Mosul from Incirlik in 1999. What is needed is a committment to bomb ISIS off the planet. Deploy an airwing (A10s, AC130s would be nice)  into an Iraqi airbase and get the job over with - not little pinpricks. The USA destabilised and destroyed order in this part of the world - now it should bring order and not cower at home because it fucked it up last time. It made this mess now it needs to clean it - even if it means boots on the ground. Meantime the UK that fucked up Libya should take moral responsibility as well and go in and restore order there. Its too late to say we dont want to be involved. We got involved in 2003 and 2010 and now we have to carry the can and not slink away from the shit we laid in the bed.

luckystars's picture

Kurds good, ship oil to Israel.

tvdog's picture

Iraqi Kurds good, Syria Kurds bad, PKK bad, ...

JLee2027's picture

Need a scorecard to follow the players here.

TeamDepends's picture

Barry receives a participation trophy. Everyone claps.

knukles's picture

Just like Vietnam and everything since.  Everybody gets a trophy.  No idiot left behind.
He was under the back seat of the short bus last we saw of him, Marshall Dillon

HUGE_Gamma's picture

Top 5 Reasons it's difficult to leave


1. Lockheed Martin

2. Boeign

3. Northrop Gumman

4. General Dynamics

5. Raytheon 

ekm1's picture


Lockheed martin looking for international business now because US gov is cutting military spending, instead of increasing it

MontgomeryScott's picture

"2. Boeign"

Shit! Spell it right!



(All right, it's 'Boeing', but the 'spelling police' seem to be on leave this weekend.)

MontgomeryScott's picture

I was incorrect.

The 'SPELLING POLICE' are alive and well this weekend. Their 'P.C. BRETHREN' are also working 24/7 (witness the down-arrow on my comment that i respond to).


Wait What's picture

"US airborne assault"

"We have a rendevous with destiny"

i hear the echo of boots on the ground, and that echo sounds a lot like Scrooge McDuck in his money vault:


Eyeroller's picture

70% of the Christians on Mount Sinjar had already been killed by the time food was dropped = Victory lap for Obama claiming no evacuation needed.

ekm1's picture

There were no christians on mt sinjar, only yazidis

ISIS has killed zero christians. It has only expelled and looted them, but killed no one

Very smart of them.


Yazidids are not "people of the book", as per islamic interpretation, jews, christians, muslims, hence they have no "protection from the law". That's how IS thinks