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Humanitarian Crisis Grows as ISIS Advances in Iraq

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While the advances by jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claim most headlines regarding the current turmoil in Iraq, a growing humanitarian crisis threatens hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians

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Justin Vale (13)
Friday June 13, 2014, 7:09 pm
isis is playing it smart, they're giving the peshmerga a very wide berth. the few time they have tangled with them peshmerga units made up of mostly women rocked their world. kinda embarrassing for islamic warriors to have their behinds handed to them by kurdish women.
al-maliki's government of exclusion will not stand the test. if Muqtada al-Sadr mahdi army doesn't snap back together all shia dreams will blow away like the sand.

Justin Vale (13)
Friday June 13, 2014, 7:13 pm
but then again, reports are filtering out of units of republican guards massing on the border. all miliki has to do is ask.

Billie C (2)
Friday June 13, 2014, 10:13 pm
let muslims handle this. the only thing we need to do is get our dod contractors out that obama has left stranded. it's time to let the muslims handle whatever it is they want to fight about. just make sure they stay in their part of the world and out of ours.

Katherine May Williams (0)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 12:20 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 1:16 am
The drums of war are already beating in Washington and London.It's time to let the Muslims fight their own battles.We have lost enough of our young men fighting in foreign wars that are none of our business.

Stan B (123)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 1:16 am
This is the true face of radical Islam and Obama and his cronies are clueless as to how to deal with it.
I've just been reading about mass be-headings in Mosul and Tikrit.
I agree with you Billie C. Let them kill each other.

Athena F (131)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 2:10 am

Winn A (179)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 7:12 am
Noted - so sad.

Ben O (171)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 9:44 am
The more I learn, the less I understand...

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 10:06 am
These groups are frightening. My daughter has a work colleague whose family are in Baghdad and the phone lines have been cut off and she does not know if her family have escaped or are dead.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 1:14 pm

Thanks Cal for putting this up. Signed all petitions at hand - come yesterday, some today - and hope it'll bring results. Although ... from a detached viewpoint ... one should/must hold the US responsible for what they created; starting in 1990 when April Glaspie gave Saddam the green light to invade Kuwait - just to stab him in the back half a year later. But that's water under the bridge. In bombing Iraq again the US would just kill more innocent civilians who already carry the burden of the DU assaults of the past as well as the total destruction of their country by the US. Enough already - keep your hands off and tell your puppet Maliki to straighten out his acts. But that's probably too little too late.

The spirits that I called ... comes to mind.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 1:27 pm
Why this continues I'll never understand. What part of PEACE don't others DON'T THEY UNDERSTAND???
Thanks Cal

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 1:51 pm
Not good. These people have passports from all sorts of Countries. Many will return. This can spread. We should of never opened that Pandora's box in Iraq to begin with. This is going to haunt many around the world for years to come.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 2:46 pm
Terrifying. My heart goes out to all the suffering people in Iran.

Kathleen Mireault (224)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 3:31 pm
Sadly noted. Thank you, Cal. I weep for the innocents caught in the middle of violent chaos.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 3:47 pm
Hi Colleen - your question is valid - maybbe you should ask the US government why they had to destroy the country and its people in the first place?

And maybe one should also pay attention to the little detail that ISIS is made up of mercenaries of all kind of organisations and countries and used to cause even more havoc in Syria? Maybe one should also consider the fact (supported by clear cut evidence) that those very same "troops" were trained under US and IL commando in camps in Turkey and financed and supplied with arms by the US government?

Yes - you're right: which part of PEACE do they not understand ... question is ... who do you address with this question?!

lisa O (6)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 7:29 pm
Glad to hear the humanitarian aid is coming. What a shame this is continuing.

Bruce C D (89)
Saturday June 14, 2014, 8:03 pm
While this story is fairly straightforward, why are you sending hits to the Brietbart site, Cal, a rabid right-wing media outlet that denies global warming, among other idiocies? There are so many other sites with stories about this just as good or better, without contributing to a source equivalent to FAUX News.

Here are just two excellent links with some of the latest:
Iraq crisis: US considers air assault on Isis as firefights reach Samara

Iran sends troops into Iraq to aid fight against Isis militants

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 12:41 am
Another horrible humanitarian tragedy! Thanks Cal.

Graziella Veri (0)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 8:50 am
Noted,liked and shared

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 11:17 am

John - as much as I can understand you "... let the two factions of Islam fight each other to the death. Then the Kurds can step in and run a peacefu country." you overlook the fact that the Kurds are Sunni Muslims.

I'm aware that this is not a well known fact as it doesn't suit the agenda but ... there you have it. And now what?

Roger G (154)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 12:54 pm
noted, thanks

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 2:23 pm
Thanks for informing us.

Elizabeth brown (20)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 3:11 pm
This whole mess was caused by the lies of President Bush and the devil Tony Blair. They have left this country ,which in ancient times was the cradle of civilization,in total caos.The Iraqi's before the war lived in harmony.Yes there was the difference of the two muslim fractions but they had learnt to co-exist and very nicely. The Kurdish dilemma was again caused by the British but that is another story.The Great misfortune of this long suffering people is that they were sitting on some of the worlds greatest resources of oil.Had they been on fields of carrots they would have been of no interest to anyone. They dared to disobey America and not do as they were told and this is the punishment. Bush had a personal vendetta against them and the poodle Tony Blair allied with him.Not only did they sacrifice young men from our countries but they have been the cause of thousands if not millions of Iraqi's being killed or maimed. They should both be before Judges on criminal charges.They have caused untold damage to the region of the Middle East and heartache and despair for both the Iraqi's and family's who lost sons and daughters fighting this useless war. I wish both Blair and Bush all the bad luck possible.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday June 15, 2014, 3:37 pm
Molly - couldn't agree with you more!

Thomas M (8)
Monday June 16, 2014, 6:48 am
This is a religious war - stay out of it. No one including the factions fighting will ever win this war and thousands, if not millions will die because of their religious beliefs. It will be interesting to watch which countries step forward to get their young men and women killed for Iraqi oil. Oil+Religion=Death and financial ruin. If any fence should be built to keep people out, It should be around the middle east region. They don't want us (except guns, bullets and bombs) and we certainly don't need their radical religions and continuous war.

Lisbeth Jensen (80)
Monday June 16, 2014, 8:31 am
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