Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Force Captures Fallujah Amid Rise in Violence in Iraq

By Liz Sly.

A rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago.

The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war.

Elsewhere in the province, local tribal militias claimed they were gaining ground against the al-Qaeda militants who surged into urban areas from their desert strongholds this week after clashes erupted between local residents and the Iraqi security forces.

In Fallujah, where Marines fought the bloodiest battle of the Iraq war in 2004, the militants appeared to have the upper hand, underscoring the extent to which the Iraqi security forces have struggled to sustain the gains made by U.S. troops before they withdrew in December 2011.

The upheaval also affirmed the soaring capabilities of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the rebranded version of the al-Qaeda in Iraq organization that was formed a decade ago to confront U.S. troops and expanded into Syria last year while escalating its activities in Iraq. Roughly a third of the 4,486 U.S. troops killed in Iraq died in Anbar trying to defeat al-Qaeda in Iraq, nearly 100 of them in the November 2004 battle for control of Fallujah, the site of America’s bloodiest confrontation since the Vietnam War.

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Photo Credit: REUTERS

Photo Credit: REUTERS

McCain, Graham blast Obama for Al Qaeda-related takeover of Fallujah, call situation ‘predictable’

By Fox News.

Republican senators on Saturday blamed the Obama administration for Al Qaeda affiliates over-running parts of Iraq, including the city of Fallujah, which the United States secured before President Obama removed all U.S. forces from that country in 2011.

Sen. John McCain, Arizona, and Lindsey Graham, South Carolina, called the recent turn of events “as tragic as they were predictable” and suggested Obama misled Americans into believing that Iraqi leaders wanted U.S. forces out of their country.

“While many Iraqis are responsible for this strategic disaster, the administration cannot escape its share of the blame,” the senators said in a joint statement. “When President Obama withdrew all U.S. forces … over the objections of our military leaders and commanders on the ground, many of us predicted that the vacuum would be filled by America’s enemies and would emerge as a threat to U.S. national security interests. Sadly, that reality is now clearer than ever.”

The Al Qaeda-affiliated fighters took over Fallujah on Friday after a bloody three-day battle, raising their flag over government buildings as a sign of victory, according to The Washington Post.

At least eight people were killed and dozens injured Friday night as the Iraqi army tries to regain control of the city. The army, which lobbed mortar bombs in its response, has been joined in the fray by tribesmen from Ramadi, a Sunni stronghold.

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Photo Credit: CNS News

Al-Qaida Largely Takes Over Fallujah and Ramadi in Iraq


Two Iraqi cities that were strongholds of Sunni insurgents during the U.S. war in the country are battlegrounds once more after al-Qaida militants largely took them over, fending off government forces that have been besieging them for days.

The overrunning of the cities this week by al-Qaida’s Iraqi branch in the Sunni heartland of western Anbar provinces is a blow to the Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Malik. His government has been struggling to contain discontent among the Sunni minority over Shiite political domination that has flared into increased violence for the past year.

On Friday, al-Qaida gunmen sought to win over the population in Fallujah, one of the cities they swept into on Wednesday. A militant commander appeared among worshippers holding Friday prayers in the main city street, proclaiming that his fighters were there to defend Sunnis from the government, one resident said.

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  • James

    Well they did not want us there, so let them have Al-Qaeda. I am interested to see if Al-Qaeda will leave when they are asked. They made their choice so live with it.

  • rodulfo-tardo

    There is no such thing as “affiliated” al’Qaeda is al’Qaeda, it is a simple fact. This shows exactly what side Obama is on. The Benghazi ‘episode’ was another al’Qaeda attack, that became diluted with the mistaken story line that is a trademark, of this Islamist Reich, Obama has been arming all our enemies, causing our soldiers to die, he has never considered this country as his own, why not take a look at Afghanistan’s increased K.I.A.’s surely 80% by now. Libya and ‘Benghazi’ are just another cause, for ultimate concern this is where Obama started arming all al’Qaeda, trying to depose, another enemy of al’Qaeda, Al’ Basher Al’ Assad, but to make all this relevant to that ignorant class, his father Hafez, had confronted the same “affiliates” of the ‘Industry of death’ this was the “nom de guerre” for the Muhajid and Fedeyeen, who became “the base” al’Qaeda, this was the brainstorm of someone named Bin Ladin, when referring to Fallujah, this is what Obama and Qatar had planned, since the Ottoman Empire, is to rise again, from the Maghreb to Indonesia is what they say, but already they are evident in South America, and the North. The Obama Sultanate, has Islamified that ‘infidel’ military, it has been an occupation of what was once a free nation, so as the critics, properly conceive, the politically correct way, to say “we surrender, and capitulate, our dead” to that “affiliate of al’Qaeda” why not give me a break. This has been the intention of Obama all along, tell me of one reason, why the enemy has expanded, to such a great degree, certainly it is not because, they can fight better than us, it is because, this Obama Caliphate, has left all our sacrificed, like a “gift” for the enemy to flaunt.
    Should this sound like I’m fed up, that I am for sure, and to be perfectly honest, I just don’t give a crap, this current ‘resident’ in the White House has no business, to even breathe the same air, that our people killed, did before the fall of America, in 2008.
    If you can think of a solution, make sure to let me know in reality there is no reason to even entertain, there is a way out of this Supremacist Fascist Single Party State, the Total Government of Obama’s Sultanate, what is now just another “rogue sate”, soon we will see NATO and the U.N. taking action against the former nation of the free.

  • Michael J. Fell

    Anyone who didn’t see this coming is either a “progressive” Democrat, who now by their actions openly demonstrate their hatred for America while talking out the side of their mouth about how much they love America, or a “progressive” Republican, who sat on their hands and did nothing to stop barry husein when the opportunities were there.

    Either way, every one of these “progressive” traitors are completely responsible for all the blood and treasure American spent gaining position in the most strategically important piece of real estate in the region being washed down the drain.