ISIS overruns Mosul, loots $429m from city’s central bank, frees 2,500 prisoners

by 1389 on June 12, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), al-Qaeda, Iraq, Islamic State (of Iraq and ash-Sham/Levant/ISIS/ISIL/Daesh), Kurdistan

Is this an improvement over Saddam Hussein’s regime?

IBT: Mosul Seized: Jihadis Loot $429m from City’s Central Bank to Make Isis World’s Richest Terror Force

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (Isis) has become the richest terror group ever after looting 500 billion Iraqi dinars – the equivalent of $429m (£256m) – from Mosul’s central bank, according to the regional governor.

Nineveh governor Atheel al-Nujaifi confirmed Kurdish televison reports that Isis militants had stolen millions from numerous banks across Mosul. A large quantity of gold bullion is also believed to have been stolen.

Following the siege of the country’s second city, the bounty collected by the group has left it richer than al-Qaeda itself and as wealthy as small nations such as Tonga, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Falkland Islands.

More here.

RT: State of emergency: ISIS militants overrun Iraq city of 1.8mn, free 2,500 prisoners

…Eyewitness accounts describe the scenes of chaos on the streets of Iraq’s second-largest city as thousands of people fled for their lives. A number of reports say that militants are freeing detainees from police stations, while AL RAI Chief International Correspondent Elijah J Magnier tweeted that the ISIS had freed over 2,000 inmates from a “counter terrorism prison.”…

BI: Al Qaeda Offshoot Captures American Humvees And Transfers Them To Syria

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical offshoot of al Qaeda, has taken control of Iraq’s second largest city.

Iraqi police and security forces reportedly fled Mosul prior to the attack, leaving the facilities of the city open for plunder. Mosul was a key area of focus for U.S. forces in an effect to stabilize Iraq, and large amounts of military hardware was left in the city for the Iraqis.

Iraq’s parliament speaker said that ISIS took control of the city’s airport and obtained helicopters. ISIS also took control of U.S. Humvees, which they are now proceeding to send to Syria.

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Daily Mail (UK): The battle for Baghdad is nigh: Thousands of men answer Iraqi government’s call to arms as ISIS jihadists bear down on capital

  • Iraq’s government has indicated a willingness for the US military to conduct airstrikes against radical Islamist militants
  • Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have taken over Iraq’s second biggest city Mosul and town of Tikrit
  • Government forces have stalled the militants’ advance near Samarra, a city just 110km (68 miles) north of Baghdad
  • ISIS’s goal is to create a Islamic caliphate (state) – it already controls territory in eastern Syria and western/central Iraq
  • Iraq’s parliament were to hold an emergency session today but it was postponed due to a opposition boycott
  • Kurdish forces are in full control of Iraq’s oil city of Kirkuk after the federal army abandoned their posts
  • Iran has sent special forces and a unit of elite troops to Iraq to assist the Iraqi government halt the advance
  • Turkey is negotiating for the release of 80 nationals held by Islamist militants in Mosul

Story here.

Obama handed much of Iraq to al-Qaeda offshoot ISIS on a platter:

Daniel Greenfield: Obama Rejected Iraqi Request for Air Strikes on Al Qaeda

I can understand why putting boots on the ground would be unappealing, but air strikes against a terrorist group are low risk and high reward. Obama had no problem signing off on air strikes against Gaddafi. He was contemplating air strikes against Assad.

Both of those were much more high risk, much less legal and much less in our national interest.

On the other hand we are at war with Al Qaeda and this is an Al Qaeda affiliate that we had been directly fighting. There’s no legal issue here, and unlike Syria, it’s not likely to pose a threat to air power. And using drones is on the table.

Why can we use drones against Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen, but not Iraq?

If ISIS manages to set up its own Emirate out of pieces of Iraq and Syria, we’re going to have to end up being dragged into the conflict anyway. It now has a large enemy force. It’s going to come after us. It would be smart to weaken it now.

It would have been smarter to carry out air strikes against it in Syria, instead of talking about bombing the Syrian government.

But Obama has two agendas.

1. He does not in any way, shape or form want to be associated with the Iraq War

2. He does not want to offend Muslims, especially the Islamist groups that he has been courting.

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1 Jane August 23, 2014 at 1:04 am

USA Now Headless !

Obama seems to think we’re on the cutting edge of history. Does he have in mind the predicted beheadings (Rev. 20:4) that are increasing? Obama may feel he’d never be targeted by ISIS. But isn’t he afraid they’ll soon conclude he doesn’t have a good head on his shoulders? (For more on you-know-who, Google “The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”)

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