By Daniel Greenfield
Obama says Al Qaeda is on the run. News reports say Al Qaeda seized most of Mosul, Iraq’s third largest city.
It’s hard to know whom to believe. Obama or our own lying eyes.
Al-Qaeda seized control of Iraq’s third biggest city on Tuesday, freeing thousands of imprisoned fellow fighters in a series of jailbreaks and sparking a mass exodus of refugees.
The assault on the city of Mosul, 225 miles north west of Baghdad, saw the Iraqi army retreat to the outskirts after a sustained assault by men armed with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
As well as seizing the main governorate building – forcing the city’s governor to flee – the gunmen were also reported to have gained control of three different jails, numerous police stations and an airport, where several military planes and helicopters were based.
The loss of the city, home to around one million people, is potentially a huge challenge to the Iraqi government, which has been struggling to quell a regalvanised al-Qaeda insurgency for more than two years.
The militants are believed to be from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the joint Iraqi-Syrian al-Qaida affiliate that is also fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in neighbouring Syria. Seizing control of Mosul, which lies on a stretch of the Tigris less than 100 miles from the Syrian border, would help the group in its aim of carving out a swathe of uncontested territory straddling the two borders.
Where is ISIL getting so much firepower from? We could ask Obama’s buddy Erdogan in Turkey whose regime has been caught smuggling weapons to terrorists by its own police. Or Qatar, which just helped Obama make the traitor-for-Taliban trade.
And we can look to Obama’s disastrous Libyan war which freed up so many weapons that they have been used by Al Qaeda to try and take over three countries.
Now Obama might send emergency military supplies to Iraq after ignoring Al Qaeda’s rise there since his withdrawal.
The US government is considering sending emergency military supplies to Iraq after rebel fighters took control of Mosul, according to senior Western security sources. Supplies including Hellfire missiles and ScanEagle unmanned Drones are expected to be airlifted to the country very soon and more weaponry such as artillery may follow.
But don’t worry, Detroit is doing fine and Al Qaeda is on the run. Sorry, news update. Detroit is bankrupt and Al Qaeda is taking over the Middle East.
But as Hillary likes to say, “What difference does it make anyway?”