Down Goes Fallujah

With a bang, not a whimper.

BEIRUT — 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.

How many soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines fought and died to win that city and that province just about ten years ago?

This is the price we pay for failing to secure our victories. Fucking disgraceful.

Comments

  1. bob says:

    There is nothing we can do to secure those wretched countries from those crazies.

  2. Ragnar Lothbrok says:

    What a disgrace. Thank you to the usual suspects stateside. It's sickening…

  3. isdaveo says:

    The defeat of the Iraqi army and their erstwhile tribal allies does NOT take away the honor of the Marines, sailors, and soldiers who captured Fallujah. We gave back Tripoli, and Chapultapec, and every Marine and sailor supporting them still sing about it. This is time to look hard at how AQ did it, and how the IA and tribes failed given our training and logistic support, and figure it out.

  4. Ragnar Lothbrok says:

    The utter abstract foolishness continues as the comment above. I can only imagine what my BR who gave his life in Ramadi (the other town) would have thought about this. Down the road as the usual suspects try to scrub and filter history as they did in some previous wars, my children will be told the truth about the players that lead to their defeat. Absolutely disgusting…

  5. UltimaRatioRegis says:

    We paid a hell of a price for both of those cities.

    The US will not send military forces to assist the Iraqi Army.

    But John Kerry wants US military forces in Palestine…..

    Enemies, domestic.

    • isdaveo says:

      Two reasons for that: to weaken the Iraqi Army to the point that Iran can invade with little resistance from Iraq militarily or politically; and keep Syria destabilized to the point that Assad either prostrates himself to Iran.

      Speaking of which, what happened to the SOFA that former SecState Condoleeza Rice and Bush-43 negotiated?

      • third says:

        Iran would never invade Iraq. It doesn't make sense, they lack the military power to effectively take and hold Iraq. Moreover, if they did, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey with the support of the US would all come to the aid of the Iraqi government. Iran is a shiite country. Turkey and Saudi Arabia and Iraq are Sunni and therefore they would never allow a shiite nation like Iran take over the Iraq. Israel for obvious reasons would feel threatened and attack Iran too. And in the event that Iran did take the country they would have to deal with the chaos coming from Syria and Al-Qaeda. Going into Iraq was a mistake it only caused more problems than it solved, everything going on there now proves it. But, that in no way takes away from what the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines did to liberate the country and do what they could to try to give the Iraqis a better future.

        • VFRMarine says:

          Problem is, Iran was supporting the Iraqi Army unit against the Sunni insurgents in Fallujah. Apparently, the insurgents were strong enough to repel the Iraqi regulars that they fled back to Baghdad to regroup. Iran is using the Iraqi army as a proxy in its overall fight to impose Shia hegemony in the region. A Sunni insurgency in Iraq (strongly supported by Al-Qaeda) has the goal of establishing a caliphate in the area encompassing western Iraq and eastern Syria.

          Unfortunately, Turkey is in no position to assist right now because the AKP (Erdogan's party) is still purging the military of disloyal officers. Also, a Turkish prosecutor just unveiled a large amount of corruption allegations against Erdogan and his crew.

          Ultimately, the retaking of Fallujah and the counter-insurgency operation against Al-Qaeda and their Sunni allies in Anbar province will end up being a joint US-Iran operation. The concept is already creeping around media circles such as Fox, BBC, Drudge, and Debka.

          If my enemy goes against my enemy, is he my friend?

        • isdaveo says:

          Third,

          Iran has invaded Iraq. Not just during the war in the 1980s, but during our presence in Iraq as well. Iranian forces crossed into Iraq and on at least one occasion engaged in a firefight with American forces. Turkey and Saudi Arabia won't openly support anything that protects Israel. Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey are rivals for control of Islam. Saudi Arabia has the money and Mecca. Iran has the military might, and Turkey is the new kid on the block. Erdogan hasn't been able to purge the Turkish military and society of its secular ideals, but he's working hard to make Turkey the new center of power in the Middle East-Med. And the Sunni-Shi'ia is not enough of a divide – throughout GWOT we've found Sunni-Shi'ia partnerships wherever we find terrorists.

  6. Slater says:

    In regards to the SOFA, we abided by it. When the current CinC went into office, the talk on getting boots out of the bad war by an arbitrary date of 2011 was actually negotiated by those two. I don't know what the Iraqi Army has been doing, I think Bagdad focused too much on Kirkuk, there really needed to be an integration of the IA. Peshmerga/IA stays in the North when they needed to go elsewhere, I wonder if they will come down to support the new offensive.

    Honestly I would surround Fallujah again, tell the civilians they can get out or get shelled. We did that, TWICE. Retaking Fallujah is going to be bloody.

    McCain and Graham taking this moment to attack the POTUS shows class.

  7. PSYOP Cop says:

    Where's Saddam when you need him?