Iraq: Islamic State threatens to drown U.S in blood

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ISIS fighters 2The Islamic State militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and drawn the first American air strikes since the end of the occupation in 2011 has warned the United States it will attack Americans “in any place” if the raids hit its militants.

The video, which shows a photograph of an American who was beheaded during the US occupation of Iraq and victims of snipers, featured a statement which said in English “we will drown all of you in blood”.

US airstrikes in northern Iraq have helped Kurdish fighters take back some territory captured by Islamic State militants, who have threatened to march on Baghdad.

The latest advance by the Islamic State, an al-Qaida offshoot, sent tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi ethnic minority and Christians fleeing for their lives and alarmed the Baghdad government and its Western allies.

Unlike al-Qaida, Islamic State has so far focused on seizing land in Iraq and Syria for its self-proclaimed caliphate, not spectacular attacks on Western targets.

Backed by US strikes, Iraq Kurds retake strategic dam

Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq’s biggest dam from Islamist militants with the help of US air strikes to secure a vital strategic objective in fighting that threatens to break up the country, Kurdish and US officials said on Monday.

US fighter, bomber and drone aircraft took part in the strikes on Islamic State positions near the Mosul Dam, the Pentagon said. The strikes damaged or destroyed six armed vehicles, a light armoured vehicle and other equipment.

The dam had given the militants control over power and water supplies, and any breach of the vulnerable structure would have threatened thousands of lives.

US President Barack Obama said Iraqi and Kurdish forces had retaken the dam with US help. US air strikes this month are the first in Iraq since the United States pulled out in 2011.

“This operation demonstrates that Iraqi and Kurdish forces are capable of working together in taking the fight to ISIS (Islamic State), and if they continue to do so they will have the strong support of the United States of America,” Obama told a news conference.

As fighting intensified, Islamic State militants were said to have killed dozens of Kurdish fighters and captured 170 of them, according to a Twitter site that supports the group.

The Islamists’ seizure of the Mosul hydroelectric dam in northern Iraq this month marked a stunning setback for Baghdad’s Shia-led authorities and raised fears the militants could cut electricity and water, or even blow up the shaky structure, causing huge loss of life and damage down the Tigris river valley.

“The failure of the Mosul Dam could threaten the lives of large numbers of civilians, threaten US personnel and facilities — including the US Embassy in Baghdad — and prevent the Iraqi government from providing critical services to the Iraqi populace,” a senior US administration official said in Washington.

Iraqi officials hailed what they said was a strategic victory in regaining control of the dam, and announced that the next objective would be to win back Mosul itself, the biggest city in northern Iraq which lies 40 km (25 miles) downstream.

Land mines

Hoshiyar Zebari, a top Kurdish official, said Iraqi Kurd forces had captured the dam — blighted by structural problems since it was built by West German engineers for Saddam Hussein in the 1980s — with help from US air strikes nearby.

“Taking the dam took longer than expected because Islamic State had planted land mines,”he told Reuters.

Baghdad officials vowed to turn the tide against Islamic State, whose campaign to create a regional caliphate has threatened to tear Iraq apart.

“The new tactic of launching a quick attack shrouded by secrecy proved successful and we are determined to keep following the new assault tactics with help of intelligence provided by Americans,” Sabah Nouri, a spokesman for Iraq’s counter-terrorism unit, told Reuters.

“The next stop will be Mosul.”

A dam employee contested the government’s version of events.

“Islamic State fighters are still in full control over the dam’s facilities and most of them are taking shelter near the sensitive places of the dam to avoid air strikes,” the employee told Reuters. The employee gave no further details.

Engineers have repeatedly expressed concern about the state of the 3.5 km-wide (2.2 mile) dam since Saddam was overthrown in 2003.

Islamic State threatened in a video on Monday to attack US targets “in any place” if American air strikes hit militants and said: “We will drown all of you in blood.”

“Most dangerous dam”

A 2006 US Army Corps of Engineers report obtained by the Washington Post said the dam, which blocks the Tigris and holds 12 billion cubic metres of water, could flood two cities killing tens of thousands of people if it were destroyed or collapsed. The report called it “the most dangerous dam in the world.”

A wall of water could surge as far as Baghdad, 400 km (250 miles) away.

At the time, Iraqi officials described the warnings as alarmist and said measures were being taken to shore up the dam that has been weakened by cavities caused by soil being washed out. These holes need to be constantly refilled but it is unclear whether this work has continued under the militants.

Zebari said officials from his community would join talks on forming a new, inclusive administration considered vital for battling the Sunni Muslim militants who have overrun much of the country.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki stepped down last week after criticism that his policies, by favouring Shi’ites, had encouraged some members of the Sunni minority to join the Islamic State insurgency.

Haider al-Abadi, a fellow Shi’ite with a less confrontational reputation, has been appointed prime minister-designate to try to form a government including leaders of Iraq’s main minorities. The aim is to form a united front to take on Islamic State.

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22 responses to “Iraq: Islamic State threatens to drown U.S in blood”

  1. arzatna1 Avatar

    It won’t be too long before you Islamic State drown in blood .
    Not only America , but the the whole world is against you because you don’t belong here , you are 1500 years behind time.
    All terrorist organizations and governments such as ISIS, IS, ISIL, Hezbollah, Nusra and the Syrian Regime do not belong here….You all have too much blood on your hands

    1. “All terrorist organizations and governments” what about israel?

      1. master09 Avatar

        What about hamas

        1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
          Maborlz Ez-Hari

          Yep you can throw them in also, no better than others actually they’re worse.

      2. arzatna1 Avatar

        Agreed …throw in israel , Iran, north Korea, Russia and Zimbabwe

        1. $89733098 Avatar
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          And the yanks

          1. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            How about Australia?

          2. $89733098 Avatar
            $89733098

            Certainly

          3. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            Why do you live in and support (through taxes) a country that you believe to be equal to terrorist organizations?

          4. $89733098 Avatar
            $89733098

            coz flights to mars aren’t available yet

  2. As an American, I do not support the U.S. protecting the Shia in Iraq, Syria and Iran against ISIS. The Shia deserve everything that has been brought upon them by ISIS and more.

    1. Anti ISIS Avatar
      Anti ISIS

      I would love to hear your reasoning as to why anybody deserves this.

      1. man-o-war Avatar
        man-o-war

        He has to pull his head out of his ass first.

    2. man-o-war Avatar
      man-o-war

      It should tell you that the US sees these guys as the most dangerous terrorist in the Middle East. They are the greatest risk to National interest.

      1. $89733098 Avatar
        $89733098

        We’ve always known the zionists and shites were the yanks best friends. Some on here continue denying reality.

        1. man-o-war Avatar
          man-o-war

          Who’s we?
          I’ll give you the zionist. Shi’ite, depends on the time of the month.

          IS deserves to be attacked and destroyed. I don’t care who does it.

          1. $89733098 Avatar
            $89733098

            We is me, myself and I.
            How about hezbsatan, do they deserve to b destroyed?

          2. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            The US doesn’t seem to think they’re big enough of terrorist or a threat to national security.

            Do I think they need to be destroyed? No. However, I do support their destruction the moment they begin forcing an Islamic state on Lebanon, forcing non-Muslims to convert or die, beheading innocent people, and kidnapping women for “sex” ( “we” all know they prefer goats)

          3. $89733098 Avatar
            $89733098

            so u think they r terrorists but you don’t believe they need to b destroyed.. interesting way of weaseling out of it.

          4. man-o-war Avatar
            man-o-war

            where did I say I think they’re terrorist?

          5. $89733098 Avatar
            $89733098

            you didn’t say u think and i agree with you that you don’t think.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    The best advice, which has been given by a few realists, is to NOT vacation in the Muddled East for a long time. Be selective, and find comfy spots near home … wherever you are. Travel will be weird.

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