Why? Why now? How?
Mosul, Iraq. Bordered by the Tigris, located between Turkey, Iran and of course Syria
So, a good location if one is planning to attack or further destabilize several nations.
Oil rich. Always a benefit. Always a concern to those who wish to control resources globally- NATO
Be aware or beware, we're going long and while ambling through the brambles we will meet up with a familiar face
Who benefits?- US, Israel, NATO
Who does not benefit?- Syria, Iraq, Iran.
Let's read some commentary from the area
FAKHRI KARIM in IRAQ'S AL-MADAJust throwing it out there- Maliki is weak, Iraq is divided. This no doubt creates a problem for acting in much needed unified manner? Thinking about the control of some of the area by Kurdish groups? Considering that some of the more duplicitous players in Iraq, amongst the Kurds, may have cleared the way for ISIS. Keep in mind some of the Kurdish groups are very chummy and heavily involved with Israel.
"What really happened? Why was the road so clear for all these mercenaries to march in?... How did the group reach the outskirts of the city, then its very heart, without having been at least intercepted by the armed forces? Why was air power not used to deter or to paralyse them, if not to eliminate them altogether?"
Update 1: Flashback...way back to 2011- Kurdish leader assassinated etc- Israel in Iraq's Kurdistan
Of course there is more but that relink should suffice
Israel’s presence in northern Iraq is widely acknowledged in the United States intelligence community.One must consider President Barzani as a person of interest? He has certainly been making the rounds as of late. Meeting all the right people. In all the right places. Keep President Barzani and Israeli Kurdish connections in your mind- somewhere safe
|Barzani and Pope Francis|
The UN. NATO nation leadership. The Iraqi Parliament Speaker. The high holy banker
Continuing with commentary from the neighbourhood............
SAUDI AL-WATANThe Saudis sullying Maliki- typical. Think Wahabbi vs Shiite
"The Iraqi prime minister's endeavours to cling to power at any cost are nothing new... For his top commanders to flee the clashes and to refrain from protecting civilians in Mosul suggests two things: restlessness, or a desire to shuffle the cards - which is far worse. Paving the way for ISIS to establish control over the Sunni city of Mosul arouses suspicion.
ZZ AL-DIN AL-DARWISH in SYRIA'S OFFICIAL TISHRINSyria, considering what is going on, pointing at the Saudis for their usual dealings- credible
"With bloody extreme-Islamist developments sweeping Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and other countries, the Arab street, the elite in particular, and intellectuals across the world are now convinced that Arabs will have no stability while the Saudi royal family exists."
IRAN'S JOMHURI-YE ESLAMIIran going big and pointing out all the NATO connectivity to terrorists-
"Despite the loud noise they make about the fight against terrorism, US and European governments not only meet Daesh terrorists, but they provide them with weapons and financial support... When the US and European governments fail to adopt a position on all these terrorist crimes committed in Iraq, it clearly shows that they support the terrorists and Daesh is their tool."
Providing weapons- check!
Meeting with terrorists- check!
When MB became demonized, salafists were exalted- Definitely lots of busyness all around
ASLI AYDINTASBAS in TURKEY'S MILLIYET
"The ISIS threat and the probability of an expansionist Salafist state reaching from Syria to Iraq require Turkey to reconsider its strategic priorities. And unexpectedly, Ankara finds itself on the same side against al-Qaeda as Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Turkey, the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, whom it does not like at all."
Mosul falls: US asked to intervene
US asked to intervene. Could that be any more advantageous to the US, Israel and NATO in general?
Could that be even more detrimental to Iraq and it's continuing survival as a nation state?
Mosul - Iraq's stability took another blow today as insurgents seized control of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. By early Tuesday morning, a group of fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had taken over the west bank of the city.
With government authority crumbling, the fall of Mosul follows on the heels of the taking of Fallujah in January by the ISIS. Many people are saying that while it has been more than three years since American troops withdrew from Iraq, ISIS's gains are proving that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has failed to make any headway in healing the dissention caused by the sectarian civil war.
It is being said that U.S.-trained government troops have fled the city, many of them **stripping off their uniforms so as to not be identified.** Iraq’s speaker of parliament, Osama Nujaifi, said the city is now entirely under the control of the insurgents. “When the battle got tough in the city of Mosul, the troops dropped their weapons and abandoned their posts, making it an easy prey for the terrorists,” he told a televised news conference in Baghdad."US trained government troop"s? Troops loyal to which government? Being US trained? Who paid them? Who supplied these troops? Exactly who were these people that the US trained?
All we know is that they are US trained government troops- See Israeli/Kurdish cooperation.
"Stripping off their uniforms"
And changing into what? Camouflauge clothing? Like we see below?
"So as not to be identified"
You should not assume this is to avoid being targeted by ISIS. If these were plants, they would have stripped off their uniforms, changed into clothing pictured below and would became easily identifiable to their cohorts. In ISIS. This also explains the ease with which ISIS took Mosul.
|The insurgents, armed with anti-aircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, had taken over almost all police and army checkpoints in and around the Mosul|
Cause if you strip off your uniform you would be left in your underwear, correct? Didn't catch any reports of near nude men? I think the most likely scenario is the one being alluded to. From one costume to another. The players were unmasked or in this case, undressed and reclothed/recostumed into their starring roles. ISIS.
According to CBS, the primary goal of ISIS may have been to free more than 2,000 prisoners being held by the government in Mosul. Secondly, the taking of the city puts the insurgents one step closer to Bagdad. But Nujaifi says he thinks the insurgents have their sights set on Salahuddin, a province north of Bagdad. “They have already seized the Shergat air base in Salahuddin,” Nujaifi said. He added that the insurgents already have seized weapon depots, heavy equipment and helicopters from the army bases in Mosul.Are you taking away the idea that the fall of Mosul was planned as part of a strategy that has been ongoing for months now? Take a strategic location. Free 2000 prisoners- we have seen that on a number of occasions. Where are they heading? Moving northward towards Salahuddin where they have already seized an airbase. Thereby unifying or connecting two areas, Large city and an airbase? Are they expecting supplies via air? Prepping for a no fly zone? Clearing the way for an Israeli attack on Iran?
Update 2: Flashback, again!- Worrisome scenarios? You got'em!
"the optimum route for Israel to attack Iran, along the Syrian -Turkish border"
|Thankfully, for Israel, ISIS captured an airfield in Northern Iraq, right?|
So many thoughts to entertain?
Nujaifi said he has spoken to U.S. Ambassador Lukman Faily, asking the United States to use military intervention to repel the terrorist's based on the Joint Cooperation Agreement that exists between the two nations.Why is Nujaifi, (who met with President Barzani) the speaker of Iraqi parliament on television deriding the troops- who may have questionable loyalty anyway? Would that type of talk be a unifying act? Or a divisive act? And why is the speaker of the Parliament talking to the US Ambassador asking for intervention?
Now, let's meet for the first time ever, a beneficiary & possible participant in the attack on Mosul
Just kidding! Readers here met this man quite some time ago.
Remember? Meet the Rebel Commander in Syria That Assad, Russia and the U.S. All Fear
Tarkhan Batirashvili- I have the strangest feeling, going by "the gut" here, we are going to be hearing and reading more about this man in the near future. "An ethnic Chechen who learned all his war skills in the US funded Georgian Army" but we are supposed to believe he is deeply at odds with the more mainstream rebels (there are no mainstream rebels) Tarkhan Batirashvili or Umar al-Shishani
Tarkhan Batirashvili better known or rebranded/ reoutfitted/recostumed as Umar al-Shishani
|Tarkhan Batirashvili rebranded as Umar al Shishani|
-He served in an intelligence unit of the Georgian army
- He distinguished himself as master of various weaponry and maps, said Mr. Topuria, his former commander, who recruited him into a special reconnaissance group.
- He views the (Syrian) war as a chance to strike a blow against one of the Kremlin's allies-putting him firmly in league with NATO
-He hails from Pankisi Gorge
Mr Umar al Shishani is through and through US/ NATO's boy-
Check out the grinnin' Mr Shishani yesterday in either Mosul, Iraq or Syria (not clear) as he inspects the conveniently captured US Humvees
Militants Parade Captured US-Supplied Humvees in Syria
Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (Isis) insurgents are transporting US-supplied Humvees across the border into war-torn Syria after capturing Iraq's second city of Mosul.
Militants were seen riding in the vehicles around Mosul and other areas under their control but photos have emerged on social media outlets of the military vehicles being inspected by senior Isis commander Umar al Shishani in Syria.
Shishani, who was born in Georgia and acts as commander of the northen sector of Isis in Syria, is considered one of the most influential leaders of the Syrian opposition after a series of assaults on military bases near Aleppo.It was so good of the US to supply Shishani and ISIS with Humvees, no?
|Isis commander Umar al Shishani appears thrilled with a captured US Humvee.|
|Love those American Humvees|
|Why is this face hidden?|
The US State Department has released a statement saying that it is "deeply concerned" by the Islamist militants' siege of Mosul."deeply concerned" wondering why it is that a bunch of US humvees were left for the ISIS crew when it should have been obvious that they were on the move
"The situation remains extremely serious. Senior U.S. officials in both Washington and Baghdad are tracking events closely in coordination with the Government of Iraq," the statement read.US officials in Baghdad?
"The United States stands with the Iraqi people," it continued.The US has never stood with the Iraqi people. The US destroyed Iraq and quite naturally the Iraqi peoples lives
Islamist fighters capture Saddam Hussein's hometown, move on key oil refinery
"Social media accounts associated with the Islamic State also triumphantly announced the end of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, the demarcation of modern Middle East borders"Remaking the middle east..... Greater Israel?
Of course the US stands 'ready to help' Iraq