On September 2, 2014 the Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral Kirby issued the following statement concerning the buildup of troops in Iraq:
“The president’s action today will result in a net increase of approximately 350 additional military personnel on the ground in Baghdad providing security at the Baghdad Embassy Compound and its support facilities.
This builds upon previous embassy security deployments announced on June 15 and June 30 and will bring the total forces responsible for augmenting diplomatic security in Iraq up to approximately 820.
The additional joint forces will come from within the U.S. Central Command area of operations and will include a headquarters element, medical personnel, associated helicopters, and an air liaison team.
In all, 405 U.S. military personnel will be sent to Baghdad to provide a more robust and sustainable security presence to help the Department of State continue their critical mission.
With this order, 55 personnel who have been in Baghdad since June will redeploy outside of Iraq. Those 55 personnel will remain postured to deal with other security contingencies in the region, if necessary.
The Department of Defense will continue to plan and prepare further military options should they become necessary, and we will remain ready to protect our diplomats, our citizens, and our interests in Iraq, while we continue to work with the Iraqi government to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.”
Source: Department of Defense http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=16913
Lost in translation somewhere in all this, especially among the American people and the talking heads at the Pentagon is the fact that the US government actually helped train and equip ISIS fighters in the first place to destabilize Syria and prolong that conflict.
These actions has helped uprooted some 6.5 million people from their homes, forced 2.7 million to flee the country, laid waste to cities and towns alike, and unleashed sectarian hatreds that have rippled across the region. And you guessed it the US is playing a major part in the chaos along with its allies and partners within the Saudi government who have actually suggested funding the rebels is a good idea? When are we going to learn?
I think if the public really knew that their hard earned taxpayer dollars were used to help train ISIS fighters they would be extremely upset – and rightly so!
See report: Jihadist In Syria Explains How U.S. And Turkey Supply Them With Weapons http://shoebat.com/2014/04/03/jihadist-syria-explains-u-s-turkey-supply-weapons/
See video: US was responsible for training ISIS in Jordan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuo7-U7mOo
See video: Rand Paul: Obama’s plans means siding with Islamic terrorists http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xjc-ToK7AQ
See video: US funding terrorists in Syria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3wunzGveRM
See video: US funding terrorists organizations in Syria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbIRGbeipbw
See related article: See report: Has the Obama administration ever armed ISIS with lethal weapons? Inquiring minds would like to know! https://groundreport.com/has-the-obama-administration-ever-armed-isis-with-lethal-weapons-inquiring-minds-would-like-to-know/
Meanwhile reports are bubbling up of ISIS terrorist cells operating in Mexico…many from law enforcement officials and former presidential candidates – not exactly those you might suspect to be “crazies.”
See report: Rick Perry’s ‘ISIS at the border’ soundbite http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/02/opinion/navarrette-perry-isis-mexico-border/index.html
See report: Online posts show ISIS eyeing Mexican border, says law enforcement bulletin http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/29/online-posts-show-isis-eyeing-mexican-border-says-law-enforcment-bulletin/
These report the Feds are vehemently denying despite reports to the contrary from law enforcement? I suppose they don’t want to cause a public panic. That will happen soon enough once the car bombs go off!
ISIS in Mexico? Feds DENY watchdog group’s claim that the terror group is operating in Juarez and plans ‘imminent’ car-bomb attacks on US targets http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2738113/ISIS-Mexico-Feds-DENY-watchdog-group-s-claim-terror-group-operating-Juarez-plans-imminent-car-bomb-attacks-US-targets.html
If there was ever an argument to be made about Border enforcement this is it! Would someone please tell Senator John McCain?