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http://hotair.com/archives/2016/07/18/video-jake-tapper-corrects-john-kerry-about-the-current-status-of-isis/

Things got a bit spicy on CNN’s State of the Union this weekend when Jake Tapper interviewed Secretary of State John Kerry about the recent terror attack in Nice. Kerry was rather matter of fact about what was being done, at least right up until the point when he claimed that ISIS is, “on the run, and I believe what we’re seeing are the desperate actions of an entity that sees the noose closing around it.”

As transcribed at Real Clear Politics, Tapper wasn’t having much of that answer. Rather than simply accepting it and moving along, he pushed back on the nation’s chief diplomat, informing him that ISIS has one heck of a success record of late for a group that’s on the run. The section of the interview in question begins at roughly the two minute mark of the video:


TAPPER: With all due respect, sir, I’m not sure it looks that way to the public that ISIS is on the run. In the last few weeks we have seen a series of ISIS inspired attacks and 49 killed in Orlando and 45 killed in Istanbul and more than 200 killed in Baghdad and 84 in Nice.

This is just the last five weeks. I don’t think ISIS is on the run– and they might be expanding.


If anything, Kerry’s answer is even more dumbfounding.

“Jake… Jake… it depends what you mean by ISIS. I don’t know this guy was ISIS. Nor do you.”

I’m sorry… did you really just say it depends what you mean by ISIS? Is this some sort of Clintonesque moment where you’re going to start asking what we mean by the word “is” now?


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/07/21/an-airstrike-in-syria-killed-entire-families-instead-of-isis-fighters/

An airstrike in Syria killed entire families instead of ISIS fighters

The airstrikes at dawn on Tuesday pulverized entire families, including young children — families that were fleeing Islamic State militants but were instead mistaken for being those very fighters. Depending on whom you ask, the number of bodies found in the rubble is 56, 85, 160 or 212. Pictures of the mangled bodies, covered in dust, are a testament to the carnage.

People who live near where the bombs fell — about 10 miles north of Manbij in northern Syria — said the only planes they'd seen since June were from a U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State. The area is just a few miles north of the front line between the Islamic State and the coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). If Tuesday's airstrikes were indeed by coalition jets, and not Russian or Syrian government warplanes, this would easily be the highest civilian toll from any action by the coalition since it formed in 2014.

… snip …

But the probability that it was a coalition airstrike makes this a huge deal, beyond the fact that dozens, if not hundreds, of civilians died. The dead and their kin are the same people whose hearts and minds the coalition hopes to win over. The deaths, and the perception that they were caused by the coalition, mean that that hope is probably lost. Liz Sly, one of The Post's Middle East correspondents, reported that many soldiers in the SDF were questioning whether they could remain in the force.

“People are now full of hatred for the SDF. We thought they were coming to finish ISIS, but it seems they are finishing us first,” said Jassem al-Sayed, a politician from Manbij, speaking with Sly over the phone. ISIS is an alternative acronym for the Islamic State.

From the perspective of a Western onlooker, Tuesday's strikes are easy enough to write off as another grisly chapter in a grinding war. And for the U.S. military, it is probably another internal investigation that will wear on until the public has largely forgotten which airstrikes and which civilians it is talking about. The average time between a strike and the release of a redacted Centcom investigative report is seven months, said Micah Zenko, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

But in November, Centcom announced that it would stop publicly releasing the results of each and every investigation. But standards for how much is released had anyway been unclear. Centcom news releases, often published in bulk on Friday afternoons, usually list only a date, a location and an estimate of civilian damage, while the nitty-gritty of the investigation is redacted or simply unreleased.

In other words, it is possible but improbable that we will hear the final word from the U.S. military on what happened Tuesday and whether the coalition bears any culpability.


Ah yes … the most transparent administration in history …

:rolleyes:

Say, sWill ... remember when Bush was attacked non-stop by America’s left for any killing of civilians in Iraq?

 

You do remember that, don’t you?

 

After all, you probably one of those attacking Bush the loudest.

 

Just saying …

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/07/21/an-airstrike-in-syria-killed-entire-families-instead-of-isis-fighters/

 

 

Ah yes … the most transparent administration in history …

 

:rolleyes:

 

Say, sWill ... remember when Bush was attacked non-stop by America’s left for any killing of civilians in Iraq?

 

You do remember that, don’t you?

 

After all, you probably one of those attacking Bush the loudest.

 

Just saying …

 

 

You haven't proven that it was our plane that bombed them yet, desperate shill.

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I guess Obama thinks that the serious news out of Germany … islamofanatic killing children at a McDonalds … is a great lead in to a joke about his kids.



Just saying …

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I guess Obama thinks that the serious news out of Germany … islamofanatic killing children at a McDonalds … is a great lead in to a joke about his kids.

 

 

Just saying …

 

Obama is very popular right now. And it makes you so MAD!

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Obama is very popular right now.

 

 

And that has what to do with him using the murder of kids by an islamofanatic as the lead in for a joke?

 

Other than showing how despicable the folks who'd laugh at Obama's jokes are ...

 

Just saying ...

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And that has what to do with him using the murder of kids by an islamofanatic as the lead in for a joke?

 

Other than showing how despicable the folks who'd laugh at Obama's jokes are ...

 

Just saying ...

 

His overall performance has been stellar. And his approval ratings are proof. At the end of his second term he could win again if allowed to run.

 

And it makes you so MAD!

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His overall performance has been stellar. And his approval ratings are proof. At the end of his second term he could win again if allowed to run.

 

And it makes you so MAD!

 

 

Thank you for proving my point.

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Thank you for proving my point.

 

How was your Bush's approval rating at this point in his second term?

 

LOL!

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How was your Bush's approval rating at this point in his second term?

 

LOL!

 

 

The fact that Obama's is so high after so much that's happened ... only says something about DemocRATS, sWill.

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The fact that Obama's is so high after so much that's happened ... only says something about DemocRATS, sWill.

 

The fact that Obama's approval ratings are so high after inheriting the mess from Bush says a lot about our great country and the fact that they can trust Democrats, not Republicans, desperate shill.

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https://mic.com/articles/149591/isis-takes-credit-for-suicide-bombings-in-kabul-that-kill-at-least-80-and-wound-230#.DyQBvO1Oq

At least 80 people died and more than 230 others are injured after suicide bombers targeted a protest in the Afghan capitol of Kabul, USA Today reported on Saturday.

The Islamic State group, or ISIS, has claimed responsibility for the attack, wrote the magazine, which targeted demonstrators of the predominantly Shiite Hazara ethnicity as they were "demanding that a major regional power line be rerouted through their impoverished home province" of Bamiyan.

"The attack was carried out by three suicide bombers," the Afghan Interior Ministry told the New York Times in a statement. "The first person carried out a blast, the second one failed at his detonation, and the third terrorist was killed in shooting by the security forces."


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/23/kerry-air-conditioners-as-big-threat-as-isis.html

Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS


:rolleyes:

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Sounds like Bush created a hot spot or two for terrorism and made it much worse worldwide.

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The Iraq and afgan war will end terrorism. Lol lmao

 

 

Sounds like Bush created a hot spot or two for terrorism and made it much worse worldwide.

 

 

tommy ... does dahur know you're cheating on him?

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tommy ... does dahur know you're cheating on him?

That the best you got, you lil ISIS supporter?

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Neocons like Rick Perry and John McCain want our troops to be everywhere forever. We can't afford the obligations we currently have overseas, much less protracted battles in all four corners of the globe.

 

We have problems to address here at home, like the debt, infrastructure, the borders, and Social Security solvency. We would be wise to focus our money at home for a while so we can get caught up on things here.

Right now we do not have many "boots on the ground" anyplace ...but.. as a superpower we have a LOT of military all over the globe.

Not having full combat is some savings but.....what happens if we trim military expenses? The right wingers give the rich another tax cut and stuff we NEED.. still ain't paid for. We ARE and intend to remain, a SUPER Power. That ain't cheap but.. we don't like the alternative. At least we ain't in some dragged out war paying Halliburtin a $ Trillion.

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Right now we do not have many "boots on the ground" anyplace ...but.. as a superpower we have a LOT of military all over the globe.

Not having full combat is some savings but.....what happens if we trim military expenses? The right wingers give the rich another tax cut and stuff we NEED.. still ain't paid for. We ARE and intend to remain, a SUPER Power. That ain't cheap but.. we don't like the alternative. At least we ain't in some dragged out war paying Halliburtin a $ Trillion.

 

 

I wonder what would have happened if McCain or Romney would have won. I think recession and more war.

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/24/middleeast/iraq-baghdad-suicide-bombing-isis/

Abu Dhabi (CNN) Terror once again struck the streets of Iraq's capital Sunday, after a suicide bombing killed at least 21 people in a residential neighborhood in northern Baghdad.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Kadhimiya, which also injured more than 35 others, Iraqi security officials said.


The claim by ISIS was released by the terror group's media wing Amaq and on pro-ISIS social media accounts circulated by its supporters.

Sunday's attack came just weeks after the deadliest terror attack in war-weary Baghdad in years, when a suicide truck bomb plowed into a busy shopping district killing almost 300 people.


https://www.rt.com/news/353024-kabul-huge-explosion-gunfire/

A massive explosion has rocked the diplomatic district of the Afghan capital, Kabul, the Interior Ministry has confirmed. A mortar hit a school building that was empty at the time, causing no fatalities.

Police say at least five people are being treated for cuts from broken glass dispersed by the blast, according to Kabul journalist Bilal Sarwary.

The incident comes a day after a twin bombing of Shiite demonstration killed at least 80 people in the city. The Sunni group Islamic State has taken responsibility for the Saturday attack, the bloodiest in 15 years.


http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/23/asia/afghanistan-explosion/

(CNN) ISIS is claiming responsibility for a joint suicide bombing Saturday that killed dozens of people during a peaceful demonstration by a minority group in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"I saw tens of people laying down in blood around me and hundreds of people running away from the scene," said Fatima Faizi, an Afghan freelance journalist.

So far, 80 bodies and more than 260 wounded people were taken to hospitals in Kabul, according to Ismail Kawoosi, a spokesman for the Afghan Health Ministry.

Sayed Hamed, 30, attended the protest but left before the explosions. He was about two kilometers (1.2 miles) away.

"As I was watching (from my hotel) and some (people) were running toward the scene and some were crying coming from the scene," he wrote in an email to CNN. "It was a very sad situation, and everyone was trying to find their relatives or friends."

The attack, the worst in months in terms of casualties, drew attention to ISIS instead of the Taliban, which had been blamed for recent bombings.


Don’t worry.

 

sWill keeps assuring us that Obama and the Democrats have everything under control.

 

But I wonder what will happen when Iraq comes up against not hundreds of ISIS fighters, but thousands?

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/24/middleeast/iraq-baghdad-suicide-bombing-isis/

 

 

https://www.rt.com/news/353024-kabul-huge-explosion-gunfire/

 

 

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/23/asia/afghanistan-explosion/

 

 

Don’t worry.

 

sWill keeps assuring us that Obama and the Democrats have everything under control.

 

But I wonder what will happen when Iraq comes up against not hundreds of ISIS fighters, but thousands?

 

The Bush approach which you promote is the CAUSE of this problem.

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/24/obama-rushing-mosul-offensive-against-isis-to-infl/

Troops fear Obama rushing Mosul offensive to influence election

Some U.S. officers in Baghdad believe the Obama administration is rushing plans for a Mosul offensive so it takes place before the November presidential election, a retired general says.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero said his contacts in Baghdad have relayed the concerns to him, fearing there is now an “artificial timeline” for what promises to be by far the toughest battle in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq.

Iraqi Security Forces, which has made strides since the U.S.-led coalition began retraining its troops, may not be sufficiently prepared for a rushed operation. The troops face the monumental task of capturing a city of almost 2 million citizens and up to 10,000 Islamic State fighters and their booby traps.

“There is tremendous concern that Washington is going to press for a Mosul operation to commence before the November election,” Mr. Barbero told The Washington Times. “The concern is, will the conditions be set on the ground by then, and I don’t think so.

Asked about the view that the White House is pushing an early offensive, Mr. Barbero answered, “Yeah. I’m hearing that from Baghdad.”

“If you look at the track record, that is not unbelievable,” he said. “It’s an artificial timeline, especially before the election.”

Added Mr. Barbero, who commanded troops in the Persian Gulf War: “We all know the conditions for this. This is going to be a different fight. They are going to fight to the death in Mosul, and we have got to make sure that the conditions are set so we can destroy them.”

An offensive less than four months from now would help Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton dispute Republican charges that the Obama administration is letting the Islamic State run a global terrorism operation. Some Republicans argue that more American boots should on the ground for the fight.

The administration and Iraqi leaders want the offensive completed, or nearly so, before Mr. Obama leaves office in January, which would allow him to claim U.S. victory in the second war for Iraq.


No! Say it isn’t so, sWill!

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