US air strikes on Iraq extremists

US air strikes on Iraq extremists

Displaced Iraqi Christians settle at St Joseph Church in Irbil, northern Iraq, after militants overran a cluster of predominantly Christian villages alongside the country's semi-autonomous Kurdish region (AP)

Islamic State militants at the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the Christian village of Bartella, northern Iraq (AP)

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The United States has carried out its first air strikes on Islamic State extremists in northern Iraq as Britain prepared to launch air drops to assist starving refugees forced to flee the militants.

The Pentagon said US warplanes hit Islamic State artillery positions which had been firing on Kurdish forces defending the city of Irbil, close to where American personnel are based.

Following a meeting in Whitehall of the Government's Cobra emergencies committee, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain was ready to provide "technical assistance" to support US humanitarian operations in the region.

Speaking in Downing Street, he told reporters that he hoped British air-drops targeting members of the Yazidi religious minority trapped on a mountainside could begin in the "next couple of days".

"What we have decided today is to assist the United States in the humanitarian operations that started yesterday. We are offering technical assistance in that in terms of refuelling and surveillance," he said.

"We are offering aid of our own which we hope to drop over the next couple of days in support of the American relief effort, particularly to help the plight of those who are trapped on the mountain."

In its latest travel advice, the Foreign Office is warning British nationals against all travel to areas in northern Iraq affected by the fighting, including those in the Kurdistan region - previously regarded as one of the safest parts of the country.

Earlier, David Cameron insisted the world must help the Yazidis in their "hour of desperate need" as he backed US president Barack Obama's decision to respond to a request by the Iraqi government for targeted air strikes.

The Prime Minister said he utterly condemned the "barbaric attacks" by IS - formerly known as Isis (the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

"I am extremely concerned by the appalling situation in Iraq and the desperate situation facing hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. I am especially concerned for the minority Yazidi community now trapped on Mount Sinjar, where they have fled for their lives.

"They fear slaughter if they descend back down the slopes but face starvation and dehydration if they remain on the mountain. The world must help them in their hour of desperate need."

The US president announced in a late-night televised statement that military planes carried out humanitarian air drops in the region and said America would take action if the lives of its troops in Iraq are at risk from Islamic militants.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said that religious minorities in the region - including Christians who have also been targeted by IS militants - were enduring "terrible suffering".

He said such attacks were part of an "evil pattern" around the world where minorities are being killed and persecuted for their faith.

"It is extremely important that aid efforts are supported and that those who have been displaced are able to find safety. I believe that, like France, the United Kingdom's doors should be open to refugees, as they have been throughout history," he said.

"The international community must document human rights abuses being committed in northern Iraq so that future prosecutions can take place. It is important and necessary for the international community to challenge the culture of impunity which has allowed these atrocities to take place.

"We must continue to cry to God for peace and justice and security throughout the world. Those suffering such appalling treatment in Iraq are especially in my prayers at this time."

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, joined the appeals for international help for those communities "facing a threat to their very existence in their biblical homelands".

"It is imperative that the international community ensure the physical protection of all communities in Iraq, their human rights including the right to religious freedom," he said.

"I urge Her Majesty's Government to lead the efforts in the face of such a human calamity in order to help restore these shattered communities, provide them with urgent humanitarian aid and work with others to ensure their long-term security in the land of their birth."

The Department for International Development later gave details of the UK's £8 million emergency aid package.

It includes £2 million of humanitarian supplies for 75,000 people, such as reusable filtration containers filled with clean water, tents, and solar lights which can also recharge mobile phones. Much of the aid can be dropped from the air to help those trapped in the Sinjar Mountains.

Some £3 million will go to charities and NGOs already on the ground and helping displaced people in northern Iraq, and £2.5 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

A further £500,000 will be used to ensure Kurdish and UN systems can co-ordinate properly.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: "The world has been horrified by the brutal persecution of vulnerable minority groups by Isil extremists in Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes and we are extremely concerned for their safety.

"This aid from the British people will help the Yazidi community, who are now cut off on Mount Sinjar, get immediate emergency support. It will also ensure thousands more people get medical help, shelter, food and clean water.

"It is absolutely vital that the UN gets the access it needs and the British government is working with the international community to push for this."

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9:22am Fri 8 Aug 14

spa301 says...

The sum of the UK's assistance is a plethora of words of condemnation. That'll make ISIS sit back and take notice!
We can't intervene militarily as the British military has had almost all its long range capabilities eroded away by financial restraints. We are reduced to shouting from the sidelines.
The sum of the UK's assistance is a plethora of words of condemnation. That'll make ISIS sit back and take notice! We can't intervene militarily as the British military has had almost all its long range capabilities eroded away by financial restraints. We are reduced to shouting from the sidelines. spa301
  • Score: 2

9:39am Fri 8 Aug 14

Yemen says...

the religion of peace at work again i see /s
the religion of peace at work again i see /s Yemen
  • Score: 0

10:00am Fri 8 Aug 14

llos25 says...

Do you believe a government who supplies both sides with arms.
Do you believe a government who supplies both sides with arms. llos25
  • Score: -4

10:27am Fri 8 Aug 14

welshmen says...

Lets all hope that this predicted genocide never happen's and the USA make the Air strikes that will halt this and deliver Aid, although the other factions in Iraq are taking a hell of a butchering including Christians, arch enemies of Islam along with the Jew, a plan for the future concerning the Islamic Ummha, If we want to sustain our way of life and our culture we need to neutralise their continuing threat, we don't want to be like Israel and other Nations continually fighting for our right to live the way we want in our own Country, we have all seen the marches for their want's, changing some of our Culture to suite the Muslim although this is a Christian Country, what you read in the Guardian and other media News Papers from the far left are quick to call anyone who dare speak against this impending threat, like many on here, a racist or worse, they believe that just because a smile, daily pleasantries with the Colonisers is fine, think again, wake up look around you see for your self, if you are under the impression that the people you see every day wont change then your deluded, the Radicals and Fundamentalists will enforce them through the Islamic mind set FEAR, same has it's been for centuries, now it's on your doorstop, what you going to do....stop it growing....or just watch the TV and type your hollow comments against those who do....Democracy allows Islam, Islam doesn't do democracy....
Lets all hope that this predicted genocide never happen's and the USA make the Air strikes that will halt this and deliver Aid, although the other factions in Iraq are taking a hell of a butchering including Christians, arch enemies of Islam along with the Jew, a plan for the future concerning the Islamic Ummha, If we want to sustain our way of life and our culture we need to neutralise their continuing threat, we don't want to be like Israel and other Nations continually fighting for our right to live the way we want in our own Country, we have all seen the marches for their want's, changing some of our Culture to suite the Muslim although this is a Christian Country, what you read in the Guardian and other media News Papers from the far left are quick to call anyone who dare speak against this impending threat, like many on here, a racist or worse, they believe that just because a smile, daily pleasantries with the Colonisers is fine, think again, wake up look around you see for your self, if you are under the impression that the people you see every day wont change then your deluded, the Radicals and Fundamentalists will enforce them through the Islamic mind set FEAR, same has it's been for centuries, now it's on your doorstop, what you going to do....stop it growing....or just watch the TV and type your hollow comments against those who do....Democracy allows Islam, Islam doesn't do democracy.... welshmen
  • Score: 10

8:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

arvs69 says...

welshmen wrote:
Lets all hope that this predicted genocide never happen's and the USA make the Air strikes that will halt this and deliver Aid, although the other factions in Iraq are taking a hell of a butchering including Christians, arch enemies of Islam along with the Jew, a plan for the future concerning the Islamic Ummha, If we want to sustain our way of life and our culture we need to neutralise their continuing threat, we don't want to be like Israel and other Nations continually fighting for our right to live the way we want in our own Country, we have all seen the marches for their want's, changing some of our Culture to suite the Muslim although this is a Christian Country, what you read in the Guardian and other media News Papers from the far left are quick to call anyone who dare speak against this impending threat, like many on here, a racist or worse, they believe that just because a smile, daily pleasantries with the Colonisers is fine, think again, wake up look around you see for your self, if you are under the impression that the people you see every day wont change then your deluded, the Radicals and Fundamentalists will enforce them through the Islamic mind set FEAR, same has it's been for centuries, now it's on your doorstop, what you going to do....stop it growing....or just watch the TV and type your hollow comments against those who do....Democracy allows Islam, Islam doesn't do democracy....
Welshman, as stated before in response to the b***s*** that spurs out of your mouth, you're are racist, Zionist thug. I have no sympathy for ISIS or believe in their approach to resolving issues of Iraq but what a load of double standards and hypocrisy from the West. We've had bombings after bombings majority of them on civilians in Gaza and not one country had the balls to condemn Israel n take action. I think the Zionist regime has got the West by its balls and can n will squeeze when out of tune.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Lets all hope that this predicted genocide never happen's and the USA make the Air strikes that will halt this and deliver Aid, although the other factions in Iraq are taking a hell of a butchering including Christians, arch enemies of Islam along with the Jew, a plan for the future concerning the Islamic Ummha, If we want to sustain our way of life and our culture we need to neutralise their continuing threat, we don't want to be like Israel and other Nations continually fighting for our right to live the way we want in our own Country, we have all seen the marches for their want's, changing some of our Culture to suite the Muslim although this is a Christian Country, what you read in the Guardian and other media News Papers from the far left are quick to call anyone who dare speak against this impending threat, like many on here, a racist or worse, they believe that just because a smile, daily pleasantries with the Colonisers is fine, think again, wake up look around you see for your self, if you are under the impression that the people you see every day wont change then your deluded, the Radicals and Fundamentalists will enforce them through the Islamic mind set FEAR, same has it's been for centuries, now it's on your doorstop, what you going to do....stop it growing....or just watch the TV and type your hollow comments against those who do....Democracy allows Islam, Islam doesn't do democracy....[/p][/quote]Welshman, as stated before in response to the b***s*** that spurs out of your mouth, you're are racist, Zionist thug. I have no sympathy for ISIS or believe in their approach to resolving issues of Iraq but what a load of double standards and hypocrisy from the West. We've had bombings after bombings majority of them on civilians in Gaza and not one country had the balls to condemn Israel n take action. I think the Zionist regime has got the West by its balls and can n will squeeze when out of tune. arvs69
  • Score: -3

8:28pm Fri 8 Aug 14

arvs69 says...

Furthermore, I am no fan of Iran, but after watching the events of Gaza unfold, the double standards and hypocrisy applied, Iran should go for a nuclear. That way at least balance would be restored. Maybe, then the West will have the balls to stop Zionists from creating havoc.
Furthermore, I am no fan of Iran, but after watching the events of Gaza unfold, the double standards and hypocrisy applied, Iran should go for a nuclear. That way at least balance would be restored. Maybe, then the West will have the balls to stop Zionists from creating havoc. arvs69
  • Score: -3

11:50pm Fri 8 Aug 14

claret or green ? says...

It seems to me on the evidence of current and recent events, that both the Muslims and the Jews in large numbers ( but that is not to condemn all ) have shown themselves to be mean and sadistic, considering the lives of non Muslims and Palestinians respectively to be worth less than their own..... but I do concur that, based on what I read and hear, that the Muslim extremists present the greatest threat to others not sharing their so called faith. I think a Kurdish state in northern Iraq where Christians are respected and protected, along with other faiths that share a tolerance for others. I also have to say that the Isreali state also needs to offer the Palestinians respect and equality and thus starve Hamas the oxygen of a genuine grievance, which they are not doing at the moment, although I do have a degree of sympathy, as they are under daily rocket attack and it all appeared to kick off after those 3 poor lads were abducted and murdered. But they do need to give Palestinians a chance to live a dignified fair life in their own land under a 2 state solution, just as long as their enemies relinquish their vow to destroy Isreal. In summary ( and generalising, not condemning all ), the Isreali Jews are mean but the Muslims are meaner ..... does that make me a racist ?
It seems to me on the evidence of current and recent events, that both the Muslims and the Jews in large numbers ( but that is not to condemn all ) have shown themselves to be mean and sadistic, considering the lives of non Muslims and Palestinians respectively to be worth less than their own..... but I do concur that, based on what I read and hear, that the Muslim extremists present the greatest threat to others not sharing their so called faith. I think a Kurdish state in northern Iraq where Christians are respected and protected, along with other faiths that share a tolerance for others. I also have to say that the Isreali state also needs to offer the Palestinians respect and equality and thus starve Hamas the oxygen of a genuine grievance, which they are not doing at the moment, although I do have a degree of sympathy, as they are under daily rocket attack and it all appeared to kick off after those 3 poor lads were abducted and murdered. But they do need to give Palestinians a chance to live a dignified fair life in their own land under a 2 state solution, just as long as their enemies relinquish their vow to destroy Isreal. In summary ( and generalising, not condemning all ), the Isreali Jews are mean but the Muslims are meaner ..... does that make me a racist ? claret or green ?
  • Score: 1

11:53pm Fri 8 Aug 14

claret or green ? says...

I meant to say I think a Kurdish state etc..... is the answer to that immediate problem.
I meant to say I think a Kurdish state etc..... is the answer to that immediate problem. claret or green ?
  • Score: 0

1:11pm Sat 9 Aug 14

welshmen says...

arvs69 wrote:
welshmen wrote:
Lets all hope that this predicted genocide never happen's and the USA make the Air strikes that will halt this and deliver Aid, although the other factions in Iraq are taking a hell of a butchering including Christians, arch enemies of Islam along with the Jew, a plan for the future concerning the Islamic Ummha, If we want to sustain our way of life and our culture we need to neutralise their continuing threat, we don't want to be like Israel and other Nations continually fighting for our right to live the way we want in our own Country, we have all seen the marches for their want's, changing some of our Culture to suite the Muslim although this is a Christian Country, what you read in the Guardian and other media News Papers from the far left are quick to call anyone who dare speak against this impending threat, like many on here, a racist or worse, they believe that just because a smile, daily pleasantries with the Colonisers is fine, think again, wake up look around you see for your self, if you are under the impression that the people you see every day wont change then your deluded, the Radicals and Fundamentalists will enforce them through the Islamic mind set FEAR, same has it's been for centuries, now it's on your doorstop, what you going to do....stop it growing....or just watch the TV and type your hollow comments against those who do....Democracy allows Islam, Islam doesn't do democracy....
Welshman, as stated before in response to the b***s*** that spurs out of your mouth, you're are racist, Zionist thug. I have no sympathy for ISIS or believe in their approach to resolving issues of Iraq but what a load of double standards and hypocrisy from the West. We've had bombings after bombings majority of them on civilians in Gaza and not one country had the balls to condemn Israel n take action. I think the Zionist regime has got the West by its balls and can n will squeeze when out of tune.
Shouldn't have started the insults, I have not insulted you, if you can't stand the truth don't get involved, in Islamic Countries you just shoot the truth, unlike in this Democratic Country we just post it for all to see....

So that's what your Imam told you to put around a brainwashed, your crap doesn't work here, your **** doesn't either, just open your eye's with a balanced look, instead of the taqiyya & kitman your Qur'an demands you practice on all non-believers is long past it's sell by date, please join your fellow Muslims and leave this democratic Country that your Religion want's to change to Sharia Islamic Law, your not happy where you come from and your not happy here, go to an Islamic Country like Iraq or Iran or Saudi Arabia where you can follow your barbaric backward religion of hate and let British people get on with their lives unopposed by you stupid heartless religion, just Foxtrot Oscar and post to some one who give's a **** for you Religion...

Monthly Jihad Report
July, 2014.
Jihad Attacks:
268.
Countries:
Dead Bodies:
2660.
Critically Injured:
2079.....
[quote][p][bold]arvs69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: Lets all hope that this predicted genocide never happen's and the USA make the Air strikes that will halt this and deliver Aid, although the other factions in Iraq are taking a hell of a butchering including Christians, arch enemies of Islam along with the Jew, a plan for the future concerning the Islamic Ummha, If we want to sustain our way of life and our culture we need to neutralise their continuing threat, we don't want to be like Israel and other Nations continually fighting for our right to live the way we want in our own Country, we have all seen the marches for their want's, changing some of our Culture to suite the Muslim although this is a Christian Country, what you read in the Guardian and other media News Papers from the far left are quick to call anyone who dare speak against this impending threat, like many on here, a racist or worse, they believe that just because a smile, daily pleasantries with the Colonisers is fine, think again, wake up look around you see for your self, if you are under the impression that the people you see every day wont change then your deluded, the Radicals and Fundamentalists will enforce them through the Islamic mind set FEAR, same has it's been for centuries, now it's on your doorstop, what you going to do....stop it growing....or just watch the TV and type your hollow comments against those who do....Democracy allows Islam, Islam doesn't do democracy....[/p][/quote]Welshman, as stated before in response to the b***s*** that spurs out of your mouth, you're are racist, Zionist thug. I have no sympathy for ISIS or believe in their approach to resolving issues of Iraq but what a load of double standards and hypocrisy from the West. We've had bombings after bombings majority of them on civilians in Gaza and not one country had the balls to condemn Israel n take action. I think the Zionist regime has got the West by its balls and can n will squeeze when out of tune.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't have started the insults, I have not insulted you, if you can't stand the truth don't get involved, in Islamic Countries you just shoot the truth, unlike in this Democratic Country we just post it for all to see.... So that's what your Imam told you to put around a brainwashed, your crap doesn't work here, your **** doesn't either, just open your eye's with a balanced look, instead of the taqiyya & kitman your Qur'an demands you practice on all non-believers is long past it's sell by date, please join your fellow Muslims and leave this democratic Country that your Religion want's to change to Sharia Islamic Law, your not happy where you come from and your not happy here, go to an Islamic Country like Iraq or Iran or Saudi Arabia where you can follow your barbaric backward religion of hate and let British people get on with their lives unopposed by you stupid heartless religion, just Foxtrot Oscar and post to some one who give's a **** for you Religion... Monthly Jihad Report July, 2014. Jihad Attacks: 268. Countries: Dead Bodies: 2660. Critically Injured: 2079..... welshmen
  • Score: 2

4:09pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Counterview says...

llos25 wrote:
Do you believe a government who supplies both sides with arms.
Do you believe a government?
[quote][p][bold]llos25[/bold] wrote: Do you believe a government who supplies both sides with arms.[/p][/quote]Do you believe a government? Counterview
  • Score: 1
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