Special Forces Rescue 70 Hostages In Iraq – One U.S. Serviceman Killed During Operation…

U.S. Special Forces helped rescue 70 ISIS hostages facing “imminent mass execution” early Thursday morning at a prison near Hawijah, Iraq, but one American service member was killed in the operation. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following statement:

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Early today in Iraq, at the request of the Kurdistan Regional Government, U.S. Special Operations Forces supported an Iraqi Peshmerga operation to rescue hostages at an ISIL prison near Hawijah, Iraq.

This operation was deliberately planned and launched after receiving information that the hostages faced imminent mass execution. It was authorized consistent with our counter-ISIL effort to train, advise, and assist Iraqi forces.

The U.S. provided helicopter lift and accompanied Iraqi Peshmerga forces to the compound. Approximately 70 hostages were rescued including more than 20 members of the Iraqi Security Forces. Five ISIL terrorists were detained by the Iraqis and a number of ISIL terrorists were killed as well. In addition, the U.S. recovered important intelligence about ISIL.

One U.S. service member was wounded during the rescue mission acting in support of Iraqi Peshmerga forces after they came under fire by ISIL. He
subsequently died after receiving medical care. In addition, four Peshmerga soldiers were wounded.

On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, we offer our sincere condolences to the family of the U.S. service member who was killed in this operation. The U.S. and our coalition will continue to work with our Iraqi partners to degrade and defeat ISIL, and return Iraq to the full control of its people.

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132 Responses to Special Forces Rescue 70 Hostages In Iraq – One U.S. Serviceman Killed During Operation…

  1. mjalbaine says:

    where these hostages Christian?

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    • Joe says:

      The Russian media thinks that they were Kurds.

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    • cali says:

      There were 13 Kurds and the rest Sunni Arabs. (one can read this also in between the lines regarding the arabs)

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      • manickernel says:

        Interesting that the media is avoiding identifying any of them as Kurds, though this is largely a Kurdish region. One report indicates Peshmerga entered the compound first, were repulsed, then Delta reinforced and took the lead to sanitize the area.

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  2. ISIS, I say again, ISIS..

    Bravo to those brave USA military forces engaged in battle.. Thoughts & Prayers to the family of the slain soldier.
    Go with peace my brother..

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  3. Plain Jane says:

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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  4. Plain Jane says:

    I have become way too cynical with all the lying of this rainbow regime. My first thought was squirrel sighting and “how timely” considering the Schrillary hearings and Putin’s decisiveness, Valarie is now allowing our forces to act.

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    • chiavarm says:

      Obama, the dunce , is not taking credit because one serviceman was lost, so he passed the buck to Carter.

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        • LEE JAN says:

          And how long before those rescued turn on our heroes?

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          • Jett Black says:

            If they were Kurds or Kurd supporters, they won’t. Kurds are the most honorable, pro-USA people in the region–perhaps the rest of the world. Even Israel has more anti-USA dissenters. Pity of it is that the Kurds have been promised help and independence for a long time by Brits and USA, but have been left hanging. This is do or die time for them and for our honor. They are deeply feared and hated by Erdogan and a good sized swath of Turkey’s populace, so without significant and reliable (i.e., nothing we’ve seen since the 70’s from the USA), they’re doomed and with them, what may well be the only polity that can put together a secular, free-enterprise driven state in the region.

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            • paulgilpin says:

              very well said and thank you.
              the only friends the kurds have are the mountains.
              the treaty of paris establishes a kurdistan. back stabbing by the british pulled the rug from under the league of nations. the treaty was essentially ignored, hence, the folklore previously referenced.

              one ringadingy.
              two ringadingy.
              hello, this is the united states. we really would like to help in iraq. but we are busy causing chaos and destroying nations elsewhere. please leave a message after the beep and we may get back to you.

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              • phil fan says:

                Not under Oblamer. Under our future POTUS the Donald, yes. I would love to see justice done finally to the long suffering Kurds, Don’t know if they are Christians but they are our friends along with Israel in the region

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                • Jett Black says:

                  They are mostly Muslim, though also mostly forcibly converted from more ancient religious practices, like the Yazidi who made the news recently, centuries ago. Given the freedom and security to do so, I’d wager they’d be mostly secular and would give consideration to Christianity–after all, how true or powerful can a god be that has to gain adherents by threats and physical force and whose only answer to an apostate is murder. 1 Kings 18. What God does, men cannot do.

                  It doesn’t take a whole lot of rational thought and observation to realize that Christianity is the way to go. No other faith has the support of history and the promise of eternal salvation by faith that Christ offers.

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                • JustJimToo says:

                  The only churches I saw in Iraq were in Kurdistan.

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        • Plain Jane says:

          This says much: (from jackphatz’ article link)
          “But the fiction being maintained by the Pentagon that our troops were not in combat is absurd. By that thinking, the dead soldier will not be eligible for combat decorations nor will his wife get survivor benefits. Given that the Pentagon has denied these benefits before in the case of the Fort Hood survivors, I wouldn’t put it past them.”

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    • Paul Clare says:

      Definitely my first thoughts also – coincidences only prove that something else is afoot!

      And with politicians in general and this gang of thieves in particular who have turned the military into their tool it is about as likely to be a coincidence as the sun having an eclipse!
      That said, God Bless our troops and the great work they do in spite of all obstacles!
      (Can you still say “God Bless?”

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      • Col.(R) Ken says:

        Darn straight Paul, God Bless our Men/Women who wear the uniform of The United State Military.
        Your deeds, actions, words and Life will never be forgotten. Rest easy warrior, cross the river, drop your ruck under the shade of tree for a spell, we will all be along.

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  5. Sentient says:

    I confess the inclination to consider Muslims disposable, but then I think of Jesus to the woman at the well (John 4): “you worship what you do not know, we worship what we do know”. ISIS was reportedly digging trenches for the bodies of those (presumably Kurds) they were about to kill. God bless these brave Americans who did battle on behalf of the captives. They have more courage in their little finger than I have in my whole body. May God receive the man who died. I am moved to tears by these Americans.

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  6. ed says:

    If obama approved it, they were rescuing islamists from the kruds.

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    • manickernel says:

      I don’t think Obama knew anything about this.

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      • Jett Black says:

        ^This, exactly.^ There seem to be someone directly controlling operations over there, who’s taking necessary action, without much upper echelon involvement. The massive ammo/equipment drop a short while ago that was allegedly for the Syrian rebels <0 was training to fight Assad and has since abandoned (b/c it was a stupid, inept, AQ-fueling move to begin with), was later determined to have been dropped to Kurdish forces. The USA ambassador got summoned by Erdogan for it, a clear indicator the arms did go to Kurds.

        None of this is consistent with 1600 PA Ave strategy (of defeat), (anti-western) interests, or character(lessness). Whoever that “masked man” is, all I can say is keep up the great work, Ke-mo sah-bee. At the end of the day, I’d rather have my honor intact and be grouped with the officers <0 sacked, than find myself among <0’s sycophantic band of backstabbing cowards and I’ll bet there are a bunch in the military and intel services who feel the same way or stronger.

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  7. josejose12 says:

    Related:
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-10-22/us-issues-childish-ultimatum-iraq-its-either-us-or-russians

    I think we should advocate for American troops to leave Iraq since Russia is already there and it’s making a better job than America, which was there for a year and mostly didn’t do anything, but to help islamic rebels.

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    • pappad says:

      The Russians aren’t in Iraq. They are in Syria.

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      • manickernel says:

        Iranian Shite militias are in de facto control of Iraq now. Iran is a Russian ally. Iran, Russia, and Iraqi “negotiators” (read military and political leaders) met it Baghdad IRAQ about 6 weeks ago to coordinate future operations. Russia most certainly is in Iraq.

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  8. NJF says:

    I too have become way too cynical. Prayers to our brave servicemen, especially to the brave soul that we lost.

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  9. El Torito says:

    I would like to share a name with you: Brigadier General Ernie Audino. Look him up and study every word of his. He served with/alongside the Peshmerga and has been (probably the leading) vocal advocate for the US backing the Peshmerga directly, not via Iraq. He has insight into the Kurdish and Peshmerga people and region that no one else does. Amazing guy and was probably the first Siren that we should be supporting Peshmerga directly as they regularly defeat ISIS on the ground. I hope this is the beginning of it!

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  10. El Torito says:

    One more: Here’s an Ernie Audino Washington Times article that spells it out clearly. The Peshmerga are the Royal Guards of the Kurds and really the only group that consistently defeat ISIS on the ground – bots on the ground. Obama’s policy has been to NOT support them directly. He sends it through Iraq and it’s a miracle if anything makes it past there. This Obama policy only helps ISIS by keeping Peshmerga depending on Iraq to forward supplies from U.S. Finally coming to light. You can friend Ernie on FB also. Took a while but he likes to correspond on this issue.
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/13/ernie-audino-pentagon-ignores-irans-military-stren/

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  11. shirley49 says:

    They announced yesterday that because the US was only there for training, the poor soul that was killed will not be considered as killed in combat. This means he will not receive the benefits one killed in action usually gets, We are dealing with a bunch of scum.

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    • daughnworks247 says:

      Administration micromanagement of commendations to push their own narrative demoralizes the military. Word spreads quickly among the ranks and it’s devastating.

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    • LEE JAN says:

      Treating this loss as the result of workplace violence. Damn this administration to hell.

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    • Jett Black says:

      Good Lord, please deliver us from the vicious, cowardly, venal people who have taken control of our nation! Secretary of Defense can reverse this idiocy, by doubtful that he will, under <0. I hope we can keep memory of this and all military who have fallen to jihadists here and abroad at the top of memory and an agenda to correct this scum admin’s depredations immediately after Jan. 21, 2017.

      Come to think of it, wouldn’t that be just about the coolest thing to make the very first executive orders from Trump–reclassify the Ft. Hood and recruiting office attacks as terrorist/combat incidents to qualify all involved for full benefits, retroactive to the date of the events and same for this soldier, now in God’s loving arms. Nothing political about it–just an abrupt, honest, in-<0’s-face, statement that everything <0 did was wrong and will be turned around, we won’t be screwing over our finest anymore, nor will we treat jihadi terrorism as petty crime–it will be treated as and responded to as war. Pray without ceasing!

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  12. Melania for 1st Lady says:

    One more dead American in the middle-east and 70 more rag-heads on their way to Germany.

    I’m with Donald; if Russia wants to bomb them then be my guest, but we have enough problems here. Time to focus on America.

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    • El Torito says:

      Those rag-heads are the only group to defeat ISIS on the ground. While your premise feels good, sticking our head in the sand will only get all of us killed. Yes we have to focus on America, but it doesn’t change the fact that we still need to defend it. Your post reads like you don’t get that and the fact that Trump wants to rebuild the military. I am 110 % for Trump ’till the end, but don’t believe for 1 minute that there won’t be wars to fight under his presidency. The difference is that he wants to WIN them. The best way to have less war is to win overwhelmingly, not sit it out while Russia and China continue to steal ground.

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      • Melania for 1st Lady says:

        I’m more worried about the Mexicans and others coming across our border who LITERALLY ARE STEALING GROUND from us. Our country is trillions in debt and being invaded and the best idea you neocons can come up with is “let’s build a nation in the middle-east – it worked real well the last couple times and only cost a few trillion $, thousands of dead American soldiers and Marines, tens of thousands of wounded warriors” No wonder Trump is beating your neocon brains out! Trump has way better idea! Let’s build OUR nation and defend OUR nation. Neocons want to defend Kurdistan and build Kurdistan and every other place. Dumb idea! Trump was against nation-building in Iraq from the beginning. Trump was right and is right! AMERICA FIRST – get that through your head neocons!

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        • manickernel says:

          Trump has repeatedly said we need to support the Kurds in the region. From initial reports this was a Peshmerga/Delta operation without Iraqi approval or knowledge. It also appears “local” command initiated it without White House approval. It will be interesting to see how Obama responds publicly and privately.

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        • Jett Black says:

          We can easily do both, if we simply commit to actually do both and not all the dithering, stupid, backroom shiite, this admin has wasted 10s of trillions on. We could just reverse the Iranian deal and re-direct the billions of sequestered Iranian funds that were to go back to that regime to assistance for the Kurds. Effectively costs the USA nothing–kind of like forcing Mexico to pay for the border wall. Hopefully the Iranian deal will be held up enough to allow Trump to work such a deal.

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        • phil fan says:

          Trump has the right ideas and that’s why we all flock to him as the Great Unifier. All lands rightfully ours will be reclaimed in short order. Fear not about that. All Kurdish lands pretty sure he will support their reclaiming. Standing together and facing all these evils with our calm courage is the way. Gods will be done.

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      • phil fan says:

        The Kurds want none of our nation building nonsense as you probably are aware. They are capable of building their own nation as the West agreed to do 100 years ago…but never got around to following through on. Support, supplies, intel. They consider the USA to be their friend tho God knows why.

        Kurds: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurds

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  13. NVA Patriot says:

    I am looking forward to Trump 2016. I know nothing about foreign policy plans. I know A LOT about Iraq (see US Embassy construction and support, a Bush boondoggle & bribe to Muslims) What I believe, is that it is in America’s interest to back the Kurds and I would go so far as to say after BO’s failures, we should probably help create Kurdistan. The Kurds are the only decent actors in the region after Israel. It’s good to be the good guy who wins again. That said, I am looking forward to Trump, Commander in Chief.

    I can imagine a National Security meeting with assembled military leaders in the Whitehouse bunker. They are discussing US option for the Mideast. Most of the career staff are holdovers from the Obama Presidency. A career staffer is given the floor and asks a question about rules of Engagement, explaining why our military can’t do half the things it needs to do to win because of the Rules of Engagement.

    I see the impassive look on President Trump’s face, as he stares down the ‘military’ civilian staffer who asked the lecture-question. The room goes quiet as some other ‘expert’ briefer pipes up and whips out a 65 page PowerPoint on the various constraints on the US military and the Rules of Engagement, showing that we need to placate Iran & CAIR else we’ll have war. President Trump remains quiet staring down Mr. Briefer as he gets quieter and quieter under the President’s glare. With each passing minute Mr. Briefer becomes less sure of himself and his Masters Degree from the Kennedy School of Government. After babbling for 10 min, Mr. Briefer realizes President Trump’s face has turned crimson. The inevitable words roll out:

    “You’re Fired!”

    And then President Trump continues addressing the room, “And our rules of engagement are WIN. Our terms are unconditional surrender or annihilation.” Turning to the SecDef and the generals assembled, he tells them, “You have 3 days to present your plans to support the Kurds and crush ISIS in their territory.”

    Undaunted, an Air Force general (USAF was 1st to ban Christian chaplains) condescendingly pipes up and says but what about the Iranian Navy? If we fight ISIS, Iran will use its navy to block the straights and stop the flow of oil.

    Turning to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), President Trump asks, “The Iranians have a navy?” CNO, caught off guard launched into an answer-lecture, only to be cut off with President Trump’s impassive stare and follow up question which was delivered with a much greater rhetorical flourish “The Iranians have a navy? Really?”

    The assembled military and National security experts faces drop.

    President Trump clarifies their unspoken thoughts. “The rules of engagement are WIN.” He continued, “If the Iranian navy so mush as points a side arm at a US asset in the region, remove the Iranian Navy from the water, and destroy ALL of its ports. The days of the United States being pushed around by madmen are over. We will reconvene in 72 hours. Be prepared with your plans. Dismissed.”

    President Trump will have to be his own Patton for the first two years of his presidency thanks to Obama’s emasculation of Sr. Military ranks.

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    • Melania for 1st Lady says:

      “we should probably help create Kurdistan”

      Really? If nation-building in the middle-east is your thing then there is a nice young lady named Lindsey Graham running for president who might be to your liking.

      Let’s build up the American nation! Make AMERICA Great again! Our bridges are collapsing, airports are worse than third-world airports, rioting in the streets and businesses burned to the ground, southern border wide open and being invaded, factories and jobs getting shipped overseas – too many problems here, no time to focus on mideast, time to focus on America! No money for nation building in mideast – debt is $19 trillion and rising! Let’s try nation-building in OUR nation. Put America first! Make America Great Again!

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      • NVA Patriot says:

        Bush left O a stable, manageable Iraq. Simple issue. O destroyed that and we have Isis in Iraq, which means Iran. Iraq was never a real country as it was drawn by the Brits for oil reserves as understood in the 1930s or so.

        We are now confronted with an armed, homicidal organization that’s backed by iran and the Russians in control of a lot of oil, money, and territory to train more monsters.

        The Kurds are the friendliest group in that region after the Israeli’s. The alternatives are lousy. Helping the Kurds is the least lousy. Helping the Kurds is very economical and moral, they are more the good guys than anyone. They fight. They hate the Shiites, Iranians, and Sunni’s. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

        The point of the post, is that President Trump will NOT play STUPID games with the Rules of Engagement and handicap our military which prevents them from eliminating threats. The point is that we need threats eliminated and places to put our soldiers that are safe and manageable. The Kurds are decent (for that region) hosts.

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        • Melania for 1st Lady says:

          Sorry, $19 trillion debt – no money for building nations. Maybe Kurds could ask China or Mexico – they’ve got all our jobs and all our money – for a few trillion to build their nation?

          Good news! America has more oil than Saudi Arabia! Drill baby drill! Put Americans to work! No need to suck up to foreign nations or foreign pseudo-nations like Kurdistan.

          “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” That’s what we said about arming bin laden in 80s to fight Russians! Silly!

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          • NVA Patriot says:

            Doesn’t matter if Iran gives ISIS a nuke. They need to be stopped else money/shmoney, we will be receiving nukes in our port cities delivered by speed boats launched from freighters.

            Killing bad guys is job 1. Else there’s nothing else.

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            • Melania for 1st Lady says:

              Only way to stop speedboat nuke is to undertake multi-trillion dollar nation-bulding campaign in mideast and send Americans to die for Kurdistan???????

              Sounds like George W before he stopped drinkin’ moonshine. Don’t be a silly neocon! Put America First!

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          • Dr. Bogus Pachysandra says:

            I read yesterday that Saudi Arabia would be bankrupt by 2020.

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        • pappad says:

          Incorrect.  Iraq is part of the ARAB part of what was once Persia.  Even their LANGUAGES are different.  Iraqis speak Arabic.  Iranians speak Farsi.  Their alphabets LOOK similar, but aren’t really all that close.

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        • Melania for 1st Lady says:

          “we need threats eliminated and places to put our soldiers”

          How about Texas? That’s a place. And New Mexico. And Arizona. And California. Great places to put our soldiers – border states!! Eliminate the threat of invasion across our border. You want to stop ISIS from harming Americans? Get tough on the border and immigration!!! Don’t allow ISIS into our nation! Simple! Building a country for Kurds? Silly! Let ’em build it themselves – we’ve got our own problems. Can’t build other nations when we’re $19 trillion in debt, silly! Time to make AMERICA Great Again not time to build Kurdistan!

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        • Jett Black says:

          The Kurds are better friends to the USA than the Uniparty Demonicans. Everyone needs to get that through their heads loud and clear. Even Israel is not as pro-USA as the Kurds. This is not about the enemy of my enemy, who we’ll have to fight later. This about real friends who can make another stretch of dessert bloom and bring unparalleled stability and prosperity to an otherwise dysfunctional region.

          This does not have to be done at the expense of domestic policies–it is workable just by stopping <0’s stupidity, especially with respect to the Iran deal and all other foreign and military aid that has been misdirected in the GME. Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and UAE (maybe even EU, SA, Qatar, Syria, and even Russia, with a little arm twisting) can be brought into line with the plan, if someone who actually knows how to make strong deals is in place to do it. Essentially all of those actors dislike Turkey (except Qatar, both ISIS supporters) and Iran on some level (except Syria and Russia), so a strong, independent Kurdistan occupying most if not all of Iraq and chunks of eastern Syria and southern Turkey would probably be OK with just about all of them.

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        • phil fan says:

          Agree we need to fix our broken and broke country and no doubt this will be a first priority for Mr Trump. Will he turn his/our back on the rest of the world including the Kurds? I’m sure the Donald will be able to prioritize in a way that works for us and for our many commitments. Should we abandon the Philippines because China wants to rule the South China Sea, a body of international water? I live here in PI. Don’t do it Donald, lol. BTW China is already talking nicer due to our fleet w/ Taiwans + Indias getting prepared to sail in these disputed water (right off shore from here). This is a matter of national will but it is not costly. It is a matter of standing together and facing down EVIL. Calmly and with courage.

          Our country first YES, hell yes. God willing we will promptly rebuild and have our global friends know we will be good friends back at them (again, after years of retreat and decay since Ronald Reagan)

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          • TheFightingMan says:

            Kurds are IndoEuropean. Enough reason to back them. No more brother wars.

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            • georgiafl says:

              We can help the Kurds with the money we are not spending on illegals, gay sex education in schools, green money laundering schemes, and other Obama spending obscenities. We can give them arms and other aid that we stop giving our enemies, stop hosting Islamists and communists in this country. Take it from evildoers and give it to the good guys.

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      • daughnworks247 says:

        I hate to say this but I o recall Biden mentioning the idea that he would not be surprised if Iraq split into three states; Sunni, Kurd and Iraq/Shia/Iranian influenced.

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      • El Torito says:

        I suspect that you are a leftist troll perverting Trump’s position in much the same way Radical Islam has perverted the Qur’an. A country that won’t defend itself is the end goal of leftist ideology. A country that won’t defend itself does not deserve to exist. Nice try attempting to twist Trump’s words into leftist dribble.

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        • Melania for 1st Lady says:

          Silly Neocon! Trump is all about PEACE and PROSPERITY! Like Eisenhower (or do you think Ike was a limp-wristed girly boy who was weak on the military because he stopped the Korean War almost immediately after taking office and kept us out of conflicts – even at the height of cold war tensions – for eight years). Ike focused on AMERICA. Ike built the Interstate highway system! He didn’t build Kurdistan. Dumb idea!

          Donald isn’t a war-monger. If you want one of those you have over dozen Republicans and maybe a Democrat or two to choose from. Donald wants peace and prosperity!

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            • Melania for 1st Lady says:

              Agree!!! Peace through strength (firepower is strength) is totally the Donald’s message. The Donald is no pacifist (he often says “I’m the most militaristic person there is”) but he is also NOT a neocon just itching to start wars and spend trillions of $ and thousands of lives building OTHER people’s nations.

              When I see some neocons trying to take over the Treehouse to promote their “we have to build Kurdistan” message I am compelled to call them out on their neocon silly garbage. Neocons took over the Republican party years ago. We can’t let them take over the Trump Movement and the Treehouse is one of the hearts of the Trump Movement.

              If neocons want to nation-build in the mideast they can vote for Lindsey Graham. Trump will keep us strong and safe……and you don’t keep America strong and safe by launching even more Bush-style wars to “bring democracy to the middle east” or whatever it was Bush wanted to send our American troops to die for. Trump is about peace (yes, through firepower – he is going to make the military strong) and prosperity and putting Americans first. That is why so many people across the political spectrum support him. He does NOT want to send Americans to die to build Kurdistan! He does not want to spend your tax-dollars to pay for a nation-building war in Kurdistan! Trump wants to renegotiate trade deals to bring back jobs to America. Trump wants to improve infrastructure. Trump wants to seal the border so tight that NO terrorist can get into America. Trump is focused on Americans first and foremost and that’s why we love him!

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              • Ziiggii says:

                When I see some neocons trying to take over the Treehouse to promote their “we have to build Kurdistan” message I am compelled to call them out on their neocon silly garbage.

                A little advice here…. tread carefully. Not all Treepers would agree with your constant dribble of ultra-Libertarian non-intervention foreign policy blinders AND your continued willingness to slap others with labels they may or may not actually embody. It’s great that you want to Trumpet for The Donald, but the Treehouse has a term for those that continually call others names in defense of their position….. TROLL.

                Now if you want to be a troll then I guess we need to stop feeding you. Or…. you may decide to engage in civil discussion over issues without labeling. There are Treepers from all different areas of the political spectrum. Just take care to be respectful of others in the branches. Otherwise, you might find yourself sitting on the sidelines “watching” the game instead of participating on the field.

                Just some friendly advice….FWIW.

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              • Jett Black says:

                You don’t seem to understand what a “neocon” is and also don’t seem to understand that the USA was, is, and must be an international actor. The neocons, such as Shrub and the others you’ve named, expressly and very stupidly eschewed nation-building. Instead, they did nothing but create vacuums that immediately filled with all kinds of anarchistic and opportunistic, largely evil operators, like AQ, Iran, and now Russia. If we do not intend to build a solid nation in our own interests, then we shouldn’t go into a region in any capacity at all.

                Eisenhower successfully continued Truman’s “nation-building” in Japan and that should be our model in fighting Islamic states and radical organizations, from ensuring their defeats on “Biblical” levels, so they know their former direction was fundamentally wrong to dismantling the theocratic political framework that made their national psychosis actionable–i.e., no Sharia-based legal systems, no Islamic Constitutions, as were allowed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Without secular, individual freedom and responsibility-based reconstruction, nothing will ever improve and we will continually be at risk of further wars and attacks from the forces of evil in that region.

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            • Josh says:

              Peace through strength

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    • Jett Black says:

      Love love love, that scenario. Praying for it to come to fruition.

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  14. Totally Domestic says:

    ” The US and our coalition will continue to work with our Iraqi partners to degrade and defeat ISIL and return Iraq to the full control of its people”

    I call BS! If so, why did BO pull out & refuse to attack ISIS BEFORE they took over. They were practically begged to attack ISIS & refused.

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    • Notmeagain says:

      Absolutely BS. The Zero Hedge article above points out how our support is selective and inconsistent, even irrational. Unless of course Someone is supporting selective players, then it makes more sense. And it isn’t the Kurds, who generally are non-Sharia, anti-Turk. It’s almost like the way the CofC supports certain candidates here and fighting others. Gee.

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  15. TheLastDemocrat says:

    My guess was our military took an opportunity to act that was off the chain, not directly sanctioned by Obama. Our guys take the opportunity and go ahead and fight, instead of registering voters or changing flat tires or whatever they are authorized to do, and they kicked butt and took names.

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    • NVA Patriot says:

      Exactly, Trump effect

      We have US soldiers no longer in uniform, volunteering, supporting the Kurds. These soldiers are similar to the Flying Tigers (God is My Copilot/book and movie) supporting China before WWII against Japan.

      I am guessing friends of friends needed help & action taken, President zero be dammed.

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      • pappad says:

        If I remember correctly, “God is my Co-pilot” was about a preacher who became a fighter pilot in KOREA and didn’t have anything to do with the Flying Tigers who helped defend China against Japan before the US entered WW II.

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        • Jett Black says:

          pappad, God is my Co-pilot is about the Flying Tigers. The movie came out in mid-’45, which might account for the connection in memory to Korea. But the story is all about Col. Robert Lee Scott Jr’s transition from flying The Hump to flying with Gen. Claire Chennault’s (one of my favorite Cajuns) Chinese Airforce volunteer fighter unit, the Flying Tigers. Frankly, not one of my favorite movies, but definitely one of history’s great stories of voluntary courage in the face of evil.

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          • pappad says:

            You may well be correct. I suppose I could have it mixed up with another movie…starring Alan Ladd, if memory serves. (Then again, my memory isn’t what it used to be either.)

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  16. Dan Morgan says:

    Putin’s moves in the region are forcing Obama to maneuver more aggressively.

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    • El Torito says:

      I have no issue with Putin exposing Obama over this. If Obama wanted to defeat ISIS, we could have done it in less than a week. It doesn’t take Putin to see that Obama’s objective was not to defeat ISIS. It’s probable that the objective was to clear a path for ISIS to get Assad. The continued moving lethal supplies, etc to groups that immediately surrender the supplies to ISIS is enough proof to me. One time, sure. Twice – idiot. 3 times – (not so) hidden agenda.

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    • manickernel says:

      Then Obama is boxing with himself, and way too late. The only thing that has defeated us against ISIS is our own ROE in prosecution of targets. Assuming you want a war, you fight total war until the enemy can no longer resist. Just the way it is.

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    • paulgilpin says:

      hussein does nothing, that he is not told to do.

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    • Jett Black says:

      <0 is, as usual, maneuvering to the rear. He’s not high yellow, he’s just yellow.

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  17. Pentheus says:

    [img src=”http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/c646b791c1579b154f02aec7cc2e94b115dc5e6a/c=0-48-640-408&r=x1803&c=3200×1800/local/-/media/Indianapolis/2014/08/15/081714.jpg“]

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  18. Ziiggii says:

    So just got word that the Soldier/Operator that was lost was from here in NC at Bragg, which would mean the SpecOP team was probably Delta. (I think they are the only ones operating in country)

    I really have to wonder if there was a high value target embedded in those 70 hostages or if Russia gave them a heads up saying they (RUS) were about to go on a few sorties into that area.

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  19. gazill says:

    So, the Kurdish government asks the US to help rescue Kurdish prisoners, and it is done. The US parents ask their children be released as part of a deal with Iran; no dice.

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  20. ediegrey says:

    I don’t think Obama wants any more videos of people’s heads cut off by ISIS til after the election. Who knows – just glad they weren’t killed and sorry our soldier died.

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    • Jett Black says:

      <0 had nothing to do with this. Don’t besmirch the bravery of those who did what was right and needed doing by even mentioning that scumbag’s name in the same paragraph.

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  21. Jill says:

    Here we go spilling blood and treasure again. Why suffer the loss of one American. If the battle went the other way, they would have been left to die and POTUS berating them for disobeying orders.

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    • Melania for 1st Lady says:

      I agree with you Jill and so do Pat Buchanan, Ron Paul, and Donald Trump. We don’t need another undeclared war in the middle east that will cost American taxpayers (already $19 trillion in debt) trillions and will cost us the lives of our finest men and women in uniform.
      Donald often talks about how, being in the real-estate business, he gets lists of closed American military bases that come up for sale. Bases are closing in America yet we have hundreds of bases overseas in foreign nations. This is not the America the founding fathers envisioned. We are supposed to be a Republic, not an empire. We defend all these foreign nations – many of them very wealthy – for free. American taxpayers subsidize the defense of much of the world and our soldiers die for foreign nations and foreign causes. Yet our own nation remains undefended. Our southern border is wide open to any criminal in the world.
      John McCain, Lindsey Graham, the Bushes and all the other neocons never heard of a war in the middle east that they weren’t ready to send you and your children to die for.
      Trump is different. He is no neocon. He wants a strong military but he doesn’t want to use it unless absolutely necessary to defend our nation. Trump will not enter into a war lightly. He will not send us to die for a foreign nation or a foreign cause. Trump will not waste blood and treasure engaging in nation-building in the middle east. The only nation he wants to build up is the American nation. Trump wants jobs. Trump wants good education (no Common Core). Trump wants to restore American pride. Trump is not afraid of war but he is not looking for a fight. Trump wants peace and prosperity. Trump wants to make America great again.

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      • phil fan says:

        We’ve hit bottom with this CIC and DT is going to (already is) get our priorities straightened out on the levels of domestic and foreign policies. We all sense this or we wouldn’t be here supporting him and trying to envision a Great New America again. I call him the Great Unifier and believe this will extend to our international friends. They can be great again too and build their nations up. We can’t and won’t do it all or to our detriment. What, Donald’s going to cut a bad deal with Russia, China, Iran? The bad actors are on notice. We are blessed to finally have a great leader come out of the Boomer generation after a trio of mediocrities following Reagan. Let’s face the world and our own problems with a calm courage. Gods will be done on earth.

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  22. Sveyn says:

    The first American to die in combat operations against ISIS has been identified as Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler of Roland, Oklahoma. Rest in Peace brother.

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  23. Ziiggii says:

    His name is Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler aged 39 from Roland, Oklahoma.

    http://www.armytimes.com/story/military/careers/army/2015/10/23/dod-identifies-soldier-killed-commando-raid-iraq/74449954/

    Thank you MSgt for being a real hero to the 70 hostages you died saving.

    For GOD and Country!

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    • Yes. A highly decorated soldier.
      A brave man who died so others could live.. RIP my brother…

      Thanks for posting this here.

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    • Jett Black says:

      Indeed! May God take this hero into his loving arms and grant him crowns for all he and his compatriots have saved, as well as comfort his family and friends! Amen!

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    • Sharon says:

      Seeing his photo multiplies my anger against obama and his malevolent thugocracy.

      This man’s life, heart, convictions, actions, and personal bravery bring dignity to our nation.

      Some may now wonder if obama will even mention him. I hope he doesn’t. Such men as Joshua Wheeler, in their passing from this life, deserve better than to be spoken of by president mom jeans.

      Let heroes and patriots speak of Joshua Wheeler.

      Let the shrinking group of World War II vets speak of Joshua Wheeler.

      Let the Vietnam vet with scars on his body and spirit speak of Joshua Wheeler.

      Let the Iraq vet with PTSD and one leg speak of Joshua Wheeler.

      Let mothers and grandmothers and all family members with dear ones in the armed forces (volunteers all) speak of Joshua Wheeler.

      But let obama be quiet and stay away from these memorials of heart.

      obama cannot lead us in mourning for such men and any presumption that he should or could is out of place.

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      • Ziiggii says:

        Speaking for myself…. I knew what I was signing up for when I enlisted. It is as true today as it was then

        “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
        Jn 15:13 ESV

        This was the reason I gave my parents when they asked “Why? What is your reasoning for doing this?”. I do not for a second believe MSgt Wheeler would echo something along these lines even now. And I do not know at all his beliefs in God, but I do know that it’s about the man beside you as a veteran.

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          Ziiggii, well said, it’s always about your soldiers to the left or right. MSG Wheeler, rallied the entry team when repulsed, placed himself in front of his TEAM, and thru his leadership, he and his team re enter the compound. Those were his soldiers, his team.
          Sharon, thank you.

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    • phil fan says:

      May the Light of God surround him
      May the love of God enfold him
      May the Power of God protect him
      May the Presence of God watch over him

      Wherever he is- there God is.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      One national news source tonite was holding him out to be a Delta member. If that’s the Aviation Regiment. case the helicopters they were using might have been 160th Special Operations. I’m wondering the Operators weren’t trying to train a viable Iraqi Special Operations Unit and went along not only to make the aviation crews less nervous but to also ‘grade’ their charges. Has this happened in a different country it would have been another ‘training accident’. People in dark places doing dark things.

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      • Ziiggii says:

        Ghosts in the night!

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      • Ziiggii says:

        Also, it was reported up to 30 Delta’s were on scene and did not engage until Peshmerga forces were in a not so good position. That is a lot of operators for just a simple “training” mission. One would think if it were only training it was be a squad of operators, 5-6? Either SOCOM has given the teams green lights for ground command to fly solo or they were under specific orders. Pick one at this point cause we’ll never know.

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        • Col.(R) Ken says:

          Night Stalkers probably flew the team to the target, the Delta team of 30+ was as you said shadowing, and to search the compound for any intelligence once secure. The composition was probably a mix, gun platoon 6-8 (’64s/Hawks) lift platoon mix of Hawks and Hooks for the evacuation of hostages.
          High cover was fly boys and drones. ” Swift, Silent, Deadly” and Czar any place else would have been a training accident.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          As details start to unfold I’m getting the idea that this might not have been a simple hostage rescue, getting to sound more like someone had intel there was a hi-value target on-sight they were going to tag. The cover story may have been they were going to rescue 70 hostages but why those hostages and why now? That wouldn’t have stopped ISIS from taking more and ISIS probably even has more tucked away. Let’s see what rolls out as time goes by – this Administration has more leaks than my old Mustang.

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    • oldiadguy says:

      A true Warrior died in battle.

      During his military careers Wheeler was deployed at least 17 times — most of those in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army said.

      Wheeler’s awards and decorations for his service were numerous and include four Bronze Star Medals with Valor Device, seven Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor Device, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, seven Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, eight Army Achievement Medals, the Good Conduct Medal (6th award).

      He also earned the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with six Bronze Service Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3rd Award), the Army Service Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Valorous Unit Award (2nd Award), the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, and three Overseas Service Bars.

      http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/10/he_ran_to_the_sound_of_the_guns.html

      St. Michael Prayer:

      Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the power of God cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

      Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

      Take Care

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  24. Reblogged this on lisaandrews1968 and commented:

    RED FRIDAY — Always remember and never forget OUR TROOPS!!

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  25. According to CNN and other reports they had expected Kurdish prisoners but there were none among the 70 rescued. Among those rescued were ISIS fighters accused of spying. What a terrible waste of an American life! Also according to reports they detained five ISIS fighters. Why? They should have executed them on the spot. ISIS doesn’t abide by the Geneva convention and neither should we. I find it ironic that American troops were put at risk in a bid to save Kurdish lives when Obama doesn’t have a problem with our “ally” Turkey – bombing the Kurds from the air.

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  26. Lulu says:

    When I clicked on READ HERE on the “Documents Reveal Origin of Benghazi Attack…” thread, I got a message on my screen saying that the site was DANGEROUS!!!! Did anyone else have the same experience?

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