On Sunday morning, ISIS mobilized a considerable fighting force on the outskirts of Ar-Rutbah, in Anbar province, and began attacking the city. By noon, jihadist fighters stormed and seized several Iraqi checkpoints, advancing inside the city itself.

With over 30,000 Iraqi Army soldiers tied up for the ongoing Mosul campaign, Ar-Rutbah was left manned by only a few hundred border guards and pro-government Sunni tribal fighters, leaving it an easy target for the Islamic State to overrun.

By Sunday evening, ISIS militants captured the Ar-Rutbah police headquarters and now control at least 80% of the city, even besieging beleaguered government troops inside a few building blocks. Dozens have reportedly been executed and the city could easily fall entirely in the hours to come.

Ar-Rutbah was otherwise liberated by the Iraqi Army’s 7th Division earlier this year, in May 2016, during a major campaign which saw Iraqi government forces retake the entire border with Jordan and the majority of Anbar province.

Meanwhile, an ISIS insurgency in the city of Kirkuk is also serving to pivot attention and military resources from the offensive to liberate Mosul.

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USA is helping ISIS not to die. I can’t understand why someone who is fighting terrorism want the help of the terrorists Americans.
Obviously, the weapons and the intelligence are coming from somewhere. And, only USA can do that.

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DoD is really commited to fight terrorism, they proved it more than once, but you have some mofos in DoS on Saudi/Qatari payroll with clear access to CIA intel.
This actions have a name : TREASON.

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Total Bullshit. Saudi and Qatar can’t fight against Yemen. They can’t provide intelligence to ISIS. The weapons are coming from USA.

USA is helping ISIS since the beginning to stop shiite influence, steal oil and gaz, steal artefacts, ….

Like USA did 9/11 to invade Afghanistan to surround Iran and steal afghan ressouces.

Your propaganda doesn’t work.

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No propaganda, just analysis.
Only Afghani resource is opium, although there is pot too…
But you miss geopolitical facts like the US thalassocracy so the US power needs to f**k up ground trade axis like the silk road etc. You forget also about the pipeline war which is the main goal of all the s**t Doha, Riyadh and Ankara are doing in Syria. Saudis even promised Assad to stop all their s**t if he cutted links with Tehran and accepted their pipeline instead of the Iranian one…

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Saudis an Qatar have US DoS mofos on payroll with access to CIA intel, it’s more than enough. USA helped al-Maliki to create shia death-squad too, through the infamous Col.James Steel who already created the death-squads in El Salvador during the 80’s. US don’t need ME oil anymore since they gained their energetic independence through shale gas fracking. Iran ain’t a serious threat at all but a great scarecrow to achieve huge weapon sales in the Gulf and it’s nothing new. Sorry dude, it’s not at all about oil but all about armament sales, at least for the US… Your… Read more »

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Oh yeah, I could really tell how committed the Pentagon was to fighting ISIS when they ‘accidentally’ bombed SAA positions in support of an ISIS offensive.

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Many seems to not understand there is a fight inside of the US administration between the same kind of mofos who created the talebans and those willing to eradicate terror groups whoever they are. It’s more than clear to anyone really following what happens.

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CIA number 2 is David Cohen not Mohamed.

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And for DIA? Just get info how their reports were dismissed and even ridiculed at the DoS level while they were f*****g accurate! It’s DIA/DoD who pushed Obama into helping YPG while DoS was totally against. DIA even bult strong ties with the Houthis while fighting AQAT. It’s an open secret. Even Maria Zakharova pointed recently exactly what I’m saying about opposing factions inside of the US system which is not unified at all. What do you think many USans think about the DoS backing al-Qaeda who used Boeings as gigantic cruise missiles against New-York? I suppose you name David… Read more »

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Total bullshit. Unbeleivable to say such stupidities. Americans used Iraqi kurds to topple Saddam Hussein. Kurds are American dogs. They did that to use the Kurds after to fight against Iran. Like if Israel wanted to help Iran. Maybe you will tell me that Israel and USA want to help Hezbollah and Assad as well !! Israel is helping “moderate” rebels and USA has bombed syrian soldiers. And you stll beleive that Al-Qaida put Boeing on WTC ?? So stupid. How WTC 7 collapsed ?? David Cohen is number 2 CIA. And every american president is filtered by AIPAC. Everybody… Read more »

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Iraqi kurds didn’t moved to topple Saddam and BTW, it’s CIA that initially put him in power and moreover, he could have been toppled smoothly without any war but Dubya wanted his war (remember that the Bushs’ are not only in oil but in armament too, hehe), that’s even why Chirac refused to put us in this mess : DGSE was able to get rid of him and place al-Sayeed in his place. Al-Sayeed was Iraq’s ambassador to the UN for a long time and very very appreciated (and very western-friendly). Wow, US bombed Syrian soldiers 1 time! Hey, dude,… Read more »

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Very well said Daeshbags Sux. Keep it up!

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How can it be a surprise if it’s vast, open desert terrain? It’s just bizarre. And only leaving a token force there, are these people idiots?

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If you rely on USA, you will lose. USA is playing a double game since the start. The better way to fight terrorism is to expell USA from the international coalition against ISIS.

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Wikileak Clinton mails say that the “moderate rebels” in Syria are the way for USA to step down Assad in order to protect Israel. Because if USA attacks Iran, Syria and Hezbollah will respond.

It’s the same with Iraq. USA wants to weaken shiite Iraqis by supporting sunni extremists.

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I doubt Syria and Hizbullah would be very effective if the USA attacked Iran and to be frank, Saddam was more able to defend in 1991 than Iran is now and the few S-300 they bought from Russia wouldn’t be enough, even if they would be able to down a few US planes. Let’s be clear : without going nuclear, even Russia or China would face serious troubles to cope with an US attack so if you really think that Iran with its 6bln$ military budget, 24 J-10 (which are nothing else than the IAI Lavi built under license in… Read more »

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If Israel wants to force USA to make war against Iran then Syria, Hezbollah and Irak will make Israel to pay a price Israel doesn’t want to pay. That’s why Clinton wrote on her mail that the best way to protect Israel is to topple Assad.

Iran better create nuclear weapons to stop any Israeli-American agression.

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Israeli influence is largely overstated. US don’t work for Israel, it’s the contrary. There’ll be no Israeli-US aggression against Iran, the problem is KSA, Qatar and Turkey. Despite of the inflammatory rhetoric of the mullahs or from some fanatics in IRGC, Iran ain’t a threat at all. In fact, mullahs are struggling for their regime not to collapse : Iranians have became as religious as Estonians : the attendance in mosques on Friday has fallen to 2%, bigotry has fallen to even lesser levels than in the EU which is a good thing. f**k the morals of bigots everywhere! Iranian… Read more »

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Okay as an American I can say categorically you’re full of s**t. Israeli influence remains massive. No one even thinks of running for high office without being prepared to f*****e Israel at every opportunity. Did you somehow miss the recent episode where Netanyahu (without presidential invitation) spoke before the US Congress and got 39 rounds of applause? Here, have a reminder: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/03/netanyahus-consisted-standing/ And of course Obama just signed a massive 38 billion dollar military aid deal with Israel. I guess Israel needs more munitions for another razing of the Gaza Strip. And are you really that naive? Of course Iran… Read more »

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You mean like in Iraq where we easily defeated Saddam’s standing army and were then ground into dust by the following insurgency? Of course we could beat Iran in a stand-up fight, that has never been in question. It’s the grinding guerrilla conflict that inevitably comes after that defeats the United States.

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w*f? How do you close off the borders from anbar to syria and they suddenly ‘surprise’ you in the desert with a huge force like that? And why did they leave only a fringe fighting force? I had been hearing for months ‘ISIS expelled completely from Anbar”, guess this wasn’t fully true. Also, Kirkuk and Tal Afar …. marching on Mosul without closing Hawija pockets and the western supply line …. as irresponsible as when SAA just marched on Raqqa while ISIS cockroaches swarmed all around their flanks. Come on ….. I’m not even a militant and I knew this… Read more »