US Marines Enter Ground Combat in Iraq to Defend Oil Fields

March 24, 2016   |   admintam

Jason Ditz
March 24, 2016

(ANTIWAREven as Pentagon officials have sought to emphasize their claims of ISIS being “on the run,” ever more US ground troops are being deployed into Iraq to try to cope with ISIS offensives, with the battle of Makhmur leading to the introduction of US Marines in front-line combat roles.

Officials are trying to downplay the operation as “force protection” for Iraqi ground troops, who have been massing in the area in an effort to ultimately launch an attack on the ISIS-held city of Mosul, not far away.

The explanation is unsatisfying for several reasons, but primarily because this “tactical assembly area” already includes thousands of Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga, and these are the same troops who are supposed to attack Mosul. Yet these troops are apparently unable to even hold Makhmur, let alone advance toward Mosul.

The Makhmur District is also a key to holding oil fields around Kirkuk, and the ISIS offensive is seen by many analysts as part of an effort to ultimately regain control over those lucrative oil fields, and have been “outgunning” the thousands of Iraqi troops in the area.

Whether they’re trying to save Iraqi ground troops who still can’t stand up to ISIS, or save oil fields, however, the latest escalation puts US troops even further in harm’s way, and has put the war even further afield from the “no boots on the ground” affair initially promised by the Obama Administration.


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  2. There is nothing in the sandbox worth a single American life. Our troops should be withdrawn and the ragheads left to their own devices. Americas policy should be one of containment rather than conflict.

    Thousands of Americas sons and daughters have given their lives for an uncivilized and unappreciative people that have been killing each other since the beginning of time over the most trivial of reasons and are unlikely to stop anytime soon. Tens of Trillions in American taxpayer dollars have been spent building schools, hospitals, places of worship, homes, roads and other infrastructure, generally trying to improve the lives of these people, and for what?

    What happens as soon as American troops leave, not just in Iraq, but in every other Muslim country where we've been as well? They go right back to killing each other.

    Muslims have such a total disregard for the sanctity of human life that they are the only race of people that pack vehicles and backpacks with explosives, put explosive vests on their own children, and send them into crowds to kill or maim innocent people who have never done them any wrong.

    They are so corrupt, that tons of humanitarian supplies, and thousands of dollars sent to improve the lives of the genuinely needy, regularly disappear into the hands of warlords to further finance their philosophy of violent Jihad.

    They are so violent and intolerant, that their holiest of books and highest of religious leaders preach killing those who don't think as they do.

    Yes, I understand that not all Muslims are like this. But how do you tell the difference? More importantly, are you willing to risk the safety of your family for them? The people of Belgium were, and look where it got them. How many hundreds of innocent people were killed or injured just days ago?

    Over the last 40 years alone, how many Muslim atrocities have we seen? How many thousands of innocent people have died brutally at their hands?

    Is it worth it for the sake of tolerance and political correctness?

    Not in my opinion. I'm sorry, but these people should be left to their own devices to kill each other off. The human gene pool will ultimately thank us for it.

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  3. Considering that you are from the only country in the history of the world to drop nuclear bombs on cities descimating civilian lives for generations it is rather sanctimonious of you to be pointing fingers in realtion to the value of human life, Not to mention the number of americans dying at the hands of other americans within your own borders. It seems you have much the same bloodlust that you complain of.

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  4. Johnny Whitehouse –

    The bombs were dropped to end a war that had already taken over a million American lives, and maimed or wounded many times more. A war that the enemy started. – and after they refused several opportunities to surrender. – Don't expect me to grieve.

    It was Muslims that started this current war by attacking and killing several thousand civilians. – Before they started this latest war, they were responsible for a string of terror attacks and civilian deaths going back four decades. – Don't expect me to grieve for them either.

    As for the criminal predators on our streets who CHOOSE to prey upon others in our society.. I have no sympathy or tolerance for them either. They are a scourge on our society that should be eliminated. It's the life they've chosen, it hasn't been forced upon them.

    and my bloodlust.. Until you have the courage to put on your countries uniform and answer a higher call to service to that country which has provided you every opportunity, you and your fellow Sanders supporters will never know.

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  5. the truth is that we did not have to drop the nuke, either of them to end the war.If you read some of the newspapers around that time you will see that Japan was ready to surrender. They ended up surrendering with close to the same sanctions and agreements as they would have before we showed the world just how horrible a weapon that the atom bomb is . we are over there fighting a war for the rich and powerful rich and not for any other reason besides that. there are troops literally protecting the poppy (opium and later heroin) fields. Even fox news, which tells mostly propaganda and or lies has footage of our troops literally protecting the poppy fields until the poppy are fully mature and can be smuggled out of Afghanistan to Europe and the biggest drug market which is the great U.S. of A

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  6. the truth is that we did not have to drop the nuke, either of them to end the war.If you read some of the newspapers around that time you will see that Japan was ready to surrender. They ended up surrendering with close to the same sanctions and agreements as they would have before we showed the world just how horrible a weapon that the atom bomb is . we are over there fighting a war for the rich and powerful rich and not for any other reason besides that. there are troops literally protecting the poppy (opium and later heroin) fields. Even fox news, which tells mostly propaganda and or lies has footage of our troops literally protecting the poppy fields until the poppy are fully mature and can be smuggled out of Afghanistan to Europe and the biggest drug market which is the great U.S. of A

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  7. Joe McNally III

    It is pretty obvious that you are a sponge for the propoganda that is fed to you by those who control the military industrial complex. the a bombs were dropped on Japan out of revenge for Pearl Harbor, which was an attack against US military capabilities…not US civilians. the war was virtually over when those bombs were dropped on all those civilians.

    the idea that american soldiers fight for my freedom is also bullshit and just propoganda fed to the youth to convince them to become paid killers. I dont buy into the politically correct viewpoint that soldiers are heros and "serve". Rather,they are the brainwashed tools of those who profit from the perpetuation of violence and maintaining the status quo. Armies are are symbols of the failure of humanity to evolve beyond the ego which has been conditioned to believe that violence is an acceptable form of dispute resolution. The idea of bombing our way to a peaceful world has to come to an end. The US perpetual state of war is ample evidence to show that it is an exercise in futility. Moreover, the cutting edge research taking place in the quantum sciences and consciousness studies are revealing a universe that is sensitive to and responsive to the energy that we choose to create within ourselves and emenate out into the space around us.

    The only way to make peace is to be peace, and sir, I suggest that it takes just as much courage to die a peaceful man as it does to die a brainwashed fighting one cloaked in some uniform.

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  8. Joe McNally III You must be mentaly ill.. or just really really dumb…

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  9. Justin Broughton – Wrong. The Japanese rejected the terms of the Potsdam Declaration and refused to surrender. Even after the first bomb was dropped at Hiroshima, the Japanese rejected the terms presented to them by the U.S. State Dept through the Swiss Foreign Minister. Estimates of American casualties for invasion of the home islands exceeded 1 million KIA – That's in addition to all the other Americans killed, maimed & wounded in a war the Japanese started. They got exactly what they deserved – and I've already said that there is nothing in the sandbox worth a single American life, but we didn't start that war either. Muslims did. So don't expect me to feel sorry for them. .

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  10. Johnny Whitehouse – So you believe that when America is attacked we should just roll over and not respond? I've heard some idiotic ideas in my day but you just won the grand prize.

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