Iraq

1000m, three dead wogs, the SAS and a 50cal sniper rifle

Pretty impressive shooting from an SAS sniper and his .50cal sniper rifle:

An expert SAS sniper took out three ISIS bombers by shooting through a 10inch wall, from a kilometre away with the world’s most powerful rifle.

The marksman, considered one of the best in the special forces, fired 30 armour-piercing rounds from his Barrett Light .50 calibre rifle into a two-storey command post in the city of Ramadi in Iraq.

The daring and skillfully executed mission which was called a ‘classic SAS operation’ saved the lives of around 20 people according to military sources.

Holding the rank of staff-sergeant, the sniper was part of an elite team of military advisers embedded in the Iraqi army.

After discovering that the bombers were in the building, a number of offensive options were considered including an air strike and a rocket launch.

However, both were deemed too dangerous to civilians as a number of innocent people were being used as human shields around the property.

A source told the Daily Star Sunday: ‘The SAS always like to think out of the box.    Read more »

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Kiwis support our troops in Iraq

The NZ Herald has a new poll showing support for our mission in Iraq has grown.

Support in New Zealand for the deployment of Kiwi trainers to Iraq to help in the fight against Isis has increased, according to the latest Herald DigiPoll survey, and opposition to it has declined.

Just over 63 per cent support the deployment, up by 3.9 points since the same question was asked at the beginning of the deployment in April.

Opposition has reduced by 4.4 points to 30.1 per cent.

The New Zealand Defence Force is running a joint training mission with the Australian Defence Force at Camp Taji, north of Baghdad.

About 105 New Zealand personnel are based at the camp and a further 40 are deployed in support roles in the region.   Read more »

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Kiwi-trained troops helped liberate Ramadi from Daesh

Gerry Brownlee is chuffed  – our troops helped to train the Iraqi soldiers who took Ramadi off Daesh.

Iraqi troops trained by New Zealand soldiers were among those who took the city of Ramadi from Islamic State, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

Victory in Ramadi, which was seized by IS in May, is the first major triumph for Iraq’s mainly US-trained army since it collapsed in the face of an assault by the hardline Sunni militants 18 months ago.

The city, 130km west of Baghdad, was taken earlier this week.

“The success of these troops results from their commitment to the training programme they have been involved in. New Zealand and Australian trainers can take some pride over the successful action by the recruits,” Mr Brownlee said on Thursday.   Read more »

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Iraqi Army re-capture Ramadi

The Iraqi Army has re-taken Ramadi from Daesh:

ISIS have left the government complex in Ramadi, the last stronghold of the militants in the Iraqi city, after days of fighting Iraqi special forces.

All ISIS fighters have reportedly retreated from the compound, raising hope that government forces will be able to retake the city, which was captured by the jihadist group in May.

Recapturing Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar, would be one of the most significant victories for Iraq’s armed forces since ISIS swept across a third of the country in 2014.

‘All Daesh (ISIS) fighters have left. There is no resistance,’ Sabah al-Numan, spokesman of Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism service, said Sunday.

‘Our forces have surrounded the government complex. They are checking all entrances and surrounding buildings before moving in.   Read more »

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Andrew Little OK with SAS fighting in Syria

Andrew Little has flip-flopped on Labour’s position of involving the NZSAS in the fight against Daesh.

Labour leader Andrew Little said Labour would support sending SAS troops to fight Isis if the right conditions were met.

Those conditions were having a clear and realistic objective, that it would have to be part of a multinational mission mandated by the United Nations and that the level of risk needed to be acceptable.

“Troops on ground as part of a multinational force, targeting those areas where Isis has a stronghold and those areas where they have seized oil refineries and those sorts of things to defeat them in those sorts of areas – it is going to take more than just air strikes,” he said.

Asked if that meant he thought there was a place for troops on the ground with the stipulated conditions he said: Yes. If they are in the right place, properly mandated, and with a realistic objective then yes there is.”

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There already is a UN mandate Phil

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Phil Goff likes to make things up. He told us that Don Brash told the Americans that our nuclear policy would be “gone by lunch time”, he made that up. He told us he’d never been briefed about Israeli tourists, he made that up too. He told reporters that he hadn’t dyed his hair in the lead up to the 2011 election, he made that up too.

Now he is saying that New Zealand shouldn’t assist in Iraq and Syria because there isn’t a UN mandate.

Labour defence spokesman Phil Goff said New Zealand should not rush into any additional commitments in Iraq, given how easily military deployments could escalate in duration and resources.

“It’s easy to be drawn into conflicts – exit strategies are much harder.”

Goff said it was not clear how much had been achieved by trainers in the current deployment, while the Iraqi Army had issues with poor leadership and bad living conditions for soldiers.

New Zealand would “almost certainly” be asked to send special forces soldiers to Iraq, but should not do so unless clear preconditions were met.

Goff said any intervention to fight IS should be UN-sanctioned, there needed to be “clear and achievable objectives”, and there should be an acceptable level of risk.

“The decision to go should not be made simply to be a member of the club.”

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USA unlikely to get more of our troops in Iraq, but Key refuses to completely rule it out

Obviously Te Ururoa Flavell is still resisting joining the fight against Daesh. It is his party that John Key is nervous of when it comes to committing to getting stuck in to Daesh.

The Prime Minister isn’t ruling out sending SAS troops to fight Islamic State in Iraq.

The United States has requested an increased commitment from New Zealand, but John Key is apprehensive.

United States Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter is stepping up the fight against Islamic State by putting troops on the frontline to fight.

“The United States is prepared to assist the Iraqi army with additional unique capabilities to help them finish the job,” Mr Carter says.

The American Special Forces troops will accompany Iraqi forces in the battle to take back the city of Ramadi.   Read more »

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Majority of Kiwis want New Zealand involved in dealing to ISIS

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Are you listening John Key?

Stop listening to the terrorist huggers in the Maori Party and start listening to your voters.

The latest 3 News/Reid Research poll shows a clear majority of voters back New Zealand’s role in the war against Islamic State (IS).

But Prime Minister John Key still says he wants to get the Kiwi troops out of Iraq as planned.

Kiwi troops were sent to Iraq to train Iraqi soldiers to take on IS.

After Mr Key’s visit to Camp Taji and the recent Paris attacks, the mission has the strong backing of voters.    Read more »

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Guest Post – Understanding ‘conscience’ in the context of the Islamist’s ‘religion of peace’

A regular reader and commenter here at WOBH has supplied this guest post


British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been ridiculed for his comments that Mohammad Emwazi, better known as ‘Jihadi John’ should have been arrested and “held to account in a court of law” instead of being ‘evaporated’ by a drone strike. The tongue-in-cheek comments by Labour MP Ian Austin, that Emwazi would have “come quietly” simply highlights just how ludicrous Corbyn’s views are even to members of his own party.  But Corbyn’s views echoes those of many of the socialist liberals that saturate our society.

In the wake of the Paris attacks yesterday, this disconnect between what is reality and these widely held views amongst the liberal and socialist elite and many Western world leaders is potentially fatal to our society.

New Zealand also has its fair share of ignorant people.  I was staggered to hear Annette King, deputy leader of the Labour Party reiterating on Newstalk ZB yesterday, the NZ Labour Party’s position that “we shouldn’t be in Iraq” and suggesting that these terror attacks in Paris are all the result of the “American’s going into Iraq”. I am not alone in my horror at her utterances on the radio.  The blogger The Veteran, had a similar reaction describing it as “simply beyond belief,”

Unfortunately for us all, this is a pervasive view amongst the ignorant and ‘uneducated-as-to-Islam’ members of our society.  Agnès Poirier in the Guardian writes that “the viciousness [the] terrorists reserve for France is notable. For obvious reasons: France and Paris are the cradle of the Enlightenment, the birthplace of secularism and the separation between the State and the Church, a beacon of freedom of thought, scepticism and powerful satire. It is also an active player in fighting Islamists in the world.”  She suggests that for “35 years now, French governments, one after the other, have weakened the foundation of the République by allowing the rise of communitarianism. The extreme right is increasing its electoral hold, and so is antisemitism among young French Muslims.”

 “Communitarianism,” that socialist utopian ideal imposed on Western society has in the past 24 hours enabled ISIS to deliver the worst atrocity to France since World War II.

As we all search for some understanding and ‘reason’ for these attacks while we channel-surf the news covering the unfolding horror and tragedy in France, in the days to follow there will no doubt be claims by socialists that the terror attacks are because of the lack of jobs for Muslim immigrants, poverty, racism, “Islamophobia”, the war in the Middle East and America.  Yet none of these reasons are at the heart of the cause of the terror.

There is a simple answer.     Read more »

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The ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ says destroy them

Don’t listen to me, listen to someone who is daily witnessing the horrors of Islamic terrorism and the totalitarianism of ISIS.

There used to be 1.5 million Christians in Iraq but now there are only 260,000, he says. Some are calling it genocide. Surely he no longer believes that negotiations with Isis could work? White stares at me from behind owlish spectacles. “Can I be honest? You are absolutely right. You can’t negotiate with them. I have never said that about another group of people. These are really so different, so extreme, so radical, so evil.”

So what is to be done? “We must try and continue to keep the door open. We have to show that there is a willingness to engage. There are good Sunni leaders; they are not all evil like Isis.”

But surely there is only one logical conclusion to be drawn? He sighs, and answers slowly. “You are asking me how we can deal radically with Isis. The only answer is to radically destroy them. I don’t think we can do it by dropping bombs. We have got to bring about real change. It is a terrible thing to say as a priest.

“You’re probably thinking, ‘So you’re telling me there should be war?’ Yes!”

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