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Islamic State builds forces, targets for Baghdad bomb attacks – Washington Times

“[The Islamic State] is solidifying its control in Sunni areas of Iraq and Syria,” said a U.S. intelligence official. “They attack or entrench themselves in towns and military bases near key facilitation routes that connect population hubs they now control such as Raqqa [Syria], Fallujah, and Mosul.”

On Sunday, Islamic State militants in northern Iraq drove out Kurdish troops and seized control of the two small towns of Zumar and Sinjar, officials and residents said.

The Islamic State, then known as al Qaeda in Iraq, began a violent campaign of car bombings in and around Baghdad once U.S. troops left in December 2011. Some vehicles have carried suicide bombers; others have been detonated remotely. Combined, they have killed hundreds of Iraqis.

If they have to hold territory, then it’s a lot easier to kill them with artillery, missiles, and bombs.


About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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