Sunday, June 22, 2014

Balad - Benghazi Redux?

ISIS re-enacting Benghazi in Balad?                                        []

Click here for related story [J.E. Dyer - Liberty Unyielding]

Is the Administration setting up another Benghazi scenario?
This time with hundreds of US citizens [contractors and government personnel] trapped at a US air base [Balad] in Iraq -- which is currently under attack.

This is a follow-up, oddly enough, to the warning ISIS issued to the US that it will "invade and conquer" -- "with a direct confrontation ... and the sons of Islam have been waiting for this day."

CNN's iReport website carried this message from one of the contractors trapped in Balad:

"I am writing from ballad Iraq a a employee of sallyport, ksillc..ther are approx 500 US citizens on balad air base north of Baghdad trapped..we are part of a little known F16 Iraq support mission here..the company has reportedly for the last 3 days to fly us out, we are now all herded into a central location on base..and being told nothing.. the clint lockheed martin, Dos and most women have already been evacuated days ago but we are still here.  I hope this message is received by someone that can break this as headline news to bring attention to the situation for us..we are all worried and in dire straight as last security Intel reports Isis elements around us."
[Sallyport advises its employees are at "safe locations" or "have been relocated"
 [not quite sure what that means]

Reports from other Americans advised that "... attacking ISIS forces approached the base on Wednesday and used loudspeakers to warn private security forces and Iraqi special military to leave immediately or die."  They all fled, leaving their weapons behind -- which the abandoned US contractors gathered up to hold off advancing ISIS forces.

According to WND, reported AFTER the evacuation of several hundred more important [read Lockheed Martin] employees:
"The surrounded Americans said they were under ISIS fire from small arms, AK47s, and RPGs [rocket propelled grenades]."

And, that old, familiar Oval Office refrain of "Stand Down" has been issued to the US Air Force and regional US forces.

"... the jihadists closed down escape routes, and the US Air Force was in a Stand Down position.  US Forces were not assisting even with air cover so a private extradition flight could land for a rescue."

Here are the regional US forces available and prepped for rescue, but which have been ordered to
"Stand Down" - a la Benghazi.  SecDef Hagel should not say there is no available rescue force.

If they launch now, they may get there in time to save those under siege!

1) US Army Command, Central Region [ARCENT]
     a) 36th CAB [Combat Aviation Brigade [Kuwait] - Texas Army National Guard
     b) USAF combat assets based at Al Udeid Air Base [Qatar]
         (1)  F-15s, F-16s for close air support
         (2)  C-130 and C-17 Transport Aircraft for personnel evacuation
     c) The USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier and Carrier Air Wing 8 in the Persian Gulf

France stands behind you, and we will honor your graves

We are reminded of that infamous battle for Dien Bien Phu in Laos when the French government left its ground troops without support, allowing the Communist forces to over-run and capture the positions with great loss of life.

Officials advise, at this point, that all at Balad are safe.
Somehow, we doubt it.