The Sorely Underreported Story of the Week

Forget the royal baby, Al Qaeda just spawned a new wave of terror across Middle East

Perhaps you’ve been flooded with reports from across the Pond that the Royals have a new progeny. The media outlets have been 24/7 with coverage about Princess Kate being in labor and giving birth to a baby boy.

But that’s not nearly as newsworthy as what happened in a dusty and ancient part of the world.

Al Qaeda terrorists busted in to one of the world’s most notorious prisons and released more than 500 prisoners, including many senior members of al Qaeda.

Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, broke out of Iraq’s Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free them, authorities said on Monday.

The deadly raid on the high-security jail happened as Sunni Muslim militants are re-gaining momentum in their insurgency against the Shiite-led government that came to power after the U.S. invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.

Suicide bombers drove cars packed with explosives to the gates of the prison on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday night and blasted their way into the compound, while gunmen attacked guards with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.

Other militants took up positions near the main road, fighting off security reinforcements sent from Baghdad as several militants wearing suicide vests entered the prison on foot to help free the inmates.

According to senior Iraqi security officials, most of those who escaped were senior members of al Qaeda in Iraq.

Considering the damage that al Qaeda inflicted on Iraq during the past decade, and the ongoing fight in neighboring Syria, the level of violence is sure to rise in both countries.

At the same time, US, Western, and even other Arab countries will have to be on the lookout for more terror plots as the al Qaeda regroups and reforms into new cells.

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55 comments

1 Shockingly, Pathetically Low  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:16:14am

This is bad news indeed. Pity we can’t chip them while they’re inside.

2 funky chicken  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:20:41am

I hadn’t heard about this at all. Thanks for posting it.

3 Kragar  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:31:41am

Well, the obvious question is how did Obama screw this up?
/

4 Single-handed sailor  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:32:06am

I read about that on the first day of the attack and the government spokesman said that the gallant forces of the police and military totally repelled the attack. I see Baghdad Bob has his old job back.

5 Gus  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:32:41am

The stigma attached to Abu Ghraib prison is probably one reason this is overlooked. People that might be cheering this as some Hollywood breakout story don’t realize the danger of Al Qaeda.

6 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:34:24am

re: #5 Gus

The stigma attached to Abu Ghraib prison is probably one reason this is overlooked. People that might be cheering this as some Hollywood breakout story don’t realize the danger of Al Qaeda.

YES, Abu Ghraib is not news Americans seem to want to hear.

7 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:35:49am

BENGHAZI!!!1!!!!

8 Stanley Sea  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:36:59am

The folly of Iraq will live on forever.

9 GunstarGreen  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:37:15am

re: #6 FemNaziBitch

YES, Abu Ghraib is not news Americans seem to want to hear.

Yeah, it’s almost like people that purport to love freedom might have a problem with human rights violations that would make Skeletor’s stomach turn.

10 Justanotherhuman  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:38:14am

Saw that yesterday. Still trying to process it.

11 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:38:27am

Heeeeere’s PRUDENCE with TEH DERP O’TEH DAY!

12 Carlos Dangler  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:38:36am

re: #8 Stanley Sea

The folly of Iraq will live on forever.

The gift that will keep on giving for decades to come, both there and here, right?

13 lawhawk  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:38:50am

I’ve yet to see any kind of reporting on actual names of those al Qaeda operatives who made their escape in this attack, which has to be considered one of the most audacious and large-scale operations by al Qaeda in years. They not only attacked a heavily guarded prison facility, but freed 500 prisoners in the process. It’s going to be a huge problem for Iraq, and don’t think for a moment that the US isn’t going to bring those drones to bear to track down those involved in the breakout/attack.

14 Gus  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:40:37am

re: #11 Vicious Babushka

Heeeeere’s PRUDENCE with TEH DERP O’TEH DAY!

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Sure enough. The Benghazi-George Zimmerman-Obama Derp Convergence.

15 Kragar  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:40:50am

Why The Massive Jailbreak In Iraq Is Worse Than You Think

According to the reports coming out of Iraq, this was no piecemeal attempt from AQI to free a few of their compatriots. Instead, it was a full-fledged assault on Abu Ghraib. “Suicide bombers drove cars with explosives into the gates of the prison on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday night, while gunmen attacked guards with mortar fire as well as rocket propelled grenades,” Russia Today reports, adding that additional assailants wearing suicide vests entered the prison to help convicts make their escape. At least 14 Iraqi security forces died in the attack, which only ended when military helicopters arrived to provide back-up. A simultaneous attack, a hallmark of Al Qaeda strategy, took place at a prison 12 miles north of Baghdad; reports are conflicting as to whether any of those inmates were able to escape.

16 b_sharp  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:40:55am

I am so glad Iraq has become such a stable beacon of imposed democracy.

17 lawhawk  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:40:57am

The facility had been renamed by the Iraqis as the Baghdad Central Prison when the US turned it over to them in 2009, but the Abu Ghraib moniker lives on.

The Iraqis are going to be the ones who feel the brunt of this escape for a long time to come, but they’re not going to be alone. Expect escapees to show up in reports about Syria’s civil war and elsewhere in the region too.

18 Bulworth  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:42:24am

Thanks for posting this, Lawhawk. The prison break-in/escape and the re-emergence of AlQ-Iraq sounds really troubling.

19 twisty  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:42:45am

re: #11 Vicious Babushka

Shh, let’s nobody acknowledge that the ACA has and will save a lot more than four lives.

20 Bulworth  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:44:49am

re: #5 Gus

And if American troops/diplomats are not believed to be immediately affected then, Hey, The Royal Baby!!!

21 Lidane  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:45:09am

re: #11 Vicious Babushka

*sigh*

22 Lidane  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:45:45am

re: #16 b_sharp

I am so glad Iraq has become such a stable beacon of imposed democracy.

Yep. We were greeted as liberators all those years ago, with parades and flowers in our honor, and it’s been smooth sailing ever since.

23 Bulworth  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:46:11am

re: #3 Kragar

Easy. Benghazi emboldened AlQ-Iraq. ////

24 GunstarGreen  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:46:40am

re: #22 Lidane

Yep. We were greeted as liberators all those years ago, with parades and flowers in our honor, and it’s been smooth sailing ever since.

Given all that, it boggles my mind why anybody would be in a hurry to pick a side and get involved with Syria at this point in time.

25 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:46:53am

NO AIR BRUSHING ALLOWED:

But Beall’s work is the antithesis of that commercialized woman’s body. Here, stretch marks, C-section scars and rounded bellies are the marks of a woman who’s grown life inside of her. They’re brandings of power, but when the rest of the world airbrushes them from view, they’re treated like badges of shame.

26 Bulworth  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:47:23am

Do we still officially have soldiers in Iraq?

27 Gus  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:48:56am

Iran news media will blame this on Israel and Alex Jones will blame the CIA. Because, conspiracy.

28 Gus  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:50:24am

Yikes. Just searched for “Abu Ghraib israel” on Twitter. O_o

29 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:51:49am

re: #28 Gus

Yikes. Just searched for “Abu Ghraib israel” on Twitter. O_o

I saw some DERPY Twitter account spewing a bunch of DERP.

30 geoffm33  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:52:30am
31 geoffm33  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:52:52am

re: #29 Vicious Babushka

I saw some DERPY Twitter account spewing a bunch of DERP.

So just a regular Tuesday then?

32 Skip Intro  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:56:02am

re: #11 Vicious Babushka

#ThanksGeorge

33 Gus  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:57:07am

re: #30 geoffm33

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34 Lidane  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:58:36am
35 Feline Fearless Leader  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:59:07am

re: #32 Skip Intro

#ThanksGeorge

George Zimmerman just appeared to tell me to buy a new suit, and that he guarantees I will look good in it. Oh wait, that was George Zimmer.
O_o

36 Lidane  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:00:00am

Meanwhile, the GOP minority outreach continues:

37 Kragar  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:02:20am

re: #36 Lidane

Meanwhile, the GOP minority outreach continues:

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For every Republican who says they care, 100 are embracing their inner Klansman.

38 Justanotherhuman  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:02:43am

Who would fall for something like this? Oh, never mind.

SEC Charges Texas Man With Running Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme

Read more: businessinsider.com

39 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:03:06am

Zimmerman, man has issues. Next we’ll hear he started his own 501(c)3 —The Church of thy Brother’s Keeper.

40 Dr Lizardo, Drooling Jingoist  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:03:25am

Here’s a news story for the wingnuts to rage over:

deadline.com

Yes, Univision came in first place during July sweeps, and in the two most important demographics.

I can hear the heads exploding all the way across the Atlantic.

41 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:04:18am
42 Vicious Babushka  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:06:37am

re: #41 FemNaziBitch

This is batshit scary.

also Paged.

HOLY FUCK.

43 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:09:14am

re: #42 Vicious Babushka

HOLY FUCK.

all tax-free!

44 Bulworth  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:09:32am

re: #36 Lidane

Confirmed. FACT.. //

45 Eclectic Cyborg  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:10:20am

I have the solution!

All we need to do is send George Zimmerman to Iraq to hunt them down!

46 Skip Intro  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:10:25am

re: #36 Lidane

He also said they have ‘calves the size of cantaloupes’.

47 lawhawk  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:19:47am

Oh, and on cue, this trumps the news:


Princess Kate looks stunning as usual. Hope that the baby gives them all the joy and happiness in the world, but let’s also hope that the baby grows up to use his position wisely and judiciously.

48 darthstar  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:21:59am

re: #47 lawhawk

Oh, and on cue, this trumps the news:

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Princess Kate looks stunning as usual. Hope that the baby gives them all the joy and happiness in the world, but let’s also hope that the baby grows up to use his position wisely and judiciously.

Poor kid’s condemned to early male pattern baldness.

49 efuseakay  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:34:42am

Bush/Rumsfeld/Cheney. The gift that keeps on giving. Sigh.

50 Dr Lizardo, Drooling Jingoist  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:43:37am

re: #48 darthstar

Poor kid’s condemned to early male pattern baldness.

Heh. I started losing my hair when I was about 19 or so, and by the time I was 26 I said, “Screw it” and just started shaving my head.

Still haven’t found any hair replacement therapies cheaper than a can of shaving gel and a razor.

51 kerFuFFler  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 1:53:09pm

re: #48 darthstar

Poor kid’s condemned to early male pattern baldness.

I don’t know about that——isn’t that a trait that largely depends on the genes from the maternal side of the family? If Kate has a balding brother, or if her mom’s brothers exhibit baldness then I think the kid’s fate is sealed.

52 BeenHereAwhile  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 2:14:01pm

re: #15 Kragar

Why The Massive Jailbreak In Iraq Is Worse Than You Think

According to the reports coming out of Iraq, this was no piecemeal attempt from AQI to free a few of their compatriots. Instead, it was a full-fledged assault on Abu Ghraib. “Suicide bombers drove cars with explosives into the gates of the prison on the outskirts of Baghdad on Sunday night, while gunmen attacked guards with mortar fire as well as rocket propelled grenades,” Russia Today reports, adding that additional assailants wearing suicide vests entered the prison to help convicts make their escape. At least 14 Iraqi security forces died in the attack, which only ended when military helicopters arrived to provide back-up. A simultaneous attack, a hallmark of Al Qaeda strategy, took place at a prison 12 miles north of Baghdad; reports are conflicting as to whether any of those inmates were able to escape.

The Reuters report read like a chapter from Dune.

53 BeenHereAwhile  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 2:25:12pm

...

54 Romantic Heretic  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 3:39:20pm

I’ve been saying for years, bin Laden won.

55 marsl  Tue, Jul 23, 2013 3:42:18pm

re: #54 Romantic Heretic

Yes, he won…. a visit from Seal Team Six, a bullet in his head, a swim in the ocean and a trip to Hell without return.

He didn’t won anything.


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