Prepare for the Battle of Baghdad: ISIS hold victory parade after taking key city of Ramadi

ISIS militants have held a twisted victory parade after taking the key city of Ramadi in an orgy of violence and beheadings – and the extremists could march on the Iraqi capital Baghdad within the next month.

Mutilated bodies scatter the streets of the ‘Gateway of Baghdad’, where Islamic State slaughtered around 500 and forced nearly 25,000 to flee their homes over the last few days.

Now ISIS has released images of militants celebrating, children wielding automatic weapons and a fleet of pick-up trucks carrying its jubilant fighters through the blood-stained streets of Ramadi.

Shi’ite fighters have already launched a counter-offensive to recapture the city, but these kinds of tactics play straight into Islamic State’s grand plan to spark all-out war in the region, according to the Middle East director of counter-terrorism think-tank RUSI.

  • Palidor

    That pic reminds me of the new Mad Max movie.

  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    What type of training the US has provided to the those soldiers the US army? it looks like the training they got was TO RUN AWAY AS SOON AS THEY SEE DE ENEMY.

    • Drunk_by_Noon
      • dance…dancetotheradio

        But, all cultures are equal.
        No, they’re not.
        Had a calculus instructor who was very good and gave us too much homework.
        One day we decided at the end of the term that we were going to take the day off from his class so we could study for the six exams in five days.
        We were polite, too, and left him a note saying so.
        And we buggered off upstairs to a breakout room to study.
        He told us that was grounds for expulsion.
        We told him this was Canada.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          All professors tend to think that they are the students ONLY professor.
          Where was he from?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            He was from Iran.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Iranian professors are funny, some good, some bad, but they always have MONSTER egos.
            Oddly, I have never had a black professor that I felt had any more to offer than reading the textbooks. They always thought they were so smart and cool too.
            Obvious A.A. hires.

          • Justin St.Denis

            And frequently, rather squeaky voices. I had an Iranian prof who LOOKED like what we have come to expect of suicide bombers.he was large, hirsute, smart and aggressive, but he had the voice of a speaking duck. I have since noticed this to be quite common among Iranians.

  • mobuyus

    This is definitely Wart Hog territory, or at least should be.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      “Working” that parade would be every A-10 driver’s dream.
      Knowing the Iraqis, they are probibly charging a “fee” for overfly rights.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        I still like Americans.
        And dislike Democrats.
        Pursuant to our earlier discussion.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Well I’m happy to hear that. 🙂
          I never thought anything else.

      • Jay Currie

        Bang, bang… I shoot you dead,

        Bang, bang

        Must have been a rest day for the Navy and Air Force…

        One would think a surveillance drone or two would have been cycling and sending “Dinner’s Ready” Intel.

        Lions led by Donkeys

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          I’m sure we did have drones or other things overhead.
          Likely, any planes that we might have had were not in the area, or if they were, no strikes were ordered because of a fear that every dead child executed by ISIS would likely be paraded in front of BBC and al Jazeera cameras ready to report on the latest American atrocity that PROVES that America is ‘just like ISIS’.

      • mobuyus

        You’re right about this parade being an A10 pilots dream. With the surveillance aircraft in theatre and the ability to deliver solutions I am finding it hard to understand why nothing is being done. Because of the preponderance of homosexuals and goat humpers in the jihadi ranks perhaps obama sees this as an islamic gay pride parade, and as such, untouchable.

    • BillyHW

      Looks totally like Trident territory to me.

      • mobuyus

        I used to ride a Trident, but not the kind you wisely advocate.

        • MG42

          A 3 cylinder Triumph Trident motorcycle? I rode one of them myself back in the 70s and early 80s.

          • mobuyus

            I had a 74 the last good year for a Triumph Trident. It was a great Bike.

  • k1962

    Great place to drop a bomb.

  • BillyHW

    Can they all lose?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    What’s wrong with the IS’s grand plan for all-out war? It couldn’t happen to nicer people, and the Kurds proved that the head choppers are hardly invincible in battle.

  • Ho Hum

    An interesting report on how a covert operation by Hilary Clinton’s State Dept and the CIA to arm Al Qaeda rebels in Libya resulted in arms being diverted to the rebels in Syria who would morph into ISIS. The CIA supplied weapons which included stinger missiles also wound up in the hands of the Taliban and were used to shoot down U.S. aircraft

    It is a long read but worthwhile for anyone trying to make sense of what is happening in the middle east.

  • Jay Currie

    Of course there is the optimistic take on this.

    Obama is a super genius and has set this up so that ISIS will be killed by Shia militias with maximum casualties all round.

    Which would be clever and in the American interest so, OK, it’s a non-starter.

    Carry on.

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    ‘ISIS militants have held a twisted victory parade’

    It only seems ‘twisted’ to those who know nothing of Islam’s savage history.

  • Barrington Minge

    How does the US with all it’s so called “intel”, miss the opportunity to rain on this parade? Was it a day off for the US military?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Likely the parade was not hit due to fear of civilian casualties.
      Yep, those are the rules we are forced to follow now, and this is why groups like ISIS can run roughshod.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Letting the “enemy” corner the market on civilian casualties and collateral damage permits progressive ideologues to occupy 100% of the moral high ground. And that gives a progressive male a chubby and makes progressive females stick to their chairs! They all go home and masturbate alone in front of a mirror because, after all, nobody can possibly be really good enough for them.

    • Minicapt

      Because the people who sign the orders concerning these targets inhabit offices at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    • Xavier

      You assume the CinC wants to.

  • El Martyachi
  • Xavier

    Khalid Ghazali

    RT: Spoils of #Ramadi battle
    -40 Humvees
    -10 Abrams tanks
    -A battalion of Howitzer artillery
    -Armored trucks & ammunition
    #Iraq #ISIS #USA

    Against trained troops: meh.
    Against civilians and infrastructure: devastating.

  • David Murrell

    CNN News == Obama s mouthpiece news channel — is all a flutter this morning (Tuesday May 19) — trying to bolster hopes that the Iraqi army can somehow retake Ramadi. The worried news channel states that the Islamic State can t take Baghdad, There are 8-million Shias there, Ha!

  • simus1

    It is helpful to understand that contrary to western concepts, which hold that well executed tactical retreats are just as important as tactical attacks in defeating an enemy, muslim military tradition looks with extreme disfavour on such thinking (as did Hitler). There are many reasons for this. One important point could be the thought that telling the difference between a tactical retreat and a coup in progress is not that easy until it is too late.
    A disorganized rabble fearing annihilation by a stronger enemy and therefore fleeing in panic is much more acceptable to the koran and nervous rulers. That way executing a few of the top dogs caught napping is sufficient.

    During the Korean War, the formidable in battle Turkish contingent was very much of this stay and fight mindset. Their lack of response to retreat orders caused no end of problems for American generals trying to get the communists to overextend themselves by charging headlong into what were in effect prepared massive artillery/air power ambushes.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Sadly, the only fallout will be our liberal media blaming everything on the GOP.

  • DMB

    I really truly believe that Iran will soon get involved in this conquest of Iraq by ISIS. Maybe they will send in soldiers to Shia dominated Baghdad before ISIS attempts to reach it or they will wait until ISIS attacks Baghdad. Either way Iran’s hand will be forced on this one or risk an ISIS invasion of Iran.