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Emad Dulaimi
Security operations will be useless unless security forces control the desert.feedback
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Jul 20 2017
“No terrorist escapes punishment and we will not issue an amnesty for the murderous terrorists.” said Haider al-Abadi speaking about Iraq. It’s one of the 1497 quotes about Iraq you can find on this page. 868 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Steve Townsend and Barack Obama. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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All quotes about Iraq

Paul Scharre - Center for a New American Security

You don't want to take the Ferrari... out to 7-Eleven to buy a gallon of milk. You want something that is a more cost-effective solution for that kind of simpler problem say. That's driving the Air Force to basically invest in these lighter aircraft with the hopes that [they]... could free up some of the more advanced aircraft like an F-35 for more sophisticated missions.feedback

James Andrew Lewis

The most feared assets are the UAVs and the PGMs. That's the one that always has them (ISIS fighters) looking over their shoulders.feedback

Paul Scharre - Center for a New American Security

Avoiding civilian casualties has been a major focus of U.S. policy going after terrorists and has driven a lot of restraint.feedback

Daniel Goure

What we've discovered is we're using very expensive stuff like B-1s, F-22s and even MQ-9 Reapers with things like Hellfire missiles, when you can do a lot of this with cheaper aircraft. We're learning something – and it's in kind of the formative stage. We are trying to figure out a way of conducting protracted, high-intensity, counterinsurgency operations at a lower cost.feedback

Daniel Goure

If all I'm doing is shooting up truck convoys or machine gun positions that ISIS has, I can do it with cheap but precision weapon systems. I don't have to use things like Hellfires.feedback

Paul Scharre - Center for a New American Security

We're actually at the place right now where our F-18 fleet is severely overused and flown. We're having to spend quite a bit of money to recapitalize that fleet.feedback

James Andrew Lewis

DOD has been pretty good at developing new approaches to meet whatever the current tactical problem is.feedback

Sarah Leah Whitson - Human Rights Watch

As Prime Minister Abadi enjoys victory in Mosul, he is ignoring the flood of evidence of his soldiers committing vicious war crimes in the very city he's promised to liberate. Abadi's victory will collapse unless he takes concrete steps to end the grotesque abuses by his own security forces.feedback

Abdulmohsen Mohammud

Now we are getting a lot of dehydrated kids, children with malnutrition.feedback

Muhamad Jasim

We do not have money to buy things. There is nothing for us but to sit here. We don't have enough food, we have to spend what money we have on vegetables, ice. The monthly food ration is not enough.feedback

Muhamad Jasim

Under Daesh (IS) it was very bad, no work, suffering, and they were very angry. We left behind a lot -- car, house. I was afraid for my kids. I had to leave.feedback

Ernesto Abella

The primary objective of the possible extension is to allow our forces to continue with their operations unhampered by deadlines and to focus more on the liberation of Marawi and its rehabilitation and rebuilding.feedback

Bassam Hillo Kadhim

Heroes of the Emergency Rapid Division and the Federal Police seized these cars in successful night raids.feedback

Umm Suhaib - Umm

He is certainly dead. He wasted his life and threw ours away with it. We are lost now.feedback

Tony Sgro

Who better to push back against the prejudice, bigotry and hate online than students?feedback

George W. Bush

I made it clear I would set troop levels to achieve victory in Iraq, not victory at the polls.feedback

Umm Suhaib - Umm

Maybe he is dead. Perhaps he is alive. They say 'you are all Daesh', but we are not. Even if we were, what is it to do with women and children? Each person is responsible for himself.feedback

Irina Bokova - UNESCO

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova questions the craft giant's intervention in the world of antiquities.feedback

Katharyn Hanson

For issues of ownership, the movable stuff gets discussed the most. Theft is sexy. Museum theft is really sexy. You know, museum heist movies are a big deal, and looting usually catches the headlines. [But with] immovable sites … there's a unique responsibility for occupying powers, or even for powers who are in an advise-and-assist role.feedback

Colin Powell

I said: 'Mr. President, it isn't just as a simple matter of going to Baghdad. I know how to do to that. What happens after? You need to understand, if you take out a government, take out a regime, guess who becomes the government and regime and is responsible for the country? You are. So if you break it, you own it.feedback

Ali Iskander

Revenge is not a cure. These families should undergo rehabilitation courses.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

It's obviously a victory on our side in terms of setting [ISIS-K] back. It's the right direction.feedback

John McCain

Six months into the new administration, it still has not delivered a strategy. We cannot keep going like this. If the administration fails to develop a strategy for success, Congress will need to play a greater role.feedback

André Azoulay

In Morocco, we prefer to live in a good state. We don't want to live like in Iran, Iraq or Afghanistan.feedback

John Nicholson

This operation is another success in our campaign to defeat ISIS-K in Afghanistan in 2017. Abu Sayed is the third ISIS-K emir we have killed in the last year and we will continue until they are annihilated. There is no safe haven for ISIS-K in Afghanistan.feedback

Sami al-Aradi

I have participated in all of the battles of Iraq, but I've never seen anything like the battle for the old city. We have been fighting for each metre. And when I say we have been fighting for each metre, I mean it literally.feedback

Mansour Maroof Mansour

We can't identify the bodies in the river. They are very decomposed and there is nothing on them to use for identification.feedback

Lynn Maalouf - Amnesty International

The horrors that the people of Mosul have witnessed and the disregard for human life by all parties to this conflict must not go unpunished.feedback

Belkis Wille - Human Rights Watch

These horrific reports of mistreatment and murder have been met by silence from Baghdad, only further fostering the feeling of impunity among armed forces in Mosul. Prime Minister al-Abadi should immediately launch investigations into these serious crimes that appear to have been exposed in these videos, and also look into other recent reports of violations by armed forces in the context of the Mosul battle.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The significance is you kill the leader of one of these groups and it sets them back for a day, a week, a month. It's obviously a victory on our side in terms of setting them back. It's the right direction.feedback

Miriam Jordan

This month, [Watata Mwenda's family] [was] again lucky to make a skin-of-their-teeth escape, when an International Organization for Migration vehicle pulled into the camp and transported them to an airport, with one-way tickets to the United States. That made them one of the last refugee families without close relations in the country to be allowed in before President Trump's moratorium took effect.feedback

Birney Bervar

You're going to stay in for now, and we're going to get you evaluated and see what's going on.feedback

Haider al-Abadi

No terrorist escapes punishment and we will not issue an amnesty for the murderous terrorists.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

On the Iraq-Syria situation, we have agreed to continue working together, in particular on the building of a roadmap for the post-war period. We have asked our diplomats to work in that direction, so in the next few weeks a concrete initiative can be taken and managed by the P5 [the five permanent members of United Nations Security Council(UNSC)].feedback

Malala Yousafzai

I chose to spend my birthday this year in Iraq to meet girls like 13-year-old Nayir. When extremists occupied Mosul, Nayir could not go to school for three years. Her family fled the city in April, when her father was captured by ISIS. They haven't heard from him since. Nayir is one of three million displaced people in Iraq. Half are children and almost half of them aren't in school. The odds are worse for girls.feedback

Belkis Wille - Human Rights Watch

Numerous witnesses on the front line have given me detailed reports of not only torture and extrajudicial killing of ISIS suspects captured by Iraqi security and military as they flee the Old City of Mosul, but a change in tenor, with armed forces no longer feeling the need to hide their actions.feedback

Saad Maan

There might be some misbehavior or inappropriate conduct by some of the forces, yes, but the investigation is going on. We are against any violation against any human being and this is the position of the government.feedback

Brett McGurk

We have identified 100 critical stabilization sites in and around Mosul which will be the immediate focus for de-mining and restoration. (The) United States last week announced an additional US$150 million for these stabilization programs. Today we are announcing more than US$119 million in additional humanitarian assistance and we hope to see similar contributions from our partners in this room in the coming weeks.feedback

Stanley Brown

When I look around the world in some ways there's nothing like Mosul that we've encountered. The level of contamination though is not one of those where we're talking weeks and months, we're talking years and maybe decades. If you look at the fact that we're still cleaning up unexploded ordnance in Southeast Asia and we've been there 20-plus years; in Afghanistan our program started in the 1988-1989 time frame and there's still a lot of work to do. We're talking years, if not over a decade to get everything done.feedback

Barack Obama

There's not a thing that we're not doing well in. The White House is functioning beautifully, despite the hoax made up by the Democrats.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If you look at Iraq and if you look at Syria and you see the progress we've made with ISIS, it's been almost complete. The White House is functioning beautifully. The stock market has hit a new high. Job numbers are the best they've been in 16 years. We have a Supreme Court judge already confirmed. Energy is doing levels that we've never done before. Our military is doing well. We're knocking the hell out of ISIS, which Obama wasn't. There's not a thing that we're not doing well in.feedback

Muhammed Nabila

The explosion seemed to come out of nowhere. He lost both his legs at the side of the road. No one was allowed to recover his body for days.feedback

John Wester

Due to his service with the US military, leading Cultural and Linguistics training with his wife, deportation to Iraq puts him at great risk of torture and even death.feedback

Saad Maan

We looked and suspended a number of those forces shown in those pictures and there is currently an investigation being conducted. There might be some misbehavior or inappropriate conduct by some of the forces, yes, but the investigation is going on. We are against any violation against any human being and this is the position of the government.feedback

Steve Townsend

There are bypassed holdouts. We haven't cleared every building in this city the size of Philadelphia. That's going to have to be done, and there are also hidden IEDs (improvised explosive devices). There are still going to be losses from the Iraqi security forces as they continue to secure Mosul.feedback

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