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ISIS Fighters Beleaguered by Battle over Beetles: A Sign of Climate Change?


November 13, 2015
Adam Withnall / The Independent

Thousands of the large, black beetles have r invaded the military outposts, field hospitals and living areas on the frontline against the so-called "Islamic State." According to a report on the Kurdish media network Rudaw, swarms of black beetles have spread across Peshmerga territory around Tel Askof in the Nineveh Province of Iraq. This is only one of an increasing number of reports of insect plagues erupting around the planet as the climate warms.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/peshmerga-face-new-challenge-in-fight-against-isis-as-swarms-of-black-beetles-take-over-front-line-a6726301.html

'We are not afraid of Isis,
but we have problems with these insects'




Peshmerga Face New Challenge in Fight against Isis
As Swarms of Black Beetles Take Over Front Line

Adam Withnall / The Independent

(November 8, 2015) -- They are seen as the most effective force fighting Isis on the ground in Iraq, but the Peshmerga are now facing a new and terrifying threat – a 7km-wide swarm of black beetles.

Thousands of the insects have reportedly invaded the military outposts, field hospitals and living areas on the frontline against the so-called "Islamic State."

According to a report on the Kurdish media network Rudaw, swarms of black beetles have spread across Peshmerga territory around Tel Askof in the Nineveh Province of Iraq.

Videos posted online showed beetles crawling throughout the sleeping quarters of the Kurdish fighters, as well as in and around the areas where they are preparing food.

"We are not afraid of Isis, but we have problems with these insects," one fighter says on camera.

Jalal Mohammed, a Peshmerga fighter, told Rudaw: "It is horrible. We cannot even take a rest," he said. "We cannot have our meals. If they are not stopped, then they might get to the town [Tel Askof]."

Speaking on camera, Kurdish military officials reportedly said the swarm was being reported across a 7km stretch of the Peshmerga frontlines – an unprecedented infestation, which has come with serious health ramifications.

Mohammed said the soldiers had called for a medical team to assess the situation, but fellow fighters said it would not be allowed to affect the fight against Isis.

Mohammed Hussein told the network: "We are not in a good health condition [due to the beetles], but this cannot affect our morale. We will keep on fighting [the Isis militants]."



Reports of Insect Insurrections on the Rise
As Climate Changes around the World


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It's the stuff of nightmares -- an entire town plagued with a swarm of insects that are literally getting into everything.

Little black bugs invade eastern New Mexico
KRQE News 13
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Beetles swarm SE Portland neighborhood -- KPTV --
FOX 12

Aug 10, 2015
Thousands of small beetles have infested yards in southeast Portland, eating rose bushes and vegetables.

Bugs Swarm Burning Man -- NBC News

Aug 22, 2015
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Those little white bugs? Ash whitefly numbers growing in Oregon, KPTV
KPTV - FOX 12
Oct 3, 2013
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Little black bugs invade eastern New Mexico -- YouTube. KRQE.

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Beetle Swarm in Surfers Paradise -- YouTube


Mar 31, 2011 -- Uploaded by nauticwebnews
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