The war is going well or as well as the powers that be want it to go……but since the public has signed on to the situation in the Middle east and approve of the tactics the media has pushed it to the background……but these reports will continue until they are NO longer needed……
Shall we begin?
Item 1–One of the first things that the military said before this air war began was that they would try to limit the killing of civilians…….has that changed?
The Obama Administration’s previous promises not to launch drone strikes unless there is a “near certainty” that the strike won’t kill any civilians, much publicized in the lead up to the new ISIS war, doesn’t apply to US strikes in Iraq or Syria, according to Centcom.
The “near certainty” standard was meant to apply “only when we take direct action outside areas of active hostilities,” according to Centcom spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden, who says that the war with ISIS doesn’t count.
Now that the public has given its overwhelming approval the civilians are of No concern…..
Item 2–Seems the Iraqi military is ‘accidentally’ supplying ISIS……
Iraqi military supply helicopters were supposed to be taking shipments of food, water, and ammunition to besieged troops in the Shaqlawah base in Anbar Province late last week, where they’ve been out of the normal supply lines for a week. The supplies were dropped, just not where you’d want them.
Instead of dropping the shipments of food, water, and ammunition on the besieged base, many of the pilots mistakenly dropped the supplies on the ISIS fighters themselves.
Consider the ever changing loyalties in Iraq….was this truly an accident or was it an intentional act?
Item 3–Turkey recently moved tanks into the area of the border with Syria to ‘protect’ from cross border skirmishes and to prevent fighters from going over to join ISIS…….and now they are trying to do more……..
Turkey’s parliament is debating a government-requested mandate allowing the country to get its war involved in Iraq and Syria, and they are seeking an unlimited mandate for “all possible threats.”
That includes not only the prospect of fighting ISIS in both countries, a prospect that looms large, but also mentions the possibility of striking “Kurdish militants” across both countries if they move toward secession, and striking the Assad government as well.
This will give the coalition a new member in the fight….but it will also give Turkey cover for their war on the Kurds……which is more of a concern than ISIS to them.
Item 4–Because of this newest war the ethnic and sectarian divisions are becoming more and more deeply entrenched……..and even with the possible defeat of ISIS the countries will NEVER be the same…….so are we fighting for some form of normalcy in the Middle East? If that is our motivation then we are failing miserably.
Item 5–The UAE and Saudi Arabia have taken an active role in this war……..a good thing right? But why would these two countries that have avoided any interference in the events in the Middle East suddenly become more proactive?
The decision by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East.
But the use of force for what end? As this conflict carries on more and more theories will be put forth…..this is one thing that needs to be watched and watched closely…..even though they are our coalition partners there could be ulterior motives at work here.
Item 6–It seems that no country is willing to acknowledge the validity of the Islamic State…but is that completely true?
The so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) intends to inaugurate its first diplomatic mission in Istanbul in order to provide consular services for all who wish to join the extremist group in Iraq, reported Turkish daily Aydinlik as saying.
Abu-Omar Al-Tunisi, the ISIS de facto head of foreign relations issued a statement, saying that the Islamic Caliphate is determined to launch its first diplomatic mission in a friendly and Muslim country. He further noted that the ISIS hopes that the bilateral relations with Ankara will witness more developments under the aegis of newly-elected president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
So far this is the only mention of the event…I will continue to try and confirm the validity of this report. If true…..is Turkey playing both sides against the middle?
Events will start to spiral and the news coverage probably will not be as it should be…..these briefings I will try to fill in the gaps.
Thanx for your time and attention.
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