ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #22

Good day and welcome to the briefing………

The battle for Kobane has re-ignited after several days of relative quiet……would appear that ISIS fell back re-evaluated and decided to try it again…….

Item 1–ISIS has made great strives in Anbar…….

While the focus of the US air war on ISIS seems to be Kobani, in northern Syria, ISIS has once again turned its sights to Iraq, with mounting gains in Anbar Province and a new offensive pushing them back into Kurdish territory in the nation’s northwest.

ISIS seized parts of Anbar way back in January, but has grown its territory across the area, and now controls 80 percent of the province, with the other 20 percent virtually constantly being contested.

Baghdad is still the prize and it appears that Kobane may be a way to divide and conquer the Coalition….

Item 2–There is a danger rising that I and others have warned the international community about for years…..Shi’a militias……….

One of the major Shi’ite militias on the rise in Iraq, Asaib Ahl al-Haq, has engaged in a major overnight gunbattle with police in the capital city of Baghdad after it was discovered they kidnapped the cousin of Deputy Premier Roz Nuri Shaways.

Police went to the warehouse and found what they thought was a small extortion gang, but it was quickly reinforced by the militia itself, with large numbers of fighters arriving and a battle quickly erupting. Four police were wounded in clashes, and they had to smash an armored personnel carrier through a militia roadblock for reinforcements.

ISIS in the West………Militias in the South…Baghdad is looking very vunerable from this angle…..

Item 3–US and Iraq are planning what some would call a major offensive against ISIS……

The United States and Iraq are drawing up a campaign plan for offensive operations by Iraqi ground forces to gradually reclaim towns and cities that have been occupied by the Islamic State, according to a senior administration official.

The plan, described as methodical and time-consuming, will not begin in earnest for several months and is designed to ensure that Iraqi forces­ do not overextend themselves before they are capable of taking and holding territory controlled by the militants.

Without experienced and well trained troops will it be successful?

Item 4–A little publicized battle in Syria illustrates just what the future of an uprising against ISIS would look like……

The little-publicized story of this failed tribal revolt in Abu Hamam, in Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zour province, illuminates the challenges that will confront efforts to persuade those living under Islamic State rule — in Iraq as well as Syria — to join the fight against the jihadist group, something U.S. officials say is essential if the campaign against the militants is to succeed.

The Abu Hamam area has now been abandoned, and many of the bodies remain uncollected, offering a chilling reminder to residents elsewhere of the fate that awaits those who dare rebel.

This event needs to be studied and studied hard if there is ever going to be a success in this situation.

Item 5–Monday the big story was that ISIS was practicing on 3 jets that it had captured…..and now a report is coming out of Syria……..

President Assad’s air force has brought down two fighter jets captured and operated by Isis (Islamic State) in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, leaving the jihadists with just one Soviet-era planes.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported earlier this week that Isis had flown the three jets over Aleppo, citing local witnesses. “They have trainers, Iraqi officers who were pilots before for [former Iraqi president] Saddam Hussein,” the group said.

The jets appeared to be MiG 21 or MiG23 models captured from al-Jarrah Syrian military air base.

This report has not been confirmed……..watch this spot!

That concludes today’s briefing…..I hope you find it informative.

Thanx for your time and attention.

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ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #21

Good day.

The war continues and ISIS keeps getting stronger……

Item 1–The US has said this would not be a quick fix for the problem of the expansion of ISIS…….

ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #20

Good day.

Last briefing (SITREP #19) I reported that ISIS may be training on captured planes…..it has some leaping in there diapers…..not to worry…even if they can fly them they have NO knowledge how to maintain them and that will make them worthless….

We will move on to today’s briefing……..

Item 1–One major component of the Coalition is that rebel forces will be used as the ground assault machine…and the problem there is NO one has any idea who those fighters will be…..plus the US is looking for one our allies that would be the troops….it ius slow going and without those ground troops this whole exercise will be futile.

Item 2–One of the few bright notes in this situation was that AQ was distancing itself from the ISIS fighters….maybe not so accurate…..

Al-Qaeda’s positioning in Syria as a rival of ISIS has earned it a bizarre second lease on life in some peoples’ estimation, and even gave rise to the term “good al-Qaeda” referring to Jabhat al-Nusra, the official al-Qaeda wing in Syria, as opposed to ISIS, a former al-Qaeda wing turned independent faction.

That seems to be changing, however, with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an al-Qaeda affiliate in good standing, issuing a statement today urging jihadists support ISIS against the United States.

The US has successfully aggravated another group in the Middle East…..

Item 3–One of the big problems that this ‘war’ will create is hatred for the civilian deaths it causes….

Pentagon officials shrugged off the reports, insisting there was no proof their planes actually killed the people, and insisting that there is a “process” in place to investigate such killings.
As the number of civilian deaths grow so shall the local push back…..
Item 4–Speaking of airstrikes……..

As the U.S.-led airstrikes target ISIS strongholds in eastern Syria, reports emerged that Syria’s air force has intensified its airstrikes on rebel positions in the west.

Opponents of the U.S. strikes argue that they have given an indirect boost to Syrian regime forces, helping them focus their attacks on rebel positions outside of ISIS-held territory.

The strikes have also hit Jabhat al-Nusra positions, which put inter-rebel relations under enormous strain, says Faysal Itani, a fellow at the Atlantic Council. Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida affiliate, has been one of the sharpest fighting forces against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. They had won popular support for their successes on the battlefield

Airstrikes maybe helping the fighters against ISIS but how long will that last….is the big question that needs answering…..

Item 5–The one country that the Coalition has avoided asking fir help has been Iran….that could be changing…….

Iraq’s parliament voted Saturday to put an affiliate of an Iranian-backed paramilitary group in charge of a key security ministry, a move that could strike a serious blow to efforts to unite Sunnis and Shiites to wrest back their country from Islamist extremists.

The new interior minister is Mohammed Ghabban, a little-known Shiite politician with the Badr Organization. But there is little doubt that Hadi al-Amiri, head of the party and its military wing, will wield the real power in the ministry.

Shi’a militias have NO love for sunnis…..and now the Interior Minister is a member of a shi’a militia……does anyone think that the inclusive government is going to work?

Item 6–Kurdish fighters in Kobane have pushed the ISIS out of most of the town….US has dropped weapons and supplies anticipating a new push by ISIS.

Item 7–Turkey has reversed its decision to NOT allow Kurds to cross their border in order to fight against ISIS….now Iraqi Kurds may enter Kobane for Turkey……this has more to it than is reported….we will keep an eye on this event..

That concludes today’s briefing….events are slowing a bit and info will be harder to get…for now….we will keep my readers ip to date as best we can…..

Thanx for your time and attention.

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ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #19

Good day and welcome to the briefing….today’s will be the last of the week….we will return Monday to catch everyone up on the situation.

On to the briefing……..

Item 1–finally we have a name for the US led coalition operation against ISIS……

After two months of airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the US-led coalition has a name: “Inherent Resolve.”

Interestingly, the name had previously been rejected for a multitude of reasons, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal two weeks ago.

That is such a crappy name.  Personally I like my name for the operation…”we are making this shit up as we go”……..

Item 2–It seems that the defenders of Kobane are a bit tougher than the world gave them credit…….

A month into the ISIS push against the Kurdish border town of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab in Arabic), the Kurdish forces in the city are continuing to hold out, and have even made some progress.

Commanders of the Kurdish force say that they’ve driven ISIS out of parts of the town, and that they believe they can take back the “pockets of resistance” of the ISIS fighters elsewhere.

The battle on the ground appears to be very fluid…….this may be only a temporary success….we will be watching.

Item 3–After the admin had called the operation a success there came word of a different view……

Former Afghan War commander and President Obama’s point-man on the new ISIS War, retired General John Allen continued to offer assessments on the ongoing conflict, insisting today that it was too soon to say whether or not the US is winning the war.

That said, Allen conceded that ISIS is continuing to make “substantial gains” on the ground in Iraq, and still has “tactical momentum” in several areas around western Iraq.

The success or failure will be the last thing anyone will talk about…….

Item 4–As reported in these briefings…. Baghdad will be the BIG success of ISIS….the reports coming out…..

The Iraqi capital of Baghdad is not under imminent threat of falling to ISIS, according to US officials familiar with the defensive situation, but it’s far from business as usual with the Islamists fast approaching from the west.

As they approach, car bombs are becoming all the more common in the capital, with ISIS attacking police checkpoints and other security infrastructure with aggressive strikes.

But then the Pentagon had this to say……..

Unfortunately the Coalition needs to think of the consequences of inaction……Baghdad is the BIG prize for ISIS and the Caliphate….

Item 5–ISIS is stepping up its recruitment especially in Europe…..

Major General Walter Piatt, the commander of the US Army forces in Europe, today said the US is increasingly concerned by the “acceleration” of ISIS recruitment across the continent.

“It’s a concern … We’ve seen it all the way throughout Europe and it’s impossible to track every single person where they are,” Piatt noted, adding that there is a lot of “spillover” from the Syrian Civil War.

Item 6–There is a disturbing report coming out of Iraq but so far it has not been confirmed…….

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time that the militant group had taken to the air.

The group, which has seized land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Maybe this should be a priority for airstrikes if proven to be accurate……

That concludes the briefings for this week…..briefings will resume in Monday unless there is an important development that cannot wait…..

Thanx for your time and attention.

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ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #18

Good day and thanx for joining the briefing.

The good news is that the defenders of Kobane are holding their own against the onslaught of ISIS….,it appears that the airstrikes are at least giving the defenders a fighting chance for now.

On to the briefing…….

Item 1–Everybody is screaming that we need to support the Syrian rebels much mire and the we should be coordinating with them for a more effective airstrikes……but will the coalition do so?

Speaking to reporters today at the State Department, Gen. John Allen, who has been advising President Obama on his new war against ISIS, today revealed that the administration has no plans to ever coordinate with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) or any other of the existing rebel factions.

That’s a surprise, because officials have been harping on for years about how great these factions are, and have been lavishing them with US arms and funding.

Now the question is….why?

Item 2–ISIS may not be having much success with Kobane but it is another story in Iraq……

The latest Anbar Province town likely to come under siege from ISIS is the Fallujah suburb of Amariyat al-Fallujah, with reports tonight of ISIS fighters and tanks surrounding the town from several directions.

Yet with more and more of Anbar falling, ISIS seems willing to commit more resources to the siege this time, and having routed the Iraqi military out of virtually all of its bases in the area, it’s hard to see much help coming from the outside.

Anbar has become the focus of ISIS on the road to Baghdad…..

Item 3–There has been stories flowing around the web about ISIS having CWs………..

Islamic State militants do not appear to have seized any chemical weapons as they have rolled across Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon said Wednesday, as reports of U.S. troops’ exposure to chemical weapons during Washington’s last conflict in Iraq raised questions about the extremist group’s access to similar deadly agents.

“We have no indications right now that they have possession of those kinds of munitions,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.

Of course that is NO conciliation if you truly want to believe that they have these weapons…….

Item 4–Seems ISIS may have found a way to avoid being the casuality of an airstrike….for now……

Shafaq News / The Ministry of Peshmarga in Kurdistan Regional Government announced on Wednesday, that the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “ISIS” organization

have recently began using a new “tactic” in their fight in the areas of Kirkuk.

He said that the militants are wearing Peshmarga forces uniforms and Iraqi police to attack Peshmarga troops and avoid shelling of the coalition’s aircrafts

Item 5–Iraq while trying desperately to hold off ISIS is having a problem that could aid ISIS in its push to Baghdad…….

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq, only a month in office, has been battling foes even closer to home: critics within his own party and the Shiite bloc it leads.

Among those nettling Mr. Abadi, several politicians said, is his predecessor, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, who reluctantly agreed to cede the top post under pressure from the United States, Iran and the top Shiite clerics.

The political feuding threatens to undermine the Iraqi government at the moment it is trying to marshal resistance against the Islamic State, not to mention deal with a long list of other domestic crises, including a moribund economy, rampant government corruption and threats of Kurdish secession, Iraqi and international officials said.

Politics could be an ally for ISIS…….

Side Note:  Beheadings by ISIS was the beginning of the American approval of a return to Iraq and now Syria….but did you know that there are those that have committed the despicable act more than ISIS?

Since January of this year, 59 people have been beheaded in Saudi Arabia under the country’s antiquated legal system based primarily around sharia law.

Last month saw Saudi Arabia behead at least 8 people — twice the number of Western hostages who have so far featured in IS’s barbaric execution videos. In August those executed by Riyadh were sentenced to death for crimes such as apostasy, adultery and “sorcery.” In one case, four members of the same family were executed for “receiving large quantities of hashish,” a sentence imposed, according to Amnesty International, on the basis of “forced confessions extracted through torture.”

And yet they are our ally……..just a guess but I think it may have something to do with oil….huh?

I realize that the country is sweating heavily over the arrival of Ebola on our shores but there are somethings that need attention more….like the possibility of a return to Iraq and the Middle East.

That concludes today’s briefing…#18 is in the can!

Thanx for your time and attention.

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All’s Well That Ends Like Crap!

News that should make people realize that McCain’s opinions are as worthless as tits on a boar!

How many times have you or your family heard that great American “patriot”, John McCain,  scream about the failure of the Obama administration for not coming to the aid of the rebels in their fight against Assad and now ISIS?  How many times?

From the beginning McCain has been yelling and ranting about the need to arm and supply the rebels….of course this coming from a senator that has been wrong on foreign policy for at least 20 years……….and he screamed about Libya, Georgia (the country not the state), Syria, etc….one rebellion after another…..he spent more time in front of the cameras than some news anchors….but what about his calls for arming rebels…….

When President Obama was trying to decide whether to arm rebels fighting the Syrian government, he asked the CIA to examine its long track record on such things. The review’s conclusion? It’s usually a waste of time and money—and sometimes only makes matters worse, reports the New York Times. The review looked back over the agency’s 67-year history and found that time and time again—from the Bay of Pigs, to the Sandinistas, to Somali warlords—providing arms to insurgent forces rarely had any significant effect on how things turned out.

That proved especially true if the US provided arms without having American personnel on the ground to provide guidance, as is the case with Syria. One notable exception: The CIA provided arms and training to Afghan rebels fighting the Soviet Union in the 1980s, and the rebels eventually drove the Soviets out. However, intelligence officers from Pakistan were on the ground helping the Afghan fighters. President Obama decided last month to provide limited assistance to Syrian rebels fighting ISIS, prompting a blogger at Firedog Lake to wonder, “What’s the point of commissioning a study just to ignore it?”

Once again McCain has proved that he is nothing but a political hack and still knows NOTHING about foreign policy.

Maybe now would be a good time to stop listening to McCain and giving him a platform to spout his ignorant rants……he proves time and time again to be a front man for the Military-Industrial Complex and not a good US senator……..

Whatcha think?