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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How to defeat Islamic State’s war machine – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Everyone that cares about the situation in the Middle East has been asking the same question….what will it take to defeat ISIS?

I hope someone else has seen this….like those running this American cluster f*ck………

This piece is from al Monitor a publication from the Middle East…it is an interesting article and I would like to hear from others on the piece….

Please check it out and let me know……

 

How to defeat Islamic State’s war machine – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

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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ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #17

Good Day……

First topic today is those Middle East “experts” that you see and hear daily on your fave news shows……..there is NO such thing as a Middle East expert!  Even people living in the region are not experts….they may be well informed on their respective region or country but as a Middle East wide expert…NOT happening.  Take any white dude telling you the situation on the ground in the ME with a grain of salt………that includes me…I can give my educated opinion but since I do not live there any longer….I am NO expert.

With that….shall we begin today’s briefing?

Item 1–Just as the beginning of airstrikes the US is making the case for the use of ground troops in the conflict……and the effort by the media and the admin seems to be working…….

More Americans now say that they believe U.S. military action against ISIS should include American combat troops on the ground, according to a new NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll.

Forty-one percent of respondents believe both troops on the ground and airstrikes are necessary for the mission against ISIS, versus 35 percent who think it should be restricted to airstrikes; another 15 percent say no military action should be taken.

That’s a reversal from the NBC/WSJ poll in September, when 40 percent wanted just airstrikes and 34 wanted both airstrikes and combat troops.

Now all that is needed is a big ‘humanitarian’ crisis or attacks on the Green Zone in Baghdad…..we will be watching!

Item 2–The White House has issued a comment on the coalition efforts to check ISIS……

As ISIS gains continue to mount both in Syria and Iraq, the White House has reiterated its belief that the war on ISIS is “succeeding,” with White House spokesman Josh Earnest citing the evacuation of Mount Sinjar as proof.

There is a problem with that example…..it seems there were virtually NO Yanzidis on the mountain cited……NO one sees this operation as a success….it is only spin doctors that are saying such an outlandish claim.

Item 3–ISIS continues to make gains in Anbar……not looking good for the region at all……

Just one day after ISIS forces seized an Iraqi military base on the outskirts of Hit, they are preparing a move against an even bigger site in the Anbar Province, one of the last significant Iraqi military presences there.

The new target seems to be the al-Assad airbase, the second largest airfields in Iraq, and one of the last bases around Haditha Dam. The base is now surrounded, according to reports.

This should give the Iraqi army something to do….that is if they are up to the challenge.

Item 4–There is a crack in Assad’s armor…..loyalists are started to re-think their allegiance……

Two high ranking Syrian security officials have been fired in what residents and a rights group say is a response to protests by government loyalists angered by the death of 41 children in a bombing in Homs city.

Official concessions to popular demands are rare in Syria. But many loyalists are starting to feel abandoned by the government for whom they have sacrificed much to defend since President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy protests in 2011 led to an armed uprising and civil war.

Maybe the CIA should take heed…this could be the opening they need to have an inside man….that is if they had prepared for the situation…my guess is they did not.

Item 5–The Middle East has always been a volatile place but in recent years the danger has gone off the charts…..and the rise of powerful militias…….

Embattled governments in Iraq and Syria have come to rely on Shiite militias as their armies have crumbled in the face of mostly Sunni insurgents and rebels. In Libya, various armed groups loosely allied with two rival governments have fought over bullet-riddled airports. Shiite rebels in Yemen have swept down from the north, capturing the capital and, on Tuesday, a key port city.

The chaos unleashed by the Arab Spring has led to the rise of powerful militias — including many Islamic extremist groups — across a Middle East where many central governments have been exposed as weak. Some of the groups are allied with the governments, while others are fighting to topple them. Some — like the Kurdish peshmerga in northern Iraq — are seen as vital allies for the West. All could prove to be major obstacles to peace or stability in the region.

I include this in my briefing because I believe that things are only going to get worse in the Middle East….the ISIS thing is only the beginning of many years of wars we cannot afford.

That concludes today’s briefing…..the information so that those concerned about the endless wars our country has been involved in and will be involved in…….hope the info is useful…….

Thanx for your time and attention.

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ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #16

Good day and welcome to the briefing…..

Let’s get right to it without the opening commentary….

Item 1–the warning that I and others have given to the world about Turkey and the PKK have come to light……..

Turkish warplanes attacked Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in southeast Turkey on Sunday in the first significant air operation against the militants since the launch of a peace process two years ago, Hurriyet news website said on Tuesday.

The air strikes caused “major damage” to the PKK, Hurriyet said. They were launched after three days of PKK attacks on a military outpost in Hakkari province near the Iraqi border, it added.

You were told what would happen after Turkey entered into the “coalition”……..,BAM! Hoot dare it id!

Item 2–ISIS has gained about 70% control over al-Anbar………..

Militants with the Islamic State group today captured a military training camp in western Iraq, inching closer to full control of the restive Anbar province, as a spate of deadly bombings shook Baghdad, hitting mostly Shiite neighborhoods and leaving at least 30 dead. The attacks, which came as Iraqi Shiites marked a major holiday for their sect with families crowding the streets in celebration, raised new concerns that the Sunni militant group is making gains despite US-led coalition airstrikes. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, on a visit to Iraq, warned that the airstrikes will not be enough to defeat the extremist group and stressed that the Iraqi security forces would have to do the “heavy work on the ground.”

Baghdad is in the cross hairs as we speak…….and that would be the line that may trigger more US troops……..

Item 3–Korbane is hanging on by their finger tips…..the UN has issued a warning……

The new U.N. envoy to Syria said Friday that at least 500 civilians remain trapped in the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani besieged by the Islamic State group, warning that they were likely to be “massacred” if it falls to the extremists.

Staffan de Mistura raised the spectre of some of the worst genocides of the 20th century during a news conference in Geneva, where he held up a map of the town along the Syria-Turkish border and said a U.N. analysis shows only a small portion remains open for people to enter or flee Kobani.

Sadly the defenders of Korbane are living on borrowed time……

Item 4–A general gives a reinforcement of the Obama plan as it is today…..

Speaking to reporters today, US Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno says he is “somewhat confident” that the Iraqi military can successfully defend Baghdad from an ISIS attack

“I believe the capability is there to defend Baghdad,” Odierno insisted. Fear over the fate of the capital is growing with the latest ISIS push into Abu Ghraib.

Personally, I think the general is just issuing talking points that are NOT based in reality……

Item 5–There are cracks forming in the “inclusive” government BS……It has been sold that Sunni and shia will learn to fight as one to protect their country from ISIS……the problem is….that is not happening……..

A new report from Amnesty International details war crimes committed by the Iraqi government-backed Shi’ite militias in the central Sunni towns that they’ve retaken from ISIS.

The report warned that over 170 young Sunnis were kidnapped by militias in the area around Samarra since June, with dozens of them executed, and many of the rest held for ransom. Others have yet to be accounted for.

This will be downplayed to keep the ‘plan’ rolling….in reality there is NO cooperation between sects….at this time.

With that I conclude today’s briefing…..hopefully it was informative…….

Thanx for your time and attention.

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ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #15

Good morning and let a new week begin.

The airstrikes continue…..ISIS continues on Korbane…….and the excuses continue…….but as far as any progress in slowing the expansion of ISIS……..NADA!

Item 1–The big news over the weekend is that Turkey has finally stated some of what they are willing to do as part of the Coalition…….

Turkey will allow American and coalition troops to use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, Defense Department officials said Sunday.

Obama administration officials have urged the Turkish government to play a more significant role in fighting the extremists who have seized large parts of Iraq and Syria and driven refugees into Turkey.

So far Turkey has NOT confirmed the reports of this…….

Item 2–We have heard the the Iraqi government does NOT want US troops in the country…..but then there was this……..

The top officials in Iraq’s Anbar Province are pushing hard for a US ground invasion, warning the situation is worsening, and that ISIS is close to completing the takeover of the province.

The reality is that the province fell in all the ways that matters months ago, with Ramadi and Fallujah falling way back in January, and ISIS making other key gains in April and May. They talk of ISIS sending 10,000 fighters to Anbar, but its not clear that any of those are new fighters who haven’t been there since the summer.

My question is…Is it the government or the region’s people that call for this invasion?  It does make a difference.

Item 3–I know there is a debate on whether the US will use ground troops as a solution to the ISIS problem….of course mental midgets like McCain want it so much that they are giving themselves ulcers until it happens.

There are others that seem to be working the possibility into the conversation………..

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey today said his “instinct at this point” is that the war will eventually require the “advisers,” US ground troops sent to Iraq, will have to engage in ground combat, particularly in the push to retake the major city of Mosul.

Gen. Dempsey went on to say that ISIS is successfully blending in to the Sunni population in towns along the outskirts of Baghdad, and that “indirect fire” from mortars and artillery against the Iraqi capital are virtually certain in the coming days.

Keep en eye on this……the case is starting to be made……

Item 4–If ever there will a be trigger for US forces it is this piece of intel……..

Fighters for the Islamic State were managing to blend in with disenfranchised Sunni populations in some Iraqi towns and villages near the capital, raising the chances of militant attacks against targets in Baghdad, President Obama’s top military adviser said on Sunday.

“I have no doubt there will be days when they use indirect fire into Baghdad,” the adviser, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, said in an interview with “This Week” on ABC.

Indirect fire refers to the use of mortar, rockets or artillery. General Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said American military officers still think that an outright assault on Baghdad remains unlikely, but that strikes from a distance by militants infiltrating areas near the capital could greatly heighten the sense of insecurity in Iraq’s most important city.

That would be the perfect excuse….the need to protect American lives….

Item 5–Over the weekend McCain did what McCain does best……..exaggerate and play the fear card……like a good neocon……..but he is not alone……

“They’re winning, and we’re not,” says John McCain in his assessment of the American effort against the Islamic State. “The Iraqis are not winning. The Peshmerga, the Kurds are not winning.” The Arizona Republican wants American boots on the ground to better coordinate airstrikes, Politico reports, as well as a no-fly zone in Iraq and Syria—and he wants to strike the latter. “You have to go after ISIS and Bashar al-Assad. There’s no boundary between Syria and Iraq. Why should we differentiate?” National Security Adviser Susan Rice also weighed in on the issue, noting that “We are in the early stages of what is going to be, as President Obama has said, a long-term effort,” adding that “this is going to take time.” Elsewhere on your Sunday dial:

  • Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey: ISIS militants were “within, you know, 20 or 25 kilometers” of the Baghdad airport. “Had they overrun the Iraqi unit, it was a straight shot to the airport. So, we’re not going to allow that to happen. We need that airport.”
  • Bob Woodward: The anti-ISIS campaign is “a mess,” President Obama is “clearly going through a wake-up call” and has “got to come up with something that’s going to work,” and his aim of destroying ISIS is a “mighty ambitious goal.”
  • Leon Panetta on Washington: “Having been in this town close to 50 years … Right now, I think it’s Washington at its worst because of the gridlock and stalemate that’s involved in this town.”
  • Panetta on President Obama: “Presidents need to also have a heart of a warrior. That’s the way you get things done … to engage in a fight.”

The full court press has begun……polls will help or hinder this attempt…I expect to see polls released this week.

That concludes today’s briefing……events should start spiraling again very soon…….

Thanx for your time and attention.

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