ISIS Coalition SITREP #83

Welcome to the briefing…..it has been awhile since the last one that is because there has been very little news that is worthy of comment….since the last report al-Baghdadi has been seriously wounded, number 2 man in Iraq has been reported killed, the ISIS minister of finance in Syria has been killed and wife taken prisoner with lots of data captured as well.  Al-Anbar province is being overrun…………city of Ramadi has been taken by ISIS fighters…..and the airstrikes continue.

Item 1–Advancing near the ancient city of Palmyra, ISIS is said to have captured the al-Hail and Arak gas fields, two very important parts of fueling Syria’s electricity grid.

Item 2–US airstrikes are working as the air cover for Shi’ite militias……….

Item 3–the defeat in Ramadi of Iraq troops looked a lot like the early days of the fighting with ISIS……massive retreating leaving equipment and arms behind…..with the fall of Ramadi ISIS is just 50 miles from Baghdad……that should worry everybody in DC.

Item 4–ISIS has finally captured the ancient city of Palmyra and with that victory that control a wide swath of land in Syria……

Capturing the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur in Arabic) and valuable nearby gas fields was just part of the gains of ISIS across Syria, which have now reached the point that the “caliphate” includes more than half of Syria’s territory.

Indeed, ISIS seems to be making gains across both Syria and Iraq, taking the major Iraqi city of Ramadi yesterday, and then seizing the al-Waleed border crossing, the last crossing between Iraq and Syria that they didn’t already hold.

Item 5–……..the story around the fall of the Anbar Province capital of Ramadi in recent days has been predictions of Iraq retaking the city, the reality is ISIS is continuing its eastward advance.

Early in the day, Iraqi forces reported they were exchanging mortar fire with ISIS forces east of the city, and had held them off, but by evening police commanders confirmed they’d been overrun entirely by ISIS.

Keep in mind that Baghdad is less than 60 miles from Ramadi…..is the capital next on the list?

Item 6–It appears that our “ally” Turkey may have helped ISIS inn the beginning…….

Witness testimony obtained by Reuters has once again shown that the Turkish government was dishonest about their involvement in the rise of Islamist rebels in northern Syria.

The testimony of officials revealed that Turkey’s MIT state spy agency repeatedly accompanied cargoes of weaponry across the border into Islamist rebel-controlled territory in January of 2014, and threatened border police who objected.

The weapons shipments were distributed among various rebel factions, and are believed to have played a significant role in ISIS gains in that area of Syria, which they control to this day.

Now I will wait to see if the media touches this or if it is down played…..my guess is the later.

Item 7–Iran has sent in troops to Iraq to assist in the refinery fight that is raging at this time.  This is gonna be a big deal.  The US has got to decide one way or the other.  Or should it be up to Iraq to decide who fights the good fight?

Item 8–Since the beginning of the conflict the Sunni tribes had to depend on the Shia government in Baghdad for supplies and arms……that is about to change…….

Under US law, foreign military aid is supposed to be provided directly to foreign governments. Efforts to arm up various factions in Iraq, including the Peshmerga and Sunni tribal militias, have thus long had to go through a central Iraqi government with limited interest in seeing those groups get too powerful.

Today, the Pentagon announced it has plans for direct provision of weapons to Sunni tribal factions inside Anbar Province, aiming to bolster them amid recent ISIS gains.

This one simple action could do more good than a month of training……

This concludes the briefing……next one will be as needed…….

Thanx for your time and attention…….

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Ramadi: The Blame Game

By now anyone interested in the war in the Middle East knows of the loss of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to the forces of ISIS……and by now the fingers are pointing in every direction…..who is to blame for this loss?

The US SecState has an opinion………

There is little denying that the war against ISIS is going poorly, and everyone is looking for a scapegoat. Over the weekend, Defense Secretary Ash Carter placed the blame squarely on Iraq’s military, saying they simply aren’t willing to fight.

After that bomshell was dropped the Iraqis fired back…….

Baghdad has authorized the deployment of Shi’ite militiamen, but many believe the militiamen could further aggravate sectarian relations. The U.S. government says it is looking into more training and weapons for local tribes. Meanwhile, local security forces in Anbar complained they have not received any support from Baghdad.

Basically it is the US fault for not properly supplying the Iraqi army……at least according to Iran…..

Iranian officials are feeling the loss of Ramadi too, but instead of blaming the Iraqis are placing the fault on America’s doorstep, with Gen. Qassim Suleimani declaring the US “has no will to fight” against ISIS and was leaving everything up to them and the Iraqis.

Love it when accusations go flying around like snowflakes on a wintery morn…….

Enough with the who did what…….what is the proper response?

The Congressional War Hawks are thumping their chests as always…..especially my fave Hawk, McCain………

McCain on Sunday said the Obama administration needs a more defined strategy to defeat the terrorist group and suggested “a number of thousands” of Americans could do the job.

“We need to have a strategy,” he said told CBS News. “There is no strategy, and anybody that says that there is, I’d like to hear what it is, because it certainly isn’t apparent now, and right now.”

Nothing new there….that is people like McCain’s only plan….send in American troops to fight and die……if not that…..what?

How about the testimony before a Senate committee…….

Witnesses testifying before the Senate Armed Services panel May 21 all agreed that the current strategy is failing and that the United States must work closely with Sunni fighters battling the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS). They stopped short of endorsing a surge in combat troops — a nonstarter after the 2003 invasion — but argued for a boost in the number of US advisers and a substantial increase in their role.

“Without adequate force structure on the ground — and commitment — you cannot get out there and engage with the Sunni Arabs … They won’t believe you’re serious unless you put enough skin in the game,” said retired Col. Derek Harvey, the director of the Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict at the University of South Florida. “And to do that we’re going to need, in my judgment, about 15,000 or more” extra advisers on top of the 3,000 or so already there.

Really is there a real plan?

NOTHING!  Keep on keeping on…..there is not one Congressional person with enough balls to put anything down on paper that can be used against them in an election…..after all that is what is paramount….preserve the campaign cash.

Winning an election is far important than winning the war of terror……

Keep in mind…..the longer a war continues….the more money is made……

And there is the plan you have been looking for all this time!

 

The Truth About Iraq

Everyone is looking for the TRUTH about Iraq and the war that began in 2003……..it seems that NO GOP candidate can explain anything but they blame it all on Obama……..

The answer is pretty simple…….CAN’T FIX STUPID!

 

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The New Lie About Iraq | The American Conservative

You read it right! I am pressing something from a conservative magazine.

We were scared into supporting a war in 2003 that did NOT need to be fought.  That game is being played again…….the media is doing all it possibly can to scare the American people into yet another ill fated war in Iraq.

The last line of the piece says it all……… “All Americans should be aware and suspicious of again being panicked into supporting more wars”

Good advice that we ALL should heed!.

The New Lie About Iraq | The American Conservative.

Why Did We Invade Iraq? – The Atlantic

The 2016 election is heating up already and all the focus seems to be on the Iraq War…..the second one not the first…….and the one question that has been asked is…..”Knowing what you know now would you have authorized the country going to war”?  A paraphrase but you get the idea.

It is a question that needs to be asked…..but there are others that would have been better…..the answers would be more telling of what type of president we would get with this person or that.

 

Why Did We Invade Iraq? – The Atlantic.

How Jeb Bush blundered into making the Iraq war his problem

Do not know if anyone is noticing but the Iraq War of GW is back in the news…..and it all started by asking Jeb one simple question…..and now they are asking all candidates the same question…….and NO seem capable of answering it as simply as it is asked…..it is fascinating watch the candidates scramble for an answer…..an answer beyond the “official” GOP talking points, that is……….

Here is Jeb’s mounting problem……..

 

How Jeb Bush blundered into making the Iraq war his problem.