ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #24

Good Day and thanx for joining the conversation……

Item 1–The US wants to end ISIS funding from oil……their plan is to bomb the pipeline that carries this oil…..that may cause a fire, an oil fire…..did we not appreciate it when Iraqi troops set wells on fire back in 1991?  What would the difference be?  A fire to prevent an enemy from using the oil….not a lot of difference there.

Item 2–The disturbing part about the Coalition’s fight with ISIS is the lack of reliable intel…….

The lack of intelligence on ISIS, both in failing to predict the various ISIS advances in both Syria and Iraq, and in lack of information on the organization’s current operations, is a major concern, particularly as the US continues to escalate an open-ended war against them.

Yet the official response so far is a broad exercise in blame-shifting, as administration officials point their fingers at the intelligence community for “underestimating” ISIS.

Finger pointing is what our bureaucrats do when times get tough……we need to  form a reliable intel gathering apparatus…..

Item 3–Coalition fixation on ISIS has allowed the Syrian forces to make gains……..

With the US air war and fighting with Kurds more or less keeping ISIS occupied, the Syrian military is moving apace in the central Hama Province, where they ousted al-Qaeda and its allies from the key town of Morek.

Rebel mouthpiece the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Morek has more or less entirely fallen, and that it is under the control of the military. Syrian state media’s most recent report merely said they held the majority of the town.

This situation needs monitoring closely……..the Coalition’s success could be aiding the Assad forces….which could present yet another obstacle to across…..

Item 4–A new report from the Iraqis say that ISIS is using CWs……..

Iraqi Defense Ministry officials have reported three separate incidents recently in which security forces, either police or military, have fallen suddenly ill in clashes with ISIS, and were hospitalized with symptoms consistent with chlorine poisoning.

Iraqi forces say that the incidents are signs that ISIS is increasingly turning to the use of crude chemical weapons, in the form of chlorine gas attacks, and warn that ISIS might be increasing its capabilities.

A turn of events that has yet to be independently confirmed…..if true would make another level of worry…..

Item 5–The Iraqi army had a major set back at the beginning of the Iraq sector of the ISIS war…….and there have been questions about their capabilities………

….Iraq’s fractured army has begun to regroup and stage modest, localized attacks on the Islamic State militants who routed them last spring and summer, but they are unlikely to be ready to launch a major counteroffensive for many months, senior U.S. military officials said Thursday.

“We’ve seen them start to act like an army,” one official said in a lengthy exchange with a group of Washington reporters who were invited to U.S. Central Command headquarters for the command’s most extensive briefings on operations in Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi security forces, trained for years by the U.S. prior to its departure from Iraq in 2011, have suffered sectarian divisions, a breakdown in leadership and a loss of confidence. To compound the problem, they surrendered tanks, armored personnel carriers and other U.S.-supplied equipment several months ago when IS fighters overtook Mosul.

Slowly may not be the most prudent action…….

The news reported in the media seems to be fair to good….the problem with that is that it is all hype….the only successes the coalition is having is from the air and that cannot continue before someone has to take it to the ground…..

That concludes today’s briefing…..I hope that it was informative…..

Next briefing will be Monday unless something breaks that needs covering….

Thanx for you time and attention……..

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ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #23

Good Day

Things are starting to move at a little quicker pace…..but the question to answer…….. will it be enough?

Item 1–The Coalition has been looking for ground troops to take on ISIS they may have found their agents……

Iraq’s Kurdish regional parliament will hold a session on Wednesday to vote on deploying peshmerga security forces to aid Syrian Kurds battling jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria group, a senior lawmaker said.

“Today, the Kurdistan parliament will hold a session… to give the authorization and allow the president of the region to move forces to the town of Kobane” in Syria, Omid Khoshnaw, the head of the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s parliamentary bloc, told AFP.

Good news right?  The problem is with these troops heading to Syria who will keep Kurdistan safe?  This may not be the best plan at this time.

Item 2–Iraq does not want US troops on the ground but yet they push for the US to expand their scope…..

US officials say that a recent Baghdad visit by top Obama aides, including deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken saw them fielding requests from Iraqi leaders for increased deployments of US troops as “military advisers” on the ground in Iraq.

The exact number of new troops being sought is not disclosed, but it’s also not the end of the story, with Iraq also reportedly pushing for more airstrikes, more weapons, more tanks for the Iraqi military. Just more in general.

Iraq needs to make up our minds for us…….

Item 3–The whole “moderate” rebel thing gets more confusing by the day………

The Syrian opposition force to be recruited by the U.S. military and its coalition partners will be trained to defend territory, rather than to seize it back from the Islamic State, according to senior U.S. and allied officials, some of whom are concerned that the approach is flawed.

Although moderate Syrian fighters are deemed essential to defeating the Islamic State under the Obama administration’s strategy, officials do not believe the newly assembled units will be capable of capturing key towns from militants without the help of forward-deployed U.S. combat teams, which President Obama has so far ruled out. The Syrian rebel force will be tasked instead with trying to prevent the Islamic State from extending its reach beyond the large stretches of territory it already controls.

Sorry to inform my readers….but if you goal is to “degrade and destroy” ISIS….you are not going to do that from a defensive position.

Item 4–Turkey is still whining about the US air drops of weapons and supplies to the defenders of Kobane…….

“I have difficulty understanding why Kobani is so strategic for them, because there are no civilians there, just around 2,000 fighters,” Erdogan added.
This incident should raise the suspicion of Turkey and their REAL intention in joining the coalition.
Item 5–Once again Kobane central is under attack from ISIS……this time with a vengeance…..the question being asked is….how long can the defenders hold out against these constant onslaughts?
That concludes the daily Coalition briefing…..
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Iraq: Mercenaries And Murder

While Americans were breathing a sigh of relief over their waning fear of Ebola…..BAM!  We have something else to clog the airways with endless hours of trivial bullshit…..the armed attack on Canada’s Parliament building…..the shooting was horrific….what followed afterwards is trivial filler.

But while you were sitting on the edge of your seat there was another news item that will be little reported.

The murder of Iraqi civilians by American mercenaries, oh my bad….American security consultants in 2007…….

.Four former Blackwater security contractors were convicted today in federal court for a 2007 mass shooting in Baghdad that left Iraqi civilians dead, the AP reports. (Some accounts cite an original death toll of 14, but the BBC notes that an Iraqi investigation later raised the total to 17; about the same number were injured.) Nicholas Slatten was found guilty of first-degree murder, while Paul Slough, Evan Liberty, and Dustin Heard were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, and gun charges. The defense had claimed its clients were acting in self-defense after insurgents and Iraqi cops shot at them, while prosecutors painted a picture of the guards having a “low regard and deep hostility toward Iraqi civilians,” as the AP describes it.

The defendants were ordered to jail immediately. Slatten faces life in prison and the others long stretches, but all are expected to appeal. On the day of the Sept. 16, 2007, shootings in Nisur Square, Blackwater guards were trying to clear the way for a State Department convoy before shots rang out, Reuters reports. There was “gunfire coming from the left, gunfire coming from the right,” as hundreds of Iraqi people in the square fled, a prosecutor said in closing arguments. The case incited Iraqi outrage and anti-American feelings around the world and made some question what rules government-employed security contractors had to follow overseas, Reuters notes. (Not surprisingly, Blackwater isn’t known as Blackwater anymore.)

I have been a very vocal opponent of these so-called private security companies, which in reality is a bunch of highly paid mercenaries….who act like they are not to be held accountable….that they are above the law.

There should be NO need for private security firms……it is solely to drive large profits to private hands.

These, especially Blackwater, are private armies…I am sure there should be some sort of constitutional thing concern this situation….

Anyway….did anyone see the movie 7 Days in May?  Maybe you read the book?  If not may I suggest that you do so and see what I am talking about…..okay?

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…..

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