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 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…..
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