Good day….It has been a busy week with all the comedy surrounding the latest futile attempt to find an active government……all the while the war with no name is raging…..maybe now the results of this conflict will be news once again…….
Item 1–the big news over the weekend is that the prez has written a letter to the leader of Iran about the battle with ISIS……
President Obama secretly penned a letter to Ayatollah Khamenei last month, sources tell the Wall Street Journal, in an attempt to prod the Iranian leader toward a nuclear deal while simultaneously underscoring the two nations’ joint interest in fighting ISIS—with any cooperation on the latter being what the Journal calls “largely contingent” on the former. Senior American officials wouldn’t talk about the letter, and NPR notes that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said today that he’s “not in a position to talk about private correspondence between the president and another world leader.” Khamenei has reportedly never directly responded to any of Obama’s previous three letters.
This could be a good thing for the war on ISIS….but there will be consequences that few are willing to see….
Item 2–In a Friday news dump the word is that more troops will be sent to Iraq as ‘advisers’……..
The White House has announced that President Obama has authorized a plan to more than double the number of US ground troops in Iraq, signing off on another 1,500 troops.
Officials declined to offer details about the timings of the deployments, or what the massive number of new “advisers” will actually be doing on the ground in Baghdad and Irbil.
This is not news to anyone watching the news but the question not asked is…..we are told that these troops are not a ground force but rather will be there to “advise, train and assist”…..there is my problem…the word “ASSIST”….NO one will define what it means to “assist”.
Item 3–There is no thing that will be a downfall moment….civilian deaths….
US airstrikes against the town of Harem, in the Idlib Province of Syria, killed a number of civilians, including at least four children, locals have confirmed. Images of slain children were released via social media.
The Pentagon confirmed the strikes in the area, insisting they were targeting “Khorasan,” which is to say Syria’s Jabhat al-Nusra faction, as Khorasan is a term the US invented to create a distinction other rebels say doesn’t exist.
I am still NOT convinced of the existence of this “super cell” of AQ.
Item 4–The conflict in Iraq is once again splitting along sectarian lines….this was the US big problem after the 2003 invasion…..nothing we are doing today will make that split any good.
Item 5–The key to this coalition was always going to be Turkey…..but is Turkey the good partner?
A former member of ISIS has revealed the extent to which the cooperation of the Turkish military allows the terrorist group, who now control large parts of Iraq and Syria, to travel through Turkish territory to reinforce fighters battling Kurdish forces.
A reluctant former communications technician working for Islamic State, now going by the pseudonym ‘Sherko Omer’, who managed to escape the group, told Newsweek that he travelled in a convoy of trucks as part of an ISIS unit from their stronghold in Raqqa, across Turkish border, through Turkey and then back across the border to attack Syrian Kurds in the city of Serekaniye in northern Syria in February.
If true….how can an action be successful?
This concludes today’s briefing…….
Thanx for your time and attention.
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