Good day and welcome……this will conclude the briefings for this week…..today will be a short briefing because the prez has made his announcement on immigration and the war, the death and the destruction will just have to take a backseat……
Item 1–Months back the Iraqi Army tucked and ran in the face of ISIS…..and now the Iraqi government is demanding more weapons to fight……
The 2008-2009 Iraqi Army had a lot of very high-end US weaponry and vehicles. It was the best weaponry money (and a lot of taxpayer aid) can buy, and that gear was the envy of the region.
US officials are reportedly reluctant to sell Iraq a new collection of high-end weaponry because a large chunk of the weapons that were there a few years ago were abandoned by Iraqi troops in retreat and looted by ISIS.
A valid concern….if we send them more weapons how long will it be before they are in the hands of ISIS?
Item 2–Before funding is approved US troops will be deployed in Iraq……
Some of the 1,500 U.S. troops authorized to advise and train Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State militants will deploy to the country in the next few weeks without waiting for Congress to fund the mission, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said leading elements of the U.S. force would begin moving to Iraq in the coming weeks, even if Congress has not yet acted on a $5.6 billion supplemental request to fund the expanded fight against the militants who overran northwestern Iraq this year.
What is the rush?
Item 3–Finally! Some truth coming out of the admin…….
Obama Administration suggested that a wholesale reconsideration of the ISIS war in Syria was going to be changing the near-term goals toward the ousting of President Bashar Assad.
Now, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is conceding again that Assad is “indirectly benefiting” from the war, even though the US doesn’t mean for that to happen.
The question is….how will they overcome this situation?
Item 4–Israel is getting closer to a possible intervention……
Another Syrian province looks set to fall out of Assad government control soon, with al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra sending some 2,000 fighters against Ba’ath City and Khan Arnaba, the last towns they yet control in Quneitra Province.
The Quneitra Province covers the Syrian side of the Golan Heights frontier with neighboring Israel, and has been sieged by Nusra and some other more moderate rebel factions for months.
Will Israel sit on the sidelines? If not what will be the rsult if they are dumb enough to intervene?
Item 5–Report of another major ISIS leader being killed…….
(Reuters) – An Islamic State leader has been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medical source said on Thursday.
Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, whom the sources described as the radical militant group’s leader in Mosul, was killed with his driver when their car was hit in a western district of the city
This is good news but NOT a game changer.
That concludes today’s briefing…..next briefing 24Nov14…….
Thanx for your time and attention…..
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