Good day and a hope all had a lovely restful Thanksgiving……
Shall we begin the last briefing of the week….
Item 1–The concern has been that troops will be needed on the ground and just who will provide that unpopular part of this coalition……
US officials are confirming that they are engaged in ongoing negotiations with Arab nations, particularly Jordan, in an effort to send Arab ground troops to Iraq and Syria to fight against ISIS.
The US has been increasing its own ground presence across Iraq, though they continue to deny that they’re going to be involved in direct combat operations. Jordan seems to be keen to get an Arab army involved, and could be the first nation on board with the operation.
Does Jordan have an army large enough or experienced enough for the job of a ground assault?
Item 2–An ISIS military leader is said to have been killed…..
An air strike in west Iraq reportedly killed on Wednesday a senior figure in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Al Arabiya’s correspondent reported.
Senan Meteeb, the so-called ISIS “emir” of the western Anbar province, was reportedly killed by a coalition air raid in the Anbar city of Hit. Twenty-four other ISIS fighters were also reportedly killed.
Item 3–Shi’a militias say that Kurds too NO part in the battle……
RBIL, Kurdistan Region – A top Iraqi militia commander said that no Kurdish forces took part in the operation that pushed back Islamic State (IS) gunmen from the strategic city of Saadiya which had been seized by the jihadists militants since early summer.
Hadi Ameri, who is the head of the Shiite Badr militia, said Iranian army played a key role in liberating the two cities of Jalawla and Saadiya.
“Saadiya was liberated by the (Shiite) People’s Protection Force (HASHD) with heavy artillery and air support from the Iraqi army and national police force,” Ameri told Rudaw. “No Peshmarga force took part in the battle for Saadiya,” he added.
Everyone in the fight will be jockeying for favor….so it begins……
Item 4–The new plan for Iraq to battle ISIS is a small “vanguard” force……
Instead, officials say the US is looking to create an entirely separate light infantry “vanguard force” for the time being, figuring they can cobble together these new brigades first and then use them as a model for a “leaner, meaner Iraqi Army.”
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s central government is impeding foreign military assistance to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in their fight with the Islamic State (ISIS), Kurdistan’s national security advisor complained.
Masrour Barzani said that Baghdad “impedes the foreign assistance to the Peshmerga forces,” adding that “this is a violation of the constitution.”
“In the constitution the Peshmerga are part of Iraq’s defense forces,” said Barzani. “But Baghdad not only does not meet its constitutional responsibilities, it rather prevents the delivery of assistance to the Peshmerga,” he said.
This will continue to be a problem until Hell freezes…..none of the three (3) major divisions do not trust each other…hard to fight a war with such feelings.
Item 5–the battle for the recapture of Mosul is raging…..well raging may not be the best description……
Kurdistan Region – A senior Sunni official from Mosul province says the Iraqi government is “not serious” about pushing back jihadist militants from the Sunni heartland.
Bashar Kiki, who is head of Mosul’s provincial council, says that Baghdad government has not supported Sunni tribes in the area that are willing to take on the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in Mosul.
“The central government has a duty to support those who have registered to join the forces that want to confront ISIS, but so far no such indication is seen in Baghdad,” Kiki told Rudaw
He explained that Sunni tribes in Mosul province have attempted to set up militias which would eventually take part in the liberation of the city with Baghdad’s largely Shiite government reluctant to arm them.
This is so typical in Iraq…..and well be the undoi9ng of any future successes made in the battle against ISIS.
This concludes the briefing for today…..
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