Made me think of a Beatles song……sorry got side-tracked…..
We are told daily about the plans to “degrade and destroy” the barbarians we call ISIS or ISIL or IS (you choose the one you prefer)……we have been told that we maimed their leader….then we blew up their cash stash….and I have been waiting for further proof that what we are doing is truly deliver the promises…..and waiting…….then while surfing the net I found an article on military.com…..
A new intelligence assessment shows the size of the Islamic State force is shrinking in Iraq and Syria — but growing in Libya, a defense official said.
The new estimate for the number of fighters for the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is between 19,000 and 25,000 in Iraq and Syria, down from prior figures ranging from 20,000 to possibly more than 30,000, according to a defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The exact reasons for the declining force size are unclear but may include battlefield deaths, the impact of U.S. airstrikes, desertions and recruiting problems, the defense official said.
Deserters also played a role in trimming IS military manpower, according to the National Security Council. “The decrease reflects the combined effects of battlefield deaths, desertions, internal disciplinary actions, recruiting shortfalls, and difficulties that foreign fighters face travelling to Syria,” National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne told Reuters.
Now is this just another “bright” intel assessment or is this true?
I ask because we have been given many “bright” intel assessments in the last several years…..and yet the conflict continues……or maybe the numbers are declining in Syria because soldiers are being moved to areas like Libya and Afghanistan…..
I realize that the intel report will not give all the particulars…..but I, personally, want to know the status……
More research is needed…..
As long as we are talking about the news……I saw something today that John Kerry said…….
Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday accused Russia of bombing women and children “in large numbers” in Syria.
Speaking to reporters in Washington, he said the Russian bombing campaign was not precise and that the Russians were using “dumb bombs.”
“This has to stop,” Kerry declared.
Seriously? After all the civilians the US has “accidentally” killed with bombs and drone strikes and you are going to call Russia out on this?
Coalition bombings on oil refineries held by ISIS in the northeast of Syria killed fourteen militants associated with the group, but also five civilians. In total, since the bombing of Syria began on Monday, SOHR estimates that of the 183 total killed by U.S. bombs, 36 were non-combatants, many of them women and children. And that was just recently….what about in all the years we have been engaged in this conflict?
Civilian deaths are just that civilian deaths…..no matter who dropped what…..I think it is the height of hypocrisy to point a finger at anyone….or as my grandfather use to say….”when you point your finger at someone just remember there are 3 pointing at you”……
Welcome to a new Parker Bros. game……Geopolitics…..fun for all…… 8 to 80……