The news we are getting about the battle against those pricks in ISIS is pretty good….we have taken out their money stores, their gas supply, a couple of leaders and the ISIS opposition is making headway on just about all fronts…..
With the barbarians getting their asses handed to them….especially in Iraq and Syria…..and they are defeated, as promised, the question should be……What then?
The Unz Review attempts to answer this question……keep in mind that this site has a decidedly Libertarian tilt to it…….
Isis is under attack in and around the last three big cities it holds in Iraq and Syria – Fallujah, Mosul and Raqqa. It is likely to lose these battles because its lightly armed if fanatical infantry, fighting from fixed positions, cannot withstand air strikes called in by specialised ground forces. They must choose between retreating and reverting to guerrilla war or suffering devastating losses.
It is two years since Isis launched itself on the world by capturing Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, though it had already taken Fallujah 40 miles west of Baghdad at the start of 2014. In its first campaigns, its ability to achieve surprise by using mobile columns of vehicles packed with experienced fighters was astonishingly effective.
Source: Isis faces likely defeat in battles across Iraq and Syria – but what happens next? – The Unz Review
All our leaders have promised that the ISIS group will be defeated….that includes all the presidential wannabes also……but not one of them has an answer for…..when they, ISIS, is defeated–what then?
But before one can claim a win, the defeat of ISIS, there are a few other varibles that need consideration……
Attempting to defeat IS without beginning to address the political and structural failures that have led to these circumstances borders on the ridiculous.
With the beginning of separate offensives against the Islamic State (IS) in Fallujah and Raqqa, many analysts are highlighting that this is the beginning of the end of IS, with Mosul next in sight. However, there is one key issue with this analysis; these offensives do nothing to address the structural failures in both Iraq and Syria that led to IS’ rise. Moreover, there is no valid plan for the governance of the people being ‘liberated’ from IS. Without addressing these issues, history will repeat itself and IS will either return or morph into another radicalised entity looking to represent marginalised Sunnis.
Source: Defeating the Islamic State will take more than gunpowder | openDemocracy
The war against ISIL has entered a critical new phase. The group is facing a multipronged offensive threatening at least three of its most vital strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
The strategic significance of the areas under attack mean the group will have little choice but to put up a serious fight, which will then help the US-led coalition to better assess and target the current capabilities of its enemy. Similarly, the way the assault is conducted will determine whether the new phase is the beginning of the end for the group or the start of a new cycle.
Source: Are we witnessing the beginning of the end for ISIL? | The National
ISIS can be defeated….but there needs to be thought for what will come next.
Don’t forget….there is still AQ and the Taleban……what will be their part in the coming years?