Iraq/Syria Update–12Dec16

Since the MSM feels there is not much news in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria—I have taken it upon myself to try and keep my readers informed…..at east they will know……these are the run downs that Western media gives its readers….this is the news that most Americans try to forget…..

Iraq

Iraq’s parliament speaker says an airstrike targeting an Islamic State-held town in western Iraq near the Syrian border has killed and wounded “dozens” of civilians. – Associated Press

The spiritual leader of Iraq’s Yazidis said his people need international help to recover from the worst atrocities they have suffered in more than a century and to reintegrate thousands of women who were enslaved by Islamic State. – Reuters

Bernard-Henri Levy writes: The fire must be stamped out. And very soon. To bring this about, one looks to Barack Obama, who might prove willing to quicken the pace so as to end his second term with a victory for civilization over the pseudo-state that presently threatens every real state in the world. Failing that, we might have to hope that, come Jan. 20, Donald Trump remembers the speech he delivered the day after his Super Tuesday victory in the Republican primary. In that speech he said of ISIS: “Their days are numbered.” – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Iraq’s Kurds, having played a major role in the fight against Islamic State, are banking that the incoming Trump White House will expand U.S. military and political support for Iraq, taking on a larger role in stabilizing the country after the defeat of the terror group in Mosul. – Washington Times

U.S. warplanes carried out a deliberate bombing of a hospital Wednesday at the request of Iraqi forces who were under attack from Islamic State fighters in the building, a military spokesman said Thursday. – Military.com

With the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” seemingly nearing its downfall in Iraq, the country’s security agencies are preparing for a different fight against the militants, shifting away from ground offensives to a focus on intelligence work, surgical airstrikes and a higher level of cooperation with the West. – Associated Press

Iraqi troops who briefly seized a Mosul hospital believed to be used as an Islamic State base were forced to withdraw from the site, but managed to establish a base for army tanks nearby after days of fierce back-and-forth fighting, residents said. – Reuters

Syria

Syrian government forces swept through the Old City of Aleppo on Wednesday as rebel forces — besieged and facing certain defeat — debated when to withdraw from their shattered stronghold. – Washington Post

Syria’s Sunni opposition doesn’t have many reasons to be optimistic these days as the reinvigorated regime conquers Aleppo amid international indifference. But leaders of the rebel alliance cling to the hope that when Donald Trump tackles the Syrian crisis, his longstanding hostility to Iran will offset his desire to improve relations with Russia. – Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Syrian rebels and six western governments have called for an urgent ceasefire in Aleppo as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces edge closer to taking the opposition stronghold. – Financial Times

Russia raised hopes on Thursday for a deal to end the fighting in Aleppo, the Syrian city battered by a weeks-long assault by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces aimed at recapturing it from rebel fighters. – Financial Times

Russia said late Thursday that the Syrian military has suspended its combat operations in eastern Aleppo to allow civilians to leave the city and that it had reached agreement with the United States to negotiate the safe departure of rebel fighters. – Washington Post

The State Department on Thursday indicated there could be some imminent progress between the U.S. and Russia on a way to restart negotiations over how to reduce the violence in Syria, and specifically in Aleppo. – Washington Examiner

Syrian government forces pressed an offensive in Aleppo on Thursday night and into Friday with ground fighting and air strikes, Reuters witnesses, rebels and a monitoring group said, part of a push to retake all of the city’s besieged rebel-held east. – Reuters

And then for those that actually care…..

Some 200 US troops will be sent to Syria to help an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters seize the Islamic State group bastion of Raqaa, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said on Saturday.

The new batch of fighters will complement 300 American special forces already in Syria to assist US-backed Kurdish-Arab fighters who in recent weeks began their offensive on Raqqa.

“I can tell you today that the United States will deploy approximately 200 additional US forces in Syria,” Carter told Gulf policymakers in the Bahraini capital Manama.

Then news from the 82nd Airborne….more troops to Iraq……

Early next year, roughly 1,700 soldiers from the brigade will begin to deploy to Iraq to assume the train, advise and assist mission alongside their Iraqi counterparts.

Col. J. Patrick Work, commander of the Falcon Brigade, held court from the center of the swarm of paratroopers, who gathered together following a 4-mile brigade run and a surprise event – a brigade-wide tug-of-war tournament in which the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment emerged victorious.

It seems that every month or so the troops deployed to Iraq and Syria tick up and up…..and NO one seems to notice….

On a very sad note…..another American soldier has died because of his service in Afghanistan….

A Fort Hood soldier from Maryland died this week from the injuries he suffered when an improvised explosive device went off in Bagram, Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday.

Sgt. First Class Allan E. Brown, 46, was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, according to a news release.

He died Tuesday at Walter Reed National Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland. His hometown is listed as Takoma Park, military officials said.

The IED went off Nov. 12. Two other soldiers — Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, Calif.; and Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Illinois — died in the same incident on the day it happened.

IST sends our condolences to the family…may your family member rest in peace.

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7 thoughts on “Iraq/Syria Update–12Dec16

  1. All I can say, even after a snootful of Jamesons, is this; none of this is going to stop until the bankers and weapons mongers are held responsible for their perfidy. As long as there is a profit in war, there WILL be war. Those who allow themselves to be manipulated into being a part of it will be both victim, and perpetrator.

    Insanity can only breed more of the same. Nothing can be changed in how it’s always been by acting the same old way.

    gigoid, the dubious

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