ISIS: The Beginning Of The End?

We hear of the demise of ISIS often.

With every success it has been billed as the beginning of the end of the barbarous ISIS…..all that is just ducky but what will the Middle East, especially Syria, look like if and when end arrives?

A few thoughts from the region……

With a new American administration in place an idea has begun to crystallize in the war against ISIS.

This idea is not limited to deploying helicopters and artillery in Raqqa and Mosul and empowering the presence of special forces but also includes forming a US-Gulf front that contributes to fighting ISIS on condition that the areas liberated from ISIS are not occupied by Iran or militias affiliated with it.

This is the major point concluded by the Moscow document and the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ visit to the Gulf and Iraq. So there’s a US-Russian-Turkish-Gulf agreement to end the Iranian expansion in Arab capitals. We must be clear regarding this point if the world wants our cooperation to eliminate ISIS.

Source: Iraq and Syria, post ISIS – Al Arabiya English

The above piece is dated so keep that in mind…….

…..the United States deepened its involvement in the Syrian Civil War in ways that may only gradually become apparent. In targeting a convoy that Secretary of Defense James Mattis said included Iran-backed militiamen as well as Syrian regime forces, the U.S. apparently, for the first time since the conflict began six years ago, attacked foreign fighters allied to the Syrian government. The same incident also represented the second time the U.S. military has deliberately targeted Assad’s own forces, which the Trump administration struck last month in retaliation for the Syrian government using chemical weapons against civilians. Under Barack Obama, U.S. military operations in Syria were directed at ISIS and al-Qaeda affiliates. Now two additional factions in the multifaceted civil war are in America’s crosshairs.

Source: The Scramble for Post-ISIS Syria Has Officially Begun

Please keep in mind that the US does not have a plan for post-ISIS Syria/Iraq…….the plans all along have been to defeat ISIS and that is the extent of the plans…..I am sure that some corporations see a money making opportunity in the defeat but they have not shared what they will do for the region.

But more over we cannot understand the things that ISIS is doing without understanding Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia…..

The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed — and horrified — by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia’s ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, “Don’t the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?”

It appears — even now — that Saudi Arabia’s ruling elite is divided. Some applaud that ISIS is fighting Iranian Shiite “fire” with Sunni “fire”; that a new Sunni state is taking shape at the very heart of what they regard as a historical Sunni patrimony; and they are drawn by Da’ish’s strict Salafist ideology.

Source: You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | HuffPost

What is that old war adage?  “Know your enemy”….that is great advice maybe we should heed it……our hubris has not allow us to “know our enemy”….Vietnam is the perfect example…..and we are repeating the mistakes once again…..

Einstein was right!

15 thoughts on “ISIS: The Beginning Of The End?

    1. We need to pull out of the Paris Accords and we need to pull out of The UN and we need to pull out of anything and everything that threatens to undermine our sovereignty as a nation.

  1. Thx, i also think so. If ISIS is a mixture of the former “nobility” of Gaddhafi and Sadam Hussein, the enemies are best teached in the things they are doing. Maybe – and thats the risk – better than our strategic workers. ;-(

  2. Discussing the end of ISIS is a non starter because if and when ISIS is defeated another such group will arise to take its place because the terror and the killing are in the DNA of those who embrace it.

  3. I’m not so sure about that. Wasn’t it that great philosopher, Covfefe, who said… “The idiocy of what you Tweet is directly proportional to the inability of using your opposing thumbs.”
    But when you bring Khan into the picture you then foment the debate between Montalban vs. Cumberbach. Ahh.. life is so complex.

  4. Ah, Chaka Khan in a basque…That took me back.
    ISIS is as much an idea, as an army. History has taught us that ideas are hard to beat. Especially if you waste time killing the ‘wrong’ people.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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