There is a wealth of news these days but most of it is about the election in a few days……but we should be focusing on the war raging in Iraq…..why?
This could be a situation for the ages and not just a push to destroy an enemy…..
After the battle there will be a wealth of problems that could reignite into another shooting conflict……
The battle for Mosul is as much a political endeavor as its post-conflict status will be. The entire venture pivots on the trust between the allied factions: the Kurds, the Christians, the Yazidis, and the Iraqi army which has its own Shia-Sunni divisions—not to mention the Turks hovering on the horizon threatening to join the hunt. For the ground war to work the factions need to believe that they share a common goal for the long-term future of Mosul. That’s a tall order because the major players have divergent, even opposing, agendas.
Source: The Politics of the Battle for Mosul | World Affairs Journal
Let’s look forward in time….and predict that ISIS in Mosul will be defeated….what then?
The steady erosion of ISIL’s hold on its core territories in Iraq and Syria appears to herald the final success of the US-led coalition’s effort to overthrow the self-proclaimed caliphate.
As the attack onMosul intensifies and Syrian regime forces and Kurdish fighters close in on Raqqa, ISIL is mounting a desperate defence of the shrinking area over which it still holds sway. However, it is probably far too early to write off a regional threat that can still call on clandestine, international networks of followers to sustain its fanatical and uncompromising struggle against western countries and their regional allies.
Source: What lies ahead when ISIL is finally defeated? | The National
As the battle for Mosul lingers on…the allies are at the same time preparing for a push on the capital of ISIS….Raqaa, Syria…..
Before Iraqi forces and their US backers have set foot in Mosul, the US and its allies have begun preparations to imminently wrest the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, a momentous decision aimed at destroying what is left of Isis’s self-declared caliphate.
The US defense chief, Ashton Carter, meeting in Paris with his counterparts in the anti-Isis coalition, vowed that Iraqi forces, Syrian Arab and Kurdish allies and US special operations troops and airpower could take away Isis’s Iraqi and Syrian capitals practically simultaneously.
“We’ve planned for that, and we have the resources for both,” Carter told NBC News early Wednesday, saying an attack on Raqqa would commence “in the next few weeks”.
Source: US and allies prepare to take Raqqa from Isis as battle for Mosul continues | US news | The Guardian
Looks like the plan is to try and catch ISIS off guard with their pants down fighting for survival in Mosul….but I question that decision……
Maybe a better idea would be to fight one battle front at a time….but still keep pressure on Raqaa…but concentrate on the elimination of Mosul first.
But let’s say we are successful and defeat ISIS in Mosul and then move on and do the same in Raqaa….will we then declare the official death of ISIS?
There may be a reason to not get too jubilant about these possible defeats.
Why so, Professor?
The US military warned today that the Islamic State continues to plot attacks against the West from its headquarters in Raqqa, Syria.
“We know this plot and planning is emanating from Raqqa,” Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said, according to the Associated Press.
Townsend didn’t provide any specifics, but the Islamic State has orchestrated multiple attacks from its safe havens in the past. American and European officials are constantly working to disrupt the group’s logistical support networks and uncover cells.
“We aren’t sure how pressing it is. We know they are up to something,” Townsend said, according to FoxNews.com. Townsend added that “we’ve got to get to Raqqa pretty soon” because of this anti-Western plotting.
Source: Islamic State continues to plot against the West, US military warns | The Long War Journal
As a reminder I turn your attention to an op-ed I wrote for Ace News Room…..
Source: Generation Jihad – In Saner Thought
Fore warned is fore armed!