This is coolbert:
Yet more good news! ISIL when confronted with determined opposition can be defeated! So is the reporting.
"Iraqi forces make gains against ISIS, official says"
"(CNN) -- Kurdish and Iraqi armed forces made gains against ISIS fighters in northeastern Iraq on Friday, taking back several villages as they surrounded the large ISIS-held town of Jalawla, a spokesman for Kurdish forces said."
Within this context consider the amazing assertions of Mr. Steven Simon as made on the News Hour last night.
According to Mr. Simon:
* That Iraqi national army numbers about 900,000 personnel!
* Of which as deemed by the Pentagon 300,000 Iraqi troops "workable". Workable best defined as EFFECTIVES!
That figure of 900,000 I would have to suggest includes everyone, active duty military and reservists, militia, etc.
ALSO ACCORDING TO MR. SIMON THAT ISIL COMBAT FORCE CAPTURING MOSUL NUMBERING ABOUT 3,000 FIGHTERS TOTAL!!
Hard to figure the loss of Mosul and the relative ineffectiveness of the Iraqi national army. There is A TOTAL LACK OF WILL!!