Friday, May 29, 2015

Ramadi & Palmyra.

This is coolbert:

From the web site the rather pessimistic article by Joseph Fitsanaki:

"Analysis: Having taken Ramadi and Palmyra, ISIS is now unstoppable"

"ISIS forces in Ramadi.The capture by Islamic State forces of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, on May 17, has given the organization a fortified urban base less than an hour’s drive from Baghdad. Its near-simultaneous takeover of the central Syrian city of Palmyra, points to the organization’s permanence and demonstrates its widening operational span, which now ranges from Western Libya to the Iranian border. Without an all-out war effort by outside forces, such as Iran, or the United States, it is difficult to see how the Islamic State could be stopped from permanently establishing itself as a major actor in the region, especially since no outside force appears willing to confront it directly."

* "Even if they do not see eye-to-eye with ISIS, Ramadi's Sunni inhabitants are bound to fight doggedly against the Iraqi army, because it is currently dominated by Shiites"

* "There are now almost no Sunnis left in Iraq's Armed forces. Most are unwilling to offer allegiance to a state dominated by Iran, which they see as not representing them, or indeed threatening their very existence."

Eventually without concerted effort the Islamic State will be considered a fait accompli? NO ONE willing or able to expend the effort to dislodge ISIL!



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