Monday, September 29, 2014

The War Against The Islamic State Is Expanding With Turkey And Iran Preparing To Become Involved

U.S., Kurds Strike At Islamic State In Syria -- Reuters

(Reuters) - U.S. warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fighters.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit mills and grain storage areas in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, in an area controlled by Islamic State, killing at least two civilian workers.

Strikes on a building on a road leading out of the town also killed a number of Islamic State fighters, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Observatory which gathers information from sources in Syria.

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WNU Editor: These are today's developments (with a brief comment after each story):

ISIS threat: Syrian town fears massacre; Obama admits underestimating rise -- CNN
My Comment: It appears that airstrikes have not stopped the Islamic State from continuing it's war throughout Syria and Iraq.

Turkish tanks face ISIL near Syria border -- Al Jazeera
My Comment: Turkey's involvement will change the dynamics of this conflict and will have a profound impact on the entire region. They are also acting because they are fearful that the islamic State may actually win.

Insight - U.S.-led strikes pressure al Qaeda's Syria group to join with Islamic State -- Reuters
Isis reconciles with al-Qaida group as Syria air strikes continue -- The Guardian
ISIS+Al-Nusra Front? Islamists reportedly join forces, new threat against West issued -- RT
My Comment: This is an alliance that only the Devil could dream of.

Iran threatens to attack ISIS ‘deep’ inside Iraq -- Al Arabiya
My Comment: Even the Iranians know that boots on the ground will be necessary to defeat the Islamic State.

Iraq Army Woos Deserters Back to War on ISIS -- New York Times
My Comment: Billions in U.S. aid and years of U.S. training and effort utterly wasted.


phill said...

It's going to be an interesting week in the middle east.

phill said...

It's going to be an interesting week in the middle east.

James said...

Baghdad must be close to falling and I think it will. The Iranian statement is something I've been waiting for and they haven't disappointed me. They are being clear that they will go in and deep. This statement and the quiet from Western sources tells me it's worse than we think. Baghdad's fall would be mostly a symbolic victory (albeit a very potent one), but who would benefit the most from it? The Iranians don't want to fall with the implication they can't protect their Shia bretheren and ISIS wants the seat of the old "legitimate Caliphate" to give them that image of Islamic religious authority that they crave. Baghdad could very well be ISIS's graveyard, for once taken, they cannot give it up. It would be like a giant flypaper for them.