Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Despite Repeated U.S. Air Strikes, The Islamic State Is Winning The War In Syria

Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 18, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

Tim Mak and Nancy A. Youssef, Daily Beast: Exclusive: ISIS Gaining Ground in Syria, Despite U.S. Strikes

American jets are pounding Syria. But ISIS is taking key terrain—and putting more and more people under its black banners.

Update: Months of Airstrikes Fail to Slow Islamic State in Syria -- WSJ

WNU Editor: If the Islamic State is gaining territory in Syria .... despite consistent and persistent U.S. air strikes .... one has to wonder if the Obama administration’s Mideast strategy is working. When this U.S. campaign started a few months ago .... top U.S. Generals and Pentagon spokespersons reiterated the need for time .... but that time is now coming to an end .... and I do not see any progress at all ... especially in Syria. But on a bright note .... it does appear that the Islamic State is on the verge of losing the battle for Kobani (for now) .... Islamic State group losing ground in symbolic Kobani battle (AP)

Update: Here is an interesting analysis on the war against the Islamic State .... What The Anti-ISIS Campaign In Iraq And Syria Has To Do Next (Scott A. Vickery, The Washington Institute For Near East Policy).

1 comment:

James said...

US air campaign has either saved or stalled the fall of Kobani, but it has not taken the initiative away from ISIS nor has anyone else for that matter. When you fight things like ISIS initiative is all important.