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Sadly there are times when action comes too late, and such is the case with the fight against ISIS. However, at least someone is taking action, definitive action. But the issue for me is that it’s not the United States and Barack Obama.
Folks can blather on all they want, but the Islamic terror group known as Al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) HAD been defeated. Based on the campaign promise and political/ideological agenda of President Obama, all American combat troops were withdrawn from Iraq — that action enabled the resurgence and reconstitution of AQI as ISIS. But help has come from an usual source…
As reported by Fox News, “The recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra by Syrian government forces scores an important victory over Islamic State fighters who waged a 10-month reign of terror there and marks the first major defeat for the extremist group since an international agreement to battle terrorism in the fractured nation took effect last year.
The city known to Syrians as the “Bride of the Desert” is famous for its 2,000-year-old ruins that once drew tens of thousands of visitors each year before the Islamic State group destroyed many of the monuments.
The extent of the destruction remained unclear after government troops took the town in central Syria on [last] Sunday. Initial footage on Syrian state TV showed widespread rubble and shattered statues. But Palmyra’s grand colonnades appeared to be in relatively good condition.
The government forces were supported by Lebanese Hezbollah militiamen and Russian air power. The Islamic State now faces pressure on several fronts as Kurdish ground forces advance on its territory in Syria’s north and government forces, from Palmyra, have a new path to its de facto capital, Raqqa, and the contested eastern city of Deir el-sour.
International airstrikes have pounded IS territory, killing two top leaders in recent weeks, according to the Pentagon. Those strikes have also inflicted dozens of civilian casualties. In neighboring Iraq, meanwhile, government forces backed by the U.S. and Iran are preparing a ground offensive to retake the country’s second largest city, Mosul, from IS fighters.”
We shared with y’all here that the Kurdish Regional Government representatives actually have visited with Russia regarding weapons support they’re not receiving from the United States. Yes, I want the defeat of ISIS, but the thing I don’t want to see occur is Russian and Iranian hegemony in the Middle East — but that’s what our lack of foreign policy has advanced.
The fact that we have Iran’s proxy military, Hezbollah, a designated Islamic terror group, assisting with operations in the Syria-Iraq area of operations should be disconcerting. This indicates we’ve moved into a new era, one where Islamic terror groups are openly engaging in combat operations beside nation-state uniformed military organizations and formations.
It appears Vladimir Putin has achieved his operational objectives. He’s propped up Bashar Assad and guaranteed Assad won’t be stepping down – despite Obama stating on several occasions that “Assad must go” — just like . . . Read More
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