« prev   random   next »

2
0

US takes northern Syria - ISIS strategy pays off.

By Blurtman following x   2017 Oct 17, 5:17pm 1,013 views   11 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


BEIRUT, Lebanon — American-backed forces said on Tuesday that they had seized the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, a major blow to the militant group, which had long used the city as the de facto capital of its self-declared caliphate.

Celebrations erupted in Raqqa, where residents had lived under the repressive rule of militants who beheaded people for offenses as minor as smoking. Fighters could be seen cheering and firing celebratory gunfire in the streets, according to residents reached by phone and text message.

The United States Central Command stopped short of declaring victory, saying that “more than 90 percent of Raqqa is in S.D.F. control,” a reference to the Syrian Democratic Forces, an American-backed militia group made up of Syrian Kurds and Arabs.

Col. Ryan S. Dillon, a spokesman for the United States military in Baghdad, said Tuesday that Raqqa was on the verge of being liberated, but that there were still pockets of the city controlled by the Islamic State. Syrian Democratic Forces officers, however, were emphatic in phone interviews and public statements that they had finally wrested control of the city from the militants after a monthslong campaign.

“The military operation is over,” said Talal Salo, a commander reached by phone at the group’s headquarters in Hasaka.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/17/world/middleeast/isis-syria-raqqa.html

#IranIsNext
2   Heraclitusstudent   ignore (2)   2017 Oct 18, 11:52am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

How much was it? 4 weeks to take Baghdad? 4 years to take Raqqa.
Why?
3   DASKAA   ignore (3)   2017 Oct 18, 12:15pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Heraclitusstudent says
How much was it? 4 weeks to take Baghdad? 4 years to take Raqqa.
Why?


Because US Armed Forces >> "Syrian Democratic Forces".

Duh.
4   anonymous   ignore (null)   2017 Oct 18, 12:33pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Has the U.S. and the Syrian Democratic Forces won the ideological war and eliminated the factors that made ISIS and similar groups possible ?

Is there now a viable alternative other than jihad to attract young people with nothing else to live for, or to join and fight for ?

Odds on how long ISIS/ISIL regroups and pops up again ?

Anyone paying attention to the troop build up in Africa ?
5   justme   ignore (0)   2017 Oct 18, 12:39pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        


The headline should say "US flattens Northern Syria -- We had to destroy Northern Syria in order to save it" (the preceding is a reference to what the US did to villages in Vietnam during the Vietnam war).
6   BlueSardine   ignore (2)   2017 Oct 18, 12:41pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

17D Chess people.
17 strategic fully functional levels.....count em.
7   DASKAA   ignore (3)   2017 Oct 18, 1:16pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

anonymous says
eliminated the factors that made ISIS and similar groups possible


You mean Islam?
8   Heraclitusstudent   ignore (2)   2017 Oct 18, 1:35pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

KimJongUn says
Because US Armed Forces >> "Syrian Democratic Forces".

Because Saddam was more dangerous than ISIS?
9   DASKAA   ignore (3)   2017 Oct 18, 3:04pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Heraclitusstudent says
KimJongUn says
Because US Armed Forces >> "Syrian Democratic Forces".

Because Saddam was more dangerous than ISIS?


Huh? What does one have to do with another?
10   bob2356   ignore (3)   2017 Oct 18, 3:34pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (2)   quote   flag        

zzyzzx says



Roflol. Sure right. After all major military campaigns happen right now when someone snaps their fingers. They don't take years of building up and training the Syrian Democratic Forces and years of fighting step by step. I can see why you only can communicate in pictures.
11   MrMagic   ignore (11)   2017 Oct 18, 3:48pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Heraclitusstudent says
How much was it? 4 weeks to take Baghdad? 4 years to take Raqqa.
Why?


The first 3-1/2 years of Raqqa were under ball-less Obama.

How many Red Lines did Obama draw?




The Housing Trap
You're being set up to spend your life paying off a debt you don't need to take on, for a house that costs far more than it should. The conspirators are all around you, smiling to lure you in, carefully choosing their words and watching your reactions as they push your buttons, anxiously waiting for the moment when you sign the papers that will trap you and guarantee their payoff. Don't be just another victim of the housing market. Use this book to defend your freedom and defeat their schemes. You can win the game, but first you have to learn how to play it.
115 pages, $12.50

Kindle version available


about   best comments   contact   one year ago   suggestions