Debkafile: “The failure of the US-backed Iraqi army offensive to liberate Mosul – nine weeks after it began – could no longer be denied when a delegation of ISIS chiefs arrived there Sunday, Dec. 4, traveling unhindered from Raqqa, Syria.
Altogether 54,000 Iraqi troops and 5,000 US servicemen – supported by 90 warplanes and 150 heavy artillery pieces – were invested in the Mosul campaign when it was launched in October. They proved unable to beat 9,000 jihadists.”
Opinion: Three weeks ago, Kurdish Peshmerga forces withdrew from the campaign after being at odds with Baghdad over who would control post-ISIS Mosul.
According to al Jazeera: “Iraqi Kurdistan has long insisted that areas skirting its official boundary – stretching from the border with Syria in the west, to Iran in the east – are part of the territory it should control. This is a position strongly opposed by Baghdad.”
Having been armed by the US with 400 million in weapons, the Kurds appear to be ready to live with ISIS and deny President Obama a victory before he leaves office in January, 2017.
It baffles me as to why the world refuses to recognize that ISIS is a symptom and not the disease. The best analogy is whack-a-mole: the US weakened al Qaeda and ISIS popped up, and when/if ISIS should be defeated, one of hundreds of terror groups will pick up the mantle.
Arab hatred for the Jewish state is the primary motive for the caliphate. The secondary motives are political proxy wars funded by world powers:
- The US is fighting against the Shia forces of the Assad government and Hezbollah who are supported by Iran and Russia
- The US is supporting the Shia Iraqi government in an effort to stop ISIS
- Saudi Arabia and UAE are supporting ISIS
- The Peshmerga were fighting against ISIS in an effort to establish an independent Kurdish state
- Turkey has been fighting a Kurdish-armed campaign in its southeast for more than three decades, but is in reality backing Kurdish forces in their fight against ISIS which they have secretly funded by selling ISIS oil on the black market.
The root of the battles can be found in a bowl of red soup and a birthright:
“Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom.
But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.”
And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?”
Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.”
So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.” Genesis 25:29-33