… by Gordon Duff, VT Sr. Editor … with Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: Iran and Iraq have been mistakenly or purposefully underplaying the effectiveness of US air attacks against ISIL. In the beginning it was different, as we had declared war on ISIL and the massive bombing campaign to do with that never materialized.
We are further down the road now and the story has changed, which Gordon’s details below will clearly show.
Avoiding civilian casualties is something that has to be avoided. There were instant claims of them with the initial Syria attacks, but with no photo proof to back them up…that old game.
But ISIL long supply line soon became the target of choice as the most dependable brake on ISIL making major moves which require a very dependable logistics train. Traveling the open desert roads, or even manning an easy to see checkpoint is a much more dangerous.
The US also did not want to give the impression for domestic politics that “we were going back into Iraq”. And the Iraqis had a similar political issue, which is why they stated over and over, “we do not want US military bases here”.
The 3000 US advisers there now have help beef up combined operations on the ground to assist Iraqi and Kurdish success on the ground and let them have all the credit to build back some military pride after their criminal military had looted the country’s defensive capability.
One incident that never made the public news is a major ISIL armor advance on Baghdad which was wiped out from the air. Iran, who certainly knows this, is wanting to take all the credit for being the swing player that stopped the ISIL momentum. They do deserve credit, but not all.
Iran has done things in places where it was best suited for them to do, the coalition has done the same, and they have stayed out of each others areas.
This of course requires air traffic controller cooperation to avoid unpleasant incidents, but neither Iran, the US or Iraq would ever mention such things publicly. They never do… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … January 27, 2014 –
If ever there were a man of contradictions, it is Netanyahu.
This week President Obama pulled out the stops and began a relentless bombing campaign against ISIL, paralyzing their ability to move, isolating Mosul and wiping out entire units.
From a Combined Joint Task ForceNews Release:
SOUTHWEST ASIA, Jan. 26, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 21 airstrikes in Syria:
— Near Qaim, an airstrike destroyed three ISIL armored vehicles.
— Near Raqqah, two airstrikes destroyed six ISIL armored vehicles and an ISIL vehicle.
— Near Dayr az Zawr, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle.
— Near Kobani, 17 airstrikes struck 14 ISIL tactical units, a large ISIL unit and two ISIL fighting positions and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL staging area.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq:
— Near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
— Near Haditha, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
— Near Mosul, four airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL bunkers, two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL armored vehicle.
— Near Tal Afar, seven airstrikes struck a large ISIL unit and destroyed three ISIL mortar firing positions, three ISIL vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, eight ISIL armored vehicles, an ISIL checkpoint, 15 ISIL vehicles and three ISIL fighting positions.
The battle for Kobani has pushed back ISIL units from the city while an isolation perimeter is beginning to take shape around Mosul. Street fighting inside Mosul accounted for 20 ISIL deaths last week.
There is a reason for this, American politics. By now “America watchers” around the world, even Russia and a rare few in Iran, are cognizant of Israel’s backing of ISIL and, moreover, the ties between ISIL, Israel, the Kiev junta and America’s “Taliban,” the Republican party.
Republican or “GOP” politicians and military figures, mostly rear echelon “chickenhawk” types, as opposed to “chickenshit,” Netanyahu’s new nickname in America, have openly supported ISIL and al-Qaeda.
Their love affair with “simulated Islamic extremism” was stimulated by promises of kickbacks from profits tied to stolen Syrian and Iraqi crude oil and the promise of a share in the spoils of looted Syrian factories and stolen antiquities.
The methodology of payment is simple. American law now allows offshore corporations, “no questions asked,” to transfer unlimited cash to any American politician.
The flood of money bought the last election, a torrent of drug and human trafficking cash, with the lion’s share of “donations” channeled through Vegas gambling boss Sheldon Adelson.
The same channels that buy elections now launder a share of ISIL spoils into the coffers of Christian evangelist “family values” politicians who pass it on to pimps who supply them with children to sexually abuse while the rest is moved offshore via Bain Capital’s Cuban based operations.
What is believed, however, is that Netanyahu, who sees himself as a modern day Genghis Khan (Hitler’s aims were far too narrow for Netanyahu), may well have over-reached himself. Typical Pentagon chatter jokingly talks of shooting Netanyahu’s plane down.
French sources, however, have acknowledged assassination threats against Netanyahu, whose immoderate positions have threatened both Israeli security and “Jewish interests,” the specific terminology used in the threat analysis document received today.
There is no longer any doubt that Israel is actively involved in full operational support of ISIL.
Recent attacks inside Syria on Hezbollah units and their Iranian advisors, fighting against Al Qaeda and ISIL units outside Damascus, are seen as direct “fire support” on behalf of ISIL.
From the standpoint of international law, Syria can legally ask for military aid from any group willing to fight.
Conversely, Israel’s intervention on behalf of ISIL and Al Qaeda, not for the first time, violates Syrian sovereignty and, in actuality, represents a “clear and present danger” to US and NATO security as well.
The ISIL presence near and now inside Lebanon gives them access to Europe and adds credence to their threats of terrorist activity, threats turned into a form of reality with the timely and convenient events in Paris, events fewer and fewer accept as face value as facts become known.
As with Israeli support for ISIL or Kiev, America’s GOP follows suit, broadly supporting both ISIL and Kiev and bringing with them rogue sectors within the US government and military organizations.
It is these groups Netanyahu hopes to court for support, groups Obama is taking down inside the US as ISIL is under increasing attack by Syria and Iraq, finally with the promised US support.
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