ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has been making a “tactical withdrawal” in recent days in the face of withering U.S. airstrikes from areas around Erbil in northern Iraq and from the major dam just north of Mosul it controlled for two nail-biting weeks, according to military officials monitoring their movements.
“These guys aren’t just bugging out, they’re tactically withdrawing. Very professional, well trained, motivated and equipped. They operate like a state with a military,” said one official who tracks ISIS closely. “These aren’t the same guys we fought in OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) who would just scatter when you dropped a bomb near them.”
Did you ever read a headline and say, “This was inevitable“.
In the west, we train, we educate our young men to the best of our ability. And in the end the experience of combat is their finishing school.
For thirteen years we have been sending the best soldiers in the world to play patty cake with the Islamist crazies. The slow ones, the stupid ones and the unlucky ones among our enemies getting killed off.
U.S. special operations forces under the Joint Special Operations Command and U.S. Special Operations Command keep close tabs on the military evolution of ISIS and both its combat and terrorism — called “asymmetric” — capabilities, officials told ABC News. A primary reason is in anticipation of possibly fighting them, which a full squadron of special mission unit operators did in the Independence Day raid on an ISIS camp in Raqqah, Syria.
“They’re incredible fighters. ISIS teams in many places use special operations TTPs,” said the second official, who has considerable combat experience, using the military term for “tactics, techniques and procedures.”
In sobering press conference Friday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said ISIS has shown that it is “as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen.”
“They’re beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded,” he said. “This is beyond anything that we’ve seen.”
Time to consider the very real outcome that we could lose this war. Not the war for Iraq or even the Middle East but for the world.
Have we become to damn civilized to fight for our survival? I think we must acknowledge the necessity of cleaning house at home first. Some fighting, a few hangings, lots and lots of pink slips. Above all, the girls and the girly men playing soldier must go.