Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Global Impact: Coalition Airstrikes Are Proving Insufficient, Ground Forces Essential

According to Reuters, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said Kobani was "about to fall" after Islamic State (IS) fighters advanced into the south west of the Syrian Kurdish town, pressing home a three-week assault that has cost a reported 400 lives.
The prospect that the town on the Turkish border could be captured by the militants has increased pressure on Turkey, with the strongest army in the region, to join an international coalition to fight against IS.  
IS wants to take Kobani in order to strengthen its grip on the border area and consolidate the territorial gains it has made in Iraq and Syria in recent months. US-led air strikes have thus far failed to prevent its advance on Kobani.
"The problem of IS...cannot be solved via air bombardment. Right now...Kobani is about to fall," Erdogan said during a visit to a camp for Syrian refugees.
COMMENT: It is a rule of war…NEVER tell an adversary "what you're NOT going to DO," which was Mistake #2 for President Obama! 
Mistake #1 was NEVER having "run anything on his own."

Mistake #3 is…NEVER tell foreign troops to expose yourself to hostile fire unless you're prepared to do it yourself!
The value of wearing a military uniform for a sovereign government can never be underestimated. Unfortunately, for Barack Obama, other than being  a gifted orator and a "community organizer," he came to the table with sparse skills. Tragically, neither skill-set has severed him well.
Prior to the IS offensive in Kobani, President Obama had already violated Mistake #2.
Iance. More than 2,000 Syrian Kurds including women and children were evacuated from the town after the latest fighting, a member of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) said on Monday.
Before the offensive, Kobani, known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic, was home to refugees from the civil war which pitted rebels against President Bashar al-Assad and has deteriorated into hundreds of localized battles between different factions.
Islamic State has boosted its forces with foreign fighters and defectors from other rebel groups. It gained additional heavy weaponry and millions of dollars and crude oil after its fighters swept through northern Iraq in June 2014, seizing arms from the fleeing Iraqi Army. gView gallery
Westerners have also fought for the Kurds against IS. Identifying himself as Brian Wilson, he said other Americans had come to Syria to fight against IS.
Low-flying Apache helicopters gives the US military greater capacity to identify individual targets and provide close air support to Iraqi troops in combat, but also expose ground troops to far greater risk from ground fire.
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Turkey, a NATO member which shares a 900 kilometer (500 mile) border with Syria and has the most powerful military in the area, has so far refrained from joining the campaign, but the plight of Kobani has increased pressure to act.
Turkey says the scope of the campaign in Syria should be broadened to seek to remove Assad from power. It has sought a no-fly zone in northern Syria, which would require the coalition to take on al-Assad's air force as well as Islamic State, a move Washington has not yet agreed to.
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More than 20 Turkish tanks were parked on a hillside in circular formation around 1 km (half a mile) from the border.
The brother of a British aid worker who was beheaded by IS said Britain should put troops on the ground in the Middle East to fight against IS. 
"We need to send ground troops in or forces in to find out where these monsters are and bring them to justice," said Reg Henning, whose 47-year-old brother, Alan, was beheaded last week.
Kidnappings are commonplace in Syria's civil war, often used for ransom. Catholic news agency Fides quoted Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, the Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo, as saying a parish priest and around 20 Christians have been kidnapped from a Syrian village near the border with Turkey.

Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, has ramped up its offensive in recent days against the mainly Kurdish border town, despite being targeted by U.S.-led coalition led air strikes aimed at halting its progress.AIR STRIKE

View gallerAn estimated 180,000 people have fled into Turkey from the Kobani region during following the Islamic State adv

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