A new report claims that US airstrikes in Iraq have not stalled ISIS momentum. This comes after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters that US airstrikes in northern Iraq “have stalled ISIL’s momentum.”
As the report details: “Rather, since the fall of Mosul and despite U.S. airstrikes, the insurgent army has continued a successful and spectacular offensive in Syria. Their gains nearly equal in scale the seizure of northern Iraq in June. The insurgent army’s latest triumph is the capture of Assad’s Tabqa air base in Eastern Syria.”
The report shows that there are five objectives that ISIS forces are focused on: control of the Euphrates River Valley, seizure of critical oil infrastructure, freedom of maneuver through Kurdish areas of Syria, expulsion of remaining regime forces in eastern Syria, and seizure of critical supply lines along the Turkish border.
The report also notes how General Martin Dempsey, Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: “To your question, can they be defeated without addressing that part of their organization which resides in Syria? The answer is no. That will have to be addressed on both sides of what is essentially at this point a nonexistent border.”
Finally, the report concludes that “US airstrikes can be only one component” of defeating ISIS, and that “true and rapid training” of Syrian moderate opposition and Kurdish forces is required. It concludes that “It is time for the Obama administration’s policy to reflect the requirements of defeating ISIS.”
What do you think? Does US involvement need to consist of more than airstrikes? Has Obama so far failed to even stall ISIS?
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom