Sunday, July 23, 2017

That ongoing Iraq War

Today, the US Defense Dept announced:

Strikes in Iraq
In Iraq, coalition military forces conducted seven strikes consisting of 19 engagements against ISIS targets:
-- Near Beiji, a strike destroyed two ISIS tactical vehicles and a vehicle.
-- Near Qayyarah, three strikes engaged two ISIS tactical units and destroyed an ISIS-held building.
-- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed three ISIS boats.
-- Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed four ISIS supply caches, three ISIS-held buildings, two vehicle-borne-bomb facilities, a vehicle, a logistics node, a command-and-control node, a front-end loader and a fuel depot.

Yes, the Iraq War drags on and on.  Today on NPR's MORNING EDITION, the topic came up.  Excerpt.

LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Andrew Exum is a veteran of the Iraq War. He was also the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy in the Obama administration. I asked him about the role of the U.S. military in Iraq right now. [. . .] So the idea is to train Iraqi troops, support Iraqi troops and let them do the fight. But how many people does the United States have on the ground there, and what are they doing?

EXUM: So the United States has about 6,000 forces on the ground in Iraq. Most of them are serving as advisers. Some of them are serving as trainers. Some of them are helping the Iraqis with things in which the Iraqi military has traditionally struggled, such as logistics. The United States obviously is also engaging in direct combat in the skies. And there's also a very small special operations component that exists in order to do the kind of direct action special operations raids. If, for example, you get an opportunity to go after senior leadership of the Islamic State, but those strikes are very, very rare. The vast, vast majority of the fighting and the dying, it has to be said, has been done by the Iraqi forces. And they, and specifically the Iraqi special operations forces, have really borne the brunt of the human cost of this conflict.

As this exchange took place, KURDISTAN 24 reminded, "About 2,100 US soldiers will deploy to Iraq later this year to take over the mission to train and advise Iraqi security forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants following the fall of Mosul, the US announced last week."

In Moscow today, ALSUMARIA reports, Nouri al-Maliki thanked Russia declaring it prevented the destruction of the Middle East and saved Baghdad.  Nouri is one of Iraq's three vice presidents as well as the former prime minister.

In Iraq, the War Crimes continue:

  1. Iraqi Army sponsored Sunni genocide in Mosul ( Not for faint hearted )

ALSUMARIA reports that some of today's violence includes a Radwaniyah roadside bombing left two people injured, a Falluja car bombing left 3 security forces dead, and a roadside bombing south of Baghdad left two people injured.

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