Saturday, November 05, 2016

Mosul -- the slog of the never-ending war

19 days after the operation on Mosul started, it still continues.

Link to headline article

Link to headline article

militant launch suicide car bomb attack as forces go house to house in

  1. International Organization for Migration: 22,224 displaced by fighting in/around since 17 Nov.

HUGE! has seized 11 Humvees, 5 Cougars & huge loads of ATGM rockets after |i army fled its positions in east Mosul

19 days later and it's still not wrapped up.

But, again,  no criticism is allowed.  If you offer any criticism, CNN's 'objective' 'reporter' Elise Labott will scream "NO!" in the middle of a press conference -- as she did last week when a reporter referred to the Mosul operation as a slog.

Elise Labott is among those 'reporters' who've gotten far too close to their subjects.

Far too close.

So close that "alienation of affection" could probably be a charge against her.

The operation's creating more refugees but we're really not supposed to notice that either.

Nor all the money being spent on this never ending war.

Before the Iraq war the US had a national debt of 5.6 trillion, now we're approaching 20 trillion dollars in debt, all from war.

In fact, we're all supposed to pretend Barack ended the war.

When no such thing happened.

Is this how a war ended looks?

  1. Mosul battle: Iraqi PM rallies forces and issues warning to IS

If the war ended, would the US Defense Dept have announced today:

Strikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter, rotary and remotely piloted aircraft, as well as rocket artillery, conducted 15 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Bayji, a strike destroyed an ISIL generator.           

-- Near Mosul, nine strikes engaged five ISIL tactical units and four staging areas; destroyed five vehicles, three weapons caches, three mortar systems, a storage facility, a car bomb, an ISIL-held building, and damaged an ISIL supply route, a bridge, and a tunnel.       

-- Near Tal Afar, five strikes engaged an ISIL vehicle depot, a headquarters building, a weapons production facility and destroyed a mortar system.      

Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target. Ground-based artillery fired in counterfire or in fire support to maneuver roles is not classified as a strike.

It didn't end.

Pleased to meet with in Erbil tonight. Good cooperation is leading to success on the battlefield. Mosul plan is working

Many hope war will bring Iraq together.

It's very doubtful.

The government isn't trusted.

And other issues are arising.

For example, chief concern among many Kurds is reflected by Tweets from various Kurdish officials.

  1. اعتقال دمرتاش ونواب حزب الشعوب في تركيا يستهدف الديمقراطيةوالسلام. التعسف يؤجج التطرّف،ولكن لن يتمكن من إرادة الكرد في الحياة الحرة الكريمة
  2. دمیرتاش و هاوەڵەکانی پێشەنگی دیمکراسی، ئاشتین. چەوساندنەوە بەری ئازادی پێ ناگیرێ. لە زڕەی زنجیر دڵت نەلەرزێ پێوەند بۆ لەشە نەوەک بۆ گیان
  3. Icons of democracy,peace detained in Turkey. Repression will fail, but can fuel extremism; World must act to release & HDP leaders


  1. European governments must stand against the latest attack on democracy in Turkey.
  2. Arrest of & other senior officials is unacceptable, a clear sign of the deterioration of democracy in .
  3. Turkish gov't's cont'd attacks on Syrian Kurds are destabilizing & troubling - it's critical they stop these attacks


  1.  Pinned Tweet
    I strongly condemn the arrest of & officials. Peace and dialogue are the only way to resolve differences
  2. Good to see all parties in Kurdistan united in support for release of & officials

As usual, the US State Dept didn't see what was taking place -- the rising tensions -- until far too late.

Possibly, the common enemy of Turkey might unite factions in Iraq in the manner that the Islamic State couldn't -- and hasn't.

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