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Anbar Offensive

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Battle for Anbar is underway a month after Ramadi fell to the Islamic State.

It looks like the Iraqi government and their Iranian led Shia militias have finally begun the battle to retake Ramadi and Fallujah. All the action up to this point has been indirect fire and harassment—shaping in military parlance.

IS will most likely be outnumbered and outgunned so the opened fire with their most powerful weapon; propaganda. IS released a new video showing some 2,000 Iraqi soldiers being executed (massacred is more like it) a year ago following the successful IS northern offensive. The footage was probably stuff cut from the original but the intent remains the same; terrorize the Shia soldiers.

The Iranian proxy government released news of its own; not as spectacular but certainly more credible and not without impact. They sentenced 24 IS prisoners to death for taking part in the execution of Iraqi soldiers last year.

The fight will probably take a month or more and the body count will be impressive as neither side can expect any mercy from the other. The biggest losers of all will be the hapless civilians caught in the crossfire who will be spared by no one.

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