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.
“iGuerilla should be the first book packed in the duffel bag for those carrying the fight to the enemy.”
–Peter J. Schifferle PhD, Lt Colonel.(ret) Professor, School of Advanced Military Studies U.S. Army.
IS Strikes France (Friday, November 13, 2015)
Remember Me! (Tuesday, October 27, 2015)
American Amigos (Monday, October 19, 2015)
Ho Hum... (Tuesday, October 13, 2015)
Nuclear Terror (Friday, October 9, 2015)
1979 Redux (Sunday, October 4, 2015)
Watch Oregon (Thursday, October 1, 2015)
Dispatches (Tuesday, September 29, 2015)
Repeat (Monday, September 28, 2015)
Schism and Colonization (Wednesday, September 23, 2015)
Invasion (Sunday, September 20, 2015)
NOTICE (Saturday, September 12, 2015)
Back to the Future (Wednesday, September 9, 2015)
Hijrah (Sunday, September 6, 2015)
Wolves in Sheeps Clothing (Thursday, September 3, 2015)
IS and the ‘Angel of Death’ (Tuesday, September 1, 2015)
Sitzkrieg (Monday, August 31, 2015)
Hack Attack (Thursday, August 27, 2015)
Blatant Disregard (Monday, August 24, 2015)
Iran names its Enemies (Sunday, August 23, 2015)