Only last week, when Turkey refused to assist Kurdish fighters in the Syrian city of Kobane, even as those Kurds were losing ground to ISIS fighters, and the U.S. was directing its airstrikes against far-away targets in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry said while the U.S. was deeply concerned about the tragedy in Kobane, Kobane did not define the strategy for the coalition with regard to ISIS.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday October 22, 2014 12:24 pm|
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 22, 2014 9:09 am|
The Department of Defense has launched an investigation into its airdrop program for Syria after a video surfaced on youtube showing ISIS fighters going through an airdrop package meant for Kurdish forces. The airdrop occurred around the contested city of Kobani and included weapons intended to help Kurdish fighters defend the city from ISIS. Instead, the weapons were captured by ISIS and will likely be used against Kurdish forces.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 21, 2014 7:00 am|
US military and humanitarian aid going to ISIS via direct aid and bribes through “taxes.”
|By: DSWright Monday October 20, 2014 12:21 pm|
In the two months since the US and gulf state allies have begun attacking ISIS in Iraq and Syria the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has had a wave of executions. Like ISIS, the Saudis use the method of beheading for execution. The US has condemned ISIS’ use of the practice but remained silent on whether the Saudis use of beheading as a method is inappropriate or not.
|By: CTuttle Friday October 17, 2014 6:40 pm|
Putin, Erdogan, Saudi Arabia: The Balance Of Power Is Shifting
|By: DSWright Thursday October 16, 2014 10:29 am|
The fantasist is a hard creature to tame, if for no other reason than he or she always has somewhere outside of reality to escape to when the facts get harsh. So it is with President Obama’s self-admitted fantasy of having moderate Syrian rebel forces aligned with US interests that can alter the reality on the ground in Syria. Despite abysmal results so far, Obama and company can not let go of the dream.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:00 am|
President Barack Obama is not the only one who thinks arming the Syrian rebels is a “fantasy,” an exhaustive study by the CIA shows that throughout the agency’s history covert support of rebel fighters has had very little success. According to The New York Times, the still classified study was commissioned in 2012 and continued throughout 2013 to help policymakers decide whether supporting the Syrian rebels was a good idea.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 14, 2014 6:50 am|
It seems the Obama Administration jumped the gun on announcing that the US would be allowed to use its military base in Turkey to attack ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria as the Turkish government is now flatly denying they ever made such an agreement. Turkey was previously a noted supporter of ISIS and has always shown a lukewarm interests in taking on the militant group despite being a member of the Obama Administration’s coalition against ISIS. Turkey has continually said it would only agree to fight ISIS if there was also a plan to take out the Assad government.
|By: DSWright Monday October 13, 2014 6:45 am|
Though there has been a sustained US-led bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria for weeks, the militant group is still progressing towards Baghdad. ISIS has steadily expanded its power in Sunni-dominated Anbar province where it is now estimated to control 80% of the territory and has overrun forces loyal to Baghdad consistently.
|By: CTuttle Saturday October 11, 2014 8:00 pm|
Now, it’s interesting how the actual Kurds on the ground, are portraying it too.