May 18, 2015

Awesome: ISIS Takes Ramadi

Over 80 Marines and soldiers died taking Ramadi in 2006. Their sacrifice, it seems, now in vain:

Iraqi and U.S. officials are maintaining that the tide will soon turn back against ISIS, whose fighters seized control of Ramadi on Sunday after a prolonged offensive using explosive-laden bulldozers and other vehicles driven by suicide bombers.

But many observers say that recovering from the loss of the strategic city -- the capital of Anbar province, Iraq's Sunni heartland -- will take a long time.

"This is a huge setback to Iraqi forces and to the U.S. strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS," said Peter Mansoor, a CNN military analyst who was a colonel in the U.S. Army.

The ISIS victory in Ramadi, after more than a year of fighting, shows the Sunni militant group's broader resilience in the face of sustained airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition and pressure from Kurdish forces in the north.

It's funny how a few weeks ago the media was busy celebrating the fall of Saigon, and none of these asshats seemed to want to make the connection with Iraq.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:31 AM | Comments |