US military chiefs overrate damage to ISIS
The US military chiefs fighting ISIS, have recently claimed that the US has re-organized its military resources and is determined to cut down the Islamic state after the lame efforts in the last two years.
These words of encouragement have come from Gen.Joseph Votel commander of US Middle East forces and the first US general to be assigned to Syria in its nearly six years of war, and Lt. Gen Charles Brown commanding the US Al Udied Air Base in Qatar where 750 aircraft operating in the Gulf and Middle East are based.
When US airstrikes against the Jihadist organization began the offensive in late 2014, it was marred by inadequate intelligence and (specifically that of intelligence analysis), and sporadic aerial action.
DEBKAfiles repeatedly reported that American and coalition air strikes against the Jihadists were too few, misfired and many of the bombers returned to base with much of their ordnance unused.
It appears that the Obama administration has finally decided to tackle ISIS in earnest.
Our military and anti-terror experts claim it is too soon to determine whether the US commitment is real.
It is true that there are signs of limited US military movement in Syria, Libya and Iraq indicating a possible change.
For example: Increasing the number of US special forces in these three countries, far beyond the framework that President Obama is talking about publicly, when he says ‘small forces’.
There are about 7,500 US soldiers deployed in Iraq and Syria, with an additional 2,000-3,000 fighters working for private security contractors. In Libya there are an additional 1,000 to 1,250 soldiers. American planes take off from Incirlilk base in South Turkey 350km by air from Raqqa, ISIS Syrian capital, and 700km from Mosul, ISIS Iraqi capital, and do not need to fly more than 1,450km (about 770 miles) when they approach from the Persian Gulf.
ISIS still shows no sign of cracking or dismantling its Islamic Caliphate, and its military and terrorist capabilities.
There are several reasons for this:
- ISIS is expanding fast. While the Obama administration treats Iraq and Syria as the main fronts against the jihadi
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