Within only hours of announcing a ground offensive to retake Iraq’s second city, the US was forced to admit on Friday it is unlikely to be able to train enough troops in time.
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US Central Command initially told reporters in Washington it was preparing between 20,000 and 25,000 Iraqi troops for an offensive on Mosul to take place as early as April or May.
It’s not only training, the weapons they need haven’t been received according to the Iraqis but not according to the Pentagon.
Hakim al-Zamili, the head of the security and defense committee in the Iraqi parliament, told The Associated Press on Friday that “any operation would be fruitless” unless the brigades are properly prepared and have the weapons they need.
According to a senior defense official, the U.S. sent almost 1,600 Hellfire missiles to Iraq last year, and has already delivered 232 more. About 10,000 M-16 assault rifles are due to arrive in the next few weeks, along with 23,000 ammunition magazines. The U.S. also has delivered thousands of rockets, mortar rounds, tank rounds, .50-caliber rounds and 10,000 M-68 combat optical sights, a rifle scope commonly used by the U.S. military, according to Military.com.
About 250 mine-resistant, armor-protected vehicles will be delivered in a few weeks, along with sophisticated radio systems for the MRAPs and more ammunition rounds, said AN official, Military.com reported.
Making matters more confusing, the Shia and Sunni militias are fighting with each other and the U.S. is acting as mediators.
Of the Iraqis who show up, many will flee.
This isn’t going to work.
Centcom not only revealed advanced plans about a military offensive, alerting the enemy, they announced plans that are in no way ready to go. They said the enemy knew anyway and sometimes these plans are released to alarm the enemy so they flee.
If that’s true, it’s not much better. They want the enemy to flee based on plans that are not likely to be in effect by April or May.
This is as bad as Obama’s interview of GloZell and his selfie stick.
It doesn’t sound like a legitimate Pentagon plan unless there is a lot we don’t know.
I’m still inclined to believe that Centcom had the rudimentary plan in the works and General Obama decided it would be leaked for political expediency but I could be wrong.
Meanwhile Saudis outspoken Prince Turki al-Faisal said the air strikes are not working against ISIS. “Having simply these pinprick attacks on certain areas is not going to resolve the issue,” says Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief who also served as the ambassador to the U.S. from 2005-7.
Al-Faisal also complained about Europeans who won’t hit ISIS in Syria which is where they have their home base.
Where have we heard that before? Oh, I know, everywhere outside of Obama’s Ivory Tower.
ISIS militant sitting in a Russian-Sukhoi fighter jet.
Italy is terrified of ISIS. The Italian secret service fears an air attack by ISIS. Italy has to worry more about their refugee program than the ISIS air force.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIS has acquired three Soviet-built Mikoyan MiG-21 Fishbed and MiG-23 Flogger fighters. The planes are being flown by former Iraqi air force pilots training for ISIS.
The U.S. would blow them out of the air unless General Obama tells them they can’t.
To complicate matters even more, there are reports that Iran is helping both sides. Even though Iran is Shia, they’ve been known to be unreliable.
Revolutionary Guards Brig. Gen. Amir-Ali Hajizadeh told Press TV that Iran has been exporting missile technology to its allies fighting “the Zionist regime, [Islamic State], and other Takfiri groups,” according to Jerusalem Post.
Daily Beast reported that last week a member of Syrian opposition accused Iran of secretly helping ISIS. According to Abdul Halim Khaddam, the former vice president to Syria’s Bashar Assad, Iran is arming ISIS in order to undermine the Syrian opposition. By strengthening ISIS, Khaddam claimed, Iran was seeking to draw Syrian public sentiment back toward Assad, recasting the battle as Bashar’s battle against extremist onslaught.
The U.S. is working on a nuclear deal that will give Iran even more dominance in the region. Part of the deal will be a promise from Iran to stabilize the region and to fight ISIS. Iran is the largest sponsor of terror in the region.
What a mess. Community organizers really shouldn’t be in charge of the military planning in a dangerous world.