Shiite tribal fighters chant against ISIS in Baghdad.
The Pentagon believes Baghdad is at risk of falling to ISIS and they expect Kobani to fall.
“We know that [the Islamic State] is going to continue to grab ground, and there are going to continue to be villages and towns and cities that they take,” said Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, press secretary to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “We all have to recognize that reality.”
ISIS fighters are advancing on Baghdad and they are crawling around their airport in Abu Ghraib. The Pentagon doesn’t believe there is an immediate risk to Baghdad. If militants manage to consolidate land in Anbar, however, they agree ISIS will be ready to move on to Baghdad.
The air campaign is not working to slow ISIS. Only foot soldiers will stop them.
The air campaign is clearing a temporary buffer zone around the city separating ISIS from Baghdad.
IB Times is reporting that ISIS is moving freely within Abu Ghraib while Iraqi forces are forced to stay on the base. “Daash (Islamic State) is openly operating inside Abu Ghraib,” an Iraqi soldier told McClatchy. “I was at the 10th Division base there two days ago, and the soldiers cannot leave or patrol. “Daash controls the streets.”
A diplomat in Irbil told McClatchy that ISIS had “captured substantial numbers of 155 mm howitzers.” The artillery has about a 20 km range (12 miles). Abu Ghraib is 8 miles from Baghdad.
The Vicar of Baghdad, Andrew White, who has been ordered out of Iraq, said that ISIS cells are already in Baghdad. Bodies are turning up in the streets and no one knows who did it.
Don’t worry, our dear leader is on it. Obama has secured our $750 million embassy which is the size of 80 football fields. Thank goodness for that.