While the media screams about the ISIS sympathizers attacks in Paris and California…..
And Republican Presidential candidates take turns to get up and say the US is losing the war against ISIS militants…..
The truth is more complicated…..
But the bottom line is the militants have lost ground and influence in Syria and Iraq….
President Obama may not be beating his chest with the news ….But despite the increase in those who are committing acts of violence in the militants name….The ISIS forces ARE being pushed back by several different groups in Iraq and in Syria….
Those groups include the Kurds, Shia militia backed by American airpower and more american military advisors and Syria’s military backed by Russian air power….
The Middle East is being rearranged by all this fighting and the goal of destroying ISIS probably isn’t going to be necessary …..
That because the local militants are gaining more power and will restore the natural push-pull that was going on prior to George W. Bush’s interference in the region that destabilized things….
We may not like authoritarian leaders there…
But that type of control maybe the ONLY way to bottle up the WIDESPREAD blood letting that has been the recent history of the region….
And should keep outside armies from sending their men and women in harms way….At least not as many anyways?
A war seen by the United States as primarily aimed at preventing future terrorist attacks in America is being prosecuted for very different reasons by the diverse assortment of Shiite, Kurdish and Sunni fighters battling in both Iraq and Syria, often in pursuit of competing agendas that work to subvert the goal of defeating the militants.
In northern Iraq and Syria, Kurds are busily carving out the borders to new Kurdish enclaves. Shiite militias, now the most powerful force in Iraq, are extending their reach deep into traditionally Sunni areas of northern Iraq. The Syrian government is focusing its energies on reclaiming land seized by its opponents during the five-year-old rebellion against it, while deeply divided Syrian rebels in turn are fighting a two-front war to hold their ground against both the government and the Islamic State.
In this fragmented landscape, the Islamic State is but one of a multitude of groups competing for territory and dominance over the collapsed nation states of Iraq and Syria — a symptom as much as a cause of the scramble for power unleashed by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the 2011 revolt in Syria.
The Islamic State may or may not be vanquished soon — and a string of defeats inflicted in recent months in northeastern Syria, northern Iraq and most recently Ramadi have raised hopes that its demise may be closer than had been thought…..Share on Facebook