June 4, 2016 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – According to our go-to source on the rapidly changing Syrian/Iraqi battle space, the Institute for the Study of War [ISW] has some bad news for the U.S. administration and those in the national security field who have been predicting the imminent death of ISIS:
“The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has mounted a major offensive against opposition groups in Northern Aleppo Province over the past week, threatening the total collapse of the last pocket of opposition-held terrain along the Syrian-Turkish Border. ISIS seized at least six villages in Northern Aleppo Province on May 27, besieging the critical opposition stronghold of Mare’a and entering the outskirts of the border town of Azaz. ISIS later entered the town of Mare’a on May 28 under the cover of up to nine Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improved Explosive Device (SVBIED) detonations before withdrawing in the face of heavy resistance from the opposition…” [source, ISIS Collapses Opposition Frontline in Northern Aleppo Province]
As if to provide punctuation for the troubling news, ISW concludes, “The looming defeat of opposition groups in Northern Aleppo Province poses a significant risk to the long-term success of the anti-ISIS campaign.”
Actually the entire U.S. government/mainstream foreign policy crowd’s strategy regarding Syria is defective. There are no good alternatives to Assad’s rule, all of the “opposition” forces are varying stripes of Sunni terror groups which are merely seeking to displace Big Daddy ISIS, also Sunni, but far more skilled and ferocious warriors than any of their opponents.
Takeaway – the U.S. is far better off leaving Assad in power instead of trying to replace him [something which Iran will never allow] with Saudi supported and other Sunni terror jihadis.
Second takeaway – ISIS shows no signs of going away anytime soon.
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