The Kurdish Peshmerga were making some gains against ISIS in late September and early October, backed by US warplanes. The gains began to reverse with an ISIS counteroffensive in mid-October.
At this point, ISIS seems to have recovered much of the territory it ceded in the early days of the US war, and is once again pushing deep into Kurdish territory, with fighting today focusing on a town just 60 km from the Kurdish capital of Irbil.
Kurdish offensives have focused north of Mosul, into the oil-rich area there, while ISIS seems to be simply hitting the Kurds as many places as possible at the same time, and taking the gains where they can.
Though analysts downplayed the chances of ISIS making a serious run at Irbil, even keeping pressure on the territory near the Kurdish capital will be both a psychological advantage for the Islamists, and a way to keep the Kurds on the defensive.
ISIS’ gains aren’t just centered in Iraqi Kurdistan, either, as the group continues to consolidate its territory in the Anbar Province, which it now dominates, and is also expanding deeper into Syria, with captures of gas fields in Homs Province.
Though Iraqi and Kurdish officials continue to talk up an eventual counter-counteroffensive against ISIS, particularly with an eye on expelling them from Mosul, these plans are all resting on things coming to fruition in late 2015, and for the time being ISIS seems to have all of the momentum.
2 thoughts on “ISIS Makes New Gains in Northern Iraq, Nearing Irbil”
A US no-fly zone for years kept Saddam's army from threatening the Kurds in Northern Iraq.
Yet the ISIS ghost army strikes again…more news to add to the list of "ISIS Making Gains Despite Coalition Airstrikes" which we hear almost daily.
These must be new guided munitions the AmeriKans are using…the kind that only specifically kills civilians and destroys their infrastructure, while leaving marauding bands of criminal skum miraculously unscathed. Maybe all along when the West for all those years was p!ssing away taxpayer dollars training the Iraqi Army to drop their weapons and run away, they were actually training future members of ISIS…because to listen to the latest AmeriKan propaganda, you'd swear the guys making all the gains were the ones given the proper training and equipment.
What a dog and pony show…Made in the USSA.
This is good news for the MIC. It can beg for more cash from the US taxpayers
to fight the (terrorist) bogeymen it created.
The Gopers taking the Senate is more good news for the MIC. Not that it really
made a difference what (party) is in control. Neither one is worth a damn for
the average citizen living in the USG.
4 BILLION bucks were dumped into the elections last night. The USG has the best
(democracy) money can buy. Note: little (d) is used in democracy.
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