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The Islamist extremists appear set to take a key Syrian town along the Turkish border and an entire province on Baghdad's doorstep.
Leaders in Iraq's Anbar province pleaded for U.S. ground troops to halt the group's rapid, relentless assault. Officials in Baghdad and Washington have not given recognition to their appeal.
ISIS, the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" which also is referred to as ISIL, controls about 80% of the province, said Anbar Provincial Council president Sabah Al-Karhout.
Reports Saturday suggest the militants have encircled Haditha, the last large town in Anbar province not yet in ISIS' hands.
Should all of Anbar fall, the Sunni extremists would rule from the perimeter of Iraq's capital to Raqqa in Syria (at least), according to the provincial council's deputy head, Falleh al-Issawi.
They would control a swath 350 miles long.
originally posted by: Agit8dChop
Iraq's seemed so able to strike the US with IED's, ambushes and guerrilla tactics in the Iraq war from 03-08
yet, seem so helpless in the face of a much less advanced enemy, ISIS1
It's almost as if they dont want to fight ISIS
Why he doesn't use the advice, experience, and intelligence of his advisors is beyond me.
No, wait a minute, it isn't. Elections are coming up. Nothing decisive until after the elections.
In Iraq, ISIS has dispatched as many as 10,000 fighters to Anbar province from Syria and Mosul in northern Iraq, an Anbar official said.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has acknowledged the dire situation, telling reporters, "Anbar province is in trouble. We know that."
America's plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group's fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad.
The US-led air attacks launched against Islamic State (also known as Isis) on 8 August in Iraq and 23 September in Syria have not worked. President Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, Isis is expanding its control rather than contracting.
Isis reinforcements have been rushing towards Kobani in the past few days to ensure that they win a decisive victory over the Syrian Kurdish town's
On Monday several Members of Parliament from Diwaniyah Province confirmed that ISIS killed over 300 soldiers using chlorine gas for the first time in Saqlawiyah, north of Fallujah.
The US claims Syrian President Bashar Assad has broken the chemical weapons treaty he agreed to earlier this year, by launching chlorine gas attacks in Syrian villages. It comes as the Senate officially approved a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels.
I live in Iran but I am sure most people in Iraq and Syria are certain that ISIS has been fabricated and orchestrated by the westerners and the Israelis,financed by Saudis and Qataris.I have a couple of friends living in Syria and they tell me that the majority of Syrians know their country will have a better future with Assad than an American installed puppet serving western interests, despite all short comings and disagreements with Assad's regime...He is not perfect but who is really?!
originally posted by: randyvs
Just wondering if any members live in these areas?
Iraq and Syria?