Thursday, October 23, 2014
Is the fall of Kobani eminent?
Army Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of US military forces in the Middle-East, stated a few days ago that it's "highly possible" the Syrian city of Kobani could fall to Islamic State militants. In other words, USA (like a proud mentor) concedes defeat by its ISIL rookies. When the air campaign of playing footsies with the terrorists began last August 2014, Austin appealed for "strategic patience." For a while he also came up with some empty boasts on pounding ISIL targets and destroying its military hardware. But a military analyst at Brookings Institute called it an ill-advised strategy. He sxplained that the key to defeating ISIL is not destroying its equipments and killing its fighters as both can be replenished and reinforced. To vanquish ISIL, the occupied territories need to be re-taken and militant leaders to be captured or killed, a suggestion that sounds far smarter. Every town that falls dispirits and daunts the local forces; and the fall of Kobani which is now pretty obvious, will be another huge psychological setback in addition to the territorial loss.