Thursday, September 25, 2014

IS Overruns Baghdad Area Army Base, Killing 300; IS May Now Move on to Take Over Iraq's Capital

Militants from ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) have overrun an Iraqi military base near Baghdad and executed 300 soldiers, the IB (International Business) Times website reports today (September 25, 2014).

It now appears that ISIS has made significant gains in the central belt of Iraq and has an eye fixed on the nation's capital, Baghdad.

Over the past few weeks, ISIS fighters in the north of Iraq and more recently in the west of Syria have been bombarded by United States-led airstrikes.

U.S. President Barack Obama said he expects the campaign in Syria and Iraq against ISIS to last up to three years. Obama's modus operandi to defeat ISIS without the use of ground troops has been criticized by many high-ranking military officers, who believe that ground troops are essential for accomplishing the task. In fact, a former Marine commander said this week that Obama's strategy for defeating ISIS (without the use of ground troops) will be about "as successful as a snowball lasting in hell."

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