Ramadi is home to the Awakening, the scheme between tribes in conjunction with the surge of U.S. forces in 2007-2008, those same tribes are now subject to swift and deadly retribution, and their suffering will make it much less likely that Sunni tribes will once again battle the Islamists for control of their homeland.
The fall of Ramadi has illustrated the shortcomings of the U.S. train-and-equip effort to rebuild the Iraqi army, without which the destruction of the Islamic State becomes much more difficult.
Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, in a joint press conference with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on April 16, Dempsey stated: "The city itself is not symbolic is any way. It's not been declared part of the (Islamic State) caliphate or central to the future of Iraq, but we want to get it back. The issue here is not brick and mortar, it's about defeating ISIL."
“I am shaking and tears are flowing down my cheeks as I watch the news and listen to the insensitive, pain-inflicting comments made by you in regards to the fall of Ramadi, my son and many others gave their future in Ramadi; Ramadi mattered to them; many military analysts say that as goes Ramadi so goes Iraq.”
What about the troops who sacrificed their limbs and whose lives will never be the same?, our brave warriors who left a piece of themselves in Ramadi?, what about the troops who struggle with PTS/TBI who watched their teammates breathe their last or carried their wounded bodies to be medevac’d out of Ramadi?
You, owe an apology to the families whose loved ones’ blood was shed in Ramadi, Ramadi matters to us and is very symbolic to us. You need to apologize to our troops whose bodies were blown to pieces from IEDs and bullet holes leaving parts and pieces behind. Ramadi matters to them, you need to apologize to our troops who endured the extreme temperatures and battled the terrorists in some of the worst battlefields in Iraq; Ramadi matters to them; they carry vivid memories of the battles and the teammates whose future is gone. Ramadi matters to them!
This strategic gain constitutes a turning point in ISIS’s ability to set the terms of battle in Anbar as well to project force in eastern Iraq. It is also an important element of ISIS’s consolidation strategy, enhancing ISIS’s overall defense.
ISIS’s capture of Ramadi over May 15-18 was the culmination of months of ISIS probing and shaping operations around the city, ISIS resumed major attacks on Ramadi in April 2015, and on May 15, 2015, ISIS launched a coordinated attack on multiple fronts, contesting and eventually seizing major government infrastructure in central Ramadi by May 17, 2015.
Even though the Johnny Come Lately's can see it now, however they still do not understand
I knew many of them and thought they had a different agenda. They had in mind to use Iraq as an American political and military base in the Middle East and reach out from there to impose peace on the region. It was a grand scheme, but many bridges too far
Washington press corps won’t seriously examine how prescient Iraq war critics were back then, “because it would require them to be somewhere else on the night of the Gridiron than sitting by their sources from the Bush era
The Bush administration’s strategy from the outset has been to hide behind this failure of intelligence, the administration was the victim of bad intelligence, but also the perpetrator, its defense lies in pretending that those two things cannot both be the case.
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