LastDayWatchers the May 15th Prophecy told you with 100% accuracy what would become of the so-called "Success of the Surge"
“It really requires a historian’s perspective in terms of what happens here in the long run.” Robert F. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, “Duty.” well guess what the long run has ended.
The actions of the Iraqi Army in Ramadi—fleeing at the first sign of trouble, “Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,” Ashton Carter, U.S. Secretary of Defense said, “The ISF was not driven out of Ramadi, they drove out of Ramadi,” Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“Be glad to trade ya some ARVN rifles! never been fired, and only dropped once!”
"Well, General Petraeus had the responsibility of training the troops in Iraq, I remember going over there on any number of occasions and hearing from him on some of (the trips) that he had trained 175,000 Iraqi troops and personnel so that they can take over their own effort"
Whoever can collect tax is the government, even if not in name, in Iraq, that is ISIS. RAND Corporation last month published findings that ISIS collects over $1 million a day in tax and extortion payments across Iraq, that’s $600 million total and climbing.
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Iran does not hold a candle to Israel when it comes to forcefully throwing weight around in the neighborhood in damaging and destabilizing ways, even without considering the occupation of the West Bank.
This has included multiple armed invasions of neighboring territory as well as other actions, such as the attack on Iraq years ago that stimulated Iraq to speed up its program to develop nuclear weapons.
It also is impossible to escape notice that the single most destabilizing action in the region over the past couple of decades was the U.S. launch of a war of aggression in Iraq in 2003, Iran certainly has done nothing like that.
Hezbollah has become a major player in Lebanese politics in a way in which many in the region, including its immediate political opponents, accept it as a legitimate political actor.
A breakdown of the party's victories since the Qalamoun offensive began last month, the report said Hezbollah and its Syrian army allies have seized 225 square kilometers of territory in Qalamoun, on the eastern outskirts of Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.
The figure includes 110 square kilometers of land seized on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, which has seen pitched battles between Hezbollah and the Nusra Front over the past week.