Debkafile: Judging from the rash of reports claiming US-Iraqi military progress in the Mosul offensive against ISIS and the extra American special operations forces personnel posted to Syria for an impending US-Kurdish operation to capture the ISIS Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, the Islamic State ought to be cowering under siege, finally defeated – or at least on the run.
But the facts tell another story. ISIS is on the offensive – so far in the Middle East. Over the weekend, Islamist terrorists accounted for dozens of deaths and injured hundreds more.
Sunday, Dec. 11, at least 25 people worshipping at the Coptic St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s church adjacent to St, Mark’s cathedral in Cairo were killed and scores injured. The Coptic pope often leads the prayers there. DEBKAfile’s counterterrorism sources reveal that the attack was carried out by Islamist terrorists from Raqqa who bided their time until they struck in the Egyptian capital. Saturday, six Egyptian troops were killed by another Islamist bomb near the Giza pyramids.
On the same day, ISIS fighters pushed back into the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, nine months after their expulsion…. [read more]
Opinion by BIBLE PROPHECY TRACKER: The current US Commander in Chief has left the next president a politically correct military. President Obama recently added verbiage to the Army’s section of the 2017 DOD budget, ensuring the Army “will provide every Soldier and civilian equal opportunities to rise to the level of their merit regardless of their gender, their race, or their self-identity,” reports the Washington Times.”
The US military is not about individuals, but conformity and tradition. When politically correct defense department lawyers and generals dream up girly-man exercises like pressuring Arizona State University Army ROTC cadets to walk around in high heels to “raise awareness of sexual violence against women“, the moral of the military takes a beating.
ISIS on the other hand employs every politically incorrect and brutal tactic at their disposal. Car bombs, snipers, human shields, tunnels booby traps:
Beyond the tunnels, ISIS fighters have torn holes in the walls separating Mosul’s tightly packed rows of houses and other buildings, allowing them to move from fighting position to fighting position without venturing outside. The fighters can take advantage of territory they know better than the attacking forces, flanking the Iraqi military as it moves through muddy streets slowly in Humvees (here).
In Syria, the US-Iraqi-Kurdish drive has stalled without driving ISIS out of Mosul or choking off the terrorist fighters’ freedom to move between Mosul and Raqqa, their Syrian bastion, for the same reasons.
Up to 100,000 troops from various arms of the Iraqi military and allied factions are fighting in Mosul against what are believed to be less than 9000-15000 ISIS fighters with only 5,000 militants inside the city of Mosul.
There are 5000 US troops currently in Iraq.