Hello! I’m back after a while! I hope everyone is having a nice fall!
- ISIS is no longer a military power in the Middle East. Not that they ever were a military power per say, but they’ve lost five of the ten major cities they’ve held. They only have a presence in Mosul, Deir al-Zour, Manbij, Raqqa, and Tal Afar.
- On top of ISIS already losing ground due to international intervention, Turkey has thrown its hat in the ring to test its military force out against ISIS. Now, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has compared this act to a proxy war, as it sees NATO invading it’s ally, Syria. Granted, Syria can’t do much to stop Turkey, nor will it as all Turkey is going after right now is the Daesh. There has been some concern on wether or not Turkey will target Kurdish forces, due to the long-standing hatred between Kurds and Turks.
- On a farther note there was a video released of US Special Operational Forces fighting the Daesh being mocked and ‘chased’ off by US-Backed rebel forces. What does this say about American policy on backing moderate rebel groups in Syria? And will this change anything?
- Overall ISIS has continued to lose ground in Syria, this could possibly mean a greater number of terror attacks on Western countries who oppose ISIS, as ISIS strategy of establishing a caliphate has ultimately failed in the Middle East. Meaning, they will probably resort to more standard terrorist actions, which target civilians in countries who oppose them.