Ramadi: Another City Taken by ISIL

ISIS troops move in
ISIS troops move in
America's 122nd Squadron based near Baghdad was grounded!
America's 122nd Squadron based near Baghdad was grounded!
This is one bad aircraft.
This is one bad aircraft.
Parked A-10's not far from Ramadi.
Parked A-10's not far from Ramadi.
Iraqi troops earlier in April before the collapse.
Iraqi troops earlier in April before the collapse.
Current map of ISIS control.
Current map of ISIS control.

Iraq Continues to Crumble

Since the start of April, 2015, ISIS has been waging a battle for Anbar Province in general, and for the city of Ramadi, home of the Iraqi's 8th Brigade and elements of U.S. advisors. The 8th Brigade is a corps-level headquarters and when ISIS fighters busted through defenses using swarm tactics and suicide bombers that overwhelmed Iraqi resistance, it was a scene of chaos that send Iraqi troops fleeing the Fallujah-Ramadi corridor and are withdrawing from Habbaniyah and other areas.

Forget about the Iraqi reinforcements or the accelerated weapons from the USA for Ramadi, it's too late. Save them for the Baghdad area. According to the ISIS news release, they considered the city an Iranian stronghold, which is odd, for few Iranians are there now. However, when the battle began, Iranian Qod trainers were there along with Hezbollah, Iran's proxy in Lebanon. The Iraqi army does continue to hold onto one neighborhood in the city but with the panic that infects the soldiers, it is only a matter of time until they run. The Iraqi army is very good at running and leaving their equipment for ISIS, free of charge.

So now, ISIS controls all of the cities in Anbar Province from Fallujah to Al Qaim. The base at Al Asad remains in Iraqi hands with the help of hundreds of US trainers. Every big city (Raqqa, Mosul, and now Ramadi) that is left in the hands of the Islamic State provides them with more manpower and tax revenue to continue their operations. But from the start, America, under the "hands-off" policy of President Obama, has provided very limited air support, perhaps just 10 sorties and sitting within range is the 122nd US squadron of deadly A-10 ground attack aircraft that have been grounded. These aircraft could have blunted and stopped the ISIS attack if fully employed. The A-10 is 35 years old now, this armored and well endowed ground attack aircraft, adept and deadly, is on the USAF list to retire! It still is the most effective aircraft for ground support, ideal for Iraqi soldiers and their US trainers who call for help.

Make no mistake, Ramadi is not a minor loss to the Iraqi army, it is another major indication of how pathetic they are and why American troops are needed if Iraq is going to be saved. It is another indication about the failure of the Obama policy. Ramadi is just 70 miles from Baghdad. The Iraqi troops have all fled to a military base in the city of Khalidiya. The Iraqi PM has ordered all troops to stand their ground and not retreat, but much like in the last days of Hitler's war machine, the order was ignored. The battle in the last two days before its fall killed over 500. The fighting was fierce.

WTF is President Obama afraid of? Use the A-10's instead of grounding them in this critical fight. I mean, didn't he admonish that no American boots would be used, yet, he then backs away from using his air assets effectively!

The planned Mosul offensive by the Iraqi army will be a huge fiasco. There is NO way it will ever be a success. Ramadi proves this.

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peoplepower73 16 months ago from Placentia California

Perrya: Great article. In order to understand what is going on in Iraq and what Obama's policy is, one has to understand that Iraq is in a three-way civil war made up of Sunni's, Shia's and Kurds. This is all overlaid with the demands of the western world wanting them to give up their differences of Islam and become an all inclusive democratic government. This isn't going to happen now or in the future.

ISIS is made up of Sunni's who are in the minority in Iraq, but in the majority in many of the mid-east countries including Syria. The Iraqi military is a mix of Shia, Sunni, and Kurds. They all hate each other. When we hear about the Iraqi military turning tail, it's the Sunni's joining forces with the ISIS Sunni's.

If Obama puts boots on the ground, we will be in the middle of that three way civil war. I believe he wants them to settle their own differences. His tactic is to use special covert forces to take out the ISIS leaders. The A-10's aren't used because we don't know who we would be taking out.

The media makes a great mistake by not reporting the religious factions of the three groups. Iran is mainly made up of Shia. Saudi Arabia is mainly Sunni, but they are fighting the Shia in Yemen. In the mean time we are trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran who are shia. At the same time Saudi F15's are attacking Shia's in Yemen. But the media doesn't report it that way, they just say rebel forces or militant groups. The public is not getting a clear picture of what is going on, because the conflicts are masked by their country names instead of their religious allegiance. I did a hub on this whole "soup sandwich." I also believe most politicians don't really understand or they wouldn't be making dumb comments...or maybe they would. Thanks for this hub. Voting up and all the other stuff.


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Perspycacious 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

If ISIS takes Baghdad, can they rightfully claim to be the government of Iraq? Or, would they wait to claim government of the larger ISIL?


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perrya 16 months ago Author

While there are factions in Iraq, the A-10's specifically were so close and the the ISIS location in NW Ramadi was known. The US is using WAY too much caution about using their strength. Ramadi was a city of 100,000 and now mostly empty. It is two hours from Baghdad. With Ramadi now in ISIS hands, American and other aircraft simply pound them. Baghdad will probably not fall, at best, ISIS might control parts of the city making for a horrible time. What we need is a President willing to kill ISIS indiscriminately.


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peoplepower73 16 months ago from Placentia California

Perrya: ISIS wants Obama to engage them in a full out war. If we do that, we will be bogged down in another endless war, but this time with Sunni's. When ISIS first came on the scene, their plan was to invade Iraq WWII style. That is, start from one end of Iraq and control the land mass. Obama denied them that by using air-strikes. Now they are attacking cities. I believe Obama has learned you can not win a war by fighting pockets of resistance. Look how long we have been in Iraq and Afghanistan. You have to control the land-mass. The problem is, Iraq is made up of Sunni, Shia, and Kurds. If he bombs Ramadi, he takes out the Sunni's there. But he stands the chance of alienating Saudi Arabia who are Sunni's. We sell lots of arms to the Saudi's. If he takes out the Shia, we alienate Iran who we are trying to negotiate a nuclear deal with. Thanks to Israel. If he takes out the Kurds, they are sitting on oil rich land. He is walking a tight rope.

He successfully took out the CFO of ISIS by using special forces. This cuts off their funding and can effect their operations. Killing ISIS (Sunni's ) indiscriminately isn't going to do us any good. We will get bogged down in another war and lose blood and treasure again and he is trying to prevent that. It's a three way civil war and we don't belong in the middle of it. McCain and Grahmm, think we can just go in with air-strike, but remember shock and awe, and Mission Accomplished!


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perrya 16 months ago Author

As I said, others echo this, NW part of Ramadi contains nothing by ISIS members. Doing nothing is worse than not attacking. Using special forces for weekly raids is one thing to do, carpet bombing areas we know contain mostly ISIS fighters, is another. Frequent attacks on Raqqa is another. Many Sunnis want us to do this, not all Sunni or Shia, are with ISIS.


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peoplepower73 16 months ago from Placentia California

ISIS is fighting Shia and the Kurds. There are no Shia and Kurds in ISIS. It's made up of Sunni's only. It's not our war. The U.S. being there buys us nothing. The only reason ISIS wants to attack the west is to keep us out of their war. They want all the Arab countries to be ruled by a Sunni Caliphate, just like it was during the Ottoman Empire. They want to either convert Shia and Kurds to Sunni or kill them. The Iraqi troops that are being sent to Ramadi right now are all Shia. Iraq is governed by a Shia Prime Minister that we installed.


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perrya 16 months ago Author

Yes, I know this. So, your solution is another Obama policy of do nothing and get out or do as little as possible?


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peoplepower73 16 months ago from Placentia California

Yep...sometimes to do nothing is to do everything. What good has it done for us to stay there and what good is it going to do for us to continue to stay there? Let them have their civil war and may the best religious faction win. We will re-visit after the smoke clears.

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