Iraqi Forces Losing Battle Against Al Qaida in Fallujah, Ramadi
|Al Qaida Terrorists in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2014.|
The number of American Soldiers killed or wounded in Iraq numbers in the tens of thousands. Add to that the Valiant Defenders of Freedom that have fallen in Afghanistan and the total zooms past 50,000 since September 11, 2001.
Now just a short time after haphazard and politically motivated pullouts from Iraq and Afghanistan, what has been gained?
Nothing much -
From the AP:
"Tribesmen in Ramadi have joined forces with the military to counter the insurgents.
In Fallujah it's a different story - disgruntled tribesmen have sided with the insurgents to fight against the government. The militants want to create a Sunni Muslim state straddling the border with Syria.
The capture last week of positions in both cities marked the first time in years the militants have managed to take ground and hold it for several days.
Baghdad says al-Qaida fighters from Syria are crossing into Iraq and are helping to push violence there to its worst levels in five years.
The relationship between the fighters in Iraq and Syria is unclear although they say they all come from the same group."
And from Reuters:
"Exploiting local grievances against Baghdad's rule and buoyed by al Qaeda gains in Syria, the fighters have taken effective control of Anbar's two main cities for the first time since U.S. occupation troops defeated them in 2006-07.
Their advance is ringing alarm bells in Washington: The United States has pledged to help Baghdad quell the militant surge in Anbar -- although not with troops -- to stabilize a province that saw the heaviest fighting of the U.S. occupation."
Oh, Never mind. Nobody in the Obama Administration gives a rat's ass anyway.
Quote former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: "What difference does it make?"