Saturday 11 October 2014

War against Isis: US Strategy in Tatters

Kobani under attack while we stand by and watch
Once again, under the Obama government's diffident and drifting 'foreign policy' in the Middle East, too little and too late (Patrick Cockburn, 'War against Isis: US strategy in tatters as militants march on', The Independent, 12 October 2014).
America's plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group's fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad.The US-led air attacks launched against Islamic State (also known as Isis) on 8 August in Iraq and 23 September in Syria have not worked. President Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. In both Syria and Iraq, Isis is expanding its control rather than contracting.

and that is bad news not only for the architectural and archaeological heritage of the region.

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