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ISIS Closing In On US Troops In Baghdad




By FITSNEWS  ||  Militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are closing in on key positions in Baghdad currently occupied by American troops. … this despite two months of sustained airstrikes against ISIS forces launched by U.S. president Barack Obama.

And so begins the (next) 30-year war …

ISIS troops are now less than ten miles away from the perimeter of Baghdad International Airport – which is defended by as many as 300 U.S. combat troops.

For those of you with (really) short memories, America pulled out of Iraq in December 2011 after a failed nine-year occupation.  That withdrawal led to the rise of a host of militant groups – which have since coalesced under the ISIS banner.  In July, Obama sent several hundred U.S. troops back to Iraq in an effort to shore up key positions – and in August launched a new bombing campaign against ISIS.

The campaign isn’t working …

ISIS has continued its advance and is now on the verge of surrounding the embattled Iraqi capital.  More importantly, ISIS forces are also close to occupying the Abu Ghraib suburb – which would enable them to launch artillery attacks on American positions.

Wait … artillery?  Where would ISIS get artillery pieces?

Glad you asked.  ISIS forces captured more than fifty U.S.-made M198 mm howitzers back in June – along with 1,500 armored U.S. Humvees and 4,000 PKC machine guns (each capable of firing 800 rounds per minute).  Most of these were weapons bequeathed to the incompetent Iraqi Army upon the U.S. withdrawal three years ago.

In fact in a bizarrely ironic twist, these weapons have been among the top targets of the failed Obama airstrikes …

To recap: After destroying the Iraqi Army in 2003 (with American weapons), America rebuilt the Iraqi Army (with American weapons).  Now those weapons have fallen into the hands of ISIS, requiring … wait for it … more American weapons to be employed.

And for what?  To make Iraq “safe for democracy?”

Sheesh …

“America is using American military equipment to bomb other pieces of American military equipment halfway around the world,” Vox’s Max Fisher wrote at the onset of the U.S. bombings. “The American weapons the US gave the Iraqi army totally failed at making Iraq secure and have become tools of terror used by an offshoot of al-Qaeda to terrorize the Iraqis that the US supposedly liberated a decade ago. And so now the US has to use American weaponry to destroy the American weaponry it gave Iraqis to make Iraqis safer, in order to make Iraqis safer.”

But hey let’s follow the advice of U.S. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham and do it all again … America is only $18 trillion in the hole, right?

A few more weapons ought to do it, right?

Here’s the thing: As we noted in our original story on Obama sending troops back to Iraq, it’s extremely likely (now virtually imminent) they will come under attack.

Which is the point …

“Make no mistake … this is a provocation in search of an escalation, a move Obama hopes will spark a confrontation capable of rallying a war-weary America behind yet another failed, costly intervention,” we wrote at the time.

In fact the groundwork for more “boots on the ground” in Iraq has already been laid …