Good, this is another place that the Obama administration was completely outmaneuvered at the negotiating table. Now let's turn up the heat and see what this country that both supports and exports Radical Islamic Extremism does.
Now that was a pretty good article. It simply reported the news and didn't offer opinion of who was right or wrong. Regarding the area they are talking about, from a military perspective it makes sense to try to hold that area but affords little protection. Personally, I think they'll melt away after Raqqa and manifest themselves in another form elsewhere while carrying on low level terrorist activities.
Probably, that ultimately is the big problem with these kind of forces. They aren't tied to anything.
Yes, and they are exceedingly hard to track. When the masses we should have unloosed ground forces on them, cordoned them, contained them, reduced them, weakened them, broken their morale, and then crushed them. That is how one wins at war.
Trump adds new sanctions on Iran, targeting ballistic missiles and support for terrorism. The State Department cited the failure of the Iran nuclear deal to contribute to the stability of the Middle East as negotiators had hoped. Ref. USAToday.
Iran is not interested in stability in the Middle East, at least not at present. They prefer instability because that is bad for us since most of the countries in the region are friendly to us to some degree. They hope to destabilize the region and then re-stabilize it with governments that are friendly to hem and unfriendly to us. They would love nothing more than to topple the Saudi monarchy… that would be a huge coup for them.