Are ISIS Terrorists Being Transferred From Iraq into Syria To Fight Syrian, Russian and Iranian Forces
As the Iraqi Army start their massive operation to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State jihadists. They are facing numerous obstacles, forces, in total some 40,000, are still several dozen kilometers away from the city limits. They will have to capture several towns, villages, and pass numerous IED obstacles before coming near to the center of Mosul. Then begins the house to house fighting they will face. It might take many months to eliminated the last stay-behind ISIS cells in Mosul.
With more than one million civilians currently living in Mosul, many more than currently living near Eastern-Aleppo. Most, of whom were
sympathetic with their new overlords when ISIS stormed in two years ago.
Even as French, American, Kurdish, Iraqi and Turkish artillery pounds the smallest fighting position around and sometimes, unfortunately on top of the civilians in East-Aleppo. The current fight over Mosul might be the reason why John Kerry dialed down his howling over East-Aleppo in Syria which is under attack from Syrian and Russian forces.
The attack on Mosul is to proceed on three axes. From the north, Kurdish Peshmerga (under U.S. Special Forces Advisors), will lead the fighting. Iraqi forces will attack from the east and south. Leaving the way to the West, toward Syria, open. The intent of the U.S. is to let ISIS fighters, several thousand of them, flee to Deir Ezzor and Raqqa in Syria. They are needed there to destroy the Syrian state further. It was pointed out that this move might very well create the “Salafist principality” the U.S. and its allies have fought to install in east-Syria since 2012. The “mistake” of the U.S. bombing of Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor was in support of that plan.
Turkish Officers are openly talking about such an escape plan for ISIS in Mosul. When a Turkish news agency published “sensitive” operations plan actually partially titled, "An escape corridor into Syria will be left for Daesh so they can vacate Mosul." That pretty much answered any questions that had been previously left unanswered. The question will be, in the end, will this scenario actually be allowed to play out and will ISIS be allowed to flee back to Syria? Only time will tell
Tags: iraq, isis, terrorism, international affairs, counter-terrorism