This can’t be good for peace in the Middle East. I was somewhat OK as long as the jihadists and other muslims were fighting themselves. But if Israel gets mixed up in this it may unify the muslim world to engage in a crusade against the Jewish state. We must get the ISIS leadership before they have the opportunity to do this.
From the DEBKAfile.
ISIS U-Turns West to Lebanon as Next Target
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2017, 11:12 AM (IDT)
American helicopters Thursday and Friday, March 23-24, dropped Kurdish and Arab fighters over a region west of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Those forces quickly captured at least five villages and so cut jihadist concentrations in the northwestern Syria off from their Raqqa stronghold. debkafile’s military sourcesreport this operation was the opening shot of the US-led campaign to isolate the Islamic State’s Syrian capital before storming it.
Raqqa’s liberation is not expected to encounter the same fierce ISIS resistance as the US-led Iraqi army is facing in Mosul. That is partly because the town has gradually emptied of fighting forces ever since ISIS chiefs saw that their time was running out. Instead, ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and his strategists, Iraqi ex-generals, effected a major U-turn: the jihadists fleeing the Syrian and Iraqi fronts, instead of heading for the