The Middle East lurched farther toward chaos last weekend as Turkey assumed an active military role against Islamic State for the first time.
Between the Turkish intervention and the paroxysms of reaction to the Iranian nuclear deal signed July 14, the end of Ramadan passed almost unnoticed. This was a guardedly hopeful surprise, since many analysts had forecast that IS would mount spectacular terrorist and military operations during the holy month. Among other things, IS was eager to commemorate the first anniversary of their caliphate – June 29 – and to display continuing strategic momentum.
It’s doubtful our “allies” will be able to retake Anbar province let alone defeat ISIS.
Half of our allies are simultaneously fighting the other half and or financing Muslim terrorist groups the equal of ISIS in depravity.
Until we are ready to WW II all of the Mid-East Muslim terror states there is no point in our being there beyond encouraging the continued carnage.