Islamic State seizes key regime highway near Aleppo

Russia’s aerial bombardment of Syria in support of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad showed further signs of backfiring last night as Islamic State forces seized a key supply line into the city of Aleppo.

The jihadists of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) cut the highway from the rest of government-held territory on Friday in a significant blow as the regime tries to dislodge rebels from the shattered city.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said at least 28 Isil fighters and 21 government troops and allied militia had been killed in the battle for the highway.

  • tom_billesley

    Seizing and controlling a highway means setting up fortified checkpoints.
    They’re just making fixed targets of themselves.

  • DMB

    They probably seized it in order to use it as a launching point for ISIS new “weapon of mass destruction”.

    • tom_billesley

      Japanese WW2 paper balloon bombs were designed to go somewhere. These are more like an aerial minefield. Like that’ll work.
      Ingenious recycling of confiscated supplies of haram condoms, though.

      • DMB

        There were too many condoms to go around for all those ISIS fags.

        • tom_billesley

          …or the condoms were too big.

        • Norman_In_New_York

          Condoms are unnecessary with respect to goats.

          • mobuyus

            Can a Goat not wear one if it,’s his turn?

  • Cat-astrophe

    That’s smart. You can own as many highways as you want, but they don’t mean squat if you don’t have anti aircraft defences to defend them.
    ISIS does not have air defenses, do they McCain?

    • Clausewitz

      Controlling the highway or railroad bed has never worked. Hell this didn’t even work during the Boer War when the Brits tried this.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Putin is making a big mistake by betting on Iran and Hezbollah. Iranian forces have repeatedly proven to be less than “elite” in combat while pissing off the Sunnis. The only way to restore peace to Syria would be to carve it up into independent enclaves like Yugoslavia was partitioned. I don’t think any locals would object if Russia maintained Assad strictly within his Alawite turf, with the rest of Syria partitioned among Sunni Arabs, Kurds, Christians and Druze. Their own self-rule should be sufficient to unite them against the Islamic State as long as Assad minds his own business.

    • mobuyus

      Poor Putin playing the useful idiot of the iranians

      • moraywatson

        I think that Putin has a pretty good handle on what islam is all about. These issues are right on his doorstep and he has to act accordingly.

        • mobuyus

          No one who knows what islam is all about seem to be governing themselves accordingly.

  • John

    ISIS is encouraging Arabs working in Israeli hospitals to inject air into the veins of Jewish patients.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The few who did would land the others on the unemployment line in a New York minute.

  • simus1

    Knowingly killing enemy muslim generals during middle east conflicts is usually a poor strategy. Most of them are slippery political hacks and they might be replaced by younger people who actually know their business.