ISIS Loses Key Town on Turkish Border

For more than a year, the Syrian town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border provided a lifeline for the Islamic State group, allowing it to ferry foreign fighters to its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa and sell oil on the black market.

The loss of the town to the Kurds on Tuesday is a huge setback directly affecting the extremist group’s operational structure and its ability to wage war, making it more difficult to attract volunteers and potentially turning the tide against the militants in Syria and Iraq.

(Sidebar: gee, the writer makes it sound like a demoralising loss.)

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I noticed a broadcast on the BBC World News last night when the Sunni refugees from ISIS controlled territories, recently liberated by the Kurds, were quite critical of the Kurds and saying that ISIS were not that bad and that they were resentful of the Kurds and the American airstrikes.

    • Me too, they’re pushy.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      It won’t be long before we hear noises from outsiders, including the UN about the cycle of violence.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        And obviously perpetuated by American Christians and neocons, or something.
        In any event, it’s America’s fault.
        It always is.

    • Sir Roderick Spode

      That has been ISIS game plan all along. To put the Sunni Awakening minded elements between the US / Shiite hammer and the and the AQ anvil. Get rid of the restive community leaders and pacify the masses into submission.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Meanwhile, Israel has warned ISIS and other jihadist groups against attacking the Druze in Syria. Should Israel send its army in, the resulting Israeli-Kurdish alliance will most likely deliver the death blow to ISIS. A meetup somewhere in Syria will be like Americans meeting the Russians in Germany. Come to think of it, Israel’s chief of staff is Gen. Eisenkot, not quite Eisenhower but close enough.

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