The mainstream media has reported that it is possible that the Islamic State could have seized the Baghdad International Airport on Sunday, October 12. Backing these allegations was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey. He stated on ABC This Week news program that American Apache helicopters were all that stood in between the militant groups and the Baghdad airport. The Islamic State has not moved any closer to the Baghdad airport from the closest town at Abu Ghraib.
The media has reported Islamic State militants have now taken over the town of Abu Ghraib and is currently within artillery range of the Baghdad airport. An Iraqi soldier stated, “Daash is openly operating inside Abu Ghraib.” Daash is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.
The Iraqi town of Hit has fallen to the Islamic State militants and it appears the next town to be attacked would be to the east where the Asad airbase is located. The Islamic State appears to not have had any pause in their operations as they continue to engage the Iraqi army and security forces. There is still no news on the 300-600 captured Iraqi soldiers near the town of Ramadi.
The Islamic State has now employed a shoulder-fired weapon and has shot down an Iraqi Air Force helicopter killing the crew. The helicopter crashed near the Baiji oil refinery. This is the second incident in a week.
The U.S. and coalition air strikes seem to have no effect as of yet on stopping, degrading, or destroying the Islamic State. I look for the Islamic State to solidify their supply lines in preparation for the upcoming attack on Baghdad.