ISIL leader says next target Karbala and Baghdad
It didn’t take long for the leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to broadcast the first propaganda audio to the world. The published audio has not been verified that it is in fact from the ISIL proclaim leader al-Baghdadi who warned that the jihadist group would next target Karbala and Baghdad.
The religious sites in Baghdad will be protected, and if ISIL comes to desecrate we will fill Iraq with their rotting bodies
When a terrorist leader says, the next target is Karbala and Baghdad after they military knocked out Ramadi naturally people are going to be on edge. Moqtada al-Sadr, the head of the Sadrist movement, has responded to the ISIL threats. Al-Sadr gave a warning to ISIL in which he stated that if they desecrate the holy sites will fill Iraq land with their rotting bodies. The problem with this is that they do not take any orders from the Iraqi government only from Shia clerics. You can see the al-Sadr brigades march in a parade in Baghdad in June 2014 after ISIL invaded Iraq.
The Hashd al-Shaabi Shia militia or the Popular Mobilization Front (PMF) is part of al-Sadr Shia militia brigade. Several militia groups comprise the Popular Mobilization Front. They are tasked according to al-Sadr to protect the religious shrines and mosques in Baghdad and other cities. They are on high alert as they conduct security at all religious sites.
CENTCOM had their facts all wrong last Friday
Last Friday, the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesperson maybe wishes he received an accurate assessment of what was happening in Ramadi. The Marine Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley stated in a scheduled conference call that the Jihadis were on the defensive throughout Iraq and Syria and resistance was mostly small scale to local harassing attacks. Shortly after the fall of Ramadi the Marine General fired his Intel guy. The Marine General promises to give a better overall picture of what is happening in the Iraq battle space. Stay tuned.
My observation is that the ISIL militants are just better fighters and they continue keep the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) off balance. When the first contact with the enemy fighters and say it is a major initial contact the ISF melt away. They drop their weapons and run for the hills.
Why do they run?
The Iraqi army has been trained not once but twice by the USA. We spent billions and billions of dollars in training and equipment to get the Iraqi army to be professional soldiers. When you don’t have any support or you feel your not being supported by the Baghdad government you lose trust. You lose the will to fight. Especially when you go out on a military operation and you run out of food and ammo. Where is the support for the Iraqi army on the battlefield? There have been plenty of media reports where the Iraqi army has run out of food and had to turn to the local Iraqi citizens or the Shia militias for support. The militias are more experienced and know how to do logistics on the battlefield. The Iraqi army needs the support from the Baghdad government. If not Baghdad will rely heavily on the Iranian paramilitary militias to fight Iraq battles. If that continues what is the chances of the Iran militias going into Anbar a Sunni dominated area to fight ISIL? How long would they last?
More U.S. troops needed in Iraq for training and airstrikes
There are currently several thousand U.S. Army troops in Iraq conducting the badly needed training for the Iraqi army. We need the training and allow U.S. soldiers to embed themselves into the Iraqi army units to pinpoint airstrikes on top of the heads of ISIL jihadist. I believe the U.S. Army is way better qualified to call in airstrikes then what is currently happening right now. The ISIL militants are changing the tactics and not moving around in large numbers any longer. The 2 mile long white Toyota hilux in the desert are over that was last summer. ISIL has morphed into a new fighting animal that know doubt can be killed if you had an experienced combat controller on the ground calling in pinpoint and accurate airstrikes.
If you look at a map of Iraq you will see that most of the ISIL controlled areas are all along the Euphrates river and the areas around the Tigris river are either contested or ISIL just abandoned completely like Tikrit.
USA sending heavy weapons to the Iraq government
If your standing on guard at your military compounds you need a weapon that can take out a suicide bomber in an armored vehicle, bulldozer and Humvee. The U.S. military will be sending 1,000 AT4 anti-tank weapons systems to the Iraq government. The VBIEDs are very serious as some took out entire blocks when detonated by a crazed ISIL suicide bomber.
New Zealand troops at the safest place in Iraq
The New Zealand government has stated that even of the ISIL militants reach Baghdad that they would not leave Iraq. The New Zealand soldiers are north of Baghdad 30 km and based at Camp Taji. NZ Prime Minister John Key says that his soldiers are at the safest place to be in Iraq. I believe in a few months the PM will be thinking differently.
ISIL preparing to defend the city of Ramadi
The terrorists (ISIL) wasted no time in setting up defensive positions throughout the city of Ramadi. They have laid out landmines in all avenues of approach and gone house to house looking for materials and government sympathizers. When ISIL finds a pro-government citizen or soldier he is thrown in the Euphrates river.
ISIL is going to make every effort to control the area between Ramadi and Fallujah. The news media keep announcing that the ISIL Jihadists are 70 or 60 miles depending on who you are listening to from Bagdad. What the news media fails to mention is that ISIL controls the Iraq city of Fallujah, which is 40 miles west of Baghdad.
The counterattack is on hold and all 3,000 Shia militias are still staging and waiting at the Habbaniyah army base 12 miles east of Ramadi. Did you know that not all the Shia militias are under the direct control of the central Baghdad government? The Iranian mullahs have control over the other Shia militias. It has been six days since the city of Ramadi fell to the ISIL terrorist organization. The Iraq government’s slow to execute a counterattack will be lost. If the central government starts the attack in June it will not be good. The momentum is gone and it will be a disaster. Ramadan starts in the middle of next month June. Don’t worry as combat operations will continue.
Pictures of captured vehicles and ammunition in Ramadi by ISIL.