October 18, 2015

KNOWING YOUR ALLIES:

The United States' surprise allies in Syria (David Ignatius, October 15, 2015, Washington Post)

A Syrian Kurdish militia that was initially seen by U.S. commanders as a sideshow has emerged as the strongest U.S.-backed force against the Islamic State -- forcing a hasty reevaluation of U.S. strategy after the collapse of a $500 million plan for training and equipping Syrian rebels.

U.S. military commanders are now recommending a "Syria first" strategy that relies on the Kurdish fighters and a smaller Arab force to move gradually toward the Islamic State's capital of Raqqa, just 25 miles south of the Kurds' forward positions. 


It's 2015 and they still don't recognize the value of the Kurds?

Posted by at October 18, 2015 7:54 AM
  

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