December 29, 2015

PARIS IS WORTH A MASS KILLING:

U.S.-led air strikes kill IS leaders linked to Paris attacks (Reuters, 12/29/15)

A U.S.-led coalition has killed 10 Islamic State leaders in the past month with targeted air strikes, including individuals linked to last month's attacks in Paris, a spokesman for the coalition said on Tuesday.

"Over the past month, we've killed 10 ISIL leadership figures with targeted air strikes, including several external attack planners, some of whom are linked to the Paris attacks," said U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State, also known by the acronym ISIL. "Others had designs on further attacking the West."

One of those killed was Abdul Qader Hakim, who facilitated the militants' external operations and had links to the Paris attack network, Warren said.


Back-to-back losses in Syria, Iraq signal losing streak for IS (AFP, December 29, 2015)

IS's seizure of Ramadi in Iraq in May along with Palmyra in Syria sent the alarming signal that it could still expand a year after seizing swaths of the two countries.

It has since retreated however, and recently losses have come in quick succession: Baiji, Sinjar and now Ramadi -- all in Iraq -- as well as a key dam on the Euphrates in Syria.

"Controlling and governing population centres and key infrastructure is important to the group's claim to statehood, and these losses chip away at the credibility of that claim," Firas Abi Ali, Middle East analyst at research firm IHS.


tO THE PRECISE EXTENT THAT THEY TAKE ON THE TRAPPINGS OF A STATE--CLAIMING AND TRYING TO HOLD TERRITORY--THEY MAKE THEMSELVES EASIER TARGETS.  




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