Retired military personnel told senators that the lack of White House strategy makes US combat efforts in the Middle East unwinnable. One general added that “failed” policy has allowed Al-Qaeda to grow “fourfold” since President Barack Obama’s election.
Hypocrisy is not usually regarded as a virtue of leadership, yet judging by the gushing tributes paid to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah by various Western governments and establishment figures on his death, there are those who believe it should be.
Tokyo has said that the video reportedly showing one of the Japanese hostages held by Islamic State appears to be “highly” credible. The hostage claims on camera his partner was executed and says the jihadists want him swapped for a female suicide bomber.
Members of the US-led international coalition fighting the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) met in London, but the high-profile event’s participants doesn’t include those doing most of the fighting on the ground – the Kurds.
The moral depravity into which the US is sinking is shown by American Sniper glorifying the exploits of a racist killer receiving six Oscar nominations, whereas ‘Selma’ depicting Martin Luther King’s struggle against racism has been largely ignored.
The Islamic State has created an English language group of fighters, whose aim is to bring the terrorist organization’s fight to the West. The first step is to send foreign fighters back home after they have completed their training.
The Iraqi government is warning that falling oil prices are “disastrous” and will hinder its military campaign against the Islamic State unless they get some relief. Meanwhile, plans for a joint US-Iraqi mission to retake Mosul are reportedly underway.
If President Obama was serious in his intention to destroy ISIS, he would cut the US funding for the terrorist group and get John McCain behind bars for his ugly role in the whole Middle East business, geopolitical analyst F. William Engdahl told RT.