ISIS: Playing along the great divideOctober 17, 2014
The ISIS or IS is playing right into the international community’s division and the division of the extreme groups that are competing to gain control of the surreal ‘Islamic Caliphate’.
So far, the international community led by the US has failed to gather sufficient leadership to deal with the Islamic state, which festers on such weaknesses.
The group in Iraq, under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is altogether aware that it is now the main focus of the US led forces against the extremist group.
Al-Baghdadi is believed to have been born near Samarra, Iraq, in 1971. He is called the ‘Amir al Mukminin’ or the leader of the believers by his followers, who also believe he is a direct descendant of the Prophet of Islam.
The US and western pattern of attacks in Kobani, and in the Ar-Raqqaa province in Syria (which is the current HQ of Baghdadi’s group) has apparently given away the American strategy.
The IS under Baghdadi seems to be aware that the US wants to surround Mosul, a prize city captured by the IS this year when it made its sudden appearance on the global scene, beating the US-trained Iraqi army into a shameful retreat.
In order to divert the US attention from Mosul for as long as it can, Baghdadi ordered his troops to take on the Syrian town of Kobani, which borders Turkey.
Baghdadi knew the Turks will not launch an attack against his advancing troops in Syria, since the Turks has no business on Syrian territory.
The US has pressed Ankara to enter the Syrian border area or to shoot at the IS troops from Turkish territory. The Turks refused, and this plays into the hands of Baghdadi while it exposed the wide division among the Western allies.
IS successes in Kobani thus forced the Americans to reconsider its goal of taking Mosul with the help of the Peshmergers and the Iraqi troops, which would be backed by American-Western air strikes against IS elements.
This is already seen as a defeat for the US, in its failure to press on with its plans to ‘eradicate’ Iraq of the IS.
An IS victory in Kobani will signify a big defeat for the US. The extremist group already controls part of ill-fated town.
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