Sit down for a spell and read.
The US strikes ISIS oil targets? Lots of news outlets presenting the US air strikes as strikes on ISIS assets.. Let’s be straight on this. These aren’t ISIS oil assets. These are Syria’s oil assets.
And there is no doubt in my mind that ISIS ‘took over’ these oil assets so the US could take these same oil assets out!
War against Iran, Iraq and Syria?
Pepe published a piece that coincided with everything I had found for that long ago post, so I used it as a back bone. You really should reread that post and all the external links
My comments in italics
“Pipelinestan is one of the fundamental reasons (but, not the only reason) for the proxy war in Syria. Against the interests of Washington (and Israel), for whom integrating Iran is anathema, the pipeline bypasses two crucial foreign actors in Syria - prime "rebel" weaponizer Qatar (as a gas producer) and logistical "rebel" supporter Turkey (as the self-described privileged energy crossroads between East and West)”
The US$10 billion, 6,000 kilometer pipeline is set to start in Iran's South Pars gas field (the largest in the world, shared with Qatar), and run via Iraq, Syria and ultimately to Lebanon. Then it could go under the Mediterranean to Greece and beyond; be linked to the Arab gas pipeline; or both.Considering how opposed the US/Israel crowd was to the pipeline that bypassed both Turkey and Qatar, along with Israel? And, what of the Kurds? Were they going to be players in the Arab pipeline? So, I have to question just how convenient is it that ISIS took over the Syrian oil assets? Necessitating the US bombing of that oil infrastructure? The infrastructure that would be needed and used to construct and support this very hated pipeline? That surely worked out well for some parties, but, definitely not all parties- Iraq (under the had to go Maliki) Syria (under the has to go Assad) And Iran (next target of the US/Israeli/UK/Kurdish hitlist
So, is the US bombing ISIS oil? No.
Is the US taking out the supply and infrastructure, that could have joined the Shiite led nations? Yes.
Is the US taking out the assets that would have excluded Turkey, Qatar, Israel & the Kurdish petrol state? -Yes
A war strategy develops
Obama and his advisers, led by his special envoy, Gen. John Allen, have focused on five main lines of operation against the Islamic State: direct military action; counterterrorism operations against foreign fighters; disruption of financing; humanitarian assistance; and media activities to “de-legitimize” the extremists.Deja vu!
Military action is the centerpiece. The U.S. will lead air attacks on the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. Perhaps more important, the U.S. will train and assist Iraqi forces and the amorphous Syrian “moderate opposition.” Obama wants most of the trainers to be overt, uniformed U.S. military personnel, operating under standard Title 10 legal procedures, rather than troops detailed to the CIA under Title 50 “covert action” authority. The White House believes the coalition will work better under these more transparent rules.
Throwing good money after bad, the US plans to do exactly that which they have done previously! Including using the same planners and trainers to do the job. What's the definition of insanity?
I actually do not consider them insane. The chaos only appears insane to people like me and you.
This planning worked for them and they are simply continuing what works. Cause if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
I will highlight the policy continuation and relink the posts that reference these very same past endeavours
ISIS- A US created "stay behind" using Iraqs plundered wealth.
Al Qaeda + "Awakening Councils" = ISIS
“The Iraqis to be trained will include members of the existing military that collapsed so ignominiously in Mosul. The U.S. will also lead the training of about 10,000 Sunni “national guard” troops, drawn from tribal fighters. These Sunni forces will act as a local gendarmerie, to keep order in their home regions once Islamic State fighters have been cleared. Training camps are already under construction in Jordan and northern Iraq, and are expected to be ready in three to six months”The same plan undertaken previously in Iraq. The same Sunni awakening groups. The same trainer. Expanded to Syria. Guaranteeing easier overthrows should they become necessary in the future.
The U.S. military will also lead the training of Syrian forces, but this will take longer because the opposition there starts from a low base of readiness. The hope is that by sometime next year, a well-vetted force of at least 5,000 Syrians, trained in Saudi Arabia and other countries, will be ready. It will move into areas in southern and northern Syria where the Islamic State and al-Qaida affiliates are now dominant. The big Syrian ground battles may be a year away.Obama has tapped Maj. Gen. Michael Nagata to head the training mission. He's an Army special forces officer with many sensitive combat assignments, as well as a stint commanding U.S. military activities in Islamabad, Pakistan. Like Allen, a retired Marine who helped oversee the “Sunni Awakening” in Iraq, Nagata has experience in tribal cultures such as those where U.S. trainers will be operating.
As we saw with the recent pushing out of democratically elected Maliki, in Iraq, whose removal was completed just a couple of months back. So we understand the terror states of US,Israel,UK are planning for the future- No incompetence. No blowback.
And while I am reveling in flashbacks, recall this? ISIS seizes Saddam era chemical facility - US reassures . Just in case something happens...................
-Costs rack up in ISIS fight- Costs rack up in pipeline control wars
The United States launched nearly 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Islamic militant targets in Syria on Tuesday, each of which cost about $1.5 million to replace.Bloomberg changed the headline to this article, I am leaving the url as it was originally published!
The military also used F-22s, F-16s and B-1 bombers to pound Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) positions, which cost between $20,000 and $65,000 per flying hour.
The figures highlight how President Obama’s campaign against the terrorist network will have high fiscal costs for the nation.
The average cost of sending a single soldier to the region would be $1 million per year, Biddle said.
Even without putting boots on the ground, Adams estimates the fight against ISIS could cost between $15 to 20 billion annually — something he said was a conservative estimate.
US drops, in one Arabian night, a month of bombs on Syria
The U.S. dropped almost as many bombs and missiles on Islamic State positions in Syria over the past two days as were used in the first month of attacks on the extremist group in IraqInteresting, no? Give us an interesting insight into the agenda
- A very rare link over to commondreams- only because they mention Syrian civilian casualties and how much the besieged Syrians detest ISIS
Kurdish forces push back Islamic State in northern Syria
How do the Kurdish fighters keep doing it? ISIS allegedly moves in, Kurdish fighters also move in and very quickly secure the territory- Without the benefit of aerial bombings? This same scenario occured in Iraq. Did ISIS just melt away when the Peshmerga and PKK fighters came to secure the territory that ISIS had so conveniently cleared for them?
“Although all ISIS positions and their heavy armaments, including tanks and armored vehicles around Kobani, are clear and within view for everyone on the front line, it is worth noting that these targets have not been bombed yet,” YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said.It's very symbiotic.
U.S., coalition forces hit oil refineries in Syria
Where are the environmental NGO’s? The protestors? I read and hear nothing. Except for my own complaints. The silence from the usual mouthpieces is deafening!
Feds name 12 backers of terrorism in Syria and beyond
Ya know, killed by the Kurds?! If the Kurds really did kill him, the US/Israel crew would surely be aware. Of course, I didn't believe the Kurds had killed him- But, perhaps they helped relocate him?
With the help of Turkey. That seems to me to be the more plausible, logical explanation- He will show up back in Pankisi Gorge soon enough
One Khorasan leader dead? And look at the connections?
U.S. missile strikes against an obscure al-Qaeda cell in Syria killed at least one of the group’s leaders, delivering what U.S. officials described as a significant but not decisive blow to a terrorist group accused of plotting attacks against Europe and the United States.
“The Khorasan group” is the name U.S. intelligence uses to refer to dozens of al-Qaeda-
affiliated foreign fighters who have moved into Syria over the past two years from Iran, Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere in the region.
U.S. officials said late Wednesday that American intelligence agencies had not confirmed reports that the leader of al-Qaeda’s Khorasan group, Mushin al-Fadhli, was the senior operative killed in the barrage of strikes west of Aleppo
Although Obama administration officials described the group as “nearing the execution phase” of a potentially major terrorist plot, other U.S. officials on Wednesday said there was no indication that it had selected targets, deployed operatives or otherwise set a specific plan in motion.
Among the rebels, the foreigners are referred to as “Khorasani,” a reference from early Islamic texts to a geographic area primarily in western Afghanistan but also including parts of eastern Iran, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. The online magazine of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan is called “Vanguards of Khorasan.”
The administration’s use over the past week of the previously unknown “Khorasan group” label has puzzled some experts. “Jihadis themselves haven’t used it,” said Aaron Zelin of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Brian Fishman, a counterterrorism expert at the New America Foundation said he believes that “these are elements of the logistics network stood up” by al- Qaeda leaders some years ago “to move information back and forth between Iran and Afghanistan.”
“Publicly,” Fishman said, “there hasn’t been a declaration or any indication that this is a separate organization” in Syria.I guess the US and company created a new brand for us all! Sweet! Imagine the marketing campaign?!
ISIS prisoners, won't go to Guantanamo
Likely due to the fact there won't be any ISIS prisoners
No worries for oil and gas- Amply supply is shielding the prices
Long article, but, good. Worth reading.
And for the commenter/s that suspect KSA is next on the hit list.....Two interesting items I came across just today
Video- ISIS points fingers at Saudi Arabia in Strikes
Similarly, IS knows that it will only feel secure once Saudi Arabia is part of the Caliphate, and its oil fields are under IS control — which is why the group has two logical next steps.
First, to capture and secure the most important country in the Muslim world: Saudi Arabia.
The authors dispute the widely believed notion that Saudi Arabia created IS and is funding it. “Saudi Arabia is not the source of ISIS — it’s the group’s primary target,” they write.Hmmmm... it didn't occur to me that ISIS was funded or created by KSA?
I looked to US/UK/Israel.