WaPo is reporting, today, that fighting is continuing to clear ISIS out of Mosul
Iraqi troops fight to clear IS from last patch of Mosul: July 10/2017
Certainly not a celebratory headline.
So what is going on? Here’s what I think. ISIS, (aka Sunni Kurds/some Sunni Arabs, US special forces and mercenaries) which hasn’t been in Mosul, in any substantive form for quite a while has moved on to the next location of targeting. What has been actually going on in Mosul is the same as is ongoing in Raqqa- Ethnic cleansing and population displacement for the regional remake. Where did ISIS go when it left Mosul enabling an Iraqi victory that is not recognized by the US?
Very conveniently ISIS headed to Tal Afar from Mosul.
Islamic State moves to alternative headquarters in Tal Afar- Iraq News
In late June, a top leader in the town declared during a a sermon of Friday prayer that the town (Tal Afar) has become a temporary headquarter for the Caliphate.
Islamic State has considered Tal Afar town, located west of Mosul, as an alternative headquarters for its main departments, after admitting its defeat in Mosul.
A source was quoted last week as saying that non-Iraqi IS militants executed the last local leader in Tal Afar and the town is currently run by Arab and foreign members after eliminating all the Iraqi leaders.
AlSumaria News quoted a source as saying that “IS issued a brief statement in Tal Afar announcing that all the IS departments are working through alternative headquarters at Tal Afar, which indicates the group’s defeat.”
Tal Afar is one of the important strongholds still held by IS in Nineveh since August 2014.
“IS admitted its loss at its last stronghold in Mosul’s Old City after a battle between its militants against security troops,” the anonymous source added.
“The shock caused by losing the Old City was hard as the militants used to call it as Baghdadi’s [the group’s supreme leader] strongest lair in Mosul for the many Arab and foreign militants and suicide attackers there,” the source added.
This move by so called ISIS from Mosul to Tal Afar mirrors the move of ISIS from from Raqqa to Palmyra. Can that be a coincidence? I think not!
Recall this news?
1-US/Kurds Do Damage Control After Russian Outing of Terrorist Collusion
“the Kurds in cooperation with U.S forces are setting corridors to allow terrorists move towards Palmyra and other towns controlled by the Syrian government”
“Militants seem to have been trying to use the corridors set by the U.S. to leave for Palmyra when they were hit by Russian jets”
‘for unimpeded withdrawal on the condition they will head towards Palmyra"
2-YPG/PKK to Move on Raqqa- Tribulation for Civilians to Follow
We need to consider why it is that ISIS headed to these two locations in Iraq and Syria?
Why has the US led coalition including it’s PKK/YPG allies given ISIS the free pass to head from Mosul, Iraq to Tal Afar, Iraq.
While in Syria these same allies, who are supposed to be fighting ISIS, allow ISIS to leave Raqqa, Syria and head to Palmyra, Syria.
The answer lies in the fact these US proxies are simply moving onto the next battle front. It’s a progression of a planned action. They are advancing the goal. To understand that, you should read..
“Fabrice Balanche, a Syria expert at the Washington Institute, told Al-Monitor, “The geopolitical importance of eastern Syria is twofold; two-thirds of Syrian oil is located in the area, which is also rich in gas resources. The region is also a pathway for Iran to Syria via Iraq, through the Sinjar-Tal Afar-Hasakah axis in the north and through the Palmyra axis in the south.”
Considering, reality, it IS NOT a coincidence that so called ISIS was allowed to leave Mosul and Raqqa and move onto two extremely strategic locations in Iraq and Syria. Tal Afar and Palmyra. We also should take note that the PKK/YPG are the controlling parties in Sinjar and Hasakah.
“Balanche said economic calculations for the Syrian regime, besides the oil and gas, include reopening important trade routes such as the highway linking Baghdad to Damascus”
It is literally a race for resources, territory and trade/transit routes. And, ISIS is conveniently set to appear at both locales.
That is not a coincidence and I am not a coincidence theorist.