In all my years of being a soldier and studying warfare, I don’t think I ever saw anything like that which is unfolding in Iraq. We have U.S. military advisors there — and remember we had a CENTCOM spokesperson addressing our goals to retake Mosul. Then lo and behold there was an offensive operation launched in Tikrit — but the U.S. had nothing to do with it. That operation was Iranian-led and over the past three weeks has completely stalled, just like the Iran-Iraq War.
So what happens next?
The New York Times reports, “American warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Tikrit late Wednesday, finally joining a stalled offensive to retake the Iraqi city as American officials sought to seize the initiative from Iran, which had taken a major role in directing the operation. The decision to directly aid the offensive was made by President Obama on Wednesday, American officials said, and represented a significant shift in the Iraqi campaign.”
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