ISLAMIC STATE THUGS NOW HIDE AMONG CIVILIANS
After at least fifteen air strikes from F/A-18, F-15E. and F-16 fighters and MQ-1 Predator drones, American forces have not been able to weaken the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Worse, the terrorist group may be adapting to the pin-prick strikes that the United States has launched.
According to a report by FoxNews.com, ISIL has now begun to disperse and hide among civilians. This comes after air strikes destroyed a number of vehicles, mortars and artillery pieces. Today, a UAV struck a mortar that was reportedly firing on evacuees. There were also reports that a helicopter crashed while delivering relief supplies to the Yazidi, a religious minority in Northern Iraq that according to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, faced serious persecution from Saddam Hussein’s regime. At least 14 airdrops of supplies have been made for the refugees near Mount Sinjar.
In a briefing at the Pentagon on Monday, Lieutenant General Bill Mayville admitted, “We assess that U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq have slowed ISIL's operational tempo and temporarily disrupted their advances toward the province of Erbil. However, these strikes are unlikely to affect ISIL's overall capabilities or its operations in other areas of Iraq and Syria.”
“We need to have a campaign right now of 200 air strikes a day on ISIS, not the pinpricks that we've had,” Gary Berntsen, a former CIA officer who served as chief of station in Afghanistan, told Newsmax.com. “We need to be going after them because this is a cancer that is growing across the Middle East. The longer we wait to engage aggressively, the more difficult this is going to be in the end.”